ECU Physicians enrolling patients in breast cancer treatment study

ECU Physicians, the clinical practice of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University (ECU), is enrolling patients in a nationwide clinical study designed to evaluate a potential new treatment option for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer.

Called HER2CLIMB, the study will evaluate the medication tucatinib in combination with standard treatments for patients with locally advanced or metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer, with or without brain metastases. Tucatinib is an oral medication that can be taken at home.

HER2-positive breast cancer is a type of breast cancer that tests positive for a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). HER2 promotes the aggressive spread of cancer cells. The American Cancer Society estimates that 20 to 25 percent of the approximately 234,000 annual breast cancer diagnoses in the U.S. are HER2-positive.

ECU oncologist Dr. Mahvish Muzaffar (contributed photo)

ECU oncologist Dr. Mahvish Muzaffar (contributed photo)

“Patients who have been diagnosed with HER2-positive breast cancer and whose cancer has metastasized may benefit from treatment with HER2-targeted therapies,” said Eric P. Winer, M.D., chair of the HER2CLIMB International Steering Committee, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Breast Oncology Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

“This investigational medication is designed to inhibit the activity of HER2 and is being evaluated in combination with other approved therapies. The HER2CLIMB trial will enroll patients with HER2-positive breast cancer that has spread to the brain, a patient population that is often excluded from clinical trials,” Winer added.

Historically, HER2-positive disease has been associated with shorter survival times as well as a higher risk of recurrence and brain metastases. Over the past two decades, the approvals of four other targeted treatments have led to slower progression of the disease and improved survival rates for HER2-positive patients.

Yet the need for new therapies remains, according to ECU oncologist Dr. Mahvish Muzaffar.

“Brody is dedicated to advancing new treatment options for advanced HER2-positive breast cancer through studies like HER2CLIMB,” Muzaffar said. “Despite treatment advances, there is still a significant need for new therapies that can impact the lives of patients with advanced HER2-positive breast cancer – including cancer that has spread to the brain – and that can be tolerated for long periods of time.”

The safety and effectiveness of tucatinib has not yet been established. As with other anti-cancer treatments, this investigational treatment may or may not provide benefit and may cause side effects.

To be eligible for this study, patients must have locally advanced or metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer. In addition, patients must have already been treated with four common breast cancer therapies – taxane (Taxotereâ or Taxolâ), trastuzumab (Herceptinâ), pertuzumab (Perjetaâ), and T-DM1 (Kadcylaâ).

Enrolled participants will receive standard, approved treatments. In addition, they may also receive the investigational medication tucatinib.

To learn more about the HER2CLIMB study, including eligibility criteria, visit or call the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center at 252-744-1888.

ECU students to participate in National Model UN

Ten East Carolina University students are participating in the National Model United Nations competition in Washington, D.C. this Nov. 3-5. ECU’s Model UN Club attended two conferences last year in Atlanta and Charlotte, where the group won delegation awards, sparking their interest in attending this year’s national competition.

Flags of the United Nations  (contributed photo)

Flags of the United Nations (contributed photo)

ECU’s team of eight undergraduate and two graduate students from the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences will represent the country of Poland. Two students are assigned to one of five committees, where they debate issues amongst other teams representing various countries. The overall goal is to create feasible solutions to real-world issues.

“I am very excited for this conference,” said Haley Creef, ECU Model UN Club president and sophomore majoring in economics, finance and political science. “This conference will be made up of students from all over the country. So it will be extremely exciting to be around so many like-minded, yet diverse individuals.”

Dr. Marie Olson Lounsbery, associate professor of political science, is serving as the club’s faculty advisor.

“Students learn the process of negotiation and conflict resolution,” said Lounsbery. “They find the interaction with other students on these issues very valuable.”

Prior to attending the competition, the students are researching and writing about the issues, and learning ways to defend their positions.

“There are numerous ways in which these conferences are beneficial to those who attend,” said Braxton Smallwood, former club president who now serves as the club’s graduate assistant and will participate in the competition.

“It helps with your writing skills in that you are constantly writing things ranging from position papers to draft resolutions,” said Smallwood. “Secondly, it helps to build a better understanding of global politics, and helps to show how other political systems work outside of the United States.”

In addition to the events of the competition, the ECU students have been invited to visit Poland’s embassy during their stay in D.C.

The United Nations Flag (contributed photo)

The United Nations Flag (contributed photo)

“This will be a fantastic way to enhance the educational experience for our group, and it is an overall honor to have been invited,” said Creef.

During the competition, committees and issues to be addressed will include:

  • General Assembly, which will deal with the issues of cybersecurity/cyberwarfare, and small arms trafficking;
  • UN Environmental Assembly, dealing with protection of the environment in areas of armed conflict, and safeguarding the Oceans;
  • UN Conference on Trade and Development, which will examine minimizing the negative impacts of globalization, and the social responsibility of multinational corporations;
  • International Atomic Energy Agency, that will debate nuclear technology and water security, and improving the effectiveness of safeguards and verifications mechanisms; and
  • Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, to address the needs of the internally displaced, and discuss improving housing and food security for urban refugees.

Dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Dr. William Downs believes participation in academic teams such as Model UN can be an invaluable enhancement of student learning.

“The research students pour into their preparations is considerable and it fosters understanding – even empathy – of the countries they represent. This kind of active learning, with simulations taking place in the heart of the nation’s capital, cannot be matched in a classroom,” said Downs. “Additionally, we’d like nothing more than for ECU’s delegation to outperform those from Brown University, Wake Forest, UC-Irvine, Syracuse and others attending this year’s D.C. competition. That would be quite a statement.”

Immersing an increasing number of ECU students in the world of Washington politics and policy is one of Harriot College’s goals, and National Model UN fits within that goal.

According to Downs, “We are in active discussions with friends and alumni in the D.C. area to build a semester program for ECU students, giving them structured opportunities to take courses and secure internships. Every chance we get to expand our presence in Washington is a positive step toward that aspiration.”

For additional information about the National Model UN conference, visit or contact Lounsbery at 252-328-2349 or To discuss support of the ECU/Washington D.C. connection, contact Jessica Nottingham, Harriot College director of alumni relations and outreach, at 252-737-1753 or


-by Lacey L. Gray, University Communication 

Popular courses give students a way to examine various issues

Two courses at East Carolina University are giving students a way to examine and discuss diverse issues in a safe environment. Race, Gender, Class and the LGBT Identity, Society and Politics courses have increased in popularity since they were first established.

“I think ECU benefits from having courses like this. I know for me, institutions that have this type of coursework signal to the larger public, potential students and potential faculty that this is an institution that treats these issues seriously,” said Dr. Melinda Kane, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences associate professor of sociology, who developed and teaches the courses.

“For students that are interested, it really helps them learn correct information as opposed to something they get from a social media site or personal experience, which may not reflect a larger pattern,” said Kane.

Race, Gender, Class is a 1000-level course that was first offered in fall 2012. It has grown from one section per semester to three sections per semester and one in the summer, which fill to capacity with 88-90 students each. In addition to Kane, the course is now taught by three other sociology faculty; Drs. Lori Heald, Arunas Juska and Rebecca Powers.

“What is great about the class is it introduces students to sociology around topics that really interest them, and I’ve found there is always something current event-wise that you can tie to the class,” said Kane. “We focus on three key areas that sociologists study all the time, helping the students see what sociologists do and the timeliness of topics. I think the students find the material more engaging.”

One subject examined was how students raised in families of different class-levels may be affected when it comes to student success.

“This resonated with me, especially because I was raised in a middle-class family,” said Tyrone Dupree, who took the course last year as a sophomore. He said he lacked access to tutors and other material that would have made him a better student. “This makes me want to raise my future child to be better academically,” he said.

“What I enjoyed most about the class was learning the factors that can lead to inequality because of race, gender, etc. People need to take these courses to truly understand how inequality works, and then we can have discussions on how we can fix these issues,” said Dupree.

Kane also designed LGBT Identity, Society and Politics as a special topic in fall 2011. It became its own 3000-level course in fall 2014. Although the course currently is offered only every other year, it fills with 40 students, and was taught online for the first time this past summer.

“The thing I enjoyed most about this course was that it challenged the typical heteronormative approach to LGBT issues we typically see in courses,” said Janae Somerville, a senior who took the course over the summer. “We are living during a time where issues of gender identity, expression and sexuality are becoming as fluid as ever. This course challenged me to look past my preconceptions of LGBT community and learn and hear different opinions that might not match my own. Overall, this course was extremely eye opening and embodied every bit of diversity this institution claims to have.”

Initially, Kane said several students took the special topic because they were committed to making sure it succeeded and to demonstrate the need for such a class.

“They wanted the special topic to do really well, so they took it even if they didn’t need it for their degree plan. Now, you get all types of majors and people who take the class because they are interested, as opposed to seeing it as a political statement,” said Kane.

“I think these types of courses are important for ECU as a community because it teaches you to do more than just empathize,” said Somerville. “These types of courses give you knowledge on topics we as a society often tiptoe around. As the saying goes, ‘knowledge is power,’ and without it we cannot grow. Empathizing with minority groups has never been enough, and will never be enough, but courses like these allow you to use resources on this campus to make a change.”


-by Lacey L. Gray, University Communications 

ECU’s School of Art and Design to host textile exhibit Nov. 1-17

A textile exhibit, “Fold Unfold,” will be on display in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery on the campus of East Carolina University from Nov. 1 through Nov. 17.

An opening reception will be held 5-8 p.m. on Nov. 3 to coincide with Uptown Greenville’s First Friday ArtWalk, which showcases new exhibits and discounts at participating restaurants and shops.

Curators Susan Falls and Jessica Smith will discuss their collaborative research and the development of the project in a gallery talk, “Fold Unfold: When Coverlets meet Op Art,” on Friday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. in Speight Auditorium in Jenkins Fine Arts Center.

All events are free and open to the public.

Falls, professor of anthropology, and Smith, professor of fibers, both at the Savannah College of Art and Design, invited more than 100 artists from the U.S. and Canada to weave objects that could be folded and unfolded, and were the size of typical 19th century coverlets. The weavers were asked to consider the patterning of 19th and early 20th century American coverlets but to use a modernist color scheme of black, white and gray.

A slide show and catalog of each coverlet will accompany the exhibition.

Robin Haller, professor of textile design at ECU, has a piece in the exhibit along with other North Carolina weavers Dani Burke, Barb Butler, Cassie Dickson, Melanie Wilder, Deanna Lynch, Laura Magdycz, Gabrielle Duggan and Nicole Asselin.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center. The gallery is closed for all university holidays. The center is handicapped accessible. Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Department of Disability Support Services at least two weeks before the event at 252-737-1016. For more information, visit

Contact: Tom Braswell, interim Wellington B. Gray Gallery director, 252-328-1312 or


-by Crystal Baity, ECU News Services

Make a Difference Service Day is Oct. 28

The East Carolina University Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE) is hosting Make A Difference Day with dozens of community partners on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at various locations in Greenville and Pitt County.

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 the common mission to improve the lives of their neighbors.

CLCE will also collaborate with Operation InAsMuch (OIAM), which is a network of 10 churches in the Greenville area, working to make a difference in the community. The goal is to place 100-150 student volunteers with a number of community partners including Building Hope, Little Willie Center, the Pitt County Animal Shelter, RHA Howell Center and many other service sites in our community.

“ECU hosted Make a Difference Day last year with great success,” said Alex Dennis, assistant director of the ECU Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. “This national movement is a great opportunity for students who are interested in getting connected with the community through service, learning, and leadership.”

Volunteers will start the day at 9 a.m. with an opening ceremony in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms before heading to their service locations. All participants will return to Mendenhall for a reflection ceremony at 1:30 p.m.

ECU students, faculty and staff can learn more about community partner organizations and specific service activities as well as register for a service project through ECU’s OrgSync website (  Once registered for a project, a student-leader will contact all participants with additional information needed on Make A Difference Day.

For additional information, contact Alex Dennis, assistant director of the ECU Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at  To learn more about the national Make A Difference Day, visit


Contact: Alex Dennis, assistant director, Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement

ECU participates in hurricane preparedness simulation

The East Carolina University community is no stranger to natural disasters, and making sure the university is prepared for such an event is a never ending cycle of training and planning.

Some of that training took place at ECU Oct. 16-18 during a hurricane preparedness exercise involving nine UNC campuses, FEMA, the National Weather Service and UNC General Administration. Local groups like Vidant Medical Center and Pitt County Emergency Management also took part. The exercise took two years to plan and involved Hurricane Zephyr, a fictitious Category 5 storm heading for eastern North Carolina.

ECU emergency planner Lauren Mink facilitates the Hurricane Zephyr exercise on Oct. 16. (Photo by Rhett Butler)

ECU emergency planner Lauren Mink facilitates the Hurricane Zephyr exercise on Oct. 16. (Photo by Rhett Butler)

Lauren Mink, ECU’s continuity and emergency planner, helped coordinate the three-day tabletop exercise and call center drill.

“Tabletops are particularly useful in assessing plans and policies, understanding concepts, identifying strengths and shortfalls, and achieving a change in philosophy if necessary. With a system-wide drill, it is our hope that we can theoretically test the entire system and its capabilities at one time,” said Mink.

The first day of ECU’s exercise took participants from five days before landfall – when the forecast was still uncertain – to 24 hours before imminent landfall on North Carolina’s east coast. Staff discussed when they would decide cancel classes, how to prepare students for potential evacuation, and ready buildings and sensitive research areas for a Category 5 hurricane.

“The drill gave us an opportunity to address very real situations that could impact ECU and eastern North Carolina. We were able to have serious conversations about the best ways to keep our students, faculty and staff safe should these worst case scenarios ever become a reality,” said Chris Stansbury, associate vice chancellor and senior operating officer for student affairs.

The second and third days of the simulated hurricane presented participants with the potential aftermath of such a severe storm: severe flooding; communication and power outages; all major roads blocked; severe structural damage; employees unable to get to campus; parents checking in on students who did not evacuate; and off-campus student and faculty deaths.

“You can never be too prepared. You can never practice too much. This drill was very real, and sadly, could actually happen. I feel like ECU has a strong commitment to the safety of our campus community and this hurricane exercise has shown us that we have some great things in place and also created opportunities for us to improve in other areas,” said Stansbury.

Faculty, staff and community partners talked about how the university would respond to immediate needs and prepare for the long-term effects that could occur after a devastating natural disaster.

Other participating universities took part in tabletop exercises tailored to their locations, and UNC Wilmington staged an evacuation drill that took approximately 40 students from their campus to UNC Greensboro.

Hurricane season begins each year on June 1 and ends Nov. 30.


-by Jamie Smith, ECU News Services

Invasive species exhibit opens at N.C. Estuarium

East Carolina University biologist April Blakeslee and students in her lab have created a new exhibit on invasive species at the North Carolina Estuarium in Washington. The exhibit will be unveiled Thursday, Oct. 26 at 4:30 p.m.

ECU biologist April Blakeslee and art and design student Kayla Clark have created a display about invasive species at the N.C. Estuarium in Washington. The exhibit opens Thursday, Oct. 26. (contributed photos)

ECU biologist April Blakeslee and art and design student Kayla Clark have created a display about invasive species at the N.C. Estuarium in Washington. The exhibit opens Thursday, Oct. 26. (contributed photos)

Funded by N.C. Sea Grant with additional contributions from the N.C. Estuarium and ECU’s Department of Biology, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, and Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement, the exhibit highlights Blakeslee’s research on zombie crabs — mud crabs infected with a parasite that takes over their reproductive systems — as well as notable invaders such as lionfish and hydrilla.

“We hope that visitors will come away with a better understanding about invasive species and will be fascinated by this host-parasite system and also the important role that parasites can have in ecosystems” said Blakeslee. “They will also learn more about how each person can make a difference in preventing the spread of invaders by not releasing unwanted pets; cleaning boats of attached algae, plants and animals; cleaning boots — essentially, the message that every person can make a difference in conservation-related efforts.”

ECU art and design graduate student Kayla Clark was instrumental in the design of the exhibit, Blakeslee said. “The exhibit is truly interdisciplinary, bringing art and science together for educating about an important conservation issue.”

The zombie crab parasite is a kind of barnacle, called Loxothylacus panopaei or Loxo for short, that is native to the Gulf of Mexico but is now being found along the east coast as far north as Long Island Sound. Blakeslee and her students dubbed the infected crabs zombie crabs because they continue living but are reproductively dead. The parasite also affects the crab’s behavior, causing it to protect the egg sac as if it were the crab’s own young. The protective behavior is found not only in female crabs, but also in males, which would not normally exhibit such tendencies.

By hijacking the mud crabs’ reproductive system, Blakeslee said the parasite could have a dramatic impact on the population. She and a team of researchers are monitoring mud crab populations in eastern North Carolina to assess and track the spread of the parasite.

The N.C. Estuarium is located at 223 E. Water St. in Washington. For more information visit


-by Jules Norwood, ECU News Services

ECU students pitch ideas in Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge

First-round voting was recently held for the Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge, a campus-wide event put on by the College of Business’ Miller School of Entrepreneurship. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

First-round voting was recently held for the Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge, a campus-wide event put on by the College of Business’ Miller School of Entrepreneurship. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

Nearly 700 East Carolina University students and faculty cast approximately 2,000 votes in the first round of the inaugural Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge, which recently took place in the sculpture garden between Mendenhall Student Center and the Joyner Library. Fifty-seven student teams pitched their ideas, products or dreams and put them on display during this open-air, tradeshow-style event.

Junior Ze’Ondre Slade, along with partner Klinterica Mitchell, formed one of 57 student teams to participate in the Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Junior Ze’Ondre Slade, along with partner Klinterica Mitchell, formed one of 57 student teams to participate in the Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge.

The challenge is the signature business pitch competition sponsored by the College of Business’ Miller School of Entrepreneurship. The entire ECU community was invited to participate, as long as one member of the team was an ECU student. Teams from the College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering and Technology, College of Fine Arts and Communication, and Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences participated in the event.

Junior Zeondre Slade, a criminal justice major, and junior Klinterica Mitchell, an education major, are co-partners in a venture called SPLASH Learning Center. Both want to combine their passions that started as internships in their hometown of Jacksonville, North Carolina. Their goal is to open a learning-based destination for children that is a safe and secure environment.

“With me working in law, I can use those skills that I have learned throughout my college experience to work in the business,” said Slade.

Sophomore Taylor Hicks entered her existing business, Simple & Sentimental, in this year’s Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge. If she wins, that money will go to “serve her clients better.”

Sophomore Taylor Hicks entered her existing business, Simple & Sentimental, in this year’s Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge. If she wins, that money will go to “serve her clients better.”

Twelve teams, six chosen by ECU judges and six chosen from first-round voting, will move on to the second round. From there, five teams will advance to the third and final round and will be paired with individual mentors to help further develop the business concept. The competition concludes in February of 2018 with a total of $20,000 to be split between the first, second and third-round winners.

Making Plans

Taylor Hicks is a sophomore from Winston-Salem. As a freshman in 2016, Hicks started a company called Simple & Sentimental, which provides unique, hand-lettered products. She was an interior design major, but as it began to grow, she switched her major to business administration. The company currently has an Etsy account that has made more than 2,000 sales since opening. Hicks and her company participated in the challenge’s first round, and if she wins the competition, she already has plans for her winnings.

“We would develop a new product line to serve our customers better,” said Hicks. “We figured out what our customers like, and we need to keep going in that direction.”

Dr. Stan Eakins, dean of the College of Business, attended the challenge’s first round and was very encouraged with what he saw.

College of Business Dean Stan Eakins meets with one of the 57 student teams who participated in the Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge.

College of Business Dean Stan Eakins meets with one of the 57 student teams who participated in the Pirate Entrepreneurship Challenge.

“The variety of ideas, products and stories that were on hand was incredible,” said Eakins. “I’m glad these ECU students saw firsthand the entrepreneurial spirit that’s alive and well at the university.”

“We had a number of goals we wanted to accomplish with this challenge,” said Dr. Mike Harris, director of the Miller School. “First and foremost, we wanted to give these future entrepreneurs an outlet to get their ideas out there and an opportunity to make those ideas come alive.”

Harris also said that the challenge was a chance to educate ECU about the Miller School of Entrepreneurship and how its resources are available to anyone at the university.

Round two of the challenge will feature five mentors who will choose five teams based on a five-minute pitch and responses to a three-minute Q&A session. The Miller School will mentor a team based on the popular student vote from round one. This round will take place Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 5-7 p.m.

According to Harris, there will be another challenge next year.


-by Michael Rudd, University Communications

ECU director named a top trailblazer in education  

An East Carolina University (ECU) director has been recognized by the Center for Digital Education as one of the country’s Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers of 2017 for his efforts to transform learning through the innovative use of technology.

Tim Hardison, an ECU alumnus and former Martin County Schools teacher, is developer and director of ECU’s MATCH Wellness program, an interdisciplinary, community-university partnership created to combat the epidemic of childhood obesity.

Tim Hardison, director of ECU’s MATCH Wellness program, has been honored by the Center for Digital Education as an innovator in education technology. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Tim Hardison, director of ECU’s MATCH Wellness program, has been honored by the Center for Digital Education as an innovator in education technology. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

MATCH stands for Motivating Adolescents with Technology to Choose HealthTM and targets seventh-grade students. It is currently supported by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) program.

Students are motivated through digital tools such as gamification, leader boards and trophy cases. Their schools use a Web-based management system to submit baseline data of height and weight, and fitness testing results. The program also uses an online behavioral survey to track sleeping and eating habits and technology uses. At the time MATCH was created, Hardison’s rural county had the lowest life expectancy in the state.

“When you’re trying to head off an epidemic like obesity, schools are the place we need to intervene,” said Hardison. “We’ve developed a program that meets teachers’ needs first, that just happens to produce unprecedented wellness outcomes, reducing these students’ risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and Type 2 diabetes.”

As part of ECU’s Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center, in the past decade MATCH has reached over 17,000 students in 49 public schools throughout the Carolinas and Mississippi—the state with the third-highest adult obesity rate in the nation. The program has prevented an estimated 1,500 cases of obesity.

Hardison said one key to MATCH’s success is that it teaches students about nutrition and physical activity at a time in their development when they’re beginning to make decisions independent of their families.

Fifteen percent of participants improve to a healthier weight. At 17 years of age, graduates of the program demonstrate decreased obesity when compared to their peers, and are twice as likely to have achieved a healthy weight.

The program has earned a “research tested” designation by the Center for Training, Research and Translation—an independent group that evaluates programs for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – and has gained national attention for its unparalleled long-term success.

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. The 2017 Top 30 designees were selected based on their efforts to improve education through effective implementation of technology-rich solutions, their impact on student outcomes, and their overall initiative, creativity and leadership skills. They recently received their awards at the Digital Education Leadership Conversation event in Austin, Texas.

“Our winners have shown an immense amount of passion and courage as they take on education in an era that encompasses rapid changes. They have demonstrated a unique ability to use technology as a catalyst to transform education at all levels and to have a positive impact on student success,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director, CDE. “I am thrilled to recognize this outstanding group for their work, and wish them the best as they continue to push the field forward with education technology.”

For more about this year’s Top 30 visit

For more about the MATCH Wellness program, visit


by Angela Todd, University Communications

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