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Jose &il l^ins Teacher of The Year for the UNC System
By Jeanri Miller
The 2011 Board of Gov eniors‘Sward for Excel
lence in Teacnmg was awarded to Dr. Jose S. Gil,
professor at Elizabeth City State University in the
Department of Language, Literature and Communi
cation. According to ecsu.edu, Gil and 16 other re
cipients at the University of North Carolina institu
tions were given a bronze medallion and a stipend
The Spain native is a seasoned educator that
teaches Spanish and world literature. He is a nation
ally and internationally recognized scholar, publish
ing numerous international peer-reviewed journals
and books in Spain, Belgium, Italy, the United States
and Australia, stated northcarolina.edu.
“Teaching is not just transferring knowledge. We
are all students as human beings. Everything is a
learning process. As an educator, you are supposed
to prepare the student for life,” said Gil.
Proudly, Gil has been an educator for 34 years.
(Above) Dr. Jose Gil, Professor or Languages and Lit-
er&ture at ECSU wins 2011 LJMC T&^ch^r of thG 'Vear.
teaching in Spain and Washington, D.C. He first
served as the Dean of Arts and Humanities at ECSU
siin 2000;,He also served as Dean of a public institution
in' Washington, D.C. for M years. As well as his many
academic accomplishments with a masters and doc-
' toral degree, Gil is also proactive in the community.
He also serves on countless committees at ECSU and
the University of North Carolina system. He served on
the Red Cross board for over five years and was hon
ored for his admirable service. He currently translates
for Hispanic services at the Holy Family Church in
Elizabeth City, NC. “I was shocked to hear the good
things and beautiful letters faculty and staff wrote and
had to say about me. I am very honored. This award
recognized education and the importance of educa
tion. Teaching is not a glamorous job and most of the
times, educators are unnoticed,” said Gil.
His passion for teaching came at an early age and
his desire to help people and impact lives has always
been his motivation. As a professor in the Language,
Literature and Communication Department, Gil en
courages students to keep pushing, to strive for the
best ajid never to settle.
Commuter Students Make ECSU their Home
By Benjamin McBath
Many students at Elizabeth City State University
come from surrounding areas or counties such as
Pasquotank, Perquimans, Currituck, Camden, Gates
and Chowan. Fifty-one percent of commuter students
graduate from ECSU. Not only do they graduate—
jthey are inducted into the Elizabeth City Alumni As-
j To help with its drastic growth, ECSU has so much
^0 offer including its financial aid for students. ECSU
bas included many financial aid programs such as
work-study. Students are able to work for a depart-
iment in the school and earn money to pay for tuition.
I Many of these j obs consist of working at the book
store, cafeteria or with a department head as an of-
jfice assistant. By offering many of these jobs, ECSU
helps students gain real life experiences. There is
klso a University of North Carolina scholarship that
is awarded to incoming freshmen who meet specific
requirements. Eligible students must have graduated
with above a 2.5 grade point average from a high
school in North Carolina and have made a 17 on the
ACT or a 1200 on the SAT
Anthony Price, Admissions and Recruitment over
seer said. The placement average GPA for this year
and the next year are a 2.3 or a 2.5 average, and a
16 on the ACT for in-state students a 17 for out of
state students, a 750 for SAT in state and a 800 out of
state. The minimum [class] admissions requirement
include; four Englishs, four maths, Algebra I and II,
Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry; you will also
need three sciences, which include biology, physical
or Environmental science with a lab, two histories,
U.S. or other, foreign language part one or two, spe
cifically Spanish or Japanese.
ECSU features a rural setting, large town (10,000 -
49,999) and commuter campus. Moreover, the school
is located 50 miles from Norfolk, Virginia. In addi
tion, the university has many unique facilities such
as a recording studio, a radio station, boardwalk in
nature preserves/wetlands and a golf driving range.
Students should also note the housing policies; First-
year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.
Seventy-nine percent of first-year students live in
college housing. Fifty-two percent of all undergrad
uates live in college housing, co-ed housing, men’s
housing, women’s housing, apartments for single stu
dents or wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free).
The housing deposit is $100. First-year students are
allowed to have a car. There are many things that
also attract commuters, such as the on-campus ac
tivities that include; basketball, volleyball, bowling^
softball, tennis and basketball. Twenty-five percent
of students that have applied are commuters. Their
parents may be alumni. ECSU provides a shuttle ser
vice to help commuter students get to and from of^
Whether you are looking to feel more at home here;
at ECSU or need assistance in searching for off-cam
pus housing, Anthony Price and the ECSU Commut
er Club are here to assist you. Additional information
can be requested at email@example.com.