NCLR names new writing competition for founding editor

 The North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR) has named its new creative nonfiction competition for founding editor Alex Albright.

Albright

Albright

Responding to the honor of having the award named for him, Albright said, “This new competition recognizes NCLR’s continued commitment to publishing the best creative nonfiction available about topics of interest to North Carolina readers and to its ongoing openness to writers at the beginning of their careers.”

The Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize competition is open to any writer who fits the NCLR definition of a North Carolina writer: current or previous residents of North Carolina or a writer who uses North Carolina as subject matter. The first prize recipient will be awarded $250 and publication in NCLR. Finalists will also be considered for publication in the 2016 print and online issues.

Current NCLR editor Margaret Bauer noted, “It is particularly significant that the first winner of the Albright Prize will be published in NCLR’s 25th issue.”

The submission period for the Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize Competition opened on June 15, and the deadline is August 1.

Albright earned his bachelor’s degree at UNC Chapel Hill, and his Master of Fine Arts at UNC Greensboro before joining the faculty of the English department of ECU in 1981. He is the author of, most recently, “The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy,” as well as the author and producer of the UNC-TV “Boogie in Black and White” and the editor of “The Mule Poems” and “The North Carolina Poems” of internationally renowned eastern North Carolina poet A.R. Ammons, whom Albright named “staff poet” during his years as editor.

Albright published the premiere issue of the NCLR in 1992. He pointed out that when it launched it was “one of the very few literary magazines in the U.S. that focused primarily on creative nonfiction.”

He explained his dedication to cultivating creative nonfiction: “Because virtually every literary magazine at the time was dominated by fiction and poetry, we wanted a forum for nonfiction that was written more for smart readers than for academics. We also wanted a forum that was as open to unknown writers as it was to the big names that dominated the state’s literary scene.”

Under Albright’s editorship, NCLR earned the Best New Journal Award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) in 1994. Albright has been honored for his contribution to North Carolina literature with the R. Hunt Parker Award given by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association in 1998 and the Roberts Award for Literary Inspiration given by ECU’s Friends of Joyner Library in 2007. NCLR has earned four more CELJ awards in more than 20 years since its first issue, most recently the Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement.

Albright said he shares this honor with his original associate editors, John Patterson and the late Bertie Fearing.

Find complete submission guidelines for NCLR’s Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction competition, at http://www.nclr.ecu.edu/submissions/albright-guidelines.html.

Gudivada named computer science chair

Dr. Venkat N. Gudivada has been named chairman of the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Technology at East Carolina University effective July 1.

Guidivada

Guidivada

Gudivada is an educator, researcher and industry practitioner with more than 30 years of experience in data management, information retrieval, machine learning, image and natural language processing, cognitive and high performance computing and personalized eLearning.

Gudivada joins ECU after serving as interim chair and professor of computer science at Marshall University. He previously worked at the University of Michigan, University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology) and Ohio University. He has extensive financial industry work experience as well.

He has experience developing innovative academic programs, courses and curricula and is proficient in continuous academic quality improvement and program accreditation. He has developed successful approaches to student recruitment, mentoring, engagement and retention. He also has expertise in online course development and delivery, and has won awards for teaching and research.

Gudivada has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles about his nationally-funded research on search engine optimization, data management systems and big data. He has served on program committees of numerous computer science conferences, delivered keynote presentations at international conferences and served as a guest editor for IEEE Computer Society.

He received doctoral and masters’ degrees in computer science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He earned a master’s degree in civil/structural engineering from Texas Tech University and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from JNT University.

Dr. David White, dean of the ECU College of Engineering and Technology, thanked Dr. Karl Abrahamson for his leadership and service during the nearly five years that he served as interim department chair.

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.

 

Scholarship honors first African-American undergraduate

Joseph Bryant, a junior from Greensboro, is the initial recipient of the Laura Marie Leary Elliott Memorial Scholarship, which was created in memory of the first African-American to earn an undergraduate degree from East Carolina University.

The scholarship was created to assist students pursuing careers in fields that are historically underrepresented by minority populations. These fields include, but are not limited to, science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.

Bryant is majoring in chemistry. He is active in club basketball, the Pre-Pharm Club, ECU Ambassadors and the Chemistry Club. He is the son of Gralin and Annette Bryant, who are active members of the ECU Parents Association. Gralin Bryant graduated from ECU in 1983.

According to Zack Hawkins, director of Student Affairs Development, more than $32,000 has been raised so far for the scholarship, a sum that allows it to become endowed.

Alumni who gave $1,000 or more to the scholarship fund include Danny Scott and Connie Shelton, ECU Football Coach Ruffin McNeill, Ray Rogers, ECU Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Virginia Hardy, Linda Thomas and Valeria Lassiter. Many other black alumni and several of Laura Leary Elliott’s family members, including her daughter, Rachel Elliott Byers, and sister, Ruth Leary Asbury, also made contributions.

Bryant will be recognized during the Black Alumni Chapter Scholarship and Awards Banquet on Oct. 17 as part of Homecoming activities.

The $2,000 scholarship will increase in value in subsequent years, Hawkins said. In the future the scholarship will be awarded annually to one female and one male student.

Leary graduated in 1966. She taught school in Windsor for two years and then relocated to Washington, D.C. She worked for many years at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, retiring as a senior accountant in 2006. She died in 2013.

Left to right, Gralin, Annette and Joseph Bryant are pictured with PeeDee on campus. Joseph Bryant is the first Laura Marie Leary Elliott Memorial Scholarship recipient.

Left to right, Gralin, Annette and Joseph Bryant are pictured with PeeDee on campus. Joseph Bryant is the first Laura Marie Leary Elliott Memorial Scholarship recipient.

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.

ECU Guitar Festival celebrates 20th year with SoloDuo, Rene Izquierdo

SoloDuo—Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli – will perform at ECU this summer as part of the ECU Guitar Festival.

SoloDuo—Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli – will perform at ECU this summer as part of the ECU Guitar Festival.

 

The 2015 East Carolina University Summer Guitar Festival and Workshop celebrates 20 years of world-class classical guitar with SoloDuo, Rene Izquierdo and others in Greenville on July 11-14 in the A. J. Fletcher Music Building on the ECU campus. Directed by ECU guitar professor Elliot Frank, the festival includes the International Concert Series, which features elite performers from the United States and abroad.

Hailing from Switzerland and Italy, SoloDuo—Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli—have performed throughout Europe, Asia, the US, Canada and Latin America, and have been acclaimed as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world. About one of their performances, the Washington Post wrote “…the duo’s playing was nothing less than rapturous—profound and unforgettable musicianship of the highest order.”

Of international award winner and Cuba native Rene Izquierdo, Classical Guitar Magazine wrote “His natural and instinctive interpretations are second to none: his virtuoso technique allows him absolute command of the instrument giving him the independence of subtle phrasing, dazzling speed, beautiful tonal control… everything.”

Cuba native Rene Izquierdo will perform during the ECU Guitar Festival.

Cuba native Rene Izquierdo will perform during the ECU Guitar Festival.

“Now in our twentieth year, this is perhaps the finest lineup I have ever had for this event,” Frank said. “Matteo Mela, Lorenzo Micheli and Rene Izquierdo are three of the very best guitarists, technically and musically, on earth, and together Matteo and Lorenzo are simply the finest duo alive. Not only are they artists of the highest caliber, they are master teachers as well.”

Other featured concert artists this year include The Sharpe/Zohn Duo, the Kithara Duo, 2014 festival competition winner Alec Holcomb, Elina Chekan, Zachary Johnson, William Kossler, Frank and others.

In additional to the International Concert Series, the finals of this year’s solo competition are open to the public and feature some of the finest young talent in the world of the guitar. Students compete for cash awards and a performance at next year’s festival.

The festival’s workshop and camp are open to students ages 10-and-up who wish to acquire or improve skills on the classical guitar. Students under the age of 10 may participate with parental supervision. For the first time, instruction in the Suzuki guitar method is available to students with William Kossler, the originator of Suzuki guitar in the US, serving as lead instructor.

For more information regarding the workshop or concert series, contact Dr. Elliot Frank at 252-328-6245, or by email at franke@ecu.edu, or visit www.ecu.edu/music/guitar/workshop.

2015 Summer Guitar Festival Concerts

Saturday July 11

Afternoon

ECU Alumni 4 p.m.

Evening

Elliot Frank/Rene Izquierdo 7:30 p.m.

 

Sunday July 12

Afternoon

Zachary Johnson 4 p.m.

Evening

Kithara Duo/Soloduo 7:30 p.m.

 

Monday July 13

Afternoon

Solo Competition Semifinals 4 p.m.

Evening

Alec Holcomb/Sharpe Zohn Duo 7:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday July 14

Afternoon 4 p.m.

Youth competition finals

Evening

College competition finals 7:30 p.m.

 

Individual event ticket prices

Afternoon concerts $10 adults, $5 students; Evening concerts $20 adults, $15 students

Pass for all eight concerts: $50.00, adults, $30.00 students

All concerts are in the Recital Hall, Fletcher Music Center, ECU, Greenville, NC.

Tickets: 1-800-ECU-ARTS; 252-328-4788, 252-328-4736 V/TTY; www.ecuarts.com, or at the door.

South Central High School Teachers Visit ECU Pharmaceutical Skills Lab

Teachers and the principal from South Central High School in Winterville toured ECU's Pharmaceutical Skills Lab June 9. (Contributed photo)

Teachers and the principal from South Central High School in Winterville toured ECU’s Pharmaceutical Skills Lab June 9. (Contributed photo)

 

A tour of the pharmaceutical skills lab at East Carolina University on June 9 helped 10 South Central High School teachers and their principal, Julie Cary, understand how ECU prepares students for careers in the pharmaceutical industry. The lab is housed in ECU’s Department of Chemistry in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

The educators plan to share this information in their own classrooms to explain how subjects taught in high school can be relevant to the students’ communities and future careers.

“Teachers need to be aware of what is happening in industry, post-secondary education, business and the arts in their communities in order to relate course content to relevant examples for their students. This is one of our major goals in bringing teachers to the lab,” said Elizabeth Martin, instructional coach at South Central High School.

“We hope our teachers will connect with the community in a deeper way. We also hope South Central can forge relationships with post-secondary education and industry that lead to substantive relationships between these key stakeholders,” she said.

The South Central teachers spent the 2014-15 academic year exploring the topic of innovation in education. Through the assistance of ECU Vice Chancellor Ted Morris and Wayne Godwin, director of ECU’s Innovation Lab, the educators have explored the human design process, visited the ECU Innovation Lab, learned about the Annual Middle School Innovators Academy and planned and created their own in-house Innovation Lab.

Medical school names first female surgery chair in the Southeast

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University has named a new chair for its Department of Surgery, making Brody the first medical school in the Southeast to have a female in that position.

Tuttle-Newhall

Tuttle-Newhall

Dr. J.E. “Betsy” Tuttle-Newhall is the seventh woman to be appointed surgery chair at any of the nation’s 200-plus medical schools, according to the Association of Women Surgeons.

Originally from Madison, Tuttle-Newhall has returned to North Carolina after serving as the division chief of abdominal transplant surgery and primary transplant surgeon at Cardinal Glennon Pediatric Hospital in St. Louis. She was also vice chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the St. Louis University Hospital School of Medicine and co-director of their Abdominal Transplant Center.

While in St. Louis, Tuttle-Newhall was the recipient of multiple clinical and teaching awards, as well as several Medals of Honor from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for her efforts to improve and expand organ donation and transplantation processes.

Her research efforts have focused on living kidney donors, critical care of transplant recipients, and transplant center design and governance.

After earning a medical degree from Wake Forest University’s Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1988, Tuttle-Newhall completed a surgery residency and a clinical fellowship in surgery at the New England Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. She furthered her training with a surgical critical care fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an abdominal transplant surgery fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.

Following her fellowships, Tuttle-Newhall held several academic positions at Duke, including associate professor of surgery and critical care, and director of the medical school’s physician assistant residency in surgery.

She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in health care administration at the St. Louis University School of Public Health.

Staff honored with awards for service, leadership

The following Facilities Services employees have been recognized with a 2015 Facilities Services Award for Excellence in the category of service:  David Brooks with Building Services – Automotive Services and Shannon Elks with Utilities Services – Plumbing.

The following Facilities Services employees have been recognized with a 2015 Facilities Services Supervisor Award for Excellence:  Terry Little with Grounds Services – Recycling Services in the category of service and Neal Thorne with Utilities Services – Steam in the category of leadership.

The 2015 Campus Operations Awards for Excellence recipients are Donna Lilley and Eugene Tashiro with Facilities Engineering & Architectural Services in the category of leadership and Rebecca Bizzell with Campus Operations in the category of service.