That’s how many job seekers showed up last October for the College of Engineering’s biannual Career Fair. It was a record for the event.
Another big crowd is expected when the Career Fair returns next week. More than 265 companies and government agencies are scheduled to attend the Engineering Career Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and Wednesday, Oct. 5. The fair runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the McKimmon Center.
The event is free for job seekers.
The NC State career fair is one of the largest in the nation for engineering students. Previous career fairs have drawn job seekers from states as far away as Florida, New York and Texas.
For more information, visit the Career Fair website.
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Roman birthday celebration
Jim Norman ’53 celebrated his 80th birthday in Rome with fellow NC State alumni who are traveling through Italy on a WolfTreks tour.
The group enjoyed Italian cuisine at the Taverna Flavia, where a guitar player sang Italian and American songs. Jim, a retired chemical engineer, is on the tour with his wife of 53 years, Barbara. Italy is the couple’s second time traveling with WolfTreks. They also visited Russia with other NC State alumni some time ago.
Jim said his favorite part of the Italy tour so far has been the Amalfi Coast. “It’s beautiful and nothing like I have seen before,” he said.
Night at the Italian Opera
Wolftrek travelers Mary Todd ’67, ’68 MS, Pat Palmer ’72 PhD, and Betty Stagg attended a concert of Italian opera arias at the All Saints Anglican Church in Rome.
They then enjoyed a night stroll back to the Empire Palace Hotel, near the Piazza di Spagna. Before turning in for the evening, they stopped for wine at Ristorante La Pentolaccia, a sidewalk restaurant and bar. They stayed so late that they were asked to leave because it was closing time.
Palmer said she will always remember the night that “she closed down a bar in Rome.”
Cooking Italian style
After spending a couple of days in Rome, where they took guided tours of the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Square and the Sistine Chapel, the group traveled through Umbria, known as the “green heart of Italy.”
Their first stop was Orvieto, perched on high on a plateau, where they attended a pasta-making demonstration at Ristorante Zeppelin, a Culinary Art Institute.
“I thought it was interesting how the chef cut the pasta into so many different sizes and shapes,” Betty Stagg said.
The cooking lesson was followed by a five-course meal that included antipasta, bruschetta of creamed ricotta with truffles, fettucine with tomato sauce, asparagus lasagna, guinea hen with cannellini and a ricotta cheese mousse with chocolate sauce.
Tour of Umbria’s medieval hill villages
While in Umbria, the group also toured Todi, Assisi and Perugia before traveling to the Tuscany region.
Check back for photos from their adventures in Rome and Umbria on our Flickr site. Visit our website to learn more about upcoming WolfTreks tours.
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The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced today that former Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Bill Cowher ’79 is one of 11 new candidates on the list of modern-era players, coaches and others who will be considered for enshrinement next year.
Cowher joins two other coaches, Bill Parcells and Marty Schottenheimer, on the list of new candidates. Some of the former players included on the list for the first time are running back Tiki Barber, quarterback Drew Bledsoe and wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson.
Cowher played linebacker at NC State, lettering all four years and serving as a team captain his senior year. Cowher led the Wolfpack in tackles his junior and senior years.
Cowher was featured in a 1994 cover story in the NC State alumni magazine. By then, Cowher had achieved success as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. But he was quoted in the article talking about his days playing for the Wolfpack:
“I was an emotional guy,” he said. “And when game day rolled around, it was always business, I was in a different state of mind. I could really get into it.”
The complete list of nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012 has 103 candidates. That list will be pared down over the next few months to a list of 15 modern-era finalists in January.
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After attending NC State for undergraduate studies in civil engineering, Donald Katz ’07 still cheers for the Wolfpack as a graduate student at Georgia Tech. As part of our series during football season on alumni residing behind enemy lines, we spoke with Katz about his experiences as a Wolfpack fan studying at Georgia Tech, his favorite memories of his time at NC State and, of course, his prediction for this weekend’s game between NC State and Georgia Tech.
What made you choose Georgia Tech for graduate school? They had a large degree program for my area of focus, transportation engineering, with many faculty and researchers with whom I could work.
How would you describe Georgia Tech’s fans? Georgia Tech fans love to come to campus, set up tailgates amongst the buildings, and walk down to the stadium to cheer on their Yellow Jackets. Tech fans have many traditions, and they take great pride in them. I also found Tech fans to be very polite to their visitors, as I experienced first-hand at last year’s game when NC State won. In both going to and from the stadium, no one harassed me for wearing red and white!
Will you be making the trip to the game on Saturday? I won’t be making the trip up this year, but it was a real thrill to watch the Pack beat the Jackets in Atlanta last fall. I’m excited for NC State’s game vs. Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2012 here in Atlanta.
Who do you predict will win the game this Saturday? I know it’s been a less-than-desirable start, but the Wolfpack are back at Carter-Finley, and I always have faith in our team. I think the Wolfpack will beat the Yellow Jackets again. We were able to slow down the triple option in 2010, and it can be done again. Final score: NC State 31, Yellow Jackets 21.
What’s your favorite memory of your days at NC State? I remember when we beat UNC in basketball in 2007. I was at Sammy’s Bar and Grill on Avent Ferry, and it was a thrilling game to watch. Right after the win, we headed straight to the Bell Tower, already lit up red, and marched up and down Hillsborough Street several times with thousands of other students.
Do you wear any NC State apparel around the Georgia Tech campus? I wear NC State shirts and hats around Georgia Tech all the time, and no one I don’t know says anything. My friends in my graduate office who went to Tech for undergrad, on the other hand, love to give me a hard time.
– Jeannene Lang
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Photo by Peter Hutson
D.H. Hill Library, for anyone who has visited in recent years, is spilling over with technology. All the students have laptops, are listening to iPods or working with data on giant screens. Many of them are doing all of the above, and more, at the same time.
At first glance, it’s almost as if the books have been forgotten.
Of course, one only has to take a stroll through the stacks on several different floors to recognize that books still have great value at D.H. Hill.
Or, as we were able to do for the upcoming fall issue of NC State magazine, take a peek behind a door in the basement of D.H. Hill marked “Preservation.”
That is where D.H. Hill’s preservation team does the painstaking work of bookbinding. They are the people who save books that are falling apart from age and wear, restoring them so that they can be put back on the stacks and checked out by the next generation of NC State students and scholars.
Photo by Peter Hutson
So, if you get a chance, check out the next issue of NC State magazine to learn more about some old-school craftsmanship that is still being practiced amid a lot of new-school technology at NC State’s D.H. Hill Library.
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Feeling creative? Looking for an opportunity to unleash the poet hidden inside you? Willing to share your artistic impulses?
Windhover, the literary and arts magazine at NC State, is reaching out to alumni to ask them to submit their creative work. Yes, they are still looking for work by students, but the editors want the magazine to reflect the creativity of the larger NC State community.
Almost any kind of creative work is welcome. “If it’s creative, and original, and your work, we’d love to see it,” the editors said in a request for submissions. The list of what they’re interested in includes architecture, digital media, painting, poetry, photography, prose and sculpture.
The deadline for submissions is Dec. 5 (although there is a “hard” deadline of Dec. 20) to be included in the 2012 edition. Submissions can be sent to email@example.com. For more information, visit the Windhover website.
Alumni are also invited to participate in Windhover’s 5th Annual Open Mic Night on Nov. 18 in Caldwell Lounge.
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Photo courtesy of NC State Department of Physics
Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor in Physics Robert Beichner is in New York to receive the McGraw Prize in Education, an annual award that recognizes individuals who exhibit commitment to innovating education.
Beichner and Mitchel Resnick of MIT Media Lab and Julie Young of Florida Virtual School are being honored for pioneering digital education approaches. The three recipients collaborated on a paper that articulates their pedagogical philosophies in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.
Beichner’s section of the paper focuses on his belief in technology “freeing up teachers’ time to allow them to establish relationships with and motivate learners,” according to the McGraw-Hill Research Foundation.
At NC State, Beichner’s research has focused on studying how students learn and improving physics education. He created a “video-based lab” approach for introductory physics labs.
NC State magazine featured some of Beichner’s work in the spring issue earlier this year. He developed SCALE-UP (Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs), a customized classroom model based on group learning and collaboration. SCALE-UP has been adopted by more than 50 schools nationwide.
Extolling the virtues of social learning over the traditional model, Beichner said in the article that the numbers suggest the new collaborative models work.
“There is data from a lot of schools, but especially MIT, showing that the best students learn more than anyone else when put into a situation with their peers,” he said. “As you explain things to somebody, you have to rethink it, and as you rethink it, you’re improving your own understanding.”
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The shacks may be gone from the Brickyard, but the Caldwell Fellows are continuing their effort to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.
The 21st annual Shack-a-Thon took place last week, with 25 student organizations building a total of 17 shacks on the Brickyard. The Caldwell Fellows built a shack in eight hours out of scrap wood that was donated to the Habitat Re-Store after the shack was taken down.
Fellows slept in the shack every night last week, through rain and shine, to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.
That effort continues through Friday, and the Fellows are appealing to alumni to help them raise at least $300 more. You can contribute online or drop donations off at the Caldwell Fellows office in Pullen Hall.
The Caldwell Fellows program is an intensive leadership-development scholarship program that was created by the Alumni Association to honor the legacy of Chancellor John T. Caldwell.
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Some stand with pride. Some stand with anticipation. Some were just young boys, not much older than 14, the age requirement to be part of the first freshman class to enroll in the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1889.
There were 72 students who arrived that year at what would later become NC State. Nineteen of them would graduate four years later in 1893.
We are working on a story for NC State magazine about the men in this photograph to coincide with NC State’s 125th anniversary celebration in 2012. And we need your help.
We have found a few of their names, but welcome any help our alumni can provide in identifying the young men in this photograph. Please feel free to leave a comment if you recognize any of them or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Durham architect Phil Freelon ’75 and his firm, The Freelon Group, are featured in the upcoming issue of NC State magazine.
The Freelon Group’s imprints are seen on streets in North Carolina and in skylines across the United States. Its latest project is the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will occupy one of the last open spots on the National Mall. And the firm is also designing the new Gregg Museum of Art & Design at NC State.
Freelon’s projects blend function with contemporary style to leave memorable structures that do more than just stand idle. Featuring specific historical and unique motifs, they tell stories and engage their visitors for an experience.
Below is a list of his projects. Click on the link to view each project.
Turchin Visual Arts Center, Appalachian State University
Central Regional Hospital
Lord Corp. Headquarters
Stone Center, UNC-Chapel Hill
Charlotte Bobcats Arena
Mecklenburg County Deck and Plaza
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Durham County Library, North and South locations
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Durham County Human Services Building
Durham Solid Waste Operation Facility
Student Services Building, Durham Technical Community College
Ridley Student Center, Elizabeth City State University
International Civil Rights Center & Museum
Buildings on campus of N.C. A&T State University
RDU General Aviation Terminal
Lake Johnson Water Activities
RDU Parking Deck
Rockett Burkhead & Winslow
Museum of the African Diaspora
National Center for Civil & Human Rights
AUGUSTA Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History
BALTIMORE Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture
Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture
Anacostia Library, District of Columbia Public Libraries
Tenley Friendship Library, District of Columbia Public Libraries
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