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Paul Cyr, a chef with Aramark/ECU Catering, carefully places purple and gold iced cupcakes around an ECU birthday cake during the March 26 birthday party for ECU students, held to celebrate the university’s founding. (Photo by Joy Holster)

ECU Celebrates Centennial

By Jeannine Manning Hutson

The East Carolina spirit arrived at Wright Auditorium March 27 in song, speech and award. In honor of the campus’s centennial celebration, more than 100 faculty, staff, and students were recognized for their service to campus and to the region it serves.

Leading the daylong festivities was Robert J. Greczyn, Jr., chair of the ECU Board of Trustees, and a 1973 alumnus, who noted that, even with the growth of campus and the development of the medical school, dental school and engineering programs, that the spirit ECU remains as he remembered it when he entered the freshman class 39 years ago.

“We make such an incredible difference in the lives of people in Eastern North Carolina, across the state, and across the country,” he said. “We have been driven by the spirit or Robert Wright, and driven by the spirit of Leo Jenkins, and now we are being driven by the very real spirit of Dr. Ballard and his team.”

Those who embody the university’s spirit were also honored at the convocation.

There were 57 faculty and staff members inducted into the Servire Society – which recognizes those who have performed 100 or more hours of volunteer service. The university’s Centennial Awards for Excellence received more than 100 nominations, with winners in four categories: leadership, service, spirit and ambition.

This year’s recipients are as follows:

• Service: Dr. Kathy Kolasa (Brody School of Medicine); Joanne Kollar (University Publications); Dr. Don Ensley (College of Allied Health Sciences).

• Leadership: Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood (Brody School of Medicine and East Carolina Heart Institute); Martin Jackson (Information Technology and Computing Services); Dr. Margie Gallagher (College of Human Ecology).

• Ambition: Members of Gardeners for Hope, the Joan Balch Breast Cancer Fund. Members are Debra Crotts (University Marketing), Ed Crotts (College of Health and Human Performance), Anita Proctor (Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center), Carolyn Willis and Anna Dougherty (Joyner Library).

• Spirit: Ricky Hill (Facilities Services); Dr. Jim Westmoreland (College of Business).

The convocation closed with the singing of the alma mater, led by the ECU Chorale under the direction of Jeffrey Ward.

The day of celebration continued with the unveiling of the Greenville Quilters Guild’s “A Page of History” quilt, which they have donated to J.Y. Joyner Library to mark the university’s centennial.

More than two years and thousands of “woman hours” went into creating the quilt, said Barbara Murphy, president of the guild.

The 22 members of the guild involved in the project began with the idea of representing several campus buildings and then began recreating the landmarks in fabric.

In the end, they used a scrapbook page representation to highlight 21 buildings plus the stone entryways facing Fifth Street.

The university also held a ribbon-cutting for the reopening of the Carol G. Belk Building on Charles Boulevard, the new home for the College of Health and Human Performance. The $9 million project added 50,000 square feet of classroom, research, and service space to the building, and will help to further the college’s work in medical innovations, recreational therapy, and sports science.

“With its research, and its service projects, this is the epitome of a college doing all it can to make a difference in eastern North Carolina,” Ballard said.

Erica Plouffe Lazure contributed to this report.

Robert J. Greczyn Jr., chair of the ECU Board of Trustees and ECU alumnus delivers the Centennial address on spirit during the Centennial convocation March 27 at Wright Auditorium. With Greczyn on stage are (from left) ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard, Education professor Patricia Anderson, Assistant to the Provost Austin Bunch and Associate Vice Chancellor Linner Ward Griffin. Bunch and Anderson were co-chairs of the Centennial Task Force. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)
Patricia Anderson, co-chair of the Centennial Task Force, presents a 2008 Centennial Award for Excellence to JoAnn Kollar (right), Publications director.
Centennial activities included a ribbon-cutting for the newly renovated Belk Building, new home for the College of Health and Human Performance. Participating in the festivities are Bill Cain, assistant to the HHP dean; Joe Fridgen, chair, Recreation and Leisure Studies; Peter Farrell, chair of Exercise and Sports Science; SGA President Keri Brockett; ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard; HHP Dean Glen Gilbert; N.C. representatives Marian McLawhorn and Edith Warren; Greenville Mayor and retired faculty member Pat Dunn; Sharon Knight, associate dean, Health Education and Promotion; Susan McGhee, associate dean, Recreation and Leisure Studies; and David White, chair of Health Education and Promotion.
Some participants in the Centennial celebration on the mall gathered as keepsakes Pirate treasures including purple and gold beads and centennial “gold coins” used to decorate the tables. Another table was set up to distribute pins from earlier years’ Founders Day celebrations.
The Greenville Quilters Guild unveiled “A Page of History” quilt, featuring scenes from East Carolina University, which they donated to Joyner Library. The 22 members of the Guild spent more than two years working on the quilt to commemorate the university’s centennial.
Above, following convocation, ECU faculty and staff enjoyed an appetizing spread of fried chicken and barbecue during Lunch on the Mall. Pictured below, Assistant Vice Chancellor Rita Gonsalves presents an award for induction into the Servire Society to Lola Thompson, administrative support associate in the office of Academic Affairs.
A light breeze and temperatures soaring into the mid-70s on March 27 allowed ECU faculty, staff and friends of the university to linger comfortably over a pleasant meal on the mall in celebration of ECU’s centennial.
ECU Chef Felix Fernandez demonstrates his skills at ice carving during the ECU birthday party held March 26 in celebration of the centennial.
2008 Servire Society Faculty, Staff Inductees
Abeyounis, Greg
Angolia, Mark
Bassman, Michael F.
Batie, David L.
Bland, Sharon M.
Bolin, Jr. Paul
Brown, Michael B.
Cannon, Jacqueline W.
Christian, Cal
Copeland, Susan
Darby, F. Leonard
Dawson, III, William H.
Doughtie, Penney
Edwards, William
Etheridge, R. LeAnn
Gallagher, Margie L.
Griffin, Kathryn M.
Harer, John B.
Harris, Nancy G.
Hodges, Amanda R.
Hodgson, Jennifer L.
Kollar, Joanne M.
L’Esperance, Mark
Lucier, Aaron F.
Manner, Jane C.
Mansfield, Christopher J.
Marshall, Jeffrey C.
McAtee, James F.
McGinty, Kaye
Meredith, John T.
Mize, Nancy J.
Morton, Danny L.
Mott, Vivian W.
Pantelidis, Amanda
Parker, Karen R.
Peery, Annette I.
Ray, Nancy S.
Reeder, Timothy
Rushing, Chris
Sessoms, Sr. Ronald H.
Shipley, Amy J.
Smiley, Riddick
Stallings, Chris
Stewart, Natalie
Thompson, Lola
Twark, Jill E.
Vail-Smith, Karen
Warren, Sandra
Wells, Scott S.
Wheeler, Bryan E.
Williams, Tina
Wynne, Wanda L.


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