Friends of the Library Young Alumni Leadership Council

The Friends of the Library Young Alumni Leadership Council is a group of NCSU Libraries’ supporters ages 21-40 that provide leadership and guidance for the NCSU Libraries fundraising and outreach activities targeted at young alumni and supporters. Council members educate and cultivate the next generation of Libraries supporters through initiatives such as:


Council members serve two-year terms, are current Friends of the Library members, and pledge additional support and time to further the work of the NCSU Libraries. Please contact the Friends of the Library office at 919.515.2841 or, or complete this form if you are interested in learning more about the Council. 

Council Chair: Brian Goins

Council Members

Term Ending 2019

Rubia Arfeen

Emily Porter

Term Ending 2020

Alana Allekotte

Kyle Muench

Paul R. Nolan III

Chris Pittman

Josh Privette

Madison Shook

Anderson Shumate

Joseph Silvers

Andy Walsh 

Council Bios:

Emily Porter, 2015 Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Management: Emily Porter is a 3rd generation NC State alumnae. She loves to come back to Raleigh to see the Wolfpack play and to see how campus is growing yet continues to feel like home. Emily credits the CNR Library, DH Hill, and Hunt for providing spaces to study and be successful. She currently works at UNC Charlotte in University Advancement.

Alana Allekotte, 2017 Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Alana lives and works in Raleigh, and spends her free time doing zumba, playing with her dog, and traveling. Originally from Philadelphia, and with a background in k-12 education, she currently works within Enrollment Management & Services at NC State to implement novel technology and design internal training programs.


Paul R. Nolan III, 2017 Materials Engineering & Political Science: A recent NC State graduate and former Student Body President (2016-17), Paul is eager to continue his engagement with the University through the Friends of the Library Young Alumni Leadership Council. Paul earned degrees in materials engineering and political science while serving as a mentor and a community advocate outside of the classroom. Giving back to the state of North Carolina and the University, Paul joined AmeriCorps VISTA after graduation and began a year of service at NC State’s Institute for Emerging Issues (based in Hunt Library), where you can find him today. Paul cares about youth engagement, environmental stewardship, leadership development, and public understanding of science. He enjoys a good cup of coffee and conversation; feel free to reach out and chat.


Josh Privette, 2013 Political Science: Josh is a Class of 2013 Political Science Major from NC State. Currently, Josh serves as an Assistant Director at the NC State Alumni Association working with Students and Young Alumni on campus. Josh first became involved with the NCSU Libraries when he was a student leader on campus and has been a huge fan of the libraries ever since. When not showing off Hunt Library to his friends, you can find Josh out hiking, fishing, or at the beach.


Madison Shook, 2011 BA Political Science: 

Anderson Shumate, 2017 Political Science: In addition to working at N.C. State in Advancement Services as a Prospect Development Analyst, I am also a graduate student in the Liberal Studies program studying the relationship between the UNC System Board of Governors and the N.C. State Board of Trustees. I serve on the Executive Board of the Graduate Student Association as the Vice President of Communications. I'm very excited to work with the Friends of the Library. I adore the annual book sale and I love the unique experiences the libraries bring to N.C. State, which I have taken full advantage of over the years.

Joseph Silvers, 2012 Electrical Engineering: I graduated in 2012 from NC State with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, and I continued my education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, receiving a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 2014. I was fortunate to find my way back to Raleigh after graduate school, where I work as a technical consultant for the electric power industry. In my free time you can catch me out at concerts and arts events, playing guitar in my band, volunteering with friends, or running and biking around town (there’s so much fun stuff to do in Raleigh!). I’m a proud North Carolina native, and I grew up in the small town of Madison. One of my favorite things about my hometown was the library. I’d spend hours at a time there, and when I went to NC State I was in awe of the many resources the library offered (the Madison library definitely didn’t have an XBOX!). I’m proud of what NC State Libraries represents and does for both students and the community at large, and I’m honored to be a part of such an awesome group of young alumni who want to further its mission and impact.