N.C. State University's new "front door," the E. Carroll Joyner Visitor Center and Advancement Services Building, officially opened Sept. 20. The building, located at the corner of Western Boulevard and Varsity Drive, is a tribute to the history, culture and accomplishments of the university. It is named in honor of E. Carroll Joyner, a 1956 graduate of the university's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, whose gift helped make the building possible.
The $5 million, 27,000-square-foot building includes 2,200 square feet of exhibit space. The contemporary, two-story, glass rotunda area features multimedia kiosks, videos and other graphic images that chronicle N.C. State's tradition of excellence in teaching, research and extension. The exhibits and videos will provide campus visitors information on the university's colleges, academic programs, student life, tradition and history, and will showcase the accomplishments of students, staff, faculty and alumni.
Prospective students and their parents will begin their visits of campus at the center, which will also serve student groups and field trips touring the university. The building also houses some undergraduate admissions staff, as well as University Advancement staff, Marketing and News Services.
Said Chancellor James Oblinger, "The center will be the front door to the university and give thousands of students, visitors, researchers and faculty recruits a glimpse into what makes N.C. State one of the nation's finest universities. The E. Carroll Joyner Visitor Center will help us promote our role of educating students for the 21st century, partnering with business and industry and providing relevant solutions to real-world challenges and opportunities."
You can hear E. Carroll Joyner's speech at the dedication by clicking Joyner Speech.
Joyner worked his way through school by selling vegetables and washing dishes in the university's cafeteria. When he completed his education, Joyner joined the Army. On completion of his service, he returned to Raleigh to work at a poultry processing company. Joyner went on to own a retail business, become a real estate investor, own and manage restaurants and serve as the vice president for real estate development for the Golden Corral restaurant chain.
Joyner has served as a director of the N.C. State Foundation Board and of the Veterinary Medical Foundation Board. He also established the North Carolina Cattlemen's Foundation, which supports beef cattle research at N.C. State, set up an annuity that provides future funds for the organization and donated his herd of Angus beef cattle to the foundation. He has been awarded The Watauga Medal (the university's highest non-academic award) and also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2003 and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Outstanding Alumni Award in 2005.
Source: NCSU News Services