Student support staff present at national conference

East Carolina University student support staff presented at the National Academic Advising Association Region 3 conference in Charlotte this month.

Members of East Carolina University’s student support staff presented at National Academic Advising Association Region 3 conference on April 12-14 in Charlotte.

Presenters and their topics were as follows:

  • “The Hokey Pokey of College Parenting…When to Step In and When to Step Out,” by Dr. Jayne Geissler, executive director of Retention Program and Undergraduate Studies; Steven Asby, academic advisor for undecided and freshmen nursing students; and Dinecia Gates, academic advisor in the School of Communication;
  • “ECU Excels: First Semester Students Receive Victory Lap” by Jennifer Cabacar, coordinator for Undergraduate Student Services in the School of Communication; and Elizabeth Coghill, director of the Pirate Tutoring Center;
  • “Selecting, Implementing, and Assessing an Effective Academic Early Alert and Connect System Integrating Academic Advisors” by Geissler, Coghill and Asby with John Trifilo, associate director of Academic Advising and Support Center (Starfish project manager);
  • “The Advising Collaborative:  Roadmap for Winning the Race” by Beth Fuller, academic advisor for undecided and freshmen nursing students; Jill Naar, academic advisor for the College of Human Ecology; Nancy Lilley, assistant director of Academic Advising for the College of Nursing; Heather Weigand, academic advisor for undecided and freshmen nursing students; and Dr. Lisa Rogerson, professor in the College of Education.
  • “Academic Advising: Putting the ‘Personal’ Back in Interpersonal Communication,” a poster presentation by Daniel Wiseman, academic advisor in the School of Communication and Anthrony Coutouzis, academic advisor in the College of Allied Health Sciences.



Alumnae to keynote Communication event

ECU School of Communication graduates Jamie Lynn Sigler, left, and Sarah Evans will speak at the CommCrew spring reception April 21.

East Carolina University alumnae Jamie Lynn Sigler and Sarah Evans will keynote the CommCrew’s Sixth Annual Spring Reception  from 6 to 8 p.m. April 21 at the Greenville Museum of Art.

Sigler and Evans – 2001 graduates – are partners in J Public Relations, a bi-coastal public relations firm that develops innovative public relations campaigns for chic hotel properties, restaurants, nightclubs, spas and luxury lifestyle goods.

The event will also include presentation of the distinguished alumnus award for graduates with outstanding achievements.

“Each year, our banquet has grown more successful, thanks to inspirational, dynamic and highly successful guest speakers as well as lots of hard work by CommCrew members,” said Dr. Linda Kean, director of the School of Communication. “In addition to alumni, we encourage communication and hospitality professionals from the community to attend. Every ticket purchased means more networking, scholarship and career development opportunities for our current students.”

A noted expert in the travel and lifestyle industries, Evans has been featured on ABC,, Bridal Guide and more. She also has a travel blog, “The Glam Globetrotter,” which highlights stylish travel. Sigler’s clients are regularly featured in top media outlets, including: E! Entertainment Television, The New York Times, US Weekly, and “The Today Show.”

Those who will attend the reception are invited to bring books for a book drive benefitting Operation Sunshine, Hope Lodge and community schools. Books for all age groups are needed.

CommCrew is an organization for friends and alumni of ECU’s School of Communication. In addition to supporting activities and scholarships for School of Communication students, it also strives to involve alumni in current activities as well as to keep them informed about current school news and events.

Banquet tickets are $25 each. Call 252-328-4227 to pay by credit card. Or, make checks payable to ECU Foundation and mail to: Cyndee Mueller, School of Communication, Joyner East, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C. 27858.




Holocaust Awareness Day set for April 17

Luminaries in honor of Holocaust victims are a traditional part of the annual Holocaust Awareness event at East Carolina University. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

The ECU Volunteer and Service-Learning Center is hosting the 9th annual Holocaust Awareness Day from 7 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. April 17 on the campus mall.

The event is held as part of national Days of Remembrance established by the U.S. Congress. Faculty, staff, student and community volunteers are needed to read the names of Holocaust victims. Luminaries will be lit to honor the victims.

For additional information, visit


ECU to host international conference on terrorism April 19-20

East Carolina University will host an international conference on the Moral Psychology of Terrorism, Implications for Security April 19 -20 at the Croatan Green Room on campus.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Rico Sneller of Leiden University in The Netherlands, speaking on “Dreams, Morality and Terrorism”; Dr. James Lewis, University of Tromso, Norway on “Social Encapsulation and the Legitimation of Violence”; Dr. Richard Feist of Saint Paul University, Canada on “The Indecisive Nature of Battle: Montesquieu and Counter-Insurgency”; Dr. Mahmoud Masaeli of Saint Paul University on “Confused Sense of Selfhood and Moral Psychology of Terror”; and Dr. Derek Maher of ECU on “Tibetan Terrorism? A Case Study in Name-Calling.”

Additional speakers and session chairs from ECU include David Durant (Joyner Library), Dr. Carmine Scavo (Political Science), Dr. Calvin Mercer (Religious Studies), Dr. Robert Thompson (Political Science), Dr. Alethia Cook (Political Science) and Dr. Jalil Roshandel (Political Science)

The program is sponsored by the Department of Political Science Security Studies Program, the Office of International Affairs/International House and the Religious Studies Program at ECU, along with the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina.

For additional information, contact Dr. Jalil Roshandel, ECU Department of Political Science, at