Civil rights activist to speak at ECU

Civil Rights activist Julian Bond will return to East Carolina University this month to deliver the Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History as part of the 2013-14 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series. As pictured above, Bond also appeared at ECU in September 1970. (Photo courtesy of ECU Archives)

Civil Rights activist Julian Bond will return to East Carolina University this month to deliver the Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History as part of the 2013-14 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series. As pictured above, seated at left, Bond also appeared at ECU in September 1970. (Photo courtesy of ECU Archives)

Julian Bond, civil rights activist and professor emeritus of the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia, will deliver the Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History at East Carolina University.

Julian Bond

Julian Bond

Bond will discuss “Civil Rights, Then and Now,” at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in ECU’s Wright Auditorium. The presentation is part of the 2013-14 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series. A question and answer session will immediately follow the presentation.

Bond is distinguished professor in residence in the Department of Government at the American University in Washington, D.C., He is also known as an activist in the civil rights, economic justice and peace movements. In 1960, he helped organize the Atlanta University Center Committee on Appeal for Human Rights, which directed several years of non-violent protests, and by 1962, won integration of Atlanta’s movie theaters, lunch counters and parks.

He served for two decades in the Georgia House and Georgia Senate, drafting more than 60 bills that became law. In 1968, Bond became the first African American to be nominated for the vice presidency of the United States.

He has received the American Civil Liberties Union Bill of Rights Awards from Massachusetts and Georgia, and was named one of America’s Top 200 Leaders by Time magazine. He holds 25 honorary degrees.

Dr. John A. Tucker, director of the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series, said that Bond’s lecture honors Greenville physicians Dr. Andrew Best, Dr. Fred Irons, Dr. Malene Irons, Dr. Ray Minges and Dr. Earl Trevathan for their contributions to the social health of ECU and the Greenville community. “These physicians led the movement to desegregate Pitt County Memorial Hospital, now Vidant, in the early 1960s,” Tucker said.

To make a contribution to the series, or for additional information, contact Tucker at 252-328-1028, or via email at tuckerjo@ecu.edu. Additional information is also available at http://www.ecu.edu/voyages.

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Nutrition students develop their professional leadership styles

Students detail their  analyses of Pitt County areas to Sandra Spann (left), president of Food Systems Consultants. Spann was one of the experts who spoke with the class during their project designed to enhance leadership skills. (Contributed photo)

Students detail their analyses of Pitt County areas to Sandra Spann (left), president of Food Systems Consultants. Spann was one of the experts who spoke with the class during their project designed to enhance leadership skills. (Contributed photos)

By Nicole Wood
College of Human Ecology

East Carolina University nutrition science professor Brenda Bertrand engaged 35 students last semester in a project designed to enhance their leadership skills.

Bertrand

Bertrand

The students teamed up to conduct “windshield tours” of Pitt County, using photography to document their research. The students examined health issues including whether areas were equipped for walkers or bikers and whether grocery stores or convenience stores were in close proximity to neighborhoods and schools.

Students then considered the implications of their findings and what those results would mean for the studied locations, which included Farmville, Chicod, Grimesland, Ayden and Stokes. They developed diagrams to chart the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) in those areas.

When the teams shared their diagrams with the entire class, a trend emerged. “They began to notice similarities between the different communities,” said Elizabeth Kroeger, graduate assistant for the course. “They each saw limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables with community and geographical constraints for shopping (distance or lack of grocery stores) and transportation (lack of sidewalks).” The teams then collaborated to combine their findings into an SWOT diagram for all of Pitt County.

Representatives from the studied communities visited the class to help students develop new ideas and intervention plans that are feasible for real-world application. Nutrition experts worked with the students throughout the process and visited campus to share their perspectives on the students’ plans.

Graduate student Elizabeth Kroeger, left, is gathering data from the nutrition students' project as part of her own research project. Kroeger is pictured with one of the students at the Pitt County Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs, where she also works.

Graduate student Elizabeth Kroeger, left, is gathering data from the nutrition students’ project as part of her own research project. Kroeger is pictured with one of the students at the Pitt County Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs, where she also works.

The students created a blog detailing their project and their own understanding of leadership in rural health. Along the way, students read articles regarding transformative leadership – a type of leadership that has ideal traits for working within the nutrition field. They answered questions about the articles on their blogs. Students also took questionnaires that identified their leadership traits at the beginning and end of the project.

While the students gathered data on the communities, Kroeger gathered details on the students’ learning process and leadership transformation. She will use the data for a graduate research project to determine whether the students’ leadership styles changed throughout the project.

“The qualitative research we collected of the students’ perspectives on the leadership projects (and) leadership in general will be used to prepare a manuscript for a journal submission in 2014,” said Kroeger. “Hopefully, our research will give professors in the field of nutrition insight into how to effectively develop leadership skills among their students.”

The project was sponsored in part by a BB&T Leadership Grant. Those grants aim to advance ECU’s culture of service and its place as a leadership development community by encouraging and assisting units across campus to embed leadership development components into their courses and programs.

 

 

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ECU sonographer receives national award

Diana McCormick Strickland, a sonographer at East Carolina University, has received the

Strickland

Strickland

2014 Distinguished Sonographer Award from the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine.

She is a registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer and a registered diagnostic medical sonographer. She works in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Brody School of Medicine, where she is a clinical assistant professor and co-director of ultrasound in the division of maternal-fetal medicine.

Strickland specializes in high-risk obstetric ultrasound and fetal echocardiography.

Strickland has an associate degree from Caldwell Community College, a bachelor’s degree from ECU and a certificate in advanced radiologic technology from Duke University.

Sonographers operate ultrasonic imaging devices to produce diagnostic images, scans, videos or 3-D volumes of data.

The award will be presented at the 2104 AIUM annual convention March 29-April 2 in Las Vegas.

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Grad Expo set for early February

Dowdy Student Store will host a Grad Expo for May 2014 graduates from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 4 and 5 and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the student store in the Wright Building on campus.

Graduating seniors can pick up caps and gowns; register for graduation; and order class rings, custom invitations, announcements and thank-you notes. Jostens, the official provider of class rings for ECU, will have samples of class rings, and representatives can help with finger sizing and original designs.

The Pirate Club, Alumni Association, Career Center, Campus Recreation and College of  Education Office of Alternative Licensure will be on hand with offers and information. Jostens has donated three $100 gas cards that will be given away in a drawing. All May 2014 graduates are invited to enter; no purchase is necessary.

Graduating seniors unable to attend the Expo can visit Dowdy Student Stores after Feb. 6 to pick up their caps and gowns.

For more information about the Expo, call 252-328-6731 or visit www.studentstores.ecu.edu.

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Open House set for Family Therapy Clinic, Redditt House

An open house for the ECU Family Therapy Clinic and Redditt House: Medical Family Therapy Research Academy will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Jan. 24. Visitors may meet faculty and student interns and tour the facilities at 612 E. 10th St. in Greenville.

ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard will present the Excellence in Collaboration Award to the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base – 4 th Medical Group, which has served as a critical collaborator for the Operation Re-Entry of North Carolina Research initiatives.

The ECU Family Therapy Clinic has been a resource for families in the community for more than 20 years with an average of 2,500 people coming through the clinic’s doors each year. Clinic services include individual therapy from a systemic perspective, couple therapy, family therapy and premarital services.

The Clinic also specializes in medical family therapy to assist the entire family when one member of the family is critically or chronically ill. Employee assistance programs for small business are also available.

The ECU Family Therapy Clinic and the Redditt House: Medical Family Therapy Research Academy are part of the Department of Child Development and Family Relations in the College of Human Ecology at East Carolina University. Visit www.ecu.edu/che/cdfr for additional information or contact Dr. Lisa Tyndall at tyndalll@ecu.edu, 252-328-4206.

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