Monthly Archives: October 2011

Celebrating the National Day on Writing October 20 at ECU

The Tar River Writing Project at East Carolina University will host a celebration of the National Day on Writing Oct. 20 on campus and online.

The celebration will include

  • A gallery exhibit in Joyner Library showcasing past and present ECU student writing
  • Activities for writers of all ages at Joyner Library in 45-minute sessions. Writers will have the opportunity to participate in a writing marathon, speak to a panel of ECU students and published faculty member-authors about their writing, listen to ECU students and faculty read from their works, and write on a graffiti wall.
  • Tar River Writing Project Virtual Gallery hosted by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) within the National Gallery of Writing (

Approximately 200 Pitt County Schools students in grades kindergarten through 12th are scheduled to participate in on campus events.

Writers who can’t make it to campus Oct. 20 can submit their writing to the Tar River Writing Project Virtual Gallery, according to gallery curators Christina Bethel and Matthew Herrmann, both ECU graduate students in the Department of English.

Writers – from students and educators to business owners and retirees – have submitted works to the National Gallery of Writing, an online gallery that showcases submissions from writers of all ages and talents. Submissions include kindergarten picture messages, YouTube videos, poems, emails, short stories, and journal entries.

While original submissions of any length or form on any topic by local writers will be accepted, the ECU group is interested in submissions relating to Eastern North Carolina, campus organizers said.

Established in 2009 by the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Day on Writing celebrates composition in all forms – from stories, poems, and letters to text messages, videos, and audio recordings – and demonstrates how writing is a vital part of our everyday lives. Thousands of writers from across the country recognize the National Day on Writing with local events, including write-ins, talks by local authors, and poetry slam celebrations.

Tips for writers, writing resources for educators, and more information on the National Day on Writing and the National Gallery of Writing, an online gallery that showcases submissions from writers of all ages and talents, can be found on the NCTE website (

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Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre will feature Country Fried Caper

The Office of Student Activities and Organizations is presenting a Country Fried Caper: Murder Mystery Dinner Theature at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in Mendenhall Great Rooms.

Recommended (but not required) dress is country attire — jeans, boots and cowboy hats. A buffet dinner is included.

Tickets are available at the ECU Central Ticket Office in Mendenhall Student Center. Cost is $15 for faculty or staff and $10 for students. Two tickets per person allowed and space is limited.

The table who correctly identifies the murderer will win prizes.

For additional information contact Emily McLamb, associate director for Student Involvement at (252) 737-2003.



3rd Annual Pink Ribbon Run set for Oct. 23

The Leo Jenkins Cancer Center is presenting the 3rd Annual Pink Ribbon 5K Fun Run, one-mile walk  or Kids Dash to benefit breast cancer services, Oct. 23 at Metrics, 1240 Sugg Parkway, IndiGreen Park.

Registration begins at noon. The Kids Dash is at 1:15 p.m. and the race starts at 1:30 p.m.

Pre-register at or or contact Taylor Bell, (252) 744-3891 or

Registration is free for breast cancer suvivors. The Kids Dash is also free. Registration for the run is $30.


Trunk or Treat open to families of ECU faculty and staff

The Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity’s Gamma Gamma Initiative Class will host a Trunk-or-Treat and History of Halloween event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the bottom of College Hill.

Approximately 20 decorated vehicles with costumed fraternity members will distribute candy, tell stories of Halloween history, play games and paint faces for the children of ECU faculty and staff.

For additional information, contact  David L. Batts, Department of Technology Systems, at (252) 328-9673,


Diversity seminar to focus on student learning in multicultural society

East Carolina University will present a diversity seminar for faculty and staff, “Preparing Students for a Multicultural Society,” from noon to 4:15 p.m. Oct. 25 at Mendenhall Student Center.

Speakers will include Dr. Darla Deardorff, executive director of the Association of International Education Administrators; Dr. Maurianne Adams, professor emerita, School of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst and co-editor of Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice; Dr. Rosina Chia, ECU assistant vice chancellor of Global Initiatives. The event is facilitated by Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton, associate provost for Equity, Diversity and Community Relations.

Sessions will focus on “Internationalizing the Student Learning Experience” and “An Approach for Teaching Diversity.”

Lunch is provided. Registration is available on OneStop at

Business of Healthcare Symposium set for Oct. 28

East Carolina University will hold its Business of Healthcare Symposium 8:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 28 at the East Carolina Heart Institute.

Keynote speaker is Kay Gooding, director of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The event should provide a forum for regional healthcare researchers and practitioners to discuss the latest developments in information technology and quality.

Dr. Stanley Eakins, interim dean of the College of Business, said, “Our symposium will once again explore innovative solutions to local, regional and national health problems as experts share their knowledge and experiences.

“By providing a common platform, together we can better highlight opportunities and challenges related to healthcare globally in the 21st century,” he said.

For more information and online registration, visit For questions about the event, contact Dr. Lucky Xue at

The event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by ECU’s College of Business and College of Allied Health Sciences.



Delia to speak Nov. 3

East Carolina University will host Al Delia, senior advisor to Gov. Beverly Perdue, at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 in Room C209, Science and Technology Building.

Delia’s presentation,“Working in the Public Sector in Changing Times,” will address the challenges of building a government career during a shifting economic climate. He will also share his experience in economic development in eastern North Carolina, including an extensive career at ECU.

Delia is the former president and CEO of the state’s Eastern Region Economic Development Commission. He has more than 25 years of experience in economic development and strategic planning.

The event is sponsored by the ECU Division of Research and Graduate Studies, the ECU Political Science Department and the ECU Office of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development.



‘Silent Witness’ vigil set for Oct. 19

A domestic violence awareness vigil entitled “Silent Witness” will held at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 in the East Carolina University mall, near the Cupola.

ECU graduate Allen Thomas will speak. Thomas is youth counselor with the N.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and president of Operation Freedom, a non-profit domestic violence awareness and prevention organization. Thomas grew up in an abusive household where his father eventually took his mother’s life.

The event is sponsored by the ECU Police Department and the Center for Family Violence Prevention. For additional information, contact Sgt. Carnevale at the ECU Police Department, (252) 328-5627 or

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