Live … From Iraq … It’s Monday Night!

Elmer Poe, assistant vice chancellor of Emerging Academic Initiatives at East Carolina University, leads a discussion between ECU students and their peers at Kufa University in Iraq. (Contributed photo)

The technology balked, yet the learning went on in East Carolina University’s global classroom.

Some 70 ECU students who stayed up late for a first-ever campus get together with peers in Iraq didn’t get the experience they expected. The connection flittered, and instructors had to improvise.

Yet for many participants in the event dubbed the “Midnight Special,” the hour they spent conversing, on and off, with students at Kufa University via satellite reinforced lessons they’d been learning in the classroom.  Read more…

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Forums air preferred plans for main, health sciences campus

Four upcoming open forums will give faculty, staff and students a look at the latest version of a plan for how the East Carolina University campus will grow over 15 years.

University officials seek feedback this week at three of those forums, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, to shape the final version of new campus facilities master plans for the main and health science campuses.

“This is still in a preliminary stage,” said Rick Niswander, interim vice chancellor for administration and finance. “There will undoubtedly be some tweaking based on the input from the campus and from the community forums.”

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ECU alcohol/drug abuse prevention named among top programs in the USA

East Carolina University’s efforts to prevent alcohol and drug abuse by fraternity and sorority members have been recognized as among the top in the nation.

ECU’s Greek Risk Management program was one of four finalists, nationwide, for the Outside the Classroom Prevention Excellence Award for Greek Life, an award given by the Students Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and Outside the Classroom, a company that designs and provides research based online drug and alcohol education programs for colleges and universities.

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ECU engineering program receives $600,000 NSF grant

A $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will fund scholarships for East Carolina University engineering students and underwrite critical student research and collaboration with national scholars.

The 5-year NSF grant is a milestone for a 7-year-old engineering program, said Dr. Hayden Griffin, department chair for engineering. It will be an asset for the program, helping address financial need and open additional academic doors for students, he said.

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Advice from patient helps doctor, family stay close

WINTERVILLE, N.C.   (Mar. 17, 2011)   —   Dr. Tommy Ellis sees a lot of patients in his family medicine practice at East Carolina University. Almost always, he is able to help them.

One day, however, the tables turned.

Marilyn Love, 70, a longtime patient of Ellis’, was at his office for a routine appointment. As the visit concluded, Love asked the doctor if there were anything she could do for him.

The question caught Ellis by surprise. He’s supposed to be the one making suggestions and coming up with answers, he thought. But since Love had grown children of her own, Ellis, 44, decided to ask for advice on raising teenagers.

Love’s response was swift: Buy a pingpong table.

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Public Forum on Nuclear Crisis Set for Thursday

Faculty in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Physics will discuss the science surrounding a nuclear crisis in a free, open forum “The Physics of a Reactor Emergency: What’s Happening in Japan?” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17 in the Science and Technology Building, Room C-309. The forum will include a brief presentation, followed by a question and answer session with a panel of faculty from the Department of Physics. For additional information, contact physics chairperson Dr. John Sutherland at 252-328-6739 or by email at sutherlandj@ecu.edu.

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