Workshops to focus on veterans, military

CWS Brian Turner


East Carolina University’s Contemporary Writer Series will host a three-day series of workshops for veterans, military service members and military families March 25 – 27.

All events are free and open to the public. The series will focus on expressing experiences through fiction, non-fiction or visual art. Participants may also wish to contribute to a new publication, The ECU Veterans Anthology.

Veteran poet and essayist Brian Turner will open the series at 7:30 p.m. March 25 in the East Carolina Heart Institute auditorium. Turner will read from his work and discuss his experiences as infantry team leader for the 3 rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team in Iraq from 2003-2004. He is the author of “Here Bullet” (2005), “Phantom Noise” (2010) and “My Life as a Foreign Country” (2014).

A book signing and question and answer session will immediately follow.

A poetry reading at 7 p.m. March 26 in the Greenville Museum of art will feature award-winning poet Ilyse Kusnetz and former North Carolina poet laureate Joseph Bathanti. A book signing and question and answer session will follow readings from both poets’ work.

Kusnetz teaches at Valencia College and lives in Orlando, Fla., with her husband, poet and memoirist Brian Turner. She holds a Ph.D. in feminist and postcolonial British literature from the University of Edinburgh and an M.A. in creative writing from Syracuse University. Bathanti is a professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University and the 2012 state poet laureate. His writings focus on veterans and their families. His honors include the Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award, the Carolina Novel Award and the Linda Flowers Literary Award from the N.C. Humanities Council.

A full listing of events and registration is available at

For additional information about the workshops, contact Jason Faulkner, teaching instructor in the Department of English, at 252-328-5177 or For additional information about the events featuring Turner, Kusnetz or Bathanti, contact John Hoppenthaler, associate professor of English, at 252-328-5562;, or Thomas Douglass, associate professor of English, at 252-328-6723;

The workshops are cosponsored by Operation Re-Entry North Carolina, Office of Student Transitions, Pirate Veterans and the Office of the Provost.


ECU Spring Career Fair set for Thursday

East Carolina University’s Career Services will host the annual Spring Career Fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 19 at Minges Coliseum and the Murphy Center.

The Spring Career Fair brings employers to ECU to meet with students and alumni who are seeking internships, co-op experiences and full-time career opportunities. Attendees can establish connections with potential employers as well as hone their networking skills.

More than 350 employers from 163 businesses and organizations will participate in the event to meet with ECU students and alumni.

“Employers frequently tell us they are impressed with the caliber of our students and the overall recruiting experience at ECU,” said Curtis Street, assistant director of employer relations with ECU Career Services.

The companies attending the career fair range from local firms in Greenville and Pitt County and others from across North Carolina. Some national and international companies also will participate. The companies expect to meet with students from a variety of majors during the three-hour event.

“More than 2,500 students and alums have attended the last three career fairs and more than 80 percent stated they gained employer contacts, an interview, or an internship,” said Street.

Students should dress in business professional attire and bring their ECU OneCard to the career fair. A full list of attending employers and additional career fair information is available on the Career Services website at

For more information about the Spring Career Fair, contact Karen Thompson, director of ECU Career Services at (252) 328-6050.


Married ECU art students present senior exhibition

East Carolina University art students and husband and wife, Jacob and Meredith Parker, will host a dual senior exhibition, “Passing for Normal,” in the Burroughs Wellcome Gallery in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center March 16-20.

An opening reception will be held 6-9 p.m. March 16.

Both are candidates for a bachelor of fine arts in May. Meredith Parker is pursuing a concentrating in painting and drawing, while Jacob Parker is working toward a concentration in printmaking.

The Parkers are known for their charismatic personalities and their artwork titles such as “I’m Not Going, You Can’t Make Me Go, I’m Never Going,” “They’ll Mow You Down Easy,” “Nobody Sees a Problem with This; Just Eat it” and “This Should Be of Some Practical Use Later.”

Jacob Parker recently won an award in the School of Art & Design’s undergraduate show.


SUNY professor to discuss secrets of fishes

State University of New York professor Dr. Karin E. Limburg will discuss the secrets of fishes at 4 p.m. March 26 in Room C-209 of East Carolina University’s Science and Technology Building.



The event is free and open to the public. A light reception will follow.

Her presentation, “The ‘Other’ Biogeochemistry: Otoliths and their use to Reconstruct the Lives of Fishes” will feature an introduction to the otolith, a bone in a fish’s auditory system.

“Fisheries science was revolutionized decades ago by the discovery of fine scale chronometric properties of otoliths (literally, ear-stones),” Limburg said. The small structures, which form part of hearing and balance systems in fishes, provide a permanent record of the age and growth history of each fish, she added.

“Today, a second revolution is occurring in otolith science, as the chemical properties of otoliths are becoming better understood and quantified,” Limburg said.

Limburg is professor in the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She holds a Ph.D. degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree from the University of Florida and dual bachelor’s degrees in biology and ecology/conservation from Vassar College.

She has served as guest scholar at Stockholm University, developing simple ecological/economic models of fisheries. And she held a postdoctoral position at the Institute for Ecosystem Studies (now the Cary Institute), studying interactions of larval fishes and their zooplankton prey. She was a Laura Randall Schweppe visiting lecturer at the University of Texas Marine Lab in 2011.

Limburg has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award for promising scientists early in their career and the 2010 SUNY-ESF Exemplary Researcher of the Year award. She has served as a president of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics and is president-elect of the Estuarine Section of the American Fisheries Society. She is co-chair of the Continental Margins Working Group, an international scientific collaboration.

The lecture is sponsored by Dr. Roger Rulifson, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor.

For additional information, contact Rulifson at 252-328-9400 or

Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the events.



Lecture scheduled for March 24


Dr. Ilona Bell, Samuel Fessenden Clarke Professor of English at Williams College, will present “Sex and Seduction in John Donne’s Poetry,” at 7 p.m. March 24 in 1032 Bate. The Thomas Harriot Lecture is free to all attendees. No tickets are required.

The lecture is cosponsored by Harriot College’s Department of English, as part of the 2014-15 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.

For additional information on the Voyages lectures, visit More information about THCAS is located at


ECU Youth Arts Festival set for March 28

Jake Juchniewicz, left, and Jay Juchniewicz enjoy the 2014 Youth Arts Festival. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Jake Juchniewicz, left, and Jay Juchniewicz enjoy the 2014 Youth Arts Festival. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

The 11th Annual Youth Arts Festival will be held on the mall at East Carolina University from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28. In case of rain, the festival will be moved to the Leo W. Jenkins Fine Arts Building on 5th St. All activities are free and open to the public.

The festival will bring more than 150 visual and performing artists from ECU, North Carolina and surrounding states to share their talents with children. Children will have an opportunity to create their own artwork and visit with artists demonstrating activities such as wheel thrown ceramics, watercolor painting, weaving, blacksmithing, paper-making, printmaking, sculpture and portraiture.

Performing artists scheduled to appear this year include The Magic of African Rhythm, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Cirque de Vol, Magic by Jazzy, the Steve Myott Puppets and Twisted Knot.

The event is hosted by the ECU School of Art and Design. Visit for details or follow the Youth Arts Festival on Facebook at

For additional information, contact Dindy Reich at (252) 328-5749 or


Visiting artist in sculpture to speak at ECU

Jenny K. Hager, visiting artist in sculpture, will present a lecture in Room 133 in Jenkins Fine Arts Center at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 as part of the opening of the Down East Sculpture Exhibition in Greenville.



Hager, a juror for the Down East Sculpture Exhibition, is an associate professor of sculpture at the University of North Florida. She received her MFA in Sculpture and Digital Media from San Jose State University in San Jose, California.

Hager’s interest involves a variety of processes and materials. She finds inspiration in dreams, objects from her childhood, gadgets, sea life and other curiosities. She also values collaboration, and believes the spirit of community is important in her teaching practice and her own work. Hager’s work has been exhibited most recently at the Ogden Museum of Art in New Orleans, Los Angeles, the Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, Kentucky and in the Cymru Ironstone Castle in Wales.

Hager also will visit ECU studios and hold critiques and workshops with students through March 7.

Hager’s visit is made possible by the Office of Student Activities & Organizations and the ECU Sculpture Guild.


ECU celebrates International Women’s Day

The 2015 celebration of International Women’s Day will be held Wednesday, March 4 in the Mendenhall Student Center, Great Rooms 1 & 2. The day features a series of speakers on the following topics:

8-8:50 a.m. International Perspectives on Women’s Status
A discussion between representatives from the University of Gdansk, Poland; Fatima Jinnah Women’s University, Pakistan; and Covenant University, Nigeria.

9-9:50 a.m. Women in the Media
Beth Mendelson has more than 25 years experience in media and is currently executive producer at Voice of America. Her portfolio includes broadcast, radio and the web. Mendelson was Winner of the 2006 Women of Vision Award by Women in Film & Video.

10-10:50 a.m. Women in Religion
Ann Harrington was recently ordained as a priest by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, a renewal movement within the Roman Catholic Church whose goal is to achieve full equality for all within the church as a matter of justice and faithfulness to the gospel.

11-11:50 a.m. Women in Social Justice
Shirrell Thomas has more than 40 years experience working on domestic violence. She leads the social enterprise section of the Center for Family Violence Prevention. Her initiative of My Sister’s Closet plays a major role in aiding victims of domestic violence in our community.

Noon-12:15 p.m. Is There Still Bias Against Women?
Brody School of Medicine professor Rachel Roper shares the latest studies on this subject.

12:15-12:30 p.m. ECU Chapter of She’s the First
ECU student and chapter president Keerthana Velappan shares information about this organization, which sponsors girls’ education in low-income countries, giving them the chance to become the first in their families to graduate from secondary school.

12:30-2 p.m. Lunch and ECU Panel on Sexual Harassment
Speakers include ECU students, faculty and staff.

2-2:50 p.m. Women in Romance
Laurie Kahn is a resident scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center. Her film “Tupperware!” was broadcast in more than 20 countries, won the George Foster Peabody Award and was nominated for an Emmy. Kahn is executive producer of The Popular Romance Project, which explores the origins and influences of popular romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs and Internet fan fiction.

3-3:50 p.m. Women in Health Care
Dr. Janice Daugherty, assistant professor of Family Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine. Her interests include women’s health through the lifespan, integrative mental health care, nutrition and wellness and chronic disease mitigation.

International Women’s Day is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Student Affairs and ECU Women’s Studies.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at least 48 hours prior to the event at (252) 737-1016 (Voice/TTY).


Criminal Justice Career Fair set for Feb. 26

The 5th consecutive Criminal Justice Career Fair will be held from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms.

The event includes criminal justice agencies from across the federal, state, and local spectrum as well as state law schools. Each year between 20 and 25 organizations such as FBI, NCIS, US Marshals, Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Prisons, US Probation and Parole, Customs and Border Protection, Armed Forces branches, NC Highway Patrol, NC State Bureau of Investigation, local police departments, and Campbell, Elon, and UNC-Chapel Hill law schools send recruiter representatives. I’

Many representatives in attendance are ECU alumni and are anxious to support (and hire) ECU students. Students interested in a career within the criminal justice arena are encouraged to attend.