Occupational therapy department holds CarFit safety program

East Carolina University’s occupational therapy department will host CarFit, a free, interactive program that gives a quick comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together.

The event will be held 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 26, at Eastern Pines Church of Christ, 3380 Portertown Road, Greenville. No appointment is needed. The assessment takes about 15 minutes. Read more…

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School of Medicine ranked among top medical schools

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University ranks among the top medical schools in the country that emphasize primary care, according to the annual listing of the top graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

ECU is 10th overall among primary care schools this year. In the rural medicine subcategory, the school ranks seventh. ECU also sent the seventh-highest percentage of its graduates, 54.3 percent, into primary care residencies between 2008 and 2010. U.S. News defines primary care as family medicine, pediatrics and internal medicine.

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Tibetan Monks

Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery visited the East Carolina University campus March 14 – 18 as part of a tour to raise awareness of Tibetan civilization and contribute to world peace through sacred art. View a slideshow taken on the first day of their visit.

The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour features a mandala sand painting celebration, in which the monks lay millions of grains of sand to create a mandala. Sacred music and dance, lectures and community participation in the sand art are included in the week’s activities. In a closing ceremony March 18, the mandala sand will be dispersed into the Tar River as a sacred blessing. For more information about the Mystical Arts of Tibet tour, visit http://www.ecu.edu/news/newsstory.cfm?ID=1917. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

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Staff Senate nominations open

East Carolina University staff members who wish to join the Staff Senate are encouraged to submit nominations by March 25, using the ASK survey system in OneStop. Staff members may nominate themselves or another employee who is eligible to become a staff senator.

Membership is open to full-time SPA employees, CSS employees, and non-teaching EPA employees with permanent status. The SPA, CSS, and non-teaching EPA employees within each division elect senators for their respective divisions to two-year terms. Each division elects one senator for every 100 SPA, CSS, and non-teaching EPA employees within the division. Prospective senators must have direct supervisor approval for participation in the Staff Senate before the nomination form is submitted. Human Resources will certify each nominee’s eligibility.

Elections will be held April 4 through April 25.

For additional information, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/staffsenate/becomesenator.cfm.

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Student Health prepares for national accreditation

The East Carolina University Student Health Services hosted an Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Fair March 10 for its employees.

Designed to prepare employees for accreditation surveys scheduled for June 21 and 22, the event included interactive games on such topics as patient rights, quality of care and facilities and environment. Game winners were eligible to participate in drawings for prizes. Read more…

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Student Health Prepares for National Accreditation

The East Carolina University Student Health Services hosted an Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Fair March 10 for its employees.

Designed to prepare employees for accreditation surveys scheduled for June 21 and 22, the event included interactive games on such topics as patient rights, quality of care and facilities and environment. Game winners were eligible to participate in drawings for prizes.

Preparation for accreditation is an ongoing process. Other preparation efforts include mock inspections, educational sessions, self-assessment of AAAHC standards, bimonthly chapter captain meetings, and updating policies.

AAAHC accreditation is a voluntary process which involves an onsite visit for surveyors to measure an ambulatory health care organization’s quality of services and performance against nationally recognized standards. Student Health Services was re-accredited in 2008.

Pictured above from left to right Cathy Buria, graduate assistant, and Kim Joyner, quality improvement manager, present a game called Swashbuckling with Captain Kim to Amy Viverette, insurance coordinator. (contributed photos)

From left to right is Jolene Jernigan, director, and nurse Charlene Hettinger playing a balloon game.

Left to right, Noel Wallace, lab technician, is playing the Health and Nutrition Education Survivor game presented by Latasha Gibbs, intern, Shawnte’ Elbert, health educator, and India Christian, intern.

Left to right, Selena Anderson, insurance coordinator, and Claire Martin, nurse, play the Fishing Rights game presented by Dr. Shirley Williamson.

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New Music Festival begins this week

The 2011 East Carolina University New Music Festival will bring artists from around the country, including the Genkin Philharmonic from Buffalo, New York, Yukiko Sekino from Boston, and composer Ross Bauer from California, to the university’s campus.

The festival also features ECU faculty and students performing in conjunction with bands in the current Greenville popular music scene. More than 50 percent of School of Music students will participate in festival performances. Read more…

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