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Lassiter to receive School of Communication’s distinguished alumni award

The East Carolina University School of Communication’s Seventh Annual Spring Reception will include presentation of the school’s distinguished alumni award to communication professional Valeria Lassiter. The event is set for 6 p.m. April 20 at the Greenville Museum of Art.

Valeria Lassiter

Valeria Lassiter

The award recognizes alumni with a minimum of four years of work history, outstanding and uncommon achievement in one’s profession, in civic affairs, and/or politics.

Lassiter, who graduated from ECU in 1990, is the founder and CEO of Lassiter & Associates, a strategic partnership and fundraising management firm based in Chevy Chase, Md. She has more than 20 years of experience in the private, government and nonprofit sectors. Her clients come from education, arts and culture, unions, faith-based and public policy organizations.

“It is an honor for me to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Communication. I am deeply appreciative of my experience at ECU,” Lassiter said.

Lassiter is an instructor for the Georgetown University executive nonprofit management certificate program, where she has trained more than 1,000 executives in corporate-nonprofit partnerships, development and fundraising. Before forming Lassiter & Associates in 2003, she was vice president of development for the Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation and project director for the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, Bridges from School to Work program.

A champion for women’s rights and women in leadership, Lassiter served as the administrative director for the 75th anniversary celebration of women suffrage in America, and she is chair of the board of directors for the Women’s Roundtable at ECU, leading an effort to create a legacy of women leaders and raise access scholarships for students. In addition to her bachelor’s degree from ECU, Lassiter holds a master of divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School.

The annual reception is organized by CommCrew, the school’s alumni and supporters’ organization. Priced at $25 for the public and $10 for students, tickets to the reception are available by calling 252-328-4227.

The reception follows an open house to showcase the school’s new multimedia newsroom and communication center, set for 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Joyner East classroom building on campus. Read more about the open house at http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/poeight/?p=5690.

Both events are open to the public.

 

 

Open house to showcase multimedia newsroom, communication center

ECU student AnnaMaria Gallozzi is shown in the School of Communication's new multimedia newsroom. (COntributed photo)

ECU student AnnaMaria Gallozzi is shown in the School of Communication’s new multimedia newsroom. (Contributed photo)

 

The East Carolina University School of Communication will show its new multimedia newsroom and communication center in an open house from 4:30 – 5:30 April 20.

Visitors will tour facilities on the second floor of Joyner East, across the plaza from Joyner Library. Room 215 houses the multimedia newsroom, and Room 205 is actually a four-room communication center with separate spaces available for research and meetings. Faculty and students from the school’s Student Ambassador program will demonstrate equipment.

“The newsroom is designed to mimic a real world newsroom giving students real world experience in creating and delivering content for a television newscast,” School of Communication Director Linda Kean said. The facilites includes new computers, three studio cameras, a TriCaster, an audio board, an anchor desk and a green screen. The newsroom’s virtual sets enable the plain green backdrop of the anchoring desk to be transformed into a city skyline and numerous other scenes.

The communication center features a two-way mirror for focus group research, an eye tracker and a biofeedback machine. In addition to providing a controlled research environment, the center will be available for workshops and one-on-one help with presentation preparation and delivery.

“We’re excited to show alumni and friends the improvements we’ve made recently in terms of technology and facilities,” said Glenn Hubbard, who teaches in the newsroom. “We are offering great experiences for our students, which is something our supporters can be proud of.”

Newscasts created in the newsroom are available under the name Pirate News Network on YouTube.

Following the open house, the School of Communication/CommCrew Seventh Annual Spring Reception will be held at 6 p.m. at the Greenville Museum of Art.

The open house is free and open to the public. The evening reception requires a ticket, which can be purchased by calling 252-328-4227.

Film screening, panel to focus on women in media

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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 missrepresentation.org. For details about the ECU event, contact Gates at gatesd@ecu.edu or 252-328-6001.

Grant supports ECU Arts Smart series

East Carolina University’s Arts Smart series has received a $2,000 grant from Target Stores to support writing across the curriculum for Pitt County students in grades K-6.

Two authors in those grades will be recognized for exemplary writing. The students and their classmates will receive complimentary tickets to one of six titles on the Arts Smart series.

ECU elementary education student Amy Shackleford will support the initiative with age-appropriate course materials and educator support materials, developed in conjunction with the Teaching Resource Center in Joyner Library. Communications major Jessi Hardin will outline a marketing campagin to encourage teacher and student participation.

Eight ECU women selected for BRIDGES 2012

Eight East Carolina University professors will participate in 2012 BRIDGES, an academic leadership program for women sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Selected were Rebecca Dumlao, associate professor in the School of Communication; Hsiao Ling Lai, assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics; Amy McMillan, associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy; Tendai Ndabvonga, assistant director of the College of Business; Laura Prividera, associate director of the School of Communication; Teresa Tripp, assistant director of Laupus Library; Alethia Cook, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science; and Marieke Van Willigen, associate professor in the Department of Sociology.

The program provides intensive professional development for women in higher education who seek to gain or strengthen academic leadership capabilities. It is designed to help women identify, understand and move into leadership roles within higher education.

BRIDGES is held in four weekend sessions Sept. 7 through Nov. 10.

More information on the BRIDGES program is available at http://fridaycenter.unc.edu/pdep/bridges.

 

ECU alumnus producing feature film

ECU alumnus Curtis Thieman (Contributed photo)

An East Carolina University alumnus is gearing up for production on his first feature film, with plans to begin shooting this fall in Wilmington.

Curtis Thieman is a 2005 ECU graduate with a B.S. in communication (media production) and a minor in English. He and his brother Craig Thieman are working together on the independent film, “Love Letter,” which they hope to release in 2013.

Thieman said the film is a dark comedy based on an award-winning short film by the same name. The storyline, he said, involves a young man writing a suicide letter, not for himself, but for his girlfriend who is tied up in the garage. The situation gets complicated when more and more people show up and find themselves involved in Garrett’s plot.

The filmmakers are seeking investors to join the production process through an online campaign. With ten days to go, the campaign is nearly halfway to its goal.

“If we don’t meet our goal, we get none of the funds and the movie will be difficult to make,” Thieman said. “Every dollar helps,” he said.

For additional information about the film and the campaign, visit www.LLkick.com or contact Thieman at Craig@inspire2film.com.

School of Communication alum to receive alumnus award

John Cooper, who earned his communication degree at East Carolina University in 1989, will be given the School of Communication’s Distinguished Alumnus Award at a reception April 21.

Cooper

Cooper, deputy manager of the Live Desk at NBC News Channel in Charlotte, has worked at the NBC news service for more than 20 years. NBC News Channel distributes national and international video news stories to NBC stations around the country. At the Live Desk, Cooper acts as a producer for field reporters.

Last fall, Cooper visited ECU as the keynote speaker for the fourth annual High School Media Workshop, which the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association co-sponsored.

“John Cooper has been an outstanding supporter of the School of Communication for a number of years, and we are delighted to recognize his significant contributions by giving him the Distinguished Alumnus Award,” said Dr. Linda Kean, director of the School of Communication.

The 6th Annual Spring Reception is organized by CommCrew, the School of Communication’s alumni and supporters’ organization.

 

Alumnae to keynote Communication event

ECU School of Communication graduates Jamie Lynn Sigler, left, and Sarah Evans will speak at the CommCrew spring reception April 21.

East Carolina University alumnae Jamie Lynn Sigler and Sarah Evans will keynote the CommCrew’s Sixth Annual Spring Reception  from 6 to 8 p.m. April 21 at the Greenville Museum of Art.

Sigler and Evans – 2001 graduates – are partners in J Public Relations, a bi-coastal public relations firm that develops innovative public relations campaigns for chic hotel properties, restaurants, nightclubs, spas and luxury lifestyle goods.

The event will also include presentation of the distinguished alumnus award for graduates with outstanding achievements.

“Each year, our banquet has grown more successful, thanks to inspirational, dynamic and highly successful guest speakers as well as lots of hard work by CommCrew members,” said Dr. Linda Kean, director of the School of Communication. “In addition to alumni, we encourage communication and hospitality professionals from the community to attend. Every ticket purchased means more networking, scholarship and career development opportunities for our current students.”

A noted expert in the travel and lifestyle industries, Evans has been featured on ABC, Forbes.com, Bridal Guide and more. She also has a travel blog, “The Glam Globetrotter,” which highlights stylish travel. Sigler’s clients are regularly featured in top media outlets, including: E! Entertainment Television, The New York Times, US Weekly, and “The Today Show.”

Those who will attend the reception are invited to bring books for a book drive benefitting Operation Sunshine, Hope Lodge and community schools. Books for all age groups are needed.

CommCrew is an organization for friends and alumni of ECU’s School of Communication. In addition to supporting activities and scholarships for School of Communication students, it also strives to involve alumni in current activities as well as to keep them informed about current school news and events.

Banquet tickets are $25 each. Call 252-328-4227 to pay by credit card. Or, make checks payable to ECU Foundation and mail to: Cyndee Mueller, School of Communication, Joyner East, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C. 27858.

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