ECU students win regional quiz bowl competition

ECU students Jacob Ridings, Beth Ackerman, and Jonathan Powell, left to right, were winners of the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine quiz bowl competition. (Contributed photo)

ECU students Jacob Ridings, Beth Ackerman, and Jonathan Powell, left to right, were winners of the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine quiz bowl competition. (Contributed photo)

 

Three East Carolina University students earned first place honors at the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine quiz bowl competition held February 14-16 in Greenville, S.C.

Three exercise physiology majors in the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Performance made up the winning team. They were Jacob Ridings, Beth Ackerman and Jonathan Powell.

The ECU team defeated 19 other quiz bowl teams from across the region.  The quiz bowl is styled after the television show “Jeopardy” with teams of three undergraduate students. Competition questions test students’ knowledge in a wide variety of exercise science related topics.

“The team’s success is a reflection of the excellent exercise physiology program at ECU,” said Kandy Houmard, teaching instructor and faculty mentor for the team. She said she was proud of the students who were “academically prepared” for the competition.

The winning team will represent the regional chapter at the national American College of Sports Medicine meeting in Indianapolis in May.

 

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ECU social work professor to present ‘Boundary Dilemmas’

East Carolina University professor Margaret Arnd-Caddigan in the School of Social Work will present “Boundary Dilemmas” from noon to 2 p.m. March 13 in the ECU Heart Institute as part of the School of Social Work lecture series.cardiggan

Arnd-Caddigan is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with survivors of abuse for more than 10 years. She will discuss ethical dilemmas facing social workers, human services professionals, counselors and psychotherapists.

Continuing Education Units are available.

For additional information and to register, visit http://cpeprograms.ecu.edu/CourseStatus.awp?&course=SW1303.

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ECU named to community service honor roll

 ECU College of Business graduate assistants Heather Clayton and Devang Patel work together to paint a wall in the Salvation Army's Family Store during the 2012 MLK Day of Service.  East Carolina University has been honored for its efforts in serving the community. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

ECU College of Business graduate assistants Heather Clayton and Devang Patel work together to paint a wall in the Salvation Army’s Family Store during the 2012 MLK Day of Service. East Carolina University has been honored for its efforts in serving the community. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

 

For the seventh year in a row, East Carolina University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll recognizes exemplary community service and meaningful outcomes in the community. The award is the highest federal recognition that honors a university’s commitment to service and civic engagement.honorroll1

Winners were announced March 4 at the American Council on Education annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Community outreach at ECU is supported through the efforts of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center, which engages students in volunteer and service-learning activities that benefit the community while enhancing the students’ academic experiences. For additional information about the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center, visit http://www.ecu.edu/vslc/.

The entire Honor Roll list is available at http://www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll/.

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University to test emergency notification system

East Carolina University will conduct a test of the ECU Alert emergency notification system at noon Friday, March 8.

The test will assess numerous emergency communication methods, including the ECU homepage announcement, email delivered to all ecu.edu accounts, indoor and outdoor loudspeakers, VOIP phone text and voice, SMS text messages, Twitter, desktop pop-up boxes and digital messages on campus display screens.

People on campus will hear a verbal message on loudspeakers, noting that it is only a test of the ECU Alert emergency notification system. Voice and text messages will be sent to campus VOIP telephones, and test messages will be sent to university email accounts. Display screens located throughout campus will also carry a test message.

Users who registered for ECU Alert cell phone messages by March 1 will receive an SMS text message. Registration for cell phone messaging is available at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-ecu/alert/register.cfm

In conjunction with the test and as required by law, the university is providing the following information regarding procedures for emergency notification, response and evacuation:

Emergency Notification

If an emergency occurs, ECU Alert messages will provide instructions and updates as the situation unfolds. When appropriate, in-depth information will be posted to the ECU homepage at http://www.ecu.edu.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Guidance for preparedness and response to specific hazards is available at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/oehs/emergency/Emergencyprocedures.cfm

Faculty, staff, students and visitors are urged to remain calm and aware of surroundings, use common sense and avoid unnecessary risks when hazards occur.

Each campus unit should have evacuation and lockdown plans in place. Contact unit safety representatives for additional information.

Evacuation

Residence halls are required to conduct quarterly fire drills in compliance with state fire codes to provide practice for an actual emergency. Residents and visitors should learn exit routes from all buildings and evacuate immediately when a fire alarm sounds, following the guidelines below:

• Know at least two evacuation routes. Look for illuminated exit signs.

• When the fire alarm sounds, you must evacuate. Do not use elevators.

• Encourage others to evacuate with you. Do not wait for those who refuse to leave.

• Go to the designated evacuation assembly area for the building or move at least 100 paces away.

Shelter-in-Place

A shelter-in-place notification may come from the ECU Alert system, ECU Police, university employees or other authorities when severe weather or outdoor environmental dangers occur.

The shelter-in-place order means that all faculty, staff, students and visitors should follow the steps below, remaining in place until otherwise notified:

• If outside, move quickly to the closest building and follow the steps below for sheltering inside, or respond to directives provided by emergency personnel on the scene.

• If inside, stay where you are. Locate an interior room at or above ground level, with minimal windows. Collect a telephone and additional supplies if possible.

• Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.

• Close vents to ventilation systems if able.

• Compile a list of persons in the room. Have someone call in the list and location to the ECU Police.

• Turn on a radio or television and listen for further instructions.

• If possible, access the ECU homepage for further instructions.

Lockdown

A lockdown takes place when a hostile intruder or shooter has threatened or caused violence on campus. This includes individuals who committed violence off campus, but may have moved onto ECU property.

If a lockdown occurs, follow these steps:

• Remain calm. Take immediate responsibility for your personal safety and security.

• If outside, seek protection by establishing a barrier between you and the assailant. If a safe method of escape is available, consider escape.

• If inside, take cover in the nearest room behind solid objects such as tables and desks.

• Turn off lights, close blinds, block windows and silence cell phones.

• Call 911 to report what is happening, where you are located and the number of people with you.

• Treat injuries with basic first aid (apply pressure to wounds and elevate limbs if bleeding).

• Remain in place until an “All Clear” has been issued.

The ECU Office of Environmental Health and Safety and ECU Police Department provided this information. For additional information, visit http://www.ecu.edu/ecu/safety.php.

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In Memoriam – Dr. Ronald Lewis Thiele

Former Allied Health dean Dr. Ronald Lewis Thiele died Feb. 19 in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Thiele served as dean of the School of Allied Health for 25 years, building excellence in physical therapy, audiology, epidemiology and medical records programs. He retired in 1996 and moved to Santa Rosa to be near family.

He is survived by his devoted companion, Valerie Reid of Santa Rosa, and his three children Ron Jr., Eric and Judi, five grandchildren and one great grandson. Before joining ECU, Thiele served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, as a pediatrician in Concord, Calif. and as director of  Clover Bottom Hospital and School in Donelson, Tenn.

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