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Christmas Trees at Fabulous Faculty Today

Hear the story of how 80 million Christmas trees make it to market each year during the December Fabulous Faculty presentation. Dr. John Frampton, leader of the Christmas tree genetics program, will speak at 4 p.m. today in the D.H. Hill Library assembly room. Frampton, a professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, will explain the technology  behind tree plantations that raise most of the world’s Christmas trees. Join him to learn about the history of Christmas trees and current research to improve tree quality and growth.

Holiday Concert Tonight

Enjoy live performances of your favorite holiday tunes  by the Wind Ensemble and Jazz ensembles. Tonight’s Music@NCState performance begins at 7 p.m. in Stewart Theatre. Admission is $8 for faculty and staff, $5 for students with ID and free for children under 12. For more information or to purchase tickets, call ticket central at 515-1100 or visit

Grains of Time

NC State's premier male a capella group, the Grains of Time, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in Stewart Theatre. The eight vocalists bridge contemporary collegiate a cappella with that of professional groups, creating a memorable style of musicianship and showmanship, without outside directors, funding or a formal music major. Admission is $8 for faculty and staff, $5 for NC State students with ID and free for children under 12. To purchase tickets, call ticket central at 515-1100. For more information, visit or contact Lindsey Graham at 513-4603 or

Innovation Showcase and Awards Ceremony

Faculty, staff and student inventions will be on display at a showcase and awards ceremony at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the McKimmon Center. The ceremony will recognize several people involved in innovation and entrepreneurship at NC State. Admission is free for faculty, staff and students. Others must register at and pay $15. For more information, contact Marie Blanchard at 515-7199 or

Book Sale for Randy Rose Memorial Garden

On Fridays, visit the used book sale on Centennial Campus for bargains you can take on your holiday flight or share with others. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 4, 11 and 18, books will be on display in the Toxicology Building’s downstairs computer lab. Free refreshments will be served while supplies last. Proceeds will help fund the Randy Rose Memorial Garden. For information about donating to the project,  visit Questions? Contact Julia Storm at 515-7961 or

Love After Loss Exhibition

Don’t miss Love after Loss, an exhibition of Ethiopian photographs by Elena Rue, who illuminates the work of Hope for Children, a nongovernmental organization helping children who have lost parents to AIDS. Rue’s photos are part of NC State’s commemoration of Human Rights Day on Thursday, Dec. 10. The exhibit in Witherspoon Student Center will remain open through Tuesday, Dec. 15.

John R. Larkins Award Nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the John R. Larkins Award to recognize state employees who are committed to equality for all and dedicated to serving North Carolina citizens and promoting social responsibility in racial and ethnic relations. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, Dec. 17. For more information, contact Kathie Pierce at 733-5201. For an online nomination form, visit

State Employees’ Martin Luther King Jr. Day Program

Singers, hosts and hostesses are needed for the John R. Larkins Award presentation and the State Employees’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. If you are interested in singing in the State Employees Choir, e-mail Lloyd Inman at To volunteer as a host or hostess, contact Mary Johnson at

Achievement Drive Construction

Construction began this week on entrance improvements at the intersection of Centennial Parkway and Achievement Drive. For more information, contact Lynn Swank at

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