Feb. 28 event aimed at enhancing student understanding of philanthropy

The East Carolina University Office of Annual Giving will host the first Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Feb. 28 at Wright Plaza.

The event is designed to education students on the importance of giving back and supporting their university. Students may make a gift to the Student Memorial energency fund. They will also receive information on how private donor dollars make a difference for their education.

Doug Smith, interim director of Annual Giving, said students participate in activities daily that make a difference at the university. “They volunteer their time to fulfill our mission of service. They share their talents to enrich our culture,” he said.  By sharing their dollars, he said, “students have the opportunity to further invest in their ECU experience. …

“Regardless of the size of their gift, we want students to know they are making a difference,” Smith said.

The event is part of an inititiave developed by CASE Affiliated Student Advancement Programs to increase student understanding of philanthropy and grow engagement on campus.

For additional information, contact Jennifer Watson at watsonje@ecu.edu or call (252) 328-9585.



Symposium to focus on public service

Discuss responsibilities, dilemmas and the value of public service during the Ethics of Public Service Symposium 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU.

Topics will include the ethical responsibilities of public universities, the value of public service to campuses and communities, the ethical dilemmas arising from public service and the rewards to all involved. Participants will include ECU faculty, staff, students, area community colleges and universities and their community partners.



The morning keynote speaker is Stephen B. Thomas, director of the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland. Thomas is the principal investigator of the Research Center of Excellence on Minority Health Disparities, funded by the NIH-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. He is also principal investigator, with Dr. Sandra Quinn, of the NIH National Bioethics Infrastructure Initiative: Building Trust Between Minorities and Researchers awarded in 2009.

Two sessions will focus on how service is rewarded by universities. The luncheon speaker is KerryAnn O’Meara, associate professor at the University of Maryland, who will also lead a workshop in the afternoon. She will talk about the University of Maryland’s ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence, which aims to transform the institutional culture of the University by facilitating networks, offering individual mentoring and support, and offering information and strategic opportunities for women faculty in all areas of academia.

ECU’s Office of Public Service and Community Relations, the Office of Human Research Integrity, the Faculty Senate Service Learning Committee, the Office for Faculty Excellence, and the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center are working with North Carolina Campus Compact to offer the event.

Registration is $40 for individuals from NC Campus Compact member campuses and $50 for non-members. ECU is a member.

For more information, go to http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentlife/volunteer/epss.cfm or contact Beth Velde at veldeb@ecu.edu or 252-737-1377, or Dennis McCunney at mccunneyw@ecu.edu or 252-328-2802.


Academy-Award winning filmmaker coming to ECU Feb. 28

Filmmaker, activist and grassroots organizer Barbara Trent will present the Global Awareness lecture at the East Carolina University School of Art and Design at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in Speight Auditorium in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center.BarbaraTrent

Trent’s presentation entitled “Waging Peace in a Global World” will address current events, activism, media hypocrisy and the responsibility and power people have to create change. She will discuss the interconnections between the unraveling ecosystem, the failing economy and war in our society.

Drawing on nearly a half century of experience as a grassroots organizer, Academy-Award winner Trent will use footage from some of her recent films to accompany her comments.

A seasoned activist and filmmaker, Trent won an Oscar in 1993 for the documentary, “The Panama Deception,” and has both directed and produced other films including “Waging Peace,” “Destination Nicaragua,” and “Coverup: Behind the Iran-Contra Affair.” She has publicly exposed criminal activities at the highest level of government and has been the target of at least three FBI counter-intelligence operations.

Appointed as an expert senior training specialist for the VISTA Program under President Jimmy Carter, Trent has been decorated with the Gasper Octavio Hernandez Award by the Journalists’ Union in Panama and is a recipient of the American Humanist Association’s Arts Award for her “courageous advocacy of progressive ideas.”

The Empowerment Project is a media resource center serving progressive videographers and filmmakers. It produces and distributes its own documentary films and videos and provides support for independent producers, artists, activists and organizations to further social, political and artistic purposes.

Several years ago, EP founded Old Oak Homestead, a five-acre homestead that provides training in homesteading skills and renewable energy options as a means to create sustainable communities (self-sustainability and organic growing methods). For more information, visit www.empowermentproject.org.


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ECU names department chair for Technology Systems

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The College of Technology and Computer Science at ECU has named Dr. Tijjani (TJ) Mohammed as the chair for the Department of Technology Systems (formerly the Department of Industrial Technology).

Mohammed has been employed as a faculty member of East Carolina University for 16 years. He most recently served as the interim chair of the department for two and a half years.

He has served in various other capacities, including as graduate advisor for several master’s and PhD students, and as coordinator for the Digital Communications and Computer Networking Management concentrations and the Computer Network Professional Graduate Certificate program.

“I was surprised and humbled that I was one of the faculty’s top picks for the chair position,” Mohammed said. “It is very exciting to work in a department that has houses accessible technology programs in high-demand fields that directly impact regional and statewide economic development.”

Mohammed received his B.S. in Technical Education from the University of Central Missouri, an M.S. in Electronics and Computer Technology from Indiana State University, and holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Education from Texas A&M.  He has a strong history of collaboration on a variety of externally funded projects and on a number of publications in information and computer technology and related areas.


Joyner Library to hold edible book festival

Edible books created for the 2012 event included "To Grill a Mockingbird," pictured above. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Edible books created for the 2012 event included “To Grill a Mockingbird,” pictured above. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Joyner Library at East Carolina University will host an Edible Book Festival April 6 on the second floor of the library. The festival celebrates books and food and the people who love them.

A silent auction held during the event benefits the Joyner Library Preservation Fund. A demonstration of techniques and capabilities of the library’s Conservation Lab is also planned.

Organizers of the event urge participants to enter with a piece of edible art related to books. The art can make a pun on a book’s title, refer to a scene or a character, look like a book or just be related to books. All entries must be edible. Examples can be found online by searching for “edible book festival.”

Register by April 1 at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/techsrv/EdibleBookRegistration.cfm.

Prizes will be awarded for wittiest, most edible, least edible, honorable mentions and youth (ages 12 and under).

The schedule for events is as follows:

  • 2 – 3 p.m. Entries delivered, installed, photographed
  • 3 – 4 p.m. Public viewing, silent auction, voting. Refreshments served.4:15 p.m. Prize winners and acution winners announced

For a slideshow of last year’s events, visit http://www.ecu.edu/news/ediblebooks.cfm. For additional information about the festival, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/techsrv/edibleabout.cfm.