ECU student raises money for Newtown victims

ECU student Sarah Feinstein, daughter of a Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher, was quoted in a Huffington Post article about “Santas for Sandy Hook.” The group of former Newtown Public School students, including Feinstein, are raising money for families of those killed in the Dec. 14 Newtown school shooting. The article is available at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/17/santas-for-sandy-hook_n_2316484.html.

A more detailed interview with Feinstein appeared in The Republican at http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/12/newtown_connecticut_daughter_r.html.

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D.J. Gregory featured speaker for ECU’s Ralph Steele Lecture Series

Author D.J. Gregory presented “Chasing a Dream” at ECU Nov. 15 for the Ralph Steele Visiting Lecture series. (Photo by Chuck Baldwin, Health and Human Performance)

A crowd of 300 welcomed D.J. Gregory, author and lecturer, as the speaker for the 2nd annual Ralph Steele Visiting Lecture Nov. 15 at Mendenhall Student Center, East Carolina University.  Gregory presented the lecture, “Chasing a Dream.”

Gregory spoke about his journey of setting and accomplishing an improbable goal. “He encouraged everyone to have dreams to reach and not to let others hold you back,” said Dr. David Loy, associate professor in the department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.

Gregory was born with cerebral palsy, and doctors told his parents that he would probably use a wheelchair for his entire life.  Gregory defeated the odds and learned to walk.

A longtime golf fan, Gregory made a commitment to walk every hole of every round of every PGA golf tournament during 2007-2008.  Walking 900 miles with a cane, he accomplished this goal.  Since then, he has continued to walk the PGA tour with a different golfer each week.

He created a foundation called Walking with Kids to support a variety of children’s charities. He also authored, “Walking with Friends,” which details his challenges, successes, and friendships developed with professional golfers.

A native of Greensboro, N.C., Gregory earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in sports management from Springfield College.

The event was in honor of Dr. Ralph H. Steele (1930-2009), who taught at ECU from 1960-1990.  Steele is considered the founding father of what became ECU’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.  In 1972, Steele established the baccalaureate degree in Parks, Recreation and Conservation at ECU. He served as a teacher, mentor, visionary and leader to many students, faculty, alumni and friends.

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AVID Day challenges students to maximize potential

East Carolina University’s College of Education hosted more than 400 eastern North Carolina sixth through twelfth graders in two events designed to challenge those students to maximize their potential.

The Nov. 14 and Nov. 28 AVID Days held by the Office of Professional Development and Student Outreach encouraged underachieving students to attend college by providing opportunities for them to explore college access options.

ECU faculty and students interacted with the visitors in sessions on such topics as college admission, service-learning, academic success, personalities and leadership development.

Seventeen public middle or high schools were represented at the events.

For additional information, contact Christa Monroe at monroec@ecu.edu or call the Office of Professional Development at 252-328-2950.

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Scholarships to support ECU technology systems students

Students in the East Carolina University Department of Technology Systems will benefit from a $10,000 scholarship award donation by the Grainger Foundation.

David White, dean of the ECU College of Technology and Computer Science, said the affected academic programs serve approximately 1,000 students in several majors, all of which are critical to promoting economic development in the region and beyond.  Scholarship priority will be given to students majoring in industrial distribution and logistics, he said.

“We support collaborative efforts with our local partners to promote student success and provide the talent that industry needs to compete in the global economy.  We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity,” White said.

The donation was recommended by Neil Zingler, branch manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Greenville location.  Grainger has been a part of the Greenville business community for more than 30 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products.

“We are proud to recommend the programs offered by ECU’s industrial distribution and logistics program,” Zingler said.  “We understand that one of the best ways to invest in our community is to contribute to the education of our workforce.  We are excited to partner with ECU to help support and encourage the students for future success.”

For additional information about Grainger contact: Kristen Lawrence, communications manager, at kristen.lawrence@grainger.com

For further information about East Carolina University College of Technology and Computer Science, contact White at whited@ecu.edu.

 

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Eastern North Carolina Teachers of the Year Honored at Event

Jennifer Lilly, a Teacher of the Year from CamTech High School in Camden County, speaks to colleagues at a celebration for outstanding teachers sponsored by ECU’s College of Education on Dec. 6. (Contributed photos)

 

Eighteen Teacher of the Year recipients from eastern North Carolina were honored at a Dec. 6 event sponsored by East Carolina University’s College of Education. The event, titled “Each One-Reach One,” served as a celebration of outstanding educators and their positive impact within the region.

Joining the Teachers of the Year were first- and second-year educators. The novice and veteran educators represented the following counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Clinton City, Craven, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Northampton, Onslow, Pitt, Vance and Wilson.

Invitations were issued to each member of the Latham Clinical Schools Network, which comprises 36 counties within eastern North Carolina. Several of the educators honored are alumni of the College of Education’s teacher education programs. During the event, the educators brainstormed how to better promote the profession of teaching. When asked what kind of individuals they wanted to see join the profession in the future, the educators noted they wanted to see new teachers who were “passionate about the profession, compassionate about others, and tech savvy to meet the needs of 21st century learning.” Within the discussion on how to promote teaching as a career choice, the Teachers of the Year shared that there is a need to “get the media and legislators more involved in understanding the positive experiences that are happening in classrooms.”

In addition to sharing recruitment strategies, these outstanding educators were asked to videotape themselves sharing their thoughts about why they teach. The individual clips will be combined to create a promotional video to share with potential teacher education students at spring recruitment events. The positive messages shared will provide prospective students with excellent examples of quality teachers who are proud of their profession.

For more information about recruitment efforts for the College of Education at East Carolina University, please contact Laura Bilbro-Berry, Assistant Director of Teacher Education, at bilbroberryl@ecu.edu or via phone at 252-328-1123.

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