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

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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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Joyner Library embarks on campaign honoring alumna Janice Hardison Faulkner

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 3, 2012) – Joyner Library at East Carolina University has launched a fundraising campaign to raise $150,000 towards a $275,000 renovation project that will provide a gallery space to host exhibitions, seminars, conferences and receptions for events such as scholarship recipients.

The new gallery will be named in honor of Janice Hardison Faulkner, a distinguished public servant and former university faculty member and administrator.

When the newly formed Joyner Library Advancement Council discussed its inaugural fundraising effort, the group wanted a project that would reflect the mission of the university and the library by “providing cultural enrichments and powerful inspiration as we work to sustain and improve the quality of life.”

Harry Stubbs IV, chair of the council, and Dr. Michael Priddy, chair of the council’s fundraising committee, created a plan to honor community leader and outstanding alumna Faulkner by renovating a portion of the library’s second floor creating the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery.

After a notable tenure at ECU as a Department of English faculty member and university administrator, Faulkner became a well-known and highly respected participant in state politics and government. She served as former North Carolina secretary of revenue, secretary of state and commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Since her retirement from state government in 2001, she has served on multiple ECU boards, including the University Foundation and was founding chair of the ECU Women’s Roundtable.

The university honored Faulkner in 2009 with its highest service award – the Thomas Jordan Jarvis Medal.

“Joyner Library strives to provide an enriched environment for scholarship, collaboration and socializing,” said Jan Lewis, interim dean of Academic Library Services. “We appreciate the opportunity to showcase the talents and hard work of East Carolina’s students and faculty while giving the community another opportunity to experience art, culture, history and connection. The library was thrilled to receive the fundraising proposal to create a venue that promotes our mission and honor Ms. Faulkner.”

The Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery will create a space that can host as many as 150 attendees while providing exhibition lighting and the latest in audio/visual presentation technology. It will also serve as a student study area.

“Janice Hardison Faulkner has served our university and state with grace and honor. This special place will be a fitting tribute to an outstanding citizen and I am pleased to be a participant in this endeavor,” said Dr. Michael Priddy, fundraising chair and former superintendent for Pitt County Schools.

Campaign officials finalized the architectural plans in June with a glass donors’ plaque on display at the gallery’s entrance. As of mid-August, more than $67,000 had been pledged to the project. The library will allocate $125,000 from the Verona Joyner Langford Endowment at the close of fundraising efforts.

For information on this project or Joyner Library, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252.328.4090 or

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Leo Jenkins and the Art of Giving

Written by Dr. John A. Tucker

J. Y. Joyner Library is hosting an exhibit of select paintings by former East Carolina Chancellor Dr. Leo W. Jenkins through May 31, 2012.

We strive to provide an enriched environment to give patrons an opportunity to experience art, culture, and history. -Larry Boyer

Entitled Dr. Leo Jenkins and the Art of Giving, the exhibit highlights Jenkins’ love of painting, his embrace of eastern North Carolina, and his gracious generosity with his works. Jenkins’ paintings were often given to friends, family, charities, alumni, and major supporters of East Carolina during his years as chancellor.

The exhibit, curated by University Historian, Dr. John A. Tucker, and his graduate assistant, Ms. Kate Schnitzer, brings together Jenkins’ paintings (many of which are on loan) from various corners of the campus.

The paintings may be viewed on the first floor corridor leading to Reference Services.

Joyner Library Acquires A Civil War-era Letter

Taking part in the donation of Annie Bogart’s letter to Joyner Library’s Manuscripts and Rare Books Department at East Carolina University on Tuesday are (from left) Eleanor Rollins, assistant director of special collections; Maury York, Penelope Rodman, Melody Hinds Moen and Kathleen Hinds Kennedy. Rodman is the great-niece of Annie Bogart, while Rollins, Moen and Kennedy are Bogart’s great-great-nieces. (WDN Photo/Vail Stewart Rumley)

The letter, written by Annie E. Bogart, went to auction Jan. 31, part of a large, private collection of Civil War memorabilia being auctioned by Cohasco Inc., a dealer in and auctioneer of manuscripts, books, antiquarian materials and collectibles in Yonkers, N.Y.

While Annie Bogart had no direct descendants — she instead helped raise the family of her older brother, Col. David Nevius Bogart — it was her brother’s great-great-grandchildren, two sisters who grew up in Washington and now live in Virginia, who purchased the letter and donated it Tuesday to the Manuscripts and Rare Books Department of East Carolina University’s Joyner Library.

Kathleen Hinds Kennedy and Melody Hinds Moen remember stories of “Aunt Annie” from childhood, as told by their grandmother who was the youngest of Col. David Nevius Bogart’s brood.

“We felt compelled to buy the letter,” Moen and Kennedy agreed. “We wish that we could have bought all three.”

Moen and her husband met with Maury York, assistant director of Joyner Library’s special collections, hoping to find a home in eastern North Carolina for the letter.

“We wanted it to stay in North Carolina,” said Moen, of deciding to donate the letter to the library. “They very much wanted the letter. We viewed the facilities, and (York) assured us it would be available to students and international scholars.”

The letter comes at the right time for the special collections department, which is currently featuring a 150th-anniversary Civil War exhibit.

“This letter is an unusually descriptive and important letter that documents the burning of Washington in 1865,” said York.  “Given that we’re in the midst of sesquicentennial, it’s of particular interest right now.”

In the letter, Bogart speaks not only of meeting Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard on a trip to Greensboro, but of the trip by rail to the then-capitol of North Carolina, during which the railway was lined by the dispossessed, those who had lost their homes and livelihoods to war.

Not all was gloom in the Civil War era: Bogart also speaks of a summer trip to Tarboro prior to the burning of Washington, where she and others went riding and sailing on the river every day and enjoyed the company of the “fine young officers.”

“There was a lot of resiliency, along with the suffering,” said Kennedy.

York said the department is deeply grateful for Moen’s and Kennedy’s generosity, saying the library staff would “do all we can to take care of it and make it available for anyone doing research” in related fields.

Annie Bogart’s letter will be encapsulated, meaning each sheet will be pressed between two layers of Mylar, and stored in an acid-free folder and box in climate-controlled, secured stacks. The public does not have access to the secure area — materials are brought out to researchers under close supervision instead.

York made a point of saying that his department is always interested in talking with anyone in possession of family manuscripts in Washington and Beaufort County.

“We try very hard to document the history of eastern North Carolina,” he added.

Annie Bogart’s letter documents a pivotal point in Washington’s history, but for Moen and Kennedy, the letter does much more, allowing them a glimpse into the life and personality of a woman who previously existed only in childhood stories.

Said Moen, “It really does mean a lot to read something like this and that ancestor just comes alive to you.”

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