ECU alumnus published in LA Times

An image from an ECU web feature shows Nathan Lean touring Tripoli while a student at ECU.

An editorial by East Carolina University alumnus Nathan Lean, “Anders Behring Breivik: Norway’s sane killer” appeared in the Los Angeles Times Aug. 26.

Lean earned a double major from ECU in piano performance and international studies and an MA in international studies. A graduate student at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Lean is a scholar of Middle East studies and a prolific writer on Islam, American foreign policy, national politics and global affairs.

He is editor-in-chief of Aslan Media and a contributing writer at Policy Mic.  His writings have appeared recently in The Huffington Post, and the New York Daily News.

This year Lean authored “The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims.” And with ECU political science professor Jalil Roshandel, director of the Security Studies program, Lean co-authored “Iran, Israel, and the United States: Regime Security vs. Political Legitimacy.”

A 2010 ECU web feature shared details on how ECU’s global understanding course influenced Lean’s research interests. Read the feature.



BBC Travel lists ECU as one of five in world for sustainable tourism

A BBC Travel story listed East Carolina University as one of five schools in the world where one can earn a degree in sustainable tourism.

In the Aug. 22 article, “Ethical traveller: Getting a degree in sustainable travel,” author Lori Robertson noted ECU’s master of science in sustainable tourism degree as well as the Center for Sustainable Tourism.

Read the article at

Visit ECU’s Center for Sustainable Tourism at

For additional information about the master’s of science in sustainable tourism degree, visit


ECU professor receives Fulbright award

Mulatu Wubneh, a professor in ECU’s planning program in the Department of Geography, has been awarded a Fulbright grant for study and lecture in Ethiopia.

East Carolina University professor Mulatu Wubneh in the Department of Geography will spend fall 2012 at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia through a 2012-13 Fulbright Scholar award for lecturing and research.

Wubneh will research urban revitalization in the city of Addis Ababa.

He is one of the 1,200 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2012-2013.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. It is one of the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange programs in the U.S.


ECU student stores launches expanded textbook rental program

ECU student Vernon Garrett, an employee with Dowdy Student Stores, folds boxes used to hold student book orders. Approximately 1,800 to 2,500 orders are expected to be filled by the first day of classes Aug. 21.

East Carolina University’s Dowdy Student Stores is offering students significant cost savings on college textbooks this fall through an expanded textbook rental program.

Bryan Tuten, director of the Dowdy Student Stores, said a program for textbook rentals has been in place, but this year the bookstore has expanded its capacity from about 50 available titles to approximately 800 textbooks available for rental.

“We have been working to lower textbook costs to help make college more affordable for students and their families,” Tuten said. “We started with a guaranteed textbook buyback program which has evolved into a full-fledged rental program.”

He said renting textbooks could save as much as 80 percent off new textbook prices. “If a textbook is priced at $100 brand new, students might be able to rent it for as little as $20,” Tuten said.

The online component of the program should prove especially beneficial to distance education students, Tuten said, because the students can complete their textbook purchase online and have the order shipped to their homes without ever having to visit the store. Students who live near campus may still visit the store to rent their textbooks directly off the shelves. They might also request that an online order be held for pickup at the bookstore.

For additional information, visit or contact Tuten at (252) 328-6731.


ECU clinical psychology program accredited

The American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation has approved the full accreditation of East Carolina University’s clinical psychology program in health psychology for the next seven years. Accreditation by the APA requires full program review, including a self-study document describing the goals of training, methods of quality assessment and outcomes for students, and processes and procedures to ensure that training meets national standards.

“Our program and department believe in the East Carolina motto of ‘Servire,’ and accreditation provides further evidence that we can train our students to serve North Carolina with the highest level of both research and clinical skills,” said Dr. Susan McCammon, interim chair of the Department of Psychology.

­ECU received permission to plan the new doctoral program in 2004. Recently retired department chair Dr. Kathleen Row led efforts to build the program, recruiting nationally to add to the psychology department’s strong faculty base. The clinical psychology program has 10 core faculty members, 12 associate faculty and six affiliated clinical supervisors.

Dr. Sam Sears, director of the health psychology doctoral program said, “APA accreditation was an essential step for our program to be recognized nationally for the highest standards of quality of training.”

ECU joins Duke University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro as the only accredited training program in North Carolina for clinical psychologists. In addition, it is the only program focused on health psychology.