Interfaith service planned for Sept. 11

A city-wide interfaith service “Interfaith prayers for peace and healing on the 10th anniversary of 9/11” will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

The Rev. Carolyn Fleming Sawyer, director of Pastoral Services at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, will offer a meditation and members of the interfaith community will offer prayers for peace and healing in their respective traditions. The order of Choral Evensong, a service unique to the Anglican tradition, will be led by St. Paul’s Parish Choir.

The event is open to all congregations and citizens of Greenville. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. A pizza and volleyball gather will be held for all youth.

St. Paul’s is located at 401 East Fourth St., with parking available next door to University Towers on Third St.

For additional information, contact Calvin Mercer, ECU Department of Religious Studies at mercer@ecu.edu.

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Elections, publications noted by Joyner Library faculty, staff

 

Joyner Library faculty and staff have reported recent publications and elections to professional organizations.

Eleanor Cook

Jan Lewis

Angela Whitehurst


Elections

Jan Lewis, associate director of Academic Library Services, was elected to a two-year term as officer at large of the measurement, assessment and evaluation section of the Library Leadership and Management Association.  She was also appointed to the library leadership and  management editorial board and to the Association of College & Research Libraries’ research planning and review and research coordinating committees.

Angela Whitehurst, interim head of service for Reference Services was was elected the secretary/archivist of the distance learning section of the American College and Research Libraries Association for the 2011-2012 term.

Eleanor Cook, assistant director for Technical Services, was elected secretary of the North Carolina Library Association nominating committee. She will take office following the 2011 Biennial Conference in Hickory.

Bryna Coonin

Dale Sauter


Publications

An article by Bryna Coonin, “Open Access Publishing in Business Research: The Authors’ Perspective,” appeared in the Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, Vol. 16(3).

An article by Dale Sauter, “So Near to Heaven and Surrounded by Hell: The Character and 1942-1943 Military Career of World War II Pilot Frank A. Armstrong, Jr.,” appeared in the North Carolina Historical Review 88. 2 (2011).

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Three Down, One to Go with Help from Prestigious Scholarship

Trey and Kristi Sloan


By Kathy Muse

Once, twice, three times a Pirate and he’s not done yet.

Ruben “Trey” Sloan III is proud to say that he is a three-time graduate of the College of Health and Human Performance, East Carolina University and excited to continue his ambitious studies.

The Deep Run native dreams of becoming a medical doctor to serve the citizens of his home state.

Thanks to the University of North Carolina Board of Governor’s Medical Scholarship-Loan Program, he is one step closer to reaching this goal.

Sloan has been selected to receive the competitive four-year scholarship to attend the Brody School of Medicine.  The scholarship provides an annual stipend of $5,000 plus tuition, mandatory fees, medical insurance and a laptop computer.  Renewal each year is contingent upon meeting all eligibility requirements and continued funding by the North Carolina General Assembly.

“I was overwhelmed with a sense of relief and gratitude when I learned about receiving this scholarship,” Sloan said.  “Knowing that many of my expenses will be paid is a great feeling,” he added.

Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit, financial need, along with a commitment to practice medicine in North Carolina following graduation.

Sloan will enter medical school this fall as a distinguished graduate boasting a 3.96 grade point average.  He served as president of the Department of Kinesiology Graduate Student Organization and was appointed to the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Dr. Ron Cortright, professor in the Department of Kinesiology (formerly Exercise and Sport Science), taught Sloan during his first year as a doctoral student, said “I immediately saw his intellect, creativity, and passion for learning through classroom participation and on critical thinking exams.”

Sloan’s affection for ECU is double fold.  It is here that he met his wife, Kristi Sloan, and got engaged under the cupola on campus.

He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a doctoral degree in Bioenergetics and Exercise Science.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and in Nursing.

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Research finds discrimination, resilience among older lesbians

More than half of lesbians aged 55 and older have been married to a man at some point in their lives. More than 90% said their families knew about their lesbian relationships.

East Carolina University researchers reported these findings in their article, “Older Lesbians: Experiences of Aging, Discrimination and Resilience,” published in the Journal of Women and Aging. The work was the largest and most comprehensive research done on this demographic since 1984.

Averett

Social work professors Paige Averette, Intae Yoon and Carol L. Jenkins surveyed 456 lesbians 55 years of age or older regarding socio-demographics, social activity, health, sexual identity, family relations, romantic relationships, use of service/help programs, mental health, end of life care, and experience with discrimination.

The research uncovered persistent discrimination and hostility toward lesbians despite improvements in public attitudes since the last national study. Compared to the earlier study, the group reported slightly higher levels of perceived discrimination in their employment settings due to their sexual orientation.

The researchers said that older lesbians contend with ageism in their work and social settings, just as many older individuals do. However, members of the study group face additional intolerance and discrimination from family and from the public, while walking down the street and going about their daily lives.

“More older lesbians have reported being married to men than twenty-five years ago,” said Averett, “which points to the continued pressure that lesbians feel to hide and to the power of heterosexism that continues within our culture.”

Averett said, “Older lesbians struggle with federal and state policies that disregard their lifetime romantic partnerships, denying them end-of-life decision making as well as access to partners’ Social Security and retirement benefits.” This forces them into legal battles with partners’ families, hospitals and employers, she said.

Despite the ongoing challenges, study participants showed an increase in positive thinking about their sexual orientation and about aging. While more than 80% reported participation in therapy at some point, the researchers said, they consider themselves overall to be in good mental health. More than 90% said they were “out” to their family members, and a majority reported having positive relationships with family members who know about their sexual orientation.

The study also showed an increase from the prior study in the duration of lesbian relationships. That number is now similar to the duration of heterosexual marriages.

For additional information about the study, contact Paige Averett, assistant professor in the ECU School of Social Work, at 252-328-4193 or averettp@ecu.edu.

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Full text of the article is available at: http://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/ebm/record/21767086/abstract/Older_lesbians:_experiences_of_aging_discrimination_and_resilience_

 

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