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Joyner Library team develops resource to improve student literacy skills

Two faculty members from Joyner Library have produced a new digital resource targeted to help students successfully complete research assignments.

Information Literacy Concepts, an open educational resource created by David Hisle, learning technologies librarian, and Katy Kavanagh Webb, head of research and instructional services, introduces high school, community college and college students to information literacy topics and gives them an overview of how to conduct their own research.

Open educational resources (OERs) are free to access and are openly licensed text, media and other digital assets used for teaching, learning, assessing and research. They also are commonly used in distance education and open and distance learning.

“By choosing to publish their textbook as an OER, Hisle and Webb have not only created a clearly-written, well-organized and thorough text that that can be used in multiple educational settings to teach information literacy concepts, but also one that can be freely customized or modified by other instructors to suit their teaching styles and their students’ learning needs,” said Jan Lewis, director of Joyner Library.

This openly accessible primer also provides learners with an overview of major information literacy concepts identified in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy.

According to its introductory framework, “Students have a greater role and responsibility in creating new knowledge, in understanding the contours and the changing dynamics of the world of information, and in using information, data and scholarship ethically.”

“We want to prepare our students for today’s rapidly changing information landscape,” said Hisle. “Information literacy skills are essential not just in the work they do as student researchers, but also as college graduates who will need to know how to find and evaluate information to meet their real-world information needs.”

Intended learners for this resource include students in their final year of high school as well as those in the first year or two of college. Specifically, these are learners encountering college-level research assignments for the first time.

Because these students are likely unfamiliar with many basic research concepts, this OER will guide them to fulfill the university’s expectations for conducting research and locating high-quality sources for their research-based assignments.

Content includes chapters stemming from navigating search engines, library databases and discovery tools, to evaluating source credibility and recognizing fake news.

“This freely available e-textbook will be a critical supplement for librarians at ECU (and beyond) to give a big-picture view of the skills that students will need to engage in to produce their own high-quality research,” said Webb. “We have tried to write the book in a way that it would be applicable to students in a variety of contexts, whether they are completing assignments for a writing composition course, in their majors or in a semester-long research skills course.”

Information Literacy Concepts is available at

For more information please contact David Hisle at or Katy Kavanagh Webb at


-by Kelly Rogers Dilda, University Communications

ECU students donate to Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts

ECU students are stepping up to make a difference with hurricane relief efforts for communities directly impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Students can donate from their dining plan on Sept. 19-20 and it will go directly to hurricane relief efforts.

Partners include the ECU Residence Hall Association (RHA), Elite Pirates, the Campus Living Community Service Team, Campus Living and Campus Dining.

Hurricane relief effort tables will be set up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Todd Dining Hall, West End Dining Hall and in front of Dowdy Student Stores at Wright Plaza. Students can make a donation of up to $10 using their Purple or Gold Bucks.

All students with ECU meal plans receive Purple or Gold Bucks loaded on their ECU OneCard depending on whether they live on or off campus. Purple and Gold Bucks are pre-paid debit type accounts that are associated with corresponding meal plans. They are spent dollar for dollar.

After the two-day collection concludes, Campus Dining will total the student donations and provide that amount to Aramark, the food service provider for ECU. The total ECU donations will be split and distributed to one college or university in Texas and one in Florida.

These respective universities will purchase items through Aramark on their campuses to help aid in the recovery process of their community. After the items are purchased, ECU Campus and Aramark will then evenly “transfer” the funds generated from this fundraising event to the universities involved.

For additional information, email Troy Nance, Residence Hall Association president, at rhapresident@ecu.eduor Morgan Randolph, Elite Pirates vice president, at


Contacts: Troy Nance, Residence Hall Association president,; Morgan Randolph, Elite Pirates,

Laupus Library to exhibit relief woodcarving creations

Laupus Library will open the art exhibit “Visions in Wood: Carved Creations,” on Oct. 3 in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the fourth floor of the library. On display through Dec. 9, the exhibit showcases a collection of relief carvings by Dr. Leonard “Leo” Trujillo, professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy in the College of Allied Health Sciences at East Carolina University.

The 2017 fall semester exhibit is part of the library’s ongoing “Art as Avocation” series that showcases and celebrates the artistic talents and self-expression of faculty, staff and students from the Division of Health Sciences.

“Laupus has a long history of showcasing the hidden talents of our health sciences faculty in this series,” said Beth Ketterman, director of Laupus Library. “Dr. Trujillo’s work is masterful and our hope is that those who view these pieces will gain an appreciation for his craft and expertise, and reflect on how the process of creation gives us insights into our own humanity.”

Log cabin by Dr. Leonard Trujillo. (contributed photo)

Log cabin by Dr. Leonard Trujillo. (contributed photo)

Trujillo’s work is reflective of a lifetime of learning the art of carving and love for nature. He recounts his desire at an early age to carve figures out of wood to create three-dimensional illusions in his works.

He will sometimes carve a piece only to study a certain aspect of the carving process. Beginning with a solid plank of wood, Trujillo uses mallets and a multitude of gouges, chisels, riffles and sandpaper leaves, to transform the wood into lifelike images of trees, old barns, nature scenes and once in a while, people.

“The hardest part of the carving process is having to stop and prepare the wood for the work that you are about to do,” he said. “That can take days out of actual carving time.”

In 2013, he built his first studio, doing all but the electrical work. Filled with sharpening machines, vacuum systems, special track lighting and carving gouges lined throughout the multi-stage workspace, it’s easy to see this is far from a getaway spot. He also refuses for it to be referred to as a “man cave.”

“I carve because of the pleasure it brings me, and truly take delight in the way people react to my work,” he said.

Presently, Trujillo isn’t competing in carving club shows and competition. “When you work towards winning a ribbon, you lose the pleasure of carving and it becomes work rather than pleasure,” he said.

An opening reception will be held on Oct. 3 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and will include a presentation by the artist. The event is open to the public.

To learn more about this exhibition series or if you are interested in showcasing your work, visit

For more information contact Kelly Rogers Dilda at or 252-744-2232.


-by Kelly Dilda, University Communications 

ECU students promote positive change while honoring those who served on 9/11

The ECU Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE) will kick off the Fall Week of Service on Saturday, Sept. 9 through service to the Pitt County community. During the week, CLCE will promote positive change by hosting service projects throughout Pitt County. The week will conclude on Friday, Sept. 15 with a Family Weekend Service Day.

Community partner service sites include Making Pitt Fit Community Garden, A Time for Science, MacGregor Downs Health & Rehabilitation, and River Park North.

On Monday, Sept. 11, CLCE will partner with the University Writing Center and Student Government Association to host a unique program called Design for Change. This event provides the opportunity for attendees to promote positive change in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001. There will be four stations where participants can engage:

  • Write for Change: Participants may write letters for change they wish to see on a local, national and/or international level.
  • Design for Change: Participants may paint ECU Peace Rocks to keep or to hide around campus as reminders of peace and positive change.
  • Commit to Change: Participants may write on a chalkboard/poster board their commitment to positive change by completing the sentence, “I will commit to change by …”
  • Post for Change: Participants may take a photo with an Instagram cutout and post to social media using the hashtag #Pirates4Peace.

All volunteers and participants are encouraged to upload images to social media during the entire Fall Week of Service by using #Pirates4Peace.

ECU students, faculty and staff can learn more about Fall Week of Service and the various projects through the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance portal on OrgSync (

To learn more about the national 9/11 Day of Service visit

For additional information, contact Tara Kermiet, associate director for curricular programs in the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, at 252-328-1554 or via email at


Contact: Tara Kermiet, associate director for Curricular Programs in the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement,

College of Education dean to serve on state Principal Fellows Commission

Dr. Grant B. Hayes, dean of the East Carolina University College of Education, has been appointed to the North Carolina Principal Fellows Commission, the governing body of the Principal Fellows Program.

Dr. Grant B. Hayes (contributed photo)

Dr. Grant B. Hayes (contributed photo)

Created in 1993 by the General Assembly, the Principal Fellows Program is a competitive, merit-based scholarship that provides loans to individuals with relevant experience and exceptional academic ability who want to enter education administration in North Carolina public schools. The commission administers the program in collaboration with the State Education Assistance Authority.

Hayes is one of two deans from schools of education in the UNC system appointed by President Margaret Spellings. The commission requires that two deans serve on the 12-member board with the remaining members appointed by state organizations or elected officials.

“I am honored to be appointed to the commission and I look forward to working with the other members to do this important work,” Hayes said.

More than 1,200 fellows have completed the program since its inception. Individuals selected for the Principal Fellows Programs have the opportunity to attend school on a full-time basis and earn a master’s in school administration in two years. The program is offered at 11 UNC system campuses including ECU, and provides one year of full-time academic study and a one-year, full-time internship in a North Carolina public school.


-by Cole Dittmer, University Communications

Laupus Library exhibits “Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America”

Laupus Library is hosting the traveling exhibit “Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America” in the Evelyn Fike Laupus gallery on the fourth floor of the library.

On display from Aug. 28 through Oct. 7, the six-banner exhibit looks at the Chesapeake region, where European settlers relied upon indentured servants, Native Americans and African slave labor for life-saving knowledge of farming and food acquisition, and to gain economic prosperity.

By examining the labor of slaves and food practices of the time, including those at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the exhibition explores how power was exchanged between and among different peoples, races, genders and classes during the early colonial era.

“I’m really excited that Laupus was selected to host this exhibit, primarily because eastern North Carolina is situated adjacent to the Chesapeake region and so this history hits close to home,” said Beth Ketterman, interim director of Laupus Library. “We’ll be able to supplement the panels and digital materials with artifacts and archival materials from our collection which I think will add an important dimension for our visitors.”

An online version of the exhibition available at features a range of resources for educators and students, including two lesson plans developed for elementary and high school courses, a higher education module for undergraduate and graduate students and instructors, online activities, and a compilation of online resources. In addition, it offers a digital gallery of 18th-century materials on food, botany, health and housekeeping from the NLM collection.

The exhibit is available during operating hours posted at, or call 252-744-2219.

The exhibition was brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

For more information contact Kelly Dilda at 252-744-2232 or


-by Kelly Dilda, University Communications

New director of Laupus Health Sciences Library announced

East Carolina University’s Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Elizabeth “Beth” Ketterman as the new director of ECU’s William Laupus Health Sciences Library during a special called meeting Friday, Aug. 25.

Ketterman is an associate professor and has served as interim director of Laupus Library since November 2015. She has worked in various positions within ECU’s libraries for 16 years and will begin her new role Sept. 1.

“I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to lead the Laupus Library, particularly at this time in our university’s history as we seek to grow the research enterprise,” said Ketterman. “Laupus will contribute meaningfully to those efforts by innovating our services and collections in response to our faculty and students’ health-related information needs.”

Elizabeth “Beth” Ketterman (Photo by Gretchen Baugh)

Elizabeth “Beth” Ketterman (Photo by Gretchen Baugh)

As director, Ketterman will oversee library operations and services, including those of the Country Doctor Museum in Bailey, N.C. She currently serves on several committees at ECU including the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation Board and Discovery Advisory Board.

“Ms. Ketterman is an accomplished researcher and administrator and brings a wealth of experience to the role as director of the William Laupus Health Sciences Library,” said Dr. Phyllis Horns, vice chancellor for the Division of Health Sciences at ECU.

Ketterman received her undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary and a master’s degree in library science from North Carolina Central University. She is an American Association of Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Fellow and received a leadership scholarship from the organization in 2015. She was also a recipient of the Medical Library Association Daniel T. Richards MLA Collection Development award.

Ketterman’s research efforts include 23 combined publications, articles and presentations in the arena of library science with a focus on collection development, electronic health information awareness, and implementation of electronic resources and technology in medical science libraries.


-by Jamie Smith

Joyner Library celebrates excellence in student research and writing

Joyner Library announced the winners of its annual W. Keats Sparrow Writing Award for student research during an Aug. 23 ceremony held in the Janice L. Faulkner Gallery, located on the second floor of the library.

Sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library, the W. Keats Sparrow Writing Award was named in honor of Dr. W. Keats Sparrow, professor emeritus of English and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The award recognizes excellence in research and writing by students enrolled in English 1100 and 2201 composition classes during the summer and fall of 2016 and spring of 2017 semesters.

“Every August as the fall semester begins, we have the pleasure of recognizing three students whose English composition papers were selected for the W. Keats Sparrow Award,” said Jan Lewis, director for Joyner Library. “It is a wonderful way to start the new academic year and reaffirm the close connections between Joyner Library and the Department of English.”

Eligibility criteria required students’ papers to include a research component using Joyner Library’s resources.

Entries were judged on the quality of the research as well as the quality of the writing by a panel comprised of faculty from the Department of English and Joyner Library. Members of this year’s panel included: Dr. Tracy Ann Morse, director of composition/writing foundations; Grace Horne, teaching instructor, Department of English; and Meghan Wanucha, coordinator of instructional assessment, Joyner Library.

Winning the award for first place — and a $500 prize — was Jasmine M. Perry, in the department of Psychology in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences, for “Homophobic Attitudes in Men.”

“This award means a lot to me,” said Perry. “In my life I have never been first place at anything, so winning this award shows how I have grown as a person, and it shows how dedicated I am to my area of study.”

(Left to right) Grace Horne, Tracy Morse, Jenna Murdock, Jasmine Perry, Meghan Wanucha, and David Hisle. (Photo contributed by Joyner Library.)

(Left to right) Grace Horne, Tracy Morse, Jenna Murdock, Jasmine Perry, Meghan Wanucha, and David Hisle. (Photo contributed by Joyner Library.)

Perry said the inspiration behind her winning paper came from personal experiences with friends and family members that are homosexual.

“I know that ‘coming out’ is a hard thing to do, and it requires a lot of confidence and a strong support system,” she said. “If people around you are homophobic it can lead to emotional turmoil and possibly suicide. I am so empathetic when I hear or read stories about people being bullied or abused due to their sexuality.”

Two additional award winners were:

  • Jenna M. Murdock, majoring in elementary education in the College of Education, in second place — a $300 prize — for “Motivating Students to Read.”
  • Carly E. Shomsky, in the department of Recreation and Leisure Studies in the College of Health and Human Performance, in third place — a $150 prize — for “Sensory Processing Disorder.”

Second-place winner Jenna Murdock said the competition was the perfect opportunity for her to do more research on how to motivate students to read required texts. “I really enjoyed putting this paper together and it was more than just an assignment I completed for a grade,” she said. “I was able to learn so much new and valuable information that will help me become a better teacher in the future.”

“I think it’s wonderful that Joyner Library offers awards and competitions for students,” she said. “It helps further our writing skills and allows us to explore the many resources offered by the library.”

Carly Shomsky, the third-place winner, believes students really benefit from the opportunity to participate in Joyner Libraries awards and competitions. “It not only encourages students to receive good grades, but it also offers them the feeling of accomplishment,” she said.

“This award showed me how far I have come within my writing and as a person. Hard work and determination really do pay off.”

Also deserving recognition are the instructors of the English 2201 sections that produced the winners.  Dr. Tracy Ann Morse was Jasmine Perry’s and Jenna Murdock’s instructor, and Marc Petersen was Carly Shomsky’s instructor.

“This year’s award recipients clearly selected topics relevant to their lives and majors and used the assignment to improve their discipline-based research and writing skills,” said Lewis. “Congratulations to each of them for their outstanding work.”

For more information on how to participate in next year’s awards, contact David Hisle at 328-4978 or by email at


-by Kelly Rogers Dilda, University Communications

ECU bookstore donates to local ALS chapter from sale of T-shirts

East Carolina University’s Dowdy Student Stores and its vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, presented a check for $5,250 to the ALS Association North Carolina Chapter. The check presentation was held Aug. 16 at Clark-LeClair stadium and featured representatives from the ALS Association, Dowdy Student Stores, Perfect Promotions and ECU baseball coach Cliff Godwin.

The money was raised through sales of “Strike Out ALS” T-shirts at ECU Dowdy Student Stores on campus and the souvenir booth at Clark-LeClair Stadium during baseball season. A portion of the sale of each shirt was donated by both Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, N.C.

(Left to right) Dowdy Student Stores Apparel & Merchandise Manager, John Palmer ALS Association North Carolina Chapter Board Chair, Mark Anthony, Down East Walk to Defeat ALS Committee Member, Michael Cotter, ALS Association North Carolina Chapter President & CEO, Jerry Dawson, Dowdy Student Stores Associate Director, Bob Walker, Dowdy Student Stores Director, Bryan Tuten, Perfect Promotions Vice President of Sales Stephen McFadden and Pirate Baseball Coach Cliff Godwin. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

(Left to right) Dowdy Student Stores Apparel & Merchandise Manager, John Palmer, ALS Association North Carolina Chapter Board Chair, Mark Anthony, Down East Walk to Defeat ALS Committee Member, Michael Cotter, ALS Association North Carolina Chapter President & CEO, Jerry Dawson, Dowdy Student Stores Associate Director, Bob Walker, Dowdy Student Stores Director, Bryan Tuten, Perfect Promotions Vice President of Sales Stephen McFadden and Pirate Baseball Coach Cliff Godwin. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Dowdy Student Stores director Bryan Tuten said he was pleased that the Pirate Nation fan base was so supportive of the shirts. “Pirate fans have always been supportive of the cause-related T-shirts sold through our store on campus,” said Tuten. The university-owned and operated bookstore also sells fund-raising T-shirts for military appreciation and pediatric cancer awareness during the fall semester.

Perfect Promotions vice president of sales Stephen McFadden is also proud to play a role in the effort. As a vendor of Dowdy Student Stores and an ECU alumnus, McFadden enjoys partnering with the store on projects that give back to the local community.

Over the past three years, the collaboration between Perfect Promotions and Dowdy Student Stores has generated more than $35,000 for a variety of local charities. The next “Cool Tee for a Cause” will come out in late August and will benefit pediatric cancer awareness. According to Dowdy merchandise manager John Palmer, it will be a gold T-shirt, perfect for the Paint it Gold football game.

ECU’s bookstore is a self-operated, university-run store. It receives no state funding. Instead, the campus bookstore maintains its services through sales. Profits are then directed back to campus through scholarship contributions and a variety of other donations to campus projects.

Attending the check presentation (left to right) were ECU Dowdy Student Stores apparel and merchandise manager John Palmer, ALS Association North Carolina Chapter board chair Mark Anthony, Down East Walk to Defeat ALS committee member Michael Cotter, ALS Association North Carolina chapter president & CEO Jerry Dawson, ECU Dowdy Student Stores associate director Bob Walker, ECU Dowdy Student Stores director Bryan Tuten, Perfect Promotions vice president of sales Stephen McFadden and ECU baseball coach Cliff Godwin.


Dowdy Student Stores: Bryan Tuten, Director, (252) 328-6731 and Leslie Craigle, Marketing Director, (252) 737-1310

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