Monthly Archives: March 2012

ECU senior wins national music competition


ECU music major Caroline Cox was the winner of a national performance competition. (Contributed photo)

ECU senior Caroline Cox of Southern Pines won top honors at the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist String Competition.

Cox, 21, is a double performance major in violin and piano, studying violin with Ara Gregorian and piano with Keiko Sekino. Cox served as concertmaster of the ECU Symphony for three years and has performed alongside such artists as Robert McDonald in the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival at ECU. In 2011, she was chosen to perform Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with the Raleigh and Durham Symphonies.

The MTNA Young Artist Performance Competition took place March 26, during the 2012 MTNA National Conference in New York City. As a national competition winner, Cox received $3,000, provided by the MTNA Foundation Fund.

The three-tiered MTNA competitions begin at the state level. First-place winners of each state’s competition advance to a division competition. Division winners compete in the national finals.

Music Teachers National Association is a nonprofit organization of independent and collegiate music teachers committed to furthering the art of music through teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research. Founded in 1876, Music Teachers National Association is the oldest music teachers association in the United States.

For more information about MTNA, contact the MTNA national headquarters at (513) 421-1420, or visit the website at

Murfreesboro Historical Collection grows at Joyner Library

Collections in ECU's Joyner Library include clippings and prints related to the history of Murfreesboro, N.C. (Contributed photo)

The town of Murfreesboro will mark the 225th anniversary of its original charter this year. And the Murfreesboro Historical Collection in the Special Collections Department of Joyner Library at East Carolina University now has more individual collections for researchers to use.

The Murfreesboro Historical Association donated six individual collections to the Manuscripts and Rare Books Division, Special Collections Department of Joyner Library and those have been processed and are now ready for use – online and at the library. Researchers will have access to collections’ finding aids to guide their search of the collections.

All finding aids contain, at a minimum, a biographical or historical note, a description of the records available and a container list to help researchers locate and request any materials of interest. All materials are available for viewing in Joyner Library’s Special Collections Reading Room.

Old documents and clippings from the 1950s through the 1970s are among the holdings in Joyner Library's Murfreesboro Historical Association Collection. (Contributed photo)

Incorporated on Jan. 6, 1787, Murfreesboro was an important and vital colonial river port being linked by the Chowan River and its tributaries with the Albemarle Sound, allowing trade routes between other communities of the coastal regions of North Carolina, the southeastern interior of the Virginia colony and New England, said Maury York, assistant director for special collections at Joyner Library.

“Many families documented in the papers were some of the founding families of the town and were related by marriage, so this aspect makes the collection even more interesting in the way that it documents their various relationships in daily life,” said York.

One major figure, politician and lawyer B.B. Winborne, researched the history of northeastern North Carolina, York said. “(That) work resulted in several readily available publication on the history and early families of Murfreesboro and Hertford County. In this sense, this collection is also of great value as a primary source companion to Winborne’s published works.”

The Murfreesboro Historical Collection as a whole encompass all facets of social, political, business and civic life in and around Murfreesboro, including surrounding counties in both northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. In addition, within the Wynns Family Papers, there is significant documentation of activity by William B. Wynns and his brothers in Florida (at the time still a territory) and The Bahamas.

The six new collections added to the Murfreesboro Historical Collection –with a brief description – are as follows:

Wynns Family Papers, 1800-1961 (bulk 1880s-1920s), undated

The Wynns Family was of great prominence in colonial North Carolina history.  The family is generally associated with Hertford County, and according to genealogical research the earliest member of this family present in the Hertford County area was Captain George Wynns. He was born in 1675 and died in 1751.

The Wynns (Winn, Wynn, Winns) family of Hertford County was one which took on various spellings throughout generations. As a result, in these papers researchers will find both “Wynn” and “Wynns” used on various documents.  These papers document the activities of a later generation of Wynns who lived predominately during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Benjamin B. Winborne Papers, 1717-1957 (bulk 1880s-1920s), undated

Benjamin Brodie Winborne (April 14, 1854-1919) practiced law in Hertford County. He was the son of Major Samuel Darden Winborne and Mary H. Pretlow Winborne (d. August 24, 1900) and the grandson of Martha Warren Winborne, possibly the daughter of Robert Warren. From 1891 to 1897 excluding the brief period that he served in the 1895 legislature, he served as judge of the Hertford County Criminal Court. Winborne served in the N.C. House of Representatives in 1895, 1905, 1907, and 1908 (special session), ran for Speakership of the House in 1905, and ran for N.C. Attorney General in 1908.

Besides his immersion in politics and law, Winborne avidly researched the history of northeastern North Carolina, work that resulted in several publications on the history and early families of Hertford County.

Also included in the Winborne Papers are the papers of Lemuel R. Jernigan (father, Mills Jernigan), a prosperous planter and influential citizen, James L. Anderson (22 Aug 1839 – 4 July 1896), serving for many years in Hertford County as Public Registor, Watson L. “W. L.” Daniel (circa 1816-1899), representing Hertford County in the House in 1852 and 1854 as a Whig and Dr. Starkey S. “S. S.” Daniel (b. December 28th, 1862), son of W. L. Daniel.)

Vaughan Family Papers, 1872-1900 (bulk undated)

Colonel Uriah Vaughan was born on Nov. 29, 1813, on his father’s plantation near Murfreesboro. Vaughan’s parents were John Vaughan and Sarah (Rogers) Vaughan, both from Hertford County.

This collection consists of two photograph albums believed to be the original as assembled by the family.  Most photographed individuals are identified as being related to the Vaughan family, many with the surname Early(e)

Winborne Jenkins Papers, 1751-1816, undated

Winborne Jenkins (d. circa 1797) was a Northampton County landowner. He and his wife, Emma, had five children and he owned approximately 575 acres at the time of his death.

J. T. Lewter Papers, 1857-1887, undated

John T. Lewter was a physician in Hertford County who married a woman (name unknown) who was a property owner of some stature.  They had no children of their own, but Lewter was the guardian (1857-1868) for Lillian Vick, his wife’s niece.

Murfreesboro, North Carolina, Historic Photographs, 1950s-1970s, undated

A collection of photographic prints, negatives, documents and newspaper clippings (ca. 1950s -1970’s) relating to the history of Murfreesboro, NC, consisting primarily of images documenting businesses, buildings, boats and ferries, mills, cemeteries and gravestones, architectural features of interest, churches, schools, people and houses.

For access to the complete finding aids go to and scroll down to the Murfreesboro Historical Association Collection heading.

To register for Joyner Library’s online system and request use of its collections in the Reading Room, visit

For more information or assistance with requesting materials, contact the Special Collections staff during our normal operating hours of Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m, at 252-328-6671 or email us at the following link.

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ECU grad wins in robotics competition

East Carolina University alumna Elizabeth Pate, a 2011 graduate with a B.A. in physics and a B.S. in science, was a member of the group that took home second place this month in the Palmetto Regional robotics competition in Charleston, S.C.

Pate and her team competed in Rebound Rumble, building robots that could shoot foam basketballs through basketball hoops and balance on a teetering platform. The win qualifies them for national competition.

The competition is the flagship event of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) season in South Carolina. The Citadel and city of North Charleston hosted the 3-day Ninth Annual Competition, which drew 47 teams from eight states.

Pate is a science teacher at South Central High School in Greenville. For additional information, contact Pate at


ECU hosts annual meeting of the North Carolina Folklore Society

East Carolina University will host the 99th annual meeting of the North Carolina Folklore Society from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 31 in Room 1031, Bate Building.

The meeting theme is “Resilience,” with topics of discussion to include resilience and identity, community responses to environmental and social change, and the role of folklife in community-based economic development.

“We will explore the ways communities in eastern North Carolina creatively address changes in the environment and the economy, and the way cultural practices adapt and flex to maintain their meaning and relevance in a changing landscape,” said Steven Kruger, conference organizer.

An awards ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in Room C207 of the Science and Technology Building to honor winners of the 2012 Brown-Hudson and Community Traditions Awards. The Brown-Hudson Award was created in 1970 in memory of Frank C. Brown of Duke University, a prolific documenter of North Carolina folklife, and Arthur Palmer Hudson, a UNC professor and founder of the society’s journal. The Community Traditions award honors the organizations and groups who engage in or support folklife and traditional culture in North Carolina.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, or to register for the meeting, visit


ECU research reveals impact from 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Research by ECU faculty members Drs. David Kimmel, left, and Siddhartha Mitra noted the effects of oil on the ocean food chain. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Research by East Carolina University faculty and students has confirmed that oil from the April 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico made it into the ocean’s food chain.

The ECU researchers worked with colleagues at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Oregon State University and the United States Geological Survey. In their study published by Geophysical Research Letters, the researchers found that crude oil from the spill entered the food chain through the tiniest of organisms, zooplankton, which forms the base of the food chain in marine ecosystems.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, ECU biology graduate student Ben McGlaughon, geological sciences graduate student Kim Scalise, and undergraduate biology student Jessica Snyder, worked alongside Dr. Siddhartha Mitra from the Department of Geological Sciences and Dr. David Kimmel from the Department of Biology and Institute for Coastal Sciences and Policy to analyze samples of zooplankton extracted from the Gulf of Mexico during August and September of 2010.

The researchers were able to determine the extent to which oil and oil pollutants had affected the ecosystem by extracting polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which can be used to identify oil and determine its origin.

“Our research helped to determine a ‘fingerprint’ of the Deepwater Horizon spill; something that other researchers interested the spill may be able to use,” Mitra said.

“Furthermore, our work demonstrated that zooplankton in the Northern Gulf of Mexico accumulated toxic compounds derived from the well.”

The researchers found the fingerprint of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in low levels among zooplankton in the area as much as a month after the leaking wellhead was capped. In addition, the extent of the contamination seemed to be patchy. Some zooplankton at certain locations far removed from the spill showed evidence of contamination, whereas zooplankton in other locations, sometimes near the spill, showed lower indications of exposure to the oil-derived pollutants.

The ECU researchers will follow up on their study to confirm if Deepwater Horizon oil compounds made it to the North Carolina coastline at any point after the 2010 spill.

For additional information on the current findings, or for information about the follow-up study, contact Mitra at 252-328-6611 or



ECU professor inducted to N.C. Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame

ECU professor Katie Walsh, right, demonstrates athletic training techniques for students. (Photo by Chuck Baldwin)

 By Kathy Muse

Katie Walsh, director of athletic training at East Carolina University, was inducted to the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame.

She is one of three women recognized with hall of fame membership.

Walsh was inducted at the NCATA meeting in Wrightsville Beach March 17.

“Dr. Walsh is a true leader in the athletic training profession in every sense of the word,” said James Scifers, NCATA president.  “She has provided steadfast leadership at the state, regional, and national levels.

“Her involvement with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education has transformed the accreditation process for educating future athletic training professionals,” Scifers said.

Walsh was one of the first females to work full time in men’s professional athletics. Her contributions to the field include working as an athletic trainer at the Olympic Games, authoring professional textbooks, and serving as an officer in the state and district organizations.

She has authored three NATA position statements on lightning safety, served on the North Carolina High School Safety Task Force and assisted with safety and governmental polices.

“Dr. Walsh has always been an exceptional athletic trainer and this recognition is most appropriate,” said Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance where this program is housed.

Walsh has been recognizated nationally with the NATA Service Award in 2006 and the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2010.

NCATA is the professional organization for athletic trainers.  Since 1974, the NCATA has served to support athletic trainers, to promote and advance the profession of athletic training in North Carolina. The NCATA is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association (District 3) and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.



Youth Arts Festival set for March 31

Child-friendly activities are part of the annual Youth Arts Festival at ECU, scheduled this year for March 31.

The Eighth Annual Youth Arts Festival at East Carolina University is set for Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the mall area in the center of campus.

More than 100 visual and performing artists from ECU and across the region will share their creative talents with children and their families. The event is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the festival will be held in the Leo. W. Jenkins Fine Arts Building, home of the School of Art and Design at ECU.

Family-friendly activities such as wheel-thrown ceramics, watercolor painting, weaving, papermaking, printmaking, portraiture, blacksmithing and other arts will be offered. Children will also have the opportunity to create their own artwork with the help of ECU art students, faculty members and professional artists.

In addition to visual artists, children will also be able to interact with musical, dance and theatrical group. Some of the groups scheduled to attend include Twisted Knot, Red Herring Puppets, Bouncing Bulldogs, Magic of African Rhythm, ECU Dancers with Tomi Galaska, ECU Jazz Combo, Greenville Civic Ballet and Reel Deep.

The Youth Arts Festival at ECU coincides with Youth Arts Month, which is sponsored by the North Carolina Art Education Association. The School of Art and Design at ECU is again organizing the festival.

This event is being supported with grants from the ECU Office of the Provost, ECU College of Fine Arts and Communication, Coca-Cola, The Belk Fund, Friends of the School of Art and Design, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Ledonia Wright Center and the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge. Other sponsors at ECU include the Department of Recreation and Wellness, the College of Fine Arts and Communication, the School of Music, the School of Theater and Dance, the Student Activities Board, and the Office of Institutional Diversity, and ECU Department of Recreation and Wellness and Joyner Library.

For more information, visit the festival website at


NASA scientist to speak at ECU

Retired NASA space radiation scientist Dr. Walter Schimmerling, retired NASA will present “The Space Radiation Challenge,” at 3:15 p.m. in SC207, Science and Technology Building, March 23 at East Carolina University. Refreshments will be available at 3 p.m.

Schimmerling will address questions related to space radiation exposure and its consequences.

The presentation is sponsored by the The East Carolina University Department of Physics Sigma Xi honor society.

For additional information, contact the Departments of Physics at 252-328-6476.

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