Monthly Archives: February 2012

ECU’s Joyner Library hosts illustrator at annual summit

Keynote speaker James Ransome, an award-winning children's book illustrator, and ECU Provost Marilyn Sheerer are seen at the Librarian to Librarian Summit Feb. 4. (Contributed photo)


The 7th annual Librarian to Librarian Summit was held at Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center Feb 4.

The conference, only one of two statewide, featured more than 30 diverse roundtable discussions from understanding cultural diversity in elementary education to copyright and app exchanges.

“Joyner Library strives to provide an environment for scholarship and collaboration,” said Dr. Larry Boyer, dean of academic library and learning resources. “One outstanding example of this is our Librarian to Librarian Summit, a unique conference hosted by our Teaching Resources Center, providing the venue for professional development to school librarians and media specialists from across North Carolina.”

North Carolina native and award-winning children’s book illustrator, James Ransome gave the keynote address. Ransome has received both the Coretta Scott Kind Award for Illustration and the IBBY Honor Award for his book, “The Creation.”

For Ransome, the story has always been his inspiration and uses his writing and illustration to instill in children the unique qualities of our cultural and racial differences. Raised by his grandmother in Rich Square, Ransome said “as I read (the Bible), the illustrations, filled with figures in dramatic poses wearing flowing garments and surrounded by beautiful landscapes, sparked my imagination.”

Provost Marilyn Sheerer also attended the event.

“What an exciting presentation given by an accomplished illustrator from North Carolina. We are proud of our Teaching Resources Center’s dedication to the development of our state’s media coordinators while featuring ‘homegrown’ artists like James Ransome,” said Sheerer, who previously served the university as dean of the College of Education.

Former educator and N.C. House Rep. Marian McLawhorn served as a panelist for multiple sessions.

“A good librarian needs to know how to retrieve information from the right sources. The summit provides an opportunity for librarians across the state to review the latest in technology while networking with others in their profession,” she said.

For more information on this event or about Joyner Library, contact Dawn Wainwright at or (252) 328-4090.
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ECU FAFSA Day set for Feb. 18

East Carolina University will host a FAFSA Day from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 18 in Joyner Library.

Staff from ECU, Pitt Community College and Miller-Motte College will be on hand to help students and families complete the federal application for financial aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine eligibility for most financial aid programs to assist in the cost of higher education.

FAFSA events will be held at more than 300 locations across the state, concluding a week of attention to financial aid awareness. North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue proclaimed Financial Aid Awareness Week in North Carolina Feb. 13 through 19, urging students and families to learn more about the process of applying for financial assistance for college.

Registration is recommended. To register or for more information, visit or call 1-866-866-CFNC (2362).

Another option for students and parents with a few questions on completing the FAFSA is the FAFSA Phone-In offered every Tuesday night in February, including the night of February 14 during Financial Aid Awareness Week.

Financial aid specialists and experts will be available to answer specific FAFSA questions on the toll-free number, 1-866-866-CFNC (2362), between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Financial Aid Awareness Week is sponsored by the N.C. Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. The Association also joins College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) and the State Employees’ Credit Union to make FAFSA Day available.

Tenure, promotion workshops scheduled for Feb. 10

The Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women is sponsoring a Tenure and Promotion workshop and a Promotion workshop Feb. 10.

Participants may register for either or both workshops by visiting the Office for Faculty Excellence web site at

The two workshops share a common opening session at 1 p.m. in Mendenhall 244, followed by discussion of the faculty manual, PAD and faculty panel for those interested in both tenure and promotion. A workshop for those interested in promotion only begins at 2:30 in Mendenhall 221, with discussion on promotion procedures and issues, as well as a panel discussion.

Participants who register for both may leave the T&P workshop after break and move to the promotion event.

For additional information contact co-chairs Beth Velde (, Puri Martinez ( or Cheryl Stevens (


Counselors Connect with the College of Education

ECU students and Apple Ambassadors, left to right, Tiera Bunyan, Jessica Milwood and Sara Graves greeted attendees at the Each One-Reach One event. Apple Ambassadors work with the College of Education to recruit prospective students.

The East Carolina University College of Education hosted 36 high school guidance counselors from eastern North Carolina Feb. 2

The “Each One – Reach One” event informed counselors about the university’s teacher education programs and education as a career choice. Participants were drawn from the Latham Clinical School Network, which comprises 36 counties in eastern North Carolina. The counselors represented Beaufort, Cumberland, Dare, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Lenoir, Martin, Nash-Rocky Mount, Pitt, Roanoke Rapids, Wayne and Wilson school districts.

Representatives from ECU Admissions, the Honors College and Financial Aid provided information for the counselors to help them assist students in their districts with applications for the university. College of Education personnel shared details about the university’s teacher education programs. They encouraged the counselors to prompt students about considering education as a career choice.

Participants indicated that the workshop was “very organized” with pertinent information. One counselor said, “This was an awesome opportunity. Thank you for the wealth of knowledge.”

For more information about recruitment efforts for the ECU College of Education, contact Laura Bilbro-Berry, assistant director of Teacher Education, at or 252-328-1123.


ECU education professor Christa Monroe speaks at the event for high school counselors. Seated, left to right, are faculty in the Office of Teacher Education Vivian Covington, Laura Bilbro-Berry and Susan Morgan.


Graduate counseling honor society honors new members

 The Rho Omega Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society for graduate counseling students, will hold an induction ceremony Feb. 10 for its new honorees. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Tom Sweeney, the founding president of the chapter.

The ceremony will begin with a dinner at 7:15 p.m. and conclude with Sweeney and the induction ceremony in the Mendenhall Greatroom.

This will be Sweeney’s first trip to ECU’s campus and his last year with the chapter. He will speak on professional advocacy.

“This induction ceremony will honor students who have provided good services and will continue to provide good services to their clients,” said Mary Crozier, assistant professor in the substance abuse and clinical counseling program.

“These students have the knowledge, skills and professionalism needed to succeed in this field,” she said.

Rho Omega Chapter comprises two ECU departments: counseling education in the College of Education and rehabilitation studies in the College of Allied Health Sciences.

Chi Sigma Iota was founded in 1985 and involves monthly meetings, fundraisers and service projects intended to serve the substance abuse population. To join, graduate students must have a 3.5 GPA and one or more terms of full time counselor education study.

For more information about the Rho Omega Chapter, contact Crozier at 252-744-6299 or



Health Sciences debuts ECU Health Beat

Dr. Phyllis Horns

East Carolina University Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Dr. Phyllis N. Horns has announced the launch of a new blog called ECU Health Beat.

According to Horns’ initial post, the blog will share news from the Brody School of Medicine, the College of Allied Health Sciences, the College of Nursing, the School of Dental Medicine and the Laupus Library.

“We hope the citizens and leaders of the state visit ECU Health Beat to learn about better health, our work in the state, our cutting edge research, and the fine faculty and health professionals we get to work beside,” Horns said in the blog.

Access ECU Health Beat at

ECU to host Empty Bowls event to fight Greenville hunger issue

Two East Carolina University groups are partnering to combat hunger in the Greenville Area with a fundraising project to benefit the Greenville Homeless Shelter and the Greenville Food Bank.

ECU’s Campus Living and Dining Services and the ECU Ceramics Guild will raise the funds with an Empty Bowls fundraiser March 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Mendenhall Student Center’s Great Rooms.

The Empty Bowls Project is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread and are asked to keep a handcrafted bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The bowls for this fundraiser were created and donated by the ECU Ceramics Guild.

“We want to use our talents and skills to create bowls that are functional and one of a kind that will enable funds to be raised to benefit those in need,” said Karen Silinsky, ECU Ceramics Guild and Empty Bowls Project coordinator.

Due to the unique nature of the bowls, they may be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bowls must be picked up during the event.

“This project is a collaborative effort bringing people together as a community to help one another,” said Silinsky. “It is part of the mission of the ECU Ceramics Guild to give back to the community and we are honored to do this.”

Tickets are $15 and are available through the Mendenhall ticket office. Parking will be available in the lot outside the Mendenhall Student Center.

“The Empty Bowl’s Project is a great partnership opportunity, which helps our talented art students showcase their individual skills in addition to providing some much needed financial assistance for two local agencies that do so much good for our community,” said Bill McCartney, associate vice chancellor of Campus Living and Dining Services.

“This is a Greenville community experience, not just an ECU campus effort and we hope to see many members of the Greenville community come and participate in this event,” he said.

For additional information about the Empty Bowls Project, visit or contact ECU Campus Living and Dining Services at (252) 328-2883.


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