College of Nursing honors 2015 Hall of Fame inductees

The East Carolina University College of Nursing inducted nine members to its Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at the Hilton in Greenville on Friday, March 6. The event, which also recognized the college’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus, honored outstanding contributors to nursing in the areas of education, administration, research and practice. This year’s class …


Annual Mills Symposium Set for February


The 11th annual Jean Mills Health Symposium has been set for February 6, 2015 at the East Carolina Heart Institute. This year’s symposium theme centers around new models for empowering personal and community health and will feature keynote speaker Dr. L. Allen Dobson, the president and CEO of Community Care of NC. Along with the keynote address from Dr. Dobson, those in attendance will enjoy a panel discussion, breakout sessions, and a question and answer session with Dr. Dobson and the panelists.

This one-day symposium will feature information and sessions on:
• creating community partnerships focused on the behavioral determinants of obesity
• improving outcomes among African American women with Type 2 DM
• innovative approaches to mental health issues of minority adolescents
• community partnerships as portals to access
• improving health through community engaged dental education
• new models for empowering community and minority health

The event, named in the honor of Jean Elaine Mills, an ECU alumna who died of breast cancer in 2000, serves as a tribute to Mills and to bring awareness and solutions for health problems that plague North Carolinians particularly African-Americans and other minorities. The only minority rural health care symposium of its kind in eastern North Carolina, the event has grown each year, from 50 participants in 2004 to about 175 in 2014. The symposium is presented by the College of Allied Health Sciences in collaboration with the ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation.

Jean earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977 and a master’s in public administration with a concentration in community health from ECU in 1984. She died from breast cancer in October 2000.  Jean’s brother Amos T. Mills III, hopes to keep her spirit of discovery and community outreach alive through an inspirational tribute to one of her former graduate school instructors, Dr. Donald Ensley, former chairman of the Department of Community Health. Through a $25,000 donation to the Medical Foundation Inc. of ECU, the Jean Elaine Mills Health Symposium was established.

To register to attend, visit The registration fee is $20 for students and $35 for non-students before January 24 and $25 for student sand $40 for non-students after.

College of Nursing rewards donors with pin painting

Donors who make a pledge of $200 or more to the East Carolina University College of Nursing’s fund drive this academic year are receiving a special thank you gift in return: a print of a painting representing the college pin. The pin, designed by the college’s first graduating class, symbolizes the values the institution holds dear. …


Campaign seeks to empower older drivers

As 10,000 baby boomers per day enter the over-65 age bracket, the concern for older drivers’ safety and independence is greater now than ever. Adults 65 and older make up more than 16 percent of all licensed drivers nationwide, and it’s estimated that 1 in 5 Americans will be 70 or older by 2040. The …