Sandra May with Housekeeping Services – Academics was recognized with a 2014 Housekeeping Supervisor Award for Excellence in the category of service.
East Carolina University’s student-run literary magazine, Rebel, was named one of five category finalists for the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award, four-year literary magazine category.
The winners were announced at the Annual ACP/College Media Advisers National College Media Convention Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Philadelphia. Rebel 56 was nominated along with arts and literary magazines from Jacksonville University, Mercer University, Appalachian State University and Bridgewater State University. Winners were The Bridge from Bridgewater and The Peel from Appalachian State.
Since 1927, the Pacemaker has been the highest honor available to ACP members and still today is considered one of the most prestigious awards in collegiate media. Being a nominee signifies Rebel as one of the top literary magazines in the country. Rebel won the Pacemaker Award in 2009.
Rebel 56 was published in Spring 2014. The editor in chief was Megan Burns.
“Megan and her team put together a tremendous magazine,” said John Harvey, ECU director of student media. “This year’s team is equally strong. Perhaps next year we can win it all.”
Rebel is part the office of Student Media in the Division of Student Affairs at ECU. Along with Rebel, Student Media oversees WZMB 91.3 FM, the campus radio station; Buccaneer, the university yearbook; Expressions multicultural magazine; a new magazine that will debut in Spring 2015, The Hook; The East Carolinian student newspaper, and its companion website theeastcarolinian.com. Student Media also operates a student Advertising & Marketing Agency.
All of the organizations that come under Student Media are staffed and operated by East Carolina students.
The Associated Collegiate Press is a nonprofit education membership association and a division of the National Scholastic Press Association. The ACP has had college members since its inception in 1921 and is the largest and oldest membership organization for college student media in the United States.
Two professors in the ECU Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences were inducted as distinguished professors at the college’s annual faculty convocation Aug. 25. The honor is traditionally bestowed upon one individual at the beginning of each academic year.
Margaret Bauer, Rives Chair of Southern Literature in the Department of English and editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, and Roger Rulifson, professor in the Department of Biology and senior scientist with the ECU Institute for Coastal Science and Policy, were selected.
The professorship is the highest honor within the college and is conferred upon a professor whose career exemplifies a commitment to and a love for knowledge and academic life, as demonstrated by outstanding teaching and advising, research and creative productivity, and professional service.
“After this year’s review of nominees, we were so impressed with the exceptional quality of our colleagues that we did something unconventional – unprecedented as far as I know,” said Dr. William Downs, dean of Harriot College. “We found two Harriot College faculty members ‘equally deserving’ of the Distinguished Professorship. And despite everybody telling me that making two awards ‘just isn’t done,’ that is precisely what we are doing this year.”
“At a time when the value of the humanities is often overlooked, I am pleased that ECU’s new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences starts his first year recognizing the importance of research in the humanities as well as the sciences, and I look forward to seeing Harriot College shine a light on the excellent research and creative activity of many of ECU’s humanities faculty in the future,” said Bauer.
“I am very honored to be chosen for the title of Distinguished Professor of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences by Dean Downs,” said Rulifson.
“I think of the past recipients, and I know that I will have a challenge ahead to live up to their legacy. I truly appreciate the latitude and encouragement from the Dean’s Office over 30 years to teach what I love to teach, and to conduct research on coastal issues with Biology graduate and undergraduate students, without whom I could not have accomplished so much in the name of East Carolina University.”
A short story by East Carolina University creative writing student Tim Bachanan, titled “Mezuzah,” was selected by Daniel Chacón as a winner in the Association of Writers & Writing Programs’ Intro Journals Awards.
The Intro Journals Project is a literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new works by students enrolled in AWP member programs. The piece will be published in the literary journal Puerto Del Sol.
For additional information about the AWP and this year’s award winners, visit https://www.awpwriter.org/contests/intro_journals_project_overview.
By Crystal Baity
ECU News Services
Eight programs at East Carolina University have been ranked a “Best Buy” for students seeking a high quality, affordable online degree in a new listing by GetEducated.com.
Three ECU online bachelor’s degree programs were included: hospitality management ranked first, health services management ranked second and business administration ranked third. Five ECU online master’s degree programs were listed: technology systems, software engineering and library science ranked first, education ranked second and the MBA ranked third.
GetEducated.com is a consumer agency that publishes online college and university ratings based on quality, cost and credibility through independent review and comparison to peer institutions in a national survey, according to their website.
New MBA rankings will be released at the end of the month, said Melissa Eubank, director of information services at the agency.
“College degree costs have reached critical levels. East Carolina University is a national model for how education technology coupled with innovative fiscal policies will help solve the national crisis of college affordability while providing credible higher education credentials,” said Vicky Phillips, founder of GetEducated.com.
Following are links to the ECU programs recognized:
Best Online MBA AACSB (Rank #3)
Best Online Masters Computer Science & Information Technology (Rank #1)
Best Online Masters Engineering (Rank #1)
Best Online Masters Education (Rank #2)
Best Online Masters Library Science (Rank #1)
Best Online Bachelors Business (Rank #3)
Best Online Bachelors Management (Rank #1)
Best Online Bachelors Healthcare (Rank #1)
Diana McCormick Strickland, a sonographer at East Carolina University, has received the
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.
East Carolina University student Jacob Subash was named the winner of the 2014 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award, hosted by Joyner Library.
Subash’s research, “Protein synthesis regulation in the germ line affects gamete differentiation,” was completed under the direction of Dr. Brett Keiper, associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the Brody School of Medicine.
As an undergraduate, Subash was honored as an EC Scholar, a recipient of the Brody School of Medicine Early Assurance Award and the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Senior for 2012-13. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biochemistry in May 2013.
Honorable mentions were awarded to Mukund Patel, for work completed under the direction of Dr. Stefan Clemens, associate professor in the Department of Physiology at the Brody School of Medicine and Chelsea Hughes, for her thesis completed under the direction of Dr. Derrick Wirtz in the Department of Psychology.
Members of the ECU community are invited to attend the Bassman Award Ceremony, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. Dec. 4 in Room 2409, Joyner Library.
An East Carolina University professor in the College of Human Ecology received a national award at the American Hotel and Lodging Association Summer Summit in Houston June 19.
Cynthia Deale was presented the 2013 Lamp of Knowledge Award for Outstanding Educator in the United States from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.
Deale is an associate professor in ECU’s School of Hospitality Leadership and an affiliate faculty member of ECU’s Center for Sustainable Tourism. Her research interests include teaching and learning in hospitality and tourism, hospitality tourism management practices, service and sustainable hospitality.
Deale is a past president of the Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education and a long-time supporter of the educational institute’s certified hospitality educator program. She is one of the first professors to incorporate guest service gold and the certified guest service professional into her introduction to hospitality curriculum. She was also a significant contributor to the development of the STAR certification in hotel industry analytics, which was introduced to college and university hospitality programs this year.
For additional information about the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute, visit https://www.ahlei.org/.
The 2013 First Quarter Housekeepers Awards for Excellence recipients are, for service, Tony Battle and Wanda Dawson with Academics, Jerry Burrus with Health Sciences Campus / School of Medicine, and Eva Grimes with Residence Halls / Student Recreation Center.
The 2013 Second Quarter Facilities Services Awards for Excellence recipient is Jeremy Rogers with Building Services – Automotive Services for service.