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ECU School of Art and Design to host annual Undergraduate Exhibition

The School of Art and Design’s annual Undergraduate Exhibition will be on display March 23-April 7 in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center.

More than 145 undergraduate students will exhibit work in animation, art foundations, ceramics, cinema, drawing, graphic design, illustration, interactive media, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textile design and video.

Artwork designed by ECU student Vincent Li is will be on display at 2017 Undergraduate Exhibition. (contributed photo)

Artwork designed by ECU student Vincent Li is will be on display at 2017 Undergraduate Exhibition. (contributed photo)

Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 23 in Speight Auditorium. A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony. This year’s judge is Harriet Hoover, coordinator of teen and college programming at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh.

The exhibition, awards ceremony and reception are free and open to the public.

The Gray Gallery and Speight Auditorium are located in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center at 5th and Jarvis streets. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is closed during university holidays.

The center is handicapped accessible. Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Department of Disability Support Services at least two weeks prior to the event at 252-737-1016. For more information, go to

Go to or contact Tom Braswell, interim gallery director, at 252-328-1312 for more information.



-by Crystal Baity


ECU assistant dean awarded AAMC fellowship

The assistant dean for undergraduate medical education assessment and outcomes at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University has been selected to participate in a national leadership certificate program.

Dr. Stephen Charles was recently named a 2017 Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Fellow by a panel of his peers in the Southern Group on Educational Affairs, a regional division of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Dr. Stephen Charles. (Contributed photo)

Dr. Stephen Charles. (Contributed photo)

The LEAD Program is an intensive, one-year, cohort-based leadership development certificate program that provides a firm foundation in the best practices and recognized theoretical models of effective educational leadership that are key to advancing medical education at all levels. LEAD is offered in four concurrent cohorts, one based in each of the four regions of the AAMC Group on Educational Affairs. Across the nation 107 fellows have completed the program since 2009.

Charles joined the Brody School of Medicine in 2016. In his role as assistant dean, he leads efforts to develop, implement and maintain an active outcomes assessment program and to grow a portfolio of scholarship related to current and future medical education innovations and changes.

He also serves as the liaison between Brody’s Office of Medical Education, the ECU Office of Simulation and Safety Education, and the ECU Office of Clinical Skills Assessment and Education; and he collaborates with other education leaders across the ECU Division of Health Sciences to assess and enhance interprofessional education.

Charles is certified as a health care simulation educator and as a medical education researcher. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Association of Standardized Patient Educators and as chair of the Interprofessional Education Affinity Group for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

“I’m honored to be chosen for this prestigious fellowship, and I’m excited to represent ECU and the Brody School of Medicine,” said Charles. “I look forward to gaining more knowledge, skills and experience that I can share with my colleagues to help us all become more effective educational leaders.”

The AAMC is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise a range of academic and medical institutions, including all 147 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools and nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems.



-by Amy Ellis, University Communication

ECU conducts the first Makeathon with a focus on Natural Disasters.

(Contributed photo)

(Contributed photo)

On March 19, East Carolina University’s Innovation Design Lab in the Office of Innovation and Economic Development supports the first InnovateECU Makeathon designed and conducted by Honors College Interns.

Students welcomed the opportunity to work collaboratively and think critically to create and propose solutions to a real-world issue. This year’s innovation theme revolved around disaster relief and prevention. With the recent damage eastern North Carolina suffered as a result of Hurricane Matthew, students found this theme to be of critical importance and value.

The student teams were challenged to think critically about how to create disaster relief efforts that prepare, respond to and recover our community. Over 30 participants from multiple disciplines formed into six teams to create, prototype, and pitch their solutions in this two-day event. The students competed for development funding and Innovation Design Lab support to continue to strengthen the design and implementation of their concepts.



-by Wayne Godwin, ECU Advance Manufacturing & Innovation Academy  

Race, Medicine, Authorship, and the “Discovery” of Sickle Cell Disease, 1910-1911

The Medical History Interest Group sponsored by Laupus Library History Collections and the Department of Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies invites you to attend: “Race, Medicine, Authorship, and the “Discovery” of Sickle Cell Disease, 1910-1911,” Presented by Todd Savitt, Ph.D. Professor, Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies, BSOM.

Savitt tells the very divergent stories of the first two sickle-cell disease (SCD) patients in the medical literature (1910-1911) and their physicians against the backdrop of a racially divided America and of a highly competitive scientific community. He shows how race and class affected the discovery of SCD and how credit for the discovery was apportioned. Prof. Savitt will also tell about his own “adventures” in tracking down the identities and backgrounds of these first two SCD patients.

Please join us on Monday, February 27, at 4:30 p.m. in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the 4th Floor of Laupus Library.

Refreshments will be provided. The presentation may be video recorded. For more information please check out our Facebook event page.


-by Kelly Dilda, Laupus Library 

Providers invited to Women’s Health Conference Feb. 24

Brody faculty member Dr. Sarah E. Smith. (contributed photo)

Dr. Sarah E. Smith. (contributed photo)

Women not only have unique health needs, but also live longer and make most health care decisions for their families, so keeping women healthy is imperative.

Health care providers who care for women across eastern North Carolina are invited to attend the Women’s Health Conference on Feb. 24 at Eastern Area Health Education Center in Greenville.

This full-day conference will provide information on a broad range of topics relevant to women’s health, such as screening for common psychiatric disorders during well woman exams, polycystic ovary syndrome, HIV, thyroid dysfunction, gynecologic care of transgender and same sex couples, wellness for senior women, and physical therapy for women’s health issues.

This conference is jointly provided by Eastern AHEC, the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, and the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Emily Bray (contributed photo)

Dr. Emily Bray. (contributed photo)

Program directors are Dr. Sarah E. Smith,clinical associate professor in Brody’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Dr. Emily Bray, clinical associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine’s geriatrics division.

This conference has been designed to meet the continuing medical education needs of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, midwives, pharmacists and others.

Eastern AHEC is a non-profit organization that provides continuing education, professional development and other resources to health care providers and students, serving 23 counties of eastern North Carolina. Eastern AHEC is one of nine centers in the North Carolina AHEC program, which links the state’s universities, community colleges, hospitals and health agencies. The mission of NC AHEC is to meet the state’s health and health workforce needs.

For more information or to register, visit



-by Jackie Drake, Eastern AHEC

ECU ranked among best colleges in new listing

East Carolina University is listed in a new ranking of Best Colleges released this week by Money magazine.

ECU is ranked 339 out of 665 institutions. Educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings provided by were used to determine the rankings, according to the magazine’s methodology.

The magazine evaluated about 1,500 four-year colleges across the nation to find which offered the most for the amount of tuition paid. Colleges with below-average graduation rates were dropped, which left 665 institutions that were measured and ranked.

Information is available at


Folger Shakespeare Library exhibit features ECU connections

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A replica of an Irish mantle, or cloak, created by East Carolina University School of Art and Design students in Robin Haller’s textile and design course is part of the exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Photo courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

By Alexa DeCarr, ECU News Services

An exhibit on display at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is showcasing the achievements of Dr. Thomas Herron, an associate professor of English at East Carolina University, students in ECU’s School of Art and Design and the University Multimedia Center.

The exhibit, which opened in January and runs through May 19, is named “Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland” and focuses on the Irish upper class during the 16th to mid-17th century and its cultural exchanges with England. It investigates the political struggles of the period while acknowledging the ways in which English and Irish cultures influenced each other through achievements in literature, architecture and the arts.

“It goes beyond the black and white view of the interactions between the English and the Irish,” Herron said of the exhibit.

Students in ECU assistant professor Robin Haller’s textile and design course recreated a replica of an Irish mantle, which Herron said is a type of outer covering or cloak worn by the Irish. The University Multimedia Center also contributed to the exhibit by creating a 3-D computerized recreation of a tower house castle from the Middle Ages that allows viewers to get a virtual tour.

Herron said that a 16th century portrait of Queen Elizabeth I “discovered” in Manteo while hanging in plain sight during a conference organized by the ECU English Department is on display at the exhibit as well.

“ECU has been so generous and has played a major role in the exhibit,” Herron said. “Different departments within the university have gone out of their way to help with the exhibit.”

While the exhibit focuses on Europe during the Renaissance, Herron said modern Americans can still appreciate it.

“Shakespeare is a powerful influence on the U.S. and our culture,” he said. “And many Americans have Irish roots.”

The exhibit, “Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland,” features portraits, manuscripts, artifacts, family records, and rare books drawn from collections in Ireland and the United States. The exhibition includes nearly 100 items from the Folger collection, as well as materials from the National Gallery of Ireland, the University of Wisconsin, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Library of Ireland, and private collections.

Brendan Kane, a historian of modern Ireland and an associate professor at the University of Connecticut, was the co-curator of the exhibit.

For more information on the exhibit, visit or contact Tom Herron at

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Reward announced for Dowdy-Ficklen vandalism information

ECU Police announced today that Pitt-Greenville Crimestoppers is offering up to $5,000 in reward funds for information leading to an arrest of two suspects who broke into and damaged Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Oct. 21.

Lt. Chris Sutton announced the Crimestoppers reward at a media briefing releasing photos taken from stadium surveillance video during the vandalism that occurred between 3 a.m. and 6:20 a.m. Oct. 21.

Approximately $35,000 in damage was done by three suspects.

Persons with information about the identity of the two individuals shown with former ECU student William J. Banks on the video should call Crimestoppers at 758-7777. Individuals are not asked for their names when reporting  information; they are identified through a code system. If the information leads to an arrest, the person could receive up to $5,000 in reward money.

New trees planned for sustainable parking lot renovation

Trees that were to be included as part of a sustainable parking lot design were determined to be dead when they did not produce leaves this spring. Designers plan to replace the lost trees. (Contributed photos)

New trees will be planted in the 14th Street parking lot renovation area across from Belk Residence Hall as part of a sustainable parking lot design.

The new canopy trees will replace several existing trees that died this winter.

The parking lot renovation is the first construction project initiated since East Carolina University adopted its new master plan designating sustainability as a core value for the institution.

The existing trees were a key element incorporated into the original sustainable parking lot design. However, experts identified the trees as dead when they failed to produce new leaves this spring. Since the old trees cannot be saved, new trees will be planted to replace them.

The existing green areas will not be used for additional parking.

The campus personnel involved in the design of this parking lot also chose to maintain and protect the trees at the former Stratford Arms Apartment site.

For additional information, visit


A plan to maintain existing trees in a new parking lot renovation fell through when the trees died over the winter. New trees will be planted in their place.

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