Monthly Archives: July 2014

OperationLINK

ECU partners in Operation LINK mentoring program

ECU News Services

Tyrrek Grizzle poses with a robot he constructed during the robotics summer camp. The camp is part of an ECU partnership that supports elemementary and middle grades students from military families in eastern North Carolina. (Photos by Jay Clark)

Tyrrek Grizzle poses with a robot he constructed during the robotics summer camp. The camp is part of an ECU partnership that supports elemementary and middle grades students from military families in eastern North Carolina. (Photos by Jay Clark)

Ten-year-old Tyrrek Grizzle took control of his paddle, maneuvering his miniature land mover with ease.

He and a teammate moved his robot across a grid and past an opponent to pick up as many green-colored blocks as possible and dump them in a coordinating green basket. The team that filled the basket with the most blocks in the three-minute competition won.

Grizzle attended an inaugural weeklong robotics summer camp through Operation LINK, an AmeriCorps school-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics mentoring program for elementary and middle grades students in eastern North Carolina. The STEM program, with a special emphasis on students from military families, will transition from an afterschool program to part of the regular school day this fall.

Offered this spring in Wayne County, the program aims to promote positive behaviors and success in school while keeping military youth connected to family. It’s a partnership between East Carolina University, AmeriCorps, military family support networks, veterans groups, community colleges and public schools.

The summer camp, held at Greenwood Middle School in Goldsboro, allowed students to make real robots from designs they developed in their afterschool program.

Amy Perry, left, watches as her daughter, Kayla Perry, works at the Operation LINK afterschool program held this spring in Goldsboro. Amy Perry is a technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, where she inspects aircraft for defects at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Amy Perry, left, watches as her daughter, Kayla Perry, works at the Operation LINK afterschool program held this spring in Goldsboro. Amy Perry is a technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, where she inspects aircraft for defects at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Counselors and campers used a box kit to construct a robot with up to 650 pieces. A software program developed at Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy gave the students the ability to control movements.

“We had fourth-graders writing code,” said Michael “Mike” Dermody, associate professor of cinematic arts and media production in the ECU School of Art. Dermody, who grew up in a military family, said “It’s amazing how quickly they adapt. It’s a very tactile and hands-on experience. They go in and test and modify it. There’s lots of activity between the computer itself and the robot.”

For Grizzle, a rising fifth-grader at Tommy’s Road Elementary School, taking his work from the computer lab to create a functioning robot is exciting. “Robots help you in a lot of ways,” said Grizzle. “They help us do things we can’t normally do ourselves.” Grizzle has cousins who serve in the military.

The pilot program will become part of the curriculum this fall at three Wayne County schools with a higher population of children from military families, said Lou U. Rose, Operation LINK coordinator in the ECU College of Education, which has facilitated the program.

“We will be able to impact more kids that way.”

Area teachers observed some of the program activities. “Some will do it as an elective in science and math classes,” Rose said.

“The beauty of this is they can tailor it and run with it and be creative. It brings relevancy in the real world, and maybe will get students interested in science.”

Michael Giddens, an AmeriCorps camp mentor who earned a teaching certificate in middle grades science and math from ECU in May, said students learned to collaborate and work as a team at the camp.

“The energy has been electrifying,” Giddens said. “Keeping them (students) engaged is a challenge in the classroom in the 21st century.”

USAF airman first class Eagan Nadeau pilots one of the student robots.

USAF airman first class Eagan Nadeau pilots one of the student robots.

One old-fashioned value students have learned has been patience, Giddens said, such as when broken robots have had to be re-assembled. Now poised to reach more students, the initial idea for the Operation LINK program was to create a way for military parents to interact with their children – via the web – while the parents were away from home. “It’s (been) a way to keep the child connected,” Dermody said.

Amy Perry’s nine-year-old daughter Kayla and 10-year-old daughter, Alexis, participated in the afterschool program. Perry, a technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, inspects aircraft for defects at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The Perry family doesn’t have a computer, internet or cable in their home. So the program has helped support her girls’ interests in science and technology. “It works for us,” she said.

Perry said the counselors encouraged her daughters’ unique personalities. “It’s allowing them to have the space to be who they are,” she said. “Respecting others is important.”

Kayla Perry said she enjoyed the computer lab and making a virtual robot. “I like the teachers. All the time they think of cool things for us to do,” she said. “They always come up with these amazing ideas.”

Program activities have helped build relationships between mentors and students, and among students, said Virginia Harris, a retired teacher and military spouse who taught 23 years in several states and overseas.

 Logan Chase, 10, works on programming after a practice session with his robot.

Logan Chase, 10, works on programming after a practice session with his robot.

“I’ve seen changes in the students, being able to work together and learning to follow rules better,” Harris said. “One of the main things they learn is you’re not an island. You have to get along with people in life. I think it’s difficult for little people to work together as a team sometimes.”

To learn more, visit www.ecu.edu/operationlink.

Story courtesy of ECU News Service and Crystal Baity. Photos courtesy of ECU News Service and Jay Clark. The original article can be found here.

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Dr. Rhea Miles and Dr. Scott Rawls awarded National Institute of Health Grant

Dr. Rhea Miles

Dr. Rhea Miles, Associate Professor -Science Education, Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education and Dr. Scott Rawls, ECU Alumnus and Associate Professor of Pharmacology in the Center for Substance Abuse Research at Temple University have been awarded a four-year, $1,012,071.00 grant entitled Planarians and the Pharmacology of Addiction: An In Vivo Model for K-12 Education.

The project engages K-12 teachers and  students together with health care professionals, pharmacists, and scientists in the study of the pharmacological effects of addictive drugs and the behavior patterns that emerge during recreational and addictive drug use, using curricula and laboratory activities designed to meet the National Science Education Standards. Congratulations Dr. Miles and Dr. Rawls.

Graduate Students Hold Book Drive for Belvoir Elementary School

Boxes of books from the book drive

Boxes of books from the book drive

By Erica Anderson, Digital Journalist

East Carolina University graduate students are helping a local elementary school promote literacy.

As part of a community service project, four Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) students held a book drive for Belvoir Elementary School on Monday.

“The students there are so eager to learn; but, it’s a really rural area and they may not have very many opportunities. The teachers there do so much to help them so we wanted to provide as many resources [as] we can too,” said ECU graduate student Adam Johnson.

ECU Master of Arts in Teaching students collecting books outside of Domino's Pizza

ECU Master of Arts in Teaching students collecting books outside of Domino’s Pizza

The book drive began 10 days ago and concluded with a six-hour donations drive outside the Domino’s Pizza on Charles Boulevard.

So far the group of four MAT students collected more than 1200 books.

“If you can put books in the hands of young readers and promote literacy early on, they’ll love learning and they’ll love books their entire life,” said Johnson.

As part of the book drive, the students have also set up a fundraising website on www.gofundme.com. All the money raised on the website will go directly to Belvoir Elementary School.

If you would like to donate to Belvoir Elementary School click here.

To view the news segment about the book drive, click here.

Story and photos courtesy of WNCT.

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Academic Success Center Gets a New Look and Location

Some of the ASC's comfy chairs

The ASC’s new waiting area has a collection of comfy armchairs and small tables.

The College of Education’s newly renovated, 2700 square foot Academic Success Center (ASC) opened in May 2014 in Rivers Building. The ASC houses Academic Advising, the Office of Professional Development and Teaching Fellows/Maynard/Abernathy Scholars and the Education Housing Community.

One interesting feature of the new space are the private cubicles. These cubicles allow advisors to privately meet with students for counseling appointments. The ASC also has a spacious, comfortable waiting area for students, as well as a meeting space complete with presentation technology for student trainings and meetings.

The cubicles on either side of the waiting area give students privacy during advising sessions.

The cubicles on either side of the waiting area give students privacy during advising sessions.

Five Academic Advising staff serve approximately 900 undergraduate students in elementary education, English education, history education, middle grades education, mathematics education, science education and special education general and adaptive curricula.

The Office of Professional Development and Student Outreach offers teacher education students pre-service professional development opportunities and Praxis preparation workshops. They also host Clinical Teacher Conferences each year, which are attended by approximately 250 teachers.

The Office for the North Carolina Teaching Fellows, ECU Maynard Scholars, ECU Abernathy Scholars and the Education Housing Community provides educational leadership events and seminars and community outreach activities for their students, as well as recruitment for prospective teacher education students.

The ASC is now located in 138 Rivers Building.

The ASC is now located in 138 Rivers Building.

For more information about the renovation, you can visit their website (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/Advising/) or watch the YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwSquhdW1dI).

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New COE Secondary TQP Article Published

Drs. Dan Boudah, Lori Flint, Melissa Engleman, and David Gabbard (Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research), collaborated on a paper entitled School-University Partnership for Implementation of Common Core State Standards, which was recently published in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. The full text article can be found here in :  Vol. 4 No. 7(1).   http://www.ijhssnet.com/index.php/archives.html

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Library Science Alumni Reconnect

Two Library Science alumni catching up before the event

Two Library Science alumni catching up before the event

On June 16, 2014 Library Science alumni and friends reconnected with their alma mater and learned about the East Carolina University’s Library Science program  at the College of Education and Joyner Library’s Library Science Alumni Event.

Jan Lewis, the interim dean for Joyner Library, gave an update on recent library news and changes. Dr. John Harer, the director of the library science program, shared program updates, including the new department name: the Department of Interdisciplinary Professions.

Greg Needham discussing the history of Shepperd Memorial Library

Greg Needham discussing the history of Sheppard Memorial Library

Three Library Science alumni spoke to attendees: Greg Needham, the director of libraries at Sheppard Memorial Library; Laura Mangum, a media coordinator at Pitt County Schools; and Alan Bailey, the head of services at Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center. The three talked about what they have done after graduating from the library science program at ECU. Needham showed a slideshow of Sheppard Memorial through the years, including many significant changes to the building and services offered. Mangum shared how she had a choice of getting her masters to be a librarian or a guidance counselor. She said that she was glad she made the choice that she did because every day was different and interesting. Bailey talked about all of the different jobs in different places he had held as well as what brought him to his current job with Joyner Library.

Alan R. Bailey showing Library Science alumni the Teaching Resource Center

Alan R. Bailey showing Library Science alumni the Teaching Resource Center

After hearing from alumni speakers, participants enjoyed a tour of Joyner Library including the Teaching Resources Center led by Alan Bailey. The group viewed equipment, such as die cuts, poster maker and award maker, in the Teaching Resources Center which is available for ECU students and teachers in the region to use. Some participants joined Joyner Library Major Gifts Officer Dwain Teague for a tour of ECU’s music library.

More photos are available in the photo gallery on our website: http://www.coe3.ecu.edu/coeweb/Albums/2014_LS_Alumni/index.html

 

Math Education Student Wins Conference USA Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year

Congratulations to Brooke Kott, an ECU Math Education student who has been awarded with the prestigious USA Scholar Athelete-of-the-Year distinction.   This award is given based on academic achievement (GPA), athletic achievement and service.  Read more in the article dated June 10th in the Daily Reflector.  Way to go, Brooke!

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East Carolina Alumni Association Scholarship Recipients

The East Carolina Alumni Association awards scholarships each year to undergraduate, full-time students who demonstrate leadership and service to the community. This year, three education majors have received scholarships.

Brice EverettBrice O’Neil Everett
Megan Grace Lavinder Memorial Scholarship

Brice is a junior music education major from Greensboro, NC. As a bassoon and saxophone player, he is or has been a member of several music ensembles at ECU, including the Marching Pirates, Pep Band, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble. In the marching band, he served as tenor saxophone section leader this past year. He received the ECU School of Music Academic Achievement Award in the fall of 2011. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha National Music Fraternity and earned the highest GPA in his chapter for the fall of 2012 semester. He served as secretary of the ECU School of Music Student Forum. He is a member of the North Carolina Music Educator’s Association. He enjoys drawing, bowling, and exercising at the Student Recreation Center.

Andrea JusticeAndrea Michelle Justice
East Carolina Teachers College (ECTC) Scholarship

Andi is a senior elementary education major from Greenville, NC and a second-time Alumni Scholarship recipient. In the spring of 2012, she began a human trafficking awareness campaign called “Sell Tacos, Not Children” that operates both locally and in Belize. She has traveled to Belize five times to work with children and communities there and each time has had the chance to use her education training in local classrooms. She was a member of the Williams Leadership Awards Program and the Jarvis Leadership Living-Learning Community in 2011-2012. She served as an Orientation Assistant in the summer of 2012, 2013 and 2014. She serves as an assistant cross country coach at D.H. Conley High School and has served as part of the worship team with Collide Ministries. She has volunteered with Backyard Buddies after-school program and as a college leader at Oakmont Baptist Church. She enjoys sewing, baking, painting and photography.

Catherine WootenCatherine Taylor Wooten
East Carolina Teachers College (ECTC) Scholarship

Catherine is a junior adapted special education major from Raleigh, NC. She is an ECU cheerleader and is very active with intramural sports, including football, volleyball, kickball, and softball. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, where she served as house manager and supervised the gift mart for ADPi products. She is a member of Phi Eta Sigma national honor society, Kappa Delta Pi international honor society for education, and Golden Key International Honour Society. She has volunteered with Give Kids a Smile, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics at J.H. Rose High School, and assisted with cheerleading tryouts at Leesville Road High School.

Thank you to the Alumni Association for the photos and entry information.

The Maynard Scholarship

Donors like James and Connie Maynard are making a difference in recruiting and retaining quality teachers in eastern North Carolina. The Maynard Scholars program awards the top 10 incoming freshmen who plan to teach in eastern NC a four year $20,000 scholarship. Not only do these students get a $20,000 scholarship, they also live in an education housing community and have unique enrichment activities that will help them be a successful teacher.  If you are interesting in providing scholarships to future educators, please contact Development Officer, Kendra Alexander, at alexanderk@ecu.edu. If you are interested in applying for the Maynard Scholarship, please contact  Program Director, Dionna Manning, at manningd@ecu.edu.

 

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Welcome 2014 Abernathy and Maynard Scholars

The Abernathy and Maynard Scholarships are four-year scholarships awarded to education students. Meet our incoming Abernathy and Maynard Scholars and learn what made them choose education!

2014 Betty S. Abernathy Memorial Scholar

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Name: Cody Allen
Hometown: Pine Level, NC
High School: Johnston County Middle College High School
Intended Major: Science Education and Chemistry
Reason for Choosing Education: I want to major in this field because my teacher really inspired me to help others through teaching and I just have this passion for chemistry. I want to become like the teacher who has had the greatest impact on my life and molded me to the person I am today.

 

 

2014 James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholars

Mathin AngeName: Douglas Ange, I actually go by my middle name Mathin. Hometown: Jamesville, NC
High School: Riverside-Martin High School in Williamston.
Intended Major: Elementary Education
Reason for Choosing Education: The reason I have chosen elementary education is because during my junior and senior years of high school I did an internship at my local primary school and I fell in love with the age group of the kids and with teaching children in general.

 

amberlynnebishop4Name: Amberlynn Melinda Bishop
Hometown: Bitburg, Germany; raised in Jacksonville, NC
High School: Southwest High School
Intended Major: Art Education; plans on getting a Master’s degree in Fine Arts
Reason for Choosing Education:  I chose education because I want to be able to help create a positive change in the lives of others. Teaching is more than just a job; it is about taking the experiences you have been through to lead others in the right direction, to allow them to make their own mistakes, and to teach them how to get through it. It is not just about the adding, writing, and painting, although those are very important, but about teaching them how to think, process, and choose. It is about teaching them responsibility and patience and so much more!

Summer Briley

Name: Summer Nicole Briley
Hometown: Stokes, NC
High School: North Pitt High School
Intended Major: Elementary Education
Reason for Choosing Education: I want to have a career that would help inspire others and to be able to influence their lives in a positive way.

 

 

Jaimie Goecke

Name: Jamie Goecke
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA, but currently lives in New Bern, NC
High School: New Bern High School
Intended Major: Music Education
Reason for Choosing Education: I picked education because I love working with people and I want to make a difference in the world and I couldn’t think of a better way to do this.

 

Samantha JohnsonName: Samantha Johnson
Hometown: Newport News, VA, but currently lives in Grandy, NC
High School: Jarvisburg Christian Academy
Intended Major: Double Major in Mathematics Education and Mathematics
Reason for Choosing Education: I chose education due to influence from my mother, who is a behavior specialist in a school, and my passion for helping others.
Interesting Fact: Valedictorian of her graduating class.

Lauren LewisName: Lauren Bailey Lewis
Hometown: Middlesex, NC
High School: Southern Nash High School
Intended Major: Music Education and Music Performance
Reason for Choosing Education: I wish to pursue a career in education primarily because I have been inspired by both my band director and my father.  My high school band director truly inspired my love for music, and furthermore, my love for teaching.  In addition to this, my father was a police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty.  His sacrifice has inspired me to be a positive influence in the lives of others, like he was.  I believe I will be able to accomplish this through teaching.

Rebecca MooreName: Rebecca “Becca” Moore
Hometown: New Bern, NC
High School: New Bern High School
Intended Major: Hispanic Studies Education
Reason for Choosing Education: I chose to become an educator because of two phenomenal teachers/mentors I have had during my high school career. Ever since my first Spanish class I knew I had to have a career where I could use Spanish daily. I’m so excited to be a Maynard Scholar!

 

michaelnormanName: Michael Anthony Norman
Hometown: Corapeake, NC
High School: Gates County High School
Intended Major: Business Education
Reason for Choosing Education: I want to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of children.
Interesting Fact: I plan to open a Youth Center for at risk youth, so they will have something to do in Gates County.

 

Carey StancilName: Carey Stancil
Hometown: Elizabeth City, NC
High School: Pasquotank County High School
Intended Major: Music Education
Reason for Choosing Education: I grew up with my mom being a teacher, and her position was always interesting to me. Also, I have a strong desire to further the next generation of musicians.

 

 

Hannah VermillionName: Hannah Vermillion
Hometown: Kinston, NC
High School: Kinston High School
Intended Major: Physical Education, Spanish minor
Reason for Choosing Education: Ever since I was little I have always enjoyed helping others. When I began high school I was given many leadership positions and opportunities to work in a classroom setting. I really loved these experiences and I am passionate about the education of future generations. That’s why I decided to pursue a career in teaching.