Monthly Archives: September 2012

One of ‘Greensboro Four’ to visit ECU Friday


Franklin McCain, one of the original Greensboro Four who participated in the 1960 Woolworth’s sit-in in Greensboro, will speak at ECU Sept. 14. He will address students in the Mendenhall Great Room at 1:30 p.m. and will be available for discussion again at 5 p.m. His appearance is sponsored by the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement. For additional information, contact the center at 252-737-2091.

Ballard, Rigsby named to statewide UNC Advisory Commitee


ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard, left, and geology professor Catherine Rigsby were tapped to join a new advisory committee to assist with UNC system strategic planning.

East Carolina University Chancellor Steve Ballard and geology professor Catherine Rigsby, chair of the UNC Faculty Assembly, were named to the UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions, which will provide input in the development of the next five-year strategic plan for the 17-campus university.

UNC President Thomas Ross and UNC Board of Governors Chairman Peter Hans today announced the creation of the committee, which includes business, education and government leaders from across the state.

Ross and the Board of Governors are working to define the University’s strategic directions for 2013-18. These core goals are pivotal in setting current and future priorities, resource planning and allocation, program planning, review and refinement of academic missions, and strategic planning by UNC institutions.

In support of that effort, this advisory committee chaired by Ross will help assess North Carolina’s current and future workforce needs and recommend degree attainment goals and strategies that are responsive to those needs and changing demographics.  The group may also consider recommendations related to higher academic standards and competencies required for a globally competitive workforce.

The Advisory Committee will evaluate relevant data and make a consensus recommendation to Ross in January 2013. The committee members are:

  • Tom Ross, President, University of North Carolina
  • Peter Hans, Chairman, UNC Board of Governors
  • Fred Eshelman, Member, UNC Board of Governors
  • Phil Berger, President Pro Tempore, North Carolina Senate
  • Thom Tillis, Speaker, North Carolina House of Representatives
  • Steve Ballard, Chancellor, East Carolina University
  • Mahdu Beriwal, President and CEO, IEM
  • Peaches Blank, Member, UNC Board of Governors
  • Linda Brady, Chancellor, UNC Greensboro
  • Jack Cecil, President, Biltmore Farms
  • Janet Cowell, State Treasurer
  • Keith Crisco, Secretary, North Carolina Department of Commerce
  • Lew Ebert, President, North Carolina Chamber
  • William Friday, President Emeritus, University of North Carolina
  • Paul Fulton, Member, UNC Board of Governors
  • Hannah Gage, Immediate Past Chair, UNC Board of Governors
  • Frank Grainger, Vice Chairman, UNC Board of Governors
  • Robert Ingram, Retired Executive, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Leroy Lail, Member, UNC Board of Governors
  • Cynthia Marshall, President, AT&T North Carolina
  • Harold Martin, Chancellor, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Ken Peacock, Chancellor, Appalachian State University
  • Art Pope, CEO, Variety Wholesalers
  • Scott Ralls, President, North Carolina Community College System
  • Catherine Rigsby, Chair, UNC Faculty Assembly; faculty member, East Carolina University
  • Jeff Tarte, Health Care Consultant
  • Holden Thorp, Chancellor, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Counselor education students train outside the classroom

Students in two counselor education classes left the classroom behind Sept. 9 for an experience in team building and accomplishing tasks that require group effort and group decision-making. Counselor education faculty members Dr. Scott Glass and Dr. Allison Crowe led the 40 or so students for the half-day program at ECU’s Team Training Center near Blount Fieldhouse.

The group procedures course in which they are enrolled is a class for master’s level counseling students that introduces them to group counseling theory and practice. Glass specializes in adventure based counseling and Crowe specializes in creative and experiential techniques.

“Experiential learning is so important for counselors. You never know what you’re going to get in a counseling session,” Crowe said. “Your client may surprise you, may react to you in the moment – the more you can refine your skills in the ‘here and now,’ the better.”

(Contributed photo)


Servant-leadership scholar to address ECU forum

An internationally known scholar in servant-leadership will address the 2012 Leadership Forum, scheduled for Oct. 25 – 26 at East Carolina University.

Larry C. Spears will deliver the keynote address Oct. 25, following a 6 p.m. dinner in the atrium of the ECU Heart Institute.


Spears is the inaugural servant leadership scholar at Gonzaga University and president/chief executive officer of the Larry C. Spears Center for Servant-Leadership. He served for 17 years as president and CEO of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership. Greenleaf coined the phrase “servant-leadership” in a 1970 essay.

The forum theme is “Servant Leadership: A Natural Fit for ECU.” Faculty and staff will present best practices for helping ECU achieve its vision of becoming the Leadership University.

Registration begins Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m. at the ECU Heart Institute and at 8 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms. Lunch will be served on Friday.

The forum is sponsored by the Office of the Leadership Collaborative, housed under the Office of the Provost.

Attendees should pre-register by Oct. 19 by e-mailing Rebekah Rogers at

UNC Board of Governors approves ECU projects

The UNC Board of Governors has approved ECU’s plan to pave the 14th Street parking lot, which is covered with gravel now.

The project will create 206 parking spaces and cost $950,000. The cost includes installation of drainage infrastructure, site lighting, security cameras and emergency call stations. The project, which will be paid for with parking receipts, should be completed by November.

The Board of Governors also approved ECU’s plans to replace the air conditioning chiller serving Umstead and Slay residence halls at a cost of $452,000, which will be taken from housing receipts. The project should be completed by next March.

Remembering Sept. 11

The following events are scheduled at East Carolina University in memory of victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

  • “Remembering the Fall” will be presented at 7 p.m., Sept. 11, in Bate Building Room 1026. The event is sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity.
  • Student Leadership and Engagement will be passing out red, white and blue ribbons from 1-3 p.m., Sept. 11, in front of Joyner Library.

Organizations planning Sept. 11 events that have not been posted above may ask to have those items added by e-mailing

Environmental, disaster studies expert to speak at ECU

Southern Sociological Society 2012 Distinguished Lecturer Shirley Laska will present “Invigorating Research” at 2 p.m. Sept. 12 in Mendenhall Student Center Room 221 at East Carolina University.

Laska is professor of sociology and director of the Center for Hazards, Assessment, Response and Technology. She is an expert in environmental sociology and author of “Catastrophe in the Making: The Engineering of Katrina and the Disasters of Tomorrow.”

Before and after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, Laska has worked to understand risks, increase safety and facilitate recovery following hurricanes in the area. She has undertaken projects to assist residents in reducing flood risks to their homes and to improve the resiliency of at-risk communities, while compiling data to help emergency managers understand why residents choose not to evacuate when a hurricane was approaching.

Just prior to Katrina, Laska published research and spoke in Congressional hearings, predicting tremendous loss of life and damage if a major hurricane struck New Orleans.


ECU graduate takes third silver medal at Paralympic Games

YouTube video from the Paralympic Games in London shows ECU graduate Elexis Gillette in competition. He appears about 13 seconds into the video.

East Carolina University graduate Elexis Gillette won a silver medal Sept. 4 in the men’s long jump at the 2012 Paralympics Games in London.

It was Gillette’s third Paralympic silver medal in the event. He has also competed in the long jump at the Athens and Beijing Paralympic Games.

A world record holder in the long jump, Gillette fell short of his personal best, finishing with a leap of 6.34m just behind the winning jump of 6.46 by Ukraine’s Ruslan Katyshe.

ECU graduate Elexis Gillette won his third silver medal in the Paralympic Games in London. (Photo,

Gillette, who has a visual impairment due to congenital detached retina and glauma, has been an international competitor in paralympic track and field since he was a student at ECU. He trained on campus at Bunting Track and the Student Recreation Center.

He graduated from ECU in 2007 with a bachelor of science in recreation and park management from the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department in the College of Health and Human Performance. In 2012, Gillette earned a master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

Highlights in Gillette’s career, as posted on the U.S. Paralympic web site include the following:

  • 2011 IPC World Championships, silver medal (triple jump), bronze medal (200m)
  • 2011 Desert Challenge Games, gold medal (long jump)
  • 2010 U.S. Paralympic National Championship, gold medal (long jump, triple jump 100m, 200m)
  • 2010 Paralympic World Cup, bronze medal (100m)
  • 2008 U.S. Paralympic National Championship, gold medal (long jump, triple jump)
  • 2007 Parapan American Games, silver (long jump)
  • 2006 IPC World Championship, silver (long jump)
  • 2003 IBSA World Games, fifth place (long jump)
  • 2003 News & Observer Athlete of the Year Award
  • 2002 USABA National Championship, gold medal
  • 2002 USABA Male Athlete of the Year
  • World record holder, long jump
  • American record holder, triple jump

The 2012 Paralympic Games began Aug. 29 and run through Sept. 9 in the same venue as the 2012 Olympic Games, providing high level competition for athletes with disabilities. The U.S. Paralympic Team as of Sept. 4 had won 47 medals at the event.

A one-hour highlight show from the paralympic games will be shown on the NBC Sports Network, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 and 6, and at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 Eastern Time.

For additional information on the U.S. Paralympic team and athletes, visit For more information on Gillette, visit

A news feature on the Team USA page highlights Gillette. Read the feature, Lex Gillette balances athletics with musical career.


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