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.



Engaged scholarship topic of April 13-14 symposium

East Carolina University will host the 2015 Engaged Scholarship Symposium April 13-14 at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU.

Dr. Hiram Fitzgerald, distinguished professor of psychology and associate provost for university outreach and engagement at Michigan State University, will deliver the keynote address at 9 a.m. April 13 focusing on the role of engaged scholarship as a part of the tenure and promotion process. Sessions will highlight topics such as collaborative partnerships, funding engaged scholarship and networking. A series of smaller forums will be held around campus on April 14 to talk more about engagement and the focus areas of economic transformation, education, health and wellness and arts and sciences.

For more information, visit To register, go to Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Fitzgerald is president of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, a member of the executive committee of the Council on Engagement and Outreach of the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities, a member of the board of directors of Transformative Regional Engagement Networks, and a member of the Academy for Community Engagement Scholarship task force.

Fitzgerald is past president and executive director of the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health and the International Association for Infant Mental Health. He served as executive director of the World Association for Infant Mental Health from 1992 until 2008. He has been associated with the Michigan Longitudinal Study of Family Risk for Alcoholism over the Life Course for 25 years, is a member of the steering committee of the Early Head Start National Evaluation Research Consortium, chairs the MSU Wiba Anung EHS/HS research team monitoring work force development and early childhood education in partnership with the Intertribal Council of Michigan, is a member of the Native Children’s Research Exchange and belongs to a variety of interdisciplinary research teams focusing on evaluation of community-based early preventive-intervention programs in Michigan.

Fitzgerald’s major areas of funded research include the study of infant and family development in community contexts, the impact of fathers on early child development, implementation of systemic community models of organizational process and change, the etiology of alcoholism, the digital divide and youth use of technologies and broad issues related to engagement scholarship. He holds a doctoral in experimental child psychology from the University of Denver.


Laupus to host new book discussion series

Laupus Library will launch a new series April 16 titled “Speaking Volumes: A Book Discussion Series Focusing on the Health Sciences.”

The inaugural program will showcase a recently published book, Global Health Nursing: Narratives from the Field, and will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16 in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery, located on the 4th floor of Laupus Library. The event is free open to the public.

Chapter contributor Dr. Kim L. Larson from ECU’s College of Nursing will be joined by book editor Christina A. Harlan (UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing), and chapter contributors Marie Collins Donahue (UNC Children’s Hospital), Christina Martinez Kim (Duke University Health Systems), and Ruth-Ann McLendon (Johns Hopkins Medical Center).

Introductory remarks will be followed by chapter readings from all four contributing authors. Each will share their own perspectives and experiences as nurses serving as front-line providers in global health. The authors will recount their personal experiences with the Ebola epidemic, treating patients with AIDS, and the challenges and rewards of confronting vast health disparities and providing health care in other languages and different cultural contexts.

The series will serves as an opportunity for others to learn more about the culture of the Division of Health Sciences and the work done by East Carolina University scholars and researchers.

“Speaking Volumes” also complements Laupus Library’s Health Sciences Author Recognition Awards program, which honors Health Sciences faculty and staff each fall for their published research and scholarly contributions to their area of study.

For more information, contact Kelly Rogers Dilda at


Phil Kirk to address Honors College students

Phil Kirk of Raleigh, who chaired the State Board of Education for six years and led the state chamber of commerce for 16 years, will address Honors College students on Tuesday, March 31. He is expected to speak about the role of leadership in industry, education and government.

Phil Kirk

Phil Kirk

The Leadership Lecture Series event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in room 1032 in the Bate Building.

Kirk, currently director of business and leadership for Brady, a Greensboro energy solutions company, served two terms on the ECU Board of Visitors and is a member of the ECU Educators Hall of Fame. A graduate of Catawba College, Kirk was named an honorary ECU alumnus in 2003.

Kirk was chief of staff to former governors Jim Holshouser and Jim Martin and U.S. Sen. Jim Broyhill. He twice served as secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

He currently serves on the boards of Meredith College, the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching Foundation, the VIF International Education program. He was co-chair of the Strategic Planning Working Team for the Wake County Public schools.

In 1999, he chaired the working committees for the largest successful bond issue in North Carolina history–$2.75 billion for schools and roads and $3.1 billion for the UNC System, community colleges and UNC TV.

ECU received about $200 million from the bond issue, which funded construction of the Sci-Tech Building, the Student Rec Center and a major expansion of Joyner Library.

A native of Salisbury, Kirk began his career as a middle school journalism and English teacher. Honors College Dean Marianna Walker was one of his students.

Former Gov. Jim Hunt has said of Kirk, “If there’s a single person in this state who is more involved and at the center of every issue, I don’t know who it is.”

— Steve Tuttle