Monthly Archives: January 2013

Knight Commission executive director to speak on leadership

Amy Perko, executive director of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, will present “The Role of Leadership in Moving College Athletics Forward,” for the Fourth Annual Sports Business Leadership Series, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 26 in the Multipurpose Room at the Murphy Center, East Carolina University.Amy Perko Flyer

Perko is a recognized leader on college sports issues, having served in various leadership positions in sports for more than 20 years. In January 2012, she received the NCAA’s prestigious Silver Anniversary Award, which is given to six former college athletes on the occasion of their 25th anniversary from college participation in recognition of their civic and professional contributions.  She was honored as an ACC Legend in 2005.

Perko serves as the Commission’s spokesperson, and has been quoted and interviewed by leading news media, including: USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, and numerous public radio stations.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Performance.

The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

ECU alumna named new Raleigh police chief

East Carolina University graduate and acting interim chief Cassandra Deck-Brown was chosen as police chief for Raleigh. She is the first African-American woman to head the department and the first chief chosen from within the department since 1994.



That year, Deck-Brown’s brother in-law, Mitchell Brown, was promoted to chief and served nearly seven years.

Deck-Brown has been with the Raleigh Police Department since 1987 and worked her way up to deputy chief. She was selected for the position following a national search.

She grew up in Franklin County but spent summers with her mother’s relatives in Philadelphia, where she saw a female police officer on the street one day. The sight of a woman in uniform and in control inspired her, she said in 2006.

Deck-Brown graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in criminal justice, then entered the police academy and the Raleigh Police Department in 1987. She worked as a patrol officer, a crime prevention-community relations officer and a detective, before earning a master’s degree in public administration from N.C. State University in 1995.

Promoted to captain in 2003, she became commander of what is now the North District. She later headed the department’s Administrative Services Division and was promoted to deputy chief last summer.

OAAS seeks nominations for excellence awards

The Organization of African American Staff seeks nominations for the ECU African-American Awards of Excellence.

The OAAS seeks to achieve a visible commitment of the inclusion and valuing of African -American staff, faculty and students at East Carolina University through the promotion of cultural and professional development, wellness, networking, mentorship, leadership, community outreach, scholarship and economic prosperity.

The inaugural ECU African-American Awards of Excellence recognizes outstanding contributions by ECU African-Americans. Nominees for the awards may include current and past ECU African American faculty, staff, students and administrators.

Nominations may also be made for outstanding ECU alumni who serve as community leaders.

Send the nomination letter to Dr. Lathan E. Turner and the OAAS Awards Committee, by Monday, Feb. 4that 5 p.m.  Email nomination letters to  or mail to East Carolina University, C/O OAAS Award Selection Committee, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, Mail Stop 426, Greenville, NC 27858.

Red Carpet Affair to feature banquet, awards

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The ECU Organization of African American staff presents A Red Carpet Affair dinner banquet and awards celebration. WITN-TV news anchor Lynnette Taylor will keynote the event, which will include a two-hour program honoring achievements of African-Americans in the ECU community.

At the conclusion of the event, participants may enjoy the Motown Concert at Wright Auditorium on the ECU Campus.

Tickets for both events are $35 general admission, $23 for students.

For the Red Carpet Affair only, tickets are $25 general admission, $15 for students.

To purchase tickets contact 1-800-ECU ARTS, 252-328-4788 or

UNC biology chairs to discuss educational challenges

Nearly a dozen biology department chairpersons from across the UNC System will gather Feb. 1 on the East Carolina University campus to discuss educational and research approaches that best benefit the various groups.

“Given the challenges and changes we all face in resources, curricula, staffing, distance education…it might be quite useful to get together and discuss which approaches work in which situations,” said organizer and ECU Biology chairman Dr. Jeff McKinnon. “Opportunities for collaboration and coordination may also present themselves.”

The participants will discuss such topics as vision and change initiative, fundraising and advancement, graduate program challenges and departmental research profiles, research/teaching loads and balancing fixed term/tenure track, and cooperation and coordination among departments and campuses.

The gathering is hosted by Dean Alan R. White, the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Biology.

For additional information, contact McKinnon at 252-328-5258 or email

Film screening, panel to focus on women in media



The East Carolina University School of Communication will host a free screening of the award-winning documentary “Miss Representation” at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 in Hendrix Theatre. A reception and panel discussion will follow.

The film, an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, examines how women are portrayed in the media, offering surprising evidence that women are still facing unfortunate odds even in modern society.

Dinecia Gates, academic advisor for the School of Communication, spearheaded efforts to bring the film to ECU. The film “addresses the impact media has on perceptions of women in America,” she said. That includes women in leadership and high profile positions.

“This film is both exciting and relevant in a day and age where media has a tremendous, yet often undetected, impact on our day to day lives and perceptions,” Gates said.

A panel discussion after the screening will include ECU professors Todd Fraley, School of Communication; Christine Avenarious, Department of Anthropology; Marieke Van Willigen, Women’s Studies Program; and Amanda Klein, Department of English, Film Studies.

A reception will be held after the panel discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. It is a passport event for ECU students.

For additional information about the film, visit For details about the ECU event, contact Gates at or 252-328-6001.

Coastal Studies Institute video interviews ECU prof from ‘bottom of the earth’

In a video conference from the “bottom of the earth,” ECU researcher Reide Corbett said that Palmer Station in western Antarctica feels like “the top of the world.” Corbett is leading a team of scientists in Antarctica studying how the flow of fresh groundwater from the continent delivers nutrients into the coastal ocean.

The 3-year project is funded by a $530,000 grant from the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs.



Developed by the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, the video included a question and answer session with students from Manteo and Columbia high schools in eastern North Carolina.

Corbett, a professor in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Geological Sciences, a research scientist at the ECU Institute for Coastal Science and Policy and co-program head for coastal processes at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, has studied submarine groundwater discharge throughout his academic career.

For additional details on Corbett’s research, visit

New exhibit opens at Laupus Library

Laupus Library opens its latest art exhibit today with “Artscience in Spacetime: STEAM.” TonyBreuerReceptionFlyer

The exhibit will be on display through March 12.

Dr. Anthony C. Breuer, affiliate professor of neurology in the Brody School of Medicine and a neurologist at East Carolina Neurology, will showcase his collection of acrylic and oil paintings, depicting recognizable see-through images in multiple layers and at times warped to more closely resemble their “actual” appearance in spacetime. His work is conceptual, semi-abstract, and embedded with the nature of reality, energy, and matter, space and time.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held Jan. 29 from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the fourth floor gallery of Laupus Library.

The spring semester exhibit is the third in the Art as Avocation series, which Laupus Library began last year as a way to highlight the artistic talents and self-expression of faculty, staff and students from the Division of Health Sciences who often pursue demanding health care and higher education careers.

Visitors are welcome during normal operating hours posted at or call 252-744-2219. Visit to learn more about the artist or series.


ECU to host 2nd Annual Empty Bowls event


At the March 2012 Empty Bowls event, JoAnna Wolfe selects a bowl crafted by the ECU Ceramics Guild. The 2012 event raised approximately $3,000 to help offset hunger in the area. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Two East Carolina University organizations will combat hunger through the 2nd annual Empty Bowls event, scheduled from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms on campus.

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to raise money while reminding participants of all the empty bowls in the world. Guests purchase tickets for a meal of soup and bread, along with a handmade bowl.

At ECU, the bowls are created and donated through the ECU Ceramics Guild, which is sponsoring the project along with ECU Campus Living and Dining Services. Local businesses are providing food and beverages. All funds raised will be donated to the Greenville Food Bank.

“Empty Bowls is a wonderfully unique fundraiser that gives our community a chance to come together and help those in need,” said Sara Kurtz, president of the ECU Ceramics Guild.  “Service is a big part of the mission of the Ceramics Guild and we are thrilled to be a part of this event.”

Mary Esther Baker, development officer for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, said the organization was grateful for fundraisers like Empty Bowls, which “create awareness of hunger in the community and raise funds to support our mission: ‘No one goes hungry in central & eastern North Carolina.”

“There are more than 100,000 of our neighbors in eastern North Carolina for whom food insecurity is a daily reality,” Baker said.

Bowls will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be picked up during the event.

Tickets are $15, available through the Mendenhall Student Center ticket office. Guests may park in the lot outside Mendenhall Student Center.

Local sponsors include Peasant’s Pub, Starlight Café, The Scullery, Winslow’s, The Tipsy Teapot, Starbucks, UBE, La Bendicion bakery and ARAMARK.

For additional information, visit or contact ECU Campus Living at (252) 328-2834.

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