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December 2013

ECU to shut down operations over winter breaktshutdown

For the third year, ECU will go green during the winter break using a utilities setback plan that saved the university more than $75,000 last year. The university will shut down at regular close of business Dec. 20 as part of a plan to allow employees a longer break and to help reduce utility expenditures and energy use. Buildings will reopen Jan. 2. Read more...
 

Nursing staff, faculty bring cheer to senior adultstcon

Staff and faculty from the College of Nursing are bringing cheer to senior adults this holiday season. More than a dozen faculty and staff decorated 13 wreaths and 26 stockings for residents at Golden Living Center in Greenville during a fall community service day on Nov. 1. They also raised funds to provide a gift card for a family in need. Read more...

November 2013

ECU profs present at American Heart Association meetingt2sc

Two ECU professors presented research this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013. Dr. Samuel F. Sears, director of the doctoral program in health psychology, presented an abstract Nov. 20. Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood, director of the East Carolina Heart Institute, delivered the William W. L. Glenn Lecture Nov. 18. Read more...

ECU, Vidant partnership launches alumni networktnurse

ECU’s College of Nursing has partnered with Vidant Medical Center to launch its first alumni network in eastern North Carolina. A member-driven support organization, the Pirate Nurse Network will offer educational opportunities, social and professional networking for ECU nursing graduates who work at Vidant in Greenville. Read more.

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ECU events mark Veterans Day, military servicetvet2

ECU will host a number of events in honor of Veterans Day. Among the activities scheduled are a presentation by retired CIA agent James Cunningham and the annual Veterans Day paver dedication service, which recognizes members of the ECU community for military service. Read more...

October 2013

Texas A&M honors ECU kinesiology professortsartorebaldwin

East Carolina University professor Dr. Melanie Sartore-Baldwin was named the 2013 Outstanding Alumni by Texas A&M University Oct. 25 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. A 2007 graduate of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M, Sartore-Baldwin was among five alumni recognized. Read more...

Terrorist attack survivor shares experiences at ECUthingson

A survivor of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks told ECU students Oct. 23 how much he appreciates effective collaboration. "If there is one lesson to take from 9/11, it is that teamwork is extremely important," said Michael Hingson, a blind man who, along with his guide dog Roselle, escaped the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. Read more...

Pirate Read author visits campus, speaks with studentstbarcott

Author Rye Barcott spent Oct. 22 on East Carolina University's campus meeting students and speaking about his experiences that led to "It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine's Path to Peace." Barcott's 2011 work chronicled his military experiences and his ongoing charity work through Carolina for Kibera.  Read more...

Sociology of religion professor to deliver Jarvis Lecture tc

A top scholar in the sociology of religion will speak on Transformations in American Civil Religion and American Christianity at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at Wright Auditorium. Dr. José Casanova, sociology professor at Georgetown University, will deliver the 2013 Jarvis Lecture, part of the Harriot Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series. Read more...

Annual Fitness Walk to focus on active, healthy lifestylestfitness

The annual Staff Senate Health Fitness Walk is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Lake Laupus on ECU's health sciences campus. The event will include opening remarks by Brody School of Medicine Dean Paul Cunningham, a walk around the lake and exhibits promoting healthy lifestyles. Read more...

September 2013

Peace.Love.Pirates.Cure fair on campus Oct. 2fair

ECU will host the sixth annual Peace.Love.Pirates.Cure cancer awareness fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Student Recreation Center. The event is free and open to ECU faculty, staff and students. The event promotes cancer awareness and knowledge by providing information tailored to helping attendees live healthy, cancer free lives. Read more...

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Ledonia Wright Cultural Center hosts immigration debatetmorones

ECU will host an immigration debate between Enrique Morones and Dan Stein at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 in Wright Auditorium. Morones (pictured) is founder of Border Angels and an immigrant activist. Stein is the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which advocates for reforms of U.S. immigration policies. Read more...

Long-time College of Business professors retire on same daytretirees

Two management professors in the College of Business retired on the exact same day this fall, ending more than four decades of combined teaching at East Carolina University. The 2012-2013 academic year was Kenneth Bass’ 21st year in the Department of Management and Roy Simerly’s 23rd year. Read more...

August 2013

Grant aids breast cancer care for Pitt County womentkomen

Two East Carolina University projects to promote women's health have received grants from the Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate. The projects aim to provide screening, diagnostic and treatment services while streamlining care and supplementing costs for breast cancer patients. Read more...

ECU graduate's flash mob proposal goes viraltflash

ECU graduate Andrew Stoker hired a flash mob to impress ECU graduate Scarlet Van Loon of Winston-Salem when he dropped to bended knee last month. A video of his proposal made the local news in Philadelphia and has since gone viral. Stoker led Van Loon to believe they were participating with some friends in a flash mob dance.  Read more...

Library expands hours with trial 24/5 schedulelibraryt

Joyner Library is responding to student demand with a trial 24/5 operating schedule for the 2013-14 academic year. Beginning Aug. 19 and continuing through the spring semester, Joyner Library will be open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week. This pilot initiative is a result of student demand for expanded hours... Read more...

July 2013

Study: Access to nutritional foods vital for healthtpitts

Stores that stock little if any healthy foods could be a contributor to obesity in urban and rural communities, but such stores could also be a catalyst for healthier eating. That’s according to researchers at East Carolina University. Dr. Stephanie Jilcott Pitts, an associate professor of public health at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, led a team that focused on “food deserts” -- urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy and affordable food.Read more...

ECU professor receives national educator awardtdeale

An East Carolina University professor in the College of Human Ecology received a national award at the American Hotel and Lodging Association Summer Summit in Houston June 19. Cynthia Deale was presented the 2013 Lamp of Knowledge Award for Outstanding Educator in the United States from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. Deale is an associate professor in ECU’s School of Hospitality Leadership and an affiliate faculty member of ECU’s Center for Sustainable Tourism. Read more...

Med students join honor societytsociety

Twelve ECU medical students have been inducted into the Brody School of Medicine’s chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. The society recognizes fourth-year medical students who have excelled in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service. The inductees were chosen by their peers and endorsed by a faculty panel. An induction ceremony was held April 22 at Ironwood Country Club. Dr. Roytessa Savage, associate professor of pediatrics at the Brody School of Medicine, was the keynote speaker. Read more....

ECU police to conduct active shooter trainingt2drill

The East Carolina University Police Department will conduct active shooter training July 8-12 at Tyler Hall on College Hill. This training, a normal part of ECU’s emergency planning procedures, is designed to prepare law enforcement personnel to respond to an active shooter on campus. Tyler Hall will be the only building involved in the training scenarios. According to the ECU Police, the exercise may involve actors and simulated use of weapons. Read more...

June 2013

Baranik awarded for research on emotions, healthtbaranik

An East Carolina University assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Dr. Lisa Baranik, has received the 2012 Best Paper Award from the Journal of Research in Personality. The work was co-authored by Dr. Stephen West and Yu Liu from Arizona State University, and Dr. John Finch, an ECU professor of psychology who died in 2012. The award ceremony, which included a tribute to Finch’s career, took place June 21 at the Biennial Convention of the Association for Research in Personality in Charlotte. Read more...

ECU ecologist's research in major publicationstardon

Research by ecology professor Marcelo Ardón-Sayao has appeared in two major science publications this summer. His work on soil and surface water runoff from wetlands in North Carolina has been featured in Global Change Biology and in the science journal Nature. Coastal freshwater wetlands diminish nitrogen delivery to sensitive coastal waters, but Ardón said, increased salinity from droughts and sea-level rise may threaten this important service. Read more...

Soldier's memoir selected for summer reading programt3pirateread

A memoir about a college student who founded a non-profit organization while on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps has been selected as the 2013 Pirate Read at East Carolina University. “It Happened on the Way to War” by Rye Barcott is set in the year 2000. Barcott was stationed in Kibera – a slum located in Nairobi, Kenya. While there, Barcott made a connection with the locals and in turn formed a bond with two specific people. Read more...

Saeed earns national psychiatry awardtsaeed

Dr. Sy Saeed, professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatric Medicine in the Brody School of Medicine, has been honored with the Administrative Psychiatry Award by the American Psychiatric Association. The award honors an APA member who is a nationally-recognized clinician executive, whose effectiveness as an administrator has expanded the body of knowledge of management in the mental health services delivery system.... Read more...

Sea kayaking among adventures at CRWtkayak

ECU faculty, staff and students seeking a summertime adventure might enjoy sea kayaking to Bear Island, a program offered by ECU Campus Recreation and Wellness on June 22. The trip includes a 3-mile paddle and lunch on an unspoiled beach. No experience is required, but participants pay a fee and attend one mandatory pre-trip meeting and one kayak pool session. Sign up by June 18. Read more...

May 2013

ECU faculty conducting classes for parentstbaugh

ECU Child Development and Family Relations faculty member Eboni Baugh, pictured, is one of five ECU faculty members conducting free classes to help parents develop effective management strategies for dealing with childhood behavior problems and common developmental issues. Classes begin May 29 and run weekly on Wednesday for five weeks. Participating faculty also include Kerry Littlewood, Sharon Ballard, Lisa Tyndall and Brittney Temple. Read more…

Hurricane workshop, town hall meeting set for Maysturgis

Two events at ECU in May will focus on preparation for the annual hurricane season. Commander Linda Sturgis (pictured at right), chief of emergency prevention in the Coast Guard Sector, New York, will keynote a hurricane workshop on May 22. The workshop will focus on lessons learned during megastorm Hurricane Sandy. A town meeting on May 28 will help local residents prepare for the annual hurricane season. Read more...

Last class graduates in health information managementtgroup

ECU graduated its final class of health information management students May 10, completing a long history of educating close to 600 health information management professionals. The bachelor’s degree has been discontinued, but a new MS in health informatics and information management will take its place. The change is based on anticipated needs for computer specialists trained at the graduate level in health informatics. Read more...

ECU mourns incredible Piratetelliott2

Laura Marie Leary Elliott, the first African-American student to graduate with a bachelor's degree from ECU, passed away Monday evening. A wake and funeral service will be held next week in Maryland, where she was living in retirement. Many current Pirates had the chance to meet her when she returned to campus for Homecoming in October 2012 as part of a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of desegregation at ECU. Read more about her incredible story here.

ECU alumna to address graduatestlovelace1


An ECU alumna and award-winning developer of children’s programs will deliver the university’s spring 2013 commencement address May 10. Dr. Valeria O. Lovelace is president and founder of Media Transformations, an educational research and production company that develops projects to promote learning and positive role models for children. Read more...

April 2013

Students enjoy brief, 'Barefoot' respite from studiestbarefoot

East Carolina University held its 34th annual Barefoot on the Mall celebration April 25, providing an opportunity for students to take a break from the intensity that often arises at the close of a semester. From 2 to 8 p.m., students enjoyed musical performances and novelty entertainment, free t-shirts and prizes. This year's featured musician was Lauren Alaina of Rossville, Ga., country music singer and runner-up on the 10th season of American Idol. Read more...

Dental faculty member honored by Appletwatkins

Dr. R. Todd Watkins Jr. of the ECU School of Dental Medicine has been named to the Apple Distinguished Educators Class of 2013. Representatives of Apple were at the dental school April 17 to recognize Watkins. Apple describes its distinguished educators as “part of a global community of education leaders recognized for doing amazing things with Apple technology in and out of the classroom. They explore new ideas, seek new paths, and embrace new opportunities.” Read more...

Road race to raise funds for scholarshipstrace

The 2013 Pirate Alumni Road Race and Fun Run to benefit the East Carolina Alumni Association Scholarship Program is set for 9 a.m. April 20 at the corner of Cotanche St. and Reade Circle. Every spring, the Alumni Association awards around 20 scholarships of either $1,000 or $2,500 to selected undergraduates to be used in the following academic year. Since the program's founding in 2005, the Alumni Association has awarded 179 scholarships... Read more...

Edible books festival draws readers, eaterstbooks

Books, food and the people who love them were the focus of the 2nd annual Edible Books Festival April 6 at Joyner Library, East Carolina University. Participants entered edible art related to their favorite books. The art can make a pun on a book's title or refer to a scene or character from a book. This year's Best in Show winner was "The Secret Garden," created by Lou and Dawn Rook. That entry also won a prize for most edible. Read more...

ECU community mourns loss of instructorO-Neal-border

Co-workers and students of ECU teaching instructor Debbie O'Neal are grieving this week following her death on March 31. She and her husband, Dennis, were killed when their fixed-wing Lancair LC-42 aircraft crashed in a Winston-Salem residential neighborhood after experiencing engine trouble. UPDATE: Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at Rock Springs Center, 4025 N.C. 43 North, Greenville. Read more…

March 2013

Youth Arts Festival set for April 6tfest

ECU's School of Art and Design will host the ninth annual Youth Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 6 on the mall in the center of campus. The festival will include more than 100 visual and performing artists from across the Southeast. Musical, dance and theatrical groups will perform. Artist demonstrations will include wheel thrown ceramics, traditional watercolor painting, weaving, blacksmithing, paper-making, printmaking and portraiture. Read more....

ECU alum speaks at national conferenceteduc

An East Carolina University graduate shared her experiences as a first-year, middle school math teacher at a national education conference Feb. 27-March 2. Lauren Williams Harvey ‘12 served as a panelist at the annual American Association of Teacher Education Conference (AACTE), held this year in Orlando, Fla. She spoke on how an innovative program at ECU’s College of Education prepared her for teaching. Read more...

ECU named to community service honor rolltmlk

For the seventh year in a row, ECU was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll recognizes exemplary community service and meaningful outcomes in the community. The award is the highest federal recognition that honors a university’s commitment to service and civic engagement. Winners were announced March 4 in Washington, D.C. Read more...

February 2013

Symposium to focus on public servicetthomas

A leading scholar in eliminating health disparities will keynote the Ethics of Public Service Symposium March 7 at the East Carolina Heart Institute. Dr. Stephen B. Thomas, director of the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland, will present "The University's Ethical Responsibility to Its Community." Topics will include the ethical responsibilities of public universities, the value of public service to campuses and communities, the ethical dilemmas arising from public service and the rewards to all involved. Read more...

New ECU board members sworn intcopeland

Two new members of the ECU Board of Trustees were sworn in Friday, Feb. 22 at East Carolina University. Mark Copeland, of Charlotte, joined the board to fill the seat left vacant when Kieran Shanahan of Raleigh resigned to take a position as N.C. Secretary of Public Safety. Copeland is an ECU alumnus and managing partner for Ernst & Young's Charlotte office. Also sworn in was ECU senior Matthew Paske, SGA president.  Read more...

Students learn to outclass competitiontoutclass

An event aimed at giving ECU students an edge in the job market will test the etiquette skills of 40 young men and women on Feb. 22. Outclass the Competition, a full day of activities centered on learning business protocol and professional etiquette, begins at 9 a.m. at the East Carolina Heart Institute.  Topics include making the right first impressions, networking and building relationships, workplace professionalism, table manners and doing business in other countries. Read more...

Students invited to networking dayteng

The ECU College of Technology and Computer Science will host an Employer & Student Networking Day from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Harvey Hall at the Murphy Center. Approximately 50 businesses are expected to attend the free, annual event. All undergraduate and graduate students are invited, particularly those pursuing a degree in the fields of computer science, engineering, construction management and technology systems. Read more....

Bank endows EC Scholar awardtbank_1

The Southern Bank Foundation has established an endowment to fund an EC Scholars award at East Carolina University in the amount of $400,000. The four-year merit scholarships are awarded annually and recognize outstanding academic performance, commitment to community engagement and strong leadership skills. Recipients receive a scholarship for four years, along with a stipend for study abroad, for a total value of approximately $45,000.  Read more...

January 2013

ECU alumna named Raleigh police chieftdeckbrown

East Carolina University criminal justice graduate and acting interim chief Cassandra Deck-Brown was chosen as police chief for Raleigh. She is the first African-American woman to head the department and the first chief chosen from within the department since 1994. That year, Deck-Brown’s brother in-law, Mitchell Brown, was promoted to chief and served nearly seven years. Deck-Brown has been with the Raleigh Police Department since 1987 and worked her way up to deputy chief.  Read more....

Empty Bowls event to combat hungertbowls

Two East Carolina University organizations will combat hunger through the 2nd annual Empty Bowls event, scheduled from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms on campus. Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to raise money while reminding participants of all the empty bowls in the world. Guests purchase tickets for a meal of soup and bread, along with a handmade bowl. Read more....

New tool may aid Alzheimer's, cancer researchtlu

Research by an ECU team could lead to a better understanding of how individual cells perform certain tasks. That could have implications for Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer and other conditions. Dr. Qun Lu, a professor of anatomy and cell biology at the Brody School of Medicine, said his team’s discovery “provides a potentially powerful tool for research … in human pathogenesis.”  Read more...

ECU alum featured in local art exhibitst

An art exhibit at the City Art Gallery in Greenville will feature paintings by ECU alumnus Bob Rankin, a North Carolina painter and teacher who graduated in 1970 with a degree in art education. "Abstraction: New works by Bob Rankin" will open with a public reception at 6 p.m. Jan. 10. He will also participate in the gallery's Feb. 8 James Applewhite Poetry Invitation.  Read more about Rankin.  Read more about the exhibitions at City Art Gallery.