ECU joins in Give Kids a Smile event

ECU dental student Amanda Stroud smiles while getting a hug from five year old Jaden Wilson after she worked on his smile. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

ECU dental student Amanda Stroud smiles while getting a hug from five year old Jaden Wilson after she worked on his smile. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

ECU dental students and student-athletes were among the volunteers at the Give Kids a Smile event Feb. 7 at Eastern Pediatrics and Orthodontics in Greenville.

Volunteers from ECU, along with 20 local dentists, collaborated to treat approximately 140 patients with free dental care, ranging from simple cleanings to more advanced procedures.

Visitors to the event included North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Speaker of the House Thom Tillis and Sen. Louis Pate. ECU coaches Ruffin McNeil and Jeff Lebo were on hand as well.

Patient Breana Williams talks to Stefanie Fresenius from the ECU Women's Track & Field and Cross Country. 

Patient Breana Williams talks to Stefanie Fresenius from the ECU Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country.

Appalachian-style musicians coming to ECU

By Jamitress Bowden and Kathryn Kennedy
ECU News Services

Two multi-talented musicians will perform traditional Appalachian-style music for the East Carolina University community and the public Feb. 10-12.

James Leva and Riley Baugus will host an open class on Appalachian culture from 2-3:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 in Fletcher Recital Hall, room B136. They’ll then present “African American Banjo & Fiddle Artists: Musicians & Music” from 7-9 p.m. that evening in the Fletcher Recital Hall.

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, they’ll host two sessions at the Tipsy Teapot, 409 S. Evans St. The topics are “Round Peak Reflections: Tommy Jarrell and Old-Time Music” from 3-4 p.m. and “Rural Sacred Music: Styles & Songs” from 7-9 p.m.

Their residency will conclude with another open class from 2-3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 in Fletcher B136.

“James and Riley are just incredibly gifted and engaging performers and speakers, with a great deal of experience in all kinds of formal and informal settings,” said Marc Faris, assistant professor of music theory in the ECU School of Music.

“If you’re curious about the roots of American folk and popular music; if you’re interested in learning about the musical traditions of rural religious communities; or if you’re simply looking to expand your musical horizons in unexpected ways, these events are certain to be of interest.”

Their residency is part of an Honors College seminar on “Appalachian Culture,” co-taught by Faris and Leanne Smith, assistant professor in ECU’s Department of English. The seminar focuses on many aspects of the Appalachian culture, including the origin of common stereotypes associated with Appalachia.

“The content in the class will be similar to the evening performances, but we’ll have more time for questions and answer interaction with the artists,” Smith said.

James Leva developed his fiddle and banjo skills at the feet of traditional Appalachian musicians such as Tommy Jarrell and Doug Wallin. Through exploration of the African history rooted in Appalachian music, Leva also worked with Joe Thompson, a traditional African-American fiddler.

Riley Baugus began playing the banjo at a young age and later switched to the fiddle. He grew up in the Baptist community will perform music styles traditional to that community.

The artist residency is sponsored by the ECU Fine Arts Funding Board, Folk Arts Society of Greenville and the ECU Student Forum for Musical Organizations.

Renowned author, ECU alumna to speak

ECU alumna and New York Times bestselling author Sheila Turnage will present “Welcome to Tupelo Landing Population 124 (Minus One – Murder)” from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 8 in Room 221, Mendenhall Student Center.

Turnage

Turnage

Turnage will discuss her 2012 Newberry Honor book “Three Times Lucky” and its new sequel, “The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing.” Both are in the fictitious town of Tupelo Landing, just down the road from ECU.

A question and answer session will follow. The books will be available for purchase and a book signing will be helped from 1 to 4 p.m. in Joyner Library.

For additional information, contact Alan Bailey, Joyner Library, at baileya@ecu.edu or 252-328-6076.

 

ECU grad publishes storybook for young adults

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East Carolina University alumna Richelle Smallwood has published a book for young adults to encourage self-esteem and self-acceptance, particularly in the face of bullying and peer pressure.

Smallwood began work on the book, “Lost and Found: Journey to Self-Discovery,” as an assignment for an integrative seminar course with ECU professor Dr. Paige Averett in the School of Social Work.

Smallwood

Smallwood

She said she hopes the book will motivate her readers and the ECU students who hear about her accomplishment.

“I hope that youthful readers will become inspired and encouraged to be confident in who they are and only harbor positive thoughts about themselves,” she said.

At the same time, she said, “I would love to inspire current students by letting them know that their experience at ECU can go beyond the walls of a classroom.”

Published by Xulon Press, the book is available online through xulonpress.com/bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.

Smallwood is a native of Bear Grass.

Library receives $1,000 donation

 Officers of the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias Domain of North Carolina were at ECU in December to present a donation to Joyner Library. Pictured at the presentation are, left to right, Bill Spade, Joyner Library interim dean Jan Lewis, Manuscripts and Rare Books interim head of service Dale Sauter and Neill Lindsay. (Contributed photo)


Officers of the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias Domain of North Carolina were at ECU in December to present a donation to Joyner Library. Pictured at the presentation are, left to right, Bill Spade, Joyner Library interim dean Jan Lewis, Manuscripts and Rare Books interim head of service Dale Sauter and Neill Lindsay. (Contributed photo)

Joyner Library’s Manuscripts and Rare Books Department received a donation of $1,000 in December from Neill Lindsay and Bill Spade on behalf of the Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias Domain of North Carolina.  Lindsay is grand chancellor and Spade is grand secretary of the organization.

The funds will assist in processing the group’s records collection, housed in the ECU Manuscript Collection. The collection dates back to May 2009 and contacts records (1873-2010) of the fraternal secret society.

Records include biennial and annual reports of local lodges, the records of proceedings for the annual sessions of the Grand Lodge, financial records, constitutions and bylaws, publications and items such as the 1909 Pythian Service Book.

ECU Career Center director on panel of experts

ECU Career Center Director Karen Thompson was included on a panel of experts for the online article, “2014 Predictions for your Wallet,” posted at http://wallethub.com/blog/2014-predictions-for-your-wallet/1345/.

Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson

The Career Center, housed in the ECU Division of Student Affairs, supports students in their career development to help them succeed as professionals in a global community.

Visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentaffairs/career/ for more details on the Career Center.

Celebration kicks off African-American History Month

East Carolina University will kick off its commemoration of African-American History Month with an opening celebration at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in Wright Auditorium. Featured performers include the ZuZu Acrobats from Mombasa, Kenya.ZUZU_LCD[2][1]

Additional events include a presentation and book signing at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 in Hendrix Theatre with Jeanne Theoharis, professor of political science at Brooklyn College. Theoharis will speak about her biography of Parks, who dedicated her life to exposing and eradicating inequality during the Civil Rights Era in the United States. The book is titled, “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks.”

D2FDB5B6-10B8-493A-96DF-1153AA9C8861Theoharis received her B.A. in Afro-American studies from Harvard College and her Ph.D. in American culture from the University of Michigan.

For additional information about the event, contact Dr. Holly Mathews, professor of anthropology, at 328-9452 or mathewsh@ecu.edu.

Additional events scheduled for African-American History Month include are listed below.

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ECU alumnus scores Super Bowl Championship ring

Michael Brooks

Michael Brooks

East Carolina University alumnus Michael Brooks will join the ranks of former ECU Pirate football players who wear a Super Bowl championship ring.

Brooks was on the winning Seattle Seahawks team for the Feb. 2 contest as a rookie defensive lineman.

Originally assigned to the practice squad, 22-year-old Brooks was recently promoted for game play after two players were  injured.

A native of Roxboro, Brooks majored in criminal justice with a concentration in homeland security. ECU Pirates now have five Pirates with a Super Bowl championship ring within the last four years.

Heart teams vital for patient care success

Dr. Michael J. Mack

Dr. Michael J. Mack

By Doug Boyd
ECU News Services

One of the nation’s leading heart surgeons says cardiologists and surgeons should work together as teams to provide the best options and care for patients with cardiovascular disease – an approach that’s already in use at East Carolina University.

Dr. Michael J. Mack, medical director of cardiovascular surgery at Baylor Scott & White Health and chairman of The Heart Hospital at the Baylor Plano Research Center, both in Dallas, spoke Wednesday at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU.

Mack emphasized the need for hospitals to align economically with practitioners and the need for transparency in payment systems, since payment models will be based on the best clinical outcomes. He also noted the need for new ways of teaching younger medical professionals to ensure mastery of surgical techniques.

Mack was speaking at the 12th annual Will Camp Sealy Lecture in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Approximately 250 health care professionals and students attended.

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