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CONNECTIONS 2014 - 15 Year in Review


Alternative Service Breaks Shape Global Perspectives

8 The High Impact of Undergraduate Research 10 18

Creating a High School Pipeline Academic Services: Promoting Student Success



2014-2015 Year in Review 4

Strategic Plan Overview

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High-impact Experiences

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Packapalooza: 55,000 Strong


Parents Fund


Wolfpack Pick Up

ACC Meeting of the Minds

Diversity and Inclusion

17 #ItsOnUs

24 Talley Student Union: Open for Collaboration

Editor // Justin Hammond Writers // Kimberly Paris, Susan Poulos Art Director // Justin Hammond Photography // NC State University Communications, Justine Hollingshead, Justin Hammond Copyright 2015 Š NC State University Division of Academic and Student Affairs Raleigh, NC 27695 Cover Photo // Justine Hollingshead Orientation leaders get a group of new students ready for their first day of orientation by leading them in the NC State fight song. 2


University College Launches

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Living and Learning Villages


NIRSA Tournament


Housing World Record

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Gregg Museum Groundbreaking Awards, News and Highlights

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t is a pleasure to present CONNECTIONS 2014-15, the Annual Review for the Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA). We hope that you find the stories and highlights to be interesting and informative and that they move you to learn more about how DASA serves students and NC State University. Our mission, simply put, is to “…promote the success of the whole student.” That singular statement is at the core of all we do. We act on that mission by preparing students, in collaboration with our colleagues across campus and in the colleges, to succeed academically, professionally and personally, to embrace a commitment to lifelong learning and to become informed, engaged and productive citizens. We have five overarching goals in our work that focus on student success and service to our university (read more on page 4). You’ll see these goals exemplified in the stories throughout this issue. The work of our staff and faculty engages NC State students on many levels, providing a variety of experiences and programs to assist them in reaching and exceeding their goals. Students find ways to Open Their Minds through undergraduate research and scholarly activities, arts and cultural programming and events, inquiry-based courses, and Alternative Service Break trips. They Build Their Community through participating in living and learning villages, student government, one of the over 600 student organizations or from interacting across our highly diverse student body. They Shape Their Futures by working with faculty, advisors, mentors, career counselors and other staff to focus on what they want to gain from their time at NC State – their degrees, of course, and those activities that enrich the experience and result in career opportunities for life. And we are also helping students who are not yet at NC State, or any other college or university, shape their futures through programs at middle and high schools so students there can achieve the dream of a college education. Our staff and faculty know that we are also here to Serve the University. For example, our Office of Assessment works across the colleges to facilitate assessment of undergraduate degree programs and our general education program. Our Office of Courses and Curriculum coordinates the work of the University Courses and Curriculum Committee and the Council on Undergraduate Education to shape the course and curriculum offerings on campus. We recently hired a new Executive Director for ARTS NC STATE in Richard Holly and he

will continue to look for ways to engage campus in the arts. And the TH!NK Program is designed to help faculty construct their courses and pedagogy to enhance higher order skills in critical and creative thinking. We as a unit must continue to examine how we work and how we marshal our resources in order to Ensure Sustainability. In the past two years we have created an Office of Development to help garner resources to support our work, a marketing and communications group to improve communication inside and outside the division, and we recently completed the implementation of the University College, which brings together the First Year College (now Exploratory Studies), the Music, Health and Exercise Studies, and ROTC departments, our interdisciplinary Environmental Science degree program, several minors, the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes and the Global Perspectives Certificate Program. The University College is now also home to our academic success and access programs – University Tutoring Center, New Student Programs, TRIO Programs, Summer START, College Advising Corps and the Disability Services Office. Finally, our academic enrichment programs, University Honors, University Scholars, Office of Undergraduate Research and the Fellowship Advising Program are all part of this new University College that will serve as a virtual one-stop shop for academic programs within DASA. As you read through CONNECTIONS, keep in mind that there are many more stories that can be told. I encourage you to consider supporting our programs that add to the experience of all NC State students and to visit our website at for more information.

In the Spirit of the Pack, Dr. Mike Mullen Vice Chancellor and Dean

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The DASA Strategic Plan The strategic plan for the Division of Academic and Student Affairs creates direction and value for our students, faculty, partners, and our communities and state as well as the global community of which we are all a part. We recognize that now more than ever, the higher-education landscape is changing rapidly. This calls us to focus on where we will have the most direct impact on the future of the division and our students such as technological advances, economic uncertainty and a competitive job market. Over the past academic year, we have focused our work on exploring what the future might be like for our students and in turn, how we must reshape ourselves to meet their needs. Our plan focuses on five broad goals supported by a number of strategies that will change as necessary to adapt to a shifting environment.

Shape Your Life Promoting student success through personal responsibility in a supportive environment

Open Your Mind Promoting student success through educational innovation and intellectual growth

Build Your Community

Promoting student success through engagement

Serve the University Providing leadership for student success

Ensure Sustainability

Developing and stewarding resources for organizational excellence


High-Impact Experiences Leaders Under Construction Conference celebrates inaugural year Leaders Under Construction, developed by the Student Leadership Training Committee in the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service (CSLEPS), was designed for students to reflect on the opening of the new Talley Student Union and the new space in which many of the students will work. Leaders Under Construction concentrated on three competency areas: Setting the foundation - acquiring knowledge and fundamental leadership concepts; Forming relationships designed to have students think critically about the people they work with, serve and lead, and how cultural competence is modeled and practiced; and Building competency - understanding practical day-to-day operations.

Speed Data-ing connects students with research opportunities Each year, the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) hosts “Speed Data-ing,” an event to make students aware of opportunities to engage in undergraduate research and its professional benefits. In its fourth year, the event hosted 48 faculty members from across campus, including engineering, design, humanities and social sciences and agriculture. Over 250 students learned what research was taking place within the different departments and colleges and what their role would be in this work.

Clinton Global Initiative University promotes social innovators NC State is one of 57 universities committed to supporting, mentoring and providing seed funding to leading student social innovators. After a competitive international selection process, six NC State students became the university’s second Clinton Global Initiative University team and traveled to Miami, Florida to develop a commitment to action, a new, specific, and measurable initiative that addresses pressing challenges in communities around the world. The students are now implementing the commitments to action in the focus areas of poverty alleviation, education and public health.

9/11 Day of Service benefits Wake County NC State students participated in the annual 9/11 Day of Service through a coordinated effort with the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service (CSLEPS) and Activate Good, a community partner. Students participated in service projects with agencies such as Helps Education Fund, Safe Haven for Cats, the Wake County Animal Shelter and Art for Hospice.

Alternative Service Break travel awards Monetary problems shouldn’t keep students from the experience of an alternative service break. That’s why $14,750 in travel awards were allocated to 77 participants during the 2014-15 academic year to support students who financially could not afford the cost of the trip. The Chancellor’s Greatest Needs Fund provided $12,000 in support to expand access to Alternative Service Breaks.

Undergraduate Research Symposia draw hundreds of participants The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) provides venues for students to present their scholarly works twice a year at the Spring and Summer Undergraduate Research Symposia. The 2014 summer program attracted 305 participants from 96 colleges and universities from across the U.S. and the world. The spring 2015 symposium had 444 student presenters and 209 poster presentations.

Honors students embrace highimpact experiences By definition, the University Honors Program is a high-impact experience in itself. In 2014-15, University Honors students reached new achievement heights with 20 percent reporting being engaged in non-Capstone related research, 83 students presented research at conferences or published in a disciplinary journal and 55 students engaged in a study abroad experience.

University Scholars students make the grade University Scholars students were among the most recognized in their respective classes for academics. Twenty-five percent of students recognized as valedictorians at the Spring 2015 commencement were University Scholars and 134 firstyear University Scholars had 4.0 GPAs at the end of the semester. Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honors fraternities noted a 36% and 46% acceptance rate of University Scholars, respectively.

Importance of high-impact experiences reinforced at New Student Orientation

Albright Entrepreneurs Village opens on Centennial Campus The Albright Entrepreneurs Village opened its doors during the fall semester, welcoming students who will participate in a variety of activities. It focuses on learning to work and solve problems collaboratively, as well as listening to the insights of others with different backgrounds and life experiences to solve real-world problems. Living and Learning Villages provide an immersive environment that encourages collaborations that are centered on issues that impact students. Each village offers unique opportunities for personal and academic growth. In fact, students living in villages have GPAs between five to ten percent higher than the average student population and four-year graduation rates that are four percent higher than the university average. Learn more about the newest Living and Learning Villages at NC State on page 21.

Undergraduate Research hosts state-wide research symposium The Office of Undergraduate Research hosted the 10th Annual State of NC Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS) November 22. A record number of attendees registered for the event (1,100). More than 80 NC State students participated and presented their scholarly work at SNCURCS.

New Student Programs ensures incoming new and transfer students have the opportunity to learn about the importance of high-impact experiences during the High-Impact Student Engagement Sessions held during orientation. The sessions, focused on career development, service learning, study abroad and undergraduate research, encouraged students to participate in high-impact educational experiences from the beginning of their careers at NC State. The sessions drew over 8,200 students.

First Year Inquiry course examines dynamics of population size and food needs The “World Populations and Food Prospects” First Year Inquiry (FYI) course, taught by Dr. Bob Patterson, examined the dynamics of population size and food needs, production, distribution and utilization. The course included trips to the NC State agroecology farm and concluded with a “hunger banquet” in which groups of students ate varying amounts of food, depending on their social class and geographical location. Part of the menu came from food crops grown by students. Funds for the banquet were provided from the Chancellor’s Greatest Needs Fund. See a video of the class at the agroecology farm at STS323.

Dr. Bob Patterson’s STS 323 class at the agroecology farm in Raleigh.

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Shaping Global Perspectives Alternative Service Breaks provide unique opportunities to learn and to serve others.


t NC State, we know that a big part of learning and personal growth takes place outside of the traditional classroom setting. We’re all about community, but we recognize that there is important work to be done across the country and around the globe. We’re committed to giving students the cutting edge resources and hands-on opportunities they need to effect change. With the skills gained through real world, impactful experiences like Alternative Service Break (ASB), our students will change the world.

staff, and translators traveled to a different community within the Chonta Punta region.

High-impact practices like service learning, internships and coops, and undergraduate research are known to directly correlate to student success. The ASB program provides opportunities for students to gain exposure to the diverse social justice issues that are affecting people internationally, and in our own backyards. Travel may take groups into schools in rural North Carolina to teach language and diversity, to San Francisco to address issues of homelessness within the GLBT community, or to Trinidad and Tobago to study the large scale agricultural activity and poor waste management that has negatively impacted the Arima River.

Timmy Global Health, founded in 1997, operates under a sustainable model which provides direct medical care to communities, with a medical brigade returning to the area every two months. A simple electronic medical record system allows for continuity of care between providers and patients. The Timmy Global Health model promotes a long term commitment to humanitarian values, global awareness, and health equity by empowering students and volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges firsthand.

This spring, a team of 20 students, faculty, and medical providers traveled to Ecuador, to the Amazon Basin where access to quality healthcare is extremely limited. Area hospitals are frequently understaffed, under-resourced, and overcrowded, or lacking in specialty services. The remaining gaps in health care services are left to be filled by small, private clinics scattered across the province. NC State’s ASB seeks to fill such gaps by establishing and staffing single-day medical clinics. On each day of the ten day trip the ASB team, medical providers, Timmy Global Health


Bringing medical supplies, medications, computers, and other essential equipment, the ASB group in conjunction with Timmy Global Health set up day-long primary care clinics in local schools and communal facilities. In addition to the health care services provided to the local population, $800 in medical supplies and donations were secured for the community.

To reduce financial limitations for undergraduate and graduate students who express interest in participating in ASB trips, travel awards are provided to those who are eligible. During the 2014-2015 academic year, 77 participants received travel awards totaling $14,750. The bulk of this amount--$12,000--was funded by the Chancellor’s Greatest Needs fund, intended to increase student access to high-impact experiences like ASB. A full 25% of all ASB participants were recipients of these awards, a strong indicator that ASB is successfully reaching a population of students which otherwise may be financially unable to participate in the program.

For ASB participants, the experience is profoundly impactful. Researching or studying the customs and concerns of other cultures from afar will always be an excellent way to become informed supporters of global and domestic social justice issues. But to bear witness to the firsthand experiences of real people—peers, children, parents--is quite different. David Hunnicutt understands the long For more term impact of such opportunities. He information, is a 2001 NC State grad with a degree visit: csleps. in Business Management. During college, he discovered a passion for public safety and decided to pursue a asb career as a paramedic. Almost 15 years later, his connection to the university continues through his work with ASB. Of the experience Hunnicutt says, “In Ecuador I am able to support the physicians with patient care, but my most active role is teaching the students how to obtain a patient’s vital signs and working with them during the clinics. The students get to be very hands-on in a triage station, getting to interact with each patient before they are seen by the physicians.” Unique opportunities like these allow students to apply what they have learned in class to the problems affecting societies outside of the campus community. ASB participation is particularly impactful for students when considering the paths they will take after graduation. These practical experiences provide exposure to scenarios that simply can’t be replicated in the classroom. Veera Motashaw is approaching the completion of her residency in Family Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health. She cites her ASB experiences as having helped shape her post-undergraduate career. “As an NC State alumna, I have had the privilege of attending and leading several ASB trips from my sophomore to senior years. Having practical application outside of the classroom is without a doubt what has driven me to become the physician I am today. As physicians, we endure rigorous training throughout medical school and residency; relying on my personal experiences abroad, particularly through ASB, has served as a motivational foundation. My most recent experience in Ecuador allowed me to serve as a resident physician and mentor for several medical students considering healthcare as a future profession. My passion to continue engaging in the ASB program also comes from recognizing how much the program and core values have shaped me as a physician, and my hope is to provide the same inspiration to the current generation of pre-medical students.” Motashaw is a 2008 Biochemistry graduate.

ASB at a glance »»

21 Alternative Service Break trips were taken that focused on exposing students to diverse social justice issues.


Alternative Service Break Travel Awards totaling $14,750 were allocated to 77 participants for the 2014-2015 academic year to support students who financially could not afford the cost of the trip.


$12,000 of the travel support came from the Chancellor’s Greatest Needs Fund which was intended to increase student access in the ASB program.


25% of ASB participants received financial support.


The amount distributed per person was $100 for domestic trips and $200 for international trips.


302 students and faculty served on 21 teams totaling over 9,000 service hours during fall, winter, spring and summer break opportunities with an additional $2,000 in donations and supplies that was not a part of the trip program cost. The total of service hours showed an increase of over 500 hours from the previous year.

Through their experiences with ASB, students learn to apply their acquired knowledge towards beginning to dismantle the systems that have been afforded to those in our society who are protected by unearned privileges. Such opportunities forge a lifelong connection to those cultures and promote continued learning and support, well beyond graduation. CONNECTIONS: Year in Review


ACC Meeting of the Minds brings undergraduate researchers to NC State This spring the 15 schools comprising the Atlantic Coast Conference took the competition off of the playing fields and courts and into NC State’s Hunt Library. April 10, 2015 marked the start of the 10th annual ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference, hosted right here on NC State’s campus. Each year the best and brightest undergraduate researchers from ACC institutions gather to present the findings of their scholarly research projects. Although the ACC is typically associated with some of the winningest collegiate sports teams in the country, these well-known institutions are also recognized for consistently attracting and retaining high caliber students. The yearly conference demonstrates that strong academics and strong athletics are synonymous, representing the power and synergy that exist between the two. Meeting of the Minds provides a platform for students to present research findings from a multitude of disciplines and techniques, ranging widely from archival research, art and sculpture to theoretical analyses, music, dance and theater performance. Students share their findings orally or via poster presentations, models, exhibitions or artwork displays, with access to the state of the art resources found at Hunt Library. The Meeting of the Minds Conference is the ultimate showcase of student talent, reminding us that ACC students are outstanding competitors in every sense.

The High Impact of Undergraduate Research Students are taking advantage of undergraduate research opportunities at an ever increasing rate

Participants gathered at The Point for a reception dinner hosted by Chancellor and Mrs. Randy Woodson


can benefit from the experience, and scholarly research may ultimately lead students towards graduate school, or help to identify future career paths. The OUR frequently collaborates with campus partners to ensure that students from across the university are aware that undergraduate research is an option for students in every academic program. Partnering with the University Honors Program and Student Government, the OUR’s Speed Data-ing event returned in February for the fourth year running. The annual event brought 48 faculty members from across campus to share with students the research opportunities taking place within their departments, and to describe the role that undergraduate researchers will serve. Speed Data-ing continues to prove popular with students, with 251 registering for the event in advance.


e’re proud to say that NC State students will receive a world class education during the course of their academic careers. NC State alums are highly regarded and competitively recruited after graduation. Those who choose to participate in undergraduate research opportunities take their preparation for the future even further, gaining hands-on experience applying critical thinking skills to real world problems. It’s invaluable, practical experience which will apply in industries across all disciplines. The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) matches students from every college and program to work with mentors who are experts in their fields, guiding them in their development as innovative, critical thinkers. Many may assume that research is something intended for future chemists or engineers, but research is not limited to those pursuing study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) -related fields. Students from virtually every discipline

The office also seeks to remove financial barriers which may prohibit interested students from participating in or sharing the findings of their research. During 2014-15, the OUR provided $26,444 in funding to 41 students, used to finance travel and fees for presenting research at For more national conferences and information, professional meetings. This number represents a visit: 70% increase in funding undergradresearch. to students.

A key commitment for the OUR is to promote opportunities to highlight the successes of student researchers. On November 22, 2014, NC State hosted the 10th annual State of NC Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. A record 1,100 people registered to attend the event, including 80 of NC State’s own student researchers. Additional opportunities to present research are offered throughout the year; the next opportunity will take place in late July when the OUR will host the NC State Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium, open to NC State undergraduate students, as well as any undergraduate student working with an NC State faculty mentor.

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Creating a High School to College Pipeline Through innovation and collaboration, NC State is creating new opportunities for high school students to develop a college-going mentality.


ringing to life NC State University’s vision to provide equal education opportunities for all, and the belief that education is an equalizing agent that facilitates individual and collective growth and economic opportunity, the NC State Division of Academic and Student Affairs supports three unique programs that are successfully reaching and inspiring low-income and underserved students to make their higher education dreams come true: »» »» »»

The well-established NC State TRIO Programs, The four-year-old Wake STEM Early College High School at NC State, The newest program, NC State College Advising Corps (CAC).

These programs work with North Carolina middle and high school students to promote a college-going attitude to help them graduate from high school and apply for college. They raise awareness of student possibilities, navigate them through systems, and equip them with the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to successfully get into and graduate from college.

NC State University TRIO Programs going strong after fifty years TRIO Programs are federal outreach and college access programs serving first generation under-resourced students to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate degrees. NC State hosts Student Support Services, Talent Search, and the largest Upward Bound program in the state. TRIO is the first national college access and retention program to address serious social and cultural barriers to education in America, which began in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. 2015 marks 50 years of TRIO providing college access to U.S. students. TRIO Program participants are academically strong and will be first-generation college goers. “As a first-generation college student, the parents or guardians in their homes have limited college experience, and TRIO offers the link in this gap to provide the additional support and motivation needed,” says Marsha Pharr, executive director of TRIO Programs at NC State.

“With the commitment of our community and campus partners, TRIO is making a positive difference in these students’ lives.” - Marsha Pharr, executive director NC State TRIO Programs


TRIO Programs’ successes include: »» 100 percent of Upward Bound (a program with 186 students) seniors applied, were accepted to, and are expected to enroll at a post secondary institution next year. »» 100 percent of Talent Search (a program with 814 students) seniors applied to a post secondary institution with 100 percent accepted and 88 percent expected to enroll in the fall. »» Students are enrolled in Ivy League universities such as Harvard and Stanford, as well as in colleges and universities all over the country and in North Carolina. “NC State supplements this federally-funded program through the State of North Carolina and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs,” Pharr says. “With the commitment of our community and campus partners, TRIO is making a positive difference in these students’ lives.”

The Wake STEM Early College High School at NC State helps underserved students shine The Wake Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Early College High School is a small public school of choice — a joint project between the Wake County Public School System, NC State University, and NC New Schools. Since opening in 2011, its mission is to provide a highly supportive and academically challenging learning environment for students underserved in a traditional high school setting and underrepresented in the STEM disciplines, including first-generation college going students who will graduate prepared to compete globally in careers related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. According to Alexander Waldie, STEM Early College High Liaison at NC State, “We receive more than 500 applications across Wake County for the approximately 55 spaces available annually, and these are filled through a lottery for ninth grade entrance. Fifty percent of students in each grade are first-generation, and our students come from all walks of life.” Students take college courses at NC State as well as the courses required to earn a high school diploma over a five-year period. Those who do well academically can earn up to 60 NC State credits while earning their high school diploma, and students are well equipped to continue pursuing a bachelor’s degree. On NC State’s campus next year will be 150 high school students (juniors, seniors and fifth-years), taking classes integrated with the student body. The school’s first five years are supported through the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction which uses grant money from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Students don’t pay for tuition, classes or books. “Even with a grant in place, the program comes at a cost, and NC State’s support is critical to the success, both for the program, and as an investment in the future of North Carolina,” notes Waldie. continued >

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“She has helped me research the colleges I wanted to apply to and helped me learn about the application process. Once I made my decision, she was very supportive and excited for me” - Williamston’s Riverside High School student shares outlook on experience with NC State College Advising Corps

NC State College Advising Corps (CAC) helps high school students navigate unknown territory The U.S. high school student-to-guidance-counselorratio is an average of 450:1. That’s about 20 minutes per year per student, hardly enough time to discuss much of anything, much less create a strategy for going to college. According to the NC State CAC Director Patti Baynes, high school students in North Carolina’s rural communities are particularly vulnerable to this trend. “They are often the first in their families to consider post-secondary education and thus receive little advice or family assistance.” The CAC, a national organization committed to supporting lowincome and underserved students as they navigate the college process, is addressing this deficit. Last May NC State partnered with the CAC to increase efforts to match students with best-fit colleges. CAC advisors, NC State graduates working as full time dedicated college advisors for students in rural high schools, met with more than 91 percent of seniors in the eight high schools to jump start the conversation about deadlines for college applications and scholarships last year. Sixty seven percent of graduating seniors submitted at least one college application. And through CAC’s financial aid application guidance, many aspiring collegebound students discovered a way to pay for their education.

CAC is supported by a three-year, $10 million grant from the John M. Belk Endowment to demonstrate that this successful program can be scaled up for a broad and far-reaching impact. “I’m excited about the growth, which is only happening because of the support of NC State and the funders. Being anchored at NC State, we have the capacity to train our advisors well and to serve rural North Carolina high school students,” Baynes says.

Investing today means a more prosperous and fulfilling future Nationally and in North Carolina, an estimated 65% of the jobs available by 2020 will require some form of post-secondary education, according to the Georgetown University Report. NC State’s commitment to helping first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented rural North Carolina youth achieve this level of education through the NC State TRIO Programs, the Wake STEM Early College, and the CAC, demonstrates a bright vision for individual students, communities, North Carolina, the economy, and the future.

For more information on these programs, visit: »» »» »»

For 2015-16, 21 full-time CAC advisors are in place and receiving training over the summer. They collaborate with on-site school guidance counselors focusing solely on the college-going process and leaving counselors free to address other important issues. Counties with schools currently served by NC State College Advising Corps Additional counties with schools being added to NC State College Advising Corps in the 2015-16 academic year 12


NC State’s yearly back-to-school block party Each year, our Pack gets a little bigger, and our growth is rarely more apparent than during Packapalooza. On August 23, 2014 our spirit was particularly strong, when 55,000 students, staff and community members joined together for NC State’s third Packapalooza celebration. Packapalooza, coordinated by the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, is a highlight of Wolfpack Welcome Week and has quickly become one of NC State’s most eagerly anticipated and widely attended events. Originating as part of the university’s 125th anniversary

celebration, the popular event has become an annual fête of all things Wolfpack. Packapalooza is a day-long block party, on a grander and more unique scale than we have previously seen. Hillsborough Street is arguably the heart of NC State, and given its historical significance, it’s fitting that the event flows from Brooks Avenue to the Pullen Road roundabout. Last year’s event saw the street divided into ten different zones: International, Green, Pack Pride, Service, Play Zone, Arts, Wolfpack, Senior Class, Young Alumni, and General Activities. Each zone featured activities that allowed attendees to take a hands-on approach towards experiencing all that NC State has to offer. They could learn how to build a skaeboard with the Wood Products Department, take a tour of the Belltower, or be photographed alongside the FedEx NASCAR racecar. Two air conditioned video gaming trucks, an extra-long slip and slide, and a roaring rapids water slide all provided a refuge from the heat of the day. The university’s athletic history is rich, and Wolfpack athletes and mascots were a

welcome addition to the day’s festivities. Visitors were also invited to explore more than 200 booths and demonstrations hosted by our colleges, academic departments and student groups. Packapalooza is certainly a full day of fun for all who attend, but it also serves as an excellent opportunity to strengthen and promote our connections within the greater community. Merchants located on Hillsborough Street were invited to participate in the event free of charge. More than 300 vendors provided plentiful food options, offering favorite festival staples like roasted corn on the cob and jumbo turkey legs. Area food trucks were also on the scene to give patrons a taste of some local fare. Events like Packapalooza highlight the community connections that are such a vital component of NC State’s continued growth and success. Throughout the day, three separate stages featured

live performances from various musical talents. The headliner for 2014 was country music superstar Scotty McCreery. The American Idol winner is an NC State student and proud champion of the Pack. In the ultimate display of Wolfpack spirit, as the night drew to a close, the iconic Belltower was illuminated in NC State red. Packapalooza’s popularity was evident on social media; we were the 12th highest trend on Twitter in the Raleigh area, with people tweeting at a rate of 240 tweets per hour between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. During the following day, tweets were logged at a rate of 60 per hour, indicating that nearly 24 hours later, Packapalooza was still giving people something to talk about. The events of Wolfpack Welcome Week serve as NC State’s signature introduction to the Wolfpack community for new students, and as a greatly anticipated welcome back for those who are returning to campus. CONNECTIONS: Year in Review


WKNC airs Diversity Education Week programming NC State’s student-run radio station, WKNC, aired a special edition of its public affairs program “Eye on the Triangle” in October as part of Diversity Education Week. The program featured an introduction to Renee Wells, the new director of the campus GLBT Center, and a preview of the Islam Fair, an event to teach about Islam as it exists in both the U.S. and around the world.

University Recreation fostering an inclusive environment Collaborating with the NC State GLBT Center, University Recreation has created inclusive guidelines and processes that support transgender students’ participation in university programs, facilities and services. All students, faculty and staff can participate in the gender-specific league that affirms their gender identity. The participant’s gender identity will also be applied when there are gender-specific rules or player ration requirements in corecreational leagues.

Gender neutral housing and bathrooms an important step forward The Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service (CSLEPS) has implemented a policy that provides for gender neutral bathrooms and housing at their many programs offered throughout the year. These gender neutral facilities are an important step to show full welcome and inclusion to program participants.

Student Government creates social justice mini-grants A new initiative from NC State Student Government (SG) is aimed to support students in hosting educational programming on social justice topics. In order to receive the mini-grant, programs must 1) Be focused on social justice issues, 2) Be open to the NC State community at large, 3) Be a collaborative effort, and 4) Be held in Spring 2015. Grants for $50 or $100 were awarded throughout the semester.

Pan-Afrikan Festival Week hosts Nikki Giovanni Pan-Afrikan Festival Week is always a special time on campus. This year, the Black Students Board within the Union Activities Board (UAB) facilitated the 45th anniversary of the event, culminating with a keynote speech from Nikki Giovanni, a widely celebrated social activist, poet and public speaker. Giovanni is best known for works which have given voice to America’s Civil Rights journey, race relations and other social justice issues. An average of 275 students participated in each event throughout the week.

3rd annual Diversity Breakfast a huge success More than 600 students attended the 3rd annual Diversity Breakfast, sponsored by the Union Activities Board (UAB) and University Dining. The event aimed to highlight the various aspects of diversity that exist on campus as well as provide an opportunity for students to mix and mingle.

Pack Pride sets the standard Diversity and inclusion are pillars of the NC State community, and for the second year, New Student Programs has encouraged both during the Pack Pride program as part of New Student Orientation. Pack Pride encourages diversity and inclusion through a focus on creating a culture of inclusivity and the impact students can have on one another and their community. The program contributed to 98% agreement among new students that the program demonstrated useful information on expectations for NC State community members to act with civility and respect according to the Incoming Students Survey.

Indigenous People’s Day Act passed Student Government supported legislation to recognize and celebrate Indigenous People’s Day in place of Columbus Day. Student Senate then urged university officials to recognize the day and called for further pursuit of these efforts and advocacy at local, state and federal levels.

Counseling Center adds two new groups The Counseling Center added Transcending and Connecting, a group counseling group designed for “any trans*, genderqueer, and nonbinary gender identified individuals” attending undergraduate or graduate school. Also added was the International Student Support Group, which was designed for International Students seeking support with challenges unique to living and studying away from the country of their origin. 14

Nikki Giovanni receives the 28th annual Role Model Leader Award, a long-standing tradition of NC State University that honors an outstanding regional, national or international leader who speaks on leadership and the challenges that face today’s leaders.

Diversity and Inclusion

Student Government passes Inclusion Act The Inclusion Act (aka Resolution 68) calls for a number of actions to take place in response to racial tension that surfaced after the trials in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City. The bill called for several actions to take place on campus including 1) The bill called for several actions to take place on campus including 1) Creating social justice mini-grants, 2) Supporting the awareness of micro-aggressions and structural inequality through peaceful protest and other nonviolent demonstrations and provide support to its Diversity Outreach Commission, 3) Supporting the African American Student Advisory Council, Multicultural Student Affairs and the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity through increased communication and participation, and 4) Exploring ways in which diversity education can be further incorporated into New Student Programs.

First Year College hosts diversity super forum The First Year College hosted a diversity super forum to help students process the impact of current social problems on their personal and academic success and the well-being of the university community.

Tunnel of Oppression opens minds through visual displays Several units in the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, including University Housing, Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service and the Counseling Center participated in the “Tunnel of Oppression”, an interactive experience that examined contemporary issues of race, religion, body image, gender identification and discriminatory forms and processes. Participants were guided through a series of scenes that aimed to educate and challenge them to think more deeply about those issues. At the conclusion of the tour there was a brief facilitated discussion which allowed participants to process the experience.

Leadership Development Series explores social issues The Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service (CSLEPS) presented several diversity-related workshops as part of its Leadership Development Series, including Leadership Tools for Women, Cross Culture Communication, Working with Diverse Populations, and Leadership and Social Justice. CSLEPS presented three workshops sponsored by the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) that included Building Bridges Strengthening Leadership for Diverse Communities parts I and II and Leading Groups through Conflict.

University Housing coordinates diversity trips

Multicultural Greek Council Showcase demonstrates cultural traditions

University Housing staff coordinated 314 programs that helped students learn and talk about multicultural and diversity issues. Among these programs were educational diversity trips. Ten residents traveled to Atlanta where they visited the MLK and Civil and Human Rights Museum and worked with Hands on Atlanta creating a community garden. Thirteen students traveled to Charleston, SC where they learned about the Gullah and Geechee cultures and spent three days of mentoring, teaching and tutoring with at-risk high school youth . Ten women residents traveled to DC during fall break and visited the Occoquan workhouse, where women from the suffrage movement were imprisoned. Seventeen students traveled to the Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro. Nine students traveled to San Francisco to learn about sustainable waste reduction and to explore social justice issues.

Each year the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) presents the MGC Showcase which brings together each of the 12 culturally-based fraternities and sororities to perform organizational and cultural traditions. Demonstrations included dance, step, and skits. The Showcase also helped present the organizations and their traditions to the campus community.

Respect the Pack Collaborating with the Title IX Committee, New Student Programs incorporated the “Respect the Pack” presentation into all New Student Orientation programs to provide education and awareness to incoming first-year and transfer students about sexual assault and sexual violence. Respect the Pack empowered students to create an environment free of sexual assault and violence by intervening and supporting survivors.

Lecture series exposes students to non-Western musical cultures The Price Music Lecture Series, presented by the Music Department, hosted several lectures with nonWestern musical experts. The series hosted Dr. Paul Berliner, Professor of Ethnomusicology at the John Hope Franklin Center for International and Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University, who was joined by longtime collaborator Cosmas Magaya, a virtuoso Zimbabwean artist. The lecture series also presented Aorigele, Mongolian Master of the Horsehead Fiddle, in collaboration with UNC-Greensboro School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Students protest racially insensitive Halloween costumes The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) presented “I’m a Culture, Not a Costume” in the Brickyard in October. The silent protest and program stemmed from a need for education on cultural appropriation in the NC State campus community and featured MGC members holding up large photos of culturally insensitive Halloween costumes, showing the issues minority cultures face today. All students had the opportunity to sign a pledge to end cultural appropriation.

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Parents’ Fund vital for continued student success NC State students enjoy a world-class education, complemented with stellar out-of-class experiences. These interactive and enhanced learning opportunities are a key part of what makes NC State great. The Parents’ Fund gives families the opportunity to directly enhance their students’ educational experience by providing critical dollars to support many of the far-reaching programs and services within Academic and Student Affairs that are not sufficiently supported by tuition and state funds alone. Priorities for the Parents’ Fund include programs and activities that: promote student success, such as tutoring and career advisement; student leadership opportunities, such as the Clinton Global Initiative; experiential learning through study abroad programs and locally-based opportunities such as Alternative Spring Break; and a focus on undergraduate research through the sponsorship of student research scholarships. This year the Parents’ Fund allocated nearly $150,000 to many worthy initiatives.

Wolfpack Pick Up makes main campus more accessible Covering over 2,000 acres, NC State is the largest campus in the UNC system. With that comes advantages such as the state-of-the-art Centennial Campus, the sprawling Brickyard and the picturesque Court of North Carolina. But to someone with a mobility impairment, getting to class can be a daunting task. That’s why Student Government backed a measure to create and run the new Wolfpack Pick Up program, designed to assist those with temporary and permanent mobility impairments in getting to where they need to be on main campus. That means students recovering from a recent surgery or those with sports injuries, visual impairments or chronic diseases that impact stamina have a way to get to class on time. The program currently runs three golf carts that are available five days a week. The most recent cart addition was made possible by a $25,000 gift from North State Bank, headquarted in Raleigh. In addition to a standard two-seater and fourseater, one cart has the ability to load and carry a wheel-chair bound student without requiring the student to leave the chair. The service is available to any student with a disability verification statement.


To RECOGNIZE that non-consensual sex is sexual

#ItsOnUs NC State joins the White House and universities across the country to bring conversations around sexual assault on campus to the forefront

As sexual assault continues to plague college campuses across the nation, NC State students became one of the first groups to begin signing the It’s On Us pledge. It’s On Us, an education based campaign focusing on sexual assault awareness and prevention on college campuses, advocates for a cultural shift surrounding sexual assault by identifying what sexual assault is and situations in which it is beneficial to step in and prevent sexual assault from happening. NC State collaborated with the White House and the National Campus Leadership Council to implement the campaign. The student body, faculty, staff, and administration worked together to assert that it is on us, all of us, to ensure that every member of the Wolfpack community is educated on sexual assault and that every victim has the resources she or he deserves. Carson Shepherd, the campus student coordinator for the program, says at first she was intimidated by the daunting task of reaching the thousands of students at NC State. But, she says, “I realized that any amount of work towards the eventual goal of ending sexual assault on our campus and removing the negative stigma around it was worthwhile.” The effort at NC State has been widespread

and accessible. A public service announcement produced by the Division of Academic and Student Affairs and written by students is on YouTube, student leaders Tweeted about the initiative, students changed their social media profile pictures to the It’s On Us logo and all of the information and resources are online. Shepherd says, “I believe that this has really broadened the conversation on campus. Usually, issues like this already have a built in audience, but the true goal should be to break those built in boundaries and open up the conversation to everyone. That’s why it’s called It’s On US; it’s not just women identifying people, or administrators, or the police who need to work to solve the issue of sexual assault, it is all of us, collectively.” Since the campaign launch in September, hundreds of NC State students, faculty and staff have taken the pledge at and participated in the campus-wide public service announcement that has over 4,500 views. For a week in November, Student Government partnered with The Movement Peer Educators through the Women’s Center to reach out to the campus community during the National Week of Action.

assault. To IDENTIFY situations in which sexual assault may occur. To INTERVENE

an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

The Pledge:

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Academic Services: Ensuring Academic Success for All


he Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA) is home to the many services and resources that students need to be successful during their time at NC State. We are committed to continuing our support of students postgraduation, as alumni preparing to enter the workforce and as graduate and professional students.

Academic Advising A productive working relationship between student and academic advisor is critical to the development of engaged learners and effective leaders. Advisors assist students in determining their academic career paths and provide much needed guidance and mentorship throughout the entirety of their academic careers. During 2014-15, Academic Advising Services held 560 walk-in advising appointments. On January 23, 2015 the department recognized the accomplishments of five exceptional advisors from across campus during the annual Undergraduate Academic Advising Awards.

First Year College The First Year College (FYC) is the ideal choice for students who would like to experience all that the university has to offer, before choosing a major. They are fully immersed in the university, encouraged to embrace the unfamiliar and celebrate curiosity. As a result, they are prepared to make informed decisions about their best choice of major, while still remaining on track to graduate on time. The FYC received 2,523 applications and admitted 1,534 students. In early 2015, the FYC received a $25,000 endowment for scholarship funding, the first such gift in the program’s history. In May 2015, the FYC celebrated 20 years of student success. Effective July 1, 2015, following the restructuring of DASA’s Academic Programs and Services sub-division, the First Year College was renamed as Exploratory Studies. As a key component of the new University College, Exploratory Studies 18

will maintain the same commitment to supporting first-year students who seek additional time to explore and reflect upon the many opportunities available at NC State, before committing to an academic career path.

Student Support Services Student Support Services (SSS), part of “It’s like a superthe federally funded connected family. It gives TRIO program, provides me the boost and support the tools and guidance I need to be successful needed for first and comfortable on generation students to campus.” become self-sufficient, supporting them in the - SSS student testimonial transition to collegelevel learning and seeing them through to degree completion. The program adds breadth to NC State’s existing support services, focusing on the unique needs of underserved populations. August 2014 marked the start of the SSS program’s fifth year at NC State. Through an intensive identification and selection process, 62 new students were admitted to the program. Working to enhance student success through educational innovation and scholarship, 24 personal, academic, and social programs focusing on the holistic development of participants were offered. Throughout 2014 and 2015, staff completed approximately 1,222 hours of individual and group support for participants.

Tutorial Services The University Tutorial Center has long been at the forefront of goto resources for NC State students in need of tutoring and writing assistance. In its first full academic year offering support services for both undergraduate and graduate students, approximately 3,000 students were served, resulting in a total of more than 22,000 contact hours.

Academic Support Program for Student Athletes Wolfpack athletes received assistance with balancing their responsibilities in the classroom and in their sports through participation in the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes (ASPSA). During the fall and spring 2014-15 semesters, 554 students participated in individual tutoring sessions with ASPSA.

University Honors Program University Honors Program (UHP) participants are encouraged to be intellectually curious, embracing new ways of thinking and developing the confidence to push beyond the traditional boundaries of knowledge. Over 1,000 applications were received for fall 2015 admission to the UHP (compared to 947 applications received for fall 2014), marking the first time the program has received more than 1,000 applications for program admission for a single semester. The 2014-15 academic year saw the formation of a UHP advisory board consisting of five UHP faculty, two alumni, five current students, and one parent of a current UHP student. In addition to attending UHP events and sharing feedback throughout the year, advisory board members served as application reviewers.

University Scholars Program For 35 years, the University Scholars Program (USP) has provided personal, cultural, and leadership development opportunities for outstanding students, empowering them to become informed citizens, ethical leaders, and active contributors to society. The Scholars Forum Series enables students to engage in active inquiry and critical consideration centered around a diverse range of topics. Presentations and discussions of issues of contemporary educational, social, and political significance are led by distinguished faculty members and nationally-known experts. During 2014-15, an average of 924 students enrolled in the Forum series each semester. USP students had the opportunity to attend 448 different events to receive Scholars Forum credit. Over 19,000 students participated in all Forum events, with each student attending an average of 12 events.

Summer START Summer START is a program designed to assist new students with the transition from high school to college through five weeks of academic courses and co-curricular activities. Summer START provides strong introductions to the culture of NC State and to the city of Raleigh. This year marks the sixth year of Summer START. The program had students enrolled from eight different countries, 11 different states and spread across 40 different majors representing all 10 college at NC State. Summer START works closely with each college to ensure students will be enrolled in academic courses towards their curriculum to get them on the path to an on-time graduation. In addition to up to eight credit hours of university coursework, many optional co-curricular, college based, leadership, and service programs are planned throughout the week and on the weekends. Summer START is a way for new students to “Get Ahead of the Pack.�

New University College brings academic services under one roof On July 1, 2015, the NC State Division of Academic and Student Affairs took another step towards its mission of promoting the success of the whole student by announcing the formation of the University College. The new University College represents a reorganization of the academic functions in the division to better serve all students and NC State. The process to reorganize the academic services in the division started in earnest on August 22, 2014, when Provost Warwick Arden and Vice Chancellor Charles Leffler appointed the University College Implementation Team. The team was charged with creating a University College by fall 2015 that was to bring together First Year College, unaffiliated departments in the Division of Academic and Student Affairs and interdisciplinary undergraduate degree programs and minors and certificates not currently housed in any college. The culmination of the work completed by the implementation team was realized when Chancellor Randy Woodson and Provost Arden announced the establishment of the University College with students getting their first look at the new structure this fall. The mission of the University College is to promote the academic success of all students, and especially exploratory and transitional students, by creating a community of practice (i.e. academic advisors, faculty, as well as academic and student affairs professionals) with shared assumptions, beliefs, scholarship and best practices.

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Reth!nking the Ways We Teach Improving higher-order thinking through critical and creative thinking

In TH!NK courses students explore disciplinary content through a lens of critical and creative thinking, allowing them to take ownership of their learning and truly engage their minds.

metacognitive growth. Participants consistently either met or exceeded expectations on activities that were scored using the common rubric.

As the focus of the NC State Quality Enhancement Plan, TH!NK is designed to improve students’ higher-order thinking competencies, including critical evaluation, creative thinking, and reflection on their own thinking. The initiative enhances scholarship by investing in faculty through focused faculty development and the creation of a vibrant learning community.

During the 2014-15 academic year, 371 students were directly impacted by the program. Feedback from the students themselves was positive, with one participant saying, “Every day walking into Engineering 101, I knew I’d be faced with either critical thinking problems, ethical issues to be pondered and discussed, or even tactical hands-on experiences. [Every activity] helped to add meaningful differences to my higher-order thinking abilities.”

By implementing TH!NK strategies into their courses, faculty provide students with opportunities to develop higher-order thinking skills. They arm students with the intellectual standards, skills and behaviors of critical and creative thinking and the tools to help students reflect on their own ideas. Because of common language used in TH!NK courses across disciplines, skills stay with students from one learning experience to the next.

In its inaugural year, the TH!NK initiative brought a diverse range of discipline-specific activities to students enrolled in first-year English, first-year inquiry courses, and introductory classes in engineering, management, and life sciences. Faculty leading TH!NK courses have begun to incorporate teaching strategies that may not have been regularly utilized prior to the implementation of TH!NK, such as concept mapping, divergent thinking, case studies and scenarios, self-reflection, and the explicit discussion of intellectual standards. The impact on student success is clear. Students from the fall 2014 TH!NK cohort report having made gains in the use of intellectual standards when making decisions and evaluating their thinking, a strong indication of


Student responses also point to the impact that TH!NK will have on students’ thinking when skills learned are applied in other courses: “All of the essays in English 101 have allowed me to think more clearly and form an opinion about various issues. I question everything I learn now and want to know more about that information.” Faculty and staff have received ongoing support and opportunities for professional development during this first full year of incorporating TH!NK standards into their classrooms. On May 24, 2015 50 NC State faculty and staff members participated in a workshop facilitated by Dr. Keith Sawyer, a professor of education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Sawyer’s work focuses on creativity, collaboration, and learning. During the three hour workshop, Dr. Sawyer walked faculty through the creative process and challenged participants with engaging creativity-building activities. The TH!NK initiative has made significant strides in its first year. The program will continue to further expand its reach, arming additional teachers with TH!NK teaching strategies and impacting the long term success of even more students.

On Campus Living Provides Immersive Learning Opportunities NC State’s Living and Learning Villages are designed around the issues that impact students. Perhaps this is why more than half of all incoming freshmen choose to call these immersive communities their home away from home. Villages are interestbased living communities that keep students engaged, outside of the classroom. The personal and academic benefits of village living are extensive. Opting to reside in a village has shown to directly impact academic success. Students who live in villages are proven to have GPAs 5-10% higher than their peers outside of the village community. Four-year graduation rates are also elevated, with students graduating at rates 4% higher than the university average. Applying knowledge acquired in a classroom setting to real world problems is key in helping students gain the practical experience they need to excel. For 12 years the Honors Village has aided students who are committed to academic excellence in applying their classwork directly to real life experiences through intellectual and affective growth, appreciation for demographic and intellectual diversity, and interaction with faculty and staff members. The village has grown to include nearly 400 students occupying Bagwell, Becton, and Berry Halls. This year marked the third time in six years that the Honors Village was named the Inter-Residence Council Living-Learning Village of the Year. Beyond academic growth, village life also allows students to identify and pursue their passions. They may choose a village centered around a theme that they are already familiar with, or select a village that is entirely new to them. Either way, they are sure to form lasting connections and gain deeper understanding of a diverse range of topics. The arts are for everyone, and the Arts Village provides a welcoming home for any student passionate or curious about the arts, regardless of academic major or past experience. This village gives residents an opportunity to develop their creativity, become engaged in the arts on campus and in the greater community, and serve as a creative resource for the campus community as a whole. The Arts Village connects students across disciplines through shared interests in theater, visual arts and crafts, music, and

dance. During 2014-15, 141 village members traveled to New York City and Washington, D.C. to explore the robust cultural offerings found in major cities. They also participated in a photography workshop and an annual haunted house, and learned the basics of Irish dancing. The 2014-15 academic year marked the opening of the Albright Entrepreneurs Village. Designed with those who exhibit an entrepreneurial spirit in mind, Albright is NC State’s newest village and houses both undergraduate and graduate students. It’s a growing community of thinkers and doers. Students participate in activities with a focus on learning to work and solve problems collaboratively, and to consider the insights of others with differing backgrounds. Village residents learn from the experiences of fellow entrepreneurs through the Albright Entrepreneurs Speaker Series and the Entrepreneurship Lecture Series. Students are also given the opportunity to attend an annual trip to Silicon Valley. For those students who are committed to sustainable living, the EcoVillage is the place to be. This year students explored complex local and global energy issues, as well as the environmental challenges faced by society in relation to the advancement of sustainability. A weekly programming series addressed topics such as assessing climate change vulnerability of ecosystems and sustainable transportation. They also participated in sustainable service activities including recycling bin cleaning, community gardening, and Service Raleigh. Additionally, the village established a student council to support student leadership efforts. The EcoVillage Sustainable Planning and Urban Development Sightseers (SPUDS) class was recognized at the City of Raleigh’s Environmental Awards Celebration with the Environmental Awareness Award (provided to a program or person demonstrating leadership for teaching others about the environment). EcoVillage housed 83 residents during the past year. The Wood Wellness Village promotes balanced living. Residents of Wood Hall take an in-depth look at wellness and explore topics such as environmental responsibility, stress reduction, and nutrition. Students who achieve balance in their lives will have created a lasting foundation for success. Team building and the development of leadership skills are fundamental parts of life in the Wood Wellness Village. The village continued to grow in its second year, offering an innovative range of programs including a retreat, community service opportunities with Raleigh Rescue Mission and Interfaith Food Shuttle, crop planting at NC State’s Agroecology Farm, and occupational wellness programming. With 14 unique locations to choose from, there is truly a village to suit every area of interest. CONNECTIONS: Year in Review


NIRSA Tournament a Slam Dunk at NC State Hosting national tournaments has become commonplace at University Recreation facilities on campus. This year, and for the eighth time, University Recreation hosted 1,063 participants for the NIRSA National Basketball Championships at the Carmichael Complex. The tournament featured 32 men’s and 28 women’s club basketball teams and 24 men’s and 11 women’s intramural teams from 65 colleges and universities across the country. Unlike varsity teams, most club and intramural teams don’t have money to travel to Raleigh for the championship, so they raised money other ways, including bake sales, raffles and auctions. As for the skill level? Some were surprised at how athletic the teams were. “These guys can play above the rim; they can dunk; there will be a lot of athleticism in the gym,” said Ben Strunk, the tournament director and coordinator for competitive sports at University Recreation. Congratulations go to the winners of the tournament, Cornell University and Georgia Tech in the men’s club and intramural bracket respectively and the University of Illinois and Georgia Southern University in the women’s brackets.

In February, University Housing and the Wolfpack Nation attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people playing Monopoly in a single venue. Students and staff showed up to “Roomopoly” to show off their Wolfpack pride and help NC State secure the record. The previous record was 277 people and was set in London, England in October 2014. After submitting documentation and evidence to Guinness World Records, University Housing learned they secured the world record. The new world record is 316 players. The event is a testament to the fun of living on campus and the amazing programming that happens in the oncampus residence halls and apartments.

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Gregg Groundbreaking Marks Next Phase in Museum’s History University, Wake County and City of Raleigh leaders gather to turn the first shovels of soil on the transformative project, four years in the making The red brick house at 1903 Hillsborough Street is slated for an update. A $9 million project, funded in part by a $4 million private fundraising campaign, will fund the renovation and expansion of the historic chancellor’s residence, home to NC State’s chancellors for more than 80 years. The space has been designated for the new Gregg Museum of Art & Design, NC State’s collecting and exhibiting museum. Currently without a place to call home, the Gregg’s exhibitions are displayed at various galleries across campus and the community. With a vast and growing collection of more than 34,000 pieces including folk art, photography, textiles, and furniture, the Gregg’s need for expansion--to a permanent home--is great. Though the campaign began nearly four years earlier, 2015 saw completion of the $4 million private campaign goal, in part because of the generosity of donors, as well as the Wake County Board of Commissioners. The family of the late J. Norwood and Valeria Adams gifted $500,000 to name the J. Norwood and Valeria C. Adams gallery, which will be the largest exhibition space in the new Gregg. The Adams family donation was gifted as a matching challenge to encourage fellow donors to complete the Gregg Campaign.

NC State Trustee, alumnus, and longtime supporter Tom Cabaniss met the challenge, matching the commitment of the Adams family with a commitment of $500,000. The historic chancellor’s residence will be named in his honor. A $650,000 grant of hospitality and tourism tax dollars was awarded to the museum by the Wake County Board of Commissioners. The grant followed a competitive application process whereby the Gregg demonstrated the significant positive impact that the future museum will have on generating new hospitality and tourism tax revenue in Wake County. On April 14, over 300 donors, community members, political figures, and university representatives gathered on the lawn of the historic residence to celebrate the conclusion of the campaign and groundbreaking. Armed with brightly hued shovels designed by NC State students, a nod to the creative spirit of the Gregg, Chancellor Randy Woodson; alumnus and Campaign Committee member Jerry Jackson; Wake County Board of Commissioners Chair Dr. James West; and Political Science senior Philip Lindemann turned the first shovels of dirt, marking the start of the transformation. Construction is estimated to last 12-18 months, with the new museum opening in late 2016 or early 2017.

Students were commissioned to paint the shovels for the Gregg groundbreaking ceremony.

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Talley Student Union: Open for Collaboration



f NC State is a small town, Talley Student Union is the community center. It’s the hub for quality student-life experiences, providing the activities and resources that will propel students to success. A $120 million renovation and building addition have provided more space and an improved range of services to better support the diverse and evolving needs of our student population. For the faculty and staff of the programs and departments that comprise the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, close relationships with the student community are essential to our ability to provide support.

to seeing students put the space to use when they arrive on campus for the fall semester. “I am thrilled for student leaders and organizations to return to campus and see their new home in the Woodward Student Involvement Center in Talley. The university has never offered a space like this where student organizations, student leaders and advisors can meet and collaborate in order to strengthen our campus community. And, I have no doubts that the meeting space, storage options and new resource room will provide an ample backdrop for students to get involved, explore their passion, and build a stronger campus community of organizations.” Greek life is about community and for the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the move to Talley means new opportunities for collaboration. Christopher Jefferson, Associate Director of Chapter Services, says, “One of the great aspects about our move to Talley is the proximity to other campus partners that work with student engagement. Having the ability to share space with CSLEPS, the GLBT Center, Multicultural Student Affairs, Student Government, Student Involvement, the Women’s Center and the Union Activities Board (UAB) will lend to a seamless one stop shop for our student leaders.”

The new space brings many of these “The university has campus partners together under one never offered a space roof, allowing for increased collaboration like this where student between colleagues and greater organizations, student opportunities to reach and support leaders and advisors can students. The close proximity will provide meet and collaborate in ease of access for students, making it convenient to get involved with the many order to strengthen our clubs and extracurricular opportunities that campus community.” are available on campus. - Eileen Coombes, Director of Student Involvement

Among these is the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service (CSLEPS). Encouraging a community of student leaders who are committed to the betterment of society, CSLEPS offers the hands-on leadership development and service experiences that help to equip students with the skills needed to lead with integrity and compassion. Interim Director Melissa Barnes is enthusiastic about the new space and says, “I look forward to Talley Student Union being the premier destination on campus for our students to connect, build community, and interact with one another in exciting, new ways. Departments are capitalizing on the countless opportunities to collaborate with, support and advocate for our partners in the building in ways we were not able to before joining together in one space. I am confident students will see and feel the collective approach as we work together to provide dynamic programming and highlevel services.” The excitement for the possibilities associated with the new Talley is also shared by Eileen Coombes, the Director of Student Involvement. She looks forward

The LEED Silver Certified Talley Student Union is currently serving students who are on campus for the summer months and stands ready to welcome those who will arrive in August. Additional amenities include two full floors of Wolfpack merchandise in the NC State Bookstore (the university’s flagship location), a much anticipated Starbucks, and a wide range of dining options including Yates Mill Bakery, Los Lobos Mexican Grill, and 1887 Bistro. The terrace of the Thomas H. Stafford, Jr. Commons is the perfect spot to enjoy the expanded green space and can be reserved by the more than 600 student organizations that will be housed in the James H. Woodward Student Involvement Center. The new Talley Student Union will quickly become the go-to resource for students, whether they’re looking for a quiet nook for studying, a quick bite to eat, or a welcoming place to linger for hours with friends.

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Awards, News and Highlights Stephany Dunstan receives Outstanding Doctoral Research Award Stephany Dunstan, Ph.D., Assistant Director of the Office of Assessment, was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Doctoral Research Award from Emerald Group Publishing and the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL). Her dissertation, completed at NC State and titled The Influence of Speaking a Dialect of Appalachian English on the College Experience, highlights the role that language plays in students’ experiences in higher education. Dunstan’s research examines dialect as an element of diversity that shapes the college experience, particularly for speakers of non-standardized dialects of English.

Environmental Sciences launches new minor The first three students enrolled in Environmental Sciences’ new Sustainable Energy minor graduated in Spring 2015. The minor provides students the opportunity to assemble courses in theme areas including: science; engineering and technology; sustainable resources; and social systems and policy. It was designed to engage students from all majors and provide an educational opportunity that accelerates development of energy systems for the future.

Career Development Center awarded $85,000 grant State Farm committed $85,000 to establish a state-of-the-art sales and marketing training lab within the Career Development Center. The donation, made possible by local agents and State Farm corporate foundations, is being used to transform space on the second floor of Pullen Hall into an advanced fullfunction electronic observation and virtual presence studio.


EcoVillage SPUDS course wins Raleigh Environmental Award A course developed by the directors of NC State’s EcoVillage has earned an award in the City of Raleigh 2015 Environmental Awards. The course, Sustainable Planning & Urban Development for EcoVillage, was created to complement the EcoVillage Sustainable Planning & Urban Development Sightseers (SPUDS) spring break trips. The SPUDS program gives EcoVillage students opportunities to expand their knowledge of sustainability practices being developed and implemented in cities outside of North Carolina. The Sustainable Planning & Urban Development for EcoVillage course received an award in the Environmental Awareness category. Selection criteria for this category was based on quantifiable results that positively affect the environment, while displaying a demonstrated commitment to leadership or teaching others about the environment.

Autumn Belk wins Outstanding Teacher Award Autumn Belk, assistant professor in Health and Exercise Studies, was chosen to receive an Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award for 2015. Ten awardees were chosen for this honor which recognizes individuals who further the education of NC State students through innovative teaching, enthusiasm and dedication. The Alumni Association provides a monetary award along with the honor.

Robin Harris awarded with NC’s leading dance award The North Carolina Dance Alliance (NCDA) Annual Award, one of the state’s most prestigious dance awards, was presented to Robin Harris at the NCDA Community Event in November 2014. The NCDA Annual Award honors an individual who has made significant lifetime contributions to the growth and development of dance in North Carolina. Recipients of the Annual Award receive a $500.00 honorarium to be used toward their work, or to designate as a one-time scholarship in their name. Harris is the director of the NC State Dance Program and is the artistic director of the NCSU Dance Company where she mentors student choreographers and teaches dance composition.

TRIO Student Support Services announces retention rates When Student Support Services (SSS), part of the TRIO Programs, submitted its Annual Performance Report to the U.S. Department of Education, it passed every benchmark with flying colors. Ninety-four percent of SSS students remained in good academic standing by the end of the academic year, while 96% persisted from one academic year to the next. 85% of the 2009-10 cohort graduated in 6 years or less.

Caterpillar Scholar Athletes compete hard on the court and in class Each year, in partnership with Caterpillar, the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes (ASPSA) recognizes the academic accomplishments of NC State student-athletes through the Caterpillar Scholar Athlete Program. Those student athletes earning a term GPA at or above 3.0 are recognized with the honor. The fall 2014 semester saw 255 athletes recognized and spring 2015 saw 256.

Partnership for a Healthier America Healthier Campus Initiative NC State joined the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), a program in a commitment to improve campus health by formalizing guidelines around food, nutrition, physical activity and programming. Through the PHA’s new Healthier Campus Initiative, NC State units, including University Recreation and Campus Enterprises, agree to implement or strengthen 23 wellness-related guidelines over the next three years

Naval ROTC integrates Mariner Skills Simulator into curriculum The Naval Science Department, in cooperation with the Hunt Library technical staff has successfully integrated the state-of-the-art Mariners Skills Simulator (MSS) into the Naval Science curriculum and leadership labs. The MSS complements these courses by providing opportunities for students to practice navigation, ship handling, engineering controls, radar fundamentals, and naval operations in a realistic shipboard environment.

Career Development Center Co-op program puts students to work NC State’s Co-op program in the Career Development Center is one of the largest optional programs in the country and among the handful of elite programs nationally to be recognized for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education (ACCE). During the 2014-15 academic year, Co-op partnered with 279 employers to place 978 students on 1,300 Co-op work rotations. The 1,300 semester work rotations produced by these placements yielded over 716,960 experiential learning contact hours, while generating income in excess of $16,000,000.

STEM Early College High School reaches milestone This year, the STEM Early College High School (ECHS) graduated its inaugural class of 14 students. This year also brought the total number of ECHS students taking NC State classes up to approximately 110. ECHS juniors and seniors took over 55 different NC State courses over the past academic year in disciplines including chemistry, biology, physics, math, English, various foreign languages, psychology, sociology, anthropology and communication, among others.

Greek Week promotes community service During Greek Week, members of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Greek community participated in events highlighting service and social aspects of each of the four Greek councils. Greek Week contributed nearly 100 volunteer hours and registered over 400 people for the bone marrow registry, helped spread awareness of sexual assault and domestic abuse and collected over 1,000 items for the Durham Crisis Response Center.

Major gifts providing opportunities for expanded programs and scholarships After establishing a development office in early 2014, the Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA) has had great success securing donations and gifts to further its mission of ensuring success for the whole student. Gifts such as the $200,000 bequest to the Gregg Museum from Ginger and Freddie Horton will support the future of the Gregg internship program. Dr. Rebecca Leonard, a retired faculty member in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, created an endowment for the establishment of the Rebecca Leonard First Year College Undergraduate Scholarship with a $25,000 gift. Students chosen for the scholarship must demonstrate an outstanding personal commitment to leadership, civic engagement, and service. Bayer CropScience donated $25,000 to support a student-run pollinator garden for two years. Dr. Sue Carson, Associate Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology and director of DASA’s new TH!NK initiative, will use the pollinator garden to engage students in the purpose of TH!NK: inspiring critical and creative thinking.

Student organizations get new online management tool After deciding to overhaul its online management tool, Student Involvement has transitioned its previous management system, OrgSync, to a new system, CollegiateLink, which is referred to as the Get Involved portal. The system officially launched August 1 for student use. Student Involvement saw 6,784 individual, involved users in the system in its first year. CollegiateLink will also serve as the online platform for the new campus-wide co-curriculum and co-curricular transcript.

Agromeck honored for excellence Student Media’s Agromeck, NC State’s yearbook, won both the Associated Collegiate Press’ Pacemaker and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Crown awards in 2014-15, the two highest honors given to yearbooks nationwide.

Division of Academic and Student Affairs launches new website The Division of Academic and Student Affairs launched a new website ( and WordPress multi-site for the division. The change will move all websites in the division under one domain and allows for a new branded template for all departmental and program websites. Departments will now have the capability of sharing news posts across the division on several different sites. At the completion of the project, approximately 80 websites will make the transition.

First Year College celebrates 20 years In May 2015, the First Year College celebrated 20 years of welcoming students who wish to explore their options before choosing a major. The event also marked a transition for the college itself, as it moved into the University College and became Exploratory Studies as of July 1, 2015.

CONNECTIONS: Year in Review


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