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Curricular Engagement Center Holding Launch Event

NC State's Center for Excellence in Curricular Engagement is holding a launch event and open house on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 6-7. Campus faculty and staff are invited to attend events on both days to learn more about the center, which will integrate the university's land-grant engagement mission throughout the curriculum to help students understand and address community and social issues.

A plenary session and reception will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the University Club, located at 4200 Hillsborough St. The plenary session will run from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and will feature comments from Chancellor James Oblinger, Provost Larry Nielsen, and a keynote address from Dr. Andy Furco, associate vice provost for public engagement at the University of Minnesota. Furco's address is titled "Re-imagining Engagement Throughout the Curriculum: New Directions for Research-Extensive Land-Grant Universities." A reception will follow the plenary session from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.

The center will hold an open house on Thursday, Feb. 7 from noon to 2 p.m. in room 310 of the First Year College Commons on Cates Avenue. The open house will feature welcome comments from Provost Nielsen at 12:30 p.m. followed by two sessions beginning at 12:50 p.m. and 1:20 p.m. where faculty and community leaders can discuss potential partnership projects and how engagement can be integrated into the curriculum.

For more information about the center's launch event and open house, contact Donna Johnson at (919) 513-0650 or donna_johnson@ncsu.edu.

Graduate School Offering Professional Development, Research Seminars

The Graduate School is launching a new program titled Preparing Future Leaders (PFL) that supports the professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Beginning Feb. 1, the program is offering a series of Professional Development Seminars (PDS) and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Seminars for spring 2008.

Spring PDS seminars address topics ranging from grant writing and grant processing to leadership, conflict resolution, and communication strategies. The RCR seminars address such issues such as animal use in research, social justice, professional ethics, responsible authorship, copyright, and plagiarism in the classroom.

The seminars are open to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. A complete description of the seminars is available at http://www.ncsu.edu/grad/preparing-future-leaders/allseminars.html.

Engineering Career Fair Set for Feb. 7-8

The College of Engineering will host a career fair Thursday, Feb. 7, and Friday, Feb. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jane S. McKimmon Center on NC State's campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The biannual event provides an opportunity for prospective employers to meet with engineering students interested in working for their companies. More than 320 companies are registered to participate in the event, and 3,000 students are expected to attend.

For more information about the career fair, visit http://students.engr.ncsu.edu/careerfair/.

Wolf Treks Travel Taking Reservations for 2008 Trips

The NC State Alumni Association Wolf Treks Travel Program offers educational travel opportunities to destinations around the world. Wolf Treks is taking reservations for the following destinations:

  • Dublin, Ireland (May 19-27) – Spend your nights in an Irish castle hotel and your days exploring the beauty and culture of the countryside.
  • Swiss Alps (Aug. 6-14) – Admire the beauty of the surrounding Alps while exploring medieval Berne, Zermatt, the legendary Matterhorn, a dairy farm in Gruyere and the celebrity hideaway of Gstaad.
  • China and Yangtze River (Sept. 16-30) – Visit Beijing, the site of the 2008 summer Olympics, walk along the Great Wall, cruise the Yangtze River and enjoy cosmopolitan Shanghai. Tour is limited to 24 guests.
  • Italy's Mountains and Lakes (Sept. 24-Oct. 2) – Visit Venice, Padua and Verona, as well as the towering Dolomites and the tropical shores of Lake Garda.
  • Portrait of Italy (Oct. 21-Nov. 2) – Travel the Amalfi Coast to Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to Venice, in a tour that showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art and beautiful natural scenery. Tour is limited to 24 guests.
  • In the Wake of Lewis and Clark (Nov. 4-10) – Explore the Columbia and Snake rivers as you follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark.

For more information, visit http://www.alumni.ncsu.edu/travel/ or contact travel coordinator Kathy Hart at 515-0508 or alumni_travel@ncsu.edu.

Campus Weight-Loss Support Group Accepting New Members

The NC State University employee chapter of the weight-loss support group TOPS – Taking Off Pounds Sensibly – is accepting new members through Feb. 6. The group meets each Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in room 2301 of the Student Health Center to provide education, support, motivation and encouragement related to weight loss, nutrition and exercise. The annual membership fee is $24, plus a $2 monthly chapter fee. Interested faculty and staff members may check out the Wednesday meetings for free through Feb. 6 before deciding to join. For more information, contact Tiwa Ashiru by email at tiwa_ashiru@ncsu.edu or visit www.tops.org.

Study Circles to Focus on Race Relations

NC State's Office for Equal Opportunity is sponsoring a series of "Study Circles" on campus this semester to discuss race and race relations. Study Circles are free and open to all faculty, staff, students and administrators, but pre-registration is required. The registration deadline for the spring is Feb. 25. Groups will consist of eight to 12 participants and will address issues related to race relations on campus and in the community. For more information, or to register online, visit http://www.ncsu.edu/equal_op/education/study_circles.html. Contact Beverly Jones Williams at 513-3836 or beverly_williams@ncsu.edu for additional information.

Volunteer Support Available for Campus Events

Volunteers from the NCSU Encore Center for Lifelong Enrichment are available to help facilitate short-term projects, programs or events on campus or in the university community. Volunteers have assisted at events such as Service NC State, the Emerging Issues Forum, Arts NC State, and the UNC-TV festival, among others. Questions or requests for volunteers may be made to Betty Poulton, special programs coordinator at the Encore Center, at betty_poulton@ncsu.edu or call 513-2049.

Registration Open for Spring Crafts Classes

Registration is open for the spring semester at the Crafts Center, with classes scheduled to begin Monday, Feb. 11. The center provides discounted rates to university students and employees.

Several classes are being offered this spring in the following areas: jewelry & lapidary; glass; fiber arts; and wood and clay.

For complete descriptions of spring classes and registration information, visit the Crafts Center's Web site at www.ncsu.edu/crafts. Call the Crafts Center at 515-2457 to receive the spring brochure by e-mail or snail mail.

New Exhibits Open at Gregg Museum

The Gregg Museum opened Jan. 24 with two new exhibitions:

Randy Shull: Crossing Boundaries
Randy Shull of Asheville is one of the region's best designers and furniture makers. This mid-career survey will be a revelation in that the audience will be able to see several of the artist's large-scale pieces at once. The show will also travel to San Francisco, Washington state and New Orleans. The exhibit runs through May 11. Dr. Suzanne Baizerman, curator of the Randy Shull exhibition, will speak at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. Baizerman is the former curator of crafts and decorative arts at the Oakland Museum of California.

Recent Gifts: Eye to Eye, Object to Object
Ken Trapp, now retired curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery, has chosen an exhibition that will reflect on some of the curatorial choices that Gregg Director Charlotte Brown has made in the past few years. He has selected what might seem at first to be pairs of strange partners but his eye and the objects share affinities that make for an exhibition both challenging and enlightening for the viewer. The exhibit runs through March 16.

Visit http://gregg.ncsu.edu/ for more information.

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