Monthly Archives: February 2013

ECU to host Flatlander’s Fling Climbing Competition

A climber performs during ECU's Flatlander's Fling in 2012. (Contributed photo)

A climber performs during ECU’s Flatlander’s Fling in 2012. (Contributed photo)


The Campus Recreation and Wellness Adventure Program at East Carolina University will host the 16th annual Flatlander’s Fling Climbing Competition on Feb. 23 at the Student Recreation Center on campus.

The event is open to all climbers, regardless of ability level, and features bouldering and top rope competitions.

Registration for the top rope climbing competition begins at 9 a.m., and climbing registration begins at 10 a.m.  Registration for bouldering competition begins at 2 p.m. and bouldering begins at 3 p.m.

Amanda Sugg, a student staff member at Campus Recreation and Wellness said competitors from across the region are welcomed. “We reach out to most of the climbing gyms in North Carolina as well as several in Virginia.  In 2012, climbers from four different universities and two climbing clubs participated,” Sugg said.

Competition winners will be determined through a points system.  Prizes and giveaways will be awarded to participants in all categories.

The Flatlander’s Fling is a part of the 3rd annual Eastern Edge Climbing Series, hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University, Old Dominion University and East Carolina University.  Students climbing in two of the three competitions compete to win the series title for their school.

“ECU serves as the host site, but our goal is to promote a supportive climbing community, both here at ECU and across different schools,” said Campus Recreation and Wellness student staffer Matthew Schurtz

“Climbing is about challenges and pushing personal boundaries and the competition is the perfect place to meet down-to-earth people with the same passions for climbing,” he said.

The event is sponsored by Babit’s Bikes, Bicycle Post, East Coast Music & Video, ECU Adventure Program, ECU Campus Recreation & Wellness, Entre Prises Climbing Walls, Great Outdoor Provision Company, Mad Rock Climbing, Marathon Restaurant, Moose Jaw, Mountain Khakis, Prinz Climbing Holds, The Scullery, Sup Dogs, The Bookaneer BookStore, The Shoe Crate, The Sojourner and The Tipsy Teapot.

Registration for ECU faculty and staff and any college student is $20 with a valid college ID.  General public registration is $30 for adults and $20 for students under the age of 18. Spectators are welcome. Free food from local venues will also be provided.

For more information contact the ECU Adventure Program at 252-328-1560,, or visit

Fifty businesses expected at ECU networking event

ECU engineering student Barbara Sage is shown installing components for a heart metering device she is building in an ECU class. Engineering students are among those urged to take advantage of the networking event on campus. (Photo by Jay Clark)

ECU engineering student Barbara Sage is shown installing components for a heart metering device she built in class. Engineering students are among those urged to take advantage of the Feb. 20 networking event on campus. (Photo by Jay Clark)


The College of Technology and Computer Science at East Carolina University will host an Employer & Student Networking Day from noon-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Harvey Hall at the Murphy Center.

Approximately 50 businesses are expected to attend the free, annual event. All undergraduate and graduate students are invited, particularly those pursuing a degree in the fields of computer science, engineering, construction management and technology systems.

Students are encouraged to research any companies they might be interested in working for before attending the event.

“We are committed to building…alliances between our college, our programs, and the business community,” said Dr. Leslie Pagliari, associate dean for academic affairs at the college.

Members of the business community will also have the chance to converse directly with faculty and college administrators during a lunch from noon-1:30 p.m. Students will arrive and can meet with company representatives from 1:30-4 p.m.

For additional information, contact Dr. Leslie Pagliari, associate dean for academic affairs at the College of Technology and Computer Science at (252) 328-9663,; or David Harrawood, director of ECU’s Center for Innovation in Technology and Engineering, (252) 328-9654 or

ECU Creative Writing graduate students to present reading Feb. 18

Seven ECU graduate students in creative writing will read from their original work on Monday, Feb. 18 on campus

The reading, which is free and open to the public, will include fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. It begins at 6:30 p.m. in Bate 2021.

Participants are enrolled in a graduate course in public readings taught by Alex Albright, who co-ordinates ECU’s creative writing program. Organizing readings like this is part of their course of study, Albright said.

Readers include Todd Goodman, Sabrina Westerman, Sarah Curzon, David Sudzina, Aaron Geer, Rose Nelson, and John Hinson. Each will read about 10 minutes.

Goodman, a Concord native, earned his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University. He has worked as a journalist in both North Carolina and Florida, where he won journalism awards from the Florida Press Club and the Florida Press Association.

Westerman, who was home-schooled in the mountains of Virginia before moving to Greenville in 2005, is the first in her generation to earn a college degree. She graduated from Pitt Community College and ECU, where she was the English Department’s Outstanding Graduate in December 2011.

Curzon, who graduated from the University of South Carolina magna cum laude with a double major in marketing and fashion merchandising, also has a master’s degree from ECU in Education. She has taught English at Edwards Middle School in Nash County for eight years.  Both her fiction and nonfiction have earned ECU’s nominations for the prestigious AWP “Intro” Awards.

Sudzina, a Cortland, N.Y. native, moved with his family to Greenville in 1998. He graduated from J.H. Rose High and Pitt Community College before earning his undergraduate degree from UNC-Charlotte. He writes fiction and is currently working towards an English Studies degree.

Geer, a Western Michigan University graduate, is in his first semester at ECU where he also works as an editorial assistant at the North Carolina Literary Review. He has published several stories and was co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Litribune and an editorial intern for Third Coast while at Western Michigan.

Nelson, who was born in Scottsdale, Arizona and grew up in the Midwest and graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. A former high school English teacher, she primarily writes fiction for young adult readers and has had several stories published. She and her husband, Jim Nelson, live in Greenville with their five children.

Hinson, from Goldsboro, earned his B.A. in English from ECU. He was an All-State baseball player who turned to creative writing after an elbow injury ended his baseball playing days. He writes allegories, satire, and science fiction, and he maintains a blog of his creative nonfiction essays and cultural criticism

For further information, contact Alex Albright, co-ordinator of creative writing, at 252.328.4876 or


Youth Arts Festival seeks artists for April 6 event

The ninth annual Youth Arts Festival seeks artists who would like to share their creative talents with children during an event held on campus at East Carolina University.

The annual Youth Arts Festival, scheduled this year for April 6, promotes multicultural visual and performing arts to children through hands-on projects, demonstrations and performances primarily geared to elementary and middle school children.

No sales commission or booth fees are charged. The event’s focus is on teaching children and their families about the diverse and creative talents available in the region. Participants may work with children developing hands-on art projects or simply demonstrate their creative talent.

The event runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It is free and open to individuals at all age levels.

Contact Dindy Reich, Youth Arts Festival coordinator, at (252) 328-5749 or for additional information or to sign up for the event.

Business faculty report publications

Faculty from the College of Business have reported the following publications:

An article by accounting professor Denise E. Dickens, “Knowledge transfer among experts: lessons from audit partner rotation” appeared in the International Journal of Corporate Governance.

An article by management faculty Shanan Gibson, Bill McDowell and Michael Harris, “Examining Minority Business Enterprises as Government Contractors” appeared in the Journal of Business & Entrepreneurship.

An article by marketing and supply chain management professor Tracy Tuten, “Social media picture posting and souvenir purchasing behavior: Some initial findings,” appeared in Tourism Management.


Joyner Faculty report presentations, publications

ECU librarians Carolyn Willis, Jeanne Hoover and Clark Nall received notification that their poster presentation proposal was selected for this year’s ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) 2013 Conference in Indianapolis for their work with Project STEPP.

Housed in Joyner Library, Project STEPP serves college students with documented learning disabilities. The program offers academic, social and life-skills support to motivated and committed students who show the potential to succeed in college.

The title of their presentation is “Teach, Assess, and Redesign: Creating a framework of universal design for learning for students with learning disabilities.”

A poster session by Joyner Library staff Mark Sanders and Angela Whitehurst, “Don’t be Lost in Space:  Assess, Renovate, and Repurpose your Library” was presented for the North Carolina Library Association meeting in Thomasville.

An article by Sanders, “Creating a safe haven for university students:  How are we doing?” appeared in the Journal of Access Services.

ECU student is role model in service, scholarship

Jordan Widgeon

Jordan Widgeon

By Kathy Muse
College of Health and Human Performance

When Jordan Widgeon left her home in Indian Trail, N.C. to attend East Carolina University, she wanted to enhance her time management skills and learn to make decisions independently.

Widgeon, exercise physiology major in the College of Health and Human Performance, not only mastered this skill, but also emerged as a leader in service because of it.

“I had to learn how to make the most of my free,” she said.

Widgeon accomplished this by becoming active in campus activities and organizations. She serves as a member of the Kinesiology Major’s Club, Pre-Physical Therapy Club and as a sister of Sigma Alpha Omega Christian Sorority.

“Maintaining a good agenda and writing down all of my assignments and events is essential,” said Widgeon.

In her role as teaching assistant in the student development and learning in higher education class, she became a mentor to students who needed to talk about transitions to college life. The class is designed for freshmen who are intended majors in pre-health professions.

“Since I shared the same major with the majority of these students, it was a joyful experience to give advice about challenges I faced only three years earlier,” said Widgeon.

This semester, Widgeon keeps busy with project MENTOR, a research project designed to help obese adolescents experience exercise success. She works three nights a week with one assigned child on campus.

“I love seeing all the kids improve their physical fitness and lose weight with their healthy lifestyle changes, she said.

Following graduation from ECU in May, Widgeon plans to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

ECU academic advisor Jennifer Abbott said Widgeon has been an excellent and well-rounded student. She has “maintained a stellar GPA and been active in service to others,” Abbott said. “She is a role model for all students.”

Widgeon’s advice for student success is to get at least seven hours of sleep, go to class daily, get to know professors and always remember to bring an umbrella. She encourages getting involved, networking and helping others.

“It is well worth the time spent,” she said.

Geography professor earns Fulbright



Tom Crawford, associate professor in the East Carolina University Department of Geography, has been awarded a 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research.

Crawford will spend the spring semester in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland conducting research on the impacts of urban spatial form on greenhouse gas emissions. His project began Feb. 1.

Crawford is one of the 1,200 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2012-2013.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The program is one of the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange programs in the U.S.

Health and Human Performance celebrates achievers

Celebrating with Health and Human Performance Dean Glen Gilbert is Samantha Long, left, and Eliza Monroe.

Celebrating with Health and Human Performance Dean Glen Gilbert is Samantha Long, left, and Eliza Monroe.

Students, family members, and faculty gathered at the fourth annual ECU College of Health and Human Performance Excels event on Feb. 1 at Club Level, Dowdy Ficklen Stadium.

This event recognized freshmen and transfer students with a GPA of 3.0 and above.  Students received a certificate signed by the Chancellor and a HHP tee shirt. A total of 255 HHP students were identified: 12 on the chancellor’s list, 106 on the dean’s list and137 on honor roll.

Provost Sheerer commended students on their success and encouraged them to continue.  “We are proud of your accomplishments as freshmen and want to see you at ECU as a sophomore,” she said.

Summer Long of Wilmington is an exercise physiology major.  “Being recognized for my hard work is encouraging,” she said.

The crowd of nearly 300 received a warm welcome from Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance.

Guest speaker Whitney McFarland

Guest speaker Whitney McFarland

Eliza Monroe, public health studies major, of Raleigh said the event was a good networking opportunity.  “It was also educational for me,” she said.  “I learned about HHP organizations that I did not know existed,” she continued.

Whitney McFarland, of Fairmont was the guest speaker.  McFarland graduated from ECU in 2009 with a bachelor of science in health education and promotion and in 2012 with a master of arts in health education.

McFarland is a public health educator  at the Robeson County Department of Public Health. In her spare time she enjoys competing in pageants and has held several titles including Miss Fairmont, Ambassador titles, and Miss Lumbee 2011-2012.


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