Blair Kelley Named Assistant Dean
Dr. Blair L.M. Kelley has been named assistant dean for interdisciplinary studies and international programs at NC State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The CHASS Interdisciplinary Studies Program awards an array of cross-disciplinary undergraduate degrees. IDS major programs include Africana Studies, Arts Studies (including Film Studies), International Studies, Science Technology and Society (STS), Self-Design Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies
Student Research Translates Into Broader Horizons
Tingting Ji is proficient in four languages: Chinese, French, English, and Italian. So when she saw an email about an undergraduate research award that involved translating, the Foreign Languages and Literatures major leapt at the opportunity. As this video shows, her translation project translated into newfound skills, interests, and graduate study.
A Passage From India: Lessons From An International Student’s Journey
In a column for the Chronicle of Higher Education, CHASS alumna Rajika Bhandari (Ph.D., Psychology '98) remembers her transformative experience of coming to study in the United States. As deputy vice president for research and evaluation at the Institute of International Education, Bhandari also knows just how powerful global higher education is for students today.
Staff Member Personifies Commitment to Serve
Claudia Kearney personifies NC State's commitment to serve. As a staff trainer for the college's Center for Family and Community Engagement, she provides outreach and training to all of North Carolina's 100 counties. Kearney and four other NC State staff members have earned recognition from the university's Awards for Excellence program.
The Email Lemonade Lady
Cheryl Sutton understands the art of turning email lemons into email lemonade. Her approach to communication has enabled her to build relationships on six continents. Through Email Lemonade, she's coaching others to have the same success.
Adventurer in a Tweed Jacket
Professor Emeritus David Greene is a prolific scholar and author, a gifted and giving musician, a highly skilled and sensitive translator, and a dedicated and cherished volunteer. In his retirement, Greene works to improve the lives of those around him: the children and villagers of eastern Guatemala, where Greene lives, teaches and writes for two thirds out of each year. For his work there, NC State’s Association of Retired Faculty recently recognized Greene with the Friday Award for Distinguished Service in Retirement.
In Case of Emergency: Reaching Vulnerable Groups
Alton Russell ’14 combined his interests in global health and in industrial engineering to fashion his self-designed major in interdisciplinary studies. The Park scholar felt an engineering degree alone was insufficient to address health problems "that are not only technically innovative but also grounded in an understanding of human factors. A technically viable solution is useful only to the extent that it is compatible with cultural and political realities." He applied what he learned to help develop an emergency communication network to reach marginalized populations in North Carolina.
Mathews Medalist Promoted Sustainable Practices
Caroline Hansley received the Mathews Medal, given for outstanding leadership and service to a few select NC State seniors. Hansley channeled her passion for sustainability to create the Green Ambassadors program on campus. She majored in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in agroecology and social entrepreneurship.
CHASS Students Earn International Scholarships, Fellowships
CHASS students earned prestigious international scholarships and fellowships this year, including Goldwater, Fulbright, Boren and Gilman awards. Congratulations to all those who are pursuing their passion and their education through international study.
This is What Science Looks Like at NC State
NC State's research blog, the Abstract, has initiated a series of posts that highlight the diversity of researchers at our university. Featured CHASS faculty include a psychologist, an anthropologist, and a health communication researcher.