Monthly Archives: March 2016

Baltimore Alternative Break Experience : Homelessness & Poverty

Written By: Walter Wright; International Business Major, Spanish

IMG_5439Over spring break I participated in the Baltimore ABE : Homelessness & Poverty trip. We stayed in a Catholic Parish in the Edmondson Township. During the trip we went to a few different places owned and operated by the Catholic Charities. These places included: Christopher Place; previously Incarcerated Men Employment Academy; Our Daily Bread; a Food Bank, where we served Lunch and ate Dinner, and talked to some of the residents in the programs there; St. Vincent’s Villas; Mental Health Facility for Children; Sarah’s House; Homeless Shelter for Families; HeadStart Preschool Program; and  A Homeless Health Center for a Homeless Awareness Walk through Baltimore.

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While on this trip, I learned so much more about what it’s like to be homeless. One of the biggest reasons people find themselves homeless is due to mental health. Seeing people suffer and so needy is heartbreaking. I never see much of homelessness in Charlotte, where I am from, the majority of what I see is poverty, if anything. After this experience I will definitely be moving forward with trying to help out with this issue more.

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Leadership, Networking, and Guaranteed MBA Entry: Business Scholars

Kaleigh Launsby

Kaleigh Launsby, Business Scholar and Honors College Freshman

By: Kaleigh Launsby, Business Scholar and Honors College Freshman

We live in a world of constant economic, social, and political change. As a Business Administration major, I am able to learn about each of these sectors in a single discipline of study. A business degree is an extremely practical area of study, as the curriculum provides students with a plethora of real-world experience. I had heard about the Leadership and Professional Development Program as part of the College of Business before applying to East Carolina University. This program is in place to allow students to improve upon the essential skills for success in the workplace, including leadership, communication, and professionalism.

As a Business Scholar, I have the opportunity to build long lasting relationships with the College of Business faculty and staff. Before my freshman year began, I had the opportunity to attend a luncheon where I met with professors and other students. As an incoming student, this provided me with the confidence that I needed going into the first day of classes. I have also had the opportunity to meet with College of Business Dean, Mr. Stanley Eakins on several occasions. In the fall, all business scholarship recipients were invited to a networking event and reception at Dean Eakins home. Networking events like these help business students meet current students and faculty, alumni, as well as local business owners.

An undergraduate degree in Business will allow for a smooth transition into the MBA program at East Carolina. The Business Scholars program has granted me guaranteed entry into the nationally ranked MBA program upon completion of my undergraduate degree. This will allow me to bypass the GMAT examination as an undergraduate senior. I plan to complete my MBA on the one-year fast track that East Carolina offers. The skills that I have gained so far and that I will gain in the future at East Carolina will allow me to become a desirable candidate to potential employers.

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Haysi, Virginia – Alternative Spring Break Experience

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Rachel Potter

Written By: Rachel Potter

Over spring break I participated in an Alternative Spring Break Experience in Haysi, Virginia. Haysi was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, but the greatest thing about Haysi are the people that live there.

The people of Haysi were so kind and welcoming, and they really wanted to make sure we felt comfortable. Talking with some of the people in town made me understand what life in Haysi was like. Fresh fruits and vegetables were hard to come by, and because of that the town applied to be classified as a food desert. The shutting down of local coal mines put a lot of people out of their jobs, and even though those people had skills that could be transferable, there was no way for them to get any kind of training. In addition, another problem Haysi is facing is the lack of youth involvement in the community. From what I heard, many people leave Haysi after they graduate high school and never look back. These three issues combined is what poverty looks like for the people of Haysi.

While in Haysi our group completed a community service project. Our project was to build a retaining wall that people could sit on when there were festivals and gatherings downtown. The original plan was for the wall to be a retaining wall only, but we built it far enough into the ground so people could sit on it. In addition, we built a place for a flower bed on the end of the wall. The wall turned out beautiful and the people of Haysi really seemed to like it. Working extremely hard on this wall made me so proud of the outcome and the joy it brought to the people of Haysi.

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Another way we got immersed in the community was attending a square dancing class put on by the “Virginia Squares” at the Kiwanis Club. We attended the class on Monday night after a long day of building. I met many people there that had lived in Haysi their whole lives, and had worked in the coal mines before they were shut down. While these people had many reasons to give up, they never did and continued dancing and having a good time living their lives.

The people of Haysi have taught me that no matter what kind of biases you have about a certain group of people, you never know that person until you listen to their story. Poverty for Haysi is lack of access, specifically access to jobs, fresh foods, and youth engagement. I will never forget this trip, and hope that I will be able to go back to Haysi this summer to do more community service, because the people there deserve more opportunities. This trip has changed the way I look at poverty, and I hope I can live the rest of my life reflecting what I learned about poverty and overcoming biases.

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Participants in the Haysi, Virginia Alternative Spring Break Trip

AMA Headed to National Conference!

With the help of generous funding from the Student Government Association and the College of Business, fourteen members of the ECU’s chapter of the American Marketing Association will be attending the 38th Annual International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 17-19, 2016.

Undergraduate and graduate ECU students will have the opportunity to learn from prominent industry professionals about careers and cutting edge marketing practices. The AMA International Collegiate Conference inspires and provides AMA members the tools they need to start their career as young business professionals.

ECU’s chapter will be participating in multiple competitions over the course of the weekend including: T-Shirt Design competition, Pitch Perfect competition, Marketing Strategy competition, AMA Sales competition, and a Relationship Selling Certificate program.

AMA students will also have the opportunity to hear from and network with Peter Horst, the Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer of The Hershey Company, and Monica Skipper, the Vice President/Brand Experience Marketing Executive of FedEx Services. There will also be a Special Speaking Session with Google Analytics Program Manager, Deepak Aujla.

A few of the noted sponsors of this year’s conference are eBay, Hershey, Northwestern Mutual, ABC Suppy Co. Inc., Aerotek, and TEKsystems.