Category Archives: Dept. News

Stephen Fafulas Co-PI of Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Award

Stephen Fafulas will be Co-principal investigator for a collaborative interdisciplinary investigation on “Assessing levels of nasality among children whose primary language is Spanish.” The PI will be Jamie Perry, Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Allied Health Sciences. They are joined by Lucia Mendez and Yolanda Holt, also of CAHS.

The Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Award is sponsored by the Division of Research and Graduate Studies in partnership with the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Health Sciences to promote collaborations among faculty with complementary expertise that may lead to proposals that will attract extra-mural funding from major grants.

October 24. 2015. Duo Guitano – an evening of Hispanic Music at the Music House

This will be a wonderful and most interesting concert!
Please make reservations today!
Saturday October 24, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Duo Guitiano – an Evening of Hispanic Music, commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month

Carlos Castilla, guitar – Ayumi Nakamae, soprano – Amanda Virelles, piano

Please join the Duo Guitiano, formed by Colombian-American guitarist Carlos Castilla (UNC-Pembroke) and Cuban-American pianist Amanda Virelles (Fayetteville State University) as they perform a program of Hispanic Music, in commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Both Amanda and Carlos started their artistic careers as soloists, finishing bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees from conservatories and universities in Cuba, Colombia, Russia and the United States. With an attractive program, Duo Guitiano specializes in repertoire originally written for piano and guitar, from the 19th century to the present day.
Ayumi Nakamae is a native of Wakayama, Japan. In 2013 she met Carlos at Coastal Carolina Community College where they were both music faculty. In 2014 Ayumi added her voice to the duo and has performed the Hispanic repertoire in North Carolina and Tennessee.
Dr. Nakamae holds BA in Music Education from Wakayama University and MM and DA degrees from Ball State University. She is a faculty member at Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville North Carolina.

Suggested donations:
$20 per concert
Seniors-$15 per concert
Students-$5 per concert

The Music House runs a deficit of approximately $5000.00 per year.
Any donation above the suggested is most appreciated!
Reservations Required!
Email ( ) phone [(252) 367-1892]


John O’Brien
The Music House
408 West 5th Street
Greenville, NC 27834
(252) 367-1892

September 26, 2015. 7pm The Music House. A Reading of Gerda Nischan’s “Letters to a Prisoner of War.”

An evening of reading, literature, history and music of World War II. RSVP to John O’Brien at at least 48 hours in advance if you wish to attend this event. This beautiful, old Victorian Music House is located in Downtown Greenville at 408 West 5th Street.

An evening of reading, literature, history and music of World War II
based on Gerda Nischan’s new book LETTERS to a Prisoner of War
Gerda Nischan, reader – Dr. Michael Gross, historian – Jessie Martin, soprano – John O’Brien, piano
The Letters in this book show what happened during World War II not only to the soldiers fighting on the front, but also to those waiting at home, the families. And, once the war was over, the struggle for survival continued, in the prisoner camps, and at home for the starving families, who waited for the prisoners to come home.
Gerda Nischan was born in Frankenthal in the Palatinate in 1940 and attended local schools until she left for Switzerland in 1958. Later she moved to England to attend an International Language School to further her education. In 1967 she left for the United States to work at the German Consulate in Philadelphia.
After her move to North Carolina she started writing seriously, joined the East Carolina University Poetry Forum; she published many of her poems in Poetry Journals, and started giving readings of her work in the US as well as in Germany. She has been a member of the Society for Contemporary Literature in German (SCALG) for many years and was invited to become a member of the P.E.N. Zentrum International in 2013.
Her book “Briefe an einen Kriegsgefangenen” was published in 2010 by August von Goethe Literaturverlag in Frankfurt. Her first novel in German, “Dieses neue Leben,” was published in 2013, also by the August von Goethe Literaturverlag in Frankfurt. In June 2014 she read her work at the 80-year conference of the P.E.N. International Conference in Los Angeles. She is presently working on her new novel.

Postcard from Paris

Dori St. Amant, Nicolas Medevielle and Marylaura Papalas in the Latin Quarter with students from the study abroad program. MLP: We spoke mainly in French throughout the meal. We all had a really nice time, and I was glad to see that the program is doing so well!