Feb 182013
Dr. Rebecca Dumlao, an associate professor in ECU's School of Communication
Dr. Rebecca Dumlao, an associate professor in ECU’s School of Communication

Sunday, February 17, 2013

North Carolina Campus Compact, a coalition of 38 public and private colleges and universities, has named an East Carolina University professor as the recipient of the 2013 Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award.

Dr. Rebecca Dumlao, an associate professor in ECU’s School of Communication, is the first from ECU to receive the award. She was honored at the compact’s annual civic and community engagement conference on Feb. 13.


The Sigmon Award recognizes a faculty member for significant contributions to the practice of service-learning, a teaching strategy that links community service to classroom study and reflection. The award is named for North Carolina native Robert Sigmon, who helped pioneer the approach in the 1970s.

“I believe that service-learning is one of the most important ways we can equip students to be leaders and actively engaged as citizens in their communities after they graduate,” Dumlao said.

Students pair academic coursework with community-based experiences, and articulate what they learn.

“It’s a way to bring student service and community engagement into the classroom,” she said.

Dumlao has led service-learning efforts at ECU and beyond for more than a decade, chairing the university’s service-learning committee to support course design and faculty development, serving as editor of book reviews for Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, and integrating service-learning into the communication curriculum.

The School of Communication’s required capstone course now includes a service-learning project. Since 2001, more than 1,600 students have completed the course, contributing more than 18,000 hours of service locally. Dumlao is working to develop a global service-learning program in Trinidad, West Indies, in conjunction with Amizade, a non profit organization that provides service-learning and volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups.

One nominator said Dumlao is the “go-to person” for service-learning topics in the school, and a former student declared the capstone project “one of the most rewarding classes” at ECU.

Dumlao has worked at ECU for 15 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in home economics and early childhood education from Penn State University, a master’s in scientific and technical communication from Oregon State and a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Dumlao received the award at the compact’s annual Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement Conference at Elon University. More than 275 faculty, staff, students, and community partners across the state participated in the event.

Started in 2002, North Carolina Campus Compact builds the capacity of colleges and universities to produce civically-engaged graduates and strengthen communities.


‘A Tribute to Motown’ celebrates Black History Month

The ECU School of Music Jazz Studies Program and the Hilton Greenville will present “A Tribute to Motown Show” as a Black History Month concert celebrating African-Americans’ many contributions to the music world at 8 p.m. on Feb. 23 in Wright Auditorium at ECU.

Admission is $12.50 for the general public, $7.50 for students. For tickets, call 1-800-ECU-ARTS.

The concert features Ronee Martin, blues and jazz vocalist, and Christie Dashiell, Afro Blue-featured vocalist, performing Motown classics including “Respect,” “Dr. Feel Good,” “Dancin’ in the Street,” “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch,” “Kansas City,” “My Girl” and many more. Carroll V. Dashiell Jr. is the concert music director.

Martin has worked with songwriters and producers including Burt Bacharach and Carol Bayer Sagar, and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. She was featured vocalist for Tom Scott on “One Day/One Night” and on the compilation “Sensation” with Joe Sample, Tom Scott and Hubert Laws, and she has sung background for Elton John, Seal, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

Christie Dashiell has appeared in concert performances with Smokey Robinson, Fred Hammond, Boney James, Geri Allen, Vanessa Rubin, Nnenna Freelon, Carmen Lundy, Mary Stallings and the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra. She is a recipient of the Down Beat Magazine 2008 and 2010 Outstanding Soloist Award, winning in the jazz vocal category and as soloist with Afro Blue, winning the 2011 Best College Graduate Jazz Vocalist Award.

Martin and Dashiell will be assisted by Bill Ford, special guest piano/synthesizers; Jon Ozment, special guest piano/synthesizers; Carroll V. Dashiell Jr., music director, bass; Jeff Bair, Jeremiah Miller and Vaughn Ambrose, saxophones; Carroll V. Dashiell III, drums; Joe Phillips, guitar; Joey Stultz, ethnic percussion; Karen Peele, trombone; Steve Peckous, tenor sax; and James Old, trumpet. Background vocals are by “3 D”: Cameron Dashiell, Rochelle Rice, Alden Quick and Marvin Thorne.

Prior to the concert, ECU’s Organization of African-American Staff will host “A Red Carpet Affair,” celebrating Black History Month and the value of African-American employees and students.

The two-hour event includes a dinner banquet and the inaugural presentation of the new ECU African-American Awards of Excellence. Lynnette Taylor, anchor for WITN News at 6 p.m., will give a keynote address.

Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. at the East Carolina Heart Institute. Package tickets are available for people interested in attending both the banquet and Motown concert, priced at $23 for students and $35 for faculty, staff and the public. After Feb. 18, package prices increase to $28 for ECU students and $40 for faculty, staff, and the public.

Upcoming events

  • Monday: Reading by ECU Creative Writing Students, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Bate Building, Room 2021. Readers include Todd Goodman, Sabrina Westerman, Sarah Curzon, David Sudzina, Aaron Geer, Rose Nelson, and John Hinson. For information, contact Alex Albright at 328-4876 or albrightd@ecu.edu.
  • Tuesday: “Miss Representation” film screening, panel discussion and reception, 6 p.m., Hendrix Theatre. The film, an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, examines how women are portrayed in the media, offering surprising evidence that women are still facing unfortunate odds even in modern society. For information, visit misrepresentation.org or contact Dinecia Gates at 328-6001 or gatesd@ecu.edu.
  • Tuesday: ECU Cunanan Leadership Speaker Series: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts CEO James Morgan will give a speech titled “Pursuing a Passion” at 3:30 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. For information, contact the College of Business Professional Programs division at 328-6377 or cobprofpro@ecu.edu.
  • Thursday: Screening of “Girl Model,” 7 p.m., Greenville Museum of Art on Evans Street. The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers share a film which asks the question: How young is too young to model? Filmmaker Ashley Sabin will attend the free screening, which is sponsored by the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series.

via The Daily Reflector.


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