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ECU Alumni Association names award winners

The East Carolina Alumni Association has announced the recipients of the 2015 Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award. These five students will be presented with the award during commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 8.

The most prestigious award for undergraduates at East Carolina University, the Wright award recognizes academic achievement, service to both the university and community, and demonstrated leadership. Recipients are recognized as those who will make a positive impact on their respective professions and communities.

In addition to receiving the Wright medallion at commencement, recipients are given a lifetime membership in the East Carolina Alumni Association.

Recipients are:

  • Ajay Ajmera of Greenville, NC; biology and chemistry double-major
  • Matthew Ryan Baucom of Marshville, NC; chemistry and biochemistry double-major
  • Jessica Katlyn Jewell of Clayton, NC; communication major
  • Shayna Nitin Mooney of Winterville, NC; neuroscience and international studies double-major
  • Kristi Noelle Wilkerson of Mastic, NY; nutrition major.

 

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Workshops to focus on veterans, military

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East Carolina University’s Contemporary Writer Series will host a three-day series of workshops for veterans, military service members and military families March 25 – 27.

All events are free and open to the public. The series will focus on expressing experiences through fiction, non-fiction or visual art. Participants may also wish to contribute to a new publication, The ECU Veterans Anthology.

Veteran poet and essayist Brian Turner will open the series at 7:30 p.m. March 25 in the East Carolina Heart Institute auditorium. Turner will read from his work and discuss his experiences as infantry team leader for the 3 rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team in Iraq from 2003-2004. He is the author of “Here Bullet” (2005), “Phantom Noise” (2010) and “My Life as a Foreign Country” (2014).

A book signing and question and answer session will immediately follow.

A poetry reading at 7 p.m. March 26 in the Greenville Museum of art will feature award-winning poet Ilyse Kusnetz and former North Carolina poet laureate Joseph Bathanti. A book signing and question and answer session will follow readings from both poets’ work.

Kusnetz teaches at Valencia College and lives in Orlando, Fla., with her husband, poet and memoirist Brian Turner. She holds a Ph.D. in feminist and postcolonial British literature from the University of Edinburgh and an M.A. in creative writing from Syracuse University. Bathanti is a professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University and the 2012 state poet laureate. His writings focus on veterans and their families. His honors include the Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award, the Carolina Novel Award and the Linda Flowers Literary Award from the N.C. Humanities Council.

A full listing of events and registration is available at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/veteran-writers-workshop-tickets-15846084064.

For additional information about the workshops, contact Jason Faulkner, teaching instructor in the Department of English, at 252-328-5177 or faulknerj@ecu.edu. For additional information about the events featuring Turner, Kusnetz or Bathanti, contact John Hoppenthaler, associate professor of English, at 252-328-5562; hoppenthalerj@ecu.edu, or Thomas Douglass, associate professor of English, at 252-328-6723; douglasst@ecu.edu.

The workshops are cosponsored by Operation Re-Entry North Carolina, Office of Student Transitions, Pirate Veterans and the Office of the Provost.

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Rogers Awarded Technology Transfer Scholarship

East Carolina University Technology Transfer Fellow Dr. Carlyle Rogers, a 2013 graduate of the Brody School of Medicine, was honored for creativity and innovation in his career.

Carlyle Rogers

Carlyle Rogers

Rogers, of Williamston, was awarded the 2015 Howard Bremer Scholarship by the Association of University Technology Managers. The award supports students and professionals new to the field by covering the cost of travel and registration at the organization’s annual meeting.

Rogers attended the organization’s 2015 conference in New Orleans, where he focused his attention on crowdfunding, licensing and valuation of university technologies and copyright issues related to mobile applications and software.

As a technology transfer fellow at ECU, Rogers supports promising new inventions and promotes the university’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurism. “In every university there exists new and revolutionary inventions,” he said, but proper execution is critical to get the inventions from the idea to a commercial product.

“That is where technology transfer becomes important; it serves as the vehicle for executing the development of university inventions to commercial products,” Rogers said.

The role ECU plays in supporting technology transfer is critical because so many eastern North Carolina counties face a declining population, with potential leaders moving away from the area instead of reinvesting in the region, he said.

“To change this pattern, ECU and eastern North Carolina must look to innovation and research as a means to create new industries, new jobs and a way to strengthen the economic fabric” of the region.

Rogers holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from the Brody School of Medicine and a B.S. in biology from ECU.

For additional information on ECU’s Office of Technology Transfer, contact Marti Van Scott, director of the Office of Technology Transfer, at 252-328-9545 or vanscottm@ecu.edu.

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ECU professor to serve as Steffy Lecturer

ECU maritime studies professor Dr. David J. Stewart was asked by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) to serve as the 2015-16 J. Richard Steffy Lecturer.

David Stewart

David Stewart

The lecture was established in 2008 to commemorate Mr. Steffy’s work in ship reconstruction and the interpretation of wooden ships.

Stewart will deliver a series of presentations to AIA societies on the Kyrenia Ship, Steffy’s most notable reconstruction achievement. The ship, which sank off Cyprus in about 285 B.C., is the best preserved ancient Greek hull available.

In 2011, Stewart led a team that conducted a complete 3D recording of the hull in Kyrenia Castle. He has been using computer modeling to gain a better understanding of the ship’s shape than was possible without the technology.

The ECU program in Maritime Studies is housed in the Department of History in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

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ECU Spring Career Fair set for Thursday

East Carolina University’s Career Services will host the annual Spring Career Fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 19 at Minges Coliseum and the Murphy Center.

The Spring Career Fair brings employers to ECU to meet with students and alumni who are seeking internships, co-op experiences and full-time career opportunities. Attendees can establish connections with potential employers as well as hone their networking skills.

More than 350 employers from 163 businesses and organizations will participate in the event to meet with ECU students and alumni.

“Employers frequently tell us they are impressed with the caliber of our students and the overall recruiting experience at ECU,” said Curtis Street, assistant director of employer relations with ECU Career Services.

The companies attending the career fair range from local firms in Greenville and Pitt County and others from across North Carolina. Some national and international companies also will participate. The companies expect to meet with students from a variety of majors during the three-hour event.

“More than 2,500 students and alums have attended the last three career fairs and more than 80 percent stated they gained employer contacts, an interview, or an internship,” said Street.

Students should dress in business professional attire and bring their ECU OneCard to the career fair. A full list of attending employers and additional career fair information is available on the Career Services website at www.ecu.edu/career.

For more information about the Spring Career Fair, contact Karen Thompson, director of ECU Career Services at (252) 328-6050.

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ECU student awarded for textile design

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ECU senior Ashley Lamb won an Outstanding Student Award from the Surface Design Association for her piece titled “Exposed.” Her nominating instructor in textile design was Robin Lynn Haller. The award earned her a paid one-year membership to SDA.

Ashley Lamb

Ashley Lamb

Ashley is from Marshburn, VA and is double majoring in fashion merchandising and textile design. She is also the ECU Textile Guild Co-President, and a member of both Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and the Apparel and Interior Merchandising Organization.

Last summer, Lamb worked in the sales group for Jessica Simpson’s dress line at the GIII Apparel Group, a company which designs, manufactures and markets women’s and men’s apparel for brands like Calvin Klein, Guess and Kenneth Cole. Her ultimate goal is to design and sell her own clothing line.

To learn more about the fashion merchandising program in ECU’s College of Human Ecology, visit http://www.ecu.edu/che/idmr/apparel.html.

For a list of all award winners, visit http://www.surfacedesign.org/outstanding-student-award-2014.

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Sociology students use global technology to share favorite campus spots

ECU students in a global understanding class enjoyed sharing favorite spots on campus with their counterparts in a foreign country.

ECU students in a global understanding class enjoyed sharing favorite spots on campus with their counterparts in a foreign country.

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ECU sociology instructor and professional photographer Maria McDonald took her students on a tour of key landmarks on campus this Spring, taking photographs to share with students in India, Russia, and China.

McDonald’s Global Understanding: Sociology course is linking with students in these countries, allowing ECU students to share their experiences living in the United States and learn how that experience compares with that of students around the globe.

The course is part of the Global Understanding curriculum, which links ECU students to students in more than 30 countries.

McDonald’s students enjoyed the chance to show their global partners the landmarks they associate with their ECU experience. The photo tour culminated in an opportunity to walk onto the ECU stadium field.

For more information on the Global Understanding curriculum: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/globalinitiatives/course.cfm

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Married ECU art students present senior exhibition

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East Carolina University art students and husband and wife, Jacob and Meredith Parker, will host a dual senior exhibition, “Passing for Normal,” in the Burroughs Wellcome Gallery in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center March 16-20.

An opening reception will be held 6-9 p.m. March 16.

Both are candidates for a bachelor of fine arts in May. Meredith Parker is pursuing a concentrating in painting and drawing, while Jacob Parker is working toward a concentration in printmaking.

The Parkers are known for their charismatic personalities and their artwork titles such as “I’m Not Going, You Can’t Make Me Go, I’m Never Going,” “They’ll Mow You Down Easy,” “Nobody Sees a Problem with This; Just Eat it” and “This Should Be of Some Practical Use Later.”

Jacob Parker recently won an award in the School of Art & Design’s undergraduate show.

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