NC State teams selected for this week’s ACC Startup Madness

Startup Madness

Charles Grant Culbertson, Jr., a doctoral candidate in the Department of Forest Biomaterials in the NC State College of Natural Resources is part Thermaflow Solutions, one of two NC State teams representing the university at this Wednesday’s ACC Startup Madness competition.

The competition will be held at NC State’s James B. Hunt Library on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Runoff competitions will be held throughout the day, narrowing the contestants down to the ‘Elite Eight’ who will compete in the final round beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Hunt Library is located at 1070 Partners Way on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh.

Representing NC State at the undergraduate level is Pennies 4 Progress, represented by co-founder Ryan O’Donnell, senior in the Poole College of Management.

NC State’s graduate team is ThermaFlow Solutions, a startup that leverages NC State technology to provide the latest in particle and cell analysis. The multidisciplinary team aims to disrupt industries from scientific research to heavy equipment manufacturers.

The startup team members are graduate students in the HiTEC program, part of the interdisciplinary technology entrepreneurship and commercialization concentration in Poole College’s Jenkins MGA program. Team members are:

Charles Grant Culbertson, Jr., doctoral candidate, Forest Biomaterials, December 2016, College of Natural Resources

Tristan Jung Hun Kim, Jenkins MBA candidate, May 2015,
Poole College of Management

Judd Melvin, Master of Microbial Biotechnology candidate, May 2015,
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Mukta Nag, Master of Microbial Biotechnology candidate, May 2014,
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Joseph M. Thomas, MS, Jenkins MBA candidate, May 2014,
Poole College of Management

The NC State teams will be competing against teams from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, the University of Maryland, Syracuse University, Florida State University, Georgia Tech, University of Miami, Wake Forest University, and Clemson University. Each of the universities was allowed to bring one team for each of the two divisions.

The competition schedule on March 19 begins with the first round at 10 a.m. The final ‘Elite Eight’ round begins at 5:30 pm. and winners will be announced at 6:45 p.m.

Students and the general public are invited to stop by throughout the day to view the team presentations. There is no charge for general admission but tickets are required. Register at the Startup Madness website. VIP tickets cost $50 and provide access to invitation-only reception on March 18, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at HQ Raleigh, and reserved seating at the competition on March 19. Proceeds from VIP tickets help support the entrepreneurs.

Teams from the other schools will be arriving on March 18 and gathering for a reception at HQ Raleigh at 5:30 p.m. A Leadership Roundtable has been scheduled for 4 p.m., providing the teams’ advisors an opportunity to network and share best practices.

Following are the prizes that the winning teams will receive.
FIRST PLACE $500 Cash Flight to Silicon Valley Meeting with Kleiner Perkins 1 Free MotoX from Republic Wireless
SECOND PLACE $250 Cash Marketing Consulting from Method Savvy 1 Free MotoX from Republic Wireless
THIRD PLACE $150 Cash Venture Consulting from Bull City Ventures
FOURTH PLACE $100 Cash Venture Consulting from Idea Fund Partners

ACC Startup Madness has partnered with HQ Raleigh and Poole College to present this event. This is the second year that Poole College has been an ACC Startup Madness sponsor.

Related story:  ACC Startup Madness returns to NC State

PRTM Research Team Featured in American Journal of Health Promotion

The January/February 2014 (Vol. 28, Issue sp3) special issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion is devoted to Active Living Research.

American Journal of Health Promotion
This special issue highlights papers selected from abstracts submitted for presentation at Active Living Research’s tenth annual conference – Achieving Change Across Sectors; Integrating Research, Policy and Practice.

Prioritizing School Intramural and Interscholastic Programs Based on Observed Physical Activity,  by authors Jason Bocarro, Michael Kanters, Mike Edwards, Jonathan Casper and Thomas McKenzie, examines which school sports engage children in more physical activity.

Bocarro, Kanters, Edwards and Casper are researchers in the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management at NC State University. McKenzie is a professor Emeritus with the San Diego State University School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences.

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International Partnership to Study Impact of Mega-Events

Mardi Gras
What is the impact of cultural and sporting ‘mega-events’, like the World Cup, the Olympics, and Mardi Gras?

A new research project called CARNIVAL brings together several international partners who will spend 4 years studying the factors which influence successful event legacies.

Dr. Jason Bocarro from the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management department is one of the NC State University faculty participating in the partnership.

CARNIVAL will take a hard look at the factors that influence successful event legacies: including the bidding/planning preparations, successful event management practices and the implementation of social and economic legacy programs.

Lasting 4 years from late 2013 to 2017, CARNIVAL will provide an unparalleled opportunity to conduct meaningful, longitudinal and cross-cultural studies of Mega-Events and their legacies. Policy makers, event management professionals, activists and researchers are invited to follow the project, on-line or through Twitter, where information about up-coming events and publications will be released.

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Department Head Search – Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management

North Carolina State University – Raleigh, North Carolina

College of Natural Resources – Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management   

Department Head (Position #00000683)

Applications are invited for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University.

The successful applicant must demonstrate outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills, and have a distinguished record in research, education and outreach. We seek an individual that can:

1. Clearly articulate a vision for the department that is aligned with the strategic plan of the college and collaborate broadly across the college and university to achieve it.
2. Create an environment of integrity and support that stimulates faculty, staff, and students to work at their highest performance levels.
3. Promote the department regionally, nationally, and internationally.
4. Identify and implement mechanisms for attracting, rewarding, and retaining under-represented faculty, staff, and students.

Application Deadline:
Application review will begin January 31, 2014 and will continue until a suitable candidate is hired.

The Head serves as chief administrative officer of the Department, and as an advocate for the Department and the scientific fields related to park management, recreation, sport management, and sustainable tourism.

The position provides leadership, assistance, and support for carrying out initiatives identified by the faculty. These include increasing contributions to knowledge and science that is innovative and integrative, enhancing and expanding graduate and undergraduate education, conducting extension and outreach programs, fostering collegiality among faculty, strengthening relationships with internal and external clientele, and promoting communication and the transfer of science‐based findings to public policy makers and private decision makers.

The Department Head also: plays a key role in the recruitment and development of faculty, staff, and students; oversees planning and evaluation of the Department’s academic, research, and extension programs; and is responsible for managing the Department’s budgets.

The Head will work closely with government and international agencies, foundations and industry, as well as being actively involved in fundraising to support the Department’s research, teaching, and extension activities. He/she will represent the Department and promote collaborations and partnerships at NC State University and other institutions.


  • Candidates for the Department Head position must have an earned doctorate in recreation, park and tourism management, sport management, natural resources, or a related field.
  • Qualifications commensurate with appointment to the rank of professor.
  • Ability to work with faculty and external stakeholders from a wide variety of backgrounds in the broad field of park and natural resource management, recreation, sport management, and sustainable tourism, and in multidisciplinary contexts.
  • Ability and evidence of energetic leadership, innovative thinking, and external fund raising.
  • Strong organizational, leadership, team‐building interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Evidence of commitment to excellence in research, teaching, extension, and service.
  • Familiarity with and commitment to the Land Grant institutional mission. • An understanding and appreciation of the diverse disciplines within the College of Natural Resources.
  • A record of obtaining funding: e.g., grants, contracts, and/or gifts.
  • Experience managing budgets with diverse sources of revenue.
  • Commitment to fostering diversity and a global perspective within the department.
  • Active involvement in national professional organizations.

About the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management

A national and international leader, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management is one of three departments in the College of Natural Resources.

The Department is a multidisciplinary department that addresses critical research questions related to human dimensions of natural and built environments, community health and well-being, youth development and physical activity, and equitable and sustainable rural tourism development. Its 27 full-time faculty, 6 administrative staff, and 6 professional staff serve approximately 720 undergraduate students, 220 graduate students, and an extensive number of agency and user groups.

In addition to an outstanding Tourism Extension Program, the Department host the Recreation Resources Service, which provides technical assistance and training programs to recreation providers across North Carolina.

The Department’s various Oglebay Management Schools have delivered continuing education programs to recreation and park professionals since 1975. The recently opened Digital Imagery Visualization Lab provides faculty and students with the unique capacity to conduct research utilizing digital imagery and immersive virtual environmental technologies.

The Department offers a B.S. degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with areas of emphasis in: park and natural resource management, recreation program management, and tourism and commercial recreation management. It also offers B.S. degrees in Sport Management and Professional Golf Management.

The department offers numerous degrees at the graduate level: a Master of Science in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, a Master of Science in Natural Resources Management, a Master of Natural Resources Management (non-thesis), a Master of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management (distance education), Professional Science Master in Geospatial Information Science Technology (distance education), and a Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management.

Additional information about the Department can be found at

About the University:

North Carolina State University, the Land Grant University of North Carolina, is a Tier 1 research university committed to academic excellence and diversity. With more than 34,000 students and 8,000 faculty, NC State plays a vital role in improving the quality of life for the citizens of North Carolina, the nation and the world. Its strong research, teaching, and extension programs have led it to be consistently ranked among the nation’s top 50 public universities and ranked by Princeton Review as a best value for students. Additional information about NC State University can be found at .

About the Community:

Raleigh, the state’s capital city, is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best places to live and work. The Research Triangle region surrounds the NC State campus where many of the country’s leading, Fortune 500 technology, research and pharmaceutical companies are located. The Raleigh‐Durham‐Chapel Hill area is home to seven colleges and universities and rich cultural opportunities. Raleigh also boasts more than 4,300 acres of parkland, almost 1,400 acres of water, and a nationally-acclaimed greenway system connecting many of the city’s 150 major parks offering excellent recreational activities year round.

Application and Nomination Process:

To apply, go to You must complete an online EPA profile and attach a resume and contact information for three (3) references.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Candace Vick, Chair of the Search Committee (email:; telephone: 919.513.3939).

EOE/AA. NC State welcomes all applicants without regard to sexual orientation.

For ADA accommodations, contact Dr. Candace Vick. Proper documentation of identity and employability in the United States will be required. Initial nominations and inquiries will be kept confidential.

Department Head Search – Forestry and Environmental Resources

NC State University – Raleigh, North Carolina

College of Natural Resources – Forestry and Environmental Resources

Department Head (Position #00000685)

NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina is looking for a Department Head to join the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources in the College of Natural Resources.

NC State University is a Tier 1 research university committed to academic excellence and diversity. With more than 34,000 students and 8,000 faculty, its strong research, teaching, and extension programs have led it to be consistently ranked among the nation’s top 50 public universities and ranked by Princeton Review as a best value for students. Additional information about NC State University can be found at

The Head of the Department provides vision and direction to the Department, leading faculty across a wide diversity of disciplines to excellent teaching, research, engagement, and scholarship. The Department Head is responsible for faculty and staff development and review, developing and managing academic curricula, fiscal management, fundraising, alumni relations, research administration, and administering extension and outreach.

The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources has more than 60 tenure and non-tenure track faculty and extension specialists, and more than 35 staff. The Department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees through the Ph.D., and currently enrolls 485 undergraduate and 145 graduate students. Active research and extension programs generate more than $6.25 million annually in extramural funds for fundamental and applied research, extension and outreach activities, and three forest industry research cooperatives.

Other Work/Responsibilities

  • Communicate regularly with a wide variety of constituent groups such as alumni, businesses and industry, government agencies, and non-government organizations.
  • Develop partnerships that foster the priorities of the Department, College, and University.
  • Lead fundraising activities that are consistent with the priorities of the College and University.

Minimum Education/Experience

  • Earned Ph.D., or equivalent, in a biological, physical or social science field relevant to the Department programs, with qualifications of achievement meriting appointment as a tenured full professor.
  • Ten years or more of professional natural resources experience in science, education, management, policy, or other relevant area.
  • Demonstrated strength in collaborative leadership, excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills that can be successfully applied to an academic department.
  • Leadership experience in collaborative, multi-disciplinary research, extension and education.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and experience with, the multiple dimensions of the competitive grant funding environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity in people and programs.

Application Process

Please visit and apply for Position #00000685 with your resume, cover letter, contact
information for three professional references, and a brief statement of academic leadership.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Steve Kelley, Chair of the Search Committee (email:

Application review will begin on February 3, 2014 until a suitable candidate has been hired.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. In addition, NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation.  Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-5575.

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