ECU alumna shares Alaskan experiences

ECU alumna Cathy Genaux, at far left, is shown with students who attended her presentation about life as a distance ed student in Alaska. (Contributed photo)

Catherine Geneaux, an ECU alumna and speech language pathologist, spoke Nov. 9 about living and working in Alaska —where clinicians fly bush planes to see patients and many communities do not have speech-language services.

Geneaux talked about life as a distance education master’s student, how speech language pathology is conducted in the state of Alaska and her mission work in Mexico. She gave ECU students great insight into a way of life and a speech-language pathology practice that is very different from experiences in North Carolina, said Dr. Kathleen T. Cox, ECU associate professor and director of master’s education in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Geneaux participated in a unique joint program between ECU and University of Alaska – Anchorage. ECU provides online classes for students in the master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders, and UAA provides their clinic. The partnership helps produce speech-language pathologists for the state of Alaska, and students graduate with a degree from ECU, the only university that offers a speech language program in that state. For more information, visit http://www.ecu.edu/csd.

The presentation was held in the Health Sciences Building in the College of Allied Health Sciences.

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ECU Club Baseball wins NCBA Fall Invitational


The ECU Club Baseball team was winner of the 2012 Fall Invitational Championship tournament in Greenville, S.C. (Contributed photo)

 

The East Carolina University club baseball team overcame early struggles and rallied to win the National Club Baseball Association Fall Invitational baseball tournament this weekend in Greenville, S.C.

ECU club baseball won the NCBA World Series in 2011 and is the defending Middle Atlantic South Conference champion.

In the opening game this weekend, ECU gave up nine runs in the 5th inning and and lost to Furman 11-10.  ECU bounced back with wins against Georgia Southern (14-0) and perennial powerhouse Virginia Tech (5-3).  Of the major club baseball programs who participated in the tournament in recent years, only ECU advanced to the semifinals. Virginia Tech, Appalachian State, Clemson and Georgia were all eliminated.

In the semifinal game, ECU battled Middle Atlantic South Conference foe Elon.  The Pirates jumped ahead early and never looked back, defeating Elon 8-4 to advance to the championship game. UNC-Charlotte defeated Kennesaw State, a Division II World Series team a year ago, to set up the meeting with the Pirates.

The championship game was very close early and tied 2-2 going into the 5th inning, when ECU plated eight runs to take a 10-2 lead. The Club Pirates scored two more runs in the 6th inning and built the lead to 12-2.  By tournament rule, a ten-run lead after six innings prompted the mercy rule and ended the game.

Jim Leggett, ECU senior from Rocky Mount, pitched four innings and gave up only two runs. Brandon Taylor, a sophomore from Maryland, pitched two scoreless innings. On the offensive side, David Troutman, a sophomore from New Jersey, delivered a three-run homerun in the 5th inning to expand the ECU lead to 10-2.

ECU scored 40 runs during the five-game tournament.

Club Sports is a part of the ECU Campus Recreation and Wellness. Club baseball is one of 42 club programs at ECU with more than 900 students competing. For more information about the ECU Club Baseball team or club sports in general, contact Justin Waters, assistant director of club sports at (252) 737-2713 or via e-mail at watersj@ecu.edu.

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Health Services Management program recertified

The undergraduate Health Services Management program has been recertified for six years and has retained Full Certified Undergraduate Membership status with the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

As noted by AUPHA, “…  AUPHA has established a rigorous peer review process modeled for those programs willing to undergo the rigors of external review in the interest of program excellence. Successful completion of the panel review process leads to Certification by AUPHA and attainment of Full Certified Undergraduate membership status.”

The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) is a global network of colleges, universities, faculty, individuals and organizations dedicated to the improvement of healthcare delivery through excellence in healthcare management and policy education.

From an original membership of seven graduate programs in the U.S. and Canada, it has grown to over 180 graduate and undergraduate programs in North America and hundreds of personal, corporate and affiliated program members all over the world. AUPHA is now an international consortium of graduate and undergraduate health administration programs and practitioners engaged in the development of health management education.

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Occupational therapy faculty member appointed to state board

Denise Donica

Dr. Denise Donica, assistant professor of occupational therapy at East Carolina University, has been appointed by Gov. Bev Perdue to a four-year term on the North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy.

Donica is the first from ECU to serve on the seven-member board, which oversees regulations and licensing for all occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in North Carolina. Her term ends Oct. 1, 2016.

Donica is a certified handwriting specialist and researcher in the efficacy of handwriting curriculums and student success. She also is faculty advisor of ECU’s Delta Beta Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, the national honor society for occupational therapy students and alumni. The chapter is the only one in North Carolina and one of 80 active chapters in the United States.

Donica received a bachelor’s degree in psychology/criminal justice, and a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Indiana University, and a master’s and doctoral degree in occupational therapy from the University of Indianapolis.

 

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ECU academic advising authors win ‘best poster’ at national conference

 

Members of ECU’s Academic Advising Department won a “best poster” award at the National Symposium on Student Retention, held Oct. 29-31 in New Orleans.

Authors Jayne Geissler, John Trifilo, Elizabeth Coghill and Steven Asby were recognized for their work on “Kudos and Warnings: Managing 55,000+ Flag Notifications to Support Student Success.” The poster highlighted ECU’s early academic alert and response system including assessments by faculty, students and advisors.

The authors were recognized during the CSRDE Best Practices Awards Luncheon, receiving a plaque and $500 award.

At the same conference, Coghill and Geissler presented, “Politics, Logistics, and Support:  The Creation and Growth of a Centralized Peer-volunteer Tutoring Center” and were invited to submit a paper that was peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in the conference proceedings.

 

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