ECU to participate in global day of giving

‘Tis the season for giving! In honor of #GivingTuesday, East Carolina University is inviting alumni, friends, parents, students, faculty, and staff to join the movement by giving a charitable gift* on Tuesday, Dec. 2, to the university that is near and dear to our hearts.

socialmedia-profile-IMG-GT-Hashtag-1.jpgFounded in 2012 to inspire a new tradition of generosity, #GivingTuesday focuses on celebrating kindness and giving back. Support a culture of philanthropy at ECU by making a gift on Dec. 2 and becoming a partner in securing the university’s future for current students and future generations of Pirates.

Your gifts provide scholarships, enrich teaching resources and libraries, offer hands-on learning lessons, support research and the arts, deliver classroom enhancements, and afford study abroad living/learning opportunities – all of which help ECU attract and retain the best and brightest students and faculty.

Learn more about the #GivingTuesdayECU movement at (252) ECU-GIVE (252-328-4483) or

*Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent the law allows.


Public Invited to Dec. 2 Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities

ECU students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities fall semester event, “Creating, Tending, and Razing the Border: A Pecha Kucha on Division,” on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Greenville Museum of Art.

This free interdisciplinary event is in broad recognition of the 25th anniversary of the historic fall of the Berlin Wall. It is the first Downtown Dialogues event to make use of the Japanese “Pecha Kucha” presentation style. This fast-paced approach blends the visual with the verbal in brief, six-and-a-half minute presentations by several East Carolina University experts, followed by audience discussion with the panel.

The event begins with a free reception of hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, starting at 5 p.m., with the Pecha Kucha beginning at 5:30 p.m. and discussion ending at 7 p.m. Featured experts include Susan Pearce, associate professor, Department of Sociology; Kristy Ulibarri, assistant professor, Department of English; and Daniel Goldberg, assistant professor, Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies.

If interested in attending, RSVP at:

Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities began in 2009 and is sponsored by the Division of Research and Graduate Studies. The event brings together ECU scholars from history, literature, languages, music, art, philosophy, religion and related fields to talk about issues with the public in a relaxed setting.


Down East Talent Search seeks talent for competition

The Down East Talent Search is looking for groups and individuals from eastern North Carolina to compete for cash prizes and help support a longstanding performing arts series.

Sponsored by the FRIENDS of the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series and hosted by East Carolina University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication, the March 5 competition is a fundraiser for the performing arts series.

Top prize will be $1,000. Second place will receive $250, third, $150, and the audience choice winner will get $100.

Tryouts will be held Jan. 25. An application form and entry fee must be submitted in advance. Early bird registration will be $50 through Jan. 16. Regular and walk-on registration will be $75 from Jan. 17 until tryouts begin.

Finalists will perform in front of a live audience and local celebrity judges on March 5 in Wright Auditorium. The contest is open to residents living in eastern North Carolina. Applicants must have a home mailing address in a North Carolina county east of, or bisected by, I-95.

For more information, visit and ‘like’ the search on Facebook for updates at Registration and tickets to the event will be available through ECU’s Central Ticket Office in Mendenhall Student Center, by visiting, at Wright Auditorium one hour before the event, or by calling 252-328-4788.

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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