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ECU Anthropology Alumni Lectures: Lisa Leone presents to Professional Development Anthropology Class

Dr. Eric Bailey Presenting Award to Lisa Leone

Dr. Eric Bailey Presenting Award to Lisa Leone

Audience featuring students and faculty

Audience featuring students and faculty

On March 31st, 2010, ECU Alumni, Lisa Leone – became the third and final esteemed anthropology alumni for our inaugural season to present her thoughts and humorous comments on what it takes to become a “professional anthropologist.” Lisa is a Senior Autopsy Assistant with the Pitt County Medical Examiner’s Office. She graduated with an Masters from the Anthropology Department in 2006 and specialized in Biological Anthropology.

Purpose of the Lecture Series:
Designed for former ECU anthropology students to share their expertise and experiences to current anthropology students who are preparing to graduate or who are anticipating to graduate in the next few years. We hope this new lecture series creates more of a constructive, practical dialogue between recent ECU anthropology graduates with current ECU anthropology majors on more of the issues related to being a professional anthropologist and the challenges of getting employment or furthering one’s anthropology academic career.

Lisa Leone’s talk highlighted five major issues:
1. Period of Adjustment to Daily Working Conditions
2. Uses Skeletal Training from Forensic Anthropology course
3. Prepare for Graduate School Early
4. Find the Right job that fits your training and preferences
5. Available Internships

At the end of her lecture, I presented Lisa with the final Award which states:
“To acknowledge your professional achievements and to give appreciation for graduating from our East Carolina University Anthropology Department.”

Throughout her talk and afterwords, Lisa had a number of questions from students wanting to know if her job is similar to how medical examiners are portrayed by the media and television. She emphasized that her job does have its unsual events but mostly it is fairly routine medical examinations. Way to Keep it Real Lisa!