Gifts presented to BB&T Center for Leadership Development

At the February meeting of the BB&T Center for Leadership Developer’s Board of Directors, BB&T Eastern Region President Scott Evans presented ECU Chancellor Dr. Steve Ballard with a check for $250,000 as the third installment on a $1 million gift to the center. Evans is pictured with Ballard in the photo at top. 

Pictured below, at the same meeting, a check for $500,000 was presented by the University of North Carolina to match a $1 million gift from ECU alumnus Tom Arthur of Tampa, Fla., to fund a leadership professorship in the ECU College of Business. Arthur, at left, was honored at the meeting. He is shown with Chancellor Ballard, College of Business Dean Stan Eakins and James Bearden, director of the Center for BB&T Leadership Development. (Photos by Jay Clark)

At the February meeting of the BB&T Center for Leadership Developer’s Board of Directors, BB&T Eastern Region President Scott Evans presented ECU Chancellor Dr. Steve Ballard with a check for $250,000 as the third installment on a $1 million gift to the center. Evans is pictured with Ballard in the photo at top.

At the same meeting, a check for $500,000 was presented by the University of North Carolina to match a $1 million gift from ECU alumnus Tom Arthur of Tampa, Fla., to fund a leadership professorship in the ECU College of Business. Pictured in the lower image Arthur, at left,  is shown with Chancellor Ballard, College of Business Dean Stan Eakins and James Bearden, director of the Center for BB&T Leadership Development.

(Photos by Jay Clark)

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Event gives ECU students a professional edge in the job market

An event aimed at giving East Carolina University students an edge in the job market will test the etiquette skills of 40 young men and women on Friday, Feb. 22.

Seonna Dixon, left, and Breanna Dean interact at the 2012 Outclass the Competition event on campus. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Seonna Dixon, left, and Breanna Dean interact at the 2012 Outclass the Competition event on campus. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Outclass the Competition, a full day of activities centered on learning business protocol and professional etiquette, begins at 9 a.m. at the East Carolina Heart Institute on the health sciences campus. This is the second year ECU has hosted the event.

“It provides a solid foundation of professionalism that will set our students apart,” said organizer Mandee Foushee Lancaster, who also serves as director of both the Center for Survey Research and the Shelton Leadership Challenge at ECU. “In this climate, it’s important to give them an edge.”

Lancaster said that with practice, and guided by events like Outclass the Competition, students can be sure “employers are focusing on their qualifications, and not the way that they’re dressed or holding their fork.”

The skills can also benefit those applying for graduate school, as they may have to complete interviews for admittance or scholarships.

This year’s event features workshops on making the right first impressions through body language and conversation, networking and building relationships, workplace professionalism, table manners, and doing business in other countries and with the military. The day ends at 6 p.m.

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Moldin Scholarship applications available for chemistry, biology majors

East Carolina University’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences’ Scholarship Selection Committee is accepting applications for the Moldin Scholarship, to be awarded for the 2013–14 academic year. Applications are due by Friday, March 22.

The Moldin Scholarship, established in 2006 by ECU alumni Richard and Nancy Moldin, provides a $2,000 annual scholarship to two rising juniors enrolled full time in the Department of Chemistry or the Department of Biology.

To apply for the Moldin Scholarship, students must be enrolled as a full-time junior for the 2013–14 academic year, majoring in chemistry or biology, with a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need, as verified by the Office of Student Financial Aid.

The $2,000 annual scholarship award shall be for one academic year – $1,000 each semester – and is renewable through the recipient’s senior year, upon maintenance of the scholarship eligibility criteria. Students interested in applying for the scholarship should complete an application form, available at www.ecu.edu/cas, or from the chair of their department.

Application forms and supporting documents must be returned by March 22, to:

East Carolina University
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
c/o Dr. Michael Brown
1002 Bate Building
Greenville, NC 27858.

Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 19.

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ECU to host Flatlander’s Fling Climbing Competition

A climber performs during ECU's Flatlander's Fling in 2012. (Contributed photo)

A climber performs during ECU’s Flatlander’s Fling in 2012. (Contributed photo)

 

The Campus Recreation and Wellness Adventure Program at East Carolina University will host the 16th annual Flatlander’s Fling Climbing Competition on Feb. 23 at the Student Recreation Center on campus.

The event is open to all climbers, regardless of ability level, and features bouldering and top rope competitions.

Registration for the top rope climbing competition begins at 9 a.m., and climbing registration begins at 10 a.m.  Registration for bouldering competition begins at 2 p.m. and bouldering begins at 3 p.m.

Amanda Sugg, a student staff member at Campus Recreation and Wellness said competitors from across the region are welcomed. “We reach out to most of the climbing gyms in North Carolina as well as several in Virginia.  In 2012, climbers from four different universities and two climbing clubs participated,” Sugg said.

Competition winners will be determined through a points system.  Prizes and giveaways will be awarded to participants in all categories.

The Flatlander’s Fling is a part of the 3rd annual Eastern Edge Climbing Series, hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University, Old Dominion University and East Carolina University.  Students climbing in two of the three competitions compete to win the series title for their school.

“ECU serves as the host site, but our goal is to promote a supportive climbing community, both here at ECU and across different schools,” said Campus Recreation and Wellness student staffer Matthew Schurtz

“Climbing is about challenges and pushing personal boundaries and the competition is the perfect place to meet down-to-earth people with the same passions for climbing,” he said.

The event is sponsored by Babit’s Bikes, Bicycle Post, East Coast Music & Video, ECU Adventure Program, ECU Campus Recreation & Wellness, Entre Prises Climbing Walls, Great Outdoor Provision Company, Mad Rock Climbing, Marathon Restaurant, Moose Jaw, Mountain Khakis, Prinz Climbing Holds, The Scullery, Sup Dogs, The Bookaneer BookStore, The Shoe Crate, The Sojourner and The Tipsy Teapot.

Registration for ECU faculty and staff and any college student is $20 with a valid college ID.  General public registration is $30 for adults and $20 for students under the age of 18. Spectators are welcome. Free food from local venues will also be provided.

For more information contact the ECU Adventure Program at 252-328-1560, adventure@ecu.edu, or visit www.flatlandersfling.org.

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Fifty businesses expected at ECU networking event

ECU engineering student Barbara Sage is shown installing components for a heart metering device she is building in an ECU class. Engineering students are among those urged to take advantage of the networking event on campus. (Photo by Jay Clark)

ECU engineering student Barbara Sage is shown installing components for a heart metering device she built in class. Engineering students are among those urged to take advantage of the Feb. 20 networking event on campus. (Photo by Jay Clark)

 

The College of Technology and Computer Science at East Carolina University will host an Employer & Student Networking Day from noon-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Harvey Hall at the Murphy Center.

Approximately 50 businesses are expected to attend the free, annual event. All undergraduate and graduate students are invited, particularly those pursuing a degree in the fields of computer science, engineering, construction management and technology systems.

Students are encouraged to research any companies they might be interested in working for before attending the event.

“We are committed to building…alliances between our college, our programs, and the business community,” said Dr. Leslie Pagliari, associate dean for academic affairs at the college.

Members of the business community will also have the chance to converse directly with faculty and college administrators during a lunch from noon-1:30 p.m. Students will arrive and can meet with company representatives from 1:30-4 p.m.

For additional information, contact Dr. Leslie Pagliari, associate dean for academic affairs at the College of Technology and Computer Science at (252) 328-9663, pagliaril@ecu.edu; or David Harrawood, director of ECU’s Center for Innovation in Technology and Engineering, (252) 328-9654 or harrawoodd@ecu.edu.

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