Monthly Archives: September 2011

ECU Phi Delta Kappa Chapter to hold dinner meeting

The East Carolina Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, a professional organization for educators, will host a dinner meeting Sept. 14 at Brook Valley Country Club. A social event begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

PDK grant winners will report on grant progress at the meeting in the following presentations:  ECU Education professors Elizabeth Swaggerty and Tanya Cannon and ECU alumnus Kelley Bunn, “Changing Up Middle School Reading Instruction”; Student Success Academy Coordinator for Pitt County Schools Robin Dailey, “Student Success Academy for Rising 6th Graders and Middle School Students”; and Mary Beth Corbin, director of ECU’s Office of Student Transitions and First Year Programs, “African America Male Mentoring Program (AAMMP)”.

Reservations for the event should be made by Sept. 12 through Kurt Garner ( or Dawn Shelton (at Dawn Shelton Speight 210A, ECU, Greenville, NC  27858).  Dinner and gratuity costs $15, payable in advance or at the door, with all checks made to PDK-East Carolina Chapter.

PDK is a professional organization that welcomes public school educators and administrators and university and community college faculty and students. Membership is not necessary before attending a meeting. Contact Kurt Garner for membership information.


Articles published by Business faculty

An article by Marketing and Supply Chain Management faculty Christy Ashley and Jason Oliver, “Consumer and Retail Employee Perceptions of Branded Events in Retail Settings,” appeared in the Journal of Marketing at Retail.

An article by Tracy Tuten (Marketing and Supply Chain Management), “Social Media and Its Role in Direct and Interactive IMC: Implications for Practitioners and Educators,” was published in the International Journal of Integrated Marketing Communications.

An article by Christy Ashley (Marketing and Supply Chain Management), “The Differential Effect of Ad Novelty and Message Usefulness on Brand Judgments,” appeared in the Journal of Advertising.

ECU Literary Magazine Rebel named a Pacemaker Award Finalist

East Carolina University’s student-run literary magazine, Rebel, has been named one of seven finalists for the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award, 4-year literary magazine category.


Since 1927, the Pacemaker has been the highest honor available to ACP members and still today is considered one of the most prestigious awards in collegiate media. Being a nominee signifies Rebel as one of the top eight literary magazines in the country. Rebel won the Pacemaker Award in 2009.

Rebel 53 is a finalist for the award for its general excellence in 2010-2011. The Rebel 53 staff includes 2011 ECU graduate Anna Vaughn Creech as the editor and staff members Rich Griffis, JoEllen Pollard and Alex Watson, all graphic design majors. Graphic design faculty members Craig Malmrose and Gunnar Swanson and student media director Paul Isom were advisers. Rebel is a unit of the office of Student Media.

The other finalists in the four-year literary magazine category, selected by professional journalists from Quintessence Publishing Co., include student-run magazines from Metropolitan State College of Denver, Elmhurst College, Bridgewater State University, Elon University, North Carolina State University, and North Greenville University in South Carolina.

The winners will be announced at the 90th Annual ACP/College Media Advisers National College Media Convention Oct. 29 in Orlando, Fla., in front of more than 2,500 college students involved in student media.

In addition to Rebel, East Carolina University’s office of Student Media oversees the production of ECU’s student-run multicultural publication, Expressions; radio station WZMB-FM; Campus 31 TV; ECU’s student-run yearbook, Buccaneer; and student-run newspaper, The East Carolinian.

The Associated Collegiate Press is a nonprofit education membership association and a division of the National Scholastic Press Association. The ACP has had college members since its inception in 1921 and is the largest and oldest membership organization for college student media in the United State

For additional information, contact Paul Isom at 252-328-9234 or For more details about ECU Student Media, visit


Pressler to direct graduate programs in nursing

Dr. Jana Pressler has joined the College of Nursing as associate dean for graduate programs. In this role, she will provide leadership for the M.S.N. and Ph.D. programs. Her responsibilities include planning, development, implementation and evaluation of graduate programs.


Pressler comes to ECU from the University of Oklahoma where she was most recently director of the doctor ofor nursing practice HRSA grant project. She also served as director of the Ph.D. program and assistant dean for research and evidence-based practice.

“We are excited to have Dr. Pressler join our College of Nursing,” said College of Nursing Dean Sylvia Brown.

“Her expertise in graduate education will be a valuable asset to our college as we continue to build our M.S.N. and Ph.D. programs and plan for a doctor of nursing practice program in the future,” Brown said.

Pressler’s research interest is in neonatal development and birth trauma. Her work has appeared in the “Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing,” “Clinical Nursing Research,” “Journal of Nursing Measurement,” “Journal of Obstetrical, Gynecological and Neonatal Nursing” and other publications.

She earned her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, postdoctoral fellowship from the University of Rochester  and her pediatric nurse practitioner certificate and master of arts degree from the University of Iowa.


Scientist to discuss extreme space in ECU presentation

Award-winning author Dr. David Baker will present, “The Nastiest, Smelliest Most Extreme Places in Our Solar System” at 4 p.m. Sept. 15 in Room 2003 of the Bate Building at East Carolina University.

Dr. David Baker

Baker is chair of physics at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. His book, “The 50 Most Extreme Places in Our Solar System,” examines extreme phenomena on the earth and other planets, including violent thunderstorms, bizarre features of Venus and Jupiter and the potential for dangerous dust devils near the landing site of the Mars Phoenix spacecraft.

The book was awarded a 2010 PROSE honorable mention in Cosmology and Astronomy and selected as a 2011 Outstanding University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries.

A book signing will occur before and after the presentation.

Baker’s visit is sponsored by the ECU affiliate of North Carolina Space Grant, the NASA Astrobiology Institute and the ECU Department of Geography.

For additional information contact Dr. Scott Curtis at 252-328-2088 or


A book signing for Baker's book on extreme places in the solar system will be held at the event.

Community programs planned by ECU Religious Studies

A number of programs presented by the ECU Department of Religious Studies faculty are scheduled for this fall, including:

  • By Lee Johnson, ECU assistant professor of religious studies, “The Historical Jesus,” Sept. 18 and 25 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 East Fourth St. The Sept. 18 presentation will explore the parallels and differences in gospel presentations of Jesus’ life, teachings and activities. The Sept. 25 presentation will discuss the scholarly quests to discover Jesus, along with the work of the Jesus Seminar.
  • By Calvin Mercer, Lifetime Learning Program, “Living for 500 Years (or longer), 1 to 3 p.m., Sept. 13 at the Willis Building. Mercer will examine research programs that experts say will extend healthy human life, as well as the economic, social, political, ethical and religious implications of such programs. The talk is partially based on a book Mercer co-authored with Derek Maher, “Religion and the Implications of Radical Life Extension.”
  • By Calvin Mercer, a two-part series, “Humor in the Bible” or “Why Jesus Never had Ulcers,” 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m., Sept. 18 and 25 at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church.
  • By Mary Wangila, “Indigenous Religions – Any Lessons?” from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at St. Pauls’ Episcopal Church.
  • By Calvin Mercer, “How We Got the Bible,” from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.  Oct. 23, 30 and Nov. 6 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

For additional information, contact Calvin Mercer, ECU Department of Religious Studies at

Interfaith service planned for Sept. 11

A city-wide interfaith service “Interfaith prayers for peace and healing on the 10th anniversary of 9/11” will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

The Rev. Carolyn Fleming Sawyer, director of Pastoral Services at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, will offer a meditation and members of the interfaith community will offer prayers for peace and healing in their respective traditions. The order of Choral Evensong, a service unique to the Anglican tradition, will be led by St. Paul’s Parish Choir.

The event is open to all congregations and citizens of Greenville. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. A pizza and volleyball gather will be held for all youth.

St. Paul’s is located at 401 East Fourth St., with parking available next door to University Towers on Third St.

For additional information, contact Calvin Mercer, ECU Department of Religious Studies at

Symposium to examine monetary policy

A lunchtime business symposium on monetary policy, financial markets and the Fed’s evolving role will be held Oct. 3 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Greenville Country Club.

Speakers will include ECU economics professor Randall Parker, presenting “Why are we here?”; University of Delaware economics professor Jim Butkiewicz, presenting “The Fed: Then and Now”; University of Kentucky economics professor James Fackler, presenting “Current Fed Actions: Monetary Policy or Fiscal Policy?”; University of Maryland – Baltimore County economics professor Robert Carpenter, presenting “Can the Eurozone Survive?”; and senior enonomist, Federal Reserve of Richmond, Robert Hetzel presenting, “The Way Forward after the Great Recession: Increased Intervention by Central Banks in Markets or a Limitation of Central Bank Powers to Increase Market Discipline?”

The event is open to the public for a $50 charge for lunch and the forum. For additional information contact Randall Parker at Checks should be made payable to The ECU Foundation and mailed to Parker at the ECU Department of Economics, Brewster A-422, Greenville, NC  27858.

ECU’s Joyner Library to debut Southern authors collection

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The J. Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University will celebrate the debut of the Stuart Wright Collection on Sept. 7 with an opening event for the exhibit, “Stuart Wright: A Life in Collecting.”

Former North Carolina poet laureate Fred Chappell, who is a friend of Wright, will read a poem written for the occasion. Wright will not attend the event.

The Wright Collection consists of more than 3,000 printed works and 5,000 manuscripts and has been in the processing stages at Joyner Library since its acquisition in 2010.

Stuart Wright (Photo by Linda Fox)

Included are portions of the private libraries of Richard Eberhart, who taught for many years at Dartmouth College, the English poet Donald Davie, and such Southern writers as Randall Jarrell, John Crowe Ransom, Peter Taylor and Robert Penn Warren, as well as many first editions of their works.

Many of the books contain significant inscriptions, annotations, and insertions that shed light on the writers’ thought processes and their relationships with their peers. The collection also contains significant manuscript material, including notebooks, letters, and literary stet by Madison Smartt Bell, Eberhart, Jarrell, Ransom, Taylor and Warren.

At the opening event, ECU Department of English associate professor Thomas Douglass will speak about the collection’s significance. Guests will receive an exhibition booklet and broadside print commemorating the event.

“I am very pleased to have this collection come home to North Carolina and to East Carolina,” said Douglass. “Its importance will last for generations, enhancing the quality of education at the university and ensuring the cultural trust to which our library and librarians are dedicated.”

The exhibit on display in the Special Collections department is intended to inaugurate the collection and introduce it to the general public. Organized thematically, it displays the vast array of information in the collection and showcases it as a source for academic research.

Maury York, assistant director for Special Collections said, “The Stuart Wright Collection will afford students and scholars a myriad of opportunities to study the lives and work of some of the 20th century’s most important writers of poetry, novels and short stories. The books, correspondence and literary manuscripts in this rich collection also document some of these writers’ strong friendships and working relationships. Joyner Library is fortunate to have had the opportunity to acquire this collection.”

Wright, a native of North Carolina and graduate of Wake Forest University, lives in Ludlow, England. A noted bibliographer and collector, Wright is best known for his published bibliographies of such noted American writers as A.R. Ammons, James Dickey, Richard Eberhart, George Garrett, William Goyen, Randall Jarrell, Andrew Nelson Lytle, Walker Percy, Peter Taylor and Reynolds Price. Wright developed close relationships with many of the writers represented in the collection.

Dr. Larry Boyer, dean of Academic Library and Learning Resources at East Carolina, said of Wright, “I am so thankful to Stuart for his commitment to literature and bibliography. Literary researchers will be making their way to our university and library to work amongst this treasure trove of southern American literature.”

The opening event on Sept. 7 will begin at 5 p.m. in the exhibit gallery on the second floor of the library. Attendees may call 252-328-6514 for parking details.

The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 30 in Special Collections located on the fourth floor.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at (252) 328-4090.

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