ECU professor examines experience of women immigrants

East Carolina University sociology professor Susan Pearce has co-authored a book that chronicles the experiences of female immigrants living in the United States today.

“Immigration and Women: Understanding the American Experience” incorporates Census data and personal interviews with women of diverse backgrounds to tell their stories about acclimating to the American culture while caring for children and families, venturing into the workforce, producing creative works and championing for social change.

“We recommend changes for public policy to address the constraints these women face,” Pearce said, noting that the new policy must address the diverse profiles of today’s immigrating woman. “She is both potentially vulnerable to exploitative conditions and forging new avenues of societal leadership,” Pearce said.

Pearce is co-editor of “Reformulations: Markets, Policy and Identities in Central and Eastern Europe” and “Mosaics of Change: The First Decade of Life in the New Eastern Europe.” She also published a research blog on the 20th anniversary commemorations of 1989 in East-Central Europe at http://susancpearce.wordpress.com/.

Published by New York University Press, the book is co-authored by Elizabeth Clifford, associate professor of sociology at Towson University in Maryland, and Reena Tandon, sessional lecturer in South Asian Studies at the University of Toronto.

For additional information, contact Pearce at 252-328-2544 or pearces@ecu.edu.

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Alumni Association Awarded

The East Carolina Alumni Association received the CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) District III Award of Excellence for Overall Alumni Relations during the CASE conference in New Orleans.

The Alumni Association received the Grand Award in this category in 2008 and 2009.

“This just lets the world know what we already know, East Carolina and her Alumni Association are true to our mission of service. We do what we do because our alumni deserve the best, awards just validate that others are watching and approve,” said Paul J. Clifford, president and CEO of the East Carolina Alumni Association.

Other finalists in the category were the UNC-Chapel Hill General Alumni Association and Northern Kentucky University. The Grand Award went to UNC-CH.
For additional information about the Alumni Association, visit PirateAlumni.com.

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ECU staff members graduate training program

East Carolina University staff members who graduated from the The Supervisor’s Toolkit: Nuts and Bolts of Facilities Supervision program hosted on campus included James Boyd (Buildings), Ernest Brannon (Buildings), Pat Horn (Buildings), Jay Wainwright (Buildings), Stan Wojcik (Buildings), Jake Isenhour (Grounds), Tommy Walston (Grounds), Ben Triplett (Housekeeping), Jackie Smith (Housekeeping), Valeria Little (Housekeeping), Pearlene Kinsey (Housekeeping), Felisha Hines (Housekeeping), Stanley Smallwood (Housekeeping), Sandra May (Housekeeping), Kevin Dorsey (Health Science Campus-Utilities), David Skinner (Health Science Campus-Utilities), Chad Faulkner (Facilities Services-Utilities), Richard Garris (Facilities Services-Utilities), Chris Phelps (Facilities Services-Utilities), Patrick Sherrod (Facilities Services-Utilities), Royce Thigpen (Facilities Services-Utilities) and Neal Thorne (Facilities Services-Utilities).

Held Jan. 24 through 28, the program was designed by the Association of Physical Plan Administrators of Universities and Colleges to train and develop supervisors in the facilities environment. Two trainers from the association’s Southeastern region – Tom Jones from Clemson University and David Schmidt from Valdosta State University – conducted the training. Modules included: Supervision – What Is It?, It’s More Than Administrivia, Communication – Let’s Talk!, If it Weren’t for the People, Motivation and Performance, Customer Service Triangle, and Leadership – Tools for Success.

Individuals from Campbell University, NCSU, UNC – Greensboro and UNC – Charlotte also attended.

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Best-selling author to hold book-signing, presentation

As part of Earth Day at ECU, best-selling author Richard Louv will hold a presentation and book signing, 7 p.m. April 15 in Room C-307 Science and Technology Bldg. His best-selling book, “Last Child in the Woods,”sparked a national campaign to reconnect children with nature. His new book, “The Nature Principle,” focuses on adults’ need to reconnect with nature. Read more…

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