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A Show of Appreciation

This weekend, NC State will celebrate the service and sacrifice of the U.S. military.

The weekend kicks off with a military recognition event Friday, Sept. 21, at the Park Alumi Center. The event will feature presentations by NC State faculty members whose research and instruction have supported the military.

Dr. Roger Barker, director of the Textile Protection and Comfort Center, will discuss the center’s work testing fabrics for chemical resistance and heat and flame protection.

Dr. Dwight Stephens, director of the Critical Languages Program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, will detail Project Gold, which offers intensive training in foreign languages and cultures to current and future soldiers.

Dr. Michael Steer, Lampe distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering, will discuss his work developing new technologies that help soldiers in combat zones identify improvised explosive devices from a distance.

NC State Alumni Association Executive Director Benny Suggs, a retired rear admiral in the United States Navy, will later moderate a panel discussion of NC State’s history of producing military leaders. The panel will include retired and active-duty soldiers who graduated from NC State.

Saturday is Military Appreciation Day at Carter-Finley Stadium, as the Wolfpack football team plays The Citadel at 6 p.m. Prior to the game, there will be military appreciation activities at the Fan Zone behind the North End Zone of Carter-Finley. The Navy Band will play at 3 p.m., and all four military branches will be represented.