The Transactors Improv Co. (http://www.transactors.org) will appear at the Martinsborough (top floor of Jefferson's, Evans and Fourth Streets) on Thursday, September 25. They're essentially our state's version of "Whose Line is it Anyway?" Very funny.
The performance is a fundraiser for the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series. Doors open at 7:00, the performance starts at 8:00. Nice foods, one free drink, cash bar. Tickets are $50.
If you like to laugh, join us.
The funds will be used to showcase the work of Greenville native Caroline Shaw and the vocal group Roomful of Teeth. Shaw received the Pulitzer Prize in Music for her a capella piece, “Partita for 8 Voices,” in April, 2013. Roomful of Teeth, the eight-voice ensemble for which “Partita” was written, recorded an album that included the work. The album won a GRAMMY for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance in 2014. Roomful of Teeth will be performing on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville.
The 2014 Revue is here!
The latest REVUE, the College's Magazine, is out! The 2014 edition of the College's magazine, REVUE, is now available for digital viewing and download as a PDF file. The cover features the art work of new School of Art and Design faculty member Dan Elliott.
Study in Italy this Fall!
Enjoy the benefits of studying abroad for less than the cost of out-of-state tuition. Italy Intensives is a program for all students from all majors. Freshmen and sophomore students are encouraged to earn required humanities, social science, foreign language and fine arts credits overseas. Students take ECU classes from the ECU course catalog that are taught by ECU professors. Watch the video for behind-the-scenes footage of this amazing offering.
Learn about the program: http://www.ecu.edu/italyintensives
Learn from students who have already enjoyed Italy Intensives: http://italyintensives.tumblr.com/
Der Follies Premieres at Greenville Town Common
James Raney, a sophomore dance performance major, won an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity grant last fall. He used the award to support the creation and performance of Der Follies, a piece that premiered at Greenville's Town Commons outdoor stage on April 9, with a two-night run. The choreographer/dancer wrote: "I think of Der Follies as a world where presentation is valued over integrity. I believe that each character in Der Follies struggles with who they are versus what (or who) they show. What is being exaggerated or presented is not necessarily what is honest. The piece deals with vulnerability at its root and what it takes to shed the layers of oneself that are not true to the person…The audience gets a glimpse into the lives of some terribly troubled people and their situations, but also their humanity…and triumphs."
Do you like a treasure hunt?"
Proceed. Either with or without caution," advises art student Kathryn Ervin on her website, www.thetreasureishhunt.com. Grab a copy of her treasure map at the Burroughs Wellcome Gallery in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center, April 21-28, and take yourself on a quest to nine sites across Greenville. At each site you'll learn more about the project, gather backstory details, and begin to question whatever you thought you knew about art exhibitions.
ECU Public Relations Student Society of America
Members of ECU Public Relations Student Society of America chapter pose at PR Day at NC State University on April 3. The annual event draws chapters from across the region, and ECU is well represented.
Modlin Exhibition Mounted at UNC-Pembroke
Maria Modlin's (MFA '08) "Wearing Our Insides Out" is on exhibition at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. The textile designs and jewelry feature patterns based on the destructive cells that form cancer, diabetes and other diseases. "If you look at the cells themselves, they're actually beautiful images," Modlin says. "They're just very destructive." The exhibition is intended to help people identify with the diseases faced by others.
Sculpture Graces Airport Grounds
Jordan Brown poses with "Ascension," a sculpture installed at the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern. Each year, sculpture students are invited to create works for installation on the grounds of the flight center. From many modeled submissions, ten concepts are awarded construction grants. One work is selected for purchase and displayed permanently.
Alumn’s Band Nabs Grammy
Tenor saxophonist/flutist/clarinetist Chris Bullock (BM ’03) is actively touring with Snarky Puppy, a 12-piece New York and Dallas-based ensemble playing music to “move the brain and booty.” They’ve just released a live CD/DVD called “We Like It Here,” following a 2014 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance. The band is in the middle of an international tour. In March they appear at the Capetown Jazz Fest (South Africa). In April they’ll record a new album with an orchestra in Europe then continue on tour overseas.
Class Assignment Lands National Recognition
Tess Oglesby’s work was juried into the 2014 Society of Illustrators Annual Student Scholarship Competition in New York. Of 8,785 entries, a mere 329 pieces were accepted into the show. The piece will be produced in a catalog and exhibited for further jurying for the chance at a Society of Illustrators scholarship. The work, “Fizzed,” was an assignment in Joan Mansfield’s Art 4230: Intermediate Illustration course.
Book Artist Teaches West Coast Workshop
Lisa Beth Robinson (Art and Design) hosted a workshop at the San Francisco Center for the Book entitled “Four and Twenty Blackbirds: The Aerogramme.” First introduced in 1933, the aerogramme, a self-contained mailer and international letter, removed the need for an envelope when posting a missive. Students in Robinson’s workshop created stamps and mail-related images, printed aerogrammes and sent their mail art to friends and loved ones.
Professor Releases Debut Recording
Hye-Jin Kim (violin) released a debut recording, “From the Homeland,” with pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute. Kim takes an emotional and personal journey through four works, exploring Sibelius’ thought that “Music begins where the possibilities of language end.” The album includes violin sonatas by Debussy and Janacek and rarely heard works by Sibelius and Smetana.
The CD, on the Concert Artists Guild label, is available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/hyejinkim.
Web Series Accepted to Festival
Three pilot episodes of “The Smart Rocks,” a web series conceived by Michael Tierno (Cinematic Arts and Media Production), have been accepted into the Bare Bones International Film Festival in Muskogee, Oklahoma in April. The series is “for middle-aged baby boomers to have the opportunity to escape into TV-land,” Tierno explained in a behind-the-scenes mini-doc. “It’s a guilty pleasure.”
Tierno is the producer, writer, director, editor, sound editor and composer. Erick Green (Cinematic Arts and Media Production) serves as producer and director of photography. Glenn Hubbard (Communication) serves as music producer. The cast is largely from the School of Theatre and Dance. Music tracks were recorded in Joyner Library and the content was shot at the Tipsy Teapot.
The pilot episodes are “Do I Always Have to be the Adult?,” “I Really Want You Around” and “Deep Circuit Unity.”
Come out, hear some new ideas live, and celebrate with us! OUR 14th ANNUAL EXPLORATION OF THE SOUNDS OF OUR TIME This year's festival features eleven concerts, Master Classes with visiting performers and composers, reading sessions of student composers' works, & more!
Academic Success Recognized
The College of Fine Arts and Communication hosted an ECU Excels Award Ceremony on February 14, recognizing 213 freshmen that have demonstrated academic excellence in their first semester of collegiate study.
Forty-two students were recognized by the School of Art and Design. The School of Communication recognized 84. Forty students from the School of Music were recognized. The School of Theatre and Dance recognized 47.
Of the total, nine students made the Chancellor’s List, 112 made the Dean’s List and 92 made the Honor Roll.
At left, Sydney Y. Motley shares a moment with her family following the ceremony.
New Graduate Certificate Program in Health Communication
Beginning Summer 2014, the School of Communication will offer a Graduate Certificate in Health Communication. The program is open to students currently enrolled in any graduate degree program, as well as to non-degree applicants with a bachelor’s degree.
The program requires 12 semester hours of health communication course work. The courses in the certificate program examine research, theory and practices of communication.
“Students earning the graduate certificate in health communication will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze, evaluate and apply effective communication in health contexts,” according to Laura Prividera, associate director of the School of Communication and director of the school’s graduate studies.
Students currently enrolled in the School of Communication MA program with an emphasis in health communication are not eligible to earn the certificate.
For more information, please contact Dr. Prividera at firstname.lastname@example.org
Returning alumna to share experiences in public relations, health communication and researchHealth communication professional and ECU School of Communication graduate, April Paul Baer, will be returning to campus as a visiting professional to the School of Communication on Feb. 17 and 18.
Baer is currently the Director of Student Wellness at Frostburg State University in Maryland. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in public relations in 2006. After earning her master’s degree in the School of Communication’s health communication concentration in 2008, she began working for Frostburg State as the Coordinator for University Wellness.
“While working to obtain my master’s degree at East Carolina, I realized how much I enjoyed facilitating research within the realm of higher education,” said Baer. “Thankfully, it led me to where I am now.”
While visiting ECU, Baer will be a guest lecturer in several School of Communication graduate and undergraduate classes, focusing on public relations and health communication. She will also be sharing her recent work experiences with a nonprofit organization, The Water School, in rural Uganda.
Baer credits her graduate position with the School of Communication as a research and teaching assistant and her time with ECU’s Campus Living as a resident assistant with preparing her well for her current work.
In addition to class presentations, Baer will be speaking at the School of Communication convocation for students in the interpersonal and organizational concentration; and, to the PRSSA organization.
All ECU students are welcome to attend any of her class presentations and guest lectures. For more information and specific times and locations, please contact the School of Communication main office 252-328-4227 or email email@example.com
College Unveils New Gallery Space
The College of Fine Arts and Communication, housed in the Erwin Building, has repurposed the main lobby of the former faculty dorm into a creative space.
At an opening reception on February 20 at 4:00 pm, the college will formally unveil the Erwin Gallery. The first featured exhibition is a collection of professor Daniel Kariko's electron microscope portraits entitled "Suburban Symbiosis: Insectum Domesticus." Live music and celebratory victuals will be provided. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.
The Erwin Gallery will host professor of guitar Elliot Frank in recital on March 27 at 12:30 p.m.
The Erwin Building, constructed on the site of a former ECU basketball court, was dedicated on Founder's Day in 1955. Constructed to provide faculty housing, Cynthia Mendenhall resided on the third floor in one of 22 apartments. On receiving notice of a change of use for the building, she implored Chancellor Leo Jenkins to reconsider faculty eviction in 1967, or at the very least, "preserve the main parlor…for general college use."
Professor releases CD
Albany Records released a two-CD set featuring professor of voice John Kramar. The discs, "The Collected Songs of Alva Henderson," include 26 tracks and was made in August 2013 on the campus of Pepperdine University. Kramar was first engaged by Henderson to premiere four compositions set to texts by Dana Gioia, the former chair of the National Endowment of the Arts. Kramar continued to champion Henderson's works through a multitude of workshop performances of Henderson and Gioia's opera, Nosferatu, in which Kramar sang the title character.
Steve Vutsinas (BM ’89) was nominated as one of 30,000 candidates for a Grammy Music Educator Award. Last fall, he was named one of 25 semi-finalists representing 15 states. In December, the Grammy Foundation called to announce him as one of ten finalists.
While he didn't get to walk the red carpet with Daft Punk and Macklemore, he was recognized nationally for his contribution to his students.
"My head spins," Vutsinas told Virginia's WVEC. "I'm just a regular old guy that loves teaching." The "regular old guy" connects solidly with his students, who erupted into cheers as he took the call from the Grammy Foundation. By way of muchness, he programs traditional orchestral repertoire alongside popular works by groups including the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to engage his students. Since 2007, he's rehearsed an electric violin/rock and roll ensemble, "Fiddle Fire," that allows string students a shot at the same kinds of musical glory reserved for marching bands and show choirs.
Vutsinas is passionate about his profession. With 24 years of experience in the classroom, he currently teaches at Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. He serves more than 200 students in orchestra, chamber ensembles and in “Fiddle Fire."
The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.
Violin Major to Perform with Raleigh, Durham Symphonies
Mary Catherine Cox, a junior violin performance major, won both the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra and the Durham Symphony Orchestra concerto competitions in January. She'll perform with the Raleigh Symphony on February 23 and with the Durham Symphony on April 6.
Last semester she won the ECU Concerto Competition Ron and Patty Allison Prize and the opportunity to perform as soloist with the ECU Symphony Orchestra. She has been awarded All-State Honors Orchestra and has attended the Music Teacher’s National Association state auditions and international music festivals in France, England and Italy. Last summer, Cox was awarded a fellowship to study at the Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival in Wisconsin. She studies violin with Ara Gregorian.
Digital Technology - Traditional Techniques is an international juried exhibition that showcases the application of technology in the expanding field of textiles while celebrating the traditional "hand" that remains the driving force of the textile artist.
Opening reception: Friday, January 24th, 2014 at 6 p.m. in The Wellington B. Gray Gallery
Juror's Talk: Friday, January 24th, 2014 at 5 p.m. in the Speight Auditorium
Juror: Bethanne Knudson, Creative Director of The Jacquard Center and Oriole Mill in Hendersonville, NC.
Her talk will focus on the development of the Jacquard loom, along with computer aided design, and the impact that combination has had on both design and production.
Ulffers named School of Music Director
Christopher Ulffers has been named Director of the School of Music following an internal search. He assumes the position on January 2, 2014.
Ulffers holds a master’s of music degree in bassoon performance from Indiana University. He joined the faculty at East Carolina in 1992, teaching applied bassoon, music appreciation and music history. In 2004, he was named Associate Director, during which time his duties expanded to include undergraduate admissions and scholarship administration, the assignment of faculty loads, course scheduling and assets management for the Fletcher Music Center.
He was instrumental in preparing a self-study document that resulted in the successful 2005 re-accreditation of the School by the National Association of Schools of Music.
As a performer, Ulffers has offered 12 solo recitals on campus during his tenure and an additional 10 solo performances off campus, including performances at two International Double Reed Society Conferences. His solo work with orchestra includes concerti with several North Carolina symphonies. He serves as principal bassoon with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and the Tar River Orchestra, and performs frequently with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he serves as managing director of the North Carolina Suzuki Institute.
Ulffers received the Robert and Lina Mays and Robert L. Jones Alumni Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award in 1997.
Senior Project Attracts International Media Attention
Photographer Anna Hill, a senior in the School of Art and Design, posted photos from a class project on Reddit on December 9.
The four images in the series “Beauty is Only Pixel Deep” questioned digital manipulation. They hit their mark…globally.
On December 10, Hill was featured in an article on Yahoo! Shine. By the end of the week, the Huffington Post (US, UK and Canada), the Daily Mail (UK), Bustle, PetaPixel, the Frisky, the Gloss and the Blaze had picked up the story.
One outlet called her “brilliant.” Another said her work “kicked ass.”
“Who needs makeup when you can airbrush your photos?” asks Yahoo! author Elise Sole.
In the accompanying photo, Hill used Photoshop to contextualize unrealistic beauty expectations. See her digital portfolio online at http://nebulaedecay.com/digi/mji3xhi8p8l8k5ql6stklem3761eo5, or just Google Ms. Hill—her work will find you.
Photo: Anna Hill's "All in One" beauty kit image examines the nature of beauty.
Reminiscent of a candle flame,
the Ghost of Christmas Past (Gina Belmont) employs the help of Assistant Director Regina Epps (left) and Charles Dickens (Clinton Long) to take Ebenezer Scrooge (Landon Ferrell) on a whirlwind tour of dizzying infinities in A Christmas Carol. Professor Patch Clark directed the ECU Storybook Theatre production, staged for school and family audiences in Wright Auditorium. The show also toured to Marine Air Station Cherry Point.
Andrew Scanlon (organ) released “Solemn and Celebratory,” a recording featuring works by Bach, Durufle and Mendelssohn. Travis Garrison (Music) recorded the work, performed on the Perkins and Wells Memorial Organ housed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville. Scanlon notes that his desire was to showcase the versatility of the Fisk organ, affectionately known as “The Duchess.” The CD is available on the Raven label.
Alumnus on the Road with Nostalgic Revue
“Quintessential heartthrob” Von Lewis (BFA ’10, at left) is touring with Kit and the Kats, a multimedia cross-disciplinary musical romp through the pop songs of the late 1950s.
Next Great Artist to exhibit in Greenville
Kymia Nawabi’s (BFA ’03) exhibition “Not for Long, my Forlorn,” will open at the Greenville Museum of Art on February 7, 2014. The body of work is based on alchemy, Greek and Egyptian mythology and world religions.
Nawabi adopted various gods, mythological creatures and burial ceremonies from different cultures as a part of her own belief system. She invented her own mythology of characters and landscapes that consider death, the afterlife, rebirth, spirits, souls and the cosmos.
In these emotionally charged drawings, Nawabi presents the viewer with moments of enlightened, transcendental states of existence, and perhaps, information about what happens to us when we die.
Nawabi won first place on season two of the Bravo network’s competition series “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” in 2011. The exhibition, which runs through April 27, was first mounted at the Brooklyn Museum in 2011.
Billingsley Installs Art Down Under
Carl Billingsley traveled to Sydney, Australia, to participate in an exhibition entitled “Sculpture by the Sea.” At the exhibition opening, he learned that his work “Red Center” (at right)won the Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation 2013 award. In addition to $5,000, the award includes an invitation to exhibit at “Sculpture by the Cottesloe 2014,” to be held in Perth in March 2014. Billingsley’s proposal was selected from among 500 entries from 25 countries.
Artists on Tour
Twelve members of the Metals Guild and two faculty members traveled to the Pocosin Arts Riverside Lodge in Columbia to participate in a workshop directed by guest artist Ellen Weiske. Weiske, an expert in creative wire work, is the Assistant Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine.
Alumna’s Product: The Real Green Jeans
Textiles alumna Samantha Pell (BFA ’10) and her employer, Mefiver, are revolutionizing the denim industry.
Their patent-pending manufacturing process is both on-demand and green. It uses a fraction of the water, chemicals, energy and labor as compared to traditional manufacturing, and generates less waste.
Pell and company showcased more than 70 fashion designs at a launch party in downtown Raleigh on November 17. The designs, marketed under the brand name SRGB (which stands for “simulated Red Green Blue”) is available online at http://www.srgbonline.com and includes their “clean green jean” concept as well as jackets.
The company uses locally-sourced and regional suppliers to create indigo-free and unprocessed jeans. They’ve combined their technological prowess and design moxie with the tailoring tradition and fine craft movement, resulting in a concept that won a 2013 TED award nomination.
Mefiver won a 2012 NC IDEA grant to support their launch. Startup Open, a competition funded in part by the Kauffman Foundation, named the company among the “Top 5 Most Promising Startups in the World.”
Bob Ebendorf’s brooch, “King of the Road” was acquired by the University of Arkansas. The piece, crafted in 2012, is made of crushed drink can, tin foil, faceted stones and found objects.
Chamber Singers Compete, Win in Spain
The ECU Chamber Singers won second place overall in the Grand Prix category at the International Tolosa Choral Contest in Spain and were invited to perform at the Winners Concert on November 3.
The singing Pirates won a silver medal in the folklore category and a bronze medal in the polyphony category. Both awards included a cash prize.
The Chamber Singers, the only choir representing the Americas, finished 1.4 percent behind the winning choir from Sweden. Other ensembles hailed from Germany, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Indonesia, Russia and Spain.
Conductor Andrew Crane sent an email to the Chamber Singers immediately following the triumph. “The goal was simply to perform to the best of our ability and we accomplished that goal in every respect. I will never forget that performance...with all of its beauty, excitement and emotion. You owned that night, and as such were the only winners selected from that entire concert.”
The invitation to compete followed Crane’s posting of a Chamber Singers video to YouTube last year. He noticed that Javier Busto, a prominent Spanish choral composer, made a comment.
“This was exciting for us, that someone so renown, and halfway around the world, would take the time to tell us he liked our video,” Crane said. “I didn’t think much of it after that.”
In November 2012, Crane received an email that led to an invitation to participate in the choral contest. In addition to competing on October 29, the Chamber Singers performed individual concerts at local venues in the greater Basque region.
Above: Conductor Crane on stage in Spain.
ECU Storybook Theatre cast members rehearse a scene in the upcoming production of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."
Rehearsals take place in the Messick Theatre Complex, but move on stage in Wright Auditorium this week. Performances are on Friday on campus, and Saturday at Marine Air Station Cherry Point.
The College of Fine Arts and Communication hosted a Homecoming Brunch for all alumni in the Jenkins Fine Art Building
Directors Linda Kean and Michael Drought, Dean Chris Buddo, Development Director Nancy Ball, and Mike Litwin, (BFA '01).
Digital Technology - Traditional Techniques
January 24 – February 22, 2014
Digital technology has revolutionized the way we live, work, play, and create.In today's world of increasing virtual reality, the textile artist has found a way to harness these new technologies while also remaining connected to the physical aspects of the craft.
The once defined lines between craft, art, and digital design have now blurred and blended together to become a part of the contemporary world of textile art.
Digital Technology – Traditional Techniques is an international juried exhibition that showcases the application of technology in the expandingfield of textiles while celebrating the traditional "hand" that remains the driving force of the textile artist.
Full Prospectus, Entry Form, and online payment site can be accessed via the ECU School of Art and Design Gray Gallery website:
ECU Offers Memorable Semester in Italy
Students from any major can participate in Italy Intensives, a year-round study abroad program located in the heart of Tuscany. Four options are available: fall, spring and two summer sessions. ECU professors provide instruction in the humanities, social sciences, Italian language, fine arts, studio arts, literature, English, exercise, music, theatre and more.
The program is headquartered in the medieval village of Certaldo Alto, and is enhanced by day and overnight trips to Rome, Venice, Cinque Terre and Florence.
Learn more at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/italy/index.cfm
Chili Sale Fires Up Ceramics Guild Budget
School of Communication professor Rebecca Dumlao peruses the wares at the School of Art and Design's chili bowl sale. The Ceramics Guild, which hosts the event, sells vegetarian, pumpkin, sausage and beef chili, as well as a plethora of hand-crafted vessels, to raise funds to support guest artists on campus.
Visiting Scholar Shares Expertise
Junior Nataliya Sandulyak poses with visiting scholar Gene Roberts at a reception on October 24 at the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge. Roberts, who won a Pulitzer for "The Race Beat," a book he co-authored, was the former national and managing editor of the New York Times and the executive editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer. While on campus, Roberts worked with Communication majors, served as keynote speaker at the School's annual High School Media Day, and mingled with the public. Sandulyak is studying journalism.
“Three Brooches,” by Massey “Summit #3a” by Cole
Fine Arts Alumnae Recognized Internationally
Two alumnae from the College of Fine Arts and Communication’s School of Art and Design will be included in an international competitive jewelry exhibition.
Schmuck, an exhibition with a 50-year tradition, is staged annually in March as a part of “Handwerk & Design,” a major trade fair held at Munich’s Internationale Handwerksmesse. Sharon Massey (MFA ’06) and Kat Cole (MFA ’12) were the only Americans, of 66 artists internationally, selected to participate. Schmuck, along with three other exhibitions featuring top-quality craftwork, skillful design and a high level of craftsmanship, form the core of the fair.
Massey reports that her “Street View Series” works are a response to the density of architecture in rust-belt cities like Pittsburg. “I am drawn to the crowded streets and alleyways, the rich patchwork of brick, paint, siding and architectural details that suggest layers of history and personal stories,” she says.
Cole finds meaning and connection through the observance and intimate awareness of the places she inhabits. “With each geographic change, I have become more attuned to the natural and man-made attributes that make each location unique,” she reports. “It is these characteristics: natural landscape, architecture, color palette and distinct regional culture that I channel into my work.”
“Handwerk & Design” is the jewelry sector’s premier exhibition.
Photos:Kat Cole’s “Summit #3a” brooch, crafted of steel, enamel and found materials. Sharon Massey’s “Three Brooches,” constructed of steel and paint.
Speech Communication Center Open for Business
Just as one seeks the writing center when in need of written communication support, the ECU community is now able to secure verbal communication support through the Speech Communication Center.
The Center, housed in the School of Communication, is the brainchild of professor Pam Hopkins, who envisioned the service four years ago. When space and funding became available last summer, a former radio broadcast laboratory housed in 205 Joyner East, was repurposed.
"We can help with the organization and delivery of speeches and group projects," Hopkins explains. "We're not just the speech place. We work to enhance all aspects of professional communication skills." She and her staff members—two graduate students funded thorough a BB&T Leadership Development grant—provide feedback to enhance effective communication.
The center has served more than 300 students to date this semester. Hopkins and her staff are networking across campus to make certain that professors know the resource is available. "We are serving students from all majors, not just Communication," Hopkins explains. "And we assist students who speak English as a second language."
The Center works with non-students as well, addressing anxiety issues, helping to sharpen delivery for presentations at conferences, and training staff members who move into positions that require public speaking as a part of their job duties.
"We know from a variety of studies that effective interpersonal communication is a key component in hiring and promotion decisions," says Linda Kean, Director of the School of Communication.
"Students come to school to get a job," explains Blake Caruso, a masters of communication degree candidate who staffs the Center. "Verbal communication is always among the top ten skills employers seek when hiring," he says. "We can add value."
Center staff members provide participants with feedback in organizing, researching, writing and delivering effective presentations.
Learn more or secure an appointment at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/comm/center/index.cfm
Contact the Speech Communication Center staff at email@example.com or 328-2790.
Left: Professor Pam Hopkins addresses ECU employees from Human Resources in a workshop concerning effective communication practices.
Mural Maker Morphs Metals' Markadakis
To visually explain each concentration offered in the School of Art and Design, Cinematic Arts and Media Production students under the tutelage of professor Michael Dermody are shooting short pieces to accompany the school's upcoming website relaunch. To represent the painting concentration, painting student Kathryn Ervin begins to morph metals student Rosie Markadakis into a portion of a large-scale mural for a filming session. The mural was also painted by Ervin.
Textile Guild Sale
Lori Ary (left) and Sydney Sogol (right), both MFA candidates in the School of Art and Design, staffed a Textiles Guild sale in the Sonic Plaza in October. The proceeds from student works and goodies will fund guest artist workshops throughout the year.
Multimedia Newsroom Recognized
Several students and the School of Communication's state-of-the-art multimedia newsroom were featured in a web package by ECU News Services.
The newsroom, launched as a teaching space last spring, features new computers, three studio cameras, a TriCaster, an audio board, an anchor desk and a green screen. The newsroom's virtual sets enable the anchoring desk backdrop to be transformed into a city skyline and other scenes. With the equipment, students are able to write and produce their own shows, creating an authentic news broadcast experience.
The newscasts created in the newsroom are available under "Pirate News Network" on YouTube. Read more.
Chamber Singers to Compete in Spain
Professor Andrew Crane posted concert videos of the ECU Chamber Singers on YouTube last year. He noticed that Javier Busto, a prominent Spanish choral composer, commented on one. "This was particularly exciting for us, that someone so renown, and halfway around the world, would take the time to tell us he liked our video," Crane said. "I didn't think much of it after that."
In November, Crane received an email that led to an invitation to participate in the Tolosa Choral Contest, an international choir competition held annually in Spain. Busto shared the Chamber Singers video with fellow jury members. All agreed that the choir was worthy of an invitation—as the only American choir in attendance.
The ECU Chamber Singers will perform at the competition on October 29 alongside other international choirs, but will also perform individual concerts at local venues in the greater Basque region.
The Chamber Singers preview the performance in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall on October 25 (7:30 p.m., free). Selections will be drawn from the two programs Crane has prepared, including Paul Hindemith's "Un Cygne," from Six Chansons, Eric Whitacre's Little Man in a Hurry, Daniel Elder's Ave Maria, Heinrich Schutz's Jauchzet dem Herrn (Psalm 100), a work by Basque composer Josu Elberdin: Cantate Domino, Leonard Bernstein's Selections from West Side Story, a choral arrangement of Sara Grove's pop song You Cannot Lose my Love and Mack Wilberg's arrangement of the folk tune Old Joe Clark.
High School Media Day features Former New York Times editor
Gene Roberts, who launched an enviable career in journalism working at his father's newspaper, serves as the keynote speaker during the School of Communication's annual High School Media Workshop on October 22.
Roberts served as a national and foreign correspondent, national editor and managing editor at the New York Times. His reporting staff at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he served as executive editor, won 17 Pulitzer Prizes. He also won a Pulitzer Prize for history with co-author Hank Kilbanoff for their book, "The Race Beat." The text considered press coverage in the Civil Rights era.
A reception in the newsman's honor will be held at the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge in Uptown Greenville on October 24. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Faculty Pair for Raleigh Exhibition
The Pullen Arts Center in Raleigh mounted “Prints and Paintings: The Works of Sue Luddeke and Michael Ehlbeck” during the month of September. Luddeke’s oil on canvas “Portrait of Brianna” appears at left.
Ceramics Exhibition Installed at Brody School of Medicine
Ceramic professors Jim Tisnado (background) and Seo Eo (in hat) were instrumental in installing a ceramics exhibition in the main lobby of the Brody School of Medicine. The new installation is the second major initiative to share art and design with the medical campus. School of Communication majors installed a giant cultural identification graphics presence last fall. An exhibition space for paintings is also in the works. Major Gifts Officer Nancy Ball initiated and stewarded the entire project.
Arts and Sciences Intersect through Bug Photos
Several insect images shot by Daniel Kariko (Photography) were selected for inclusion in the Royal Photographic Society’s “Science Images” touring exhibition, and were featured in an article in London’s Daily Mail. The images, crafted using a Scanning Electron Microscope, were made possible in part through a College of Fine Arts and Communication Research and Creative Activity grant. They are currently touring the U.K. through October.
Donor Gifts Rare Cello
Lucy Nicolaysen (pictured with Professor Emanuel Gruber, cello) donated her N.V. Vuillaume cello, dated 1844, to the School of Music. Her intent is that the School sell the instrument and use the proceeds to endow a scholarship.
Bass Professor Drafted into All-Star Orchestra
Professor Leonid Finkelshteyn (double bass) was selected to play in the All-Star Orchestra featured in eight hour long episodes on PBS stations around the country.
Internationally known orchestra conductor Gerard Schwarz hand-picked Finkelshteyn and 94 other top classical musicians from orchestras nationwide to form the All-Star Orchestra, who then recorded over four days in August 2012 at the Manhattan Center in New York City. Schwarz led the musicians in symphonic masterpieces and shorter contemporary works by American composers.
“It was the greatest orchestra I ever heard or conducted,” Schwarz said.
Finkelshteyn is principal bassist for the North Carolina Symphony and the Eastern Music Festival in addition to his role as ECU bass professor. He has toured with the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Hungarica. He appeared with the Leningrad Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Louis, Cincinnati and Dallas Symphonies as guest principal bassist.
UNC-TV is broadcasting the concerts on Sundays through November 10.
The latest REVUE, the College's Magazine, is out!
This edition also contains articles on college activities such as Iraqi exchange students, a message from the College's new dean, student and alumni news, faculty features and much more.
From Model to Monument: Sculptors Create Memorial
Thirty miles from campus in Greene County lies the site of Fort Nooherooka, the site of a bloody 1713 battle between colonists, aided by various Indian allies—and the members of the Tuscarora Nation.