Monthly Archives: March 2013

Judges sought for Research and Creative Achievement Week

The East Carolina University Division of Research and Graduate Studies is seeking judges for Research and Creative Achievement Week 2013.

RCAW showcases undergraduate and graduate student research and creative achievement. Graduate student day is scheduled for April 8 and undergraduate student day is April 10

Judges are needed in all categories.

The division is using a short Qualtrics survey to collect information from potential judges to help in scheduling.  Individuals who are willing to volunteer are asked to fill out the survey at  The site also has judging criteria and other information.

ECU doctoral program completes 100 percent national internship match

 East Carolina University’s doctoral program in health psychology, housed in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology, announced this week that all eight of its doctoral candidates who applied for this year’s match process were selected for internships accredited by the American Psychological Association. The national selection process is highly competitive and is one of the final steps to becoming a professional psychologist.

The full-time, one-year internship is a requirement for earning the doctoral degree in clinical psychology or school psychology. For students, obtaining an APA-accredited internship is one of the nationally-accepted credentials that help graduates become licensed psychologists and find jobs. Nationally, this year approximately 69 percent of candidates were matched through the internship service.

“The 100 percent placement of our students provides further evidence of the increasing national prominence of East Carolina in the field of health psychology,” said Dr. Sam Sears, director of the health psychology doctoral program. “The top training sites in health psychology now recognize that students at East Carolina are engaged in state-of-the-art clinical practice and research.”

Clinical health psychology students selected for the internship, and their internship locations, include Katherine Buck, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Marissa Carraway, Cherokee Health Systems; Emily Dinatale, Medical College of Georgia & Charlie Norwood VAMC; Jessica Ford, Brown University Alpert Medical School; Jonathan Highsmith, Memphis VA Medical Center; Katie Lehockey, VA Western New York Healthcare System; and Amaris Tippey, University of Florida Health Science Center. Pediatric school psychology student Julie Harris, also selected for the match program, will conduct her internship at Illinois State University.

ECU’s heath psychology program was introduced in 2007 and has three distinct tracks: clinical health psychology, pediatric school psychology and occupational health psychology. This past year, the clinical health psychology program received a seven-year accreditation from the American Psychological Association. The pediatric school psychology program will seek similar accreditation in the upcoming year.

For additional information, contact Sears at 252-328-6118 or via email at

Awards recognize outstanding student research papers


Joyner Library at ECU will host the Rhem/Schwarzmann Awards at 5 p.m. on March 18 in the library.

The award recognize outstanding research papers by ECu sophomores, juniors and seniors, with cash prizes in the amount of $750, $500 and $250 awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners. Papers may be in any field of study, but should be based largely on primary sources held by the library’s manuscripts and rare book/archives departments.

The awards were established by Ann Schwarzmann to honor William and Emily Rhem and Theodore and Ann Schwarzmann.

Business faculty report publications

Faculty in the ECU College of Business have reported the following recent publications:

Articles by Haozhe Chen, Marketing and Supply Chain Management:

  • “Logistics Service Orientation: An Integrated Strategy to Build Logistics Service Competency” in the Journal of Transportation Management
  • “Organizational Structure and Logistics Service Innovation,” in the International Journal of Logistics Management
  • “Manufacturer-Supplier Guanxi Strategy: An Examination of Contingent Environmental Factors,” in Industrial Marketing Management

By Chen with John Kros,

  • “Technology Emergency between Mandate and Acceptance” An Exploratory Examination of RFID,” in the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management
  • “The Adoption and Utilization of Online Auctions by Supply Chain Managers,” in Transportation Research Part E

By Chen with William Swart,

  • “Human Performance in Supply Chain Management,” in the Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal.

By Management faculty Joseph Tomkiewicz with Kenneth Bass and Joanna Robinson, “Students’ Propensity Toward Business Ownership” in the College Student Journal.

March events at ECU celebrate women


East Carolina University kicked off its celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month with a presentation by author and journalist Asra Nomani  on March 4.

In a presentation titled “Women in the Muslim World,” Nomani spoke about the struggle Muslim women are facing as they work in the modern world to reclaim rights originally granted at Islam’s birth but erased through centuries of manmade rules and traditions. Nomani is the author of “Tanktrika: Traveling the Road of Divine Love,” and “Standing Alone in Mecca.”

Additional events planned throughout March include a March 7 video conference with faculty at ECU’s global partner institutions discussing research related to gender issues as well as discussion of how different countries recognize the international Day of the Woman. That event is set for 8-10 a.m. in the Science and Technology Building, Room 144.

At noon on that day, faculty from the ECU College of Human Ecology will interact with faculty from Gdansk to explore how motherhood changes with cultural context. The event, titled “Motherhood in Cross-cultural Perspective,” will be held in Rivers 260.

On March 19 at 6 p.m., ECU history professor Dr. Mona Russell will introduce a film from contemporary Iran about the dissolution of a marriage. The film is titled “A Separation.”

A global classroom event open to students on March 25 will include a lecture and discussion featuring Dr. Charles Iruonagbe of Covenant University, Nigeria. “Women’s Rights in Nigeria and the Issue of Widow Inheritance” is set for 11-11:50 a.m. in the Science and Technology Building, Room 144.

International Women’s Day is March 8, while Women’s History Month runs throughout the month of March.  International Women’s Day is celebrated globally, marking the economic, political and social of achievements of women past, present and future. In some countries – China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, for example – International Women’s Day is a national holiday.

The ECU programs highlighting women’s achievements are sponsored by Global Academic Initiatives, ECU’s departments of history, sociology and women’s studies and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center.

For additional information about International Women’s Day, visit

Counselors connect with ECU College of Education

ECU hosted school counselors from aross eastern North Carolina this month.

ECU hosted school counselors from aross eastern North Carolina this month.


Forty-Four high school guidance counselors from Eastern North Carolina gained up-to-date information about East Carolina University and its teacher programs during “Each One-Reach One,” held on campus Feb. 12.

Sponsored by the ECU College of Education, event drew educators from the following school districts: Beaufort, Bertie, Clinton City Schools, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Martin, Nash-Rocky Mount, Pitt, Roanoke Rapids, Sampson, Vance, Wayne, and Wilson. Invitations were issued to each high school within the Latham Clinical Schools Network which comprises 37 counties within eastern North Carolina.

The counselors learned about the processes involved for applying to ECU. The Honors College provided details about its unique opportunity for academically talented students. Attendees also participated in a crash course by the ECU Financial Aid office about changes to application processes at the federal level.

The College of Education shared detailed information about the college’s scholarship opportunities. Teaching faculty from mathematics, science and instructional technology education, as well as special education and middle grades education, spoke about their high-need programs.

The event aimed to assist counselors with information about the college application process, while encouraing them to prompt students to consider education as a career choice. Recruitment packets, along with College of Education scholarship information, were given to each attendee for use back at their high schools.

For more information about recruitment efforts for the College of Education at East Carolina University, contact Laura Bilbro-Berry, assistant director of teacher education, at or via phone at 252-328-1123.

Counselors attending the outreach event at ECU learned about the college application process.

Counselors attending the outreach event at ECU learned about the college application process.

ECU students take construction management skills to Vegas


An ECU team from construction management traveled to Las Vegas to participate in the National Association of Home Builders Student Chapters’ Residential Construction Management Competition.


Six construction management students from East Carolina University competed this January in the National Association of Home Builders Student Chapters’ Residential Construction Management Competition in Las Vegas.

The event is part of the annual International Builder’s Show.

To participate, each chapter’s team was asked to design a residential development of a piece of land that spanned 118 acres, and included a portion that was zoned for commercial use. They were asked to develop a plan for acquiring financing to purchase the land, prepare a construction budget and schedule, a marketing and risk analysis and a project site and land development plan. Green building initiatives were also to be considered.

The juniors and seniors representing ECU were Brandon Haddock, Brantlee Jobe, Matthew Lorbacher, Chris Pecorino, Collin Silverthorne, and Kaitlyn Umphlet.

The students spent hundreds of hours during the fall semester – including time during their holiday break – meeting the project guidelines and designing a presentation for the competition. They consulted with a local developer and engineers to get feedback on their proposal.

After arriving in Las Vegas, the team presented their design proposal before a panel of five judges who are currently top contractors and developers from across the nation. Every team member had to speak before the panel.

“It was a great real-world learning experience that you can’t always get in a classroom,” said senior Matthew Lorbacher. “It showed me how competitive it is in this business and how important it is to have every detail correct.”

The ECU team placed 13th out of 31 schools. It was first team to compete for ECU in more than two years.

College of Technology and Computer Science’s industry partner Caterpillar Inc. helped pay for the students’ travel costs. Ron Sessoms, team advisor and teaching instructor in the Department of Construction Management accompanied them on the trip.

“The experience is unbelievable for these students” Sessoms said. “In the designing of the project, they extend the knowledge of what they have learned in the classroom.”

“Competitions are great learning experiences for our students,” agreed Dr. David White, dean of the College of Technology and Computer Science. “We are proud that our team carried on the tradition of excellence and leadership that is associated with construction management at ECU. “

The students did enjoy one day of leisure while in the Las Vegas area. They traveled to see the Hoover Dam – a famous example of a massive construction project.

Open Happiness delivers fun in Coke machines

ECU student Naeem Pearson found an XBOX KINECT dispensed with his Diet Coke on Feb. 22.

ECU student Naeem Pearson found an XBOX KINECT dispensed with his Diet Coke on Feb. 22.

Sodas weren’t the only things a special Coke vending machine set up in Dowdy Student Store was dispensing on Feb. 22. For only a dollar, a soft drink came with a surprise.  Everything from small boxes of candy, fresh baked brownies, pizza slices, 2 liter drinks, and water guns, to ECU t-shirts, Dowdy gift cards and even a slip-n-slide were dispensed.

The machine was part of The Coca-Cola Company’s Open Happiness College Tour 2013.  The visit was its first at ECU, which awarded exclusive pouring rights to Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated in 2010.

One student, Naeem Pearson, received an XBOX KINECT with his Diet Coke. Cans of Silly String were popular, and in the spirit of fun, were always delivered with several squirts from a black gloved hand from inside the machine.

Quinell Sanders, an administrative support associate in the Registrar’s Office, recieved an unexpected bonus when she put a dollar in the machine near the end of the promotion. Instead of one soda, Sanders took the grand prize, enough bottles to fill about seven large shopping bags, and plenty to share with those around. She had to call her office for help to bring them all back.

Proceeds from the three-hour promotion were donated to the Boys and Girls Club.

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Joyce Sealey with Dining Services received Silly String with her bottle of water.



For a three-hour period on Friday, this special Coke vending machine set up in Dowdy Student Store was dispensing surprises, like this bag of cookies, with the drinks.


Joyce Sealey with Dining Services got some Silly String with her bottle of water.

Quinell Sanders, an administrative support associate in the Registrar’s Office, holds some of the many drinks she received as the grand prize winner of Friday’s Open Happiness vending machine promotion.

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