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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 alumni receive East Carolina Alumni Association’s 2016 Alumni Awards.

A School of Communication alum was among the recipients of the East Carolina Alumni Association’s 2016 Alumni Awards.

Valeria Lassiter, a 1990 graduate and emerita member of the ECU Women’s Roundtable Board of Directors, was honored with the Virgil Clark ’50 Distinguished Service Alumni Award, given annually to alumni who have distinguished themselves through a “record of service and leadership.”

Lassiter, founder and CEO of Lassiter & Associates, a strategic partnership and fundraising management firm based in Chevy Chase, Md., was named the School of Communication’s Distinguished Alumnus by the School’s alumni organization, CommCrew, in 2013.