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ECU students collaborate on Nov. 1 performance

pictured left to right are ECU students Dylan Ritch, director of the showcase, and mask creator Jordan Brown. (Contributed photos)

pictured left to right are ECU students Dylan Ritch, director of the showcase, and mask creator Jordan Brown. (Contributed photos)

Twenty-one East Carolina University students have teamed up to present “Stories from Afar,” a Theatre for Youth Showcase, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Turnage Theatre in Washington.

The performance begins at 2 p.m. followed by a theater workshop for children at 3 p.m. Children will create their own tale and act it out.

Dylan Ritch, an ECU junior and theater arts major from Asheville, directs the performance aimed at entertaining while teaching children life lessons such as dealing with a bully and helping friends in need.

Stories are incorporated from cultures all over the world.

Senior Jordan Brown, a fine arts major concentrating in sculpture from Snow Camp, created nine African masks for the performance.

“I wanted to use these masks to communicate a form of theatre that originated from Africa and to expose children to multiple types of theatrical drama,” Ritch said.

Masks created by an ECU senior will be part of a performance this weekend in Washington.

Masks created by an ECU senior will be part of a performance this weekend in Washington.

“It is also my strong desire to inspire in children a love for theatre,” Ritch said. “I know seeing a play for the first time for me was a life changing experience. I wish to recreate that experience for other children who might be getting their first taste of theatre.”

Ritch also hopes the performance will introduce the community to ECU’s Theatre for Youth concentration, part of the theatre arts program in the School of Theatre and Dance. The concentration prepares graduates to work in professional theatre for children and youth. Students also participate in the Global Classroom Initiative, partnering with universities in such countries as Peru and Russia to extend their understanding and exposure to children’s theatre and cultures around the world.

Tickets to the performance are $8.54 (tax included). For more information or to purchase tickets, call 252-946-2504.


Julian Bond to present ‘Crossing the Color Line’ Nov. 18

Julian Bond

Julian Bond

Historian and civil rights activist Julian Bond will present the Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 in Wright Auditorium at East Carolina University.

Bond will present “Crossing the Color Line: From Rhythm ‘N Blues to Rock ‘N Roll,” as part of the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series on campus. He will discuss the civil rights movement through a history of American music, using images and bits of music to trace the melding of jazz, blues, country music and pop into rock & roll, all while examining this transformation through the influences of race, demographics, war, immigration and technology.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of History, ECU Chancellor’s Office, Office of the Provost, Division of Student Affairs, and the Division of Health Sciences.

One complimentary ticket is available to ECU students with a valid ECU ID. Tickets are $10 for ECU faculty, staff, and all other attendees, and are available through the ECU Central Ticket Office by calling 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS.

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


School of Communication director honored with scholar award

Dr. Linda Kean

Dr. Linda Kean

East Carolina University School of Communication Director Linda Kean was honored Oct. 9 with the 2014 NCA Health Communication Division’s Outstanding Scholar Award.

This award is one of the highest academic honors presented by the organization.

Kean’s research focuses on health communication with an emphasis on mass media, including mass media campaigns that promote positive health behaviors and the effect of health-related media messages on individuals’ perceptions, attitudes and behaviors.

Her work has been published in “Communication Research,” “Health Communication,” “Media Psychology,” the “Journal of Health Communication” and “Women & Language.”

Kean began her career at ECU in 2003 as an assistant professor in the School of Communication. She was promoted to interim associate director in 2006 and appointed director of the school in 2009.

Kean holds a bachelor of science degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois. She earned her master’s and doctorate degree in communication from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1994 and 1998.

The National Communication Association is an internationally recognized communication scholarship organization with thousands of members. This year, the NCA will celebrate its founding in 1914 with a centennial celebration. Kean will accept the award in Chicago in late November at the NCA’s annual meeting.


Zipf Named president, Historical Society of North Carolina

Karin Zipf

Karin Zipf

East Carolina University history professor Dr. Karin Zipf was elected president of the Historical Society of North Carolina Oct. 24 at the organization’s biannual meeting in Montreat.

Zipf has been a member of the HSNC since 2006, and previously served as vice president. Her tenure as president will last for one year.

The Historical Society of North Carolina was established in 1945, and traces its origin from an earlier organization begun by former North Carolina Governor David L. Swain in 1833. The society promotes the scholarship, publication and preservation of North Carolina History.

The HSNC sponsors several awards recognizing research, scholarship and teaching, and coordinates presentations of research projects at its meetings. They maintain a close association with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. Members include professional historians, archivists, librarians, political scientists and a former N.C. Supreme Court Justice.

For additional information, contact Zipf at 252-328-6774 or zipfk@ecu.edu.


ECU’s Joyner Library honors ECU faculty authors

Faculty honorees as the annual book awards ceremony. (Contributed photo)

Faculty honorees as the annual book awards ceremony. (Contributed photo)

The fourth annual Joyner Library/Academic Affairs Faculty Author Book Awards held Oct. 24 honored 35 faculty members for scholarly book publications.

“Publishing a scholarly book is a significant professional achievement for university faculty.  We want to recognize our faculty authors and congratulate them on their accomplishments, said Jan Lewis, interim dean of Academic Library Services. “The library is an important partner in the creation of scholarly output so it’s a natural fit for us to host such an event,” Lewis added.

Dr. Ron Mitchelson, interim provost and senior vice chancellor of Academic Affairs remarked, “the book remains the signature event in an academic’s life and we admire our authors for their creativity and endurance.”

Criteria for the book awards were books authored, co-authored or edited; peer reviewed by scholars, published between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014; and authors employed at ECU when the book was published.

Faculty members honored are as follows:

Dr. Katie Flanagan, Health Education & Promotion; Dr. Megan Janke, Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies; Dr. Kimberly Myers, Department of Nutrition Science; Dr. Roman Pawlak, Department of Nutrition Science; Dr. John Kerbs, Department of Criminal Justice; Dr. Melvin Weber, Department of Hospitality Leadership; Dr. Dori Dennison, Department of Hospitality Leadership; Dr. George Fenich, Department of Hospitality Leadership; Dr. Jennifer Hodgson, Department of Child Development & Family Relations; Dr. Cheryl Johnson, Department of Child Development & Family Relations; Dr. Anglea Lamson, Department of Child Development & Family Relations.

Also Dr. Susanne Jones, Department of Foreign Languages & Literature; Dr. Tom Eamon, Department of Political Science; Dr. Holly Hapke, Department of Geography; Dr. Kyle Summers, Department of Biology; Dr. Nathan Richards, Department of Maritime Studies; John Tucker, Department of History; Dr. Jonathan Reid, Department of History; Dr. Jeffrey C. Johnson, Department of Sociology; Dr. Helena Feder, Department of English; Dr. Seodial Deena, Department of English; Dr. Tracy Morse, Department of English; Dr. Ken Parille, Department of English; Dr. David Wilson-Okamura, Department of English.

Also Dr. David Griffith, Department of Anthropology; Dr. Michael Hardy, Institute of Outdoor Theatre; Fred Harrison, Academic Library Services; Barry Munson, Academic Library Services; Alan Bailey, Academic Library Services; Arthur Carlson, Academic Library Services; Dr. Lori Flint, College of Education – Special Education Foundations & Research; Dr. Jami Biles Jones, Department of Interdisciplinary Professions; Dr. Kylie Dotson-Blake, Department of Interdisciplinary Professions; Dr. Scott Glass, Department of Interdisciplinary Professions; Dr. Hoazhe Chen, Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management.

Joyner Library collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to books for education, research, and enrichment.  The books featured at the awards ceremony are added to the reading collections and are available for check out.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at (252) 328-4090.