July 2021 Announcements

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COVID-19 Updates:

  • As we continue working to keep our community safe and return to a more normal day-to-day campus experience, we’ve developed a document presenting the answers to frequently asked questions.
  • Please take some time to review the questions and answers, as well as the following important reminders about vaccines, privacy and face covering requirements regarding COVID-19:
    • Vaccines are highly encouraged for all in our community, and we continue to offer them by appointment through Student Health Services, free of charge. We plan to offer vaccines throughout the summer and into the fall semester, depending on demand.
    • The UNC System is not requiring vaccines for participation in on-campus activities. NC State and its colleges and units cannot require vaccines for participation in classrooms, labs, programs or other activities.
    • Face coverings are required in indoor instructional spaces such as classrooms and both teaching and research laboratories, and for participants in university-sponsored summer camps on campus when indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
    • Anyone who has not been fully vaccinated is highly encouraged to wear a face covering while indoors and when in close contact with others. We also encourage everyone who feels safer or more comfortable wearing a face covering to continue doing so.
    • Departments and units cannot disregard the university’s requirements by establishing their own requirements (either more or less restrictive) for face coverings or physical distancing.
    • The university highly encourages everyone who has received a vaccine off campus to upload their information to the HealthyPack Portal. This information is private and will only be used in the aggregate to help the university make decisions about things like surveillance testing, on-campus vaccine availability and restrictions related to COVID-19.

Provost’s Office Unit Changes:

  • The following leadership and organizational changes were effective July 1.
    • Donna Petherbridge began serving as interim vice provost for DELTA.
    • Tom Miller became senior vice provost for entrepreneurship.
    • DELTA and the McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education began to report to Senior Vice Provost for Academic Strategy and Resource Management Duane Larick in the interim.

Administrator Updates:

  • Dennis Pelletier has been named head of the Department of Economics in the Poole College of Management, effective July 1.
  • Stephen Kelley has been named interim head of the Department of Forest Biomaterials in the College of Natural Resources, effective July 1.
  • Erin Seekamp has been named interim head of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management in the College of Natural Resources, effective July 1.
  • Erin Sills has been named head (previously interim, now permanent) of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources in the College of Natural Resources, effective June 30.
  • Sindee Simon has been named head of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the College of Engineering, effective July 1.

From the Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative:

  • The Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science (KIETS) at NC State and the NC State Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative are pleased to announce the selection of Ruoying (Roy) He and Amanda Mueller to lead the development of the KIETS Climate Leaders Program, a new initiative that will bring together students and faculty to focus on solutions for mitigating or reversing the negative effects of climate change. The opportunities provided by this new program will help empower, educate and inspire young climate leaders.


  • Registration is open for Summer Shorts in Instructional Technologies! We will be exploring NC State’s innovative learning technologies and teaching strategies to support student success. This year’s theme is Creativity Under Pressure. Mark your calendars for Aug. 5 through Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both virtually and in-person.
  • DELTA has an exciting opportunity for NC State University faculty and instructors this fall. Introducing DELTA Express Grants –– three new funding opportunities dedicated to enhancing teaching and learning by applying technology in innovative, collaborative ways.
  • Be on the lookout for updates from DELTA Test Centers! News about the Test Centers’ opening in fall 2021 will be sent to your NC State email address, including scheduling updates, support resources and syllabus information.
  • Is quick-bite learning your speed? DELTA has just released the first session of WolfSNAPS (Short, Nimble, Asynchronous Pedagogy Series). The first session, Setting Up for Success, focuses on templates and strategies for setting up your online course for student success.
  • In a collaborative, cross-campus effort, DELTA staff created a first-of-its-kind immersive tour and digital archive of NC State’s Memorial Belltower. Explore this unique effort and consider how such technology elevates teaching and learning at NC State.
  • Former DELTA Grant Recipients Suzie Goodell and Natalie Cooke were awarded the Gertrude Cox Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology.

From the Office of Global Engagement:

  • The Office of International Services has welcomed four new staff members. This includes Lexi Hyde as the new International Student and Scholar Advisor, and Kathryn Behling as the new Intake Specialist. Additionally,Thor Duryea and Ray Espinol have joined the team as International Student and Scholar Advisors.
  • This fall, NC State Global is introducing a new section to its Alumni and Friends newsletter entitled “Alumni Spotlight: Where Are They Now?”. Each month will focus on an international alum who will share a piece of their journey after graduating, what they are currently doing, where they are living and thoughts on their time and experiences at NC State. The goal is to connect readers to stories of former classmates, spark memories of favorite NC State moments and mentors, and to provide advice to recent alumni. Subscribe to the monthly Alumni and Friends newsletter to get the latest updates on events and news.

From Institutional Strategy and Analysis:

  • Nancy Whelchel, director for survey research in Institutional Strategy and Analysis (ISA), has been promoted to assistant vice provost for institutional survey research and analysis. Dr. Whelchel has been working at NC State since 1993, with the last 22 years in ISA. She currently supervises a staff of four full-time analysts and two graduate extension assistants.
  • McKinney Austin is the new director of institutional analytics for Institutional Strategy and Analysis. In this role, he will be responsible for providing leadership to the institutional analytics team in ISA to provide evidence, analytics, and internal and external reporting for the university. He will serve as a key contact for institutional data both with campus stakeholders and the UNC System Office and will help support efforts to ensure that data is used effectively in building a more data-informed culture and supports a robust data driven decision-making ethos that will advance the university’s strategic goals.

From the McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education:

  • The McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education’s Office of Professional Development is now offering Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance, a 132-hour International Coaching Federation (ICF)-certified Accredited Coach Training Program delivered through a partnership with Heidrick & Struggles, a worldwide leadership advisory firm. The program is intended for individuals seeking to become an internal coach or leaders who want to set themselves apart by consistently bringing out the best in their employees. Upon completion of the program, you are awarded a Certificate of Completion and meet the academic requirements for one of two ICF certifications: Associate Certified Coach and Professional Certified Coach. NC State employees receive a $1,000 discount on the registration fee. The fall cohort 2021 will meet online Septemp. 13-15, Oct. 5-6, Oct. 25-26, Nov. 15-16, and Dec. 13-15; the deadline to apply is Aug. 30. For more information about the program, including informational webinars and how to apply, visit the program website at https://leadershipcoaching.coned.ncsu.edu/.

From the NC State University Libraries:

  • The Association of Research Libraries has named Open Knowledge Librarian Micah Vandegrift as a visiting program officer in the Accelerating the Social Impact of Research program for July 2021-July 2022.

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