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ECU literary magazine named a Pacemaker Award finalist

East Carolina University’s student-run literary magazine, Rebel, was named one of five category finalists for the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award, four-year literary magazine category.

rebelThe winners were announced at the Annual ACP/College Media Advisers National College Media Convention Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Philadelphia.  Rebel 56 was nominated along with arts and literary magazines from Jacksonville University, Mercer University, Appalachian State University and Bridgewater State University. Winners were The Bridge from Bridgewater and The Peel from Appalachian State.

Since 1927, the Pacemaker has been the highest honor available to ACP members and still today is considered one of the most prestigious awards in collegiate media.  Being a nominee signifies Rebel as one of the top literary magazines in the country. Rebel won the Pacemaker Award in 2009.

Rebel 56 was published in Spring 2014. The editor in chief was Megan Burns.

“Megan and her team put together a tremendous magazine,” said John Harvey, ECU director of student media.  “This year’s team is equally strong. Perhaps next year we can win it all.”

Rebel is part the office of Student Media in the Division of Student Affairs at ECU.  Along with Rebel, Student Media oversees WZMB 91.3 FM, the campus radio station; Buccaneer, the university yearbook; Expressions multicultural magazine; a new magazine that will debut in Spring 2015, The Hook; The East Carolinian student newspaper, and its companion website theeastcarolinian.com. Student Media also operates a student Advertising & Marketing Agency.

All of the organizations that come under Student Media are staffed and operated by East Carolina students.

The Associated Collegiate Press is a nonprofit education membership association and a division of the National Scholastic Press Association. The ACP has had college members since its inception in 1921 and is the largest and oldest membership organization for college student media in the United States.

For additional information, contact John Harvey at 252-328-9234 or harveyj@ecu.edu.  For more details about ECU Student Media, visit www.ecu.edu/studentmedia.


Retired General Motors executive to speak at ECU

The retired plant manager of General Motors will present “Trust Me: Building Lasting Success through Employee Engagement” at 3 p.m. Nov. 12 in Hendrix Theater at East Carolina University. The event is free and open to the public.



Lintz retired from GM in 2000 following 36 years of service, including work that helped turn a distressed GM stamping plant into one of the company’s most efficient plants worldwide.

A Flint, Michigan native, he began his career at GM after graduating from Michigan State University in 1963 and rose through several leadership positions to the manager role.

The book, “Becoming a Trustworthy Leader,” written by Dr. Aneil Mishra, the Thomas D. Arthur Professor of Leadership in the ECU College of Business, highlights Lintz’s leadership journey.

Lintz serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Clinic, one of the nation’s top hospitals, where he focuses on the Quality, Safety, and Patient Experience Committee.  He also serves on the Cleveland Clinic’s Audit Committee and the Research and Education Committees.  He has worked for many years with the Boys Hope/Girls Hope Foundation, and he helped raise money for charity through the original “Ghostbusters” vehicle that he owned.

Dr. Stan Eakins, dean of the College of Business, said, “Bob’s leadership vision, along with his courage, humility, and authenticity, challenged the status quo at GM. We are proud to have him visit ECU and teach us how critical it is to build trust as a leader.”

The presentation is part of the Cunanan Leadership Speaker Series, which brings distinguished leaders to ECU. The series was made possible by a gift from alumni Steve and Ellen Cunanan of Louisville, Kentucky.

For additional information, contact Jennifer Brezina, ECU College of Business, at brezinaj@ecu.edu.


ECU to host celebration of GIS Day

East Carolina University will participate in the worldwide celebration of GIS Day 2014 with activities scheduled from 10 a.m. – to p.m. Nov. 19 in Wright Plaza.

gisThe ECU Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, GeoClub, ECU chapter of the American Meteorological Society, The Coastal Society and SPAN are hosting events including an interactive mapping activity. The mapping will allow students to identify campus landmarks or favorite places on campus for mapping using a live Twitter feed, #GISDay.

GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that make a difference in society. It is held annually during Geography Awareness Week, which promotes geographic literacy with a focus on education.

For more information contact: Dr. Tom Allen, ALLENTH@ecu.edu, 252-328-6624.


ECU student serves on statewide board of directors



East Carolina University graduate student Priscila Hilligus, pursuing a master’s degree in social work, is a coastal district representative for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) North Carolina Board of Directors.

She represents the needs and interests of more than 370 NASW members residing and working in the district, including ECU social work students, staff and faculty.

Hilligus said that her work with the organization allows her to give back to the profession, be the voice of her fellow social workers, stay attuned to important legislative changes such as title protection in North Carolina, and expand her skills in macro social work.

Hilligus discovered her passion for social work after almost a decade in the education field. “I started my journey to social work without realizing it. When I moved to the US from Brazil, where I grew up, I experienced the hardships of culture shock and prejudice.

“My early experiences as a member of the out-group, coupled with motherhood and marriage into the challenging military lifestyle led me to seek therapy as a way to rediscover and reaffirm myself,” said Hilligus. “My therapist was a social worker…and our work together opened my mind to the field. I had been an educator for many years but social work was like a magnet pulling me.”

When she learned about the part-time master’s degree cohort in New Bern, she applied for the program. “Social work has already done so much for me. It has allowed me to embrace my ethnic identity and to explore my inner self as a path to growth,” said Hilligus. “It has also helped me to see the world through a more compassionate, relational lens and to engage people and systems for change.

For additional information about NASW membership, visit www.naswnc.org or contact Priscila Hilligus at Hilligus@gmail.com.