ECU Notes: Construction underway – The Daily Reflector


Xavier Hargrove chips paint off a wall in White Residence Hall in preparation for a new coat. The renovations are part of several construction projects under way over the summer at ECU. (ECU News Services photos by Cliff Hollis)<br />

Xavier Hargrove chips paint off a wall in White Residence Hall in preparation for a new coat. The renovations are part of several construction projects under way over the summer at ECU. (ECU News Services photos by Cliff Hollis)


Sunday, July 7, 2013

East Carolina University started construction projects costing nearly $10 million this summer to improve two residence halls, several sidewalks and a space inside Joyner Library.

A $6.2 million project at White Residence Hall on the west end of main campus will modernize all 201 bedrooms in the 10-story, 45-year-old building. Work will include demolishing all built-in furniture, removing asbestos and updating interior finishes. Bill Bagnell of the ECU Campus Operations staff said the project will be paid for from housing receipts and should be completed in August.

Inside Joyner Library, a $364,000 project will renovate about 4,000 square feet of space around the circulation desk. Officials said the project includes relocating the Java City coffee shop to reduce noise in the library. Some restrooms in that area of the library also will be expanded. Bagnell said the project will be paid for with funds from the ECU Langford Endowment and should be completed by August.

Bagnell said ECU is finalizing plans to build a new, free-standing dance studio. He said that estimates are the 16,000-square-foot facility will cost $1.9 million. An exact location for the studio has not yet been determined, he said.

Plans call for the studio to include three 2,500-square-foot dance studios, faculty and staff offices, shower and dressing rooms and storage space. Officials said the facility is necessary for the program, which is within the School of Theatre and Dance, to become fully accredited.

A tentative completion date of August 2015 is planned.

Plans also are nearing completion to renovate apartments in nine residence halls that are home to residence hall coordinators. The existing residence hall coordinator apartments will be demolished and rebuilt to meet required code and accessibility requirements. The project should cost around $2 million, Bagnell said.

Other projects that were approved to get under way this summer were delayed because they could not be finished by the time students return. Among those delayed until next year is a $1.5 million project to upgrade heating and cooling systems in Fletcher Residence Hall.

Similarly delayed was a $943,000 project to upgrade the walkways and patios around Todd Dining Hall on College Hill. The project will improve access to the dining hall from six nearby residence halls as well as increase pedestrian safety along College Hill Drive.


Literary Review explores changing N.C.

The North Carolina Literary Review focuses on the state’s ever-changing historical, environmental, and literary landscape in its 2013 issue, which was made available to subscribers and appeared in independent bookstores in June.

The issue’s special feature section includes interviews with “Cold Mountain” author Charles Frazier; Maria DeGuzmán, founder of the Latina/o Studies program at UNC-Chapel Hill; and novelists Wiley Cash and Anna Jean Mayhew. It also has essays by Bland Simpson and Gustavo Perez Firmat, a short story by “Big Fish” author Daniel Wallace, and the 2012 James Applewhite Poetry Prize poem by Mark Smith-Soto.

“North Carolina’s constant state of change is reflected and recorded in the state’s literature,” editor Margaret Bauer wrote in her introduction to the special feature section. “One of the greatest of North Carolina’s gifts is its literature.”

The issue features a series of poetry and prose by former North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell; poetry by James Applewhite, a member of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame; and the second-place and honorable mention poems by Laurence G. Avery and Grace Cloris Ocasio from the 2012 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition; and “The Saint,” a short story by Leah Hampton, which won the 2012 Doris Betts Fiction Prize.

Also in the 2013 issue: UNC-Asheville Professor Erica Abrams Locklear discusses the Native American connection, specifically the Lumbee Indians, in the novel “Mandy Oxendine” by late 19th to early 20th century African-American writer Charles Chesnutt, which was not published until 1997. Elon University Professor Anthony Hatcher reintroduces James Ross, author of one novel, “They Don’t Dance Much,” originally published in 1940 and reprinted this year by Mysterious Press. And Simpson remembers colleague Jerry Leath “Jake” Mills in a poignant essay about their friendship.

Published by ECU and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, NCLR has won numerous awards in its now 22 years of publication — most recently from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals in 2010 for Best Journal Design. The 2013 issue received support, too, from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, for the James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition and from the North Carolina Writers Network, which sponsors the Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition. Several finalists from these competitions were published in NCLR Online earlier this year.

The cover art for NCLR 2013 is by Mary Shannon Johnstone and Dana Ezzell Gay, both on the faculty at Meredith College in Raleigh. Gay, NCLR art director since 2009, also designed the cover and much of the content. Other content designers include Pamela Cox of Five to Ten Design in Washington, N.C.; Stephanie Whitlock Dicken, a Pitt Community College graphic design instructor; and Karen Baltimore, a graphic design student at Meredith College.

The official launch of the issue will take place during the Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming at ECU on Sept. 20–21. Several of the writers featured in the new issue will attend. For program information, visit

For a complete table of contents for this issue, subscription and purchase information, go to

FoodMASTER camp instills love of learning

Twenty-eight middle grade students from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pitt County will receive hands-on math and science experience through ECU’s FoodMASTER Summer Science Camp from July 8-12.

The children will spend the week learning the science and math concepts involved in cooking, gardening and nutrition under the direction of hospitality leadership and nutrition science faculty and students. By the end of the week they have will have reviewed concepts in the fields of biology, chemistry, horticulture, nutrition science and math while having fun in the kitchen and garden.

FoodMASTER Summer Science Camp partners with Boys & Girls Club, A Time for Science, and Save a Sea Turtle Foundation to offer the camp.

Before attending the FoodMASTER camp, the children spend a week at A Time for Science learning about water quality and conservation.

Melani Duffrin, FoodMASTER creator and professor of nutrition science, and Virginia Carraway-Stage, FoodMASTER director and assistant professor of nutrition science, are leading the initiative to create and test a FoodMASTER curriculum for middle grades students in North Carolina. The summer science camp is part of that project.

FoodMASTER Summer Science Camp Director Jacqueline De Chabert-Rios is an assistant professor of hospitality leadership. David Rivera Jr., associate professor of hospitality leadership, also helps with camp efforts.

The program has received over $2.7 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health’s Science Education Partnership Award to develop, implement, and disseminate food-based curriculums and materials to K-12 teachers in North Carolina and beyond. The FoodMASTER curriculum incorporates food activities into Common Core Standards for math and science.

More information is available online at

via The Daily Reflector.