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Pirate Nation Gives returns to generate donations for ECU student success

East Carolina University will celebrate its third annual Pirate Nation Gives on Wednesday, March 20. This standalone day of giving encourages alumni, friends, faculty, staff, parents and students to make a donation to one of ECU’s 12 colleges and schools or the university program of their choice.

Last year’s event raised more than $500,000 for the university, a successful showcase of the generosity of Pirate Nation. This year’s midnight-to-midnight campaign aims to build on that engagement and support. To help energize Pirate Nation around this year’s day of giving, a couple of faithful Pirates have teed up pledges to be announced throughout the day. Goals of 500 donors and promotion of five focus areas (study abroad, research, scholarships, campus facilities and endowment growth) have also been set.

“Pirate Nation Gives is a time for all of us to come together as Pirates and support ECU. Any gift, large or small, helps our students achieve their dreams,” said Christopher Dyba, vice chancellor for university advancement.

New this year is a partnership with Dowdy Student Stores. For Pirate Nation Gives, 5 percent of total sales at Dowdy Student Stores in the new Main Campus Student Center and Health Sciences bookstore on March 20 will support student scholarship funds.

On campus, there will be activities for students at Sonic Plaza outside of Joyner Library and at the Health Sciences Student Center mall. Students can sign thank-you letters to donors and reinforce the power of philanthropy on student success.

ECU also will have social media geofilters, or location-based graphic overlays, that Pirates can use to show off when and where they gave. And on the Pirate Nation Gives website, individual colleges can track their support and encourage giving with a competitive spirit across the university.

Alumni, parents, students and friends can share their love of ECU by making gifts, posting, tweeting and doing everything possible to make this year’s event bigger than ever. Pirate Nation Gives is about everything ECU –  students, research, arts, athletics and more – and gifts can be made to whatever program donors feel most passionate about.

Event Details:

What: Pirate Nation Gives

When: Midnight to midnight, Wednesday, March 20

Where: Donations can be made at ecu.edu/piratenationgives or by calling 252-ECU-GIVE (252-328-4483).

Why: This one-day effort is about philanthropy and supporting ECU through charitable contributions.

 

Contact: Erin Shaw, University Communications, 252-737-1505

Symposium exposes diverse pool of doctoral students to life at ECU

Visiting scholar Dr. Soloman Gisemba presents his research to faculty in ECU’s chemistry department.

Visiting scholar Dr. Soloman Gisemba presents his research to faculty in ECU’s chemistry department. (Photos by Rhett Butler)

East Carolina University’s Office for Equity and Diversity held the first Emerging Scholars Symposium March 12-14. The symposium introduced advanced doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars to opportunities available for faculty at ECU and took them on tours of campus and Greenville.

The objective of the initiative is to diversify ECU’s faculty pipeline with an emphasis on groups underrepresented in their field, according to Amy Waters, ECU’s affirmative action program manager. The symposium gave participants and ECU faculty and administrators the opportunity to engage with one another, learn about faculty life at ECU and showcase their research.

“The symposium has the potential to diversify our faculty even more than it is now,” said Dr. Grant Hayes, dean of the ECU College of Education. “To be really successful at recruiting underrepresented faculty members, we have to go to where they are and expose them to what we have to offer at ECU. This program does this.”

Scholar Dr. Alex Kingston participates in the presentation portion of the symposium.

Scholar Dr. Alex Kingston participates in the presentation portion of the symposium.

Symposium participant Dr. Soloman Gisemba is completing his post-doctoral work at the University of Florida and presented his research to faculty in ECU’s chemistry department. He said this was the first time he had participated in an opportunity like the Emerging Scholars Symposium and that he had learned a lot about the mission of the university.

In addition to campus tours and showcasing their research to their host departments, the scholars participated in workshops and panel discussions about faculty careers at ECU and networking activities with administrators and faculty.

To learn more about the Emerging Scholars Symposium and other initiatives at ECU that encourage advancing a diverse and inclusive environment, visit The Office for Equity and Inclusion’s website.

 

-by Jamie Smith, ECU News Services

ECU Physicians earns Gold Status from American Heart Association

ECU Physicians has been honored for its dedication to improving patients’ blood pressures.

The practice’s Adult Medicine and Pediatrics Clinic recently earned a Gold Status designation from the Target: BP initiative for achieving blood pressure control rates at or above 70 percent within its patient population.

Dr. Lacy Hobgood and Erica Turner, nurse, of ECU Physicians Adult Medicine and Pediatrics Clinic, check patient Lewanda Jones’ blood pressure during a routine office visit.

Dr. Lacy Hobgood and Erica Turner, nurse, of ECU Physicians Adult Medicine and Pediatrics Clinic, check patient Lewanda Jones’ blood pressure during a routine office visit. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Target: BP is a joint effort between the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association that’s aimed at reducing the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes by urging medical practices, health service organizations and patients to prioritize blood pressure control.

“We at ECU Physicians are passionate about providing high quality care to our patients,” said Dr. Jason Foltz, medical director for ECU Physicians. “Helping our patients achieve their blood pressure goals is a top priority for us that has direct impact on the health outcomes of each individual patient.”

Target: BP supports physicians and care teams by offering access to the latest research, tools and resources to successfully achieve blood pressure goals in patients.

“East Carolina University’s dedication to helping eastern North Carolinians better manage high blood pressure is critical to the American Heart Association’s mission to create a world of longer, healthier lives,” said Rachel Urban, vice president of development for the AHA. “We are proud to recognize their efforts through Target: BP, efforts that will ensure more people in this community will have the gift of more time with loved ones and friends.”

To help improve patient blood pressure outcomes through Target: BP, participating health care organizations and medical practices first create a plan for improving patient blood pressure rates, including establishing correct protocol for taking readings with the least margin of error. The plan also includes education to help patients understand the importance of maintaining healthy blood pressure levels.

High blood pressure is one of the most prevalent health issues in eastern North Carolina; several counties in the region rank near the top nationally for heart attack, stroke and hypertension.

“We’re doing a lot of things here at the school to try to change that,” said Dr. Paul Bolin, chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the ECU Brody School of Medicine, adding that many local patients take part in national hypertension studies through ECU.

“That’s the reason this school was built,” Bolin said, “to try to improve the health of this region.”

ECU Physicians’ Adult Medicine and Pediatrics Clinic was honored for achieving blood pressure control goals in its patients.

ECU Physicians’ Adult Medicine and Pediatrics Clinic was honored for achieving blood pressure control goals in its patients. (ECU file photo)

While the Adult Medicine and Pediatrics Clinic was highlighted for its compliance with AHA standards of measuring and treating blood pressure, Bolin said all ECU Physicians clinics are focused on educating patients about the importance of maintaining a healthy blood pressure and on using proper methods of taking blood pressure and reporting numbers, making it likely that all ECU clinics will achieve Gold Status in the near future.

The focus on education is key, Bolin said. Not only is it important that patients understand how blood pressure affects overall health, but it’s vital that they know the factors that play into hypertension. Patients, he said, have been overall receptive to even minor changes in lifestyle that contribute to better health. For example, one patient altered his go-to breakfast from crackers to pecans and noticed significant changes in his health and well-being.

“I am blown away by how many people really want to change their lives,” he said. “The biggest thing we can do is try to educate them about the importance of lifestyle, and we have to reach people where they are.”

 

-by Spaine Stephens, University Communications

T-shirt proceeds benefit pediatric cancer support and ECU military programs

One of the largest contributions ever from East Carolina University Dowdy Student Stores’ “cause” T-shirt sales was made Feb. 8 to the ECU Distinguished Military Society to go toward scholarships and programs.

The ECU bookstore and its vendor, Perfect Promotions, presented a check for $7,250 raised through T-shirts sold for Military Appreciation Day in November. A portion of the sale of each T-shirt will be used for merit – and need-based scholarships. Tim Wiseman, associate vice chancellor for enterprise risk management and military programs, commended the contribution.

Representatives from Dowdy Student Stores and Perfect Promotions present a check to members of ECU’s ROTC programs for ECU’s Distinguished Military Society.

Representatives from Dowdy Student Stores and Perfect Promotions present a check to members of ECU’s ROTC programs for ECU’s Distinguished Military Society. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

“We are united in the fact that we all have a passion and interest in promoting the futures for great military cadets here at ECU, including Army and Air Force ROTC programs,” said Wiseman. “The interest that customers have shown in this cause has been phenomenal and is very much appreciated.”

Also last fall, #GoGold T-shirts were sold through ECU Dowdy Student Stores as a fundraising effort for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Rainbow Services, managed by the ECU Brody School of Medicine Pediatrics Hematology and Oncology group, and Riley’s Army were the beneficiaries of the T-shirt sale, each receiving a check for $2,886.

While a portion of the proceeds from each shirt sold was split between the two organizations, both agencies will be putting the funds toward sending patients to Camp Rainbow this summer. Camp Rainbow is a summer camping experience for children with cancer or hemophilia and their siblings, and is one of the Rainbow Services programs. Riley’s Army offers services for pediatric cancer patients and their families in eastern North Carolina. According to Jacque Sauls, director of Rainbow Services, the cost to send one patient to camp is approximately $1,000.

Bryan Tuten of ECU Student Stores signs a donation check for ECU’s Distinguished Military Society.

Bryan Tuten of ECU Student Stores signs a donation check for ECU’s Distinguished Military Society.

ECU Dowdy Store Director Bryan Tuten, Associate Director Bob Walker, Merchandise Manager John Palmer and President of Sales for Perfect Promotions Stephen McFadden, an ECU alumnus, presented the checks to campus department representatives, board members, staff and volunteers. Jason Ussery, also an ECU alumnus, is a graphic designer at Perfect Promotions and has designed many T-shirts for the fundraisers.

Dowdy’s “cause tees” program has raised almost $70,000 for a variety of local charitable organizations over the past five years.

 

-by Leslie Craigle, University Communications

Paynter named to APLU commission executive council

An East Carolina University assistant vice chancellor has been appointed to a leadership role in a prestigious new Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities panel.

Sharon Paynter, who oversees ECU’s Office of Community Engagement and Research, has been named a member the APLU’s Commission on Economic and Community Engagement executive committee.

The commission, led by Pennsylvania State University President Eric J. Barron, was created to lead the APLU’s mission of expanding economic development and community engagement. The CECE focuses on broadening engagement through three areas including talent and workforce development; innovation, entrepreneurship and tech-based economic development; and place development through public service, outreach, extension and engagement.

Sharon Paynter

Sharon Paynter (Photo by Rhett Butler)

During her three-year term, Paynter will assist the APLU in promoting professional development, leadership and peer exchange programs, as well as contributing to federal policy issues and developing best practices for community engagement projects.

“ECU has long been recognized for its strengths in economic and community engagement,” Paynter said. “This opportunity allows us to continue to contribute to the policies, research, peer exchange and professional development initiatives that shape the ways that universities impact communities around them.”

Since 2014, Paynter has led ECU’s mission to enrich and prepare its students, faculty and staff to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and the world through community-engaged public service and regional transformation.

While many ECU researchers participate in traditional, knowledge-building research, community-engaged research adds an additional step by asking them to work in partnership with community members to solve local and regional problems. Paynter’s office brings together students and faculty alongside community partners to develop research questions, determine methods to investigate an identified problem, collect and analyze data, interpret the data and share the results with others.

Paynter’s office coordinates vital ECU programs including the Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy, the SECU Public Fellows Internship program, and the recently developed Rural Innovations to Strengthen Eastern North Carolina-29 Counties program.

During her tenure at ECU, the university was redesignated as a Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged Institution and has been recognized as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the APLU.

“Sharon’s appointment reflects the recognition by our peers of the progress being made at ECU on economic and community engagement,” said Jay Golden, vice chancellor for research, economic development and engagement. “Her work is made possible because of our deans, faculty and staff. We’re continuing to work across campus in a unified effort to improve the economic conditions of eastern North Carolina communities in conjunction with community leaders and partners.”

ECU and the Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement recently announced the university’s latest economic development initiative – ECU’s Economic Growth Collaboratory. The collaboratory harnesses big data and data visualization to find meaningful pathways to economic growth in the region. It officially launches in March with an initial focus on value-added agriculture.

Learn more about Paynter and the Office of Community Engagement and Research online.

 

-by Matt Smith, University Communications

Year in photos, video

ECU’s photographers and videographers get the first look and behind-the-scenes peek at many campus happenings. Below, they select their favorite shots and videos from 2018.

PHOTOS

There was no doubt that this scene on the second floor of Ross Hall would make a striking photo when graphic designer Sarah Jones and I saw it while working on a project at the School of Dental Medicine in October. Determining the proper exposure in order to capture the silhouettes, reflections and background provided to be a challenge, but I was very happy with the final result. This image won fifth place in the University Photographers’ Association of American’s monthly image contest in the Campus Environment category.

-Rhett Butler

A mower on the mall was kicking up dust that filtered into the beams of sunlight near Flanagan.

-Cliff Hollis

As a photographer, covering a vigil for victims of violence can be a tough task. It’s very important to remain respectful during the event, while at the same time capturing a photo that portrays the emotion of the situation. In this case, I decided to stand back and photograph this vigil at the Cupola for the victims of The Tree of Life synagogue shooting from a distance. I think this image documents the size and location of the event while using the sunlight shining through the trees to convey a sense of hope and healing.

-Rhett Butler

The concern and concentration on the student helping the resident of Cypress Glen makes this photo a favorite.

-Cliff Hollis

All the planning for capturing this photo went out of the window as many graduates began filtering out of the stadium when the fireworks began at the end of the Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony. This made the already difficult task of getting graduates and fireworks together in one frame ever harder than we anticipated. But thanks to a little luck and a some graduates who decided to stick around for the show, I was able to get a photo that documented the event and also worked perfectly for the ECU homepage. 

-Rhett Butler

The family all hold up the grad’s face making this photo wonderfully surreal.

-Cliff Hollis

 

VIDEOS

I thoroughly enjoyed spending a day with these young people. The way they support each other and take on difficulties with a smile is profound. The connection between camper and camp counselor is strong and that is what this video is about.

-Reed Wolfley

After years of studies, clinics and rounds at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine, 75 medical students learned during the school’s annual Match Day ceremony on Friday where they will be completing their residency trainings. It was an emotional day. See for yourself.

-Video by Rich Klindworth

Laupus Library recognizes 119 health sciences authors

Faculty and staff from across East Carolina University’s Division of Health Sciences gathered in an annual celebration of research and scholarship Nov. 8 at the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library’s 13th annual Health Sciences Author Recognition Awards.

The event was held at The Martinsborough at the Jefferson Blount Harvey Building and was sponsored by the Friends of Laupus Library.

Former Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Dr. Phyllis Horns presented book author Dr. Kathleen Sitzman, professor for the College of Nursing with a Laupus Bronze medallion during a Nov. 8 celebration held at The Martinsborough at the Jefferson Blount Harvey Building in Greenville.

Former Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Dr. Phyllis Horns presented book author Dr. Kathleen Sitzman, professor for the College of Nursing, with a Laupus Bronze medallion during a Nov. 8 celebration held at The Martinsborough at the Jefferson Blount Harvey Building in Greenville. (Photos by Michelle Messer)

“Part of the joy in being a librarian in the health sciences is supporting and partnering with the talented faculty and researchers in our health professions schools and colleges,” Laupus Library Director Beth Ketterman said. “Laupus Library is in the unique position to contribute to the success of each author in this room, whether through our leadership in providing the highest quality health information, or through our services and support throughout the research lifecycle.”

Dr. Greg Kearney, associate professor in the department of public health was one of 50 authors recognized from the Brody School of Medicine.

Dr. Greg Kearney, associate professor in the department of public health was one of 50 authors recognized from the Brody School of Medicine.

This year, 119 authors published 329 qualified peer-reviewed publications including journal articles, book chapters and other creative works between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Six books were also published by five authors.

Former Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Dr. Phyllis Horns presented book authors with a Laupus Bronze medallion cast to commemorate the life of William E. Laupus, the first dean of the School of Medicine and first vice chancellor for health sciences at ECU. The medallion is awarded to acknowledge and thank special friends whose generosity and support helped build the library’s collections and programs and making its services more readily available to the citizens of North Carolina.

“It is great to be able to celebrate all our authors, and I think the occasion is particularly important and especially appropriate for us to offer special recognition for our book authors,” Horns said. “What we are doing here in the division will continue to be a tradition.”

Brody School of Medicine Alumnus and Chair of the Friends of Laupus Library, Dr. John Papalas speaks about the importance of the Friends to Laupus Library and the Division of Health Sciences at ECU.

Brody School of Medicine Alumnus and Chair of the Friends of Laupus Library, Dr. John Papalas speaks about the importance of the Friends to Laupus Library and the Division of Health Sciences at ECU.

Authors from the Brody School of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Allied Health Sciences, Laupus Library, School of Dental Medicine and the College of Health and Human Performance were recognized by name and school or college on a ceremonial display, now available for viewing on the second floor of Laupus Library.

“I was very impressed with the event and the recognition that was given to the faculty and staff authors,” said Denise Donica, associate professor and interim chair of the department of occupational therapy for the College of Allied Health Sciences. “I made it my personal goal to qualify to attend the event every year and have worked really hard to do so. I really appreciate all that Laupus Library and the Friends of Laupus Library do to support not only the College of Allied Health Sciences but the Division of Health Sciences.”

“The faculty and staff in the health disciplines have once again demonstrated a commitment to expanding the scholarly culture of ECU,” Ketterman said. “Their impressive scope of research and publishing in the last year contribute to the scholarly record of their fields and grow the reputation of the university.”

Registration for the 2018-19 author awards will begin in February. More information about the annual awards ceremony – including a complete listing of this year’s published authors – is available online at http://hsl.ecu.edu/events/hsara

Dr. Marie Pokorny and other members of the Friends of Laupus Library stand to be recognized for their sponsorship and ongoing support of the author event and other library programs.

Dr. Marie Pokorny and other members of the Friends of Laupus Library stand to be recognized for their sponsorship and ongoing support of the author event and other library programs.

 

-by Kelly Rogers Dilda, University Communications

ECU Student Media director wins Distinguished Newspaper Advisor award

Student Media Director John Harvey (center) received one of the nation's top awards for collegiate media advisers last month at the College Media Association Convention, where he was joined, from left, by TEC students Daniel Roberts, Trajan Warren, Jenna Price and Darby Hubbell.

Student Media Director John Harvey (center) received one of the nation’s top awards for collegiate media advisers last month at the College Media Association Convention, where he was joined, from left, by TEC students Daniel Roberts, Trajan Warren, Jenna Price and Darby Hubbell. (Contributed photo)

East Carolina University Student Media director John Harvey received one of the nation’s top awards for collegiate media advisers at the annual College Media Association (CMA) Convention on Oct. 28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Harvey, Student Media director at ECU, was one of four to receive the 2018 award for “Distinguished Newspaper Advisor at a Four-Year College.” Harvey attended the conference with four students from The East Carolinian: Darby Hubbell, Jenna Price, Daniel Roberts and Trajan Warren.

ECU student Gregory Arnold also picked up a CMA award, earning a Pinnacle Honorable Mention for “Best Feature Photo” that appeared in Expressions magazine.

“It was quite an honor to receive the award from my peers in the industry, and it was especially great to do it in front of my students,” Harvey said.

Since coming to ECU, Harvey has overseen an extensive remake of Student Media, instituting a training program called the Media Academy, restructuring the professional staff, forming the student executive committee, establishing the Student Media Advertising & Marketing Agency, and creating a magazine division that features The Hook, Rebel, Expressions and Anchors Away, a new graduation magazine.

Harvey’s most significant accomplishment at ECU is the development of the Media Academy, especially the Candidate Program for first-time reporters. The semester-long program provides instruction for students who wish to become reporters at The East Carolinian with classes on ethics, libel law, newswriting, feature writing and editing.

Cherie Speller, adviser of The East Carolinian, coordinates and teaches the Candidate Program, while radio adviser Shayna Johns runs a similar program for WZMB 91.3 FM called the Radio Corp, or Zombie Program.

Javeria Salman, former managing editor of The East Carolinian, applauded Harvey for the award.

“He has been a great source of knowledge over the years, from the candidate classes to my post-grad life,” Salman said. “John’s guidance during my college years pushed me to work harder and become a stronger journalist.”

Harvey spent nearly 20 years as a journalist in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, serving as editorial page editor, managing editor and executive editor. He shifted to education in 1998, becoming news adviser of The Daily Collegian at Penn State. He took an expanded role as Student Media director at Georgia Southern in 2010 before coming to Greenville in 2012.

For additional information, contact Harvey at harveyj@ecu.edu.

 

-Contact: John Harvey, director, ECU Student Media, harveyj@ecu.edu, 252-328-9234

Brody School of Medicine names director of alumni affairs

Laura McFall Bond, new director of alumni affairs for the Brody School of Medicine.

Laura McFall Bond, new director of alumni affairs for the Brody School of Medicine. (Photo by ECU Athletics)

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University has named its first director of alumni affairs.

Laura McFall Bond will oversee Brody’s efforts to increase the medical school’s engagement with alumni through communications and strategic events. She comes to Brody from the ECU Pirate Club where, as the director of special events and hospitality, she oversaw donor-related events, managed football and men’s basketball gameday hospitality, and led the alumni Letterwinner Experience aimed at bringing former student-athletes together for reunion activities.

Bond brings six years of experience in working with alumni and students through her employment with ECU and two fraternity headquarters, Pi Kappa Alpha and Pi Kappa Phi. She has served on the University of Tennessee’s Martin Young Alumni Council as well as their Martin-Memphis Alumni Board. She currently supports the ECU Chapter of Chi Omega as their advisor.

Bond completed her master’s degree in leadership and policy studies at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2015. She earned her undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2012.

“Brody is a huge asset to the state of North Carolina, and I am overjoyed to be in a position to work with alumni, faculty, students and staff who are making the world a better place,” said Bond.

“ECU’s medical alumni are an incredible force for good across our state and beyond,” said Brody dean Dr. Mark Stacy. “I’m excited that Laura has joined our team, not only to help us keep our graduates informed about issues important to Brody and the health of our state, but also to help us be more intentional about supporting their efforts and recognizing their successes as they live out the Brody mission.”

 

-by Amy Adams Ellis, University Communications

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