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School of Communication Beach Clean-Up by Emory Saia

The School of Communication faculty and staff travel to Fort Macon State Park Beach to participate in the Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup.

This event supports Chancellor Staton’s strategic plan to serve the public. SOC instructor, Barbara Bullington says it’s important that ECU, more specifically the SOC contribute to serving the Eastern NC community. “Helping to build a stronger community means safer, happier lives for everyone.”

Coming across the opportunity to organize a cleanup, Bullington reached out to faculty and staff. The response—immediate and positive. Before the cleanup, SOC faculty and staff donated tools to assist with the pickup. Donated items include: trash pickup tools, garbage bags, bug spray, gloves and a first aid kit.

Accumulating seven bags of trash, the crew rid the beach of a cigarette butts, plastic bottle caps and wrappers, balloons, tissues, cigar tips, plastic cutlery, fishing lines and a hair curler. Bullington says, “We not only left the beach cleaner, but also inspired others to clean up after themselves or do future cleanups.”

On Saturday, Sept. 16, the SOC cleanup crew acted. Beginning the cleanup at 11 a.m., Bullington says it lasted around two hours, covering a mile across the state park.

The crew consists of more than 15 SOC faculty, staff and family volunteers: Barbara Bullington, her son Kevin Bullington and his son, Kevin Jr. Bullington’s fiancé, Mike Harris, SOC Director Linda Kean, Ph.D., Brian Massey, Ph.D., Jin-Ae Kang, Ph.D. and her husband and two children, Brittany Thompson and her son, Cindy Elmore, Ph.D., Festus Eribo, Ph.D., Gina Presson, and Deborah Thomson, Ph.D. and her son.

The SOC welcomes new faculty to its team. Specifically, Gina Presson who has dedicated her journalism career to interviewing and reporting for Ocean Conservancy monthly.

Presson served as the Florida bureau chief, reporting and producing radio, print and web stories for Public News Service. Her stories airing on NPR and CBS affiliates around the country.

Reporting environmental, political, educational and health issues for Ocean Conservancy, Presson devoted her tenure to the Deepwater Horizon Spill and its impact. In addition, Presson covered beach cleanup efforts, protection of sharks, limiting oil drilling off the Florida coast, protecting marine life from debris, the impact of agricultural runoff among others.

Referring to Chancellor Staton’s vision for ECU, Presson says “It’s important to make a difference in whatever way we can.”

As for Bullington, she has hopes for future cleanups. After discovering the debris on the beach, Bullington says it has made her reevaluate her daily plastic use. According to the Ocean Conservancy, plastic has been found in 62 percent of all seabirds and in 100 percent of sea turtle species.

Adopting community outreach, Bullington has served her community in more ways than one. Contributing as a volunteer for The Unnatural Resources Institute of Greenville, NC and the Dream Factory of Eastern North Carolina, she says these actions often spread in positive directions.

Beyond creating a cleaner community, Bullington and Presson agree that opportunities like this allow SOC faculty and family to connect outside of the workplace, to generate new ideas in a fun, collective way.

In addition to serving the community through the beach cleanup, the SOC held a kid’s bicycle donation last year. In spring 2016, the Outreach and Engagement Committee organized a kid’s healthy eating event at a local after school program.

The SOC continues to serve the Eastern NC community as part of Chancellor Staton’s 2017–2022 strategic plan.

To view pictures from the event and learn more, visit: https://schoolofcommunication2017beachcleanup.wordpress.com

To learn more about Chancellor Staton’s strategic plan, visit:
http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/strategicplan/index.cfm

Award-winning SOC Faculty by Emory Saia

Rebecca Dumlao, Ph.D., professor and Mary Tucker-McLaughlin, Ph.D., associate professor for East Carolina University’s College of Fine Arts and Communication in the School of Communication, received recognition for their achievements. Dumlao is selected for the 2016–2017 ECU Scholar-Teacher Award and Tucker-McLaughlin is selected as a 2017 University Scholar.

The Scholar-Teacher Award is given to outstanding faculty who incorporate scholarship in teaching. Scholarship in teaching has been endlessly linked to Dumlao’s career. She is recognized as a lasting leader with ECU’s Service-Learning Committee and a graduate of the Engagement and Outreach Scholar’s Academy. Dumlao’s dedication to community-campus partnerships led to her selection for both the Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award from North Carolina Campus Compact and ECU’s Scholarship of Engagement Award.

Dumlao’s early scholarship emphasized family/relational communication and conflict management. That work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, presented at public seminars, academic conferences, and on a radio talk show in Trinidad, West Indies. Her recent scholarship focuses on communication in community-campus partnerships.

Dumlao has adopted service-learning, which connects community-based activities that meet a need with academic course objectives. For 12 years, Dumlao taught the Senior Capstone Communication course where 1600 students contributed an additional 18,000 hours of public service working in partnership with community organizations.

Her desire to become a teacher has been fulfilled. “For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of being a teacher—but not just any teacher. One that made a difference in the lives of her students as well as in the lives they touched, creating a positive ripple effect out into the world,” Dumlao says.

After earning a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. from Oregon State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dumlao joined ECU’s School of Communication.

The scholar-teacher nominees, including Dumlao, were recognized during a Research and Engagement Awards Program, on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 5–6:30 p.m. in Harvey Banquet Hall in the Murphy Center. The scholar-teachers will receive their awards and present their posters at the Teaching Awards Program on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 5–6:30 p.m. in the Murphy Center.

In Fall 2017, Dumlao will be asked to share a brief presentation of her integration of scholarship in teaching.

The University Scholars Program recognizes exceptional scholarship at East Carolina University. Each year, academic departments nominate faculty members that represent excellence in their discipline. This year, Tucker-McLaughlin was nominated on behalf of the School of Communication.

Research has been a precedent in Tucker-McLaughlin’s work. She has published 10 publications, three of which she is the primary author. Research publications include articles in Electronic News and Women & Language.

Along with being named a University Scholar this year, Tucker-McLaughlin was awarded Most Inspiration Faculty Member in the School of Communication in 2012. She has also held a spot on the editorial board in Spring 2015, as a reviewer for the Journal of Health Promotion and Practice.

Tucker-McLaughlin was the 2011 recipient of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender’s Top Conference paper award. She has presented papers at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, The Broadcast Educator’s Association and the DC Health Conference. Additionally, Tucker-McLaughlin is a co-investigator for a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant in a study exploring the County Health Rankings in North Carolina.

Tucker-McLaughlin started her teaching career as an instructor for Augusta State University in 2005. After earning her B.A. from University of Illinois, and M.S. from Southern Illinois University, while working on her Ph.D. from University of South Carolina, Tucker-McLaughlin joined the School of Communication in 2009.

Tucker-McLaughlin and the other 2017 University Scholars were recognized at the Research and Scholarship Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, February 28, from 5-6:30 p.m. in Harvey Hall at the Murphy Center.
 

 

 

 

School of Communication Hosted International Visitors in the Summer

The School of Communication hosted four international students and their professor from the University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, during the second session of summer school. The students enrolled in two of professor Glenn Hubbard’s courses: “Video News Production” and “Electronic News Performance.” During their stay, the students visited news outlets in Raleigh, as well as Sylvan Bird Park and nearby eastern North Carolina cities and towns. One student is planning to return to ECU to attend graduate school.

SOC Director Chosen for “Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award”

The National Communication Association (NCA) Health Communication Division’s Awards Committees has chosen ECU School of Communication Director Linda Kean as the recipient of the 2014 “NCA Health Communication Division’s Outstanding Scholar Award.”  This award is one of the highest academic honors among the distinguished members of this organization.

Dr. Kean’s research focuses on health communication with an emphasis on the mass media. One facet of her research is designing and evaluating mass media campaigns that promote the adoption of positive health behaviors. Dr. Kean is also interested in how advertising and entertainment media messages influence individuals’ perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors regarding health topics. Her work has been published in a variety of academic journals including, Communication Research, Health Communication, Media Psychology, Journal of Health Communication and Women & Language.

The National Communication Association is an internationally recognized communication scholarship organization with thousands of members across every state. This year, the NCA will celebrate its founding in 1914 with a Centennial celebration. Dr. Kean will accept the award in Chicago in late November at the NCA’s annual meeting.

Visiting Scholar tells students: ‘Making people see is what journalism is all about’

While much has changed since Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Gene Roberts was a boy growing up in eastern North Carolina, the tenets of good writing have not. Roberts told a crowd of aspiring reporters and writers at ECU for the School of Communication’s Annual High School Media Workshop that gathering as much information as possible and then making the reader see the story is still paramount.

Delivering the keynote to the young audience was one of several presentations Roberts took part in during his time on campus as the 2013 School of Communication Visiting Scholar. This former national and managing editor of The New York Times also worked with School of Communication students and the staff of The East Carolinian, and was the guest of honor at a reception open to the community at Emerge Gallery in Greenville. Read more about his visit in The Daily Reflector.

Thomson receives Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award

Deborah Thomson

Dr. Deborah Thomson (pictured with SOC director Dr. Linda Kean) was presented a UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award at the fourth annual Founders Day and University Awards Celebration recognizing “the best of East Carolina University” on May 1 in Hendrix Theatre.

Thomson, an associate professor in the School of Communication, was one of six ECU recipients of the award that recognizes and supports excellent teaching at each of the 16 constituent universities in the UNC system.

Also at the ECU Annual Awards Celebration, Dr. Rebecca J. Dumlao received the Scholarship of Engagement Award, which recognizes a faculty member for achievement in scholarship of engagement and a sustained commitment to partnered scholarly endeavors with communities. Read more about Rulifson, Herron, Zhang and Dumlao’s research at http://www.ecu.edu/news/rcaw13.cfm. Dr. Pamela Hopkins and part-time instructor Josh Copenhaver were inducted into the 2013 Servire Society. The Servire Society members have contributed 100 or more hours of volunteer service – without compensation and outside their normal realm of duties – to the community at large within the previous year. Dr. Cindy Elmore was a College of Fine Arts and Communication grant recipient.

School of Communication professor honored for excellence in service-learning

North Carolina Campus Compact, a coalition of 38 public and private colleges and universities, has named an East Carolina University professor as the recipient of the 2013 Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award.

Dr. Rebecca Dumlao, an associate professor in ECU’s School of Communication, is the first from ECU to receive the award.

The Sigmon Award recognizes a faculty member for significant contributions to the practice of service-learning, a teaching strategy that links community service to classroom study and reflection. The award is named for North Carolina native Robert Sigmon, who helped pioneer the approach in the 1970s.

“I believe that service-learning is one of the most important ways we can equip students to be leaders and actively engaged as citizens in their communities after they graduate,” Dumlao said. Students pair academic coursework with community-based experiences, and articulate what they learn. “It’s a way to bring student service and community engagement into the classroom,” she said.

Dumlao has led service-learning efforts at ECU and beyond for more than a decade, chairing the university’s service-learning committee to support course design and faculty development, serving as editor of book reviews for Partnerships:  A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, and integrating service-learning into the communication curriculum.

The School of Communication’s required capstone course now includes a service-learning project. Since 2001, more than 1,600 students have completed the course, contributing over 18,000 hours of service locally. Dumlao is working to develop a global service-learning program in Trinidad, West Indies, in conjunction with Amizade, a non-profit organization that provides service-learning and volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups.

One nominator said Dumlao is the “go-to person” for service-learning topics in the school, and a former student declared the capstone project “one of the most rewarding classes” at ECU.

Dumlao has worked at ECU for 15 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in home economics and early childhood education from Penn State University, a master’s in scientific and technical communication from Oregon State and a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Dumlao received the award Feb. 13 at the compact’s annual Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement Conference at Elon University. More than 275 faculty, staff, students, and community partners across the state participated in the event.

Started in 2002, North Carolina Campus Compact builds the capacity of colleges and universities to produce civically-engaged graduates and strengthen communities.

2012 Visiting Scholar: Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition

robin bronk

The School of Communication recently welcomed Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition, as its fall 2012 Visiting Scholar.

Bronk was in Greenville from Oct. 23 – 26 as a guest of the School of Communication. She served as the keynote speaker for the School’s Annual High School Media Workshop on Oct. 25, as well as a guest presenter in select public relations classes. Bronk also spoke at a community event at Emerge Art Gallery in Greenville on Oct. 25.

Robin Bronk is Chief Executive Officer of The Creative Coalition–the leading national, nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment industry. As CEO, Bronk is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating the entertainment industry and arts community on issues of public importance, particularly the First Amendment, arts advocacy, arts in education, and media literacy. Since being appointed to the position in April 2010, she has exponentially grown The Creative Coalition’s operating budget by designing and instituting corporate sponsorship programs and cause marketing opportunities.

To learn more about Robin Bronk and The Creative Coalition, visit www.thecreativecoalition.org.

School of Communication Faculty Participate in Service-Learning ‘Immersion’

The School of Communication showed that students are not the only ones who live by the East Carolina University motto ‘servire.’ Dr. Rebecca Dumlao, associate professor of communication and chair of the University Service-Learning Committee, recently organized the 9th Annual ECU Conference on Service-Learning at ECU.

The event included a ‘Service-Learning Immersion’ at the Eastern North Carolina Food Bank in Greenville. Dumlao, along with fellow faculty member Mike Cavannagh, received a hands-on experience of what students do at the food bank, including sorting cans.

“We had to go through and sort the sweet potato cans and decide which ones needed to be thrown out,” Dumlao said. “We went through an entire flat.”

Following the event at the food bank, the group held a discussion on how to connect the work they did to classroom theories.

“Service-Learning is a chance for students to reflect on how they saw theories from class in action or how they saw them not working,” Dumlao said.

The three-day event featured key speakers: Dr. Patti Clayton, senior scholar with the Center for Service and Learning at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and visiting fellow with the New England Resource Center for Higher Education; Dr. Barbara Jacoby, faculty associate for Leadership Community Service-Learning at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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