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


ECU honors military service, Veterans Day with special events

Cadet John Kistler rings the bell for each name read during the Veterans Day service at ECU in 2013. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Cadet John Kistler rings the bell for each name read during the Veterans Day service at ECU in 2013. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)


East Carolina University will salute veterans and dedicate 58 brick pavers in a ceremony at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 beside Christenbury Gymnasium.

The engraved pavers honor individuals who provided service in support of national defense, including military service and service to organizations such as the Veterans Administration, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Support the Troops, the Wounded Warrior Project and similar programs. The bricks will be added to the Memorial Walk across from the Freedom Wall on the west side of the gym.

Dr. Steve Duncan, director of military affairs at ECU, will speak.

Len Farris of Andover, Massachusetts, donated 30 of the pavers for his 1987 Air Force ROTC graduating class and staff at ECU. A Charlotte native, Farris earned a bachelor’s in business administration from ECU. He spent eight years on active duty as a navigator flying around the world, including more than 25 combat support missions in Operation Desert Storm.

The paver campaign raises funds for Army and Air Force ROTC student scholarships and is sponsored by the ECU College of Health and Human Performance and Office of Military Programs.

Also Nov. 11, the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center will host a roundtable luncheon and discussion from noon until 1:30 p.m. with Alex Albright, associate professor of English at ECU and author of “The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy.”

Albright’s book tells about 44 mostly North Carolina A&T State University students who were recruited to serve in the first regimental band composed of African-Americans. Two of the B-1 veterans, Huey Lawrence of Ayden and Abe Thurman of Beaufort, will attend the luncheon and discussion.

Pre-registration is required to attend. Contact Mariza James at or call 252-328-6495.

On Nov. 10, ECU Student Veteran Services will host a screening of the documentary, “Where Soldiers Come From,” beginning at 5 p.m. in Hendrix Theater in Mendenhall Student Center.

Emmy-award winning director Heather Courtney follows a group of friends from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula during pre-deployment, deployment and post-deployment. The film shows how the friends’ military service affects families, loved ones and communities, and how the war continues at home when the young men return from a year in combat.

Courtney and one of the film’s stars, Dominic Fredianelli, will answer questions after the screening. A reception will be held in Cynthia’s Lounge at the student center.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are available at ECU Central Ticket Office, or at the event. Contact Mary Beth Corbin at for more information.

Beginning Nov. 8, the Pirate Veterans Organization will display its first Field of Honor at the ECU Veteran’s Memorial. Traditional graveside-sized flags will be placed to honor and remember veterans, military service members and military supporters.

Flags are $5 and can be purchased at the Student Veteran Services office in Brewster D107. For questions, email or All proceeds will go to support homeless veterans. The flags will be on display through Nov. 15.


“Where Soldiers Come From” film screening to be held Nov. 10

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Student Veteran Services will host a screening of the award-winning documentary, “Where Soldiers Come From” from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in Hendrix Theater in Mendenhall Student Center.

The documentary follows the lives of a group of friends from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula from pre-deployment in their Michigan hometown, deployment to Afghanistan and post-deployment.  The film is a story about the war at home, how it affects families, loved ones and communities in the United States, and how the war continues at home when the young men return from a year in combat.

The film’s Emmy award-winning director Heather Courtney and one of the film’s characters, Dominic Fredianelli, will be available for questions and answers following the screening. A reception will follow.

The event is free and open to the public.  Tickets are available at ECU Central Ticket Office.

For additional information, contact Mary Beth Corbin at