In Memoriam – Clyde Thomas ‘Tom the Jazzman’ Mallison

'Tom the Jazzman' Mallison (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

‘Tom the Jazzman’ Mallison
(Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Clyde Thomas “Tom the Jazzman” Mallison of Greenville, a benefactor of Joyner Library who was widely known for his music program on Public Radio East, died Sept. 6. He succumbed from injuries suffered in a car wreck that occurred shortly after he had completed his show on WTEB New Bern. He was 75.

Mallison, who graduated from East Carolina University in 1966 and was SGA president that year, worked at the Du Pont plant in Kinston for 32 years before retiring in 1998. He hosted the Sunday night jazz program on WTEB for more than 30 years. Before he began his show with WTEB, he broadcast with WOOW AM in Greenville and WITN FM.

In 2009, Mallison donated thousands of jazz music albums from his personal collection to Joyner Library. The recordings span a variety of the sub-genres of jazz, including ragtime, Dixieland, bebop, free, and fusion. The collection now resides in the ECU Music Library.

The Alumni Association honored him with its Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1998 and its Robert Wright Society Leadership Award. He was a former member of the ECU Board of Visitors, a member of the Chancellor’s Society, a member of the College of Education Advancement Council and a former president of the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series.

He is survived by two children and his wife, Frances Mallison, an ECU graduate who is a retired librarian with the Pitt County Schools.

Memorial contributions may be made to Public Radio East, 800 College Court, New Bern, N.C., or First Presbyterian Church Youth Projects Fund, 1400 S. Elm St., Greenville, N.C.


J.H. Rose High, Tar River Writing Project awarded $20,000 grant

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J.H. Rose High School teachers Robert Puckett, left, and Scott Wagoner, right, work with Rose students to plan the 3D printing/ prototyping fabrication lab maker space. Contributed photo.

Students and teachers from J.H. Rose High School in Greenville were on ECU’s campus June 15-19 working with staff from the Tar River Writing Project developing plans to implement an idea that earned them a national grant.

The Tar River Writing Project, housed at ECU in the University Writing Program, and Rose High School were one of one of 14 groups in the nation awarded a $20,000 LRNG Innovation Challenge Grant.

During the week, 11 teachers worked with 15 Rose students designing six maker spaces that will operate during Rose’s 80-minute SMART Block period. Maker spaces, sometimes called hackspaces and fablabs, are communities for people to create, invent, learn and share projects.

The maker spaces at Rose will focus on fashion design, robotics/programming, upcycling/repurposing objects, beat making, digital storytelling/media making, and a 3-D/prototype fabrication lab.

Students will be able to visit and explore in these maker spaces during the school’s SMART Block, which allows students to attend academic sessions with teachers or participate in extracurricular activities. Once students find something that they are interested in, they can pick up and follow interest-driven educational pathways, said Stephanie West-Puckett, Tar River Writing Project associate director and a member of the ECU Department of English faculty.

“This grant gives us an opportunity to design innovative educational spaces together that bridge curricular and extracurricular learning,” she said.

During the weeklong event, the educators from ECU and Rose High designed a curriculum with low barriers for easy access and high ceilings for developing mastery. Each maker space will also have a service project so that students and faculty can use the concepts and tools to benefit others in need, West-Puckett said.

“Pop-up maker stations are at the core of what SMART Block should offer students,” said Monica Jacobson, principal at J.H. Rose. “With the stations, Rose students will be afforded time and access to resources that connect and extend their knowledge. Students will be provided with opportunities to build relationships with their peers, teachers, and community partners that share similar interests while they explore beyond the classroom.”

Educators presented the ideas on the last day of the event to school administrators, community members and parents for their feedback.

Will Banks, director of the University Writing Program and of the Tar River Writing Project, noted, “It’s rare that teachers, students, and community members get to work together to find shared interests and passions—and to remember that passion, not test scores, motivates learning.”

The LRNG Innovation Challenge is a new initiative that invests in forward-looking schools and teachers to design innovative projects that take advantage of new technology to support students’ creativity. It is sponsored in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation and John Legend’s Show Me Campaign.

West-Puckett said musician John Legend wants high school students – with projects like the ones funded by the grants – to be able to pursue their interests, especially in the arts, which may not fit into a traditional curriculum approach.

Rob Puckett, a Rose printing and graphics instructor, is working to develop a 3-D printing & prototyping maker space. “While 3-D printing trinkets and toys is neat, we want to demonstrate how these tools can make a real difference in people’s lives,” he said. “Each semester, we’ll work together on printing a custom-made prosthetic hand with free, open-source plans.”

Fellow Rose teacher Lynn Cox, who is collaborating on a maker space for robotics and computer programming, said, “It was great to have the students here with us and see how eager they are for these kinds of opportunities in school.”

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J.H. Rose High School students and teachers work in groups during a weeklong event in ECU’s Joyner Library to make a pop-up “fabric hacking” maker space. Rose High and the Tar River Writing Project earned a national grant to develop maker spaces and a corresponding curriculum. Contributed photo.



Grant will improve access to history collection at ECU’s Laupus Library

A wooden medicine case with 27 medicine vials, 1860-1880.  Photo courtesy The Country Doctor Museum

A wooden medicine case with 27 medicine vials, 1860-1880. Photo courtesy The Country Doctor Museum

A grant from the State Library of North Carolina will aid in improving accessibility to historical archives housed in an East Carolina University library.

The State Library of North Carolina, a Division of the Department of Cultural Resources, awarded a nine-month, $59,200 grant to the Special Collections Division at J.Y. Joyner Library to process the History Collections at the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library.

The grant is part of the Library Services and Technology Act and is made possible by LSTA grant funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant-making agency. With matching funds from Joyner Library, the total project exceeds $66,900.

“The purpose of this project is to improve accessibility of the history collections at the Laupus Health Sciences Library,” said Janice S. Lewis, director of Joyner Library. “The Laupus history collections, which consist of over 6,200 monographs, 200 artifacts and a growing number of oral history materials, document the history of medicine and health care in eastern North Carolina.”

The history collections include two distinct categories of material: Laupus Library Archival Collection and the Country Doctor Museum Archival Collection. The Country Doctor Museum archival collection is less than half of the museum’s special collections – the majority of the artifacts are stored at the museum in Bailey, North Carolina.

“The primary focus of this project will be to convert collection guides from Word documents and Excel spreadsheets into encoded archival description finding aids, thus making all collection guides and inventories available online,” said Jennifer Joyner, digital archivist and grant principal investigator. “Currently, there are no online finding aids directing users to these rich and unique collections.”

“The lack of online access to the history collections is in stark contrast to the online accessibility of the manuscript materials at Joyner Library’s special collections division,” Lewis added. “During the 2013-14 year, the finding aids in our East Carolina Manuscript Collection and University Archives received 135,205 page views and were searched over 30,122 times.”

The final step of the project will be to digitize key materials from the Laupus history collections that are representative of the holdings. The digitized materials will become a part of ECU Digital Collections, and item level metadata will be shared with the Digital Public Library of America. The creation of multiple access points will improve the accessibility and visibility of these valuable historical collections.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at (252) 328-4090.


ALA accredits ECU's MLA program

The American Library Association has accredited East Carolina University’s master of library science degree program, the largest producer of school library media coordinators in the state.

ALA_accredited-seal_mediumAs a result of the accreditation, future ECU graduates and recent alumni can apply for positions in any library setting, providing greater flexibility and mobility in career choices, said Dr. John B. Harer, ECU associate professor of library science and master of library science (MLS) program coordinator.

The new designation is seen as essential to MLS graduates seeking employment in academic and public libraries. It is a required standard by the Association of College and Research Libraries. Most employers, except school libraries, require an ALA-accredited master’s for professional level positions, Harer said.

“ALA accreditation will also give students more choices to design a course of study for a specialization in a professional library career,” Harer said. “The program can now build a more dynamic curriculum so that students will be able to choose a specific skill set within the career concentrations of academic and public librarianship.”

ALA accreditation ensures that ECU has undergone a self-evaluation process, been reviewed by peers and meets standards established by the ALA and Committee on Accreditation. Students currently enrolled in the program will receive an accredited degree upon graduation as well as ECU alumni who graduated in 2015, 2014 and 2013.

ECU has been preparing library professionals since 1939. Library science is the largest program in the College of Education. Last fall, 194 students were enrolled.

The online program features high-tech and hands-on learning, providing a web-based course of study using new and emerging technologies. It is designed for students seeking employment as librarians and information professionals in pre-K through 12th grade schools, universities, community colleges and public libraries.

For more information, contact Harer at or 252-328-4389 or visit the website at


Award-winning author to speak at Joyner Library banquet

Allan Gurganus, acclaimed author of “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All,” will be the keynote speaker for the Friends of Joyner Library’s annual spring banquet scheduled for 6 p.m., April 30.

Allan Gurganus

Allan Gurganus

Gurganus is also the author of “White People” (Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Pen-Faulkner Finalist), “Plays Well with Others,” “The Practical Heart: Four Novellas” (Lambda Literary Award) and 2013’s “Local Souls.” His stories have won the National Magazine Prize and have been honored in “Best American Stories,” “The O’Henry Prize Collection” and “The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction.”

The writer’s essays and editorials appear in The New York Times and the New York Review of Books. He was featured in the PBS “American Masters” series as a scholar-reader for “Walt Whitman, An American.” Gurganus wrote and narrated the script “A House Divided: Poetry of the American Civil War” for BBC 4.

The CBS version of “Widow” won four Emmys. The writer was a recent John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Gurganus has taught literature and writing at Duke University, The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Stanford University, and Sarah Lawrence College.

“Allan Gurganus is one of our state’s most gifted authors and storytellers,” said Janice Lewis, interim dean of Joyner Library. “I am thrilled that he will share his insights with us. I started reading ‘Local Souls’ last night and was completely captivated by the characters and the town of Falls, North Carolina.”

This year’s banquet will be held at Yankee Hall and the program will honor lifetime Friends of Joyner Library member and library benefactor, the late Ann Rhem Schwarzmann. Tickets may be purchased ($35 members, $45 non-member) at or 328-6514.

The Friends of Joyner Library is a non-profit organization that provides support to the library, which serves the university and region.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at 328-4090.


University Archives launches site profiling ECU icons

By Steve Tuttle

Minna Towner Inglis Fletcher (1879-1969) wrote 12 novels in her “Carolina Series” set during the colonial era in state history. She lived for many years at Bandon Plantation in Edenton. A world traveler, here’s she’s dressed in costume during a tour of Africa.  Fletcher Residence Hall on main campus is named for her. (Contributed photo)

Minna Towner Inglis Fletcher (1879-1969) wrote 12 novels in her “Carolina Series” set during the colonial era in state history. She lived for many years at Bandon Plantation in Edenton. A world traveler, here’s she’s dressed in costume during a tour of Africa. Fletcher Residence Hall on main campus is named for her. (Contributed photo)

Ever wonder about the people whose names are on campus buildings? Who were they?

A new web site answers those questions with profiles and pictures of the people who made lasting contributions to East Carolina University. The site is a joint effort of University Archives, Joyner Library Digital Collections, Application & Discovery Services, and East magazine.

The ECU Icons Gallery, at, launched recently with an initial collection of six biographies. The site will be expanded at regular intervals with biographies of other notable individuals in ECU history.

The gallery is an effort to communicate the university’s rich history to a wider and younger audience at the click of a mouse.

Each icon will include a biography, photos, memorabilia and a link to additional resource material housed within the Special Collections Division of Joyner Library. East magazine will contribute occasional content to the site, mainly the stories in its “Upon the Past” feature.

Among the first group of icons is East Carolina founding father Thomas Jordan Jarvis. A former governor, ambassador to Brazil, and veteran of the Civil War, Jarvis is largely responsible for securing Greenville as the site of what was then East Carolina Teacher Training School. He also influenced the unique architecture of the six original buildings on campus, with their distinctive red tile roofs.

Also in the first group are two women who have residence halls named for them – early feminist Sallie Cotten and novelist Minna Fletcher. Three others are former faculty members, Wellington Gray, Howard McGinnis and Wendell Smiley.

New groups of icons will be added to the site quarterly.

To suggest an individual to be profiled, or to learn more about using materials housed in Special Collections, please contact Arthur Carlson at 252-328-6838 or


ECU’s Joyner Library honors ECU faculty authors

Faculty honorees as the annual book awards ceremony. (Contributed photo)

Faculty honorees as the annual book awards ceremony. (Contributed photo)

The fourth annual Joyner Library/Academic Affairs Faculty Author Book Awards held Oct. 24 honored 35 faculty members for scholarly book publications.

“Publishing a scholarly book is a significant professional achievement for university faculty.  We want to recognize our faculty authors and congratulate them on their accomplishments, said Jan Lewis, interim dean of Academic Library Services. “The library is an important partner in the creation of scholarly output so it’s a natural fit for us to host such an event,” Lewis added.

Dr. Ron Mitchelson, interim provost and senior vice chancellor of Academic Affairs remarked, “the book remains the signature event in an academic’s life and we admire our authors for their creativity and endurance.”

Criteria for the book awards were books authored, co-authored or edited; peer reviewed by scholars, published between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014; and authors employed at ECU when the book was published.

Faculty members honored are as follows:

Dr. Katie Flanagan, Health Education & Promotion; Dr. Megan Janke, Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies; Dr. Kimberly Myers, Department of Nutrition Science; Dr. Roman Pawlak, Department of Nutrition Science; Dr. John Kerbs, Department of Criminal Justice; Dr. Melvin Weber, Department of Hospitality Leadership; Dr. Dori Dennison, Department of Hospitality Leadership; Dr. George Fenich, Department of Hospitality Leadership; Dr. Jennifer Hodgson, Department of Child Development & Family Relations; Dr. Cheryl Johnson, Department of Child Development & Family Relations; Dr. Anglea Lamson, Department of Child Development & Family Relations.

Also Dr. Susanne Jones, Department of Foreign Languages & Literature; Dr. Tom Eamon, Department of Political Science; Dr. Holly Hapke, Department of Geography; Dr. Kyle Summers, Department of Biology; Dr. Nathan Richards, Department of Maritime Studies; John Tucker, Department of History; Dr. Jonathan Reid, Department of History; Dr. Jeffrey C. Johnson, Department of Sociology; Dr. Helena Feder, Department of English; Dr. Seodial Deena, Department of English; Dr. Tracy Morse, Department of English; Dr. Ken Parille, Department of English; Dr. David Wilson-Okamura, Department of English.

Also Dr. David Griffith, Department of Anthropology; Dr. Michael Hardy, Institute of Outdoor Theatre; Fred Harrison, Academic Library Services; Barry Munson, Academic Library Services; Alan Bailey, Academic Library Services; Arthur Carlson, Academic Library Services; Dr. Lori Flint, College of Education – Special Education Foundations & Research; Dr. Jami Biles Jones, Department of Interdisciplinary Professions; Dr. Kylie Dotson-Blake, Department of Interdisciplinary Professions; Dr. Scott Glass, Department of Interdisciplinary Professions; Dr. Hoazhe Chen, Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management.

Joyner Library collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to books for education, research, and enrichment.  The books featured at the awards ceremony are added to the reading collections and are available for check out.

For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at (252) 328-4090.