Ballard, Rigsby named to statewide UNC Advisory Commitee


ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard, left, and geology professor Catherine Rigsby were tapped to join a new advisory committee to assist with UNC system strategic planning.

East Carolina University Chancellor Steve Ballard and geology professor Catherine Rigsby, chair of the UNC Faculty Assembly, were named to the UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions, which will provide input in the development of the next five-year strategic plan for the 17-campus university.

UNC President Thomas Ross and UNC Board of Governors Chairman Peter Hans today announced the creation of the committee, which includes business, education and government leaders from across the state.

Ross and the Board of Governors are working to define the University’s strategic directions for 2013-18. These core goals are pivotal in setting current and future priorities, resource planning and allocation, program planning, review and refinement of academic missions, and strategic planning by UNC institutions.

In support of that effort, this advisory committee chaired by Ross will help assess North Carolina’s current and future workforce needs and recommend degree attainment goals and strategies that are responsive to those needs and changing demographics.  The group may also consider recommendations related to higher academic standards and competencies required for a globally competitive workforce.

The Advisory Committee will evaluate relevant data and make a consensus recommendation to Ross in January 2013. The committee members are:

  • Tom Ross, President, University of North Carolina
  • Peter Hans, Chairman, UNC Board of Governors
  • Fred Eshelman, Member, UNC Board of Governors
  • Phil Berger, President Pro Tempore, North Carolina Senate
  • Thom Tillis, Speaker, North Carolina House of Representatives
  • Steve Ballard, Chancellor, East Carolina University
  • Mahdu Beriwal, President and CEO, IEM
  • Peaches Blank, Member, UNC Board of Governors
  • Linda Brady, Chancellor, UNC Greensboro
  • Jack Cecil, President, Biltmore Farms
  • Janet Cowell, State Treasurer
  • Keith Crisco, Secretary, North Carolina Department of Commerce
  • Lew Ebert, President, North Carolina Chamber
  • William Friday, President Emeritus, University of North Carolina
  • Paul Fulton, Member, UNC Board of Governors
  • Hannah Gage, Immediate Past Chair, UNC Board of Governors
  • Frank Grainger, Vice Chairman, UNC Board of Governors
  • Robert Ingram, Retired Executive, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Leroy Lail, Member, UNC Board of Governors
  • Cynthia Marshall, President, AT&T North Carolina
  • Harold Martin, Chancellor, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Ken Peacock, Chancellor, Appalachian State University
  • Art Pope, CEO, Variety Wholesalers
  • Scott Ralls, President, North Carolina Community College System
  • Catherine Rigsby, Chair, UNC Faculty Assembly; faculty member, East Carolina University
  • Jeff Tarte, Health Care Consultant
  • Holden Thorp, Chancellor, UNC-Chapel Hill.

UNC Board of Governors approves ECU projects

The UNC Board of Governors has approved ECU’s plan to pave the 14th Street parking lot, which is covered with gravel now.

The project will create 206 parking spaces and cost $950,000. The cost includes installation of drainage infrastructure, site lighting, security cameras and emergency call stations. The project, which will be paid for with parking receipts, should be completed by November.

The Board of Governors also approved ECU’s plans to replace the air conditioning chiller serving Umstead and Slay residence halls at a cost of $452,000, which will be taken from housing receipts. The project should be completed by next March.


Hardee recognized at international convention


East Carolina University College of Education administrative staff member Lou Anna Hardee was recognized as distinguished governor for 2010-11 at the Optimist International Convention in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Hardee is governor of  Optimist International’s North Carolina East District, which has more than 1,300 members in 36 clubs. She was presented with a ring as well as a medallion acknowledging her work as a “Builder of Excellence.”

An active member, committee chair and treasurer of the Optimist Club of Greenville, Hardee is former president and member of the board of directors of the Greenville club. In 2008 and 2011, she was named Optimist of the Year. She is a leader in the N.C. East District, serving as immediate past governor, candidate qualifications chair, and lieutenant governor of Zone Three, which has clubs in Greenville, Washington, Goldsboro, Morehead City, and Cape Carteret.

Hardee has worked at ECU since 1968. She is married to Curtis L. Hardee and resides in Greenville.


University Printing & Graphics is double winner in national contest

The 2011 football season ticket book and a poster printed for a musical presented by ECU’s School of Theatre and Dance netted national recognition for ECU’s University Printing & Graphics. UP&G also printed the books that were distributed to 2012 football season ticket holders. (Contributed photo)


University Printing and Graphics at East Carolina University has been named a double winner in the In–Print 2012 competition, a national contest that recognizes print quality.

UP&G received the silver award in the hybrid combined offset/non-offset category for the 2011 football season ticket book printed last fall for the ECU Department of Athletics.

“This is a very special award for us this year,” said Ann Weingartz, UP&G director. “Everyone in the department had a hand in the production of the book. From photography and design to collating and binding, everyone stepped up and made it happen.”

UP&G also brought home the bronze award in the flyers non-offset category for a poster printed for a musical presented by East Carolina’s School of Theatre and Dance, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

The contest is sponsored by the In-Plant Printing and Mailing Association (IPMA) and “In-Plant Graphics” magazine. It is the only competition strictly for in-plants, an in-house reproduction department operated within an organization, such as a company, government office or university.

The awards were presented in June at the IPMA conference in Kansas City, Mo. Seventy-eight printed pieces submitted by 37 organizations were selected as winners from the 452 entries submitted.

IPMA Awards Chairman Chris Anderson of Salt Lake City, who has served as a judge for the past five years, was impressed by this year’s entries. “Every year the competition gets tighter, especially in the digital category,” he said.

“The quality of equipment is making judging far more difficult,” he added. “In the past we could pretty easily identify the equipment by simply looking at the piece, but this year we frequently needed to refer back to the entry forms to clarify the machine used.”

The 2012 awards mark the 14th time ECU’s print shop has placed in the competition since 1996.

“We are extremely proud of the recognition our work has received over the years,” Weingartz said. “Meeting the needs of our customers is our first priority. Receiving awards and recognition is just icing on the cake.”

The ticket book utilized both offset and digital printing processes. It was printed on the Heidelberg Speedmaster and variable data was added to the piece utilizing the Xerox iGen4 Press. The poster was printed on the Xerox iGen4 Press.

In picking the winners, judges considered the degree of difficulty required to print a job and closely analyzed the entries for obvious flaws.

The most common reason pieces are eliminated is when both halves of the sheet fail to line up perfectly or are cracked along the folds because they were either folded against the grain or folded without first being scored.

The judges also look for color variation from page to page, particularly noticeable in company logos or headers that appear on consecutive pages, and spots and specks.

“A beautifully designed piece can be ruined if the colors aren’t right or the binding isn’t up to standard,” Weingartz said.

UP&G is located at 2612 East 10th Street in the Harris Building. Operated through the Business Services unit of East Carolina University’s division of Administration and Finance, UP&G is self-supporting and receives no state funding. It is the largest in-plant printing operation among the 16 constituent institutions of the UNC system and features printing capabilities ranging from simple forms to four-color process magazines.




SEANC District 65 to hold Toys for Tots Drive


SEANC District 65 is holding a Toys for Tots toy drive Aug. 28 through Sept. 5 at East Carolina University.

Individuals wishing to donate toys for to brighten the holiday for needy children may deliver the items to the Thomas Professional Building or arrange for pickup by contacting Lynn Tuthill at 252-744-3284 or via email at

Member of SEANC 65 will take donations from this area to Greensboro, adding the toys to a statewide collection during the annual SEANC Convention. The collection will then go to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, who will distribute them to needy children across the state through their Toys for Tots campaign.

SEANC members are asking that individuals refrain from donating stuffed animals or books (many of these items are left over from last year). They will not accept realistic looking toy weapons and gifts with food. All toys should be unwrapped and appropriate for children 12 and under.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is this year’s community service project for the 29th Annual SEANC Convention.

For more information, contact Tuthill or a board member of SEANC District 65.


The Thomas Professional Building is on Arlington Blvd., just south of Dickinson Avenue, next to Dr. Capps, Bowman and Padgett’s dental office.


New trees planned for sustainable parking lot renovation

Trees that were to be included as part of a sustainable parking lot design were determined to be dead when they did not produce leaves this spring. Designers plan to replace the lost trees. (Contributed photos)

New trees will be planted in the 14th Street parking lot renovation area across from Belk Residence Hall as part of a sustainable parking lot design.

The new canopy trees will replace several existing trees that died this winter.

The parking lot renovation is the first construction project initiated since East Carolina University adopted its new master plan designating sustainability as a core value for the institution.

The existing trees were a key element incorporated into the original sustainable parking lot design. However, experts identified the trees as dead when they failed to produce new leaves this spring. Since the old trees cannot be saved, new trees will be planted to replace them.

The existing green areas will not be used for additional parking.

The campus personnel involved in the design of this parking lot also chose to maintain and protect the trees at the former Stratford Arms Apartment site.

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A plan to maintain existing trees in a new parking lot renovation fell through when the trees died over the winter. New trees will be planted in their place.