Stories From 2012

Dec 18, 2012

Alum Blogs About Placemaking

Kristin Jeffers makes a place for urban planning, or "placemaking," in her blog, The Black Urbanist. Started in 2010, Jeffers' blog was simply an outlet for her to communicate her passion for city planning and development to potential employers. The blog later turned into a guide for her current career and influences what notions to put into action.

Dec 11, 2012

Across the Great (Disciplinary) Divide: Tips on Science Communication

Andrew Binder is an assistant professor in communication who specializes in science communication and how citizens perceive science issues. In this guest post, Binder shares some insights on what researchers stand to gain from sharing their findings with those outside their fields.

Nov 27, 2012

Lauding Larson

Bob Larson, a Department of Communication lecturer for the past 14 years, was honored at a reception held to applaud his teaching excellence and to publicly announce the creation of the Bob Larson Communication Award. The award was funded by a local communication business that has employed many of Larson's former students and is meant to reward outstanding students who are focused on a career in public relations.

Nov 12, 2012

November Student of the Month – Kelly Darden

Sophomore Kelly Darden is the CHASS student of the month. The Communication major's advice to incoming students? Take risks, network, and create yourself.

Oct 26, 2012

Hope is Not Lost, It’s Wearable

For pediatric cancer patients, hope is not lost. Student entrepreneur Jessica Ekstrom has founded Headbands of Hope to help fund cancer research and spread hope to all girls. For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick's Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research.

Oct 19, 2012

CHASS Alumnus Has a Heart for the Underdogs

Jon Powell never considered going to law school until his NC State communication professor, Dr. Ed Funkhouser, mentioned that one of his other communication students was taking that route. Today, Powell directs Campbell Law School's Juvenile Justice Project.

Sep 26, 2012

Hard Work in High School Pays Off for Dean’s Scholar Award Winners

CHASS awarded its first Dean’s Scholar Awards to four incoming freshmen who were high school standouts. "We wanted to encourage the best and brightest to make NC State and CHASS their first choice,” said Dean Jeff Braden. “After meeting with our first crop of Dean's Scholars, I’m convinced we’re on the right path. These students will make us proud." The scholarships are made possible through contributions to the CHASS Enhancement Fund.

Sep 11, 2012

Helping Water Reclamation Projects Account For ‘Yuck Factor’

NC State communication researcher Andrew Binder focuses on public attitudes toward science. Binder is leading a national survey on water reclamation that will include questions aimed at determining how consumers communicate with each other about the risks and benefits of reclaimed water, and what steps might be taken to incorporate public input into a water utility’s decision to augment water supplies using reclamation.

Sep 7, 2012

Film Buff Gives New Life to Old Films

Skip Elsheimer '91 has been collecting educational films for 20 years. He has amassed 100 miles of film -- roughly 240 hours of material. Read how the self-proclaimed "AV Geek" has transformed his passion for film into both a hobby and a career.

Sep 5, 2012

Dissertation on Visual Thinking Earns Recognition

All too often, doctoral candidates toil in obscurity over their dissertations. But CHASS alum Kelly Martin has earned high recognition for hers. NC State University nominated “Thinking Visually: A Guide to Research Methodologies and Contexts” for the nation’s most prestigious honor for doctoral dissertations, the Council of Graduate Schools /UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award in Social Sciences.