Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Centennial Celebration of Alumni

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Joyce D. Akins, AB in French and English

Joyce D. (Dunham) Akins
Education: AB degree from ECTC in French and English
Travel Abroad: Travel to Mexico, and Stratford, Ontario
If Retired, From What Career? Retired in 1995 from teaching French, English.  Began teaching career by teaching Spanish in 1943
Other Information: Married to John Akins in 1951, three sons: Jon Dunham Akins (55) is an electronics specialist, Dr. Robert Akins (53) is a professor of molecular biology and physics at Wayne State University Medical School in Detroit, and James Akins (51) is a professor in the music department at OSU and in the lower brass section of the Columbus, Ohio Symphony. Five beautiful granddaughters, two step-grandsons, and five dear great-grandsons. East Carolina has been close to my heart since 1939.

Robert Albanese. BA 1981

Robert Albanese
Education: 1981, BA in foreign languages and literatures from ECU (1981); MD from Brody School of Medicine at ECU (1988); internship at the University of Virginia (1988-1989); residencies/post doctoral at the University of Virginia (1989-1993)
Present Position: Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Public Psychiatry Division at the Medical University of South Carolina
Other Information: Robert P. Albanese, Jr., M.D. is an internist and psychiatrist, having done a residency in internal medicine and psychiatry at the University of Virginia, where he was chief resident in psychiatry in 1992-93. He is an associate professor of internal medicine and psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He is the program director of the combined residency in internal medicine and psychiatry at MUSC. He is the co-author of Primary Care Medicine for Specialists and Non-Specialists: A Practitioner's Guide, published in October 2002 by Kluwer Academic Publishing. His primary interests are cardiovascular disease in the patient with major mental illness, the stigma of mental illness and humanism and the humanities in medicine.

Lorie B. Alligood, BS Spanish

Lorie B. (Tetterton) Alligood

Education: BS in Spanish (1991); Master's in elementary education (1998)
Travel Abroad: Summer Program in Costa Rica through ECU in 1991
Present Position: 6th Grade Math Teacher.

Ann Allred, BS French

Ann Morris (Mayo) Allred
Education: AB (1957); BS in French social studies and pre-nursing ; Certificat d'études from the Sorbonne, Université de Paris
If Retired, From What Career? 1957-1987: Taught French in the public high schools of NC - Edenton, Roxboro, Reidsville and High Point. 1988-1999: Worked as a travel consultant in designing and escorting special interests and arts related tours to six of the seven continents
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: American Association of the University Women Scholarship for Study Abroad in 1957. Outstanding Young Women of America in 1970. Outstanding Secondary Educators of America in 1973. Recipient of Rotary Fellowship for exchange program in France in 1982. Lay Person of the Year for First United Methodist Church in High Point in 1994. Delta Kappa Gamma education honorary society international.
Other Information: Mother of twin daughters, Martha M. Bunch and Susan M. Doss, Grandmother to John Bunch and Caroline Doss. In October 2007, she attended her 50th class reunion. Interestingly, among her group of friends, all of whom had prepared for teaching careers, Ann was the only one who had actually accomplished what I set out to do - teach. I still consider teaching a noble profession. One of the most valuable influences on my life was being mentored by and groomed for teaching French and understanding the French culture in depth by the Foreign Language Department Chair James L. Fleming. Married twice, first to the late John E. Morris and currently to the Reverend Dr. Howard Allred.

Theresa Bell, 1984 BS French

Theresa A. Bell
Education: 1984 BS in French with a concentration in Spanish, MLS from ECU (1999)
Travel Abroad: 1989 Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, Montreal ; 1990 European Travel ; 2004 079 Educational Technology Endorsement ; 2005 Intel Teach to the Future Master Teacher/Trainer ; 2007 Level 1 Certified Satyananda Yoga Teacher Present Position: Director of Partnership Development/Instructional Specialist, Center for Quality Teaching and Learning
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: 1997 Teacher of the Year, Williamston Primary School ; 1999 Mildred D. Southwick Award, ECU ; 2008 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence - Judge
Other Information: Theresa frequently is a presenter at state, regional and national education, leadership and technology conferences across the United States. She recently trained members of the NC Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 21st Century Skills. Theresa lives in Roanoke, VA with her husband Mike. They enjoy traveling gardening, and hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Mary Bellamy, AB 1947

Mary C. (Dixon) Bellamy
Education: AB from ECU (1947); Master's from UNC-Chapel Hill (1952)
Travel Abroad: Fulbright Scholarship, University of Burgos, Spain 1965. Present Position: Retired Assistant Professor Emeritus, UNCW, 1988
If Retired, From What Career? Teaching Public Schools and UNCW
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Residents of Old Wilmington, Served as President, Helped to organize Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC)
Other Information: Three children, Dr. Mary Louise Bellamy, Heyword Clifton Bellamy (2 degrees from ECU) and George Frank Bellamy.

John C. Birmingham
Education: BA in English & Spanish from ECU (1959); MA in Spanish from Middlebury College (1963); Ph.D. in Spanish & Romance Linguistics from University of Virginia (1970)
If Retired, From What Career? I taught Spanish from 1959 to 2007.

Diane Bowen, BA French 1976

Diane H. (Harris) Bowen
Education: BA in French from ECU (1976); French Civilization Diplome from Institut d'Etudéants Etrangers (1978); MA in French education from Appalachian State University (1992)
Travel Abroad: 1974 spent the summer in Paris as "au pair" ; 1977-78 spent year in Aix-en-Provence as "au pair" and attended the Institute of French Studies for Foreign Students ; 1989-90 planned trips to Quebec at Easter for students ; 2001 Planned a 3 week trip to Europe in June for Students ; 2007 spent Easter week in Paris with a colleague and 22 students ; Plan to be in Paris for Easter 2008 Present Position: French and Spanish teacher at Kinston High School, NC
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Phi Sigma Iota (romance language honor society) 1975; Pi Delta Phi (National French Honor Society) 1991; 2006-2007 Beta Sigma Phi "Woman of the Year"
Other Information: For the 17 years that I have sponsored the KHS French Club we have adopted a foster child each year at Christmas. In 2007 the club held a 4-day "Loose Change for Great Change" campaign; we collected $693 and presented a $500 check to the Lenoir County Homeless Shelter.

Sylvia Briley, BS English and French 1969

Sylvia D (Domaratsky) Briley
Education: BS in English and French (1969)
If Retired, From What Career? French Teacher for 37 years
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: National Board Certified (WLOE), Leadership Award (Rose High School) ECFLEC co-director for many years, ECU Advancement Council
Other Information: Retired to the beach with her husband. Plays tennis and enjoys cooking and taking long walks on the beach. Tries to visit her two grandsons as often as possible. Sometimes finds time to substitute at the local high school.

Mark S. Bunch, BS French 1975

Mark S. Bunch
Education: BS in French from ECU (1975)
If Retired, From What Career? Public school classroom teacher
Other Information: Now fully devoted to an assortment of hobbies: reading, pottery making, collecting Haig etchings (and a few other things), and trying to civilize some feral cats.

Michelle Suddarth Camarena BSN, RN
Education: BS in Spanish from ECU (1993); BS in nursing from ECU (1997); MS in nursing from ECU (anticipated May 2008)
Travel Abroad: Travel to Europe, Costa Rica, the Caribbean Present Position: Nurse Clinician I, UNC-Chapel Hill Campus Health Services
Other Information: Married to Paul Camarena '95 since 1999. We have no children and two dogs. Member of Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Nu Chapter, International Honor Society of Nursing.

Paul Camarena
Education: BS in Spanish from ECU (1995); MA in health education and promotion from ECU (2002); certified health education specialist. Present Position: Director Hispanic Outreach, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine General Clinical Research
Other Information: Married to Michelle Suddarth Camarena '93, '97. Hobbies: photography, volleyball, and biking.

Javier Castillo, BSP Spanish 2000

Javier Y. Castillo, Jr.
Education: BSBA in management from ECU (2000); BSP Spanish (2000)
Travel Abroad: Independent Study Costa Rica (2000), Semester abroad at Universidad San Francisco, Quito, Ecuador (1998) Present Position: President, Castillo Language Services, Inc.
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Federally Certified Court Interpreter, State Certified Court Interpreter, U.S. Department of State Seminar Interpreter, U.S. Department of State Administrative Interpreter
Other Information: President/Founder Castillo Language Services, Inc., Married to Paola Andrea Castillo, Father of two girls, Andrea Sophia (age 2) and Gabriela Lucia (6 weeks).

Kathy Chesson, BS French

Kathy D. (Peed) Chesson
Education: BS in French; MAEd in reading
Travel Abroad: 7th grade language arts and reading teacher
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Battle of the Books Coach (2006 Martin County And Northeast Regional Winners, 2007 Martin County Champions).

Karel L. (Kiefer) Chirico
Education: BS from ECU (1976); ML from University of South Carolina (1978)
If Retired, from what Career? Project management and development.
Other Information: I have been married to my wonderful husband Jim for nearly 18 years. We have one teenage son. We love to travel together, and have explored southern Germany and France, as well as most of North America.

Robert Christesen, BA Spanish

Robert Currier Christesen
Education: ABD, ECU/NCSU combined doctoral program in educational administration; EdS, MAEd in education administration from ECU; graduate work at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ibero-American & Scandinavian Studies (PhD minor) ; BA, BS from ECC in Spanish and social studies
Travel Abroad: Undergraduate study abroad; University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Universidad de las Americas, Mexico City, Mexico Present Position: Assistant Principal, West Cary Middle School , Wake County Public School System
If Retired, From What Career? Opera Singer, Frankfurt & Dortmund Opera, Resident Ital. Baritone
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Club of Wake Forest, Rotary International 2005 ; NC certifications: Administrative-Superintendent, Supervision, Principal , Teaching Academically Gifted, English, French, German, Mentor, Music, Social Studies, Spanish, Theater Arts ; Raleigh Arts Council Artist Certificate of Achievement 1995 ; Principals' Executive Program, John McCall Award, UNC - Chapel Hill in 1995; Fulbright Travel Grant, Voice, Geneva, Switzerland, Summer 1974 ; Marshall Scholarship, American Scandinavian Association, Scandinavian art song 1972 ; Manhattan School of Music, full scholarship 1970-1972
Other Information: Was an Opera Singer in residence for 13 years in Germany.

Lynn Cline, BA French 1976

Lynn F.H. (Hanold) Cline
Education: BA in French from ECU (1976); MA in French language and culture, University of California, Santa Barbara (1979)
Travel Abroad: Although she did not do a "study" program abroad, she lived in France as an "au pair" the summer of 1975 looking after the children in exchange for room and board to get immersion into the language and culture Present Position: Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Operations. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Selected for the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive in 1997 and 2004. Received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) International Cooperation Award in 1998; Fellow of the American Astronautical Society, An Associate Fellow of the AIAA and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Received the NASA Exceptional Performance Award in October 1997 ; Received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in March 1988 and again in 1993 ; Received the women in Aerospace International Space Year Award in September 1992; Received the Federal Republic of Germany Friendship Award in December 1983; Served as Vice President - International of the American Astronautical Society (AAS) from 2000-2002
Other Information: I credit my career at NASA to the cooperative education program ECU had in place with NASA at the time I attended ECU. I initially took a 3-month assignment at NASA Headquarters in the Office of International Affairs during my senior year of undergraduate study, as recommended by the Chairman of the Foreign Language Department. That led to me establishing a new career goal, and after a second student Internship, converting to a full-time NASA employee. From that early start at NASA, I took on increasingly responsible positions, eventually leading to positions in senior management. As NASA's Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Operations, I am responsible for oversight of a broad variety of capabilities across the NASA spectrum of space operations programs, which includes the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, space communications and navigation, acquisition of commercial launch services for NASA missions, and crew health and safety. From June 1997 to March 2003, I was Deputy Assistant Administrator for External Relations. In this capacity, I was responsible for NASA's interaction with Executive Branch offices and agencies and for international relations. I led U.S. delegations to the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. I was the NASA lead negotiator of the agreements with Canada, Europe, Japan and Russia for the International Space Station, a facility currently operating in space. I also led negotiations for the agreement with the European Space Agency for the Cassini/Huygens mission to Saturn and its moon Titan. This mission was launched in October 1997, reached Saturn in 2004, and continues to send back data from Saturn and its moons.

Ann Colson Coker, BS, BA French

Ann C. (Colson) Coker
Education: BS BA in French
Travel Abroad: Chaperone for two student trips to France and one to Quebec, 8-week France travels in 1970, other European trips for pleasure
If Retired, From What Career? Teaching
Other Information: Taught in Edgecome County for 20 years and Pitt County for 10 years; 2 years in Pitt County Schools remediation.

Robert W. Copeland Jr., BS Spanish Education

Robert W. Copeland, Jr.
Education: BS in Spanish education (K-12) from ECU (1992); MA in middle grades education from Fayetteville State University (2000); nursing degree from Fayetteville Technical Community College (2007) Present Position: Spanish teacher (grades 7-9) at Department of Defense Schools; Spanish instructor at Fayetteville Technical Community College
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: 2002 Instructor of the Year at Fayetteville Technical Community College; two-time Cumberland County Coach of the Year for Varsity Soccer
Other Information: Married to a wonderful wife, with 2 loving children. For 6 years now, I have served as Head Interpreter for a group of 8-10 doctors/medical team that travels to South America each summer. I am working on traveling to every Spanish speaking country before I retire. Over the last 5 years, I have helped to create and implement a very successful curriculum program for "Spanish Community Interpreters and Translators" at Fayetteville Technical Community College which continues to grow each year.

Tracy Haddock Coston, BA Spanish

Tracy H. (Haddock) Coston
Education: Bachelor's in Spanish from ECU, Master's in school administration from UNC-Wilmington
Travel Abroad: 2 week study abroad in Ecuador in the summer of 1998 Present Position: Assistant Principal of Southport Elementary
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Principal Fellows Scholarship, Leadership Brunswick County
Other Information: Taught Spanish at the high school level for two years in Martin County. After getting married, I moved back to my home county, Brunswick, and taught at the elementary level for 5 years. I decided to go back to school for administration and I am currently in my fourth year as an assistant principal, three years at the middle level and this year at the elementary level. I am also currently looking into programs for at risk youth and alternatives to the traditional school for those students who struggle with the motivation, academics, and behavior. I am working with my Superintendent and county office to offer an “out of the box” approach for reaching those students.

Martha A. (Gerlach) Culton, BS French

Martha A (Gerlach) Culton
Education: BS from ECU (1969); MAEd from ECU (1975)
Travel Abroad: summer school 1967 Université de Poitiers, La Rochelle, France Present Position: French Instructor, Craven community College, New Bern, NC
If Retired, From What Career? 30 years at Havelock High School

Ann S (Magbenga) Dalrymple, BA French and Hispanic Studies

Anne S (Magbenga) Dalrymple
Education: B.A. French and Hispanic Studies Present Position: Bilingual Mortgage Specialist at SunTrust Mortgage
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Sigma Iota Member, Presenter and Awarded 1st place at the 4th undergraduate research and creative activities symposium at ECU ; Presenter at the 2nd Annual State of NC Undergraduate Research and Creativity
Other Information: Awarded special recognition from the department during spring 2006. Outstanding senior award in French 2006-2007 ; graduated Magna cum Laude with 3.8 GPA, Fleming Perry Scholarship for 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 Awarded Certificate of Recognition of High Academic Achievement by Ledonia Cultural Center.

Frances Daniels

Frances Daniels
Education: Bachelor's (1949) and Master's (1956) from ECU; Ed. D. from University of Tennessee
If Retired, From What Career? Retired as Professor Emeritus from the Department of Business Education and Administrative Services in 1988
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Pi Omega Pi graduate service award established in her name; established scholarship foundation for business education majors
Other Information: Active with the Salvation Army, served on the administrative board as past president of the Methodist Women organization at Memorial Methodist Church.

Ann H (Williamson) Davis, BS French

Ann H (Williamson) Davis
Education: Diplôme Supérieur (Mention Très honorable) Alliance Française
Travel Abroad: Lived in France for 8 months and Switzerland for 6 years. Present Position: Teacher, French and International Baccalaureate English
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Milken National Educator, 1996 ; National Board Certified Teacher, 1998 (renewed until 2018) ; Nash-Rocky Mount Elementary Educator of the Year 1996
Other Information: Charter Officer and Past President of Nash-Rocky Mount Council of the International Reading Association ; NC Certification in French K-12, Elementary Ed K-12, English 9-12 and Gifted Ed K-12 ; One daughter, Claire, graduated 2005 from Duke University.

Diane Burnette Dean, French

Diana B (Burnette) Dean
Education: Clemson University, Post-Graduate Study, French ; University of SC, Spartanburg, Post-Graduate Study , French
Travel Abroad: Study of French Family Unit - Hendaye, France ; Study of Lycee System and Basque culture , Hendaye, France, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Spain Present Position: President and CEO of Dean Agency, International, Ltd. - matches, foreign firms to US clients
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Selected as nominee for 1st annual award from Charlotte Observer for Business Women of the Year, Charlotte, NC; Acted as liaison between the Mexican Consul in Charlotte, NC and Mexican Consulate in Washington, DC ; Letter of Commendation for Volunteer Work in the Kanawha County Schools, Charleston, WV ; Selected by the Union des Constructeurs de Matériel Textile de France as their official representative to the Comité Européen des Constructeurs de Matériel Textile (CEMATEX) for ATME-1 ; Nominated for Award for "Women in Unusual and Outstanding Careers" by Greenville, SC daily newspaper (Daily News) for work as Trilingual Interpreter at American Textile Machinery Exhibition ; One of 3 awards given in NC by a national sorority for Outstanding work and Loyalty to the Community and Sorority ; Recipient of one of only 20 scholarship awards granted in the US by the French Government, the Grenoble "stage de perfectionnement"; Developed French courses for US corporations merging with French corporations.
Other Information: She has a son, Jonathan, 29 and a daughter, Courtney Dean Schreibeis, 31. Her husband is Howard Dean, ECU '67.

Leo P. Franke

Leo P. Franke
Education: B.A. ECU 1975 ; M.A. UNC Chapel Hill 1980 Present Position: French Teacher, Person High School, Roxboro, NC ; Cross Country Coach also
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Person Senior High Outstanding Young Educator Award 1984 and 1985 ; Person Senior High Teacher-of-the-Year 1987 ; 1988 he created an exchange program, which will celebrate its twentieth anniversary in March between Person Senior High School and Lycée Professional Andre Siegfried in Haguenau (Alsace) ; Tarheel Chevrolet Excellence in Education Award in 1995 ; National Board Certification in 2005
Other Information: Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 226 from 1991-2002 ; Founded High Adventure Explorer Post 226 and served as Post Advisor ; Lea's Chapel United Methodist Church Lay Person of the Year in 2001; Married since 1975 to the former Joyce Edwards ; Two Children, Erica and Nathan, and one granddaughter, Adrienne ; A few years ago, one of the French students who had taken part in the 1991 visit to Roxboro called to say he had named his first son Leo.

Donald R. Franks

Donald R. Franks
Education: B.S. Spanish 1967, M.A.Ed. Administration/supervision 1973
Travel Abroad: Mexico (4 trips), Spain, France, Canada, Germany, Austria, Italy, England Present Position: Work part-time in Real Estate
If Retired, From What Career? Retired from Supervisor for Second Languages, Teacher Wilson county, NC
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Outstanding Young Educator 1972, Local and District Teacher of the Year, State Finalist Terry Sanford Award, Developed and Coordinated the Best K-5 Spanish Curriculum in NC.
Other Information: All Degrees from ECU

Katharine M. (Demnicki) Garner

Katharine M. (Demnicki) Garner
Phone: 252-813-9300 E-mail:
Education: BS French, MAEd Counselor Education, Sorbonne
Travel Abroad: Traveled with students to England and France in '93, '95 and '98 Present Position: School Counselor
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Nash-Rocky Mount School System Teacher of the Year, 2002-2003
Other Information: Became the mother of Samantha Marie at the ripe old age of 39!

Kara C. Ginter

Kara C. Ginter
Education: at ECU was vice-president of Alpha Phi Sorority in charge of scholarship, a member of Phi Sigma Iota, an International foreign language honorary society, and an Ambassador serving as hostess for receptions at the Chancellor's house, giving tours of campus and greeting invited guests at special events on campus ; a chairperson for Ambassador Emeriti Gala ; Assistant to the Director of the Study abroad program at ECU to the Sorbonne, University of Paris ; 1993 - Taught ESL at Lenoir CC and French and Spanish at Kinston High School ;
Travel Abroad: at age 15 was selected to receive a rotary scholarship to study for a year in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Present Position: since 2002 a French and Spanish teacher at Eugene Ashley High School in Wilmington, NC
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: 2004 - coordinated and taught a women's issues class and an ESL class concentrating on work specific English for Hispanic women at the Centro Latino of New Hanover County. 2004 - was selected to be an educational advisor to the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington DC. In 2007, became an educational advisor for the United States Achievement Academy Scholarship Foundation
Other Information: volunteers weekly to teach high school students in the Lower Cape Fear Region ; supports the Duke Children's Hospital Teddy Bear Ball by attending ; She is trilingual - English, French, and Spanish.

William L. Gore

William L. Gore
Education: B.A. Geography ECU 1990, B.S. equivalent in French ECU 1991 Present Position: French Teacher Washington HS
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Teacher of the Year Washington High School 1997-98, 2007-08
Other Information: Has conducted seven travel abroad experiences for high school students.

Robert Benton Griffin

Robert Benton Griffin
Education: B.S. Communications 1990, B.S. Spanish 1999
Present Position: Spanish Teacher, Carrboro High School
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Outstanding Senior Award 1999.

Katrin Y. Haege

Katrin Y. Haege
Education: B.A. German, B.A. French in May 2006
Travel Abroad: Exchange student at Université François-Rabelais in Tours, France (January - June 2005)
Present Position: Student
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Fulbright Scholar for a 2006-2007 Teaching Assistantship in Germany, Outstanding Senior Award for German, EC Scholar, Honors Student.

Carole Rankin Hall

Carole R. (Rankin) Hall
Education: A.B. degree from ECC in Spanish and English
Travel Abroad: Travelled around the world with Pan American World airways for 21 years
If Retired, From What Career? Taught high school Spanish for 4 years, stewardess / flight attendant for Pan American World Airways
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Helped establish the first female dominated work union in the Airline Industry
Other Information: Still have love for languages, studying French at this time. Love playing tennis and five years ago discovered the world of horses. Rides (horses) at least twice a week.

Kimberly I. (Ives) Hampton
Education: BS French Education (K-12), Master's in counseling and guidance, Certified K-12 in Spanish
Travel Abroad: Spent 1 semester abroad in Paris, France Present Position: School Counselor
If Retired, From What Career? Teacher, French and English
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Helped develop middle school Spanish program in Pitt County Schools; completed Master's degree; received Rivers Scholarship for study abroad while at ECU; spent one semester at Ecole Supérieure du Commerce Exterieur in Paris, France.

Dolly Overton Hathaway

Dolly O. (Overton) Hathaway
Education: B.S. B.A ECU and New York University in Madrid
Travel Abroad: ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico Present Position: Teacher
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Outstanding Senior in Foreign Language Department in 1969, Charter member of ECFLEC, department chair 10 years; member of the Foreign Language and Literatures Advancement Council.

Carolyn Pippen Howard

Carolyn P. (Pippen) Howard
Education: 1950 B.S. in French and English, Library Science Certification
Travel Abroad: 1970 Traveled to Europe including France and all other countries Present Position: Retired after 30 years with Pitt County Schools
If Retired, From What Career? Teacher, French and English
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Member of Delta Kappa Gamma International, Supervised numerous student teachers in French and English, Teacher's Society member, Entre Nous Book club, Member Hooker Memorial Christian Church where she served as Sunday School Teacher, Deacon and Elder for 16 years
Other Information: Married to Milton Howard for 54 and 1/2 years until his death in 2004. One daughter, Lynn Howard, a social work case manager with Pitt County Memorial Hospital. I enjoy my church work and traveling and was able to visit Hawaii, California and the Caribbean in 2007.

Arminda Batista Israel

Arminda B. (Batista) Israel
Education: East Carolina University, B.S. Spanish, Secondary Education, 1983 Boston University, M.Ed., Counseling, 1987
Travel Abroad: After graduating from ECU, my husband, John, and I moved to Florida for two years where I worked as an elementary school teacher. Then, we moved to England for two years where I worked as a test administrator for the U.S. Air Force and completed a master's from Boston University's campus in England. In 1987, we moved to Holland for three years where I continued to work for the U.S. Air Force as a counselor. During that time, we traveled throughout England, France, East and West Germany, Spain, and Czechoslovakia. We returned to the United States and lived in Maine for two years where I worked as a school counselor and Spanish teacher. For the past 15 years, I have been working at Old Dominion University, initially as a counselor for student support services and for the last nine years in the school of education as a program advisor in teacher education. Currently, we love living in Norfolk, Virginia.
Present Position: Program Advisor, Teacher Education Services, Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University
Other Information: Dedicated supporter of the Pirate Club, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, and Life Member of the East Carolina Alumni Association.

Stefanie N. (Coveau) Janssen

Stefanie N. (Coveau) Janssen
Education: B.S. Hispanic Studies Education
Present Position: Substitute Teacher / Stay-at-home Mom
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: 2007 Foreign Language Department Outstanding Senior.

Jonathan B. Keathley
Education: MA in classics, Tuft University, Boston 2006 ; MA in translation, Laval University, Quebec, 1983; teaching assistantship, Lycée Voltaire, Paris, 1979 ; MA in French linguistics, Indiana University, Bloomington (1978); BA in French from ECU (1975)
Present Position: Retired from working as a freelance translator
If Retired, From What Career? I worked as a translator in the Quebec public service for 20 years (1985-2007) specializing in fiscal and legal translation
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Margaret H. Thomson Prize awarded by the Classical Association of Canada for Greek sight translation, 1999
Other Information: I plan to devote my retirement years to working for a PhD in classical studies (Greek and Latin).

Karen Gordon Klaich

Karen G. (Gordon) Klaich
Education: BS in French from ECU; National Board Certification in English/Language Arts in 2002 ; Holocaust Council ; The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching ; Advanced Placement Training (2004, 2006)
Present Position: English Teacher at South Central High School (Advanced Placement language & Composition, Journalism, and Literature of the Holocaust) ; She has taught at South Central since 2002, and before that she taught at AG Cox Middle School for 16 years.
If Retired, From What Career? Still Teaching and loving it!
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Teacher of the Year (2004) for South Central High School ; Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority ; NCAE Member ; Mentor certification and previous Lead Mentor for South Central High School ; Bright Ideas Grant Recipient (2006 and 2008) ; North Carolina Middle School Grant Recipient (2001)
Other Information: Married to Mark S. Klaich ; mother of four children (Jennifer 20, Kathryn 18, Joseph 16 and Mark II 10) ; member and deacon of the Memorial Baptist Church in Greenville ; daughter of Dave and Gwen Gordon of Greenville and Etsil Mason and Dr. Alex Robertson of Farmville.

Elizabeth "Ann" (Brandon) Laliotes

Elizabeth "Ann" (Brandon) Laliotes
Education: ECU degrees: BA in Spanish and history (1969) and Master's in Library Science (1973)
Present Position: Prospect Research Manager in ECU Advancement Services
Honors / Awards / Accomplishments: Developed and taught one of the first "Internet for Health Sciences Librarians" courses. Awarded NC State Outstanding Adult Programming for Literacy program, and Outstanding Children's Summer Reading Program. Received outstanding re-accreditation for PA-CME program. Served as officer in multiple medical library consortiums.
Other Information: While studying at ECU my roommate (French major) & I often dreamed of being interpreters together at the UN in NYC. An excellent liberal arts/foreign language background benefitted me in my varied career primarily in public, academic and medical librarianship. Along the way, I instituted a Spanish language reading section in the public library as well as providing resources and links to consumer/patient health education available in Spanish from the hospital library. I served as director of North Carolina & Florida library systems, bookstore manager in Siesta Key (FL); records manager for the Miami Dolphins (football), and Director of Library Services & Continuing Medical Education at mid-sized Bucks County (PA) medical center. Married to husband John, they enjoy Pirate Sports, gardening, and car caravans.