Monthly Archives: April 2012

Earth Day events planned at ECU

Conservation biologist Joe Roman will visit ECU as part of activities for Earth Day. Roman is author of "Listed: Dispatches From America’s Endangered Species Act," pictured above.

Several events are planned this week on the campus of East Carolina University to mark Earth Day. All events are free and open to the public.

  • Author and conservation biologist Joe Roman will speak about threatened species, the people working to save them, and why the extinction of species matters to our health and safety, our prosperity, and our joy in nature. Roman is the author of “Listed:  Dispatches from America’s Endangered Species Act.”His lecture will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in the Science & Technology Building, Room C307. Contact: N.C. Center for Biodiversity, 328-6718, or visit
  • The documentary, “Tapped,” which explores the issues surrounding the bottled water industry and the privatization of water. The film will be shown 12-1:30 p.m. Friday, April 20 in Joyner Library Presentation Practice Room #1415.
  • Earth Day Expo will be held Saturday at several locations, including the Howell Science Center, the West Research Campus and A Time for Science center. The day’s activities are part of the N.C. Science Festival. Contact: N.C. Center for Biodiversity, 328-6718.From 10 a.m.- 1p.m., interactive exhibits from ECU faculty will be available for children and their families at the Howell Science Center on ECU’s main campus. There will be hands-on activities, tours of biology labs and exhibits of environmentally focused local organizations.On the West Research campus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., children will be able to learn more about bird boxes and plants and to tour the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab during its open house. The West Research Campus is located at 1157 VOA Site C Road, Greenville.And from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at a Time for Science Center, near Ayden, nature walks and pond exploration will be available.

To learn more about Earth Day, visit

Student support staff present at national conference

East Carolina University student support staff presented at the National Academic Advising Association Region 3 conference in Charlotte this month.

Members of East Carolina University’s student support staff presented at National Academic Advising Association Region 3 conference on April 12-14 in Charlotte.

Presenters and their topics were as follows:

  • “The Hokey Pokey of College Parenting…When to Step In and When to Step Out,” by Dr. Jayne Geissler, executive director of Retention Program and Undergraduate Studies; Steven Asby, academic advisor for undecided and freshmen nursing students; and Dinecia Gates, academic advisor in the School of Communication;
  • “ECU Excels: First Semester Students Receive Victory Lap” by Jennifer Cabacar, coordinator for Undergraduate Student Services in the School of Communication; and Elizabeth Coghill, director of the Pirate Tutoring Center;
  • “Selecting, Implementing, and Assessing an Effective Academic Early Alert and Connect System Integrating Academic Advisors” by Geissler, Coghill and Asby with John Trifilo, associate director of Academic Advising and Support Center (Starfish project manager);
  • “The Advising Collaborative:  Roadmap for Winning the Race” by Beth Fuller, academic advisor for undecided and freshmen nursing students; Jill Naar, academic advisor for the College of Human Ecology; Nancy Lilley, assistant director of Academic Advising for the College of Nursing; Heather Weigand, academic advisor for undecided and freshmen nursing students; and Dr. Lisa Rogerson, professor in the College of Education.
  • “Academic Advising: Putting the ‘Personal’ Back in Interpersonal Communication,” a poster presentation by Daniel Wiseman, academic advisor in the School of Communication and Anthrony Coutouzis, academic advisor in the College of Allied Health Sciences.


Alumnae to keynote Communication event

ECU School of Communication graduates Jamie Lynn Sigler, left, and Sarah Evans will speak at the CommCrew spring reception April 21.

East Carolina University alumnae Jamie Lynn Sigler and Sarah Evans will keynote the CommCrew’s Sixth Annual Spring Reception  from 6 to 8 p.m. April 21 at the Greenville Museum of Art.

Sigler and Evans – 2001 graduates – are partners in J Public Relations, a bi-coastal public relations firm that develops innovative public relations campaigns for chic hotel properties, restaurants, nightclubs, spas and luxury lifestyle goods.

The event will also include presentation of the distinguished alumnus award for graduates with outstanding achievements.

“Each year, our banquet has grown more successful, thanks to inspirational, dynamic and highly successful guest speakers as well as lots of hard work by CommCrew members,” said Dr. Linda Kean, director of the School of Communication. “In addition to alumni, we encourage communication and hospitality professionals from the community to attend. Every ticket purchased means more networking, scholarship and career development opportunities for our current students.”

A noted expert in the travel and lifestyle industries, Evans has been featured on ABC,, Bridal Guide and more. She also has a travel blog, “The Glam Globetrotter,” which highlights stylish travel. Sigler’s clients are regularly featured in top media outlets, including: E! Entertainment Television, The New York Times, US Weekly, and “The Today Show.”

Those who will attend the reception are invited to bring books for a book drive benefitting Operation Sunshine, Hope Lodge and community schools. Books for all age groups are needed.

CommCrew is an organization for friends and alumni of ECU’s School of Communication. In addition to supporting activities and scholarships for School of Communication students, it also strives to involve alumni in current activities as well as to keep them informed about current school news and events.

Banquet tickets are $25 each. Call 252-328-4227 to pay by credit card. Or, make checks payable to ECU Foundation and mail to: Cyndee Mueller, School of Communication, Joyner East, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C. 27858.



Holocaust Awareness Day set for April 17

Luminaries in honor of Holocaust victims are a traditional part of the annual Holocaust Awareness event at East Carolina University. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

The ECU Volunteer and Service-Learning Center is hosting the 9th annual Holocaust Awareness Day from 7 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. April 17 on the campus mall.

The event is held as part of national Days of Remembrance established by the U.S. Congress. Faculty, staff, student and community volunteers are needed to read the names of Holocaust victims. Luminaries will be lit to honor the victims.

For additional information, visit

ECU to host international conference on terrorism April 19-20

East Carolina University will host an international conference on the Moral Psychology of Terrorism, Implications for Security April 19 -20 at the Croatan Green Room on campus.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Rico Sneller of Leiden University in The Netherlands, speaking on “Dreams, Morality and Terrorism”; Dr. James Lewis, University of Tromso, Norway on “Social Encapsulation and the Legitimation of Violence”; Dr. Richard Feist of Saint Paul University, Canada on “The Indecisive Nature of Battle: Montesquieu and Counter-Insurgency”; Dr. Mahmoud Masaeli of Saint Paul University on “Confused Sense of Selfhood and Moral Psychology of Terror”; and Dr. Derek Maher of ECU on “Tibetan Terrorism? A Case Study in Name-Calling.”

Additional speakers and session chairs from ECU include David Durant (Joyner Library), Dr. Carmine Scavo (Political Science), Dr. Calvin Mercer (Religious Studies), Dr. Robert Thompson (Political Science), Dr. Alethia Cook (Political Science) and Dr. Jalil Roshandel (Political Science)

The program is sponsored by the Department of Political Science Security Studies Program, the Office of International Affairs/International House and the Religious Studies Program at ECU, along with the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina.

For additional information, contact Dr. Jalil Roshandel, ECU Department of Political Science, at

Barefoot on the Mall set for April 19

The 2010 Barefoot on the Mall on April 21 included entertainment with a hula hoop. Pictured above, ECU Pirate Elizabeth Curl enjoys the celebration. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

East Carolina University will hold its 33rd Annual Barefoot on the Mall celebration from 2 to 8 p.m. April 19 at the campus mall.

Established in 1979, the event offers an opportunity near the end of the semester for students to relax and enjoy a day of live music, prizes and novelty entertainment.

For additional information, visit

Students to select sculpture for ECU Student Memorial Garden

ECU students will vote for one of three scuptures for the new student memorial garden. (Contributed photo)

East Carolina University students are urged to vote by April 30 for one of three sculptures that will stand as the centerpiece of a new memorial garden honoring students who have died during the semester.

The ECU Student Memorial Garden, which is close to completion, is located between the Erwin Building and Ledonia Wright Cultural Center. The selected sculpture will be cast nine feet high and placed in the garden after students have identified their preference through One Stop voting.

ECU art students Michael Dodson, Jonathan Burger and Trey Martin created the sculptures, on display on the main floor of Mendenhall Student Center.

Burger created the Dogwood Memorial, described as a steel tree with stainless steel dogwood flowers that signify memory of the departed, with a bronze bowl where students may place flowers and remembrances. Dodson created Continuance, which shows a new tree growing from the stump of a fallen tree to represent the continuation of life and wisdom. Martin created Broken Circle with Doves, a bronze circle that transforms into three doves watching over the students and daily life on campus.

ECU Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Virginia Hardy came up with the idea of a garden following the death of a student who served in the military. She worked with University Landscape Architect John Gill and Facilities Services to develop the concept.

Hardy contacted Michael Dorsey, interim dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, for help in soliciting student sculptures. Art students were asked to submit scupltures that would be appropriate in “an area of meditation, relaxation, serenity and calmness,” Hardy said.

The Student Government Association is paying for the garden work, while Student Affairs is covering the cost of the sculpture contest and the final product.

An opening ceremony will be held when the garden is complete.

ECU fraternities and sororities hold spring carnival


East Carolina University’s Greek Life organizations are holding a Spring Carnival from 4 to 7 p.m. April 13 at Briley’s Farm, Old Pactolus Rd. in Greenville. The event is open to the public, with proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Pitt County.

Keith Tingley, ECU director of Greek Life, said the event pulls together all 34 Greek fraternities and sororities on campus. As part of the annual Greek Week on campus, the students are pooling their efforts to celebrate Greek life and do something good for the community.

Tingley said the carnival allows them to provide a fun activity for children while at the same time raising money to benefit the Boys and Girls Club. He estimated 800 to 1000 ECU students will be working in shifts to put on the carnival.

Activities will include hayrides, pony rides, games and a petting zoo. The event is $2 for children aged 5 and over, $5 for adults and free for children under 5.

For additional information, contact the ECU Office of Greek Life at 328-4235.

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