Mary Tetro, the longest serving academic adviser on campus, is retiring after three decades at NC State.
The Bulletin had the news today of Tetro’s retirement from NC State. She served as assistant registrar from 1981 to 1984, academic coordinator with Academic Support Programs for Student Athletes from 1984 to 1994, and then joined the University Undesignated (First Year College) program, where she worked from 1994 to 2008. She has worked with OASIS, the Office of Advising Support Information and Services, since 2008.
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Photo courtesy of Delta Sigma Phi
When Bob Kennel ’58 , ’60 MS helped put together the deal to buy the Carolina Pines Hotel in 1957, he didn’t realize he was actually brokering history.
But that’s just what Kennel, Fred Joseph ’56 and their fraternity did when Delta Sigma Phi purchased the hotel and turned it into the fraternity’s house, the site of an early sign of unity in the segregated South in the 1950s.
Kennel, a former president of the Alumni Association, says the hotel was designed as a “Pinehurst for the middle-class” in Raleigh. The resort opened in the early 1930s and “included the hotel, two golf courses, an outdoor theater, a camp for boys and girls and a water boiling plant,” according to a 1957 article in The News & Observer.
Despite its amenities, Carolina Pines never saw the year-round success of Pinehurst. That opened the door for Delta Sigma Phi to purchase the house for $71,000.
Nearly a year passed after the fraternity moved into the hotel in January 1958. And in December 1958, the house returned to what it knew how to do best—provide accommodations for some weary travelers.
It was just after Christmas in the Triangle, and the Dixie Classic was preparing to bring Tobacco Road and NC State their annual magnificence. “It was NC State at the centerpiece of basketball in the Southeast and in the nation,” Kennel says of the tournament, which was canceled in 50 years ago this May as a result of a point-shaving scandal that implicated area players. “It was placing Reynolds Coliseum as the palace of college basketball.”
NC State defeated Michigan State in the tournament’s final game, 70-61. That gave the Wolfpack its seventh and final Dixie Classic title.
But Kennel notes that NC State made gains off the court with that tournament, too. Cincinnati featured Oscar Robertson and Michigan State brought Jumping Johnny Green, both of whom were black.
Because of their inclusion of black players, those teams, Kennel says, could not find lodging in Raleigh. And once word got out, the men at Delta Sigma Phi offered sanctuary from a world divided.
“Back in those days, we still hadn’t integrated,” says Joseph ’56, who was still living in the Delta Sigma Phi house at the time. “What we did was put the teams up at our house. We fed them and housed them.”
Kennel sees it as more than just providing lodging with the hotel , now a Raleigh Historic Landmark. “It was one of the early signs of NC State stepping in and fixing a situation that shouldn’t have been,” he says.
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(Photo courtesy of Marc Hall, N.C. State Communication Services)
Women from around North Carolina gathered Wednesday at the Jane S. McKimmon Center to kickoff the Family and Consumer Sciences centennial.
The Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) program is a part of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. Begun in 1911, the program began with McKimmon working as a demonstration agent, going into homes of primarily rural women and assisting them with issues like nutrition and poverty relief.
Today the program works through outreach to help families in counties throughout the state understand issues associated with energy efficiency, finances, education, literacy, and health care.
Attendees were treated to a rich tapestry of artifacts that depicted domestic life in the state throughout the last 100 years: washboards, Singer sewing machines, Aristocrat canning cookers and quilts dating back a century.
Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Service, a book chronicling the history of FCS, was unveiled at the event. “The book takes and tells a story from every county in North Carolina,” says Marshall Stewart, program leader for FCS at NC State. “When you read it, you can see the history of North Carolina taking shape.”
The celebration also recognized 25 inaugural members into the McKimmon Hall of Fame, some of whom were asked to describe the program’s legacy.
Judy Mock ’82 EDD: The power of education, particularly for rural women. We enable people to be responsible and raise their quality of life. We’re still tied to our roots. The programs are never going to go away.
Sandra Zaslow ’87 PHD: The foundation is Jane McKimmon and all the people in the counties. It’s always been a people-driven program. And that has continued unbroken.
Juanita Hudson: Everything changes, but it’s a growing opportunity. [FCS] has endured because of the research at NC State.
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A number of students may think their NC State professors are buying a stuffy suit or revamping lesson plans and PowerPoint presentations over the summer. But a new NCSU Libraries website reveals that faculty are actually enjoying some time off by reading.
And faculty members’ interests range from the sadness of animals to the history of Sesame Street.
Here are some picks from the list:
Jeremy Feducia, a lecturer and the demonstrations director and outreach coordinator in the Department of Chemistry, is revisiting his youth by dipping back into a volume of Calvin and Hobbes comic strips. And he’s seeking thrills with his reading of James M. Tabor’s Forever on the Mountain.
Larry Silverberg, associate head and director of undergraduate programs for the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, is investigating the emotional stability of animals by reading Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson’s When Elephants Weep.
Kwesi Craig Brookins, an associate professor of psychology and Africana studies, is reading Charles W. Bamforth’s Beer is the Proof God Loves Us: Reaching for the Soul of Beer and Brewing for pleasure, and reading Douglas T. Kenrick’s Sex, Murder, and the Meaning of Life for professional research.
And Kim Chappell, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine, is absorbing Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis.
Take a few minutes to check out the website to find some books that you might enjoy this summer.
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(Photo courtesy of Wine to Water)
Doc Hendley ’04, the founder and president of Wine to Water, will be giving a presentation in Raleigh Thursday at a wine tasting hosted by the Rotaract Club of Raleigh.
The event will help raise funds for Wine to Water, Hendley’s non-profit organization focusing on remedying the global need for clean water accessibility.
We first told you about Hendley on our blog in 2009, when he was recognized by CNN for his humanitarian work.
The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the State Club on Centennial Campus. Contact Raleigh Rotaract for tickets.
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Alumni Association staff traveled to Charlotte last night to welcome nearly two dozen incoming freshmen into the Wolfpack family.
About 60 people, including high school seniors, their parents and NC State alumni, gathered at the VanLandhingham Estate in Charlotte to help the students make the transition from high school to college.
Karl Stuppnig, the Alumni Association network leader for Mecklenburg County, talked with the students about the value of joining the area alumni network if they return to Charlotte after graduation.
The Charlotte stop was the latest in a series of events hosted by the Alumni Association to welcome the newest Wolfpackers into the fold. Upcoming events are scheduled in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Guildford counties. Check our website for details on event in your community.
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Donald B. Adcock, a former NC State band director who died this month, was remembered in The News & Observer Monday for his life in music.
Adcock served as NC State’s band director for 22 years after coming to the job in 1960.
Sam Stephenson, a local writer who consulted with Adcock for a book about the preservation of jazz’s legacy, told The N & O that Adcock knew music so well that identification became second nature.
“Don knew every musician and every tune. He knew them by ear, and we needed that because the Jazz Loft Project was a detective story at core,” Stephenson said.
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North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service’s Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) program will celebrate its 100th anniversary Wednesday at the McKimmon Center.
The program has reached out to North Carolina families since 1911. The program has provided hot lunch programs to rural schools and electricity to rural citizens. It began with home demonstration canning clubs.
Today, the program provides families with information about budgeting, credit use, health care costs and financial planning.
“What families need now is the same as what they needed in the past – credible information and practical skills to improve their economic opportunity, educational excellence, health and well-being, thus improving their lives and the communities in which they live,” said Marshall Stewart, program leader for FCS at NC State. “Families have the will. FCS has the way.”
Two events will be featured at the McKimmon Center. The first event, from 5-6 p.m., will unveil Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Service, a book that focuses on the program’s history and discusses the role of home demonstration clubs in North Carolina counties.
Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will include a dramatic reading by women in period costume representing four decades: the 1920s, 1940s, 1960s and 1980s.
The program will also induct 25 inaugural members into the Jane S. McKimmon Hall of Fame.
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NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson attends an alumni event at The Graylyn Estate in Winston-Salem.
More than 65 alumni and friends came out last night to meet Chancellor Randy Woodson at The Graylyn Estate in Winston-Salem.
The chancellor and his wife, Susan, talked with alumni at the estate, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also in attendance were NC State Alumni Association Executive Director Benny Suggs ’69, Alumni Association Board of Directors President Judi Grainger ’72, Alumni Association board member Gary Upchurch ’76 of Greensboro, Alumni Association Yadkin County network leaders Virgil Dodson ’69 and Walter Smith ’76, and Alumni Association Forsyth County network leaders Peter Blutreich ’90, Neil Robbins ’01 and Ron Spivey ’82.
We have photos from the Winston-Salem event on our Flickr page, as well as photos from last Thursday’s event in Washington, D.C., attended by more than 125 people.
In Washington, Grainger and Alumni Association board member Brenda Flory ’87 spoke to the crowd about the benefits of membership and introduced Chancellor Woodson at the reception at the Grand Hyatt Washington.
Dr. Stacy Wood, a Langdon Distinguished Professor of Marketing at NC State’s Poole College of Management, gave a presentation on the psychology of innovation.
NC State alumni and friends attend an event at the Grand Hyatt Washington.
Nevin Kessler, NC State vice chancellor for university advancement, and Dr. Ira R. Weiss, dean of the Poole College of Management, also attended the event.
The D.C. reception was sponsored by Deloitte, a financial consulting company.
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Damon Nahas, a former Wolfpack soccer player who has enjoyed tremendous success as a youth soccer coach, was named Tar Heel of the Week by The News & Observer on Sunday.
Nahas founded Next Level Academy, an indoor youth soccer training program in Morrisville, and is a coach for the Capital Area Soccer League in Raleigh. He was recently added to the coaching staff for the U.S. national girls U15 soccer team.
CASL CEO Charlie Slagle told The N&O that Nahas is effective at teaching the technical aspects of soccer and then translating that into game situations.
“There’s lots of coaches that are extremely good at one or the other, but it’s so rare for one person to be so gifted in both areas,” Slagle said.
Nahas started Next Level Academy in 1999, and has brought several former Wolfpack players on board as coaches. The lineup of coaches includes Scott Schweitzer, an All-American player at NC State, Mark Jonas and Jason Keyes.
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