ECU events to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Two events at East Carolina University will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Mitzi Miller, editor-in-chief of Ebony Magazine

Mitzi Miller, editor-in-chief of Ebony Magazine

The MLK Day of Service will begin at 9 a.m. Jan. 19 in Ledonia Wright Cultural Center. Participants will listen to King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, followed by remarks from Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor of student affairs, and Dr. Melissa Haithcox-Dennis, director of the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center.

Following that presentation, hundreds of students are expected to volunteer with 11 community partners from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Work sites will include A Time for Science, the Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center and the Third Street Community Center.

On Tuesday, Mitzi Miller, editor-in-chief of Ebony Magazine, will keynote the 2015 Annual MLK Celebration with her presentation “Visualizing the Dream” at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 in Wright Auditorium. Miller also will meet with selected students and student groups while on campus.

Miller’s presentation is free and open to the public; tickets are required and available at the Central Ticket Office in Mendenhall Student Center.

The ECU Office for Equity and Diversity, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, Student Government Association, Student Activities Board and Eta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity are co-sponsoring this annual event.


Visiting scholar headlines Collaborative Nursing Research Day

The 24th Annual Collaborative Nursing Research Day will be held from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the East Carolina Heart Institute.

The free event provides a venue for continuing education while giving nurses an opportunity to learn measures to speed translation of research. The event’s keynote speaker is Dr. Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, an internationally recognized expert in interventional research and champion of evidence-based practice.

“Collaborative Research Day is a real gift to nurses in this area, especially when you consider Dr. Melnyk, her expertise and her national reputation,” said Dr. Patricia Crane, East Carolina University College of Nursing associate dean for research and creative activity.

Melnyk is associate vice president for health promotion and university chief wellness officer at Ohio State University. She also is dean of the OSU College of Nursing and professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the college of medicine. Her record includes more than $19 million of sponsored funding from federal agencies as principal investigator. She has produced more than 250 publications and is co-editor of four books.

In addition to the keynote address, the event will include research poster sessions in completed research, evidence-based practice scholarship projects and literature reviews or synthesis of research.

“Supporting scholarship, honoring projects at different phases and acknowledging the contribution of people at all levels helps us grow the science of nursing,” Crane said.

Those attending the program will include registered nurses from various practice settings, nursing school faculty and nursing students. Organizers expect about 200 attendees and hope to continue to grow the event in the future.

Collaborative Research Day is jointly organized by the East Carolina University College of Nursing, Vidant Health System, the Beta Nu chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Eastern Area Health Education Center Department of Nursing Education.

There is no charge to attend the program, but registration is required. Register at by Feb. 6. Visit to download the full event program and a PDF registration form.

– Elizabeth Willy, College of Nursing


Medical student banquet set for Jan. 24

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University will hold its 31st annual Andrew A. Best M.D. Senior Recognition Banquet to celebrate graduating minority medical students Jan. 24 at City Hotel and Bistro.

The event speaker will be Dr. Brenda Latham-Sadler, associate dean of medical education at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

The event is organized by the ECU chapter of the Student National Medical Association in honor of Best, Greenville’s first black physician and contributor to the advancement of minorities in medical education throughout eastern North Carolina. Best died in 2005.

The deadline to buy tickets is Fri., Jan. 16. For tickets, sponsorship information or event details, contact Vanessa Dorismond at


Oxenham to speak on leadership Jan. 15

Author and award winning soccer player Gwendolyn Oxenham will speak on leadership  at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in Hendrix Theatre, Mendenhall Student Center at East Carolina University.

bookcoverOxenham was the NCAA’s youngest Division I student athlete when she was starter and leading goal scorer for the Duke University soccer team at age 16. After graduation, she traveled around the globe seeking one impromptu soccer game at a time. Oxenham documented her pickup soccer experiences in her book, “Finding the Game,” and film, “Pelada.”

Oxenham received an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame, where she was awarded the Nicholas Sparks post-graduate fellowship. She played soccer professionally for Santos FC in Brazil in 2005. She teaches English and plays in pickup games in Southern California.

Her presentation is part of the Leadership Lecture Series at ECU. It is free and open to the public. Call 252-328-6373 or email for additional information.


ECU Retired faculty forums begin in January

Retired faculty of East Carolina University are invited to a series of free informational forums in the spring of 2015, hosted by the Retired Faculty Association and sponsored by the East Carolina Alumni Association. These forums are designed to keep retired faculty connected to each other, their fields of study, their university and their community. Membership in the RFA is not required, but those interested in joining are encouraged to inquire. Current faculty and other members of the East Carolina community are welcome.

Events are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, January 13
“Sylvan Heights Bird Sanctuary”
Mike and Brent Lubbock

Tuesday, February 10
“Inside the Exxon Valdez Accident”
Archie Smith

Tuesday, March 10
“Zero to Eighty on Unpaved Roads”
Evelyn McNeil

Tuesday, April 14
“Seeing Through the Camera”
Dwayne Frutiger

Tuesday, May 12
“Did Lincoln Own Slaves? And other FAQs about Abraham Lincoln”
Gerald Prokopowicz

All forums will be held 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the second floor conference room of the Family Medicine Center at 101 Heart Drive in Greenville. Ample parking is available after 2 p.m. directly outside of the building in the B and A7 lots. For questions, contact Christy Angle at 252-328-1958.


ECU to participate in global day of giving

‘Tis the season for giving! In honor of #GivingTuesday, East Carolina University is inviting alumni, friends, parents, students, faculty, and staff to join the movement by giving a charitable gift* on Tuesday, Dec. 2, to the university that is near and dear to our hearts.

socialmedia-profile-IMG-GT-Hashtag-1.jpgFounded in 2012 to inspire a new tradition of generosity, #GivingTuesday focuses on celebrating kindness and giving back. Support a culture of philanthropy at ECU by making a gift on Dec. 2 and becoming a partner in securing the university’s future for current students and future generations of Pirates.

Your gifts provide scholarships, enrich teaching resources and libraries, offer hands-on learning lessons, support research and the arts, deliver classroom enhancements, and afford study abroad living/learning opportunities – all of which help ECU attract and retain the best and brightest students and faculty.

Learn more about the #GivingTuesdayECU movement at (252) ECU-GIVE (252-328-4483) or

*Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent the law allows.


Public Invited to Dec. 2 Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities

ECU students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities fall semester event, “Creating, Tending, and Razing the Border: A Pecha Kucha on Division,” on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Greenville Museum of Art.

This free interdisciplinary event is in broad recognition of the 25th anniversary of the historic fall of the Berlin Wall. It is the first Downtown Dialogues event to make use of the Japanese “Pecha Kucha” presentation style. This fast-paced approach blends the visual with the verbal in brief, six-and-a-half minute presentations by several East Carolina University experts, followed by audience discussion with the panel.

The event begins with a free reception of hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, starting at 5 p.m., with the Pecha Kucha beginning at 5:30 p.m. and discussion ending at 7 p.m. Featured experts include Susan Pearce, associate professor, Department of Sociology; Kristy Ulibarri, assistant professor, Department of English; and Daniel Goldberg, assistant professor, Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies.

If interested in attending, RSVP at:

Downtown Dialogues on the Humanities began in 2009 and is sponsored by the Division of Research and Graduate Studies. The event brings together ECU scholars from history, literature, languages, music, art, philosophy, religion and related fields to talk about issues with the public in a relaxed setting.


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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