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Bright named associate dean for ECU Brody School of Medicine admissions

Dr. Cedric Bright. (Contributed photo)

Dr. Cedric Bright (Contributed photo)

Cedric M. Bright, associate dean for inclusive excellence at the UNC School of Medicine, has been named associate dean for admissions for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, effective Feb. 4.

Bright will step into the role currently held by Dr. James Peden, who will become associate dean for admissions emeritus effective Feb. 1 and will remain a tenured professor at Brody.

Bright will also serve as a clinical professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. A graduate of the UNC School of Medicine, Bright has served on the UNC School of Medicine faculty since 2011. He also has served as assistant dean for admissions, director of the Office of Special Programs and director of pipeline programs. He previously was an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Duke University.

“We are certainly fortunate to have Dr. Bright join us, bringing his talent, energy and outstanding work in medical school admissions and diversity,” said Dr. Mark Stacy, dean of Brody and vice chancellor for ECU’s Division of Health Sciences. “We look forward to his expertise helping to lead our efforts to ensure the success of tomorrow’s physicians for North Carolina.”

In conjunction with Bright’s efforts to diversify the student body of the UNC School of Medicine, he has led UNC’s Medical Education Development (MED) program, a summer program that provides students from underrepresented backgrounds training and preparation for success in medical or dental school. The program began in 1974 and is funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Since 2004, the MED program has seen more than 1,200 participants, with more than 50 percent gaining entrance into a graduate program. Of the participants, 212 have gone on to become doctors, 90 have become dentists and 124 have graduated with a Master of Science degree.

Bright served as the 112th president of the National Medical Association and is a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and National Medical Fellowships Inc. He was featured in the 2015 AAMC report “Altering the Course: Black Males in Medicine” and participated in a National Academy of Science forum addressing the lack of black males in medicine. He has also led numerous workshops on workforce diversity. In 2017, Bright earned an Award for Distinguished Service in the Health Field from the National Association of Medical Minority Educators.


-by Spaine Stephens, University Communications

ECU opens largest LGBTQ center in the UNC System

East Carolina University opened the new Main Campus Student Center this week. This 220,000-square-foot facility will be the living room for students and will be a central hub for ECU’s nearly 500 student organizations, clubs and groups.

ECU will officially open the Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. on the second floor of the new student center. The Peel LGBTQ Center will be the largest center of its kind in the UNC System.

Dr. Jesse R. Peel

Dr. Jesse R. Peel

Peel, a native of Everetts, shares ECU’s vision of a safe and welcoming environment that promotes understanding, acceptance and visibility of the LGBTQ community. The center features expanded study and lounge areas, staff offices, a conference room and a lending library of more than 500 titles.

ECU first founded the LGBT Resource Office in 2011, and in the last seven years the office has grown to serve more than 7,000 student visits during the academic year. Its educational programming includes a speaker series, the Queer Film Series and annual events such as National Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance and World AIDS Day.

On Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m., the Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center will host a grand opening celebration. Tickets for this event are available at the central ticket office or by calling 252-328-4788.


-Contact: Mark Rasdorf, associate director of the Dr. Peel LGBTQ Center,, 252-737-4451

ECU names new chief audit officer

Wayne Poole

Wayne Poole

Wayne Poole has been named the chief audit officer for East Carolina University’s Office of Internal Audit and Management Advisory Services. He began his duties Jan. 1.

After a national search led by Dr. Robert Orlikoff, dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences, the search committee selected Poole. Poole has served as interim chief since June after former chief audit officer Stacie Tronto retired.

“ECU’s Office of Internal Audit has become a model for the State of North Carolina, and I am confident that Wayne’s experience in this field and his leadership will continue that level of excellence,” said ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton.

Poole first came to ECU in 1998 and joined the Office of Internal Audit in 2005. He had served as associate director since 2008.

“I am honored to serve and lead the outstanding professionals in the Office of Internal Audit,” said Poole. “We have a team of people that cares very deeply for our university and we are proud to play an important role in helping ECU accomplish its mission for the people of North Carolina and beyond. I appreciate Chancellor Staton’s confidence in me to serve in this role.”

During his time as associate director, the office received the highest possible rating from external auditors during the 2016 Institute of Internal Auditors Quality Assurance Review Process. Poole has extensive experience directing and conducting audits, investigations and consultative assignments.

The chief audit officer is responsible for overseeing the staff and responsibilities of the Office of Internal Audit and Management Advisory Services which is an independent function of the university that reports to the chancellor and the ECU Board of Trustees Audit Committee. Internal audit’s services include financial, operational, compliance and information technology reviews; management advisory services; investigation of suspected fraud and abuse; education and training on internal control best practices; and serving as a liaison between the university and external auditors.

Poole received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from ECU and his master’s degree in business administration from Embry-Riddle University. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.


-by Jamie Smith, ECU News Services

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

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