ECU professor stresses gimmick-free diets in new book

ECU nutrition science professor Roman Pawlak is shown with his new book, “Healthy Diets without Secrets.” The book was printed in Polish and released in Poland this summer. (Contributed photo)

Many weight loss diets are extremely unhealthy and leave dieters poorly nourished, East Carolina University nutrition science professor Dr. Roman Pawlak said in his new book, “Healthy Diets without Secrets.”

The book provides science-based reasoning for eating healthy, identifies diets that should be avoided and outlines the principles of healthy eating.

“I wanted to clarify diet myths and give people evidenced-based guidelines on what they should be eating,” said Pawlak.

Pawlak said that diets which emphasize eating only certain food are not healthy. “Most of these diets are based on little to no factual nutrition information,” he said.

Pawlak said he’s aware that some health professionals recommend eating smaller meals more frequently because it slightly increases metabolic rate. “But people who eat more frequently have much higher risk for colorectal cancer, and thus, such dietary advice violates the ‘do not harm’ principle,”he said.

The book also offers health and diet suggestions for health conditions like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis.

Department of Nutrition Science dietetic program director Sylvia Escott-Stump, former president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, wrote the book’s introduction.

Unless fluent in Polish, American dieters eager to follow Pawlak’s advice might have to wait until the book is translated, sometime in the near future Pawlak said. It was printed in Polish and released to major books stores throughout Poland in July. He is now working on an English translation of this third book, “In Defense of Vegetarianism.”

Pawlak is associate professor of nutrition science in the College of Human Ecology. He holds a master’s in human nutrition from Andrews University in Michigan and a doctorate in nutrition and food systems from the University of Southern Mississippi. Pawlak is a registered dietitian.

For additional information, contact Pawlak at or call 252-328-2350.



Hardee recognized at international convention


East Carolina University College of Education administrative staff member Lou Anna Hardee was recognized as distinguished governor for 2010-11 at the Optimist International Convention in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Hardee is governor of  Optimist International’s North Carolina East District, which has more than 1,300 members in 36 clubs. She was presented with a ring as well as a medallion acknowledging her work as a “Builder of Excellence.”

An active member, committee chair and treasurer of the Optimist Club of Greenville, Hardee is former president and member of the board of directors of the Greenville club. In 2008 and 2011, she was named Optimist of the Year. She is a leader in the N.C. East District, serving as immediate past governor, candidate qualifications chair, and lieutenant governor of Zone Three, which has clubs in Greenville, Washington, Goldsboro, Morehead City, and Cape Carteret.

Hardee has worked at ECU since 1968. She is married to Curtis L. Hardee and resides in Greenville.


Grant supports ECU Arts Smart series

East Carolina University’s Arts Smart series has received a $2,000 grant from Target Stores to support writing across the curriculum for Pitt County students in grades K-6.

Two authors in those grades will be recognized for exemplary writing. The students and their classmates will receive complimentary tickets to one of six titles on the Arts Smart series.

ECU elementary education student Amy Shackleford will support the initiative with age-appropriate course materials and educator support materials, developed in conjunction with the Teaching Resource Center in Joyner Library. Communications major Jessi Hardin will outline a marketing campagin to encourage teacher and student participation.


ECU grad covers Republican National Convention for CNN

East Carolina University graduate and Jacksonville, N.C. native Elizabeth Lauten ’07 is serving as a CNN News correspondent, in a guest reporting role for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Lauten was one of six winners of CNN’s “Your Political Ticket” iReport Convention Contest. She and two other reporters received an all-expense paid trip to the Republican convention, while three others will cover the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte Sept. 3-6.

The reporters will cover the conventions from first-person video commentary and on-air reporting, photography coverage and interviews with convention attendees and local residents.

“I heard about the contest through a friend. It started off as a joke and I said ‘let’s make it campaign style,’ which is different from typical videos,” Lauten said. “I thought I could get it out there and use my old broadcasting skills.”

“It’s kind of crazy looking back at where I am now from being in Jacksonville 10 years ago,” Lauten said. “Things are finally coming around full circle from then. A couple of years ago I wouldn’t have even said that I would be a correspondent for CNN.”

Lauten is social and earned media manager at Purple Strategies firm in Washington, D.C. She also writes movie and television reviews for Miss A, an online publication. Lauten previously served as press secretary for Republican congressman Joe Walsh and as a new media political manager for the Republican National Committee.

“I’m not nervous about going at all because I went to last convention as a volunteer,” Lauten said. “For me, it’s a different angle and I’m looking forward to making the most out of this opportunity and trying out as many things as I can.”

View Lauten’s reports at


Hospitality Leadership professor wins best paper of the year at international meeting

ECU hospitality leadership professor Cynthia S. Deale and co-authors received the Best Paper of the Year award for their work in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism.

Dr. Cynthia Deale

The award was announced at the annual conference of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education Aug. 3 in Providence, R.I.

The winning article, “Environmental Sustainability in the Hospitality Management Curriculum: Perspectives from Three Groups of Stakeholders,” addresses how the main stakeholders of hospitality management – educators, students and industry professionals – view the need for environmental sustainability in management education.

“The future of environmental sustainability education is critical to the hospitality management curriculum. It’s nice that this topic is receiving attention,” Deale said.

She said the study demonstrates a strong need for sustainability education in the field. The authors suggest establishing a partnership between education and industry to make the hospitality industry more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.

Co-authors were Nelson Barber and Raymond Goodman from the University of New Hampshire.

A PDF version of the article may be obtained upon request to



ECU campaign offers chance to honor military service, support

Newly purchased pavers are shown during the 2011 dedication of the Memorial Walk and Freedom Wall at East Carolina University. The pavers were installed in the brick walkway after the service. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

A campaign under way at East Carolina University presents an opportunity to commemorate military service with a permanent memorial on campus.

The 2012 Service to Nation Campaign is offering engraved brick pavers priced at $125 each to honor individuals who have provided service in support of national defense. That includes military service as well as participation with organizations designed to support military efforts, such as the Veterans Administration, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Support the Troops, Wounded Warriors and similar programs.

Each 6 x 9 inch commemorative paver will be engraved with the honoree’s name and service details, and installed on the Memorial Walk west of Christenbury Memorial Gymnasium. Pavers purchased before Oct. 19 will be installed prior to a Nov. 9 dedication ceremony in honor of Veterans Day.

Proceeds will be used for Army and Air Force ROTC scholarships at ECU.

The campaign is sponsored by the ECU College of Health and Human Performance and the Office of Military Programs. For additional information, contact Steve Duncan at or Kim Walters at or call (252) 328-9572.


University Printing & Graphics is double winner in national contest

The 2011 football season ticket book and a poster printed for a musical presented by ECU’s School of Theatre and Dance netted national recognition for ECU’s University Printing & Graphics. UP&G also printed the books that were distributed to 2012 football season ticket holders. (Contributed photo)


University Printing and Graphics at East Carolina University has been named a double winner in the In–Print 2012 competition, a national contest that recognizes print quality.

UP&G received the silver award in the hybrid combined offset/non-offset category for the 2011 football season ticket book printed last fall for the ECU Department of Athletics.

“This is a very special award for us this year,” said Ann Weingartz, UP&G director. “Everyone in the department had a hand in the production of the book. From photography and design to collating and binding, everyone stepped up and made it happen.”

UP&G also brought home the bronze award in the flyers non-offset category for a poster printed for a musical presented by East Carolina’s School of Theatre and Dance, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

The contest is sponsored by the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) and “In-Plant Graphics” magazine. It is the only competition strictly for in-plants, an in-house reproduction department operated within an organization, such as a company, government office or university.

The awards were presented in June at the IPMA conference in Kansas City, Mo. Seventy-eight printed pieces submitted by 37 organizations were selected as winners from the 452 entries submitted.

IPMA Awards Chairman Chris Anderson of Salt Lake City, who has served as a judge for the past five years, was impressed by this year’s entries. “Every year the competition gets tighter, especially in the digital category,” he said.

“The quality of equipment is making judging far more difficult,” he added. “In the past we could pretty easily identify the equipment by simply looking at the piece, but this year we frequently needed to refer back to the entry forms to clarify the machine used.”

The 2012 awards mark the 14th time ECU’s print shop has placed in the competition since 1996.

“We are extremely proud of the recognition our work has received over the years,” Weingartz said. “Meeting the needs of our customers is our first priority. Receiving awards and recognition is just icing on the cake.”

The ticket book utilized both offset and digital printing processes. It was printed on the Heidelberg Speedmaster and variable data was added to the piece utilizing the Xerox iGen4 Press. The poster was printed on the Xerox iGen4 Press.

In picking the winners, judges considered the degree of difficulty required to print a job and closely analyzed the entries for obvious flaws.

The most common reason pieces are eliminated is when both halves of the sheet fail to line up perfectly or are cracked along the folds because they were either folded against the grain or folded without first being scored.

The judges also look for color variation from page to page, particularly noticeable in company logos or headers that appear on consecutive pages, and spots and specks.

“A beautifully designed piece can be ruined if the colors aren’t right or the binding isn’t up to standard,” Weingartz said.

UP&G is located at 2612 East 10th Street in the Harris Building. Operated through the Business Services unit of East Carolina University’s division of Administration and Finance, UP&G is self-supporting and receives no state funding. It is the largest in-plant printing operation among the 16 constituent institutions of the UNC system and features printing capabilities ranging from simple forms to four-color process magazines.




SEANC District 65 to hold Toys for Tots Drive


SEANC District 65 is holding a Toys for Tots toy drive Aug. 28 through Sept. 5 at East Carolina University.

Individuals wishing to donate toys for to brighten the holiday for needy children may deliver the items to the Thomas Professional Building or arrange for pickup by contacting Lynn Tuthill at 252-744-3284 or via email at

Member of SEANC 65 will take donations from this area to Greensboro, adding the toys to a statewide collection during the annual SEANC Convention. The collection will then go to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, who will distribute them to needy children across the state through their Toys for Tots campaign.

SEANC members are asking that individuals refrain from donating stuffed animals or books (many of these items are left over from last year). They will not accept realistic looking toy weapons and gifts with food. All toys should be unwrapped and appropriate for children 12 and under.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is this year’s community service project for the 29th Annual SEANC Convention.

For more information, contact Tuthill or a board member of SEANC District 65.


The Thomas Professional Building is on Arlington Blvd., just south of Dickinson Avenue, next to Dr. Capps, Bowman and Padgett’s dental office.


Business faculty report publications

Faculty in the East Carolina University College of Business have reported recent publications including “Did You Tell Me the Truth? The Influence of Online Community on eWOM,” by Marketing and Supply Chain Management professor Shirley Mai in the International Journal of Market Research; and “Offshoring Audit and Tax Procedures: Implications for U.S.-Based Employee Education,” by Accounting professor Denise E. Dickens in Issues in Accounting Education.