Joyner Library celebrates excellence in student research and writing

Joyner Library announced the winners of its annual W. Keats Sparrow Writing Award for student research during an Aug. 23 ceremony held in the Janice L. Faulkner Gallery, located on the second floor of the library.

Sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library, the W. Keats Sparrow Writing Award was named in honor of Dr. W. Keats Sparrow, professor emeritus of English and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The award recognizes excellence in research and writing by students enrolled in English 1100 and 2201 composition classes during the summer and fall of 2016 and spring of 2017 semesters.

“Every August as the fall semester begins, we have the pleasure of recognizing three students whose English composition papers were selected for the W. Keats Sparrow Award,” said Jan Lewis, director for Joyner Library. “It is a wonderful way to start the new academic year and reaffirm the close connections between Joyner Library and the Department of English.”

Eligibility criteria required students’ papers to include a research component using Joyner Library’s resources.

Entries were judged on the quality of the research as well as the quality of the writing by a panel comprised of faculty from the Department of English and Joyner Library. Members of this year’s panel included: Dr. Tracy Ann Morse, director of composition/writing foundations; Grace Horne, teaching instructor, Department of English; and Meghan Wanucha, coordinator of instructional assessment, Joyner Library.

Winning the award for first place — and a $500 prize — was Jasmine M. Perry, in the department of Psychology in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences, for “Homophobic Attitudes in Men.”

“This award means a lot to me,” said Perry. “In my life I have never been first place at anything, so winning this award shows how I have grown as a person, and it shows how dedicated I am to my area of study.”

(Left to right) Grace Horne, Tracy Morse, Jenna Murdock, Jasmine Perry, Meghan Wanucha, and David Hisle. (Photo contributed by Joyner Library.)

(Left to right) Grace Horne, Tracy Morse, Jenna Murdock, Jasmine Perry, Meghan Wanucha, and David Hisle. (Photo contributed by Joyner Library.)

Perry said the inspiration behind her winning paper came from personal experiences with friends and family members that are homosexual.

“I know that ‘coming out’ is a hard thing to do, and it requires a lot of confidence and a strong support system,” she said. “If people around you are homophobic it can lead to emotional turmoil and possibly suicide. I am so empathetic when I hear or read stories about people being bullied or abused due to their sexuality.”

Two additional award winners were:

  • Jenna M. Murdock, majoring in elementary education in the College of Education, in second place — a $300 prize — for “Motivating Students to Read.”
  • Carly E. Shomsky, in the department of Recreation and Leisure Studies in the College of Health and Human Performance, in third place — a $150 prize — for “Sensory Processing Disorder.”

Second-place winner Jenna Murdock said the competition was the perfect opportunity for her to do more research on how to motivate students to read required texts. “I really enjoyed putting this paper together and it was more than just an assignment I completed for a grade,” she said. “I was able to learn so much new and valuable information that will help me become a better teacher in the future.”

“I think it’s wonderful that Joyner Library offers awards and competitions for students,” she said. “It helps further our writing skills and allows us to explore the many resources offered by the library.”

Carly Shomsky, the third-place winner, believes students really benefit from the opportunity to participate in Joyner Libraries awards and competitions. “It not only encourages students to receive good grades, but it also offers them the feeling of accomplishment,” she said.

“This award showed me how far I have come within my writing and as a person. Hard work and determination really do pay off.”

Also deserving recognition are the instructors of the English 2201 sections that produced the winners.  Dr. Tracy Ann Morse was Jasmine Perry’s and Jenna Murdock’s instructor, and Marc Petersen was Carly Shomsky’s instructor.

“This year’s award recipients clearly selected topics relevant to their lives and majors and used the assignment to improve their discipline-based research and writing skills,” said Lewis. “Congratulations to each of them for their outstanding work.”

For more information on how to participate in next year’s awards, contact David Hisle at 328-4978 or by email at


-by Kelly Rogers Dilda, University Communications

ECU bookstore donates to local ALS chapter from sale of T-shirts

East Carolina University’s Dowdy Student Stores and its vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, presented a check for $5,250 to the ALS Association North Carolina Chapter. The check presentation was held Aug. 16 at Clark-LeClair stadium and featured representatives from the ALS Association, Dowdy Student Stores, Perfect Promotions and ECU baseball coach Cliff Godwin.

The money was raised through sales of “Strike Out ALS” T-shirts at ECU Dowdy Student Stores on campus and the souvenir booth at Clark-LeClair Stadium during baseball season. A portion of the sale of each shirt was donated by both Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, N.C.

(Left to right) Dowdy Student Stores Apparel & Merchandise Manager, John Palmer ALS Association North Carolina Chapter Board Chair, Mark Anthony, Down East Walk to Defeat ALS Committee Member, Michael Cotter, ALS Association North Carolina Chapter President & CEO, Jerry Dawson, Dowdy Student Stores Associate Director, Bob Walker, Dowdy Student Stores Director, Bryan Tuten, Perfect Promotions Vice President of Sales Stephen McFadden and Pirate Baseball Coach Cliff Godwin. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

(Left to right) Dowdy Student Stores Apparel & Merchandise Manager, John Palmer, ALS Association North Carolina Chapter Board Chair, Mark Anthony, Down East Walk to Defeat ALS Committee Member, Michael Cotter, ALS Association North Carolina Chapter President & CEO, Jerry Dawson, Dowdy Student Stores Associate Director, Bob Walker, Dowdy Student Stores Director, Bryan Tuten, Perfect Promotions Vice President of Sales Stephen McFadden and Pirate Baseball Coach Cliff Godwin. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Dowdy Student Stores director Bryan Tuten said he was pleased that the Pirate Nation fan base was so supportive of the shirts. “Pirate fans have always been supportive of the cause-related T-shirts sold through our store on campus,” said Tuten. The university-owned and operated bookstore also sells fund-raising T-shirts for military appreciation and pediatric cancer awareness during the fall semester.

Perfect Promotions vice president of sales Stephen McFadden is also proud to play a role in the effort. As a vendor of Dowdy Student Stores and an ECU alumnus, McFadden enjoys partnering with the store on projects that give back to the local community.

Over the past three years, the collaboration between Perfect Promotions and Dowdy Student Stores has generated more than $35,000 for a variety of local charities. The next “Cool Tee for a Cause” will come out in late August and will benefit pediatric cancer awareness. According to Dowdy merchandise manager John Palmer, it will be a gold T-shirt, perfect for the Paint it Gold football game.

ECU’s bookstore is a self-operated, university-run store. It receives no state funding. Instead, the campus bookstore maintains its services through sales. Profits are then directed back to campus through scholarship contributions and a variety of other donations to campus projects.

Attending the check presentation (left to right) were ECU Dowdy Student Stores apparel and merchandise manager John Palmer, ALS Association North Carolina Chapter board chair Mark Anthony, Down East Walk to Defeat ALS committee member Michael Cotter, ALS Association North Carolina chapter president & CEO Jerry Dawson, ECU Dowdy Student Stores associate director Bob Walker, ECU Dowdy Student Stores director Bryan Tuten, Perfect Promotions vice president of sales Stephen McFadden and ECU baseball coach Cliff Godwin.


Dowdy Student Stores: Bryan Tuten, Director, (252) 328-6731 and Leslie Craigle, Marketing Director, (252) 737-1310

Grant funds energy needs, education at community center

Dr. Ranjeet Agarwala (top left) and students at the Lucille Gorham Intergenerational Center test solar panels and a portable power station. (Photos by Erik Panarusky)

Dr. Ranjeet Agarwala (top left) and students at the Lucille Gorham Intergenerational Center test solar panels and a portable power station. (Photos by Erik Panarusky)

The Lucille Gorham Intergenerational Community Center will soon have some help with its electrical needs thanks to the sun, students and faculty in the East Carolina University College of Engineering and Technology, and a Constellation E2 Energy to Educate grant.

CET students partnered with the center to study its needs, equipment, appliances and layout, then conducted an energy audit to calculate the total energy consumption and the rate of energy consumption on a daily and monthly basis, said Dr. Ranjeet Agarwala, assistant professor in the Department of Technology Systems.

“We had originally talked about putting solar panels on the roof,” Agarwala said, but based on the center’s needs, a more portable and adaptable system was chosen.

The $37,500 grant funded the purchase of 18 100-watt solar panels and nine portable power stations. Each power station can be charged from the solar panels and can provide power for anything from charging a cell phone to running a refrigerator.

Deborah Moody, director of LGCC, said the center’s campus includes six buildings, so the flexibility of the portable systems made perfect sense.

“We wanted it to be simple and never have an excuse not to use it,” she said.

The panels and power packs can be used during outdoor events, instead of running extension cords everywhere. They will also allow the center to function during power outages.

“Last year when we had the hurricane, we still had to come in because the community still has needs,” Moody said. “But we didn’t have any power in the building. So this would allow us to charge our laptops and go to work like we usually do.”

Agarwala shows students at the Lucille Gorham Intergenerational Center how the unit can power a computer.

Agarwala shows students at the Lucille Gorham Intergenerational Center how the unit can power a computer.


In addition to offsetting daily energy consumption needs, powering events and emergency use, there’s an educational component. The center has STEM-based after-school and summer programs, and the students will be able to learn about topics ranging from energy conservation to converting units of power.

Each power station has multiple AC and DC outlets, as well as a digital display showing energy input and usage. The panels and the power stations can be connected in different combinations depending on specific energy needs.

During a demonstration of the equipment, the students were able to see how much energy was being generated by the solar panels and the impact of shadows, as well as the amount of energy drawn by a charging cell phone.

“It’s exciting to watch the kids light up,” Moody said. “We want to get them excited and interested in these fields to prime them and train them, and then have them grow up and contribute to the community.

“We also want the youth to help us think of other ways to use these to help save energy. And then they’ll become advocates at home with their parents, and tell them, ‘These are things we can do to save energy in the house.’”

The LGCC opened in 2007 and is operated through a partnership between ECU, the City of Greenville and Pitt Community College. Constellation’s E2 Energy to Educate grants fund student projects focusing on energy science, technology and education.

The solar panels and power stations, funded by an E2 Energy to Educate grant from Constellation, will be used for events, emergency power and daily energy needs at the center.

The solar panels and power stations, funded by an E2 Energy to Educate grant from Constellation, will be used for events, emergency power and daily energy needs at the center.


By Jules Norwood

ECU’s School of Art and Design to host first art exhibit of academic year Aug. 21-Sept. 23

The School of Art and Design at East Carolina University will host an art exhibit of faculty and graduate student work titled “Is This the World We Created?” beginning Aug. 21.
A reception to honor the artists will be held Friday, Sept. 1, from 5 until 8 p.m. in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery, where the artwork will be on display through Sept. 23.

The exhibit will feature ceramics, graphic design, illustration, drawing, metal design, painting, photography, film, printmaking, sculpture and textile design.

ECU features the largest and most diverse studio art program in North Carolina and is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design with faculty enjoying an international reputation in both the studio arts and scholarly endeavors.

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery is located in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center on the ECU campus.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is closed for all university holidays. The center is handicapped accessible.

For more information, contact Tom Braswell, interim gallery director, at 252-328-1312 or visit


Photos of artwork available by contacting: Tom Braswell, 252-328-1312,

Joyner Library exhibits photographic workings of environmental movements

Joyner Library is hosting the exhibit “Cry Ecology: Gibson Lemon and the Beeline Highway” in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery on the second floor of the library. On display from Aug. 8 through Oct. 24, the exhibit showcases a collection of photography based on two bodies of work by Linda Adele Goodine, Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor for the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University.

“Personally, I am drawn to her work because of its visual appeal as well as the deeper concepts that she explores in regards to how we manipulate land for our own ambitions and ideals,” said Charlotte Fitz-Daniels, programs and events coordinator for Joyner Library.

Goodine’s work has appeared in more than 40 solo exhibitions with a substantial national and international exhibition presence. She is also the recipient of 27 grants and fellowships.

“Cry Ecology is a conversation to be heard about the importance of our environment in which we live and why we should take better care of it,” Goodine explained. “The color and the inclusion of animals and plants were very calculated and constructed to talk about hierarchies and how we treat various aspects of living things, whether they are produced as a commodity or whether they are wild.”

Bella Hawk (contributed photo)

Bella Hawk (contributed photo)

“One unlucky rabbit became the impetus for my first still life,” she said of her Gibson Lemon series. “A click of the shutter, and an image emerged of a contemporary culture in transition, attempting to reconcile the cultivation of nature with the politics of production and eradication.”

In the New Zealand images, also part of the Gibson Lemon series, Goodine says she fashions a constructed still life in one frame, layering foreground, middle ground and background to create a relevant historical, social and cultural document.

“In New Zealand, as in the United States, nature is continuously manipulated for display and consumption,” she said. “My project explores the remaking of the contemporary material world through the metaphor of sustainable farming.”

In her Beeline Highway series, Goodine says she wants to investigate, present and create a dialogue about the loss of balance between technology, agriculture, commerce and conservation in the Everglades.

“The themes explored in Beeline Highway continue my earlier interest in America’s relationship to land and nature,” she explains. “As nature continues to be manipulated for display and consumption in many parts of the United States, the Florida Everglades represents a landscape at odds with the politics and challenges of production. It is my hope that these images of nature’s survival under the assault of modernity may inspire those who hope and work for its preservation.”

“We are excited to feature the work of Linda Adele Goodine, Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor at Joyner Library,” said Heather White, assistant director for assessment and engagement. “Her exhibition of large, lush photographs is an impressive and exquisite display of work.”

Joyner Library will also hold a reception with artist remarks on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 5-7 p.m. in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery.

Contact: Charlotte Fitz Daniels, Joyner Library programs and events coordinator, 252-328-0287,


-by Kelly R. Dilda, University Communications 

ECU researcher will use NEH grant to work with student veterans

An East Carolina University faculty member has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant of almost $65,000 to work with student veterans over a two-year period.

Dr. Anna Froula, associate professor of film studies, designed a two-week Soldier to Scholar bridge program to bring together war scholars and student veterans who will begin their studies at ECU this fall.

Froula’s team includes fellow English department faculty members Dr. Andrea Kitta, associate professor of multicultural and transnational literature, and Zack Perkinson, U.S. Army veteran and teaching instructor, as well as Nicole Jablonski, assistant director of ECU’s Student Veteran Services, and Dr. Jonathan Vincent, assistant professor of English at Towson University.

As part of the program starting Aug. 7, Froula’s team will cultivate discussions about war experience through the study of humanities texts with 15 new student veterans. Participants will study works including World War I poetry and novels, films from World War II and the Iraq war and the soundtrack from “Hamilton: The Musical.” Topics will include memory and memorialization, gender and war, homecomings, military folklore and veterans’ narratives, and representations of veterans in popular culture. An orientation component will focus on the transition from military culture to university culture and prepare participants for academic success.

“This class will provide incoming student veterans with an amazing opportunity to start their education at ECU in a supportive environment surrounded by their peers,” Jablonski said. “But, more importantly, it provides time to unpack their military experience in an accessible and supportive manner.”

Out of 73 proposals to the NEH’s Dialogues on the Experience of War program, 15 were funded including a second award of almost $98,000 to ECU that Froula worked on this July in Saipan with project director Dr. Jennifer McKinnon, associate professor of history in the maritime studies program, and Dr. Anne Ticknor, associate professor of literacy studies in the College of Education. Both proposals, part of the NEH’s Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War initiative, raise questions about civilian obligations to service personnel, the necessity of understanding veteran experiences, and wars and their aftermaths. The initiative stresses the importance of the humanities in working through the experience of war.

Froula’s research encompasses veterans’ stories and their representations in popular culture. Most recently, she co-edited a volume on television series about war. She is the granddaughter of a World War II veteran, the daughter of a Vietnam veteran, and the cousin of an Iraq War veteran. Since 2015, she has served as the faculty sponsor of ECU’s chapter of the Student Veterans of America—the Pirate Veterans Organization.

“As a citizen, I am concerned about how few public conversations we have about our veterans, the wars in which they fight and our responsibilities to them when they return,” Froula said. “I am excited to develop this program and to help facilitate a supportive learning cohort that will support each other and fellow veterans throughout their time at ECU.”

“With her research background in the representations of war service, trauma and returning veterans in popular culture, and her record of service with veterans here at ECU, Dr. Froula is the ideal facilitator for this important new program,” said Dr. Marianne Montgomery, chair of the ECU English department. “I am thrilled that the NEH recognizes the central role of the humanities in helping veterans unpack the experience of war, and I look forward to welcoming the first Soldier to Scholar cohort in August.”

NEH reviewers of Froula’s proposal remarked on the potentially profound impact for participants and the suitability of ECU as a hosting university, given its ongoing support of student veterans through its Student Veterans Services office. Since launching the Standing Together initiative in 2014, the NEH has awarded more than $7.7 million for humanities projects that serve veterans and help them share their experiences.

For more information about the ECU English department, visit

For more information about Student Veterans Services, visit


Contact: Dr. Anna Froula, 252-328-6663,

Host named new leader at School of Theatre and Dance

Jayme Host brings an infectious enthusiasm and high energy as the new director of the School of Theatre and Dance at East Carolina University.

She said she was drawn to the school because of its exceptional faculty, quality of students and stellar reputation.

“The theater world and the dance world is small, so you know where excellence resides,” Host said. “I’m excited to be in this position.”

Host brings 22 years of higher education experience to ECU, previously serving as professor and program head at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania.

“Jayme comes to us with a great deal of experience in arts leadership,” said Dr. Chris Buddo, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. “In particular, she has been very active in building arts-based curricula and programs.”

Jayme Host (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Jayme Host (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Host has extensive experience in accreditation, fiscal sustainability and facilities and production management.

She said she maintains an “umbrella vision” to keep track of internships, academics and the ever-shifting job market for her students. “I hope to be a bridge from their collegiate life to professional life,” Host said.

Host will be the school’s third director since it began in 1963.

“Jayme is coming to us at a time of significant change for the School of Theatre and Dance,” Buddo said. “She has a record of being a force for positive change wherever she has been, and I am confident that she will be able to take our program to the next level. I am thrilled to have a her as a member of our college leadership team.”

Host served as a consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education and worked with the Maryland State Board of Education. As a teaching artist, she held residencies with the Maryland Artist Teacher Institute, the Prince George’s County Artist Teacher Institute, the 21st Century Teaching Institute and the Global Arts Integration Network.

She taught in residence at the Riverside International School in Prague, Czech Republic in 2016 and was invited to return as their dance scholar-in-residence.

“I’m an educator and artist at heart,” Host said.

She choreographed for the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company of Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as the Momentum Dance Company from Panama. The University of Maryland-College Park commissioned her piece, “The Decadent Ball,” which was selected for performance on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

A Sunbury, Pennsylvania, native, Host earned her bachelor’s degree at Goucher College and a master’s at the University of Utah. In addition to performing modern dance internationally, she taught at Goucher and was a certified dance teacher for a performing arts magnet high school in Baltimore County, Maryland, before joining Lock Haven.

Host and her husband, Andrew, have three children, Tanner, Talia and Jack.

(Some information provided from “Revue,” the College of Fine Arts and Communication annual publication).

–by Crystal Baity

ECU Panhellenic leadership receives national excellence award

The Panhellenic Council at East Carolina University has been recognized this summer by its national organization as a recipient of the College Panhellenic Excellence Award.

ECU is one of only 20 college campuses, and the only recipient in North Carolina, to receive the award July 28 from the National Panhellenic Conference, one of the largest advocacy organizations for women.

The Panhellenic Council is the largest women’s organization on ECU’s campus. It is the governing body of the National Panhellenic Conference sororities at ECU and one woman from each organization is elected to serve on the Panhellenic Executive Council. The group provides events and programming to help promote unity amongst its members and promote excellence in academics, community and campus involvement.

The 20 campuses receiving the Excellence Award met all seven criteria for excellence and achievement in their work to advance the sorority experience. Those areas are recruitment, Panhellenic structure, communication with NPC area advisor, judicial procedures, Panhellenic programming, academics, and Panhellenic community impact and relations.

“We are so tremendously proud of our Greek women and appreciative to the National Panhellenic Conference for this recognition,” said John Mountz, ECU director for Greek Life. “We strive for excellence in everything we do and believe the Greek community can positively impact a campus and community. This recognition is proof that this is happening at East Carolina.”

ECU has the second largest Greek Life community in the state of North Carolina, public or private, with more than 3,200 students affiliated. Ten of ECU’s 43 Greek chapters make up the Panhellenic Council.

In 2014, ECU received the Achievement Award from NPC. National Panhellenic Conference sororities are located on 670 campuses with more than 380,000 members worldwide. For more information about NPC, visit

For more information, contact John Mountz, ECU Greek Life director, at (252) 328-4235.


Contact: John Mountz, Greek Life director at ECU,, Telephone: (252) 328-4235

Camps give children a chance to explore art, science, drama

Drawing, painting, acting, writing and science took center stage recently as school-age children attended one of two day camps held on East Carolina University’s campus.

The 2017 STEAM and Drama summer camps were held July 17-22.

Children in kindergarten through 12th grade got to learn about scientific illustration, Stixsplosions!, pendulum painting, 3-D printing, ceramics, bookmaking, digital photography, nature printing and filmmaking at the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Art or STEAM camp.

Kindergartners make boxes from a sheet of paper. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Kindergartners make boxes from a sheet of paper. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Emily Benson, an ECU senior majoring in art education from Kinston, was one of the teachers for the STEAM camp.

“I just realized how much fun the kids have with any project,” Benson said. “I realized how much they love learning.”

Director of the STEAM camp Robert Quinn said he was excited about his art education students getting hands-on experience with the younger learners and delivering fun learning experiences.

Noah Blumenstein, a second-grade student at St. Peter’s Catholic School, said his favorite part of the STEAM camp was getting to make a guitar and learning how to etch.

At drama camp, children learned about performance, movement, playwriting, self-expression, self-confidence, group work and celebrating each other’s accomplishments.

Drama Camp instructor Rachel Hutzenbiler works on an improvisation exercise at the Messick Theater Arts Center on Monday, July 17, 2017. (Photo by Rhett Butler)

Drama Camp instructor Rachel Hutzenbiler works on an improvisation exercise at the Messick Theater Arts Center on Monday, July 17, 2017. (Photo by Rhett Butler)

“We celebrate the imagination through the process of theatre,” said Patch Clark, director of the camp.

Cameron Bowen, a rising eighth-grader at Hope Middle School, said her favorite activity was practicing for the “Final Share,” a play put on by the campers and performed on Saturday morning for parents, family members and the community to show what the campers learned throughout the week.

Morgan Boyce, a rising seventh-grader at Arendell Parrott Academy, said her favorite part of the week was making puppets and learning more about movement.

Greenville native Alex Munn, an ECU junior theatre arts major with a dual concentration in both design and production focusing on properties and youth theatre, has enjoyed his time working with the kids.

Children in a K-2 Drama Camp class participate in a story during camp. (Photo by Rhett Butler)

Children in a K-2 Drama Camp class participate in a story during camp. (Photo by Rhett Butler)

“To actually work as a teacher was a very eye-opening job,” Munn said.

Munn attended the camp before he enrolled in the School of Theatre and Dance and wanted to be apart of the camp this year to keep the tradition going, he said.


-by Bre Lewis

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