Family uses ‘toolbox’ to build NC State tradition

Left to Right: The Hunt Family – Craig, Melissa and Denise.

Family traditions take shape in a wide variety of guises. For some folks, it’s a summer trip to the beach, for others, a holiday dinner. For Craig and Denise Hunt, and their family – it’s a toolbox.

For the last several years, to help prepare for each of their daughters’ campus living stints at NC State, Craig and Denise have made an annual pilgrimage to Lowes or Costco in search of screwdrivers, pliers, hammers, a personalized toolbox to hold them in – and the crown jewel – a big silver shelving unit with wheels.

This might sound like a peculiar tradition for some, but for the Hunt clan, it makes perfect sense.

“Every one of the girls has one of these,” said Denise. “We have four or five in our basement and they are the best thing since sliced bread; the perfect, versatile piece of furniture.”

Denise adds that the multi-purpose units have played many roles for the girls in their residence hall rooms, functioning as storage compartments, TV stands and room dividers. But most of all, these traditional hardware fixtures represent a unique, shared tradition that has evolved into a quirky and fondly remembered chapter of the family’s NC State heritage.

Melissa, the fourth Hunt to attend State, said she had the perfect color in mind when selecting her toolbox.

“When we went shopping for one, I picked NC State red,” she said. “It sort of made going to college official.”

“Shopping for the toolboxes is a lot of fun, and something we do as a family,” said Denise. “Melissa is a sophomore at State this year, so she’s taken care of; now, we have one more to go.”

Next in line for the Hunts, future NC State graduate number five, high school senior Martha. Craig is no doubt already browsing the aisles of local hardware stores in search of the perfect tools for when the family’s next Wolfpack member lands on campus this fall.

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Help Your Student Stay Secure At State

At NC State, creating a safe, secure environment for both students and staff is priority one. The following information, contributed by the Division of Environmental Health and Public Safety, includes assorted services and suggestions to help ensure your student enjoys a safe, healthy stay while living on campus:

 

STEPS TO SAFETY:

•  Lock all doors and windows when in your room or away

•  Do not permit someone you don’t know entry into your residence

•  Report any suspicious persons or incidents to the police immediately

•  Always walk in well-lighted areas at night

•  Don’t walk alone after hours

 

SAFETY ESCORT SERVICE

In conjunction with University Housing, the University Police Department provides a safety escort service to protect students, faculty and staff during the hours of darkness on campus. Contracted security guards will provide a walking safety escort to any location on Main Campus. They will also provide a driving safety escort to outer areas of campus, including the Vet School, the Avent Ferry Complex and Centennial Campus.  Once a request for an escort has been made, the response time for an escort is approximately 15 minutes.  We do try to prioritize requests; individuals and those at remote locations may take priority over groups and those in buildings.  Response time may also depend upon demand and time of night.  Safety escorts are limited to groups of no more than 3 people at a time.

You can identify University Police officers by their uniform and/or their department identification card.  Police Officers wear the standard royal blue police department uniforms.

Contracted security guards can be identified by their white and black uniforms designated by “Budd Security Group,” as well as by the Budd Security Group Safety Escort vehicle.

To request an escort, call 919.515.3000, or use a Blue Light Emergency Phone, found at many locations across campus.

For more information, visit: http://www.ncsu.edu/ehps/


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Area Updates

Housing campuses offer tutorial services for residents

Several residence halls and apartment facilities on campus offer special tutorial workshops for residents. The following is a schedule for the remaining of the fall term:

Free Math and Chemistry Tutoring available to FYC students

Monday &Wednesday 8 –10 p.m.

100 and 200 level Math

(FYC Commons, Room 110)

Tuesday & Thursday 8 –10 p.m.

Chemistry and Physics

(FYC Commons, Room 110)

Free Writing and Speaking Tutoring available to all residents

Tuesday & Wednesday 6 –9 p.m. (Open to all residents)

Writing and Speaking

(FYC Commons, Room 104)

Math and Science (Engineering, Physics)

Monday – Thursday, 6 – 9 p.m.

(Wolf Village, Building G)

Village residents take a bite out of the Big Apple

Arts Village residents recently joined representatives from the Alexander Global Village for an exciting Fall Break experience in New York City. Sixteen students soaked up the city’s many landmarks and museums, and also attended the Broadway productions of The Lion King and Phantom of the Opera.

Tri-Towers residents scare up fun for young trick-or-treaters

Trick-or-Treating started early last month on NC State’s campus when 15 children from the local Boys & Girls Club participated in a Tri-Towers –sponsored Trick-or-Treat event, held Tuesday, October 25.  Residents from Bowen, Carroll and Metcalf Halls were on hand to give out candy to the children and encourage and celebrate a safe Halloween.  While on campus, the little visitors participated in hands-on craft workshops, which included creating bats and pumpkins from foam, and coloring stickers with various Halloween images of cats, bats, pumpkins and ghosts. The event was a terrific illustration of how our residents devote their time, effort and creativity to make an impact within the community.

First Year College adventurers learn the ropes outdoors

First Year College Village (FYC) welcomed fall with two NC State Outdoor Adventure-hosted rock climbing trips. Twenty-two FYC students embarked on an adventure to Pilot Mountain, NC., where dedicated NC State Outdoor Adventure staff had camped out the night before to secure the best spot for our novice climbers.  After instruction and equipment checks, the Villagers tried their hands at a new skill, gained confidence – step by step! – engaged with a group of kindred spirits, and some even found an exciting hobby to pursue.


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Village Spotlight: Women Of Welch (WOW) Village

Dr. Deborah Hooker

Dr. Deborah Hooker, NC State’s Director of the Women & Gender Studies program, began collaborating with the Women Of Welch (WOW) Village shortly after her arrival this past summer. Dr. Hooker has assisted in leading sessions for Village mentors and is working to establish faculty/resident dinners. She recently sat down to discuss her involvement with the Village, as well as its vision for its future:

Why did you want to initially get involved with the WOW program?

When I learned, this past summer, about the Women of Welch with its emphasis on leadership for women and social justice, I was really excited – for a number of reasons.  First of all, as an educator, I think the University’s efforts to integrate academics, leadership, and service, through Living and Learning Villages like WOW, stands to make a real difference in the quality of education overall. If students take the ideas they’re exposed to in their classes back to their campus homes, and if there’s a structure in place – as with WOW – that encourages them to continue talking about those ideas, then the chance that what they’re exposed to in their courses will acquire meaning beyond the classroom is increased—which is what all educators hope for.  We only have our students in the classroom for a limited time each week; they’re with their peers much more often, and peer exchanges have a big impact. Students certainly can and do challenge and teach one another.

What aspects/components of WOW connect most with young women entering college?

When I remember my own experience, as a freshman in 1969 coming from a very small town to one of our state’s large public institutions, what I would have appreciated more of can be summed up in one word: mentoring.   I had no idea, at that time, how busy faculty were (and are today), but mentoring undergraduate students seems to me to be an extremely important component of education.  I’m not talking about tutoring here, although helping students with the specifics of their coursework is important.  But rather, what I mean is some interaction – beyond the classroom – that encourages students to take their intellectual curiosity seriously.  That desire to know more, to explore a field or topic, shouldn’t be wasted or diluted.  And sometimes it’s hard for students to maintain that enthusiasm, especially if they hit a particular bump in the road – like having difficulty in a particular course, for example. They get discouraged. This is why I am really excited about the informal student/faculty dinners WOW is setting up.  They can, I think, be a venue for encouraging students to take that desire as seriously as it deserves to be taken, to work past and through those inevitable bumps in the road. And hopefully, too, if students see faculty as people – not unlike them – who have a passion for what they study, write about and teach, maybe that passion can be contagious and encouraging.

What is your vision for the program’s future?

I think that the new “slogan” for the Village pretty much identifies that vision:  WOW:  “Transforming Sisterhood into Social Justice.”  That is, sisterhood is great.  Working collectively as a community of young women is great – but it doesn’t stop there. That’s just one particular configuration for understanding the challenges that others like and unlike you confront, for recognizing shared challenges and talents, and for figuring out how to work with those differences and similarities to improve situations beyond that sisterhood configuration.

I would like for the Village to be another strong voice on campus for the ideals of social justice, for all kinds of equity.  That’s a lofty ideal, and it sounds rather clichéd, but we need to aim big.  It is a worthy goal. Helping students to understand the nuances of leadership – how there are different styles and strategies that allow us to positively shape our communities, that one size does not fit all – is also important.  WOW’s service component gives them a chance to apply that knowledge and those leadership skills in a concrete way.

Finally, I would hope that if we can help WOW residents acquire these tools, help them develop as leaders and as confident, engaged students, then perhaps that will inspire these young women to pass that knowledge and those skills on to other, newer students and to those in the other communities in which they will find themselves.

For more information about the Women Of Welch Village, visit: www.ncsu.edu/housing/villages.

 


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Healthy Habits: Prevention the best medicine

NC State’s Student Health Center is a terrific resource for your student to know about, particularly this time of year when the flu and other infections have the potential to run rampant. The following are recommendations for staying healthy at State during flu season:

Norovirus, a highly contagious illness sometimes referred to as viral gastroenteritis, stomach flu and food poisoning, has begun making the rounds at college campuses from coast to coast. Spread from person to person, through contaminated food or water – and by touching contaminated surfaces – norovirus is recognized as the leading cause of foodborne-disease outbreaks in the United States. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain – and dehydration can also be a problem for some people afflicted by the infection.

Though practicing prevention takes some effort in a congested environment like a college campus, there are simple, effective tips you can use to keep safe and norovirus-free at NC State:

Practice proper hand hygiene: Wash your hands carefully with soap and water, especially after using the toilet – and always before eating or preparing food. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers may be a helpful addition to hand washing, but they are not a substitute for washing with soap and water.

Take care in the kitchen: Carefully wash fruits and vegetables, and cook oysters and other shellfish thoroughly before eating them.

Do not prepare food while infected: People who are infected with norovirus should not prepare food for others while they have symptoms – and for 3 days after they recover from their illness.

Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces: After an episode of illness, such as vomiting or diarrhea, make sure contaminated surfaces are immediately cleaned and disinfected.

Wash laundry thoroughly: Immediately remove and wash clothing or linens that may be contaminated with vomit or fecal matter. Handle soiled items carefully—without agitating them—to avoid spreading virus. They should be laundered with detergent at the maximum available cycle length and then machine dried.

For more information about norovirus and other ailments, contact the NC State’s Student Health Center: http://www.ncsu.edu/student_health/


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Greetings from Wolfpack Country!

Fall semester is rushing by and exciting things are happening all over campus.  On-campus students gain significant growth and understanding from the experience of living in a diverse community of fellow students, faculty and staff.  Living on campus is designed to promote personal and academic development, and we see evidence of that every day.

University Housing has just started construction on the first student residences on Centennial Campus, the largest residential project ever built on our campus.  This project will provide a variety of apartments for 1,195 undergraduate and graduate students on Centennial Campus.  Additionally, this project will feature a variety of dining options and a bookstore.  It will be located adjacent to the Colleges of Engineering and Textiles, across from the new Hunt Library, currently under construction.  Phase 1 of this project will open fall of 2013.

Soon after the December holiday break, students will be asked to consider where to live next year.  The signup process to return to campus begins in mid-February.  The majority of our freshmen choose to come back to campus for their sophomore year, and many juniors and seniors live on campus as well.  Students who live on campus will continue to benefit from convenience to classes, the library, dining and other services.

If your student wants to move off campus, be sure to help them examine living options carefully.   For instance, look for safety features such as fire sprinklers and alarm systems.  All of our campus residence halls have sprinklers, but many off-campus options do not.  Consider the total cost of rent, utilities, deposits, etc., as well as transportation realities, before making commitments.

We are here to support your students while they pursue their academic and personal goals. Our hope is that every student will attain a sense of direction and develop the confidence to accomplish great things.

Timothy R. Luckadoo, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

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