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Posted on Sep 24, 2014

The Wolfpack Gives Back – Again

It’s give-back time again.

There are more than 1,000 qualified nonprofit organizations on this year’s State Employees Combined Campaign, the state fundraising drive for national, statewide and local charities.

Last year, NC State was the top-giving institution among the UNC system schools, pledging more than $556,000 for the campaign with an employee participation rate of about 36 percent. This year, the university hopes to increase the participation rate to 40 percent.

For payroll deduction or credit card donations, you can make a pledge online. For cash or check donations, you must complete a paper form, which is available online or from your unit’s team captain.

Those who donate are eligible to win weekly prizes. Winners are announced on the Wolfpack Gives Back website.

If you are unable to log into the website, contact Meredith Cuomo at

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Posted on Sep 17, 2014

Be Brave and Get Your Flu Shot

Quit whining, you big baby. You’ll only feel a little pinch.

At least that’s what the nurse told me just before sticking my arm with a knitting needle last year when giving me my annual flu shot.

Well, the calendar has turned over and it’s already that time of year again, when you endure that little pinch for your co-workers, preventing the sniffles and snuffles from developing into the full-fledged flu. State employees, their dependents and retirees can now make plans for their annual stick by reviewing the list of dates for reservation and walk-in flu-shot clinics.

For reservation clinics, make an online appointment, select the “Sign Up Now!” button, choose the appropriate BioIQ account link, use the invitation code “NCSUFlu2014” and choose your preferred date and time.

Here are a few other bits of information to heed, lest that pinch on the arm turn into a cuff on the ears.

  • FluMist vaccinations will not be available at NC State campus clinics.
  • A parent or legal guardian must accompany children between the ages of 4 and 17 and must provide written authorization for the shot. Children younger than 4 should see their physician for immunizations, including the flu shot, in order to get the vaccine administered in a child’s dose.
  • In addition to NC State campus clinics, free flu vaccinations will be available to State Health Plan members, dependents and retirees at an in-network doctor’s office, a participating CVS Minute Clinic or through a participating in-network immunizing pharmacist. Visit the State Health Plan FAQ website for additional information.
  • Individuals not covered by the State Health Plan, an eligible Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Plan or Medicare Part B will be charged a vaccination fee of $30 (payable by cash or check only). Visit the State Health Plan FAQ website for additional information.
  • If you have questions or concerns about the flu vaccination, please consult with your physician. Visit the Centers for Disease Control website for additional flu information.
  • To view the flu vaccination program details in Spanish, visit the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Detalles del Programa website.
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Posted on Sep 10, 2014

Dog Olympics Sept. 13

For the 23rd year in a row, the Companion Animal Wellness Club at NC State will host its annual Dog Olympics from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the “Hearth” on the Centennial Biomedical Campus at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Canines of all shapes and sizes, breeds and backgrounds can participate in the day’s events, which include best trick, doggie limbo, the high jump, longest tail, howling, musical sit and rollover Rover.

The entry fee for owners and dogs that wish to participate is $5 per dog. Admission for spectators is $1, while children ages 5 and under are admitted free.

Proceeds from the charitable event will benefit the record number of 20 local rescue groups that will be on hand in the Olympic Village during the competition. A total of 27 vendors — also a Doggie Olympics record — will be present selling a variety of items, including canine-related products and services, food truck selections and bakery goods.

The Raleigh Kennel Club will operate a free microchip clinic (one pet per family) with trained personnel implanting a microchip that can be scanned with a handheld device to help ensure a lost dog will be returned to its owner.

Among the demonstrations scheduled throughout the day are the Cary K9 Unit; Treibbal with Superior Dog Training; Flyball with Dog Gone Fast; Canine Good Citizenship Testing, agility and rallying demonstrations with the American Kennel Club; and the ParaOlympics parade, which focuses on the close bond between paraplegic dogs and their owners.

A full schedule is available online. The rain date is Oct. 4. For more information call 919-513-6662 or email the Dog Olympics at

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