NCAA Sportsmanship Award winner to speak at ECU

Mallory Holtman, who helped carry an opposing team’s injured player around the bases for a homerun, will speak at ECU Oct. 23.


NCAA Sportsmanship Award winner Mallory Holtman will speak on sportsmanship, character and leadership at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 in Wright Auditorium at East Carolina University.

Holtman achieved national recognition in 2008, during her senior softball season at Central Washington University. During a pivotal late-season conference game, Western Oregon’s Sara Tucholsky hit a home run with two runners on base.  However, when rounding first base Tucholsky missed the base.  As she returned to touch the base, Tucholsky tore her anterior cruciate ligament in her knee, fell to the ground and was unable to complete running the bases.


Holtman and teammate Liz Wallace carried Tucholsky around to each base to complete the homerun, which proved to be the game-clinching run. The act garnered national television appearances on the Ellen Degeneres Show and ESPN as well as media coverage in The New York Times and Sports Illustrated.

Holtman was hired by her alma mater as head coach of the softball team in 2010.

Her presentation, “Because Nice Matters,” will focus on doing the right thing, even when circumstances are difficult or challenging.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Greek Life, Campus Recreation and Wellness, Student Involvement and Leadership, the Department of Kinesiology and Dowdy Student Stores.

For additional information, contact David Gaskins ( at 328-6387.


Ceremony to launch biotechnology initiative

A ribbon cutting ceremony will celebrate the launch of the Interdisciplinary Biotechnology Initiative at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the third floor lobby of the Science and Technology Building on campus. Tours of the fifth floor labs and a reception will follow.

The initiative is a $2 million investment that created two large, shared lab spaces to accommodate multiple inter-related research groups for interdisciplinary research in topics including molecular genetics; biotechnology and the cellular basis of cancer. The initiative represents collaboration among the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Biology and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

“Some of ECU’s…top researchers will be working in these new labs,” said Dr. Alan R. White, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

“This lab space is state-of-the-art, and it will be among the best research spaces on campus,” he said.

Among the researchers using the new labs are two individuals from ECU’s Wounded Warrior Program – Dr.s Baohong Zhang, assistant professor of biology who studies molecular genetics, toxicology and biotechnology; and Xiaoping Pan, assistant professor of biochemistry. Also using the lab is biology professor and developmental genetics researcher Dr. Beth Thompson, who received a five-year National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

For additional information, contact Dr. Jeff McKinnon, chair of the Department of Biology, at 252-328-6718 or


Chancellor’s Leadership Academy Open House set for Nov. 1


The 2012 Chancellor’s Leadership Academy will hold an open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Willis Building.

The open house will provide information about the academy experience, including presentations from members of the growing number of Leadership Fellows who have completed the intensive professional development program. Supporting one of five strategic directions in ECU’s strategic plan – “The Leadership University”  –  the academy offers an opportunity for enhancing academic leadership capabilities through a quality curriculum delivered by top-level administrative and academic leaders.

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet and speak with Chancellor Ballard and Chancellor’s Leadership Fellows. Light refreshments and wine will be served.

Additional information about the academy is available at For questions about the Open House, contact Danielle Koonce, coordinator of the Leadership Collaborative and Chancellor’s Leadership Academy, at or (252) 737-1100.


In Memoriam: William C. Friday

William C. Friday, president emeritus of the University of North Carolina, died Oct. 12 on the 219 birthday of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was 92.

William C. Friday

Following a series of leadership roles for the university, Friday assumed the position of UNC system president in 1956. He served in that role 30 years.

“Bill Friday lived a life that exemplified everything that has made our University – and the state of North Carolina – great,” said UNC President Tom Ross.

“He was a man of unquestioned honor and integrity who devoted a lifetime of extraordinary leadership and service to the University and state he loved so much. He also was a man of deep courage and conviction who never backed away from doing the right thing for our students, our faculty or our citizens. We have truly lost one of North Carolina’s most special treasures.”

Speaking at East Carolina University later in the day after Friday’s death had been announced, Ross paid tribute to the retired UNC system president during his remarks at the ribbon cutting for Ledyard E. Ross Hall, home of the School of Dental Medicine. “He set the gold standard for leadership in higher education,” Ross said.

ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard said, “Bill Friday devoted his life to providing extraordinary leadership and service to public higher education in the state of North Carolina. He embraced the enduring values of respect, authenticity, and a commitment to serve that have helped our University to deliver on the promise of opportunity.  Our state has lost a great leader and we will sincerely miss him. We would all do well to try to be more like Bill Friday.”

A native of Virginia, Friday grew up in Dallas, N.C. He earned a textile engineering degree from NCSU and graduated from the UNC-CH law school in 1948.



ECU employees urged to sign up for electronic W-2 statements

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