Author to speak at ECU’s Focus on Veteran Education Summit

Craig Mullaney

Craig Mullaney

New York Times best selling author Craig Mullaney will keynote the Focus on Veterans Summit: Successfully Transitioning from Military to Campus Education, Nov. 6 at the Hilton Greenville.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by the program start at 9 a.m. The cost for the luncheon is $35 per person.

Mullaney, author of “The Unforgiving Minute,” will speak at the luncheon session from 11:30 to 1 p.m. The event is open to the public, but individuals are asked to register at (click on Student Veteran Services).  book1

The event is design to raise awareness of the needs and concerns of active service members, student veterans and dependents. Session topics will include changes in the GI Bill, joint services transcript, job search strategies, family support, UNC-General Administration and federal updates, and creating successful student veteran organizations. A resource fair will be available as well.

Mullaney will address how the organization and discipline taught in the military has served him well. He will also share ideas on how individuals can support the military at home and abroad.

“It’s a pleasure to have someone with Craig Mullaney’s life experience and military knowledge speak to our ECU students, faculty and staff as well as educators from across the state,” said Dr. Steve Duncan, associate vice chancellor for administration and finance and military programs.

“His work centers on the challenges of growing up, accepting responsibilities for education, leadership, and taking care of our fellow man along with living with consequences of actions and activities, some of which we can control and some we cannot,” Duncan added.

The conference is hosted by ECU’s Student Veteran Services, which is a part of the ECU Office of Student Transitions.

For additional information, contact Dr. Mary Beth Corbin, executive director of the Office of Student Transitions at (252) 328-5369 (



Whited receives Young Alumni Award



East Carolina University professor Matthew C. Whited received the 2013 Young Alumni Award from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Whited is assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at ECU. He leads the depression specialty service in the ECU psychology department’s PASS clinic.

His research interests are in the association between major depressive disorder and cardiovascular disease, particularly the reasons for the association and behavioral interventions that might prevent or postpone the disease.

Whited received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and an M.S. in psychology from West Virginia University. He earned a B.A. in psychology and biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He completed an American Psychology Association-accredited internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. Whited received a post-doctoral fellowship for training at the Behavioral Medicine Research Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Amherst, Mass.


ECU librarian honored with NCLA award

Eleanor Cook

Eleanor Cook

ECU librarian Eleanor I. Cook was honored with the Marilyn Miller Award for Professional Commitment by the North Carolina Library Association. Cook is assistant director for Discovery and Technology Services for Academic Library Services at Joyner Library.

The award was presented at the October NCLA conference to recognize outstanding leadership and service that furthers the status of women in librarianship, contributions to library development or service and contributions as a role model in the mentoring process.

Cook is the second recipient from ECU. Bryna Coonin of Joyner Library received the award in 2009.

Read more about the award.


ECU student named GM of the Year

Jose Morales, a student in the School of Hospitality Leadership at East Carolina University, was recognized as General Manager of the Year by the Strand Development Company. Morales serves as GM at the Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham in Greenville.

Jose Morales is pictured with executives from Strand. (Contributed photo)

Jose Morales is pictured with executives from Strand. (Contributed photo)

Under Morales’ leadership, the Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham was chosen as one of Microtel’s Top-20 properties out of 350 worldwide during Wyndham Hotel Group’s annual conference in Las Vegas in 2013.

“The Microtel Inn & Suites Greenville’s commitment to excellence in revenue, rewards enrollment and guest satisfaction has earned it this well-deserved recognition as one of the best hotels in the Microtel Brand,” said Raju Uppalapati, owner of the Microtel Inn & Suites Greenville. “I am very proud of our dedicated and customer oriented team. Their commitment to service and quality shows through this award.”

Dr. Robert O’Halloran, director of the School of Hospitality Leadership, said, “Our students and alumni who represent us in the workforce continue to bring national attention to our program. We are very proud to have such an outstanding hospitality leadership program here at East Carolina.”

Strand Development Company is a 50-hotel management company with locations in the Southeastern United States. The company specializes in the two to four-star hotel segments and is approved to operate hotels under all the leading hotel brand families including; Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Wyndham, Choice and IHG.


Harvard University biologist to discuss genetics, frog behavior


A Harvard University biologist will discuss methods of investigating genetic influences on social behavior in frogs during a presentation at 4 p.m. Oct. 24 in Room C309, Science and Technology building at East Carolina University.

Dr. Lauren O’Connell, Bauer Fellow at the FAS Center for Systems Biology at Harvard University, will discuss “Genomic Insights into Poison Frog Behavior and Diversity,” focusing particularly on parental care and mating strategies within a group of poisonous frogs from South and Central America that display elaborate, complex and diverse patterns of reproductive behavior.

A question and answer session will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

“Dr. O’Connell is a leading expert in connecting variation in gene expression to variation in behavior, a difficult problem that has become more tractable with the development of rapid genome sequencing technologies and sophisticated methods of bioinformatics analysis,” said Dr. Kyle Summers, THCAS Advancement Council Distinguished Professor of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics. “She is also a leading expert in the experimental manipulation of behavior using specific gene products, such as oxytocin and other hormones.”

As a doctoral student at the University of Texas, O’Connell was trained in cell biology and molecular genetics. Prior to her tenure at Harvard, O’Connell held postdoctoral appointments at the University of Texas. She performed research on the evolutionary genomics of behavior in cichlid fish and mice, before concentrating her research efforts on Neotropical poison frogs, which show a remarkable diversity of behavioral strategies in the context of parental care and mating systems.

For additional information, contact Summers at 252-328-6304, or email

Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the events.