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Faculty Convocation to Open Academic Year

The 2005-06 academic year will officially get under way with the annual faculty convocation at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22, in Wright Auditorium.

The event,  open to all ECU faculty members, is traditionally the largest faculty gathering of the year.

Catherine Rigsby (Geology), chair of the faculty, will preside, and speakers will include Chancellor Steve Ballard, Provost and Vice Chancellor James LeRoy Smith, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Michael J. Lewis and Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies Deirdre Mageean.

Mageean began her duties last month, coming to ECU from the University of Maine.

The faculty also will consider approval of revisions to Appendix A of the Faculty Manual. The revisions, available online at, deal with topics including the organization of code units and the election of Faculty Senate members.

Faculty meetings of various colleges, schools and departments are scheduled for Aug. 22 and 23, and fall semester classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Residence halls begin opening for students on Aug. 18, and the first home football game of the season is against Duke at 1 p.m., Sept. 3 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

This page originally appeared in the July 15, 2005 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at