Monthly Archives: September 2013

ECU alumna named Women of the Year



East Carolina University alumna Kolenya Edwards, an officer with the Greenville Police Department, was named Woman of the Year at the North Carolina Law Enforcement Women’s Association annual conference last week in Edneyville, N.C.

A Roanoke Rapids native, Edwards holds a master’s degree in criminal justice. She is a 9-year veteran of the Greenville Police Department, where she serves as personnel and recruiting officer. She is a member of the department’s Honor Guard and a certified N.C. law enforcement instructor.

The NCLEWA is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the professionalism of women in law enforcement in North Carolina.

ECU School of Social Work offers master’s program in Rocky Mount

The ECU School of Social Work will host an informational session at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 for persons interested in earning a master of social work degree through an extended time cohort program held in Rocky Mount, N.C.

The session will be held at the Gateway Technology Center, 3400 North Wesleyan Boulevard.

Tentatively scheduled to begin in the fall of 2014, the MSW program is a 60 credit hour, degree-focused program with classes offered on Saturdays through a hybrid of delivery methods, including face-to-face and online instruction.

For additional information, contact the ECU School of Social Work at 252-328-5650, visit,  or e-mail

Long-time College of Business professors retire on same day

Longtime ECU professors Dr. Roy Simerly, left, and Dr. Kenneth Bass retired on Sept. 1. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Longtime ECU professors Dr. Roy Simerly, left, and Dr. Kenneth Bass retired on Sept. 1. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

By Jennifer Brezina
ECU College of Business

Two management professors in the College of Business retired on the exact same day this fall, ending more than four decades of combined teaching at East Carolina University.

The 2012-2013 academic year was Kenneth Bass’ 21st year in the Department of Management and Roy Simerly’s 23rd year. The last day for both men was Sept. 1.

Bass joined ECU in 1991, first teaching management principles and organizational behavior. After the first few years, he began teaching strategic management, one of the final courses taken by business students at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

“When I started teaching, technology consisted of chalk and overhead transparencies,” Bass said. “The most rewarding part of my career has been getting to know students, counseling them throughout their college careers, watching them develop in their knowledge of business, and then seeing them graduate and move into successful careers in business.”

Bass earned his MBA from Louisiana State University in Shreveport in 1983 and earned his PhD in Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University in 1991. Three of Bass’ four children graduated from the ECU College of Business: Kevin Bass (DSCI ’99), Kristopher Bass (DSCI ’06), and Karen Bass Winbourne (DSCI ’05).

Simerly, whose office was adjacent to Bass’, said he has taught almost every class offered by the Department of Management at some point, although his primary area is graduate-level strategic management.

“Throughout my years of teaching, the students have been the greatest challenge and reward as they kept me on my toes and made me learn and grow,” Simerly said. “I have been consistently recognized by graduate students for my teaching ability, but I don’t know why, as I tell them at the start that I am not a teacher.

“Students are responsible for their education and should be aware of this. Professors are responsible for the creation of new knowledge, and are in the classroom only to facilitate the student’s search for understanding.”

Before his career in the academic world, Simerly served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force. In the military, he held various positions in management and also gained experience as an electronic technician, ultimately working as resource manager of an England-based aircraft maintenance logistics support team.  During this time he also earned a BSBA from the University of Maryland and a master of science in management from Troy State University’s European Division.

He earned his PhD in management from Virginia Tech in 1990.


HHP Welcomes New ROTC Commanders

LTC Thomas E. Glockzin is commander of the ECU Air Force ROTC.

Lt. Col. Glockzin

Lt. Col. Glockzin

He recently served as the deputy commander, 43rd Airlift Group, Pope Field, North Carolina where he commanded eight squadrons, 13 group staff agencies, and 1,200 personnel supporting five Major commands.  At Pope Field, Glockzin also served as chief of staff and directed activities for 85 personnel.  He is a master navigator with more than 4,000 flying hours, including more than 200 combat and combat support hours.  He earned an undergraduate degree in 1989 in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree in 1998 in Aeronautical/Aviation Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal (Fourth Oak Leaf Cluster).

LTC Sean Farrar

LTC Sean Farrar

LTC Sean E. Farrar is commander of the ECU Army ROTC.  He recently served as a division chief in the Aviation Test Directorate at the U.S. Army Operation Test Command in Fort Hood, Texas, where he conducted testing of new Aviation aircraft and equipment.  At Fort Hood he tested the new Apache attack helicopter and an aircrew protective mask used for chemically or biologically contaminated environments.  He is a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot with one combat tour in Iraq, where he served as an advisor and trainer to the Iraqi Police.  He earned an undergraduate degree in 1994 in geography from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a graduate degree in 2003 in Individual Counseling from Long Island University.

ECU professors published in Journal of Sport Management

Two East Carolina University professors in the Department of Kinesiology published articles in the July issue of the Journal of Sport Management.

Dr. Melanie Sartore-Baldwin co-authored, “Hegemonic Masculinity and the Institutionalized Bias Toward Women in Men’s Collegiate Basketball: What do Men Think?”  The study investigates men’s basketball coaches’ perceptions and attitudes toward women in men’s college basketball.

Dr. Stacy Warner led an international team of researchers in a study highlighting the factors necessary to retain sports officials. The article was titled, “Officiating Attrition: The Experiences of Former Referees via a Sport Development Lens.”

The Department of Kinesiology is housed in the ECU College of Health and Human Performance.

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