ECU’s Joyner Library receives $100,000 endowment from philanthropist Betty Debnam Hunt

Press Release

GREENVILLE, N.C. (7/18/2012) — East Carolina University’s Joyner Library hosted a luncheon July 11th honoring the $100,000 gift to the Betty Debnam Hunt and Richard M. Hunt Endowment for the library’s Teaching Resources Center (TRC).

Faculty, family, and distinguished guests gathered to dedicate the Betty Debnam Hunt Instructional Technology Classroom.  Funds from the endowment will be used to provide technology support making the classroom one that provides the opportunity for current and future teachers to discover cutting edge technology and resources.  Additionally, the endowment will allow the selection of resources to further support the development of the Debnam Resource Center for Family Literacy established in March 2004.

“It is evident that education remains a strong theme in Ms. Hunt’s life with the establishment of this endowment to the TRC,” says Linda Teel, Head of Service for the Teaching Resources Center.

Hunt, of Raleigh, hailed from a family of journalists in eastern North Carolina devoted her career to education as a school teacher, children’s author and creater of “The Mini-Page,” a syndicated newspaper supplement for children.

The group viewed digitized versions of “The Mini-Page Archives” (which contains volumes from 1969-2007) and lunched on recipes featured in her children’s book “Rookie Cookie Cookbook:  Everyday Recipes for Kids.”

“It is an honor to celebrate the naming of the Betty Debnam Hunt Instruction Technology Classroom,” says Larry Boyer, Dean of Academic Library and Learning Resources.  “The endowment will enhance the academic success of future educators and we thank Betty for the years of service to education and generosity to Joyner Library.”

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