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ECU College of Education honors eastern N.C. Teachers of the Year


Honoree Malinda Pennington speaks to fellow educators at the Each one - teach one event at East Carolina University.

The East Carolina University College of Education honored twenty eastern North Carolina Teachers of the Year Dec. 6 with a celebration of outstanding educators and their impact in the region.

Billed as “Each one, teach one,” the event included brainstorming sessions in which the honored educators discussed how to better promote the profession of teaching. Participants noted the need to portray positive images of education and recruiting young people who have the characteristics of good teachers.

The educators also shared on videotape their thoughts about why they teach. The video clips will be compiled into a promotional video for recruitment events.

The 20 eastern North Carolina Teachers of the Year honored at the event were Janita Allen, Jessica Ballstzglier, Andrea Bell, Andy Cole, Sherri Cox, Justin Frederes, Tammy Hedgepeth, Dewanna Holt, Jacqueline Lanier, Lori Lolies, Brian McDowell, Marie Mullins, Antio Nadioz, Malinda Pennington, Melissa Southerland, Elise Staats, Jennifer Tyndall, Chavaleh Wetzel, Donna Whitfield and Roneca Wallace.

Additional invitees included members of the Latham Clinical Schools Network as well as administrators and colleagues from the honored teachers’ districts. Several of the educators honored are alumni of the College of Education’s teacher education programs.

For additional information about ECU’s teacher recruitment efforts, contact Laura Bilbro-Berry, assistant director of Teacher Education, at or 252-328-1123.


The ECU College of Education honored 20 teachers of the year recipients from eastern North Carolina.

ECU student one of five nationwide selected for scholarship

Bryan Mayville, a junior in clinical laboratory science at East Carolina University, is one of five students selected from across the country to receive a $2,000 scholarship from the American Proficiency Institute.

Mayville, of Goldsboro, said his degree will allow him “to be an integral part of the health care team by helping to detect, diagnose and treat patient illnesses. I see myself improving the overall quality of care for each patient whose lives are directly affected by the hands of the laboratory team.”

Dr. Kathleen Schulman, interim chair of the clinical laboratory science department in the College of Allied Health Sciences, said Mayville will be a great asset in the clinical laboratory.

“Laboratory testing is the cornerstone for most medical decisions,” said Daniel C. Edson, president of the American Proficiency Institute. “We believe it is important to support future professionals entering this critical field of medical laboratory science.”

The American Proficiency Institute is one of the largest proficiency testing providers in the world serving more than 17,000 laboratories. API offers innovative solutions and technical excellence for the proficiency testing needs of hospital laboratories, physician offices, clinics, and point-of-care testing sites.


ECU ranked 2nd nationwide in national board certifications

North Carolina ranked first in the nation in national board certification of teachers, and East Carolina University earned a top ranking for newly certified alumni.

Appalachian State University leads the nation with 130 alumni who completed board certification in 2011. ECU came in 2nd with 118.

Teachers and counselors who completed national board certification in 2011 numbered 6,266, with 20% of those educators from North Carolina.

June Atkinson, state superintendent of the Public Schools of North Carolina, applauded the effort. She said, “National Board Certification is an incredibly rigorous process that requires teachers to look deep into how they provide classroom instruction to meet the academic needs of all their students. It requires a serious professional and personal commitment.

“We are so fortunate that so many of our teachers continue to be willing to make this commitment,” Atkinson said. “Our public school students are the ultimate winners as a result.”

The state’s total number of nationally board certified teachers numbers 19,193. That number includes 1,244 who were newly certified in 2011.

Nationwide there are 97,291 teachers who have completed the certification process.

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Board on Human Sciences Award presented to ECU professor

Dr. Elizabeth Carroll

An East Carolina University faculty member was honored in November for her contributions to research and human sciences in higher education.

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities named Dr. Elizabeth “Bettie Ann” Carroll among four 2011 recipients of the Board on Human Sciences Awards. Carroll, associate professor of child development and family relations, accepted the award at the organization’s 124th annual meeting in San Francisco, Calif.

The award recognizes scholarship in the development and application of outreach and extension, extensively promoted and advanced human sciences in higher education; or significant contributions in developing the next generation of science scholars.

Carroll, who has been on the ECU faculty for 15 years, received the award for exceptional creativity and scholarship in the development, application and evaluation of outreach, extension and public service programs. She has worked to improve the lives of military families in North Carolina through the delivery of the program she developed in 2004, Essential Life Skills for Military Families. Using a $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she created the program to help strengthen marriages and couple relationships by providing an engaging, evidence and skills-based curriculum for National Guard and Reserve families.

The other recipients of the awards were Penny A. Ralston of Florida State University; Mary McPhail Gray of McPhail Consulting Services it Taos, N.Mex.; and Matthew Hickey of Colorado State University.

“The Board on Human Sciences Awards recognizes outstanding members of our higher education community who have made substantial contributions to our field,” said Billie Collier, dean and professor of textiles and consumer sciences in the College of Human Sciences at Florida State University and BoHS chair. “BoHS members are proud to recognize the important contributions of four scholars who have made a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities.”

Founded in 1887, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities is a research and advocacy organization of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems. As the nation’s oldest higher education association, APLU is dedicated to excellence in learning, discovery and engagement. For more information, visit


ECU offers summer medical education program

College students and recent graduates who are aiming for a career as a physician can hone their science and research skills during an eight-week summer program at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

ECU’s Summer Program for Future Doctors is an intensive educational program that allows participants to experience the demands of a medical school curriculum. It will be May 14-July 12, 2012. The only requirement is that students be North Carolina residents. Minorities, disadvantaged and non-traditional students, along with all other students, are encouraged to apply

Students should have satisfactorily completed one year of biology, chemistry and physics. Organic chemistry is strongly encouraged. The program is tuition-free, though participants are responsible for living expenses. Eligible students will receive stipends.

The application deadline is March 2. Applications and more information are online at


ECU to host Great Decisions community forum

East Carolina University will host the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions Program Jan. 14 through March 3.

The program will run for eight consecutive Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Rivers West Building auditorium. The schedule of meetings, topics and speakers is as follows:

  • Jan. 14: Cybersecurity
    Retired USAF Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap Jr., executive director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, and visiting professor of the practice, Duke University School of Law.
  • Jan. 21:  Indonesia
    Dr. Alethia Cook, Department of Political Science, East Carolina University
  • Jan. 28: State of the oceans
    Dr. David Kimmel, Department of Biology, East Carolina University
  • Feb. 4:  Energy geopolitics
    Dr. Richard Ericson, Department of Economics, East Carolina University
  • Feb. 11: Promoting democracy
    Dr. Dursun Peksen, Department of Political Science, East Carolina University
  • Feb. 18: Mexico
    Dr. Angela Thompson, Department of History, East Carolina University
  • Feb. 25: Exit from Afghanistan & Iraq
    Dr. Austin Long, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • March 3: Middle East realignment
    Nathan Lean, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Now in its eighth year in Greenville, the Great Decisions Program is sponsored by ECU and the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina. ECU students, staff and faculty may attend for free and purchase the program book for $19. For the general public, the fee is $37 for all eight sessions with a $19 textbook expense. Individual sessions are $6.

For additional information, visit the Great Decisions web site or contact Dr. Sylvie Debevec Henning at (252) 328-5520 or at Registration is available on the web site.

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