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ECU students attend 2017 Retail’s BIG Show in NYC

Semi-finalist for the Next Generation Scholarship. (contributed photo)

Semi-finalist for the Next Generation Scholarship. (contributed photo)

National Retail Federation (NRF) provided $6000 in travel scholarships for seven students from the Interior Design and Merchandising department to attend the 2017 Retail’s BIG Show Student Program in New York City, NY January 13-15, 2017. One of the students who attended the Retail Big Show (Matthew Talbot) was among the 25 semi-finalists nationwide for the Next Generation Scholarship https://nrf.com/career-center/scholarships/next-generation-scholarship/next-generation-class-of-2017.   Other students who attended the show are Morgan Price (Next Generation Scholarship), Lindsay Grimmett (NRF Student Ambassador), Sydney Warren (Rising Star), Grace Gemberling, Caroline Pearson, and Rebecca Olsen.

Students from ECU at the 2017 Retail’s BIG show. (contributed photo)

Students from ECU at the 2017 Retail’s BIG show. (contributed photo)

Over 500 students from 70 universities nationwide attended this event. Students got the opportunity to hear industry professionals such as Rebecca Minkoff (Designer), Simon Sinek (Leadership speaker from TED Talks), Karen Katz (CEO of Neiman Marcus), in addition to top industry professionals from Dillard’s, Belk, Disney, Kohl’s, HSN, Walmart, etc. Caroline Pearson received an internship with Belk after the interview and was also contacted by Ross Stores, Inc. for a phone interview, Lindsay Grimmett got an internship offer from HSN and Grace Gemberling is interviewing with Macy’s and Nordstrom for a summer internship. Faculty advisor for the NRF Student chapter is Marina Alexander.

 

 

-by Marina Alexander, Department of Interior Design and Merchandising

ECU’s Harriot College recognizes high-achieving first-year students

East Carolina University’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences recognized its high-achieving first-year freshmen and transfer students at the college’s annual ECU Excels Awards Ceremony on Feb. 17 in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms.

The event, which began in 2010 and is in its eighth year, honored 573 Harriot College students who achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their first semester at ECU.

Dr. William M. Downs, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, welcomed the students and their guests to the celebration.

“ECU is an exceptional place. We really do put our students first,” said Downs. “ECU Excels is all about recognizing that you are already on the path to success and a timely graduation. It is a huge accomplishment.”

Following the dean’s comments, three officers from the THCAS Dean’s Student Leadership Council gave formal remarks about their lives at ECU. They provided words of wisdom to current Excels awardees on how to be successful throughout their academic career at ECU.

Chair of the council Lily Faulconer, an Honors College student who will graduate in May with degrees in political science and multidisciplinary studies, said, “Your time of transition is not over after your first semester. You’re going to experience many types of transition. You may find yourself in a time that feels like constant chaos, but you’ve already demonstrated your ability to adapt to a new environment and to new responsibilities.”

“I want to encourage you to continue on this path,” said Faulconer. “Think of today and our celebration of your success. Think of how hard you worked to be here at East Carolina, reflect on your successes and remember the incredible opportunities you have had and will have as a student and future graduate and alumni of East Carolina University.”

“ECU is a community, a family, a network of support and a hub of resources. You have everything you need to succeed nestled somewhere on our campus. Take advantage of what ECU has to offer you,” Faulconer concluded.

Katharine Chandler, co-chair of the leadership council who is majoring in history, philosophy, religious studies and great books, said “the key to success is to harness strength in all your academic endeavors.”

Within her first two years at ECU, Chandler studied abroad in Italy, South Africa and India. She said that getting to know her professors and being involved in campus organizations helped her focus and achieve her goals.

“It was because of the professors that I was able to accomplish so much,” said Chandler.

Virginia Vasquez-Rios, secretary of the leadership council and a sophomore biology major, was the final student to speak at the event.

“You should be very proud of yourselves,” said Vasquez-Rios.

Vasquez-Rios re-iterated Chandler’s comment about getting to know the professors at ECU, and also told students to use their time wisely and apply themselves in everything they do.

“Apply, apply, apply,” said Vasquez-Rios. “Persist in what you think will help you reach your goals.”

Honorees of the event received a certificate to commemorate their accomplishments and had the opportunity to have photos taken by a professional photographer. Additionally, the scholars and their guests celebrated with cake and mingled with faculty and associate deans from Harriot College.

 

 

-by Lacey Gray, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

ECU to celebrate women’s achievements and challenges

The Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women, the Women’s Studies program, and the Office for Equity and Diversity invites you to attend the ECU celebration of International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 2. The event will feature a keynote luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Mendenhall Great Rooms, followed by a movie screening and panel discussion from 5-7:30 p.m in Hendrix Theater.

Keynote speaker Jacquelyn Campbell. (photo contributed)

Keynote speaker Jacquelyn Campbell. (contributed photo)

Keynote speaker Jacquelyn Campbell, nationally renowned scholar in the field of intimate partner violence, will give a speech entitled “Strong Women Surviving: A Tribute to Survivors of Gender-Based Violence.” The evening movie is the documentary “Embrace,” which depicts the story of Taryn Brumfitt, founder of the Body Image Movement.

Participants are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food, cleaning supplies and/or personal hygiene products to support the Center for Family Violence Prevention.

Events are free but advance registration is requested. Click here to see the full schedule and register for activities.

 

 

-by Jackie Drake, Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women

Students and Employers Benefit from 2017 Career Networking Day

Adorned in business attire and armed with updated resumes and talking points, more than 400 students from the College of Engineering and Technology and the College of Business jammed the University’s Murphy Center Thursday, Feb. 9. to network with potential employees and possible references.

The Feb. 9 Career Networking Day broke attendance records, with more than 400 students attending and 55 companies exhibiting at the event. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

The Feb. 9 Career Networking Day broke attendance records, with more than 400 students attending and 55 companies exhibiting at the event. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

The College of Engineering and Technology’s eighth Annual Career Networking Day brought these students together with approximately 150 representatives from 55 statewide companies. Representatives greeted students with company information and business cards. Sidebar conversations, networking tips, and new relationships were the order of things once the event started at 1 p.m.

“The goal of this event, which was the most attended one to date, was not about finding jobs. It was more of a networking event so students can learn how to communicate and sell themselves to potential employers,” said Dr. Leslie Pagliari, associate dean of the College of Engineering and Technology. “We wanted to make sure they were prepared for next month’s spring Career Fair.”

Senior Magus Pereira networks with Vidant Health’s Tammy Wilkins during the 2017 Annual Career Networking Day, sponsored by the College of Engineering and Technology. (contributes photo)

Junior Sarika Merchant speaks to one of the 150 company representatives that exhibited at the Eighth Annual Career Networking Day.

And prepared they were.

Sarika Merchant, a junior with the College of Engineering and Technology, made sure her resume was up-to-date and reviewed talking scripts before the event. She also took it upon herself to learn a little about the companies who were in attendance. The benefit from doing this one step, she believes, is strong.

“If you go up to them and say I know about your company and this is what you do, it shows that you have done the research and that you are actually interested,” said Merchant.

To those students who did not attend the annual Career Networking Day, Senior Magus Pereira says they are missing out, “on making the network connections with recruiters. Even if they don’t get the opportunity, they could have gotten their names across to the recruiters and what they’re working on.”

Senior Magus Pereira networks with Vidant Health’s Tammy Wilkins during the 2017 Annual Career Networking Day, sponsored by the College of Engineering and Technology.

Senior Magus Pereira networks with Vidant Health’s Tammy Wilkins during the 2017 Annual Career Networking Day, sponsored by the College of Engineering and Technology. 

 

It’s Good for the Employers, Too

Students were not the only ones who benefited from this networking event. Employers got a chance to learn more about what graduates from both colleges can potentially bring to their organizations.

“These events are ideal because, as an alumni, I get to give back to the students and the faculty,” said Mark Bray, supply chain director with ACR Supply Company. “As an employer, we have the opportunity to hire interns…and sometimes we get to hire them after the internship. It’s (the event) been a great resource for the company.”

This event was the first one that Tammy Wilkins of Vidant Health had attended. She was excited to be there because she knew the event would give Vidant Heath an opportunity to, “network and build relationships with students and help them learn about the initiatives and services that Vidant provides.”

Organizers and exhibitors at the event said they were not only encouraged by the quality of senior and junior level students that participated, but they were also excited to see sophomores attend and understand the importance of networking events such as this one.

 

 

-by Michael Rudd, College of Engineering & Technology

ECU celebrates World Anthropology Day

The Department of Anthropology at East Carolina University is celebrating World Anthropology Day 2017 with an Anthropology in the Workplace event Feb. 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Flanagan Building.

The third annual Anthropology After Dark open house will exhibit laboratories, artifact displays, an Egyptian tomb, Mexican dance masks and three ECU alumni who will discuss how they have incorporated their training in anthropology into their professional careers.

The Anthropology Student Organization (ANSO) will provide food and refreshments following the lecture hour, which starts at 7 p.m.

“This event is one of our more significant public outreach events. We invite the public into our classrooms and labs to help them understand the relevance of anthropology in the 21st century,” said Dr. Randy Daniel, chair of the Department of Anthropology.

To complement the discussion of food wealth and food insecurity, contributions of food, toiletries and paper products will be accepted for donation to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina – Greenville Branch.

Parking will be available at the parking lot at the corner of 10th and Cotanche streets.

Anthropology Day is a day for anthropologists to share their excitement about their discipline with the public around them. Anthropologists will share their work around the world. Events and activities in Canada, Morocco, India, Egypt, Mexico, Tunisia and across the United States will build enthusiasm and awareness for current and future anthropologists.

“This is a great time for anthropology,” said Dr. Alisse Waterston, president of the American Anthropological Association. “Today’s anthropologists are making remarkable contributions to human understanding and tackling the world’s most pressing problems.”

 

 

-by Heidi Luchsinger, Department of Anthropology

ECU’S CENTER OF SUSTAINABILITY TO HOLD FIRST SUSTAINABILITY SYMPOSIUM

The University’s College of Engineering and Technology and the College’s Center for Sustainability will hold its first Sustainability Symposium Feb. 20, 2017. The event’s goal is to discuss ways sustainability can be integrated into research and industry practices,

Dr. Tarek Abdel-Salam, event organizer and associate dean of research and graduate studies for the College of Engineering and Technology. (Contributed photo)

Dr. Tarek Abdel-Salam, event organizer and associate dean of research and graduate studies for the College of Engineering and Technology. (contributed photo)

especially those that will benefit eastern North Carolina. It will also promote approaches that adopt and implement inclusive views of the key dimensions of sustainability: environmental, economic and social.

The symposium will be held at the University’s Murphy Center from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

“We want to present thought-provoking examples of sustainability ideas, analyses and practices that are available to our region’s farmers and agricultural organizations so they can maintain and grow their businesses and be good stewards of the environment, as

well,” said Dr. Tarek Abdel-Salam, event organizer and associate dean of research and graduate studies for the College of Engineering and Technology.

Pam Swingle of the Environmental Protection Agency will be the keynote speaker. She is the agency’s pollution prevention program manager for the Region 4 Office of Environmental Justice and Sustainability. She is responsible

Pam Swingle, Environmental Protection Agency’s pollution prevention program manager for the Region 4 Office of Environmental Justice and Sustainability. (contributed photo)

Pam Swingle, Environmental Protection Agency’s pollution prevention program manager for the Region 4 Office of Environmental Justice and Sustainability. (contributed photo)

for administering pollution prevention and sustainability programs and providing technical assistance within Region 4’s eight, southeastern states.

Symposium discussions will include:

  1. We know how to do this: Sustainability and Energy: Ged Moody, Appalachian State University, special assistant to the Chancellor for Sustainability
  2. What does food have to do with sustainability?: Rebecca Dunning, North Carolina State University, Department of Horticultural Science
  3. Strategies to protect water resources in agricultural watersheds: Mike Burchell, North Carolina State University, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  4. The vulnerable food, energy, and water system in the Caribbean: Scott Curtis, East Carolina University, Geography
  5. Soil Conservation and Organic Farming: Kristi Hocutt, sales manager, Triple J Produce
  6. Organic Feasibility: Thomas Moore, food systems coordinator, Carolina Farm Stewards

The symposium will also include a student/faculty poster session, which will cover all areas of sustainability-related research including tourism, water, energy, agriculture and buildings.

This event is supported by the Pitt County Development Commission, College of Engineering and Technology, the Center for Innovation in Technology and Engineering Outreach (CITE), and Phi Kappa Phi.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The registration fee is $35 per person.

To register for the event visit: https://www.enrole.com/ecu/jsp/session.jsp?sessionId=17SUST0220&courseId=17SUST0220&categoryId=ROOT or call (252) 328-9198

 

 

-by Michael Rudd, College of Engineering & Technology

Peter Makuck to read at ECU

Longtime eastern North Carolina resident Peter Makuck will present a public reading from his poetry and fiction on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in East Carolina University’s Bate building, room 1026.

(contributed photo)

(contributed photo)

Makuck, distinguished professor emeritus, taught English and creative writing at ECU from 1978 until his retirement in 2006. Founder of the internationally acclaimed literary journal Tar River Poetry, he is also the author of eight books of poetry and four collections of short stories, including one of each published in 2016.

Makuck grew up in New London, Connecticut and has a doctorate in American literature from Kent State University. He has been a Fulbright Exchange Professor at Cambery, France and a visiting writer at Brigham Young University and N.C. State University. He and his wife, Phyllis, live on Bogue Banks.

Five Makuck short stories have received honorable mentions in the Best American Short Stories collections, and a personal essay on guns was named a Best Essay of 2000. For poetry, he has received the Zoe Kincaid Brockman Award for best book of poems by a North Carolinian.

The reading is sponsored by ECU’s Department of English. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

-by Alex Albright, ECU English Department

Dowdy Student Store to host Grad Expo

Dowdy Student Store will host a Grad Expo for May 2017 graduates from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 and 8 and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the student store in the Wright Building 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.

The Alumni Association, Pirate Club, Rec Center, Career Services, Registrar, The Buccaneer, College of  Education Office of Alternative Licensure, 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 2017 graduates are invited to enter; no purchase is necessary.

Representatives from Oak Hall custom regalia will be at Dowdy 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% 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. 9 to pick up their caps and gowns.

For more information about the Expo, call 252-328-6731 or visit www.studentstores.ecu.edu.

 

-by Karen Simmons

Voyages lecturer discusses keys to being an interfaith leader

Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a national nonprofit that aims to promote interfaith cooperation, discussed the keys to interfaith leadership during the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series’ Religion and Culture Lecture Nov. 7 at East Carolina University.

In his discussion, “Interfaith Leadership Can Save the World,” Patel said the United States is the “most religiously diverse and devout nation.” He discussed the questions of who will break down the barriers, why it is important, and what makes an interfaith leader.

Eboo Patel (Photo provided by the Interfaith Youth Core)

Eboo Patel (Photo provided by the Interfaith Youth Core)

According to Patel, there are three key ways to become an interfaith leader. One is to have an appreciative knowledge of other religions and their contributions. The second is to have a theology of interfaith cooperation within one’s own religious beliefs; in effect, being able to work with others of other faiths and follow their good examples. Third, is that being an interfaith leader takes grace.

Patel believes that American society is stronger when people of different religious backgrounds and beliefs acquire the skills and knowledge to work together cooperatively; that pluralism will defeat prejudice.

He said the United States is made up of many interfaith stories. He used Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as an example of how leaders throughout history demonstrate interfaith leadership in their civil discourses.

King, although a Christian, studied Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi’s methods of non-violence and used this within his own non-violent movements, including the Aug. 6, 1966 march for fair housing in Chicago. Patel pointed out that King even went on to preach a sermon of non-violence after his house was firebombed by protestors.

“He formed a movement that shaped America,” said Patel.

When examining who will be interfaith leaders in the future, Patel said that everyone, in every profession (civic leaders, educators, doctors, athletes, coaches, etc.), should be aware of other people’s religious beliefs, practices and traditions.

As to why interfaith leadership and cooperation is important, Patel said, “All of us have a chance to do something good.”

–Lacey Gray

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