Six ECU faculty members collaborate on new book

Faculty members from ECU who collaborated on a new environmental health book recently presented copies to Elizabeth “Beth” Ketterman, director of Laupus Library, (far left bottom row) and Janice Lewis, director of Joyner Library (next to Ketterman). The faculty are top row left to right, Dr. Tim Kelley, Dr. Greg Kearney, Dr. Paul Knechtges and Dr. Charlie Humphrey, and bottom row left to right, Ketterman and Lewis with Dr. Jo Anne Balanay and Dr. Stephanie Richards.

Faculty members from ECU who collaborated on a new environmental health book recently presented copies to Elizabeth “Beth” Ketterman, director of Laupus Library, (far left bottom row) and Janice Lewis, director of Joyner Library (next to Ketterman). The faculty are top row left to right, Dr. Tim Kelley, Dr. Greg Kearney, Dr. Paul Knechtges and Dr. Charlie Humphrey, and bottom row left to right, Ketterman and Lewis with Dr. Jo Anne Balanay and Dr. Stephanie Richards. (Contributed photo)

Six faculty members from East Carolina University have collaborated on a new book focusing on the theory and science behind environmental health as well as real world issues faced by practitioners.

ECU’s Dr. Greg Kearney and Dr. Paul Knechtges, along with Dr. Beth Resnick from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, are co-editors of “Environmental Public Health: The Practitioner’s Guide.”

ECU faculty members Dr. Jo Anne Balanay, Dr. Charles Humphrey, Dr. Stephanie Richards and Dr. Tim Kelley are chapter contributors. They recently donated copies of the 922-page book to Joyner and Laupus libraries.

Environmental health is a branch of public health that is concerned with all aspects of how the natural and built environment affects human health.

According to the American Public Health Association Press, the book covers the structure, tools, programs and services of environmental public health. Its systems approach will help equip the next generation of environmental health leaders with the tools to tackle challenges that lie ahead, said a news release on the book.

“This is an all-in-one handbook for people getting started in the field and a reference for practitioners throughout their careers,” the release said. “At the same time, the material is designed to be accessible to those who are not environmental public health experts, such as community stakeholders, agencies, educators, policymakers and other groups.”

The guide is expected to be available and distributed to county and state health departments nationwide, said Kelley, director of the ECU environmental health master’s program.

The book has been a collaboration between the ECU Brody School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health and the College of Health and Human Performance’s Department of Health Education and Promotion, where the bachelor and master’s programs in environmental health are located.

In addition, a new doctoral program with a concentration in environmental and occupational health will be part of the developing ECU School of Rural Public Health. The departments of health education and promotion and public health are expected to join the new school in 2020. 

To order the book, call 888-320-APHA, email apha@pbd.com or visit www.aphabookstore.org.

 

-by Crystal Baity, ECU News Services

ECU Veterans Day activities

Members of ECU’s Army ROTC pose with PeeDee during the Military Appreciation game on Nov. 3.

Members of ECU’s Army ROTC pose with PeeDee during the Military Appreciation game on Nov. 3. (Photo by Rhett Butler)

East Carolina University has honored military service in several ways in the weeks leading up to Veterans Day.

On Friday, Nov. 2, the Office of Military Programs hosted two ceremonies to honor ECU’s veterans. The first event honored those whose engraved brick pavers will become part of the Memorial Walk located west of Christenbury Memorial Gymnasium on the main campus of ECU.

The project, sponsored by the College of Health and Human Performance and the Office of Military Programs, raises funds for ROTC Army and Air Force Scholarships. ECU alumnus and current member of the Board of Trustees, retired Lt. Col. Vince Smith, served as the guest speaker.

The decorative brick pavers, engraved with a selected name or phrase, were purchased in honor of any living or deceased veteran or active duty service member, as well as anyone who has contributed in support of our national defense, including helping with programs with the Veterans Affairs, Support The Troops, Wounded Warrior Project and similar activities.

On Friday evening, the Office of Military Programs inducted six new members into ECU’s Distinguished Military Service Society. The inductees were Brig. Gen. Todd Hunt, John Israel, Cmdr. Sheldon Jenkins, Keith Oliphant, Maj. Gen. Frederick Padilla and Ed Salau.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, ECU celebrated Military Appreciation Day in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium as the Pirates took on Memphis. An F-15 flyover and special guests from all branches of the military were highlights of the day.

A Women’s Veterans Luncheon attendee listens to the guest speaker.

A Women’s Veterans Luncheon attendee listens to the guest speaker. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

The 554 women veterans employed by ECU, along with female student veterans were invited to a Women’s Veteran Luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 6 as a way to acknowledge their service and create more awareness for the newly created Women’s Veteran Group for female students.

Also in recognition of Veterans Day, flags will be displayed in a Field of Honor in the Mall area of ECU’s campus. The flags represent all faculty and staff who have served in the military. This year there are 962 flags and pink ribbons that denote the women who have served. The Pirate Veterans Organization sponsors a flag sale so the campus community can honor specific veterans that are family or friends. Their flags are in the center of the display.

Additional events scheduled include:

Nov. 12 – Manhood Monday: Masculinity in the Military with Sgt. Maj. McElearney, USMC Mendenhall Student Center, Room 221, 5 p.m.

Nov. 13 –  Green Zone Training for faculty and staff to learn about military culture. Those interested can sign up through the Office of Faculty Excellence.

Nov. 14 – Resume workshop for veterans led by counselors with VetSuccess on Campus, 3 p.m. For more information, contact Student Veteran Services, 252-737-4989.

Nov. 14 – Film Screening: “Thank You for Your Service”, Rivers Building, Room 102, 6 p.m.

 

-by Jamie Smith, ECU News Services

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

Alumni association partners with Fox Run Group

(Logo provided by Fox Run Group)

The East Carolina University Alumni Association announced Thursday that it will be partnering with New Jersey-based Fox Run Group on sponsorship and advertising efforts.

The partnership is an extension of the association’s goal to reach a wider alumni audience, said Heath Bowman, associate vice chancellor for alumni relations. On July 1, the alumni association eliminated its dues-based membership and welcomed all living graduates of the university into the alumni association.

“This new partnership with Fox Run Group represents a transformational shift in how our organization will generate the support it needs to continue living out its mission to inform, involve and serve over 180,000 ECU alumni throughout Pirate Nation,” Bowman said. “Through improved business and community partnerships, we hope our office can deliver even more optimal experiences for ECU alumni at programs and events in the future.”

Fox Run Group will be hiring a full-time staff member dedicated to working with ECU. The sponsorship firm has a background in working with universities and alumni associations. On its website, the group lists current and past clients including the Penn State Alumni Association, the University of Massachusetts Alumni Association and Rutgers University.

“The Fox Run Group understands the incredible loyalty ECU alumni have to their alma mater, and we feel that we can bring value to alumni by partnering with marketers whose products and services are a good fit with their alumni association,” Fox Run Group president Angelo Scialfa III said. “We look forward to recruiting a dedicated team member to serve the ECU Alumni Association and create a seamless working relationship for many years to come.”

 

-by Erin Shaw, University Communications

ECU Glaxo Women in Science Scholars network with mentors

ECU sophomore Jamie Chamberlin (left) and senior Ashley Lynn (right) were able to talk with ECU alumna Dr. Renu Jain (center) during the Glaxo Women in Science fall meeting in October.

ECU sophomore Jamie Chamberlin (left) and senior Ashley Lynn (right) were able to talk with ECU alumna Dr. Renu Jain (center) during the Glaxo Women in Science fall meeting in October. (Contributed photos)

East Carolina University sophomore Jamie Chamberlin and senior Ashley Lynn are recipients of the 2018 Glaxo Women in Science scholarship. As recipients of the scholarship, they receive more than just a monetary award.

The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Women in Science Scholars Program, which awards two scholarships each at 30 colleges and universities in North Carolina, is providing Chamberlin and Lynn the opportunity for one-on-one mentorship from professional women in scientific fields and attendance at the fall meeting and spring conference.

“After a year of waiting, I was beyond thrilled to be given one of the 2018 scholarships from GlaxoSmithKline,” said Chamberlin, who is also an EC Scholar pursuing a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry with a concentration in chemistry, as well as a bachelor of science degree in biology. “The program goes far beyond a financial opportunity; it is an investment in women who will enter careers still heavily dominated by unspoken patriarchal restrictions.”

Chamberlin credits another woman in science who influenced her decision to attend ECU, Dr. Cindy Putnam-Evans, interim chair of biology and Harriot College associate dean for research. The scholarship was established at ECU in 1993. Putnam-Evans has served on the selection committee for the scholarship since 1996 and has chaired the committee for many years.

Chamberlin, seen here in the Brody School of Medicine Geyer Lab during the 2018 summer biomedical research program, is making hydrophobic dams around cryosectioned tissue in preparation to perform research via indirect immunofluorescence.

Chamberlin, seen here in the Brody School of Medicine Geyer Lab during the 2018 summer biomedical research program, is making hydrophobic dams around cryosectioned tissue in preparation to perform research via indirect immunofluorescence.

“It was Dr. Cindy Putnam-Evans who first told me about the GlaxoSmithKline Women in Science Scholars Program, and I immediately knew I wanted to be one of the two girls offered the opportunity,” said Chamberlin, who decided then that ECU was the “right fit.”

Ashley Lynn, who is pursuing her bachelor of science degree in geological sciences, said, “When I learned that I had won the scholarship, I was ecstatic. I was happy to learn that they typically don’t accept seniors, but they liked my application so much, that they awarded it to me. I love being able to represent an amazing foundation.”

This year, Dr. Allison Danell, associate professor of chemistry and adjunct associate professor in pharmacology and toxicology, accompanied Chamberlin and Lynn to the Glaxo Women in Science fall meeting.

“I think our scholarship recipients enjoy this unique opportunity to attend these professional development meetings,” Danell said. “The program connects them with mentors who are willing to share their own stories.”

Chamberlin and Lynn heard from several women in leadership roles and spoke with scientists at GlaxoSmithKline. One of those women included ECU alumna Dr. Renu Jain, who earned her doctoral degree in biochemistry from ECU’s Brody School of Medicine in 1997. Now, Jain serves as the scientific director for medical affairs at GlaxoSmithKline in Durham’s Research Triangle Park.

Lynn presented her research, performed during the 2017-2018 academic year, at the Geological Society of America’s southeastern section conference.

Lynn presented her research, performed during the 2017-2018 academic year, at the Geological Society of America’s southeastern section conference.

“When her [Jain] speech was over, I felt motivated to go after my Ph.D.,” Lynn said. “I learned that everyone’s journey is different and that there are multiple ways to achieve your goals.”

“It was beyond wonderful to hear from incredibly successful women who served as speakers for the event,” Chamberlin said. “Each talked about the obstacles they had to overcome to manage a thriving career under a glass ceiling that often feels more like concrete.

“I left the conference inspired and confident that I, like every woman, have the potential to persevere through a major in the hard sciences and pursue higher education beyond my undergraduate degree,” said Chamberlin.

For additional information about the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation and the Women in Science Scholars Program, visit http://www.ncgskfoundation.org/women-in-science.html.

 

-by Lacey L. Gray, University Communications

ECU launches crowdfunding platform

ECU launched a crowdfunding website on Nov. 1.

ECU launched a crowdfunding website on Nov. 1. (Photo by Rhett Butler)

East Carolina University launched an online crowdfunding platform Thursday to help Pirates across campus raise money for their ideas and passions. The first three projects on the platform, called ECU Fund It, are the ECU Community School’s music program, the Honors College’s Michael F. Bassman Fund for study abroad, and the Chancellor’s Scholars program.

“Crowdfunding allows people to come together and fundraise to support projects that reflect a collective passion. We know crowdfunding is popular and effective, and it provides donors with a new way to give,” said Christopher Dyba, vice chancellor for university advancement.

ECU Fund It, similar to a GoFundMe or a Kickstarter page, harnesses the power of the community and the internet to raise funds and help others. ECU’s three crowdfunding projects will be on the site for 45 days beginning Nov. 1 and ending Dec. 15. During that time, applications for new projects will be accepted. Applications are open to faculty and staff. In the future, the platform will be open to student organizations as well.

Terah Archie, director of community relations and outreach for the College of Education, said crowdfunding was a way to involve a broader number of people in the needs of the ECU Community School at South Greenville Elementary.

“Music education and arts education in general is a really important part of any child’s schooling,” Archie said. “This year, the school’s music teacher is creating an orchestra program. There’s been a lot of interest, but students can’t all afford the instruments to be part of it. Our goal is to raise $5,000 through ECU Fund It so that we can purchase a library of violins, violas and cellos that the students can use.”

By creating new avenue for people to support ECU projects, the university hopes many people will give at all levels of support to something they feel strongly about, Dyba said.

Learn more about the ECU’s current crowdfunding projects or apply for funding at Piratealumni.com/crowdfunding.

 

-by Erin Shaw, University Communications

School of Art and Design opens fall MFA thesis exhibitions on Nov. 2

The Wellington B. Gray Gallery welcomes the East Carolina University School of Art and Design Fall 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibitions, “Einfühlung” and “HELD,” featuring new work by graduate students Jessica Bradsher and Holly Roddenbery.

“Apathy” by Jessica Bradsher

“Apathy” by Jessica Bradsher (Contributed photos)

A piece by Holly Roddenberry.

A piece by Holly Roddenbery.

An opening reception will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in conjunction with Uptown Greenville’s First Friday ArtWalk. The exhibits will be on display through Nov. 20. The reception and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Bradsher and Roddenbery work in wood, metals, painting and video.

Bradsher showcases emotion through sculptural representations of realistic facial expression, body language and contextual clues, and offers a chance for reflection on the ways that people interact and coexist. Roddenbery’s vessels reflect on states such as divine ecstasy, serenity and reverential awe, and imagination about the existential.

The Gray Gallery is located in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center off of 5th and Jarvis streets on the campus of ECU. Hours are Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday-Saturday noon-4 p.m. The gallery is closed for university holidays.

 

– Contact: Angel Bellaran, Gray Gallery director, 252-328-1312 or graygallery@ecu.edu

HHP faculty member receives national award

Dr. Sheresa Blanchard

Dr. Sheresa Blanchard (Contributed photo)

East Carolina University’s Dr. Sheresa Blanchard, assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Health and Human Performance, has received a national award.

Blanchard received the Merle B. Karnes Award for Service from the Division for Early Childhood, a part of the Council for Exceptional Children, the largest professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

The award is presented to a Division for Early Childhood member who has made a significant contribution in areas of leadership, service, research, advocacy or publications. The award is in honor of Dr. Merle Karnes, who served on the division’s executive board and was the founder and first editor of the Journal for Early Intervention.

Blanchard accepted the award Oct. 26 at the 34th annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families in Orlando, Florida. For more information, go to http://www.decconference.org/.

 

-by Crystal Baity, ECU News Services

Make a Difference Day is Oct. 27

The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE) at East Carolina University is hosting Make A Difference Service Day with several community partners at various locations on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Make a Difference Day is a national day of service, sponsored by USA Weekend magazine and Points of Light, and is the largest single day of volunteering in the country. Millions of volunteers across the nation will unite with a common mission to improve the lives of their neighbors. This national movement is a great opportunity for students to connect with the community through service, learning and leadership.

The CLCE’s goal is to place 100-150 student volunteers with a number of community partners including American Cancer Society, McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge, MacGregor Downs Health and Rehabilitation Center, Making Pitt Fit community garden and several other service sites for the day. Students will leave from Wright Circle on campus at 7:30 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m.

New this year, volunteers will have the opportunity to serve at the New Bern Hurricane Florence Recovery service site. More than 5,000 structures were damaged and 750 homes destroyed, and the cleanup and rebuilding process requires many helping hands. ECU has teamed up with relief agencies to do this work; one of them is Baptists on Mission.

“For the 2018 Make a Difference Day, we look forward to collaborating with our community partners as well as promoting leadership through service and connecting our students to worthwhile service agencies in the community,” said Trina Locklear, graduate assistant for the CLCE. “Also, having recently served at the Hurricane Florence Recovery site, the people impacted are greatly appreciative and the experience was personally enriching.”

ECU students, faculty and staff can learn more about specific activities and the various projects through the Pirates Give portal (https://orgsync.com/113403/chapter) on ECU’s OrgSync website.

 

-Contact: Alex Dennis, assistant director, Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement,dennisa15@ecu.edu, 252-737-4988

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