Monthly Archives: June 2013

ECU grad named ‘hottest dad’ on Today Show

ECU Brody School of Medicine graduate Andrew Ungaro was featured on the Today Show as winner of the iVillage hottest dad contest.

ECU Brody School of Medicine graduate Andrew Ungaro was featured on the Today Show as winner of the iVillage hottest dad contest.

ECU medical school graduate Andrew Ungaro was featured June 14 on the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb as winner of the iVillage Hottest Dad in America contest.  Ungaro is a Navy doctor who lives in Portsmouth, Va. with his wife, Marley, and children Langley, 14, and Grey, 10. He was selected from among 1,500 entries narrowed down to nine categories that received 150,000 votes online.

Ungaro is a 2006 graduate in biology and a 2010 graduate from the Brody School of Medicine.

He received a week-long vacation for two to Scrub Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands, along with a $100 American Express gift card and a $250 spa credit at the resort.

Watch a video of the Today Show announcement at

Read more about the contest at iVillage,

Business faculty report publications

Faculty in the College of Business have reported the following new publications:

  • By Denise E. Dickins (Accounting), “The Importance of Sample Selection: An Instructional Resource using U.S. Presidential Elections” in the Journal of Accounting Education; and “ Practitioner Summary of Mandatory Audit Partner Rotation: Perceptions of Audit Quality Consequences” in Current Issues in Auditing
  • By Susan DelVecchio and Kenneth Anselmi (Marketing and Supply Chain Management), “Big Brother or Big Bother: E-Monitoring the Salesforce,” in the Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing
  • By Shanan Gibson, Michael Harris and Bill McDowell (Management), “Organizational Efficacy of Small & Medium-Sized Suppliers: The Role of Information Quality and Continuous Improvement Quality,” in the Journal of Small Business Strategy.
  • By Brenda Wells (Finance), “Recovering from Poor Hiring Decisions: A Case in Direct Sales” in the Small Business Institute Journal.

ECU alum named Winterville police chief



East Carolina University alumnus Ryan Willhite was named Chief of Police for the town of Winterville in May 2013.

Willhite graduated from ECU’s master’s degree program in criminal justice and political science. He has served as a Greenville police officer and the law enforcement training coordinator at Pitt Community College.

Willhite is a member of the 25th Marine Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps.

ECU professor named NASSM research fellow

By Kathy Muse
Health and Human Performance

Dr. Stacy Warner, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at East Carolina University, was named a research fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management.

Stacy Warner

Stacy Warner

Warner received the honor May 30 at the 2013 NASSM conference in Austin, Texas.

“The NASSM Research Fellow designation signifies a very high level of achievement in research,” said Dr. Stacey Altman, chair of the Department of Kinesiology.

Research fellow status recognizes NASSM scholars by honoring their achievement in sport-related scholarship disseminated to the field.

The designation is one of distinction and recognizes high standards of research and other forms of scholarship among NASSM’s members.

“It is impressive that Dr. Warner received this honor so early in her career,” said Altman.

Warner’s research focuses on organizational structures that optimize community building and development in a way that improves the life quality for sport participants, sport employees, fans, and residents.

“I am humbled to receive this honor,” said Warner.  “I’ve had the privilege of working alongside and being trained and mentored by some of the best scholar’s in the field,” she continued.

“This award is a reflection of the investment they made in me and a credit to ECU’s Department of Kinesiology for providing an environment in which research can thrive and excellence is expected,” said Warner.

A native of Osceola Mills, Pa., Warner began teaching at ECU in 2010.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education/sport administration from Lock Haven University in 2000.  She received a master’s degree in exercise and sport science-sport administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001 and a doctorate in sport management from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010.

ECU grad interviewed on CBS News

ECU graduate Dr. Josh Sonett

ECU graduate Dr. Josh Sonett

ECU School of Medicine graduate Dr. Josh Sonett was interviewed in a CBS News story on transplant selection procedures and how those methods may prove unfair for children.

Sonett is now section chief for General Thoracic Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medicine Center in New York, N.Y.

In the article, he commented regarding the case of a 12-year-old patient with Cystic Fibrosis who was waiting for a lung transplant.

Read more about Sonett.  Watch the interview on CBS News.

ECU summer leadership camp seeking student participants

Christina Cantey helps unload construction materials during a work day for Habitat for Humanity at the 2012 Shelton Leadership Academy. (Photo by Jay Clark)

Christina Cantey helps unload construction materials during a work day for Habitat for Humanity at the 2012 Shelton Leadership Academy. (Photo by Jay Clark)

High school students interested in growing their leadership skills this summer can register to participate in the second year of the Shelton Leadership Challenge at East Carolina University.

The weeklong camp runs this year from July 21-26 and organizers are accepting applications through July 8. Space for approximately 10 students remains available, said Mandee Foushee Lancaster, director of the Shelton Leadership Initiative in ECU’s Office of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development. The entire camp class will be no larger than 40 students.

Youths entering the ninth through 12th grades or who are graduating from high school this spring are eligible for the program, which is led by other high school students who have completed the Shelton Challenge, college students and ECU faculty and staff volunteers.

Students accepted into the six-day residential camp will participate in activities that help build a greater understanding of personal leadership assessment and interpersonal dynamics; the role of values and ethics in leadership; leadership traits and approaches; teambuilding and empowering others; civic and social responsibility; and goal setting.
Low and high ropes courses, a service project, and evening activities organized by the students help them get to know one another.

Applicants must have at a 3.0 or higher GPA and two references to be eligible. The cost of the program is $575 per student.

The challenge program was developed at N.C. State’s Shelton Leadership Center, created a decade ago by alumnus Gen. H. Hugh Shelton. After a 38-year career in the U.S. Army, Shelton became the 14th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in October 1997 and served two terms.

Among his many military awards, Shelton has received four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor and the Purple Heart. He has been decorated by 16 foreign governments and in 2001 Shelton was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

Shelton spoke at the inaugural opening day ceremony for ECU’s chapter of the challenge last July. He will return to campus for the opening ceremonies this year, Lancaster said. She added that informal feedback and formal evaluations have show the first year was a great success.

“They made lifelong friends,” she said of the first class. “The amount of growth seen at every level the last year – for participants and staff – was amazing.”

Lancaster added that though all but one participant joined the challenge at their parents’ urging, “by the end of the week they didn’t want to leave.”

Organizers are seeking sponsors to help defer some of the program costs, which include transportation, lodging and meals. Anyone wishing to help fund the program can donate in the following ways:

•   A student fee scholarship of $650 per youth
•   A student partial scholarship of $325 per youth
•   An ECU Shelton Challenge general fund donation
•   By sponsoring a refreshment break for $200
•   Corporate sponsors can add their logo to participant T-shirts for $1,000.

For more information about the Shelton Leadership Challenge at ECU, visit

Saeed earns national psychiatry award

Dr. Sy Saeed, professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatric Medicine in the Brody School of Medicine, has been honored with the Administrative Psychiatry Award by the American Psychiatric Association. Saeed also serves as chief of psychiatry for Vidant Medical Center.



Established in 1983, the award honors an APA member who is a nationally-recognized clinician executive, whose effectiveness as an administrator of major mental health programs has expanded the body of knowledge of management in the mental health services delivery system, and who serves as a role model for other psychiatrists.

The award is co-sponsored and selected by the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators. The award and lecture were presented May 18.

A 1982 graduate of Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan, Saeed completed residency training at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute. He served as professor and chair of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and clinical director for the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Service Network of North Central Illinois from 1995 until 2004.

Saeed is the founding editor of the Psychiatrist Administrator journal, and is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Psychiatric Administration and Management. He is an elected member of the American College of Psychiatrists, a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a distinguished fellow of the APA and an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Health, London.

ECU career counselor receives NCACE president’s award

East Carolina University career counselor Patrick Roberts was recognized with the president’s award at the North Carolina Association of Colleges & Employers’ annual meeting in Blowing Rock May 2.

Patrick Roberts

Patrick Roberts

The award recognizes contributions to the association, career services and/or college recruitment made by an emerging leader in the field. The recipient is selected by the NCACE president with approval from the executive board.

In announcing Roberts as the winner, NCACE President Sara Concini reflected on his enthusiasm for involvement. She was impressed by his eager question, “How can I help?” at the 2012 annual meeting. Concini referred him to the conference committee, where he spearheaded sponsorship solicitation for the 2013 conference. He led the NCACE through a creative and aggressive campaign that resulted in a 10 percent increase in funds raised and five new funding sources.

Concini also quoted Roberts’ ECU colleagues, who described him as an energetic and collaborative hard worker dedicated to serving students.

A native of upstate New York, Roberts received a B.A. in history and M.S. in student personnel administration from the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College, respectively. He worked as a graduate assistant at Buffalo State College before moving to Greenville in 2011.

NCACE is a non-profit organization made up of more than 200 professionals in college and university career services roles. The association provides professional development and networking opportunities for its members to learn, connect and collaborate on initiatives related to college student success and recruitment. For more information, visit

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