ECU to host Leadership Learning Exchange

East Carolina University and the Institute for Educational Leadership are hosting the inaugural Leadership Learning Exchange July 19-23 on campus. The four-day institute will draw teams of educational leaders, faculty, students, parents and community members to examine ways to “breathe joy and justice” into communities and schools.

The host team includes ECU Wells Fargo Endowed Chair of Educational Leadership Dr. Matthew Militello and ECU graduate student Carrie Morris, a North Carolina Prinicipal Fellow who is pursuing a master’s of school administration at ECU. From the Institute of Educational Leadership, S. Kwesi Rollins and Lynda Tredway will join in the learning exchange.

For additional information about the event, or to register, visit


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, or visit

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;, or at the door.


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 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 or contact 252-ECU-GRAD (252-328-4723) or


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 More information on the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series and Harriot College may be found online at or


Neighborhood Symposium set for May 2

City of Greenville 5th Annual Neighborhood Symposium

Uniting Neighborhoods for Quality of Life

Saturday, May 2 at 9:00am to 2:00pm

Greenville City Hall, City Council Chambers

200 West Fifth Street Greenville NC

The City of Greenville’s 5th Annual Neighborhood Symposium sponsored by the Neighborhood Advisory Board will be held May 2, at Greenville City Hall. The theme of the  is Uniting Neighborhoods for Quality of Life and will feature a creative and hands-on approach for civic education.

ECU students in PLAN 4025: Housing and Neighborhood Planning, Spring 2015, carried out an engaged outreach project seeking cooperative and collaborative learning. Partnered with NAB, students produced a documentary film titled, “Get involved! Preserve your neighborhood.” The film will be presented at the symposium.

The purpose of the film is three fold: 1) for the city, it is an opportunity to educate the public about planning, rezoning process, and regulations; 2) for the community members, it is an opportunity to learn when and how the public can be involved in the decision-making process; and 3) for the students, it is an opportunity to relate theory to practice, to distinguish and to synthesize the assets of the community from the cooperative efforts, and to be actively involved in the symposium.

The film documented how a rezoning request begins and proceeds with highlights of the impact on communities. The project seeks an answer to a question, “When a similar situation happens near your neighborhood, what can you and your community do?”

The documentary is composed of a mock Planning and Zoning committee meeting (acted by students, members of NAB, and city staffs) and interviews with various stakeholders including City Council members, city planners, a Planning and Zoning [P&Z] member, a former Board of Adjustment chair, community members, and a commercial realtor/developer. For a quality film production, the ECU Multimedia Center puts the pieces together and provides a professional editing service.

For more information, please contact Dr. Misun Hur, Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment at 252-328-1270 or


Scout Out Nursing Day introduces young people to nursing profession

Dressed in period nursing costumes, Gina Woody, co-chair of the Scout Out Nursing committee, provides instructions to nursing student Catherine Steed. (Photos by Conley Evans)

Dressed in period nursing costumes, Gina Woody, co-chair of the Scout Out Nursing committee, provides instructions to nursing student Catherine Steed. (Photos by Conley Evans)

By Elizabeth Willy
College of Nursing

More than 90 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts received an introduction to nursing during the fifth Scout Out Nursing Day, held April 11 in the College of Nursing at East Carolina University.

“The job outlook for nursing is exceptional and we hope that this event will allow the scouts to see the many opportunities the career of nursing has to offer,” said nursing professor Dr. Gina Woody. Woody was co-chair of the event’s organizing committee with fellow faculty member Bob Green.

Dr. Robin Corbett, a family nurse practitioner in the nursing graduate program, gives the scouts a primer on first aid.

Dr. Robin Corbett, a family nurse practitioner in the nursing graduate program, gives the scouts a primer on first aid.

Approximately 80 volunteers participated, including ECU nursing students, faculty and professional nurses. Attendees visited stations where they participated in hands-on demonstrations such as CPR and first aid.

A nursing history station featured volunteers in period costumes designed by the ECU School of Theatre and Dance, under the direction of theatre arts professor Cybele Moon. At another station, retired Air Force nurse and ECU nursing professor Phil Julian explained military nursing, while two nursing students played the role of patients resting on gurneys.

A simulated operating room featured nurse anesthesia faculty and students in full scrubs and surgical masks, along with a breathing, blinking and talking mannequin on the operating table. First aid topics were explained in a station set up like a campsite, with mannequins suffering from wounds sustained in a wooded environment.

Troop leaders and parents said they appreciated the opportunity to observe health care through their children’s eyes. Vidant Edgecombe nurse Jennifer Cooke said the event was an ideal way for her 7-year-old son to take a look at her profession.

“We came so he could see not only what I do when I’m at work, but also so he can explore some of the opportunities that are there for boys in health care,” she said.

Hosted by the ECU College of Nursing and the Beta Nu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Scout Out has educated more than 500 kids since its inception in 2007.

Scouts ask questions in the operating room lab with Dr. Maura McAuliffe and nurse anesthesia students Natalie Tyson and Lisa Foxworth.

Scouts ask questions in the operating room lab with Dr. Maura McAuliffe and nurse anesthesia students Natalie Tyson and Lisa Foxworth.


Award-winning author to speak at Joyner Library banquet

Allan Gurganus, acclaimed author of “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All,” will be the keynote speaker for the Friends of Joyner Library’s annual spring banquet scheduled for 6 p.m., April 30.

Allan Gurganus

Allan Gurganus

Gurganus is also the author of “White People” (Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Pen-Faulkner Finalist), “Plays Well with Others,” “The Practical Heart: Four Novellas” (Lambda Literary Award) and 2013’s “Local Souls.” His stories have won the National Magazine Prize and have been honored in “Best American Stories,” “The O’Henry Prize Collection” and “The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction.”

The writer’s essays and editorials appear in The New York Times and the New York Review of Books. He was featured in the PBS “American Masters” series as a scholar-reader for “Walt Whitman, An American.” Gurganus wrote and narrated the script “A House Divided: Poetry of the American Civil War” for BBC 4.

The CBS version of “Widow” won four Emmys. The writer was a recent John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Gurganus has taught literature and writing at Duke University, The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Stanford University, and Sarah Lawrence College.

“Allan Gurganus is one of our state’s most gifted authors and storytellers,” said Janice Lewis, interim dean of Joyner Library. “I am thrilled that he will share his insights with us. I started reading ‘Local Souls’ last night and was completely captivated by the characters and the town of Falls, North Carolina.”

This year’s banquet will be held at Yankee Hall and the program will honor lifetime Friends of Joyner Library member and library benefactor, the late Ann Rhem Schwarzmann. Tickets may be purchased ($35 members, $45 non-member) at or 328-6514.

The Friends of Joyner Library is a non-profit organization that provides support to the library, which serves the university and region.

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


ECU to hold annual Holocaust Awareness Day


East Carolina University will hold its 12th annual Holocaust Awareness Day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 21.

Beginning at 8 a.m., volunteers at the ECU Student Memorial Garden will read the names of thousands of the approximately 11 million Holocaust victims.

A 5 p.m. dinner and discussion in the Croatan Green Room will focus on Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest and spiritual enrichment. At 7 p.m. in Wright Auditorium, the documentary “Paper Clips” will highlight a project about tolerance designed by Tennessee middle school students after they learned about the Holocaust.

The day will close at 9 p.m. with the lighting of luminaries for Holocaust victims and a memorial candlelight vigil. The vigil will feature poetry, prayer and silent reflection to remember the millions of lives lost during the Holocaust.

All events are free and open to the public. Space for the dinner is limited and guests are asked to RSVP to the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center at

Holocaust Day events are sponsored by ECU Student Involvement and Leadership, the Student Government Association, Student Advisory Board, ECU C.U.L.T.U.R.E., ECU Hillel, Congregation Bayt Shalom in Greenville, the ECU Office of Equity and Diversity and ECU’s departments of sociology and foreign languages and literatures.

For more information, contact Dr. Melissa Haithcox-Dennis, director of the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, at (252) 328-6495.