Category Archives: Health and Human Performance

ECU to hold annual fashion show

Ready-to-wear and art-inspired fashion will hit the runway at East Carolina University’s 12th annual Apparel and Interior Merchandising Organization (AIMO) Fashion Show.

The event will be held 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 14 at Rock Springs Center, 4025 NC Highway 43, Greenville.

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The stage set-up from last year’s show. Contributed photo.

Produced and modeled by students, this year’s theme is Parisian Garden Party. Spring fashions for women and men from local stores and boutiques will be showcased including Pink – A Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store, Shimmer, Belk, Truly Yours, Campus Corner, Bald Head Blues, Olly Oxen and Beloved. Wearable art creations from ECU textile design students also will be featured.

Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for non-students and will be available at the door or in advance by contacting Dr. Runying Chen, associate professor of interior design and merchandising, at chenr@ecu.edu or 252-328-1329.

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Student models and designers pose backstage after last year’s event. Contributed photo.

Since it began in 2004, funds from the event go to support professional development for AIMO students. The show gives students real-world experience and skills in community engagement, model and wardrobe line up, stage design and production.

–Crystal Baity

ECU hosts the Academy of Leisure Sciences Teaching Institute

East Carolina University’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies in the College of Health and Human Performance hosted the 2016 Academy of Leisure Sciences Teaching Institute Feb. 24-26.

Nearly 90 professionals nationwide attended the event themed: Honoring the Past, Treasuring the Present and Shaping the Future.

“The ALS Teaching Institute provided all participating faculty and students interested in teaching the opportunity to learn best practices and new pedagogical innovations to help reach a new generation of students,” said Dr. David Loy, associate professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.

ECU Associate Professor Dr. Richard Williams speaks at the 2016 Academy of Leisure Sciences Teaching Institute (Photo by Chuck Baldwin)

ECU Associate Professor Dr. Richard Williams speaks at the 2016 Academy of Leisure Sciences Teaching Institute (Photos by Chuck Baldwin)

Session topics included faculty collaboration between and within disciplines, fostering digital literacy and utilizing online and technological resources as educational tools.

The department’s planning committee included Drs. David Loy, Paige Viren, Clifton Watts and Nelson Cooper.

“Our planning committee for the teaching institute wanted to demonstrate East Carolina University’s leadership in integrating technology in higher education,” said Loy. “What a great opportunity for our peers to see the wonderful things we are doing here as East Carolina.”

ECU Professor Dr. Abbie Brown, Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education, delivered the keynote address entitled, The Networked Teacher: Instruction that Honors the Past, Keeps Pace with the Present and Looks to the Future.

“The Academy of Leisure Sciences Teaching Institute has a long history,” said Cooper.

ECU hosts the 2016 Academy of Leisure Sciences Teaching Institute Feb. 24-26.

ECU hosts the 2016 Academy of Leisure Sciences Teaching Institute Feb. 24-26.

“Recreation, parks, tourism, sport, and leisure educators from across the nation gather biennially to discuss best practices and share success stories of successful teaching and learning in our discipline. This was the first time East Carolina hosted the Teaching Institute and we were really excited to be selected.”

The institute aims to share information among recreation, parks, tourism, sport and leisure educators concerning traditional and new trends related to education, education administration, teaching, research so that educators can remain current in the techniques, content, and skills needed in higher education, according to the website.

–Kathy Muse

Excels event celebrates student success

East Carolina University’s College of Health and Human Performance recognized its high achieving freshmen and transfer students at an Excels Award Ceremony Feb. 5 at the Murphy Center.

The event honored freshmen and transfer students who achieved a GPA of 3.0 and above. A total of 450 freshmen were identified, 32 on the chancellor’s list, 189 on the dean’s list, and 229 on the Honor Roll.

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High achieving HHP students were lauded at the ECU Excels Ceremony on Feb. 5.

Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance, welcomed the students and guests. “HHP has a long history with interesting and challenging career options,” he said.

His remarks were followed by the keynote speaker, ECU alumna Tricia Tufts.

Tufts graduated from ECU in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in health fitness specialist. She also earned a master’s degree in teaching and is employed at Charles Jordan High School in Durham.

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HHP students received a t-shirt at the Excels Ceremony on Feb. 5.

Students received a HHP t-shirt following an activity that allowed them meet peers and faculty in the college.

-Kathy Muse

Open house to showcase marriage and family therapy clinic, research academy

An open house for the ECU Family Therapy Clinic and Redditt House: Medical Family Therapy Research Academy will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Jan. 22. Visitors may meet faculty, graduate student interns and tour the facilities at 612 E. 10th St. in Greenville. The event is free and open to the public.

The Marriage and Family Therapy Excellence in Collaboration Award will be presented to Dr. Cal Paries. As the director of Vidant Health Employee Assistance Program, Paries pioneered the integration of medical family therapy services into the Vidant Employee Assistance Program. Despite Paries’ departure from Vidant Health, the collaboration between Vidant Health and Marriage and Family Therapy and Medical Family Therapy Programs continues as one of his legacies.

The Family Therapy Clinic offers a range of services, including individual therapy, couple therapy, family therapy and premarital services. The clinic specializes in medical family therapy services, which provides coping strategies for families with a critically or chronically ill member.

Throughout the treatment process, collaboration with other providers is encouraged, including physicians, social workers and school systems. The clinic is also available as an employee assistance program for small businesses wanting to safeguard the well-being of employees and to reduce employee turnover.

The Medical Family Therapy Research Academy, under the co-direction of Dr. Lisa Tyndall and Dr. Damon Rappleyea, promotes educational and research opportunities for students and professionals with a focus on collaborative health care including local initiatives with Greene County Health Care, Vidant Health, ECU Brody School of Medicine as well as with military and veteran couples and families.

The Family Therapy Clinic and the Medical Family Therapy Research Academy are housed in the Department of Human Development and Family Science.

For additional information contact Dr. Lisa Tyndall at tyndalll@ecu.edu, 252-328-4206.

— Kathy Muse

ECU students implement day of learning for preschoolers

Left to right, Mira Martoccia, Olivia Flowers and Jameson Williamson investigate creating slime with the help of ECU student Laura Williams. (Photos by Montana Burkett Photography)

Left to right, Mira Martoccia, Olivia Flowers and Jameson Williamson investigate creating slime with the help of ECU student Laura Williams. (Photos by Montana Burkett Photography)

Children in the preschool classroom of East Carolina University’s Nancy Darden Child Development Center learned to make slime without a recipe.

Twenty children were engaged in hands-on learning activities, which looked like ordinary play during the first science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) day implemented by ECU students on November 18.

“Learning to make slime without a recipe provided children with the opportunity to explore the difference in texture when more glue or water was added,” said Ashley Norris, instructor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science. “The activity was more open ended and placed the child as an active learner.”

Early childhood is an optimal time to learn STEAM concepts because children are natural scientists, according to Norris. These activities support the development of 21st century skills for young children including creative thinking, collaborating with peers and communicating about their discoveries through critical thinking and questioning.

Ardyn Butner and ECU student Diana Rivera test a bridge they designed and built by adding weights.

Ardyn Butner and ECU student Diana Rivera
test a bridge they designed and built by adding weights.

ECU students planned, advertised and implemented the event that included parents. Students worked in groups of four and organized a demonstration day. They received feedback from peers and asked questions about implementation.

Students were tasked with using appropriate scientific vocabulary in their activities such as observe, compare, predict, motion and magnetism.

“Students will leave this class with a tangible skill set of planning and implementing a family activity,” Norris said.

Birth-kindergarten teacher education major Julia Gargis facilitated the painting with magnets activity. “Our goal was to teach the children that magnets use force to push and pull objects,” Gargis said.

Christie Martin attended the event with her 4-year-old daughter, Mira Martoccia. “I loved watching my daughter make slime,” Martin said.

Martin agrees that these experiences are important for children. “They help children to think outside of the box and experiment with activities they do not do on a regular basis.”

The event ended with a Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) seminar for parents and was conducted by Sharon Ballard, chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Health and Human Performance. Triple P is a nationally recognized model aimed at promoting positive relationships between parents and children.

– Kathy Muse

ECU professor inducted in national academy

A professor in East Carolina University’s Department of Kinesiology has been named a Fellow of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

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Dr. Thomas Raedeke, who also serves as the graduate program director, was recognized with the honor at the annual conference in October.

Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance, said of Raedeke, “We are proud of this international recognition. As a sport psychologist, most of his research is on motivation. He enjoys modeling concepts from sport psychology on motivation and leadership in the classroom setting,”

The recognition honors Raedeke’s significant contributions to academic and professional practice knowledge in sport and exercise psychology.

Raedeke joined ECU in 1998 and became a certified consultant in 2002. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses. His research interests include the social psychology of sport and exercise and enhancing motivation and mental health with an emphasis on physical activity.

Raedeke has been recognized with other awards. In 2006, he received the UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award and the ECU Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2005. He also received the East Carolina Scholars-Teacher Award in 2004.

Raedeke received a doctoral degree in exercise and movement science from the University of Oregon, a master’s degree in physical education from the University of Idaho and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Concordia College.

The AASP promotes ethical practice, science, and advocacy in the field of sport and exercise psychology. Since 1986, the AASP has been an international, multidisciplinary professional organization that offers certification to qualified professionals in the field of sport and exercise psychology. With more than 2,200 members in 54 countries, AASP is a worldwide leader.

 

Three honored by School of Social Work

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School of Social Work Chair Dr. Sheila Bunch and Lauretta Lewis

East Carolina University’s School of Social Work honored three social work practitioners at the sixth annual Alumni and Friends Celebration at the Holiday Inn in Greenville on Nov. 13.

Lauretta Lewis was recognized with the Distinguished Faculty Legacy Award. Lewis joined the ECU Department of Social Work and Corrections in 1974. She received bachelor’s degrees in social work and psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Lewis was the recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health scholarship to pursue studies in mental health and geriatrics. She also pursued postgraduate studies at the Gerontology Center at the University of Michigan.

Mona Townes poses with School of Social Work Chair Dr. Sheila Bunch and her Rising Star Alumni Award.

Mona Townes and Dr. Sheila Bunch

She was named to a six-year term as a Danforth Associate by the National Danforth Foundation based on her expertise and activity in scholarship. She was appointed to the Caswell Developmental Center’s Human Rights Committee Secretary of State Sarah Morrow. She served as a regional faculty liaison for the National Association of Social Work Education and board member for the North Carolina Council on Social Work Education.

Mona Townes was recognized with the Rising Star Alumni Award. Townes serves as the mobile crisis director at Integrated Family Services. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and certified by the National Council on Behavioral Health as a facilitator for Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid.

She serves as a training instructor for the local Crisis Intervention Team and presents training on behavioral health. Townes received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from ECU.

Renee’ Pearson was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Renee’ Pearson and Dr. Sheila Bunch

Renee’ Pearson was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Pearson received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and social work and a master’s degree in social work from ECU. She is dually licensed by the state of North Carolina as a clinical social worker and clinical addiction specialist. She is the founder and owner of the Pitt County Counseling, PLLC in Greenville and has over 25 years of experience in social work.

Pearson’s clinical skills include working with issues related to perinatal health, gender, trauma, and sex offending behaviors. She provides educational instruction to social work and human service students at ECU and Edgecombe Community College. She serves as faculty advisor for the Human Services Club at ECC.

Pearson’s education and career has always focused on her passion for working with children, women, and families.

– Kathy Muse

ECU student awarded BCIA certification scholarship

An East Carolina University student was one of six recipients nationwide to receive a prestigious scholarship.

Christina Brown-Bochicchio

Christina Brown-Bochicchio

Doctoral student Christina Brown-Bochicchio received the 2015 Francine Butler Scholarship from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. The scholarship covers fees for BCIA certification in biofeedback and honors the contributions of Dr. Francine Butler, former executive director of BCIA.

Brown-Bochicchio of Calif. is pursuing a degree in rehabilitation counseling and administration in the College of Allied Health.

She works as a clinical coordinator in the Center for Applied Psychophysiology in the College of Health and Human Performance.

Excels program celebrates student achievement

ECU alumnus Eric Kosco was keynote speaker at the Excels event.

ECU alumnus Eric Kosco was keynote speaker at the Excels event.

The East Carolina University College of Health and Human Performance celebrated its high achieving freshmen and transfer students at an Excels program Feb. 20 at Club Level, Dowdy Ficklen Stadium.

The event recognized 334 freshmen and transfer students with a GPA of 3.0 and above including 25 on the chancellor’s list, 134 on the dean’s list and 175 on the honor roll.

Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance welcomed the students and parents. “HHP has a long history with interesting and challenging career options,” he said.

His remarks were followed by the keynote speaker, ECU alumnus Eric Kosco.

Kosco graduated from ECU in 2013 with a bachelor of science in athletic training and is pursuing a degree in physical therapy.

Megan Warfield of Hickory, exercise physiology major, and her parents attended.  “This event makes me feel good about my hard work,” she said.

Students received an HHP t-shirt following an activity that allowed them meet peers and faculty in the college.

ECU student Megan Warfield

ECU student Megan Warfield

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