Monthly Archives: February 2012

Duke professor to deliver Jarvis Lecture

Duke University theology and black church studies professor Dr. J. Kameron Carter will speak at East Carolina University at 7 p.m. March 13 in Wright Auditorium.


Carter will discuss “Religion and the post-racial condition,” in the final presentation of the 2011-12 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series, sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

Carter’s research addresses Christian thought, particularly the person and work of Jesus Christ, and theological anthropology, the human being in Christian perspective. He is writing a book that examines ideological uses of Jesus in the modern invention of the human, or as he refers to the topic, “the cultural Jesus.” His work addresses the identity of Jesus in light of shifting global realities in the 21st century.

The Jarvis Lecture is co-sponsored by the ECU Religious Studies Program and Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church. Lecturers selected by the ECU program do not necessarily reflect the theology of the Methodist church.

Complimentary tickets are available through the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS. Tickets also will be available at the door. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.

The Voyages of Discovery Lecture series is supported through contributions from Harriot College’s Dean’s Advancement Council, university organizations, and individual supporters. To make a contribution, or for additional information, contact the director of the series Dr. John A. Tucker at 252-328-1028 or, or visit the series’ web site at

Undergraduate Exhibition on display in March

ECU metals instructors, Mi-Sook Hur, left, and Tim Lazure work with Nick Heyl’s Study of Faberge: Egg #1 and #2. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

The annual East Carolina University School of Art and Design Undergraduate Exhibition is scheduled for March 1 – 31 at the Wellington B. Gray Gallery on campus.

The exhibition will include works selected from more than 600 undergraduates, with an awards ceremony scheduled for 5 p.m. March 1 in Speight Auditorium, Jenkins Fine Arts Building.

Awards judge, artist and curator Crista Cammaroto will speak about her work at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 29 in Speight Auditorium.

Cammaroto is director of galleries for the College of Arts and Architecture at UNC-Charlotte. She has a BFA from Arizona State University and an MFA in interdisciplinary students from the University of Colorado – Boulder. She has 13 years of experience in academia, including Queens University and Oregon College of Arts and Craft.

Her artwork is on permanent display in the Denver Art Museum, UNC-Charlotte and in the Bechtler Collection. Here work can be seen online at

For more information, contact Tom Braswell, Interim Gallery Director, at (252) 328-6336 or visit

Ashley Mason installs a piece called Matriarchy made from copper, dyed wool, and cotton. Sarah Arrington works on hanging her art in the background.

Granny’s Gangsta Gear by Tara Locklear hangs in the foreground while metals instructor Mi-Sook Hur hangs artist Margaret Hinrich's Swamp Beauty.

Chitwood receives recognition for worldwide influence

Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood Jr., a cardiovascular surgeon at East Carolina University, has been inducted as an honorary member in the German Society for Thoracic, Heart and Vascular Surgery.

Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood Jr.

Chitwood, professor of cardiovascular sciences at the Brody School of Medicine and senior associate vice chancellor for health sciences at ECU, received the honor Feb. 12 in Freiburg, Germany.

Chitwood received the award from Dr. Frederich W. Mohr of the University of Leipzig. Mohr spoke of Chitwood’s worldwide influence on the development of less invasive cardiac surgery as well as his long-standing relationship with many German cardiac surgeons and surgical centers. Chitwood worked with specialists in Germany to develop the tools and techniques that led to robotic heart surgery in the United States.

Chitwood delivered his acceptance speech in German.

Chitwood is the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Distinguished Chair of Cardiovascular Sciences and director of the East Carolina Heart Institute.

East Carolina Alumni Association receives CASE award of excellence

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III awarded the East Carolina Alumni Association with its prestigious award of excellence for overall alumni relations program during its recent conference.

The Alumni Association received the grand award in this category in 2008 and 2009, and the Award of Excellence in 2011.

“This just lets the world know what we already know, East Carolina and her Alumni Association are true to our mission of service. We do what we do because our alumni deserve the best, awards just validate that others are watching and approve,” said Paul J. Clifford, president and CEO of the East Carolina Alumni Association.

Other finalists in the category were the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Western Kentucky, and Miami University. The grand award went to Western Kentucky. UNC-CH also received the award of excellence, and Miami received special merit recognition.

For additional information about the alumni association, contact Jennifer Watson, assistant director for alumni communications at 252-328-4902 or, or call the East Carolina Alumni Association at 800-ECU-GRAD.

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Allied health’s role in health care reform focus of article

An article by College of Allied Health Sciences dean Dr. Stephen W. Thomas with co-editors Dr. Lee McLean, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Alisa Debnam, Council for Allied Health in N.C., “The Role of Allied Health in Health Care Reform,” was published in the September/October 2011 edition of the North Carolina Medical Journal.

The article is available at

‘Pirates From Afarrr’ serves distance ed students

ECU distance education students can now connect with each other more easily thanks to Allisha Ellis, a non-traditional ECU distance education student.

Ellis, a first-year health services management major, created the first DE student organization, “Pirates From Afarrr,” as an opportunity for DE students to meet others who share similar situations and to network with one another.

Jennifer Baysden in the ECU Office of Continuing Studies helped Ellis develop the organization’s constitution. Ellis serves as president, with Kellie Dunne as secretary. About 30 members have  already joined.

Ellis said she hopes the organization will lead to study group opportunities, networking, career and education mentoring and social events for students living in similar regions. She has also reserved a space for the group on ECU’s Second Life campus.

“I truly believe the possibilities are endless,” Ellis said. “There are many ways to make this organization for work for everyone while also making it fun.”

Ellis said her primary goal is to create a community for ECU’s distance education students so they will “know that they are not alone and there are others to draw strength from.”

“This alone can instill an even greater pride in our institution,” she said.

For additional information, contact Ellis at


Science projects from 14 counties on display at ECU Feb. 25

The ECU Division of Research and Graduate Studies will hold its Regional Science and Engineering Fair Feb. 25 in the third floor atrium of the Science and Technology Building on campus.
On display will be 97 projects from 14 northeastern counties in the state. Projects will be judged and winners will move on to the State Science and Engineering Fair.
Projects will be on display for the public from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.###




Annual Tribute to Motown set for Feb. 25

ECU professor Carroll V. Dashiell Jr. is music director for the Tribute to Motown concert Feb. 25.

The ECU School of Music Jazz Studies Program will present its annual Tribute to Motown at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 in Wright Auditorium. Presented as part of Black History Month celebrations on campus, the concert celebrates African-Americans’ contribution to the music world. ECU music professor Carroll V. Dashiell Jr. is music director.

Performances will include such Motown classics as “Respect,” “Dr. Feel Good,” “Dancin’ in the Street,” “Sugar Pie Honey-Bun,” “Kansas City,” “My Girl” and more.

Featured performers include Ronee Martin, blues and jazz vocalist, and Christie Dashiell, Afro Blue vocalist; along with
Dashiell Jr on bass; Bill Ford, special guest piano/synthesizers; Jon Ozment, special guest piano/synthesizers; Jeff Bair, Jeremiah Miller and Vaughn Ambrose, saxophones; Carroll V. Dashiell, III, drums; Joe Phillips, guitar; Joey Stultz, ethnic percussion; Karen Peele, trombone; Steve Peckus, tenor sax; and James Old, trumpet. Background vocals are by “3-D”: Christie Dashiell, Rochelle Rice, Alden Quick and Marvin Thorne.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, available at the door or through the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS.

Blood challenge draws large response

The Health 1000 class in East Carolina University’s College of Health and Human Performance was this semester’s winner of a blood donation competition. The Health 1000 and Kinesiology 1000 classes compete each semester, with students and faculty members coming out to give blood. The Feb. 16 challenge brought out 298 donors from Health 1000 and 180 donors from Kinesiology, for a total collection of 349 units of blood. The challenge was held at the Student Recreation Center.

Sponsored by the College of Health and Human Performance, the event promotes civic engagement and positive mental health through volunteering and service-learning.

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