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Student Health Prepares for National Accreditation

 LaNika Wright, SHS Director, is presenting her game called “The Government” to Dr. Armen, SHS Medical Director. (contributed photos)

LaNika Wright, SHS Director, is presenting her game called “The Government” to Dr. Armen, SHS Medical Director. (contributed photos)

ECU Student Health Services hosted an Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, AAAHC, fair on March 7, 2017 for all SHS employees. The fair was a fun, creative way to help prepare employees for the upcoming AAAHC survey on June 5th and 6th, 2017. Additionally, the fair included interactive games on several AAAHC chapters such as patient rights, quality of care and quality improvement. All participants who successfully completed all the games had the opportunity to put their name in for a drawing to win homemade baked goods, gift card, and ECU ball cap! SHS staff gave positive feedback on the fair and noted it was a, “fun atmosphere with interactive learning.”

LaShae Locke created and ran her game named “RESPECT,” which helped inform players on AAAHC standards of respecting patient rights.

LaShae Locke created and ran her game named “RESPECT,” which helped inform players on AAAHC standards of respecting patient rights.

AAAHC is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1979. Their primary purpose is to develop standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care, and value for ambulatory health care through peer-based accreditation process, education and research. The AAAHC Accreditation is a voluntary process which involves an onsite visit for surveyors to measure health care organizations’ quality of services and performance against nationally recognized standards.

In addition to the fair, SHS preparation for AAAHC accreditation is an ongoing process. Other preparation efforts include mock inspections, education sessions, self-assessment of AAAHC standards, and monthly chapter captain meetings. SHS was re-accredited by AAAHC in 2014 and our accreditation certification demonstrates our commitment to provide the highest level of quality of care to our students. Below are some scenes from the AAAHC Fair.

Kim Joyner used her “Swashbuckling with Captain Kim” game to inform providers and staff about the AAAHC standards on quality improvement and risk management.

Kim Joyner used her “Swashbuckling with Captain Kim” game to inform providers and staff about the AAAHC standards on quality improvement and risk management.

 

 

-by Kim Joyner, Student Health Services

Taft STEM Education Lecture on March 27

Dr. Len Annetta, the College of Education’s Taft Distinguished Professor of Science Education, cordially invites you to attend the inaugural Taft STEM Education Lecture on Monday, March 27 pm in Speight 203 at 6:00 pm. The event is free and open to students, faculty and the public.

The College of Education is introducing this lecture series in order to ignite new ideas in teaching and learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The Taft STEM Education Lecture Series will bring international knowledge and discovery from some of the most well-known scholars in the field to Eastern North Carolina. The lectures will provide opportunities to ECU students, faculty, and K-12 schools to meet and collaborate with these scholars while increasing the visibility of ECU’s commitment to STEM education.

Dr. Orit Ben Zvi Assraf of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel is the featured speaker for the March 27 Taft STEM Education Lecture. Dr. Assraf will discuss taking a systems approach to teaching about human biology.

 

 

-by Terah B. Archie, College of Education

Ethnic Studies Film Series screening on March 21

ECU Ethnic Studies, Sociology department, English department, and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center present: Forbidden; Undocumented and Queer in Rural America by Tiffany Rhyard. The documentary will be shown in Sci-tech 307C on Tuesday, March 21 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Forbidden is a feature length documentary about an inspiring young man whose story is exceptional, although not unique. Moises is like the thousands of young people growing up in the United States with steadfast dreams but facing overwhelming obstacles.

If you are an undocumented queer immigrant living in the United States amidst this turbulent political climate, you are not safe and your future is at risk. When Moises Serrano was just a baby, his parents risked everything to flee Mexico and make the perilous journey across the desert in search of the American dream. After 23 years growing up in the rural south where he is forbidden to live and love, Moises sees only one option — to fight for justice.

The film chronicles Moises’ work as an activist traveling across his home state of North Carolina as a voice for his community, all while trying to forge a path for his own future.

Both the director, Tiffany Rhynard, and Moises will be attending the screening. There will be a breif Q & A after the film. This event is a Wellness Passport Event!

-by Gera s. Miles Jr., Ethnic Studies

 

Campus Recreation & Wellness summer camps

ECU’s Campus Recreation and Wellness (CRW) will begin Summer Camp registration for students, faculty, and staff on Tuesday, March 14th at 8:00 a.m. The CRW offers camps for children ages 5-13, with Rec Junior being ages 5-8 and Recreation Nation being ages 8-13.

Registration details and program information can be accessed by going to our website: www.ecu.edu/crw/summercamps.

For more information please contact Jon Wall at 252-328-1565 or walljo@ecu.edu.

Severe Weather Awareness Week at ECU

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, East Carolina University will conduct a test of the ECU Alert emergency notification system at 12 p.m. Friday, March 10.

The test will assess multiple communication systems including the ECU homepage, e-mail, indoor and outdoor loudspeakers, LiveSafe push notifications, VOIP phone (text and voice), text messages, computer pop-up notifications, and messages on digital displays.

People on campus will hear an audible alert on their office telephones and on loudspeakers that will identify this as a test of the ECU Alert emergency notification system. Employees, students and parents will also receive ECU Alert test emails to registered accounts. Digital screens located throughout campus will carry a test message. Users who have registered for ECU Alert cell phone messages will receive a text message.

Campus computer users are reminded that the university has a pop-up notification system, AlertUs, which will fill the computer screen with the ECU Alert message when activated. After the users have read the message, clicking “Acknowledge” will close the warning.

Registration for cell phone messaging is available by selecting the register tab in the purple bar at www.ecu.edu/alertinfo/.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to download the free safety app LiveSafe at www.ecu.edu/LiveSafe. LiveSafe allows users to discretely and anonymously report suspicious activity and safety concerns to ECU Police.

Computer Sciences and Business Students Participate in Hackathon

Between 9 p.m. Feb. 23 and 8 a.m. Feb. 24, 16 students from the College of Engineering and Technology (CET), the College of Business (COB) and other University colleges came together to help launch a company.

The College of Business’ Student Technology Center hosted a hackathon where these students created a website, or what they call a web store, for gamers, musicians, writers, artists, etc., to sell their content.

Computer Sciences Senior Patrick Luy, left, works with Samuel Carraway, computer sciences, junior, on a business model canvas during the hackathon. (photos by Michael Rudd)

Computer Sciences Senior Patrick Luy, left, works with Samuel Carraway, computer sciences, junior, on a business model canvas during the hackathon.
(Photos by Michael Rudd)

“I was working on a project in my spare time,” said Samuel Carraway, a CET junior from Chapel Hill. “I wanted to make it a reality.”

Carraway said he participated in two hackathons off campus and that’s where the idea germinated to have a hackathon at the University. He presented the idea to the recently formed student organization, EPIC or Empowering Pioneers through Innovative Culture, which includes students from all over the University who have an entrepreneurial spirit.

To help cultivate that spirit, COB’s Miller School of Entrepreneurship and instructor David Mayo oversaw that hackathon’s proceedings. Though these types of events are usually software intensive, Mayo believes it’s important to have a business component, as well.

“This hackathon not only produced a product, but we also came out with a business model that makes that product useful for the owner and the customer,” said Mayo.  “Entrepreneurship acts as a bridge for that innovation.”

We liked this collaborative atmosphere and having people from different majors and backgrounds come together,” said CET senior and EPIC co-president, Magus Pereira. “The hackathon was a good experience.”

The Feb. 23 & 24 hackathon included students from both the College of Engineering and Technology and the College of Business.

The Feb. 23 & 24 hackathon included students from both the College of Engineering and Technology and the College of Business.

Along with the new web store, a business plan was also finalized to help the store go to market. Teams of engineering and business students focused on three areas: the building of the website, a Kickstarter campaign, and a business model canvas. Business senior Christopher Rudkowski joined the hackathon and was anxious to take what he’s learned and put it to practical use. He said, “I’ve never been so immersed in a situation where we can get together and make something work.”

Business senior Dakota Votaw had never participated in a hackathon, but he’s glad he joined in this one. “It was a very positive experience for everyone,” he said. “I don’t think anyone left there thinking it was a wasted night.”

 

 

-by Michael Rudd, College of Engineering & Technology

ECU students attend 2017 Retail’s BIG Show in NYC

Semi-finalist for the Next Generation Scholarship. (contributed photo)

Semi-finalist for the Next Generation Scholarship. (contributed photo)

National Retail Federation (NRF) provided $6000 in travel scholarships for seven students from the Interior Design and Merchandising department to attend the 2017 Retail’s BIG Show Student Program in New York City, NY January 13-15, 2017. One of the students who attended the Retail Big Show (Matthew Talbot) was among the 25 semi-finalists nationwide for the Next Generation Scholarship https://nrf.com/career-center/scholarships/next-generation-scholarship/next-generation-class-of-2017.   Other students who attended the show are Morgan Price (Next Generation Scholarship), Lindsay Grimmett (NRF Student Ambassador), Sydney Warren (Rising Star), Grace Gemberling, Caroline Pearson, and Rebecca Olsen.

Students from ECU at the 2017 Retail’s BIG show. (contributed photo)

Students from ECU at the 2017 Retail’s BIG show. (contributed photo)

Over 500 students from 70 universities nationwide attended this event. Students got the opportunity to hear industry professionals such as Rebecca Minkoff (Designer), Simon Sinek (Leadership speaker from TED Talks), Karen Katz (CEO of Neiman Marcus), in addition to top industry professionals from Dillard’s, Belk, Disney, Kohl’s, HSN, Walmart, etc. Caroline Pearson received an internship with Belk after the interview and was also contacted by Ross Stores, Inc. for a phone interview, Lindsay Grimmett got an internship offer from HSN and Grace Gemberling is interviewing with Macy’s and Nordstrom for a summer internship. Faculty advisor for the NRF Student chapter is Marina Alexander.

 

 

-by Marina Alexander, Department of Interior Design and Merchandising

ECU’s Harriot College recognizes high-achieving first-year students

East Carolina University’s Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences recognized its high-achieving first-year freshmen and transfer students at the college’s annual ECU Excels Awards Ceremony on Feb. 17 in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms.

The event, which began in 2010 and is in its eighth year, honored 573 Harriot College students who achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their first semester at ECU.

Dr. William M. Downs, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, welcomed the students and their guests to the celebration.

“ECU is an exceptional place. We really do put our students first,” said Downs. “ECU Excels is all about recognizing that you are already on the path to success and a timely graduation. It is a huge accomplishment.”

Following the dean’s comments, three officers from the THCAS Dean’s Student Leadership Council gave formal remarks about their lives at ECU. They provided words of wisdom to current Excels awardees on how to be successful throughout their academic career at ECU.

Chair of the council Lily Faulconer, an Honors College student who will graduate in May with degrees in political science and multidisciplinary studies, said, “Your time of transition is not over after your first semester. You’re going to experience many types of transition. You may find yourself in a time that feels like constant chaos, but you’ve already demonstrated your ability to adapt to a new environment and to new responsibilities.”

“I want to encourage you to continue on this path,” said Faulconer. “Think of today and our celebration of your success. Think of how hard you worked to be here at East Carolina, reflect on your successes and remember the incredible opportunities you have had and will have as a student and future graduate and alumni of East Carolina University.”

“ECU is a community, a family, a network of support and a hub of resources. You have everything you need to succeed nestled somewhere on our campus. Take advantage of what ECU has to offer you,” Faulconer concluded.

Katharine Chandler, co-chair of the leadership council who is majoring in history, philosophy, religious studies and great books, said “the key to success is to harness strength in all your academic endeavors.”

Within her first two years at ECU, Chandler studied abroad in Italy, South Africa and India. She said that getting to know her professors and being involved in campus organizations helped her focus and achieve her goals.

“It was because of the professors that I was able to accomplish so much,” said Chandler.

Virginia Vasquez-Rios, secretary of the leadership council and a sophomore biology major, was the final student to speak at the event.

“You should be very proud of yourselves,” said Vasquez-Rios.

Vasquez-Rios re-iterated Chandler’s comment about getting to know the professors at ECU, and also told students to use their time wisely and apply themselves in everything they do.

“Apply, apply, apply,” said Vasquez-Rios. “Persist in what you think will help you reach your goals.”

Honorees of the event received a certificate to commemorate their accomplishments and had the opportunity to have photos taken by a professional photographer. Additionally, the scholars and their guests celebrated with cake and mingled with faculty and associate deans from Harriot College.

 

 

-by Lacey Gray, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

ECU’s Faulconer lauded for service to Kinston community

East Carolina University senior Lily Faulconer recently received an award for her service as Miss Kinston-Lenoir County 2016.

Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy’02 recognized Faulconer, an EC Scholar in the Honors College at ECU, during the 62nd annual pageant on Feb. 4.

At left, ECU senior Lily Faulconer received a service award from Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy at the Miss Kinston-Lenoir County Pageant held Feb. 4. Faulconer just completed her year as Miss Kinston-Lenoir County. (contributed photo)

At left, ECU senior Lily Faulconer received a service award from Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy at the Miss Kinston-Lenoir County Pageant held Feb. 4. Faulconer just completed her year as Miss Kinston-Lenoir County. (contributed photo)

“Lily has adopted our community as her own – from making us clean and green to accepting an internship with the Down East Wood Ducks,” Murphy said. “Kinston is a better place today because of her investment of time, energy and passion.”

During her tenure as Miss Kinston-Lenoir County, Faulconer promoted her platform of protecting the environment through community clean ups, presentations to faith and business groups, and work in schools.

Faulconer represented Kinston at the 2016 Miss North Carolina Pageant, where she was awarded the Dana L. Reason Evans Quality of Life Award and an N.C. Electric Membership Cooperative STEM Scholarship.

In Greenville, Faulconer pioneered ECU’s participation in the GameDay Recycling Challenge, a waste reduction competition between colleges and universities. ECU took first place in the American Athletic Conference in 2014 and received recognition in 2015 and 2016.

Faulconer chairs the dean’s student advisory council in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences and serves as the student representative on the university’s sustainability committee. She is completing an honors internship with the Down East Wood Ducks, the Class A-affiliate minor league baseball team of the Texas Rangers.
Faulconer will graduate in May with dual degrees in political science and multidisciplinary studies. She will pursue a master’s degree in kinesiology concentrating in sports management at ECU before applying to law school with a goal of working in environmental sports policy.

 

-by Crystal Baity

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