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October Student of the Month

Posted on October 20, 2014 7:22 am by dlleeder

student Kim VuMeet Kim Thanh Vu, CHASS Student of the Month

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Class:  Senior

Major: Social Work

Minor: Biological Sciences

Sample Courses:

  • Social Work and Aging
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Forensic Anthropology


  • Founder and President, NC State Crafts for a Cause
  • Secretary, National Alliance on Mental Illness at NC State
  • Member, Baccalaureate Student Social Work Association
  • Member, Korean Conversation Club
  • Member, Pre-Health Club
  • Volunteer, NC State International Cultural Leadership Project
  • Resident Mentor for sophomores and transfer students, 2013-14
  • Alternative Spring Break, El Remate, Guatemala, Spring 2014
  • Volunteer, Outpatient Rehabilitation at Rex Hospital
  • Volunteer Program Intern, Alexander Family YMCA (Raleigh, NC), Spring 2013

Honors:   National Residence Hall Honorary, 2013-14

Postgraduate Plans:   Occupational Therapy

Why did you select CHASS?

I knew I wanted to change the world, but I was not sure how to go about it.  CHASS seemed like a good fit.  As I look back, I see I was correct. Every CHASS professor has taught me to look at the bigger picture and reflect on how I can serve people on a global and local level. There are also nonstop opportunities publicized here.  I always feel like there is something to be a part of.

What were some of your favorite CHASS courses?

Multicultural Social Work gave me a larger view of the world, and I saw how I and others interrelate within that world.  Great Works of Western Literature was very interesting, in that it taught life lessons by showing how fictional characters deal with their circumstances.  In addition to wonderful courses, I have had terrific advisors.  Linda Williams and Kathy Osborne in the Social Work Department were extremely welcoming, and I felt I could talk with them about anything. I had switched to Business Administration my sophomore year, but these advisors helped me to see that Social Work is, in fact, what I am really passionate about, and I returned to the major.

What has been your greatest challenge at NC State?

The biggest challenge has been figuring out exactly what I want to do. I knew what I didn’t like, but didn’t know how to translate what I did like into a career and use it to set goals.

What advice would you give incoming students?

Try everything without hesitation!

Tony Hale's Chicken Tale

Posted on October 16, 2014 7:06 am by Lauren Kirkpatrick

Tony Hale (right) with Archibald. Photo courtesy of Boxing Clever Publishing.

Tony Hale (right) with Archibald. Photo courtesy of Boxing Clever Publishing.

You may know Emmy-award winning actor Tony Hale as Buster Bluth on Arrested Development, or as Gary Walsh, the Veep's personal aide. Less well known but equally important title roles include Children's Book Author, and Brother. Hale is the brother of Kim Andreaus, the field placement supervisor for the NC State Department of Social Work's MSW program.

It is in the dual roles as author and brother that Tony Hale will visit NC State on Saturday, November 8.  During an event at 7:00 pm in the Hunt Library auditorium, Hale will read from his new children’s book, Archibald’s Next Big Thing, and draw parallels between the book, his acting career, and the field of social work.

"I invited Tony to come because of the connections we saw between his work and mine," Andreaus says. "As an actor, my brother is always looking for the next big thing. Now he's written a book -- a pretty funny book about a partially bald chicken -- where he’s helping children think about their lives as great adventures.

"That’s what we do as social workers, too. We teach our students -- and they in turn teach their clients -- about self worth, self determination, and self care. We train students to help people be present and mindful in what they do, and to be true to themselves. These concepts are huge components of our training and practice.”

Andreaus says her brother was more than willing to come share his perspectives with aspiring social workers, other NC State students, and others in the community. "My brother is not exactly shy," she laughs. "Give him a stage and a microphone, and he's a happy guy." Hale is waiving any speaker fees and hopes his visit will garner support for the Department of Social Work.

Hale drew from his own experiences to write the children’s book. “The thoughts of an actor aren’t very different from Archibald’s,” he says. “I always find myself looking ahead to the next big role, the next big opportunity, obsessed with the question, ‘What’s next?’ Embracing and enjoying the present is a message I want both my daughter and myself to remember every single day.”

The event is co-sponsored by NC State’s Department of Social Work and Quail Ridge Books & Music.

Tony Hale will speak in the Hunt Library auditorium, Centennial Campus, NC State University, on Saturday, November 8, 7:00-8:30 pm; a VIP reception runs from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Order tickets  to attend the event and the reception. Cost: $5.00 students; $10.00 general public; $30.00 reception. First 100 tickets free to NC State students. Proceeds from all ticket sales will benefit the NC State Social Work Enhancement Fund, held by the NC State Foundation, Inc.

Books are available for pre-sale on the ticketing website and will be available for sale at the event


$8.1M Gift Endows Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies

Posted on October 14, 2014 4:00 pm by Lauren Kirkpatrick

Vera and Moise Khayrallah, flanked by Dean Jeff Braden and Professor Akram Khater.

Vera and Moise Khayrallah, flanked by Dean Jeff Braden and Professor Akram Khater.

An $8.1 million gift has been made to endow the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State University.

NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson announced the gift from Dr. Moise and Vera Khayrallah today at an event at NC State’s Park Alumni Center, emphasizing its significance to the university, to the state of North Carolina and beyond. “This is the largest single gift in the history of the college, the first privately endowed center at NC State, and the world’s first center on Lebanese culture and history outside of Lebanon,” the chancellor said.

As it provides opportunities for faculty and students to explore questions about the Lebanese Diaspora and other migrations across the world, the center will advance knowledge about the global movements of peoples, ideas, commodities and cultures. It will also enable the university to engage world-leading faculty in conducting important research and provide NC State students with opportunities for experiential education.

“As a ‘Think and Do’ kind of place, at NC State history is both about scholarship and about the practice of history and engagement with the real world,” he said. “NC State’s public history program enables us to make history relevant. It’s also how we build bridges to different communities, make history come alive, and promote civic understanding.”

The center is funded by Dr. Moise A. Khayrallah and his wife, Vera Khayrallah. The couple emigrated from Lebanon to North Carolina in 1983 to attend graduate school. Moise Khayrallah is a biotechnology entrepreneur who has started three drug-development companies; Vera is a licensed social worker and Human Services Senior Practitioner with Wake County Human Services.

“We are deeply grateful to Moise and Vera Khayrallah for their vision and their philanthropy,” said Dr. Jeffery P. Braden, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “This endowed center will allow us to create substantial economic, societal and intellectual prosperity in a lasting way for our scholars, our students and our policy makers.”

The Khayrallahs’ gift will fund the center as well as the Moise A. Khayrallah Distinguished Professorship in Lebanese Diaspora Studies. It will help build an online digital research archive chronicling the Lebanese diaspora in America; host conferences and workshops on the Lebanese diaspora which bring together top scholars in the field; provide NC State students with engagement and research opportunities; publish an online journal, with both scholarly articles and artistic expressions, dedicated to the Lebanese diaspora; and produce public history projects from documentaries to museum exhibits that disseminate this knowledge to the general public and engage them in the conversation about migration and its impact on our societies and world.

NC State students will benefit tremendously from the gift. “We offer a master’s degree in public history and one of only three doctoral degrees in public history nationwide,” Braden said. “Our public history students will gain great opportunities to become the next generation of scholars advancing Lebanese and Middle East diaspora studies.”

Dr. Akram Khater, an NC State professor of history, directs the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies, a program that has researched, documented and exhibited the story of the Lebanese community in North Carolina – a history that goes back more than 130 years.

“Our past research has served as a pilot program for the mission and work of the new center,” Khater said. “Over the past four years we collected oral histories of Lebanese-Americans in North Carolina that we subsequently used to produce a television documentary and a museum exhibit. Funding from Moise and Vera Khayrallah will allow us to expand on this foundation and provide research and insight into the movement of people from Lebanon to the United States, a migration that is uniquely Lebanese yet echoes across other immigrant communities.”

Khater described examples of the interdisciplinary work the center will conduct:

  • As we seek to understand the impact of migration on health, we will bring together archival historical research, computer science, demography, medicine and sociology.
  • As we search for patterns in the financial success of Lebanese-Americans, we will work with business models as well oral history.
  • To tell the story of how a group of people left a small region in the Middle East to become a ubiquitous presence in practically every corner of the world, we will work with videographers, graphic designers, film studies majors, and historians.

“This center embodies how our different disciplines enrich not only members of the Lebanese-American community, but in telling the tale of a people that is at once uniquely Lebanese and quintessentially American, it enriches all of us,” said Braden. “Through that narrative, we gain a deeper appreciation of ourselves, our neighbors, and how we are made better together.”

Gathering for Supporters of Humanities and Social Sciences

Posted on October 10, 2014 8:42 pm by Lauren Kirkpatrick


NC State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the North Carolina Humanities Council will host a follow-up meeting for supporters of the humanities and social sciences in North Carolina at RTP Conference Center (12 Davis Drive, RTP, NC, 27709) on December 9, 2014, from 10:00 – 3:00. Attendance is by invitation only. To request an invitation, please e-mail program co-chair Andy Taylor at

The meeting will include

  • a panel discussion with, among others, Mary Foskett, Director WFU Humanities Institute, David Zonderman, Professor of History at NC State, and Goldie Byrd, Dean of Arts and Sciences NC A&T, on how we can more effectively promote the interests of the humanities and social sciences in North Carolina; and
  • a business meeting in which we hope to discuss and develop action items on three matters:

-  the creation of an entity to inventory and facilitate communication between organizations in North Carolina whose mission it is to promote an understanding and appreciation of the humanities and social sciences;

-  the transmission of a coherent and compelling argument for the importance of the humanities and social sciences to North Carolina; and

-  the generation of a plan for effective advocacy for the humanities and social sciences to the public and policymakers in North Carolina.

Lunch will be provided for all attendees.

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Alums Get in the Game (Shows)

Posted on October 8, 2014 10:16 am by Lauren Kirkpatrick

Our alumni get out there and get in the game. Literally, in some cases.

Tensie Taylor

Tensie Taylor on the set of Wheel of Fortune

Tensie Taylor ('09 BA, Communication with a minor in Psychology) will appear on Wheel of Fortune on Thursday, October 9 (7:30 pm on ABC). Taylor, who today manages the Black Alumni Association at USC, is fulfilling a lifelong  ambition. She told her story to NC State's alumni association in this article, and to the News and Observer in a recent interview.

Taylor worked for two years at NC State's Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity before heading to school in L.A. in August 2012. She focused on her studies and earned a master's of education in postsecondary administration from the University of Southern California in May. Meanwhile, she pursued her Wheel of Fortune dream with dogged determination: she applied 365 times in 2013.

Taylor foretold her future at a going-away party before she left her hometown of Louisburg, NC, for California in 2012, assuring her friends and family that one day they would see her compete. Everybody laughed then.

As  N&O reporter Lori Wiggins writes,

Taylor credits her tenacity to family, just as much as she does the bullies who tormented her physically and emotionally throughout school for being both petite and academically gifted – or, in the misguided words of some, “white on the inside and black on the outside, like an Oreo.”

Taylor’s already a winner with a message she’ll one day record in a book she will call “The Oreo Cookie that Didn’t Crumble.”

“I want to use my voice as a beacon of hope to other people: Don’t give up, be persistent and be patient,” she said. “Whatever dream you have, don’t ever give up; just don’t ever give up. I thank those people now.

“I refused to let them see me fail, or to let myself fail; I turned negative situations into positive ones. Now, look ... I get the last laugh.”

Josh Hager

Josh Hager with Alex Trebek on Jeopardy

Another alum, Josh Hager ('11, MA, Public History), competed on Jeopardy last week. He reigned as champion for a full two hours, and walked away with $26,100 -- enough to pay off his student loans -- as he told NC State's alumni association in this article.

When he's not competing on national television, Hager works as a correspondence assistant at the State Archives of North Carolina. “I love the fact that I get to work with North Carolina history every day,” Hager told the alumni association. “It is common for me to work with 200-year-old documents every day. What really is most rewarding to me is helping people find what they are looking for.”