It is the day before the State-Carolina game…and, we’ll be having a lot more hit the blog regarding the game in the coming hours. In the meantime, we’ve got non-stop conversation going on over on our message forums – linked here – for anyone searching for more.
On the ‘heels’ of this great entry from earlier the week that we hope you’ve taken the time to read, then it couldn’t be a better time to share some fantastic news about NC State that I think you will find of significant interest.
I wanted to draw your attention to Chancellor Randy Woodson’s ‘impassioned’ “State of State” speech that he delivered earlier in the week.
The chancellor highlighted a number of firsts for the university within the last year, including:
>> The strongest incoming freshman class in NC Stateâ€™s 125-year history this fall, with average SATs over 1,200 and weighted GPAs over 4.3.
>> NC State became the only university in the nation leading two active National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers, with the announcement of an $18 million NSF grant in September.
>> $380 million in research activities last year, despite a shrinking pool of competitive research grants, which â€œmakes NC State among the most productive research universities in the nation,â€ Woodson said.
>>NC State received the highest federal award for community service, the Presidential Award, as part of the 2012 Presidentâ€™s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
>>Best year for giving in school history, including the addition of 3,000 new donors â€“ which makes NC State the nationâ€™s leader in attracting new donors, according to a survey of the nationâ€™s 60 best public and private universities.