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Students "LEED" McKimmon Center to Increased Sustainability

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

Alice Warren Concludes Tenure as 2016-17 UPCEA President

Alice Warren, Vice Provost for Continuing Education and Interim Vice Provost for Outreach and Education, concluded her one-year term as the President of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) at the association’s 102nd annual conference in Chicago in March 2017.  UPCEA is the Washington, DC-based association for university leaders in professional, continuing, and online education. Ms. Warren’s welcome letter and closing comments from the 102nd UPCEA Annual Conference can be read here.

During her term, Ms. Warren focused on supporting and expanding the organization’s membership.  In serving as an ambassador for the association to its 400+ institutional, corporate, and affiliate members—as well as its 4,000+ professional members--Ms. Warren traveled approximately 28,000 miles during her 12 months in office. She crisscrossed the country from Minneapolis to Chicago, down the east coast as far south as Florida, over to Texas, New Mexico, and California, as well as international trips to Toronto, Canada and York, England.

McKimmon Conference and Training Center Recognized as a Wolfpack Certified Sustainable Workplace

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. 

Project Management Certificate Programs Ranked #3 Nationwide

NC State University’s Project Management Certificate programs have been ranked #3 by Value Colleges in their 2016 rankings of the Top 50 Best Value Project Management Certificate Programs!

The Best Value ranking considers only regionally accredited universities and colleges and ranks them according to a formula using data gathered from U.S. News & World Report Rankings, Payscale’s 2015-16 College Salary Report, and actual cost (per credit).

Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council (UCPLC) Celebrates 5 Years of Serving Eastern North Carolina

 The Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council (UCPLC), a unit of the McKimmon Center for Extension and Education, held a celebratory breakfast on April 12 to mark five years of  providing educational and professional development support for teachers, principals, and administrators, as well as increasing student success and retention, within five counties of eastern North Carolina (Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, and Wilson).  Alice Warren, Vice Provost for Continuing Education, welcomed attendees; Benjamin David, District Attorney for Prosecutorial District #05 and the morning's featured speaker, presented on one of the UCPLC's programs, Hometown Hires. Other speakers included Robert Evans, District Attorney, Prosecutorial District #07; Ginny Mohrbutter, Executive Director, United Way Tar River Region; Tommy Taylor, Executive Vice President, United Way of Cape Fear Area; Calvin Ballance, CEO, Ballanced Solutions, Inc.; and Trent Mohrbutter, Chair, UCPLC. 

OLLI Members Feed the Pack in 2016

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), a unit of the McKimmon Center for Extension and Education, is sponsoring a shelf at the NC State University Food Pantry through April 2016. The pantry is a community-based initiative sustained by the greater NC State community to combat the food insecurity experienced by members of the Wolfpack community (students and staff). During the 2014-15 academic year, over 3.5 tons of food were distributed.

OLLI members are donating non-perishable breakfast foods, with the goal of collecting 300 pounds of food by the end of April. At the rate that donations have been coming in, that target should easily be exceeded!  As you can see from the photo, OLLI staff have been quite literally overwhelmed by the generosity of OLLI members.

There are collection bins in the OLLI classroom (room 11/12) and in the OLLI office (room 225) in the McKimmon Center. Staff and visitors are welcome to contribute--just drop your donations off at the OLLI office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Dr. Kathy Lawson and Betty Jones Awarded Ignite the Power of STEM Grant

Dr. Kathy Lawson and Betty Jones, with the Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council (UCPLC), received a $5,000 award from the Biogen Foundation and the Ignite the Power of STEM Grant Program for their project entitled, Putting the "E" in STEM. The North Carolina Community Foundation received 124 submissions this year and the UCPLC's idea rose to the top.  Kudos to Kathy and Betty and their commitment to making STEM education innovative and inspirational.

Alice Warren Recognized with UPCEA's Walton S. Bittner Service Citation

Alice Warren, Vice Provost for Continuing Education, received the Walton S. Bittner Service Citation for Outstanding Service in the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). She was honored in front of her peers at the UPCEA Annual Conference held in Miami, FL from March 26-28, 2014. The Walton S. Bittner Service Citation for Outstanding Service in UPCEA recognizes outstanding service to continuing education at an individual's institution, as well as service of major significance to UPCEA. In addition to her 34 years of service at NC State's McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education, Ms. Warren has been a valued leader and spokesperson for UPCEA for many years. She has led national UPCEA committees, assumed multiple leadership roles for UPCEA South, been an active member of the Outreach and Engagement Community of Practice Network and the Outreach, Engagement and Economic Development Network, and currently serves on the UPCEA Board of Directors. Ms. Warren's dedication and efforts have resulted in significant contributions to the field of continuing education through NC State University and UPCEA.

Dr. Yevonne Brannon Receives Razor Walker Award

Dr. Yevonne Brannon, Director of the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services, has been selected by the University of North Carolina-Wilmington's Watson College of Education as a recipient of the 2015 Razor Walker Award, an award for distinguished service to the children and youth of North Carolina.  Since 1993, the Razor Walker Awards have honored individuals whose vision, tenacity, courage and sacrifice have made a difference in the lives of young people in North Carolina.

CUACS Graphic Artist Pat Cotton Wins Logo Design Contest

The creative talents of Pat Cotton, Graphic Artist for the Center for Urban Affairs & Community Services, received university-wide recognition when her design submission was selected as the winning logo for NC State's African American Faculty Staff Organization.

Vice Provost Alice Warren Receives "Outstanding Service to Continuing Education Award" by UPCEA South

Alice Warren, Vice Provost for Continuing Education at the McKimmon Center for Extension & Continuing Education (MCE&CE), received the Outstanding Service to Continuing Education Award by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) South Region.  She was honored in front of her peers at the UPCEA South Regional Conference held in Birmingham, AL from October 16-18, 2013.  Ms. Warren has been a dedicated leader in UPCEA at both the regional and national levels.  She currently serves as the Chair of the 2014 UPCEA National Conference and Advisory Committee and is the former chair of the Awards Committee. 

Center for Urban Affairs Partners with DPI and Others to Conduct the First MAKING TRACKS Video Competition to Help Keep School Children Safe

On Monday, October 15, State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson recognized the efforts of NC State's Center for Urban Affairs, who partnered with the Department of Public Instruction and others to conduct the first MAKING TRACKS video competition to raise awareness among students and parents about pedestrian safety.

Students were challenged to focus on the important rules of pedestrian and school bus safety.  Entries were received from all over the state.  The 1st place team received a $250 gift certificate and all top entries received Making Tracks t-shirts.   Winning videos were shown at the School Bus Safety exhibit at the 2012 State Fair.

For more information about the contest and to view the videos, please go to