ECU organization collects for local families in need
The Organization of African American Staff at ECU conducted its 4th annual toy drive in December to collect items for children of local families in need. The organization acquired of list of toys needed through the Pitt County Department of Social Services, and set out to collect the items. They acquired all items on the list and more. On Dec. 7, they delivered the collected toys and clothing to the Pitt County Social Services program manager. Read more...
ECU student raises funds for families of Newtown victims
ECU student Sarah Feinstein, daughter of a Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher who lost three students in the Dec. 14 school shooting, was quoted in a Huffington Post and a Massachusetts Republican article about "Santas for Sandy Hook." The group of former Newtown Public School students, including Feinstein, is raising money for families of those killed in the Newtown shooting. Read more. Read the article in Huffington Post. Read the Republican article.
ECU professor named NASSM fellow
Dr. Melanie Sartore-Baldwin, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at East Carolina University, was named a fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management Research. She is one of five scholars who received this honor at the 2012 NASSM conference in Seattle. The designation is one of distinction and encourages high standards of research and other forms of scholarship among NASSM's members. Read more...
Student scholarship highlighted in German program
East Carolina University junior Michael Veale of Charlotte was selected for an undergraduate scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service, marking the fourth year in a row that ECU’s German program has had a student selected for the scholarship. Veale, a double major in theatre arts and German, is spending the academic year as a student at the Freie Universitat in Berlin. Read more...
Joyner Library honors Bassman Award recipient
Joyner Library at ECU honored the winner of the 2012 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award during a ceremony Dec. 4. Greenville native Danielle N. Martin was recognized as the winner of the 2012 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award, which recognizes excellence in research and writing by students in East Carolina University’s Honors College. Martin is a senior in the Honors College, majoring in multidisciplinary studies with a concentration in neuroscience. Read more...
ECU Golf Club wins national championship
The East Carolina University Golf Club won the National Collegiate Club Golf Association Fall National Championship Nov. 18 at Sea Island Resort in Sea Island, Ga. The win marked the ECU club's third fall national championship in the past four years. ECU. Competition for the title included club sports team from universities such as Arizona, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Miami, NCSU, Ohio State, South Carolina, UNC, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Read more...
Annual holiday exhibition, sale set to begin Nov. 29
The School of Art and Design holiday exhibition and sale is scheduled to begin Nov. 29 and run through Dec. 1 at the Wellington B. Gray Gallery in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center on campus. The annual event draws holiday shoppers from ECU and surrounding communities for unique art gifts that include ceramics, metals, jewelry, textiles, paintings, prints, sculpture, photography and more. Read more...
Author, golf enthusiast to share “Chasing A Dream”
Motivational speaker D.J. Gregory will present “Chasing a Dream” at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms as part of the 2nd annual Ralph Steele Visiting Lecture Series. Gregory will also keynote the 16th annual ECU Adapted Recreation and Wellness Day, scheduled for Nov. 17, 1-4 p.m., at the Student Recreation Center on campus. Read more...
Bed race to benefit Alzheimer’s foundation
For one day, Greenville will be the bed-racing capital of North Carolina. The Johnny O Alzheimer’s and Dementia Awareness Foundation will hold an afternoon of mattress matchups Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clark-LeClair Stadium. In the bed race, teams of four push a wheeled bed with a “driver” on it over a 50-yard course. The Johnny O Foundation supplies the specially made beds. Read more...
ECU hosts week of Halloween events
A series of alcohol-free Halloween events are planned for ECU students. The Midnight Madness celebration at Mendenhall Student Center and Student Rec Center will include a dance, costume contest and a midnight breakfast, with events beginning at 9 p.m. Oct. 31. Scheduled activities leading up to Halloween include a murder mystery dinner and a pumpkin carving contest Oct. 30. Read more about Halloween events.
Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey to visit ECU
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey, the United States Poet Laureate, will visit ECU Oct. 25 as part of the university’s Contemporary Writers Series. ECU English associate professor John Hoppenthaler will lead a question and answer session with Trethewey at 1 p.m. at The Greenville Museum of Art; she will also give a public reading of her work at 8 p.m. in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall on campus. Read more...
Sportsmanship Award winner to speak at ECU
NCAA Sportsmanship Award winner Mallory Holtman will speak at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 in Wright Auditorium. Holtman achieved national recognition in 2008, during her senior softball season at Central Washington University. When opposing team member Sara Tucholsky hit a home run with two runners on base, she injured her knee running the bases. Holtman and teammate Liz Wallace carried Tucholsky around to each base to complete the homerun. Read more...
Parents of alumna lost to cancer to share her story
Parents of ECU alumna Kim Sibbach, who died in April 2011 from breast cancer, will speak as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month at 8 p.m. Oct. 15 in Hendrix Theatre on campus. Darryl and Vicki Nester will discuss cancer awareness, the importance of early detection and the fears associated with living with cancer. Kim Sibbach was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer in 2008 while attending ECU. Read more...
Prof to study depression, disease
ECU psychology professor Dr. Matthew Whited received a 5-year grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study connections between depression and cardiovascular disease. “People who are depressed are more likely to end up with cardiovascular disease, but we’re not sure why, and we’re not sure what to do about it,” Whited said. “I’m hoping to find out if treating depression can contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular disease." Read more...
Employees flock to flu shot clinic
East Carolina University held an employee flu vaccination clinic Sept. 27 at the Student Health Center on campus. Three types of shots were offered at the clinic: a high dose vaccine for patients over 65 years of age, an intramuscular vaccine containing no preservatives and an intradermal vaccine uses a much smaller needle for reduced muscle soreness. Read more...
Youth health program up for national honors
With election season in full swing, there's one more local candidate seeking votes. Only this candidate isn't a person; it's a program -- one aimed at helping reduce youth obesity. East Carolina University's MATCH program is one of more than 100 programs geared toward youth nationwide participating in the Childhood Obesity Challenge to identify the best ideas for helping young people reach and maintain a healthy weight. Read more....
Ballard, Rigsby tapped for UNC committee
ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard and geology professor Catherine Rigsby, chair of the UNC Faculty Assembly, were named to the UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions, which will provide input in the development of the next five-year strategic plan for the 17-campus university. UNC President Thomas Ross and UNC Board of Governors Chairman Peter Hans today announced the creation of the committee, which includes business, education and government leaders from across the state. Read more...
Recognized at international conference
ECU hospitality leadership professor Cynthia S. Deale and co-authors received the Best Paper of the Year award for their work in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism. The award was announced at the annual conference of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education Aug. 3 in Providence, R.I. The winning article addresses how the main stakeholders of hospitality management view the need for environmental sustainability in management education. Read more...
Wood carvings showcased in Laupus exhibit
The second in a series of art exhibits by East Carolina University health sciences faculty, staff and students will be on display Sept. 11-Nov. 6. Dr. Leonard G. Trujillo, associate professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy in the College of Allied Health Sciences, will showcase his collection of relief carvings, tools and chisels in “Artistry in Wood: Reflections of Past and Present, Preserved Forever” in the Laupus Library fourth floor gallery. Trujillo has been carving wood since early childhood. Read more...
Spice it up for millennials
Casual interactions spiced up with technology and brief entertainment are the best methods for engaging the millennial generation, an East Carolina University researcher said. ECU hospitality management professor George Fenich has completed a study of the up-and-coming generation of millennials – a classification of tech-savvy individuals born between 1980 and 1999. Fenich studied the communication preferences, traits, accepted practices and norms of more than 2,000 study participants aged 18 to 30. Read more...
Pirate C.A.V.E. enhances learning
ECU students taking college algebra this fall will encounter a redesigned Math 1065 course that will send them underground for additional instruction. Math 1065 students will attend one weekly 50-minute class sesson in a new learning lab called the Pirate C.A.V.E. (College Algebra Virtual Environment), located in the basement of Joyner Library. The curriculum change is modeled after a Louisiana State University program that has proven successful in decreating D and F grades, while increasing passing rates and retention, said Cathy Wilkerson, ECU mathematics instructor and lab director. Read more...
Endowment gift for Joyner Library
East Carolina University’s Joyner Library recognized a gift from the creator of “The Mini Page” during an event July 11. The gift of $100,000 to the Betty Debnam Hunt and Richard M. Hunt Endowment will be used in the library’s Teaching Resources Center. Faculty, family, and other guests gathered to dedicate the Betty Debnam Hunt Instructional Technology Classroom. Betty Debnam Hunt, who created “The Mini Page” in 1969, was on hand for the dedication; her husband Richard M. Hunt is deceased. Read more...
Eight selected for BRIDGES 2012
ECU political science professor Alethia Cook (pictured) is one of eight ECU women selected for 2012 BRIDGES, an academic leadership program for women. Also selected were Rebecca Dumlao, School of Communication; Hsiao Ling Lai, Department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics; Amy McMillan, Department of Physical Therapy; Tendai Ndabvonga, College of Business; Laura Prividera, School of Communication; Teresa Tripp, Laupus Library; and Marieke Van Willigen, Department of Sociology. Read more...
Guitar Festival to feature concerts, workshop
The 17th annual ECU Summer Guitar Festival and Workshop will be held July 14 – 17 in the A.J. Fletcher Music Building, headlined by internationally known classical guitarist Jason Vieaux. Preview performances by ECU guitar professor and festival director Elliot Frank are available on ECU-TV Suddenlink channel 99. Featured artists also include Frank, Jeffrey McFadden and Andrew Zohn, the Akerman Teixeira Duo, Stephen Aron and 2011 festival competition winner Mark Edwards. Read more... View video interviews on ECU-TV. (Select ECU TV On Demand.)
To moderate "Mad Men" panel in NYC
ECU marketing professor Tracy Tuten was invited to moderate, “Meet Mad Men 2012,” a panel of social media and advertising experts at the New York Public Library, July 17. Tuten is author of “Advertisers at Work,” (http://www.apress.com/9781430238287) released in May 2012 and “Advertising 2.0: Social Media Marketing in a Web 2.0 World.” In her recent book, Tuten shared insights from her interviews with 18 top advertisers. In New York, she will speak with three other guests on the panel who will share favorite advertising stories and discuss the change in advertising in recent years. Read more...
ECU chapter for women engineers recognized
After three years of operating unofficially, East Carolina University’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers has been recognized by the national organization. The society was created to support women in engineering and recruit women into ECU’s program, which opened to students in 2004 and was established as a department one year later. “It’s such a male-dominated field that it’s hard to get the women to come (to engineering),” said Karen De Urquidi, coordinator for advising and retention in the Department of Engineering... Read more...
Ricker elected to national board
ECU graduate student Melissa Ricker has been elected to the 2012-2013 board of directors of the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Ricker, of Goldsboro, is the first student from ECU and North Carolina to represent the Southeast region and its 38 schools. Ten students are elected annually as the governing body for physician assistant students enrolled at more than 160 colleges and universities nationwide. Read more...
Lipid research leads to award
Dr. S. Raza Shaikh, a biochemist at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, was recognized recently for his research involving omega-3 fatty acids and the body’s immune system. Shaikh, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received the Early Career Award on May 28 at the biennial congress of the International Society for Fatty Acids and Lipids. Read more...
Cardiac surgery earns top rating
The East Carolina Heart Institute received the highest quality rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The STS database is the national report card that compares the quality of cardiac surgery programs across the country. Historically, only 10 percent of hospitals receive the three-star rating. In the analysis of data from Jan. 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, the cardiac surgery performance at the heart institute rose to the highest quality tier. Read more...
To study Jamaican farming resilience
ECU geography professors Jeff Popke (pictured) and Scott Curtis received three-year funding of $275,000 for their project, “Vulnerability and Resilience Among Small Farmers in Jamaica: An Assessment of Climate Change, Economic Stress, and the Role of Water Management.” Curtis and Popke will study southwestern Jamaica to identify the vulnerability and resilience of small scale Caribbean farming in the face of climate change and economic transformation. Read more...
Surgeon studying bioengineered veins
Physicians at East Carolina University and Yale University are working together to engineer blood vessels that could be used in coronary artery bypass surgery. Dr. Alan P. Kypson of ECU and Dr. Laura Niklason of Yale are working to expand previous research they have done on tissue-engineered blood vessels. Their research is funded by a four-year, $2.34 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Read more...
Two named top sleep physicians
ECU physicians Drs. Sunil Sharma (pictured) and Ronald Perkin have been named two of the top physicians in the country for treating sleep disorders. Sharma is an assistant professor of medicine at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and director of the ECU Sleep Disorders Center. Perkin is chair of the Department of Pediatrics and co-director of the Vidant Children's Hospital. Read more...
ECU joins national inventors academy
ECU has been named a charter member of the National Academy of Inventors. The academy, founded at the University of South Florida in 2010, recognizes investigators who translate their research findings into inventions that may benefit society. The group aims to “push forward this idea of invention and innovation and translating our research to new products and new ideas for our communities,” said Paul Sanberg, president of the academy. Read more...
Students inspired to save $100,000
ECU College of Business professor Mark Weitzel, pictured, with colleagues Bill Pratt and Len Rhodes challenged students in personal finance classes to save money through changes in spending behaviors. Together the 500 students saved more than $130,000. Students were asked to submit any changes in their behavior that resulted in spending less and saving more ̶ even securing a paid internship or part-time job counted. Read more….
Nursing supports national campaign
ECU’s College of Nursing has joined a national campaign in support of active and returning military members, veterans and their families. Through Joining Forces, an initiative led by the White House and First Lady Michelle Obama, ECU nursing will raise awareness and educate students about the health and social needs of service members and their families. Many are returning home with post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Read more...
McRae to address spring graduates
An East Carolina University graduate who has committed more than 35 years to improving healthcare in eastern North Carolina will deliver the keynote address at the university’s spring commencement. Vidant Health Chief Executive Officer Dave McRae will speak May 4 during the ceremony, which begins with a processional at 9 a.m. in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Close to 3,800 students are expected to graduate, including 73 from the Brody School of Medicine. Read more...
ECU honors Holocaust victims
The Volunteer and Service-Learning Center at ECU hosted the 9th annual Holocaust Awareness Day April 17 on the campus mall. The event was held as part of national Days of Remembrance established by the U.S. Congress. Faculty, staff, student and community volunteers read the names of Holocaust victims and luminaries were lit to honor the victims. Fifty-four volunteers participated in reading names and other activities during the Holocaust Awareness event. Read more...
Time to relax, go barefoot on the mall
The 33rd Barefoot on the Mall will be held April 19 from 2 to 8 p.m. Established in 1979, the event offers an opportunity for students to enjoy a day of live music, prizes, crafts, vendors and novelty entertainment. As the name implies, the event was designed as a festival that students could attend relaxed and barefoot. Musical guests will include New Boyz, Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic, Thick as Thieves and Ethnographers. Read more…
Remembering Holocaust victims
The ECU Volunteer and Service-Learning Center is hosting the 9th annual Holocaust Awareness Day from 7 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. April 17 on the campus mall. The event is held as part of national Days of Remembrance established by the U.S. Congress. Faculty, staff, student and community volunteers are needed to read the names of Holocaust victims. Luminaries will be lit to honor the victims. Read more...
Students to select memorial sculpture
ECU students are urged to vote by April 30 for one of three sculptures that will stand as the centerpiece of a new memorial garden honoring students who have died during the semester. The ECU Student Memorial Garden is located between the Erwin Building and Ledonia Wright Cultural Center. The selected sculpture will be cast nine feet high and placed in the garden after students have identified their preference through One Stop voting. Read more...
Remembering coach, champion Mark Lenzi
Olympic gold medalist and former East Carolina University diving coach Mark Lenzi died April 9 in Greenville. He was 43. Lenzi’s alma mater, Indiana University, made the announcement. Lenzi represented the U.S. at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, where he won the gold medal on the 3-meter springboard. After a brief retirement, Lenzi returned to the sport in 1995 and qualified for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics on the 3-meter springboard, where he earned a bronze medal. Read more...
PPC forums on tap for this week
The ECU Program Prioritization Committee is holding campus forums from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, April 9 - 12, at Mendenhall Student Center to solicit feedback on potential scenarios for reorganization. The committee will present a final recommendation to the Chancellor by April 30. Download discussion of scenarios. Read about potential cost savings, released March 30. View more details and forum schedule.
Easter fun at ECU
Face-painting, games and hidden Easter eggs were among the prizes awaiting children who attended an Easter Egg Hunt at the East Carolina University mall April 1. The event was the 11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored byPhi Sigma Pi fraternity. Children of all ages were invited to enjoy fun and games beginning at noon, followed by the Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. View slideshow from the event.
Shroud of Turin expert to speak
Shroud of Turin expert Russ Breault will speak at ECU at 8 p.m. April 11 in Hendrix Theatre.
Breault will present The Shroud Encounter, a CSI-style, multi-media presentation that will examine the mysteries, science and controversy surrounding the world’s most analyzed artifact. Breault has been researching and lecturing on the shroud for 25 years. He has been featured in several national documentaries including “Mysteries of the Ancient World” on CBS and on the Discovery Channel, Learning Channel and National Geographic. Read more...
Head shaves to benefit cancer research
At least eight people have signed up for a head shave to raise funds that support children with cancer, at the St. Baldricks Foundation event set for 2 p.m. March 31 at the Brody School of Medicine. Volunteers may also donate or serve on a fundraising team. Former ECU football player Spencer Hampton, diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma, is among the honorees at the event. Read more...
Heavy debt found with college grads
ECU social work professor Dr. Intae Yoon found high levels of debt among college graduates in research published in the Journal of Social Work Education. In a study titled “Debt Burdens among MSW Graduates: A National Cross-Sectional Study,” Yoon examined the debt load of master of social work graduate students. One quarter of respondents said they owe at least $40,000 in educational loans, he said, and 30 percent had borrowed at least $30,000 of their total college expenses. Read more...
Edible Books event debuts at Joyner
The inaugural Joyner Library Edible Books Festival at ECU will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. March 31 in the library's second floor gallery area. The event celebrates books, food and the people who love them. Registered participants are asked to create and bring a piece of edible art related to a book. The edible art may pun on a book's title, resemble a book or refer to a scene or chapter. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Register by March 26. Read more…
Spring Fest opens Recreational Complex
ECU will open the 2012 season at the North Recreational Complex with celebration of Spring Fest from 3 to 6 p.m. March 15 at the complex. Free food, live music, games, activities, prizes and a No Quarter Olympics will be part of the celebration. First round NCAA college basketball tournament games will be shown in the boathouse. Participants must be ECU students, faculty or staff. ECU Transit will provide transportation from College Hill and Mendenhal Student Center. Read more….
New Music Festival set for March 14-18
The ECU Symphony Orchestra will perform March 17 as part of the 12th Annual New Music Festival at ECU. The festival runs March 14 -18, featuring music by contemporary composers. The New Music Festival brings new musical ideas into the classroom, performance spaces and the community. This year’s event brings together composers from ECU and throughout the world to have compositions performed by acclaimed guest artists and hundreds of School of Music students. Read more about the festival.
Ringing the NASDAQ bell
ECU dietetic internship program director Sylvia Escott-Stump rang the NASDAQ stock market opening bell March 2, in her role as president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Download a video from the event. See more images. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Contact Escott-Stump.
Undergraduate art on display in March
The ECU School of Art and Design Undergraduate Exhibition is scheduled for March 1 – 31 at the Wellington B. Gray Gallery on campus. The exhibition will include works selected from more than 600 undergraduate submissions, with an awards ceremony scheduled for 5 p.m. March 1 in Speight Auditorium, Jenkins Fine Arts Building. Awards judge, artist and curator Crista Cammaroto will speak about her work at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 29 in Speight Auditorium. Read more...
Annual 'Tribute to Motown' set for Feb. 25
The ECU School of Music Jazz Studies Program will present its annual Tribute to Motown at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 in Wright Auditorium. Part of Black History Month activities on campus, the concert celebrates African-Americans' contribution to the music world. ECU music professor Carroll V. Dashiell Jr. is music director. Read more…
ECU women are new BRIDGES grads
Seven East Carolina University women graduated in December from BRIDGES XIX, an intensive academic leadership and professional development program for university women. Over the course of four weekends in Chapel Hill, N.C., participants hone their leadership and communication skills while developing a stronger understand of the academy. Read more…
ECU grad student debuts new journal
ECU creative writing graduate student Michael Kent Brantley has published the first issue of an online fiction journal entitled "What the Fiction." The journal is available at www.whatthefiction.com. ECU creative writing professor Dean Tuck serves as associate editor for the journal, which was inspired by a creative writing class at ECU. Read more...
ECU helps to 'Give Kids a Smile'
ECU dental students and faculty members participated in the 10th annual Give Kids a Smile Day Feb. 3. Organized by the East Central Dental Society and the Pitt County Health Department, the event provides free dental care for children aged 6 - 12 with no dental insurance and no dentist of record. Approximately 127 children were scheduled for dental visits. Read more...
Diversity taught through music
ECU anthropology professor Dr. Luci Fernandes is using music to teach diversity through a collaborative project between ECU students and students in partner countries. Read more.
ECU talent displayed at Laupus Library
'Art As Avocation,' a new series of exhibits showcasing the artistic talents of faculty, staff and students from the ECU Division of Health Sciences, kicks off Jan. 31 at Laupus Library. College of Nursing Professor Emeritus Lou Everett is the featured artist for the inaugural event. New artists will be introduced every six to eight weeks. Everett's exhibition will expand upon her work created for Nursing's 50th anniversary, including watercolor impressions of the Division of Health Sciences, ECU and eastern North Carolina. Read more about the exhibit...
Pirates prepare for Polar Bear Plunge
The 16th annual Polar Bear Plunge is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at the ECU Student Recreation Center. All ECU students, faculty and staff are invited to jump into the icy waters of the outdoor pool. The first 1,000 jumpers will receive a free event t-shirt. Students are also entered into a drawing for prizes including the grand prize, a 3-foot stuffed Polar Bear donated by Coca-Cola. Read more and see video from last year's event.
ECU events honor Martin Luther King Jr.
A Jan. 17 presentation by civic leader, commentator and scholar Dr. Julianne Malveaux, president of the Bennett College for Women, is among the events planned for ECU's commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Also planned is the annual MLK Day of Service on Jan. 16, at which time the ECU Volunteer and Service-Learning Center invites volunteers to honor King through community service. Read more….
ECU resource for group meal preparation
East Carolina University family medicine professor Dr. Kathryn Kolasa, along with ECU graduate students Rachel Ward and Jill Jennings, developed a 37-page guidebook on food safety and nutrition for group meal preparation. The Helping Hands resource was developed in response to requests from local agencies, as a guide for volunteers who help provide meals for soup kitchens, homeless shelters, cancer lodges and other facilities. Read more...