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Bright named associate dean for ECU Brody School of Medicine admissions

Dr. Cedric Bright. (Contributed photo)

Dr. Cedric Bright (Contributed photo)

Cedric M. Bright, associate dean for inclusive excellence at the UNC School of Medicine, has been named associate dean for admissions for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, effective Feb. 4.

Bright will step into the role currently held by Dr. James Peden, who will become associate dean for admissions emeritus effective Feb. 1 and will remain a tenured professor at Brody.

Bright will also serve as a clinical professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. A graduate of the UNC School of Medicine, Bright has served on the UNC School of Medicine faculty since 2011. He also has served as assistant dean for admissions, director of the Office of Special Programs and director of pipeline programs. He previously was an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Duke University.

“We are certainly fortunate to have Dr. Bright join us, bringing his talent, energy and outstanding work in medical school admissions and diversity,” said Dr. Mark Stacy, dean of Brody and vice chancellor for ECU’s Division of Health Sciences. “We look forward to his expertise helping to lead our efforts to ensure the success of tomorrow’s physicians for North Carolina.”

In conjunction with Bright’s efforts to diversify the student body of the UNC School of Medicine, he has led UNC’s Medical Education Development (MED) program, a summer program that provides students from underrepresented backgrounds training and preparation for success in medical or dental school. The program began in 1974 and is funded by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Since 2004, the MED program has seen more than 1,200 participants, with more than 50 percent gaining entrance into a graduate program. Of the participants, 212 have gone on to become doctors, 90 have become dentists and 124 have graduated with a Master of Science degree.

Bright served as the 112th president of the National Medical Association and is a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and National Medical Fellowships Inc. He was featured in the 2015 AAMC report “Altering the Course: Black Males in Medicine” and participated in a National Academy of Science forum addressing the lack of black males in medicine. He has also led numerous workshops on workforce diversity. In 2017, Bright earned an Award for Distinguished Service in the Health Field from the National Association of Medical Minority Educators.


-by Spaine Stephens, University Communications

Two more community colleges join co-admission program

Two more eastern North Carolina community colleges – Edgecombe Community College and Sampson Community College – have signed co-admission agreements with East Carolina University, bringing the total number to 16.

The agreements are designed to improve transfer student access and success through a collaborative degree completion program.

From left, Dr. Harry A Starnes, vice president of instruction at Edgecombe Community College; Mark S. Lorence, ECC's acting president; ECU Chancellor Cecil Station; and Michael Jordan, ECC's vice president of student services.

From left, Dr. Harry Starnes, vice president of instruction at Edgecombe Community College; Mark S. Lorence, ECC’s acting president; ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton; and Michael Jordan, ECC’s vice president of student services. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

Students will apply to a participating community college and ECU simultaneously and commit to maintaining full-time status. Upon completing an associate degree, they will seamlessly transition into degree-completion programs at ECU.

“Students at Edgecombe Community College are increasingly looking to continue their education at four-year institutions after completing their first two years with us,” said Dr. Harry Starnes, vice president of instruction at ECC. “We are excited about East Carolina’s co-admissions program, which will further support community college students focused on transferring.

Starnes, Jordan and Staton

Starnes, Jordan and Staton

“With this program, we are pleased that our participating students will be given extra support and direction from East Carolina while they are still completing their two-year degree at Edgecombe. This extra support and direction will make the transition for our students to East Carolina more successful.”

In addition to saving money by completing the first two years of a four-year degree at a community college, benefits to students include access to ECU libraries and programming through the ECU Office of Student Activities and other organizations, ECU One Card eligibility, joint financial aid counseling and micro-scholarship opportunities, joint academic advising, and a waiver of the ECU transfer application fee.

Participating community colleges include Beaufort County Community College, Carteret Community College, College of the Albemarle, Craven Community College, Edgecombe Community College, Halifax Community College, Johnston Community College, Lenoir Community College, Martin Community College, Nash Community College, Pamlico Community College, Pitt Community College, Roanoke-Chowan Community College, Sampson Community College, Wayne Community College and Wilson Community College.

“This is precisely the sort of collaboration we need to better serve the people of North Carolina and the east in particular,” said Dr. Cecil Staton, ECU chancellor. “We cannot be successful and continue to produce capable and engaged citizens who will go out across the communities of this state and make a difference if we don’t have a vital partnership with our community college system. We value what you do, we value your students, and we value our partnership.”


-Contact: Jules Norwood,, 252-328-2836

Wanted: Fall move-in volunteers

Campus Living is seeking groups and organizations to serve as volunteers for this coming fall’s move-in from Wednesday, Aug. 15 through Friday, Aug. 17.

Move-in volunteers welcome residents and their families to campus while assisting them with carrying boxes, answering questions and providing directions. Additional volunteers assist with the check-in process at Minges Coliseum.

Volunteers help students move in at the start of the 2017 fall semester. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Volunteers help students move in at the start of the 2017 fall semester. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Any size group can be accommodated, and individuals also are welcome to volunteer.

If your department, organization or group is interested in participating or would like more information, please arrange for a representative to contact Dave Hilbert in Campus Living at or 737-1063.

New master’s program is designed for practicing teachers

East Carolina University’s College of Education is offering practicing teachers a way to earn their master’s degree in just over a year.

The Department of Elementary Education and Middle Grades Education is seeking 20 outstanding teachers to begin courses this summer focusing on teacher leadership.

Applicants must hold an elementary teaching license to apply. Applications are due April 15.

All courses are online for the six-semester schedule beginning Summer First Session and ending in Summer Second Session 2018. The intent is that students can complete the program while they are teaching, said Dr. Carol Greene, the department’s graduate coordinator.

The practicing teacher master’s degree program follows a recently announced program for new education graduates. Students who will be graduating in May can enroll in a similar yearlong master’s program in leadership. Applications are due April 1 for that group.

To complete an online application, go to or contact Carol Greene for more information at or 252-328-5316.



-by Crystal Baity

Taiwan trip to explore study abroad connections

Whitney Morris, East Carolina University’s coordinator of faculty-led study abroad, has been awarded a Fulbright International Education Administrator’s Seminar grant to travel to Taiwan in March.

The purpose of the program is to build relationships in countries that may be underrepresented by American study abroad students, said Dr. Regis Gilman, executive director of the Office of Continuing Studies.

Whitney Morris will travel to Taiwan in March to build relationships for a possible future study abroad program. (Photo by Cliff Hollis) Whitney Morris will travel to Taiwan in March to build relationships for a possible future study abroad program. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

“By participating in the seminar, Ms. Morris will learn more about higher education in Taiwan and how ECU will be able to build relationships there to encourage faculty and student interest in non-traditional study abroad countries,” he said.

The grant provides a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about Taiwan’s higher education system while also gaining experience with its people and culture, Morris said.

Morris, who said she has never been to Asia, plans to look for areas of common interest and create a framework to begin faculty-led study abroad programs in Taiwan over the coming years. ECU currently offers faculty-led study abroad programs in a variety of countries in Europe, Asia, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Australia and the Pacific Islands.

“Taiwan is a country that has many of the same developmental priorities as eastern North Carolina, such as being emerging market economies in coastal communities, with many students in higher education coming from rural locations,” Gilman said. “I am extremely excited about both Whitney’s initiative in applying for the grant and the outcomes from her experience in Taiwan.”

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board is overseen by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Funding for grants is made possible through appropriations by the U.S. Congress and contributions from partner countries and the private sector.



-by Jules Norwood

Updated 1 Card design unveiled during orientation

The ECU 1 Card office has announced a redesign of the ECU 1 Card. Students attending the first New Student Orientation were among the first to receive a newly designed card. The new multi-purpose ID card will be phased in rather than doing a complete recarding of the entire campus community. Current 1 Cards will remain active.

The new card features a rendering of the cupola and university logo, along with the card holder’s name, photo, and designation, such as student, faculty or staff. It was a collaborative effort, with input from several campus constituents and student leaders, according to 1 Card Director Merlena Artis. The design was done by ECU Creative Services.

Also changing with this new class of East Carolina students is a new name for the Gold Key Account, one of the declining balance funds tied to the 1 Card. Bounty Bucks is the name of the account, making it more reflective of the university’s nautical themes. 

“We’re hoping students will find the new name fun, and be more inclined to join the number of students, faculty and staff who take advantage of the account,” said Artis. Given the enthusiasm at the first two orientation sessions, the account is becoming more popular than in previous years.

Funds in the Bounty Bucks account can be used for prescriptions and services at the Student Health Center, purchases at Dowdy Student Stores, payment of fines and fees at various campus locations, as well as at the 1 Card Office. A complete list of Bounty Bucks uses and how to add funds to the account is found on the 1 Card web site: Additional uses for this declining balance account are in the planning stages.

Earlier this year a new application for mobile devices was released called GET, where all card holders can see the balance of funds in accounts tied to their card. The GET application information is also available on computers through the Pirate Portal or the 1 Card website. Transaction history for 1 Card accounts, the ability to report your card lost, and view locations to use the 1 Card are available through GET. Through settings, users have an added security measure where they can mark their mobile device as lost and deactivate PIN’s that would be used for the GET application.

Another new feature underway is the ability for parents and family members to add funds to card accounts via the internet through TouchNet.  

Updated cards for staff and faculty will be phased in by departments at various intervals over the next two years. Employees will be notified when they can have their new card made. Current 1 Cards will remain active throughout the transition, including the GET and TouchNet features.

See the 1 Card web site for more information about card uses and security:

The ECU 1 Card is the official photo ID card for East Carolina University. All students, staff, and faculty need this card whenever they are asked to show university identification. The ECU 1 Card is used for spending accounts such as the Dining Plan and Bookstore account.  It is also used for specific building access and worn as an ID badge at the Brody School of Medicine and other locations. While the ECU 1 Card is required for identification purposes, other accounts linked to the card are optional.

–Leslie Craigle

ECU Admissions to host virtual Q&A for prospective students

On Tuesday, May 24, from 3 – 6 p.m., ECU’s experienced admissions staff will be live tweeting answers to admissions questions from prospective students and parents.

During this time, followers are encourage to share questions using the hashtag #AskECUAdmissions and we’ll post answers on the @ECUAdmissions Twitter account.

The ECU Admissions team looks forward to meeting you online next Tuesday!