ECU nursing professor named AANP fellow

Bobby Lowery, assistant professor and director of the East Carolina University College of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, has been selected as a 2014 fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

According to the AANP, the purpose of the fellows is to “impact national and global health by engaging recognized nurse practitioner leaders who make outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education or policy, enhancing the AANP mission. It is also to provide a forum to extend and enhance fellows’ efforts to mentor and to facilitate leadership development of NPs.”

Lowery will be inducted on June 19 during the AANP 29th National Conference in Nashville, Tenn.


Carr honored with Esther J. Piercy award



Patrick Carr, assistant director for acquisitions and collection management at Joyner Library, was honored with the 2014 Esther J. Piercy Award by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services.

The award will be presented June 28, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

The organization cited Carr’s strong record of service to the profession as both a leader and participant in committee work in announcing the award.


Longtime employee celebrates 80th birthday



Longtime ECU employee Hagar Jackson celebrated her 80th birthday March 18.

She has worked at ECU for 27 years, beginning in 1986 at age 50. She retired when she turned 65, then returned to work. Since 1990, she has worked in patient access services in the division of cardiology, which is now part of the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU.

“When you find your nest, stay in it,” she said. She added that she plans to keep working “until I get old enough to retire.”

Co-workers threw her a small party Tuesday at the heart institute.

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ECU community asked to avoid Eighth Street

Students are asked to avoid 8th St. adjacent to the construction of the Georgetown Apartment complex on Cotanche St. to allow for construction deliveries to the new apartment complex. (Photo by Jay Clark)

Students are asked to avoid 8th St. adjacent to the construction of the new apartment complex on Cotanche St. Traffic patterns have been adjusted to allow for construction deliveries to the new apartment complex. (Photo by Forrest Croce)

East Carolina University students and staff are being asked to avoid traveling and parking on Eighth Street between Cotanche and Evans streets. The area to avoid is adjacent to the construction site for the new complex that is replacing Georgetowne Square, according to the city of Greenville and East Carolina University.

Traffic flow on Eighth Street has changed to accommodate construction deliveries for that project, officials said. As part of that change, parking is no longer available on the north side of the street. Parking on the south side is still available.

The city of Greenville has asked for voluntary cooperation from students and staff in hopes of not having to issue citations and tow vehicles.

When vehicles travel incorrectly on this street and park in areas restricted for construction deliveries, those deliveries have to be staged on Evans Street, city officials report, creating a traffic hazard and obstruction.



Athlete, leader to speak at ECU

Mo Isom

 Mo Isom

All-American athlete Mo Isom will present “Living Boldly” at 5:30 p.m. March 26 in Wright Auditorium at East Carolina University.

Isom will speak on leadership principles, overcoming adversity, developing courage and pushing beyond barriers.

She speaks from personal experiences that have included success and tragedy. A communications major at Louisiana State University, Isom was an award-winning goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team, featured in the 2008 issue of Sports Illustrated. While enjoying success as a college athlete, she also endured a near fatal automobile accident, an ongoing eating disorder and her father’s suicide.

Isom was the first female to try out for a Southeastern Conference Division I men’s football team when she set her sites on the role of place kicker for LSU’s nationally-ranked football team. She tried out in spring and fall 2012 but failed to make the team.

Isom has performed more than 2,200 volunteer service hours that include visits to Uganda and Costa Rica.

She lives in Atlanta. Her television appearances include the Christian Broadcasting Network, ESPN, Fox Sports, HLN and Ellen.

ECU’s Campus Living, Greek Life, Student Activities Board, Campus Recreation and Wellness, Recreation and Leisure Studies majors and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center are sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public.

For additional information, contact David Gaskins with Campus Recreation and Wellness at 252-328-6387 or via email at


Columbia University scholar to discuss Shakespeare in America

Columbia University scholar Dr. James S. Shapiro will present “Shakespeare in America” at 7 p.m. March 27 in Wright Auditorium at ECU. A question and answer session will follow.



Shapiro, the Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, is also the Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at the Public Theater in New York City. He  joined the faculty at Columbia University in 1985, teaching and publishing widely on Shakespeare and Elizabethan culture. Shapiro also has served as a Fulbright Lecturer at Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities and as the Wanamaker Fellow at the Globe Theatre in London.

He is the author of five books, co-edited the “Columbia Anthology of British Poetry and served as the associate editor of the “Columbia History of British Poetry.” In 2012, Shapiro co-authored and presented a 3-hour BBC documentary, “The King and the Playwright: A Jacobean History.” He is working on a new book, “The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606,” as well as a Library of America volume titled, “Shakespeare in America.”

Shapiro has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers and the Huntington Library. He is a governor of the Folger Shakespeare Library, sits on the board of directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and in 2011 was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The free presentation is part of a series of events celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. It is the final lecture in the 2013-14 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences’ Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.

The event is co-sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of English and the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Complimentary tickets for Shapiro’s lecture are available by calling the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.

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Spring Career Fair set for March 20

East Carolina University will host more than 125 national employers and recruiters at the 2014 Spring Career Fair scheduled from 1 – 4 p.m. March 20 at Minges Coliseum. fetchimage

For the second straight year, the event has a waiting list of national companies and recruiters wanting to participate. Many recruiters will remain in town following the Career Fair to conduct interviews with promising students.

“Employers tell us that they find ECU students to be some of the best prepared students in the state academically and in career readiness,” said Karen Thompson, ECU Career Center director. “They rank ECU very high on customer service and support…and they seem to enjoy being in the midst of the campus environment.”

Recruiters and hiring managers from local and national companies, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies will attend. While some will recruit specific majors, many are interested in connecting with students in a variety of majors. Among the companies to be represented are Geico, Goodyear, Target, BB&T, King’s Dominion and Enterprise Holdings, as well as North Carolina companies such as Gray’s Outer Banks Lifestyle Clothing Company, Kitty Hawk Kites, Sanderson Farms, Mt. Olive and Pickle Company and the Greensboro Police Department.

Approximately 1,500 students are expected to attend to investigate internship and employment opportunities.

Before the Spring Career Fair, an Education Fair will be held from 8 – 10:30 a.m. in Minges Coliseum, with representatives from public, charter and private schools from more than 60 school districts, targeting ECU students who are prepared to take on jobs as teachers, school administrators or other education-related positions.

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Actor RJ Mitte to speak at ECU

Actor RJ Mitte, known for his portrayal of Walter White Jr. (“Flynn”) in the award-winning television series “Breaking Bad,” will speak at ECU from 7 – 9 p.m. March 20 in Hendrix Theatre.



Mitte will present “Overcoming Adversity: Turning a Disadvantage to an Advantage,” followed by a question and answer period. He will speak about bullying and overcoming obstacles to develop a career in acting.

Mitte, who has mild cerebral palsy, had to learn to portray a character with a much more advanced condition in the role of Walter White Jr.. He had to learn to walk with crutches and slow his speech down for the role.

Born in Louisiana, Mitte suffered mild brain damage at birth and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 3 years old. He moved to Los Angeles with his family in 2006, where he soon became a regular on the popular Disney television show, “Hanna Montana.”

The ECU event is sponsored by the Student Activities Board. It is free and open to the ECU community, but attendees should be prepared to present an ECU OneCard.