Duke professor to deliver Jarvis Lecture

Duke University theology and black church studies professor Dr. J. Kameron Carter will speak at East Carolina University at 7 p.m. March 13 in Wright Auditorium.


Carter will discuss “Religion and the post-racial condition,” in the final presentation of the 2011-12 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series, sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

Carter’s research addresses Christian thought, particularly the person and work of Jesus Christ, and theological anthropology, the human being in Christian perspective. He is writing a book that examines ideological uses of Jesus in the modern invention of the human, or as he refers to the topic, “the cultural Jesus.” His work addresses the identity of Jesus in light of shifting global realities in the 21st century.

The Jarvis Lecture is co-sponsored by the ECU Religious Studies Program and Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church. Lecturers selected by the ECU program do not necessarily reflect the theology of the Methodist church.

Complimentary tickets are available through the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS. Tickets also will be available at the door. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.

The Voyages of Discovery Lecture series is supported through contributions from Harriot College’s Dean’s Advancement Council, university organizations, and individual supporters. To make a contribution, or for additional information, contact the director of the series Dr. John A. Tucker at 252-328-1028 or tuckerjo@ecu.edu, or visit the series’ web site at http://www.ecu.edu/voyages.


Undergraduate Exhibition on display in March

ECU metals instructors, Mi-Sook Hur, left, and Tim Lazure work with Nick Heyl’s Study of Faberge: Egg #1 and #2. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

The annual East Carolina University School of Art and Design Undergraduate Exhibition is scheduled for March 1 – 31 at the Wellington B. Gray Gallery on campus.

The exhibition will include works selected from more than 600 undergraduates, with an awards ceremony scheduled for 5 p.m. March 1 in Speight Auditorium, Jenkins Fine Arts Building.

Awards judge, artist and curator Crista Cammaroto will speak about her work at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 29 in Speight Auditorium.

Cammaroto is director of galleries for the College of Arts and Architecture at UNC-Charlotte. She has a BFA from Arizona State University and an MFA in interdisciplinary students from the University of Colorado – Boulder. She has 13 years of experience in academia, including Queens University and Oregon College of Arts and Craft.

Her artwork is on permanent display in the Denver Art Museum, UNC-Charlotte and in the Bechtler Collection. Here work can be seen online at http://www.cristacammaroto.com/index.html.

For more information, contact Tom Braswell, Interim Gallery Director, at (252) 328-6336 or visit www.ecu.edu/graygallery.

Ashley Mason installs a piece called Matriarchy made from copper, dyed wool, and cotton. Sarah Arrington works on hanging her art in the background.

Granny’s Gangsta Gear by Tara Locklear hangs in the foreground while metals instructor Mi-Sook Hur hangs artist Margaret Hinrich's Swamp Beauty.


Chitwood receives recognition for worldwide influence

Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood Jr., a cardiovascular surgeon at East Carolina University, has been inducted as an honorary member in the German Society for Thoracic, Heart and Vascular Surgery.

Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood Jr.

Chitwood, professor of cardiovascular sciences at the Brody School of Medicine and senior associate vice chancellor for health sciences at ECU, received the honor Feb. 12 in Freiburg, Germany.

Chitwood received the award from Dr. Frederich W. Mohr of the University of Leipzig. Mohr spoke of Chitwood’s worldwide influence on the development of less invasive cardiac surgery as well as his long-standing relationship with many German cardiac surgeons and surgical centers. Chitwood worked with specialists in Germany to develop the tools and techniques that led to robotic heart surgery in the United States.

Chitwood delivered his acceptance speech in German.

Chitwood is the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Distinguished Chair of Cardiovascular Sciences and director of the East Carolina Heart Institute.


East Carolina Alumni Association receives CASE award of excellence

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III awarded the East Carolina Alumni Association with its prestigious award of excellence for overall alumni relations program during its recent conference.

The Alumni Association received the grand award in this category in 2008 and 2009, and the Award of Excellence in 2011.

“This just lets the world know what we already know, East Carolina and her Alumni Association are true to our mission of service. We do what we do because our alumni deserve the best, awards just validate that others are watching and approve,” said Paul J. Clifford, president and CEO of the East Carolina Alumni Association.

Other finalists in the category were the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Western Kentucky, and Miami University. The grand award went to Western Kentucky. UNC-CH also received the award of excellence, and Miami received special merit recognition.

For additional information about the alumni association, contact Jennifer Watson, assistant director for alumni communications at 252-328-4902 or Jennifer.Watson@PirateAlumni.com, or call the East Carolina Alumni Association at 800-ECU-GRAD.

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Allied health’s role in health care reform focus of article

An article by College of Allied Health Sciences dean Dr. Stephen W. Thomas with co-editors Dr. Lee McLean, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Alisa Debnam, Council for Allied Health in N.C., “The Role of Allied Health in Health Care Reform,” was published in the September/October 2011 edition of the North Carolina Medical Journal.

The article is available at http://www.ncmedicaljournal.com/archives/?72522.