Monthly Archives: December 2012

Eastern North Carolina Teachers of the Year Honored at Event

Jennifer Lilly, a Teacher of the Year from CamTech High School in Camden County, speaks to colleagues at a celebration for outstanding teachers sponsored by ECU’s College of Education on Dec. 6. (Contributed photos)


Eighteen Teacher of the Year recipients from eastern North Carolina were honored at a Dec. 6 event sponsored by East Carolina University’s College of Education. The event, titled “Each One-Reach One,” served as a celebration of outstanding educators and their positive impact within the region.

Joining the Teachers of the Year were first- and second-year educators. The novice and veteran educators represented the following counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Clinton City, Craven, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Northampton, Onslow, Pitt, Vance and Wilson.

Invitations were issued to each member of the Latham Clinical Schools Network, which comprises 36 counties within eastern North Carolina. Several of the educators honored are alumni of the College of Education’s teacher education programs. During the event, the educators brainstormed how to better promote the profession of teaching. When asked what kind of individuals they wanted to see join the profession in the future, the educators noted they wanted to see new teachers who were “passionate about the profession, compassionate about others, and tech savvy to meet the needs of 21st century learning.” Within the discussion on how to promote teaching as a career choice, the Teachers of the Year shared that there is a need to “get the media and legislators more involved in understanding the positive experiences that are happening in classrooms.”

In addition to sharing recruitment strategies, these outstanding educators were asked to videotape themselves sharing their thoughts about why they teach. The individual clips will be combined to create a promotional video to share with potential teacher education students at spring recruitment events. The positive messages shared will provide prospective students with excellent examples of quality teachers who are proud of their profession.

For more information about recruitment efforts for the College of Education at East Carolina University, please contact Laura Bilbro-Berry, Assistant Director of Teacher Education, at or via phone at 252-328-1123.

ECU professor named fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management


Dr. Melanie Sartore-Baldwin, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at East Carolina University, was named a fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management.

She is one of five scholars who received this honor at the 2012 NASSM conference in Seattle.

Fellow status recognizes NASSM scholars by honoring their achievement in sport-related scholarship disseminated through NASSM.

The designation is one of distinction and encourages high standards of research and other forms of scholarship among NASSM’s members.

“We are proud of Dr. Sartore-Baldwin’s international recognition and her commitment to our students,” said Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance.

Her areas of study are diversity-related issues and social justice within sport.

A native of Macomb, Ill., Sartore-Baldwin began teaching at ECU in 2007.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education/exercise science from Western Illinois University in 2000.  She received a dual master’s degree from Indiana University in 2003 and a doctorate from Texas A&M University in 2007.

Student scholarship highlighted in ECU German language program

Michael Veale

East Carolina University junior Michael Veale of Charlotte was selected for an undergraduate scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), marking the fourth year in a row that ECU’s German program has had a student selected for the scholarship.

Veale, a double major in theatre arts and German, is spending the academic year as a student at the Freie Universitat in Berlin.

ECU professor David L. Smith, majors’ advisor and program coordinator in the university’s German program, said ECU’s program is one of only five in the nation to have had an undergraduate receive the DAAD undergraduate award in each of the last four years, and the only program in the Southeast to do so.

Smith said the four scholarships represent approximately $45,000 in external funding for ECU undergraduates.



Collection of Civil War letters focus of Saturday event

The editor of a book of Civil War letters will give a reading from “Sparrow’s Nest of Letters” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 in the Manuscripts and Rare Books Department at Joyner Library.

Joy W. Sparrow will have a reading and signing of the work that feature letters between Capt. Thomas Sparrow and his son, George Atmore Sparrow, and their lives before, during and after the Civil War. Many of the letters were written from or mention places in Greenville, Falkland and Pitt County, including Green Wreath Plantation.

Some of the letters included in the book are from the Thomas Sparrow Papers in Joyner Library’s East Carolina Manuscript Collection. Those papers were the first collection acquired for the East Carolina Manuscript Collection in the 1960s. The late Keats Sparrow, former dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, encouraged Joy Sparrow to publish the letters.

Book co-edited by English professor named to best books list

A book co-edited by ECU English professor Dr. Kenneth Parille, “The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist,” was selected by the Washington Post as one of its Best Books of 2012.

Parille also contributed an essay to the publication. He was quoted in 2012 in the New York Times for a feature on Clowes and one of his essays on the graphic novelist appeared in the 2010 collection, “The Best American Comics Criticism.”

Read the Washington Post best books list .

Read the March 2012 New York Times article in which Parille is quoted.  Read more about Parille.

Allied Health faculty report publications

An article co-authored by Mary Crozier, Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies, “Codependence with hypersexual and gambling disorder,” appeared in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions.

An article by Twyla Perryman, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, “Brief Report: Parent Child-Directed Speech as a Predictor of Receptive Language in Children with Autism Symptomatology,” appeared in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Joyner celebrates graduate student art and design exhibition

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Joyner Library at East Carolina University celebrated the opening reception and award ceremony for the 5th Annual Graduate Student Art and Design Exhibition Nov. 15.

This exhibition, held every fall semester, showcases the talent and hard work of ECU graduate students and provides an inspirational learning environment for all students, faculty, and library patrons.  Cash awards were given, with one funded by the Friends of Joyner Library to add original art to the Library’s permanent collection.  Diverse works include paintings and drawings, textile and metal designs, sculpture, photography, pottery, and more.

“The works by the 17 artists participating in this year’s exhibition are inspiring, creative, and thought-provoking.  Joyner Library is excited to host this exhibit and to provide an opportunity for the artists to share their talent with the community and to be recognized for their work,” says Jan Lewis, interim dean of Academic Library & Learning Resources.

C. Barbour Strickland III served as this year’s juror.  With more than 30 years of experience in N.C. arts, Strickland is the owner of FrameMakers, Strickland Art Resources & Gallery, and The Arts Connection website.  He is the former art director of the Greenville Museum of Art and currently serves on boards of art organizations statewide, including as president of the Friends of ECU’s School of Art and Design.

The 2012 winners are as follows:

Friends of Joyner Library Purchase Award        $1000

Artist: Graham Erisman

Title:   “Emotions of Burden”

Medium: Cast Iron & Fabricated Steel

College of Fine Arts & Communication Dean’s Merit Award   $400

Artist: Audrey Peck

Title: “Bark Necklace”

Medium: Bark, Copper, Steel, Brass, and Paper

School of Art and Design Director’s Award      $400

Artist: Lorraine Turi

Title: “Past Life Portrait # 2”

Medium: Scanogram – Inkjet

Graduate Schools Dean’s Award            $300

Artist: Kevin Vanek

Title: “Automatons of Industry”

Medium: Cast Iron

Uptown Art Supply and Gallery at UBE           $100 Gift Certificate

Artist: Catherine Stasevich

Title: “Pond Life Series: Muddy Bottoms Mug with Brown Bullhead”

Medium: Wood Fired Ceramics

The exhibit runs through Jan. 15, 2013 and is located in the exhibit gallery on the second floor of the library.  The exhibit viewing is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252.328.4090.

Road race to benefit camps for kids

A 5K road race and walk this Saturday will help raise money for two East Carolina University camps for children with cancer and sickle cell disease.

The Run for a Reason 5K, sponsored by the Greenville Women’s League, starts at 9 a.m. at Oakmont Baptist Church at 1100 Red Banks Road in Greenville. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. Online registration and information are available at Information is also available by emailing

Registration is $25. Proceeds benefit “camperships” at Camp Rainbow and Camp Hope, held each summer at Camp Don Lee near Arapahoe. The camps offer children with cancer and sickle cell disease, as well as their siblings, a chance to enjoy traditional summer camp activities such as swimming and sailing in a medically monitored environment.

Race organizers have invited campers and their families to attend the race and meet competitors.

For more information about Camp Rainbow and Hope, call Jacque Sauls at 252-744-4102.

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