Stories From 2012

Aug 17, 2012

Lecturer Gets to the ‘Pointe’ of It

Sarah Egan Warren, assistant director of the professional writing program in the English department, always wanted to be a ballerina. Although she set aside her dream when she was 12, she realized it as an adult. In the process of getting up on her toes, Egan Warren's empathy for her writing students rose. “My engineering students are brilliant at what they do but struggle writing about it," she says. "Learning ballet reminded me of this.”

Aug 10, 2012

CHASS Welcomes New Tenure-Track Faculty

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences welcomes 18 new tenure-track faculty to its ranks. Their research interests range from forensic psychology to the religions of East Asia. Meet these stellar scholars, researchers, and teachers.

Jul 19, 2012

Book celebrates Cullen Jones’ life in and out of the pool

While former NC State swimmer Cullen Jones (2006, English) is preparing for the Olympics in London, a new children's book tells just how far he's come. "Speed to Glory: The Cullen Jones Story" tells how Jones nearly drowned in a pool when he was five years old, prompting his mother to enroll him in swimming classes. Jones went on to compete at the highest levels of swimming and was part of the dramatic 4×100 relay with Michael Phelps, Jason Lezak and Garrett Weber-Gale that won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Jul 11, 2012

Student Film Earns International Honors in Hollywood

Creative Writing student Tim Reavis teamed up with two other students to create "The Strong One," a short film about a young boy and his buddy -- a brontosaurus. The filmmakers -- two of whom graduated this spring -- took top honors at the international CampusMovieFest in Hollywood after winning the competition at NC State. Bravo!

Jun 20, 2012

An Online Portal into the Medieval World

CHASS Assistant Professor of English Tim Stinson and Dot Porter, a librarian at Indiana University, are using a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch an online resource for medieval subjects, including literature, history, theology, architecture, art history and philosophy. Creation of a centralized search engine for medieval materials will make research infinitely easier for scholars and others interested in the distant past.

May 31, 2012

Walt Wolfram discusses dialects on ‘CBS This Morning’

Linguistics professor Walt Wolfram recently appeared on "CBS This Morning" as part of a report by correspondent Mo Rocca about homogenizing American accents. Wolfram, a William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor, has been studying dialects for almost than 50 years and has been at N.C. State for the past 20. "Studying dialects in North Carolina is like dying and coming to dialect heaven," Wolfram told Rocca. "It's incredible. There's no state that has a richer tradition."

May 15, 2012

Poetry Collection Brings Executed Women to Life

In last meals and lost childhoods, CHASS alum Megan Roberts reveals the haunting stories behind the crimes of 16 women executed in the United States. "Matters of Record” is a collection of poems by Roberts, who earned her MFA in Creative Writing from NC State in 2010.

May 10, 2012

2012 Faculty Awards

Faculty were recognized for outstanding accomplishments in teaching, advising, research and engagement at a ceremony held in Caldwell Lounge April 25, 2012. "The range of scholarship represented by these awards demonstrates the breadth of excellence in our faculty," said CHASS Dean Jeff Braden. "I am proud of all our faculty, and humbled to serve as your dean."

May 1, 2012

Winning Student Filmmakers Head to Hollywood

Creative Writing student Tim Reavis teamed up with two other students to create "The Strong One," a short film about a young boy and his buddy -- a brontosaurus. The filmmakers took top honors at the CampusMovieFest competition at NC State. Next they're taking their film to an international contest in Hollywood. Bravo!

Apr 20, 2012

Fisherwoman Wins American Poets Prize

MFA student Sierra Golden has won the prestigious Academy of American Poets Prize. NC State participates in the annual contest that began in 1955. This year's national contest was judged by poet Kevin Boyle, chair of the Department of English at Elon University.