N.C. State University Commemorates 125th Anniversary

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N.C. State University Chancellor Randy Woodson summed up the jubilation that’s going on in Raleigh this year. “One hundred and twenty-five years ago, four guys came together and said, ‘We’re going to create an amazing university that serves the people of North Carolina and people of America by doing world-class research and world-class education in things that people need,’” Woodson says. “And that’s 125 years of Wolfpack tradition.”


N.C. State University states the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences “discovers, develops, teaches, and applies knowledge and technology that enable students, clientele, and citizens of North Carolina and others to improve the quality of their lives and to enhance the agricultural, economic, environmental, and social well being of the state and world and to create and extend new knowledge through scientific research and extension in agriculture and the life sciences.” That reach includes educational programs throughout the state through the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service.


Whether it is creating new photovoltaic fibers or the next generation of lithium ion batteries, or light, strong fiber-based composites for the aircraft and automobiles of the future, or filters for providing clean water and air for the world, N.C. State states that its College of Textiles is a leader in the world. The college is home to the Nonwovens Institute, the Textile Protection and Comfort Center, and the Institute of Textile Technology, all striving to strengthen relationships with industry and to develop new research partners.


N.C. State is the largest university in North Carolina with 12 colleges representing all major disciplines. The university considers itself a global center of learning for some of the most important emerging technologies and new sciences, including nanotechnology, biotechnology, biomedical engineering and computer science. N.C. State states its expertise in these areas is backed by historic strengths in agriculture, engineering, forestry, wood and paper science, textiles, veterinary medicine and design. The university also provides education in the humanities and social sciences, education, life sciences, management, mathematics, natural resources and all the physical sciences. One of N.C. States strengths is its library system, which has 4.3 million volumes.


For 125 years, N.C. State University has linked scientific discovery to economic opportunity, creating more than 230 new products, 90 startups and 6,500 new jobs. The Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development supports the university’s researchers and helps translate their discoveries to the marketplace, creating economic and social impact. Centennial Campus, N.C. State’s research park, continues to be a success with visitors from across the globe coming to see its innovative live-work-play-learn concept. The Research Development Office recently launched REACH NC to make it easier to identify potential research partners and Pivot, a resource that helps find funding opportunities. Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance Services (SPARCS), assists faculty and staff in proposal submission, contract negotiation, awards management, and regulatory compliance. It works closely with the Office of Contracts & Grants, which oversees post-award administration.


Since the first football game in 1892, N.C. State University has competed at the highest level of college athletics, winning two NCAA national championships, two AIAW titles and four other national championships. Beyond figures such as David Thompson, Jim Valvano and Philip Rivers, the university also has produced Olympic medalists in swimming, as well as 26 individual NCAA and AIAW national champions in a variety of sports. N.C. State competes in 23 intercollegiate varsity sports, and is a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. N.C. State provides athletic competition and fitness opportunities through University Recreation activities and membership in Carmichael Gymnasium Complex.

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