ECU organization collects toys for needy children

Wayne Reeves, left, chair of ECU’s Organization of African American Staff, and Tia Freeman, chair of the organization’s community involvement committee, stand before a collection of toys ready for donation to needy families. (Contributed photo)


The Organization of African American Staff at East Carolina University conducted its 4th annual toy drive in December to collect items for children of  local families in need. The organization acquired a list of toys needed through the Pitt County Department of Social Services, and set out to collect the items.

They acquired all items on the list and more. On Dec. 7, they delivered the collected toys and clothing to the Pitt County Social Services program manager.

The OAAS was developed at ECU as a commitment to African American staff, faculty and students on campus. Programs developed through the organization develop cultural and professional skills and experiences, wellness, networking, mentorship, community outreach, scholarship and economic prosperity.


The ECU Organization for African American Staff collected toys and clothing for needy children in the community during an annual toy drive this December.


Housekeepers award recipients named

The 2012 Fourth Quarter Housekeepers Awards for Excellence recipients, for service, are Mitchell Lane and Dennis Patrick with Academics, Herman Jenkins with Health Sciences Campus / School of Medicine, and Verna Taft with Residence Halls / Student Recreation Center.


ECU hosts international affairs forum

East Carolina University will host the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions Program beginning in January 2013.

Now in its ninth year at ECU, the program will run for eight consecutive Saturdays Jan. 19 through March 9. Sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Rivers West Building auditorium on campus. Great Decisions is co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina.

The program consists of a series of lectures by academic and professional experts on topics such as Threat Assessment, China in Africa, Myanmar and Southeast Asia, the Future of the Euro, Egypt, NATO, Iran and Intervention.

Full-time ECU students, staff and faculty may attend for free and purchase the program book for $19. For the general public, the fee is $37 for all eight sessions and includes membership in the WAC-ENC. The textbook is $19. Individual sessions are $6. To register for the series, visit the Great Decisions web site at

For additional information, contact Dr. Sylvie Debevec Henning at 252-328-5520, or via email at Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to each event.