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Economic Development Czar to Deliver Fall Commencement Address

Billy Ray Hall, founding president of the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center, will give the commencement address and receive an honorary degree during fall commencement on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the RBC Center. Commencement ceremonies begin at 9 a.m.

Arlinda F. Locklear, a pioneering litigator in Native American law; Arthur Tab Williams Jr., cofounder of WilcoHess; and Gianfranco Zaccai, cofounder, president and CEO of Continuum, a design consulting firm, will also receive honorary degrees on behalf of NC State from Chancellor James Oblinger. MORE

Chancellor's Holiday Open House Set for Dec. 20

Join Chancellor James Oblinger and Dr. Diana Oblinger for food and camaraderie at the chancellor's annual holiday open house on Thursday, Dec. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All university faculty and staff are invited to the festivities at the Chancellor's Residence, which is located at 1903 Hillsborough St.

Nominations Sought for 2008 Larkins Award 

Nominations for the 2008 John R. Larkins Award are being accepted through Dec. 17. Presented annually by the governor, the award was established in 1998 to recognize state government employees who are committed to equality for all, are dedicated to serving North Carolina citizens, and promote social responsibility in racial and ethnic relations.

Nominees must be a permanent employee with a minimum of two years experience in N.C. state government. The employee must have made efforts to improve human and race relations in state government and exemplified commitment to human and race relations in their community. The nominee also should have increased understanding or resolved conflicts between people of different racial or ethnic backgrounds, or helped heal wounds created by racial or ethnic discord.

More information and nomination forms are available on the program's Web site or by calling Kathie Pierce at (919) 733-5201. The John R. Larkins Award recipient will be announced at the annual State Employees Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance on Friday, Jan. 18, 2008 at the First Baptist Church of Raleigh, located at 99 N. Salisbury St.

Building Temperatures to be Set Back during Winter Holiday

Facilities Operations will be setting back the temperature in select buildings across campus from Dec. 22 to Jan. 1 when the university is closed for the winter holiday. Temperature setbacks will be in the 55 to 60 degree range, levels that will not cause building damage and will provide energy conservation.

Temperature adjustments will affect mainly classrooms, offices and teaching labs. In general, research labs and animal facilities will not be included. A list of buildings that will be affected, is available online .

Setbacks will be extended in classroom and teaching labs that are vacated from Dec.18 through Jan. 9. Exception requests to the setback program may be made for special needs or events. All exception requests must be made through the online form on the Office of Energy Management's Web site.

Before leaving for the holiday break, building occupants are asked to take steps to help conserve energy and water. Facilities staff will provide walkthroughs of common areas in each building and shut down standard office equipment inadvertently left on.

Year-End Holiday Reminder

As you make your holiday plans, remember that campus will be closed from Saturday, Dec. 22, through Tuesday, Jan. 1. All but two days (Dec. 28 and 31) are official university holidays. To remain in paid status for the entire winter break, leave-earning employees should plan to use accrued annual, comp, bonus leave or their floating holiday for the two additional days not designated as official holidays. For more information, click here.

Registration Open for 2008 Encore Center Courses, Trips

North Carolina State University's Encore Center for Lifelong Enrichment, which offers a variety of non-credit programs for adults aged 50 and older, has begun registration for its spring 2008 courses, trips and events, which run from Jan. 14 to April 18.

Thirty-six short courses covering a wide range of topics in the liberal arts and sciences are scheduled. Encore's membership fee from January to August 2008 is $40 and includes NC State benefits such as library privileges and discounts on campus cultural events. Six-week courses are $45 each, lectures are free with membership, and trip and event prices vary. Call (919) 515-5782 for a free catalog or visit Encore's Web site.

Teddy Bear Drive Under Way

District 39 of the State Employee's Association of North Carolina is holding its annual teddy bear drive. New and gently used stuffed animals are being collected for distribution to children in the pediatric units at local hospitals. Contributions will be accepted through Dec. 17 and can be dropped off at various locations across campus, including 2005 Harris Hall, the Butler building and the McKimmon Center. For additional locations, or if you would like to set up a drop-off site at your office, contact Mary O'Neill at (919) 515-5983 or

CVM Seeking Cats for Clinical Study

The Comparative Pain Research Laboratory (CPRL) at the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking feline candidates for a clinical study. Clinicians are looking for cats that are having obvious changes in their ability to jump, walk, climb stairs or play. This study is evaluating the pain-alleviating properties of a specially formulated diet for cats with chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Cats will be screened for osteoarthritis and eligible participants enrolled in a 10-week food trial. Cats must be indoor only and willing to eat only the prescribed dry food for 10 weeks. Clinicians will pay for all screening expenses and the prescribed food. If you are interested in having your cat participate in this study, please call Andrea Thomson in the CPRL at (919) 513-6854 or email at More information on additional clinical studies and trials at the CVM is available online.

Discount Hoops Tickets Available

NC State employees can purchase tickets for the Wolfpack men's basketball game with N.C. Central on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. at a discounted rate. The state employee appreciation day promotion allows employees to purchase lower level tickets for $10 and upper level tickets for $5. Tickets may be purchased online by visiting and entering the promo code "STATE." For more information or questions, call (919) 865-1439.