Students inducted into Pi Theta Epsilon

Left to right sitting, Madeline McCauley, Elizabeth Gibbs, Andrea Sparks, Lauren Armstrong; left to right standing, Elisabeth Sitton, Hannah Flaherty and Caitlin Davis. Kathleen Brinkley is not pictured.

New inductees into Phi Theta Epsilon are, left to right sitting, Madeline McCauley, Elizabeth Gibbs, Andrea Sparks, Lauren Armstrong; left to right standing, Elisabeth Sitton, Hannah Flaherty and Caitlin Davis. Kathleen Brinkley is not pictured.

The Delta Beta chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, the occupational therapy honors society, inducted its second class of East Carolina University students on Tuesday, March 19.

The inductees are Lauren Armstrong, Kathleen Brinkley, Caitlin Davis, Hannah Flaherty, Elizabeth Gibbs, Madeline McCauley, Elisabeth Sitton and Andrea Sparks.

Dr. Stephen Thomas, dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences, encouraged the students to consider different views of their role as  occupational therapists and the impact they can make in the community that surrounds them today and in the future.

Pi Theta Epsilon officers conducting the induction ceremony were Brittany Robertson, president; Monica Powell, vice-president; Alana Justice, secretary; and Erin Schofield, treasure. Dr. Denise Donica, assistant professor of occupational therapy, serves as faculty advisor.

The program concluded with words from Dr. Leonard Trujillo, chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy.

 

Share

ECU alumna shares Alaskan experiences

ECU alumna Cathy Genaux, at far left, is shown with students who attended her presentation about life as a distance ed student in Alaska. (Contributed photo)

Catherine Geneaux, an ECU alumna and speech language pathologist, spoke Nov. 9 about living and working in Alaska —where clinicians fly bush planes to see patients and many communities do not have speech-language services.

Geneaux talked about life as a distance education master’s student, how speech language pathology is conducted in the state of Alaska and her mission work in Mexico. She gave ECU students great insight into a way of life and a speech-language pathology practice that is very different from experiences in North Carolina, said Dr. Kathleen T. Cox, ECU associate professor and director of master’s education in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Geneaux participated in a unique joint program between ECU and University of Alaska – Anchorage. ECU provides online classes for students in the master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders, and UAA provides their clinic. The partnership helps produce speech-language pathologists for the state of Alaska, and students graduate with a degree from ECU, the only university that offers a speech language program in that state. For more information, visit http://www.ecu.edu/csd.

The presentation was held in the Health Sciences Building in the College of Allied Health Sciences.

Share

Health Services Management program recertified

The undergraduate Health Services Management program has been recertified for six years and has retained Full Certified Undergraduate Membership status with the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

As noted by AUPHA, “…  AUPHA has established a rigorous peer review process modeled for those programs willing to undergo the rigors of external review in the interest of program excellence. Successful completion of the panel review process leads to Certification by AUPHA and attainment of Full Certified Undergraduate membership status.”

The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) is a global network of colleges, universities, faculty, individuals and organizations dedicated to the improvement of healthcare delivery through excellence in healthcare management and policy education.

From an original membership of seven graduate programs in the U.S. and Canada, it has grown to over 180 graduate and undergraduate programs in North America and hundreds of personal, corporate and affiliated program members all over the world. AUPHA is now an international consortium of graduate and undergraduate health administration programs and practitioners engaged in the development of health management education.

Share

Occupational therapy faculty member appointed to state board

Denise Donica

Dr. Denise Donica, assistant professor of occupational therapy at East Carolina University, has been appointed by Gov. Bev Perdue to a four-year term on the North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy.

Donica is the first from ECU to serve on the seven-member board, which oversees regulations and licensing for all occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in North Carolina. Her term ends Oct. 1, 2016.

Donica is a certified handwriting specialist and researcher in the efficacy of handwriting curriculums and student success. She also is faculty advisor of ECU’s Delta Beta Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, the national honor society for occupational therapy students and alumni. The chapter is the only one in North Carolina and one of 80 active chapters in the United States.

Donica received a bachelor’s degree in psychology/criminal justice, and a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Indiana University, and a master’s and doctoral degree in occupational therapy from the University of Indianapolis.

 

Share

Food Lion supports ECU, military

ECU Chancellor Dr. Steve Ballard accepts a donation Oct. 27 from Paul James, central division manager of operations support specialists for Food Lion. Others include Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance, Dr. Steve Duncan, assistant vice chancellor of administration and finance and director of military programs, and Dr. Stephen Thomas, dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences.

 

East Carolina University became Food Lion’s MVP this weekend when the grocery store chain donated $100,000 to support fellowships and a scholarship.

The donation will establish the first university-wide doctoral fellowships for Operation Re-Entry North Carolina and an endowed scholarship in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the College of Allied Health Sciences. The Operation Re-Entry initiative is centered on research and projects that help veterans return to civilian life after service.

The presentation was made during halftime at ECU’s home football game against Navy on Oct. 27, which was Military Appreciation Day.

The partnership goes back to September 2010, when 15 employers were selected to receive the U.S. Secretary of Defense Freedom Award in recognition of their support of the guard and reserve.

Two of the employers were from North Carolina: ECU and Food Lion. At that time, the two organizations vowed to partner and continue to provide a superior level of support to the military, said Pat Frede, ECU development officer in the College of Allied Health Sciences.

“We thank Food Lion for their generosity, support and dedication to the men and women of our nation’s armed forces,” said Frede, a Navy veteran and reserve Senior Chief Petty Officer who served a 14-month tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2010-2011.

Share