Technician will celebrate a century of student journalism at NC State the weekend of Feb. 1, 2020, the anniversary of its first issue. The Technician 100 committee and NC State Student Media invite all Technician alumni to return to campus for an epic celebration.
The weekend will feature opportunities to catch up with friends, panel discussions on notable moments in Technician history and a film screening of “Hondros.” A Saturday night gala in the new Talley Student Union will feature food, drink, a photo booth, displays from an upcoming NC State University Libraries exhibit on Technician and more.
The events will be held across campus from the evening of Friday, Jan. 31 through mid-day on Sunday, Feb. 2.
Schedule of events
Friday, Jan. 31
|7-9 p.m.||Ice Cream Reception at featuring Howling Cow at Gregg Museum of Art & Design|
|9:15-10:30 p.m.||Reynolds Coliseum Tour, courtesy of Tom Stafford|
Saturday, Feb. 1*
|10:30-11:30 a.m.||Panel Discussion: Covering Basketball National Championship Runs
at Witherspoon Student Center
|11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.||Technician and Student Media Open House with Lunch
at Witherspoon Student Center
|1:30-3:15 p.m.||“Hondros” film screening at Hunt Library|
|5-6:30 p.m.||Drop-in Reception at Talley Student Union, 1887 Bistro|
|6:30-8:30 p.m.||Technician 100 Gala** at Talley Student Union, Ballroom|
Sunday, Feb. 2
|10 a.m.-1 p.m.||Brunch at Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse, call 919-515-4343 for reservations|
*Saturday morning campus will play host to another grand NC State tradition, the Krispy Kreme Challenge. The five-mile foot race begins and ends at the Belltower with all proceeds benefiting UNC Children’s Hospital. There will be no Technician 100 activities during the race for those who would like to register to participate or observe the race.
**Cocktail attire requested.
Get your invitation
If you are an alumnus and haven’t already, please fill out this contact information survey.
Please spread the word to friends from your time at Technician so everyone can enjoy the celebration.
Invitations with registration links will go out via email in early October, and on a rolling basis after that.
Stay in Raleigh
For people coming from out of town, we’ve reserved hotel blocks at two campus-adjacent hotels. You are welcome to book for one or two nights at either location.
Aloft Raleigh is located on Hillsborough Street overlooking the Belltower. Aloft is closer to the Saturday night gala. Technician 100 guests can book rooms using Book your group rate for Technician 100th Anniversary. Prior to January 10, 2020, king and double rooms are $152 per night.
The StateView Hotel, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection Hotel, is on Centennial Campus across from the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. The StateView is closer to the Saturday film screening and panel discussions, and Sunday closing brunch. Technician 100 guests can book rooms using Book your group rate for NCSU Technician 100th Anniversary Event Room Block (NTM) JAN2020. Prior to Tuesday, December 31, 2019, king and double rooms are $139 per night.
Parking is included with hotel rooms and we will provide shuttle service, if needed, to on-campus events. If you’re coming from out of town and would like transportation to and from the airport or train station, please let us know.
If your walk down memory lane includes sifting through old hard drives, scrapbooks or boxes of prints or negatives and you dig up some photos you’d like to share, we’d love to see them! Submit photos of you and your Technician friends working (or playing) during your time at NC State using this photo submission form. The Technician 100 committee will use photos for the weekend, and the current Technician editorial team will make use of some in commemorative Technician 100 publications.
If you’d like to spread the word on social media, too, tag the celebration with #Technician100.
Be a Part of History
To help celebrate this historic milestone, the Technician staff is putting together a special piece looking back at the history of Technician — and by extension, NC State as a whole. The concept behind the piece is “100 years in 100 pages.” It will feature articles from the Technician’s archives, as well as pieces for, about and by our alumni, students, faculty and staff. We will be printing 5,000 copies, most of which will be placed on newsstands from Jan. 31 through the end of the spring semester. (We will be setting aside several hundred for alumni and friends of the paper attending our 100th anniversary gala weekend Jan. 31-Feb. 2.) The piece will be 8.5″X11″ and will be printed on glossy stock with a book-type binding, as we know most who pick it up will keep it for posterity. The deadline for space reservations is November 17. If you or your business or organization is interested in advertising in the piece, please complete this brief interest form and we will be in touch with you shortly. Pricing and other information can be found here.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, feel free to reach out to the Technician 100 committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call the Student Media staff at 919-515-2411.