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NCLR announces new submission period, $1,000 for Creative Nonfiction Prize

The North Carolina Literary Review is now accepting submissions for the 2019 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize. The first-place winner will receive $1,000, thanks to a generous donation from the North Carolina Arts Council, as well as publication in NCLR. The new submission period is Feb. 15 through April 1.

According to NCLR editor Dr. Margaret Bauer, this is the second year of the $1,000 prize.

“And for the 2018 contest, we were also able to give prizes for the other three finalists selected for publication, thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council,” she said.

Currently, Bauer is working on another grant application to also provide prizes for the 2019 finalists.

The judge for the 2019 prize is Tony Earley. Earley grew up in Rutherfordton in western North Carolina. He studied English at Warren Wilson College, located in North Carolina’s Swannanoa Valley near Asheville, and later earned his master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Alabama.

Earley has lived in Nashville, Tennessee since 1997, where he is the Samuel Milton Fleming Chair in English at Vanderbilt University. His books include the memoir “Somehow Form a Family: Stories that Are Mostly True” (Algonquin Books, 2002), which, like his fiction, shows that even though he lives a state away, he draws from his North Carolina roots for his writing.

“The theme of NCLR’s 2020 issues will feature North Carolina ‘expatriate’ writers like Earley,” Bauer said.

However, the Albright Prize competition is open to any writer with ties to the state. Writing about North Carolina by non-North Carolinians is also acceptable. The competition is for previously unpublished creative nonfiction pieces up to 7,500 words.

There is no submission fee for the Albright competition, but writers must subscribe to NCLR to submit. Finalists will also be considered for publication.

For complete competition guidelines, visit

Study room named at Laupus Library

Laupus Library held a ceremony Feb. 14 to celebrate the naming of a study room by ECU medical alumnus Dr. Joseph ‘West’ Paul Jr. and his wife Sheri.

The Pauls made their financial gift to recognize how much the library benefited their son, Joseph West Paul III, an EC Scholar and 2016 ECU graduate in biology.

Dr. Joseph ‘West’ Paul Jr. and his wife Sheri..

Dr. Joseph ‘West’ Paul Jr. and his wife Sheri. (Contributed photos)

“We are very happy that Joseph pursued his education in research and has done exceedingly well,” the elder Paul said. “We were so surprised when Joseph walked in the door one day and said he was going to be an EC Scholar at East Carolina University. So, I came with him to ECU not knowing anything about that particular program and was just blown away… the program gave him the confidence and social skills that he didn’t have in the past that propelled him into being a really great researcher.”

As an ECU student, Joseph developed new tools for plant biotechnology and spent his summers researching the cause of ALS – or Lou Gehrig’s disease – a progressive disease that attacks nerve cells that control muscles throughout the body. He carried this love of research to the west coast and is now a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, in their Department of Molecular and Cell Biology.

“There are some obvious reasons why a student like Joseph would be so successful in his education,” Laupus Library Director Beth Ketterman said. “Personal drive and motivation are key, as are having mentors, educators and family who provide support during challenging times. So, it is a credit to Dr. and Mrs. Paul that they also recognize the role the library has played in Joseph’s academic success. The value of the expertise of librarians, the access to and availability of collections that illuminated Joseph’s studies, and the space itself all played a critical role in supporting his research.”

The Dr. Joseph West Paul Jr. and Sheri H. Paul study room is located at 3508A, on the third floor of Laupus Library.

The Dr. Joseph West Paul Jr. and Sheri H. Paul study room is located at 3508A, on the third floor of Laupus Library.

Ketterman said she also appreciated how the Pauls’ gift reflected their family’s legacy at ECU.

Paul Jr., an Ayden native, graduated from the ECU School of Medicine (now the Brody School of Medicine) in 1992 as the first and only student to earn a dual Ph.D./M.D. degree and completed his residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic. He currently serves as the senior vice president and chief quality officer for the WakeMed Center for Patient Safety in Raleigh and lectures regularly at Brody.

Sheri grew up in Greenville. Her mother, Glenda, graduated from ECU’s library science program in 1961, and her father, Curtis, is a long-time supporter of ECU athletics.

“I find it a point of pride that now Laupus Library is a part of the Paul legacy at the university,” Ketterman said.

“We hear Joseph is known as the walking, talking Index Medicus now at Berkeley, and believe his success is a testament to the education offered at East Carolina,” said Paul Jr. “Laupus Library is a shining star for eastern North Carolina, serving not only eastern North Carolinians from Ayden-Grifton, but people from all over the country.”

The Dr. Joseph West Paul Jr. and Sheri H. Paul study room is located at 3508A, on the third floor of Laupus Library.


-by Kelly Rogers Dilda, University Communications

‘An important step’

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare granted provisional accreditation to the East Carolina University College of Nursing’s simulation program, making ECU the only public university in the state with either provisionally or fully accredited simulation programs.

Nursing students participate in a wound simulation in one of the College of Nursing’s simulation labs.

Nursing students participate in a wound simulation in one of the College of Nursing’s simulation labs. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

To receive provisional accreditation, the college’s Concepts Integration Laboratories had to show compliance with core standards and teaching/education standards set by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). Among the information required as part of the accreditation process, the college provided documentation of standard operating procedures, the management of labs, the expertise of faculty and staff and the simulation educational opportunities it offers.

“Our simulation labs are an incredible asset to the college and our students,” said Dr. Sylvia Brown, dean of the College of Nursing. “They allow us to provide students with realistic experiences they’ll face throughout their career as a nurse in a safe environment. This gives them a significant advantage in learning to provide top-tier patient care.

“Provisional accreditation is a testament to our faculty and staff’s dedication to giving our students the best opportunities to succeed, and serves as an important step toward full accreditation for our simulation program.”

Observation rooms separated from simulation labs with two-way mirrors allow faculty to manage and record simulations for later assessment with students.

Observation rooms separated from simulation labs with two-way mirrors allow faculty to manage and record simulations for later assessment with students.

Melinda Walker, a nurse supervisor and assistant director of the Concepts Integration Labs, accepted the college’s certificate at the SSH’s annual meeting in January.

“Receiving provisional accreditation is a big step for our labs and it shows that we are committed to providing excellence in the areas of simulation and nursing to our students and our community,” Walker said. “I’m excited for the direction we are going and the steps we are taking to make our simulation labs better.

The provisional accreditation lasts for two years, during which time the college will prepare for full accreditation, expected in late 2020.

According to the SSH, there are only two fully accredited simulation programs in the state —Carolinas Simulation Center in Charlotte, and Duke University School of Nursing’s Center for Nursing Discovery in Durham. The Womack Medical Simulation Program at Fort Bragg is the only other provisionally accredited simulation program in North Carolina.

The college’s simulation labs feature more than 55 simulation manikins that test a variety of skills.BY THE NUMBERS

• 7,700 square feet of advanced simulation lab space on the second, third and fourth floors of the College of Nursing.

• 158 simulations run during the 2017-2018 school year.

• 55+ simulation manikins that test a variety of skills and are diverse in age, race and gender.

• 8 simulation labs equipped with state-of-the-art medical and simulation tools, including compressed air to allow simulation of medical air, oxygen and suction, stand-up computer stations, and computers that operate video and sound recording and playback for debriefing in each lab space.

• 2-way mirrors divide labs and observation rooms that allow faculty and students to observe the simulation without distracting those taking part.


-by Natalie Sayewich, University Communications

Alumni Association names leadership award recipients

The East Carolina University Alumni Association named its five student recipients of the Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award on Tuesday. The award recognizes students’ academic achievement as well as commitment to leadership and integrity. The students will be honored at ECU’s spring commencement ceremony on May 3.

The Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award is the most prestigious award presented by the ECU Alumni Association, given to students who live up to Robert H. Wright’s legacy of using leadership to influence positive change, just as Wright did as the first president of East Carolina Teachers College.

“It is an honor for the ECU Alumni Association to recognize these amazing students as the 2019 Robert H. Wright Award recipients. They truly represent Pirate Nation through their academic accomplishments, dedication to serving others, and outstanding leadership. We cannot wait to see their impact on the world,” said Mark Notestine, interim associate vice chancellor for alumni relations.


The 2019 recipients are as follows:


Austin James Allen


Austin James Allen of Asheboro is a biochemistry major, Honors College student and member of the men’s tennis team. During his time at ECU, Allen has served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee working to improve awareness of mental health issues among student-athletes. He also interned with the East Carolina Heart Institute, where he observed cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgeons in both the clinic and operating room, and studied abroad in Spain in the summer of 2018. After graduation, Allen plans to attend medical school. He has already been accepted to multiple schools, including ECU’s Brody School of Medicine.


William Michael Taylor


William Michael Taylor of Garner is a biochemistry and chemistry major and Honors College student. Taylor is a resident advisor and currently oversees the Biology Living Learning Community at ECU. He also worked as a research assistant in the chemistry department and will be presenting work at two upcoming research conferences. After graduation, Taylor will attend the Brody School of Medicine as part of the class of 2023. He’s interested in studying family medicine and working in eastern North Carolina helping underserved populations.



Michael Denning Jr.

Denning Jr.

Michael Tyrone Denning Jr. of Garner is a public health studies major interested in medicine and science. One of Denning’s formative experiences at ECU was attending a National Academy of Medicine workshop titled “An American Crisis: The Growing Absence of Black Men in Medicine and Science” in Washington, D.C. He has also traveled abroad on three occasions, to England, the Dominican Republic and Northern Ireland. Denning plans to get a master’s degree in public health and then attend the Brody School of Medicine.





Meghan Lower of Greenville is an EC Scholar majoring in science education and chemistry. She has worked as a research assistant in the chemistry department under Dr. Joi Walker studying the implementation of argumentation-based chemistry laboratory curriculum at ECU. Lower has also served as a mentor with the Pitt Pirates Robotics program and participated in numerous community service opportunities through the EC Scholars program. After graduation, Lower plans to earn her master’s degree in science education at ECU. Eventually, she’d like to earn her doctorate and work with chemistry teachers at the college level.





Ashley Weingartz of Greenville is a sports studies major and catcher for the ECU softball team. At ECU, Weingartz developed a student-athlete pen pal program with Wahl-Coates Elementary School, studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, and interned with Little League International assisting in preparations for the 2017 Little League World Series. Weingartz will attend the University of South Carolina to earn her Master of Science in sport and entertainment management, while also working as a graduate assistant with the USC softball team. After that, she plans to pursue coaching or collegiate athletics administration.


-by Erin Shaw, University Communications

T-shirt proceeds benefit pediatric cancer support and ECU military programs

One of the largest contributions ever from East Carolina University Dowdy Student Stores’ “cause” T-shirt sales was made Feb. 8 to the ECU Distinguished Military Society to go toward scholarships and programs.

The ECU bookstore and its vendor, Perfect Promotions, presented a check for $7,250 raised through T-shirts sold for Military Appreciation Day in November. A portion of the sale of each T-shirt will be used for merit – and need-based scholarships. Tim Wiseman, associate vice chancellor for enterprise risk management and military programs, commended the contribution.

Representatives from Dowdy Student Stores and Perfect Promotions present a check to members of ECU’s ROTC programs for ECU’s Distinguished Military Society.

Representatives from Dowdy Student Stores and Perfect Promotions present a check to members of ECU’s ROTC programs for ECU’s Distinguished Military Society. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

“We are united in the fact that we all have a passion and interest in promoting the futures for great military cadets here at ECU, including Army and Air Force ROTC programs,” said Wiseman. “The interest that customers have shown in this cause has been phenomenal and is very much appreciated.”

Also last fall, #GoGold T-shirts were sold through ECU Dowdy Student Stores as a fundraising effort for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Rainbow Services, managed by the ECU Brody School of Medicine Pediatrics Hematology and Oncology group, and Riley’s Army were the beneficiaries of the T-shirt sale, each receiving a check for $2,886.

While a portion of the proceeds from each shirt sold was split between the two organizations, both agencies will be putting the funds toward sending patients to Camp Rainbow this summer. Camp Rainbow is a summer camping experience for children with cancer or hemophilia and their siblings, and is one of the Rainbow Services programs. Riley’s Army offers services for pediatric cancer patients and their families in eastern North Carolina. According to Jacque Sauls, director of Rainbow Services, the cost to send one patient to camp is approximately $1,000.

Bryan Tuten of ECU Student Stores signs a donation check for ECU’s Distinguished Military Society.

Bryan Tuten of ECU Student Stores signs a donation check for ECU’s Distinguished Military Society.

ECU Dowdy Store Director Bryan Tuten, Associate Director Bob Walker, Merchandise Manager John Palmer and President of Sales for Perfect Promotions Stephen McFadden, an ECU alumnus, presented the checks to campus department representatives, board members, staff and volunteers. Jason Ussery, also an ECU alumnus, is a graphic designer at Perfect Promotions and has designed many T-shirts for the fundraisers.

Dowdy’s “cause tees” program has raised almost $70,000 for a variety of local charitable organizations over the past five years.


-by Leslie Craigle, University Communications

Dowdy Student Store to host Grad Expo

Dowdy Student Store will host a Grad Expo for May 2019 graduates from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 19 and 20 and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the student store located in the Main Campus Student Center on campus.

Graduating seniors can pick up caps and gowns; register for graduation; and order class rings, custom invitations, announcements and thank-you notes. Jostens, the official provider of class rings for ECU, will have samples of class rings, and representatives can help with finger sizing and original designs.

Jostens, the official provider of class rings for ECU, will have samples on hand.

Jostens, ECU’s official class ring provider, will have samples on hand. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

The Alumni Association, Pirate Club, Career Services, Registrar, Graduate School, Custom Stoles and University Frames will be on hand with offers and information.

Jostens has donated three $100 Dowdy Student Store gift cards that will be given away in a drawing. A diploma frame donated by University Frames will also be given away in the drawing. All May 2019 graduates are invited to enter; no purchase is necessary.

Representatives from Oak Hall custom regalia will be at Dowdy Student Store during the Expo for faculty members who wish to purchase their own gowns. They will have samples of regalia and can take measurements. A 10 percent discount will be given on all orders placed during this visit.

Graduating seniors unable to attend the Expo can visit Dowdy Student Stores after Feb. 21 to pick up their caps and gowns.

For more information about the Expo, call 252-328-6731 or visit

ECU university studies major wins top award in Campus Movie Fest competition

Nathaniel Reid, a senior university studies major, won a top award in ECU’s Campus Movie Fest contest.

Nathaniel Reid, a senior university studies major, won a top award in ECU’s Campus Movie Fest contest. (Contributed photo)

East Carolina University senior Nathaniel Reid, a university studies major, has won the Campus Movie Fest best video award in the Hurricane Florence category. This category, sponsored by ECU’s Water Resources Center and the Natural Resources and Environment Cluster, included a $500 prize.

“This was my first time doing Campus Movie Fest, and I am truly honored to have received an award and prize. Prior to the event, I had taken a film survey and two video art courses, so that helped me convey a clear perspective on how I wanted to show my film to the audience,” Reid said.

Reid, a first-generation college student, is minoring in art and merging animation with sociology into a degree through the university studies program. Reid enjoys working in Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Maya, Adobe Illustrator and Unity.

“I want to say thank you to both the volunteers and the American Red Cross for allowing me their time to make my film a success,” Reid said.

Reid’s extracurricular activities include acting as secretary of ECU’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance group, also known as SAGA; serving as a member of the ECU animation/interactive design guild; and assisting as a volunteer leader with the Pitt County All-Stars 4-H Club.

“I would like to see more students getting involved in this kind of activity, and I also think it is a great example of a different way of reaching out to the community beyond research,” said Dr. Stephen Moysey, director of the ECU Water Resources Center.


-by Lacey L Gray, University Communications

Scholarship encourages ECU students to help rural hometowns after graduation

East Carolina University senior Carley VanHoy wants to make a difference in the world, starting with her hometown. The Mount Airy native and elementary education major is one of nearly a hundred ECU students receiving a scholarship for such resolve.

VanHoy gets financial support for college from the Golden LEAF Foundation, which was created to strengthen the economies of rural or tobacco-dependent communities in North Carolina. (LEAF stands for Long-term Economic Advancement Foundation). Each year, Golden LEAF awards scholarships to students from qualifying rural counties who express an interest in returning to the state’s rural areas to work after graduation. Since its inception in 1999, the organization has awarded $44 million in scholarships to 19,000 students across the state. There are currently 709 Golden LEAF scholars in North Carolina, and 82 at ECU.

The Golden LEAF Foundation celebrated its ECU scholars at an on-campus luncheon on Tuesday.

The Golden LEAF Foundation celebrated its ECU scholars at an on-campus luncheon on Tuesday. (Photo by Randy Yiu)

“It was a huge weight off my shoulders, because we all know you don’t become a teacher for the pay,” VanHoy said. It was through Golden LEAF that VanHoy had a paid internship at A Time For Science last summer, sparking an interest in science education and a decision to pursue a master’s degree in the subject.

“I would not be the person I am today without Golden LEAF,” she said.

Many other ECU students echo her sentiment.

“Programs like Golden LEAF have provided me the opportunity to focus on my studies and extracurricular activities, instead of worrying about the financial responsibility that comes along with college,” said Jamie LoScalzo, a senior engineering major from New Bern. The program’s support freed her to become the president of the Dean’s Student Leadership Advisory Council for the College of Engineering and Technology, president of ECU’s chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and a teaching assistant for several engineering courses.

After graduation, LoScalzo plans to work as a general engineer in a quality and calibration lab in Havelock.

Freshman Trysten Culler from Stokes is in his first year with Golden LEAF and is looking forward to the professional and personal experiences the program offers.

“With this program, I am confident and excited to better myself as well as rural North Carolina,” he said.

The environmental health major hopes to work as a specialist for the local health department or a nonprofit that promotes sustainability. He spoke Tuesday at a luncheon in Greenville that ECU hosted for Golden LEAF Scholars, staff and members of the foundation’s board of directors.

Chancellor Cecil Staton, who was also in attendance, addressed the crowd and said, “It’s a day to celebrate our Golden LEAF scholars. We’re proud of each and every one of you.”

He added that 46 percent of ECU students hail from rural areas – more than double the amount of the next closest institution in the UNC System.

“Like Golden LEAF, we are committed to preparing students, especially students from the rural areas, and giving them the tools to change our state, region and the world,” he said.

Golden LEAF President Dan Gerlach said it makes sense that ECU has the most Golden LEAF scholars in the state because the foundation and the university share similar goals and are therefore great partners.

“Golden LEAF is proud to have so many scholars attending East Carolina University because our mission aligns so closely with ECU’s mission of serving the public and transforming the region,” he said. “Golden LEAF is proud to be celebrating 20 years of awarding scholarships to help students who have deep roots in rural North Carolina, who are likely to return home.”

To learn more about the Golden LEAF Foundation, visit


-by Erin Shaw, University Communications

ECU physician receives national service award

Dr. Michael Lang (Contributed photo)

Dr. Michael Lang (Contributed photo)

A physician at the ECU Brody School of Medicine has received the 2018 Outstanding Service Award from the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry (AMP).

Dr. Michael Lang, clinical associate professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, was recognized for his contributions to the organization during its recent annual meeting in Chicago.

Lang directs the Internal Medicine-Psychiatry Residency Program as well as ECU’s electroconvulsive therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation programs. He also serves as secretary of the AMP and is co-chairing the planning committee for the group’s next annual meeting.

“The organization, which has as its mission ‘Promoting Education, Mentorship, Research and Quality Patient Care at the Interface of Medicine and Psychiatry,’ benefited greatly from Dr. Lang’s tireless advocacy to further visibility and promote the mission broadly through efforts at local and national meetings, recruitment of effective and inspirational speakers, and work to promote stability and growth in the organization,” AMP president Dr. Jane Gagliardi said.

“Dr. Lang was unanimously selected to receive the 2018 AMP Outstanding Service Award in honor of his important contributions and efforts to further the reach of AMP.”

Lang earned his medical degree from East Carolina University in 2002 and completed residency training at Pitt County Memorial Hospital (now Vidant Medical Center) in 2007. He also completed a fellowship at Duke University in 2009 to become certified in electroconvulsive therapy. He joined the ECU faculty in 2007.


-by Kelly R. Dilda, University Communications

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