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Honors students are provided opportunities and skills to succeed as both a student and professional. Many of these opportunities come from outside of the classroom.  Students are required to live in Garrett Hall for one year, among the university’s brightest students. Students can also participate in a number of Honors-sponsored volunteer activities, Living-Learning trips or events.  Honors students are also encouraged to serve the community outside of the opportunities afforded by the Honors College.  One major initiative of the Honors College is the leadership lecture series.  Details associated with upcoming events associated with the leadership lecture series can be found below.

Honors College Leadership Lecture Series

Spring 2015 Leadership Lectures

Ms. Gwendolyn Oxenham

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Hendrix Theatre, ECU

As the youngest Division I athlete, Ms. Gwendolyn Oxenham was a starter and leading goal scorer on the Duke soccer team. Upon graduation, she took a journey which led her one pickup soccer game at a time into the heart of soccer around the globe. The writer of Finding the Game and producer of Pelada, a documentary film about her experiences, Ms. Oxenham will address the audience about her experience with leadership.

Dr. Sam Sears

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Location TBA

2013 O. Max Gardner Award winner and Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Cardiovascular Sciences at East Carolina University, Samuel F. Sears will give a talk on leadership titled "The Psychology of Cardiac Comebacks." Dr. Sears is considered an international authority on the psychological care and quality of life outcomes of patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) patients.  He has published well over 100 articles in the medicine and psychology research literatures and provides lectures all over the world on a regular basis.  Recently, Dr. Sears created a smart phone app, called “ICD Coach” that is the first ever app for cardiac patients focused on successful coping.

Mr. Phil Kirk

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Location TBA

Before he was the Chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education, Mr. Phil Kirk was a newspaper reporter and public teacher of journalism and English. He has the distinction of being the youngest state senator elected in North Carolina and will visit East Carolina University in March to share his experiences with leadership throughout his many roles in industry, education and government. 


Fall 2014 Leadership Lectures

Ms. Carol Mabe

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
SciTech C307

Carol Mabe is an independent consultant in brand development and strategic marketing for both business and higher education. A former marketing executive, president and CEO, she was a leader in the apparel industry for more than three decades, helping build some of the world's most recognized consumer brands including Hanes, Hanes Her Way, L'eggs, Victoria's Secret, Lee, Wrangler and Russell Athletic.

Mabe is the chair of the Merchandising Advisory Board in the College of Human Ecology at ECU. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Kennesaw State University Foundation Board of Directors in Atlanta, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association International in West Palm Beach; the Board of Directors of P.E.4LIFE in Washington, D.C.; the Executive Committee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Board; and chair of the East Carolina University Foundation Board of Directors. Mabe also served as co-chair of the Atlanta Local Organizing Committee for the 2003 National NCAA Women's Final Four Basketball Championship. She is a magna cum laude graduate of ECU, where she was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2002.

Mr. Carroll Dashiell

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Speight 129

The Honors College is excited to announce our next speaker in the leadership lecture series, Carroll Dashiell.  More information about our speaker is listed below and we encourage you to save-the-date for this spectacular event!


Carroll Dashiell has earned a M.M., B.M. from Howard University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Ensembles, and String/Electric Bass Professor at East Carolina University. A native of Washington, D.C., he has citations in Who's Who in Music and Down Beat Magazine. Recognized for excellence in the music industry as a bassist and musical director, he is also a composer and arranger. His performance history includes concerts with the Boston Pops, National Symphony, and the Washington Philharmonic Orchestras; performance dates with Dr. Billy Taylor, Ethel Ennis, and the Fifth Dimension; concert/show tours with Maurice Hines, Stephanie Mills, Maceo Parker, Ray Charles, Vanessa Rubin, and Jennifer Holiday. He appears on several CD/album recordings as bassist with Capitol (Blue Note) Records recording artist Bobby Watson and Horizon, Muse Records artist Roger "Buck" Hill. Carroll Dashiell appears as producer/performer on over thirty-five national and international recordings and he is the 1994-95 recipient of the Robert and Lina Mays and Robert L. Jones Distinguished Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, and has a D'Addario Jazz Performing Artist and SWR Sound Corporation Artist distinction.

Ms. Danielle Gletow

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Science and Technology Building, C307

Foster children don't often get what other kids do, but Danielle Gletow is trying to change that by posting their wishes online.  Join us to hear this fantastic speaker and CNN Hero talk about founding her nonprofit organization, One Simple Wish.


Over the past several years, the Honors College has hosted numerous speakers to join us on campus and show our students what being a leader means to them.  Our speakers cover numerous disciplines as well as many different walks of life, giving our students an all-encompassing view of leadership.   

One leader that truly hits close to home is our very own ECU Football Coach, Ruffin McNeill.  Coach McNeill shared with students that no matter where you come from you can be successful if you put your mind to it, through his experiences growing up as a football player as well as his experiences as a football coach himself.  

Another speaker who hailed from our ECU community is Dr. John Fletcher, the Associate Provost for Enrollment Services.  Dr. Fletcher used this opportunity to go beyond the world of enrollment planning and discuss his hobby of mountaineering.  Students learned how persevering a climb up some of the tallest mountains in the world can teach you skills that transfer into your everyday life.  

The Honors College can also boast welcoming two CNN Top 10 Heroes in the past two years.  Ms. Robin Emmons, founder of Sow Much Good has spent the past 6 years dedicating her life to raising awareness of the inequities in the food system disallowing people from impoverished communities to have access to clean, healthy food.  She has worked to change this through many workshops, farm stands, and speaking opportunities.    In fall 2014, we had the honor of hosting Ms. Danielle Gletow, the founder and executive director of One Simple Wish, a non-profit organization that works to grant wishes of foster children across the country.

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