ECU AITP: Fall 2017 Charleston Trip

AITP (Assoc. of IT Professionals) holds a student chapter at ECU, which students of mainly the Management Information Systems program join to network and develop as a true IT professional. Recently, the club took a trip to Charleston, SC where they toured two cybersecurity companies, Sentar and KBR Wyle. Both companies have employed ECU alumni, so meeting with them and talking about how they utilized the university was essential to the students because the alumni are already familiar with the MIS program and courses and how the program directly relates to the field or cybersecurity. Many students even sent resumes to both companies. Another event that AITP attended in Charleston was a networking dinner held at the Hyatt Place. The club invited ECU alumni to come eat and speak about their companies.

The club chose Charleston to visit because it is a growing area for the IT field and ECU has alumni residing there. AITP believes that Charleston will be a hub for not only MIS ECU alumni, but alumni from all majors due to the growing businesses and population. The club hopes to revisit the alumni and other companies throughout the area in the upcoming years.


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Dimensions of Tourism Class Partners with Malaysian University

School of Hospitality Leadership students in Dr. Cynthia Deale’s Dimensions of Tourism (HMGT 3200 section 002) class just finished a month-long project with students at the University of Malaysia Terengganu (UMT). ECU SHL students partnered with UMT students to complete small group projects comparing and contrasting tourism in the USA and Malaysia. ECU students completed three live links in class and then worked outside of class with their partners from UMT to complete their projects and shared them during a fourth live link on November 14th.

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Entrepreneurship on Display

ECU students pitch ideas in Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge

First-round voting was recently held for the Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge, a campus-wide event put on by the College of Business’ Miller School of Entrepreneurship (all photos courtesy of Cliff Hollis).

Nearly 700 East Carolina University students and faculty cast approximately 2,000 votes in the first round of the inaugural Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge, which recently took place in the sculpture garden between Mendenhall Student Center and the Joyner Library. Fifty-seven student teams pitched their ideas, products or dreams and put them on display during this open-air, tradeshow-style event.

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SHL’s Eta Sigma Delta Welcomes New Members

Twelve new members were recently inducted into School of Hospitality Leadership’s (SHL) Chapter of Eta Sigma Delta (ESD),  the International Hospitality Honor Society. The ceremony began with SHL senior, Madison Thompson, Chapter president welcoming inductees and guests. Dr. Cynthia Deale, Co-advisor for the honor society provided an overview of the organization. Ms. Christa Evans, general manager of the Hope Valley Country Club in Durham, North Carolina was the guest speaker for the ceremony. Ms. Evans is also a member of the SHL’s Advisory Board.

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Q & A with Finance Senior Nicole Hawley

Nicole Hawley of Moyock, NC, recently interned with GEICO, a frequent participant with the Career Center’s Employer in the Foyer. She shared her experiences about the internship and how the College’s Career Center prepared her.

How did you learn about the internship?

At the beginning of fall 2016, the College’s Career Center sent out an email informing students of a scholarship opportunity from GEICO. I applied and ended up being a recipient of that scholarship. The scholarship was the GEICO Achievement Award. Once I received the award, a college recruiter at GEICO reached out to inform me of an internship they offer over the summer. Read more

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