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Dec 07 2016

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.  This event touched the lives of all Americans, including students here at NC State at the time.

In an oral history interview with William C. Friday, Friday describes his memories of first hearing about the attack on Pearl Harbor while he was a student at NC State (known at the time as State College), and its impact on his life. William Friday graduated from State College in 1941 with a degree in Textile Manufacturing, and went on to serve as President of the University of North Carolina system from 1956-1986.

Oral history with William C. Friday

Oral history with William C. Friday

Friday’s oral history can be heard as part of the Student Leadership Initiative, along with many other interviews with former student leaders over the years.

The Technician newspaper includes other evidence of the impact of Pearl Harbor on students at NC State.  According to the student newspaper on Feb. 7, 1942, NC State student Robert Westbrook was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Westbrook, a Raleigh native, was a radio operator in a bomber.

Clipping from Feb. 1942 Technician, acknowledging the death of student Robert Westbrook in Pearl Harbor.

Clipping from Feb. 1942 Technician, acknowledging the death of student Robert Westbrook in Pearl Harbor.

Almost one year after the attack, on Dec. 4, 1942, the Technician describes a “quiet observance” planned to take place at the Memorial Bell Tower, honoring “those alumni killed at Pearl Harbor or in other war action.” As part of the ceremony, ROTC units marched to the Bell Tower and played taps, one moment of silence was observed, and no speeches were made.

Clipping from Dec. 4, 1942, Technician describing Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony.

Clipping from Dec. 4, 1942, Technician describing Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony.

More student reactions to Pearl Harbor and other military events over the years can be found in digitized issues of the Technician, available through our Rare & Unique Digital Collections.  If you are interested in exploring or learning more about these or other collections in the Special Collections Research Center, please contact us.

Mar 02 2016

Image Discovery Week: Campaigns, Elections, and Voting!

In honor of Image Discovery Week at Design, we would like to take a moment to highlight some of our image resources from our Rare and Unique Materials. The University Archives Photograph Collection contains a wealth of information about university history and student life,  including images of the Student Government elections. Check out these images of students campaigning and voting in elections past.

Ron Jessup campaigning for Student Body President, 1974

Students voting, 1977

Campaign sign for Rusty Mau and Devon Riley, 2014

Eric Plow campaigning for Student Body President, 1970-1971

Students voting, 1982

Nov 02 2015

Ed Caram’s Photographs Captured Campus Life​ ​in the Seventies

Coach Norm Sloan cutting down the net after the 1974 NCAA championship win

The photographs of Ed Caram (BS, Horticultural Science, 1973) have recently been made accessible and discoverable.

Caram, a photographer for the Agromeck and Technician while a student at NC State, covered Wolfpack football, soccer, swimming, track & field, and basketball—most notably the 1974 NCAA Championship team that included David Thompson, Monte Towe, Tommy Burleson, and was coached by Norm Sloan.

Caram was also an important documenter of NC State’s campus, including the building of the original Talley Student Center in 1970, aerial photos of the soon-to-be demolished Harrelson Hall, and the Free Expression Tunnel when spray painting was first allowed.

For more information, read the full media release.  Please contact the Special Collections Research Center to view the collection.  Some images taken by Caram can be seen in NCSU Libraries’ Rare and Digital Collections.  Others are shown below.

Talley Student Center soon after opening, 1972

Coach Dean Smith confronted by Mr. Wuf

Protesters marching to the Capitol, 1972

Chancellor Caldwell at a parade

March to the Capitol, 1972

Apr 20 2015

New Interviews Added to Student Leadership Initiative

Three new video oral histories have been added to the Student Leadership Initiative, which chronicles the experiences and impact of former North Carolina State University student leaders. People recently interviewed are Wesley A. McClure (Student Body President, 1967-1969), Stephen G. Rea (Student Body Treasurer, 1980-1981), and the Honorable Ronald E. Spivey (Student Body President, 1981-1982).  Excerpts of the videos are available online.

Wesley A. McClure interview

In his interview Wes McClure discusses the adoption, in 1969, of a new Student Government constitution that is still in effect today. He talks about the beginnings of  the Free Expression Tunnel and student reactions to the 1960s North Carolina Speakers Ban.  He also describes the School of Design in the 1960s. After graduation from NC State in 1969 McClure became an architect, and he was a principal of McClure Hopkins Architects and other firms.  He and his wife are founders of Savvy Parrot, Inc., the developer of “Adventures on Pepi’s Island,” a web-based social emotional learning software.

Steven G. Rea interview

In his interview Steve Rea discusses building consensus in Student Government and working on such hard issues as student fee increases.  He also talks about mentors and his leadership role in the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the importance those had on his career.  After earning both bachelor and master degrees from NC State, Rea worked at Carolina Power & Light and then Heyward Incorporated, where he has been most recently the Senior Vice President for Power Capital Sales.

Ronald E. Spivey interview

In his interview Judge Ron Spivey discusses working with administrators to expand operation hours of  a campus snack bar and a gym. He talks about serving as the student member of the Board of Trustees, opening lines of communication with students, and meeting such influential people as Roy H. Park and Gov. Jim Hunt.  He also recounts the start of the desk-signing tradition of Student Body Presidents.  After graduating from NC State in 1982, Spivey earned a law degree, and later he became a North Carolina District Court judge and a Superior Court judge.

Since its launch in 2010, the Student Leadership Initiative has sought ways in which to more fully connect users with university history, enrich university archives by adding personal narratives, and positively impact learning and research in the NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center. This multi-year program has chronicled the experiences and impact of former student leaders through the collection of video oral histories and the development of interactive virtual and physical exhibits, with the ultimate aim being to better expose how the college career informs a life.

Apr 12 2013

Spotlight on Student Leaders: Dr. Stafford

Dr. Thomas Stafford

Dr. Thomas Stafford, interviewed for the Student Leadership Initiative

The Student Leadership Initiative spotlight today is on Dr. Thomas Stafford, who retired in 2012 from his position as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, which he had held for more than 30 years.   He has been a mentor to countless students.  Many people  may be surprised to learn that he also attended NC State as a master’s student and worked as a residential adviser on campus.  In excerpts from his interview, he talks about growing up in Henderson, NC, learning leadership through military service, and encouraging university administrators to put students first.  A full transcript of the Stafford interview is available upon request.

Apr 11 2013

Spotlight on Student Leaders: Eric Moore

Eric Moore, Chancellor Caldwell, Student Government Leaders

Eric Moore (second from left) with NCSU student government leaders, and Chancellor John Caldwell, 1969

Continuing the week-long launch of the Student Leadership Initiative website, the focus today is on Eric Moore, Student Senate President in 1969-1970 and an early African American member of NC State’s student government.  In excerpts from his interview, Moore recalls life in the dorm, his experiences running for student government office, and his relationship with Chancellor John Caldwell.  A full transcript of the Moore interview is available upon request.

Apr 10 2013

Spotlight on Student Leaders: Kelly Hook

Kelly Hook

Kelly Hook, interviewed for the Student Leadership Initiative

Kelly Hook is the focus today during our week-long launch of the Student Leadership Initiative website.  Hook was Student Body President in 2010-2011.   Explore excerpts from her interview in which recalls her favorite memories as an NC State student (including studying at D.H. Hill Library), NC State’s Howl for Haiti fundraising campaign; and her experience traveling to Russia as a student leader.  A full transcript of the Hook interview is available upon request.

Apr 09 2013

Spotlight on Student Leaders: Terry Carroll

Terry Carroll talks about being a student in the 1970s at NC State University.

Terry Carroll, interviewed for the Student Leadership Initiative

Continuing the week-long launch of the Student Leadership Initiative website, the focus today is on Terry Carroll.  Why did you decide to attend NC State? Former Student Body President Terry Carroll (1973-1974) came to State in 1965 to study aerospace engineering, but like many students, he changed his major, graduating in 1974 with a degree in science education.  In excerpts from his interview, Carroll describes that seeing Sputnik in 1957 let to an interest in space exploration, that his experiences in large classes at NC State taught him how to learn, and that the early 1970s counterculture affected students’ lives on campus.  A full transcript of the Carroll interview is available upon request.

Apr 08 2013

Spotlight on Student Leaders: Cathy Sterling

Cathy Sterling

Cathy Sterling is the focus today during our week-long launch of the Student Leadership Initiative website. During recent years, approximately 45 percent of students enrolled at NC State have been women, but the percentage was much less in 1970-1971 when Sterling was Student Body President.  Listen to excerpts from her interview as she describes what it was like to be the first woman to serve in this position and how she developed an interest in student government, as well as other topics.  A full transcript of the Sterling interview is available upon request.

For more information about the history of women at NC State, please browse Historical State.

Apr 05 2013

Spotlight on Student Leaders: President William C. Friday

William Friday interview for Student Leadership Initiative

President William C. “Bill” Friday is the next person on which we will focus during our week-long launch of the Student Leadership Initiative website.  Friday served as the president of the UNC-System (and its precursor, the “Consolidated University”), 1956-1986, but long before that he was a student at NC State from 1938 to 1941.  During the 1939-1940 academic year, he was the sports editor of the Technician student newspaper.  He was a member of the Golden Chain and Blue Key honor societies, and he served as the Student Senate President and as Senior Class President.  A brief biography of President Friday is available on the website.

The Student Leadership Initiative interviewed Friday shortly before he passed way in 2012.  In the video excerpts on the website, he talks about transferring to NC State from Wake Forest College and about being a textiles student, and he remembers the attack on Pearl Harbor and World War II.  As he says, “War changes everything.”

Begin exploring the President Friday videos.

A full transcript of the President Friday interview is available upon request.