Welcome to Connecting in North Carolina (CINC)

What is CINC?

Raleigh DowntownCINC is a program in which new NC State University faculty and administrators are introduced to North Carolina and its people, witnessing the impact of our land-grant initiatives throughout the state.

The Connecting in North Carolina (CINC) Faculty/Staff Development Tour began in 1995. Throughout the years, the tour has made a tremendous impact on the faculty and staff who have participated in the five day tour. Faculty/staff participation in the tour has created a greater appreciation of NC Culture and history for the students in their classes and has enhanced their personal understanding and connection with the vast footprint of teaching, research, and engagement that NC State University has in the State of North Carolina. Budget reductions over the last several years have taken a toll on the financial resources available for the continuation of same five day tour format. The more recent tours are a one to two day experience. We invite you to take a look at the pictures from past tours as well as the itinerary from the May, 2015 tour.

When Is the Next Tour?

AgricultureThe next day or day and a half tour will be scheduled for Fall of 2019. If you have questions, please contact us at 919.515.3373.

In the Path of Robert Frost

This program takes new faculty and EHRA professionals on a tour to the hometowns of our students and introduces them to our land-grant mission at work across North Carolina. Taking our cue from Robert Frost, the tour is a better, if less traveled, route to a mutual understanding of who we are, what we do, and what better-informed faculty, staff, and students can do together.


I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
— Robert Frost

How Many Attend?

FarmlandWhile we cannot give every member of the faculty and staff an in-depth understanding of the state, we can offer a program that takes 24 faculty and staff members who have been employed for at least one year but less than seven years at North Carolina State University, on a personalized bus tour of a regional community in North Carolina.



ClassroomMany new faculty and key administrators come to North Carolina State University from out of state. They may be unfamiliar with the land-grant tradition. Their previous experiences may have been limited to a single-campus college, unlike the vast university system in our state. Through their work here, they meet the sons and daughters of North Carolina but may have little context to help them understand the cultural influences that have shaped these students.

Tour participants can see firsthand how NC State carries out its land grant mission in selected communities. In addition the tour will offer participants the chance to form relationships with university colleagues outside of their disciplines and areas of responsibility; to observe potential areas for applied research; to deepen appreciation of participants for the communities NC State students come from; and to connect with alumni who have returned home to build businesses appreciate the land-grant ethic at work as they visit selected sites statewide.

Here are a few comments from the 2-16 CINC Tour participants:

“I will definitely recommend the tour to other people.”
“I will look into service course that might work for our students in underserved areas of the state.”
“I will consider how to make a connection to the individuals I met. I will provide more support to extension activities.”

We are always looking for ways to improve relations with the local organizations, businesses and industries, and communities across the state. Citizens’ and business leaders’ suggestions help to advise the university in ways it might better serve relevant needs. By meeting our faculty and administrators, the people of North Carolina can better understand what a wonderful resource they are to our state.