Rehabilitation counselors to hold conference

The Professional Association of Rehabilitation Counselors, or PARC, will hold its annual conference March 16-17 at the Islander Inn in Emerald Isle.

The theme, Spiritual and Holistic Practices for Substance Abuse and Clinical Counselors, will be addressed by presenters Calvin Mercer, PhD, professor of religious studies at ECU; Susan Vickery-Mercer, PhD, an exercise physiologist, part-time massage therapist and director of youth ministries at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; and Meg McGrew, MA, ATR, who provides art therapy services for people with substance abuse disorders in Wilmington.

PARC is a professional association of clinical substance abuse, mental health and rehabilitation counselors and psychotherapists. Membership is open to professionals in mental health disciplines as well as counselors-in-training. Annual membership dues are $30. Student dues are $15.

Visit www.nationalparc.org or contact Lloyd Goodwin, interim chairman of the ECU Department of Rehabilitation Studies, at 252-744-6292 or goodwinl@ecu.edu for more information.

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Interest rising in music therapy

Dr. Barbara Memory (right), ECU Director of Music Therapy, with ECU Music Therapy students in session with client class. (Contributed photo)

A Raleigh News and Observer news story highlighted rising interest in music therapy as a way to calm patients and enhance medical care, citing music therapy work that helped U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords recover from a gunshot wound to the brain.

ECU offers undergraduate and graduate options in music therapy and hosts an ECU chapter of the American Music Therapy Association.

Dr. Barbara Memory is director of ECU’s music therapy program. Memory is a board certified registered music therapist and a member of the American Association of Music Therapy. She earned her Ph.D. from Michigan State University, a master of music from Florida State University, and a bachelor of science and bachelor of music from Michigan State University.

For additional information about ECU’s music therapy program visit the program’s web site at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/music/musictherapy.cfm

Read the News and Observer article at http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/01/18/1786114/spotlight-falls-on-music-therapists.html.

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Niswander Selected as ARRL treasurer

Niswander

ECU vice chancellor for administration and finance Rick Niswander was selected as treasurer of the National Association for Amateur Radio. Niswander is an ARRL life member, who was first licensed in ham radio in 1967. A certified public accounant, he also serves as executive treasurer for the ECU Foundation, the ECU Medical Foundation, the ECU Alumni Association and the Pirate Club. Niswander is also a professor of accounting at ECU. He holds a BBA in accounting from Idaho State University and a Ph.D. in accounting from Texas A & M.  Read the ARRL announcement.

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Center for Sustainable Tourism to hold Open House

The East Carolina University Center for Sustainable Tourism will celebrate its fourth anniversary with an Open House on campus beginning at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms 1 and 2.

University of Utah professor Dr. Kelly S. Bricker will kick off the event with the keynote presentation on ecotourism, “Working Towards a Greater Good: The Role of Sustainable Tourism in Supporting the Millennium Development Goals.”

Dr. Kelly Bricker

Bricker is associate professor of parks, recreation and tourism management at the University of Utah. She is executive director of The International Ecotourism Society, co-chair of the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference and a board member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Following Bricker’s presentation, reaction and comments will be provided by Dr. Deb Jordan, chair of ECU’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies; Dr. David Emmerling, executive director of the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation; and Dr. Marieke Van Willigen, chair of the Department of Sociology. Graduate student research posters will be on display at 2 p.m.

A faculty panel from the center will lead a discussion of interdisciplinary perspectives on sustainability and tourism at 2:30 p.m., with the following faculty members and their discussion topics:  Dr. Tom Rickenbach, climate change and geography; Dr. Tarek Abdel-Salam, energy renewable energy and engineering; Dr. Stephanie Jilcott, public health and sustainability; and Dr. Jon Kirschoff, green marketing and business.

Dr. Lisa Clough, chair of ECU’s Coastal Maritime Council, will present “North Carolina’s Dynamic Coasts: An update on ECU’s Coastal Maritime Council activities,” at 3:30 p.m.

For additional information on the scheduled presentations, review descriptions of the presentations scheduled for the Open House.

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