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ECU employee named Pitt County Firefighter of the Year

East Carolina University employee Charles Suggs, a crew leader in moving services, was awarded Pitt County Firefighter of the Year during a special ceremony on Jan. 19.

Suggs has worked at ECU for 12 years and been a volunteer firefighter for 14 years. He is a deputy chief with the Grifton Fire Department. Suggs was selected as Grifton’s Firefighter of the Year, which put him in the running for the countywide honor.

ECU employee Charles Suggs was named Pitt County Firefighter of the Year on Jan. 19. (contributed photo)

ECU employee Charles Suggs was named Pitt County Firefighter of the Year on Jan. 19.
(Contributed photo)

The Firefighter of the Year award is presented annually to a firefighter who has demonstrated outstanding support and leadership to their department and the community. The selection committee was made up of fire service representatives outside of Pitt County.

Suggs spent nine days working with the department’s chief during the flooding after Hurricane Matthew, answering calls for service, coordinating staff and organizing search and rescue efforts with outside agencies traveling to assist Grifton. In addition to rescue efforts, he helped evacuate the Grifton Fire Department, which is prone to flooding and helped citizens move to higher ground as the floodwaters approached.

Suggs said his parents instilled in him the importance of helping the community.

“I got involved when I was young to have something to do and I fell in love with the true meaning of what serving is all about,” said Suggs.

He encourages people to get involved with their local volunteer fire departments.

“Become a volunteer firefighter or support your local department. We need more volunteers at our departments in Pitt County,” said Suggs.

 

-by Jamie Smith

Women of Distinction nominations due Feb. 1

Nominations are due Wednesday, Feb. 1 for the 2017 Women of Distinction Awards given by the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women.

The ECU Women of Distinction Awards are given every two years to recognize the outstanding contributions by women of East Carolina University. Nominees for the awards may include ECU faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni. Ten women will be selected for this prestigious award, one of whom will be chosen to receive the Linda Allred Profiles in Leadership Award.

The 2017 event will be held April 4.

The awards recognize women who have:

  • distinguished themselves in academic work, career, leadership, public service, or any combination thereof through commitment, determination, empowerment and generosity of spirit and time;
  • contributed to the personal growth and success of others, especially women, through education, research, or public or volunteer service, beyond their expected job responsibilities; and
  • created positive social change, increased equality and fairness for all, and built community.

Areas in which nominees demonstrate outstanding contributions may include, but are not limited to, academics/education; professions; research; health care/services; management/administration; politics; social services; volunteer, charity, community outreach organizations; and athletics.

Nomination packets consist of a nomination form and a recommendation letter. Nominators also have the option to include the nominee’s resume or CV along with additional letters of support.

Nomination materials, scanned into one PDF document, should be emailed to Karen Traynor at traynork@ecu.edu.

For more information, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/ccsw/womenofdistinction.cfm.

 

-by Jackie Drake, Eastern AHEC 

Girl Scouts learn about careers in construction during ECU visit

Girl Scout troops from Farmville and Greenville came to East Carolina University on Saturday, Nov. 5 for a tour and informational event called, “Construction is Not Just for Boys.”

Gina Shoemaker, ECU’s assistant director for engineering and architectural services, and leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, coordinated the event at the construction site for the university’s new student center on 10th Street.

The Girl Scouts receive instructions before going out to the construction site. (Contributed photo)

The Girl Scouts receive instructions before going out to the construction site. (Contributed photos)

“I know so many great women in the construction field, and I wanted the Scouts to know that girls really can do anything they set their minds to. I wanted to correct the mindset that construction is something boys grow up to do,” said Shoemaker.

Fifty girls got a behind-the-scenes look at the equipment and process from women and men leading the construction of the student center, a $122 million project set to open in 2018. The site has two large cranes and other heavy equipment, which Shoemaker said makes it impressive from a “Tonka toy” perspective. The participants also met women who work in bridge design, civil engineering, architecture, finance and interior design.

In addition to the tour, the scout troops received Build and Grow kits from Lowe’s, hard hats from Rodgers Builders and T-shirts from TA Loving.

“The girls seemed to have a great time and the parent feedback has been amazing,” said Shoemaker. “If just one girl remembers us telling them to not listen when people tell her, ‘girls can’t do that,’ and she proves them wrong – this event was worth every minute of planning.”

The scouts and their leaders pose for a photo after their day of fun.

The scouts and their leaders pose for a photo after their day of fun.

–Jamie Smith

ECU Police welcomes new officers

As students begin the fall semester, four new police officers will begin their careers at East Carolina University.

Officers in line for swearing in

B.A. Ferguson, Joanie Ferguson, D.A. Richardson, Pastor Donald Foster, A.C. Johnson, Andra Blue, N.C. Reynolds, J.L. Sugg, and Vickie Joyner, ECU Police recruitment coordinator. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

 

Daryl Richardson, Neill Reynolds, Andrew Ferguson ‘16 and Anastahia Johnson were sworn in as officers during a ceremony Friday, Sept. 2 at the Greenville Centre. The new group will join approximately 55 officers on ECU’s police department which makes it the largest sworn police force in the UNC system.

“The ceremony is important because it marks the transition from trainee to officer. We want to introduce them to our community so people know who they are and understand they are not just officers but people who can help them solve problems,” said Jason Sugg, ECU’s interim police chief.

Officers took an oath and had badges pinned on their uniforms by friends, family members or fellow officers. Afterwards, the officers posed for photos to commemorate the end of training and the start of their career.

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Richards receives a hug from Vickie Joyner, ECU Police recruitment coordinator

When Reynolds and Richardson reflected on why they chose ECU, a big reason was their desire to work on campus and serve the community. Reynolds added that he “appreciated the comradery and morale of the officers he worked with.”

Ferguson is originally from Roanoke Rapids and graduated from ECU last May. He decided to work with ECU Police because he wanted to stay in Greenville. His mother pinned his badge and other family members were there to show their support.

The officers will begin their duties Labor Day weekend which also happens to be ECU’s first home football game of the season.

–Jamie Smith

Annual announcement of Phased Retirement Program

Chancellor Staton announces the annual availability of the Phased Retirement Program for eligible tenured faculty members at East Carolina University. Individual letters to eligible faculty members are sent to home academic units. If your faculty appointment does not meet the program’s eligibility criteria for age and years of service, you will not receive a letter of invitation to participate in the program. If you do not receive a letter but believe that you should be eligible based on program criteria, please contact your respective vice chancellor’s office for assistance.  

Additional details about the Phased Retirement Program are available at: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/provostvc/formsandinfo.cfm

Questions about the Phased Retirement Program should be directed to Linda Ingalls at 252-943-8584 or ingallsl@ecu.edu (Office of the Provost) or Lisa Hudson at 744-1910 or suttonli@ecu.edu (Division of Health Sciences). 

Medical Library Association recognizes Forbes for outstanding service

Laupus Library Interlibrary Loan Supervisor Carrie Forbes is the recipient of the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MAC) Award for Outstanding Health Sciences Library Paraprofessional from the Medical Library Association (MLA). The award honors Forbes for her outstanding customer service efforts related to her work in interlibrary loan and document delivery for Laupus Library.

Forbes

Forbes (contributed photo)

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award and had no idea I was even nominated,” said Forbes. “I truly love working at Laupus Library and serving the ECU Health Sciences Campus and Vidant Medical Center by being able to provide Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery services for our patrons.”

The purpose of the MLA-MAC Outstanding Health Sciences Library Paraprofessional of the Year Award is to honor an outstanding library paraprofessional in a health sciences library and to recognize the critical role and important contributions library paraprofessionals make to the development and evolution of modern health sciences libraries and librarianship.

“Laupus Library is very fortunate to have many dedicated and talented staff,” says Roger Russell, Assistant Director for User Services. “I am elated that the MLA-MAC funds this award and that Carrie was chosen to receive it this year.”

–Kelly Dilda

Payne elected to national board of directors

The vice chancellor for legal affairs for East Carolina University has been elected to the board of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. 

Donna Gooden Payne, university counsel and vice chancellor for legal affairs at ECU, was elected June 28 to a three-year term as a member-at-large on the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) during its annual conference in San Francisco.

Payne

Payne (contributed photo)

The board is composed of attorneys representing universities across the country, currently including Princeton University, University of Kentucky, the University of Michigan and Yale University.

Payne, a member of NACUA since 2002, has served for eight years on NACUA’s Editorial Board for The Journal of College and University Law. In addition, she has also served on the NACUNOTES Editorial Board, the Committee on Legal Education and the Committee on Program for the Annual Conference.

Prior to joining ECU in 2008, Payne served as university attorney and chief of staff at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and as a partner and associate at Hester, Grady, Hester & Payne. While in private practice, she served as general counsel for Bladen Community College and for the Bladen County Board of Education. Payne’s nonprofit board experience includes among others serving at the national level on the Board of Directors of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and a certified mediator, including past service to the NC Office of State Personnel in its employee mediation and grievance process.  

A native of Bladen County, Payne is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar. She earned her law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NACUA is the primary source of higher education law programming for its members and for the higher education community. Founded in 1960, the association serves nearly 850 public and private higher education institutions and more than 4,500 attorneys throughout the United States and internationally. NACUA produces publications (including The Journal of College and University Law), sponsors continuing education workshops (including webinars), operates a website with a multitude of higher education legal resources and establishes cooperative relationships with other associations and groups.

ECU Police announce leadership change

On Monday, July 18 the East Carolina University Police Department said farewell to Chief Gerald Lewis during a reception in his honor.

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Chief Gerald Lewis (photos by Cliff Hollis)

Lewis announced his resignation in early July after accepting the position of associate vice president/chief of police at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His last day at ECU is July 20.

“I have worked with wonderful people…the administration and other officers,” said Lewis. “Leaving ECU was a difficult decision but was the best decision for my family.”

ECU Police officers and members of the community recognized Lewis with gifts and words of appreciation for his leadership and community involvement while in Greenville. “We were privileged to have his experience, work ethic and commitment,” said ECU Police Lt. Amy Davis.

While ECU conducts a nationwide search for a new leader, Deputy Chief Jason Sugg has been appointed interim chief.

Sugg has 17 years of law enforcement experience with the ECU Police Department and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He has undergraduate degrees from the University of Oklahoma and East Carolina University and is completing a master’s degree in public administration at Penn State University.

Bill Koch, associate vice chancellor for the office of environmental health and campus safety, said the search for a new police chief will take several months to complete.

–Jamie Smith

Joyner Library surpasses 1 million visitors during academic year

The Joyner Library at East Carolina University set a new record for attendance with more than one million visits in the past academic year. It is the first time the annual gate count has ever hit the million-visitor mark.

Joyner Library's one millionth visitor

Joyner Library’s one millionth visitor during the 2015-2016 academic year, Josiah Thornton. (Photos by Jay Clark)

“It is particularly remarkable that this threshold was exceeded this year,” said Dr. Jan Lewis, director of Joyner Library. “Despite the construction, the road closings, the changes in bus routes, and the lack of parking.”

Throughout the year Lewis had concerns that construction of the new student center would disrupt normal operations and discourage students from using the library. She credits the hard work of library staff for the increase in attendance.

“It is because of their excellent customer service, student and faculty-centered approach, resources, and work spaces that people are here,” said Lewis. “Thanks to everyone and to our colleagues in housekeeping and facilities for all they do to make Joyner a valued and inviting location.”

Jan Lewis and Josiah Thornton

Jan Lewis, director of Joyner Library, welcomes the library’s one millionth visitor, business student Josiah Thornton.

Josiah Thornton, an undergraduate student in ECU’s College of Business, was the library’s one-millionth visitor.

“The library is a lost treasure at many universities and campuses,” said Thornton. “The library can enrich a student’s total learning experience while offering everything students need in a one-stop shop.

“If we are to compete in a global capacity, we must meet the needs of every student. The library is one part of the university that truly tries to do that.”

Jan Lewis speaks

Jan Lewis, director of Joyner Library, speaks during a celebration of the library’s one millionth visitor.

Mark Sanders, assistant director for public services says that Joyner Library attendance numbers have doubled in the last 17 years.

“Today, the Library welcomes more than twice as many people as attend all of ECU’s home sporting events, combined,” said Sanders. “This doesn’t diminish the importance of athletics, but demonstrates the university community’s commitment to student success and academic production.”

For more information, visit http://www.ecu.edu/lib/.

–Jay Clark

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