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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