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The Ink Pot & Quill              Fall 2015 
                        The bi-annual newsletter of the Honors College at East Carolina University                  Issue No. 8 

Season's greetings to all!
The 2015-2016 academic year opened with the Honors College Convocation and the initiation of the theme for the year - Pathways to Innovation and Creativity. Providing unique inspirational messages, Provost Ron Mitchelson, President/CEO of the NCEast Alliance John Chaffee, Honors College Artist-in-Residence Bob Ebendorf, and Honors College sophomore Mona Amin challenged Honors College students to take advantage of the opportunities offered to them to change the world.  
The theme of innovation has continued this semester in many areas of the College involving student success, community service, and leadership. This issue of the Ink Pot & Quill highlights a number of novel achievements, spanning our inaugural Honors College Fine Arts Gala to game-changing computer applications, from STEM education to cutting-edge research. Within this newsletter is also a unique opportunity to hear Honors College students share their experiences as the first occupants of Gateway Residence Hall.  
As many of you are aware, this will be my last semester as Dean of the Honors College. I will be embarking on a new chapter of my professional life at East Carolina University as I return to my tenured faculty member role in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Allied Health Sciences, to pursue my passions of teaching, mentoring students, and research. It has been an honor and a privilege to have been your dean for the past two and a half years and to be part of one of the most exciting initiatives to have been developed at this university. Having the opportunity to interact and develop new programs and projects with other deans, faculty, staff and students in other colleges on campus has been truly rewarding. I am also so proud of our students for their outstanding character and academic merit at ECU. Their presence here serves as an inspiration and catalyst for innovation and creative partnerships in ways that will never be forgotten.
Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for your partnership and support of the Honors College. May this college continue to be a scholarly foundation and innovative catalyst for our inspirational young leaders.
Happy Holidays. Joy and Peace to all. 

Marianna Walker, Ph.D. 
Honors College Living-Learning Community
The Honors College Moves to Gateway Residence Hall
Housing many of ECU's living-learning communities, the newly constructed residence hall complex boasts a number of amenities, including a computer lab, music practice rooms, a beach volleyball court and basketball facilities. Listen to or read (below) what Honors College freshmen and upperclassmen are saying about their brand new home! 
( Photo by Patrick Fay )

Honors in the News
FreshSpire Attends
Clinton Global Initiative

Not everyone can say that Chelsea Clinton is backing their entrepreneurial endeavor. Sophomore Mona Amin was invited to Washington D.C. to compete for funding for her mobile app, FreshSpire.

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Inspiring STEM Interest

Sophomore Angel Chukwu introduced 100 middle school girls to the world of 3D printing during ECU's annual STEM conference. As one of only a few women in her engineering classes, inspiring the next generation remains an utmost priority. 

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STEM Program encourages female interest in math and sciences
The Life of a CNN Security Analyst

"What was it like to interview Osama bin Laden?" was the question on several Honors College students' minds when they met with CNN Security Analyst Peter Bergen. 

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Substantial Service

Keerthana Velappan recently received a Substantial U Award for her tireless work with ECU's chapter of She's the First, an organization dedicated to funding girls' education in developing countries.

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Research and Academics
Make No Little Plans
ECU Honors Takes the Windy City by Storm
Photo by Zoe Hinton
The ECU Honors College proudly sent Zoe Hinton (junior), Ryan Carter-Stanley (senior), Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs/Director of EC Scholars Todd Fraley, Associate Dean Kevin Baxter, and Faculty Fellow Tim Runyan to the 2015 National Honors Collegiate Conference . Hosted in the windy city of Chicago, NCHC is a competitive but collaborative platform from which Honors College students and personnel present cutting edge research and exchange successful initiatives in Honors. Among the presentations from ECU Honors, Zoe and Dr. Fraley co-presented on the four years of work behind the Senior Honors Project.  Ryan's research analyzed the feasibility of using mobile technology to monitor weight loss in young adults. Mr.  Baxter helped to deliver the pre-conference events for new Deans and Directors, and Dr. Runyan shared a poster detailing our living-learning activities.
Advancing the Honors College
  Through the Ages
Showcasing the Creative Talents of Our Honors Students

Honors Senior Brandon Fillette sings "Lost in the Wilderness."
The inaugural Honors College Fine Arts Gala was presented by the Honors College Alumni Society on September 12th and drew several hundred attendees to Hendrix Theatre for an incredibly entertaining evening. Nearly 20 Honors students presented captivating short films, poetry, vocal performances, art, and musical performances connected to the theme, "Through the Ages". We are so thankful to our Honors juniors for brainstorming the event, Dr. Linda Quick for serving as lead coordinator, Honors junior Megan Daniel for arranging the program, voice instructor Ms. Mollye Otis for accompanying performers on the piano, and Honors student employees Megan Woodlief, Tulsi Patel, and Stephanie Griffin for event planning. 

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  The EC Scholar Ocracoke Impact Trip
Building Bonds and Encouraging Leadership
Prior to each academic year, our incoming class of EC Scholars spend four days together on Ocracoke Island for leadership training and professional development. Why Ocracoke? A relaxed environment under the sun and covered in sand allows EC Scholars to build bonds that facilitate their transition to university life and campus leadership. The retreat is funded by Wayne and Sherry Holloman, making the EC Scholar Ocracoke Impact Trip the first Honors College investment in each incredibly talented Scholar class.  
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Honors College Alumni 


Our Honors College and Honors Program graduates are spread across the country and around the world, but that doesn't mean we can't keep in touch! Join the Honors College LinkedIn group and like the Honors College Alumni Society Facebook page to stay up to date on events and ways to get involved. If you have moved or changed your contact information, please update your information. 


Best wishes for a joyful new year from the rest of the Honors College team:
Kevin Baxter
Nate Evans
Diane Majewski
Sue Chapman
Liz Fogarty
Cyndee Mueller
Bob Ebendorf
Katie Ford
Jessica Nottingham
Jim Ellis
Todd Fraley
Tim Runyan

Daniel Goldberg

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