Western North Carolina - Chancellor's Visit
On August 19, Chancellor Randy Woodson traveled through western North Carolina.
He visited the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites and the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, where he participated in a Fresh Market Tomato and Vegetable Field Day.
Chancellor Woodson and his wife, Susan, concluded the evening with an alumni event at the Inn on Biltmore Estate.
Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS-NC)
The Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS) was established in July 2009, and formed through a national consortium of academic, non-profit and community organizations with leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and the University of North Carolina (UNC) System through North Carolina State University (NCSU).
CICS conducts its research under three themes: Climate and Satellite Research and Applications, Climate and Satellite Observations and Monitoring and Climate Research and Modeling, in hopes of understanding climate variability and bring change to enhance society's ability to plan and respond.
CICS-NC focuses on collaborative research into the use of satellite and in situ observations in climate research and applications, and, preparation of the next generation of the workforce needed to address climate change and applications. CICS-NC includes as partners all campuses of the UNC system as well as the CICS partners with specific expertise in the challenges of utilizing satellite observations in climate research and applications.
CICS-NC is supported by an agreement between NOAA, NC State University and the University of Maryland. CICS-NC is administered by NC State University and physically situated in Asheville to facilitate its affiliation with the NOAA's NCDC.
Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center
The Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center is located in the southern Appalachian mountains of western North Carolina near Asheville.
Fifty faculty and staff, from NC State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Natural Resources, conduct research and extension programs for the departments of Entomology, Forestry, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Soil Science, and Zoology. The Center also houses the administrative offices for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service West and West Central Districts.
NC State chancellor Randy Woodson - a renowned horticulturalist - visited the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center, located in the southern Appalachian mountains of western North Carolina near Asheville and spoke about the work being done there.
The Biltmore Estate
Located in Asheville, N.C., the 8,000-acre historic Biltmore Estate was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt, who first opened Biltmore House to family and friends on Christmas Eve 1895.
It now welcomes more than one million visitors each year who visit to tour America's largest home and its surrounding estate. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, the home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family's original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Biltmore encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture.
Today, Biltmore has grown to include the award-winning Biltmore Winery, four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate, Equestrian Center, Outdoor Center, five restaurants, event and meeting venues and Biltmore For Your Home, the company's licensed products division.
While touring the historic Biltmore Estate, NC State chancellor Randy Woodson and his wife, Susan, met members of the NC State family living in Asheville, NC, and Western North Carolina.
The event was open to all members of the NC State Alumni Association, as well as NC State fans and supporters in the region.
For more information about future NC State Alumni Association events, or to join the association, visit the NC State Alumni Association.