Coghill article addresses patient care for homebound patients

Jeffrey Coghill of ECU’s Laupus Library and Robin Pierce, a physical therapist with Gentiva Home Health, co-authored “Aortic Stenosis in the Home Care Setting,” which appeared in The Quarterly Report of the Home Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association’s newsletter, Fall 2011, No. 47, Issue

From the home health physical therapist’s point of view, the article outlines how to approach care for home bound patients who present with aortic stenosis.  The article addresses consideration of questions such as: Is the patient a candidate for heart valve repair?  Have they recently had aortic valve replacement?  Do they need continued education on how to care for themselves at home?  Are their medications being taken on a timely basis?  Is the medication regimen working?  Can exercise be introduced to the patient to improve his overall health?  Might this patient need a hospice referral?



ECU to transform dining halls into late night study facilities for final exams

East Carolina University will transform the university’s two dining halls into late night study facilities to provide a quiet place for study during final exams

ECU Campus Dining will open Todd Dining Hall and West End Dining Hall from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Nov. 28 through Dec. 14, excluding Dec. 2 and 3.

Bill McCartney, associate vice chancellor of ECU Campus Living and Dining, said the idea was generated from discussions with residence hall students and residence advisors.

“The students told us at the end of the semester there was simply not enough study space in their halls or on campus as finals approach,” he said. He said students also expressed concern about late-night excursions across campus to the library.

Campus Dining will provide light refreshments for students; Campus Living staff will supervise to ensure that an appropriate study hall environment is maintained. The wireless signal in both facilities has been strengthened to help students with efficient online access.

“We are very happy to be able to offer this to our students,” said Joyce Sealey, ECU food services director.  “In addition to providing top quality food service, we feel it’s important to serve our students’ academic needs and interests whenever we can.”

In the fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters, nearly 3,000 students took advantage of the dining halls as study halls program.

For more information, visit or contact Sealey at (252) 328-2822,

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Laupus Library staff present at conference

Jeffrey Coghill and Jennifer Walker of East Carolina University’s Laupus Library presented “Capitalizing on the New Technology: the iPad 2 Project” at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association meeting Oct. 12 in Richmond, Va. The project surveyed library users about their use of the Laupus Library iPads available for check out.  The aim of the project was to determine how and why the devices are being used by patrons of the academic health sciences library.

Coghill and Jason Cottle of the Laupus Library presented “Creating effective Posters for Presentation: Posters 101” at the same event. This presentation outlined the do’s and don’ts for effective poster presentation.  The paper explained appropriate format, style, presentation, color,  use of white space and other graphic design elements necessary for a good presentation.  The discussion also included examples of good posters versus poor poster design.



ECU student honored for volunteer efforts

East Carolina University senior Sara Schach was one of 19 students statewide selected for the North Carolina Campus Compact’s Community Impact Student Award

The award recognizes significant, innovative contributions to campus efforts to address community needs and includes a certificate of appreciation from N.C. Gov. Beverly Perdue.

Schach is a biology and chemistry major with a minor in international studies. She has volunteer with the ECU Campus Kitchen, a food rescue program that recovers excess food from campus dining halls and redistributes it to the community.

Schach leads cooking and delivery shifts, recruits and trains new volunteers, promotes the organization and raises funds to support the program.

The awards were presented at the 19th N.C. Campus Compact Student Conference that brought more than 200 college students and guests from 26 higher education institutions in the state. The conference was held Nov. 12 at Wake Forest University.

Campus Compact Executive Director Dr. Lisa Keyne presented the awards, along with John Barnhill, founding director of Campus Compact and assistant vice president for University Advancement at Elon University.

The awards were presented at the 19th N.C.  Campus Compact Student Conference that brought together over 200 college students and guests representing 26 North Carolina higher education institutions on Nov. 12 at Wake Forest University.  The Compact’s Executive Director, Dr. Lisa Keyne, presented the awards with Mr. John  Barnhill, founding Director of N.C. Campus Compact  and current Assistant Vice President for University Advancement at Elon University.

For additional information about N.C. Campus Compact or the student conferences, visit