Monthly Archives: November 2011

Heart Institute scene of Wechsler lecture

Dr. Andrew S. Wechsler, left, professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the Drexel University College of Medicine, poses with Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood Jr., the Jo Allison and Eddie Smith Distinguished Chair and director of the East Carolina Heart Institute at East Carolina University, on Nov. 2 at the heart institute. Wechsler delivered the 10th annual Wil Camp Sealy Lecture at the institute.  The yearly lecture honors Sealy, who developed surgical electrophysiology. His work became the basic knowledge used to treat cardiac arrhythmias, either surgically or by catheter-based techniques. Wechsler spoke about surgical ventricular reconstruction. (Contributed photo)

ECU Recreation and Park Management Program Reaccredited by National Group

The ECU Recreation and Park Management Program in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, College of Health and Human Performance has received a formal seven-year reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions.

The COARPT commended the program for 30 years of quality leadership as evidenced by continuous accreditation over that period of time.

As part of the reaccreditation process, the department prepared a self study examining all parts of its program from available resources, to student services, to curriculum.

To maintain accreditation the program must undergo a rigorous review and demonstrate compliance with a variety of standards. The RPM program elected to serve as an early adopter of new standards that will be required of all programs beginning in 2013.

The 2013 standards center on student learning outcomes in four main areas: foundations of the professions, provision of services and programs, management and administration, and a professional internship.


ECU receives 10th Key Award, faculty attend international nursing convention

Several faculty members in the ECU College of Nursing attended the 41st Biennial Sigma Theta Tau International Convention Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Grapevine, Texas.

Elaine Scott, Pam Reis, Melissa Schwartz and Carol Winters-Moorhead participated in concurrent sessions, award ceremonies, networking, poster presentations and a faculty leadership academy for the international honor society of nursing.

Also ECU’s Beta Nu Chapter received its 10th Key Award, becoming one of only two chapters in the world to achieve the honor. The key award recognizes chapters that successfully recruit and retain members, generate publicity and programming, provide leadership development and foster international collaboration.

On Oct. 27, Beta Nu held its fall banquet at Rock Springs Center in Greenville and raised more than $3,000 for research scholarships. Guest Cynthia Clark spoke about the importance of civility.


Rebel wins 12th Pacemaker award

East Carolina University’s student-run literary magazine, Rebel, won its 12th Pacemaker award Oct. 31 at the 90th National College Media Convention in Orlando, Fla.

Consider by many the Pulitzer Prize of college student media, the award was presented by The Associated Collegiate Press.

Rebel was one of four magazines to win for general excellence in the 4-year literary magazine category from among eight finalists and hundreds of entries.

Since 1927, the Pacemaker has been the highest honor available to ACP members and is considered one of the most prestigious awards in collegiate media. Rebel last won the Pacemaker in 2009. Before that, Rebel won the Pacemaker in 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1985 and 1984.

The 53rd edition of Rebel was edited by ECU graduate Anna Vaughn Creech of Tarboro and staff members Rich Griffis of Burlington, JoEllen Pollard of Macclesfield, and Alex Watson of Apex, all graphic design majors. Graphic design faculty members Craig Malmrose and Gunnar Swanson and Student Media director Paul Isom were advisers. Rebel is a unit of the ECU office of Student Media.

The other winners in the four-year literary magazine category, selected by professional journalists from Quintessence Publishing Co., were Metrosphere, from Metropolitan State College of Denver; MiddleWestern Voice, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Ill.; and The Bridge, Bridgewater State Univ., Bridgewater, Mass.

Rebel was the only winner from North Carolina. Rebel also won 2nd place, Best of Show at the conference.

In addition to Rebel, the ECU office of Student Media oversees the production of ECU’s student-run multicultural magazine, Expressions; radio station WZMB-FM; Campus 31 TV; ECU’s student-run yearbook, Buccaneer; and student-run newspaper, The East Carolinian.

The Associated Collegiate Press is a nonprofit education membership association and a division of the National Scholastic Press Association. It is the largest and oldest membership organization for college student media in the United States.

For additional information, contact Paul Isom at 252-328-9234 or For more details about ECU Student Media, visit For more information about ACP or the Pacemaker awards, visit



ECU Campus Dining and Kellogg’s team up to fight hunger in central and eastern North Carolina

East Carolina University Dining Services and Kellogg’s Food Away From Home are teaming up for one month to donate cereal to help fight hunger.

A campus dining program at ECU will help provide cereal to those in need.

A bowl of Kellogg’s cereal will be donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina for every bowl of Kellogg’s cereal eaten by students on campus from Nov. 7 through Dec. 7.  Officials with the two groups anticipate approximately 6,400 servings of cereal should be donated.

“ECU’s Campus Dining is very proud to partner with Kellogg’s for this project,” said William McCartney, associate vice chancellor for campus living and dining services at East Carolina University.  “Service is one of our institutional foundations and this project exemplifies our commitment to making a difference in our community.”

More than 500,000 people struggle each day in eastern and central North Carolina counties to provide enough food for their families. Nearly 29 percent of the people served by the food bank are children and another eight percent are elderly. Last year, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina distributed more than 41 million pounds of food to the hungry.

“This effort is part of a growing list of initiatives Campus Dining has launched to make a difference on campus and in the community,” McCartney said. “And as we approach the holiday season, it gives all of us a warm heart to know we can help change lives and fight hunger in our region.”


For more information, contact ECU Campus Dining Services at (252) 328-2833 or visit


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Allied Health Professions Week supplement features Heather Ramsdell

Research by Heather Ramsdell, right, professor in ECU's College of Allied Health Sciences, was featured in a News and Observer special section on Health Professions Appreciation Week.

By Kit Roberson

The ECU College of Allied Health Sciences is celebrating Allied Health Professions Week Nov. 6 – 12.

Allied health professionals constitute 60 percent of all health care providers and work in both the public and private sector.  Clinical lab scientists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation counselors, health information managers, speech-language pathologists, physician assistants and some 80 other professional disciplines perform assessment, provide essential services, support physicians, nurses and dentists and profoundly influence the quality of health care provided across North Carolina and the country.

In celebration of health care workers who provide highly skilled, safe and quality care, The News & Observer partnered with The Council for Allied Health in North Carolina to produce a special section, Celebrating Allied Health Professions Appreciation Week that was included in the Sunday, Nov. 6 newspaper.  The supplement includes an article (p. 5) on Heather Ramsdell’s research on language development.

Ramsdell is assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

As North Carolina’s first and only college of allied health sciences, East Carolina University is the largest provider of allied health professionals in the state.  Approximately 800 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in the school’s seven departments. They are led by more than 75 full-time faculty.


ECU dental students assist in free dental clinic

East Carolina University dental students Amanda Stroud, left, and Sheena Neil provide care for a patient at the North Carolina Missions of Mercy free dental clinic held Oct. 28-29 at the Dare County Parks and Recreation Center. Formed in 2003, the North Carolina Missions of Mercy portable free dental program is an outreach program of the North Carolina Dental Society. The program is sponsored by the North Carolina Dental Health Fund. The goals of the program are to provide free dental care to as many underserved persons within North Carolina as is possible and to involve as much of the dental community of the state in the treatment of the underserved as is possible.

College of Education journal publishes Open Theme issue

The editorial team of the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction has published a new issue of the journal at The journal has been produced since 2007 in East Carolina University’s College of Education, in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Executive editor is Dr. Diane Kester in the College of Education.

The recent issue features lead editor Dr. Amy Broemmel, associate professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Broemmel co-wrote the introductory article with Karen Lucas, assistant editor and doctoral candidate at University of Tennessee. They introduced the issue with an article entitled, “Navigating the ever-changing educational system.”

Additional articles include “Finding and redefining the meaning of teaching: Exploring the experiences of mid-career teachers”; “Investigating the Relationship between Elementary Teacher Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematics Instructional Practices, and Student Mathematics Achievement”; and “High School Philosophy Teachers’ Use of Textbooks: Critical Thinking or Teaching to the Text?”

The Journal of Curriculum and Instruction is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that provides a forum for the dissemination of articles focused on research, practice, and related issues relevant to teaching and learning in the preK-12 environment.


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