Workshop to focus on open government, public information

A fall workshop on Public Records and Open Meetings will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at 221 Mendenhall Student Center, East Carolina University. Registration opens at 1:30 p.m.

The workshop is sponsored by ECU’s Department of Political Science and the Sunshine Center at Elon University.

Presentations will focus on the importance of making public information available to the public. Topics include research on the impact of open government, how the media and government work together to share public information with citizens and the role of the Sunshine Center in fostering open government in North Carolina.

Speakers include Dr. Carmine Scavo, ECU Department of Political Science; Dr. Brooke Barnett, executive director of the Sunshine Center; Dr. Ed Johnson, Department of Communications, Campbell University; and Charles Twardy, ECU School of Communication.

A panel discussion on open government and public records will include Brian Colligan, editorial page editor at the Greenville Daily Reflector; Steve Hawley, public information officer with the city of Greenville; and Dr. Peter Romary, director of Student Legal Services at ECU.

Additional information about the speakers is as follows:

  • Carmine Scavo is an associate professor of political science. He has taught at ECU for 26 years and directed the master of public administration program for 10 years. He co-directs the ECU Outreach Network and the N.C. Talent Enhancement Program, which work with small local governments and non-profits in eastern North Carolina. He and Charles Prysby of UNC-Greensboro won the 2006 Rowman-Littlefield Award for Innovative Teaching of the American Political Science Association.
  • Brooke Barnett is executive director of the Sunshine Center at Elon University where she is also an associate professor of communications, an administrative fellow and special assistant to the university president. Before her career in academics, Barnett worked for the Public Broadcasting System for five years where she produced several award-winning documentary films.
  • Brian Colligan has been the editorial page editor of the Greenville Daily Reflector since 2004. He holds an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and a master of public administration from ECU.  Colligan’s work has been recognized with the N.C. Press Association’s 2001 and 2006 Best Editorial Writing award and the 2010 Editorial Page award.
  • Steve Hawley is communications manager and public information officer for the city of Greenville where his work has won Excellence in Communications Awards from North Carolina City and County Communicators. He hosts the city of Greenville’s public access television show “City Scene” and was a WITN-TV on-air personality.
  • Ed Johnson is associate professor of communication studies at Campbell University in Buies Creek. In 2005 he was named Professor of the Year by the Ad Club of the Triangle. He taught advertising and public relations in Missouri and Nebraska before his time at Campbell University.
  • Peter Romary is director of student legal services at ECU. He holds a law degree of UNC-Chapel Hill as well as a British law degree. Originally a British subject, he now holds U.S. citizenship. In 2004, he was the recipient of a knighthood in recognition of his work combating violence against women and in the same year received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
  • Charles Twardy is an instructor in the School of Communication at ECU. He holds a master of science in journalism and a master of arts in English from Northwestern University. His published work has appeared in newspapers such as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The State (Columbia, SC), Orlando Sentinel, Raleigh News and Observer as well as journals such as World Architecture, Architectural Record, and German Life.

Register ahead by sending an e-mail titled “Workshop Registration” to ncopengov@elon.edu. Please include your full name, mailing address, phone number and affiliation (name of business, organization, government agency, university, etc.). On-site registration will be accommodated as space allows. By registering ahead, you ensure your reservation and that you will receive updates about the event, including parking and other important details.

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For additional information about the workshop, contact Carmine Scavo at 252-737-2335 or scavoc@ecu.edu.

 

 

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American Voices founder to speak at ECU

East Carolina University will host John Ferguson, founder and executive director of American Voices, Oct. 25 and 26 at A.J. Fletcher Music Center on campus.

Ferguson will present, “Becoming a Cultural Diplomat: Global Leadership in Music.” The goal of the presentation is to help make students aware of best practices in cultural engagement programs and international career opportunities in the performing arts. Fletcher will also present a workshop on how young American university students might design and implement such programs on their own.

Presentations on Tuesday will include “Winning Hearts and Minds,” 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; “Why Do They Love Us So Much,” 4 – 5:30 p.m.; and a film, Camp Unity, 7:30 – 9 p.m.  On Wednesday, “Becoming a Cultural Diplomat” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.

The event is sponsored by the BB&T Leadership Institute, the ECU School of Music and the ECU Collegiate Music Educators National Conference Chapter.

American Voices aspires to train new generations to reach areas of the world emerging from isolation or conflict through cultural engagement and diplomacy. Members of American Voices work to engage with youth through performing arts in countries emerging from conflict and isolation, including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand, and Burma. One of the signature programs of American Voices is the YES (Youth Excellence on Stage) Academies in which students participate in American art forms such as orchestra, hip hop, choir, Broadway, and jazz.

The organization was named one of America’s Top Ten Cultural Diplomacy Organizations in 2010.

For more information contact Dr. Jay Juchniewicz at 252- 328-1251 or by e-mail at juchniewiczj@ecu.edu

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Diversity seminar set for Nov. 17

The East Carolina University Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Relations is sponsoring a diversity seminar beginning at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 17 at Mendenhall Student Center.

The seminar will focus on improving institutional climate with a keynote address on “Microaggressions in the Workplace and Classroom,” by Columbia University professor Dr. Derald Wing Sue. Sue is author of “Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation.

Microaggressions are intentional or unintentional verbal behavioral or environmental derogatory slights and indignities towards targeted persons or groups based on race, gender or sexual orientation.

The seminar will begin with a session on “Removing the Barriers to Faculty Diversity,” facilitated by Dr. JoAnn Moody, author of “Faculty Diversity: Problems and Solutions.” Sue will present the keynote address at noon and facilitate a 2 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. session on “Facilitating Difficulty Dialogues in the Workplace.”

Lunch will be provided by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Relations.

Session participants will be eligible to submit a proposal for the 2011 – 2012 EDC mini-grant program. Registration is available through the University Training link on ECU OneStop.

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Tarboro firm supports students and facilities at East Carolina University

ECU Technology Systems professor Jim Linn, center, assists students Matthew Johnson, left, and Grover Black, standing, with learning about basic electricity. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)


Funding from Keihin Carolina Systems Technology will support both students and facilities at East Carolina University’s College of Technology and Computer Science.

A new $20,000 scholarship fund from K-CST will benefit students transferring into ECU’s technology and computer science programs from Edgecombe Community College.

Chris Eckhardt, vice president and chief operating officer of Keihin’s Tarboro manufacturing plant, established the fund to facilitate regional growth by helping students continue their education and remain employed locally.

“We intend to partner with both ECU and ECC to provide an educational pathway for students to pursue a technology-based education,” Eckhardt said.

The fund is intended for Edgecome County students who show interest and promise in engineering and technology. Recipients would first complete their associate’s degree from ECC, then transfer to complete a bachelor’s in either engineering, technology systems or computer science at ECU. The scholarship will support two students per semester and the first awards will be made in spring 2012 for the fall 2012 semester.

Keihin also funded a $100,000 endowment supporting an instructional and research laboratory that will provide cutting-edge technology and tools for the college’s faculty and students.

Technology and Computer Science Dean David White said, “It’s important to develop local resources for local companies.

“The college is committed to supporting economic development in eastern North Carolina and this generous gift will help develop existing regional talent, which may stay in the area to develop and grow new industries,” he said.

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Annual ECU Army ROTC run set for Nov. 12

The ECU Army ROTC “Pirate Battalion” will hold its fourth annual Patriot Run on Nov. 12 to benefit the Fort Bragg Survivor Outreach Services program and the Captain David “Jp” Thompson Scholarship Fund at ECU.

All proceeds will go to Fort Bragg Survivor Outreach Services, which provides support for surviving wives, husbands, parents and children when their family member in the military is killed in action, and to the scholarship fund.

The annual run will begin at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 4 at the Brook Valley Country Club clubhouse; walk-up registration will be held there as well. The five-mile course winds through the Brook Valley neighborhood. A one-mile fun run for kids is also planned.

At the first three Patriot Runs, more than 600 participants along with sponsoring businesses raised more than $23,000 for Fort Bragg charities that benefit military families and Wounded Warrior projects.  This year, race organizers are hoping for 350 runners.

Registration fees are $20 for online advanced registration and $25 on race day. T-shirts will be available for the first 300 registrants. Also, participants can make a donation to run in honor of someone and that soldier’s name will be posted on the Patriot Run’s website.

Sponsors for the Patriot Run include Brook Valley Country Club; Grady White Boats; Physicians East; VFW Post 7032; Colombo, Kitchen, Dunn, Pall and Porter Attorneys; The Roberts Company; Trade Wilco; Japan Inn; Hooters; Buffalo Wild Wings; and Play It Again Sports.

The Patriot Run also plans to have a booth with information on SOS at the Nov. 5 football game against Southern Mississippi, which has been designated as Military Appreciation Day.

For additional Information on sponsorship opportunities or to register for the race, visit http://patriotrun.com/home. For more information on Fort Bragg’s Survivor Outreach Services, visit www.fortbraggmwr.com/acs/sos.php.

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Lecture to celebrate ECU diversity

Harvard professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. will speak on “African-American Lives: Genetics, Genealogy and Black History” at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in Wright Auditorium.

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The lecture celebrates 50 years of diversity at ECU. It is the third in the 2011-2012 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series presented by the ECU Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University professor and director of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from Clare College and the University of Cambridge and his B.A. summa cum laude in history from Yale University.

Gates’ awards and honors include selection to Time magazine’s 25 Most Influential Americans list, a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, a National Humanities Medal, election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and 44 honorary degrees.

In 2006, he was inducted into the Sons of the American Revolution, after he traced his lineage back to John Redman, a free Negro who fought in the Revolutionary War.

He serves on the boards of the New York Public Library, the Whitney Museum, Lincoln Center, the Aspen Institute, the Brookings Institution, the Studio Museum of Harlem, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

Co-sponsors of the event include the 2011-2012 Voyages of Discovery Lectures Series; Office of Equity, Diversity, and Community Relations; Office of Student Affairs; Student Activities Board-Initiatives; Division of Research and Graduate Studies; and J.Y. Joyner Library.

Faculty, staff, and students may request one free ticket with a valid ECU ID by calling the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788. 

For additional information, visit www.ecu.edu/voyages.

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USAF general and ECU alumnus to speak at ECU

East Carolina University alumnus and U.S. Air Force General Gary L. North will speak at ECU at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in Wright Auditorium.

The free, public event is part of the College of Business Cunanan Leadership Speaker Series.

Gen. North

Gen. North is commander of Pacific Air Forces, responsible for Air Force activities spread over half the globe. His command supports 45,000 USAF troops in Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Korea and Japan. North also serves as air component commander for U.S. Pacific Command and executive director for Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.

North completed ECU’s ROTC program as a distinguished graduate and, in 1976, was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He has completed four long and four short overseas tours and held numerous operational, command and staff positions.

He is a command pilot with more than 4,600 flying hours, primarily in the F-4, F-15 and F-16. He flew 83 combat missions in Operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

The Cunanan Leadership Speaker Series brings distinguished leaders to Greenville to present on topics that highlight leadership, professional development, ethics and the role of business in modern society.

The series was made possible through a gift from alumni Steve and Ellen Cunanan of Richboro, Pa. Matching funds are also provided by the Johnson & Johnson Foundation.

For more information, contact Jennifer Brezina with the ECU College of Business at brezinaj@ecu.edu.

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