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Symposium Highlights UNC Tomorrow Report

By Peggy Novotny

More than 400 alumni, friends, faculty, and students of ECU’s College of Human Ecology attended the college’s Centennial Legacy of Leadership Symposium and Awards Dinner Feb. 6.


The symposium brought together faculty, Legacy Leaders (100 alumni and friends), and 100 outstanding student leaders to explore solutions to challenges facing human ecology fields in the 21st century and identify qualities necessary for leadership.

At the heart of the symposium was the discussion of the UNC Tomorrow Commission Report, the document that will drive the mission and resources of the UNC system for years to come. A panel of faculty and alumni representing all of the college’s departments and schools addressed the report’s findings and discussed the implications for each area. Faculty members led round-table discussions on how the college might further align with the report’s findings.
Norma Houston, executive director of the UNC Tomorrow Initiative, delivered the keynote address, saying that ECU is held up as a model throughout the UNC system for being in touch with and serving the people of North Carolina.

Houston also said, “Considering the difficult times we face in the state and the country, now is not the time for apprehension or passive observation. We each have the obligation to exercise leadership within our realm.”

Chancellor Steve Ballard addressed the large crowd at the Hilton Greenville, stating that ECU is committed to building a culture of leadership that will give students an advantage in their chosen careers. 

Dean Judy Siguaw presented Legacy Leaders with centennial medallions and praised the leaders for outstanding work in their fields. She invited Legacy Leaders to become mentors to students who are preparing for the demands of leadership in the 21st century. Siguaw announced that a mentoring initiative would become part of the leadership course offered by the college.

This page originally appeared in the March 20, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at