Monthly Archives: December 2012

New German Fund

I know solicitations for contributions abound this time of year, but I just had to share the good news my colleagues and I received this morning. As of today, ECU’s German program now has its own 501(c)(3) fund to support German Studies here in Eastern North Carolina and to which anyone can make a tax-deductible contribution!

With this fund, ECU’s German program will now be able to provide qualified German majors and minors with a stipend for study in a German-speaking country, to present their original research at academic conferences, or to pursue advanced undergraduate study in German Studies in North America (some institutions such as Princeton periodically offer relevant summer seminars for highly qualified undergraduates). The fund will also help our program host German-related cultural events on and off campus, including in local schools that otherwise have no offerings in German language or culture.

If you would like to support our program and its students with a tax-deductible gift, you can do so in two easy ways, and your employer may even match your contribution (many companies have such a policy):

1. online, by credit card (you’ll need to type in “German Studies Fund” next to **Other Fund on the form because we’re not on the pull-down menu yet):

2. by check (made out to ECU Foundation, Inc., with German Studies Fund in the memo line), and mailed to:
Ms. Jennifer Tripp
Major Gift Officer
Greenville Centre, Suite 1100
Mail Stop 301
East Carolina University
Greenville NC 27858-4353

If you have questions about this fund or its objectives, please do not hesitate to contact me (my information is below). In the meantime, and on behalf of my colleagues, I wish you frohe Festtage und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!

Mit bestem Dank

Prof. David Smith

Jan. 19 – March 9, 2013. World Affairs Forum: Great Decisions

ECU Hosts Ninth Year of International Affairs Forum

The Great Decisions Program, now in its ninth year at ECU and co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina (WAC-ENC), will run for eight consecutive Saturdays beginning January 19, 2013 through March 9. Sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Rivers West Building auditorium on the ECU campus.

The program consists of a series of lectures by academic and professional experts. Topics of discussion will include Threat Assessment, China in Africa, Myanmar and Southeast Asia, the Future of the Euro, Egypt, NATO, Iran, and Intervention.

Full-time ECU students, staff and faculty may attend for free and purchase the program book for $19. For the general public, the fee is $37 for all eight sessions and includes membership in the WAC-ENC. The textbook is $19. Individual sessions are $6. To register for the series, visit the Great Decisions web site at

For additional information, contact Dr. Sylvie Debevec Henning at 252-328-5520 or Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to each event.