Women’s Roundtable Book Club discusses Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’

Members of the ECU Women's Roundtable book club gathered April 9 to discuss Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg.

Members of the ECU Women’s Roundtable book club gathered April 9 to discuss “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

By Jamitress Bowden
ECU News Services

“Sister Talk,” the book club of East Carolina University’s Women’s Roundtable, met April 9 for the second time since its founding fall semester 2013.

The book club is composed of female ECU students who read a selected book focused on the topic of women in leadership. The book club includes mostly Access Scholarship recipients, who once a semester gather in Chancellor Steve Ballard’s residence with Nancy Ballard; Valeria Lassiter, chair of the Women’s Roundtable; Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor of Student Affairs; Marcy Romary, director of Women’s Philanthropy at ECU; and other roundtable members.

At this book club meeting, the women leaned into each other as they discussed lessons and realizations from “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg. Sandberg is the chief operating officer at Facebook. In the book she tells the story of how she embraced leadership throughout her life.

The book was chosen after the club read about Sandberg in last semester’s book, “How Great Women Lead” written by Bonnie St. John and her teenage daughter Darcy Deane.

“As a young woman striving towards leadership positions, I feel alone in some of my experiences and this book reminds me I am in good company with powerful women with similar experience,” said Taylor Waters, ECU junior and member of the book club. Waters said that the women in the book club were insightful and she found the conversation enlightening.

The group is intended to open a dialogue on leadership between the women.

“What I enjoyed most about our discussion is the refreshing feeling of talking to women about real issues and changes that need to be made with women in society,” said Kenya Shakir, ECU junior and member of the book club.

Next semester, the book club will read “The Power of Nice” by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval. Thaler and Koval serve respectively as the chief executive officer and president of the advertising agency Kaplan Thaler Group.

Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor of Student Affairs, was among the Women's Roundtable members present at the meeting of the organization's book club.

Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor of Student Affairs, was among the Women’s Roundtable members present at the meeting of the organization’s book club.

ECU medical students advocate for healthcare system change on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON – Two fourth-year ECU medical students attended the Family Medicine Congressional Conference held April 7- 8 in Washington, D.C.  More than 200 physicians attended the meeting.

Sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Council of Academic Family Medicine, the conference educates participants on family medicine’s legislative priority issues, trains attendees on how to educate lawmakers on Capitol Hill and allows participants to put these skills to use with federal legislators and their staff.  Advocacy is a high priority of AAFP and the CAFM organizations.

As part of the meeting, ECU medical students Katy Kirk and Josh Carpenter and others attending from North Carolina had opportunities to meet with 12 of the state’s 15 congressional delegation members, including Senator Richard Burr, to urge passage of legislation that will maintain access to care for elderly and disabled Americans.  Such legislation would also address the primary care physician shortage by supporting primary care medical education as well as medical school scholarship and loan repayment programs.

Both Kirk and Carpenter will be entering family medicine residency training later this year.  Kirk will be joining the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center Family Medicine Residency program in Phoenix, AZ, and Carpenter will begin his residency with the Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency in Concord, NC.


ECU sculpture professor exhibits work in Australia

By Jamitress Bowden
ECU News Services

Residents ‘Down Under’ got a glimpse of artwork from eastern North Carolina, thanks to the efforts of an East Carolina University sculptor.

Red Center (Contributed photo)

ECU professor Carl Billingsley’s work, Red Center, on display in Australia. (Contributed photo)

Carl Billingsley, professor of sculpture in East Carolina University’s School of Art and Design, had his work featured in Australia twice this school year.

Originally, Billingsley’s proposal for an art installation titled “Red Center” was originally chosen for “Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi” last fall. His participation in the show last fall lead to an invitation to another outdoor show, in a different city.

He was offered an opportunity through the Andrea Stetton Memorial Invitation to have his piece included at Cottesloe Beach in Australia in March. The installation took Billingsley one day to install at Cottesloe Beach, with help from 12 volunteers.

“I like to have my pieces in public rather than in a museum. I think more people have an opportunity to see the work,” said Billingsley. “It’s kind of a big event where people are very aware of it and look forward to it and they go out for it.”

“Red Center” is an installation of red and yellow construction flags. He chose Australia as inspiration for the installation, and a well-known Australian landmark as inspiration for the name. “At the very center of the continent, is this vast stone, which the aborigines call Uluru and colonists call Ayers Rock or Red Stone,” said Billingsley.

A close-up look at the Red Center artwork.

A close-up look at the Red Center artwork.

Billingsley decided to enter an installation instead of the traditional form of sculpture. “This is a relatively new endeavor for me, as a professor of sculpture. I’ve always focused a lot of my attention on very traditional materials.”

Both shows have had more than 500,000 people in attendance.

The Great Recycle offers big rewards for recycling

NOTE: Event has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 17th.

East Carolina University students may find big rewards for recycling beverage containers during The Great Recycle event 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. April 15 at Wright Plaza on campus.

A 12-foot tall recycling bin, like the one pictured above at Times Square in Manhattan, will be set up on Wright Plaza at ECU for The Great Recycle on April 15.

A 12-foot tall recycling bin, like the one pictured above at Times Square in Manhattan, will be set up on Wright Plaza at ECU for The Great Recycle on April 15.

The beverage company Honest Tea is sponsoring the event to boost recycling rates as part of a national recycling initiative. Honest Tea representatives will set up a 12-foot tall blue recycling bin to receive empty beverage containers in glass, plastic, aluminum or plastic.

Rewards range from reusable bags to iPad minis, increasing in value the more beverage containers an individual recycles. Participants who bring in 999 bottles may earn an iPad Mini; a reward for 750 bottles is a Go Pro Camera. Additional rewards available while supplies last include bicycles, skate boards, backpacks, gift certificates, T-shirts, sunglasses, reusable bags, bracelets and stickers.

For additional information about the event, visit www.thegreatrecycle.com.

Film director to screen coastal development film at ECU

Ben Kalina

Ben Kalina

Film director Ben Kalina will discuss his documentary on coastal development at a film screening of “Shored Up,” at 7 p.m. April 22 in Wright Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

“Shored Up” explores the controversial ongoing development of coastal regions in North Carolina and New Jersey despite coastal storms with the power to devastate those communities.

Corbett

Corbett

“When Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, it was a wake up call to a new reality,” said Dr. D. Reide Corbett, ECU professor of geological sciences and senior scientist with the ECU Institute for Coastal Science and Policy. “‘Shored Up’ takes us to the heart of this coastal controversy, following communities in New Jersey and North Carolina where politics, economics and science collide.”

The documentary was filmed over the course of three years in Long Beach Island, N.J. and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Coverage culminated with Hurricane Sandy. The film explores political conflicts and personal stakes of communities along the shore. Information is gathered from scientists, politicians, residents and others to expose major hurdles in coastal management and argue for an immediate change.Shored Up Film Poster

Film director Kalina wrote in his film’s synopsis, “‘Shored Up’ is a look at what happens when we ignore the realities of geology in our drive to inhabit and profit from our coastlines. As the oceans rise and storms flood our towns and cities, we have a choice to make: do we continue to develop as we have in the past, ignoring clear risks and danger? Or, do we allow science to guide our policies for the future…before it’s too late?”

In addition to “Shored Up,” Kalina has produced two award-winning documentaries, “Two Square Miles” and “A Sea Change,” both of which have been nationally broadcast in the U.S. He has won several international awards for his short narrative film, “Diorama.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Departments of Biology, Geography, Planning and Environment and Geological Sciences; the ECU Chapter of The Coastal Society; ECU’s Center for Sustainability; the ECU Division of Research and Graduate Studies; and the ECU Institute for Coastal Science and Policy.

For additional information, contact Corbett at 252-328-1367 or corbettd@ecu.edu.

Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the events.

 — Lacey Gray

 

Volunteers needed for Pirate Alumni Road Race and Fun Run

The East Carolina Alumni Association is seeking volunteers for the seventh annual Pirate Alumni Road Race and Fun Run “Paint It Purple” Edition on Saturday, April 12.

This year, runners will be dusted with purple and gold powder as they race to support ECU scholarships. Many volunteers are needed to throw color on the runners, re-fill color containers, run the registration table, hand out water cups and monitor the course.

Registration in the event is closed after the event reached maximum capacity of 500 runners earlier than anticipated. However, Pirates can still enjoy the event by participating as a volunteer.

Individuals interested in volunteering can study specific assignments and sign up online at http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/4973114040124#/form.

Individual assignments may differ, but volunteers should plan to arrive around 7 a.m. and be done around 11 a.m. The race begins at 9 a.m.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Alumni Scholarship program for ECU undergraduates.

For questions about the event, contact Shawn Moore, director of Alumni Programs, as Shawn.Moore@PirateAlumni.com or at 252-328-5775.

–Jackie Drake

Founder of One Day Apparel to be featured on alumni radio show

East Carolina University 1972 graduate Larry Clapp, who developed garments designed for cancer patients, will be featured on Pirate Radio April 11 at 6 p.m.

Larry Clapp

Larry Clapp

Clapp will be interviewed on “A Pirate’s Life for Me!” on Pirate Radio 1250 and 930 AM, as part of the East Carolina Alumni Association’s weekly radio show.

Clapp and his children designed the garments for his new business, One Day Apparel, after his wife died from cancer. The garments are intended to maintain both the dignity and comfort of patients undergoing chemotherapy. The long-sleeved shirts keep patients covered and warm, while zippered openings offer access for medical instruments sucha s Port-a-Caths or PIC lines placed in the chest or arm.

PrintThe garments are also designed for everyday wear by non-patients, to establish a community of support for those undergoing treatment. One Day Apparel also sells standard short-sleeved and long-sleeved t-shirts, as well as bracelets. All proceeds benefit cancer research. Read more about the business at www.onedayapparel.com/specialty-garment/.

Clapp is also the owner of Austen, Li & Clapp, a design and marketing firm based in Greensboro. He earned his bachelor’s degree in art.

To listen to this episode, tune to Pirate Radio 1250 or 930 AM or listen live online at www.pirateradio1250.com. A Pirate Radio mobile app is also available for download. For those who cannot tune in, the episode will be archived online at PirateAlumni.com.

Questions about A Pirate’s Life For Me!  can be directed to Jackie Drake, assistant director of alumni communications, at 252-328-4902 or Jackie.Drake@PirateAlumni.com.

 — Jackie Drake

Annual Edible Book Festival held at ECU’s Joyner Library

At ECU's annual Edible Book Festival, the "Swiss (Cheese) Family Robinson" submission by Wesley Dills won Best in Show in the adult category. (Submitted photos)

At ECU’s annual Edible Book Festival, the “Swiss (Cheese) Family Robinson” submission by Wesley Dills won Best in Show in the adult category. (Submitted photos)

Joyner Library at East Carolina University hosted the third annual Edible Book Festival March 29.

Eleanor Cook, assistant dirctor for Discovery and Technology Services at the library, said the festival is held each year around the world. The event “celebrates books and culinary craftsmanship that draws upon the creativity of community members,” she said.

Participants decorate edible items that represent some aspect of a book and submitted items are included in a competition. Juried categories include most edible, least edible, wittiest and best in show for youth and adult.

This year’s judges at ECU were Greenville Banks, Jr and Cecilia Moore-Cobb from the Friends of Joyner Library Board of Directors.

In addition, a silent auction featured professional cakes donated by Aramark/ECU and Lowe’s foods. Proceeds form the auction and additional donations go toward the Joyner Library Preservation and Conservation fund, said Lisa Barricella, department head of Monographic Acquisitions & Preservation/Conservation.

“This fund helps to support the purchase of equipment and materials used in Joyner’s conservation labs where technicians conserve books, documents, manuscripts and photographs for long-term access,” Barricella said.

The 2014 Edible Book Festival winners were as follows:

Makayla Gilland poses with her "Horton Hears a Who!” entry, which won for most edible.

Makayla Gilland poses with her “Horton Hears a Who!” entry, which won for most edible.

Most Edible:  “Horton Hears a Who!” by Dr. Seuss, submitted by Makayla Gilland (Youth entry)

Least Edible:  “Fish! Tales” by Stephen Lundin et al., submited by Gloria Bradshaw

Wittiest:  “Cold Mountain” (Dew) by Charles Frazier, submitted by Stephanie Hedgepeth

Best in Show/Youth:  “Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder, submitted by  Walker Bixby

Best in Show/Adult:  “Swiss (Cheese) Family Robinson” by Johann David Wyss, submitted by Wesley Dills.

Winners each received a handcrafted notebook, winner’s ribbon and gift certificate.  Photos of entries may be viewed at https://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/techsrv/edibleabout.cfm

For additional information, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252.328.4090 or wainwrightd@ecu.edu.

— Dawn Wainwright

 

Earth Day Expo at ECU set for April 8

The East Carolina University Center for Biodiversity and Department of Biology will host the annual Earth Day Expo from 4 – 6 p.m. April 8 in Howell Science Complex on campus.earth-day

ECU researchers and non-profit organizations will provide interactive activities and displays on topics related to biodiversity. Children may enjoy live animals and plants, lab activities, natural history story times and additional activities. More than 300 children participated in 2013.

This N.C. Science Festival event is free and open to the public.

In addition, the public is invited to attend a free, evening lecture at 8 p.m. in the Science and Technology Building, Room C307. Dr. Mary Ruckelshaus, managing director of Natural Capital Project, will discuss “Nature of, by, and for the People.” A reception in the 3rd floor atrium of the Science and Technology Building will follow.

For additional information, visit www.ecu.edu/biology/ncbiodiversity or contact Heather Vance-Chalcraft at vancechalcrafth@ecu.edu or 252-328-9841.

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