ECU professor inducted to N.C. Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame

ECU professor Katie Walsh, right, demonstrates athletic training techniques for students. (Photo by Chuck Baldwin)

 By Kathy Muse

Katie Walsh, director of athletic training at East Carolina University, was inducted to the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame.

She is one of three women recognized with hall of fame membership.

Walsh was inducted at the NCATA meeting in Wrightsville Beach March 17.

“Dr. Walsh is a true leader in the athletic training profession in every sense of the word,” said James Scifers, NCATA president.  “She has provided steadfast leadership at the state, regional, and national levels.

“Her involvement with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education has transformed the accreditation process for educating future athletic training professionals,” Scifers said.

Walsh was one of the first females to work full time in men’s professional athletics. Her contributions to the field include working as an athletic trainer at the Olympic Games, authoring professional textbooks, and serving as an officer in the state and district organizations.

She has authored three NATA position statements on lightning safety, served on the North Carolina High School Safety Task Force and assisted with safety and governmental polices.

“Dr. Walsh has always been an exceptional athletic trainer and this recognition is most appropriate,” said Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance where this program is housed.

Walsh has been recognizated nationally with the NATA Service Award in 2006 and the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2010.

NCATA is the professional organization for athletic trainers.  Since 1974, the NCATA has served to support athletic trainers, to promote and advance the profession of athletic training in North Carolina. The NCATA is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association (District 3) and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.




Youth Arts Festival set for March 31

Child-friendly activities are part of the annual Youth Arts Festival at ECU, scheduled this year for March 31.

The Eighth Annual Youth Arts Festival at East Carolina University is set for Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the mall area in the center of campus.

More than 100 visual and performing artists from ECU and across the region will share their creative talents with children and their families. The event is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the festival will be held in the Leo. W. Jenkins Fine Arts Building, home of the School of Art and Design at ECU.

Family-friendly activities such as wheel-thrown ceramics, watercolor painting, weaving, papermaking, printmaking, portraiture, blacksmithing and other arts will be offered. Children will also have the opportunity to create their own artwork with the help of ECU art students, faculty members and professional artists.

In addition to visual artists, children will also be able to interact with musical, dance and theatrical group. Some of the groups scheduled to attend include Twisted Knot, Red Herring Puppets, Bouncing Bulldogs, Magic of African Rhythm, ECU Dancers with Tomi Galaska, ECU Jazz Combo, Greenville Civic Ballet and Reel Deep.

The Youth Arts Festival at ECU coincides with Youth Arts Month, which is sponsored by the North Carolina Art Education Association. The School of Art and Design at ECU is again organizing the festival.

This event is being supported with grants from the ECU Office of the Provost, ECU College of Fine Arts and Communication, Coca-Cola, The Belk Fund, Friends of the School of Art and Design, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Ledonia Wright Center and the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge. Other sponsors at ECU include the Department of Recreation and Wellness, the College of Fine Arts and Communication, the School of Music, the School of Theater and Dance, the Student Activities Board, and the Office of Institutional Diversity, and ECU Department of Recreation and Wellness and Joyner Library.

For more information, visit the festival website at



NASA scientist to speak at ECU

Retired NASA space radiation scientist Dr. Walter Schimmerling, retired NASA will present “The Space Radiation Challenge,” at 3:15 p.m. in SC207, Science and Technology Building, March 23 at East Carolina University. Refreshments will be available at 3 p.m.

Schimmerling will address questions related to space radiation exposure and its consequences.

The presentation is sponsored by the The East Carolina University Department of Physics Sigma Xi honor society.

For additional information, contact the Departments of Physics at 252-328-6476.


ECU diagnostic lab accredited

The electrodiagnostic lab at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University  has been accredited by the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

The accreditation is for five years. The lab is part of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the medical school.

Electrodiagnostic tests can help diagnose conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and other disorders caused by compressed nerves; nerve damage related to diabetes; nerve injury from accidents and trauma; Lou Gehrig’s Disease or ALS; neuropathies from diabetes and other medical conditions; Bell’s Palsy and other cranial nerve disorders.

These tests are also useful for finding the underlying causes of back pain, such as a herniated disc or pinched nerves.

Accreditation helps ensure patients receive quality medical care in a safe environment. The accreditation standards evaluate the diagnostic services and clinical operations including clinical staff qualifications and continuing education, facilities, equipment, protocols for performing studies, patient reports, and policies for ensuring the health and safety of patients.