CNN on campus

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with ECU trauma surgeon Dr. Scott Sagraves Oct. 15 at Pitt County Memorial Hospital about the 2008 death of high school football player Jaquan Waller following a head injury. CNN will air a documentary early next year on reducing head injuries in football. (Photo by Doug Boyd)

For additional information, visit CNN to air documentary featuring ECU physicians.


Trunk or Treat open to families of ECU faculty and staff

The Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity’s Gamma Gamma Initiative Class will host a Trunk-or-Treat and History of Halloween event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the bottom of College Hill.

Approximately 20 decorated vehicles with costumed fraternity members will distribute candy, tell stories of Halloween history, play games and paint faces for the children of ECU faculty and staff.

For additional information, contact  David L. Batts, Department of Technology Systems, at (252) 328-9673,



ECU College of Education staff member assumes leadership role

Zone Three of the North Carolina East District of Optimist International has elected Lou Anna Hardee as Lt. Governor for 2011-2012.  She was installed at the organization’s annual convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and takes office this month

Hardee has been employed at East Carolina University since 1968 and currently serves as an administrative staff member in the dean’s administration offices in the College of Education.

Hardee was also named Optimist of the Year for 2011 by the Optimist Club of Greenville, where she has served as president, committee chair and member of the board of directors. She was awarded Optimist of the Year in 2008 as well.

Hardee was governor this past year for the N.C. East District, which has a membership of 1,355 members in 34 clubs located from Chapel Hill to the coast and from the Virginia to South Carolina borders. Zone Three has clubs in Greenville, Washington, Goldsboro, and Morehead City.

She is a graduate of Grimesland High School and attended East Carolina University.  An active community volunteer for several years, she is married to Curtis L. Hardee and resides in Greenville.  They have two sons and six grandchildren.

Optimist Clubs are dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” and conduct service projects that help empower young people to be the best that they can be.





ECU Literary Magazine Rebel named a Pacemaker Award Finalist

East Carolina University’s student-run literary magazine, Rebel, has been named one of seven finalists for the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award, 4-year literary magazine category.


Since 1927, the Pacemaker has been the highest honor available to ACP members and still today is considered one of the most prestigious awards in collegiate media. Being a nominee signifies Rebel as one of the top eight literary magazines in the country. Rebel won the Pacemaker Award in 2009.

Rebel 53 is a finalist for the award for its general excellence in 2010-2011. The Rebel 53 staff includes 2011 ECU graduate Anna Vaughn Creech as the editor and staff members Rich Griffis, JoEllen Pollard and Alex Watson, all graphic design majors. Graphic design faculty members Craig Malmrose and Gunnar Swanson and student media director Paul Isom were advisers. Rebel is a unit of the office of Student Media.

The other finalists in the four-year literary magazine category, selected by professional journalists from Quintessence Publishing Co., include student-run magazines from Metropolitan State College of Denver, Elmhurst College, Bridgewater State University, Elon University, North Carolina State University, and North Greenville University in South Carolina.

The winners will be announced at the 90th Annual ACP/College Media Advisers National College Media Convention Oct. 29 in Orlando, Fla., in front of more than 2,500 college students involved in student media.

In addition to Rebel, East Carolina University’s office of Student Media oversees the production of ECU’s student-run multicultural publication, Expressions; radio station WZMB-FM; Campus 31 TV; ECU’s student-run yearbook, Buccaneer; and student-run newspaper, The East Carolinian.

The Associated Collegiate Press is a nonprofit education membership association and a division of the National Scholastic Press Association. The ACP has had college members since its inception in 1921 and is the largest and oldest membership organization for college student media in the United State

For additional information, contact Paul Isom at 252-328-9234 or For more details about ECU Student Media, visit



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


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


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


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).


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.



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.


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


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