$500K Gift Announced for Entrepreneurs Living Learning Village

November 12, 2013

AndyNCState-2N.C. State students, faculty, staff, and community members gathered together for the Entrepreneurs Lecture Series on November 11, to hear an exciting announcement about the future of entrepreneurship at the university.

Andy Albright, the co-founder and president/CEO of National Agents Alliance (NAA), and his wife Jane are making a $500,000 gift over five years to N.C. State University’s Entrepreneurs Living Learning Village, a residential community on Centennial Campus for student entrepreneurs.

In recognition of Albright’s gift, the Village will be called “The Andy and Jane Albright Entrepreneurs Living Learning Village.” The Albright’s gift marks the first named Living Learning Village at the university.

“It is an honor to have the Living Learning Village named after us,” Albright said. “We both have a heart for helping kids in many areas and this is just another way that we can express our commitment to future generations. From childhood to today, we have both been big fans of N.C. State and this is one way we can continue to show our loyalty to the Wolfpack.”

The Andy and Jane Albright Entrepreneurs Living Learning Village, opening in August 2014, will provide sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students across all academic disciplines the opportunity to live, learn, and work with entrepreneurial-minded students.

The audience was also treated to a presentation from design entrepreneur Aly Khalifa, ’93. Khalifa spoke about how N.C. State paved the way for his career as an entrepreneur and innovator.

While a student at the university, he double majored in design and engineering, explaining that N.C. State was one of only three universities that would let him pursue that academic path.

“It was the first real testament of strength and support from this university that got me really excited,” Khalifa said. “So I decided that if they believe in me and they think I can do it, I’m going to do it.”

As a sophomore, his first job was in Transportation where he designed the Wolfline logo that is still used today.

Khalifa went on to discuss how design and engineering are powerful friends who complement each other. He has worked on a variety of projects as the owner of Gamil Design, including designing five collections for an international brand of eyewear for Bausch + Lomb, as well as gloves and water bottles for Trek Bikes.

He advised students that to do good work, they must produce useful products and services, perfect their natural talents, and overcome inherent egoism to collaborate with others. His talk was followed by a lively Q&A from audience members.

Watch the entire presentation here.
Learn more about the Andy and Jane Albright Entrepreneurs Living Learning Village.
Media Coverage: News & Observer, Burlington Times-News, The Technician, National Agents Alliance