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November 2012

Veterans Day On November 11, Americans will celebrate Veterans Day by honoring and thanking those who served in the United States Armed Forces. The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11 at Arlington National Cemetery. This year, the ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. with the wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns followed by a parade of colors by veteran organizations and remarks from dignitaries. Click here to read more about the ceremony, or here to read more about Veterans Day.

OED Announcements Connecting Crossroads in North Carolina

Haitian-born New York-based violinist/composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and North Carolina singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett will perform the North Carolina-inspired collection, The Collide, on November 9 at 8 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. Click here to view more information about other S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series events or purchase tickets, or here to visit Roumain’s website.

Courtesy of East Carolina University

Courtesy of the US Department of Veteran Affairs

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to recognize the contributions Native Americans made to the establishment of the United States. The month started as a day of recognition by the state of New York in 1916, then grew in 1990 when President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution declaring it a month-long observance. Events will take place on campus to recognize Native Americans and educate faculty, staff, students and the community about the culture. For more information, click here, or for events on campus, please see the “@ECU” section of the newsletter.

Courtesy of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Native American Heritage Month

Did you miss last month’s newsletter? Archived newsletters can be found here. Know Your Protected Class! Veterans

It is the policy of East Carolina University not to discriminate against any student, applicant or employee based on veterans’ status. Veterans may include those that served in the US military, ground, naval or air service. The university will continue to seek and employ qualified personnel and to provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees in recruiting, hiring, placement, training, compensation and benefits, promotion, transfer, and termination. The university’s Coordinator of Veteran Affairs and Military Residency is located in Whichard 102 and is available to assist veterans. The coordinator’s office is located within the Office of the Registrar. race + color + religion + creed + sex + national origin + age + disability + veteran status + sexual orientation + political affiliation + genetic information

EEO Recruitment Compliance The university is dedicated to taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified veterans. In developing a recruitment plan that will cast a wide net and generate a well-populated diverse pool of qualified candidates, there are a variety of strategies that should be utilized by search committees and hiring authorities, including those that will attract qualified veterans. In addition to the recruitment opportunities provided by the university at no cost to the department or unit, the OED website provides information about additional resources including sources that specifically support veteran employment. Additional information is available by accessing this website.

First African American student at the university returns During Homecoming weekend, the first full-time African American student to attend the university came back for a visit and was honored throughout various Homecoming events on campus. Laura Marie Leary Elliott of Vanceboro enrolled in classes on campus in 1962. Although her courage paved the way for other African American students, she described her time at the university as tough and “draining”. To read more about Elliott and other African Americans who made an impact at the university in the 1960’s, click here.

Courtesy of East Carolina University

@ ECU Celebrating 50 years of Desegregation

The History, Legacy and Celebration of Desegregation in Higher Education

The university will continue to celebrate its 50th year of desegregation with a discussion on November 1 from 7 p.m.8:30 p.m. in Hendrix Theatre. The keynote speaker for the night is Justice Henry E. Frye, a recognized business leader and community advocate, as well as the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court of North Carolina. After Frye’s keynote address, there will be a panel discussion with representatives spanning the last 50 years at the university.

Student Native American Organization holds events on campus

The East Carolina Native American Organization (ECNAO) serves as a cultural resource for the university and for all students, faculty and staff at the university and in the community. The mission of the organization is to promote Native American culture as well as intellectual growth between its members and members of the university and community. Throughout the month of November, the ECNAO will host events for the community: November 7: Painted Sky, a Native American group honoring their culture through song and dance, will perform in Hendrix Theatre from 5 p.m.–7 p.m. November 8: A Dreamcatcher Workshop will be held in the Social Room in Mendenhall Student Center at 6 p.m. This free event teaches the history of the dreamcatcher and allows guests to make one of their own. Courtesy of Painted Sky November 14: “Healthy Natives” will take place at 7 p.m. in Bate 1021. Two doctors will come to speak to students, faculty, staff and the community about the health problems most common to Native Americans. Issues that will be discussed include hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease. This is a student Wellness Passport Event. For more information, contact the group’s advisor, Aleshia Hunt, at

Ethnic Film Series

The Fall 2012 Ethnic Studies Film Series is underway! The main goals of the film series are to encourage linguistic and cultural exchange at ECU, present different views on current world events, promote global diversity on campus and in ethnic studies, support the international community at ECU, enjoy seeing films from around the world, and to think about representation of ethnicity in popular films. The next film in the series is “The Only Good Indian” on November 6 at 6 p.m. in Bate 1028.

Hidden Voices: The Lives of LGBT Muslims

Guest speaker Faisal Alam, a Muslim activist, will speak on November 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Brewster B102. Alam aims to highlight the many struggles and challenges facing sexual and gender minorities within the Muslim world and to examine the complex intersection of Islam, sexuality and gender. The LGBT Resource Center is sponsoring the event. For more information click here, or contact Summer Wisdom at

Courtesy of East Carolina University

Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series

Colonel Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot and command an American spacecraft, will discuss “Leadership Lessons from Apollo to Discovery,” at 7 p.m. on November 13, in Wright Auditorium. This lecture is part of the Thomas Harriott College of Arts and Science’s Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series. Tickets are complimentary for university students, faculty and staff, and are available by calling the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788. Click here for more information.

In the News... 17th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration From: The North Carolina Museum of History

The North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh will host an annual celebration of American Indian history on Saturday, November 17 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. The festival will feature traditional and contemporary artists, dancers and performers, hands-on workshops and craft activities, and historians and scholars presenting their latest findings. Click here to view more information about the celebration.

Deans See Families as Key to Recruiting Hispanic Students From: Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

When the first Deans’ Forum on Hispanic Higher Education was held in October, two key bits of advice concerning recruitment were shared: start early and be sure to get the student’s entire family involved. “There are a lot of students who are first-generation, low-income students for whom college may as well be located on the moon,” said John Moder, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Moder said one challenge is to convince these students that college is a real possibility. Moder distributed a handout entitled “Strategies for Recruiting Hispanic Students,” which listed ways deans across the nation recruit Hispanic American students. Among the strategies, involving the family became a unifying theme. To read more, click here.

Three Mississippi HBCU’s Finding Diversity Fuels Their Mission From: Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) in Mississippi are becoming more diverse, which they said is adding to their mission, not subtracting from it. These three schools--Alcorn State, Jackson State and Mississippi Valley State--are putting forth diversity efforts in order to meet enrollment requirements in a 2002 settlement agreement. The settlement called for the schools to share $503 million for academic programs which can be used once a school reaches its diversity requirements. Alcorn State is the first Mississippi HBCU to reach the goal thus far, enrolling 10 percent non-Black students for three consecutive years. To read more about each school’s efforts, click here.

Interfaith Calendar

1st All Saints Day (Christian) and Samhain – Beltane (Wicca/Pagan) 2nd All Souls Day (Catholic) 11th New Year (Jain) 12th Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i) 13th Diwali/Deepavali (Hindu, Jain, Sikh)

15th Hijra/New Year (Islam) and Nativity Fast (Christian – Ends Dec. 25th) 24th Ashura (Islam) and Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom (Sikh) 28th Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Birthday (Sikh)



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