Peter Makuck Featured in Poetry Reading Nov. 1

Peter Makuck, distinguished professor emeritus at ECU, returns to campus Nov. 1 for a poetry reading and discussion of uses of nature in writing poetry.

Makuck

In 1978, Makuck founded Tar River Poetry, the internationally acclaimed little magazine published by ECU’s English Department and currently edited by one of Makuck’s first students at ECU, Luke Whisnant. Makuck also directed the ECU Poetry Forum for over 20 years. He retired from ECU in 2006, although he has continued to teach poetry writing in the MFA programs at N.C. State and UNC-Wilmington.

Makuck’s eighth volume of poetry, “Long Lens: New & Selected Poems,” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by its publisher, BOA Editions.  He has also published two collections of short stories.

Makuck’s awards and honors include a Fullbright professorship in France; the Monroe Spears Award for the best essay to appear in the Sewannee Review in 2010; the Charity Randall Citation for poetry; and the Zoe Kincaid Brockman Award for best book of poems by a North Carolinian in 1989. He’s also been a lecturer in the “Poets in Person” series sponsored by the National Endowment for Humanities.

Makuck and his wife, Phyllis, live in Pine Knoll Shores.

Makuck’s reading at ECU is sponsored by the English Department and is in conjunction with his visit to an English Department graduate seminar, In nature writing, which he’ll meet at 6:30 pm. The reading, which begins at 8 pm, is in C-209 in the Science & Technology Building on campus. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

For further information, including admission to the 6:30 p.m. class, contact Alex Albright, Director of Creative Writing at ECU: 252.328.4876 or albrightd@ecu.edu.

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For more on Makuck, visit http://www.makuck.com/.

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Lewis publishes in library journal

Jan Lewis, associate dean of Academic Library and Learning Resources, has published ““Using LibQUAL+® Survey Results to Document the Adequacy of Services to Distance Learning Students for an Accreditation Review,” in the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, Vol. 5(3): 83-104.

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ECU to celebrate Homecoming, recognize outstanding alumni this weekend

East Carolina University will hold homecoming events Friday and Saturday with the theme, “PeeDee Goes to Hollywood.”

  • Homecoming Luncheon featuring Dr. John Tucker, university historian, speaking on “Leo Jenkins’ First Year: Reflections on a Decisive Presidency,” at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Mendenhall Student Center. Contact the East Carolina Alumni Association for tickets.  A walking tour of campus will follow.
  • Classes without Quizzes will be presented Friday afternoon. Alumni can learn more about which stars are most visible in the fall night sky, get a culinary lesson about pairing wines and foods, or try out new classroom technology.
  • ECU will honor six alumni during the weekend activities. They are Sen. Robert Morgan ’47, William “Kel” Normann ’85, Ralph Finch Jr. ’67, Marsha Moore Lewis ’76 and ’85, Emilie Tilley ’60, and Steven Wright ’78. Also recognized will be Beatrice “Bea” Chauncey and V. Parker Overton, who will receive Honorary Alumni Awards. The Alumni Awards Ceremony and Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the Hilton Greenville, 207 SW Greenville Blvd. Biographical information on the honorees can be found at the East Carolina Alumni Association website at http://tinyurl.com/3f4mhl5.
  • The annual ECU homecoming parade, featuring the Marching Pirates, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday near Wahl-Coates Elementary School and make its way down Fifth Street.
  • Conference USA Player-of-the-Week Dominique Davis will lead the Pirates (3-4, 2-1 C-USA) as they take on the Tulane Green Wave (2-6, 1-3 C-USA) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. For more about the Pirates preparation, visit http://www.ecupirates.com/.

See the East Carolina Alumni Association website www.piratealumni.com for a complete listing of weekend activities.

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Ground-breaking article defines family life education

East Carolina University professor Sharon M. Ballard collaborated with colleagues on an article that defines family life education and differentiates the field from other family-related areas of study.

Sharon Ballard

The article, “Reconceptualizing the Domain and Boundaries of Family Life Education,” was published by the National Council on Family Relations, in its October issue of Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies.

Ballard worked with colleagues Judith A. Myers-Walls, Purdue University; Carol Anderson Darling, Florida State University; and Karen S. Myers-Bowman, Kansas State University to lay out a new model illustrating how family life education is unique from the related fields of family therapy and social work case management. The new model defines family life education as unique yet collaborative among the ways in which professionals serve families.

“There has been ongoing confusion regarding the definition of family life education and its relationship to other family-related fields,” said Ballard, associate professor of child development and family relations.

“The Domains of Family Practice Model presented in this paper provides a framework for clarifying the boundaries of the three family professions,” she said.

“Each professional role is needed for the overarching goal of strong, healthy families, but each role is unique in its parameters. This model not only clarifies these parameters for family professionals, but can facilitate referral and collaboration among family professionals,” Ballard said.

Glen Palm, professor of child and family studies at St. Cloud State University and former board member  of The National Council on Family Relations said that the article was significant in defining the field.

 “It is a breakthrough in clarifying the FLE role and establishing distinct boundaries with both family therapy and family casework. This work opens doors for needed collaboration among family practitioners. The shift from a hierarchical model to a collaborative model distinguishes the unique role and skill set of family life educators in relationship to other family service providers,” Palm said.

The National Council on Family Relations (www.ncfr.org) is a professional organization with a national membership of over 3,500 family researchers, practitioners and educators. The organization instituted professional standards for delivering family life education in 1985, establishing the certified family life educator credential. There are now more than 1,500 CFLEs internationally, with 125 colleges and universities offering CFLE-approved coursework. ECU offers the certification through its family and community service program. For additional information, contact Ballard at ballards@ecu.edu.

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