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December 2014

Trustees vote to table recommendation to rename Aycock Residence Hall

After two hours and 30 minutes of debate, East Carolina University’s governing body voted unanimously to table a decision on renaming Aycock Residence Hall in a special called meeting Dec. 18. Read more...

Distance-education professor to speak at 2014 fall commencement

A distance-education professor recognized by the University of North Carolina system for teaching excellence will deliver the commencement address at East Carolina University on Dec. 19. Read more...

November 2014

ECU physicians named to annual Best Doctors list

Forty-seven physicians from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University have been chosen by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 "Best Doctors in America" list. Read more...
ECU and Greenville experts discuss Ebola planning

While worldwide reports of Ebola infections have recently ebbed, East Carolina University graduate student Issa Thullah knows it’s still a major issue in his hometown of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Read more...
Emmy-nominated actress shares transformation story at ECU

An influential actress, producer, speaker and LGBT advocate brought an empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations and embracing differences to East Carolina University on Nov. 12. Read more...

October 2014

Julian Bond to present ‘Crossing the Color Line’ Nov. 18

Historian and civil rights activist Julian Bond will present the Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 in Wright Auditorium at East Carolina University. Read more...
Dean Stephen W. Thomas honored with retirement reception

Faculty and staff from across East Carolina University gathered at the East Carolina Heart Institute on Oct. 13 to honor Dr. Stephen Thomas, who will retire as the dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences this month after 34 years with the college. Read more...
Miss America 2014 to address culture, diversity

Miss America 2014 will present “The Beauty of Service, Scholarship and Global Citizenship” at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 in Mendenhall Student Center at East Carolina University. Read more...
Author Jayne Anne Phillips to read from new work

Author Jayne Anne Phillips will read from her new novel “Quiet Dell” at the Greenville Museum of Art at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The reading is part of the East Carolina University Contemporary Writers Series and is free and open to the public. Read more.
Brody alumnus addresses students during ECU homecoming

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Clark, a 1984 ECU medical graduate and director of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, addressed a mix of first- through fourth-year medical students while in Greenville for the 30th reunion of his medical school class. Read more...

September 2014

ECU recognized for leadership in diversity, inclusion

East Carolina University has been recognized with the HEED award for the third consecutive year for its efforts in diversity and inclusion. The Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award is given by Insight into Diversity magazine. The magazine annually recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Read more...
Attorney General visits ECU on multi-campus tour

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper visited East Carolina University on Thursday as part of an initiative to educate college consumers on making wise financial choices. Read more...
Theatre and Dance concert to showcase multiple genres

East Carolina University’s School of Theatre and Dance is kicking off the 2014-2015 ECU/Loessin Playhouse series with the Dance @ Wright showcase, a multi-genre concert that features everything from ballet to hip-hop, on Sept. 19 – 21. Read more...
New university studies program starts strong

From zero to 142 majors in one year is rapid growth for a new degree program at East Carolina University. The university studies program has experienced that surge because its flexible curriculum appeals to a definite niche of students, officials said. Read more...

ECU Neurology dubbed leader in MS care

ECU Physicians Neurology, a leading provider of care for people living with multiple sclerosis in eastern North Carolina, has been recognized as an official “Partner in MS Care” by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Read more...

August 2014

ECU Beach Fest set for Sept. 17, North Recreational Complex

ECU will host the fourth annual Beach Fest from 4:30 – 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the North Recreational Complex. The popular attraction drew more than 1,500 students last year. Activities include a 300-foot zip line, DJ Karaoke, kayaking, stand up paddleboards, disc golf, corn hole, horseshoes, beach volleyball, bocce, club sports demonstrations and inflatables. Read more.
TEDMED is coming to ECU on Sept. 13

TEDMED is an annual, three-day gathering that unites extraordinary people and ideas from all disciplines inside and outside of medicine. The unusual and provocative program features short talks and artistic performances to reframe our mental models and inspire new possibilities. Read more...
Radio contest leads to Keith Urban tour appearance

Kasey Tyndall has been singing and playing the guitar since she taught herself at 10 years old. Friday night, Aug. 8, she’ll take her talent to Walnut Creek Amphitheatre to sing a duet with country music superstar Keith Urban when his “Raise ‘Em Up” tour rolls into Raleigh. Read more...
ECU graduate students fire kiln at North Carolina Pottery Center

Randolph County potter Joseph Sands, at left, hosted ECU graduate students Devin McKim and Erin Younge during their summer internship. As part of a summer internship finale, two East Carolina University graduate students will fire a groundhog kiln on the lawn of the North Carolina Pottery Center today. Read more...

July 2014

ECU students enjoy study abroad in Italy

Words alone seemed insufficient, so faculty and students who lived and studied this spring in the heart of Tuscany shared their experiences through the video posted above. The video illustrates a semester with Italy Intensives – East Carolina University's only year-round study abroad program. Read more...
ECU graduate named winner of Down East Journal theme contest

A composition created by an ECU School of Music graduate was selected as the winner of a contest to select a new theme for the Down East Journal, a Public Radio East program. Read more...
Brody professor awarded $300,000 to study protein she discovered

An East Carolina University researcher has been awarded a $300,000 grant to study a cellular protein long overlooked by scientists. Dr. Ann Sperry, associate professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Brody School of Medicine, received the three-year Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institutes of Health. Read more...

June 2014

Ice cream social honors provost

Derek Maher, associate professor in philosophy and religious studies, shares a laugh with Marilyn Sheerer during her ice cream social celebrating her service to the university since 1996 as professor, department chair, dean and provost. The June 26 event allowed faculty and staff from across campus to hug Sheerer and wish her well in the next phase of her academic career. Read more...
Event focused on students with learning differences

Helping students with learning differences succeed at the college level was the focus of a recent conference that drew more than 170 educators and students to East Carolina University. The third annual Shared Learning Conference, a component of a UNC-system project supporting students with learning differences, was held May 21-23. Read more...

May 2014

Students serve community through capstone projects

Students in ECU’s College of Engineering and Technology helped revamp information technology systems and make process improvements for two Pitt County agencies dedicated to improving the lives of children. The Boys and Girls Club and the TEDI BEAR Children’s Advocacy Center hosted senior capstone teams in the 2013-2014 year. Read more...
Fifth annual hurricane workshop set for May 28

ECU and the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management are hosting a hurricane workshop 9 a.m.–3 p.m. May 28 in the Murphy Center at ECU’s Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The event will feature a 60th anniversary retrospective of Hurricane Hazel, the devastating storm that slammed the North Carolina coast in 1954. Read more...
Art and Design recognized for animation program

ECU’s School of Art and Design has been ranked as the 10th best animation program in the South by an industry website. The program also ranked 51st in the nation in a list recently announced by It was the first time ECU was invited to participate in the annual evaluation of education programs. Read more...
Passion, persistence leads to success for ECU student

At the end of July, at least one ECU senior will be working full time in the Research Triangle area for Cisco, an international networking company. Anthony Peterson Jr., a Sampson County native and first generation college student, is expected to graduate magna cum laude May 9 with a bachelor’s degree in information and computer technology. Read more...
QAR artifacts preserved through ongoing partnership

A 10-year partnership between the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Laboratory at ECU and the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources was cause for celebration April 30. The laboratory supports ongoing conservation efforts for the examination, conservation and documentation of artifacts recovered from the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Read more...

April 2014

ECU crew helps clean up damage on ECSU campus

An ECU grounds crew traveled to Elizabeth City State University to help clean up damage from three tornadoes that struck the area April 25.  Four members of ECU’s ground staff left Greenville April 28 with a dump truck, a skid-steer loader, a wood chipper, chainsaws and other supplies to help clear the 27 trees that blew down Friday on the ECSU campus. Read more...
University Awards Day, Founders Day events set for April 30

ECU will mark Founders Day/University Awards Day on April 30, recognizing the establishment of the institution 107 years ago by the N.C. General Assembly. The university’s top awards in teaching, scholarship of engagement, research and creative achievement and leadership will be announced during an event at 9 a.m. in Hendrix Theatre.
Construction on schedule for Gateway East and West

Foundation preparation for the newest residence halls, Gateway East and West, has begun and project completion is scheduled for July 2015. Gateway East and West will replace Belk Residence Hall and will house 720 students. Aaron Lucier, director of housing operations, said officials are accepting bids from subcontractors, the next milestone for the project. Read more...

ECU hosts first track meet at Olympic Sports Complex

ECU will host the first track event held at the new Olympic Sports Complex this weekend when athletes from ECU and three visiting schools gather to compete in the Bill Carson Invitational. Also on Saturday, the ECU football team will hold its annual Purple-Gold Game, starting at 2:30 p.m. in nearby Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Both events are free. Read more...

'Ball Pit on the Brickyard' promotes open dialogue

ECU faculty, staff and students who struggle to engage in meaningful conversation with strangers may be helped along with 6,000 plastic balls in a “Ball Pit on the Brickyard” event which provides encouragement and an open environment to foster honest dialogue. Individuals sit together in the ball pit, creating conversation with the help of 12 large balls. Read more...

Departing Brody students offer 'Day of Service'

Before learning where they’d be placed for medical residency, 80 students from ECU’s Brody School of Medicine spent a Day of Service giving back to the place they’ve called home for the last four years. Some project related directly to their involvement in medicine, such as service to the student-run Grimesland Clinic or performing maintenance at the Ronald McDonald House. Read more...

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March 2014

Day of discussions marks International Women's Day

The Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women marked International Women’s Day at ECU March 5 with a series of discussions throughout the day. Presentations covered topics like social media benefits and challenges, sex and safety, international women and respect, moving from victim to challenger, financial health, and physical health and wellness. Read more...
ECU licenses XComP competency-based assessment tool

ECU An East Carolina University researcher has developed and licensed an innovative competency-based assessment technology that generates cumulative, real-time evaluations of students, faculty, curricula and programs. ECU has granted AAL Informatics the exclusive license of the competency-based assessment technology. Read more...
ECU professor to oversee acclaimed Capital Jury Project Archive

East Carolina University criminal justice professor Dr. Jonathan Sorensen will oversee the Capital Jury Project archive in the ECU Department of Criminal Justice.The data archive includes interviews from more than 1,198 death penalty jurors in 14 states. Results from the study have enabled researchers to publish more than 60 academic and law journal articles over the last 22 years. Read more...
Joyner Library to cut ribbon on Janice H. Faulkner Gallery

Former North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt Jr. will be among those in attendance Tuesday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m. when a renovated gallery and study space in Joyner Library is dedicated to honor East Carolina University alumna Janice Hardison Faulkner. The Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery is a dynamic space that will serve a variety of needs. Read more...
UNC decision supports community college transfers

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved a plan last month to ease the path for students moving from N.C. community colleges to public universities. Approximately 3,600 of all students attending East Carolina University during the fall semester transferred to ECU from a North Carolina community college. Read more...


February 2014

ECU nutrition students prepare educational feast

Three days a week at ECU, guests can satisfy their lunchtime hunger while supporting nutrition students’ education in the College of Human Ecology’s Darden Dining Room. Students in the food production in dietetics course – now in its fifth year – acquire hands-on experience in the kitchen, at the front of the house and in marketing positions. Read more...

ECU volunteers join in effort to 'Give Kids a Smile'

ECU dental student Amanda Stroud reacts while getting a hug from 5-year-old Jaden Wilson after she worked on his smile. Stroud was among a number of ECU volunteers helping out at the annual Give Kids a Smile event Feb. 7 at Eastern Pediatrics and Orthodontics in Greenville. Approximately 140 patients received free dental care at the event. Read more...

ECU alumnus scores Super Bowl championship ring

ECU alumnus Michael Brooks will join the ranks of former ECU Pirate football players who wear a Super Bowl championship ring. Brooks was on the winning Seattle Seahawks teams during the Feb. 2 contest as a rookie defensive lineman. A native of Roxboro, Brooks majored in criminal justice with a concentration in homeland security. Read more...


January 2014

ECU music student wins two orchestra competitions

Mary Catherine Cox, ECU junior violin performance major studying with Ara Gregorian, won both the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra and the Durham Symphony Orchestra concerto competitions Jan. 11. She recently won the 2013-14 ECU Concerto Competition Ron and Patty Allison Prize, and the opportunity to perform as soloist with the ECU Symphony Orchestra.
Civil rights activist Julian Bond to speak at ECU

Julian Bond, civil rights activist and professor emeritus of the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia, will deliver the Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History at East Carolina University. Bond will discuss “Civil Rights, Then and Now,” at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in ECU’s Wright Auditorium. The presentation is part of the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series. Read more...

Pirates jump into new year with dance, Polar Bear Plunge

ECU's Division of Student Affairs is hosting two events to help students kick off the spring semester. The 18th annual Polar Bear Plunge is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Student Recreation Center. ECU students, faculty and staff are invited to jump into the icy waters of the outdoor pool. Women’s Basketball Coach Heather Macy will be the ceremonial first jumper. Read more...

ECU conservationist wed in SeaWorld's penguin habitat

A SeaWorld wedding between East Carolina University’s director of conservation Susanne Grieve and Jeff Rawson, who met during a 2012 trip to Antarctica, is featured on the Orlando Sentinel and the local station, WFTV9. The two were wed in the 32-degree penguin habitat at SeaWorld in Orlando, attended by 250 penguins inside SeaWorld’s Antarctica exhibit. Read more...
Alumni Association accepting scholarship applications

East Carolina University junior Dominique Shane Rowe, a rehabilitation studies major, is one of approximately 20 recipients of the 2013 Alumni Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded annually through the East Carolina Alumni Association. pplications for the 2014-15 awards are being accepted through Jan. 31. Read more...