ECU hosts scouting event

The East Carolina University Army ROTC program and Boy Scouts of America hosted Operation Scout Out on campus the weekend of Aug. 24-25.

Scouts from across the state participated in activities such as crossing a rope bridge to overcome fear of heights and pulling a Humvee to test their physical fitness. They learned about how soldiers eat in the field, warrior ethos, assisted liter carry and electronic weapons.

Scout leader Lacy Hobgood and Cadet Austin Faulkner led joint operation, designed to teach young scouts the importance of values. Organizers expect to hold the event annually.

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Phase Retirement Program available for eligible faculty

Chancellor Ballard has announced the annual availability of the Phased Retirement Program for eligible tenured faculty members.

Individual letters of invitation to apply for participation in the Program beginning August 2014 were sent in campus mail to those faculty members who meet program eligibility criteria.

For questions about the program, contact Linda Ingalls at 328-5442 or ingallsl@ecu.edu or Lisa Sutton at 744-1910 or suttonli@ecu.edu.

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ECU School of Dental Medicine announces first research dean

Dr. Sharon M. Gordon has been named the first associate dean for research and chair of Foundational Sciences of the ECU School of Dental Medicine . Gordon assumed her new role Aug. 19.

Dr. Sharon Gordon

Dr. Sharon Gordon

She formerly served as the director of Graduate Research and Training at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore. She was an intramural scientist and directed research training at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health.

For more than two decades, Gordon has focused on workforce development with special emphasis on research training for clinicians. Her research interest is injury and interaction of the inflammatory response and nervous system in pain and wound healing.

She uses an interdisciplinary team approach in research and teaching, as exemplified by her work to create an educational pain management program that uses an inter-professional approach to diagnosing and managing pain. She uses her clinical research and educational experience to teach students about the relationship between patient care and research.

“I was trained using the model of general dentistry and comprehensive care that is the basis for ECU’s clinical program, and I am deeply committed to the full development of the general dentist to serve to their full capacity the needs of their patients,” said Gordon. “The ECU School of Dental Medicine is extending this model into the setting of underserved communities, an important step in improving access to oral health care.”

Gordon will remain active in her role with NIH and professional organizations, serving on NIDCR’s grants review panel evaluating research training and career development applications and as the national faculty advisor for the National Student Research Group of the American Association of Dental Research. She will also serve as board member of the American Dental Association Student Clinician Awards.

Greg Chadwick, dean of ECU’s School of Dental Medicine, said, “Dr. Gordon’s strong research, general dentistry and public health background uniquely qualify her to serve as our first associate dean for research and chair of Foundational Sciences. We are extremely excited to have Dr. Gordon join East Carolina University’s research team and lead the dental school’s research effort on our campus and in communities across North Carolina.”

Gordon earned a doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School at San Antonio and completed a two-year general practice residency at Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio.  She earned a master of public health in epidemiology in 1997 and a PhD in clinical investigation in 2003 from Johns Hopkins University.

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Ballard to chair Child Development and Family Relations

Dr. Sharon M. Ballard has been appointed the new chair of East Carolina University’s Department of Child Development and Family Relations following a national search.

Dr. Sharon Ballard

Dr. Sharon Ballard

Ballard joined the faculty of the department in 2000 and served as interim chair for one year.  Ballard has taught for The University of Tennessee – Knoxville and Western Carolina University. She also taught family and consumer sciences in the public schools for six years.

Ballard’s research interests include family life education, sexuality education, parenting education, service-learning and community engaged scholarship.  The majority of her publications are related to family life education and sexuality education.

“I am thrilled to serve as chair of such a vibrant department,” said Ballard.  “CDFR has amazing faculty, staff and students and our nationally recognized programs prepare students for rewarding careers in which they make a positive difference for children, families, and communities. It is gratifying to lead a department that has such a positive impact, not only in Eastern North Carolina, but nationally and internationally.” she said.

Ballard is the past chair of the Certified Family Life Educator Advisory Committee with the National Council on Family Relations and she was the 2012 recipient of the Certified Family Life Education Service award.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics education from the University of Maine.  She received both a master’s degree and doctorate in child and family studies from The University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Ballard is a Certified Family Life Educator, Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences, a trained provider of the Triple P Parenting Program and a licensed K-12 family and consumer sciences teacher.

The Department of Child Development and Family Relations is housed within the College of Human Ecology. For more information on the College of Human Ecology, its students and programs, visit www.ecu.edu/che.

 

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ECU alums engaged during surprise flash mob

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By Jennifer Brezina
College of Business

Who says accountants can’t be fun and romantic when it comes time to pop the question?

Andrew Stoker ’11, a CPA now working in Philadelphia, hired a flash mob to impress Scarlet Van Loon ’11 of Winston-Salem when he dropped to bended knee last month. A video of his proposal made the local news in Philadelphia and has since gone viral.
A flash mob is when a group plans ahead to suddenly assemble in a public place to perform a seemingly pointless act, then quickly disperses. Stoker led Van Loon to believe they were participating with some friends in a flash mob dance in Philadelphia’s Washington Square. At the end of the flash mob gathering, the other dancers suddenly circled around Stoker and Van Loon and began singing “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid movie.

That’s when he popped the question.

“It took just under two months to plan from start to finish,” Stoker said. “It was definitely worth the wait to see the surprise and excitement on Scarlet’s face and hear ‘yes’ as her answer.”

Stoker said he’s still in shock himself that the video has gone viral. It started out as a post on his Facebook page. It has since tallied about 25,000 views.

Stoker and Van Loon met through athletics at ECU. He was a three-year letterman and captain of the swim team, and she played on the soccer team.

The Department of Accounting named Stoker its outstanding senior for 2011; he graduated summa cum laude. He and Van Loon both received awards for academic excellence.

Today, Stoker works with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Philadelphia as a senior tax associate. Van Loon, who majored in communication, is a personal trainer and aspires to become an actress.

He says they haven’t set an official date yet, but they hope to be married sometime next fall.

ECU alumnus Andrew Stoker '11 proposed to Scarlet Van Loon '11 following a surprise flashmob he arranged for the occasion.

ECU alumnus Andrew Stoker ’11 proposed to Scarlet Van Loon ’11 following a surprise flash mob he arranged for the occasion.

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