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 www.ecu.edu/pscr. To register, go to https://collab.ecu.edu/sites/cferegistration/Pages/OFE-and-BSOM-OFD-Workshop-Registration.aspx. 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 rogerske@ecu.edu.


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


Best-selling author to deliver Earth Day presentation

Best-selling author Amy Stewart will speak as part of Earth Day 2015 events at 8 p.m. April 21 in Room C307 Science and Technology Building, East Carolina University.

Amy Stewart (photo courtesy of Delightful Eye Photography)

Amy Stewart
(photo courtesy of Delightful Eye Photography)

A reception and book signing will follow. The event is open to the public.

Stewart is the author of four New York Times bestsellers – “The Drunken Botanist,” “Wicked Plants,” “Wicked Bugs” and “Flower Confidential.” Her books focus on the positive and negative impacts of the natural world on people.

She has written for the New York Times and the Washington Post and appeared on NPR’s Morning Editing, CBS Sunday Morning, Good Morning America and the PBS documentary, The Botany of Desire.

The event is hosted by the Center for Biodiversity at East Carolina University and funded by the North Carolina Science Festival, UNC System, and East Carolina University through the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology, Chemistry Department, English Department, and Center for Sustainability: Tourism, Natural Resources, and the Built Environment. It is a signature North Carolina Science Festival event.

For additional information, contact Heather Vance-Chalcraft at vancechalcrafth@ecu.edu or 252-328-9841.


Earth Day Expo set for April 21

Sara Kimmel, left, and Rachel Kimmel learn during lab activities at the 2014 Earth Day Expo. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Sara Kimmel, left, and Rachel Kimmel learn during lab activities at the 2014 Earth Day Expo. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

An Earth Day Expo featuring interactive events for all ages will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. April 21 at the Howell Science Complex, East Carolina University.

The event is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to check in on the Howell breezeway.

Events include live animals and plants, lab activities, natural history story times and biodiversity activities and displays. Sid the Science Kid from UNC TV’s Just for Kids! Program will be on hand as well.

After school children’s programs are welcomed. More than 300 children attended the event last year.

For additional information, visit www.ecu.edu/biology/ncbiodiversity or contact Heather Vance-Chalcraft at vancechalcrafth@ecu.edu or 252-328-9841.

The Earth Day Expo is hosted by ECU’s Center for Biodiversity and Department of Biology. The event is a North Carolina Science Festival event.


Sex, seduction in Donne’s poetry topic of final Voyages lecture

Williams College professor of English Dr. Illona Bell will present “Sex and Seduction in John Donne’s Poetry” at 7 p.m. March 24 in Bate 1032, East Carolina University.



The event is free and no tickets are required.

Bell is the Samuel Fessenden Clark Professor of English at Williams College, with expertise in Renaissance literature, Shakespeare, Elizabeth I, early modern women writers, lyric poetry and Virginia Woolf. She is the author of “Elizabeth I: The Voice of a Monarch,” “Elizabethan Women and the Poetry of Courtship” and numerous essays on Renaissance poetry and early modern women. She also edited “John Donne: Selected Poems.”

Bell received her Ph.D. in literature from Boston College in 1977 and her B.A. in literature from Radcliffe College in 1969. Her presentation concludes the 2014-15 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.

For additional information about the Voyages series and its speakers, visit www.ecu.edu/voyages. More information about Harriot College is available at www.ecu.edu/cas.