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Unafraid to engage: ‘Third culture kid’ Tuyen Truong grows from curious student to researcher, Army lieutenant

Tuyen Truong has never shied away from asking the tough questions. The recent NC State graduate's eagerness to confront and explore new ideas led to award-winning research her senior year and now, a career in the U.S. Army.

Academic Press Fosters Global Conversations

Through collaboration and innovation, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is home to an academic press that publishes books from leading scholars throughout the Americas.

Outstanding Young Alums

The NC State Alumni Association recognized two outstanding young alumni at its Evening of Stars gala. Award recipients Tony Caravano and Vansana Nolintha were Caldwell Fellows and both earned majors or minors in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Rubik’s Cube: Easier Than English?

Zeli “Jeff” Qian is a cubist — as in Rubik’s Cube. The Zhejiang Province native can finish the cube-shaped puzzle in 18.27 seconds, a time that’s listed in the World Cube Association’s record books. Qian brought that same determination to NC State, where he’s studying mechanical engineering. He’s also honing his English speaking, writing and research skills through Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures courses for non-native speakers of English.

As Go the Tropics ...

Alumna Sandra Harding (Ph.D., Sociology ’94) asks a deceptively simple question: “Is life in the Tropics getting better?” But don’t be fooled by the simplicity of that question: her quest for the answer, and her leadership as an economic sociologist, stand to change the world. Harding, vice chancellor and president of Australia’s James Cook University, chairs the State of the Tropics, a first-of-its-kind partnership with 12 research institutions around the globe.