Monthly Archives: November 2011

Articles published by occupational therapy faculty members

Occupational therapy faculty members in the College of Allied Health Sciences have recently published in professional journals.

An article by Carol Lust and Denise Donica, “Research Scholars Initiative – Effectiveness of a Handwriting Readiness Program in Head Start: A two-group controlled trial,” appeared in the September/October issue of American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

An article by Mary Hildebrand, with co-authors, “The impact of mild stroke on participation in physical fitness activities,” appeared in Vol. 2012 of Stroke Research and Treatment.

ECU Today November issue available online

Find out how research in ECU’s Department of Construction Management could help tone down the roar of tires on busy highways in the November issue of ECU Today, now available online at  This monthly newsletter puts urgent and detailed ECU news of the past 30 days at your fingertips. This edition includes a slide show of homecoming and a profile of a Brody School of Medicine graduate who has returned to practice family medicine in his hometown. Read more…


ECU Whichard professor awarded $240,000 NEH grant

 East Carolina University professor Dr. Gary A. Stringer received a $240,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his project, “An Edition of John Donne’s Songs and Sonnets and a Further Expansion of Digital Donne.”

Dr. Gary Stringer

The grant is the tenth since 1986 that NEH has awarded to support the Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne, which Stringer serves as general editor. The online Variorium provides a digest of scholarly and critical commentary on Donne’s poetry. The award includes an additional $30,000 in federal matching funds.

Stringer said he was pleased to have received the award. “It testifies to the confidence in what we’re doing shared by the agency and by our peers in the profession who reviewed the application, especially since it’s the tenth in a series of such awards that we’ve received. I think all of us in the Varirorum project are gratified by that kind of validation,” he said.

During the three-year period of the grant, Stringer and the Variorum staff will work on the three-part volume of Donne’s “Songs and Sonnets,” with plans to publish two of the three volumes during the grant period. They will also work on an expansion of the project’s web site DigitalDonne, the Online Variorum, at

Stringer, whose most recent appointment was research professor of English at Texas A&M University, joined the ECU faculty for the 2011-12 academic year as the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, housed within the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, and as a visiting professor in the Department of English. The Whichard Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities is an endowed professorship made possible through a donation by the Whichard family in honor of David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard of Greenville.

As part of the Whichard Professorship, Stringer will teach one course each semester in the ECU Department of English. This fall, he is teaching a graduate-level course on the satirical writings of John Donne. In the spring, he will teach a graduate-level course related to digital humanities.

Stringer received his Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. degrees in English from the University of Oklahoma. During his nearly 50-year academic career, he has held faculty appointments at the University of Oklahoma; Oklahoma State University; Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA; the University of Southern Mississippi; and most recently, Texas A&M University.

Stringer is the founding general editor of the Variorum, an 11-volume work drawing on the collaborative labors of nearly 40 American, Canadian, British, Dutch, South African and Japanese scholars. He has authored or edited 12 volumes, including four volumes of the Variorum, and he has published more than three dozen articles within his field of study. In addition, Stringer has presented nearly 50 papers at professional meetings and conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

Stringer has received faculty service awards and research grants from many of the institutions where he has taught. Also, since 1986, Stringer has been the recipient of grants totaling more than $1.5 million from the NEH.

For additional information, contact Stringer at



Carolina Ale House fulfills donation promise to ECU Department of Hospitality Management

Greenville’s new Carolina Ale House made good on its promise to donate 10 percent of its first week’s profits to East Carolina University’s Department of Hospitality Management.

Mindy Amerson, corporate communications officer for LM Restaurants, and Joe LoGiudice, general manager of Carolina Ale House in Greenville, presented a check for more than $8,000 to the department Oct. 27.

Left to right, Mindy Amerson, corporate communications LM Restaurants; Joe LoGiudice, general manager, Greenville Carolina Ale House; and Dr. Robert O’Halloran, chair, ECU Department of Hospitality Management; display a large check depicting the donation. (Contributed photo)

Lou Moshakos, president and owner of the hospitality group that manages Carolina Ale House, promised the donation when the restaurant opened for business Sept. 16.

Amerson said that LM Restaurants donates to a university, high school or community college in each community where they open a restaurant. “We know that someday these students may work in our restaurants, and we want to support an educated work force,” she said.

Robert O’Halloran, chair of ECU’s Department of Hospitality Management, expressed his gratitude for the gift. “Many students were present when the check was presented,and they were impressed by the restaurant’s corporate citizenship,” he said.

The Carolina Ale House is a family friendly, sports themed restaurant that operates in 16 locations in the Southeast.

The Department of Hospitality Management is the largest hospitality department of its kind in North Carolina and one of the largest in the Southeastern United States.

For additional information about the program, contact O’Halloran at , 252-737-1604.



Pirate Read event set for Nov. 2

A Pirate Read event, “Triumph over Tragedy” featuring Bobby Petrocelli will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 2 in Hendrix Theatre.


Petrocelli is a motivational speaker inspired by his own story of survival following his wife’s death when a drunk driver crashed through a bedroom wall into their suburban home. He has authored several books, including “10 Seconds Will Change Your Life Forever.”

The event is part of the Pirate Read series. The 2011 Pirate Read selection “Picking Cotton,” tells how two people’s lives were intertwined through a case of misidentification and a prison sentence that followed. For more details about the Pirate Read program, visit


Campbell to speak Nov. 3

The Friends of Joyner Library at East Carolina University will present “Confessions of a North Carolina Centrist” with Tom Campbell at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenville (14th and Elm St.).


A Greenville native, Campbell is a syndicated columnist and creator of NC Spin.  Campbell’s family founded WNCT-TV, the first television station in eastern North Carolina.

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, contact or 252-328-6514.

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