ECU to host cancer awareness fair


East Carolina University will host the sixth annual Peace.Love.Pirates.Cure cancer awareness fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Student Recreation Center on campus. The event is free and open to ECU faculty, staff and students.

The event promotes cancer awareness and knowledge by providing information tailored to helping attendees live healthy, cancer free lives. Informational booths will focus on reducing the risks of acquiring cancer, while providing details on skin, breast, cervical, testicular, lung and prostate cancers.

“Cancer is something that impacts every person on our campus in one way or another,” said Georgia Childs, associate director for Campus Wellness.  “A majority of our students have someone in their family who has cancer or maybe even died from cancer.  Peace.Love.Pirates.Cure is a way to address a difficult topic and share some preventative measures.”

Participants can expect healthy snacks, T-shirts and other giveaways.

Sponsors include ECU Campus Recreation & Wellness, Student Health Services, the Department of Health Education and Promotion, ECU Physicians, Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society, Colleges Against Cancer, Vidant Health and the Healthy PIRATES student organization.

For more information, contact Georgia Childs at 252-328-5172 or visit


Ted Hollingsworth ’79 named first Legacy Parent of the Year

Pictured at the Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch are, left to right, current ECU student Kayla Hollingsworth, ECU alumnus and award-winner Ted Hollingsworth '79, ECU alumna Debbie Hollingsworth '81 and  ECU alumnus Robert Hollingsworth '10. Kayla and Robert are Ted and Debbie's children. (Contributed photo)

Pictured at the Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch are, left to right, current ECU student Kayla Hollingsworth, ECU alumnus and award-winner Ted Hollingsworth ’79, ECU alumna Debbie Hollingsworth ’81 and ECU alumnus Robert Hollingsworth ’10. Kayla and Robert are Ted and Debbie’s children. (Contributed photo)

East Carolina University alumnus Ted Hollingsworth  ’79 was named the East Carolina Alumni Association’s first Legacy Parent of the Year.

The award was presented at the inaugural Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium’s club level Sept. 15 during ECU’s Family Weekend.

The Legacy Parent of the Year award honors an alumnus or alumna with a child currently attending ECU who has served as a role model to their student and all students through campus involvement and service to the University and community. Students submitted essays to nominate their parents, and Ted was nominated by his daughter Kayla Hollingsworth. The recipient was a surprise until announced at the event.

“Ted Hollingsworth exemplifies the ‘We Believe’ spirit and displays that through his love, support and commitment to ECU.  He is a worthy recipient of this award as he has passed this legacy and spirit on to his children,” said Alumni Association President and CEO Paul J. Clifford, who presented the award.

Hollingsworth attended the event unaware that he had been nominated, so the award came as a complete surprise. “I was filled with emotion and could not speak,” Hollingsworth said. “I just thought we were going to a social event.

“The fact that I was nominated by my daughter brought tears to my eyes. It is an extreme honor to be chosen as the first Legacy Parent of the Year,” he said.

“I know there are a lot of parents who bleed purple and gold just like I do. Passion for ECU runs deep in our family as in many other families, and that is what makes ECU such a special place.”

Hollingsworth, whose degree is in art, is the president and creative director of Line Design Graphics in Greensboro. He has designed T-shirts for student groups on campus. He helped design how the football field would be painted when ECU became part of Conference USA. He is an active member of the Pirate Club and was fundamental in starting the Ron Pugh Memorial Golf Tournament.

“My dad has always dedicated his life to ECU; he is one of the biggest Pirate fans I know,” Kayla said. “He has always done anything and everything he can for the school or anyone who simply attended ECU. I am extremely proud to be part of an ECU legacy.

“The legacy brunch was a very nice event,” Kayla continued. “It was awesome to have so many legacies in one room. It shows the true dedication Pirates have to ECU.”

The Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch honored families of current ECU students with two or more generations of Pirates (including parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, and/or cousins). The brunch was a sold-out event with more than 140 participants. It will be held again next year during Family Weekend when another Legacy Parent of the Year will be named.


College of Nursing awards scholarships to 120 students

College of Nursing Dean Sylvia Brown, left, and Dr. Robin Webb-Corbett, right, congratulate Chandra Speight, recipient of the Ray and Robin Webb-Corbett Scholarship.

College of Nursing Dean Sylvia Brown, left, and Dr. Robin Webb-Corbett, right, congratulate Chandra Speight, recipient of the Ray and Robin Webb-Corbett Scholarship.

ECU’s College of Nursing presented approximately $150,000 in scholarship awards to more than 120 students during a reception Sept. 13 at Rock Spring Center in Greenville.

The scholarships and awards ranged from $500 to $5,000 each and were granted to students enrolled in the College of Nursing for the 2013-2014 academic year. All of the money awarded comes from the generosity of donors to the College of Nursing.  Scholarships at the college were created to honor and memorialize outstanding nurses and the nursing profession in order to support the education of future nurses and nurse leaders.

College of Nursing Dean Sylvia Brown congratulates Stashawna Sutton, recipient of the Catherine and Max Ray Joyner Scholarship.

College of Nursing Dean Sylvia Brown congratulates Stashawna Sutton, recipient of the Catherine and Max Ray Joyner Scholarship.

Dean Sylvia Brown recognized the donors and accomplished students. Approximately 250 people attended the event including scholarship recipients, their guests, scholarship donors, board members, volunteers, and faculty and staff.

For more information on supporting nursing scholarships, contact Mark W. Alexander, director of development and major gifts in the ECU College of Nursing, 252-744-2324 or

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ECU’s Ledonia Wright Cultural Center hosts immigration debate

East Carolina University’s Ledonia Wright Cultural Center will host an immigration debate at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 in Wright Auditorium.

ECU senior communication major Tori Rodriguez will moderate the debate between Enrique Morones and Dan Stein.

Enrique Morones

Enrique Morones

Morones is founder of Border Angels and an internationally acclaimed immigrant and undocumented alien rights activist. Stein is the president of FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform), which advocates for reforms of U.S. immigration policies that would result in significant immigration reduction.

The debate is the first in a new series called Talking Across Difference, a collaborative effort to bring people together during the academic year to exchange diverse viewpoints on timely and challenging issues.

Dan Stein

Dan Stein

“These opportunities encourage mutual respect, close and sympathetic listening, diverse perspectives, suspended judgment and critical reflection,” said Melissa Haithcox-Dennis, interim director of the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center. “We want to introduce topics that are relevant and encourage students to listen to all sides, take a stand and be heard.”

The 60-minute debate will have structured rules for each participant. It is a free, ticketed event, open to the public and the ECU community.

Tickets are available at the ECU Central Ticket Office in the Mendenhall Student Center.  For more information, contact Melissa Haithcox-Dennis with the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center at (252) 328-6495.



Califano elected a director of the American Board of Periodontology

East Carolina University professor Dr. Joseph Califano, director of periodontology in the Department of Surgical Sciences at the School of Dental Medicine, was elected to serve as one of nine directors of the American Board of Periodontology.

Joseph Califano

Joseph Califano

Califano will be installed at the board’s annual meeting this month. He will serve a six-year term.

The ABP is one of nine specialty boards recognized by the American Dental Association. The board serves to advance the art and science of periodontics and elevate the quality of periodontal care through the examination, certification, and recertification of periodontists.

The ABP develops and oversees the administration of the written and oral exams required to become a board certified periodontist or diplomate of the ABP. Califano was a board examiner for seven years prior to a national run this year for a directorship.

“Dr. Califano was elected a director by the membership of the American Academy of Periodontology, which says a great deal about his reputation in the profession. Directors are to represent the best of the best in periodontics. Our students are the recipients of his expertise, and we are fortunate to have him on our faculty,” said Dr. Grishondra Branch-Mays, chair, School of Dental Medicine Department of Surgical Sciences.

A native of Bayshore, N.Y., Califano received a certificate in periodontology, a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology, and a D.D.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Before joining ECU, Califano was the director of post-graduate periodontics at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in Chicago.  His research interests include pathogenesis and immunopathology of periodontitis, aggressive periodontitis, microbial genetics of periodontitis associated bacteria and computer guided implant dentistry.

Califano is a member of the American Dental Education Association and the American Dental Association.


Awards recognize employee service

The 2013 Second Quarter Housekeepers Awards for Excellence recipients, for service, are Horace Andrews and Dwight Cannon with Academics, Shirley Nicholson with Health Sciences Campus / School of Medicine, and Amanda Anderson with Residence Halls / Student Recreation Center.

Scott Green received one of two 2013 Housekeeping Supervisor Awards for Excellence, for service. The second award will be announced later this year.


Annual Literary Homecoming set for Sept. 20, 21

Celebration of the state's literary traditions at the 10th Eastern Annual North Carolina Literary Homecoming will include authors pictured above.

Celebration of the state’s literary traditions at the 10th Eastern Annual North Carolina Literary Homecoming will include authors pictured above.

East Carolina University will honor the region’s literary traditions Sept. 20 – 21. The Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming presented by the “North Carolina Literary Review and Joyner Library will offer interactive writing workshops in addition to panel presentations. This year’s theme, “North Carolina: A State of Change, A Changing State,” focuses on change in North Carolina and how it is reflected in the state’s literature.

For ten years, the ENCLH has been nourishing and revitalizing the creative spirit for writers as the event provides a place where artists and community members can interact and share ideas. The theme of the annual event mirrors the theme of the award-winning “North Carolina Literary Review’s” special feature section. The writers coming to ECU are featured in the pages of NCLR’s current and forthcoming print and online issues.

Each year, the Literary Homecoming kicks off on Friday evening with the presentation of the Roberts Award for Literary Inspiration. This year the award will be presented to former North Carolina Poet Laureate and UNC–Greensboro Professor Emeritus Fred Chappell for his significant influence upon the literature of North Carolina.

Also on Friday evening, guests can enjoy a reading from Wiley Cash, author of “A Land More Kind than Home, and music by poet-musician Jim Clark of Barton College.

“Joyner Library is pleased to host the Literary Homecoming again this year,” said Jan Lewis, interim dean of the library.  “The Friday evening dessert reception, sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library, is always a wonderful way to start the weekend.  We invite members of the community to celebrate the literary traditions of North Carolina with us during this two-day event.”

On Saturday, several North Carolina writers will take part in two different panels. The first will focus on “Tarheel Literature in Black and White.” The second will focus on the emerging Latina/o voices among North Carolina writers and the resulting literary and cultural production that represents the experiences, needs, and aspirations of the Latino communities in the state.

Javier Lorenzo, chair of the Spanish Curriculum Committee at ECU, said, “Given the extraordinary growth of the Hispanic population in Eastern N.C., there is no better time to meet the authors featured in the Homecoming and to get acquainted with a literature that reflects the changing face of our state.”

At the lunch Saturday, Fred Chappell will present the 3rd James Applewhite Poetry Prize to the 2013 recipient, and Anna Jean Mayhew, author of “The Dry Grass of August, will read from her new novel in progress, “Tomorrow’s Bread.

The afternoon will feature six different workshops with visiting authors, covering the writing and presenting of poetry, fiction, playwriting, and memoir.

NCLR Editor Margaret Bauer invites everyone to read interviews and essays from many of the writers participating in this year’s Literary Homecoming, in the recently released 2013 issue of the “North Carolina Literary Review, and then meet the authors in person.

All events, except for Saturday author’s luncheon ($12), are free and open to the public. For program and registration information, go to, call 252.328.1537, or e-mail


The event is a recognized program for Certificate Renewal Credit for teachers. Contact Dawn Wainwright for CEU credit information at or 252.328.4090.


Baxley elected to national medical board

Dr. Elizabeth G. Baxley has been elected to the board of directors of the American Board of Family Medicine.



Baxley is a professor of family medicine and senior associate dean for academic affairs at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. She will serve the ABFM on the Credentials Committee and the MC-FP (Maintenance of Certification-Family Practice) Committee.

The ABFM is responsible for the board certification of family physicians in the United States.

During her career, Baxley has focused on health care delivery system redesign and teaching about patient safety and quality improvement.

She will serve a five-year term.