Monthly Archives: March 2013

ECU alum speaks at national education conference



An East Carolina University graduate shared her experiences as a first-year, middle school math teacher at a national education conference Feb. 27-March 2.

Lauren Williams Harvey ‘12 served as a panelist at the annual American Association of Teacher Education Conference (AACTE), held this year in Orlando, Fla. She spoke on how an innovative program at ECU’s College of Education prepared her for teaching.

The College is in its third year of implementing edTPA, an assessment tool that measures the teaching behaviors and effectiveness of education students. edTPA was developed by Stanford University in partnership with AACTE.

“Being a first-year teacher can be stressful, but the preparation I received…allowed me to feel confident in my classroom,” said Harvey, who teaches sixth-grade math at E.B. Aycock Middle School in Greenville. “With this confidence, I feel that I am able to meet the individual needs of all of my students on a daily basis.”

ECU administrators recommended Harvey to serve as a panelist for the session, titled “edTPA Into Practice: Novice Teachers Speak Out,” because of the university’s extensive adoption of edTPA and the deep engagement of the faculty with Stanford University and its Center for Assessment, Learning, & Equity, according to Susan Petroff, vice president of AACTE.

“The opportunity to speak at the AACTE conference on edTPA gave me a chance to both share my experiences through the process as well as advocate for the College of Education,” said Harvey, who one of only three new graduates to appear on the conference agenda.

During the panel session, Harvey reflected on how the middle grades education program at ECU prepared her to execute the edTPA process and, more importantly, to be a successful new teacher.

“Each day, I reflected on my lessons and how well my students were performing, but the edTPA allowed me to focus on specific needs and common errors that may occur during a lesson.”

In her remarks, Harvey said that edTPA was a rich, challenging opportunity that allowed her to demonstrate her pedagogical knowledge and skills. From making sure that she was planning instruction that reached all students, to assessing student work to identify gaps in instruction or misconceptions existing among her students, participating in edTPA at ECU made Harvey a confident, prepared first-year teacher.

“This truly was a memorable occasion,” said Dr. Linda Patriarca, dean of the College of Education. “Listening to her articulate so clearly and cogently how she plans, instructs and assesses the students in her class and how she uses the data to inform her planning and subsequent day’s instruction was awe inspiring.”

For more information about ECU’s College of Education, visit For more details on the edTPA, visit

ECU students win regional quiz bowl competition

ECU students Jacob Ridings, Beth Ackerman, and Jonathan Powell, left to right, were winners of the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine quiz bowl competition. (Contributed photo)

ECU students Jacob Ridings, Beth Ackerman, and Jonathan Powell, left to right, were winners of the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine quiz bowl competition. (Contributed photo)


Three East Carolina University students earned first place honors at the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine quiz bowl competition held February 14-16 in Greenville, S.C.

Three exercise physiology majors in the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Performance made up the winning team. They were Jacob Ridings, Beth Ackerman and Jonathan Powell.

The ECU team defeated 19 other quiz bowl teams from across the region.  The quiz bowl is styled after the television show “Jeopardy” with teams of three undergraduate students. Competition questions test students’ knowledge in a wide variety of exercise science related topics.

“The team’s success is a reflection of the excellent exercise physiology program at ECU,” said Kandy Houmard, teaching instructor and faculty mentor for the team. She said she was proud of the students who were “academically prepared” for the competition.

The winning team will represent the regional chapter at the national American College of Sports Medicine meeting in Indianapolis in May.


ECU social work professor to present ‘Boundary Dilemmas’

East Carolina University professor Margaret Arnd-Caddigan in the School of Social Work will present “Boundary Dilemmas” from noon to 2 p.m. March 13 in the ECU Heart Institute as part of the School of Social Work lecture series.cardiggan

Arnd-Caddigan is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with survivors of abuse for more than 10 years. She will discuss ethical dilemmas facing social workers, human services professionals, counselors and psychotherapists.

Continuing Education Units are available.

For additional information and to register, visit

ECU named to community service honor roll

 ECU College of Business graduate assistants Heather Clayton and Devang Patel work together to paint a wall in the Salvation Army's Family Store during the 2012 MLK Day of Service.  East Carolina University has been honored for its efforts in serving the community. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

ECU College of Business graduate assistants Heather Clayton and Devang Patel work together to paint a wall in the Salvation Army’s Family Store during the 2012 MLK Day of Service. East Carolina University has been honored for its efforts in serving the community. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)


For the seventh year in a row, East Carolina University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll recognizes exemplary community service and meaningful outcomes in the community. The award is the highest federal recognition that honors a university’s commitment to service and civic engagement.honorroll1

Winners were announced March 4 at the American Council on Education annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Community outreach at ECU is supported through the efforts of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center, which engages students in volunteer and service-learning activities that benefit the community while enhancing the students’ academic experiences. For additional information about the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center, visit

The entire Honor Roll list is available at

University to test emergency notification system

East Carolina University will conduct a test of the ECU Alert emergency notification system at noon Friday, March 8.

The test will assess numerous emergency communication methods, including the ECU homepage announcement, email delivered to all accounts, indoor and outdoor loudspeakers, VOIP phone text and voice, SMS text messages, Twitter, desktop pop-up boxes and digital messages on campus display screens.

People on campus will hear a verbal message on loudspeakers, noting that it is only a test of the ECU Alert emergency notification system. Voice and text messages will be sent to campus VOIP telephones, and test messages will be sent to university email accounts. Display screens located throughout campus will also carry a test message.

Users who registered for ECU Alert cell phone messages by March 1 will receive an SMS text message. Registration for cell phone messaging is available at

In conjunction with the test and as required by law, the university is providing the following information regarding procedures for emergency notification, response and evacuation:

Emergency Notification

If an emergency occurs, ECU Alert messages will provide instructions and updates as the situation unfolds. When appropriate, in-depth information will be posted to the ECU homepage at

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Guidance for preparedness and response to specific hazards is available at

Faculty, staff, students and visitors are urged to remain calm and aware of surroundings, use common sense and avoid unnecessary risks when hazards occur.

Each campus unit should have evacuation and lockdown plans in place. Contact unit safety representatives for additional information.


Residence halls are required to conduct quarterly fire drills in compliance with state fire codes to provide practice for an actual emergency. Residents and visitors should learn exit routes from all buildings and evacuate immediately when a fire alarm sounds, following the guidelines below:

• Know at least two evacuation routes. Look for illuminated exit signs.

• When the fire alarm sounds, you must evacuate. Do not use elevators.

• Encourage others to evacuate with you. Do not wait for those who refuse to leave.

• Go to the designated evacuation assembly area for the building or move at least 100 paces away.


A shelter-in-place notification may come from the ECU Alert system, ECU Police, university employees or other authorities when severe weather or outdoor environmental dangers occur.

The shelter-in-place order means that all faculty, staff, students and visitors should follow the steps below, remaining in place until otherwise notified:

• If outside, move quickly to the closest building and follow the steps below for sheltering inside, or respond to directives provided by emergency personnel on the scene.

• If inside, stay where you are. Locate an interior room at or above ground level, with minimal windows. Collect a telephone and additional supplies if possible.

• Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.

• Close vents to ventilation systems if able.

• Compile a list of persons in the room. Have someone call in the list and location to the ECU Police.

• Turn on a radio or television and listen for further instructions.

• If possible, access the ECU homepage for further instructions.


A lockdown takes place when a hostile intruder or shooter has threatened or caused violence on campus. This includes individuals who committed violence off campus, but may have moved onto ECU property.

If a lockdown occurs, follow these steps:

• Remain calm. Take immediate responsibility for your personal safety and security.

• If outside, seek protection by establishing a barrier between you and the assailant. If a safe method of escape is available, consider escape.

• If inside, take cover in the nearest room behind solid objects such as tables and desks.

• Turn off lights, close blinds, block windows and silence cell phones.

• Call 911 to report what is happening, where you are located and the number of people with you.

• Treat injuries with basic first aid (apply pressure to wounds and elevate limbs if bleeding).

• Remain in place until an “All Clear” has been issued.

The ECU Office of Environmental Health and Safety and ECU Police Department provided this information. For additional information, visit

In Memoriam – Dr. Ronald Lewis Thiele

Former Allied Health dean Dr. Ronald Lewis Thiele died Feb. 19 in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Thiele served as dean of the School of Allied Health for 25 years, building excellence in physical therapy, audiology, epidemiology and medical records programs. He retired in 1996 and moved to Santa Rosa to be near family.

He is survived by his devoted companion, Valerie Reid of Santa Rosa, and his three children Ron Jr., Eric and Judi, five grandchildren and one great grandson. Before joining ECU, Thiele served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, as a pediatrician in Concord, Calif. and as director of  Clover Bottom Hospital and School in Donelson, Tenn.

Sociological Association honors long-time ECU professor

East Carolina University professor Dr. Kenneth R. Wilson was honored Feb. 22 with the 2013 North Carolina Sociological Association’s Award for Contributions to Sociology

Wilson is professor of sociology and co-director of the sociology department’s community research lab. He joined ECU in 1974.


Dr. Kenneth Wilson

North Carolina Central University professor emeritus George Conklin presented the award at the organization’s annual conference. Conklin said, “Dr. Wilson’s expertise in applied sociology has been nationally significant, with an emphasis on improving the quality of human life.” Conklin serves as editor of the NCSA journal, Sociation Today.

“I am proud to receive this award from an organization that has focused attention on ways to combine scholarship and teaching to serve the needs of our students and our communities,” said Wilson.

Dr. Marieke Van Willigen, interim chair of ECU’s sociology department said she was happy to see Wilson honored. He has “facilitated the collection, analysis and reporting of data on issues ranging from differential impacts of hurricanes to factors affecting the quality of life of breast cancer survivors, to how researchers deal with ethical dilemmas in their research. He is truly an applied sociologist in the best sense of the term,” she said.

Wilson joined ECU after completing his doctoral degree from Purdue University. During his 39-year career at ECU, Wilson has focused upon specific issues in which applied sociology may contribute, including procedures for basic research, emergency responses during natural disasters and health care and technology access disparities. He has received $1 million in funds to address these social issues through applied sociology, and he has published more than 32 articles and a half-dozen book chapters within his field of research.

“I enjoy doing research that makes a difference,” said Wilson. “I am particularly proud of my research on the Digital Divide in North Carolina, which…helped the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center and the NC Department of Commerce document the need to extend broadband to rural regions. I really enjoy working with a team that is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in North Carolina.”

Wilson is past president of the North Carolina Sociological Association and past president of the UNC Faculty Assembly. He is the founding director of the Sociology Community Survey Lab in ECU’s Department of Sociology.

He also has been involved with the American Sociology Association, American Association of Public Opinion Research, American Statistical Association, Southern Sociological Society, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction and Alpha Kappa Delta.

For additional information, contact Wilson at 252-328-4897 or

ECU student selected to present research

East Carolina University student Maggie Steinhauer was one of 30 students selected to present undergraduate scholarship at the First Annual Society of Cinema and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference, scheduled for April 12-13 at the University of Notre Dame.

Steinhauer is a senior English major and film studies minor, and a student assistant for ECU Dining Services. She was chosen to present undergraduate scholarship on any aspect of cinema and media history, criticism or theory.

Steinhauer will present “’Bowties are Cool’: Fandom in the Mainstream,” on the BBC television series “Doctor Who” and the implications of social media on the evolution of fandom.

Call for abstracts issued for ECU symposium

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit a 1-page abstract for a poster presentation for the upcoming Business of Health Care Symposium: Focus on Healthcare IT. The event is scheduled for 8:20 a.m. – 3 p.m. on April 4 at the East Carolina Heart Institute.

The research may be on technical, economic, social, behavioral, strategic, or managerial issues related to business value of IT in healthcare and may focus on patients, health care providers, clinics, hospitals, insurance companies, or health care systems.   Authors are encouraged to present creative ideas that can stimulate thinking in the audience and that can be leveraged into collaborative research and practice.

The deadline for abstracts is March 15 and posters must be ready by March 29.

Abstracts should be submitted via email to  All submissions will be acknowledged upon receipt.

Contact Huigang Liang (email:; tel: 252-737-1462) or Lucky Xue (email:; tel: 252-737-1443) for additional information.

Register for the symposium at

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