ECU to host National History Day

More than 250 middle and high school students are expected to participate March 30 in the regional National History Day competition at East Carolina University.

Judging at the event, themed “Debate and Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, Consequences” will begin at 10 a.m. in Mendenhall Student Center. The public is invited to attend, said Chad Ross, teaching assistant professor of history.

“You’ll see the excitement and energy in these kids’ faces,” said Ross, who is in his third year of organizing the event.

The regional NHD will draw students from counties east of Interstate 95. Winners will proceed to the state competition in Raleigh, which precedes the national contest in College Park, Md.

More than half a million students nationwide participate annually in NHD by writing papers or preparing exhibits, performances, websites or documentaries.

NHD helps students across the country develop critical thinking, research and presentation skills. It also fosters self-esteem and helps develop a sense of responsibility for an involvement in the democratic process.

A study released in January found that students who participated in National History Day perform better on high-stakes tests, are better writers, more confident and capable researchers, and have a more mature perspective on current events and civic engagement than their peers.

The ECU Department of History sponsors the regional contest as part of its efforts to interact with the community and bring history to people, Ross said.

To learn more about National History Day and the March 30 event, contact Chad Ross, Ph.D., teaching assistant professor of history, at 252-328-6089 or rossch@ecu.edu. More information can also be found at http://www.nhd.org.

Art, design, chairs on display

The Joyner Library 4th Annual ECU Faculty Art & Design Exhibition is on display through May 7 in the second floor exhibit gallery in the library. An opening reception will be held at  5 p.m. March 17. To attend the reception, send RSVP by March 14 to joynerRSVP@ecu.edu.

In addition, through March 30, Joyner Library will host an exhibit featuring 29 chairs from the 18th and 19th centuries in the Veryona Joyner Langford North Carolina Collection. The exhibit is entitled “Have a Seat: Early Turned Chairs of the Tar and Roanoke River Basins.”

 

Digital exhibit earns award

In an image from the Seeds of Change exhibit, an East Carolina College instructor shuffles through cards as students type during a typing contest in March 1962. (Contributed photo)

Joyner Library received the 2010 Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services for production of the online digital exhibit, “Seeds of Change: The Daily Reflector Image Collection.”

The $3,000 award is presented for development of imaginative and unique resources to meet patrons’ reference needs.

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Digital exhibit earns award

In an image from the Seeds of Change exhibit, an East Carolina College instructor shuffles through cards as students type during a typing contest in March 1962. (Contributed photo)

Joyner Library received the 2010 Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services for production of the online digital exhibit, “Seeds of Change: The Daily Reflector Image Collection.”

The $3,000 award is presented for development of imaginative and unique resources to meet patrons’ reference needs. Seeds of Change includes more than 7,500 digitized images, multimedia files and documents that illustrate trends and development in eastern North Carolina between 1949 and 1967. The images came from photographic negatives used in the Greenville newspaper, The Daily Reflector. Provided in the exhibit is a history of Pitt County and Greenville during this timeframe, as written by ECU history professor Christopher Oakley.

Exhibit development was supported in part through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The exhibit is available at http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/reflector/.

This collection is part of Joyner Library Digital Collections, available at http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/.

Grant aids study of prostate cancer protein

With the help of a grant of more than $400,000, Dr. Maria Ruiz-Echevarria is looking at ways a protein could help the prognosis, treatment and/or, detection of prostate cancer.  Ruiz-Echevarria, a scientist and assistant professor of hematology/oncology, received the three-year, $423,803 grant from the National Institutes of Health in December. The funds will help her and her team determine the role of the TMEFF2 protein in prostate-specific tumor development. TMEFF2 is a protein involved in prostate cancer.

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Service honored with Hall of Fame induction

Dr. Sylvia Brown, dean of the ECU College of Nursing, speaks during the Hall of Fame celebration Feb. 25. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Significant contributors to nursing education, administration, research and practice were honored Friday as 40 nurses were inducted to the inaugural Hall of Fame in the East Carolina University College of Nursing.

More than $40,000 raised through the creation of the Hall of Fame will support a new fund to provide merit-based scholarships for nursing students.

“Our legacy of excellence will continue with the scholarships,” said Dr. Sylvia Brown, dean of the College of Nursing. 

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View a slideshow from the ceremony at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/poe/Nursing-Hall-of-Fame-Slides.cfm.

College of Business new concentration

Directed by Brenda Wells, an insurance expert who holds a Ph.D. in risk management and insurance from the University of Georgia, ECU’s risk management and insurance concentration is a direct result of partnerships with industry professionals. More than 40 students have already enrolled.

“Risk management is a broad academic field, which can include traditional insurance-related risk management — earthquakes, hurricanes, fire, life, health, and retirement planning — as well as financial risk, such as interest, exchange rates, and credit,” Wells said.

“Not only do we teach our students the nuts and bolts of business at ECU, we also hone the skills essential for success in the business world. Our graduates will enjoy successful careers at companies large and small and are well prepared to enter all facets of the insurance industry.”

Officials also announced a collaboration between ECU and The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, which will allow students to earn the University Associate Certified Insurance Counselor designation through their coursework ‒ giving an important head start on earning the prestigious Certified Insurance Counselor designation.

Students in the program also participate in industry-specific conferences throughout the year, including the annual conference of the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina. Important decision makers in the industry visit campus throughout the year, such as North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance Wayne Goodwin, who spoke to the ECU Society of Risk Management and Insurance in 2010.

The kickoff celebration included a visit by national insurance executive Bob Restrepo, chairman, president and CEO of State Auto Insurance Companies. Restrepo welcomed students to the insurance industry at a presentation sponsored by the Beta Gamma Sigma Distinguished Lecture Series.

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