Conradt book examines politics in Europe

David P. Conradt

A new book co-authored by David P. Conradt (Political Science), “Politics in Europe, Fifth Edition” was published by Congressional Quarterly Press in Washington, D.C. According to Dietmar Herz, chair for comparative government at the University of Erfurt in Germany, the new edition “provides a brilliant and highly readable analysis of Europe’s major powers.”

 

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Hospitality management professor James A. Chandler mourned

James Chandler

Students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the ECU Department of Hospitality Management and the College of Human Ecology mourn the death of professor James A. Chandler, who passed away on Aug. 17.

Chandler joined the hospitality management faculty in 1998. During his tenure at ECU, he primarily taught principles of classical cuisine, wine and beverage management, and facilities management. His major areas of research included tourism development patterns and preferences, visitor profiles at tourism destinations, restaurant sanitation and safety and sustainable land use and agriculture.

Chandler valued hand-on experience for his students. His facilities management students often teamed up with interior design classes to work with local hoteliers and restaurateurs to develop workable plans for energy conservation and minimizing waste products. His cuisine students would often be seen managing food and beverage venues for events such as ECU receptions, wine festivals, and charity fundraisers.

He also took great pride in accompanying outstanding hospitality management students annually to the opening of the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant and Hotel-Motel Show and Exposition in Chicago, where the students would be honored at a special gala dinner and have an opportunity to experience the city.

A retired hotelier and wine aficionado, Chandler was instrumental in preparing hundreds of students to enter the workforce as managers of restaurants and hotels, food and beverage concerns, and tourism destinations. He was considered a patriarch by many of his students, and many hospitality management alumni corresponded regularly with him. He often spoke of his former students and described their successes in detail, naming 10 to 20 alumni and their business ventures off the top of his head.

In recent years, he developed a keen interest in assisting the greater community of eastern North Carolina with planning the re-development of farmland on the coastal plain for sustainable agricultural production. He worked with a team of specialists at ECU to develop a long-term program to support and advance sustainable alternative farming throughout the region.

Chandler, a native of Ohio, received an undergraduate degree from Western Carolina University and a master’s and doctorate from the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Robert O’Halloran, chair of the Department of Hospitality Management said, “Jim was a dedicated teacher and a champion for his students. He worked with them throughout their careers here at ECU and then followed them and their careers in the workplace. He will truly be missed by many.”

Chandler is survived by his wife, Dr. Joyce H. Chandler and three daughters:  Aubrey L. Cash of Greenville, N.C.; Jennifer C. Herrera and husband Shannon of Waynesville, N.C.;  Laine Eubank and fiancée, Khahn Dang, of Savannah, Ga.; and grandchildren Gabrielle Cash and Joselynn Dang. He was 61 years old.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Aug. 20 at the chapel at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville. His family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until the memorial service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the East Carolina University Department of Hospitality Management, Attn: Dr. Robert O’Halloran, 152 Rivers Bldg., Greenville, NC 27858.

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Elections, publications noted by Joyner Library faculty, staff

 

Joyner Library faculty and staff have reported recent publications and elections to professional organizations.

Eleanor Cook

Jan Lewis

Angela Whitehurst


Elections

Jan Lewis, associate director of Academic Library Services, was elected to a two-year term as officer at large of the measurement, assessment and evaluation section of the Library Leadership and Management Association.  She was also appointed to the library leadership and  management editorial board and to the Association of College & Research Libraries’ research planning and review and research coordinating committees.

Angela Whitehurst, interim head of service for Reference Services was was elected the secretary/archivist of the distance learning section of the American College and Research Libraries Association for the 2011-2012 term.

Eleanor Cook, assistant director for Technical Services, was elected secretary of the North Carolina Library Association nominating committee. She will take office following the 2011 Biennial Conference in Hickory.

Bryna Coonin

Dale Sauter


Publications

An article by Bryna Coonin, “Open Access Publishing in Business Research: The Authors’ Perspective,” appeared in the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, Vol. 16(3).

An article by Dale Sauter, “So Near to Heaven and Surrounded by Hell: The Character and 1942-1943 Military Career of World War II Pilot Frank A. Armstrong, Jr.,” appeared in the North Carolina Historical Review 88. 2 (2011).

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ECU researchers explore history near Columbia

Dr. Nathan Richards, far right, presents information about known shipwrecks on the Scuppernong River at the Pocosin Arts Center in June. (Contributed photo)

 

East Carolina University researchers are collaborating this fall with the UNC Coastal Studies Institute and the citizens of Columbia, N.C. to explore the region’s history and close connection with the state’s coastal waterways.

Initial findings will be presented at an Oct. 6 public forum to be held in conjunction with the community’s annual Scuppernong River Festival and at an information booth open at the festival Oct. 8. More detailed results will be shared in a public symposium planned for late 2011 and a publication in the works for 2012. A grant application related to the project is also under development.

An old photograph of the mail boat, the "Estelle Randall," is among the artifacts uncovered so far in the collaborative project. (date unknown; Source: Mariners Museum PB2876 C176).

The researchers will use side-scanning sonar to search for lost shipwrecks in Bulls Bay and the Scuppernong River, while local residents provide a backdrop through their stories of the region’s history. Topics for study include waterway modifications, the evolution of trade networks and the fishing, lumber and naval store industries in the area.

ECU history professor Dr. Nathan Richards, who specializes in nautical archaeology, met with residents in June to begin conversations about the project. Collection of oral histories has begun, including stories of how residents relied on boats from Elizabeth City to bring the mail and goods that were traded for vegetables, fish and crabs. Residents will provide river tours and house students and faculty participating in the research.

The grant application will seek funding for the development of a digital media project, The Scuppernong River Heritage Trail, which could be presented in tandem with the existing Scuppernong River Interpretative Boardwalk, a .75-mile wetlands trail near Columbia.

Richards said the area provides the perfect location for a maritime heritage trail because of the existing infrastructure, the extensive history in the area and the two prominent rivers in the area (the Scuppernong and Alligator Rivers). Columbia is also situated along a major tourism corridor, he said, as a stop along the route to the North Carolina Outer Banks.

For additional information, contact Richards at 252-258-4264 or richardsn@ecu.edu.

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