April 2018 Announcements

Spring sun illuminates North Campus dogwoods.
  • April is National Financial Literacy Month. Dollars and Sense at NC State is sponsoring a variety of programs in April to assist the campus community in establishing and maintaining healthy financial habits. Check out the calendar of campus events. All sessions are free and open to all faculty, staff and students.
  • The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost recognized 17 outstanding staff members at the 2018 Provost’s Unit Awards for Excellence on March 21. The University Awards for Excellence represent the NC State’s highest honor for non-faculty members. Each nominee demonstrated excellence in one of the following areas: customer service, efficiency and innovation, human relations, outstanding state government service, public service, heroism, and the spirit of North Carolina. Learn more about the winners from the Provost’s Office units.
  • In order to better serve university research faculty needs, the Office of Research and Innovation is evaluating current communications efforts and developing a strategic marketing plan. Research faculty are encouraged to complete the anonymous survey at this link: https://ncsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3l3aSrYo1n6LubX. Respondents may choose to be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card as a thank you for providing feedback.
  • Deadline for completing the COACHE survey extended to April 19!  If you have not yet completed the COACHE Survey of Faculty Job Satisfaction, there is still time.  Faculty who are eligible to participate and have not yet submitted a completed survey will be getting an email reminder from COACHE on Thursday April 12 with their unique link to access the survey. The web-based instrument is designed to be completed by most faculty within 25 minutes. To request a copy of your link please email coachefaculty@abtassoc.com.  

    Since 2011, NC State has used results from the triennial COACHE survey to help identify and improve aspects of faculty life where NC State underperforms relative to similar institutions. COACHE results are also a vital part of NC State’s strategic plan and indicate whether our efforts to support teaching, research, interdisciplinarity, and diversity are resulting in greater faculty satisfaction in these areas. If you have any questions about the survey and the use of its results at NC State, please contact Katharine Stewart, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, at kestewart4@ncsu.edu.
  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), which is part of a national attempt to bring attention to the issue of sexual violence. During this month, the Women’s Center is holding events and trainings to raise awareness about sexual violence, create a campus that supports survivors, and teaches students, faculty and staff to be active bystanders. From workshops and art therapy to the Clothesline Project, Take Back the Night, and a Keynote address, there are plenty of opportunities for the NC State community to take part in SAAM.
  • April is Earth Month at NC State. This month-long emphasis on the planet, sustainability and how you can make the world a better place is hosted by NC State’s Sustainability Council and University Sustainability Office and sponsored by NC State Campus Enterprises. Learn more about Earth Month events and how to make campus more sustainable.
  • Three new academic department heads have recently been named. They are:
    • Beth Fath, Department of Health and Exercise Studies, Division of Academic and Student Affairs (previously interim, now permanent)
    • Jesse Hunt, Department of Aerospace Studies, Division of Academic and Student Affairs
    • K.P. Sandeep, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (previously interim, now permanent)
  • NC State’s new NC State’s new Student Body President is Jess Errico, a mechanical and aerospace engineering senior from Shelby, North Carolina. Her campaign platform was “PACK: professionalism, advocacy, communication and kinship.” Errico took office March 28.
  • NC State’s 2018 Common Reading Selection is $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, chosen by the students, faculty and staff on the Common Reading Selection Committee. Through personal narratives and enlightening research, authors Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shaefer confront the social and structural barriers to economic stability that many Americans continue to face.The book will be distributed to all new first-year students during New Student Orientation prior to the fall semester. Themes from the book will also be the focus of Convocation on Monday, August 20, 2018 at Reynolds Coliseum to welcome the Class of 2022. The campus community is encouraged to submit nominations for the 2019 Common Reading selection by May 31, 2018 by clicking here. For more information about $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America and the Common Reading Program, please visit go.ncsu.edu/commonreading.
  • The 2nd Annual ACCelerate Festival is to be held April 5-7, 2019 in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. The event spans the course of a weekend, and showcases innovative and creative research, scholarship, and performances from across the ACC family of institutions. This year, NC State will again provide submissions for the event. Interested faculty and staff may complete a project or performance submission that will be vetted by a select committee following the close of the submission process. Five projects and three performances will be considered for the ACCelerate Festival as representatives of NC State. 
  • Congratulations to Alice Warren, vice provost for continuing education, who has been awarded the University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s Julius M. Nolte Award for Extraordinary Leadership. The award is UPCEA’s highest honor, given to an individual in recognition of unusual and extraordinary contributions to professional, continuing, or online education at the regional, national, or international university level. Warren has been a leader at North Carolina State University and a vocal advocate for her unit and for underserved students for more than 39 years. She was the 2016-17 President of UPCEA, and has served as a vice provost since 2008.
  • Do you have a passion for sharing your expertise in teaching and learning with technology? DELTA is looking for you! Apply now for DELTA’s Faculty Fellows grant. Faculty selected to receive the Faculty Fellows grant are awarded $5,000 that may be used for traveling to conferences related to teaching with technology, hardware, software, etc. Applicants must be employed at the university for at least five years and have plans to remain at the university for the full 2018–2019 academic year. Non-tenure, tenure-track and tenured faculty are eligible for the grant.

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