September 2019 Announcements

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  • NC State is proud to host Healthy Campus Week. From Monday, Sep. 23 – Friday, Sep. 27, there will be many opportunities for our Wolfpack community to participate in on-campus fitness and wellness events, participate in contests and learn how the Wolfpack stays well with the wide array of resources available at NC State. Learn more about the week’s events and register for the Step To It Walking Challenge coming in October.
  • On-campus interviews for two finalists for vice provost for institutional equity and diversity have been announced. The finalists are Sheri Schwab, NC State University, Sep. 23-24, and Inya Baiye, University of Missouri, Sep. 25-26. The candidates’ CVs and interview schedules are available on the search website at The entire NC State community is invited to the following open forums:
    • Tuesday, Sep. 24, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the D.H. Hill Library Assembly Room (Second Floor, Room 2130) – Sheri Schwab
    • Thursday, Sep. 26, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the D.H. Hill Library Assembly Room (Second Floor, Room 2130) – Inya Baiye 
  • David Wallace-Wells will come to campus next month to talk about climate change. Wallace-Wells, deputy editor at New York Magazine and best-selling author of The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 3:30-4:30 p.m., in Witherspoon Campus Cinema, with a book signing to follow. This free public event is sponsored by the University Speakers and Lectures Committee, with support from the Harrelson Fund and the University Scholars Program.
  • HR Benefits is sponsoring appointment and walk-in flu vaccination clinics across campus this fall. As in prior years, all State Health Plan members, dependents and pre-age 65 retirees, are eligible for a free flu vaccination at the NC State campus clinics. Registration for our on-site clinics will open Wednesday, September 11, 2019. For more information visit 

Leadership Updates:

  • Pierre Gremaud, professor of mathematics at NC State, is the new associate dean for program development and evaluation in the Graduate School. He replaces Mike Carter, who is transitioning to half-time work and will continue to be involved with the Graduate School’s Dissertation Completion Grant. 
  • Vice Provost for Academic Strategy Margery Overton has been named interim senior vice provost for institutional research and planning following the departure of Mary Lelik.
  • Two new academic department heads have recently started their positions. They are:
    • Lewis Owen, Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, College of Sciences
    • Willie Ramsey, Military Science, Division of Academic and Student Affairs

Please take note of the nomination deadlines for the following faculty awards:

From NC State DELTA:

  • The Instructional Design Interest Group (IDIG) will meet on Tuesday, September 24 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Center for Technology and Innovation, located at 1010 Main Campus Drive, Suite 230-01. This meeting will cover “Facilitating Online Synchronous Sessions with Face-to-Face Participants.” Please direct any questions to Vince Lastreto at For more information, visit
  • DELTA is excited to collaborate with a new round of faculty on 22 new and four continuing DELTA Grants. One new DELTA Faculty Fellow is being added to the four continuing fellows. DELTA looks forward to working with faculty partners to create opportunities for student success. Check out the new DELTA Grant projects.
  • A new Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) faculty cohort will work to make improvements to their online courses to meet the nationally recognized standards of the Quality Matters organization. In its fourth cohort, OCIP is a testament to NC State’s commitment to providing quality teaching and learning. Meet the OCIP faculty.
  • Are you starting a new course or re-evaluating a current course and wondering where to start? It’s with learning objectives! Join us online from Sept. 23-27 (~2-3 hours total) to help you prepare clear, measurable learning objectives. Learn more and register now, and view all of DELTA’s other upcoming workshops.

From the Office of Faculty Development:

  • The Office of Faculty Development has announced its 2019-2020 Faculty Writing Retreats. Presented in partnership with the NC State University Libraries, these retreats are available to tenure and non-tenure track faculty. The retreats will be held in the Faculty Research Commons spaces at the Hunt Library on Centennial Campus. Sign up now to find uninterrupted time to write your article, grant proposal, book chapter or dossier materials. Coffee/tea/water will be provided. Registration is for the full-day event (8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.), but feel free to come and go as needed — join us all day, just the morning, just the afternoon, or even just an hour or two! The retreats feature drop-in consultations with librarians from the NC State University Libraries. Register now for our 2019-2020 Faculty Writing Retreats!

From the Office of Global Engagement:

  • The Office of Global Engagement is now accepting proposals for this year’s round of the Research Starter Grants between NC State and the University of Adelaide in Australia. The funding is available to faculty or staff to enhance research collaboration and academic exchange between the universities. The priority areas for funding this year are: defense, cyber, and space; agriculture and food security; global/One Health (human, animal, and environment); and materials and chemical engineering. Co-funding up to AU$10,000 from the University of Adelaide and the equivalent amount from NC State (approximately $6,750) per project will be made available for travel and to seed collaboration. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 31. View the full request for proposals and apply.

From the Office of Information Technology

  • The Office of Information Technology (OIT) launched phase 1 of its new IT Service Portal ( on Sep.16. The portal, running on the ServiceNow platform and also accessible via, replaces the Help Desk website and is now the preferred method to submit a request for IT help and support instead of emailing
  • In celebration of National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October, the Office of Information Technology, along with the Department of Computer Science, the ePartners Program, and the NC State Engineering Foundation, will sponsor “Protect the Pack: Be a Cyber Hero” to provide you with the necessary skills to protect yourself and the university against dark cyber forces that try to trick you into providing sensitive data. Be a Cyber Hero events will include:

From the Office of Research and Innovation:

  • The timeline for implementing the Conflict of Interest (COI) module in the new Research Enterprise Data (RED) system has been been adjusted. The COI module is now anticipated to launch in early 2020. Campus should plan to continue using the existing online COI and Notices of Intent disclosure systems for the remainder of 2019. Read more on the Enterprise Research Administration (ERA) project website (Unity ID required).
  • There’s now a way to easily, openly share any ideas, suggestions or concerns you have about the ERA project. Visit the Contact page of the ERA website , scroll down to “What’s on your mind?” and fill out the form to tell the ERA Project team what you have to say. Providing a name and email address is optional so that respondents can choose to remain anonymous. And there is no limit to the number of responses you can submit. Questions should still be directed to to ensure a more timely response.
  • The 2019 NC State Research and Innovation Forum will take place Oct. 3 from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at McKimmon Conference and Training Center. The forum is a new event derived from what has traditionally been the morning session of the Research Retreat. Similarly to the Research Retreat, the topics discussed during the forum’s agenda should be of interest to all NC State faculty. Learn more and register for the event.
  • NC State’s Research Leadership Academy will host a junior faculty forum for assistant and non-tenured associate professors on Tuesday, Sep. 24 from noon-1:30 p.m. in the James B. Hunt Library, Duke Energy Halls B&C. Faculty will have the opportunity to question a panel of senior faculty and university leaders about concerns and challenges as junior faculty in today’s research environment. Register today and contact Laura Kroeger at with any questions.

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