Paul Rogat Loeb: ‘You can’t be afraid to take on the challenges’
GREENVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 24, 2011) — In his tours of college campuses, author and activist Paul Rogat Loeb has observed that many students lack an understanding of how social change occurs. They know, for instance, that Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of the bus, but they don’t know about the years of behind-the-scenes work that precipitated the Montgomery bus boycott.
Educators have a unique responsibility to change that, Loeb argued Wednesday at the 8th annual ECU Conference on Service-Learning. Loeb, who has lectured to 400 colleges around the country, has published five books, including the “Soul of a Citizen,” which has more than 100,000 copies in print. An updated edition was published in April.
Loeb spoke with ECU News Services about the role of universities in social change and how professors can develop civically engaged students. Read the full interview at http://www.ecu.edu/news/newsstory.cfm?ID=1912.
Colm Toibin: ‘A Writer’s Writer’ visits ECU
Award-winning Irish writer, Tóibín visited the East Carolina University campus for three days in February, leaving campus readers and literature students charmed — from English graduate students who met with Tóibín and discussed the importance of voice and place in works to readers who are simply fans of his engaging storytelling. Read about his visit at http://www.ecu.edu/news/newsstory.cfm?ID=1914.
Announcements of cancelled classes due to wintry weather might some day give way to a much more positive message, perhaps one that reads, “Pajamas Permitted: Faculty and students may attend classes today from home.”
The technology to support this scenario is already in place and popular with thousands of East Carolina University faculty and students.
For the sixth year, student teams from the College of Business at East Carolina University took home top prizes at the National Small Business Institute® (SBI) Conference, Feb. 17-19 in Bonita Springs, Fla. The College of Business has enjoyed a long tradition of winning top honors in the SBI’s Project of the Year Competition. Since 2005, ECU has earned eight finishes in the top three, including four first place winners.
East Carolina University faculty, staff and students quickly snatched up 10 Apple iPads offered for checkout in a Jan. 31 e-mail announcement from Joyner Library. All available devices left the building within two hours; 30 people joined a waiting list.