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2014 Archives

December 2014

Collaborative effort to enroll new teachers in graduate school

East Carolina University wants to entice new teachers in Pitt County to become students again. ECU’s College of Education has received a $60,000 grant from the BelleJar Foundation that will help pay for 12 first-year teachers in high-need schools to get their master’s degrees in a collaborative effort with Pitt County Schools. Read more...
Pet therapy break helps students manage exam stress

During finals, ECU’s Joyner Library is hosting a study break for students with a unique twist. The library teams with Pet Partners to present three pet therapy sessions, which means bringing animals into the library area to interact with students. Read more...
Operation Reentry, Food Lion join forces to feed homeless veterans

Operation Reentry North Carolina, based at East Carolina University, has partnered with grocer Food Lion to launch a mobile food pantry to help feed homeless and at-risk veterans in eastern North Carolina. Read more...

November 2014

App is picture perfect in identifying plants

Brandon Smith spotted a flowering plant he liked that was growing in the landscaping outside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and wondered what it was. He thought the plant would look good in the yard of his Greenville home. So he pulled out his phone and took a picture of it. Read more...
ECU honors service on Veterans Day

East Carolina University remembered those who sacrificed and served during a Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11. Read more...
ECU honors military service, Veterans Day with special events

East Carolina University will salute veterans and dedicate 58 brick pavers in a ceremony at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 beside Christenbury Gymnasium. Read more...

October 2014

ECU recognized as bicycle friendly university

East Carolina University has joined 100 cutting-edge colleges and universities nationwide recognized by the League of American Bicyclists with a Silver Bicycle Friendly University award. Read more...

Pories appointed officer in American College of Surgeons

An East Carolina University surgeon has been selected to serve as second vice president of the American College of Surgeons – the highest office in that organization ever held by a Brody School of Medicine doctor. Read more...
ECU alumna, former soccer star new face of American Athletic Conference

Former East Carolina University soccer star Hali Oughton was interviewed by the media many times during her college career. Now she’s the one holding the microphone in her job as an on-air reporter for the American Athletic Conference. Read more...
Cousteau calls attention to ocean resource management

Renowned underwater explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau urged action to protect endangered ocean resources in a presentation Wednesday, Oct. 1 at East Carolina University. “Marine debris is a global problem with a global solution,” he said. “Every one of us can change this problem.” Read more...

September 2014

Engineering students’ flying vehicle takes second in national competition

Three East Carolina University undergraduate engineering students built a flying vehicle this summer that took second place in a unique national competition. The students, led by ECU Assistant Professor of Engineering Zhen Zhu, competed against six other universities at the Autonomous Aerial Vehicle Competition at the 2014 Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems Conference in Dayton, Ohio. Read more...
ECU professors publish book on political humor

“Earlier today, George W. Bush said he has one goal for these debates. He wants to show the American people that he’s presidentiamable.” -David Letterman. This is just one of many political jokes listed in “Politics is a Joke!: How TV Comedians are Remaking Political Life,” a new book written by two East Carolina University professors, which explains how late night talk shows have influenced the success of politicians. Read more...
Incoming EC Scholars prepare for fall during Ocracoke retreat

The incoming class of EC Scholars participated in leadership training that included topics such as professional etiquette, time management and work-life balance during a retreat the week before the start of fall semester. Read more...


August 2014

Honors College students fulfill ECU motto

Honors College students put East Carolina University’s motto servire - to serve - into action Aug. 22, spending their first day on campus helping the community. Read more...
PA students learn in immersive, international setting

Two students in East Carolina University’s Physician Assistant Studies program traveled to Belize this summer to volunteer and emerge themselves in a medical atmosphere quite different from eastern North Carolina. Read more...
ECU researchers design barrier to improve groundwater quality

Believed to be the first of its kind in the state, a barrier installed by East Carolina University researchers is reducing nitrate-nitrogen concentrations in eastern North Carolina groundwater. Read more...

July 2014

Trustees review fiscal sustainability measures, strategic planning

Continuing fiscal challenges were front and center during the regular meeting of the East Carolina University Board of Trustees held July 17-18 at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU. Read more...
ECU honors student wins competitive scholarship, NOAA internship

For the second year in a row, an East Carolina University Honors College student has won a prestigious scholarship and internship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read more...

June 2014

Grant to further ECU-led telepsychiatry program

A $1.5 million grant from The Duke Endowment will fund further expansion of the Statewide Telepsychiatry Program (NC-STeP), based out of East Carolina University. The grant was awarded to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Rural Health and Community Care. ECU’s Center for Telepsychiatry began coordinating NC-STeP services in fall 2013.  Read more...
Dramatic narrative selected for Pirate Read

“The Other Wes Moore” by Wes Moore has been selected as the 2014 Pirate Read at East Carolina University. All incoming students are asked to read the book before beginning their first semester. The book is a true story about two young boys with the same name, who grow up in the same city and live in similar neighborhoods. Read more...


May 2014

ECU programs rank among best for veterans

ECU’s graduate programs rank among the nation’s best in online education for veterans, according to a listing released May 20 by U.S. News & World Report. The ECU College of Nursing ranked second in the country for masters of nursing programs. The online Master of Business Administration program in the ECU College of Business ranked 15 in the nation. Read more...
Saeed interviewed on NPR's 'All Things Considered'

Dr. Sy Saeed, chairman of the Department of Psychiatric Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine, was interviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered” regarding the effectiveness of telepsychiatry in bringing much needed mental health care to underserved regions. Saeed said that patients have found telepsychiatry to be much like a face-to-face interaction. Read more...

April 2014

Joyner Library offers pet therapy to relieve exam stress

May 1 marks the start of spring semester exams, prompting for many students a stress-filled week of late-night studying. To help alleviate that stress during exams, Joyner Library is offering some furry help from pet therapy dogs. In the sessions, ECU outreach librarians team with Pet Partners to provide trained animals and handlers to interact with students. Read more...
Barefoot on the Mall draws crowds to campus

East Carolina University students shucked off their shoes and took a break from end-of-semester studying on a warm and sunny April 24 during Barefoot on the Mall, an annual outdoor event sponsored by the Student Activities Board. Inflatables, games and live entertainment from 2 - 8 p.m. kept crowds flowing to the mall on campus for sunshine and fun. Read more...
ECU Theatre & Dance to present 'The Great God Brown'

The ECU School of Theatre and Dance will present Eugene O’Neill’s “The Great God Brown,” April 24 – 29 at McGinnis Theatre. Considered a revealing play about O’Neill himself, the play examines the lives of Billy Brown, a successful but inferior architect; Brown’s first Dion Anthony, a gifted but drunken womanizer; and the woman both men love. Read more...

Earth Day Expo highlights biodiversity

Frogs, fossils and jellyfish were among the popular activities for visitors at the annual Earth Day Expo April 8 in the Howell Science Complex at East Carolina University. The ECU Center for Biodiversity and Department of Biology hosted the event, with ECU faculty and students providing interactive activities and displays related to biodiversity. Read more...


March 2014

Families enjoy visual, performance arts at ECU

An upcoming generation of artists tried out their skills at East Carolina University March 29 during the 10th Annual Youth Arts Festival. The annual event promotes multicultural visual and performing arts for children through hands-on projects, demonstrations and performances. Children enjoyed the opportunity to create their own artwork. Read more...

ECU-developed device helps people with Parkinson's Disease

People with Parkinson's disease now have a tool to help them communicate more fluently. Janus Development Group Inc. is marketing and distributing the SpeechEasy anti-stuttering device, developed at East Carolina University, to people with the neurological disease to assist them with speech. Read more...

ECU program ranks among the nation’s best in U.S. News listing

East Carolina University’s rehabilitation counseling program is ranked among the best graduate programs in the nation, according to a listing released today by U.S. News & World Report.  The program was ranked 13th for the second consecutive year. It has been consistently ranked in the top 20 since the mid-1990s. Read more...

Wellness day offers preventive health care

At last week’s wellness day in Rocky Mount, Willie Green compared preventive health care to looking after his car. "You got to keep everything checked up," he said. "It's like checking the air in your tires." At last week's wellness day in Rocky Mount, Willie Green compared preventive health care to looking after his car. Read more...

February 2014

'Quality storytelling' recognized with CASE awards

Several ECU staff members were recognized for outstanding work during the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III awards in Orlando, Fla., earlier this week. Recognized was the team producing 19 profiles of the fall 2013 incoming class of EC Scholars for the Honors College at ECU.  Read more...
ECU professor examines heart of state's political history

East Carolina University political science professor Tom Eamon tracks how North Carolina has politically evolved since the 1940s in “The Making of a Southern Democracy: North Carolina Politics from Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory,” published in January. Eamon outlines the state’s stormy political and social history, explaining how North Carolina played a pivotal role in 21st century American history. Read more...

Mixed emotions greet ECU's second snowfall in two weeks

A second round of snow within two weeks was met with mixed emotions by the East Carolina University community when Winter Storm Pax arrived on campus Feb. 11. Students bundled up to make their way across campus as the snow fell from early morning into the afternoon. Classes after 6 p.m. were cancelled.  Read more....
ECU robotics team takes third in national competition

A team of College of Technology and Computer Science students worked hard to overcome a few obstacles and place third in 2013 Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering’s national robotics competition in New Orleans. It was the fourth year of ECU’s student chapter of ATMAE participating in the competition. Read more...

ECU commemorates African American History Month

ECU will kick off its commemoration of African-American History Month with an opening celebration at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in Wright Auditorium. Featured performers include the ZuZu Acrobats from Mombasa, Kenya. Additional events include a presentation and book signing at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 in Hendrix Theatre with Jeanne Theoharis, author of a biography of Rosa Parks (pictured). Read more...


January 2014

ECU students enjoy winter fun on rare snow day

Textbooks and laptops were cast aside in favor of sleds and snow boots at East Carolina University Jan. 29, after a snow storm dropped 4 to 5 inches of snow and ice on campus. ECU classes were cancelled Tuesday afternoon and the campus remained closed on Wednesday. Heavy sleet began falling late afternoon, transitioning to all snow by midnight. Read more...
ECU sonographer receives national award

ECU sonographer Diana McCormick Strickland has received the 2014 Distinguished Sonographer Award from the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine. She is a registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer and a registered diagnostic medical sonographer. She works in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Brody School of Medicine. Read more....

ECU honors MLK Jr. through speaker, day of service

ECU students are encouraged to use their day off from classes on Monday, Jan. 20 to participate in a day of service honoring Martin Luther King Jr. The day’s activities are organized by the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center and other campus groups, which have scheduled 10 sites where students can volunteer. Read more...

Nursing, Business ranked among the nation's best

East Carolina University's graduate programs in nursing and business s rank among the nation’s best in online education according to a listing released by U.S. News & World Report. The ECU College of Nursing ranked fifth out of 96 masters of nursing programs. The online Master of Business Administration program in the College of Business ranked 58 out of 171 graduate business programs. Read more...
Four-person kidney exchange provides gift of life

Surgeons with the Brody School of Medicine and Vidant Medical Center teamed to perform a four-person kidney exchange Dec. 16. Two weeks later, the patients and their families met for the first time. "It's a win-win," said Dr. Robert Harland, professor and chief of surgical immunology and transplantation at ECU and chief of transplant surgery at Vidant Medical Center. Read more...