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.