Students, faculty and alumni gathered for NC State’s annual Red and White Week celebration October 24-30. The campus was filled with enthusiasm with the multitude of events dedicated to uniting the Wolfpack community.
The overcast weather did not dampen student morale when the Red and White Week kicked off on Monday, October 25. shirt.
Sabrina Terry, a third year social work student, said she loved Red and White Week because there were so many engaging events.
“I like being able to participate in everything that [NC State] offers for students, ”said Terry. “I really enjoy being part of the culture of the state and of the pack. It lifts morale. “
On Wednesday, Stafford Commons hosted the annual Pack Appreciation Day. Students wrote postcards, made videos and posted on social media to thank donors for their generosity. Taylor Pardue, a development writer for the Office of Development, Communications and Stewardship, explained the importance of expressing gratitude to donors.
“We could not carry out the ‘think and do’ mission without [donors]”Pardue said.” As a public university we get money from the state, but private donations help us take it to the next level and really make sure every student has the opportunity to think and to do the extraordinary – to truly pursue your dreams. ”
Anné Johnson, a fourth-year math education student, said Red and White Week fosters a sense of community among students and that she appreciates the lively atmosphere.
“It’s a break from school,” Johnson said. “I can go out here and be in the sun; it’s funny.”
On Thursday, students gathered around five therapy dogs on Harris Field for Pause for Paws, sponsored by NC State Prevention Services. Lauren Bradley, third-year social work student and North Carolina State Mental Health Ambassador, said the event serves to raise awareness of campus counseling and brighten up student day.
“I think dogs are a healthy stress reliever, and I mean, who doesn’t love dogs? Bradley said. “We offer free ways to improve your mental health. “
On Friday, the Floats on Founders event, sponsored by the Alumni Association, the Council for University Activities (UAB) and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, featured stationary floats, crafts and a catering truck. Brotherhoods and sororities decorated creative floats that lined Founders Drive and sparked excitement for the highly anticipated comeback football game against Louisville.
At the Student Alumni Association table, attendees could purchase a ticket for the food truck and gifts such as sunglasses, water bottles and t-shirts. Anaica Grouver, a freshman in computer science, said she loves gifts and collecting free North Carolina State Spirit clothing at the Red and White Week events.
Nick Lucovsky, a first year in civil engineering and a UAB member, helped manage the brick painting station, where participants used red, white and black paint to decorate a brick. He said he thinks Red and White Week strengthens the spirit of the school.
“I think Red and White Week is a celebration of the pride of the pack,” Lucovsky said. “It brings the community together. “
On Saturday, fans gathered at Carter-Finley Stadium for the homecoming soccer game. The Wolfpack defeated Louisville 28-13. The victory was an exciting end to a week of NC statesmanship.