May 2017 Announcements

  • NC State’s spring 2017 commencement will take place Saturday, May 13 at PNC Arena. A concert by the Amalgam Brass Ensemble will begin at 8:30 a.m., with commencement exercises starting at 9 a.m. Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane will give the commencement address. Chancellor Randy Woodson will confer honorary degrees on NC State alumnus Philip G. Freelon, lead architect for the acclaimed National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and David Christian, professor and director of the Big History Institute for Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. For more information, visit College and departmental ceremonies will take place throughout the week of May 7. For a complete listing of all commencement ceremonies, visit
  • NC State continues to move forward on the development of a new Electronic Research Administration (eRA) system that will support and expand the university’s research infrastructure. After nearly a year of meetings, planning sessions and focus groups, the effort is paying off. NC State recently published a request for proposals (Unity ID required) seeking bids for the new campus system. Faculty and staff can find out more about the project at or at (Unity ID required).
  • Patricia Curtis is the new head of the Prestage Department of Poultry Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
  • A host of end-of-year awards were given to outstanding faculty, staff and students advancing NC State’s mission and strengthening the campus community.
    • The Provost’s Office recognized exceptional staff members at the 2017 Provost’s Unit Awards for Excellence on April 24. The University Awards for Excellence represent the highest honor NC State bestows on non-faculty members.
    • On April 25, The Division of Academic and Student Affairs honored exemplary employees at the 2017 Staff Recognition Awards, in categories including Pride of the Wolfpack, Awards for Excellence, Outstanding Teaching Award, and Wolfwalks awards.
    • The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity presented the Chancellor’s Creating Community Awards on April 17. These awards recognize individuals and groups from across the university whose projects and practices best reflect the implementation of NC State’s equity and diversity goals during the current academic year.
    • The Office of Outreach and Engagement honored faculty, staff, students and community partners at its annual awards celebration April 25.
    • The Sustainability Council honored three members of the NC State community, a student organization and an innovative waste-reducing project with Green Brick Awards on April 20 for outstanding contributions to sustainability.
    • Faculty and staff champions of international research, scholarship or service were recognized at the 7th Annual Global Engagement Expo on April 18.
  • The Office of Faculty Development will host “Embracing Rejection: De-Stigmatizing Submissions And Purifying Your Writing Process,” a webinar from the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, on Tuesday, May 30 from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. This webinar will examine ways to free ourselves from feeling trapped or stigmatized by rejection, and instead embrace rejection as an important and necessary part of the writing process. NCFDD members can register at: If you have not yet signed up for a free NCFDD institutional sub-account, please visit the OFD website for instructions:
  • NC State and the City of Raleigh are hosting the first Triangle Smart Cities Summit on Tuesday, June 6 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Hunt Library. All events are free and open to the public. Learn more at During the morning session, attendees will get a national perspective on how universities, cities, and industry are working collaboratively in the smart cities arena. From there, local city, industry, and academic leaders will engage in discussions on how to make our region smarter and more connected. The afternoon will consist of a poster session on Smart Cities. Sign up to display your poster via this short Google Form. Please reach out to Jamie Roseborough, DSI Program Manager, 919-515-7320 or, with any questions. 
  • Registration is open for Data Matters 2017, a series of short courses on a wide range of data science topics of interest to working professionals, students and faculty members. Courses will be held August 7-11 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. Data Matters 2017 is sponsored by The National Consortium for Data Science, North Carolina State University, the Odum Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Renaissance Computing Initiative. Visit for all course descriptions, instructor bios, registration and logistic information. Discounted fees are offered for academic participants.

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