Monthly Archives: January 2013

ECU Nurse Anesthesia Program celebrates 10th anniversary

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the College of Nursing’s Nurse Anesthesia Program, a concentration in the master of science program. This week, Jan. 20-26, is National Nurse Anesthetists Week.

ECU’s program admits 12 students each January and the first class graduated in May 2005.  The 28-month, full-time program of study requires that students attend classes on campus. The program is a model for interdisciplinary education that includes faculty from the College of Nursing, as well as the ECU Department of Chemistry, and Brody School of Medicine’s departments of anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. The clinical education occurs mainly in Greenville at Vidant Medical Center. image001

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) students have bachelor’s degrees in nursing, are licensed as registered nurses and have at least one year of acute-care experience. Students take a core set of courses along with special anesthesia courses. They graduate with a master’s degree in nursing and are then eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam.  Since inception of the program in 2003, ECU has had a 95% graduation rate and a 92% first-time NCE pass rate (100% overall pass rate).  All 12 in the class of 2012 graduated and passed the NCE on first testing. Many graduates choose to stay and work as certified registered nurse anesthetists in eastern North Carolina, according to Maura McAuliffe, CRNA, PhD, FAAN, professor of nursing and director of the program.

According to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, a CRNA takes care of a patient’s anesthesia needs before, during and after surgery or the delivery of a baby. CRNAs provide services in conjunction with other health care professionals, such as surgeons, dentists, podiatrists and anesthesiologists, and practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, surgicenters,  and physician’s offices.

For more information on ECU’s program, visit

Krispy Kreme CEO to speak at ECU



The chief executive officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will present “Pursuing a Passion,” at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in Wright Auditorium at East Carolina University.

James Morgan, named president and CEO of the company in 2008, is speaking as part of the Cunanan Leadership Speaker Series hosted by the ECU College of Business. The event is free and open to the public.

Morgan joined the Krispy Kreme board of directors in 2000 and was elected as its chairman in 2005. Prior to joining Krispy Kreme, he was chairman and CEO of Wachovia Securities and of Interstate/Johnson Lane

A 1969 graduate of Vanderbilt University, Morgan has more than 37 years of experience in business leadership positions. He also served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

For additional information contact the College of Business Professional Programs, or call 252-328-6377.

Open house set for Jan. 25

East Carolina University will hold an open house for the Family Therapy Clinic and Redditt House: Medical Family Therapy Research Academy from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

Visitors are invited to tour the facilities and meet the faculty and graduate student interns. The clinic is located at 612 E. 10th Street in Greenville.

ECU chancellor Steve Ballard will present the Excellence in Collaboration Award for the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program, which provides services to support patients and their loved ones throughout their experiences with cancer. ECU interns at both the master and doctoral level work in the program, providing therapeutic services while learning first-hand the importance of  treating patients and their families from a biopsychosocial perspective.

The ECU Family Therapy Clinic has been a resource for families in the community for more than 20 years with an average of 2,500 people coming through the clinic’s doors each year. The clinic offers a wide range of services, including premarital services and therapy for individuals, couples or families. Additional services include medical family therapy, which supports the entire family when one family member is critically or chronically ill, and employee assistance programs for small businesses seeking to safeguard employees’ wellbeing.

The ECU Family Therapy Clinic and the Redditt House: Medical Family Therapy Research Academy are part of the Department of Child Development and Family Relations in the College of Human Ecology at East Carolina University. Visit

For more information, contact Dr. Lisa Tyndall at or 252-328-4206.


ECU Renaissance literature expert to present lecture

East Carolina University visiting professor Dr. Gary A. Stringer, scholar of English Renaissance literature, will share details about the first collected edition of John Donne’s poems during a free, public lecture at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in Room 1031 of the Bate Building on campus. A reception will follow.



Stringer will examine the volume of John Donne poetry published two years after Donne’s death. The lecture is titled, “The Making of the 1633, ‘Poems, by J.D. with Elegies on the Author’s Death,’ An Illustrated Detective Story.”

Stringer will highlight the condition in which Donne left the poems at his death, the print environment out of which this volume of poems emerged, the credentials of the publisher, the obscurity surrounding the origins of the publication venture and identification of the various manuscripts used in assembling the collection. He will illustrate points in the presentation with visuals of 17th century books and manuscripts

Stringer joined the ECU faculty in 2011 as a visiting professor in the Department of English, and as the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, housed in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. The Whichard Professorship, which Stringer now holds for a second academic year, is an endowed professorship made possible through a donation by the Whichard family in honor of David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard of Greenville.

Since Stringer’s research is supported primarily by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, he has redirected some research funds provided through the Whichard endowment to other projects.

“By the time my two years are up, Whichard funds will have supported in whole, or in part, visits to ECU by six outside scholars, three creative writers, three filmmakers and the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities,” Stringer said. “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to help support endeavors like these, which contribute to the intellectual and cultural life of the community.”

Stringer received his Ph.D., M.A and B.A. degrees in English from the University of Oklahoma. In a nearly 50-year academic career, he has held faculty appointments at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, the University of Southern Mississippi and Texas A&M University.

For additional information about the lecture, contact Denise Miller at 252-328-6053.

Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.

ECU team wins international gaming competition

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Members of the ECU Gaming Team celebrate with the championship trophy for besting the competition at the NVIDIA Call of Duty Black-Ops 2 Rivalries National Invitational Competition.


The East Carolina University Gaming Team won the inaugural NVIDIA Call of Duty Black-Ops 2 Rivalries National Invitational Competition Jan. 19 at the NVIDIA headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif.

The team acquired a wild card slot to participate, thanks to Facebook voting, which provided winners with a paid trip to the competition. Team members Michael Mangelli, Mathew Mangelli, Cliff Stubbs, Nate Kellum and Stephan Loehr competed and club secretary Rachel Pickens accompanied the team.

Each game was played following Call of Duty Team Deathmatch rules, with each team competing to earn the 75 point cap within the ten minute time limit. Other competitors included Oregon State University, University of California – Los Angeles, Stanford, the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.

Team members won a desktop PC powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690, with HD monitor and accessories, while ECU will receive GTX-powered desktop computers with HD monitors and accessories.

For additional information about the competition, visit

Accounting faculty report publications

An article by Denise E. Dickens and Rose Bailey, accounting professors in the ECU College of Business, “Success in Industry-based Accounting Careers,” was published in the CPA Journal. Also by Dickens, “The Question of Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation: Will Investors Benefit?” appeared in the CPA Journal.

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