Category Archives: 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series

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.

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.