Heart teams vital for patient care success

Dr. Michael J. Mack

Dr. Michael J. Mack

By Doug Boyd
ECU News Services

One of the nation’s leading heart surgeons says cardiologists and surgeons should work together as teams to provide the best options and care for patients with cardiovascular disease – an approach that’s already in use at East Carolina University.

Dr. Michael J. Mack, medical director of cardiovascular surgery at Baylor Scott & White Health and chairman of The Heart Hospital at the Baylor Plano Research Center, both in Dallas, spoke Wednesday at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU.

Mack emphasized the need for hospitals to align economically with practitioners and the need for transparency in payment systems, since payment models will be based on the best clinical outcomes. He also noted the need for new ways of teaching younger medical professionals to ensure mastery of surgical techniques.

Mack was speaking at the 12th annual Will Camp Sealy Lecture in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Approximately 250 health care professionals and students attended.

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ECU music student wins two orchestra competitions

Mary Catherine Cox

Mary Catherine Cox

Mary Catherine Cox, ECU junior violin performance major studying with Ara Gregorian, won both the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra and the Durham Symphony Orchestra concerto competitions Jan. 11.

She recently won the 2013-14 ECU Concerto Competition Ron and Patty Allison Prize, and the opportunity to perform as soloist with the ECU Symphony Orchestra.
Cox has been awarded All-State Honors Orchestra and has attended the Music Teacher’s National Association state auditions and international music festivals in France, England, and Italy.

Last summer Cox was awarded a fellowship to study at the Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival in Wisconsin. She will perform with the Raleigh Symphony Feb. 23 and the Durham Symphony April 6.

She studies piano with ECU’s Keiko Sekino. Her older sister, Caroline Cox, who graduated in 2012, also is an accomplished violinist. Younger sister Sarah Cox is majoring in music. They are the daughters of optometrists Carson and Valerie Cox of Southern Pines.

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ECU senior to help manage Super Bowl social media

ECU business major Sarah Moran will travel to Manhattan for Super Bowl week to help manage Super Bowl social media. (Contributed photos)

ECU business major Sarah Moran will travel to Manhattan for Super Bowl week to help manage Super Bowl social media. (Contributed photos)

By Joy Holster
ECU News Services

East Carolina University senior Sarah Moran will be among the millions of travelers making their way to Manhattan for Super Bowl week, but she’s not planning to attend the game.

Moran has landed a role as a social media communication center listener for the NFL and the Super Bowl Host Committee. She will work alongside approximately 20 to 30 other volunteers managing Super Bowl-related social media. Her job includes monitoring the buzz on social media outlets and responding to questions, comments or concerns people may have about their Super Bowl experience.

Sarah Moran visited Manhattan in November for the Advertising Women of New York Conference. At a sports marketing workshop there, she first heard about the opportunity to volunteer with Super Bowl social media. She will return to Times Square to work as a social media communication center listener for the NFL and the Super Bowl Host Committee.

Sarah Moran visited Manhattan in November for the Advertising Women of New York Conference. At a sports marketing workshop there, she first heard about the opportunity to volunteer with the NFL for Super Bowl social media. She will return to Times Square to work as a social media communication center listener for the NFL and the Super Bowl Host Committee.

She will work four 6-hour shifts Jan. 28 through Jan. 31 at Super Bowl Boulevard in Times Square.

Moran, a business major with concentrations in marketing and management, said she was excited about the opportunity for this unique mass media experience. “The Super Bowl is light years larger than any Twitter/social media experience I’ve had before,” she said.

She also expects the experience to help advance her career. Following graduation from ECU this May, Moran plans to attend graduate school in marketing, with a goal of combining advertising and social media skills in a future career.

She credits her interest in social media to ECU College of Business professor Tracy Tuten. “I’ve loved her work with social media and advertising,” Moran said. “She has really opened my eyes to the possibilities I have. She’s the reason I want to go into advertising.”

Tuten also helped arrange Moran’s accommodations for the Manhattan visit. She will stay with a recent ECU graduate in the Upper West Side.

Moran is chair of ECU’s Student Media Board and a member of the executive board for the Students’ Treasure Chest. She is a member of the ECU Women’s Roundtable, the Lambda Iota Chapter of the Phi Mu Fraternity, the Omicron Delta Kappa and the National Residence Hall Honorary.

 

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Online programs at ECU ranked “Best Buy” in nation

By Crystal Baity
ECU News Services

Eight programs at East Carolina University have been ranked a “Best Buy” for students seeking a high quality, affordable online degree in a new listing by GetEducated.com.

Three ECU online bachelor’s degree programs were included: hospitality management ranked first, health services management ranked second and business administration ranked third. Five ECU online master’s degree programs were listed: technology systems, software engineering and library science ranked first, education ranked second and the MBA ranked third.

GetEducated.com is a consumer agency that publishes online college and university ratings based on quality, cost and credibility through independent review and comparison to peer institutions in a national survey, according to their website.

New MBA rankings will be released at the end of the month, said Melissa Eubank, director of information services at the agency.

“College degree costs have reached critical levels. East Carolina University is a national model for how education technology coupled with innovative fiscal policies will help solve the national crisis of college affordability while providing credible higher education credentials,” said Vicky Phillips, founder of GetEducated.com.

Following are links to the ECU programs recognized:

Best Online MBA AACSB (Rank #3)
http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/best-buy-online-masters-mba-aacsb

Best Online Masters Computer Science & Information Technology (Rank #1)
http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/online-masters-computer-science-it-degree

Best Online Masters Engineering (Rank #1)
http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/best-buy-masters-engineering

Best Online Masters Education (Rank #2)
http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/best-buy-online-masters-of-education

Best Online Masters Library Science (Rank #1)
http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/affordable-online-library-science-masters-degrees

Best Online Bachelors Business (Rank #3)
http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/best-buy-online-bachelor-business-management

Best Online Bachelors Management (Rank #1)
http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/best-buy-online-bachelor-management

Best Online Bachelors Healthcare (Rank #1)
http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/best-buy-online-bachelors-healthcare

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In Memoriam – James Davenport

A familiar face around campus, James Davenport is shown at right during a reception for fellow ECU employee Nellie Taylor. (Contributed photo)

A familiar face around campus, James Davenport is shown at right during a reception for fellow ECU employee Nellie Taylor. (Contributed photo)

James Davenport from the East Carolina University Department of Materials Management died Jan. 21 after a lengthy illness.

He had worked with ECU for 25 years. Many faculty and staff came to know Davenport as the person who delivered office supplies for Central Stores and Receiving.

He also worked with Event One at athletic events and concerts at ECU venues for a number of years. He was also an avid Pirate fan.

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