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ECU hosts art sales, concerts to celebrate season

East Carolina University will usher in the holiday season in the coming weeks with art sales and free public concerts. 

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 29, the School of Art and Design will hold its annual Holiday Art Sale at A Time for Science, 729 Dickinson Ave., Greenville. Hours are 3-8 p.m. Nov. 29-30 and from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Dec. 1.

A customer looks at textiles at last year’s ECU School of Art and Design annual Holiday Art Sale.

A customer looks at textiles at last year’s ECU School of Art and Design annual Holiday Art Sale. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

The annual holiday sale features a range of art pieces created by ECU students from all areas of study including ceramics, drawing, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and textiles.

Hand-blown glass ornaments and decorative objects have been made by ECU glassblowing instructor Mike Tracy for the holiday sale.

Hand-blown glass ornaments and decorative objects have been made by ECU glassblowing instructor Mike Tracy for the holiday sale. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Proceeds from the sale benefit ECU students and student guilds. For more information, email or call 252-328-6665.

On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, the School of Art and Design will hold its annual Holiday Glass Sale on 6-9 p.m. on Nov. 30 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the East Carolina ArtSpace Gallery, 3749 S. Main St., Farmville. Friday’s event will coincide with A Taste of Farmville celebration.

Hand-blown glass ornaments, tumblers, vases, soap dishes, glass flowers and other decorative objects made at ECU’s GlasStation studio will be available. Prices will start at $15. Proceeds from the sale will support the operation of the studio and glassblowing instruction at ECU. For more information, email instructor Mike Tracy at

Finally, the ECU School of Music will present three performances of holiday music, including the second annual TubaChristmas. All are free and open to the public.

The ECU Combined Choirs will perform a vocal Sounds of the Seasons concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 at The Memorial Baptist Church in Greenville.

A musician plays in the 2017 TubaChristmas hosted by the ECU School of Music. This year’s event will be held Dec. 1 in front of the A.J. Fletcher Music Building on the ECU campus.

A musician plays in the 2017 TubaChristmas. This year’s event will be held Dec. 1 in front of the A.J. Fletcher Music Building. (Contributed photo)

ECU’s low brass will present TubaChristmas on Saturday, Dec. 1, from noon until 1 p.m. in front of the A.J. Fletcher Music Building on the ECU campus.

And on Sunday, Dec. 2, the ECU Wind Ensemble will perform the annual Holiday Band Concert featuring songs of the season at 2 p.m. in Wright Auditorium on campus.

Now in its second year, ECU professors Stephen Ivany and Jarrod Williams, ECU students and community musicians will perform for TubaChristmas, an outdoor concert featuring traditional holiday songs arranged for a large ensemble of tubas, baritones, euphoniums and sousaphones.

Local musicians who play baritone, euphonium, tuba or sousaphone are invited to participate with a $10 fee to benefit the Harvey Phillips Foundation. Musician registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

Merry TubaChristmas concerts will be presented in more than 275 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries this year.

If there is rain, heavy snow or temperatures below 34 degrees, the performance will be moved inside the A. J. Fletcher Music Building. For more information, call 252-328-1693.


-Contact: or 252-328-6665

ECU’s College of Education inducts 35; raises $40K for scholarships

Thirty-five educators and education advocates have been inducted in the East Carolina University College of Education’s Educators Hall of Fame.

The 20th annual ceremony was held Oct. 27 in the Fletcher Recital Hall on ECU’s campus. The event raised $40,000 for student scholarships.

Each inductee was sponsored with a monetary gift of $1,000 or more in support of the College of Education’s Educators Hall of Fame Scholarship endowment. Annual interest from the endowment is used to fund merit-based scholarships for students. This prestigious merit scholarship program helps attract the best and brightest students to the College of Education.

The College of Education inducted 35 people in the Educators Hall of Fame during a ceremony held on campus in October.

The College of Education inducted 35 people in the Educators Hall of Fame during a ceremony held on campus in October. (Contributed photo)

This year’s inductees are all from North Carolina:

Jessica Lee Chiasson Adams of Washington; Delores Pride Ali of Timberlake; Lisa Yeldell Barmer of Washington; Robert L. Barrier Jr. of Concord; David Lee Batts of Greenville; Marvin Eugene Baugh of Greensboro; Michelle Rouse Bowen of Ayden; Julia Dawkins Brickhouse of Greenville; Phoebe Moore Dail of Greenville; Wilford Morris Davis III of Hampstead; Maureen Louise Ellis of Greenville; Holly Heath Fales of Greenville; Johna Lee Faulconer of Smithfield;  Cleveland Melvin Hawkins of Sunbury; Elizabeth Baker Hodge of New Bern; Amanda Oliver Holton of Creswell; Gwen P. Jeffreys of Greensboro; Stephen E. Kirk of Raleigh; Eric Kisling of Greenville; Johnnie Earl May of Greenville; Katherine E. Misulis of Greenville; Miriam Grace Mitchell of Cornelius; Susan Elizabeth Morgan of Rocky Mount; David Parke of Greenville; Diane Terry Sena of Fayetteville; April Shackleford of Wilson; Elizabeth Harris Sparrow of Greenville; Richard Kent Spruill of Grimesland; Patricia Stallings of Pinetops; Rebecca Stell of Bath; Dorothy Tolson of Tarboro; Sherry Smith Tripp of Greenville; Ivan G. Wallace of Farmville; Christine Marie Wilson of Greenville; and Tomegia M. Winston of Spring Hope.

Since 1999, the Educators Hall of Fame has recognized the service and contributions of 509 individuals who have impacted the lives of others, the field of education and the College of Education at ECU. The annual event has raised more than $613,000 toward the endowment goal of $1 million for Educators Hall of Fame Scholarships.

Following the ceremony, a reception was held on the first floor of Speight Building and the adjoining courtyard so inductees and guests would have the opportunity to view the Educators Hall of Fame wall.

The Hall of Fame is the brainchild of Bob Sawyer, a retired teacher, ECU graduate and former chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council. Sawyer, a college swimmer and charter member of ECU’s Sports Hall of Fame, believed that teachers deserved the same recognition as athletes.


-by Terah Archie, College of Education Office of Community Relations and Outreach

ECU joins national effort to increase college access

East Carolina University is participating in a new effort in which 130 public universities and systems will work together to increase college access, close the achievement gap, and award hundreds of thousands more degrees by 2025.

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is organizing the collaborative effort, known as Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success. The participating institutions will work within clusters of four to 12 institutions as they concurrently implement innovative and effective practices to advance student success on their campuses. Collectively, the institutions enroll 3 million students, including 1 million students who receive Pell Grants.

Powered by Publics represents the largest-ever collaborative effort to improve college access, advance equity and increase college degrees awarded. In addition to committing to those goals, participating institutions have pledged to share aggregate data demonstrating their progress to help spur lasting change across the higher education sector.

“Student success is ECU’s first priority. It is our prime directive. It always has been and it always will be,” said Dr. Ron Mitchelson, ECU provost. “Our approach to success is to engage students in meaningful ways with opportunities to lead, to research, to serve, to study abroad, and to innovate. Our formula for success is working well and our graduation rates are now at historic highs.

“Yet there is much more to be done, and in collaboration with other UNC System schools, and with other institutions like Clemson, Florida State, Virginia Tech and the University of South Carolina, we are expanding our student success tool kit.”

“Over the past few years, we’ve witnessed a real and growing enthusiasm among public university leaders to advance college completion nationally,” said APLU President Peter McPherson. “We have to seize the moment and mobilize institutions to improve not just college access, but also equity in student outcomes and the number of students who earn degrees. That’s what Powered by Publics is all about and why we’re thrilled to work with our member institutions toward such an important national goal.”

By design, the participating institutions reflect a wide array of institutional characteristics such as enrollment, student demographics, regional workforce needs and selectivity. The broad diversity of the institutions is intended to help create a playbook of adaptable student success reforms that can be adopted and scaled up across a variety of institution types, including those with limited resources.

Each cluster has a different focus area for its work. One cluster, for example, will work collaboratively to integrate data collection systems across each of its campuses to better monitor student progress and make data-informed decisions. Another cluster expects to tackle financial aid and student financial literacy. ECU’s cluster is focused on the success of transfer students and predictive analytics.

The effort will be overseen by APLU’s Center for Public University Transformation, which the association created this year to help drive transformational change across the public higher education sector.


-Contact: Jules Norwood, ECU News Services, or 252-328-2836

ECU Student Media director wins Distinguished Newspaper Advisor award

Student Media Director John Harvey (center) received one of the nation's top awards for collegiate media advisers last month at the College Media Association Convention, where he was joined, from left, by TEC students Daniel Roberts, Trajan Warren, Jenna Price and Darby Hubbell.

Student Media Director John Harvey (center) received one of the nation’s top awards for collegiate media advisers last month at the College Media Association Convention, where he was joined, from left, by TEC students Daniel Roberts, Trajan Warren, Jenna Price and Darby Hubbell. (Contributed photo)

East Carolina University Student Media director John Harvey received one of the nation’s top awards for collegiate media advisers at the annual College Media Association (CMA) Convention on Oct. 28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Harvey, Student Media director at ECU, was one of four to receive the 2018 award for “Distinguished Newspaper Advisor at a Four-Year College.” Harvey attended the conference with four students from The East Carolinian: Darby Hubbell, Jenna Price, Daniel Roberts and Trajan Warren.

ECU student Gregory Arnold also picked up a CMA award, earning a Pinnacle Honorable Mention for “Best Feature Photo” that appeared in Expressions magazine.

“It was quite an honor to receive the award from my peers in the industry, and it was especially great to do it in front of my students,” Harvey said.

Since coming to ECU, Harvey has overseen an extensive remake of Student Media, instituting a training program called the Media Academy, restructuring the professional staff, forming the student executive committee, establishing the Student Media Advertising & Marketing Agency, and creating a magazine division that features The Hook, Rebel, Expressions and Anchors Away, a new graduation magazine.

Harvey’s most significant accomplishment at ECU is the development of the Media Academy, especially the Candidate Program for first-time reporters. The semester-long program provides instruction for students who wish to become reporters at The East Carolinian with classes on ethics, libel law, newswriting, feature writing and editing.

Cherie Speller, adviser of The East Carolinian, coordinates and teaches the Candidate Program, while radio adviser Shayna Johns runs a similar program for WZMB 91.3 FM called the Radio Corp, or Zombie Program.

Javeria Salman, former managing editor of The East Carolinian, applauded Harvey for the award.

“He has been a great source of knowledge over the years, from the candidate classes to my post-grad life,” Salman said. “John’s guidance during my college years pushed me to work harder and become a stronger journalist.”

Harvey spent nearly 20 years as a journalist in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, serving as editorial page editor, managing editor and executive editor. He shifted to education in 1998, becoming news adviser of The Daily Collegian at Penn State. He took an expanded role as Student Media director at Georgia Southern in 2010 before coming to Greenville in 2012.

For additional information, contact Harvey at


-Contact: John Harvey, director, ECU Student Media,, 252-328-9234

School of Art and Design opens fall MFA thesis exhibitions on Nov. 2

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery welcomes the East Carolina University School of Art and Design Fall 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibitions, “Einfühlung” and “HELD,” featuring new work by graduate students Jessica Bradsher and Holly Roddenbery.

“Apathy” by Jessica Bradsher

“Apathy” by Jessica Bradsher (Contributed photos)

A piece by Holly Roddenberry.

A piece by Holly Roddenbery.

An opening reception will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in conjunction with Uptown Greenville’s First Friday ArtWalk. The exhibits will be on display through Nov. 20. The reception and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Bradsher and Roddenbery work in wood, metals, painting and video.

Bradsher showcases emotion through sculptural representations of realistic facial expression, body language and contextual clues, and offers a chance for reflection on the ways that people interact and coexist. Roddenbery’s vessels reflect on states such as divine ecstasy, serenity and reverential awe, and imagination about the existential.

The Gray Gallery is located in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center off of 5th and Jarvis streets on the campus of ECU. Hours are Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday-Saturday noon-4 p.m. The gallery is closed for university holidays.


– Contact: Angel Bellaran, Gray Gallery director, 252-328-1312 or

Make a Difference Day is Oct. 27

The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE) at East Carolina University is hosting Make A Difference Service Day with several community partners at various locations on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Make a Difference Day is a national day of service, sponsored by USA Weekend magazine and Points of Light, and is the largest single day of volunteering in the country. Millions of volunteers across the nation will unite with a common mission to improve the lives of their neighbors. This national movement is a great opportunity for students to connect with the community through service, learning and leadership.

The CLCE’s goal is to place 100-150 student volunteers with a number of community partners including American Cancer Society, McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge, MacGregor Downs Health and Rehabilitation Center, Making Pitt Fit community garden and several other service sites for the day. Students will leave from Wright Circle on campus at 7:30 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m.

New this year, volunteers will have the opportunity to serve at the New Bern Hurricane Florence Recovery service site. More than 5,000 structures were damaged and 750 homes destroyed, and the cleanup and rebuilding process requires many helping hands. ECU has teamed up with relief agencies to do this work; one of them is Baptists on Mission.

“For the 2018 Make a Difference Day, we look forward to collaborating with our community partners as well as promoting leadership through service and connecting our students to worthwhile service agencies in the community,” said Trina Locklear, graduate assistant for the CLCE. “Also, having recently served at the Hurricane Florence Recovery site, the people impacted are greatly appreciative and the experience was personally enriching.”

ECU students, faculty and staff can learn more about specific activities and the various projects through the Pirates Give portal ( on ECU’s OrgSync website.


-Contact: Alex Dennis, assistant director, Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement,, 252-737-4988

ECU to host Fall Career Fairs for students and alumni

East Carolina University Career Services will host two career fairs on Oct. 17 at the Greenville Convention Center. The College of Engineering and Technology (CET) Career Fair will be held from 9-11 a.m., followed by the Fall Career Fair for all majors from 1-4 p.m.

The CET Career Fair is open to all Engineering and Technology majors or students interested in pursuing a career within these fields. During the two-hour session, students will have the opportunity to connect with more than 100 employers, including both local and national companies. That afternoon, the Fall Career Fair will welcome students of all majors at ECU and feature over 200 employers.

ECU students and alumni have the opportunity to meet potential employers from across the country recruiting for internship, part-time and full-time positions. Both career fairs give attendees the opportunity to create professional contacts and secure interviews with employers from several different industries including science, technology, business, government and healthcare.

“According to recent ECU student survey responses, 93 percent of students that attended a previous career fair discovered at least one employer related to their major or career interests,” said Patrick Roberts, associate director for ECU Career Services. “This shows that we provide a diverse collection of employment opportunities that matches the over 120 majors available at ECU. Our goal is to create opportunities for students to establish relationships with employers that directly relate to their career goals.”

Participating companies at these career fairs include American Tower Corporation, Aramark, Barnhill Contracting Company, BB&T Corporation, Cisco, Credit Suisse, e-Emphasys Technologies, Enterprise Holdings, GEICO, Greenville Utilities Commission, Honda North America South HUB, Horace Mann, Hyster-Yale Group, Lincoln Financial Group, Motion Industries, NAVAIR, NetApp, Novo Nordisk, Patheon, Peace Corps, Peter Millar, T.A. Loving Company, UTC Aerospace Systems, Vidant Health and Youth Villages.

For more information and suggestions on how to prepare for the Career Fairs, visit the Career Services website at


-Contact: Tom Halasz, director for ECU Career Services,, 252-328-6050

ECU to offer part-time hybrid master of social work degree program

Beginning in May, East Carolina University’s School of Social Work will offer a part-time hybrid program for people interested in earning a master of social work degree.

The three-year program will include online, hybrid, and some face-to-face classes that will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays on the ECU campus. The program starts May 13, 2019.

ECU students in the School of Social Work discuss their program with members of the HHP Advancement Council in the Rivers Building.

ECU students in the School of Social Work discuss their program with members of the HHP Advancement Council in the Rivers Building. (Photo by Rhett Butler)

Prospective ECU students must apply for admission by Jan. 8 to be considered for the program. More information is at

Requirements for admission into the MSW program include: a bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate institution; a satisfactory GPA; a satisfactory score on either the MAT or the GRE unless a test waiver is granted; and a broad-based liberal arts foundation with a minimum of six courses in basic social and behavioral science. An advanced standing pathway for BSW graduates and a regular pathway for other undergraduate majors will be offered.

A part-time Rocky Mount class will begin in May 2020, while a part-time New Bern class will begin in May 2021. Each will be hybrid, take three years to complete, and will include some Saturday classes.

For more information on the MSW program and admission procedures, contact the ECU School of Social Work at 252-328-5650, visit the website at or email


-Contact: Paige Averett, director of graduate programs, ECU School of Social Work,, 252-328-4193

ECU one of 18 campuses partnering to address food insecurity in NC

North Carolina Campus Compact has joined forces with Food Lion Feeds to launch a Collegiate Challenge that will mobilize colleges and universities to address hunger in their local communities.

East Carolina University is among a group of 18 geographically diverse schools — including four-year colleges and universities and two-year community colleges — that will host events to raise awareness about hunger in partnership with their local food banks, on-campus pantries and local Food Lion stores.

Winning schools can receive $10,000 for the most engagement and creativity on campus, and a second award of $10,000 will be presented to the campus that collects the most food – adjusted for school size – in a food drive. Funds will support hunger-related initiatives; ECU plans to use the funds to support the Purple Pantry, an on-campus initiative tackling food insecurity among the student population. The Collegiate Challenge began in September and runs through December.

“We are excited to partner with N.C. Campus Compact and these 18 campuses that are already doing so much around food insecurity,” said Pat Taft, community relations manager for Food Lion. “It is a natural fit for us because we are passionate about feeding our neighbors who shop with us and those who may have the difficult task of choosing between rent and gas and groceries. We want to encourage the great work these students are already doing and by supporting their efforts we can broaden the reach of our hunger relief efforts in the towns and cities we serve.”

Hannah Grant

Hannah Grant (Contributed photo)

ECU has selected Hannah Grant, a senior studying social work, to lead the campaign. Grant was selected because of her passion to address hunger and her work this summer with the Purple Pantry. Through this experience, she saw firsthand how food insecurity affects the students at ECU and how it, in turn, affects the whole community. The faculty/staff mentor is Nichelle Shuck, associate director in the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement.

For more information contact Hannah Grant at or follow on social media at @ECUCLCE or #FoodLionFeeds.


-Contact: Nichelle E. Shuck, associate director, Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, 252-328-6979 or

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