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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

a photo of Wolf Plaza by Becky Kirkland

Nov 21, 2023

Faculty Giving Helps Scholarship Recipients ‘Think and Do’ Times Two

Ross Bassett, a professor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the director of NC State’s Benjamin Franklin Scholars program, takes his impact on the Pack to new heights as a donor. 

CHASS Dean Deanna Dannels stands with 2023 Distinguished Alumnus Rick Speers at NC State's Evening of Stars Gala.

Nov 21, 2023

Rick Speers Named 2023 Distinguished Alumnus

U.S. Army veteran, business executive, donor, advocate and dedicated member of the Wolfpack. Now, Rick Speers can add the College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ 2023 Distinguished Alumnus to his long list of accomplishments. 

Cassidy Colson outside

Oct 27, 2023

Coming Full Circle

Cassidy Colson ’17 is a proud NC State alum, employee and donor. Coming from a small town in North Carolina, she relied on scholarship support to make her dreams of a college education come true. Now, she’s giving forward. 

Wilma Peebles-Wilkins commemorative brick

Oct 17, 2023

A Lasting NC State Connection

Alumna and former social work professor Wilma Peebles-Wilkins was one of the first Black women to graduate from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences with a degree in sociology and a minor in social work. To honor her love for NC State and social work — and her parents’ commitment to education — she established The Myatt-Peebles Scholarship Endowment for Social Work. 

The Memorial Belltower and flowers

Aug 22, 2023

On the Path to Success

No matter what area — or areas — of NC State you support, your generosity makes a big difference throughout our campus. Our students graduate into successful careers, our faculty drive game-changing research and our programs build valuable connections, expanding our reach and your impact far beyond Raleigh. This past academic year, 36,159 donors joined us on a path to a bolder, brighter future. Learn more about how donor support is powering the extraordinary in a new school year. 

Walt Wolfram, center, talking with two students

Jun 6, 2023

Linguistic Research Team Preserves Local Dialects and Culture

Walt Wolfram, William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, is a leading linguist who has dedicated his career to studying language evolution and helping communities document their culture through the Language and Life Project. 

Holladay Medal

Apr 18, 2023

Two Faculty Win Holladay Medal

The Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence was named in honor of NC State’s first professor of history and its first president. This year’s recipients are Drexel Professor Jerzy Bernholc, from the Department of Physics, and Mary Haskett, a professor in the Department of Psychology who is also known as a fierce advocate for under-resourced students. 

Researcher with gloves analyzes manuscript for DNA.

Mar 24, 2023

Leafing Through History: Mining DNA Clues From Centuries-Old Manuscripts

Since early 2021, an intercollege, interdisciplinary team of NC State researchers including Oscar J. Fletcher Distinguished Professor of Comparative Oncology Genetics Matthew Breen has been using modern scientific techniques to mine genetic clues from old manuscripts. The team is supported by $25,000 in Research and Innovation Seed Funding from the university and has analyzed DNA from 91 parchment manuscripts so far in a collaborative project that links the humanities and the sciences. 

Caroline Funkhouser and Ed Funkhouser

Mar 13, 2023

New Endowment Honors Communication Professor Emeritus Ed Funkhouser

In honor of the veteran professor’s legacy, his family created the Dr. Edward T. Funkhouser Excellence in Communication Endowment to support the Department of Communication’s students, faculty and programs. 

Wolf Plaza in the fall

Mar 7, 2023

Emi Boldor ’25 Traveled to Qatar for a Once-in-a-lifetime Research Opportunity

Park Enrichment Grants, initiated in 1998, provide support for Park Scholars to engage in professional and personal enrichment experiences in the United States and abroad. Emi Boldor ’25 recently traveled to Doha, Qatar, using her Park Enrichment Grant funding to learn how Qatar’s infrastructure has been impacted by the 2022 World Cup.