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



Thanksgiving break to begin at ECU

East Carolina University will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holidays. No classes will be held Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 27. Classes will resume at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28.

The services listed below will operate on modified hours and dates as follows:


Wednesday, Nov.  23 SRC closes at 8 p.m. – Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, Nov.  24 Closed – Thanksgiving

Friday, Nov.  25 – 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov.  26 – 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov.  27 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.



Tuesday: normal operating hours

Wednesday Nov. 23: open for general business 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; open for patient care 1:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Thursday-Sunday: closed


SHS 24-hour nurse line does operate 365 days/year when we are not open, so students can always utilize 252.328.6841 to speak with a nurse even during a holiday break.



Wednesday, Nov.  23

Java City at Mendenhall 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Java City @ Joyner Library 8 a.m. – noon

Wright Place/Starbucks 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

All other locations are CLOSED


Thursday, Nov.  24 – Saturday, Nov.  26

All locations are CLOSED


Sunday, Nov.  27

Todd Dining Hall 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

West End Dining Hall 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Reade St / Subway 10:30 a.m. – midnight

Destination 360 5 p.m. – midnight

Center Court Juice Bar noon – 7 p.m.

Java City @ Joyner Library 12:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

The Galley 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Pirate Market 10:30 a.m.- 1 a.m.

All other locations are CLOSED


Monday, Nov. 28: All locations return to normal hours.



All Residence Halls Remain Open


Campus Living Computer Labs

Wednesday, Nov.  23th  – Noon to 5 P.M.

Thursday & Friday, Nov.  25 & 26- Closed

Saturday, Nov.  26th – Noon to 6 P.M.

Sunday Nov.  27th – resume regular hours



Wednesday – Friday – Nov.  23 -25  – NSOs Closed

Saturday – Nov.  26- open 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Sunday Nov.  27 – open 10 a.m. to Midnight



Tuesday, Nov 22,

  • 850 Pirate Ride will end early with its last round departing Mendenhall / West End at 9:45 p.m.
  • SafeRide will end early at 10 p.m.

Nov 23 – 26,   – No service

Sunday,  Nov 27,

  • 303 Blue will not operate.
  • All other Sunday service, including SafeRide, will operate normally.


Monday, Nov. 21 – Close at Midnight

Tuesday, Nov. 22 – 7:30a.m. –  9p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 23 – 7:30a.m. – 5p.m.

Thursday – Saturday – Closed

Sunday, Nov. 27 – 5p.m. – Midnight


Biology professor honored with service award

Robert Christian

ECU biology professor Robert Christian was honored with a Distinguished Service Award from the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation during the federation’s biennial conference in Daytona Beach.

Christian served two years as the organization’s president, four years as past presenting and one year as president elect. He also served as the science program chair for a 2005 meeting in Norfolk, Va., and as a long-time CERF representative to the American Institute of Biological Sciences.

Christian championed an international CERF membership and will serve as the chief United States planner for the organization’s first non-U.S. meeting in Argentina.

Christian  is distinguished research professor in the biology department in the ECU Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.



Book by ECU author triggers D.C. conference

A book co-written by East Carolina University sociology professor Dr. Susan C. Pearce has triggered a report and call-in press conference by the Immigration Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Susan Pearce

The IPC report draws information from the book, “Immigration and Women: Understanding the American Experience,” published in 2011 by New York University Press. The book was co-authored by Pearce; Elizabeth J. Clifford, associate professor of sociology at Towson University; and Reena Tandon, Ryerson University School of Social Work.

The call-in press conference, scheduled for early December, will focus on women immigrant entrepreneurs, whose numbers have increased dramatically in recent years.

Pearce will take part in the conference, along with Yolanda Voss, president of Yolanda Voss Fashion Gallery of Columbia, Md.; and Mary Giovagnoli, director of the Immigration Policy Center; with commentary from Clifford and Tandon.

Individuals interested in attending should RSVP for instructions to Wendy Sefsaf at or call 202-507-7524.

The Immigration Policy Center is the policy arm of the American Immigration Council. IPC’s mission is to shape a rational conversation on immigration and immigrant integration. Through its research and analysis, IPC provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy on U.S. society.