ECU graduate students Farrell Wiggins, Brittany Robertson, Katie Hopkins and Keli McColl, left to right, enjoy the landscapes of Costa Rica while on a medical mission trip this summer. (Contributed photos)
Four East Carolina University graduate students in the occupational therapy master’s program traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica in August for a medical mission trip.
Katie Hopkins, Keli McColl, Brittany Robertson and Farrell Wiggins worked for a week in ASCOPA, an adult day care program for adults with autism.
The ECU students assisted with daily activities at ASOCPA and created sensory-based activities such as gardening and creating greeting cards. Items made were sold to raise money and awareness about Autism.
Autism awareness and treatment options are minimal in Costa Rica. Most adults with an autism diagnosis in the area are institutionalized or kept at home with care provided by family members. The ASCOPA program allows adults to receive both education and life-skills training.
The students also traveled in Costa Rica, visiting the rain forest, the beaches and the active Arenal volcano.
Keli McColl, Farrell Wiggins and Brittany Robertson, left to right, work with participants at the day treatment facility for adults with autism in Costa Rica.
An article by ECU College of Business faculty member Ericka Lawrence, “The Influence of Workplace Injuries on Work-Family Conflict: Job and Financial Insecurity as Mechanisms,” was published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Lawrence is a professor in management.
Former dean of the ECU College of Human Ecology Karla Hughes was named executive vice president and provost of the University of Louisiana System, effective Jan. 6.
She will serve as deputy to system president Sandra K. Woodley and monitor and support the direction of academic programs at all nine universities in the system.
Hughes was most recently provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Morehead State University in Kentucky.
Hughes was the first dean of the ECU College of Human Ecology. While at ECU, she was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow serving 17 institutions through the UNC system, participated in the statewide BRIDGES leadership development program for women and organized the Intergenerational Community Center in Greenville, which last year won the national C. Peter Magrath University/Community Engagement Award.
Jacob Subash, a first-year medical student at East Carolina University, is the recipient of the 2014 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award.
(Photo by Doug Boyd)
Subash conducted his research, “Protein synthesis regulation in the germ line affects gamete differentiation,” under the direction of Dr. Brett Keiper, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU.
Subash enrolled at ECU as an East Carolina Scholar, the university’s top undergraduate scholarship program, and was an early assurance entrant to medical school. He received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry in May, graduating magna cum laude. He was named the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Senior at ECU for 2012-2013.
He is a 2009 graduate of J.H. Rose High School and the son of Dorothy Subash and Subash Raghavan.
Subash’s award includes a $500 prize. He plans to use it to study abroad next year.
Two students received honorable mentions for their research. Mukund Patel was recognized for work completed under the direction of Dr. Stefan Clemens, an associate professor of physiology at the Brody School of Medicine. Chelsea Hughes was recognized for her thesis completed under the direction of Dr. Derrick Wirtz, an associate professor of psychology at ECU.
The award is hosted by Joyner Library and was presented Dec. 4 at the library.
Joyner Library assistant director Mark Sanders stands with honorable mention Mukund Patel. (Contributed photo)
Felicia Buckner is pictured during her student teaching. (Image from WLOS)
East Carolina University student Felicia Buckner, who will graduate from ECU with a bachelor’s in education this week, was featured in Asheville television news station WLOS-13′s ‘Person of the Week” feature.
Buckner completed her degree following a motorcycle accident that left her with brain trauma, a broken back and a collapsed lung. Her husband died in the accident.
Read more and watch the video of Buckner’s story as told by WLOS.