Founders Day/Awards Day set for May 1

East Carolina University will mark Founders Day/University Awards Day on May 1, which is Reading Day for the spring semester.

Founders Day/University Awards Day is a celebration of the establishment of the institution by the N.C. General Assembly 106 years ago. During the event, the university’s top awards in teaching, scholarship of engagement, research/creative achievement, leadership and the Centennial Awards for Excellence will be announced. That event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Hendrix Theatre.

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Lucas honored for board service

ECU Board of Trustees Bob Lucas, pictured above, was presented with a certificate of appreciation for his two years of service as chairman and eight years on the board. Lucas of Selma also served on the Board of Trustees when he was Student Government Association president in 1974-75.  During his remarks to the board, Lucas said he was an example of how this university changes people’s lives for the better. “I came here scared to death. I was scared that I would have to go back and tell my parents that I couldn’t make it,” he said. “It was so big, and there was so much freedom.” Through a scholarship, he studied in Europe for a year and came back to campus and was elected SGA president. “To come from that scared 18 year old to be SGA president and then be chairman of the board, what a unique experience. What a ride, it’s been. ECU does transform lives.”  ECU News Services photo by Cliff Hollis

 

ECU Board of Trustees outgoing chair Bob Lucas was presented with a certificate of appreciation for his two years of service as chairman and eight years on the board.

Lucas of Selma also served on the Board of Trustees when he was Student Government Association president in 1974-75.

During his remarks to the board, Lucas said he was an example of how this university changes people’s lives for the better. “I came here scared to death. I was scared that I would have to go back and tell my parents that I couldn’t make it,” he said. “It was so big, and there was so much freedom.”

Through a scholarship, he studied in Europe for a year and came back to campus and was elected SGA president. “To come from that scared 18 year old to be SGA president and then be chairman of the board, what a unique experience. What a ride, it’s been. ECU does transform lives.”

(ECU News Services photo by Cliff Hollis)

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St. Amant delivers keynote presentation

East Carolina University professor Kirk St. Amant delivered the keynote presentation, “Global Growth in the Borderless World: Perspectives, Practices, and Projections” at the 2013 Red River Graduate Student Conference on April 5 -6 in Fargo, N.D.

St. Amant is professor of international studies and technical and professional communication in the Department of English, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

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Earth Day Expo to feature interactive events, lecture on April 18

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Interactive events for people of all ages will be featured at the annual Earth Day Expo from 4-6 p.m. Thursday in the Howell Science Complex on the East Carolina University campus.

Sponsored by ECU’s Center for Biodiversity and the Department of Biology, the event is part of the 2013 N.C. Science Festival. The festival is a two-week statewide series of events showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), produced by UNC’s Morehead Planetarium.

ECU researchers and local non-profit organizations will have displays and activities available April 18 on topics related to biodiversity. There will be live animals and plants, lab activities, natural history story times and more. Children in local afterschool programs are expected to attend and the general public is also welcome.

“(We hope) to expose the public to the joy of studying biodiversity and learning more about the biodiversity on our planet,” said Heather Vance-Chalcraft, assistant director for outreach at the center. “Biodiversity is being lost at an accelerated rate today compared to historic rates of loss. Yet, biodiversity provides human society with numerous services that are invaluable, such as water filtration, flood control and pollination.”

At 8 p.m. Thursday, guest speaker Dr. Tyrone Hayes, a renowned biologist and professor of integrative biology at University of California, Berkeley, will present “From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men” in Room C307 of the Science & Technology Building.

Hayes’ research involved the roles of steroidal hormones and environmental conditions on amphibian development. He is particularly interested in the ability of a widely used herbicide to alter sexual development and cause feminization in male frogs. This work has implications for the current population declines of amphibians and for human health, as the herbicide has been shown to alter testicular development and induce reproductive cancers in rodents.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information about ECU’s Earth Day Expo or Hayes’ lecture, contact Vance-Chalcraft at 252-328-9841 or vancechalcrafth@ecu.edu.

More information about the N.C. Science Festival is available online at http://www.ncsciencefestival.org/.

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