East Carolina University’s College of Education inducted 16 new members into the Eta Chi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society April 16.
The 16 new members included 13 College of Education students; Dr. Linda Patriarca, dean of the College of Education; Dr. Renee Neal, professor in mathematics science and instructional technology; and Dr. Alana Zambone, interim associate dean for grants and funded research.
Members of the education honor society must have maintained at least a 3.2 undergraduate GPA or 3.5 graduate GPA and exemplify worthy educational ideals and integrity.
The ECU chapter is a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, which was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The Eta Chi Chapter at ECU provides opportunities for network and leadership of both students and faculty, as well as involvement with community services.
Teachers and student teacher supervisors from Raleigh eastward enjoyed professional development to enhance teacher preparation skills at the 2011 Spring Clinical Teacher Conference, April 14 at the Greenville Hilton. Above, Darlene Perry from the ECU Office of Teacher Education enjoys fellowship with colleagues at the conference. (Contributed photo)
The East Carolina University College of Education hosted 292 clinical teachers and student teacher supervisors at the 2011 Spring Clinical Teacher Conference April 14 at the Greenville Hilton.
The event provided professional development through activities and sessions on topics such as technology, teacher leadership, instructional strategies and mentoring teaching interns. ECU faculty, local teachers and other educational specialists presented the sessions.
Vann Lassiter, the 2010-2011 Northeast Regional Teacher of the Year, provided the keynote presentation.
Clinical teachers represented Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Edenton-Chowan, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Harnett, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Lenoir, Martin, Nash-Rocky Mount, Onslow, Pitt, Tyrrell, Wake, Wayne and Wilson County school systems.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders celebrated several accomplishments at the annual Spring Convention of the North Carolina Speech, Hearing & Language Association, April 6-9 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC.
Kathleen T. Cox accepted the role of president of the association, beginning July 1. She has previously served the group on several convention committees, chairing the planning committee for 3 years, and presenting at Fall Conference or Spring Convention.
Martha “Betty” Smith was awarded the State Clinical Achievement Award for outstanding contribution for the birth to 3-year-old population. Monica S. Hough and Sherri Winslow were awarded the Public Information Award for the Aphasia Support Group they developed in the ECU Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic, as well as numerous public service appearances and articles. Cox and Smith, along with Lori Kincannon, will serve as members of the organization’s Board of Directors or standing committees.
Faculty and students who presented at the conference included Kathleen T. Cox with doctoral student Amit Kelkar, Heather L. Ramsdell, and doctoral students Daniel Hudock, Donna Wolfe and Aphroditi Gouvousis.
Courtney Durham, a speech-language pathology student, was awarded the Student Achievement Award and Scholarship for outstanding performance as a graduate student in speech-language pathology and audiology. The ECU MS, Speech-Language Pathology students won the Student Membership Award for having the highest percentage of enrolled students joining as student members of NCSHLA, as compared to the other five training programs in the state of NC.
The NCSHLA is a professional association that promotes and advocates for the professional practice of the speech, language and hearing sciences as well as communicatively impaired citizens in North Carolina. The organization includes more than 1,000 speech and audiology professionals across the state.
Two East Carolina University students — one undergraduate and one graduate — were selected for the Retired Faculty Association of the East Carolina Alumni Association scholarships.
Skylar Brooke Mills, an elementary education major from Greenville, received the undergraduate scholarship. She is a member and recruitment committee chair for the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program. She spends time tutoring students at Chicod School, and volunteering at the Pitt County Shrine Club, Z Kids Ministry, and at NC Teaching Fellows recruitment events.
The graduate recipient is Anna Meredith Taylor or Rocky Mount, who is studying speech-language pathology. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing sciences and graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2010. She volunteers as a TOPsoccer coach, a challenger baseball assistant coach, and as a volunteer at the Creative Living Center and MedLink Volunteer Center/Tar River Mission Clinic.
The ECURFA Undergraduate Scholarship and Graduate Fellowship are awarded to children of ECU faculty, active or retired, who have been accepted as a freshmen or are currently enrolled full time at ECU, or who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in graduate school at ECU, respectively. Recipients are chosen based on academic merit, a grade point average of at least 3.0, involvement in extracurricular activities, leadership potential, and any other qualities deemed appropriate by the scholarship selection committee.
The purpose of the East Carolina University Retired Faculty Association is to provide retired faculty with a continuing link to the university and to colleagues and friends through social activities, receptions, and group travel. It provides an opportunity to give back to the university through an endowment fund, which established the Undergraduate Scholarship and Graduate Fellowship.
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