September 2017 Announcements

  • Two new academic department heads have recently been appointed. They are:
    • Srinath Ekkad, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering
    • David Hill, School of Architecture, College of Design (previously interim, now permanent)
  • The campus community is invited to attend the Symposium on Biomedical Engineering on Monday, Sep. 18, from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. in Monteith Research Center, Auditorium 136. The Symposium is presented by NC State University and Nagoya University, and will feature a distinguished speaker from each institution, followed by a panel discussion on further collaborations between NC State and Nagoya University. For more information about the event, visit
  • Breaking Bread, an NC State program that matches international students with American hosts for dinner, needs your help. The initiative provides students from overseas the opportunity to experience an evening in an American home with food, company and conversation. More than 220 students signed up for the program last school year, but only 69 families participated. Host families are a major need now, so if you are interested, please sign up! Visit for more information.
  • Our @NCStateProvost Twitter account recently featured our “Name that Dean” contest, which featured throwback photos of NC State deans, and our followers had a great time guessing the answers. Check out the results at
  • Employees are required to enroll in Two-Factor Authentication by October 31, 2017. Faculty and staff (including student employees & no-pay/retirees) are encouraged to take advantage of the various Two-Factor Authentication training events scheduled through the end of October. New opportunities across campus will be posted daily, so don’t forget to check REPORTER for additional offerings.
  • Major Religious Holidays Website Several religions prohibit working on certain holidays. To aid faculty and supervisors with scheduling events and activities, a short list of some holidays on which students, staff, or faculty may not be able to work or attend class is provided  on the Major Religious Holidays website. Please note that this list is not at all exhaustive. NC State’s policies on classroom attendance and holidays are also available there. Please try to avoid conflicts in scheduling major meetings, exams, and so forth, and work with students, faculty and staff to accommodate these observances.
  • The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity is soliciting proposals for the implementation of diversity and inclusion initiatives and research projects that further the academic mission of the university. All full-time faculty and staff are eligible to apply. Proposals must meet the mini-grant program guidelines and will be selected by a committee appointed by the Vice Provost. All eligible proposals must be submitted online no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6, 2017. The maximum proposal request is $3,000.00. Proposals for projects or research in one or more of the following target areas are encouraged:
    • enhance the quality of teaching and learning about diversity,
    • enrich the diversity experiences of all students,
    • create a welcoming and inclusive work and learning environment where differences are respected and valued, that offers opportunity for and supports the success of all students, staff and faculty,
    • improve recruitment, retention and graduation of students from historically underrepresented groups, and
    • increase recruitment, retention and success of faculty from historically underrepresented groups.
  • For more information and to access the online application, visit the Diversity Mini-Grant website at: Questions can be directed to Dr. Tracey Ray, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Diversity at or 919.515.9243.
  • The 2017-2018 Equal Opportunity Institute (EOI) is now accepting applications. The yearlong (approx 20-hour commitment) certificate program that provides workshops focused on: discrimination, equal opportunity laws, protected classes, privilege and oppression, and leadership in diversity. For a list of workshop offerings, please visit the EOI websiteThis program is free of charge to NC State University faculty, staff, and students. The deadline to apply is September 13, 2017. Please contact Erin Morant at with any questions. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations to participate in these activities should contact Erin Morant at least two weeks prior to EOI Orientation.

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