Could you hear the banging of drums in the background while walking around campus this week? The Nile Project artists have been in residence at NC State March 15 through 21 to offer a number of performances, discussions and cultural events. Much more than just a band, The Nile Project is a unique cross-cultural collaboration that brings artists from 11 countries together to create a unified new sound and to ignite social justice.
The artists represent the 12 Nile River Basin countries, and their collaboration represents the international sharing of resources–in this case, the Nile River.
In addition to NileFEST,a free outdoor festival that took place in Stafford Commons on main campus Tuesday afternoon, the artists have participated in events organized by the Water Resources Research Intitute of the UNC Stystem (WRRI), the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative at NC State Institute for Nonprofits, NC State Global and Arts Villages, NC State International Affairs, the African American Cultural Center and the Price Music Center to bring awareness to cultural, political and environmental issues.
The Global Training Initiative, in collaboration with the Office of International Services and the US Center for Refugees and Immigrants hosted an event focused on the emigration of Eritreans around the world. Our event showcased Chris Cotter’s documentary Refugee: Eritrean Exodus and journalist Dan Connell, who has spent much of the past couple decades studying the area and tracking the migration of Eritrean refugees. The Nile Project, which features several musicians from Eritrea, also shared a live performance with our audience.
Perhaps one of the most relaxed events of the week was the Music and Dance Workshop for NC State Students hosted by NC State Global and Arts Villages. Students formed a circle with the musicians and learned to play the actual drums used in The Nile Project performances.
On Saturday, the musicians hosted a day-long retreat focused on developing leadership skills and addressing NC’s environmental challenges.
NC State LIVE brings international artists to campus each semester. Watch their calendar for future cultural highlights from around the world!
The Cultural Exchange Network celebrated the end of a busy spring semester with a Durham Bulls game and a cookout.
There were 473 students involved in CENet activities throughout the semester, and 18 students received a certificate of completion for participating in 10 or more hours of activities during the semester. There were at least 35 various social, service, and academic activities offered during the last three months including the Carolina Ballet performance of Macbeth, a Native American Pow Wow, and sprucing up the Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve for Service Raleigh.
CENet students were engaged in more than 1290 hours of activities throughout the semester:
The GTI partnered with NC State’s College of Engineering this summer to host two undergraduate internship programs. The first program was designed for students who are studying in the U.S. through a scholarship from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. These students are currently attending other U.S. universities like Brown, Emory, Purdue, and Penn State. Thirteen students joined NC State professors in their research labs and took custom computer programming classes during their month-long program. During the final evaluation of the KAUST Summer Program, all of the students said they appreciated the internships experiences and classes that were organized for them. They also enjoyed spending the month at NC State and getting to know other students and exploring campus and downtown Raleigh. Many of them commented that they would have liked to have spent more than four weeks with their professors in order to delve deeper into the lab experience.
Four female engineering students from the Palestinian Technical University in the West Bank came to NC State through the Leadership, Integrity, Fellowship, Engineering (LIFE) Scholars program. The LIFE Scholars program, which is now in its second year, pairs students with NC State professors for a full-time summer research and learning experience. These students spend two months working in research labs under the guidance of a faculty member.
“The feedback from the faculty has been great,” said Dr. Larry Silverberg, director of undergraduate programs for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. “The faculty invite the top students to apply to their research programs as graduate students.”
Students in the KAUST Foundation Year Program at NC State recently got a chance to visit the university’s dairy processing plan, the Feldmeier Dairy Processing Lab.
The lab is most well known for its many flavors of Howling Cow ice cream, which is a big seller at the NC State Fair each year. The KAUST students had previously sampled Howling Cow ice cream at the fair, and now had a chance to learn more about everything it takes to make and sell the product on the NC State campus.
The students got a tour of the facility from Director Gary Cartwright, who explained how the lab is both a teaching and research facility that’s been at the cutting-edge of food science innovations and training. Cartwright also explained how all of the plants operating costs are generated by the revenues from the sale of its dairy products and other fees and research grants.
Cartwright walked the students through the process of how milk is processed after it’s brought from NC State’s dairy cows. He also took them to the freezer where ice cream is stored at -11ºF before it’s ready to be sold and consumed.
The highlight of the visit for the students was definitely getting to sample some of the frozen treats that the lab produced. And given how much the students like the ice cream – there may be a Saudi Arabian branch for Howling Camel in the future.