2017: Summer in Review Highlights from our summer at ECU

Welcoming New Pirates

First year students attend summer 2017 orientation

Ten two-day New Student Orientation sessions were offered throughout the summer of 2017, designed by the Office of Student Transitions to ensure incoming students are comfortable and informed before arriving to campus this fall.

Health Breakthroughs

Quality of life

3D printing leads to surgical breakthrough for patient.

Patent Success

Doctoral student helps develop cancer-fighting compound.

Healing Heartburn

ECU surgeons offer new procedure to treat acid reflux disease.


Doctoral student's research could lead to treatment of MS, other diseases.


ECU offers new life-saving treatment for advanced heart failure.

build, update and repair

There were approximately 100 projects ongoing across main campus. More than $450 million in projects are under way or in the planning stages right now, from the $55 million southside expansion at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium to a new $90 million life sciences and biotechnology building.

record-breaking particle pull

East Carolina University physics professor Dr. Yong-Qing Li and students in his lab have successfully pulled — not pushed — a particle for 10 meters, a distance 10 times greater than earlier experiments.

Camps rainbow and hope

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University hosted summer camps on the banks of the Neuse River for approximately 75 children with chronic diseases.

Club Baseball World Series Champions

(Photos by Richard L Miller Photography)

World-renowned hand transplant surgeon

ECU alumnus Dr. Kodi Azari has received national attention for the successful hand transplantation he performed on Hollywood executive Jonathan Koch.

new Health Sciences Student Center

Students and employees on East Carolina University’s health sciences campus celebrated the grand opening of the new student center located within walking distance of classes and offices. The new facility adds conveniences like a gym, dining options and several satellite offices for campus services and programs.

New Leaders at ECU

(Left to right) Eppes, Ploehn, Barnwell

Tom Eppes, chief communications officer.

Dr. Harry J. Ploehn, dean of the College of Engineering and Technology.

Jon Barnwell, chief of the ECU Police Department.

(Left to right) Golden, Stacy, Zervos

Dr. Jay Golden, vice chancellor of research, economic development and engagement.

Dr. Mark Stacy, dean for the Brody School of Medicine.

Dr. Emmanuel Zervos, executive director of Vidant Cancer Care.

exploring art, science, drama

Drawing, painting, acting, writing and science took center stage recently as school-age children attended one of two day camps held on East Carolina University’s campus.

integrating physician practices

ECU and Vidant Health announced the signing of a formal agreement to integrate ECU Physicians, the clinical practice of The Brody School of Medicine at ECU, with Vidant Medical Group, Vidant’s multi-specialty physician group subsidiary into the new entity created last year.

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Words by University Communications/ Photos by Cliff Hollis and Rhett Butler / Videos by Rich Klindworth

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