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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