ECU kicks off 2012 opening of the North Recreational Complex


East Carolina University will open the 2012 season at the North Recreational Complex with Spring Fest, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 15 at the complex.

Spring Fest will include free food, live music, games, activities and prizes for participants in the No Quarter Olympics.

In the No Quarter Olympics, two-person teams will square off in six events:  corn-hole, horseshoes, a kayak race and, using inflatable equipment, an obstacle course, bungee run and joust. Participants must be ECU students, faculty or staff. Partipation and winning prizes will be awarded.

ECU radio station WZMB 91.3 FM will broadcast live from the event and the Student Activities Board will offer Live Band Karaoke. First round NCAA college basketball tournament games will be shown in the boathouse. The Odyssey Tower will be open for those wanting to try out the 300-foot zip  line.

ECU Transit will provide transportation from College Hill and Mendenhall Student Center from 2:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.

The North Recreational Complex officially opened at the start of the fall 2011 semester with a 51,000 square foot beach on a 5.6-acre lake for boating and fishing and a 2,000 square foot boathouse. Closed from November through March, the NRC is open to ECU students, faculty and staff.

For more information, visit the Campus Recreation and Wellness web site at and click on the Spring Fest image.
# # #


ECU students spend Spring Break conserving shipwreck artifacts

PRESERVING ARTIFACTS: Eleven graduate students from ECU’s program in maritime history and four student interns from UNC-W spent their Spring Break working to conserve and catalogue artifacts from a Civil War-era shipwreck at the Fort Fisher State Historic Site. The artifacts were from the Blockade Runner Modern Greece. (Video courtesy of Brian Nestor, video producer, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.)


New Music Festival at ECU set for March 14-18

The 12th Annual New Music Festival begins Wednesday on the campus of East Carolina University and runs through March 18. Sponsored by the ECU School of Music and the Hilton Greenville, the festival features music by contemporary composers.

The New Music Festival brings new musical ideas into the classroom, performance spaces and the community. This year’s event brings together composers from ECU and throughout the world to have compositions performed by acclaimed guest artists and hundreds of School of Music students.

This year’s festival includes performances on piano, tuba, violin, viola, trumpet, percussion, an ECU symphony orchestra and ECU combined choirs concert including a world premiere composition, a wind instrument concert, student composition performances, and a concert by the classical new music group the Jack Quartet.

The festival provides unique opportunities for ECU music students to work closely with world-class performers and composers. Students perform for guest artists in master classes and coaching sessions; guest artists perform student compositions in concerts and in readings, recordings and open rehearsals; and guest composers interact with and instruct students and performers in open rehearsals and private lessons.

Another aspect of the festival is the ECU New Music Festival composition competition, which is open to composers internationally. Each year competition winners have a work rehearsed and recorded by an ensemble of ECU School of Music performers. The 2012 winner is “Seasonal Affective Disorder” by Jessica Rudman of New York City, and her winning composition will be performed by the ECU symphony orchestra.

Since its inception in 2001, the festival has presented more than 300 regional premiere compositions, including 61 world premiere performances.

Here is a schedule of the New Music Festival concerts; all will be in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall unless otherwise noted:

  • Bugallo-Williams Duo, piano, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, free.
  • Tom McCaslin, tuba, and Catherine Garner, piano, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, free.
  • JACK Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Friday, ticketed event. Call 1-800-ECU-ARTS
  • ECU NewMusic Camerata: Britt Theurer, trumpet; Chris Nappi, percussion; Melissa Reardon, viola; ECU Wind Ensemble Chamber Players, Scott Carter, Director; Ara Gregorian, violin, 3 p.m., Saturday, free.
  • ECU Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs: Jorge Richter, conductor; Elliot Frank, guitar; John Kramar, baritone, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Wright Auditorium, free.
  • Premiere Performances, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 18, free.

For more information, visit


ECU Institute for Coastal Science and Policy hosts regional academic bowl

East Carolina University’s Institute for Coastal Science and Policy and the Division of Continuing Studies hosted the 2012 Blue Heron Bowl on March 3.

The Blue Heron Bowl is the regional competition for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, an academic competition on topics related to study of oceans and Great Lakes. This is the second year ECU has hosted North Carolina’s competition.

Thirteen teams competed in timed, round robin sessions that included multiple choice and short answer questions in ocean sciences. The top four teams then competed for top honors.

Teams included four students, one alternate and a coach. Questions were drawn from the scientific and technical disciplines used in studying the oceans, including physics, chemistry, geology, atmospheric science and biology, as well as from topics on the contributions of the oceans to national and international economics, history and culture.

The winning team was Raleigh Charter High School. Second place was East Chapel Hill High and third place was N.C. School of Science and Mathematics. Walter Williams High, of Burlington, was voted the most sportsmanlike team. Raleigh Charter High’s team will be provided transportation and room and board to the NOSB competition held April 19-22 in Baltimore, Md., where they will compete against 24 other regional winners.

Goals of the NOSB competition are to increase knowledge of the oceans and to raise the visibility and public understanding of the national investment in ocean-related research.

“This was an excellent opportunity for students to compete and learn more about ocean sciences,” said Kay Evans, co-regional coordinator of the bowl. “We were pleased to have two new schools participate this year; Rose High of Greenville and Croatan High of Newport.”

For more information, contact Kay Evans, Institute for Coastal Science and Policy, at 252-328-6220 or  e-mail, or Dr. Jeffery Alejandro, Division of Continuing Studies, at 252-328-9197 or by e-mail at Additional details are available at



Joyner Library announces promotion, addition


Joyner Library at East Carolina University has announced a promotion and new addition to staff.

Mark Sanders was promoted to assistant director for Public Services at Joyner Library, East Carolina University. Sanders previously served as head of service for the library’s Reference Division.

Virginia Bacon joined the library as the electronic resources access and discovery librarian. Virginia is a recent master in library science graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill.  She received her B.A. in anthropology and linguistics from William and Mary in Virginia. She was previously employed at the Varina Branch Library in Henrico County.



Photography exhibit to feature work by ECU art professor

Photography by ECU art professor Daniel Kariko will be on display this month in Joyner Library. (Contributed photo)


“Storm Season: Louisiana’s Disappearing Wetlands,” a photography exhibit of work by East Carolina University School of Art and Design professor Daniel Kariko, will be on display in March in Joyner Library.

The exhibit begins with an opening reception in the 2nd floor exhibit gallery at 5:30 p.m. March 15.

In the Joyner Library blog, Kariko said the photograph series ” represents a long-term investigation of disappearing wetlands and barrier islands in south Louisiana, due to human and natural activity.” Read more about the exhibit on the Joyner blog.




Joyner Library faculty, staff report publications

The following employees in Joyner Library at East Carolina University have published materials in their field:

Linda Teel published “Staffing the CMC for Success,” in Curriculum Materials Collections and Centers: Legacies from the Past, Visions of the Future, edited by Rita Kohrman. Chicago:  Association of College and Research Libraries, 2012.

Also in Curriculum Materials Collections and Centers: Legacies from the Past, Visions of the Future, an article by Hazel Walker, “Building a Successful Outreach Program.”

Maury York published, “The North Carolina State Library as a Cultural Resource, 1812-1914” in the January 2012 issue of the North Carolina Historical Review.