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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.

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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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College of Nursing honors 2015 Hall of Fame inductees

Individuals honored at the ECU College of Nursing Hall of Fame induction ceremony pictured with College of Nursing Dean Sylvia Brown, far right, are Rita Coggins, Roseanne Leahy, distinguished alumna Dianne Marshburn, Madge Dews Thompson, Michelle Skipper, Becky Whitley and Pam Reis.

Individuals honored at the ECU College of Nursing Hall of Fame induction ceremony pictured with College of Nursing Dean Sylvia Brown, far right, are Rita Coggins, Roseanne Leahy, distinguished alumna Dianne Marshburn, Madge Dews Thompson, Michelle Skipper, Becky Whitley and Pam Reis.

The East Carolina University College of Nursing inducted nine members to its Hall of Fame during a ceremony held March 6 at the Hilton in Greenville. The event, which also recognized the college’s 2015 Distinguished Alumna, honored outstanding contributors to nursing in the areas of education, administration, research and practice.

This year’s class includes inductees from a range of impressive backgrounds, including a widely acclaimed Chicago-based speaker and author, the chief nursing officer of a major health system, two members of the college’s first graduating class, the former editor of the military’s Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook and several esteemed College of Nursing faculty members.

Not only does the Hall of Fame honor prominent nursing professionals, it also has raised approximately $85,000 for a merit-based student scholarship fund since its inception in 2011. Thanks to this program, the college will award its fifth Hall of Fame Scholarship this fall. This year’s recipient, Kelsey Leonard, a master’s student in the nurse anesthetist program, was recognized at the event.

“This Hall of Fame not only recognizes our outstanding leaders, but is another way to give back to future generations of nurses,” said Dr. Sylvia Brown, dean of the College of Nursing.

The 2015 inductees join a list of 70 Hall of Fame members representing eight states. Each new member receives a flame-shaped award that resembles the lamp illustrated on the college’s nursing pin. The lamp and its associated flame symbolize a commitment to service and a vibrant life.

This year’s Hall of Fame class:

  • Barbee Bancroft
  • Rita Coggins
  • Jeanette Jones
  • Roseanne Leahy
  • Pam Reis
  • Michelle Skipper
  • Jacquelyn Jones Stone
  • Madge Dews Thompson
  • Becky Whitley

On a night set aside for celebrating influential nurse leaders, the college also recognized the recipient of its 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award. This year’s awardee is Dr. Dianne Marshburn, who has three degrees from the ECU College of Nursing. Marshburn recently retired from a 33-year career at Vidant Medical Center, where she served as director of clinical research at Vidant since 2008.

Learn more about the Hall of Fame by visiting www.nursing.ecu.edu/hof.cfm.

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SUNY professor to discuss secrets of fishes

State University of New York professor Dr. Karin E. Limburg will discuss the secrets of fishes at 4 p.m. March 26 in Room C-209 of East Carolina University’s Science and Technology Building.

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Limburg

The event is free and open to the public. A light reception will follow.

Her presentation, “The ‘Other’ Biogeochemistry: Otoliths and their use to Reconstruct the Lives of Fishes” will feature an introduction to the otolith, a bone in a fish’s auditory system.

“Fisheries science was revolutionized decades ago by the discovery of fine scale chronometric properties of otoliths (literally, ear-stones),” Limburg said. The small structures, which form part of hearing and balance systems in fishes, provide a permanent record of the age and growth history of each fish, she added.

“Today, a second revolution is occurring in otolith science, as the chemical properties of otoliths are becoming better understood and quantified,” Limburg said.

Limburg is professor in the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She holds a Ph.D. degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree from the University of Florida and dual bachelor’s degrees in biology and ecology/conservation from Vassar College.

She has served as guest scholar at Stockholm University, developing simple ecological/economic models of fisheries. And she held a postdoctoral position at the Institute for Ecosystem Studies (now the Cary Institute), studying interactions of larval fishes and their zooplankton prey. She was a Laura Randall Schweppe visiting lecturer at the University of Texas Marine Lab in 2011.

Limburg has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award for promising scientists early in their career and the 2010 SUNY-ESF Exemplary Researcher of the Year award. She has served as a president of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics and is president-elect of the Estuarine Section of the American Fisheries Society. She is co-chair of the Continental Margins Working Group, an international scientific collaboration.

The lecture is sponsored by Dr. Roger Rulifson, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor.

For additional information, contact Rulifson at 252-328-9400 or rulifsonr@ecu.edu.

Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the events.

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Lecture scheduled for March 24

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Dr. Ilona Bell, Samuel Fessenden Clarke Professor of English at Williams College, will present “Sex and Seduction in John Donne’s Poetry,” at 7 p.m. March 24 in 1032 Bate. The Thomas Harriot Lecture is free to all attendees. No tickets are required.

The lecture is cosponsored by Harriot College’s Department of English, as part of the 2014-15 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.

For additional information on the Voyages lectures, visit http://www.ecu.edu/voyages. More information about THCAS is located at https://www.ecu.edu/cas.

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ECU professors serve on water quality council

ECU professors Michael O’Driscoll, Marcelo Ardón and David Kimmel, left to right, are members of a council supporting the state’s Nutrient Criteria Development Plan. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

ECU professors Michael O’Driscoll, Marcelo Ardón and David Kimmel, left to right, are members of a council supporting the state’s Nutrient Criteria Development Plan. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Three East Carolina University faculty members are part of the 12-member Science Advisory Council of the state’s Nutrient Criteria Development Plan.

Marcelo Ardón, a biologist; Michael O’Driscoll, a geologist; and David Kimmel, a biologist, are among the seven university scientists on the council. Experts in environmental engineering, nutrient abatement and related fields make up the rest of the council.

Last year, the N.C. Division of Water Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed upon the plan that will develop nutrient criteria for reservoirs and lakes, rivers and streams, and estuaries based primarily on scientifically defensible links between nutrient concentrations and protection of designated uses. The plan establishes a Scientific Advisory Council that will assist the DWR and stakeholders with nutrient criteria development.

The Scientific Advisory Council is composed of experts in the fields of water quality, water quality engineering, nutrient biogeochemistry, nutrient response variables, nutrient management and point and non-point source nutrient abatement.

At ECU, Kimmel studies the impact of human activities on estuarine organisms with particular focus on the effects of chemical nutrient enrichment of ecosystems and climate change on plankton communities.

O’Driscoll’s research focuses on human impacts on water resources with an emphasis on the interactions of groundwater on the physical hydrology, chemistry and ecology of lake, river and wetland systems.

Ardón’s research focuses on how local land use and global climate change are altering the capacity of wetlands and streams to process nutrients. He is also interested in how management practices can restore the lost functions of aquatic ecosystems.

More information about the project and the council members is online at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wq/nutrientcriteria.

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ECU graduate sells the Broadway Channel

Matt Hege, left, said he frequently bumps into other ECU graduates while covering New York City’s theater scene for the Broadway Channel. At right is Jeremy Woodard, a 2001 graduate who has spent the past couple years starring in the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages.” At center is Regina Gatti Fogle, a 2004 graduate who is a recruitment director in New York City.

Matt Hege, left, said he frequently bumps into other ECU graduates while covering New York City’s theater scene for the Broadway Channel. At right is Jeremy Woodard, a 2001 graduate who has spent the past couple years starring in the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages.” At center is Regina Gatti Fogle, a 2004 graduate who is a recruitment director in New York City.

East Carolina University alumnus Matt Hege said interning at Greenville television station WNCT and then working as advertising director of the “East Carolinian” student newspaper taught him everything he needed to know to start a Broadway-themed cable TV channel. The MBA he also earned at ECU came in handy this week while negotiating the sale of the channel to an investor for a small fortune, he said.

“It’s all the same fundamentals,” Hege said Thursday, a day after he finalized the sale of the Broadway Channel to New York theater mogul John Gore. Hege declined to release financial details of the transaction.

“The real opportunity for me to understand the potential I had came from my work at the ‘East Carolinian,’” Hege said Thursday. “To go out and negotiate the deal for a quarter-page ad–that is real world stuff. When I realized I could do that, then the sky was the limit.”

2BroadwayChannelLogoHe said he attended graduate school on a scholarship from the ECU Media Board while working as director of advertising for the student paper.

The Broadway Channel, which Hege and his father started in 1998, is carried on most New York area cable systems and also is available in more than 40,000 hotel rooms in the Big Apple. It also is available over streaming media services.

Hege is executive producer of most of the shows airing on the Broadway Channel, including “Broadway Previews,” “Broadway on Tour,” “Las Vegas Previews,” “West End Previews,” “What’s Hot on Broadway” and the series “Broadway Profiles.”

Gore owns Key Brand Entertainment (KBE), which is widely known as the owner of the ticket-sales website Broadway.com. KBE also owns Broadway Across America, which manages the touring productions of Broadway shows.

Hege, who completed an undergraduate degree in communication in 1994 and returned for an MBA in 2000, will join the Key Brand management team with a continued focus on the Broadway Channel.

Hege lives in Miami where the channel’s corporate offices are located.

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