Graduates decorate caps to celebrate degrees

Graduating from college is an accomplishment and expressing that elation has become a tradition at East Carolina University. Approximately half of ECU graduates decorate their mortarboards celebrating their accomplishments, using Pirate symbols, Bible verses and glitter.

The annual grad cap contest sponsored by the East Carolina Alumni Association once again showcased some very creative designs.

Any graduating student was eligible to enter their creation in the contest. Graduates were encouraged to be as creative as they wanted without blocking someone else’s view at commencement. Students wrote their favorite sayings, added their favorite gems, or even reshaped their caps to represent their future.

This year, 78 students submitted photos of their caps by email, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

The winner, Carolyn Walence, won with her Peter Pan inspired cap with the quote, “Everything ends and so our story begins.”

She will receive a free diploma frame from Dowdy Student Stores courtesy of the East Carolina Alumni Association.

–Rich Klindworth

Medical Education Day showcases innovation

East Carolina University’s Second Annual Medical Education Day was held April 20 at the Brody School of Medicine. The event showcased 27 projects related to undergraduate and graduate medical, nursing and allied health education from students and faculty across the health sciences campus.

College of Engineering student Samantha Hamann discusses her poster with Brody dean Dr. Paul Cunningham during the university’s second annual Medical Education Day.

College of Engineering student Samantha Hamann discusses her poster with Brody dean Dr. Paul Cunningham during the university’s second annual Medical Education Day.

The event provided faculty, residents and students the opportunity to present innovations in curriculum and teaching, educational research and leadership to a growing community of educators, leaders, scholars and learners to promote educational excellence.

The best oral presentation award was presented to Dr. John Norbury, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, for his work entitled, “A Focus on Nerves and Joints: Impact of a Revised Curriculum for the 4th Year Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clerkship at Brody School of Medicine.” Second place was awarded to Dr. Luan Lawson, assistant dean for curriculum, assessment and clinical academic affairs at Brody, for her presentation, “Implementation of an Interprofessional Simulation Curriculum for Medical and Nursing Students using TeamSTEPPS.” Third-year medical student David Baker took home the third-place award for his presentation, “Latino Lay Health Advisors Building a Healthier Community.”

The best poster award went to Dr. Shuhua Ma, a third-year pathology resident, for her project, “Implementation of Resident Sign Out with Functions to Compare Resident and Attending Reports.” Second place was scooped up by Samantha Hamann, a student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, for her project, “A Shoulder Reduction Trask Trainer.” Third place was awarded to Melissa Barnes, a graduate student in the Department of Public Health, for her poster, “Inclusion of LGBT Health Topics in Curriculum at Brody School of Medicine.”

The event is an offshoot of Brody’s $1 million, five-year grant from the American Medical Association to help reshape how future doctors are trained.

To view the podium and poster presentations or to learn more about Brody’s AMA grant – the REACH Initiative – visit ecu.edu/reach.

–Amy Ellis

ECU chapter of Gold Humanism Honor Society inducts new members

An organization at East Carolina University honoring medical students and resident physicians who exemplify humanism and professionalism inducted 18 new members at an April event.

The Brody School of Medicine Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society began in 2011, recognizing third-year medical students for demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service. Last year the chapter expanded to include resident physicians – each nominated by third-year medical students based on their commitment to teaching and compassionate treatment of patients and families, students and colleagues.

Resident physicians selected this year are Dr. Kenji Leonard (surgery); Dr. Aakash Modi (family medicine); Dr. Sean Marco (internal medicine); and Dr. Glenn Nanney (physical medicine and rehabilitation).

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Front row: Drs. Kenji Leonard and Aakash Modi. Back row: Drs. Sean Marco and Glenn Nanney (Photos by Gretchen Baugh)

Additionally, 14 third-year students from the Brody School of Medicine were inducted into the society this year. They are Mark Ash, David Baker, Lauren Brown, Tiffany Byerly, Alexandria Dixon, Nicholena Etxegoien, Meagan Evangelista, Kevin Harris, Mehrin Islam, Mia Marshall, Eli Robins, Steven Roseno, Amanda Small and Zachary Wood.

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Front row: Amanda Small, Mehrin Islam, Mia Marshall. Back row: Nicholena Etxegoien, Steven Roseno, Lauren Brown, Alexandria Dixon, David Baker, Zachary Wood, Mark Ash, Meagan Evangelista, Tiffany Byerly, and Kevin Harris (Eli Robins not pictured)

The students join thousands of honor society members in training and practice, inspiring and nurturing humanism in others. Membership in GHHS goes beyond selection and induction into an honor society; its members have a responsibility to model, support and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care throughout their careers.

During their fourth year of medical school, student inductees select and execute a project that exemplifies humanism; participate in Solidarity Day, a nationwide initiative to highlight humanism in medicine; and sponsor a fundraising event.

Inspiration for the society began in the late 1990s when medical educators and residency program directors expressed the need for a way to identify applicants to residency training programs who had outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills.

The faculty adviser for the Brody chapter is Dr. Hellen Ransom of the Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies.

ECU School of Art and Design hosts 2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition

East Carolina University’s School of Art and Design is hosting the 2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition until May 20 in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery.

The 2016 exhibiting artists who will graduate with master of fine arts degrees in May are Sarah Harvell, Alyssa Karpa and Amber D Watts.

Artwork by ECU graduate student Sarah Harvell featured at the 2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition

The exhibition includes a wide range of materials and aesthetics with artists representing three studio areas in the School of Art and Design—Harvell in metal design, Karpa in textile design and Watts in painting.

In her artist statement, Harvell wrote “I revere the strength, beauty, and practicality of a seedpod in all its life stages… I represent these forms in copper with shell forming, a technique that enables me to mimic the sensuous forms and curving lines of seedpods.”

“This body of work depicts my process of therapy and rejuvenation found through creating art,“ Karpa said. “Displayed here are several fiber art techniques—embroidery, crochet, rusting and decaying fiber, and creating sculpture with hog gut and wire—that illustrate my recovery from abuse as well as the methods that now help me cope with residual anxiety.”

Artwork by ECU graduate student Alyssa Karpa featured at the 2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition

Artwork by ECU graduate student Alyssa Karpa featured at the 2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition

In writing about her art, Watts said “I am passionate about the topic of food because of my sociocultural identifiers. The lenses I wear… include being the oldest of three daughters, the mother of a boy, a feminist, a consumer, a producer, an artist, a student and a teacher. Through the construction of mixed media assemblages, I critique contemporary food culture in the United States.”

Artwork by ECU graduate student Amber D Watts featured at the 2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition

Gray Gallery is located off 5th and Jarvis Streets in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center at ECU. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Call 252-328-1312 for more information.

–Crystal Baity

College of Nursing honors 2016 Hall of Fame inductees

The East Carolina University College of Nursing inducted 11 members to its Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at the Hilton Hotel Greenville on Friday, April 15. The event, which also recognized the college’s 2016 Distinguished Alumnus, honored outstanding contributors to nursing in the areas of education, administration, research and practice.

2016 Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Sandra Smith, Sue Edwards, Wendy Leutgens, Jane Pearson, Donna Lake, Janice Neil, Annette Peery, Mary Chatman and Gina Woody, with Dean Sylvia Brown.

2016 Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Sandra Smith, Sue Edwards, Wendy Leutgens, Jane Pearson, Donna Lake, Janice Neil, Annette Peery, Mary Chatman and Gina Woody, with Dean Sylvia Brown. (Contributed photos)

This year’s class includes inductees from a range of impressive backgrounds, including two nurses who serve as leaders of major health systems; two who led accomplished, decades-long careers in the U.S. Military before pursuing inspired careers in health care and education; and several esteemed College of Nursing faculty members.

Not only does the Hall of Fame honor prominent nursing professionals, it has raised approximately $95,000 for a merit-based student scholarship fund since its inception in 2011. The 2015-2016 Hall of Fame Scholarship recipient, Tyler Knowles of Conover, North Carolina and a master’s student in the nurse anesthetist program, was recognized at the event. The college will award its sixth Hall of Fame Scholarship this fall.

“We created the Hall of Fame when we realized there were so many respected leaders who were graduates or supporters of our college and who have been leaders in our profession,” said Dr. Sylvia Brown, dean of the College of Nursing. “It’s an opportunity to honor their contributions and also a way to give back to future generations of nurses through the scholarship program.”

Distinguished Alum Wendy Leutgens is pictured with Dean Dr. Sylvia Brown. Wendy is president of Loyola University Health System in Maywood, IL. (Contributed photo)

Distinguished Alum Wendy Leutgens is pictured with Dean Dr. Sylvia Brown. Wendy is president of Loyola University Health System in Maywood, IL. 

The 2016 inductees join a list of 79 Hall of Fame members representing nine states. Each new member receives a flame-shaped award that resembles the lamp illustrated on the college’s nursing pin. The lamp and its associated flame symbolize a commitment to service and a vibrant life. This year’s Hall of Fame class:

  • Mary Chatman, Savannah, Ga.
  • Sue Edwards, Ayden, N.C.
  • Ann King, Clayton, N.C.
  • Donna Lake, Goldsboro, N.C.
  • Wendy Leutgens, Oak Park, Ill.
  • Janice Neil, Winterville, N.C.
  • Jane Pearson, Forest, Va.
  • Annette Peery, Greenville, N.C.
  • Loretta Ritter, Milford, Pa.
  • Sandra Smith, Williamsburg, Va.
  • Gina Woody, Winterville, N.C.

On a night set aside for celebrating influential nurse leaders, the college also recognized the recipient of its 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award. This year’s awardee is Wendy Leutgens (MSN 87), who serves as the president of Loyola University Health System, an 801-bed academic medical center and health system in Maywood, Illinois.

Learn more about the College of Nursing’s Hall of Fame and Distinguished Alumnus Award by visiting www.nursing.ecu.edu/hof.cfm.

–Elizabeth Willy

Alums support business students through scholarships, travel experiences

An old baseball coach once taught his players a formula: P + O = S; Preparation plus Opportunity equals Success. David and Pamela Leonard aren’t baseball coaches, but they are using that same formula to help East Carolina University business students become successful.

“I attribute a lot of my success to having a degree from East Carolina,” said David Leonard.

For some college students, spring break means a trip to a sunny beach. Instead of doing just that, 12 ECU risk management and insurance students, two Pitt Community College students, and two ECU professors traveled March 6-9 to Atlanta, Georgia for spring break to meet with the Leonards and tour several insurance companies.

Posing before loading the bus for their trip to Atlanta, Georgia over ECU’s spring break are ECU risk management and insurance students, Pitt Community College students and ECU faculty members. (Contributed photo)

Posing before loading the bus for their trip to Atlanta, Georgia over ECU’s spring break are ECU risk management and insurance students, Pitt Community College students and ECU faculty members. (Contributed photos)

“We actually sat in front of underwriters and claims adjusters and we talked to the CEO of a company instead of learning the textbook definitions,” said ECU senior Kylia Hodge.

Leonard graduated from ECU’s College of Business in 1979. Today, he is chairman and CEO of RSUI Group, Inc., which “is a leading underwriter of wholesale specialty insurance,” according to its website. Together with his wife of 35 years, Pamela, David Leonard has been a longtime supporter of scholarships at ECU.

“While I was at school there, there were some people who helped me out with tuition and expenses and I felt like I wanted to give back in that manner,” said David Leonard.

Beyond scholarships, the Leonards have also given to the College of Business Leadership Program to support student travel like this year’s spring break trip to Atlanta. The entire trip from the chartered bus to the hotel rooms, and meals for the students was made possible by the Leonards’ generosity.

“I liked the way it involves students and gets them involved in leadership activities, and I thought a lot of the skills they are learning and the way it’s being presented goes right back to things that make them more successful in life and in business, so I liked funding that,” said David Leonard.

ECU College of Business students were able to tour the Institute for Business and Home Safety’s Research Laboratory in South Carolina during their recent trip to Atlanta to learn more about the insurance industry.

ECU College of Business students were able to tour the Institute for Business and Home Safety’s Research Laboratory in South Carolina during their recent trip to Atlanta to learn more about the insurance industry.

While in Atlanta, the students had dinner with the Leonards, had a tour of RSUI Group from their CEO tour guide, toured Zurich North America, and on the way home, toured the Institute for Business and Home Safety’s Research Laboratory in South Carolina.

“When you get to personally have multiple one-on-one conversations with the CEO of an amazing company, it really does shine a different light to the students. It gives us the sense of you know that he’s really invested and he really does care about whether we succeed or not,” said ECU senior Lindsey Albaugh.

“I saw the Pirate pride that he has, not just ‘Go Pirates,’ the personality, the work ethic… to actually see an ECU alumnus be successful and be able to give back to the school that he got his training from is kind of inspirational and gives you hope,” Hodge added.

–Rich Klindworth

College of Health and Human Performance awards $208,700 in scholarships

East Carolina University’s College of Health and Human Performance awarded $208,700 in scholarships to 161 outstanding students during the Pecheles Automotive Group Winner’s Circle scholarship breakfast April 8 at the ECU’s Williams Arena.

The Pecheles Automotive Group has sponsored the event for twelve consecutive years.

“We are grateful for the generosity of the Pecheles Automotive Group,” said Dr. Glen Gilbert, Dean of the College of Health and Human Performance.

“In partnership with this successful business leader, we can gather together benefactors and students. Scholarship recipients learn about why others give back and donors hear firsthand how their gifts make a difference.”

The Pecheles Automotive Group also supports an annually funded scholarship in the College of Health and Human Performance.

Mr. Brian Pecheles, President of the Pecheles Automotive Group, joins Dean Gilbert on stage and welcomes the crowd in Williams Arena. (Photos by Chuck Baldwin).

Mr. Brian Pecheles, President of the Pecheles Automotive Group, joins Dean Gilbert on stage and welcomes the crowd in Williams Arena. (Photos by Chuck Baldwin).

“We are very proud to be part of the College of Health and Human Performance Winner’s Circle Breakfast,” said Brian Pecheles, president of Pecheles Automotive.  “There is no better event we participate in, and no more deserving group of people.”

Awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 were presented and granted to students for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Private donations fund the scholarships, created to honor outstanding faculty and friends of the college.

Nearly 460 people attended the breakfast, including scholarship recipients, donors, advancement council members, faculty, staff and guests.

Ms. Emily Evans congratulates the first recipient of the Emily Evans Scholarship, Zainah AbulHawa.  Dr. Don Chaney, Chair of the Department of Health Education and Promotion, Dean Glen Gilbert, and associate dean, Dr. Angela Lamson presented certificates to students.

Ms. Emily Evans congratulates the first recipient of the Emily Evans Scholarship, Zainah AbulHawa. Dr. Don Chaney, Chair of the Department of Health Education and Promotion, Dean Glen Gilbert, and associate dean, Dr. Angela Lamson presented certificates to students.

Following is a list of the awards and student recipients:

Joe Pecheles Volkswagen, Inc. Scholarship: McKayla Kraft
Harold H. Bate Scholarship in Health and Human Performance: Andrew Whaley
Health and Human Performance Advancement Council Scholarship: Courtney Nall, Ashley Boyd, Lydia Ritchie, Rachel Jhala, Kerry Walsh
William E. Cain Scholarship: Kayla Maness, Kaylan Bristol
Abeyounis Family Scholarship: Laura Snyder
Captain Christopher Cash Memorial Scholarship: Genevieve Ramirez, Samuel Bowen, Luke McMillan, Summer Martinez
George Whitfield Scholarship: Cheyenne Carothers
Walter and Marie Williams Scholarship: Mona Sims, Rachel Williams, Mary Blackwelder
Jane B. Waller Scholarship: Wesley Thigpen, Amanda Driggers
Dr. Ed Clement Scholarship: Alison Ratti
John and Nicole Archibald Scholarship: Nicole LaDuca
Dave Alexander Scholarship: Vivian Nguyen
Bessie McNeil Scholarship: Monica Millsaps
Bloxton-Strawn Scholarship: Lauren Plis
Health and Human Performance Faculty Scholarship: David Taylor
John P. and Harriet I. Hudson Scholarship: Nadine Rammouni
University Book Exchange Scholarship: Farren Allen, Greyson Vann
Dr. Jerry McGee Scholarship: Israel Mendez
Emilie Tilley Scholarship: Danielle Holdner, Kristina Cripe, Jordan Groose
Guy and Kathy Swain Scholarship: Treva Perry
Steven W. Osborne Scholarship: Sarah Jones
Miriam B. Moore Scholarship: Tionne Allen

Department of Health Education and Promotion Scholarships
Patricia C. Dunn Scholarship: Brittany Lewis
Michael L. Bunting Scholarship in Health Education and Promotion: Augustus Floyd
Mollie Berry Davenport Scholarship in Health Education and Promotion: Kimberlea Lehr
Judy B. Baker Scholarship in Public Health Studies: Gladys Ruby Gonzalez
Emily Evans Scholarship in Health Education and Promotion: Zainah AbulHawa
Jamie and Jonathan Williams Scholarship: Lauren Smith
James Mulligan Memorial Scholarship: Brittany Case, Jackson Hooton
Daniel and Roelyn Adams Scholarship in Environmental Health: Elizabeth Asawacharoenkun
Ronnie P. Barnes Scholarship in Athletic Training: Kathryn Carter, Sydney O’Brien
Craig and June Baker Scholarship in Athletic Training: Jessica Phillips
The Athletic Alumni Scholarship: Hope Stuart

Department of Human Development and Family Science Scholarships
Mel Markowski Medical and Family Therapy Scholarship: Daniel Blocker
Myrtle H. Westmoreland Scholarship: Giles Jones
Vonta Leach Scholarship: Azanique Rawl
Tyndall-Owens Scholarship: Sasha Murphy
Ursich Marriage and Family Therapy Scholarship: Erika Taylor
Marriage and Family Therapy Alumni Scholarship: Meagan Collins
David Dosser Scholarship: Merin Joshy
Nash Love Scholarship: Kaylabeth Gudac
J. B. and Vera Congleton Scholarship: Sarah Cope
Maisie Castlebury Freeman Scholarship: Dana Carty, DeLys Chauvin
Dorothy G. Pruitt Scholarship: Miranda Holland
Elizabeth Pate Johnson Scholarship: Caroline Traflet
Alexandria G. Kittrell Scholarship: Jamie Tilley, Kristen Malagisi, Star Chang
Nancy Darden Early Childhood Scholarship: Janna Elawar, Alaina Purvis
Human Development and Family Science Scholarship: Marcy Regan
J.F. “Frank” and Reba D. Howell Scholarship: Amanda Alnadesh
Lucy Ervin Roberts Birth-Kindergarten Scholarship: Michelle Flores

Department of Interior Design and Merchandising Scholarships
Collegiate Tartan Scholarship: Anne Mason
M. Louise Thomas Scholarship: Hannah Wiser, Lisa Duerr
Garnice Knight Ealy Scholarship: Ijechukwuama Omotosho
Interior Design Alumni and Friends Scholarship: Madelyn Wood
Tom and Karen Bartik Interior Design Scholarship: Rebecca Culvahouse
Belk Scholarship: Lauren Williams, Kristina Mutio, Allison Hawkins
Caroline Allen Scholarship: Angelica Martinez-Tejada
Merchandising Advisory Board Scholarship: Yulan Ruan
M. Louise Thomas Merchandising Scholarship: Angel Johnson, Kaitlyn Shrey

Department of Kinesiology Scholarships
Merry Sandra Aycock Kennedy Scholarship: Brady Cartwright
Jimmie R. Grimsley Scholarship: Jeffrey Broadway, Brittany Vaughan
Eva Price Memorial Scholarship: Emma Shirley
G. Brantley and Barbara F. Aycock Scholarship for Physical Education: Adell Remsberg, Colton Chrisman, Jamie Corbett, William Pittman
George E. Williams Memorial Scholarship: Mollie Edick
Catherine V. McCulley Scholarship: Tyara Nevels
Karla Faye Jones Scholarship: Garrett VanHoy
Catherine A. Bolton Scholarship: Lauren MacchioCatherine A. Bolton Scholarship: Constantine Unanka
Jim and Wendy Dill Scholarship: Adam Parker
Gay Blocker EXSS Memorial Scholarship: Stephen Allard
Nell Stallings Scholarship: Hannah Vermillion, Josh Dixon, Mary Shaw,  Thomas Wynne, William Deatherage
Graham and Lynne Felton Scholarship: David Modigliani-Estraella
Ernest Schwartz Sports Management Graduate Fellowship: Marlee Sloan
Clay and Anne Walker Scholarship in Sports Management: Lyle Jones

Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies Scholarships
Keene Spirit of Service Scholarship: Kelly Semon
Michael Bunting Scholarship in RCLS: Tynasia Miles
Michael Bunting Scholarship for Warrior Training Program: Emily Reames
Peggy Pruett Cromer Scholarship: Madeline Jones
Joseph and Hannah Tart Scholarship for Warrior Training Program: Stephanie Warrick
John and Joan Taylor Scholarship in RCLS: Jacquelyn Nance
Charles A. Vincent Memorial Scholarship: Kayla Maness
Robert L. Jones Scholarship for Warrior Training Program: Christina Brown-Bochicchio

School of Social Work Scholarships
Elizabeth Ann Worden Scholarship: Alleyah Mason
Lamanda Michelle Reid Memorial Scholarship: Laura Fisher
David B. and Willa H. Stevens Social Work Scholarship: Maya Williams, Caitlin Wyant
Edward L. Garrison Memorial Scholarship: Phuong Nguyen
Peggy Myers Chandler Memorial Scholarship: Gabriela Mendoza
ECU School of Social Work Scholarship: Chrisola Ham
Master of Social Work Scholarship: Jalessa S. Jones, Hailey Harris, Tracy James-McAllister, Mitzi Jordan

Air Force ROTC Scholarships 
Major General William Dutch & Lt. Colonel Norma Holland Scholarship: Lajoy Galloway
Captain Christopher Cash Scholarship: Davonte Brown, Clayton Brock
Michael L. Bunting Scholarship in Air Force ROTC: Colby Wallmow, Nastassia Arrington, Hekima Wainaina
Keith and Janie Oliphant Scholarship: Zachary Schadewald
Stephen and Tammy Blizzard Scholarship: Katie Dew
Walter and Marie Williams Scholarship: Travis Paul
Lt. Colonel Ed Tadlock Scholarship: Tyler McGuire
The ‘High Flight’ Spirit Scholarship: Matthew Campbell
Kirk and Dasha Little Scholarship: Charlotte Jenkins
Bill and Nancy Miller Scholarship in Air Force ROTC: Jack Davis
General Gary North Scholarship: Thomas Griswold
Colonel J. Worth Carter DMSS Scholarship: Jonathan Jeffries
Archie Burnette Scholarship: Jacquelyn Nance, Kenneth Bridges
Clifton E. Boyd Scholarship: Christina Debnam
Maj. Gen. Cathy Dreyer & Lt. Gen. Kevin Chilton Scholarship: Drake Kuntzleman
B.G. Beacham Scholarship: Christy Xiong, Mason Doty

Army ROTC Scholarships
Captain Christopher Cash Memorial Scholarship: Joseph Jernigan, Kelsey Page
Ruth Glass Bunting Scholarship: Nathan Hallock, Justin Stevenson
Michael Bunting Scholarship in Army ROTC: Gabriel Abreu
Walter and Marie Williams Scholarship: Kaeley Churchill
Captain David “JP” Thompson Memorial Scholarship: William Blackwell
Archie Burnette Scholarship: Theodore Protonentis, Matthew Pastino
LTC Daniel and Mrs. Heather Heape Scholarship:  Samuel Phillips
B.G. Beacham Scholarship: Christopher Voss, Michael Helpingstine, Christopher Rudkowski, James Dempsey, Lathan Nelson

-Kathy Muse

ECU School of Art and Design hosts NC National Art Honor Society high school students

East Carolina University’s School of Art and Design hosted the North Carolina chapter of the National Art Honor Society’s annual retreat on April 8.

ECU welcomed approximately 200 exceptional high school art students from 11 schools throughout the state to participate in art workshops conducted by ECU School of Art and Design faculty. Students chose to participate in two workshops, selecting from classroom as canvas, screenprinting, shoot a short, eye tracking, enameling, collage, book arts, make a TV show, non-traditional drawing and painting, and shooting a video interview.

Regional high schools with art students participating included South Central High SchoolJH Rose High School and Pasquotank County High School.

The retreat was coordinated by ECU alumnus Jody Stouffer, high school art teacher from Lee County High School and director of the North Carolina chapter of the National Art Honor Society.

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“Our faculty were excited about the opportunity to showcase their concentrations,” said Robert Quinn, ECU professor of art education. “We developed some really engaging workshops that gave high school students a taste of what life is like as an art student at ECU.”

Participating ECU art faculty included Quinn, Scott Eagle, Ken Wyatt, Lisa Beth Robinson, Alice Arnold, Mi-Sook Hur, Cynthia Bickley-Green, Erick Green, Michael Dermody and Christine Zoller.

The NAHS traveling exhibition, featuring artwork submitted by National Art Honor Society high school chapters in North Carolina, was on exhibit in ECU’s Burroughs Welcome Gallery in Jenkins Fine Art Center during the workshop.

In addition to the workshops, students were introduced to ECU’s art facilities and toured the ECU campus.

ECU has the largest studio art program in North Carolina, which is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Curriculum areas include animation, art foundations, ceramics, cinema, drawing, graphic design, illustration, interactive media, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textile design and video.

–Harley Dartt

ECU named top school for military spouses

East Carolina University has been named one of the top 100 schools in the nation for military spouses.

ECU is the only university in North Carolina to receive Victory Media’s Military Spouse Friendly School designation.

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As such, ECU demonstrates “best practices in the education of military spouses and military families,” according to Victory Media, which measured universities on 10 criteria from academic and military family support to offering programs leading to portable career opportunities.

Earning the designation brings great pride, said Rondall Rice, chair of ECU’s Academic Military Affairs Committee, which completed the surveys and compiled information for the designations.

“Having served 29 years in the Air Force, I know the importance of military spouses and families, and the hardships they endure to allow their loved one to serve the nation. Being Military Spouse Friendly recognizes that ECU values their sacrifice and has programs and policies in place to help them achieve their academic goals,” Rice said.

This is the fifth military friendly-related designation this academic year, Rice said, which is a testament to ECU’s campus-wide efforts to make it a welcoming and beneficial place for military students, veterans and their families.

“This specific student population is focused and hard-working, but often face difficulties and unique situations due to their service,” Rice said. “We are proud to work with them all to help them earn their degrees.”

In the fall, the Military Times ranked ECU 28th in its Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 – the highest ranked in North Carolina. ECU also was named a Military Friendly School, which recognizes the top 20 percent of trade schools, colleges and universities that are doing the most to embrace service members, veterans and their families. The other two designations given to ECU are the Military Times’ Best for Vets: Business Schools and Victory Media’s Top 50 Military Friendly Schools for jobs in the pharmaceutical and health care industry.

ECU offers participation in the Veterans Administration Yellow Ribbon Program, which extends GI Bill benefits to cover out-of-state tuition. ECU also has one of only 79 VA-funded Veterans Support on Campus representatives across the nation and the only one in North Carolina.

Other support groups on campus include the student-led Pirate Veterans and the ECU Student Veteran Services office which offers Green Zone training for faculty and staff to increase understanding of military and veteran students and issues they may face in college. ECU also has programs to award academic credit for military training using American Council on Education recommendations. And ECU’s Military Advisory Committee helps raise scholarship money for ROTC and military students and coordinates veterans recognition and military appreciation events.

Victory Media’s Military Friendly Guide is the premier resource used by military personnel and their families when choosing an institution of higher learning. The publication is distributed to all base education centers worldwide and offered to every military member at retirement or transition from service to civilian life. More information about the new designation can be found at https://militaryfriendly.com/militaryspouseschools/.

–Crystal Baity