ECU social work student featured in New Social Worker magazine

An original poem and rap video created by East Carolina University senior Landon Digh in ECU’s social work program will be featured in The New Social Worker magazine’s 2015 Social Work Month Series.

Digh’s presentation, titled “You ARE a Social Worker,” will included on the magazine’s web site during March, which is Social Work Month. http://www.socialworker.com/topics/social-work-month-2015/. 

His related video will be placed on YouTube.

Digh’s poem follows:

You ARE a Social Worker

To put it into words is not as easy as you think,
It takes courage, drive, motivation, and will
A push for change doesn’t happen in a blink,
That’s why to be in this field you’ll need more than just skill
A thrill to heal, you’ll find you’re never really still, until,
You change one life, and then more, and more
And pretty soon it comes natural; you’re acting so casual
The look on a child’s face when you walk in gets you razzled, dazzled, unraveled
How could a simple hug from you create so much magic?
Then you stop, and you ponder-
All the times that you’ve wondered,
Am I cut out for this job? Do I really even matter?
That’s when you realize you’re a batter, striking out or hitting homers
Either way you DO matter,
Things you do make things BETTER
A hero in the making, though some may call you villain
You do it all for the greater, the prisoner, the children
You strive to find a home for a retired, homeless veteran
And then the day is through and somehow you gain composure,
But there’s so much left to do, people to help, help things further
Just look up, smile, and know
You ARE a Social Worker

Poem/Rap by Landon Digh
Social Work BSW
East Carolina University

ECU Youth Arts Festival set for March 28

Jake Juchniewicz, left, and Jay Juchniewicz enjoy the 2014 Youth Arts Festival. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Jake Juchniewicz, left, and Jay Juchniewicz enjoy the 2014 Youth Arts Festival. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)



The 11th Annual Youth Arts Festival will be held on the mall at East Carolina University from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28. In case of rain, the festival will be moved to the Leo W. Jenkins Fine Arts Building on 5th St. All activities are free and open to the public.

The festival will bring more than 150 visual and performing artists from ECU, North Carolina and surrounding states to share their talents with children. Children will have an opportunity to create their own artwork and visit with artists demonstrating activities such as wheel thrown ceramics, watercolor painting, weaving, blacksmithing, paper-making, printmaking, sculpture and portraiture.

Performing artists scheduled to appear this year include The Magic of African Rhythm, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Cirque de Vol, Magic by Jazzy, the Steve Myott Puppets and Twisted Knot.

The event is hosted by the ECU School of Art and Design. Visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/soad/youth-arts.cfm for details or follow the Youth Arts Festival on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/ECU-Youth-Arts-Festival/145899762138141.

For additional information, contact Dindy Reich at (252) 328-5749 or reichd@ecu.edu.

ECU professor publishes review of Nobel Prize winner, mentor

 Shouquan Huo

Shouquan Huo

An article written by chemistry professor Shouquan Huo with graduate students Rob Mroz and Jeff Carroll, “Negishi coupling in the synthesis of advanced electronic, optical, electrochemical, and magnetic materials,” is available at http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2015/qo/c4qo00322e#!divAbstract.

The Royal Society of Chemistry invited Huo to submit the review article of work done by his mentor, Nobel Prize winner Ei-ichi Negishi of Purdue University. The work was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Organic Chemistry Frontiers.

Visiting artist in sculpture to speak at ECU

Jenny K. Hager, visiting artist in sculpture, will present a lecture in Room 133 in Jenkins Fine Arts Center at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 as part of the opening of the Down East Sculpture Exhibition in Greenville.

Hager

Hager

Hager, a juror for the Down East Sculpture Exhibition, is an associate professor of sculpture at the University of North Florida. She received her MFA in Sculpture and Digital Media from San Jose State University in San Jose, California.

Hager’s interest involves a variety of processes and materials. She finds inspiration in dreams, objects from her childhood, gadgets, sea life and other curiosities. She also values collaboration, and believes the spirit of community is important in her teaching practice and her own work. Hager’s work has been exhibited most recently at the Ogden Museum of Art in New Orleans, Los Angeles, the Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, Kentucky and in the Cymru Ironstone Castle in Wales.

Hager also will visit ECU studios and hold critiques and workshops with students through March 7.

Hager’s visit is made possible by the Office of Student Activities & Organizations and the ECU Sculpture Guild.

ECU celebrates International Women’s Day

The 2015 celebration of International Women’s Day will be held Wednesday, March 4 in the Mendenhall Student Center, Great Rooms 1 & 2. The day features a series of speakers on the following topics:

8-8:50 a.m. International Perspectives on Women’s Status
A discussion between representatives from the University of Gdansk, Poland; Fatima Jinnah Women’s University, Pakistan; and Covenant University, Nigeria.

9-9:50 a.m. Women in the Media
Beth Mendelson has more than 25 years experience in media and is currently executive producer at Voice of America. Her portfolio includes broadcast, radio and the web. Mendelson was Winner of the 2006 Women of Vision Award by Women in Film & Video.

10-10:50 a.m. Women in Religion
Ann Harrington was recently ordained as a priest by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, a renewal movement within the Roman Catholic Church whose goal is to achieve full equality for all within the church as a matter of justice and faithfulness to the gospel.

11-11:50 a.m. Women in Social Justice
Shirrell Thomas has more than 40 years experience working on domestic violence. She leads the social enterprise section of the Center for Family Violence Prevention. Her initiative of My Sister’s Closet plays a major role in aiding victims of domestic violence in our community.

Noon-12:15 p.m. Is There Still Bias Against Women?
Brody School of Medicine professor Rachel Roper shares the latest studies on this subject.

12:15-12:30 p.m. ECU Chapter of She’s the First
ECU student and chapter president Keerthana Velappan shares information about this organization, which sponsors girls’ education in low-income countries, giving them the chance to become the first in their families to graduate from secondary school.

12:30-2 p.m. Lunch and ECU Panel on Sexual Harassment
Speakers include ECU students, faculty and staff.

2-2:50 p.m. Women in Romance
Laurie Kahn is a resident scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center. Her film “Tupperware!” was broadcast in more than 20 countries, won the George Foster Peabody Award and was nominated for an Emmy. Kahn is executive producer of The Popular Romance Project, which explores the origins and influences of popular romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs and Internet fan fiction.

3-3:50 p.m. Women in Health Care
Dr. Janice Daugherty, assistant professor of Family Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine. Her interests include women’s health through the lifespan, integrative mental health care, nutrition and wellness and chronic disease mitigation.

International Women’s Day is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Student Affairs and ECU Women’s Studies.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at least 48 hours prior to the event at (252) 737-1016 (Voice/TTY).

Gift honors family that once owned Dail House

A recent gift to the ECU Foundation by James L. “Jim” Ratledge ’51 of Roswell, Georgia, came with a note that shines light on an era when the Dail House–the official residence of East Carolina presidents and chancellors for six decades—was actually known as the Young House.

Ratledge’s $10,000 gift to the foundation honors an aunt and uncle—the late Anne and Willoughby F. “Red” Young. A prominent Greenville family, the Youngs owned what we call the Dail House for 10 years.

When he graduated high school in 1947, Ratledge’s parents enrolled him in ECTC and shipped him off to live with his aunt and uncle in Greenville. As a small town boy from the western part of the state, moving into the mansion on Fifth Street was a cultural shock.

“I remember walking into their house for the first time, and I was just awed at how big it was, and how tastefully decorated it was,” says Ratledge. “They were such nice people, always helping somebody. They took me in and gave me a home and really made college possible for me. Looking back on it now, it was their help and loving support that put me on the right track in college.”

Ratledge lived with the Youngs and their two children for two years. In 1949 the Youngs sold their home to East Carolina and moved to Durham to be close to their daughter, Bettie Ann Young Doebler, after she enrolled at Duke University. She is now is a professor emeritus at Arizona State University.

“When I was a teenager,” Doebler recalls, “sometimes six or eight of us would take our sheets outside (and sleep on) the roof over the sun room–there was no air conditioning in those days. In (the living room) was a baby grand piano that my grandmother gave me, and I often played hymns and sang for the family.”

The Youngs’ other child, William Foster “Billy” Young ’66 came back to Greenville for college, and then settled in Charlotte.

The Youngs were generous to others in their extended family. When Mary Anne Howard ’73 of Raleigh, a niece of the Youngs, was in high school in Greenville, her mother died. The Youngs took her in, just as they had done for Ratledge.

About a dozen years ago Ratledge was back on campus for an event and asked about seeing the home where he lived for two years.

“The chancellor was Dick Eakin then, and when I called him he said come right on over, and he gave me a tour of the place. And it looked exactly like it did in 1947 when I first walked through the door.”

The Chancellor’s Residence was built in 1921 by William Haywood Dail Jr. He owned a brick-making company in Greenville that supplied the brick for the original six buildings on campus. It’s because of his role in East Carolina’s early years that the home bears his name.

A complete history of the Dail House was written by Gladys Howell in 1987 upon the retirement of her husband, Chancellor John Howell. It can be downloaded here.

– Steve Tuttle

ECU thoracic surgeon honored for teaching, mentoring

Dr. Mark Iannettoni, professor and chief of general thoracic surgery for East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine and director of the new thoracic surgery residency program at Vidant Medical Center, has been honored nationally for his work with resident physicians.

Iannettoni

Iannettoni

The 2015 Socrates Award was presented to Iannettoni by the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association during the annual Society of Thoracic Surgeons conference in January. The award recognizes, “an outstanding cardiothoracic surgery faculty member for his or her commitment to resident education and mentorship.”

Residents are physicians who are receiving additional training in specific areas of medicine; thoracic surgery refers to operations done on organs within the chest, such as the lungs.

Iannettoni joined the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences and the East Carolina Heart Institute in 2014. He is professor and chief of general thoracic surgery and organized the thoracic surgery residency program here. His clinical areas of expertise include benign and malignant esophageal disease and new therapies for lung cancer.

“We congratulate Dr. Iannettoni on this very prestigious award. We are extremely pleased to have him here in Greenville to direct our new thoracic surgery residency program,” said Dr. Herb Garrison, associate dean for graduate medical education at VMC and ECU and an ECU professor of emergency medicine. “We are already hearing great things about him from our resident physicians, providers and patients.”

“This was a complete surprise to receive this award,” said Iannettoni. “It is a true honor for me to be recognized by the residents as well as the STS and program directors for something I love to do.

“The key to the success of the new thoracic surgery residency program here at ECU/Vidant Medical Center will be the faculty participation in educating the next generation of thoracic surgeons,” Iannettoni added. “We have a great group of surgeons here ready to participate, and I am fortunate to have the support from Vidant to make this happen here in eastern North Carolina where the need is so great.”

Excels program celebrates student achievement

ECU alumnus Eric Kosco was keynote speaker at the Excels event.

ECU alumnus Eric Kosco was keynote speaker at the Excels event.

The East Carolina University College of Health and Human Performance celebrated its high achieving freshmen and transfer students at an Excels program Feb. 20 at Club Level, Dowdy Ficklen Stadium.

The event recognized 334 freshmen and transfer students with a GPA of 3.0 and above including 25 on the chancellor’s list, 134 on the dean’s list and 175 on the honor roll.

Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance welcomed the students and parents. “HHP has a long history with interesting and challenging career options,” he said.

His remarks were followed by the keynote speaker, ECU alumnus Eric Kosco.

Kosco graduated from ECU in 2013 with a bachelor of science in athletic training and is pursuing a degree in physical therapy.

Megan Warfield of Hickory, exercise physiology major, and her parents attended.  “This event makes me feel good about my hard work,” she said.

Students received an HHP t-shirt following an activity that allowed them meet peers and faculty in the college.

ECU student Megan Warfield

ECU student Megan Warfield

Alumni Association seeking survey responses

The East Carolina Alumni Association will conduct a 10-minute alumni survey asking about experiences as students and as alumni.  The survey link will be distributed by e-mail and will be open until March 23.

Alumni are encouraged to check to see if the Alumni Association has their current e-mail address.

For additional information about the survey visit https://piratealumni.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/alumni-survey-coming-up/.