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Brendan Tumpey stands in graduation robe by NCSU Pulp and Paper Labs sign

Graduation to Vocation

Our students are ready to provide real-world solutions to real-world problems.

May you have a wonderful fourth of July, Wolfpack. 🎆
Congratulations to our own Dr. Richard Venditti, who was recently recognized with NC State’s Outstanding Extension and Engagement Award. 🎉 This award. given by @ncstate's Office of Outreach and Engagement, recognizes university faculty and staff for their outstanding contributions to extension and engagement.

For the past 29 years, Venditti has been a professor of paper science and engineering in the college's @ncstatefb program. He has also served as interim associate dean of research in the college.

In his extension work, two of Venditti’s primary goals are to attract diverse students to the forest biomaterials undergraduate and graduate programs and to spread the word about the bioeconomy, which is economic activity around the use of biotechnology and biomass in the production of goods, services or energy.

“I feel there’s a lot of rewarding, challenging jobs that are important to society in the bioeconomy and we really need to get some young people interested in this area to really assist society in the future, meeting humanity’s needs and being good to the environment.”
We all have that special moment where our purpose in life was revealed. For '18 #NCStateCNR alumna and @ncexttourism associate Ann Savage, a visit to a farm in Haiti was what sparked her passion for advancing tourism in rural communities. 

"I was working in cooperative extension at Louisiana State University at the time and I remember being on a farm in Haiti, and the owners were talking about the opportunities for tourism there and the recognition of the role that tourism can play in these rural communities, both good and bad. And from that point on, I knew rural tourism was something that I needed to learn more about. 

So when I was looking for graduate schools, I was drawn to NC State because they had Tourism Extension, which speaks volumes to North Carolina’s dedication to rural communities. After some reflection, I’ve had a somewhat non-linear path to where I am today but the tourism industry has been a common thread tying most of my experiences together."

Learn about Ann's journey by visiting the "Alumni and Friends" section of the news link in our bio.

📸: @annsapcee in front of the Ocracoke Lighthouse on North Carolina's Outer Banks
We are feeling pine today. 🎄 It may only be June, but it’s never too early to pay homage to the Christmas tree industry, especially the work of #NCStateCNR’s Christmas Tree Genetics program at @ncstate. 

Our genetics program, led by Dr. Justin G.A. Whitehill in @ncstatefer, works hard to advance North Carolina’s Christmas tree industry through the application of genetic and genomic principles. North Carolina is the second leading Christmas tree producer in the United States, with an estimated 40,000 acres dedicated to Christmas tree production.

📸: A variety of Christmas tree saplings in front of the Centennial Campus’ Plant Sciences Building, which just opened this past spring. Featured are Fraser fir, Momi fir and Leyland Cypress.
Happy first day of summer, #NCStateCNR Wolfpack! 🌞 How are you spending your break?

📸: @dixpark
Happy Father’s Day to all of our Wolfpack dads out there, like recent #NCStateCNR alum and dad Austin Cross who graduated from our @ncstateprtm program. 🎉🐺🐾

📸: @biograve93
Clothing dyes are one of the world’s largest sources of pollution that can be found in streams and rivers. To solve this problem, our researchers are working with @ncstatewilson on a textile process involving nanocrystals from wood. 

“Textile mills use dyes and other coloration agents that are very toxic. Using nanocellulose is a way forward to sustainable processing.

Researchers have known how to make iridescent films with these nanoparticles. But until now, there was no way to apply these particles to textiles.” -Nathalie Lavoine, an assistant professor in @ncstatefb

To learn more, visit the "Research and Innovation" section of the news link in our bio.

📸: Using this sustainable process, Lavoine and her collaborators can print iridescent designs on clothing items.
Next week, @ncstatesustain is hosting a workshop, “Sports Sustainability and Higher Education,” featuring our own Dr. Jonathan Casper (@jonnycasper). Learn about Dr. Casper’s research to address climate change through sports in @ncstateprtm, as well as breakout sessions on:

♻️ How to start a sports sustainability team on your campus
🏀 How to involve students and fans around sports sustainability
💻 How you can access the ACC Sports Sustainability network and resources
♻️ Your best practices, resources and tips for sports sustainability

📅 Wednesday, June 22, 1-2 p.m.

To register, visit the link in our bio.