NCSU Find People NCSU Libraries NCSU News NCSU Calendar NCSU MyPack Portal NCSU Giving NCSU Campus Map


The people, news and ideas that shape NC State University

Faculty and Staff Notes

Common Reading Selection: Half the Sky

The University Common Reading Selection Committee has chosen Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide to be read by incoming students this fall.

Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of the book with Nicholas Kristof, will be the keynote speaker for convocation and participate in campus events Aug. 16-17 during Wolfpack Welcome Week. Kristof and WuDunn are the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism.

The book’s title refers to a Chinese saying, “Women hold up half the sky.”  It examines ways in which a helping hand can transform the lives of girls and women. The authors tell the stories of a Cambodian girl who escaped from a brothel and built a thriving retail business with assistance from an aid group, an Ethiopian woman who had her injuries repaired and ultimately became a surgeon, and a Zimbabwean mother of five whose return to school led her to earn a doctorate and became an expert on AIDS. 

Randy and Susan Woodson
Meet Chancellor-elect Randy Woodson and his wife, Susan, on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Chancellor Celebration

Join the celebration as NC State welcomes Chancellor-elect Randy Woodson and his wife, Susan, to the NC State family during an event at Reynolds Coliseum on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 4:30 p.m.

Refreshments and an opportunity to meet the new chancellor will follow the event's program.

Tax Help Available

Need some free or low-cost help with your taxes? State Employees Credit Union (SECU) is providing tax preparation help at each of its 226 branches across the state. Call your SECU branch for more information about Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, a free IRS-sponsored program to help taxpayers with household incomes of $49,000 or less complete and electronically file basic tax returns. For those who fall outside the income range, SECU offers a low-cost tax preparation service for basic returns. Appointments began in late January and will be available through April 15. For details, visit the SECU Web site.

2010 Equity Awards for Women

The Council on the Status of Women selected Dr. Daniel Solomon, dean of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, and Heidi Grappendorf, assistant professor of parks, recreation and tourism management, as recipients of 2010 Equity Awards.

Solomon was honored for increasing the number of women faculty, both in the Department of Statistics and College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. The number of women faculty in physical and mathematical sciences has doubled since he has been dean.

Grappendorf has created a social network of women who are faculty and staff members. She is chair of the Association of Women Faculty and vice chair of the Council on the Status of Women. She served on the Task Force on Women Faculty.

Basspack Casting About for an Adviser

The award-winning NC State Basspack is looking for a club adviser. The Basspack is the two-time national champion bass fishing team which has been ranked the No. 1 college fishing team in the nation. The club is very competitive and has a strong and devout member base of friendly students from many different backgrounds, both men and women, who enjoy fishing. The faculty adviser position does not require much work at all but provides the opportunity to sit in on many free seminars given to the club by local professional anglers at its bi-monthly meetings. To learn more about becoming a faculty adviser, please contact club president Will White at or by calling 828-527-2525.

Lights, Camera, Volunteers

Show your pride for NC State and support public television in North Carolina by volunteering for UNC-TV’s fundraising pledge drive, Festival 2010. NC State faculty, staff, students and alumni will be answering phones in UNC-TV's studio during "NC State Night" on Wednesday, March 31, from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.  All NC State volunteers will receive a free NC State T-shirt (which will be worn during the telethon) and a catered dinner that evening. For more information, contact, Lauren Gregg at 515-6098 or

Hill Honored

Assistant Professor of Architecture David Hill has won the Vernon F. Shogren award, which honors the memory of Professor Vernon Shogren, who taught architecture at NC state from 1953 to 1955 and 1961 to 1992. Awards are available for students, faculty and alumni to encourage exploration of alternative directions in design and architecture and to promote unique study and scholarship. Hill received his master’s in architecture from Harvard University and his bachelor of architecture and bachelor of environmental design in architecture degrees from NC State. Hill also is the director of graduate programs for the School of Architecture.

Retirement Reception for Smith

Join the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering for a retirement reception to honor Clarence Smith for his 32 years of service. The reception will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in the McKimmon Center. RSVP by March 15 to Debbie Allgood-Staton at or by calling 515-6401.

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Lee

Elizabeth Bobbitt Lee, the first woman to graduate from the NC State School of Design in 1952, died Feb. 2 in Lumberton. She was 81.

Lee served as president of the NC chapter of the American Institute of Architects and was a fellow in the AIA. She also served on the NC State Board of Trustees. She is survived by her niece, Betty Bobbitt Byrne, and her husband, David, of Montgomery, Ala.; her nephew, Thomas Day Lee, and his wife, Katie, of Charlotte; and her sister-in-law, Betsy Lee, of Lumberton. A memorial was held on Feb. 4 at the First Presbyterian Church in Lumberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the NC State Foundation / Elizabeth Lee Scholarship, College of Design External Relations Office, Campus Box 7701, Raleigh, NC 27695 or to a charity of your choice.