Glenesha Berryman, an EC Scholar and member of the Honors College, has been recognized by the ECU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, as the Outstanding First-Year Student for 2015-2016.
She was awarded a plaque and a check for $500 from the chapter at the annual initiation ceremony on Sunday, April 11, 2016. Berryman is from a military family and the first in her family to attend college. She made the journey to ECU from Seoul, South Korea, where she finished high school.
Berryman is pursuing a BS degree in English Education in the College of Education and a major in English with the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. She has a passion for leadership, international relations and education advocacy and has been involved with the Honors College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. She is public relations chair for She’s the First, which promotes the education of girls in developing nations, and works with ALMAS, a group that teaches English to Latino community members.
This past year she started a food drive in the Honors College that led to the collection of 500 pounds of non-perishables for homeless veterans in eastern North Carolina. She is also helping to launch Pirate Peers Advocating for Learning to match ECU students in a tutoring and mentoring program for elementary school students.
Berryman also excels in the classroom having earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average. This summer, she will travel to Austin, Texas, for a summer teaching fellowship with the Breakthrough Collaborative.
On Thursday, May 12, 2016, the College of Education welcomed five cohorts who will be joining State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Partnership East this summer and fall. Students spent the day in Speight Building learning about their new majors in elementary, middle, and special education from College of Education advisors and faculty members. In addition, these new teacher education students toured the Teaching Resource Center in Joyner Library as well as spent time getting to know their new advisors and fellow cohort members.
SECU Partnership East students will begin their degree programs this summer or in the fall where they will take courses online with East Carolina University faculty. Intrusive advising and field placements in the students’ home-counties are incorporated into the SECU Partnership East degree completion programs. The goal of SECU Partnership East is to grow teachers close to home to provide access to teacher education degrees in rural areas. This year marks the 14th year of Partnership East which has graduated 732 teachers since its inception in 2002. Students in the new cohorts live primarily in rural eastern North Carolina but this newest crop of future teachers also includes individuals from the piedmont and mountain regions of North Carolina.
The new cohort orientation offered participants with an opportunity to interact with their advisor and fellow students with whom they will learn in a variety of virtual platforms over the next few years. One participant shared, “I can’t believe I’ve made it this far. I’m really and truly a Pirate now.” Students were also provided with detailed information about resources at East Carolina to include academic regulations, library resources, and other academic support systems for distance education students.
SECU Partnership East involves a partnership between East Carolina University, North Carolina community colleges, and public school systems. Students can pursue degrees in elementary education, middle grades education, and special education general curriculum. The degrees are offered in a part-time format for all 3 degrees with full-time options available for elementary education. To qualify, students must have prerequisite coursework from a North Carolina community college as well as meet testing and grade requirements. For more information about SECU Partnership East, interested individuals are encouraged to visit: www.ecu.edu/pe or contact Dr. Laura Bilbro-Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-328-1123.
Enjoy a video slideshow of the orientation below:
The COE Adult Education Program has partnered with the School of Dental Medicine on a program to provide adult education courses to School of Dental Medicine faculty. SODM Faculty in this photo completed three graduate-level courses in adult education over the past year, and each earned a graduate credential in Education in the Healthcare Professions. All are continuing with their coursework to complete a graduate certificate in Education in the Healthcare Professions. This partnership was organized up by Dr. Steve Schmidt, Associate Professor of Adult Education, and Drs. Geri Crane and Jo Anne Murray at the SODM.
Pictured (L to R): Dr. Steve Schmidt, with students Dr. Michael Webb, Dr. Angela Broome, Dr. Wally McCarlie, Dr. Paul Lindauer, Dr. Nisha Ganesh; Dr. Scott Glass, Chair of the IDP Department, and Dr. Greg Chadwick, Dean of the SODM.
College of Education’s Dr. Crystal Chambers in the Department of Educational Leadership was selected as this year’s winners of the 4th Annual ECU Distinguished Graduate Faculty Mentor Award. These two awardees were recognized during Research and Creative Activities Week.
Students and faculty colleagues nominated many outstanding individuals. A selection committee of faculty and students reviewed nomination materials and awardees were selected based on evidence of success as mentors, which was demonstrated in the nomination letters, and the nominees’ mentoring statements.
Dr. Chambers recognized for her success in mentoring graduate students in their intellectual growth; helping them develop independent research interests; and fostering development of their communication skills, interpersonal skills, research skills, and professional skills.
East Carolina University has a yearly CREED recognition ceremony to honor one faculty member, one staff member, and three students in each of its four pillars of excellence: Integrity, Diversity, Responsibility, and Citizenship. We are proud to announce that two College of Education members were award recipients.
In the area of Integrity, Mrs. Sherry Tripp won the staff member award. In the area of Diversity, Dr. Dionna Manning won the faculty award. Both of these Office of Educator Preparation personnel exemplify the traits honored by the Creed Awards.
The East Carolina Creed
In the pursuit of educational excellence, responsible stewardship, and intellectual freedom, the community of scholars at East Carolina University is committed to learning at the highest level. Founded in the tradition of service and leadership, members of our academic society exemplify high standards of professional and personal conduct at all times.
As an East Carolinian…
- I will carry out personal and academic integrity.
- I will respect and appreciate the diversity of our people, ideas, and opinions.
- I will be thoughtful and responsible in my words and actions.
- I will engage in purposeful citizenship by serving as a positive role model.
Adherence to these moral principles is the obligation of every East Carolinian on and off campus. In doing so, our individual freedom to learn and a pledge to serve will be preserved.
Dr. Kylie Dotson-Blake, Levy Brown and Shawn Moore, were recently named as members of the Class of 2016 ECU 40 Under 40.
Dotson-Blake is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Counselor Education Program Coordinator. She received her BS in Health and Human Performance from East Carolina University in 2000 and her Masters of Arts in Education in 2002.
Brown is the Dean of Arts & Sciences at Lenoir Community College. He received his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University in 2002. He will receive his EDD in Educational Leadership on May 6, 2016.
Moore earned his BS in General Biology from ECU in 2001 and his Masters in Cell Biology in 2004. He is currently pursuing his EDD in Educational Leadership while serving as the Interim Director of the College of education’s STEM Center.
In April of 2015, the Division of Student Affairs of East Carolina University premiered the 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards. This award was created in an effort to recognize emerging leaders that received their start at East Carolina University, as well as those who have used their ECU experience to make an impact in their respective professions, local communities and on the world.
The Class of 2016 40 Under 40 was honored at the 2nd Annual Division of Student Affairs Corporate & Leadership Awards Banquet on April 16, 2016.
Dr. James McKernan, Department of Special Education, Foundations and Research has received a $1,000.00 stipend from the J.Y. Joyner Library to develop an alternative text for use in his Foundations Area courses. The primary goal of this program is to reduce costs for students. Congratulations Dr. McKernan!
The ECU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society has named Glenesha D. Berryman as the Outstanding First-Year student at ECU for the 2015-2016 year. Berryman is studying English education in the College of Education and is also completing an English major in the Harriot College Department of English. She is an EC Scholar and member of the Honors College.
The Irene Howell Assistive Technology [IHAT] Center was invited to do a virtual presentation at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
The presentation was facilitated by IHAT Center Co-Manager, Taylor Carangi and IHAT staff member, Paige Anderson, both ECU Special Education majors, via Skype on April 26, 2016. It offered a virtual tour of the IHAT Center and an introduction to assistive technology and universal design for learning.
The presentation was given to general education and special education pre-service teachers who are in an early field experience course taught by Dr. Vicki Graf at Loyola Marymount University.
The IHAT crew members did a phenomenal job sharing information and fielding questions about our special education program here at ECU, assistive technology, universal design for learning, and processes for determining AT selection for individuals with disabilities.
Professor Abbie Brown was one of four panelists invited to discuss recent trends and issues affecting the field of Instructional Technology at the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) annual meeting in Washington, DC. The three other panelists were Susan Grajak, Vice President of EDUCAUSE; Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Office of the New Media Consortium, and Robert Reiser, Associate Dean at Florida State University – each of whom regularly collects data about and reports upon innovations in Instructional Technology. Professor Brown’s podcast series (see http://trendsandissues.com ) was cited as a respected resource for information on current trends in the field.