Pirates prepare for 17th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

The 17th annual Polar Bear Plunge is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the East Carolina University Student Recreation Center outdoor pool.

All ECU students, faculty and staff are invited to jump into the icy waters of the outdoor pool. The first 1,100 jumpers will receive a free event T-shirt. Students will also be entered into a drawing for prizes, including the grand prize – a 3-foot tall stuffed polar bear donated by Coca-Cola.

All jumpers should bring their own towel and must fill out a waiver prior to jumping. The waiver can be completed on-site or downloaded at www.ecu.edu/polarbear.

The Polar Bear Plunge started at ECU in 1997 as part of the grand opening of the Student Recreation Center when 35 participants took the plunge. The event has grown annually, breaking records each year since 2010. Last year, 1,008 jumpers participated. Organizers hope to surpass the 1,100-jumper mark this year.

Following the event, participants may enjoy refreshments and attend a Get-A-Clue involvement fair providing information on programs, activities at organizations on campus.

Registration begins at 6:30 p.m., with an ECU One Card required. The event is sponsored by Campus Recreation & Wellness, Campus Living & Dining and Student Involvement and Leadership.



ECU grad shares deception detection techniques on CBS Morning News


The hosts of CBS This Morning interview Phil Houston on the recent release of Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception.


ECU political science graduate and former Central Intelligence Agency expert Philip Houston, co-author of “Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception,” appeared on the CBS morning news show Jan. 18. Houston spoke on methods to detect deception and how to elicit more truthful answers.

Houston, of Greenville, is chief executive officer of Qverity, a provider of behavioral analysis and screening services for a worldwide clientele. According to Qverity’s web site, Houston is a national expert on deception detection, critical interviewing and elicitation who is credited with developing a deception detection method that is now used throughout U.S. intelligence and law enforcement communities.  Read more about Houston at http://www.qverity.com./about/.





ECU med student shares stories of tsunami-ravaged Japan

ECU medical student and Brody Scholar Scott Gremillion was published in “Family Physician, Quarterly News in North Carolina Family Medicine.”

The article, “Bearing Witness: A Family Medicine Scholar Travels to Tsunami-Ravaged Japan on a Journey of Help, Hope and Caring,” details Gremillion’s experiences in Japan following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

In a 2012 visit, Gremillion noted an ongoing struggle to recover from the effects of the disaster. “The physical, emotional and psychological scars…were taking longer to clear than the debris on the city streets,” he said in the article.

Download a copy of the complete article from NCFP Magazine.


ECU community representatives complete grant training

Twenty-two representatives from North Carolina communities completed training in grants administration and public management at East Carolina University in December.

The 48-hour training course was offered through ECU’s Talent Enhancement and Capacity program, a long-term collaboration between the university and partnering organizations or communities that enhances sustainable community development. Participants studied grant program administration, grant proposal development and effective public management approaches.

In a ceremony held on campus Dec. 5, Interim Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Studies Ron Michelson pledged the division’s continued support to the program. “The true value of this program is apparent in the strong partnerships that we are building with your communities and the access that you gain to our faculty, staff and students,” he said.

Participants were awarded certificates of completion and continuing education credits. The participating communities were designated as ECU Community Partners and awarded plaques for their participation.

The newly-designated ECU Community Partners are Aberdeen, Garysburg, Hookerton, Kinston, Lewiston-Woodville, Roseboro, Snow Hill, Washington, Washington County, Winfall, DEEDS Incorporated, Fisher Empowerment Center, Roanoke Economic Development Corporation, Sandhills Community Action Program and Sampson County CDC.

For more information on TECB or other Community and Regional Development programs contact Kenny Flowers, director, Community and Regional Development, flowersk@ecu.edu, (252) 737-1342.


ECU research addresses domestic violence in India

Dr. Sitawa R. Kimuna
(Contributed photos)

An article published by East Carolina University sociology professor Dr. Sitawa R. Kimuna, with co-authors including ECU sociology master’s degree graduate Gabrielle Circiurkaite, presents findings critical to current discussions of domestic violence in India.

The research addresses causes for violence against women in the culture of India, of particular interest since a young woman was brutally raped last month on a bus in New Delhi. The woman died from injuries received in the attack and her experience triggered national outrage over women’s rights.

Males dominate females through “superior rights, privileges, authority and power,” the study said. That power draws from cultural acceptance by both men and women of male dominance of females through violence.

ECU graduate Gabrielle Circiurkaite

Because cultural norms and gender role conditioning play a large role in violence against women in India, the study suggests that interventions move beyond institutional and legal avenues to address relevant cultural issues.

The article, “Domestic Violence in India: Insights from the 2005-2006 National Family Health Survey” was published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence “OnlineFirst.” Full text of the article is available at http://jiv.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/08/27/0886260512455867.

Circiurkaite is now in the Ph.D. program in sociology at the University of Kentucky.

For more details about Kimuna, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/soci/sitawa-kimuna.cfm.




Joyner faculty to keynote summit

Joyner Library faculty Patrick Carr and Virginia Bacon were invited to keynote Springer’s ROI and Assessment Summit on Jan. 30th in Toronto. Carr is head of service for Electronic & Continuing Resources Acquisitions and Bacon is Electronic Resources Access & Discovery Librarian.

Springer is a leading global scientific publisher, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate research and development departments with quality content via innovative information products and services.


Business faculty report publications

Faculty in the College of Business have reported a number of recent publications, as follows:

An article by Tracy Tuten (Marketing and Supply Chain Management), “The Adoption of Social Media as Educational Technology among Marketing Educators,” in Marketing Education Review;

By Christy Ashley and Jason Oliver (Marketing and Supply Chain Management), “Creative Leaders’ View on Managing Advertising Creativity,” in the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice;

By Douglas Schneider (Accounting), “IFRS Adoption in Japan: Road Map and Challenges,” in the Journal of Business and Accounting; and by Schneider and Mark McCarthy (Accounting), “A Methodological Framework for Examining Information Content of Proposed Lease Accounting Rule,” in the Journal of Theoretical Accounting Research;

By Ericka Lawrence (Management), “Leader-Member Exchange and Stress: The Mediating Role of Job Involvement and Role Conflict” in the Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management.


Grant to help ECU recruit, retain minority dental students

ECU News Services

East Carolina University is one of a handful of schools nationwide that is participating in a program to recruit and retain minority dental students.

The ECU School of Dental Medicine, working with N.C. A&T State University, will focus on minority students through the Dental Pipeline National Learning Institute.


Dr. Margaret Wilson
Associate dean for student affairs
ECU School of Dental Medicine

Introduced by the American Dental Education Association in partnership with the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, the institute is a new training program dedicated to increasing recruitment and retention among underserved student communities at dental schools.

Nine other U.S. universities are participating in the program with the goal of creating a diverse workforce of dentists who understand the oral health care needs of patients from underserved populations. ECU began work on the project in October.

Participating schools will receive $12,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, along with other support and resources such as access to online courses and fundraising tutorials.

ECU, N.C. A&T, the Old North State Dental Society and North Carolina’s historically black colleges and universities will collaborate to implement the project, focusing on the recruitment and retention of under-represented minority dental students in North Carolina. This project builds on ECU’s commitment to meeting health needs of diverse and underserved communities and on N.C. A&T’s track record of educating students who are prepared to assume leadership roles in their professions and communities.

“The project funding will further support the ECU School of Dental Medicine’s mission to educate dentists who will provide oral health care within communities of need across North Carolina,” said Dr. Margaret Wilson, associate dean for student affairs at the ECU School of Dental Medicine. “We are especially pleased to be collaborating with Dr. Dinitra White of North Carolina A&T State University and Drs. Roslyn Crisp and L’Tanya Bailey of the Old North State Dental Society in this important endeavor.”

Other dental schools participating in the NLI include the Georgia Health Sciences University College of Dental Medicine, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Indiana University School of Dentistry.

“Our goal for the National Learning Institute is to create an environment that embraces differences so that future dentists can learn effectively,” said Kim D’Abreu, ADEA senior vice president for access, diversity and inclusion. D’Abreau also said the project aims to increase awareness about the discrepancy in dental health and dental care among underserved populations.

The Dental Pipeline effort is based on the concept that dental institutions can address the access- to-dental-care crisis by recruiting and admitting more students who come from underserved student communities, increasing cultural competency of all students and educating dental students through community rotations in health centers and other safety net dental settings, such as ECU’s community service learning centers. These principles served as the basis of a decade-long nationwide effort among dental schools and community partners that has positively impacted dental education and access to care.

Students interested in learning more about the ECU program can receive updates via the school’s Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/XDjBHC. They may also contact the ECU dental school admissions office at sodmadmissions@ecu.edu.

More information on the Dental Pipeline National Learning Institute is online at http://www.adea.org/PipelineNLI.


In Memoriam – Eva Price

Eva Price is pictured with her husband David and their three children. An ECU instructor in the Kinesiology Department, Price lost her battle with cancer Jan. 1. (Photo by Elaine Hughes, Department of Kinesiology)

East Carolina University physical education pedagogy instructor Eva Price died Jan. 1 at the age of 34, following a battle with a rare form of lymphoma.

A native of Cary, Price began teaching full time in 2005 in ECU’s Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Performance. She designed and implemented the home school physical education program operated by the department.

“Eva was an exceptional person and mother,” said Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance.  “In her short time with us she made a profound impact on students and colleagues…. If you knew her even briefly you would understand why her loss is felt so deeply by many in the HHP family,” he said.

Dr. Stacey Altman, chair of the Department of Kinesiology, said that Price easily developed productive relationships with others. She was “always willing to take on the duties asked of her and did so pleasantly and with plenty of enthusiasm,” Altman said.

A former student, Hannah Priest, remembered Price for her “way of making others feel calm and comfortable, even in stressful situations.

“Eva is one of the most special human beings I have ever known,” she said. “I was awed by her patience, compassion, and kind disposition.”

Academic advisor Jennifer Abbott agreed, noting Price’s “unique ability to see the best in people.”

“She was patient and incredibly giving of her time, her heart and her wisdom.  I very much enjoyed working with her and felt her a true partner working for students’ success,” Abbott said.

Price is survived by husband David, ECU assistant track and field coach, and three children – Lily, Willow and Rivers.

Colleagues are raising funds to offset medical care expenses and support the children’s college fund. Donations for medical expenses may be made through Jan. 15 at http://www.giveforward.com/theevavengers. Donations for the college fund may be made at http://evaprice.tumblr.com/college-fund.

For additional information, visit https://www.facebook.com/OurSuperheroEva or https://www.facebook.com/TheEvAvengersACommunitySupportingItsSuperhero.

By Kathy Muse, Health and Human Performance