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ECU professor receives lifetime achievement award


David Edgell

East Carolina University professor David Edgell was awarded the 2014 Board on Human Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors a nationally recognized leader with significant history of advancing human sciences in higher education.

Edgell is a professor in the ECU College of Human Ecology. The college’s dean, Judy Siguaw, nominated Edgell.

“I believe that very few individuals within the academic community have had the broad impact on humanity that Dr. Edgell has had and continues to have,” Siguaw said.

Edgell has devoted much of his career toward towards promoting tourism as an economic and social development tool for communities and nations worldwide. His experience includes explicit concern for poverty reduction and sustaining natural and built resources. His career includes leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Labor and in Travel and Tourism for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Edgell has represented the United States government as head of a delegation to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Organization of American States, the Asia-Pacific Economic Council, the Caribbean Tourism Organization and as executive director of World’s Fairs and Expositions.

He joined ECU in 2003 and developed the ECU Center for Sustainable Tourism, the largest university program of its kind in the United States. He is a  full time professor of international commerce, tourism and economic development.

Edgell has authored 10 books and more than 100 articles on tourism, trade and economic development.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is one of four awards presented annually by the Board on Human Sciences, an association of administrators of higher education units responsible for research/discovery, extension/outreach, and teaching/learning programs in the human sciences at universities across the country.

For more information on the Board on Human Sciences, member institutions, the BoHS Awards and the Award recipients go to www.TheBoHS.org.


Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch set for Aug. 30

ECU student Kayla Hollingsworth and her father Ted Hollingsworth, a 1979 graduate of ECU, participate in the pinning ceremony at last year's inaugural Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch.  (Contributed photo)

ECU student Kayla Hollingsworth and her father Ted Hollingsworth, a 1979 graduate of ECU, participate in the pinning ceremony at last year’s inaugural Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch. (Contributed photo)

The East Carolina Alumni Association will hold the second annual Pirate Alumni Legacy brunch at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 30 in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms.

The brunch is held in partnership with the Office of Parent and Family Programs to coincide with Family Weekend. Last year’s inaugural brunch was a sold-out event with more than 140 students, alumni and family members in attendance.

The Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch honors families of current students with two or more generations of Pirates (including parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, and/or cousins). In addition to a catered meal, the event will include a pinning ceremony, remarks from featured alumni and university officials and a family photo area. The legacy brunch is part of the alumni association’s goal to engage students and alumni who will help strengthen the university.

“Legacies are an important part of East Carolina,” said Richard R. Eakin, interim associate vice chancellor for alumni relations. “Through legacy families, ECU stories and traditions are passed on, resulting in strong relationships that span generations. By celebrating legacies, we recognize our history while encouraging future growth. We are proud to partner with the Office of Parent and Family Programs to honor legacies at this event.”

“The Office of Parent and Family Programs is proud of the partnership created with the East Carolina Alumni Association to celebrate the long and lasting legacy of the Pirate Nation,” said Zack Hawkins, director of student affairs development and parent and family programs. “The common bond of ECU, shared by generations of parents and families, is what makes this campus unique. We hope to re-ignite that spirit in alumni parents to help enhance the lives of our current student Pirates.”

In addition, this event kickstart a full day of Pirate festivities, including the Pirate Family Pregame Tailgate, the Buccaneer Buffet alumni tailgate, and the season’s first home football game vs. North Carolina Central University that evening.

For more information, visit www.piratealumni.com/2014legacybrunch or www.ecu.edu/familyweekend.



Aug. 9 Veterans Support Day to benefit ECU outreach program

ECU's Operation Reentry Program received a $500 gift from the Fleet Reserve Association Branch #301. Pictured left to right are Anthony Bishop, president of the Greenville FRA chapter, Patrice Frede, director of development for the College of Allied Health Sciences and ORNC and Jim Menke, military research liaison and project manager for Operation Re-entry North Carolina. (Contributed photo)

ECU’s Operation Reentry Program received a $500 gift from the Fleet Reserve Association Branch #301. Pictured left to right are Anthony Bishop, president of the Greenville FRA chapter, Patrice Frede, director of development for the College of Allied Health Sciences and ORNC and Jim Menke, military research liaison and project manager for Operation Re-entry North Carolina.  A benefit this weekend will also help support Operation Reentry. (Contributed photo)


The third annual Veterans Support Day and Bike Wash Saturday, Aug. 9 will benefit East Carolina University’s Operation Reentry NC, a university-wide initiative to address the rehabilitation and re-entry challenges for military personnel, veterans and their families.

Open to the public, the event runs from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Hometown Harley Davidson, 2300 Elaine’s Way in Winterville. Active and retired military personnel are urged to attend. Representatives from ECU will discuss Operation Reentry and other veterans programs available in eastern North Carolina.

Operation Reentry supports the veteran population who face numerous challenges in re-entering society following deployment. Some wounded warriors face physical disabilities resulting from blast injury, some face invisible wounds from traumatic stress. Most all face difficult post-deployment adjustment back to family and community life as well as in the workplace.

The Operation Reentry program helps them battle issues such as suicide, homelessness, substance abuse and unemployment by providing resilience and re-entry interventions. The ORNC mobile unit coordinates with the Navigate Counseling Clinic in the College of Allied Health Sciences to bring professional counseling services and other resources to veterans in rural and underserved areas.

Veterans Support Day is hosted by the Veterans Motorcycle Club and the American Legion Riders, with the support of Hometown Harley Davidson. Other participating organizations include the Pitt County Veterans Council, Disabled American Veterans, Fleet Reserve Association, Marine Corps League and the Department of Veteran Affairs.




Three academic leaders join Academic Affairs

Three new academic leaders have joined East Carolina University’s Division of Academic Affairs.



William Downs, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences; Dave Meredith, director of admissions; and Rondall Rice, director of university studies, all started July 1.

Downs was formerly the area dean for Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University. He also served as chair of the department of political science and director of graduate studies in political science. He was the founder and co-director of the interdisciplinary Center for Human Rights and Democracy and faculty coordinator for semester-long study abroad programs in Strasbourg, France and Nottingham, England.

A Raleigh native, Downs earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from Emory University.

“I am delighted to be joining the ECU faculty and to have the privilege of leading the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences as its dean,” said Downs. “While fully aware of the challenges that face us all in higher education today, I am energized by our strong foundation and very much look forward to helping guide a process of renewal that secures meaningful gains in research, student learning and public service.”



Meredith comes to ECU from the University of New Orleans, where he served as the executive director of enrollment services. Previous positions include service as senior assistant director of admissions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, director of Enrollment Management with the Honors Scholars Program at the University of Cincinnati and director of the Warren and Lebanon Branches of Wilmington College.

Meredith holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. His research there focused on first-generation college students and their experiences navigating the higher education system.

“I’m excited to build on the success of the admissions office and help make East Carolina University the university for top students from across North Carolina and the United States,” he said.



Rice is the first director of university studies at ECU. He joins the university following a 25-year career as a U.S. Air Force officer. Rice spent the last three years at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany in the Air Operations Center for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces in Africa.

He served as associate professor of history and held administrative duties in the U.S. Air Force Academy.  He was association dean of the National Defense Intelligence College (now the National Intelligence University) in Washington, D.C., where he also held the position of acting dean for the School of Intelligence Studies. He represented NDIC on the Intelligence Community Analysis Training and Education Committee, which coordinated analysis training and education for 17 cabinet-level agencies.

A Greenville resident and eastern North Carolina native, Rice earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“I am extremely excited to return and work for and with the great people of this university and area,” Rice said. “Adding to the excitement is being on the ground-floor of a new university initiative designed to help people craft unique interdisciplinary programs to launch their future.”


Grant funds multiple chemistry, physics scholarships

Ten incoming freshmen chemistry and physics majors at East Carolina University received scholarships of $5,000 each thanks to a $620,884 grant from the National Science Foundation.

All recipients are North Carolina residents.

Scholarship winners who intend to major in chemistry are Lauren Ackerman of Trent Woods, Mary Becker of Black Mountain, Rahel Haile of Charlotte, Jahmil James of Fayetteville, Mitul Patel of Hendersonville, Sophia Pena of Hope Mills, Fabricio Sanchez of Matthews and Nouci Vue of Connelly Springs. Recipients who plan to major in physics are Roderick Hall from Riegelwood and Timothy Sault from Cary.

The scholarship program was developed in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences under the direction of Allison S. Danell, Anthony M. Kennedy and Anne Marie Spuches from chemistry, and Regina DeWitt and John M. Kenney from physics. The program aims to provide higher education access to students with solid academic preparation, financial need and the potential to succeed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Scholarship recipients will live for two years in the chemistry and physics living learning community, a residence hall dedicated to students with interests in sciences. The same residence hall houses the ECU Honors College and bio-excellence living learning communities.

The living learning community will be “enriched by the presence of first generation college students and will continue to provide rewards to ECU beyond the funding period,” said Danell.

“The students we educate and mentor will share their experiences, encouraging many more young scientists to pursue an education in scientific disciplines, which will provide a strong foundation for innovation and economic development not just regionally but nationally.”

Scholars will be encouraged to demonstrate a commitment to local and regional science activities, thereby instilling a sense of civic responsibility and awareness.

Recipients may qualify for up to $10,000 in additional funding during their sophomore, junior and senior years, which could lead to a total of $35,000 in four years at ECU.

High school students intending to major in chemistry or physics may apply for one of the 2015-16 scholarships by contacting Anthony Kennedy at 252-328-9816 or kennedyan@ecu.edu.