Category Archives: Staff

Longtime employee celebrates 80th birthday



Longtime ECU employee Hagar Jackson celebrated her 80th birthday March 18.

She has worked at ECU for 27 years, beginning in 1986 at age 50. She retired when she turned 65, then returned to work. Since 1990, she has worked in patient access services in the division of cardiology, which is now part of the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU.

“When you find your nest, stay in it,” she said. She added that she plans to keep working “until I get old enough to retire.”

Co-workers threw her a small party Tuesday at the heart institute.

Doug Boyd


ECU Career Center director on panel of experts

ECU Career Center Director Karen Thompson was included on a panel of experts for the online article, “2014 Predictions for your Wallet,” posted at

Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson

The Career Center, housed in the ECU Division of Student Affairs, supports students in their career development to help them succeed as professionals in a global community.

Visit for more details on the Career Center.

Awards recognize employee service

The 2013 Second Quarter Housekeepers Awards for Excellence recipients, for service, are Horace Andrews and Dwight Cannon with Academics, Shirley Nicholson with Health Sciences Campus / School of Medicine, and Amanda Anderson with Residence Halls / Student Recreation Center.

Scott Green received one of two 2013 Housekeeping Supervisor Awards for Excellence, for service. The second award will be announced later this year.

ECU Police to conduct active shooter training July 8-12

The East Carolina University Police Department will conduct active shooter training July 8-12 at Tyler Hall on College Hill.

This training, a normal part of ECU’s emergency planning procedures, is designed to prepare law enforcement personnel to respond to an active shooter on campus. Tyler Hall will be the only building involved in the training scenarios.

According to the ECU Police, the exercise may involve actors and simulated use of weapons.

Students, faculty, staff and visitors are encouraged to avoid the Tyler Hall area between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., July 8-12, if possible.

Contact Lt. Chris Sutton with ECU Police with questions about the training at 737-7433.



ECU career counselor receives NCACE president’s award

East Carolina University career counselor Patrick Roberts was recognized with the president’s award at the North Carolina Association of Colleges & Employers’ annual meeting in Blowing Rock May 2.

Patrick Roberts

Patrick Roberts

The award recognizes contributions to the association, career services and/or college recruitment made by an emerging leader in the field. The recipient is selected by the NCACE president with approval from the executive board.

In announcing Roberts as the winner, NCACE President Sara Concini reflected on his enthusiasm for involvement. She was impressed by his eager question, “How can I help?” at the 2012 annual meeting. Concini referred him to the conference committee, where he spearheaded sponsorship solicitation for the 2013 conference. He led the NCACE through a creative and aggressive campaign that resulted in a 10 percent increase in funds raised and five new funding sources.

Concini also quoted Roberts’ ECU colleagues, who described him as an energetic and collaborative hard worker dedicated to serving students.

A native of upstate New York, Roberts received a B.A. in history and M.S. in student personnel administration from the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College, respectively. He worked as a graduate assistant at Buffalo State College before moving to Greenville in 2011.

NCACE is a non-profit organization made up of more than 200 professionals in college and university career services roles. The association provides professional development and networking opportunities for its members to learn, connect and collaborate on initiatives related to college student success and recruitment. For more information, visit

Parent orientation materials accepted May 31

Jennifer Lewis of Fayetteville, left, sits with Ashlyn Lewis outside the Old Cafeteria building during a new student orientation event at East Carolina University. (ECU News Services photo by Cliff Hollis)

Jennifer Lewis of Fayetteville, left, sits with Ashlyn Lewis outside the Old Cafeteria building during a new student orientation event at ECU. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

East Carolina University departments with items intended for distribution to family members during new student orientation should submit materials between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. May 31 to room 010, Fleming Residence Hall.

Departments with items to share should prepare 2,200 copies of each item for the parent packets and organize staff members capable of lifting and delivering the materials.

The ECU Office of Student Transitions will compile the materials for delivery to parents during orientation. Students no longer receive paper materials; their information is compiled on a flash drive.

For additional information, contact Karen S. Smith at 328-4173 or


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