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December 2017 Announcements

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  • Plans for the New Year: Calling all faculty and staff! Do you have exciting plans — or hopes — for NC State in the new year? Your answer could be featured in the January 2018 edition of the Provost’s Office newsletter. If you are interested, please send your name, position/department, a few sentences about your plans, and a headshot, if you have one, to no later than Monday, Jan. 8.
  • Commencement for Summer and Fall 2017 graduates will be held on Friday, Dec. 15, at 9 a.m. at PNC Arena. Chancellor Randy Woodson will be giving the commencement address. View the complete schedule of departmental ceremonies taking place Thursday, Dec. 14 and Friday, Dec. 15.
  • Help NC State be sustainable this holiday season! The 2017-18 Holiday Energy Saving Initiative will will go into effect in stages between Dec. 14, 2017 and Jan. 7, 2018. Learn more at Since it began in 2005, the initiative has saved the taxpayers of North Carolina more than $3.4 million.
  • NC State’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration to Expand in 2018: The Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity will partner with the Division of Academic and Student Affairs to coordinate three days of events for the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration on Jan. 15-17, 2017. The theme of this year’s celebration is “The Power of Voice.” Learn more at
  • 2018 Gender & Equity Research Symposium:  The NC State Women’s Center Gender & Equity Research Symposium, to be held on Monday Apr. 2, 2018, was created to spotlight research that promotes a more equitable and justice-oriented society. Proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Proposal applicants will be informed of their presentation status by Monday, Mar. 6. Learn more at
  • A University Standing Committee survey will be opened to all faculty and staff in January 2018. To explore current committees and learn more about committee service, visit
  • Update on the new eRA system: NC State is moving closer to selecting a vendor for the new electronic research administration (eRA) system that will help faculty and staff navigate research project management. University officials plan to test two systems before making a final decision. The new eRA system will support the entire lifecycle of a research project, from proposal development through final reporting and closeout. It will tie into the PeopleSoft financial and human resources systems and will affect nearly every unit on campus. For more information, visit
  • The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) is offering several events and programs next semester.
    • Teaching and Learning Symposium: NC State faculty and professional staff are invited to submit poster proposals for the 2018 Teaching and Learning Symposium. Posters should address the theme “Inspiring Student Success.”  Submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. The Teaching and Learning Symposium will be held on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at the McKimmon Center. Questions may be directed to Jonathan Holloway (
    •  Certificate of Reflective Teaching: Applications for the Spring 2018 cohort of the Certificate of Reflective Teaching program are now available. The certificate program allows faculty members to gain a strong foundational knowledge in areas of pedagogy such as assessment, course design and creating a student-centered learning environment. To apply, please complete an application at Applications are due by noon on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. For more information, visit the OFD website.
    • Join a reading circle for the spring semester — meet a group of faculty and staff colleagues from across campus to discuss a recent text focused on current issues in higher education. Two books will be discussed: Motivating Students by Design: Practical Strategies for Professors, by Brett D. Jones, and How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens, by Benedict Carey. To register for either text, please sign-up at Registrations will close at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3, and participants will be notified about their group on Friday, Jan. 5. Circles will begin the week of Jan. 8.
  • 2018 Make-A-Thon: How might we more sustainably use water, energy, waste, transportation or food? During this three-day challenge, student teams research, design, prototype and build a new solution that addresses a sustainability challenge. On the last day, community and industry sustainability experts evaluate solutions and award prizes to the top teams. Make-A-Thon runs Friday, January 26-Sunday, January 28 in the Duke Energy Ballroom in Hunt Library. For more information, visit
  • Nominations for Extension Service Awards: The Office of Outreach and Engagement is accepting nominations for the Outstanding Extension Service Awards through Dec. 15. Nominate members of the faculty and EHRA staff via this form. The awards process and timeline can be found online. Send questions or comments about the process or the nomination form to Samantha Graham at Learn more about the Extension Service Awards.
  • Outreach and Engagement Incentive Grants: The OE Incentive Grants Program seeks to align interdisciplinary faculty, their expertise, their students, and their research work to address significant community challenges in Rutherford/polk Counties, Lenoir County, and/or Wake County. Awards can be up to $10,000 per project and will become available in February 2018. Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 16, 2018 to Samantha Graham at For more information, visit

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