Geography professor earns Fulbright



Tom Crawford, associate professor in the East Carolina University Department of Geography, has been awarded a 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research.

Crawford will spend the spring semester in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland conducting research on the impacts of urban spatial form on greenhouse gas emissions. His project began Feb. 1.

Crawford is one of the 1,200 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2012-2013.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The program is one of the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange programs in the U.S.


Health and Human Performance celebrates achievers

Celebrating with Health and Human Performance Dean Glen Gilbert is Samantha Long, left, and Eliza Monroe.

Celebrating with Health and Human Performance Dean Glen Gilbert is Samantha Long, left, and Eliza Monroe.

Students, family members, and faculty gathered at the fourth annual ECU College of Health and Human Performance Excels event on Feb. 1 at Club Level, Dowdy Ficklen Stadium.

This event recognized freshmen and transfer students with a GPA of 3.0 and above.  Students received a certificate signed by the Chancellor and a HHP tee shirt. A total of 255 HHP students were identified: 12 on the chancellor’s list, 106 on the dean’s list and137 on honor roll.

Provost Sheerer commended students on their success and encouraged them to continue.  “We are proud of your accomplishments as freshmen and want to see you at ECU as a sophomore,” she said.

Summer Long of Wilmington is an exercise physiology major.  “Being recognized for my hard work is encouraging,” she said.

The crowd of nearly 300 received a warm welcome from Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance.

Guest speaker Whitney McFarland

Guest speaker Whitney McFarland

Eliza Monroe, public health studies major, of Raleigh said the event was a good networking opportunity.  “It was also educational for me,” she said.  “I learned about HHP organizations that I did not know existed,” she continued.

Whitney McFarland, of Fairmont was the guest speaker.  McFarland graduated from ECU in 2009 with a bachelor of science in health education and promotion and in 2012 with a master of arts in health education.

McFarland is a public health educator  at the Robeson County Department of Public Health. In her spare time she enjoys competing in pageants and has held several titles including Miss Fairmont, Ambassador titles, and Miss Lumbee 2011-2012.



ECU professor edits book on sexual minority prejudice in sports


East Carolina University kinesiology professor Dr. Melanie Sartore-Baldwin edited and authored two chapters in “Sexual Minorities in Sports: Prejudice at Play,” available at



Sartore-Baldwin wrote the chapters “Gender, Sexuality and Prejudice in Sport” and “What’s Next?” in the book, which addresses what it means to be a sexual minority in the arena of competitive sports.

Sartore-Baldwin earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education/exercise science from Western Illinois University in 2000.  She received a dual master’s degree from Indiana University in 2003 and a doctorate from Texas A&M University in 2007.


ECU alumna shares life-altering experience

An East Carolina University graduate who helped transform the life of a Goldsboro teen will share her experience at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in Hendrix Theatre on campus. She will also speak at 2 p.m. in Rivers 226 in the College of Human Ecology.

Becky Vinson was 25 years old, struggling to support a daughter and working her way through college when she adopted 14-year-old Jimmy Graham. Graham had been shuffled among family members for much of his life. At one point he was turned over to social services and placed in a group home.

Vinson brought Graham into her home, guiding his school performance from failing grades into academic excellence. He earned a basketball scholarship from the University of Miami, where he graduated with a double major in business management and marketing. He switched to football, and now plays in the NFL as an All-Pro tight end for the New Orleans Saints.

Vinson earned a bachelor’s degree (2003) and a master’s degree (2010) in nursing from ECU. She lives in Arizona, where she works as a nurse practitioner.

Her visit is co-sponsored by ECU Campus Recreation & Wellness, the Student Activities Board, Residence Hall Association and East Carolina Alumni Association. The event is free and open to the public.

For additional information, contact David Gaskins at (252) 328-6387 or visit the Sports Leadership Series website at


FAFSA Day to provide free assistance on federal student aid application

 College students and their parents may find assistance completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms during FAFSA Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 23 at Pitt Community College in Greenville.

Register for the event at (select the FAFSA Day link). Registration by Feb. 18 is recommended but not required.

The free event is open to all students who plan to attend college in the 2013-14 academic year. Participants should prepare by completing the following:

  • Bring 2012 federal 1040 tax forms for student and parent(s). If 2012 taxes are incomplete when the FAFSA is filled out and the numbers later change, participants may submit corrections using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
  • Each student and one parent should obtain a personal identification number from the U.S. Department of Education. The pin can be obtained at

FAFSA Day is co-sponsored by East Carolina University, Pitt Community College, the College Foundation of North Carolina, the State Employees’ Credit Union and the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

For additional information, visit or contact ECU Financial Services at 252-328-6610.