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December 2014

Holiday meals provided for Falkland Elementary children

A season intended as a time of joy for children – with multiple days out of school – also means no breakfast or lunch for many children across Pitt County. Now thanks in part to a group of East Carolina University students, children at Falkland Elementary School will have meals provided throughout the holiday.
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ECU historian focuses on the world of academic awards

As the latest round of Nobel Laureates are bowing their heads to receive medals this week, an East Carolina University professor will be leaning into a computer screen crunching numbers on the world’s great academic awards—the Nobels and 183 others.
ECU study finds exercise after bariatric surgery improves health

People who exercise following bariatric surgery gain health benefits beyond weight loss, according to researchers at East Carolina University, the University of Pittsburgh and Florida Hospital – Sanford-Burnham Translational Research for Institute and Diabetes Institute. Read more...

November 2014

ECU-trained scientists discover Battle of the Atlantic shipwrecks

Two East Carolina University alumni were the principal investigators in the Oct. 21 discovery of two shipwrecks from an important World War II naval battle off the North Carolina coast. Read more...
ECU senior honored for community service

ECU senior Zachary Baker has been recognized by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities committed to community engagement, for his outstanding leadership and service. Read more...
ECU students construct, destroy Berlin Wall replica

ECU marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War by installing and then tearing down a replica wall Nov. 3 – 6 on the brickyard near Mendenhall Student Center. The wall divided the city of Berlin, but also stood as a symbol for ongoing political divisions between the East and West. Read more...

October 2014

School of Communication director honored with scholar award

East Carolina University School of Communication Director Linda Kean was honored Oct. 9 with the 2014 NCA Health Communication Division’s Outstanding Scholar Award. Read more...
Former Miss America brings diversity message to campus

Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, challenged East Carolina University students to celebrate their diversity – whatever that may be – and to be accepting of others. Read more...
ECU College of Business named a top business school for 2015

For the eighth straight year, East Carolina University’s College of Business ranks among the best in the nation by The Princeton Review. The education services company features ECU in the 2015 edition of “The Best 296 Business Schools.” Read more...
Research shows mimicry in frogs can engender new species

Researchers at East Carolina University have discovered that certain populations of a South American frog species have changed their appearance to avoid predators through mimicry of other species, causing the populations to diverge – possibly to the point of evolving into two different species. Read more...
Educate To Career ranks ECU No. 4 in nation

East Carolina University is ranked No. 4 out of more than 1,200 universities in the nation by Educate To Career in its 2015 College Rankings Index. The rankings provide “actual college outcomes data,” according to the California nonprofit. Read more...

September 2014

Joyner Library programs celebrate freedom to read

East Carolina University’s Joyner Library and Department of English marked Banned Books Week Sept. 25 with a Read Out at the Sonic Plaza near Joyner Library. Read more...
Velde inaugural member of national academy

East Carolina University’s Beth Velde will be inducted Oct. 7 to a policy group dedicated to honoring scholarship and service at college campuses nationwide. The Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship invited Velde to become an inaugural member following peer nomination and selection.  Read more...
ECU Professor Receives Gubernatorial appointment

Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed East Carolina University assistant professor Dr. Beth Chaney to the North Carolina Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Prevention and Treatment Task Force. The task force consists of 20 members appointed for a two-year term. Read more...

August 2014

Series highlights ECU work addressing regional health

“Health Discoveries,” a production of ECU-TV, will launch at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. The “Health Discoveries” series, hosted by Dr. Samuel F. Sears, will highlight specific successes of East Carolina University faculty in solving important health problems via research, teaching and service. Read more...

Bauer, Rulifson selected as distinguished professors

Two professors in the ECU Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences were inducted as distinguished professors at the college’s annual faculty convocation Aug. 25. The honor is traditionally bestowed upon one individual at the beginning of each academic year.
Three medical students named Brody Scholars

Three incoming students at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine have been named Brody Scholars for the Class of 2018. Alyssa D'Addezio of Concord, Ismail Kassim of High Point and Zachary Sutton of Pink Hill will receive four years of medical school tuition, living expenses and the opportunity to design their own summer enrichment program that can include travel abroad. Read more...
Nutrition lab partners with visiting scholar to research liver disease

Researchers from the Department of Nutrition Science at East Carolina University recently collaborated with a visiting scholar from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico to research chronic liver disease. Read more...

Three academic leaders join Academic Affairs

Three new academic leaders have joined East Carolina University’s Division of Academic Affairs. William Downs, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences; Dave Meredith, director of admissions; and Rondall Rice, director of university studies, all started July 1. Read more...

July 2014

Riggs featured in National Geographic article

ECU geologist Stanley Riggs was featured in a National Geographic article on the effect of sea rise on the North Carolina Outer Banks. Riggs said that coastal storms, development of the region and sea-level rise are leading to the destruction of North Carolina's coastal communities, particularly those along Hwy. 12. Read more.

GreenTravel Initiative names 100th sustainable business

The ECU Center for Sustainability is a partner in the NC GreenTravel Initiative, which has named the Uptown Greenville Umbrella Market its 100th North Carolina business to be recognized for use of sustainable practices that save energy and protect the environment. The Umbrella Market is a Greenville farmer’s market that features locally-grown food and a free shuttle providing transportation. Read more...
North Carolina Literary Review traces the scars of war in 23rd issue

For its 2014 print issue, North Carolina Literary Review devotes its special feature section to “War in North Carolina Literature.” This in-depth exploration includes an interview with author Robert Morgan, who points out, “It is one of the mysteries of human life, and human history that intelligent people, often ethical people, kill each other so often and on such a scale.” Read more...

June 2014

Three professors to head ECU faculty senate

Three East Carolina University professors begin their terms as officers for the university’s Faculty Senate on July 1. The newly elected officers are Andrew Morehead, who will serve as chair, John Given, who will serve as vice chair, and Kylie Dotson-Blake, who will serve as secretary of the ECU faculty. Read more....
ECU cardiologist elected to Royal College of Physicians

East Carolina Heart Institute physician Ashesh Buch has been elected a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London. Buch was formally recognized for this achievement June 10 at a ceremony in London.  Read more...

Jorgensen urges parents to teach kids about money

ECU professor Bryce Jorgensen was featured on, and In articles about teaching children about money, Jorgensen said, "Money influences...marriage, children, where we work, how much we pay in interest, whether we can get a loan, how much debt we are in, a comfortable retirement."


May 2014

Atkinson delivers address on literacy at ECU summit

The changing definition of literacy and the constant evolution of teaching methods were major topics at the first-ever Interdisciplinary Literacy Summit, held May 21 at East Carolina University. North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson delivered the keynote address, titled “Student Literacy: Now and in the Future.” Read more...

ECU professor featured on 'Diggers,' Nat Geo

ECU anthropology professor Dr. Charles Ewen in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences is featured in a National Geographic Channel episode of "Diggers," with the next showing set for 8:30 p.m. May 16. The episode focuses on the search for archaeological remains related to slave quarters on a site in Grimesland. Read more, view video...

Eubanks named 2014 top nurse at ECU Physicians

Susan Eubanks, a clinical trials nurse specialist at the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center, has been selected by her peers as this year’s top nurse at ECU Physicians, the group medical practice of the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. Eubanks has accumulated 11 years of nursing experience along with the respect and admiration of her coworkers. Read more...

ECU health ed professor quoted in Time magazine

East Carolina University health education and promotion professor Dr. Jennifer Cremeens was quoted in Time magazine. Cremeens, who studies campus alcohol policies, was referenced in an article about new alcohol polices at the University of Kentucky. She said that many universities are addressing issues with off-campus drinking. Read the article.


April 2014

Ron Mitchelson selected as ECU interim provost

Dr. Ron Mitchelson, ECU interim vice chancellor for research and graduate studies, has been appointed interim provost effective Aug. 16. A geographer, Mitchelson has been at ECU since 1999. He chaired the department of geography and served as interim chair of the English department. In 2011 he was appointed to chair ECU’s Program Prioritization Committee. Read more...

Art show exhibits student success in mentor program

A one-of-a-kind art show at East Carolina University demonstrated how middle school students with learning differences used art to learn about their strengths and express their individuality. The art show held April 11 in Joyner Library featured the work of middle school students from a Building Hope Community Life Center afterschool program. Read more...

ECU club boxer Brandon Knox wins national championship

ECU senior Brandon Knox won the U.S. Intercollegiate Boxing Association National Championship in Miami. Knox will graduate in December with a degree in construction management. Knox earned a bronze medal at the competition last year and the year before that – in his first year of competition at ECU – he was a nationals runner-up. Read more...
ECU students demonstrate skills in research, presentation

ECU students from multiple disciplines shared their research and creative works March 31 – April 4 at the Eighth Annual Research and Creative Achievement Week at Mendenhall Student Center. More than 300 students made presentations to explain their  work in categories that ranged from biomedical sciences to fine and performing arts. Read more...
ECU professor selected to attend Summer Institute

ECU psychology professor Dr. Matthew Whited was selected to attend an advanced training program in conducting randomized clinical trials involving behavioral interventions. The Summer Institute is sponsored by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Read more...


March 2014

'Small Changes' Yahoo article features ECU professor

ECU psychology professor Lesley Lutes was featured in a front page article, “15 Small Changes for Faster Weight Loss” published March 10. The article was based on research Lutes published earlier in Prevention magazine, in which she outlines how focusing on small changes can help individuals develop and maintain a healthy weight for a lifetime. Read the article...
ECU professor, bioethicist quoted in New York Times

ECU bioethicist Janet Malek was quoted in the New York Times article, "Ethics Questions Arise as Genetic Testing of Embryos Increases," regarding emotionally-charged decisions prospective parents face when they discover embryos carry a gene for a disease that will affect the next generation. Malek's research interests include ethical questions surrounding reproduction and new technology. Read the article. 

February 2014

ECU sophomore is wrestling against the norm

A little advice from mom can go a long way in life. For ECU sophomore Aleigha Patterson, that valuable advice came when she was a headstrong seventh grader. “You are going to do great things,” her mom said. “Decide what you want to be, work at it and do it.” The advice was pretty simple, but Patterson took it to heart and to the mat – the wrestling mat. Read more...
Wall Street Journal quotes Tuten on Super Bowl ads

ECU marketing professor Tracy Tuten was quoted in The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch The article, "How Super Bowl ads move the market," examines real-world effects on a company's stock prices resulting from Super Bowl Sunday ads. Tuten said the immensely popular Budweiser puppy ad may not translate to market results because the ad simply maintains the brand. Read the article.
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 senior to help manage Super Bowl social media

ECU senior Sarah Moran will be among the millions of travelers making their way to Manhattan for Super Bowl week, but she’s not planning to attend the game. Moran has landed a role as a social media communication center listener for the NFL and Super Bowl Host Committee. She will work alongside 20 to 30 other volunteers managing Super Bowl-related social media. Read more...

Eamon's new book on state politics draws interest

A new book on North Carolina politics by ECU political science professor Dr. Thomas Eamon has triggered significant media interest. Eamon will speak this week on WUNC’s “The State of Things.” He will also join George Olson for segments to run during Public Radio East’s “Morning Edition,” focused on his book about the state’s politics from 1940 to present. Read more....
Harper to keynote annual MLK Jr. celebration

Award-winning actor, author and philanthropist Hill Harper will speak at ECU’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 in Wright Auditorium. Harper starred in the role of Dr. Sheldon Hawkes in the hit television drama “CSI: NY” from 2004 through 2013 and is now appearing in the USA Network’s program “Covert Affairs.”  Read more...
ECU to host global robotics event Jan. 4

As many as 400 young engineers participating in an international robotics competition will visit ECU on Jan. 4 to receive their parts kit and assignment for this year’s robot. The FIRST Robotics Competition is an annual competition that challenges high school students – working alongside professional mentors – to design and build a robot.  Read more...