Faculty, staff urged to conserve electricity

Members of the ECU community are asked to turn off equipment not in use to conserve energy. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)
William E. Bagnell, associate vice chancellor for Campus Operations, notified the campus community that May 31 is the likely utility peak day for the month, which means that conservation efforts are essential.

Faculty and staff are asked to turn off all unnecessary electrical equipment including lights, radios, calculators, printers, copiers, computers, monitors and coffee makers. Those with windows are asked to lower blinds to reduce cooling loss. 

Bagnell reminded everyone to turn off all equipment when leaving for the day.

For more details on the Electrical Peak Demand, visit http://www.ecu.edu/facility_serv/energy/FAQonpeakdemand.htm .

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Faculty, staff urged to turn out for blood drive

An ECU faculty and staff blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. June 7 at the Student Recreation Center Court #5. During the academic year, students collect around 2,500 units of blood. The students have left for the summer, but the need for blood transfusions remains. Faculty and staff are encouraged to do their part in helping the community through this American Red Cross blood drive.
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Future docs enjoy team-building exercises

Participants in the ECU Summer Program for Future Doctors enjoy team-building exercises May 16 at East Carolina University. The program has traditionally given undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students working toward admission to medical school a chance to learn what medical education is like and to showcase their academic potential. This year the Brody School of Medicine is partnering with the ECU School of Dental Medicine, and three of the 28 total students participating plan to enter dental school. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

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Oral Cancer Screening held at Clark-LeClair Stadium


ORAL CANCER SCREENING
From left, Dr. Frank Serio, associate dean of the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, and Dr. Bobby Collins, chief of oral and maxillofacial pathology at the school, check Drew Ligon for oral cancer during a free screening session Tuesday, May 17, before the ECU-Old Dominion baseball game at Clark-LeClair Stadium. Ligon was one of 40 people who were checked by the ECU dental team. Oral, head and neck cancers claim approximately 12,000 lives per year, according to the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

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ECU named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

For the fifth year in a row, East Carolina University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes exemplary community service and meaningful outcomes in the community.

The honor is the highest federal recognition that honors a university’s commitment to service and civic engagement.

The 2010 Honor Roll winners will be presented in June at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New Orleans, La.

Community outreach at ECU is supported through the efforts of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center, which engages students in volunteer and service-learning activities that benefit the community while enhancing the students’ academic experiences. For additional information about the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentlife/volunteer/home.cfm.

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EXPERTS CONVERGE: ECU hosts second annual hurricane conference

NOAA satellite imagery from September 1999 shows Hurricane Floyd approaching North Carolina. Representatives from NOAA and the National Weather Service will join ECU experts in a hurricane conference at East Carolina University.

 

East Carolina University and North Carolina Emergency Management will host the second annual hurricane conference for emergency managers May 18 in the Murphy Center on campus.
Along with representatives of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service, ECU researchers will review the latest tools and trends in forecasting and decision-making for storm surge and river floods.

ECU geography professor Dr. Tom Allen, director of RENCI (the Renaissance Computing Institute) at ECU and economics professor Dr. Jamie Kruse, director of ECU’s Center for National Hazards Research, will facilitate the event, with technical assistance from Ken Gallupi and Jessica Proud Losego from Renci at Chapel Hill.

ECU Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies Dr. Deirdre Mageean will welcome conference participants. NCEM Director of Emergency Management Doug Hoell and Deputy Director Mike Sprayberry, one of the conference organizers, also will be in attendance.

Keynote speaker Dr. Rachel Davidson of the University of Delaware will discuss new approaches to evacuation. Davidson, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, researches natural disaster risk modeling and is a mentor for the Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disaster Researchers program funded by the National Science Foundation. Additional topics will be presented by representatives from the National Hurricane Center, the National Weather Service Southeast River Forecast Center and local NWS offices. The conference will conclude with discussion of the 2011 Hurricane Season Outlook.

“The conference represents a strong multi-disciplinary partnership,” said Jeff Orrock, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service Office in Raleigh. “By working together, we are able to provide the best information possible to residents of our state.”

For additional information, contact ECU professor Donna Kain at 252-717-9330, email kaind@ecu.edu, or NCEM Area 2 coordinator David Weldon at dweldon@ncem.org. The event is not open to the public.

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