Memorial service to honor Kingsland

Del Kingsland

A memorial service next week will honor longtime ECU steam plant supervisor Del Kingsland, who died July 13. The service will be held at 3 p.m. July 27 in the Willis Building.

Kingsland was an award-winning employee with nearly 20 years of service, a member of the ECU Staff Senate and an active member of ECU’s District 65 of the State Employees Association of North Carolina. He was responsible for the supervision and oversight of the main campus steam plant, an 8,000-square-foot facility that feeds steam to nearly every building on campus for heating, cooking, hot water and humidity requirements.

He was among the recipients of the Chancellor’s Synergy Award for excellence in team efforts in 2006, 2001 and 1999. In 2004, he was awarded the Facilities Services Supervisors Award.

Kingsland joined SEANC in 1992, serving in a number of leadership roles including vice chair, EMPAC chair and finally, chair of the organization. Under his leadership, the district twice won District of the Year awards.

For additional information about the employees who work together to keep the steam plant running –Kingsland’s “Steam Team” — visit


Students, faculty learn to deal with conflict

Students listen as Ira Lawson, Grad Asst. in the ECU Center for Student Leadership & Civic Engagement explains the purpose of discussion in the small group.

The College of Allied Health Sciences Student Leaders Council recently hosted a Lunch and Learn on July 18.  The focus of the event was “Dealing with Conflict”.

Dr. Stephen Thomas, dean, welcomed approximately 35 students and faculty from the College of Allied Health Sciences and the College of Nursing.  During the session, the attendees discovered ways to reach their maximum potential by learning how to effectively identify and handle conflict.  The event was highlighted by small group activities that encouraged collaboration between the various attendees.

Krista Wilhelm, assistant director of the Center for Student Leadership & Civic Engagement, and Ira Lawson, graduate assistant at the center, facilitated the event.

The Lunch and Learn was supported by the 2011 BB&T Leadership Enhancement Grant awarded to the College.  The BB&T grant committee for the college is led by Dr. Beth Velde, professor. Serving on the coordinating committee are Thomas; Dr. Kathy Cox, associate professor;  Dr. Kevin O’Brien, associate dean; and Dr. Leigh Cellucci, associate professor.



ECU alumnus Ron Clark to speak in Greenville

East Carolina University alumnus and Disney Teacher of the Year Award Winner Ron Clark will speak at 7 p.m. July 26 at the Greenville Barnes & Noble.

Clark will speak about his teaching experiences and present details on his new book, “The End of Molasses Classes.” A question and answer session will follow.

Clark is creator of the Ron Clark Academy that was nationally highlighted during the 2008 presidential election. He was featured on the Oprah Winfrey television show and his life story was made into a television movie, “The Ron Clark Story,” starring Matthew Perry.

Clark has authored two additional books, “The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator’s Rules for Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child,” and “The Excellent 11: Qualities Teachers and Parents Use to Motivate, Inspire and Educate Children.”

He is a 1994 graduate of the ECU College of Education and a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. His work with disadvantaged students in both rural and urban areas and his methods for engaging children in the educational process have gained international attention.

For additional information, contact Barnes & Noble at (252) 321-8119 or e-mail