Monthly Archives: June 2011

ECU English professor edits, contributes to collection

The collection Culture, Communication, and Cyberspace: Rethinking Technical Communication for International Online Environments – edited by Kirk St. Amant (English) and Filipp Sapienza (White Mouse Solutions) – was recently published by Baywood Publishing. The entries in the collection examine how aspects of culture and media can affect communication in international online exchanges, and the collection includes St. Amant’s essay “Culture, Cyberspace, and the New Challenges for Technical Communicators.”

UPDATE: ECU Club Baseball headed to first ever World Series

The ECU Club Baseball team celebrates after a big win. (Contributed photo)

ECU Club Baseball headed to first ever World Series

East Carolina University’s Club Baseball team is preparing for its first ever appearance in the National Club Baseball Association World Series.  The ECU Club Baseball team advanced by claiming the Mid-Atlantic Regional title with an 11-1 victory over the University of Maryland club baseball team on May 17.

“We’re going,” ECU club baseball head coach Joe Caracci said to his team after the win.  “Our goal has always been to be able to have the opportunity to compete for a national championship and now we have that chance.”

The National Club Baseball Association World Series (NCBA) will be played May 27 to June 2 in Columbus, Ga.  ECU will battle UC-Santa Barbara, Massachusetts, Texas Tech, Iowa, Western Washington and Michigan for the World Series title.

“The road has been tough and a lot of hard work and dedication has gone into the program in the last five years in order to finally realize this goal,” said Caracci.

The Pirates went 3-0 in the regional with two wins over Maryland and one against James Madison.   ECU was led by the stellar pitching of Daniel Martin, Joe O’Malley and John McFarling.   Martin, a 2010 All-American, was named the Mid-Atlantic Regional MVP after throwing a complete game in a 2-1 win over the JMU Dukes.

Offensively, Brian Burgess led the way for the Pirates.  Burgess, who led the nation in home runs, added one more in the tourney to go along with a triple, double, three RBI and three runs scored.

The Pirates improved their overall record to 25-7 and jumped ten spots to 3rd in the latest national rankings heading into the World Series.

“All we can think about right now is getting down there (Columbus) and showing the country what we are all about,” said Caracci.

ECU is seeded fourth in the World Series and will face fifth seeded Florida State in the tourney opener on Saturday, May 28 at 3 p.m.

For more information about the ECU Club Baseball program, visit or call (252) 328-6387.


Contact: Gray Hodges, ECU Club Sports ( (252) 328-1576.

ECU's Club Baseball team will advance to the World Series. (Contributed photo)

Escott-Stump begins term as ADA president

ECU professor Sylvia A. Escott-Stump began her one-year term June 1 as the 2011-12 president of the American Dietetic Association. She has served as president-elect since June 2010.

“The American Dietetic Association is a respected organization with an ambitious strategic plan. Acting together, we have accomplished much. Our potential to be center stage in policy debates and the provision of health care in our country has never been greater,” Escott-Stump said.

Sylvia Escott-Stump

“As an ADA member for more than 35 years, it is an honor to serve the Association and its nearly 72,000 members. We are facing an era of health reform. With increased public awareness of the role of nutrition in disease prevention and helping people live longer, healthier lives, now is an amazing time to be a registered dietitian and an ADA member. Sincerely, this profession brings tremendous personal and professional rewards,” she said.

“Working with my colleagues and the ADA Board of Directors, my goal is to guide ADA in the coming year toward our mission of improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics.”

Escott-Stump has directed the dietetic internship and didactic program at ECU since 1998. She is also the owner of the consulting firm Nutritional Balance. She speaks internationally and consults with private practice physicians, groups, long-term care facilities, businesses and educational organizations. She is an internationally known author of textbooks including seven editions of Nutrition and Diagnosis-Related Care (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2011) and five editions of Krause’s Food and Nutrition Therapy (Elsevier, Fall 2011).

Previously, Escott-Stump worked in Pittsburgh, Pa., as the director of dietetic services at Forbes Health System; director of the dietetic internship and clinical nutrition manager at Shadyside Hospital; a consulting dietitian at Wexford House Nursing Center; and associate director of nutrition services and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children for the Family Health Council of Western Pennsylvania.

Within the American Dietetic Association, Escott-Stump has served as speaker of the House of Delegates; chair of the Standardized Language Task Force; a House of Delegates director; chair of the Council on Professional Issues; first chair of the Issues Management Committee; a member of the Alliance Task Force; and a member of the Association Positions, Quality Management, Legislative and Public Policy, Strategic Planning, External Governance and Finance committees.

Escott-Stump is a past president of the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association and a former treasurer of the North Carolina Dietetic Association. She is also former chair of the Clinical Nutrition Management dietetic practice group and a member of the Dietetic Educators of Practitioners, Food and Culinary, Dietitians in Health Care Consultation, Healthy Aging, Dietitians in Nutrition Support, and Dietitians in Integrative Medicine dietetic practice groups.

She has a degree in nutrition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she also earned a master’s degree in adult/community education and received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Her honors include ADA’s Medallion Award, the North Carolina Dietetic Association’s Member of the Year and Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Dietitian. She also received ADA’s first Margene Wagstaff Fellowship for Innovation in Dietetics Education and gave ADA’s Lenna Frances Cooper Award Lecture in 2008.

Escott-Stump lives in Winterville, N.C., with her husband Russ. She is the mother of Matthew and Lindsay, both students at East Carolina University.

Escott-Stump is ADA’s 86th president. For more information on the American Dietetic Association, visit


Pirates Span Four Decades

From the class of 1977 to the class of 2006, four decades of ECU alumni work together at the Carolinas Medical Center, a 1,000+ bed level one trauma center and teaching hospital in Charlotte. Pictured left to right, the Pirate physical therapists, in the back row, are Emily Murray, class of 2000; Leslie Glenn, ’98; Cassandra McLeod, ’87; Sherry Troutmam, ’77; and, in front, Latasha Ruffin, ’06. (Contributed photo)

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