Investigate the Business of Healthcare


Since 2008, the College of Business has been collaborating with the College of Allied Health Sciences to organize the annual Business of Healthcare symposium. This year the College of Business is collaborating with the College of Allied Health Sciences to organize the 2014 North Carolina Healthcare Informatics Career and Internship Fair/Symposium at the East Carolina Heart Institute on Oct. 24. College of Business Dean Stan Eakins will give a welcome speech in the morning. Dr. Huigang Liang, Director of Center for Healthcare Management Systems will start the poster session at 1:00pm.

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Health informatics is a fast growing field. A new study found that between 2007 to 2011, job postings for positions in healthcare informatics grew by 36 percent, compared with a 9 percent growth in all healthcare postings, and 6 percent increase in all U.S. jobs. Informatics positions now constitute the eighth-largest share of healthcare occupation postings.

Students in management information systems, business administration, and other related majors are encouraged to attend the career and internship fair to look for job and internship opportunities. Faculty members are welcome to join with colleagues from other NC universities and practitioners from healthcare organizations to explore research ideas.

Detailed agenda is available a


Faculty Friday: Meet Melissa L. Bard

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Professor Bard is originally from Greencastle, PA, and she worked at Penn State before coming to ECU. She attended the University of Maryland, and is currently a doctoral student at Walden University. In addition to furthering her education, she obtained her Senior Professional in Human Resources certification in 2002.

Professor Bard prefers quieter weekends; however, she still has fun when she is not teaching. Some of her favorite hobbies include running, baking, practicing yoga, reading, and cheering on her favorite sports teams.

Bard loves spending time with her granddaughter, and her favorite quote is “It is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.”. She enjoys the movie Titanic very much, and luckily her favorite color is lavender, so she will fit right in here at ECU!

Welcome to our team, and we hope you have a great year!

Faculty Friday: Meet Phillip Davis

Phillip Davis

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Davis is originally from Greenville, SC and before he came to ECU he was employed by the University of North Texas for four years. He is now in the Department of Management here at ECU after acquiring his BS and MBA from Clemson University and his PhD from the University of North Texas this year.

Although he is busy at work, which includes research about organizational capabilities, small business strategy and entrepreneurship, he still manages to make time for his family. He is happily married to his wife, Tracie, and they have three children Ariel, PJ, and Briella.

When he is not teaching, Davis enjoys spending his time watching college football and being with his family. He believes that, “You have not truly learned something until you share it with someone else.”.

Welcome to ECU, and we look forward to getting to know you!

Drake and Seeman Collaborate on ECU’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

ECU faculty members Dr. John Drake and Dr. Elaine Seeman, and Dr. Ramin Maysami of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, opened the course, “The Transformation of Asian Economies,” on May 19.

Drake and Seeman explained that with North Carolina’s tightening educational budget, universities are being challenged to effectively educate more students with fewer funds. “This MOOC demonstrates that ECU can continue its leadership in distance education and better achieve its mission in these fiscally challenging times,” said Drake.

The free seven-week course was developed collaboratively by ECU and UNC at Pembroke with a grant from the UNC General Administration.

MOOCThe course focuses on successes and failures of government policies in promoting economic growth, the role of culture in shaping such policies and what lessons can be learned and applied to newly emerging economies. “Our primary goal was to help students understand the process that countries go through to move from developing to developed economies,” said Drake, assistant professor of management information systems in ECU’s College of Business.

So far, more than 80 students from around the world have enrolled. “We have a lot of students from Russia, Peru, and professionals working in the world trade,” said Seeman, associate professor of management information systems in ECU’s College of Business.

The course, which has been in development over the past year, incorporates online discussion forums for students to share their stories and personal experiences related to the topic. “What we’re running right now is a kind of a pilot, or a proof of concept,” Seeman said. “The idea is that over time, the course will get richer and richer.”

Drake said that offering the MOOC is one of many ways that ECU can serve the community. “Hopefully we can do more of this in the future,” he said. “I hope that ECU can work together with professors to develop more materials that can reach out to much wider groups of people.”

Seeman, who has been developing and teaching online classes since 1995, said that MOOCs and other forms of distance education make learning available to people who may not have the opportunity to attend a university. “There are different ways that people learn, and this works very well for some people,” she said.

For more information about the course, visit

Fighting Hunger One Step at a Time

“The CROP walk is just around the corner and we need your help!  Please join us on October 20th as we step out in the fight against hunger and malnutrition! Twenty-five percent of the proceeds collected in 2013 will stay in our local community and support Third Street Community Center. Funds will be utilized to continue expansion of its community gardening and nutrition education efforts together with Greenville Harvest and the West Greenville Community Garden Network.”

You can help our team by attending our first percentage night at Chick-fil-A in Winterville, tonight! Donate directly here: COB CROP Walk Team Page


Featured Speaker on Green Marketing

Coming up this Tuesday, April 9th, the Center for Sustainable Tourism and the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management will present Dr. Michael Giebelhausen of Cornell University who will give a speech entitled “Green with Guilt: Navigating the Intersection of Morality and Marketing in Sustainable Services.” This presentation will take place  at 3:30 pm in the Science and Technology Building, Room 311. See the flyer below for additional details.

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Apply to Become A Peer Mentor!

The Peer Mentors program is currently taking applications for the 2013-2014 academic year. The program is generally for those students who have completed 60 credit hours (as of Fall 2013) and have declared their major in the College of Business. As Peer Mentors, they serve as a mentor to business students by developing and participating in events targeted toward first and second year students. They also hold weekly office hours and meet with these students. Becoming a Peer Mentor a great way for students to improve and enhance their leadership and communication skills! It’s also a great addition to graduate school applications and employment resumes. For additional details & requirements on the Peer Mentors program, click on the flyer attached below. The application deadline for the program is March 31st at 5 pm. A link to the application can be found at

2013 Peer Mentor Search Flyer


Spring COB Graduation Ceremony

The College of Business Graduation Recognition Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 11th at 12:00 pm in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. All students graduating in May 2013 or Summer 2013 are invited to participate in this ceremony.

Regalia (caps and gowns) can be picked up at the Student Store. All undergraduate students will wear purple caps and gowns and purple and gold tassels. Graduate students will wear black caps and gowns and drab hoods and tassels. If you have any questions about regalia, see For a fee, you can have your regalia mailed to you (see details on website).

No invitations will be mailed to this event.

Students must RSVP online at by May 3, 2013. This is a seperate RSVP than the RSVP for the University Ceremony. You must RSVP here if you want to have your name called for the College of Business Ceremony. After you hit “submit” on the online RSVP form, a confirmation will pop up on the screen. You will not receive a confirmation e-mail.

You Must RSVP if you plan to participate in the ceremony. If you fail to do this, your name will not be called at graduation.

Your guests do not need tickets, and there is no limit on the number of guests you can invite. The ceremony will last approximately an hour and half. You can purchase graduation announcements at the Student Store.

The University-wide ceremony will be held on Friday, May 10th at 9:00 am at Dowdy Ficklen Stadium. For more information, go to go to

For additional details on the College of Business Recognition Ceremony, see the attached flyer below.

Graduation Information May 2013

Writing Workshop Party

Need help with a writing assignment due soon? Don’t miss a great opportunity to work with writing consultants from the University Writing Center this Sunday, March 3rd! The workshop runs from 7:00 until 8:00 PM in Mendenhall Great Room #1.

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