Beyond Bricks & Mortar: Revisiting the Sycamore Hill Community

December 28, 2016
WITN – Channel 7 – 6pm news
Forgotten Greenville community gets history preserved

December 28, 2016
WNCT– Channel 9 – 6pm news
Beyond Bricks and Mortar to piece together Greenville Town Common’s past

December 28, 2016
The Daily Reflector – Front Page
Project saving memories from Sycamore Hill

About the Project:
“Beyond Bricks and Mortar” is a photography project led by Joyner Library at East Carolina University which seeks to document the people who resided in the former neighborhood adjacent to the historic Sycamore Hill Baptist Church. This project hopes to illustrate the concept that community is much more than the mere bricks and mortar used to construct our homes. While we are connected to the land, the ties that bind are often found in human connection. Photos produced from the project will be presented in a physical exhibition giving citizens the opportunity to learn about the historic Sycamore Hill Baptist Church and the predominately African American community that was displaced by economic redevelopment in the 1960’s. Furthermore, the images will be archived in our digital collection housed and maintained here at Joyner Library. The project is supported by a North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Grant and the Friends of Joyner Library.

The project will photographically document former Sycamore Hill Community members or their descendants, with photographs taken as close to the original site of their residence as possible, likely on the grounds of the current Town Common site.

These photographs will be a part of an exhibition at the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery located at Joyner Library at East Carolina University starting in January 2017 through March 5, 2017.  In addition, historical images of Sycamore Hill Baptist Church and surrounding neighborhood from the Joyner Library Greenville Collection will also be included in the exhibition. The project will include a free community celebration event honoring the exhibition on Friday, March 3, 2016 from 5pm until 7pm.

For more information please contact:
Heather White
Assistant Director for Assessment & Engagement
Joyner Library – East Carolina University
(252) 328-2870

Music Library Renovation Celebration

Friday, January 20th, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
A.J. Fletcher Music Center


Jan Lewis, Director, Academic Library Services

David Hursh, Head, Music Library

John O’Brien, Professor, School of Music

Performance of “An die Musik” by John O’Brien (piano) and Joseph Morris (baritone)

Joseph Morris, Student, School of Music

Chris Ulffers, Director, School of Music

Shelby Strother, Chair, Joyner Library Advancement Council



Joyner Library Spring Banquet to feature local, award-winning chef Vivian Howard

The Friends of Joyner Library will host “A Night with Vivian Howard” as part of their 2017 Spring Banquet on March 30 at the Greenville Hilton.

Star and creator of the PBS show A CHEF’S LIFE and owner and chef of the acclaimed Chef and the Farmer restaurant in Kinston, North Carolina, Howard will share personal experiences with discovering age-old traditions for Southern cooking that inspired her latest cookbook, DEEP RUN ROOTS. A true celebration of the flavors from North Carolina’s coastal plain, Howard divulges over 200 recipes and stories to reveal the history of Southern food and its roots in family and tradition.

Also during the program, the Friends of Joyner Lifetime Membership Award will be presented to long-time member Edith Rand.

The event is open to the public including Friends members and non-members and will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction. Tickets may be purchased at for $100 per person, which includes a signed copy of Deep Run Roots, or $1,000 per table of eight with preferred seating and eight books.

All proceeds will be used to support student awards, community events and opportunities for staff development at East Carolina University.

Please visit to purchase your tickets today. Checks will also be accepted and should be made out to Joyner Library with 2017 Spring Banquet in the memo line. Responses should be sent no later than March 16 to Rachel Becton at 252-328-4090 or

For more information about becoming a member of the Friends of Joyner Library please visit



Joyner Library announces winners of Graduate Student Art and Design Exhibition

 9th Annual Joyner Library Graduate Student Exhibition
Winners Announced 

Joyner Library has announced the winners of its 9th Annual Joyner Library Graduate Student Art and Design Exhibition located in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery on the second floor of Joyner Library. Winners were selected from 43 artworks by 20 artists that have been on display since the exhibition’s Oct. 20 opening.

Winning the Friends of Joyner Library Purchase Award — the competition’s marquee award that comes with a $1,000 prize — was Andrew Wells for his graphite and acrylic painting Jamal Roberts.

“When I first saw Jamal Roberts, I was struck by its power and relevance,” said Joyner Library Directory Jan Lewis, who selected the winner. “In a world where people are too often judged and categorized based on external or superficial characteristics, Andrew Wells reminds us of the pain this causes. Unfortunately, Jamal Roberts was as relevant 30 years ago as it is today; I can only hope that 30 years from now, as part of Joyner Library’s permanent art collection, it will be viewed in a historical context, not as a still-current depiction of society.”


Four additional award winners were:

  • Hosanna Rubio, winner of the College of Fine Arts and Communication $500 Dean’s Merit Award for the enamel and metal series 1st Timothy 2:12, Deuteronomy 23.2, and Judges 21:2


  • Addison Brown, winner of the School of Art and Design $350 Director’s Award for the photograph on aluminum Interrogation


  • Alex Ingle, winner of the School of Art and Design $250 Award for the ceramic sculpture Happy Valentine’s Day


  • Chris Morgan, winner of the Dowdy Student Store $50 Award for the bronze sculpture Breaking Free into Subconsciousness



Juror Matt Amante, professor of art at Pitt Community College, complimented the diversity and strength of the entries.

“I am happy with what I selected and feel that they are very deserving of the awards, but I had to almost constantly second-guess myself,” he said. “I appreciated the fact that nearly all of the work forced me to want to spend more time with it and consider it.”

The competition is a collaboration between Joyner Library and the School of Art and Design to showcase some of the best work of the year by School of Art and Design students.

“The exhibition provides an opportunity to recognize the artists as well as the faculty from whom they learned. We are thrilled to share their creations with the university community through this annual exhibition,” Lewis stated.

The exhibition is on display until Jan.10, 2017, in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery on the second floor of Joyner Library.




For more information or with questions please contact:
Charlotte Fitz Daniels
Programs and Events Coordinator
Joyner Library
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
252 328-0287

Image Featured:
Andrew Wells – Jamal Roberts

Pet Therapy Exam Events

East Carolina University’s Joyner Library offers a few extras every year during exam time to help students make it through long hours of studying. This year, those extras will come in the form of some warm, fuzzy hugs from therapy dogs. Plan to visit Joyner at the following days/times!

December 6th

December 7

December 12

Interaction with the dogs is expected to help students relax and enjoy a break from the rigors of exams. Join us on the first floor of Joyner Library near circulation.

For more information:
Carolyn Willis



Giving Tuesday

Calling all Pirates!

Lend us a hand by taking a part in a day of giving and support a cause close to your heart
– Joyner Library! #GivingTuesday


Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Support Joyner Library!

  1. Joyner Library supports the entire East Carolina University student body. Joyner Library is the only academic resource on campus that every student depends on, no matter their degree or concentration.
  2. Our Alternative Textbook, Streaming Video, and Course Adopted E-Textbooks programs make education affordable, saving students thousands of dollars.
  3. The Teaching Resources Center provides state-of-the-art resources for pre-service and in-service teachers in eastern North Carolina.
  4. Manuscripts, photographs, ledgers, maps, rare books, and other special collections items enrich the learning experience for our students and attract researchers from around the country. Man are available online through our Digital Collections.
  5. Joyner Library provides access to more than 89,000 e-journals and 450 databases, accessible to students and faculty from on and off campus.
  6. As the student population grows, so does Joyner Library’s need for more student seating for quiet and collaborative work. By giving to the Library, you will provide funds to purchase and expand seating options for students.
  7. We are the University’s institutional memory. University Archives collects, preserves and makes accessible the history of ECU. From football films to Chancellor inaugurations, we have it. Help us preserve our collection even more!
  8. Not all night clubs are bad. Club Joyner offers a fun, safe, and productive atmosphere for student study and research. We’re open 142 hours per week.
  9. Joyner Library celebrates local artists- students, faculty, and community members- by showcasing their art and voice in exhibit spaces throughout the Library.
  10. Because we are the Pirates of ECU!!! Please join more than 100,000 other alumni and donors in supporting East Carolina University and Joyner Library.

Thank you for supporting the Pirates of East Carolina University!!


For more information please contact:
Rachel Becton, ‘11
Development Officer
Joyner Library
East Carolina University
W: (252) 328-4090  C: (919) 539-5771

Faculty Author Book Award Recipients Honored

ECU Faculty were honored at the 2016 Joyner Library/Academic Affairs Faculty Author Book Awards held on Friday, October 21, 2016. The event celebrated the accomplishments of faculty who have contributed to the prestige of East Carolina University and the scholarship of higher education through publication of scholarly books between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Faculty honored at this year’s ceremony include:

Dr. Will Banks – English
Dr. Jody Baumgartner – Political Science
Dr. Solveig Bosse – English
Dr. Jessica Christie – Art History
Dr. Lida Cope – English
Dr. Jonathan Dembo – Joyner Library
Dr. Michelle Eble – English
Dr. David Edgell – Hospitality Leadership
Dr. Charles Ewen – Anthropology
Dr. Todd Finley – Literacy Studies / English Education
Dr. Ben Fraser – Foreign Languages
Dr. Anna Froula – English
Dr. Corrine Guy – English
Dr. Pamela Hopkins – Communication
Dr. Andrew J. Jacobs – Sociology
Dr. Andrea Kitta – English
Dr. Amanda Klein – English
Dr. Holly Mathews – Anthropology
Dr. Jennifer McKinnon – History
Dr. Merman Mehta – Technology Systems
Dr. Matt Militello – Educational Leadership
Dr. Burrell Montz – Geology
Dr. Tracy Morse – English
Dr. Donald Palumbo – English
Dr. Erin Parrish – Interior Design & Merchandising
Dr. Kennetta Perry – History
Dr. Robert Martin Reardon – Educational Leadership
Dr. Michael Schinasi – Foreign Languages
Dr. Wendy Sharer – English
Dr. Nicole Sidhu – English
Ms. Leanne E. Smith – English
Dr. Richard Taylor – English
Dr. George Wang – Construction Management
Dr. Karin Zipf – History

For more information or with questions please contact:
Charlotte Fitz Daniels
Programs and Events Coordinator
Joyner Library
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
252 328-0287

Joyner Library Game Night

Please join us for a great night at Joyner Library. Enjoy electronic video games, board games, contests, prizes, pizza, snacks, etc and learn more about the services and resources Joyner offers!


For more information or with questions please contact:
Charlotte Fitz Daniels
Programs and Events Coordinator
Joyner Library
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
252 328-0287