April 2021 Announcements

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COVID-19 Updates:

  • All adults in North Carolina are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. All NC State students, faculty and staff are now able to receive a vaccine at our on-campus clinic in Talley Student Union. To make an appointment, please pre-register at go.ncsu.edu/vaccine. Once you complete pre-registration, you can schedule an appointment. Appointment schedules are updated in real time, so please check back regularly. 
  • Once vaccine doses are removed from refrigeration to be administered, they have to be used that day, or else they will be discarded. We keep a vaccination waitlist to help us use these doses when people cancel or miss appointments. We’ve also launched a Twitter account, @NCStatePackVax, that will be regularly updated every weekday with information on available doses for walk-ins. Please check that account daily for more information.
  •  Following are some helpful links related to vaccines on campus:
    • Pre-register to receive your vaccine at NC State at go.ncsu.edu/vaccine.
    • Click here to watch a quick video tour of the clinic with information on what to expect for your appointment.
    • Click here to watch a video of Dr. Julie Casani, medical director at Student Health Services, addressing questions from the community about vaccines, including vaccine safety and effectiveness.
    • Please click here for more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about COVID-19 vaccines, the approval process, safety and effectiveness.
  • Regardless of the declining case counts and the increase in better weather that spring brings, we must all stay vigilant in our response to COVID-19. All of our community standards related to COVID-19 are still in effect, regardless of whether you have received a vaccination. This means we must all continue to wear face coverings on campus, wash our hands regularly, stay home when we’re sick and practice physical distancing. And, if you are in a surveillance program, you are required to continue with regular testing. Thank you all for your continued efforts to keep yourselves and others healthy and safe. Please continue to check the Protect the Pack website for the most up-to-date information on our response to COVID-19.

Administrator Updates:

  • The new dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will be announced next week. Review all previous search information at https://bit.ly/3wUkFdn
  • Three finalists for senior vice provost for Enrollment Management and Services have been selected for virtual campus interviews, which will begin the week of April 12. The finalists and their interview dates are:

The candidates’ CVs and interview schedules, as well as Go links for the Zoom webinar open forums, are available on the search website, which can be found here or at go.ncsu.edu/emas-search.

From DELTA:

  • Register now for DELTA-Con, NC State’s annual unconference that brings together attendees from across local higher education institutions. Faculty, staff and graduate students are welcome to attend this discussion-based event to share their insights into the field of higher education. 
  • The Course Quality Program at NC State is accepting applications for Fall 2021! Review our pathways to discover which program is right for you, and submit your application by April 30 at 5 p.m.
  • DELTA and the Office of Faculty Development are pleased to offer a site license for the ITLC Online Lilly Conference, May 5 – 26, 2021. The Lilly conference is focused on enhancing online, on-site and hybrid teaching and learning. Complete this form to secure a free registration.

From the Office of Faculty Development:

  • This semester’s final session of OFD’s Faculty Conversation Series — Addressing mis/disinformation through systems awareness and information literacy will be held on May 5  from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Join special guests Anne Burke and Hannah Rainey from the NC State University Libraries for addressing mis/disinformation through systems awareness and information literacy, a discussion on critical approaches to understanding mis/disinformation, which were developed for an Honors course. Participants will be invited to share their experiences and challenges with these topics, and collectively brainstorm strategies and methods for addressing them across disciplines.

For each session of the Conversation Series, faculty will read a relevant article/paper about the topic (optional), receive question prompts, engage in conversation around the topic with other faculty members, and reflect on how the conversation may have changed thinking on the topic. Conversations are facilitated by Dr. Maria Gallardo Williams, OFD SoTL Faculty Fellow. To register, click here.

  • OFD will continue with their Writing Wednesdays with a session on Virtual Faculty Writing Retreats. Do you have a writing task that you’ve been putting off? The Office of Faculty Development offers virtual writing retreats, Writing Wednesdays, designed to support you in getting it done! Until we return to in-person meetings on campus, the OFD team has designed synchronous 2.5-hour mini-retreats using the Pomodoro method. Our next session will be held May 5.

During these sessions, faculty participants will: work toward a specific writing task in a structured and supportive environment; be able to access resources from campus experts such as the Libraries, and the IRB office; and discover tips for preparing for the retreat and getting your writing done.

As a special bonus for Writing Wednesdays, we have pre-recorded child edutainment provided by Arts NC State for your Wolfpack pups ages 3 to 12 years. Register today and plan to dedicate uninterrupted time to writing your article, grant proposal, book chapter, or dossier materials.

From the Office of Global Engagement:

  • Alex Wesner has been named Assistant Director of the NC State European Center in Prague. Alex previously worked as International Student & Scholar Advisor in the Office of International Services. He has been with NC State for seven and a half years. As the new Assistant Director for NC State Prague, he will serve as the unit’s campus representative and office liaison to the University. He will in particular be responsible for managing the advising, application, and pre-departure phases of study abroad programs facilitated by NC State Prague, working in collaboration with the Prague-based staff towards providing high-quality programming for the University’s students and faculty.
  • Please read this message from NC State Japan Center regarding recent incidents of anti-Asian violence.
  • On March 24, 2021, NC State hosted its third annual Day of Giving and overall raised a stunning $58,103,657 to help advance research, student learning experiences, and increase and expand educational access opportunities. Specifically, in a joint outreach effort, the Office of Global Engagement’s units raised $7,840.94 for the International Student Support Fund through 66 generous gifts and $5,515.64 for the Study Abroad Fund through 45 thoughtful contributions. These donations enable students to think and do globally both abroad in the world and here at home at NC State.
  • Going virtual for the first time, the University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) conference brought together administrators, faculty, staff and students from across the globe over four days: March 22-25, 2021. Within the overarching theme of resilient universities, the agenda included plenary sessions with keynote speakers complemented by concurrent theme-based UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) workshops relating to industries for the future, health and wellbeing and sustainable planet. Additionally, resiliency sessions brought together staff and diverse expertise to address operational, administrative, educational, technology and HR issues and provided a forum for discussing lessons learned during the global pandemic. These included panel discussions over the first three days: innovations in remote learning and hybrid education, student mobility and mission continuity.
  • The 2021 NC State Global Engagement Exposition will take place virtually on April 28 at noon. You can find the live feed here.

From the Office of Information Technology:

  • The NC State IT Accessibility Office is honored to announce the recipients of the spring 2021 Accessibility Champion Award, which recognizes individuals who are committed to making the NC State digital environment a more inclusive and accessible place. Award recipients include:
    • Mary Estrada, lecturer, Foreign Languages and Literature 
    • Jenn Fendrich, program specialist, Shelton Leadership Center
    • Jamie Lynn Gilbert, associate director, Student Media
    • Debra Ireland, publications editor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communication Services
    • Robert Lasson, director of creative services, Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering 
    • Caitlin McKeown, instructional designer, DELTA
    • Melissa Ramirez, Ph.D., associate teaching professor, Biological Sciences
    • Dave Wynne, Geographic Information Systems project manager; Andy Belcher, Geographic Information Systems manager; Tom Skolnicki, university landscape architect; Dave Josephus, landscape architect; and Heath Huovinen, university surveyor. All are employees of the Office of University Architect and are members of the Campus Map Team.

From the Office of Research and Innovation:

Other Announcements:

  • NC State announced the launch of its Data Science Academy, a universitywide interdisciplinary effort to enhance a historic strength of the university and meet the growing needs of data science research, education and expertise in North Carolina and beyond. The Data Science Academy will report to the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.
  • Each spring, dozens of NC State students from across campus sell their original artwork at the Student Art Sale. Last year’s sale put over $10,000 in the pockets of student artists. In addition to a platform for selling artwork, students are selected for award prizes in 2D, 3D and digital work. This year’s Student Art Sale starts this Friday, April 16 at noon. See all the details of the sale and please contact Amy Sawyers-Williams at acsawyer@ncsu.edu if you have any questions.
  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), which is part of a national attempt to bring attention to the issue of interpersonal violence on college campuses. During this month, the NC State Women’s Center holds various events and trainings to help raise awareness about interpersonal violence, including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, sexual harassment and stalking. Join the Women’s Center and our campus partners for a variety of engaging opportunities, workshops and events to honor the strength, courage, and resiliency of survivors and build a stronger and safer campus community.

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