The Board of Trustees of the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts first debated the issue of admitting women to the all-male college in 1899, some 12 years after the college was founded.
But it was would be slow going for young women interested in studying at the college.
The 1928-29 course catalog, courtesy of Historical State
The trustees voted in 1899 to allow women to enroll in the college, but later rescinded that vote and only allowed women to be enrolled as “special students” in one or two courses. (They were allowed, though, to fully enroll to study textiles.)
But it would be two more years before the first woman enrolled to study in the college.
And it would be nearly 30 years later, on this day in 1928, for the number of female students at State College to reach 21. When that happened, it was nearly double the number of female students who had enrolled at State College the previous year.
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Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Ted Larsen ’09 has spent his life in college and professional football protecting the quarterback. At NC State, the Florida native switched from playing on the defensive line to snapping the ball from center. His success at that position landed him in the NFL as a sixth-round draft of the New England Patriots in 2010.
Now Larsen, 25, protects Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman as a right guard on the Bucs’ offensive line.
“It’s the closest relationship between a QB and lineman I’ve had,” Larsen says.
But in April 2011, Larsen’s role as protector took on a life away from football. He and his girlfriend were fishing off the coast, enjoying a Florida afternoon. They received a distress signal and realized that they were close to the people who needed help. They traveled about a mile and came upon a couple of high school kids whose kayak had overturned. So Larsen used his boat to take the somewhat stunned kids and the kayak to shore.
“We were just in the right place in the right time,” Larsen says. “That’s the code of being out there. If you see someone in need, you kind of help them out.”
Photo courtesy of NC State Athletics.
Everybody who goes out on the water has a similar story, he says. Larsen downplays his heroism, saying the incident has been blown out of proportion.
But when asked about this year’s Wolfpack football team, he addresses a familiar topic.
“I’d like to see them step it up a little,” he says. “I feel they have a lot of tools. They have to protect.”
Larsen and the Buccaneers take on the Washington Redskins Sunday in Week 4 of the NFL.
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Chancellor Randy Woodson took time during his trip to Asia this week to have dinner with a group of alumni in Taiwan.
Woodson, Vice Chancellor for Advancement Nevin Kessler and Blanton Godfrey, dean of the College of Textiles, were joined for dinner at the Taipei World Trade Center Club by leaders in government, business and higher education with ties to NC State.
The group included executives with Gintech Energy Corporation, CECI Engineering Consultants Inc., Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation, Marvell Semiconductor Inc., Genies Technologies Global and Jintex Corporation.
The group also included professors and administrators from National Taiwan Ocean University, National Central University, National Tsing Hua University, Tam-Kung University, Soochow University and Taipei Medical University.
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NC State had been trying to defeat Duke in football for 13 years. Not one of those contests had resulted in a red-and-white victory party. And there the Wolfpack was again, on opening day in September 1946, trying to capture a historic win for the program against the Blue Devils.
Even NC State’s marching band was there, making its first post-World War II appearance.
And on this day in NC State history, the Wolfpack football team defeated Duke, 13-6. Al Phillips, one of the team’s co-captains, got more delivered to him than a football victory.
Charlie Richkus' winning score against Duke. Photo originally appeared in 1947 Agromeck.
The Wolfpack held Duke to a total of two rushing yards. State scored the winning touchdown with just under a couple of minutes left when Charlie Richkus ran for a score.
And then the celebration ensued at Riddick Stadium, as reported in the Agromeck: “After the ‘Pack convinced Duke it was healthier [staying] in Durham by completely outplaying them 13-6, the ever-loyal alumni and all 4902 students lavished in ecstasy like a hillbilly sampling his first ‘batch’ of ‘moonshine.’”
Everyone that is, except for right end Phillips, who had other business to attend to. A few hours after State’s win, his wife gave birth to a baby boy.
Co-captain Al Phillips, who saw his team win hours before he met his new child. Photo originally appeared in 1947 Agromeck.
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Alumni in Philadelphia gathered last night to send out some brotherly love to NC State as it celebrates its 125th anniversary.
More than a dozen alumni turned out at Ladder 15 in Philadelphia for the birthday party hosted by the Alumni Association. The group seemed to be evenly split between chemical engineers, many of whom work at Merck, and alumni who work in the financial industry.
But while they may have had different jobs, they all loved living in Philadelphia and most of them agreed on the place for the best Philly cheesesteaks – Tony Luke’s.
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What do Kay Yow, Magic Johnson, Larry Brown and the Harlem Globetrotters have in common?
No, it’s not just that they were all involved with basketball. On this day in 2002, Yow and the others were all inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Other inductees that year were Lute Olsen and Drazen Petrovic.
Yow had coached the women’s basketball team at NC State for 26 years when she was inducted into the Hall of Fame. She had amassed more than 600 career wins, ranking fifth in women’s basketball history. She was the only woman’s coach in history to win gold medals in the Olympics and World Championships.
Yow was credited with being one of the pioneers in women’s basketball, helping the game grow in popularity. “Yow’s teams mirror her intensity – they play with passion and complete effort at both ends of the court,” reads her bio at the Hall of Fame.
But Yow was quick to give credit to others in her acceptance speech: “All of the honors, awards and milestones that I have been a part of have been made possible because of very special players, staff, administrators, fans and friends.” (Yow’s entire speech can be seen in a video on her web page at the Hall of Fame.)
Yow has also been inducted into the the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame. She will be inducted next week into the new N.C. Athletics Hall of Fame as one of the 10 inaugural members.
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Kaitlyn Sutton spent the night on the Brickyard last night as part of an effort to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. She wasn’t alone.
“I never imagined the Brickyard would be so busy at night,” says Sutton, a sophomore from Franklin, N.C., who is majoring in human biology.
Joseph Moo-Young and Kaitlyn Sutton at the Caldwell Fellows shack
Sutton was doing her shift at the shack built by the Caldwell Fellows for the 21st annual Shack-A-Thon, a weeklong effort to raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity. Sutton was joined last night by other Caldwell Fellows, but also took in the buzz created by several other student organizations that are sponsoring shacks on the Brickyard.
The shacks were erected last weekend and will stay up until this weekend. Someone from the sponsoring organizations has to be at the shack at all time, including through the night. Sutton and two other Caldwell Fellows did their turn in their shack last night. She was joined this afternoon by Joseph Moo-Young, a sophomore from Charlotte, N.C., who is majoring in chemical engineering and textile engineering.
“It’s a fun way to raise awareness and money for Habitat for Humanity,” Moo-Young says.
“It’s very creative,” Sutton says.
“It’s creative and fun,” Moo-Young says.
The Shack-A-Thon also gave the Caldwell Fellows a chance to talk with other students about their program and its emphasis on service leadership.
The Caldwell Fellows team raised $2,400 during the 2011 Shack-A-Thon, and are trying to double that total this year. To contribute to Habitat for Humanity through the Caldwell Fellows, visit their website.
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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When most people think of bowling alleys, they don’t picture leather couches, high-end food and a full-service staff. That is precisely why Chris Angel ’91, does not refer to his business, Sparians, as a bowling alley.
“We prefer the term ‘bowling boutique,’” he says. “You won’t find any frozen pizza or hard plastic seats here. And we like it that way.”
Chris Angel '91, Alan Fluke
Angel, who spent more than 15 years in the software sales industry before launching his business, had more than a dozen potential ideas before settling on the idea of a high-end bowling venue. Along with his business partner, Alan Fluke, they opened Sparians in December 2010 in the North Hills area of Raleigh. Sparians offers 12 public bowling lanes, a family-friendly sports bar and three suites with six additional lanes available for corporate or private events.
The customer base is varied, and includes families with children, college students and young professionals.
“About half of our business is from corporations,” Angel says. “We have a big meeting space – complete with a podium – that companies can rent out. They can hold their meeting, grab lunch afterward and then spend the rest of the afternoon bowling or enjoying the other entertainment options we provide. It’s one of the few, if only, places around that you can do that.”
The sports bar features several large screen televisions to showcase various sports broadcasts, and is a frequent meeting spot for alumni groups and sports team fan clubs.
“People like coming to Sparians to watch the games because it is one of few sports bar-like places where you can feel comfortable bringing your children,” Angel says. “While you are watching the game, your kids can be playing video games or bowling. It’s a really nice, safe environment to bring your family.”
Angel and Fluke are managing a second location of Sparians, in Charleston, S.C., owned by another NC State alum, Randy Bates, and have plans to expand further.
“There is definitely a market for this type of entertainment venue,” Angel says. “We’d like to own a few locations ourselves, but we’re also in the process of licensing our brand and hope to offer franchise opportunities around the country. What we’re creating is a fun, interactive entertainment experience. It’s a fun business to work in and we’re enjoying it.”
– Caroline Barnhill ‘05
Sparians is one of dozens of vendors – including restaurants, farms, breweries, wineries and bakeries – participating in the Red & White Food and Beverage Festival during the week of homecoming. All of the vendors have NC State connections, with alumni as owners or managers. The festival is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, at The State Club in the Park Alumni Center. Visit the festival website to register and see a full list of vendors participating.
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Five members of the Alumni Association were honored this weekend for their efforts to help alumni stay connected to NC State.
They were recognized during the Alumni Volunteer Leadership Conference held over the weekend for members who lead the Alumni Association’s geographic networks and constituency groups.
The award recipients were:
Bryony Williams (center) with staff of the Alumni Association
Bryony Williams, Dick Bartelt Volunteer Network Leader of the Year, regional networks. Williams, a 2005 NC Stage grad who works at UNC-Pembroke, contacted the Alumni Association this summer about reviving the alumni network in Fayetteville, N.C. In just four months, Williams planned four events for alumni in the Fayetteville area, including an NC State Wine and Design night (where alums had a chance to be artistic while enjoying wine and the company of fellow Wolfpackers). Williams maintains an active Facebook presence for her group and makes it a point to welcome new members individually.
Carmita Davis Bass (right), with Allison Dodson of the Alumni Association staff
Carmita Davis Bass, Dick Bartelt Volunteer of the Year, constituency programs. Bass, a 2005 NC State grad, has been an active and energetic volunteer in one of the Alumni Association’s strongest constituency groups, the Black Alumni Society. As homecoming chair Bass has planned and coordinated homecoming weekends for the past two years. She has also spearheaded an effort to encourage alumni to contribute to two scholarship endowments for African and African-American students at NC State.
Dare County Network leaders with Alumni Association staff
The Dare County Alumni Network, Network of the Year. The Dare County group was formed in 2010 under the direction of Tommy Fulcher, Elizabeth Morey and Marie Holland. They have brought in several NC State speakers — including Chancellor Randy Woodson, women’s head basketball coach Kellie Harper and professor Mike Walden — to talk with area alumni. They have used social media and local newspapers to advertise their events and have aggressively encouraged area alumni to join the Alumni Association. They recently sent a letter to recent graduates encouraging them to join the Association.
Congratulations, and thank you, to all the winners!
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Dudley Williams was pleased to join the faculty at NC State in 1963 as the new head of the physics department. He had previously worked at Ohio State.
Williams had high expectations for his students, and on this day in 1963, he let them know what would happen if they failed to meet his expectations.
If they fell asleep in his class, Williams warned, he would throw a piece of chalk directly at them, according to Historical State, an online archive maintained by NCSU Libraries.
Would that be considered a “chalk talk?”
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