The following events are free unless otherwise noted.
NOTE: February is Black History Month, and ETSU has a variety of activities planned for the campus community and the public. Link to the full schedule of Black History Month events from the front page of Accent.
“Signs and Relics”
Continuing through Feb. 6, Slocumb Galleries
This exhibit features Kelly Celeste Porter’s new works of found object assemblages and her series of mixed media installations of old wood and analog signs. Porter is a new faculty member in graphic design in ETSU’s Department of Art and Design. An artist’s talk and reception will be held Feb. 3 from 5-7 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Contact: Karlota Contreras-Koterbay, 483-3179 or email@example.com.
State pf the University Address
Jan. 30, 3 p.m., Brown Hall auditorium
ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland invites all faculty and staff to attend the annual State of the University Address.
Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., Brown Hall auditorium
The uncommon combination of piano with oboe and tuba will be featured in the first event in the ETSU Department of Music’s “Music and Friends” concert series. The series strives to recreate the intimate, free-spirited and conversational musical gathering of friends and music lovers called a “musical soiree” or “salon concert” during the 19th century. In this concert, titled “Reinvention,” ETSU music faculty members Dr. Heather Baldwin Killmeyer, oboe, and Dr. Stephanie Frye, tuba, will join guest faculty member Dr. Esther Park, piano, on works from baroque to modern. Donations will be accepted. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan. 31, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., George L. Carter Railroad Museum
“Yanks Go Railroading: The Northeastern Lines” is the theme of the January Heritage Day at the Carter Railroad Museum. In their heyday, such legendary railroad lines as Broadway, Capital, 20th Century and others were serious competitors for luxury travel. In addition, freight traffic patterns permitted the rapid handling of dry goods and perishables from the west and south into the populous northeast. Contact: Dr. Fred Alsop, 439-6838 or email@example.com.
High School Honor Bands Festival Concert
Jan. 31, 3 p.m., D.P. Culp Center ballroom
Two separate bands comprised of high school band students from throughout East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina will be formed in this 36th annual festival hosted by ETSU’s Department of Music. Prior to the public concert, these bands will rehearse Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31, under the direction of ETSU Director of Bands Dr. Christian Zembower and ETSU alumnus Trey Harris, band director at Bassett (Va.) High School, who was named the 2013 Virginia Music Educator of the Year by the Virginia Music Educators Association. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library Associates Book Discussion Group
Feb. 2, 5:30 p.m., 409 Sherrod Library
Members of the ETSU Library Associates will meet to discuss A Burnable Book: A Novel by Bruce Holsinger. Contact: Pat Van Zandt, 439-6988 or email@example.com.
“Five Money Questions for Women”
Feb. 3, noon, D.P. Culp Center, East Tennessee Room
Joseph M. Holifield of Edward Jones Investments, Johnson City, will discuss how women can identify financial goals and set a strategy to meet them in this Personal Finance Lunch Break Seminar sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center. Topics include the “Rule of 72,” systematic investing, and using employer-sponsored retirement plans and IRAs as strategies for saving. Contact: Women’s Resource Center, 439-5772 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heather Dobbins Poetry Reading
Feb. 3, 7 p.m., Ball Hall auditorium
Heather Dobbins’ poems have been published in The Southern Poetry Anthology (Tennessee), the Beloit Poetry Journal and more, and she recently began contributing poetry reviews for The Rumpus and other journals. She has taught middle and high school for 14 years in Oakland, Calif., and her hometown of Memphis, where she resides with her husband and founded River City Scribes, a creative writing workshop for teens. Sponsored by the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts and Department of Literature and Language. Contact: MBMSOTA, 439-8587 or email@example.com.
“Can’t Tell by Looking” Dialogue
Feb. 4, 7 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, East Tennessee Room
Who can tell if a person has HIV/AIDS? This conversation is designed to raise awareness about the denial, taboo and stereotypes surrounding HIV/AIDS. Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs. Contact: Multicultural Affairs, 439-6633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 6, 7 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
Drew Lynch suffered a softball accident that paralyzed one of his vocal cords, causing him to stutter. In his struggle to fit in, he met Samuel J. Comroe, a comedian who’s had Tourette’s syndrome – the twitchy kind – his whole life. These two joined forces for this inspirational show, which is based on situations they face every day and focuses on “how the underdog can reflect a lifelong struggle in a positive and hilarious light.” Sponsored by Buctainment. Contact: Student Organization Resource Center, 439-6828 or email@example.com.
Guest Artist Recital
Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m., Brown Hall auditorium
Award-winning Canadian pianist Noel McRobbie, who has performed throughout North America and overseas, will present a program of works by Beethoven, Chopin and Prokofiev. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for students with ID. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 7, ETSU and General Shale Natural History Museum at the Gray Fossil Site
This international celebration recognizes the scientific accomplishments of Charles Darwin and his description of evolution, and examines the far-reaching impact of evolutionary science. Activities for children will be held throughout the day, including lessons on such topics as human evolution and why humans are primates, how natural selection works, and understanding geologic time evidence from fossil records. Two special talks are also planned: in “Walking on Two Legs: How it Happened” at noon, Dr. Bill Duncan of ETSU’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology will discuss the origins of bipedalism and how it might have evolved, perhaps through tool use, body temperature regulation or identification of predators; and in “The Myth of the Missing Link” at 1 p.m., Museum Director Dr. Blaine Schubert of the ETSU Department of Geosciences will address ongoing questions on whether gaps in the fossil record indicate holes in Darwin’s theory of evolution. The museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact: Natural History Museum, 439-3659 or email@example.com.
“Women on Wednesdays” Lecture
Feb. 11, noon, D.P. Culp Center, dining room 3
Dr. Megan Quinn, an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the College of Public Health, will discuss “Raising Awareness about Cervical Cancer in Nicaragua: Working with Health Promoters to Increase Pap Smear Uptake” in the second of five “Women on Wednesdays” lectures sponsored this spring by the Women’s Studies Program. A light lunch will be provided. The lecture series promotes the research, scholarship and community engagement of women at ETSU; provides a venue where women on campus and in the community can discuss and support each other’s work; and gives students an opportunity to meet faculty who could become mentors for their studies. Contact: Dr. Phyllis Thompson, 439-4135.
Alice Parker Residency
Feb. 12-15, various times/locations
ETSU’s Department of Music and Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church will host a four-day residency by composer Alice Parker that is entirely open to the community. Parker was hand-picked by renowned conductor Robert Shaw to arrange for his Chorale while she was still a student at Juilliard. She helped to break barriers for female composers in the U.S., and she continues to compose, teach and inspire young musicians around the country. Three special events with Parker are planned:
Parker’s residency is funded by ETSU Instructional Development Grants. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
College Goal Tennessee
Feb. 14, 1:30-3:30, 309 Sherrod Library
ETSU’s College Goal Tennessee is a one-day event to assist families of college-bound students applying for financial assistance for higher education. Financial aid professionals will assist students and their families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. ETSU’s session is one of many being held in January and February at locations across Tennessee. Visit www.tn.gov/CollegeGoalTN/ for more information. Contact: Financial Aid, 439-4300 or email@example.com.
Feb. 17, noon-1:30 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, The Cave
Students, faculty and staff are welcome to enjoy their lunch while listening to Rhett Price play popular covers on his violin. Sponsored by Buctainment. Contact: Student Organization Resource Center, 439-6828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Review Group
Feb. 18, noon, Women’s Resource Center, 220 Campus Center Building
Members of the Book Review Group sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center will meet to discuss The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood. New readers are welcome, and participants may bring their lunch. Contact: Women’s Resource Center, 439-5772 or email@example.com.
“Short Assortments” Band Concert
Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
The ETSU Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will perform in this Opening Spring Bands Concert. The program features works short in length/duration and single movement pieces, including numbers by Jack Stamp, E.E. Bagley, Robert Spittal and Morton Gould. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video Game Day
Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, The Cave
Buctainment will host this opportunity for students to relax between classes. Various consoles will be set up in The Cave with numerous video games to enjoy. Contact: Student Organization Resource Center, 439-6828 or email@example.com.
“Doctor Faustus” with the American Shakespeare Center
Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
In this masterpiece that predates almost all of Shakespeare’s plays, Christopher Marlowe weaves a shocking and contemporary tale of the struggle between good and evil, championing what is most daring in the human spirit. Faustus sells his soul, not for riches, but for knowledge and power. Marlowe conjures Helen of Troy, the Seven Deadly Sins, angels, demons and Satan himself before dragging Faustus to hell. Part of the American Shakespeare Center’s 2014-15 Method in Madness Tour. Sponsored by the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students with ID. Doors open at 7 p.m. for pre-show music. Contact: MBMSOTA, 439-8587 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Music and Friends” Concert Series: “Piano Extravaganza!”
Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., Mathes Hall auditorium
This second installment of the “Music and Friends” concert series features ETSU Department of Music piano faculty members Dr. Esther Park, Dr. Benjamin Caton, Jerilyn Paolini and Ann Lavender. The program includes arrangements of piano pieces for various performance combinations, including one piano-six hands, two pianos-eight hands and more. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276 or email@example.com.
Chinese Spring Festival
Feb. 21, 4-7 p.m., Baptist Collegiate Ministry
The Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors this celebration of the traditional Chinese New Year with entertainment, interactive games and ethnic foods. Participants will learn to make Chinese dumplings at 4 p.m., followed by the program at 6 p.m. Contact: Multicultural Affairs, 439-6633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Observatory Open House
Feb. 21, 8 p.m., Harry D. Powell Observatory
ETSU astronomer Dr. Gary Henson will give a short talk titled “A Fourth Observatory for ETSU Astronomy.” Afterward, visitors may view the night sky through the observatory’s telescopes. Henson and other faculty from the Department of Physics and Astronomy will be available to assist and answer questions. The Open House will be cancelled if the sky is cloudy. Contact: Dr. Beverly Smith, 439-8418 or email@example.com.
Film Screening: “The New Black”
Feb. 23, 7 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
This documentary film tells the story of how the African American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. A question-and-answer session and reception with producer Yvonne Welbon will follow the film. Sponsored by the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts; part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Contact: MBMSOTA, 439-8587 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fossil and Artifact ID Night
Feb. 24, 4-6 p.m., ETSU and General Shale Natural History Museum at the Gray Fossil Site
Members of the community may bring fossils, rocks, minerals and artifacts to be identified and photographed by the museum’s team of experts. Contact: Natural History Museum, 439-3659 or email@example.com.
Feb. 25, noon, D.P. Culp Center, East Tennessee Room
ETSU Public Safety Officer Amanda Worley will facilitate the “STOP Violence Against Teenage and Adult Women” in this event in the Women’s Personal and Professional Enrichment Lunch Break Series sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center. S.A.F.E. (Self-defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange) is an educational awareness and crime prevention program that provides women with information that may reduce their risk of exposure to violence. Contact: Women’s Resource Center, 439-5772 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Film Screening: “Dostana”
Feb. 27, 7 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
This foreign film (with English subtitles), co-sponsored by Multicultural Affairs, Buctainment and the South Eastern Asian Culture Society, centers on the complicated love life of Neha Melwani, who lives in Miami with her aunt after the passing of her parents. Contact: Student Organization Resource Center, 439-6828 or email@example.com.
Krüger Brothers and Symphony of the Mountains
Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, Kingsport
Renowned folk artists the Krüger Brothers will join Kingsport’s Symphony of the Mountains for “Music of the Spring,” co-sponsored by the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts. The ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band will be the opening act. Tickets are $35 and may be ordered by phone at 423-392-8423 or online at www.symphonyofthemountains.org. Contact: MBMSOTA, 439-8587 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asthma Clinic at JCCHC
Second and last Fridays of each month, 4-5 p.m., Johnson City Community Health Center, 2151 Century Lane
Clinic staff will share information on the causes of asthma and short- and long-term treatment options, and will assist with individual asthma action plans. They will also be available to demonstrate the proper use of peak flow meters and do spirometry, or lung function, tests. No appointment necessary. Call JCCHC, 926-2500.
JCCHC Walk-in Hours
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon, Johnson City Community Health Center, 2151 Century Lane
Walk-in care at the JCCHC has been expanded to complement the care individuals receive from primary care providers by offering same-day availability for minor injuries and illnesses that can happen any time. In addition to the hours listed above, five providers are dedicated for walk-in care from 8-9 a.m. Monday-Friday. Call JCCHC, 926-2500.