Monthly Archives: February 2012

Professional Development Anthropology Class Visits ECU Career Center

The Professional Development Anthropology class

Patrick Roberts Presenting

Patrick Roberts giving Presentation

Patrick Roberts

On February 22nd, the Professional Development Anthropology class visited the ECU Career Center. Our host and Career Counselor was Mr. Patrick Roberts. His presentation and tour of the career center were excellent. It’s exactly what the class needed to experience.

Our visit to the career center started with a tour of the two-story house. Mr. Roberts showed the class all the offices on the first floor and upstairs. We met many of the counselors and staff throughout the center. After the tour, we returned to the first floor, sat in one of the front rooms, and listened to Mr. Roberts presentation.

Mr. Roberts highlighted in his presentation all the services and programs associated with the career center. He emphasized to the class issues such as career exploration, readiness, recruitment programs, available technology from the career center, and the career planning model. In particular, the career planning model involves three steps: 1. Self-Assessment, 2. Career Exploration, and 3. Take Action. At the very end of his presentation, he mentioned “Focus 2” – an interesting self-assessment software which will give students a profile of their personal characteristics and determine whether it matches their major.

The class was very appreciative of the presentation and asked questions. Mr. Roberts assurred them that they can come back again and again, but particularly take advantage of all the Career center tools that are online when they visit their website at: http:://

Professional Development Anthropology Class visits Joyner Library’s Graduate 101 Training

Associate Professor Bryna Coonin

Professional Development class listens to the presentation.

Bryna Coonin conducting the training session

For our first site visit on ECU campus this spring, the Professional Development Anthropology class visited Joyner Library to participate in a training session entitled, “Graduate 101.” Our expert host and Associate Professor was Bryna Coonin. Dr.
Coonin gave the class an entire overview on how to use many of Joyner Library’s data bases and tools to conduct research as an undergraduate and graduate student.

She showed the class how to use such online research tools as Refworks, AnthroSource and JSTOR. AnthroSource and JSTOR are specific databases for anthropology related research. Bryna Coonin also highlighted the difference between undergraduate research versus graduate research. Her discussion of all the various online research tools were presented in a very practical and informative approach.

Overall, the class including myself learned alot of new information about how to use Joyner library’s research databases. There are a wide variety of databases that can help any student whether first year student, experienced undergraduate, and graduate. I highly recommend that all students at ECU take a research training session from Joyner library instructors and for those who are graduates, check out their new “Graduate 101” tutorial at:

Check out some of the photos of our visit at Joyner’s research computer room.