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2012 Professional Development Anthropology Class – Completes Course!

Jacquelyn Smith and Dr. Eric Bailey

Jesse Miller and Dr. Eric Bailey

Molly Street and Dr. Eric Bailey

What another amazing semester with my Professional Development Anthropology class! Although this class was the smallest class that I had for this course, it actually was beneficial that it was this size. With only three students in the class, we were able to visit several ECU offices and administrators and learn much more information as to what they do for students at ECU.

The major objectives of this Professional Development Anthropology class were:
1. To recognize what type of practical skills that students have acquired through their coursework;
2. To recognize how these practical skills whether specializing in archaeology, cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, medical anthropology or other anthropology subspecialities can assist students in obtaining jobs that are based in the field of anthropology or not necessarily anthropologically-related;
3. To research and learn about specific job opportunities and internships related to student’s area of interest;
4. To provide an opportunity for various organizations at ECU to present information on practical skill building strategies for students; and
5. To provide a forum for students to learn from other students about the practical skills that students have acquired through their anthropological training.

After all of the site visits, the class discussions and our special lecturers from the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series, it was time for each student to present their presentation on what they plan to do with their anthropology degree. Each student has the freedom to present their presentation in any format – formal or informal and in any method that they wanted.

My students – Jesse Miller, Molly Street and Jacki Smith — all gave outstanding presentations and I was so pleased that they expressed more definitively what they wanted to do with their degrees after graduating from East Carolina University. To me, this is the major outcome of this class! I felt very proud of their accomplishment. Additionally, I felt that they felt more at ease about choosing anthropology as their major!

Mandy Dough – Presents Final Lecture for the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series

Mandy Dough presenting Lecture

Mandy Dough and Dr. Eric Bailey

Anthropology Alumni Lecture series audience

On April 4th, Mandy Dough presented her lecture for the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series. Currently, Mandy is the UNC Online Proctoring Coordinator for the entire UNC university system. She graduated from the department of Anthropology with a B.A. degree and later acquired a Masters degree in Literature. Her area of speciality in anthropology was Cultural Anthropology.

During her presentation, Mandy recalled the anthropology graduation ceremony in which the department faculty traditionally hands out mugs to all the graduates. She indicated that when she received her mug that’s when the realization of graduating and what would be her next steps in life hit her. After a semseter off and working with various organizations such as Americore, she decided to obtain a graduate degree in literature. After her master’s degree in literature, Mandy eventually landed the job as UNC Online Proctoring Coordinator.

Basically, proctoring is a preventive measure to monitor a student in taking an exam. Yet for online courses, a system needs to be in place and coordinated so that students are properly monitored throughout the online system whether locally, statewide, nationally and globally. Mandy helps students and faculty to learn and set up their proctored exams. She indicated that there is a “proctoring culture” that develops in each place and it’s important to understand how this proctoring culture differs from one place to another.

In addition, Mandy has other interests such as she would love to work for the U.S. Park Service. When asked questions, Mandy emphasized that it is so important for students to plan for paying for your college years, do not take out student loans, and practice building your resume. This is exactly what many of the students wanted to hear.

At the end of her presentation, I presented Mandy the ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Award.

Aaron Bowman – Presents Lecture for the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series

Aaron Bowman presenting Lecture

Aaron Bowman and Dr. Eric Bailey

Anthropology Alumni Lecture series audience

On March 28th, Aaron Bowman presented his lecture for the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series. Currently, Aaron is an Anthropology and Sociology Instructor at Surry Community College located in Dobson, North Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Aaron was a graduate student ten years ago and received his Masters degree in Anthropology from ECU’s Anthropology department.

During his presentation, Aaron talked primarily about his teaching activities at Surry Community College and Salem College in which he teaches part-time. At Surry Community College, Aaron stated that he teaches six classes. He also teaches online video classes. When asked why does he enjoy teaching anthropology and sociology, Aaron said that he enjoys sharing his knowledge to students and seeing them flourish with the new knowledge about the world and other people. Aaron also said that he was inspired to be a teacher because his mentors enjoyed teaching.

In addition, Aaron has research interests in tourism and the social and behavioral aspects of gambling. At the end of his presentation, I presented Aaron the ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Award.