Monthly Archives: May 2013

Kerbs provides tutoring on-demand for criminal justice statistics

ECU professors Dr. John Kerbs observes as tutor Michael Mattocks, right, works with a criminal justice student. (Contributed photo)

ECU professors Dr. John Kerbs observes as tutor Michael Mattocks, right, works with a criminal justice student. (Contributed photos)


By Nicole Wood
College of Human Ecology

You will find Dr. John Kerbs in his office early in the morning, late at night, and on the weekend. If he isn’t there or in front of the classroom, check over at the Old Cafeteria Building where he’s probably in the Pirate Tutoring Center working with the CJ Stat Lab tutors.

The CJ Stat Lab grew out of a need for more one-on-one assistance for students in JUST 3900, Introductory Statistics for Criminal Justice. “There just wasn’t enough time in class or during office hours to give the students the kind of attention they were seeking,” said Kerbs. “I knew we needed a different approach and so I partnered with the tutoring center and the textbook publisher (CENGAGE Learning) to create a hybrid tutoring model that features face-to-face and online assistance.”

The model involves several components including free access to qualified tutors, online course materials, textbooks and calculators.

Students from JUST 3900 compete each semester for the “Top Gun Statistician Award” which aids in the search for high-quality tutors. “I want the best students in the class working as tutors and I’ve been very fortunate this semester that Ethan Cooper, ‘Top Gun Statistician’ from the fall semester, agreed to be the lead tutor for this spring,” said Kerbs.

Cooper, in coordination with Kerbs and other tutors, developed a system of online notes, sample problems and tips for Aplia’s online homework modules. “I hope to help students in JUST 3900 so that they might score above the national average on Aplia,” said Cooper. Aplia is an online statisics homework system designed to help make statistics relevant and engaging. Kerbs incorporates Aplia assignments into the JUST 3900 curriculum.

Students in Kerbs' criminal justice statistics class have found good success with the additional tutoring offered to help them succeed.

Students in Kerbs’ criminal justice statistics class have found good success with the additional tutoring offered to help them succeed.

The final piece of the puzzle was tapping CENGAGE Learning to help defray the cost of providing materials for the students. “We now have 10 books and 10 calculators at both Joyner Library and the Pirate Tutoring Center.  This was a very large donation of books and calculators from CENGAGE Learning, which has been invaluable given that many students are now availing themselves of the free materials in both locations,” Kerbs said. CENGAGE also sponsors the “Top Gun Statistician Award.”

Pirate Tutoring Center Director Elizabeth Coghill said, “The partnership with Dr. Kerbs in criminal justice is a model for future tutoring in high need courses. When faculty, tutors, Starfish early alerts and PTC staff collaborate, success happens. This semester saw high attendance from the JUST 3900 students. We look forward to working with faculty like Dr. Kerbs in other academic departments. When we join together, students succeed.”

With fierce competition for this semester’s “Top Gun Statistician Award,”  Kerbs said that he should have no problem meeting the need of his students next semester with an even larger cohort of qualified tutors.

For additional information, visit the criminal justice stat lab site at

Nurse faculty member serves at North Carolina General Assembly

East Carolina University nurse faculty member Becky Bagley is serving as Nurse of the Day at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh May 7.

Becky Bagley

Becky Bagley

Bagley, director of nurse-midwifery education in the ECU College of Nursing, will provide services such as taking vital signs, checking blood pressures, and dispensing over-the-counter drugs for headaches, upset stomachs, or allergies to legislators and legislative staff members.

The day is made possible by the North Carolina Nurses Association.

“I chose to serve as Nurse of the Day to broaden my horizons,” Bagley said. “I am a soon-to-be DNP graduate at Duke University and this is a great way to sit in on legislative sessions.”

Many NCNA members who previously served have said the experience has validated their choice of the nursing profession. The nurses enhance the positive image of nursing in the state of North Carolina, officials said.
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Coach Rock Golf Classic set for May 13

The third annual Coach Rock Cancer Research Golf Classic will be held May 13 at Ironwood Country Club in Greenville. The tournament will benefit ongoing research in the Department of Oncology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center.

The registration deadline is May 9.

Coach Thomas "Rock" Roggeman addresses players during a 2008 ECU football game. (Photo courtesy ECU Sports Information)

Coach Thomas “Rock” Roggeman addresses players during a 2008 ECU football game. (Photo courtesy ECU Sports Information)

Funds raised at the tournament will directly benefit cancer patients in eastern North Carolina through the Coach Rock Roggeman Cancer Research Fund. Thomas “Rock” Roggeman, who died of lymphoma in 2010, served as a defensive coordinator for ECU’s football team.

“This has always been such a fun day,” said Dr. Paul Walker, who established the cancer research fund with his wife, Kathy. “People have recognized that we’re all out there for something that’s very, very important.”

The tournament features a four-person superball format with a $500-per-team entry fee. Sponsorships range from $100 to $5,000. Tournament prizes will be awarded.

Tickets also will be available at the event for a $10,000 putting contest that will benefit the Spencer Hampton Scholarship at D. H. Conley High School.

Breakfast, registration and practice begin at 7:30 a.m., with the morning flight teeing off at 8:15 a.m. The afternoon flight tees off at 1:30 p.m., after a 12:30 p.m. lunch and registration and a 1 p.m. tribute to Roggeman.

Walker, an associate professor at the Brody School of Medicine and director of the thoracic oncology clinic, said the tournament celebrates the vigor with which Roggeman coached football and fought cancer.

“We wanted to honor the legacy of a man who has been highly respected as a man and as a coach,” he said.

It also serves as an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of funding cancer research. The Coach Rock Roggeman Cancer Research Fund supports the development of innovative cancer research treatment clinical trials at ECU that are key to improving cancer care for patients throughout the region.

“Every advancement in cancer treatment comes from cancer research,” Walker said.

Current research seeks to double the cure in inoperable lung cancer and acute leukemia. Other studies are exploring how to eliminate lung cancer in lymph nodes in nine out of 10 patients and completely clear the disease in patients with specific types of breast cancer.

Other sponsors of this year’s tournament include Steele Insurance Company, Brenda Till (in memory of Bruce Till), ECU Physicians, Greenville Nissan, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Impressions magazine and BB&T.

To register or make a donation, please contact Susan Eubanks at 252-744-1015 or

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