ECU professor named fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management


Dr. Melanie Sartore-Baldwin, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at East Carolina University, was named a fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management.

She is one of five scholars who received this honor at the 2012 NASSM conference in Seattle.

Fellow status recognizes NASSM scholars by honoring their achievement in sport-related scholarship disseminated through NASSM.

The designation is one of distinction and encourages high standards of research and other forms of scholarship among NASSM’s members.

“We are proud of Dr. Sartore-Baldwin’s international recognition and her commitment to our students,” said Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance.

Her areas of study are diversity-related issues and social justice within sport.

A native of Macomb, Ill., Sartore-Baldwin began teaching at ECU in 2007.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education/exercise science from Western Illinois University in 2000.  She received a dual master’s degree from Indiana University in 2003 and a doctorate from Texas A&M University in 2007.


Awards recognize excellence in service

The 2012 Fourth Quarter Facilities Services Awards for Excellence recipient, for service, is Melvin Tyson with Grounds Services – Moving Services.

The 2012 Campus Operations Awards for Excellence recipients, for service, are Rebecca Bizzell with Campus Operations and Doris Rhem with Housekeeping Services.


Student scholarship highlighted in ECU German language program

Michael Veale

East Carolina University junior Michael Veale of Charlotte was selected for an undergraduate scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), marking the fourth year in a row that ECU’s German program has had a student selected for the scholarship.

Veale, a double major in theatre arts and German, is spending the academic year as a student at the Freie Universitat in Berlin.

ECU professor David L. Smith, majors’ advisor and program coordinator in the university’s German program, said ECU’s program is one of only five in the nation to have had an undergraduate receive the DAAD undergraduate award in each of the last four years, and the only program in the Southeast to do so.

Smith said the four scholarships represent approximately $45,000 in external funding for ECU undergraduates.




Collection of Civil War letters focus of Saturday event

The editor of a book of Civil War letters will give a reading from “Sparrow’s Nest of Letters” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 in the Manuscripts and Rare Books Department at Joyner Library.

Joy W. Sparrow will have a reading and signing of the work that feature letters between Capt. Thomas Sparrow and his son, George Atmore Sparrow, and their lives before, during and after the Civil War. Many of the letters were written from or mention places in Greenville, Falkland and Pitt County, including Green Wreath Plantation.

Some of the letters included in the book are from the Thomas Sparrow Papers in Joyner Library’s East Carolina Manuscript Collection. Those papers were the first collection acquired for the East Carolina Manuscript Collection in the 1960s. The late Keats Sparrow, former dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, encouraged Joy Sparrow to publish the letters.


Book co-edited by English professor named to best books list

A book co-edited by ECU English professor Dr. Kenneth Parille, “The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist,” was selected by the Washington Post as one of its Best Books of 2012.

Parille also contributed an essay to the publication. He was quoted in 2012 in the New York Times for a feature on Clowes and one of his essays on the graphic novelist appeared in the 2010 collection, “The Best American Comics Criticism.”

Read the Washington Post best books list .

Read the March 2012 New York Times article in which Parille is quoted.  Read more about Parille.