Monthly Archives: October 2012

In Memoriam: William C. Friday

William C. Friday, president emeritus of the University of North Carolina, died Oct. 12 on the 219 birthday of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was 92.

William C. Friday

Following a series of leadership roles for the university, Friday assumed the position of UNC system president in 1956. He served in that role 30 years.

“Bill Friday lived a life that exemplified everything that has made our University – and the state of North Carolina – great,” said UNC President Tom Ross.

“He was a man of unquestioned honor and integrity who devoted a lifetime of extraordinary leadership and service to the University and state he loved so much. He also was a man of deep courage and conviction who never backed away from doing the right thing for our students, our faculty or our citizens. We have truly lost one of North Carolina’s most special treasures.”

Speaking at East Carolina University later in the day after Friday’s death had been announced, Ross paid tribute to the retired UNC system president during his remarks at the ribbon cutting for Ledyard E. Ross Hall, home of the School of Dental Medicine. “He set the gold standard for leadership in higher education,” Ross said.

ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard said, “Bill Friday devoted his life to providing extraordinary leadership and service to public higher education in the state of North Carolina. He embraced the enduring values of respect, authenticity, and a commitment to serve that have helped our University to deliver on the promise of opportunity.  Our state has lost a great leader and we will sincerely miss him. We would all do well to try to be more like Bill Friday.”

A native of Virginia, Friday grew up in Dallas, N.C. He earned a textile engineering degree from NCSU and graduated from the UNC-CH law school in 1948.


Road race to benefit breast cancer services

Runners and walkers of all ages can lace up their sneakers Sunday, Oct. 21, for the fourth annual Pink Ribbon Road Race to benefit breast cancer services at the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center.

Race-day registration starts at noon at Brook Valley Country Club at 311 Oxford Road in Greenville. A Kids Dash is at 1:45 p.m., and the 5K race and 1-mile walk begin at 2 p.m.

Entry fee for the race and walk is $25 by Oct. 8 and $30 afterward and on race day. Students may race for $15. The Kids Dash is free. Entry fees include a T-shirt for the first 100 entrants.

Register online at or by contacting Kimberly Winslow at 252-744-3546 or

For more information, call 252-744-3546.

The Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center is a collaboration of East Carolina University and Vidant Health.

The event is sponsored by ECU Physicians, the group medical practice of the Brody School of Medicine at ECU.


The ECU Staff Senate will host a Health Fitness Walk from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Lake Laupus.

The event will include demonstrations of Zumba, Yoga and Thai Chi along with samples of healthy foods from Rock Springs Center, ECU Campus Dining and Sheetz free smoothies. Kayaks and bikes will be available for participants to try out.

Chancellor Steve Balard will provide opening remarks.

For additional information, visit

TALGS Conference invites proposal submissions

The 10th TALGS (TESOL/ Applied Linguistic Graduate Students) conference will be held Feb. 16, 2013 at East Carolina University.

The conference invites teachers to submit workshops or papers on topics related to language learning and/or teaching, along with research involving working with English language learners or foreign language learners.

Proposal deadlines are due by Dec. 3. Additional details about proposal submission is available at

Re-registration for the event is Jan. 21, 2013.

For additional information, visit or e-mail

Mark Smith-Soto Receives 2012 James Applewhite Poetry Prize

UNC-Greensboro faculty member Mark Smith-Soto, left, received the 2012 James Applewhite Poetry competition award from poet James Applewhite, right, during the annual Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming at ECU. (Contributed photo)

During the recent Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Professor Mark Smith-Soto was announced as the winner of the 2012 James Applewhite Poetry competition for his poem, “Last Retreat to Topsail Island.”

James Applewhite presented the award during the annual literary homecoming held at Joyner Library, where Applewhite was also honored with the Roberts Award for Literary Inspiration. Smith-Soto read his poem at the event, and it will be published in the North Carolina Literary Review’s 2013 issue.

Raised in Costa Rica, Smith-Soto is professor of Spanish and long-time editor of International Poetry Review at UNC-Greensboro. He received an NEA fellowship in creative writing in 2005, and his poetry has been collected in a chapbook and two full-length volumes as well as published in numerous literary magazines.

Applewhite, a fellow poet, selected Smith-Soto’s poem from six finalists whose work had been selected for publication in NCLR by Poetry Editor Jeffrey Franklin. Almost 50 poets submitted up to five poems each to the competition.

“The poem as a whole is excellent, beautifully crafted, unselfconsciously eloquent,” Applewhite said of Smith-Soto’s winning submission.

Applewhite awarded second place to Laurence G. Avery’s poem, “Only Yonaguska,” and honorable mention to Grace Cloris Ocasio’s “Little Girlfriend.” The other finalists selected for publication are Richard Betz’s “Picking Blackberries on Yellow Mountain Road,” Samantha Lee Deal’s “North Carolina, This Will Be The Last Poem,” and Susan Laughter Meyers’ “Banding Hummingbirds” and “Beggar’s-Lice.”

Published since 1992 by ECU and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, the North Carolina Literary Review has won numerous awards and citations. The James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition was funded by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.

A two-year subscription to NCLR will include the 2013 issue, featuring the winner and some of the finalists. The other finalists and additional poems from Smith-Soto’s submission will appear in NCLR Online, an open access publication that appears in early 2013. The print issue follows in the summer. Visit for subscription information.


Parents of alumna lost to breast cancer to share her story

Parents of East Carolina University alumna Kim Sibbach, who died in April 2011 from breast cancer, will speak as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month at 8 p.m. Oct. 15 in Hendrix Theatre on campus.


Darryl and Vicki Nester will discuss cancer awareness, the importance of early detection and the fears associated with living with cancer.

Kim Sibbach was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer in 2008 while attending ECU. She put her studies on hold while undergoing chemotherapy, a mastectomy and other treatments, but returned to ECU in 2010 to complete her degree.

By December 2010, the cancer had spread to Sibbach’s sternum, shoulders, ribs, hips and spine. Following that diagnosis, she wrote her experiences in a blog titled “I didn’t like the left one anyway.”

The Nesters will share their experiences from the moment they heard the diagnosis and throughout Sibbach’s constant fight for a cure. They hope sharing the story will encourage the ECU community to get regular breast exams to help with early detection, to recognize the signs from their own bodies and realize they are not alone in their fight.

This event is a Wellness Passport Event and is co-sponsored by ECU Campus Dining Services, Student Health Services and the Student Activities Board.

ECU College of Business named a top business school for 2013

For the sixth straight year, the College of Business at East Carolina University has earned top marks, ranking among the best U.S. business schools according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company features ECU in its newly released 2013 edition of “The Best 296 Business Schools.”

Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior VP-publisher, said, “We consider East Carolina University one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA. We selected the schools we profile in this book – 280 of which are in the U.S. and 16 are international ‒ based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicit and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who rate and report on their experiences at them on our 80-question survey for the book.”

Dr. Stan Eakins, dean of the ECU College of Business (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

As part of its rating in the new guide, the College of Business is outlined in a two-page profile highlighting academics, career and placement, student life and environment, and admissions information. The profile also touts the College’s solid preparation in teamwork, communication/interpersonal skills, quantitative skills, and computer skills. Direct quotes from business students note the College’s “intimate feel,” as well as its “individual attention” and “friendly atmosphere.” Professors in the College of Business “expect hard work and high professionalism from each student,” and in describing the College’s distance education, students say that “very little of the East Carolina spirit is lost over the Internet” and “the interactive media makes up for the lack of face time.”

Dr. Stan Eakins, dean of the College of Business, said, “The College of Business is proud to earn recognition as a best school again not only in the Southeast, but also nationally. We’re now doing even more to prepare the next generation of leaders, and there is no higher level of accomplishment for us than students who value their educational experience, benefit directly from it, and go on to make a difference in their communities.”

The Princeton Review compiled the information based on its surveys of 19,000 students attending the 296 business schools in its book, as well as on school-reported data. The ranking lists and other data are available online at

ECU teams sought for Greenville bed race

The Johnny O Alzheimer’s and Dementia Awareness Foundation, founded by East Carolina University marketing graduate Mark O’Ravitz, will hold a bed race Nov. 10 at Five Points in Downtown Greenville.

The organization is recruiting groups from ECU and the Greenville community to compete in the race. Racing beds are provided.

“We are working to build one of the largest grassroots efforts…to ensure we receive the ultimate research efforts and the maximum support and awareness to the public,” O’Ravitz wrote on the organization’s web site,

O’Ravitz indicated that one in eight people age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease and every 69 seconds, someone in America develops the disease. “It is our time to make sure Alzheimer’s and Dementia no longer take a back seat to other public health (charity) outcries. We…feel our calling will affect many people’s lives,” O’Ravitz said.

For more information about the event and registration, visit

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