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Design Students Create Minigolf Course for Charity
School of Art and Design students in Lisa Beth Robinson’s Design Two class invented a minigolf course to benefit the fundraising efforts of the ENC Dream Factory. Participating businesses across downtown Greenville hosted student-designed putting greens. Event organizer Molly Cashion said that participants traveled from business to business to engage the greens in support of …

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ECU Speech Communication Center helps ease fear of public speaking
The only thing some people dread more than public speaking is death. That’s according to Dr. Pamela Hopkins, director of East Carolina University’s Speech Communication Center, where students, faculty, staff and community members learn to overcome anxiety to make effective presentations. “We work across campus – any major, any year,” Hopkins said. “You don’t have …

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Alumna stars in opera version of “Cold Mountain”
Mezzo-soprano Deborah Nansteel (BM ’07), premiered the role of Lucinda in the Santa Fe Opera Festival’s world premiere production of Cold Mountain on August 1.   Born in Okinawa, Japan, and raised in Havelock, North Carolina, Nansteel has performed as part of the American Opera Initiative: with the Seattle, Dayton and Merola opera companies, and …

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Grass wins Yamaha performance award
An East Carolina University School of Music graduate student is one of nine winners in the 2015 Yamaha Young Performing Artists competition.   Zachary Grass, who plays the tuba, is the only low brass instrumentalist selected as a YYPA winner for 2015. Other winners, from South Korea, Japan and the United States, play flute, bassoon, …

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Giant fish unveiled
A 7-foot ceramic fish wowed more than 100 people who watched its fiery debut June 26 on the edge of East Carolina University’s campus. A nearly two-week, laborious process culminated at nightfall when ECU students pulled back the walls of a giant kiln that had held the sculpture at its peak firing temperature – 2,100 …

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Students Savor Studies in Sharjah
Eight art and design majors journeyed to the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates for two weeks in March. They worked with Sharjah students to create a large wheat paste mural that featured themes of community, communication and culture. They also spent time exploring the desert, museums and galleries, ascending the world’s tallest …

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Chamber Singers Land International Win
The Chamber Singers won the 13th International Maribor Choral Competition Gallus in Maribor, Slovenia in April. They were the only American choir invited to participate. The competition is part of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing, a “contest of contests,” that is organized annually by one of the member organizations: Concorso Polifonico Guido d’Arezzo …

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Prof Teaches Robotics, Automates Ugandan Farm
Carl Twarog (center), professor of Animation/Interactive Design, spent the month of January in Uganda in the service of Oysters and Pearls, a not-for-profit organization that integrates technology and science in schools that are inclusive of the blind and supportive of opportunities for women in education. During a two-week Ugandan summer break, 70 high school students …

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Students Stab, Bludgeon Safely
How does one stage a realistic rumpus without putting an eye out? With training. Most of the cast members in the ECU/Loessin Playhouse production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus had taken at least one stage combat class with professor Jill Carlson. “That’s very helpful in staging the mass battles in the show,” she said. Undergraduates Cate Kessler …

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Disney Publishes Prof’s Latest Book
Gregory Funaro earned glowing reviews for his children’s book, “Alistair Grim’s Odditorium,” published in January by Hyperion/Disney. The professor of theatre published previously in the thriller genre, but changed focus following the birth of his daughter. Book two, “Alistair Grim’s Odd Aquaticum,” is scheduled for release in spring 2016.

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