Monthly Archives: March 2012

Karen Dizio – Presents Lecture for the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series

Karen Dizio and Dr. Eric Bailey

Karen Dizio presenting Lecture

Anthropology Alumni Lecture series audience

On March 21st, Karen Dizio presented her lecture for the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series. Currently, Karen is a Senior Shopper Insight Analyst for Family Dollar and Instructor at Central Piedmont College in Charlotte, NC. Karen was a 2006 Master’s degree graduate of ECU’s Anthropology department.

During her presentation, Karen talked primarily about her first job experience after graduation in working for a Cultural Resource Management (CRM) business and her current job responsibilities as a Senior Shopper Insight Analyst for Family Dollar. Specifically, Karen talked about the “real life” adjustments in working on CRM projects and the cultural anthropological business strategies that she uses on her current job. After her talk, Karen received several questions from the much larger audience which included students from my Professional Development Anthropology class, anthropology undergraduate majors and graduate students as well as Anthropology faculty.

In addition, Karen talked about her teaching anthropology courses at Central Piedmont College. She teaches courses in the early evenings and uses this teaching opportunity to develop more of her skills as a public speaker. At the end her presentation, I presented her the ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Award.

Included are several photos of Karen’s presentation at the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series.

Binta Dixon – First Speaker for the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series

Professional Development Anthropology students

Binta Dixon - 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series

Binta Dixon and Dr. Eric Bailey

On March 14th, the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series started with an excellent presentation and discussion from Binta Dixon. Currently, Binta is a senior Anthropology major who will be graduating this Spring 2012 and attending graduate school in the fall. Binta presented her recent student exchange oppportunity where she spent time at the University of Botswana in South Africa.

Binta showed excellent slides of the Botswana people, countryside, city, animal reservation, University of Botswana, Aparteid Museum and her research team. Binta research project involved examining the local indigenous languages and developing strategies to preserve them. After her talk, Binta received several questions from my Professional Development Anthropology class who were in attendance. At the end of her talk, Binta stated that she learned that she had more similar ways of life as the Botswana people.

In addition, Binta talked about her next phase of her career which includes preparing for graduate school. She has applied to doctoral anthropology programs and it looks like she will be ready to start in the fall. One of the reasons why Binta felt strongly about Anthropology and importance of furthering her education in graduate school is primarly that anthropology allows a student to be creative and to develop their own type of higher education “expertise.”

Included are several photos of our first speaker for the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series.

Professional Development Anthropology Class visits the ECU’s Graduate School

Professional Development Anthropology Class at the Graduate School


Professional Development Anthropology Class and Graduate School


Dean Gemperline, Robin Armstrong, and Eric Bailey


On February 29th, the Professional Development Anthropology class visited ECU’s Graduate School. Our hosts were Dean Paul Gemperline and Graduate School Admission Director Robin Armstrong. We met in the conference and they shared with the class indepth significant information on many issues related to graduate education and getting into graduate school at ECU.

Dean Gemperline shared information on the benefits of graduate education and highlighted the various strategies in getting into a graduate program. He talked about how students can finance their graduate education as well as once the student achieve their graduate degree, more opportunities will become available for the individual graduate student.

After Dean Gemperline’s discussion, Robin Armstrong shared with the class all the major steps involved in getting into graduate school at ECU. She emphasized that students should present themselves in very professional and focused way when applying to a graduate program. Every graduate program are looking for certain type of excellent students and students that best fit their programs. Overall, Robin said that students should do their initial research of each graduate program that they’re interested in and find the best “fit” not only with the coursework but also the faculty in the graduate program.

Throughout Robin’s and Dean Gemperline’s discussions, Molly, Jacquelyn, and Jesse asked a number of detailed and investigative questions. I believe the answers to their questions truly helped to dispel many misconceptions about graduate education and also provided clarity to the process of getting into graduate school.

Overall, our class visit to the Graduate School was an insightful, informative and enriching experience that I’m sure my class appreciated. We truly appreciated the extra time that Robin and Dean Gemperline shared with us.