Altman elected to AKA board

Dr. Stacey Altman, chair of the Department of Kinesiology, has been elected to The American Kinesiology Association Board of Directors.

Altman

The board and an executive committee oversee the organization, which promotes kinesiology as a unified field of study and advances its many professional applications.AKA does this by advocating for kinesiology at national and international levels and by providing its member departments with resource materials, leadership and educational opportunities.

“This election demonstrates the high opinion her colleagues have for her and the leadership she provides to one of the best Kinesiology Departments in the country,” said Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance.

Altman will serve on the board for a three-year term from 2014 to 2017.

At ECU since 2002, Altman became chair of the Department of Kinesiology in 2008.  Altman earned an undergraduate degree from Coastal Carolina University and a master’s at the University of Georgia. She earned a doctorate in law from the University of Alabama.

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ECU student team competes against other universities at Social Entrepreneurship Conference

Four undergraduate students will represent East Carolina University on Friday at a UNC-system 2014 Social Entrepreneurship Conference at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

The ECU students are Trey Cook, Annaliese Gillette, Jessie Tucci-Herron and Justin Safin.

The team, called “Pirates Provide,” spent the fall semester working with Third Street Community Center in Greenville. They created a unique business plan to present at the social entrepreneurship competition based on the proposed development of a two-acre community garden at the center. The students will compete against 25 other undergraduate student teams at the event.

The garden is the centerpiece of the students’ proposal to create Third Street Community Harvest to address the social need of healthy food options. The goal is to provide residents access to affordable, fresh food and education about gardening and healthy lifestyle choices.

The center is located in a food desert area and within walking distance of most of the population of west Greenville, which is bounded by the Tar River, Memorial Drive, Greenville Boulevard and Fifth Street.

The garden would be established and maintained by the combined efforts of the community harvest, community partners and neighborhood residents including Pitt County’s Master Gardeners program. Grants, corporate and individual donations would be sought to help pay for an estimated $33,000 in start-up costs. Long-term plans call for the center to establish a culinary school and a small restaurant.

Faculty advisors are Austin Bunch, Ron Mitchelson, Beth Velde, Todd Fraley and Kindal Shores.

The concept of social entrepreneurship involves identifying large-scale social problems and working to solve them in creative ways. Positive social change is the goal, with or without profit earnings. The conference’s keynote speaker will be Tom Szaky, founder and chief executive officer of TerraCycle, a company that collects traditionally non-recyclable waste that is recycled into consumer products and materials that are then sold to retailers. The company is recognized for producing some of the most eco-friendly products in America.

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HHP blood challenge exceeds expectations

A challenge between East Carolina University students in two College of Health and Human Performance courses led to the collection of 333 units of blood Feb. 18 and 19 at Mendenhall Student Center.

The HLTH 1000 and EXSS1000 Blood Challenge, which encouraged students in those classes to complete through blood donations, exceeded its goal of 300 units. This year’s winning department was the Department of Kinesiology, which reached 11.7 percent with 198 donors from a possible 1,686 students enrolled in EXSS1000. The Department of Health Education and Promotion came in a close second with 11.5 percent, drawing 273 donors from a possible 2,375 HLTH 1000 students.

The event was coordinated by Debra Tavasso and Brian Cavanaugh in Health Education and Promotion, along with Grace Anne Vick in the Department of Kinesiology. Graduate teaching assistants who teach the two courses served as volunteers for the challenge.

Each unit of blood collected has the potential to save three lives.

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Technology Systems faculty receive awards

ECU technology systems professor Dr. Hamid Fonooni (right) receives an award from Rick Pollock, president of the American Society of Safety Engineers. (Contributed photos)

ECU technology systems professor Dr. Hamid Fonooni (right) receives an award from Rick Pollock, president of the American Society of Safety Engineers. (Contributed photos)

Two faculty members in the East Carolina University Department of Technology Systems in the School of Technology and Computer Science have been honored with professional awards.

Dr. Hamid Fonooni

Dr. Hamid Fonooni received the Dr. William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator Award for exemplary achievements in safety, health and environmental education.

Sponsored by the ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers) and PPG Industries, the award is the highest honor a safety educator can receive. It recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship and professional services as part of the ASSE.

As award recipient, Fonooni presented at the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organisations in Canada. He was the only invited speaker from the United States representing academia.

Fonooni teaches in ECU’s master’s of occupational safety progam

Dr. Robert Chin

Dr. Robert Chin

Dr. Robert Chin

Dr. Robert Chin received the Orthogonal Medal, honoring outstanding contributions to the advancement of graphic science. The award is recognized nationally as one of the most respected in the field of engineering graphics.

In April, Chin will serve as the 2014 Distinguished Lecturer at the 30th Annual Distinguished Lecture series offered by the technology, engineering and design engineering faculty at North Carolina State University.

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Wilson named vice dean at ECU School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Margaret B. Wilson, associate dean for student affairs and clinical professor at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, became vice dean at the school Feb. 1 – a role in which she will have much broader responsibilities for ensuring the implementation of the school’s strategic objectives.

Maggie Wilson

Maggie Wilson 

Wilson joined the School of Dental Medicine in 2009 and has played a key role in the school’s development with responsibility for student recruitment, admission, retention and services. She also coordinates the ethics curriculum for the Doctor of Dental Medicine program.

“Dr. Maggie Wilson’s leadership and experience in dental education, administration and private practice make her well suited for her new role,” said Dr. Greg Chadwick, dean of the School of Dental Medicine. “She sets the bar very high for herself and for everyone around her. She has been a tremendous asset in the establishment and growth of our school, and I look forward to working with her as our vice dean.”

Wilson joined ECU from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where she was a full-time faculty member for 19 years. During her time at the University of Maryland, she served as associate dean for Student Affairs. She also served as associate dean for professional programs, co-director of the Group Practice Simulation Demonstration Project, and she directed the professionalism and professional dental ethics curriculum for students.

Prior to that position, Wilson was director of dental services for the University Health Center at the University of Maryland at College Park. She was also in private dental practice in Fredericksburg, Va., for four years. She is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists and an active member of several professional organizations.

“Having the opportunity to join a school with such a clear mission of educating dental leaders who will serve in communities of need across North Carolina is incredible,” said Wilson. “Moreover, helping establish a new dental school is professionally and personally rewarding. I look forward to continuing to work with the faculty, students and staff of the School of Dental Medicine and community and university leaders as we continue to strive to fulfill the vision and mission of our school.”

Wilson earned a doctor of dental surgery degree from the Medical College of Virginia-Virginia Commonwealth University in 1981 and completed a general practice residency at University of Maryland Hospital in 1982. She holds a master of business degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. She earned an undergraduate degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.

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ECU alumni networking breakfast set for March 11

By Jackie Drake
East Carolina Alumni Association

East Carolina University alumni are invited to a networking breakfast in Greenville on March 11, hosted by the East Carolina Alumni Association.

The event is part of a series of networking events to be held across the Pirate Nation this spring. Tap into the power of the Pirate alumni network and interact with East Carolina professionals who are leaders in their industries and communities.

The featured alumnus will be Mark Garner, vice president of Rivers & Associates, a civil and environmental engineering company in Greenville. A certified planner, Garner graduated from ECU in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning. Garner is a member of the ECU Board of Visitors, the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Pitt County Development Commission.

This event will be held 7:30-9 a.m. at the City Hotel and Bistro at 203 Greenville Blvd. in Greenville. Attire is purple and gold business casual. Bring business cards for exchanging and to enter the door prize drawing.

Anyone who attended ECU is welcome; membership in the Alumni Association is not required. The cost is $11 for members and $22 for non-members, which includes breakfast food and beverages. Registration is required by March 6.

Visit PirateAlumni.com/March11GreenvilleNetworking or call 800-ECU-GRAD to register.

For more information about this event, contact Assistant Director of Alumni Programs Christy Angle ’95 at Christy.Angle@PirateAlumni.com or 252-328-1958.

Alumni networking events are also planned for Washington, D.C., New Bern, Wilmington, Charlotte, Atlanta, Raleigh, and more. Visit PirateAlumni.com/NetworkingEvents to view all upcoming networking events.

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ECU Medical & Health Sciences Foundation names new board members

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The East Carolina University Medical & Health Sciences Foundation recently named five new board members. They are David Brody of Kinston; Dasha Little of Chesapeake, Va.; Dennis Young of Wallace; Kathy Walker and Lamont Wooten, both of Greenville.

A former chair of the ECU Board of Trustees, Brody is the managing partner with Brody Associates. He also serves the university as a member of the Brody Foundation Board of Directors.

A 1981 graduate of ECU, Little is president/owner of Apogee Solutions. She is a member of the Women’s Roundtable at ECU and was recognized in 2013 as one of 10 “Incredible ECU Women.”

Walker established the Walker Distinguished Professorship in Clinical Oncology as well as the Leo Jenkins Canter Center Coach Roggeman Cancer Research Fund. She is married to Dr. Paul Walker, director of Thoracic Oncology at Leo Jenkins Cancer Center and is an active community volunteer.

An orthopedic surgeon, Wooten is an emeritus member of Orthopedics East and Sports Medicine Center Inc. He serves on the advisory board for the Harriet and John Wooten Laboratory for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Research at the Brody School of Medicine.

Young retired from ECU in 2012. In 2006, he became the associate athletic director focusing on major gifts and served as executive director of the Pirate Club from 1991-2006.

The East Carolina University Medical & Health Sciences Foundation serves the College of Allied Health Sciences, Brody School of Medicine, College of Nursing, Laupus Library, Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, East Carolina Heart Institute, School of Dental Medicine, East Carolina Diabetes & Obesity Institute and the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute with financial support, scholarships, education and research.

 

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ECU nutrition students prepare educational feast

Aurora Mendoza puts the final touches on a  mixed green salad with fruit and nuts during meal service at the Darden Dining Room on campus. (Contributed photos)

Aurora Mendoza puts the final touches on a  mixed green salad with fruit and nuts during meal service at the Darden Dining Room on campus. (Contributed photos)

 

By Nicole Wood
College of Human Ecology

Three days a week at East Carolina University, guests can satisfy their lunchtime hunger while supporting nutrition students’ education in the College of Human Ecology’s Darden Dining Room.

Sarah Sykes helps Justin Simmons with a New England slaw.

Sarah Sykes helps Justin Simmons with a New England slaw.

Students in the food production in dietetics course – now in its fifth year – acquire hands-on experience in the kitchen, at the front of the house and in marketing positions. During the preceding fall semester, students learn about food preparation and management principles applied to quantity healthcare food production. The spring course then allows them to put their plans – and menus – into action.

“The students are getting real-world experience. Building a menu and standardizing recipes is something they will do in their future positions,” said ECU professor Diana Saum, who teaches both the fall and spring semester courses.

“We want to ensure that our students are gaining the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in their chosen career,” said Saum.

Nutrition Science student Sarah Sykes said she was excited to get into the kitchen this semester. “I have learned so much throughout this experience, from basic food production terms in the classroom to real life management experiences in lab,” she said.

“Having people purchase our food allows us to gain feedback and fully experience the complete food production process. We value everyone who comes in to try our food and we thank them for aiding in our development as future nutritionists.”

The Darden Dining Room is open to the public for lunch on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the spring semester from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Prices typically range from $4 per entrée to $1.50 for dessert. Cash or check is accepted. Sign up for Saum’s reminder e-mail, which includes the daily menu, by e-mailing her at saumd@ecu.edu.

Krysta Parkhurst (left) and Brooke Radford show off their soups to Nutrition Science advisor Jan Fletcher.

Krysta Parkhurst (left) and Brooke Radford show off their soups to Nutrition Science advisor Jan Fletcher.

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Youth Arts Festival seeks artists for March 29 event

The 10th annual Youth Arts Festival seeks artists who would like to share their creative talents with children during an event held on campus at East Carolina University.

The annual Youth Arts Festival, scheduled this year for March 29, promotes multicultural visual and performing arts to children through hands-on projects, demonstrations and performances primarily geared to elementary and middle school children.

No sales commission or booth fees are charged. The event’s focus is on teaching children and their families about the diverse and creative talents available in the region. Participants may work with children developing hands-on art projects or simply demonstrate their creative talent.

The event runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It is free and open to individuals at all age levels.

Contact Dindy Reich, Youth Arts Festival coordinator, at (252) 328-5749 or reichd@ecu.edu for additional information or to sign up for the event.

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