UNC President Visits

Jeff Davies, left, chief of staff to UNC President Tom Ross, right, walk with ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard during Ross' visit to the campus on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Ross is touring UNC-system campuses during his first months as head of the 16-campus system. During his visit, Ross had question and answer sessions with students, faculty, and senior administrators and toured facilities on both health sciences and main campus. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

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Space Grant

NC Space Grant Expands Consortium Membership

ECU is the newest university to join the NC Space Grant, a consortium of academic institutions that promote, develop, and support aeronautics and space-related science, engineering, and technology education and training in the state.

In partnership with NASA, industry, non-profit organizations, and state government agencies, the NC Space Grant conducts programs designed to equip the current and future aero/space workforce in North Carolina.

Other N.C. affiliates include Appalachian State, Duke and N.C. State universities and the North Carolina Community College System.

As a new member of the NC Space Grant, ECU will collaborate with NASA and the aero/space community and strengthen existing relationships.

Led by Dr. John Rummel, the Space Grant program at ECU will use space science and technology as a vehicle to “inspire the next generation of explorers” using ongoing NASA-related research and educational programs at ECU with NC Space Grant-focused activities. The ECU mission is to increase the interest, awareness, and opportunities brought by ECU faculty to develop astrobiology, space science, planetary sciences, and exploration opportunities for university students, first, and thereby reach K-12 teachers, students, and the public.

Rummel is the director of the Institute for Coastal Science and Policy and a professor of biology at ECU.  Prior to his arrival at ECU in 2008, Rummel was the NASA Senior Scientist for Astrobiology, based in Washington, D.C., responsible for leading all aspects of NASA’s program to understand the origin, evolution, and fate of life in the universe.

For more information about the NC Space Grant, visit www.ncspacegrant.org.

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ECU to build dental center in Lillington

By Doug Boyd

LILLINGTON, N.C.   (Jan. 19, 2011)   —   Lillington has been selected to be the site of an educational and patient-care facility of the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Jim Hupp, dean of the ECU School of Dental Medicine, speaks Jan. 19 in Lillington. (Photos by Doug Boyd)

ECU announced today at the Harnett County Government Complex that it will build one of its community service learning centers beside the new First Choice Community Health Center off U.S. 401. There, dental students and residents will train and, together with ECU faculty members, provide care to local residents.

“This is going to be a very good site, a good collaboration with First Choice Community Health Center,” said Dr. Gregory Chadwick, associate dean for planning and extramural affairs at the dental school. The two facilities “will really have an impact on primary health care in Harnett County.”

Lillington is the fourth site to be named for what will eventually be 10 such centers across the state and the first in central North Carolina. The other sites identified so far are Ahoskie and Elizabeth City in eastern North Carolina and Sylva in the western part of the state.

The 7,700-square-foot center will be a fully functioning general dentistry office with 16 treatment rooms, X-ray equipment, educational space and more. The state will own the land, and construction could begin this year if all goes well, Chadwick said.

Sheila Simmons, executive director of First Choice, said the partnership with ECU will be important to her community. “The future consists of not just ‘make a difference’ but ‘be the difference,'” she said, “and this collaboration will allow us to be the difference.”

Full-time dental school faculty members will staff the center, along with dental hygienists and other staff members, and fourth-year dental students and residents will train at the center. Chadwick has described the centers as similar to “moving the fourth floor of the dental school — the clinical training — off campus to rural areas of our state where dental services are needed.”

Retired Lillington dentist Dr. Catherine Evans praised the plan for the education it will provide students and care it will provide for residents who might not get it any other way. “It will give access to dental care to people who cannot afford it on large basis, and I’m talking about basic care,” she said.

The school will admit its first 50 students, all North Carolina residents, in August, with plans to admit 50 each year.

North Carolina is below the national average in the ratio of dentists to population, and that ratio has declined recently as the population has increased faster than the supply of practitioners. Harnett County has one dentist for every 10,000 people, Simmons said, less than the state average of about 4 dentists for every 10,000 people.

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NCLR Awarded

NCLR 2010

NCLR earns national design award

The North Carolina Literary Review won the 2010 Best Journal Design Award in the recent Council of Editors of Learned Journals competition.

NCLR is published by ECU and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. The award was announced during the 2011 Modern Language Association annual conference held in Los Angeles.

“First and foremost, the person responsible for our receiving this award is Dana Ezzell Gay, NCLR’s Art Director, who has designed for NCLR since its beginning when she was a student at ECU, working with Eva Roberts, who created NCLR’s original design,” said NCLR Editor Dr. Margaret Bauer. “Dana approached me in 2008 about a redesign, and while my initial reaction was ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’ I’ve often found myself frustrated by people who resist change. I’m glad we decided to take this chance.”

The journal was redesigned in 2009, and the 2008-2010 issues were submitted for the competition. NCLR is a large comprehensive body of work – both a scholarly journal and a literary magazine – and includes creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and drama to interviews, literary criticism and literary news articles.

“The creation of a new design for a literary journal offers many challenges, but primarily involves developing strong, cohesive visual relationships between text and image,” Gay said. “Redesign brings text and image to life in a cohesive way and asks the reader to embrace the beauty of the words, as well as the layout.”

Announcing the award at the City Art Gallery in Greenville, Bauer also praised the efforts of graphic designers Stephanie Whitlock Dicken of Greenville and Pamela and Dave Cox of Five to Ten Design in Washington, N.C., as well as the art selections of Diane Rodman, art editor and a faculty member in the ECU English Department.

This was the second CELJ award for best design for NCLR, with the other coming in 1999. NCLR’s other CELJ awards were Best New Journal in 1994 and the Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement in 2007.

The North Carolina Literary Review is published annually and is available by subscription as well as at several retail outlets across North Carolina. For more information, visit the journal’s website at www.nclr.ecu.edu.

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Youth Arts Festival

The annual Youth Arts Festival at ECU provides an opportunity for artists to show their work with eastern North Carolina youth.

Annual Youth Arts Festival seeks artists

The Seventh Annual Youth Arts Festival at ECU is seeking artists to participate in its annual show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 2.

The goal of the East Carolina Annual Youth Arts Festival is to promote the visual and performing arts to the region’s children.

Visual and performing artists present their art forms to the youth of Pitt County and eastern North Carolina. Some artists showcase their talents and demonstrate the media they work in, while others work with the children doing hands-on projects.

The festival strives to feature multicultural and multiethnic artists from the university community, Greenville and the region.

Artists are not charged booth fees and no commission is taken on any work that is sold.

This festival is geared towards elementary and middle school children but is open to all.

For more information or to participate, contact Dindy Reich, coordinator of the Youth Arts Festival, at 252-328-5749 or reichd@ecu.edu. More information about the festival can be found at http://www.ecu.edu/soad/youtharts.cfm.

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