Patrick Smith is Howling for NC State

Posted by Monica Hoel
Patrick Smith came to Emory & Henry as a quiet, unassuming sort of guy: and now he’s one of the public faces of NC State.

His job title is almost too long to share, but the short answer is that he gets to oversee and generate content for social media related to academics and student affairs at North Carolina State. When we caught up with him this summer, he was still new in his job and had been forced into new “Covid rules” for doing his work and interacting with outstanding students he was profiling for a series called “Howling Success.” (He says NC State has no shortage of Wolf puns.)

As a student he took advantage of all opportunities to hone his skills – WEHC, Whitetopper, graphic design classes – and a raft of career experiences that has proven to be a great investment of time. Among several jobs he held before hitting the campus of NC State was a stint as the editor in chief of The Declaration of Independence, the newspaper of Independence, Virginia. At the ripe age of 22 he found himself reporting, designing, making political connections, building relationships in the community, and producing the town’s only newspaper.

He moved into higher education through the doors of Randolph College. He left Independence to be the editor of the Salem Times Register and the New Castle Record newspapers for year, but longed for a larger town. He landed in Lynchburg to do writing and social media for the marketing office at Randolph. It was a great step before taking the job at a major university.

He says it may sound cheesy, but he gives Emory & Henry credit for challenging him out of his shell. He remembers that he couldn’t hide in the back of the class: he had to talk, he had to interact, and he had to make oral reports – all things uncomfortable for a quiet, unassuming guy. But all those experiences are serving him well now – as he is a leader of the Pack.

  • Patrick Smith, Emory & Henry Class of 2012.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1845-laken-brooks-life-on-the-byline"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,899,899/9859_Brooks_pic.rev.1620863364.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,899,899/9859_Brooks_pic.rev.1620863364.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,899,899/9859_Brooks_pic.rev.1620863364.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,899,899/9859_Brooks_pic.rev.1620863364.jpg" alt="Laken Brooks Emory & Henry Class of 2017" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,899,899/9859_Brooks_pic.rev.1620863364.jpg 2x" data-max-w="899" data-max-h="899" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1845-laken-brooks-life-on-the-byline">Laken Brooks: Life on the Byline</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> There’s a name popping up on a lot of bylines these days you might recognize. Laken Brooks’ name can be seen on <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/02/opinions/deaf-hard-of-hearing-face-masks-brooks/index.html">CNN</a></span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/lakenbrooks/2021/04/28/the-moderna-vaccine-is-part-of-dolly-partons-long-legacy-of-health-philanthropy/?sh=6fb9fe363bfa">Forbes</a></span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.healthywomen.org/">Healthy Women</a></span>, and even <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/junaluska">Atlas Obscura</a></span>. So how does a 2017 graduate manage to be so well-published so quickly after college? <a href="/live/news/1845-laken-brooks-life-on-the-byline" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1379-got-a-minute-find-out-how-traveling-abroad-changed"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/131,0,571,440/8573_Chris_Burnett.rev.1600966949.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/131,0,571,440/8573_Chris_Burnett.rev.1600966949.JPG 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/131,0,571,440/8573_Chris_Burnett.rev.1600966949.JPG" alt="Chris Burnett, E&H Class of 2008." width="345" height="225" data-max-w="440" data-max-h="440" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1379-got-a-minute-find-out-how-traveling-abroad-changed">Got a minute? Find out how traveling abroad changed Chris Burnett’s life.</a></h4></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2348-avery-smith-takes-a-big-step-in-his-opera-career"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,441,1785,2227/11291_IMG-9004.rev.1652729153.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,441,1785,2227/11291_IMG-9004.rev.1652729153.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,441,1785,2227/11291_IMG-9004.rev.1652729153.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,441,1785,2227/11291_IMG-9004.rev.1652729153.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,441,1785,2227/11291_IMG-9004.rev.1652729153.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,441,1785,2227/11291_IMG-9004.rev.1652729153.jpg" alt="Avery Smith E&H Class of 2021" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,441,1785,2227/11291_IMG-9004.rev.1652729153.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,441,1785,2227/11291_IMG-9004.rev.1652729153.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1785" data-max-h="1786" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2348-avery-smith-takes-a-big-step-in-his-opera-career">Avery Smith Takes a Big Step in His Opera Career</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Avery Smith has been chosen for a world-class professional opera program that only accepted about 40 participants – from all over the world <a href="/live/news/2348-avery-smith-takes-a-big-step-in-his-opera-career" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>