Category Archives: Events

A reading by 2nd annual Hallberg Award-winning undergrad writer at ECU

Tuesday, September 27th 7:00 pm

1005 Bate Building, ECU, East Fifth Street | Greenville, NC 27858

The ECU English Department and the Creative Writing Area presents a reading with Q & A by Cameron Green, this year’s Bill Hallberg Award in Creative Writing winner. Green will read his winning story, “Why the News is Bad for You,” which was chosen this year by Garth Risk Hallberg, in Room 1005 of the Bate Building on the ECU main campus, on Tuesday evening, September 27th, at 7 pm. Garth Risk Hallberg is Bill’s son and author of the acclaimed novel, City on Fire.

The Bill Hallberg Award, open to undergraduates at colleges in NC, VA, TN, and SC, was established to honor the late ECU Creative Writing Professor and to celebrate the literary efforts of undergraduate students in our region. The winner receives $500 and is invited to read at ECU. Bill Hallberg was the author of several books and a longtime professor at East Carolina University. His novel, The Rub of the Green, concerned golf and was published by Doubleday in 1988. The New York Times Book Review called it “a story to be enjoyed by non-golfers and savored by those who love the game.” A memoir, The Soul of Golf, followed in 1997. He also edited Perfect Lies, an anthology of golf stories by John Updike, Walker Percy, and others.

A question and answer session will follow the reading. This event is free to the public and the ECU community, thanks to the ECU English Department and the Creative Writing faculty.

For further information, please contact Creative Writing Area Coordinator: John Hoppenthaler; tel. 252-328-5562

United States Marine Band to perform at ECU on Oct. 3

The United States Marine Band “The President’s Own” will hold a free performance at East Carolina University’s Wright Auditorium on Monday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

US Marine Band

“’The President’s Own’ is perhaps the finest wind ensemble in the United States. It’s an honor to host these musicians on behalf of the citizens of the region,” said Michael Crane, producing artistic director of the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series, a co-sponsor of the event. “The musicality on stage, coupled with the workshops and master classes the members offer behind the scenes to K-12 and university students, makes this event exceptionally valuable in our community. Hosting the band exemplifies ECU’s motto, ‘to serve.’”

US Marine Band

There are fewer than 200 tickets remaining for the performance. Tickets can be reserved at

People without tickets who want to attend are asked to arrive at the auditorium on Oct. 3 by 6:45 p.m., when any extra tickets will start being distributed. At 7:15 p.m., everyone will be allowed in the auditorium until seats are filled, so ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early to claim their seat.

The United States Marine Band provides music for the President of the United States, state arrival ceremonies, dinners and receptions. The band appears at the White House more than 200 times each year, and participates in more than 500 public and official performances across the country during the fall concert tour. 

At ECU, the program will include John Phillip Sousa marches, such as “Semper Fidelis” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever;” however, the program also presents a diversity of wind ensemble literature, possibly including film music by John Williams, Bach’s “Fantasia and Fugue in C minor,” and selections from Wagner, Bernstein, Holst and Puccini.

Parking enforcement will be relaxed for the event, allowing patrons to park near the auditorium in A1 spaces that are not specially designated or reserved. Those with handicap plates and tags can park in designated spots on Wright Circle and Beckwith Drive on a first-come, first-served basis.

US Marine Band

Patrons with walkers and wheelchairs may use an elevator located at the Dowdy Student Stores entrance. Assistive listening devices are available on request at the event. Large print programs for the visually impaired are available when requested at least 48 hours in advance.

The performance is co-sponsored by ECU’s S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series and Cooke Communications.

Established in 1798 by an Act of Congress signed by President John Adams, the United States Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. 

The band made its White House debut on New Year’s Day, 1801, and has performed at the inauguration of every President since Thomas Jefferson, who is credited with giving the band the title, “The President’s Own.”

In 1891, the band’s legendary 17th director, John Philip Sousa, led the Marine Band on its first concert tour. As a result, for more than 100 years, the Marine Band has toured throughout the country performing in communities both large and small. Marine Band concerts offer a unique blend of traditional concert band and contemporary wind ensemble music suitable for people of all ages and musical tastes.

For questions, contact Michael Crane at or 252-328-5386.

–Crystal Baity

Prize-winning author coming to ECU

Author Jim Grimsley will meet with East Carolina University students and read from his best-selling memoir, “How I Learned to Shed My Skin,” on Sept. 22.

Grimsley will speak about his personal experiences growing up during segregation in Jones County at 3:15 p.m. in Mendenhall Student Center’s Great Rooms. At 8 p.m., he will read from his memoir at the Greenville Museum of Art, 802 Evans St. 



Grimsley also will announce the winner of the North Carolina Literary Review’s Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize at the Greenville Museum of Art. The winner will receive $250 and their essay will be published in the North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR) in 2017. The prize is named for the publication’s founding editor and funded by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.

Both events are free and open to the public and are part of a series of events celebrating the 25th issue of the annual NCLR. Sponsors include ECU’s English and creative writing departments, the NCLR and Greenville Museum of Art.

Grimsley, who is white, combines the story of how Jones County schools were integrated, first by a “Freedom of Choice” desegregation plan and then by federal mandate, with his personal account of how he learned to be a racist while growing up there — and then unlearned those lessons. Black classmates brought into a whites-only school system by integration taught him how to “shed” his racism.

Since 1999, Grimsley has been senior writer in residence at Emory University in Atlanta and is one of 50 active fellows in the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He has won numerous awards and prizes for his writing, including the 2005 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Writers Award, the Lambda Literary Award for Fiction, the Asimov Readers’ Award, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, and the Bryan Prize for Drama. He has been named Georgia Author of the Year twice.

Grimsley has been an active supporter of the eastern North Carolina literary scene as a participant in the annual literary homecomings that were hosted by ECU for a decade and as a frequent contributor to NCLR. He did most of his background research for “How I Shed My Skin” at ECU’s Joyner Library and was featured at a Greenville Museum of Art reading last December.

Grimsley’s books and the NCLR will be available for purchase at the GMA reading. For more information, contact Alex Albright at 252-328-4876 or the Greenville Museum of Art at 252-758-1946.

–Sophronia Knott

ECU partners with LCC for satellite passport office

East Carolina University and Lenoir Community College have partnered to operate a satellite passport office in Greenville, providing a more convenient location for ECU students and employees to apply for a passport.

“LCC contacted me to discuss this partnership,” said Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor for student affairs. “They were interested in providing this service because they have been seeing some of our students and others from Greenville (in their Kinston passport office).”

Between 600 and 650 students and accompanying faculty travel abroad each year, said Dr. Ravi Paul, interim executive director of global affairs. Some faculty and staff members also travel abroad for conferences and seminars.

U.S. citizens applying for a passport for the first time must do so in person.

“This should help our students and employees to be able to get their passports with shorter wait times and be more convenient than going to Kinston or the post office,” Hardy said.

The satellite passport office in Greenville will be located in ECU’s International House at 306 E. Ninth St. LCC will staff and operate the office one day each month this fall and twice a month in the spring. The hours will likely be expanded to meet increased demand in preparation for spring break, which is when LCC has seen the most demand from ECU students, Hardy said.

The dates for Fall 2016 are Sept. 14, Oct. 19 and Nov. 9, and the office will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The process and documentation for applying for a passport remain the same and can be found at the U.S. Department of State website at Required documents include a certified birth certificate; a printed passport photo, minimum 2 inches square; and photo identification (driver’s license, military or state ID). Passport photos can be taken at the satellite passport office.

Routine processing takes four to six weeks and costs $110, while expedited processing takes three weeks and costs $170; there is a processing fee of $25.

For more information contact Dr. Ravi Paul at or 252-328-1936.

–Jules Norwood

ECU joins national honor society for veterans

East Carolina University has started a chapter of SALUTE, the first national honor society for veterans.

SALUTE, an acronym for service, academics, leadership, unity, tribute and excellence, recognizes veterans, active duty service members, National Guard members and reservists who have been honorably discharged, or who are currently serving. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for membership.

File photo - ROTC

ECU ROTC students recognized at a ceremony earlier this year are some of the students eligible for the new SALUTE honor society being organized on campus this fall. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

“The students who are inducted into membership in SALUTE represent every slice of American military and veterans in higher education,” according to SALUTE’s website.

Set up as a four-step system, SALUTE encourages student veterans to improve their GPAs in order to advance to the next tier level throughout their academic career. Tiers include Delta (3.00-3.24), Charlie (3.25-3.49), Bravo (3.50-3.74) and Alpha (3.75-4.0).

“Student veteran services decided to apply for membership to SALUTE because transitioning from military service can be a challenging time for our student veterans. We want to support our students by taking time to officially honor those who have succeeded academically at ECU,” said Nicole Jablonski, assistant director of ECU Student Veteran Services.

Although ECU’s chapter is purely an academic recognition group, Jablonski hopes to add a service component in the future.

Each new member will be presented with a certificate and a challenge coin at an awards ceremony. Approximately 50 veterans are expected to be inducted into the inaugural group in spring 2017.

SALUTE was founded at Colorado State University in 2009. The honors society includes both two-year and four-year higher education institutes.


For more information, contact Nicole Jablonski at 252-737-6542 or visit SALUTE’s website at

–Sophronia Knott

Tenth anniversary of Voyages lecture series to kick off at ECU

The 10th anniversary of East Carolina University’s Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series kicks off in September with speakers of internationally renowned and wide public interest.

“Whether encountering a person or topic for the first time, or delving into a familiar subject more deeply, the Voyages lectures are events that engage our curiosity and touch our sense of wonder,” said Dr. William M. Downs, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. “All of the speakers in this year’s series will challenge us to explore ideas that enlarge our understanding of ourselves and our place in the world.”

The season opens at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 with the Premier Lecture featuring Bob Woodward, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and investigative reporter who broke the news about the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration. In this well-timed presidential election year, Woodward will discuss “The Age of the American Presidency.”


Woodward (contributed photo)

On Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., ECU will welcome Eboo Patel, a member of President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships, for the Religion and Culture Lecture. Patel will talk about how “Interfaith Leadership Can Save the World.”

Two events will follow in the spring. The Brewster History Lecture, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31, will feature Keith Wailoo on the topic of “Pain: A Political History.” Wailoo, a history professor at Princeton University, is an award-winning author who has written on the topics of drugs and drug policy; race, science and health; and health policy and medical affairs in the U.S.

The Thomas Harriot Lecture rounds out the 2016-17 series. In conjunction with the ECU School of Music, The Nile Project will present “Citizen Diplomacy & Transboundary Water Conflict” at 7 p.m. on April 6. One of the tightest, cross-cultural collaborations in history, the Nile Project Collective brings together artists from the 11 Nile basin countries, representing more than 400 million people, to make music that combines the rich diversity of the oldest places on Earth. Using music to spark cultural curiosity, the Nile Project engages musicians and audiences, challenging them to connect to the world’s longest river and explore new approaches to its social, cultural and environmental problems.

“This special anniversary season of the Voyages lecture series features speakers who are changing the world and who will inspire us to work together for a better future,” said Dr. Jeffrey S. Johnson, professor of English and director of the lecture series.

The Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series is made possible through contributions from Harriot College’s Dean’s Advancement Council, various university organizations and many friends and supporters. For more information, contact Johnson at 252-328-6378 or via email at Additional information is available online at

Lectures for the 2016-17 season will be held in Wright Auditorium and are open to the public. Individual and season tickets are available by visiting or by calling the ECU Central Ticket Office at 1-800-ECU-ARTS. All lectures are free for ECU students. To receive a free ticket, ECU students must go to the ECU Central Ticket Office, located in Mendenhall Student Center, and present his or her ECU One Card. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.

–Lacey Gray

North Carolina Literary Review celebrates 25th anniversary

This year’s North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR), now on its way to readers throughout the state, celebrates the 25th issue of the publication.

Opening the issue is an interview with the editor, Margaret Bauer, who reflects on how NCLR has grown over the past quarter century and the importance of writing in North Carolina. “North Carolina has countless great writers, and many of the best writers in the country have North Carolina connections,” she said. 

Other highlights include poetry by James Applewhite, Debra Kaufman and Florence Nash; a short story by Jim Grimsley; an essay by Ed Southern entitled “Why We Are ‘The Writingest State’”; and an interview with Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle.

Southern, the executive director of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, said the publication serves as a flagship for the state’s literary community.

“Each issue shows off the state at its best, especially because Margaret and her staff don’t just keep going back to the same well of favorites (no matter how deep and refreshing that well may be),” he said. “They’ve made the re-discovery of forgotten or neglected North Carolina writers an integral part of their mission, and made sure to show off many of our new and emerging writers as well.” 

ECU undergraduate and graduate students are closely involved in the production of NCLR – editing, checking facts and designing pages. NCLR has begun working with the ECU Foundation on a campaign to raise a $2 million endowment that would ensure the next 25 years of publication. 

There will be a reception to celebrate the 25th issue from 2-4 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Joyner Library’s Faulkner Gallery. There will also be a ticketed fundraising event with novelist Charles Frazier, author of “Cold Mountain,” from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 1 at the Battery Park Book Exchange in Asheville. 

NCLR is published at ECU with additional support from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. NCLR Online 2016, a winter supplement to the annual print issue, is in its fifth year. NCLR Online maintains the same design as the print edition, which was created by the journal’s art director, Dana Ezzell, a faculty member of Meredith College in Raleigh. To read the online edition and subscribe to the print issue, visit

–Jules Norwood

UPDATE: ECU’s Margaret Bauer was named the Tar Heel of the week July 24 by the News & Observer, describing her as “a mentor to young writers and scholars, a cheerleader for the state’s literary tradition, a champion of unknown or forgotten authors.”

 Read the full profile of her and more about the NC Literary Review:

Meet fellow alumni in Charlotte, Wake County or Washington, D.C.

Ahoy there, Pirates! Do you want to meet fellow East Carolina University alumni in your area this summer? The East Carolina Alumni Association has several events this month around the Pirate Nation!

The Charlotte Chapter is holding an interest meeting this Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Old Mecklenburg Brewery located at 4150 Yancey Rd. No registration is required. If you’ve been looking for ways to get more involved and stay connected to ECU, this is a great way to start! If you can’t make it and still want to be involved, e-mail or follow the Charlotte Chapter on Facebook.

The Wake County Chapter is holding a casual meetup next Thursday, July 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Blackfinn Ameripub in Morrisville. These meetups are held twice a month alternating between Morrisville and Raleigh. There’s no need to sign up ahead of time but e-mail  or follow the Wake County Chapter on Facebook for more information.

Finally, join us for a professional happy hour in Washington, D.C. on July 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Flight Wine Bar located at 777 6th St NW. Be sure to follow the DC Metro Chapter on Facebook!

All of the alumni association’s upcoming events can be found here.

–Jackie Drake

1 2 3 4 43