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Howl About You

Employee Spotlight Series

NC State employs more than 8,000 employees who work across a multitude of colleges, divisions, departments, offices and units that spread across the state. Even though some of us have developed close professional relationships and friendships with colleagues, for many of us getting to know anyone other than our daily co-workers is difficult. That’s why we’ve created Howl About You, a page where we shine a spotlight on our employees by letting them share five facts about themselves. As you read the entries on Howl About You, we hope you discover someone who shares the same professional or personal interests as you and make a connection with them. 

Learn how to participate in Howl About You!

Alexandra Goodnight

Communications Specialist
N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative

After getting my Ph.D. in genetics and molecular biology at Emory University, I ran a wolf preserve for almost three years. So, I was part of a wolf pack before I was part of NC State’s Wolfpack.

I have traveled to over 25 different countries. Tanzania was my favorite (so far). However, I think the most beautiful place I have ever been is the National Parks in southern Utah.

I once spent four months straight in the backcountry with nothing more than the clothes on my back and a backpack full of gear.

I used to do fire performances. I can spin fire (fire staff and poi), and I can eat fire.

I have worked in a lot of different industries in various positions, but I have never loved the people I worked with as much as I have at NC State. Wish I had room to say more!

How To Participate

We’d love for you to submit five facts about yourself so we can share them on our website and/or in Howl You Know, the HR newsletter. Just fill out this form, and our communications team will review your submission for publication. If you have questions or know of an employee who would be great for us to spotlight, send an email to and write Howl About You in the subject line.