ECU Creative Writing graduate students to present reading Feb. 18

Seven ECU graduate students in creative writing will read from their original work on Monday, Feb. 18 on campus

The reading, which is free and open to the public, will include fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. It begins at 6:30 p.m. in Bate 2021.

Participants are enrolled in a graduate course in public readings taught by Alex Albright, who co-ordinates ECU’s creative writing program. Organizing readings like this is part of their course of study, Albright said.

Readers include Todd Goodman, Sabrina Westerman, Sarah Curzon, David Sudzina, Aaron Geer, Rose Nelson, and John Hinson. Each will read about 10 minutes.

Goodman, a Concord native, earned his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University. He has worked as a journalist in both North Carolina and Florida, where he won journalism awards from the Florida Press Club and the Florida Press Association.

Westerman, who was home-schooled in the mountains of Virginia before moving to Greenville in 2005, is the first in her generation to earn a college degree. She graduated from Pitt Community College and ECU, where she was the English Department’s Outstanding Graduate in December 2011.

Curzon, who graduated from the University of South Carolina magna cum laude with a double major in marketing and fashion merchandising, also has a master’s degree from ECU in Education. She has taught English at Edwards Middle School in Nash County for eight years.  Both her fiction and nonfiction have earned ECU’s nominations for the prestigious AWP “Intro” Awards.

Sudzina, a Cortland, N.Y. native, moved with his family to Greenville in 1998. He graduated from J.H. Rose High and Pitt Community College before earning his undergraduate degree from UNC-Charlotte. He writes fiction and is currently working towards an English Studies degree.

Geer, a Western Michigan University graduate, is in his first semester at ECU where he also works as an editorial assistant at the North Carolina Literary Review. He has published several stories and was co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Litribune and an editorial intern for Third Coast while at Western Michigan.

Nelson, who was born in Scottsdale, Arizona and grew up in the Midwest and graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. A former high school English teacher, she primarily writes fiction for young adult readers and has had several stories published. She and her husband, Jim Nelson, live in Greenville with their five children.

Hinson, from Goldsboro, earned his B.A. in English from ECU. He was an All-State baseball player who turned to creative writing after an elbow injury ended his baseball playing days. He writes allegories, satire, and science fiction, and he maintains a blog of his creative nonfiction essays and cultural criticism

For further information, contact Alex Albright, co-ordinator of creative writing, at 252.328.4876 or



Youth Arts Festival seeks artists for April 6 event

The ninth annual Youth Arts Festival seeks artists who would like to share their creative talents with children during an event held on campus at East Carolina University.

The annual Youth Arts Festival, scheduled this year for April 6, promotes multicultural visual and performing arts to children through hands-on projects, demonstrations and performances primarily geared to elementary and middle school children.

No sales commission or booth fees are charged. The event’s focus is on teaching children and their families about the diverse and creative talents available in the region. Participants may work with children developing hands-on art projects or simply demonstrate their creative talent.

The event runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It is free and open to individuals at all age levels.

Contact Dindy Reich, Youth Arts Festival coordinator, at (252) 328-5749 or for additional information or to sign up for the event.

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Business faculty report publications

Faculty from the College of Business have reported the following publications:

An article by accounting professor Denise E. Dickens, “Knowledge transfer among experts: lessons from audit partner rotation” appeared in the International Journal of Corporate Governance.

An article by management faculty Shanan Gibson, Bill McDowell and Michael Harris, “Examining Minority Business Enterprises as Government Contractors” appeared in the Journal of Business & Entrepreneurship.

An article by marketing and supply chain management professor Tracy Tuten, “Social media picture posting and souvenir purchasing behavior: Some initial findings,” appeared in Tourism Management.



Joyner Faculty report presentations, publications

ECU librarians Carolyn Willis, Jeanne Hoover and Clark Nall received notification that their poster presentation proposal was selected for this year’s ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) 2013 Conference in Indianapolis for their work with Project STEPP.

Housed in Joyner Library, Project STEPP serves college students with documented learning disabilities. The program offers academic, social and life-skills support to motivated and committed students who show the potential to succeed in college.

The title of their presentation is “Teach, Assess, and Redesign: Creating a framework of universal design for learning for students with learning disabilities.”

A poster session by Joyner Library staff Mark Sanders and Angela Whitehurst, “Don’t be Lost in Space:  Assess, Renovate, and Repurpose your Library” was presented for the North Carolina Library Association meeting in Thomasville.

An article by Sanders, “Creating a safe haven for university students:  How are we doing?” appeared in the Journal of Access Services.


ECU student is role model in service, scholarship

Jordan Widgeon

Jordan Widgeon

By Kathy Muse
College of Health and Human Performance

When Jordan Widgeon left her home in Indian Trail, N.C. to attend East Carolina University, she wanted to enhance her time management skills and learn to make decisions independently.

Widgeon, exercise physiology major in the College of Health and Human Performance, not only mastered this skill, but also emerged as a leader in service because of it.

“I had to learn how to make the most of my free,” she said.

Widgeon accomplished this by becoming active in campus activities and organizations. She serves as a member of the Kinesiology Major’s Club, Pre-Physical Therapy Club and as a sister of Sigma Alpha Omega Christian Sorority.

“Maintaining a good agenda and writing down all of my assignments and events is essential,” said Widgeon.

In her role as teaching assistant in the student development and learning in higher education class, she became a mentor to students who needed to talk about transitions to college life. The class is designed for freshmen who are intended majors in pre-health professions.

“Since I shared the same major with the majority of these students, it was a joyful experience to give advice about challenges I faced only three years earlier,” said Widgeon.

This semester, Widgeon keeps busy with project MENTOR, a research project designed to help obese adolescents experience exercise success. She works three nights a week with one assigned child on campus.

“I love seeing all the kids improve their physical fitness and lose weight with their healthy lifestyle changes, she said.

Following graduation from ECU in May, Widgeon plans to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

ECU academic advisor Jennifer Abbott said Widgeon has been an excellent and well-rounded student. She has “maintained a stellar GPA and been active in service to others,” Abbott said. “She is a role model for all students.”

Widgeon’s advice for student success is to get at least seven hours of sleep, go to class daily, get to know professors and always remember to bring an umbrella. She encourages getting involved, networking and helping others.

“It is well worth the time spent,” she said.