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Honors students are provided opportunities and skills to succeed as both a student and professional. Many of these opportunities come from outside of the classroom.  Students are required to live in Garrett Hall for one year, among the university’s brightest students. Students can also participate in a number of Honors-sponsored volunteer activities, Living-Learning trips or events.  Honors students are also encouraged to serve the community outside of the opportunities afforded by the Honors College.  One major initiative of the Honors College is the leadership lecture series.  Details associated with upcoming events associated with the leadership lecture series can be found below.

Honors College Leadership Lecture Series

Ruffin McNeill

Wednesday, February 12th
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Bate 1031

Ruffin McNeill is the head football coach for our East Carolina Pirates.  Before being named head coach, McNeill served the Texas Tech Red Raiders as an interim head coach, assistant head coach, special teams coordinator, and linebacker’s coach.  McNeill was a defensive back for the ECU Pirates for four years under head coach Pat Dye.  He served as a team captain for two years.  In his first year McNeill helped ECU to the 1976 Southern Conference Championship and a berth to the Independence Bowl two years later.  He graduated in 1980, then choosing to continue his education at Clemson where he earned his master's degree in counseling.  McNeill now totals coaching 23 seasons at the college level, including time at Appalachian State, Clemson, Austin Peay State, North Alabama, UNLV, Fresno State, Texas Tech, and now his alma mater ECU.  

Don't forget to RSVP before February 5th!  

Robin Emmons 

Wednesday, March 5th
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Mamie Jenkins Conference Room  

After spending 20 years in corporate America, a force tugged inside Robin Emmons to leave her job in the financial services industry for an unplanned journey. One week after quitting, Emmons helped her brother find residence in a mental health facility; however, while being treated he became unhealthy due to the consumption of canned and sugary foods. Robin, a gardener, donated produce to the facility and her brother’s physical health improved dramatically.  It was here, in 2008, where Emmons found her passion – using food as a vehicle to promote social justice on important issues such as food access in marginalized communities. The advocate, activist, humanitarian, gardener and now, farmer, dug up her entire backyard and sowed the seeds for the nonprofit, Sow Much Good. She dedicated herself to eliminating systemic barriers in the food system that disproportionately affects the working poor and underserved populations.  

Since the launch of Sow Much Good, the activist has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about inequities in the food system that eliminate the basic human right of a significant number of people to access clean, healthy food through workshops, farm stands and speaking opportunities.  The farmer is an alumna of the McColl Center for Visual Art’s Innovation Institute, a William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations (2011 – 2013 Class) and a graduate of UNC Charlotte with a degree in Political Science. She has been featured in the local and national media for the organization’s work to alleviate nutritional starvation in low-income communities through gardening.  Emmons is a native Bostonian and a NC transplant of 20 years who resides in Huntersville, NC with her husband.  

Don't forget to RSVP before February 26th!  

John Fletcher 

Wednesday, March 26th
7:00-8:00 PM
Mamie Jenkins Conference Room 

Dr. John T. Fletcher is the Associate Provost for Enrollment Services here at ECU.  He provides leadership to ECU for the development of effective and efficient recruitment and retention programs for the university.  He has a total of 30 years of experience in higher education. Outside of the university, Dr. Fletcher enjoys mountaineering.  On May 26th, 2009 he reached the summit of Mt. Mckinley, North America’s highest mountain.  His many other adventures span across Mexico and Ecuador. 

Don’t forget to RSVP before March 19th!  The first five students to RSVP will be given the opportunity to have dinner with Dr. Fletcher at 6:00 PM.  

Bland Simpson 

Thursday, April 10th
7:00-8:00 PM
Mamie Jenkins Conference Room 

Bland Simpson is an author and pianist from NC.  He grew up in Elizabeth City and has written six books.  Simpson has become an authority on Eastern North Carolina mysteries, geography, and culture.  He is a professor of English and Creative Writing at UNC since 1982.  Not only is he a professor, but he also is a long time pianist for The Red Clay Ramblers, a Tony Award winning string band.  He has toured in North America, Europe, and North Africa.  Simpson has contributed to many musicals and ballets over the years. 

Don’t forget to RSVP before April 9th! 

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