Category Archives: Community Outreach

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MLS Students at ECU Collect over 5,800 Books for the Needy

The end of each year is a time for many traditions, from caroling to trimming the tree to making a gingerbread house to pausing to give thanks, and the East Carolina University Master of Library Science program has developed and added its own tradition to the mix by annually completing a Holiday Book Drive. For ten years, the ECU American Library Association (ALA) Student Chapter has completed a book drive to help put over 25,000 books in the hands of willing but needy readers throughout North Carolina. The ECU MLS students take advantage of the fact they study in a Distance Education program and spread the good cheer of charitable literacy throughout several communities in the region.

Over 5,800 books were collected and donated to non-profit organizations, church programs for struggling families, schools, shelters, daycares, and food pantries.

This December, the ECU MLS program saw its faculty, current students, and alumni to work jointly in efforts to complete these collections. Many of the MLS students and alumni used the Annual Book Drive as an opportunity to include students in collection and donation, helping incorporate character education into school programs.

Kevin Vickers, an ECU alumnus and the librarian of Sun Valley Elementary in Monroe, NC, coordinated with a fourth grade teacher in his school to collect over 300 books and donate them to Turning Point of Union County, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Ever aware of the importance of technology and social media, Mr. Vickers posted information about the drive on his school’s Facebook site and watched the donations pour in. Parents and students asked if they could turn in books for all ages, and Vickers enthusiastically agreed. He excitedly reported that plenty of children and adult women were finding their reading needs met through the collection, and, asking “how cool is that?,” he was ecstatic to find several of the donations were in Spanish.

Kimberly Marone, the media coordinator of Holly Tree Elementary in Wilmington, NC, gathered over 125 titles as she and her students donated books to a local church program that provides services to families facing hardships. These books provide welcome relief and diversions in troubling times, as the gift of literacy and the opportunity for continued reading is an ever-welcome present.

Vanessa Taylor, a librarian currently completing her MLS through ECU, oversaw a donation project run by a Boy Scout throughout Onslow County. While her school (Dixon Elementary) donated over 200 books, the entire drive throughout the county brought in 4,700 total volumes. The young man clearly earned his merit badge by creating and maintaining fourteen collection sites around Jacksonville and Sneads Ferry and donating them to the Onslow County Partnership for Children. As Ms. Taylor said, his work was “quite amazing.”

Knowing that one of the strongest ways to support and increase literacy is within the community, with students helping students, Mary Tobin and her colleagues and students at Topsail Middle School collected 300 “gently used books” to donate to their local elementary schools. This middle school project proved and supported the idea that it takes a village, as older students gave the gift of reading to younger ones.

Hugh Davis, an MLS student in ECU’s program and an English teacher at CS Brown High School in Winton, NC, turned to his school’s Literary and Beta Clubs to complete the drive. Though CS Brown is a small school, with only 52 students this year, it collected 400 books and donated them to the Baptist Children’s Home. This shelter was selected by the students, who felt empowered through the process. Davis, the ECU ALA Chapter President, said that working alongside the students made the process even more meaningful, and he was thrilled to see the students take the initiative to research an appropriate donation site and to organize and coordinate their community’s efforts.

Not to be outdone or left out, the ECU MLS faculty continued their tradition of contributing to the Annual Book Drive by collecting and donating 19 books the Little Willie Center in Greenville, NC.

While many traditions abound at this time of year, one of the most rewarding is definitely the ECU MLS program’s Annual Book Drive. The ALA Chapter counts this year as a success and hopes to have as much participation next year.

Hugh Davis, President
ECU American Library Association Student Chapter

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Dennis and Barbara Pelletier Endow Education Scholarship

Dennis and Barbara Pelletier have been in eastern North Carolina for nine years, but they’ve been supporters of education their whole lives. Earlier this year, they decided to start an endowment for a scholarship in the College of Education at East Carolina University that will benefit local students who want to become teachers.

The Pelletiers came to North Carolina after retiring from lifelong careers in education in Maryland. Dennis began his career in the community college system and then worked for 26 years at the University of Baltimore, retiring as the vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. Barbara worked for many years as a second-grade teacher in Howard County.

When it came time to retire, they looked at five states before deciding on North Carolina and then searched all over the state before settling in Chocowinity, 30 minutes east of Greenville.

“We wanted university culture, continuing education opportunities and, of course, the medical school was a big draw,” Dennis said.

“At the time, both of our children were living in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.,” said Barbara. “Now our son is in Charleston, and our daughter is in Richmond. It’s great to be so close to family while enjoying the community here. It’s remarkable, and we’re very fortunate how everything worked out.”

The Pelletiers wanted to stay active during retirement, so they looked to ECU for opportunities.

“One of the things we saw that was needed at ECU was more options for continuing education,” Dennis said.

ECU had offered free classes for seniors before, but they were discontinued during budget cuts. So, Dennis helped start the Lifelong Learning Program at ECU. The Lifelong Learning Program provides affordable courses, seminars and trips to local adults 50 and older so they can continue to enjoy learning without tests or grades. Dennis served on the program’s board for three years.

Then he got an email saying the College of Education was looking for volunteers to evaluate scholarship applications.

“That was a natural fit for me,” Dennis said. “That was what started the idea to fund a scholarship.”

The first scholarship from the Dennis and Barbara Pelletier Teacher Education Scholarship Fund will be awarded in the 2016-2017 school year, thanks to an additional contribution from the Pelletiers while the original endowment grows. The scholarship will go to an upperclassman first-generation college student in financial need from North Carolina who wants to stay and teach in the state.

“We were able to customize it to how we wanted to help,” Dennis said.

The Pelletiers were the first in their families to graduate from college. Originally from New York, they met at State University of New York at Oneonta. Like ECU, Oneonta started as a state normal school for teachers.

“We have an appreciation for what our education gave us. We’re both products of public education,” Dennis said.

“We know how tough it is to be a public school teacher,” Barbara said. “We like the idea of helping someone get started. It’s so important to have good teachers. If we can help them get ready for their careers, we can also help so many children that way.”

Though they did not attend ECU, the Pelletiers have enjoyed supporting and getting involved with the university. Many of their neighbors in Chocowinity are also involved with ECU.

“It’s important for the community to support the university,” Dennis said. “The community gains so much from the university, it’s only fair to give back.”

I would recommend getting involved with the university,” Barbara said. “It helps current students and enriches life here. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

—Jackie Drake
Drake, J.  (2016, Winter). Dennis and Barbara Pelletier Endow Education Scholarship. EAST, the Magazine of East Carolina University, page 46. Retrieved from http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/mktg/east/Philanthropy_Winter16.cfm

Tierini Hodges

LEED Student to Intern with The U.S. Department of Education and The Hunt Institute

Ms. Tierini Hodges was recently offered an internship position with the Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Higher Education Programs (HEP) under the direction of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education Dr. James T. Minor.

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Director of Community Relations and Outreach Sought

Director of Community Relations and Outreach
College of Education

Vacancy 944206

Applications must be submitted online at jobs.ecu.edu. In addition to the submission of a candidate profile, (a) letter of application describing specific skills and experiences relevant to the position, (b) current curriculum vitae, and (c) full contact information for at least three professional references must be submitted online.

The newly formed Office of Community Relations and Outreach within the College of Education at East Carolina University is currently seeking a dynamic individual to lead the office in the growth of programs and incentives that support the mission of the College of Education.

The mission of the College of Education is the preparation of professional educators and allied practitioners, including professionals in business information systems, counseling, electronic media, and librarianship. Significant to this mission is a strong commitment to three important related areas, all of which are realized through partnerships and other endeavors. These three areas are: the encouragement and nurturing of professional growth for educators and allied practitioners at all levels and in all areas of the educational endeavor; a continuing emphasis on and support for scholarship and research/creative activity; and service in all areas of professional education.

Responsibilities critical to this position include:

  • keeping communities informed of and engaged in the college’s programs, activities, events, and important news
  • coordinating with University Marketing and Publication the production of a series of videos and other marketing materials designed to enhance the visibility of the college’s impact on the community
  • representing the college and the university before civic groups and legislative bodies in promoting the college’s agenda
  • designing and implementing engagement activities targeting student recruitment and retention
  • collaborating with Development Officer and others on college fundraising initiatives and creation of financial incentives in support of the college’s mission
  • working in partnership with Professional Advisory Board, Educator’s Hall of Fame, departments and programs on initiatives related to outreach and public relations
  • serving as invited or assigned on community nonprofit boards and committees representing the college and the university
  • recommending and implementing ideas for continued engagement of retired faculty
  • utilizing multiple data and information sources to connect with the current and potential teacher education students (MAT, Undergraduates)
  • implementing varied communication and marketing activities to promote teacher education programs

Requires Bachelor’s Degree with 3 years of relevant experience. Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. The successful candidate should have the following: experience in copy writing, journalism, editing, and strategic planning and coordination; ability to organize/manage multiple projects; collaborate/work with a team; and create/manage social networking accounts.   Masters preferred. Coursework in marketing, journalism, or similar fields is desired. Prefer individual with experience/proven record of: designing outreach campaigns and initiatives; establishing partnerships within the community; and exceptional writing/editing skills. Prefer a self-starter with strong organizational and interpersonal skills; the ability to and adapt to change; and exceptional written and oral communication skills.

ECU requires a candidate profile be submitted. Additionally, applicants must submit a cover letter, current resume/CV, and list of references with contact information. Official transcripts and 2-3 original letters of reference must be forwarded to: Adrienne Dunning, College of Education–ECU, 1000 E. 5th Street, Mailstop 504, Greenville, NC 27858-4353. Screening will begin on December 17, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled.

View this job posting at: https://ecu.peopleadmin.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=80248

East Carolina University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Mary Beth Meeks, Shannon Jesequel and Carole Anne Briley.

COE Literacy Studies Teachers Of The Year

Congratulations to Carole Anne Briley (ECU BS in Elementary Education 2010; ECU MAEd READ 2015), Shannon Jesequel (Current ECU MAEd READ Candidate), and Mary Beth Meeks (ECU BS in Elementary Education 1992; Current ECU MAEd READ Candidate) on being named Teacher of the Year at their respective schools. Carol Anne is a kindergarten teacher in the Dos Mundos Dual Immersion Program at Belvoir Elementary School in Pitt County, Shannon Jesequel is a third grade teacher at Timber Drive Elementary School in Wake County, and Mary Beth Meeks is a fourth grade teacher at Sam Bundy Elementary School in Pitt County. The Reading Education faculty members are proud of these literacy leaders!

Pictured above: Mary Beth Meeks, Shannon Jesequel and Carole Anne Briley.

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NC NTSP Coach Profile: Michelle Casey, ECU Region

Michelle Casey is an Instructional Coach with the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program (NC NTSP), serving the East Carolina University (ECU) Region.  Michelle earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in special education from ECU, and considers it an honor to represent such an exemplary university through NC NTSP.

Michelle has 24 years of experience at elementary and middle school levels, serving as an exceptional children’s teacher and administrator. Her work the NC NTSP is focused in the Lenoir County and Pamlico County Public School Systems, that are part of ECU’s Latham Clinical Schools Network.

“The feedback and assistance I have received from Michelle Casey, through NC NTSP, has been extremely beneficial in helping me get through some of the growing pains of first year teaching,” said first year teacher Matthew Henderson. Henderson teaches sixth grade science at E.B. Frink Middle School in Lenoir County.

Kaitlyn Fussell, a first year sixth grade math teacher at E.B. Frink in Lenoir County Schools agreed. “I have really appreciated Michelle’s guidance,” said Fussell.

Michelle is a currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership. Her dissertation research focuses on sustaining novice teachers who teach in high-need educational communities beyond the first five years of teaching in the southeastern region of North Carolina. This focus transpired from serving as an Instructional Coach in high-need educational communities and witnessing the dedication of teachers to sustain their career.  She is honored to serve novice teachers in Lenoir County.

For more information about the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program go to http://ncntsp.northcarolina.edu/

Pictured above: First year teachers, Kaitlyn Fussell and Matthew Henderson, work with NC NTSP Instructional Coach Michelle Casey at E.B Frink Middle School in Lenoir County. From left to right: Casey; Fussell and Henderson.

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IHAT Center Participates in Eastern AHEC IDD Conference

The Irene Howell Assistive Technology (IHAT) Center staff was invited to present on assistive technology at the Eastern Area Health Education Center’s (AHEC) 11th Annual Eastern Region Intellectual and Developmental (IDD) Services Conference held in Greenville, NC on October 15-16, 2015.

Participants enjoying the assistive technology presentation at the SHEC event.The presentation, titled “Great Scott: Back to the Basics and Future: A Round Robin of Four Assistive Technology Trainings” consisted of four professional development sessions currently offered through the IHAT Center’s on-campus trainings in an abbreviated format, including Assistive Technology for Behavior, Assistive Technology for Communication, Boardmaker software, and Alternate Access.

Participants of the conference were from diverse fields that serve a variety of populations of individuals with disabilities. The IHAT staff consists of students in their sophomore to senior year who benefited from the experience presenting to colleagues in their field at a professional conference. Feedback from participants was excellent with an invitation to future collaborations. The IHAT Center thanks the COE ITCS team, Al Barnhill, Chris Hurdle, and Collin Stancill, for their assistance in technology support in advance of the conference, allowing the presentation to give hands-on experience to the conference participants.

East Carolina University's College of Education's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Fletcher Music Hall and Speight Building on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 (aileen devlin)

College of Education Inducts 21 into Educators Hall of Fame

The College of Education at East Carolina University held its 17th Annual Educators Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, October 18, 2015 in the Fletcher Recital Hall in Fletcher Music Center.   Twenty-one educators and education advocates from across the state were recognized during an event raised over $40,000 for student scholarships. Following the ceremony, a reception was held in Speight Building so inductees and guests would have the opportunity to view the Educators Hall of Fame wall.

Each inductee was sponsored with a monetary gift of $1,000 or more in support of the College of Education’s Educators Hall of Fame Scholarship endowment. Annual interest from the Educators Hall of Fame endowment is used to fund merit-based scholarships for College of Education students. This prestigious merit scholarship program helps attract more of the best and brightest students to ECU’s College of Education.

This year’s inductees are: the late Myron Mooney Angell of Swansboro NC; Joanne Bath of Greenville, NC; Dr. James H. Bearden of Greenville, NC; Aaron J. Beaulieu of Wake Forest, NC; Beverly Watson Carroll and the late Freddie Rayford Carroll of Goldsboro, NC; Sarah Faucette of Chocowinity, NC; Nicole Garris Vinson of Greenville, NC; Lou Anna Hardee of Greenville, NC; Kathy Gibson Harrell of Greenville, NC; Dr. Sam H. Houston, Jr. of Raleigh; Martin Scott Hutchins of Gastonia, NC; Dr. Patrick C. Miller of Snow Hill, NC; Dr. Elton Lee Newbern, Jr., of Enfield, NC; Dr. Linda Ann Patriarca of Greenville, NC; the late Dr. Christine M. Shea of Greenville, NC; Dr. Judith Joyner Smith of Snow Hill, NC; Frankie Lynn Taylor Tucker of Raleigh, NC; Jananne Ransdell Waller of Flowery Branch, GA; Dr. James R. Westmoreland of Greenville; and the late Grace C. Whitehurst of Conetoe, NC.

Since 1999, the Educators Hall of Fame has recognized the service and contributions of over 443 individuals who have impacted the lives of others, the field of education and the College of Education at ECU. The annual event has raised over $540,000 toward the endowment goal of one million dollars for Educators Hall of Fame Scholarships.

If you were unable to attend, or just want to relive the memories, view a photo album from the event.

For more information about the Educators Hall of Fame, contact Terah Archie, in the College of Education’s Office of Community Relations and Outreach, at Archiet15@ecu.edu or 252-737-1257.

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Apply Now for ECU’s Online Teacher Education Partnership

Do you want to be a part of a profession that makes all others possible?

Do you want to make a difference?

Do you want a career that is meaningful, challenging, and creative?

Are you looking for a degree program that will fit your busy lifestyle?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then you should become a teacher through State Employees’ Credit Union Partnership East!

East Carolina University offers four-year teaching degrees through the  State Employees’ Credit Union Partnership East (SECU PE).  Students take the first two years of specific college transfer courses at any NC Community College and enter ECU as juniors to complete – a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Special Education – General Curriculum, or Middle Grades Education.  The online option for Middle Grades Education includes concentrations in language arts and social studies.    All SECU Partnership East coursework is offered through online instruction with classroom learning experiences in your local schools.  Students participate in a full-time internship at the culmination of the degree coursework.

Applications for 2016 cohorts are now open.  Test scores from the Praxis Core for Educators, prerequisite coursework, an interview, and a minimum GPA are required for admission to SECU PE.  Applicants must meet minimum transfer admission requirements to East Carolina University to be eligible to participate.

Degree Program Beginning Semester Application Deadline
Elementary Education (Full-time) Summer January 15
Elementary Education (Part-time) Fall February 15
Special Education (Part-time) Summer January 15
Middle Grades Language Arts and Social Studies (Part-time) Fall February 15

Graduates from SECU PE have a high rate of employment with the majority finding jobs right in their home counties. The convenience of online course delivery, field work close to home, and an opportunity to shape future generations are all reasons YOU should consider this opportunity.

For more information or to apply, contact the SECU Partnership East Coordinator for your region.  Contact information is located at www.edu.edu/pe.

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College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony – December 19, 2015

The College of Education Graduate Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2015 in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. The faculty and staff of the College of Education are pleased to present a special Graduate Recognition Ceremony (GRC) for our graduates. The ceremony will feature individual recognition of College of Education students receiving degrees. Friends and families of the graduates are cordially invited to attend. It is not necessary for graduates or guests to RSVP for this event. Tickets are not required to attend the ceremony.

For University Commencement Ceremony details and information about the ECU Commencement Weekend, please visit http://www.ecu.edu/commencement.