Talley Student Union

If you’ve been on NC State’s campus recently, you’ve probably seen a lot of construction on central campus. That’s because Talley Student Union has been under renovations for the past year. Talley, a central part of student life, is projected to complete before the summer of 2015!

New Talley

This is great news for students, because this student union will house important campus resources. Offices such as the Women’s Center, Greek Life, CSLEPS, and GLBT center will be conveniently located in this building. In addition to these campus connections, lots more study space, tables, and chairs will be available for student use. A new restaurant, called 1887 Bistro will be open AND a Starbucks (for all the coffee lovers) will be open on the bottom floor. The bookstore, which is temporarily housed in Harrelson Hall, will be completely moved into Talley as well in the next few months. Students, families, friends, and any fan of the Wolfpack can buy all their gear in the new bookstore soon!

Sure, we can agree that the construction has been loud, sometimes obtrusive on the roads, and not the most attractive sight for prospective students to see. However, once the building is completely open, there will be no turning back. This building has so much to offer students and will continue to be a very popular spot on campus.

Keep your eyes peeled for the grand opening! If you want an online visual tour of what the finished building will look like, click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5i9pHzc8hw

Be sure to check it out when you have the time! There’s over 160,000 square feet to explore!

Blog written by Peyton Holmquist

ART2WEAR Fashion Show

The annual ART2WEAR (A2W) Fashion Show is happening this Friday at Talley Student Union.  NCSU College of Design hosts the event with the College of textiles and has previously had an audience of 4,000 and is continuing to grow.  This is A2W’s 13th year as a student run show that “presents fashion, costume, and wearable sculpture” as stated on their website page (link provided below).  Students and visitors are welcome to attend, and tickets are only $25!  So come out and support our NCSU design students and see what they’ll be rockin’ down the runway!

Blog written by Alyssa Little

http://design.ncsu.edu/art2wear/
Art2Wear

Countdown to Graduation

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful break. Now that we are into April, the semester is really coming to an end…and quickly! If you are a senior like myself, this is the time to make sure all your loose ends are tied. Finish up with those job applications, receive grad school acceptance letters, and plan for your next adventures in life. But before all those adventures can start we have to make it through graduation! That brings me to my next few reminders:

1) Grad Fair is April 7-9 in the bookstore where you can order your cap and gown (and more) for 10% off!

2) The deadline to register for Grad Bash is this Wednesday and it only costs $3 for a night out with your fellow seniors!http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.alumni.ncsu.edu%2Fgradbash2015&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNE_v_0E4rhAnSTZNqqB-Q9XzgDvHg

3) Senior week April 13th-17th, so get ready!

4) Don’t forget about giving a Senior Gift to support a wonderful cause. You can find out more information here:http://giving.ncsu.edu/supporting-nc-state/annual-giving/senior-class-gift/

5) University Graduation is May 9th at 9am, but check online to find out your departmental info: http://www.ncsu.edu/registrar/graduation/index.html

We finally made it Seniors, and I’m so excited to walk across the stage with you all. Go Wolfpack!

Blog written by Katherine Byran

Giving Back

As students we lead busy lives. We try to juggle classes, extracurricular activities, friends and all the while trying to get a sufficient amount of sleep. It is very easy to get wrapped up in our own lives and not think about others less fortunate than ourselves. I would encourage you to take time out of your hectic schedules give back to the community through volunteering and service. Volunteering is very rewarding because you are able to help someone in need. Many clubs and organizations on NC State’s campus do some form of volunteering in the community. I am personally a member in a service fraternity on campus called Alpha Phi Omega that gives me plenty of opportunities to volunteer. We volunteer at events anywhere from Habitat for Humanity to Boys and Girls Club to the Krispy Kreme Challenge.  Most other sororities and fraternities do service hours too and also raise thousands of dollars for organizations around Raleigh and the surrounding areas.

In the end, there are many ways that you can volunteer and help those less fortunate than you. Whether it is through a club that you are already a part of on campus or just calling up an organization that you would like to help out, there are many opportunities for service. So I encourage you to get out there and help out those less fortunate than you so that we can build a better community and world.

Blog written by Carly Alderman

Hard Hats

Embracing Diversity, Words of Wisdom

First off, I want to give a HUGE shout out to our Wolfpack Men’s Basketball team! I’m sure that you can agree that we had an awesome season this year and we are so proud of them and all that they have accomplished. Don’t you just love how we all come together as one for sports?! I know I do!

That leads me to my next topic of embracing the diversity that we have here at NC State. In the wake of recent events on our campus and those around the nation, I just want to remind individuals to be aware of their actions, as well as their speech and how it might affect others. What some may intend to be a joke can come across as hurtful speech to others and it is imperative that we note this. It is not about people being sensitive or not knowing how to take a joke; rather, it is about being a courteous individual and putting yourself in someone else’s shoes before making a potentially distasteful remark. Many of us may harbor certain incorrect assumptions about people who are different than us, but it is never too late to throw out those ill-conceived notions. The great thing is that we go a university that prides itself on its diversity and we have tremendous opportunity to step out and get involved with people we may never have had the chance of knowing before. Trust me, there is beauty in all diversity from gender differences, to race, religion, sexual orientation, and beyond. It only takes initiative on your behalf to see it.

That being said, I encourage you all to actively seek out events on campus that expose you to different cultures and viewpoints. You may learn a lot of new things you never considered before and become a more self-aware person in the process. Life is way too short to not appreciate all the different things different people have to offer. Here at State, we often shout One Pack, One Goal when we’re packed in Carter-Finley or PNC and when we’re glued to the TV or tweeting about the big games; but let’s remember that that doesn’t only apply to our sports teams. One Pack, One Goal is much deeper. It signifies each of us as individuals aiming to work cohesively to achieve all that we aim for. The only way we can do that is by truly appreciating each other and all of the contributions that our differences make to our beloved university.

So, go ahead! Get out there and meet some new people. You may make a new best friend for life! As always, GO PACK!

Blog written by Taylor McCoy