Apr 292013


Monday, April 29, 2013


Seven employees at East Carolina University representing 1 Card, Materials Management and University Printing & Graphics are the latest Treasured Pirates in Business Services.

Merlena Artis, Sherri Bailey, Melissa Eakes, Katie Heacox, Earlene Mills, Donny Simmons and Tull Worthington are the honorees.

Artis is assistant director of the 1 Card Office. She received the Treasured Pirate Award for Display of Creativity and Initiative for creating a process to put security access forms on the 1 Card website.

“She created each form, met with end users and provided training on the process, which has greatly increased the speed at which customers receive clearance,” Jennifer Cottle, former 1 Card Office director, said. “We have received so much great feedback as our customers are elated with the new process.”

Bailey received the Treasured Pirate Award for Outstanding Delivery of Service. As security access coordinator with the 1 Card Office, she handles security requests to add card readers to campus buildings. She also is responsible for scheduling special events in the system, including daily entering of building lockdown changes.

Eakes received the Treasured Pirate Award for Enhancing Employee Morale for her work in planning staff development lunches at Materials Management, where she is ProCard assistant manager.

According to Compliance Officer Stacey Schley, who nominated her for the award, Eakes coordinates the lunches each month, often providing the majority of the food.

“She does this with no expectations of other staff and just encourages all to come and enjoy themselves,” Schley said. “She genuinely cares that her co-workers feel appreciated.”

Heacox received the Treasured Pirate Award for Outstanding Delivery of Service as 1 Card office manager. She coordinates Summer Orientation and often provides directions for students who are lost in the building.

“We get many compliments on the orientation process and how quickly help is received,” her supervisor said. “Katie comes to work with a smile every day, and you can hear it in her voice through the phone.”

Mills, design and imaging manager with University Printing & Graphics, received the Treasured Pirate Award for Effective Leadership. She took care of the day-to-day operations of the printing area last spring when director Ann Weingartz had to be out of the office for four weeks to upgrade more than 450 CopiServ machines.

Simmons received the Treasured Pirate Award for Outstanding Delivery of Service. He spends his mornings at Mail Services and afternoons at UP&G in the bulk mail area.

“He greets everyone with a smile and brightens up people’s day with his positive attitude,” bulk mail supervisor Dionte Askew said.

Worthington, accounting manager at University Printing & Graphics, received the Treasured Pirate Award for Cost Effectiveness.

“Tull is always finding the most cost-effective way for our department to do business,” Weingartz said. “He is always willing to make suggestions and give his advice on any issue that may arise.”

Worthington also helped out after a recent retirement by keeping the financial records up to date in all Business Services departments.

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Apr 292013



Cathy Laney

Monday, April 29, 2013


Cathy Laney has been named accountant for Business Services at East Carolina University.

Laney is responsible for the bookkeeping of Dowdy Student Stores and all other Business Services departments: 1 Card, Central Stores & Receiving, CopiServ, Rapid Copy, Mail Services, Materials Management, Medical Storeroom, Surplus Property and Cash/Sales Store, University Printing &Graphics, University Property, and Vending Services.

“I love my new job with Business Services,” Laney said. “Everyone has been very welcoming and helpful. I like that every day is different with new challenges and opportunities for me to explore.”

Laney brings 16 years of accounting experience to Business Services, the last nine at ECU in Financial Services as accountant for Institutional Trust Funds. Prior to that position, she was a staff accountant with Janet E. Carpenter, CPA/PFS CFP of Greenville.

“We’re very pleased to have someone of Cathy’s caliber join the Business Services team,” Scott Buck, associate vice chancellor for Business Services, said. “Not only does she bring a wealth of financial expertise, but she also has a strong grasp of the university operations.”

A native of Morehead City, Laney has lived in the Greenville area for 23 years. She earned an associate degree in accounting from Pitt Community College in 1994 and completed the combined degree program in accounting from ECU in 2002 (master of science in accounting and bachelor of science in accounting).

Laney and her husband, Frank Jr., live in Winterville with their sons, Noah, age 6, and Dylan, age 4

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Apr 282013



Published in The Daily Reflector on April 28, 2013

WILSON ­ Jonathon Scott Bennett, 21, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, First Baptist Church, 311 W. Nash St, Wilson, followed by visitation.

Jonathon Scott Bennett came into this world on Friday, January 31, 1992, at 8:33 a.m. Even on that day we saw something unique in him, amazed at how a fresh newborn soul could look like a little man instead of a baby. He had a full head of hair, as full as the life he was just beginning.

Jonathon let his sister speak for him until he was well past two years old. When he decided to talk, he used full sentences. His sister taught him to read when he was four, but was careful not to let his kindergarten teacher know. She figured it out one day when he told the other kids what was on the lunch menu.

Jonathon attended Estes Hills Elementary School in Chapel Hill through fourth grade. His fifth and sixth grade years were at Nashville Elementary and Middle Schools in N.C. He was a middle school student at Forest Hills in Wilson where he explored every extra curriculur activity that the teachers offered except for science, which would later become his passion. At Forest Hills, he played baseball, basketball, trumpet and sang in the chorus. He was a Math TIPS scholar, winner of the Optimist Oratorical Contest Award, a team member for Battle of the Books, Knowledge Masters, Spelling Bee Champion, and a leader in the Student Government. He was the 2005 National Geographic Society School Bee Winner. He was the unique student who could juggle it all and still earn high academic status. He had the extraordinary ability to fully focus on the task in front of him, pursuing his interests wholeheartedly..

Jonathon s years at Fike High School in Wilson were equally full with academic achievement, music, sports, and friendships, and anything that championed the team. The Chorus was his playground, and he participated all four years and became its President. He was selected for the North Carolina Honors Chorus for four years (a rarity amongst students), and attended the North Carolina Governor s School in Choral Studies during the summer of 2008.

Jonathon also earned a spot on the JV Basketball team and ran track for four years. He loved his 4×4 and 4×8 relay teams, and also competed in the 400 and 800 meter individual races, his 2010 1600 meter relay team placed in the 3A Regional and State Championship in 2010. During his Senior year he placed ninth in the North Carolina State Track meet for the 800 meter event.

Jonathon s academics were strong and he regularly earned top awards for English, Math and character. He was selected for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards conference and the National Student Leadership Conference in Medicine at the University Maryland.
Even with his high involvement with school activities, Jonathon found time for community events. In April 2006, he stepped into a role in the Wilson Playhouse Theater production of Hello, Dolly! with two short weeks to learn his lines, the choreography and songs. On opening night, he applied his basketball jumps to a solo dance leap and the audience broke out in spontaneous applause, and Jonathon was hooked. He went on to perform roles in Wilson s ACT for Youth in The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, The Mouse that Roared, and You re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, where he played the role of Schroeder. While everyone knows that Schroeder s tiny piano doesn t really play, Jonathon wanted everything to look authentic to the last detail, so he learned to play Beethoven s Moonlight Sonata by heart. After all, his Mom and his Aunt Barbara would know the difference.
Jonathon studied voice with Elizabeth Winstead for four years and won second place awards in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) on both the district and regional levels in 2008. He played percussion for the Tar River Children s Chorus in Rocky Mount and trumpet with the Starlight Dance Band in Goldsboro. He attended basketball camps at Junior Prep Stars, UNC and Duke University. He attended a National Leadership Camp in Medicine during the summer of 2009, and worked with Dr. Ted Brna for his Senior Project, presenting to the Wilson Medical Association a need for a stronger vaccinations in communicable disease.
He began ECU as a biochemistry major and an Honors Scholar and soon joined the Student Ambassadors. In his sophomore year, he changed his major to his real passion, geographic information science and technology and became a member of the Geo-Bowl. He was an Official with ECU Intramural Sports and an Expo at Winslow s Deli.
Jonathon was fast. He learned fast, he thought fast, he lived fast and he made friends quickly. He collected more friends in his years than most people do over decades. His friends were international students, folks from the hood as well as from the hill, every age and from every walk of life. He genuinely enjoyed people.
He loved to travel, loved the beach, and particularly deep sea fishing with his cohort Lou. He recently earned citations for landing a white marlin and a sailfish. He loved his ECU sailing class. He loved basketball and was a rabid Duke fan.
There is so much more to tell. His friends hold as many stories as his family, and if you have a memory to tell, please write it down and send to his mother at rjazzykeez@gmail.com. Your stories and thoughts will be cherished by his family and help them to move through the difficult days to come.
Jonathon s life on earth ended without warning, in a split second in a tragic accident. The circumstances were so unlikely that it surely must have been his time to leave us. Like the Christian and Eagle Scout that he was, he was prepared for his eternal journey. In that instance when the heavens opened up and received him with open arms he heard the Divine greeting, Welcome home, my son.
Jonathon Scott Bennett is survived by his sister Kristine, mother Rita, and father John Bennett. His immediate extended family includes cousins Christopher and Kyle, sons of Aunt Lisa Whaley Whittle; Uncle Bob and Aunt Barbara Bennett Byrd; Great Uncle Lowell Hall. He had a special connection to his Uncle Troy Dale Whaley. Jonathon s grandparents and an aunt preceded him in death, Aunt Marilynn Bennett Brooks, Bob and Lurline Bennett, Troy and Evelyn Nana Whaley. Jonathon also adopted spare grandparents Lou and Elaine Craig.
Memorials are suggested to the Jonathon Bennett Memorial Fund, PO Box 7185, Wilson, NC 27895.
Arrangements by Wilson Memorial Service, 2811 Fieldstream Dr, N, 252-237-7171, www.wilsonmemorialservice.com

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Apr 262013
Students and friends gather together during a candlelight vigil in memory of Jonathon Bennett, who died after he was impaled early Wednesday morning, at the East Carolina Student Memorial Gardens on April 25, 2013.   (Aileen Devlin/ The Daily Reflector)

Students and friends gather together during a candlelight vigil in memory of Jonathon Bennett, who died after he was impaled early Wednesday morning, at the East Carolina Student Memorial Gardens on April 25, 2013. (Aileen Devlin/ The Daily Reflector)

By Jane Dail

Friday, April 26, 2013

Several hundred people gathered on campus Thursday night to honor the memory of an East Carolina University student killed in an accidental fall.

The candlelight vigil in memory of Jonathon Scott Bennett, 21, who died after he fell from a tree onto a metal post, was hosted by friends at the Student Memorial Garden on ECU’s main campus.

Among those who participated were friends Bennett knew through several campus organizations, including Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Student Ambassadors and ECU Intramural Sports.

Brandon Pittman, a fraternity brother of Bennett, said the outpouring of support and love from others around has been invaluable and needed at this time.

“Tonight, I wear my letters and my blue knowing that the only person that won’t be wearing them was the exact definition and perfect representation of a true TKE man through and through,” Pittman said. “I am and always will be one of Jonathon Bennett’s brothers and closest friends.”

Bruce Pittman, also a TKE member and a student ambassador, described Bennett as a confident and outgoing man who will forever be missed.

“The all-encompassing sadness acts to reaffirm both the permanence and the depth of the fingerprints Jonathon left on each of our lives,” he said.

Those hosting the vigil played one of Bennett’s favorite songs, “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show. Many sang along and swayed to the music.

Bennett’s family attended the vigil and were seated toward the front of the vigil, surrounded by supporters.

Bennett was studying geographic information science and technology. He was from Wilson but lived at University Manor apartment on East 10th Street, according to police records.

Bennett was on a fallen tree in woods behind the apartments about 1 a.m. Wednesday when he fell. Police said he and four friends had been drinking.

A leasing manager at the apartment complex on Wednesday said University Manor would investigate the incident. Requests for further comments were unsuccessful.

Lt. Richard Allsbrook of Greenville Police Department code enforcement said Thursday he did not know for certain who owned the property where the fallen tree was located, though he said it was “clearly undeveloped land.”

He visited the site Wednesday to determine if code violations existed.

The University Manor property belongs to Greenville Associates LLC, according property records, with an address in Birmingham, Ala.

The city of Greenville owns land immediately to the north to the Tar River.

Pittman said that ECU has unified in remembering Bennett and mourning his loss.

“We are a Pirate nation,” he said. “When one of us falls, we all feel it.

We all enter the darkness together … But I know how to banish the darkness, Just think of Jonathon’s smile and radiance of his disposition.”

Contact Jane Dail at jdail@reflector.com or 252-329-9585.

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Apr 262013



Friday, April 26, 2013

The community’s medical community this week again found itself in the main stream of conversation among national leaders concerned about the state of the nation’s health care. It is a local role continuing to grow in significance and one sometimes not fully realized, here and elsewhere.

Dr. Paul Cunningham, dean and senior associate vice chancellor for medical affairs at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, took center stage in this discussion as he testified Tuesday at a meeting of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, a panel chaired by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Cunningham also submitted written answers to committee members’ questions.

“The emphasis will need to shift to managing disease rather than just treating it,” Cunningham said following the hearing. “We’re going to need a lot more primary care doctors to deal with current and future needs.”

The dean’s remarks and other testimony cut to the heart of the issue:

“In the United States today, some 45,000 people unnecessarily die each year because they don’t get to a doctor in time,” Sanders told the committee as he opened this week’s hearing about the nation’s growing shortage of primary care physicians. “Major reforms in primary care will save lives and save billions in health care costs.”

The United States already has such a shortage, according to some sources, and problems of access to primary care will get worse as more people become insured under health care reform legislation.

U.S. medical schools graduated about 17,000 medical doctors in 2011, but only about 7 percent chose to go into primary care. By contrast, more than 19 percent of Brody school graduates entered an accredited family medicine residency program, based on a three-year average for the period ending last October.

This positions the school as one of the nation’s leaders in sending graduates into family medicine, which explains its and its leaders’ burgeoning role in developing the national strategies needed to address the issues surrounding health care in the 21st century.

As provisions of the Affordable Care Act continue to go into effect, this conversation will only grow in intensity. This week’s hearings and Paul Cunningham’s participation, emphasize again the importance of this community in one of the nation’s most central and crucial discussions.

Eastern North Carolina clearly has become and will continue to be a critical proving ground for those deeply involved in the innovation and change sweeping through the health care industry today and in the years ahead.

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Apr 262013



Rick Niswander

By Katherine Ayers

Friday, April 26, 2013

East Carolina University officials said their students will feel the effect of the N.C. governor’s proposed budget cuts.

Rick Niswander, vice chancellor for administration and finance, said the university has already eliminated the “easy stuff” during previous fiscal year budget cuts.

“We’ve paid attention closely to not hurt the classroom, so from the outside looking at us it looks like nothing happened,’” he said. “These changes have come on the back side (of ECU) in what people don’t see, but that only goes so far.”

Nis-wander said that about four years ago, the university took a 16 percent cut and added a nine percent cut to that during the last fiscal year. Whatever cut the final state budget ultimately approves will be on top of previous cuts and is going to be visible.

“We’re starting to talk internally about how to reconstruct our buildings to get larger classrooms,” Niswander said. “Our average building is 40 years old and it was built at a time when it was normal to have 10, 15, 20 students in it. If we’re going to handle these cuts and cuts in the future, we have to start thinking about how we can have classrooms that are 50 to 100 students.”

Niswander said the administration has already started asking different colleges and departments which rooms in their areas they think could be combined.

“On the entire campus, we have 19 classrooms with 90 seats or more, so we need to double that,” he said.

Another piece of Gov. Pat McCrory’s budget involves raising tuition for out-of-state students.

“If that cut were to go into effect, out-of-state students would be paying a little over $19,000,” Niswander said, adding that the $19,000 does not include the student fees.

Niswander said that on average, tuition across the state is $12,000, and out-of-state students currently pay about $17,000. If an out-of-state student leaves ECU or decides not to come at all, the school actually loses about an extra $5,000 they cannot make up by adding another in-state student.

As part of a five-year strategic plan, the University of North Carolina system said it wants to work toward increasing the number of state citizens that have a bachelor’s degree, ultimately arriving at 37 percent by 2025. Niswander said the system’s ability to meet that goal with these new cuts is the “ultimate $64,000 question.”

“It is reasonable for the state to ask that we and everybody else increase the number of students we graduate, whether that’s by making it easier for them to get in, easier to transfer, or by making sure that we fully think through how we use online courses across the system,” he said. “But you also have to have the resources to do that and the students coming in the door.”

Niswander said that no matter what the final budget will look like, programs and departments within ECU have been preparing different scenarios.

“All of units are looking at ‘what would happen if,’” he said. “So when we get down to the end and the number’s this, it’s not like ‘Oh, now you’ve got to pay attention.’ No, we’ve been doing that.”

Contact Katherine Ayers at kayers@reflector.com and 252-329-9567. Follow her on Twitter @KatieAyersGDR.

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Apr 262013


Dr. Donald Ribeiro, left, and Bethel Mayor Mike Whitehurst prepare to cut the ribbon during the opening ceremony of the Bethel Health Care Center on April 25, 2013.   (Aileen Devlin/ The Daily Reflector)

Dr. Donald Ribeiro, left, and Bethel Mayor Mike Whitehurst prepare to cut the ribbon during the opening ceremony of the Bethel Health Care Center on April 25, 2013. (Aileen Devlin/ The Daily Reflector)

By Michael Abramowitz

Friday, April 26, 2013

The property on which the new Bethel Health Care Center sits is mostly asphalt, but it is a special place to the people of the town.

The center, operated by the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University until the school closed it on Sept. 1, celebrated its rebirth as a private practice community clinic on Thursday.

ECU operated the former health clinic for 32 years before closing it, citing declining patient enrollment, an outdated facility and cost overruns. Instead, administrators directed patients to the school’s family medical center in Greenville.

“The closing of this clinic in September took us to our knees,” Bethel mayor Mike Whitehurst said, “because it feeds the drugstore which feeds the beauty parlor which feeds everything in town. A large portion of our population lives on a fixed income and just can’t get to Greenville for their care.”

Instead of looking backward when they got the news, the community decided to look forward and try to figure a way out of its problem, Whitehurst said.

The town residents decided to take the matter to a higher source and held a public prayer vigil in June in the clinic parking lot.

Things started to happen, Whitehurst said, but the town had to make a plan.

“Even if we could get someone here to provide care, where are you going to put them? So, we sent a letter to (ECU chancellor Steve Ballard) and told him we wanted to buy the building,” the mayor said.

Following some administrative consultation with University of North Carolina officials, Ballard and ECU sold the building to Bethel in January for $1, Whitehurst said.

“We did everything we could think of to get this place up and running, with no success. We wanted the clinic to be like it once was, but we asked God to do what He wanted,” Whitehurst said.

Soon after that, the mayor said, Dr. Donald Ribeiro came to Bethel with his clinical team and told Whitehurst he wanted to open a health center there. The town closed the deal by renting the building to Ribeiro for $1 a month, Whitehurst said.

“The loss of health care in Bethel left a big void here, where access is difficult,” Ribeiro said. “All citizens deserve health care, and they had great care here for many years, provided by the Brody School of Medicine. We’re tickled and thankful to be able to continue providing medical care to our rural community, where the patients are.”

The health center was reequipped with the same tools for practicing, bought at auction for “a really nice price,” Whitehurst said.

Operations started again in January, but it took a few months to settle in and get things running smoothly. That done, and with about 750 patients served, the center officially opened with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, prayers and speeches by Whitehurst, Ribeiro and physician assistant Lee Quinn, who told about 50 people there that God made the decision for him to come to Bethel.

“I know this center is ordained by God, and every day we serve here is a confirmation of that,” Quinn said.

The health center primarily serves Bethel residents, but also reaches out to residents of other small communities, including Oak City, Robersonville, Conetoe, Penny Hill, Tarboro and Williamston, said Donna Spence, one of the center’s two nurse practitioners. It operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays, providing ongoing care to patients with chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, and acute illnesses like sinus infections and bronchitis, Spence said.

“I think it’s a wonderful thing,” Elmira Watson, a World War II veteran nurse who worked at the clinic 50 years ago, said. “Transportation is a great problem for us and we need this health center and all that it provides here.”

Contact Michael Abramowitz at mabramowitz@reflector.com or 252-329-9571.

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Apr 262013




Mrs. Nancy Peters Snyder, 80, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The funeral service will be held in Roanoke, Va., and burial will be in Evergreen Burial Park also in Roanoke, Va.

Mrs. Snyder was born on August 12, 1932 in Roanoke, Virginia and had been a Greenville resident since 1968. She retired from the Accounting Department with ECU School of Medicine.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Larry E. Snyder; son, Gary Snyder and wife, Sylvia, of Raleigh; daughter, Becky Snyder, of San Francisco; grandson, Michael Snyder and wife, Jennifer, of Raleigh; and special and devoted miniature poodle, JoJo.

Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory, Greenville.

Published in The Daily Reflector on April 26, 2013


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