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 https://digital.lib.ecu.edu/ecu-icons/, 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 carlsonar@ecu.edu.

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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.

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ECU’s Joyner Library awarded Grassroots Art Project Grant

Pictured above is a tea given for African-American Teachers, Oct. 19, 1954.  Attending were Pitt County School teachers including (third from right) Miss Sadie I. Saulter, former principal of the Fleming Street School now named Sadie Saulter School.  (Photo courtesy of Joyner Library Digital Collections "The Daily Reflector Image Collection.")

Pictured above is a tea given for African-American Teachers, Oct. 19, 1954.  Attending were Pitt County School teachers including (third from right) Miss Sadie I. Saulter, former principal of the Fleming Street School now named Sadie Saulter School.  (Photo courtesy of Joyner Library Digital Collections “The Daily Reflector Image Collection.”)

J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University was awarded a $1,750 Grassroots Art Project Grant to support the planning and implementation of the upcoming project “African American Life in Eastern North Carolina.”

“The African-American Life in Eastern North Carolina” project will consist of an exhibition and community event to celebrate the art, culture, and living traditions of eastern North Carolina’s African-American community.

“We are excited about this opportunity to showcase the talent of local artists and musicians, along with our own unique collections, through this collaboration,” says Janice S. Lewis, interim dean of Joyner Library.

The project will include a physical exhibition combining the artwork of eastern North Carolina African American artists with images from Joyner Library’s extensive African-American History Collection within the Special Collections Division. The exhibition will open in the newly renovated Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery in February 2015, coinciding with African-American History Month. The project will also include a free community celebration event honoring the opening of the exhibition and featuring performances by eastern North Carolina African-American musicians.

Heather White, director of library project development, said the event provides an opportunity to engage the campus, community and region. “Through visual arts, music, and our collections, our hope is to celebrate the rich African American tradition and experience,” she said.

Grassroots Arts Project Grants are made possible by the North Carolina Arts Council and dispersed to each county by their local arts council. Since 1977, the N.C. Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. The program distributes funds for the arts in all 100 counties of the state primarily through partnerships with local arts councils. The Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge serves as the N.C. Arts Council’s partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Pitt County.

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

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Lecture to focus on life of Paul Crouch

Gregory Taylor, associate professor of history at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, will present “Cold War Pawn: One Man’s Ideological Journey through a Divided World, at 5 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery, Joyner Library.

Taylor will focus on the life of North Carolina native Paul Crouch, a former member of the Communist Party of the USA who eventually quit the party and testified widely about the dangers of communism.  The presentation will also examine how Crouch and others like him often find themselves used, abused and discarded by more sophisticated operators, like Joseph Stalin or Joe McCarthy.

Taylor is author of “The Life and Lies of Paul Crouch: Communist, Opportunist, Cold War Snitch” and “The History of the North Carolina Communist Party.”

For more information, contact David Durant at durantd@ecu.edu or 252.737.2258.

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