Meet the Panelists

Get to know the first-generation NC State faculty and staff members you will have the opportunity to connect with during a live virtual session on Wednesday, February 24 at 6 p.m. EST. The panel will be moderated by NC State senior Bailey Franklin. Bailey is a first-generation college student studying history in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Tremaine Brittian

College of Natural Resources
Director of Recruitment & Student Engagement

Ms. Tremaine Brittian is the Director of Recruitment and Student Engagement for NC State’s College of Natural Resources. Prior to this role, she served as the Director of Advising and Recruitment for our College of Education. Tremaine earned her bachelor’s degree in textile management and her master’s degree in counselor education from NC State. Her professional experiences include: parents and family services/orientation, admissions and recruiting, academic advising, and diversity/inclusion training and education. Tremaine’s hometown is Moncure, NC and also grew up as a military child. As a first-generation student and alumna of NC State, Tremaine is passionate about recruiting students to NC State and making sure they are happy, healthy, and successful as a member of the Pack.

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Jeremy Feducia

College of Sciences
Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs

Dr. Jeremy Feducia is an Associate Teaching Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Chemistry. He teaches the majors and non-majors sections of General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry as well as CH 345 – Chemistry and War. A native of North Carolina, Dr. Feducia began his academic journey as a first-generation college student at UNC-Greensboro where his interest in making molecules led to undergraduate research beginning in his freshman year. His continued pursuit of synthesis led him to earn a PhD in Chemistry from the Gagné Lab at UNC-Chapel Hill where his research focused on biomimetic catalysts. Fate, and a strong desire to teach, brought him to NC State where he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Ghiladi Lab before joining the faculty in August of 2008. In addition to teaching, he also advises chemistry majors, serves as a faculty advisor for DDS (Pre-dental Honor Society) and Alpha Chi Sigma (professional co-ed chemistry fraternity), and is heavily involved in science education outreach, hoping to inspire the next generation of scientists.

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David Tully

NC State Libraries
Libraries Fellow

David is a second-year Libraries Fellow at North Carolina State University. David leads a strategic initiative which places the libraries at the heart of the University’s effort to support student affordability and access. As part of that initiative, David works closely with colleagues to explore and develop the place of Open Educational Resources and Open Pedagogy at NC State. Elsewhere, he is also helping to lead efforts in connecting students to long-term device lending and remote access to reliable wi-fi. Prior to this, David was an NC State University Library Technician from 2013 to 2019. As a first-generation student, David achieved a master’s degree in library and information science from UNC Greensboro and a bachelor’s degree in education studies from the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom.

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Alexander Valencia

NC State Libraries
Student Success Librarian

Alex is a first-generation university graduate with parents who both immigrated to the United States. He is currently a Student Success Librarian where he focuses on outreach and providing experiential learning programs for students. Prior to this position, he served as an NC State Libraries Fellow embarking on a two-year project to improve the video game collection for teaching and research. With a degree in business management and a master’s in library and information science, Alex enjoys combining his education with his work, leading initiatives that bring people together from different parts of the university. Alex is also the chair of the Hispanic and Latinx Advisory Group on campus which looks to better support and showcase the Latinx population on campus. New to North Carolina from the West Coast, Alex likes to explore local areas on his time off.