Dr. Mark Bernhard joined NC State University and the McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education, as the vice provost for continuing education, on August 26, 2019. Previously, he served as the associate provost for outreach and engagement at the University of Southern Indiana (USI), where worked to provide transformative leadership, focus, entrepreneurial spirit and strategic vision to direct USI’s Division of Outreach and Engagement. Previously, he served as the director of continuing and professional education for Virginia Tech.
Mark has spent much of his higher education career advocating for land-grant universities (Virginia Tech and Penn State), with a robust focus on building partnerships and programs for adult learners, entrepreneurial collaboration, and making a positive difference in the lives of individuals, organizations and communities.
For USI, he managed a 50+ person division responsible for the university’s lifelong learning, community engagement and opportunity development initiatives. At Virginia Tech, he oversaw his respective unit’s strategic planning, financial management, new business development and outreach development. Mark also managed a 3-year, $17.2 million Youth Science Cooperative Outreach Agreement with the U.S. Army Research Office to conduct STEM outreach nationally to students from elementary school through college years. While at Penn State, he created and ran the internationally-covered "Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium," as well as the Outreach and Cooperative Extension Conference (now the Engaged Scholarship Consortium), a national conference focused on fostering engaged scholarship.
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In a unique architecture course, NC State students helped improve environmental sustainability at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center.
About 30 students and a major campus building are more equipped than ever for a sustainable future. That’s thanks to an NC State course called LEED Lab, which brings together future engineers, architects and environmental scientists for a hands-on experience as sustainability consultants.
Using the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system as a guide for sustainable best practices, the students in LEED Lab spent the Fall 2017 semester developing sustainability recommendations for NC State’s McKimmon Conference and Training Center.
LEED Lab students were tasked with evaluating the building’s sustainability performance and identifying ways to decrease environmental impact and costs. Class sessions consisted of group work, environmental analysis and testing and even a waste audit. The students also engaged with campus facilities managers and representatives from the course’s corporate partners: SAS, Wells Fargo, JLL, Lenovo, Schneider Electric, Stanford White and FMI Corporation.
Students learned to measure indoor air quality, analyze energy and water use, calculate payback periods on efficiency improvements and weigh tradeoffs. Save a bit of energy here, and it may increase costs elsewhere. Improve the environmental impacts in one area, and it may cause unintended consequences elsewhere. On the last day of class, students presented their sustainability recommendations, which ranged from harvesting rainwater and installing new lighting to calibrating air handlers to optimize energy savings.
The Collaborative and Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council Recognized as a "Limitless Resource" for Eastern NC
Two MCE&CE units--The Collaborative and Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council--received a two-page write-up in the Rocky Mount Telegram for their efforts to "boost eastern North Carolina's economic potential." The Collaborative was cited for bringing "valuable learning opportunities to a part of North Carolina once underserved by higher education." The Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council was recognized for "developing strategic solutions to engrained poverty in the region."
"As of June 2017, The Collaborative has helped produce 194 graduates, many of whom might not otherwise have been able to pursue their degree." In addition, The Collaborative "...hosts numerous academic summer camps...Youth camps give K-12 students hands-on experience to subjects that can lead to promising careers."
Among the UCPLC's programs is "Hometown Hires, which connects the long-term unemployed with job opportunities by providing education, training and one-on-one coaching."
To read the full article that appeared in the July 31, 2017 Rocky Mount Telegram, click here.
In April 2017, the McKimmon Conference and Training Center was certified by the NC State University Sustainability Office as a Sustainable Workplace at the Steward level. Sustainable Workplace Certification offers campus departments the opportunity to be more sustainable and earn recognition for these efforts. Campus entities earn points for adopting, or completing, sustainable practices in these categories: energy and water, transportation, purchasing, food and events, health and wellness, waste reduction and sustainability leadership. The goal of Wolfpack Certified Sustainable is to further sustainability at NC State by providing helpful information and encouragement for campus entities to institute sustainable practices in workplaces and campus-related events.