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Grant will improve access to history collection at ECU’s Laupus Library

A wooden medicine case with 27 medicine vials, 1860-1880.  Photo courtesy The Country Doctor Museum

A wooden medicine case with 27 medicine vials, 1860-1880. Photo courtesy The Country Doctor Museum

A grant from the State Library of North Carolina will aid in improving accessibility to historical archives housed in an East Carolina University library.

The State Library of North Carolina, a Division of the Department of Cultural Resources, awarded a nine-month, $59,200 grant to the Special Collections Division at J.Y. Joyner Library to process the History Collections at the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library.

The grant is part of the Library Services and Technology Act and is made possible by LSTA grant funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant-making agency. With matching funds from Joyner Library, the total project exceeds $66,900.

“The purpose of this project is to improve accessibility of the history collections at the Laupus Health Sciences Library,” said Janice S. Lewis, director of Joyner Library. “The Laupus history collections, which consist of over 6,200 monographs, 200 artifacts and a growing number of oral history materials, document the history of medicine and health care in eastern North Carolina.”

The history collections include two distinct categories of material: Laupus Library Archival Collection and the Country Doctor Museum Archival Collection. The Country Doctor Museum archival collection is less than half of the museum’s special collections – the majority of the artifacts are stored at the museum in Bailey, North Carolina.

“The primary focus of this project will be to convert collection guides from Word documents and Excel spreadsheets into encoded archival description finding aids, thus making all collection guides and inventories available online,” said Jennifer Joyner, digital archivist and grant principal investigator. “Currently, there are no online finding aids directing users to these rich and unique collections.”

“The lack of online access to the history collections is in stark contrast to the online accessibility of the manuscript materials at Joyner Library’s special collections division,” Lewis added. “During the 2013-14 year, the finding aids in our East Carolina Manuscript Collection and University Archives received 135,205 page views and were searched over 30,122 times.”

The final step of the project will be to digitize key materials from the Laupus history collections that are representative of the holdings. The digitized materials will become a part of ECU Digital Collections, and item level metadata will be shared with the Digital Public Library of America. The creation of multiple access points will improve the accessibility and visibility of these valuable historical collections.

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


ECU Guitar Festival celebrates 20th year with SoloDuo, Rene Izquierdo

SoloDuo—Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli – will perform at ECU this summer as part of the ECU Guitar Festival.

SoloDuo—Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli – will perform at ECU this summer as part of the ECU Guitar Festival.


The 2015 East Carolina University Summer Guitar Festival and Workshop celebrates 20 years of world-class classical guitar with SoloDuo, Rene Izquierdo and others in Greenville on July 11-14 in the A. J. Fletcher Music Building on the ECU campus. Directed by ECU guitar professor Elliot Frank, the festival includes the International Concert Series, which features elite performers from the United States and abroad.

Hailing from Switzerland and Italy, SoloDuo—Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli—have performed throughout Europe, Asia, the US, Canada and Latin America, and have been acclaimed as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world. About one of their performances, the Washington Post wrote “…the duo’s playing was nothing less than rapturous—profound and unforgettable musicianship of the highest order.”

Of international award winner and Cuba native Rene Izquierdo, Classical Guitar Magazine wrote “His natural and instinctive interpretations are second to none: his virtuoso technique allows him absolute command of the instrument giving him the independence of subtle phrasing, dazzling speed, beautiful tonal control… everything.”

Cuba native Rene Izquierdo will perform during the ECU Guitar Festival.

Cuba native Rene Izquierdo will perform during the ECU Guitar Festival.

“Now in our twentieth year, this is perhaps the finest lineup I have ever had for this event,” Frank said. “Matteo Mela, Lorenzo Micheli and Rene Izquierdo are three of the very best guitarists, technically and musically, on earth, and together Matteo and Lorenzo are simply the finest duo alive. Not only are they artists of the highest caliber, they are master teachers as well.”

Other featured concert artists this year include The Sharpe/Zohn Duo, the Kithara Duo, 2014 festival competition winner Alec Holcomb, Elina Chekan, Zachary Johnson, William Kossler, Frank and others.

In additional to the International Concert Series, the finals of this year’s solo competition are open to the public and feature some of the finest young talent in the world of the guitar. Students compete for cash awards and a performance at next year’s festival.

The festival’s workshop and camp are open to students ages 10-and-up who wish to acquire or improve skills on the classical guitar. Students under the age of 10 may participate with parental supervision. For the first time, instruction in the Suzuki guitar method is available to students with William Kossler, the originator of Suzuki guitar in the US, serving as lead instructor.

For more information regarding the workshop or concert series, contact Dr. Elliot Frank at 252-328-6245, or by email at franke@ecu.edu, or visit www.ecu.edu/music/guitar/workshop.

2015 Summer Guitar Festival Concerts

Saturday July 11


ECU Alumni 4 p.m.


Elliot Frank/Rene Izquierdo 7:30 p.m.


Sunday July 12


Zachary Johnson 4 p.m.


Kithara Duo/Soloduo 7:30 p.m.


Monday July 13


Solo Competition Semifinals 4 p.m.


Alec Holcomb/Sharpe Zohn Duo 7:30 p.m.


Tuesday July 14

Afternoon 4 p.m.

Youth competition finals


College competition finals 7:30 p.m.


Individual event ticket prices

Afternoon concerts $10 adults, $5 students; Evening concerts $20 adults, $15 students

Pass for all eight concerts: $50.00, adults, $30.00 students

All concerts are in the Recital Hall, Fletcher Music Center, ECU, Greenville, NC.

Tickets: 1-800-ECU-ARTS; 252-328-4788, 252-328-4736 V/TTY; www.ecuarts.com, or at the door.


South Central High School Teachers Visit ECU Pharmaceutical Skills Lab

Teachers and the principal from South Central High School in Winterville toured ECU's Pharmaceutical Skills Lab June 9. (Contributed photo)

Teachers and the principal from South Central High School in Winterville toured ECU’s Pharmaceutical Skills Lab June 9. (Contributed photo)


A tour of the pharmaceutical skills lab at East Carolina University on June 9 helped 10 South Central High School teachers and their principal, Julie Cary, understand how ECU prepares students for careers in the pharmaceutical industry. The lab is housed in ECU’s Department of Chemistry in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

The educators plan to share this information in their own classrooms to explain how subjects taught in high school can be relevant to the students’ communities and future careers.

“Teachers need to be aware of what is happening in industry, post-secondary education, business and the arts in their communities in order to relate course content to relevant examples for their students. This is one of our major goals in bringing teachers to the lab,” said Elizabeth Martin, instructional coach at South Central High School.

“We hope our teachers will connect with the community in a deeper way. We also hope South Central can forge relationships with post-secondary education and industry that lead to substantive relationships between these key stakeholders,” she said.

The South Central teachers spent the 2014-15 academic year exploring the topic of innovation in education. Through the assistance of ECU Vice Chancellor Ted Morris and Wayne Godwin, director of ECU’s Innovation Lab, the educators have explored the human design process, visited the ECU Innovation Lab, learned about the Annual Middle School Innovators Academy and planned and created their own in-house Innovation Lab.


Medical school names first female surgery chair in the Southeast

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University has named a new chair for its Department of Surgery, making Brody the first medical school in the Southeast to have a female in that position.



Dr. J.E. “Betsy” Tuttle-Newhall is the seventh woman to be appointed surgery chair at any of the nation’s 200-plus medical schools, according to the Association of Women Surgeons.

Originally from Madison, Tuttle-Newhall has returned to North Carolina after serving as the division chief of abdominal transplant surgery and primary transplant surgeon at Cardinal Glennon Pediatric Hospital in St. Louis. She was also vice chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the St. Louis University Hospital School of Medicine and co-director of their Abdominal Transplant Center.

While in St. Louis, Tuttle-Newhall was the recipient of multiple clinical and teaching awards, as well as several Medals of Honor from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for her efforts to improve and expand organ donation and transplantation processes.

Her research efforts have focused on living kidney donors, critical care of transplant recipients, and transplant center design and governance.

After earning a medical degree from Wake Forest University’s Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1988, Tuttle-Newhall completed a surgery residency and a clinical fellowship in surgery at the New England Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. She furthered her training with a surgical critical care fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an abdominal transplant surgery fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.

Following her fellowships, Tuttle-Newhall held several academic positions at Duke, including associate professor of surgery and critical care, and director of the medical school’s physician assistant residency in surgery.

She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in health care administration at the St. Louis University School of Public Health.


Staff honored with awards for service, leadership

The following Facilities Services employees have been recognized with a 2015 Facilities Services Award for Excellence in the category of service:  David Brooks with Building Services – Automotive Services and Shannon Elks with Utilities Services – Plumbing.

The following Facilities Services employees have been recognized with a 2015 Facilities Services Supervisor Award for Excellence:  Terry Little with Grounds Services – Recycling Services in the category of service and Neal Thorne with Utilities Services – Steam in the category of leadership.

The 2015 Campus Operations Awards for Excellence recipients are Donna Lilley and Eugene Tashiro with Facilities Engineering & Architectural Services in the category of leadership and Rebecca Bizzell with Campus Operations in the category of service.


Medical honor society recognizes new members, national research fellow

Four third-year medical students from the Brody School of Medicine were recently inducted into the East Carolina University chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Holly Dieu, Sam Hankins, Kendall Liner and James Washburn were elected by current chapter members based on their scholastic achievement, leadership, ethical standards, teaching, professionalism, record of service to the school and community and their potential for achievement in medicine.

“AOA uses scholastic achievement as the primary, but not the sole, basis for nomination,” said Dr. Danielle Walsh, ECU pediatric surgeon and councilor for the Brody chapter. “Class rank is a marker of academic excellence alone, but this society aims to recognize the well-rounded student who excels academically.”

Also inducted was Brody alumnus Dr. Amir Motameni, a general surgery resident at Vidant Medical Center. He was nominated by AOA’s student members after Brody medical students named him Outstanding Teaching Resident for the third consecutive year.

Additionally, first-year medical student Dioval Remonde has been named the recipient of the 2015 Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship. Remonde is the first Brody student to receive this national award, which honors a deceased, long-time administrator and honorary member of the society.

This $5,000 fellowship aims to serve as the recipient’s primary source of support, allowing them to conduct 200-300 hours of clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology, social science/health services research, leadership or professionalism activities.


Alumni Association plans event in Wilmington

The East Carolina Alumni Association will host a networking lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 19 at Dockside restaurant, 1308 Airlie Road.

Cost for the lunch is $12 for alumni association members and $22 for non-members, with registration by June 12 at PirateAlumni.com/UpcomingEvents. Attire is purple and gold business casual. Participants should bring business cards to exchange and enter for a door prize drawing.

For additional information, visit https://piratealumni.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/were-coming-to-wilmington/ or contact 252-ECU-GRAD (252-328-4723) or ecualumni@ecu.edu.


Johnson appointed director, Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series

East Carolina University professor and former English department chair Jeffrey S. Johnson was appointed director of the ECU Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.

Jeffrey Johnson

Jeffrey Johnson

He will assume the duties held by Dr. John Tucker, who guided the series since its inception in 2007.
“I am honored to have been selected by Dean William Downs as the new director for Voyages, not least of which because of my knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, Thomas Harriot,” said Johnson.

“The College of Arts and Sciences and the lecture series are, of course, named after Harriot, whose spirit of inquiry, exploration and discovery are the hallmarks of advanced learning in the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences and humanities.”
As incoming director, Johnson sees the series as an established success, but he has goals for strengthening and sustaining its future.

“Building on the successes during the first eight years of Voyages, I want to concentrate on broadening the base of interest and support for the series, both on campus and in the surrounding community. To that end, I will reach out to individuals, offices and departments across campus to locate areas of common intellectual interest and to identify ways in which we can work together,” said Johnson.

Johnson began working at ECU as chair of the college’s Department of English in 2010, a position he held through 2014. As a scholar of British Renaissance literature, Johnson’s research focuses primarily on the writings of John Donne (1572-1631).

Beginning in October 2014, he became the general editor of “The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne,” a collaborative project involving approximately 40 international scholars.

For additional information, contact Johnson at 252-328-6378 or johnsonj@ecu.edu. More information on the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series and Harriot College may be found online at http://www.ecu.edu/voyages or http://www.ecu.edu/cas.


ECU student receives Commander’s Award for Public Service

Deputy Command Psychologist Bruce Moyer, right, presents the Commander’s Award for Public Service to ECU student Justin Raines, left. (Contributed photo)

Deputy Command Psychologist Bruce Moyer, right, presents the Commander’s Award for Public Service to ECU student Justin Raines, left. (Contributed photo)


East Carolina University doctoral student Justin Raines received the Commander’s Award for Public Service, one of the top public service awards bestowed upon a civilian by the U.S. Department of the Army.

The award is presented to Raines for significant impact on operations of the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) through his research expertise in the Psychology Support Section from May 2013 through Dec. 2014. His work supported data management, statistical analysis and predictive model techniques to determine psychological factors that contribute to student success in the special forces qualification course for detachment commanders and the special forces combat diver qualification course.

According to the award narrative, his work “required extraordinary knowledge, adaptability and innovation in order to meet mission demands.” Raines was described as “dedicated to the mission and fully investing in supporting the development and training” of participating soldiers.

Raines is pursuing a Ph.D. in occupational health psychology at ECU.