January 2018 Announcements

Snow on a bench in Yarborough Court.
  • Winter Welcome Week continues through Sunday, Jan. 14. The week features more than 75 events aimed at supporting the transitional needs of the almost 1,000 new students entering this spring, and allows returning students to continue to connect and explore opportunities on campus. Follow Winter Welcome Week on Twitter at @NCStateWWW, or on Instagram at @WolfpackWelcomeWeek. For more details, visit go.ncsu.edu/NCStateWWW.
  • 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, Jan. 26 – Sunday, Jan. 28 in the Duke Energy Ballroom in Hunt Library. For more information, visit go.ncsu.edu/makeathon.
  • Central online faculty resource: The university is considering developing a faculty-specific website, tentatively called Faculty Central, to gather resources for NC State faculty in a central location. These resources are currently distributed across many websites and may be hard to find. We want faculty input regarding interest in and potential use of this site. This website would not replicate or duplicate the content on other sites but would be a place where links would be gathered, organized and categorized for ease of use. If you are interested in participating, please fill out our online survey. This should take no longer than five minutes to complete. We appreciate your feedback.
  • Awards for Excellence: Do you know of someone in your college or unit who deserves to be recognized for their exemplary efforts to serve the university and/or the community? Nominate them for an NC State Award for Excellence, the most most prestigious honor bestowed upon non-faculty employees. Learn more about eligibility requirements, the nomination process and who to contact in your college or unit for more information at benefits.hr.ncsu.edu/awards-for-excellence. Nominations must be submitted online by Feb. 9, 2018 by 5 p.m. Nominees and award recipients will be recognized at college/unit-level receptions this spring and college/unit award recipients will be recognized and university-level winners will be announced at a reception in June.
  • RPT overview sessions: The Provost’s Office is offering general information sessions on the Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure process. The sessions will include details about the process, an overview of the website and a question and answer period. New tenure-track and non tenure-track faculty, those who will soon be entering the RPT cycle, and anyone involved in the RPT process are encouraged to attend. No registration or RSVP is needed to attend. Please familiarize yourself with the RPT website prior to the session and contact arjinnet@ncsu.edu if you have any questions. Sessions will be held:
    • Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 3:30 p.m.–5 p.m. —  Riddick 451 (Main Campus)
    • Friday, Mar. 23 from 9 a.m.–10:30 a.m. —  EB2 1021 (Centennial Campus)
  • Four new academic department heads have recently been named. They are:
    • John Lee, Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, College of Education (previously interim, now permanent)
    • Laura Severin, Department of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Abdel-Fattah Seyam, Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management, College of Textiles
    • Len Stefanski, Department of Statistics, College of Sciences (previously interim, now permanent)
  • The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) is offering numerous events and programs this semester.
    • Faculty Writing Retreats: OFD has partnered with NCSU Libraries to offer faculty writing retreats each month for tenure and non-tenure track faculty. Sign up now to join faculty colleagues for a morning (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.), afternoon (12:30-5 p.m.), or all-day writing mini-retreat. Monthly mini-retreats dates: Jan. 19, Feb. 12, Apr. 13, May 21 and Jun. 4. In addition to the monthly mini-retreats, OFD will host a 2-day faculty writing retreat during Spring Break on Mar. 5-6. Space will be limited for each retreat, so please sign up early if interested at go.ncsu.edu/faculty-writing-retreat. Contact Doug James (dljames2@ncsu.edu or 919.515.7281) with any questions.
    • Reading Circles: If you are still interested in participating in a Reading Circle this semester, but did not sign up prior to the deadline, we have a limited number of spaces available in the following groups below. If you are interested in joining one of these groups, please email Erin Robinson (eerobins@ncsu.edu) as soon as possible. Circles begin meeting this week.
      • How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens, by Benedict Carey – Mondays, 2-3 p.m. or Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m.
      • Motivating Students by Design: Practical Strategies for Professors, by Brett D. Jones – Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m., Thursdays, noon-1 p.m. or Thursdays, 3-4 p.m.
    • Teaching and Learning Symposium: NC State faculty and staff are invited to the 2018 Teaching and Learning Symposium  on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the McKimmon Center. A poster session will take place from 11:15 a.m.–2:15 p.m. The event will take on a new format this year that includes concurrent sessions and a keynote address. This year’s theme is “Inspiring Student Success.”
  • The Women’s Center invites you to participate in two upcoming activities.
    • The 2018 Sisterhood Dinner will take place on Monday, Feb. 26 in Talley Student Union. Reception begins at 5:15 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6 p.m. More details will be available soon.  
    • Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Equity for Women Awards, due by Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 at 5 p.m. This annual award recognizes faculty, staff and students of any gender for their outstanding leadership in establishing equity for women at NC State. Please review the nominee categories and criteria and complete the nomination form online. Contact Lisa LaBarbera-Mascote at lmlabarb@ncsu.edu with any questions.
  • The Activate Your Space initiative provides an opportunity for members of the NC State community to explore the link between physical activity, cognitive performance and overall wellness. Research demonstrates that engaging in physical activity while studying improves memory, attention span and information processing. The ThriveWell Equipment Rental Program provides opportunities for departments on-campus to explore various forms of activation equipment, such as treadmill desks or bike desks, on a trial basis, before purchasing their own equipment. Learn more at recreation.dasa.ncsu.edu/wellness-2/activate-your-space.

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