Archive for September, 2010

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Hillsborough Street celebration on Sept. 25

More than a decade of brainstorming, planning and construction will come to a close Sept. 25 as NC State helps celebrate the dedication of an improved Hillsborough Street corridor that frames the north border of our campus.

“For 123 years, Hillsborough Street has been the front door for NC State,” NC State chancellor Randy Woodson said. “As a result, we have had a strong partnership with the City of Raleigh and our Hillsborough Street merchants and neighbors, working closely to consider the future of Hillsborough Street and its vitality.

Live It Up! activities will begin at 12:30 p.m., with a marathon run of entertainment options – on four stages – suitable for visitors of all ages. The schedule highlights performances from a dozen bands, bellydancers and international dance troupes, as well as a fraternity/sorority Pig-N-Pie cookoff, an “Iron Chef” challenge and a beer garden for attendees over 21 years old.

“This project, which has improved the safety and aesthetic appeal of the street, has been a stride toward that end,” Woodson said. “We are grateful for the partnerships that have made this change possible.”

Over the last 16 months, construction efforts have led to increased and more-accessible parking along the historic downtown connector, while making both pedestrian and bicyclist safety a top priority. A pair of roundabouts – one on Hillsborough Street and another nearby on Oberlin Road – has virtually eliminated the traffic jams and travel difficulties that were so prevalent in years past. (more…)


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Study shows NC State is No. 1 in North Carolina for job recruitment

Recruiters rate NC State No. 1 in North Carolina, No. 19 in nation, for job recruitment.

The study supports findings last month that NC State was the top school in the Research Triangle for job recruitment.  According to Triangle Business Journal, NC State out polled Duke and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for the top spot when it comes to job recruitment.

1 of Many

Passion Rules!


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According to study, Facebook users are narcissistic, insecure and have low self esteem

Another classic finding from the world of “pop research.”  More like pop monkey if you ask me.  I guess the same was  said about people who created their own web sites, built their own companies, or put their family portrait on the holiday card.  Just classic.

Reminds me of when the guru’s from Forrester Research told the magazine Public Relations Tactics  that marketers shouldn’t use Foursquare as a promotion tool because the research shows it’s too new — no, too small –  to be effective. God forbid you’d want to be the first one to do anything.  The one who created a trend. The one who discovered a new way to do things.

Here’s what the research said about Facebook:  “Facebook provides an ideal setting for narcissists to monitor their appearance and how many ‘friends’ they have, the study said, as it allows them to thrive on ‘shallow’ relationships while avoiding genuine warmth and empathy.”

Researcher Soraya Mehdizadeh from York University in Canada asked 100 students, 50 male and 50 female, aged between 18 and 25 about their Facebook habits.

They all took psychology tests to measure their levels of narcissism, which the study defined as ‘a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and an exaggerated sense of self-importance’

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Get Out The Message – Manufacturing Matters

By David Boulay September 2nd, 2010

Increasing attention is being given to the importance of manufacturing in our economy. Some recent reports and articles are below. While each one gives its own perspective, the message is the same– Manufacturing Matters:

Manufacturing: The Misunderstood Industry by the Southern Growth Policy Board.

Framework for Revitalizing American Manufacturing from the White House.

Manufacturing resurgence; A Must for US Prosperity by Popkin and Kobe.

Creative destruction in the Manufacturing Business Technology journal.

September 27 – October 1 is North Carolina’s opportunity to highlight manufacturing’s importance to the economy with the Manufacturing Makes It Real tour. Get involved in one of the eleven events across the state. Donate a manufactured item made in North Carolina to show how important manufacturing is to the state.

Most importantly, help get the message out – Manufacturing Makes It Real and is vital to our economic success.

Passion Rules!