Starting in June 2011, Harrelson Hall serves as the Satellite Student Center during the Talley Renovation and Addition project. The ground floor of Harrelson was converted from an open area with access to the brickyard and surrounding area, to an enclosed area housing the NC State Bookstores. Bringing life to the facility are a number of student programs and student organizations including the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC), Student Government, the Union Activities Board and GLBT Center to name a few.
Harrelson Hall is the first cylindrical (206 foot diameter) classroom structure ever built on a university campus. The structure is honored with the name of John William Harrelson (1885-1955), the first alumnus to serve NC State as chief administrator.
As a student in mechanical engineering, he demonstrated his leadership skills president of the senior class, president of the Mechanical Society, captain of the student military unit, class historian, business manager of the Agromeck, and valedictorian of the class of 1907. Harrelson paid his expenses by pressing the clothes of fellow classmates, working nights for 12 cents an hour, and turning out the campus lights each night at 11 pm. By 1933, Harrelson had become full professor and head of the Deparent of Mathematics. From 1934-1953, Harrelson was dean of administration and chancellor, taking leave of absence to serve as a Colonel in WWI, and Deputy Chief of specialized training in WWII. Harrelson, known as "Colonel" by students and faculty, became college archivist when he retired. He left a $100,000 donation to NC State for art purchases and a lecture series.
Hours of Operations
Monday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed