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Notes from the Dean

Mar 12

THCAS Undergraduate Education Initiatives

The Department of Geological Sciences changed the order in which two required major courses are taught in an effort to provide better preparation for their required capstone, a six-week field course in Colorado, N.M.

Spring 2013 Magnetic Easat

The Spring 2013 issue of Magnetic East, the college's electronic faculty and staff newsletter, is now available. To read the current issue, go to Previous issues of Magnetic East are available at

Final Voyages of Discovery Lecture

Please plan to attend the final lecture in the 2012-13 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series, the joint Thomas Harriot/Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History, cosponsored by the Department of History. Dr. Daniel K. Richter of the University of Pennsylvania will discuss, "The Tuscarora War: Trade, Land, and Power," at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in Hendrix Theatre, Mendenhall Student Center. For additional information, visit

Nooherooka 300

In conjunction with the final Voyages lecture, Dr. Larry Tise, Wilbur and Orville Wright Distinguished Professor of History, has coordinated a three-day commemoration of the tragic battle at Fort Nooherooka that occurred March 21-23, 1713, ending the three-year Tuscarora War. The commemoration, "Nooherooka 300," is a collaborative venture between ECU and the sovereign Tuscarora Nation now located in New York. For additional information and complete details of the events occurring March 21-23, 2013, visit 

German Studies Program

Congratulations to the German Studies Program in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures. This past December 2012, they established a fund to be used for support of students and events in the German program, and to date, it has received $7,000 in contributions.  

Dr. Randall E. Parker

Congratulations to Dr. Randall E. Parker, professor of economics, who recently received notification that he has been selected to serve as an economic advisor to the Vidant Medical Center Foundation Planned Giving Advisory Council. Members of the Advisory Council serve as advocates in the community, educating individuals about Vidant Medical Center accomplishments, programs, and priorities.

March 5th

THCAS Undergraduate Education Initiatives

The Department of Geography has developed new advising "roadmaps" to the major, which makes it easier for students to follow and complete timely graduation.

Wright Auditorium for the Voyages of Discovery Jarvis Lecture on Christianity and Culture

Join us tonight, March 5, at 7 p.m. in Wright Auditorium for the Voyages of Discovery Jarvis Lecture on Christianity and Culture. Dr. Amy-Jill Levine will discuss, "Strange Bedfellows: The Bible, American Politics, and Homosexuality." Complimentary tickets for the Jarvis Lecture are available to all attendees by calling the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788. For additional information, visit

Talton Leadership Award Nominations

A call for nominations has been extended for the 2013 Talton Leadership Award. The Talton Leadership Award was created to honor the servant leadership of the late James R. Talton Jr. ('65). A servant leader is someone who serves others in his/her work through collaboration, empathy, trust, and the ethical use of authority. Nomination forms at, a letter of nomination, and optional letter(s) of support for the award must be sent via email to Philip Rogers, chief of staff to the Chancellor, at by Friday, March 8. 

Summester at the Coast

"Summester at the Coast," hosted by the UNC Coastal Studies Institute will be held May 15 – June 11 on the Outer Banks. The summer, semester program will expose 40 students to coastal living and enable them to learn disciplinary fundamentals by residing and studying on the Outer Banks. The courses will be designed at the freshman/sophomore level with no prerequisites. For information on how to apply to the program, visit For questions, contact J.P. Walsh, ECU associate professor of geological sciences and the Institute for Coastal Science and Policy, at 252-328-5431, or via email at

Spring Career Fair

The ECU Career Center will host its Spring Career Fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., March 20, in Minges Coliseum. Students of all levels, as well as alumni, are invited to attend. For full details on employers registered to attend, and information about the Career Fair Success Workshops being offered to students, visit, or contact THCAS Career Counselor Liaison Jessie Langley at 252-328-6050, or via email at

February 26

Undergraduate Education Initiatives

THCAS Undergraduate Education Initiatives – The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures has implemented a number of initiatives to improve undergraduate education. The department has removed the senior thesis requirement from the course of study for Classical Studies majors and minors, and replaced it with seminars. The thesis requirement was an impediment to graduation and required independent research for which students were unprepared.


An information session for the BRIDGES program will be held Thursday, February 28, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Speight 154. BRIDGES is an intensive professional development program for women in higher education who seek to gain or strengthen their academic leadership capabilities. It is designed to help women faculty, staff, and administrators identify, understand, and move into leadership roles in the academy. For more information, contact Dr. Holly M. Hapke, associate dean for faculty development and distance education, at 252-737-1751, or

Spring 2013 FaculTea

Join us from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Thursday, February 28, for the Spring 2013 FaculTea, sponsored by the THCAS and Joyner Library. Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. Ken Ferguson will discuss "The Man and the Seagull," in Joyner Library, Conference Room 2409. Tea and cookies will be provided.

Going Global

* The ECU Career Center, in partnership with the Office of International Affairs, will present "Going Global," at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, in room 244 of the Mendenhall Student Center. Going Global is an information session for students interested in study abroad programs and resources that identify internships and job opportunities around the world. Also, from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, February 28, in 226 Rivers, students are invited to attend an on campus presentation by Disney for their internship program. For additional information, contact THCAS Career Counselor Liaison Jessie Langley at 252-328-6050, or via email at

Voyages of Discovery Jarvis Lecture on Christianity & Culture

* Save the date for the next Voyages of Discovery Lecture, the Jarvis Lecture on Christianity and Culture. Dr. Amy-Jill Levine will discuss, "Strange Bedfellows: The Bible, American Politics, and Homosexuality," at 7 p.m. March 5 in Wright Auditorium. Complimentary tickets for the Jarvis Lecture are available to all attendees by calling the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788. For additional information, visit  

February 19

THCAS Undergraduate Initiatives

THCAS Undergraduate Education Initiatives – The Department of English has implemented a number of initiatives to improve undergraduate education. The department has created a new, one-hour course titled "English Professional Seminar." The course, which began in Fall 2012 and will be offered each fall, allows seniors to reflect on their learning in the English major and at ECU, explore career and graduate school possibilities, and prepare professional materials, including resumes, cover letters, and application essays. 

2013 Centennial Awards for Excellence

A call for nominations has been sent for the 2013 Centennial Awards for Excellence. The Centennial Awards for Excellence represent the highest awards given to ECU faculty and staff for excellence in each of the following areas: Service, Leadership, Ambition, and Spirit. Nomination forms, letters of nomination, and optional letters of support for nominees must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, February 22, to The nomination form is attached.       

Technology Training Sessions

Upcoming Technology Training Sessions include an iPad Overview from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 20; Wordpress/Blog Beginner Training from 3 – 4 p.m. Thursday, February 21; and a Blackboard Overview from 1 – 2 p.m. Monday, February 25. To register for a session, go to  

Technology Think-In

ITCS is inviting faculty and staff to submit a proposal for the eighth annual Think-In!, which will be held from 9 a.m. – noon, April 3, in Joyner Library. The event will showcase faculty who use technology to enhance their teaching in both face-to-face and distance education courses. This year's formate will include poster sessions, 40-minute presentations, and other events. To submit a proposal before the February 22 deadline, go to For additional questions, contact Ginny Sconiers at  

Spring 2013 FaculTea

Join us for the upcoming Spring 2013 FaculTea, sponsored by the THCAS and Joyner Library. Dr. Ken Ferguson, associate professor of philosophy, will discuss "The Man and the Seagull," 3:30 – 5 p.m., February 28, in the Joyner Library Conference Room 2409. Tea and cookies are provided. RSVP to Dawn Wainwright via email at

Senoir Potraits

Graduating seniors have one last chance to sit for their senior portraits for the yearbook February 25 – March 1, in Hendrix Theater of Mendenhall Student Center. The free session consist of a professional portrait for the yearbook and a cap & gown portrait for optional purchase. To make an appointment, students should visit and enter ECU's school code (453). For questions, contact Terrence Dove, student media coordinator, at 252-328-4712, or via email at

February 12

THCAS Undergraduate Education Initiatives

The Department of Economics has instituted an interactive online tutorial system in approximately 1/3rd of the sessions of the introductory ECON 2113 course. This is being tested to see if it acts like a "recitation section" and will improve student learning. 

Employer Career Series

The ECU Career Center's Employer Career Series will welcome to campus Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics at 3 p.m. today, in the Global Classroom (SciTech 144). ECU Biology Alum, Keith Kulowiec ('98), who has 14 years of biopharmaceutical industry experience and is currently a Process Scientist in Novartis' Manufacturing Science & Technology Department, will provide an introduction to the company's Flu Cell Culture facility in Holly Springs. ECU biology and chemistry students (especially juniors and seniors) are encouraged to attend. For questions, contact Career Counselor Jessie Langley at 252-328-6050, or via email at       

Spring Staff Forums

ECU's Staff Senate invites all staff to attend one of two Spring Staff Forums to learn more about the senators and what the ECU Staff Senate can do for you. Forums will be held Friday, February 15, from 10 – 11 a.m. in Hendrix Theater (Main Campus), and from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the ECHI Auditorium (West Campus). For additional information, contact the Staff Senate office at 

Symposium on Communicating Complex Information

The Department of English's Technical and Professional Communication program will be hosting the second annual "Symposium on Communicating Complex Information," February 25-26, in the Mendenhall Student Center. For additional details, and to register for the event, go to

LGBT Resource Office

Please pass this information along to those who would be interested. The LGBT Resource Office offers weekly support group sessions Mondays at 2:15 p.m. in the Center for Counseling and Student Development Office. Discussion topics range widely from issues related to identity development, coming out to family and friends, relationships and dating, gender transitioning, and everything in-between. For additional information, contact Dr. Kaden "ks" Stanley at 328-6661, via email at, or Dr. Andrea Cantarelli at

February 5

Undergraduate Education Initiatives

THCAS Undergraduate Education Initiatives – Department of Chemistry faculty members have met with QEP and UWP faculty to better coordinate the transition of students from English 1100 and 1200 to writing in the chemistry discipline. New curricular and pedagogical approaches have been implemented in the Chem 2251 and Introduction to Chem Literature 2103 courses, including incorporating more peer review into the writing process, and developing new rubrics that use minimal marking techniques, and address thematic issues in student writing. 

The Making of the 1633, 'Poems, by J.D. With Elegies

Dr. Gary A. Stringer, David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, will give a free presentation at 7 p.m., February 7, in Bate 1031. Dr. Stringer will discuss "The Making of the 1633, 'Poems, by J.D. With Elegies on the Author's Death:' An Illustrated Detective Story." A reception will immediately follow in the foyer of the Bate Building. For additional information, go to  

Teach for America

Teach for America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates, graduate students, and professionals from all different majors and backgrounds, who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. If you know students who would like to be involved with Teach for America, they can access additional information at, or by contacting Teach for America's representative at The deadline to apply is February 15.

New NSF Budget Justification Template

Recent changes at the National Science Foundation have made it pertinent that the THCAS Office of Research provide a new NSF budget justification template, which is located online at A synopsis of funding opportunities is also provided every two weeks at For additional guidelines, materials, and granting agency information, contact THCAS Grants Administrator Gina Betcher at

 January 29

Undergraduate Education Initiatives

THCAS Undergraduate Education Initiatives – The Department of Biology continues to enhance co-curricular offerings, notable revisions to undergraduate research classes, increased international travel study offerings (ie. China and Panama), and a rapidly developing internship program. 

Early Conferral of Tenure & Promotion

Faculty seeking consideration for early conferral of tenure and promotion, and/or Associate Professors seeking consideration for promotion to Full Professor in fall 2013, must submit a formal request for such consideration to their department chair by Friday, February 1. Assistant professors up for consideration for tenure per their normal tenure schedule do not need to submit a request. For additional information, contact Dr. Holly M. Hapke at

Organizational of African American Staff

The Organization of African American Staff is accepting nominations for the 2013 ECU African American Awards of Excellence. Nominees for the inaugural award may include current and past ECU African American faculty, staff, students and administrators, and outstanding ECU alumni who serve as community leaders. The awards recognize qualities such as leadership, professional excellence, initiative, innovation, community engagement, spirit, and ambition. To submit a nomination, send a letter by February 4 to Dr. Lathan E. Turner at, with the following: 1)Nominator's name and contact information, 2)Nominee's name and contact information, 3)Reason(s) the nominee should be recognized, and 4)Specifics about the nominee's related activities and achievements.

ECU Career Center

The ECU Career Center is hosting a Career Leadership Conference from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, February 9, in the Mendenhall Student Center. All ECU students are invited to attend and may register at the MSC Central Ticket Office. For additional information, visit

January 22

THCAS Undergraduate Education Initiatives 

In the past two years, many departments within the THCAS have implemented a number of curricular and co-curricular activities to improve undergraduate education. They recognize the importance of a high quality undergraduate education and have put considerable thought, time, and effort into providing the best for their majors. Beginning this week, and with each subsequent "Notes from the Dean" during the spring semester, I will highlight one of these activities here. To begin, the Department of Anthropology supported Dr. Fernandes' proposal to BB&T Leadership for support for a visual anthropology course that has been requested by students. The new course on visual anthropology and leadership was offered this past fall 2012. 

Founders Day/University Awards Day

Please mark your calendars for May 1, 2013, when the university will hold the annual Founders Day/University Awards Day, celebrating the establishment of the institution by the North Carolina General Assembly 106 years ago in 1907. The event will be held from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. in Hendrix Theatre, Mendenhall Student Center. A reception will follow the ceremony.

ECU Women of Distinction Award

Nominations are being accepted for the ECU Women of Distinction Award. In an effort to celebrate the contributions and role of women at ECU, please consider nominating an eligible woman for the award. Nominees may include current and past ECU faculty, staff, students and administrators, as well as ECU alumnae who serve as community leaders. The award recognizes qualities such as leadership, commitment, determination, generosity of spirit and time, community building, and the ability to empower and mentor others. Areas in which the nominees demonstrate outstanding contributions may include, but are not limited to, academics/education; professions; research; health care/services; management/administration; politics; social services; volunteer, charity, community outreach organizations; and athletics. To submit a nomination, send a letter by 5 p.m. Friday, February 1, to Jill Naar at, with the following information: 1) Nominator's name and contact information, 2) Nominee's name and contact information, 3) Reason(s) the nominee should be considered, and 4) Specifics about the nominee's related activities and achievements.

Servire Society

Nominations are being accepted for the Servire Society, which acknowledges and commends faculty, staff, and students who embody the university's motto, Servire, "to serve." Eligible nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to service by volunteering 100 or more hours of their time and talent in a calendar year. Nominations for service performed during the 2012 calendar year are due by Friday, February 8. For additional details and to find a nomination form, go to

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will be awarding four, $25,000 fellowships to support advanced doctoral candidates who are completing dissertations that further the understanding of the educational pathways and experiences of high-achieving, low-income students. Candidates for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Dissertation Fellowship must have completed all pre-dissertation requirements and apply before the February 4 deadline. Guidelines and application materials are available at

January 16

Undergraduate Education Initiatives

In an effort to increase retention, as well as promote graduation in four years, the Biology Department implemented the BioExcellence Scholarship program in the fall of 2012. Approximately 10 incoming freshman were chosen to receive $10,000, $7,500, or $5,000 scholarships based on financial need. For their first two years, the students in the BioExcellence program will live on campus in the newly launched Bio Living-Learning Community and be supported in their coursework with peer tutoring, career information, and block scheduling, followed by undergraduate research mentoring and internships in the biosciences in their final years of study. Scholarships will be renewable for a total of three years as long as students remain biology or biochemistry majors, are financially eligible, and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA on full-time coursework.

Instructional Technology Demos

Information Technology & Computing Services will be holding demonstrations of new instructional products this month. Faculty and staff who are technology leaders, coordinators of DE, or who would like to offer input, should contact Percevial Murphy at Your information will be forwarded to ITCS, and you will receive further information from them about the demonstrations.

Turning Technologies Clicker Support

Faculty in the college requesting training or support on Turning Technologies should first contact the University Help Desk by calling 328-9866, or by going online Many of your requests will continue to be routed to college support personnel, but some requests will also be responded to by the Turning Technologies Intern, who will be assisting with providing support across campus.

Office of Research

The THCAS Office of Research will present a workshop, "Writing Effective Budget Justifications," from 9 – 11 a.m. Friday, January 18, in Bate 1006. A review of sponsor requirements, budget justification templates developed by the Office of Research, budget guidelines, and FAQs will be covered. To register for the workshop, contact the college's Grants Program Specialist Gina Betcher at 252-737-4389, or via email at

New guidelines are in effect for submitting proposals to the National Science Foundation. Proposals that do not follow the new guidelines will be returned without review. For an overview, visit

Student Scholarship Applications

The East Carolina Alumni Association is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2013-14 academic year. Scholarships of $1,000 and $2,500 are available to qualifying full-time undergraduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. To apply for the scholarship before the January 31 deadline, students should visit

Summer Study Abroad

Students interested in summer study-abroad opportunities have until January 31 to apply for programs that will be held in Poland and Ecuador. Faculty from the School of Communication will take students to Poland for two weeks to study the ways in which various cultures create and share meaning. For more information, contact Dr. Linda Kean at 252-328-4227, or via email at Faculty from the School of Hospitality Leadership will host a program in Ecuador pertaining to sustainability, with activities in Quito, the Andes, and the Galapagos May 12 – 27. For additional information, contact Dr. Cynthia Deale at 252-737-4195, or Dr. Robert O'Halloran at 252-737-1604, or via email at

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