Miles Receives Award for GAME P.L.A.Y.

Gera Miles, a Teaching Instructor with ECU’s English department, and his co-creator, Dion Dail, received the WNCT-TV Southern Stars Award for their GAME P.L.A.Y. initiative.

P.L.A.Y. (Police, Life, and Youth) brings together local youth and law-enforcement officers. In 2018, GAME P.L.A.Y. received the best-irons humanitarian award from the Human Relations Council in Greenville.

“Everybody loves to play video games or just games in general,” said Miles. “By doing so, they are going to increase respectful interaction and also build trust with one another and that’s one of the key things about the event is to build trust between the police and teens because they need each other.”

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Recent Graduate Peed Featured on ECU News Service

Nataja “Tay” Peed (BA ’18) was recently profiled on the ECU News Service.

Peed credits her time at interning with the North Carolina Literary Review “[It] was one of the best decisions I made in my college career. It taught me a lot about my work ethic, and it gave me peace of mind that after graduating, I could find a similar job and love what I’m doing.”

Read more about Peed’s time at ECU here —

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Hallberg Discusses ECU’s Recent Graduate in Daily Reflector

Teaching Associate Professor Christy Hallberg was quoted in the Daily Reflector discussing her experience working with Steve Dellinger, a very non-traditional University Studies student, who returned to ECU to complete his degree after 50 years away from the university.

Hallberg discusses Dellinger’s work — “I remember telling him several weeks back, ‘You might want to wrap this up. You don’t have to do all this. You’re not writing a dissertation. But he was determined to cover the topic. I’ve never seen a final research paper that is that exhaustive, that long.”

Read the article here:

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PhD Candidate Kruschek Publishes Article

PhD Candidate Gina Kruschek’s article “Stigma in the Comments Section: Feminist and Anti-Feminist Discussions Online” has been accepted for publication in Computers and Composition. C&C is an international journal devoted to exploring the use of computers in writing classes, writing programs, and writing research; it has a 43.8% acceptance rate.

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Hallberg Award Winner Gives Reading

Walker Reads from her StoryRachael M. Walker read her work, “A Small Seed of Fate Carried Inside Me,” at the annual Bill Hallberg Creative Writing Award Reading on Wednesday, November 14th. This year’s genre was creative nonfiction.

Each year, the Department of English presents a prize to an outstanding piece of literature written by an undergraduate in N.C., V.A., T.N., or S.C. Ms. Walker was a student at Hollins University in V.A. when the essay was written.

The award was created to honor Hallberg, who was a former ECU creative writing professor.

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Professor Hoppenthaler Travels to Morocco

John reads at the ConferenceLast April, ECU English and Creative Writing Professor John Hoppenthaler took a trip to Morocco, where he was a featured reader at the Annual Alhamra Center for Culture and Thought Prose Poetry Symposium in Marrakech. He also traveled to Tamri, a small Berber fishing village in the north, where he visited, read poems and answered questions for high school students in the school’s English club. He later met the superintendent of English classes in Morocco, Abdellatif Zoubair, and learned of the successful English Club program he began some years ago. Morocco is a place where knowledge of the English language truly is power and does open all sorts of opportunities for these students. He was able to identify several ways our faculty and students can help these students, and Hoppenthaler intends to roll these out in the coming months. John thinks valuable ties can be established that will be of great benefit to ECU students as well as the English learning students in Morocco.

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John with students at Azzatoine High School, Tamri

Dr. Nikki Caswell Inducted to Hall of Fame

Dr. Nikki Caswell was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at her alma mater, Kent State University. The award is “the highest honor bestowed upon a former student who graduated within the last ten years from a program within the college. The award recognizes an alumnus who has achieved extraordinary distinction in a career rooted in education, health, and human services.”

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Professor Bob Siegel’s play premiers at NY Fringe Festival

Robert Siegel's New Play

Bob Siegel’s new play Stranger than a Rhino was featured during the Oct. 12-20 The New York International Fringe Festival.

A director with a reputation for restaging classics takes on Ionesco’s Rhinoceros turning the play inside out to reflect current societal fears of Muslims. A neophyte lands the role of the protagonist. Another cast member begins to wonder about his stake in this play. As rehearsals progress and the new Rhino emerges, the tension between cast and the play, especially our mysterious neophyte, brings the play to a startling conclusion about our recent past.

“This is in no way an adaptation. It is a tip of the hat but a wholly original absurdist farce/drama,” stated playwright Robert Siegel. “The subject is so serious that the only way I could come at it is to try and make an audience laugh at first, then ask themselves what they’re laughing at, and hopefully think about our history and place in the world.”

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