Nov 172013


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<p>Cadet John Kistler rings the bell at the ECU Veterans Day annual paver dedication event. This year’s ceremony honored the service of 40 men and women.<br /><br /><br />
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Photo by Cliff Hollis/ECU News Services Cadet John Kistler rings the bell at the ECU Veterans Day annual paver dedication event. This year’s ceremony honored the service of 40 men and women.

ECU notes

Saturday, November 16, 2013


East Carolina University recognized 40 veterans and military supporters on Nov. 11 during its annual Veterans Day paver dedication.

The most recent event brings the number of pavers to almost 200. The 6-by-9-inch bricks honor men and women who have served in the armed forces or who have supported the military in various ways.

“There are stories behind these bricks,” Dr. Jim Bearden, director of the BB&T Center for Leadership Development at ECU and an Army veteran, said. “There are many stories, and there are varied stories.”

One story is that of Maj. James F. Davenport Jr., a 1938 East Carolina Teachers College graduate who went from Greenville to the National Guard to the shores of Normandy in World War II.


“He was dedicated to ECTC,” his widow, Edith Davenport, said. “He really did love the Army.”


Edith was joined at the event by their children, Martha Huggins and Jim Davenport III. Huggins said her father, who died in 2003, once had her cut out different bumper stickers to make one with the letters “ECTC” that he could put on his car.


Jim Davenport said that while his father did not participate in D-Day, he did cross the English Channel soon after and fought in the European theater.


The event was held at the Freedom Wall on the west side of Christenbury Gym, a campus site dedicated in 2011 to honor the military service of ECU faculty, staff and students. The ROTC color guard presented the colors, and School of Music faculty member Perry Smith sang the national anthem.


Having a place on campus to honor service at ECU is important because the university has had a long and close relationship with the military and those who serve, Dr. C. Steve Duncan, assistant vice chancellor of administration and finance and director of military programs, said.


The university started one of the nation’s first Air Force ROTC programs in 1948 — one year after the U.S. Air Force was established.


Each paver costs $125 and raises funds for Army and Air Force ROTC student scholarships. It is sponsored by the ECU College of Health and Human Performance and Office of Military Programs.


For more information on ordering a paver, call 737-1812.


College of Nursing launches networking group at Vidant


The College of Nursing at ECU has partnered with Vidant Medical Center to launch its first alumni network in eastern North Carolina.


A member-driven support organization, the Pirate Nurse Network will offer educational opportunities, as well as social and professional networking for ECU nursing graduates who work at Vidant in Greenville. Already 140 alumni have joined, and members said they are looking forward to continued growth and activities in the coming months.


“The College of Nursing is very proud of its alumni and wants to stay connected with them,” Dean of Nursing Dr. Sylvia Brown said. “It is our desire that networks of Pirate nurses can be established throughout our state and beyond as a strategy to support fellow ECU nurses and a way for them to stay in close contact with our college.”


Many ECU graduates serve as clinical preceptors for students, and the network is one way to show appreciation for their service to the college, Brown said.


Mark Alexander, director of development and major gifts in the College of Nursing, is working closely with liaisons at Vidant to facilitate network events.


“Keeping our alumni connected will allow us to do a better job of spreading awareness on all of the great things that we are accomplishing in nursing education as well as raise awareness for areas of need and support,” Alexander said. “When working as a team, there is not a more dedicated group of people than nurses, especially Pirate Nurses.”


Two inaugural meetings were held at Vidant in September. New members toured ECU’s state-of-the-art nursing simulation labs on Oct. 17.


“Pirate nurses can now access an organized support system within our hospital as they share their Pirate pride and engage in educational, community service and recreational activities with nurse colleagues,” Jessica Griffin, who serves as network liaison where she is a staff nurse in the special care nursery of the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant, said. Griffin also was president of the class of 2001 in the ECU College of Nursing.


Griffin worked with Dr. Linda Hofler, the medical center’s senior vice president-nurse executive, and Cathy Jackson Bunch (BSN ’94), staff development assistant in rehabilitation services and MSN student, to set up the network.


Initially, interested members were invited to complete a survey on how the network should function and activities that they would be willing to engage in with other alumni. Responses included a desire for monthly educational and professional networking events, opportunities for community service, mentorship and, in the future, scholarships. Nurses who are enrolled wear a “Pirate Nurse” badge, officials said.


Vidant Medical Center is one of four academic medical centers in the state and serves as the teaching hospital for ECU.


Any Vidant employee and alumni of the ECU College of Nursing may contact or for more information on Pirate Nurse Network.


Upcoming events


  • Thursday – Nov. 26: The ECU/Loessin Playhouse presents “Camelot,” with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Lowe. Showing nightly at 8 p.m. in McGinnis Theatre except for a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 24. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students/youth. Call 1-800-ECU-ARTS or buy online at

via The Daily Reflector.


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