Online programs at ECU ranked “Best Buy” in nation

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)
http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/best-buy-online-masters-mba-aacsb

Best Online Masters Computer Science & Information Technology (Rank #1)
http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/online-masters-computer-science-it-degree

Best Online Masters Engineering (Rank #1)
http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/best-buy-masters-engineering

Best Online Masters Education (Rank #2)
http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/best-buy-online-masters-of-education

Best Online Masters Library Science (Rank #1)
http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/affordable-online-library-science-masters-degrees

Best Online Bachelors Business (Rank #3)
http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/best-buy-online-bachelor-business-management

Best Online Bachelors Management (Rank #1)
http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/best-buy-online-bachelor-management

Best Online Bachelors Healthcare (Rank #1)
http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/best-buy-online-bachelors-healthcare

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ECU sonographer receives national award

Diana McCormick Strickland, a sonographer at East Carolina University, has received the

Strickland

Strickland

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.

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Subash named winner of Bassman Honors Thesis Award

East Carolina University student Jacob Subash was named the winner of the 2014 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award, hosted by Joyner Library.

Jacob Subash

Jacob Subash

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.

 

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ECU professor receives national educator award

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.

Deale

Deale

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/.

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Facilities, Housekeeping Services announce award winners

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.

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Psychology professor receives award for paper on emotions, health

An East Carolina University assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Dr. Lisa Baranik, has received the 2012 Best Paper Award from the Journal of Research in Personality.

Baranik

                                 Baranik

“Physical Health, Positive and Negative Affect, and Personality: A Longitudinal Analysis,” was co-authored by Dr. Stephen West and Yu Liu from Arizona State University, and Dr. John Finch, an ECU professor of psychology who died in 2012. The award ceremony, which included a tribute to Finch’s career, took place June 21 at the Biennial Convention of the Association for Research in Personality in Charlotte.

“John was a brilliant scholar, a gifted teacher and a thoughtful, kind person. My coauthors and I are greatly appreciative that John’s last research project could be honored in this way,” said Baranik.

Baranik is a member of the occupational health psychology concentration of the health psychology doctoral program in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. Through her research, she examines employee emotions, health and well-being, and mentoring relationships. Research presented in the award-winning paper tested a statistical model of personality, mood and health, and found that negative moods may contribute more to health than positive moods.

“The connection between the mind and the body is well-known, but researchers are still discovering exactly how that connection works,” said Baranik. “Our paper shows that a person in poor physical health experiences both fewer positive emotions and more negative emotions. On the other hand, our study shows that only negative emotions predict subsequent physical health, not positive emotions.”

For additional information, contact Baranik at 252-737-3000 or via email at baranikl@ecu.edu.

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ECU career counselor receives NCACE president’s award

East Carolina University career counselor Patrick Roberts was recognized with the president’s award at the North Carolina Association of Colleges & Employers’ annual meeting in Blowing Rock May 2.

Patrick Roberts

Patrick Roberts

The award recognizes contributions to the association, career services and/or college recruitment made by an emerging leader in the field. The recipient is selected by the NCACE president with approval from the executive board.

In announcing Roberts as the winner, NCACE President Sara Concini reflected on his enthusiasm for involvement. She was impressed by his eager question, “How can I help?” at the 2012 annual meeting. Concini referred him to the conference committee, where he spearheaded sponsorship solicitation for the 2013 conference. He led the NCACE through a creative and aggressive campaign that resulted in a 10 percent increase in funds raised and five new funding sources.

Concini also quoted Roberts’ ECU colleagues, who described him as an energetic and collaborative hard worker dedicated to serving students.

A native of upstate New York, Roberts received a B.A. in history and M.S. in student personnel administration from the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College, respectively. He worked as a graduate assistant at Buffalo State College before moving to Greenville in 2011.

NCACE is a non-profit organization made up of more than 200 professionals in college and university career services roles. The association provides professional development and networking opportunities for its members to learn, connect and collaborate on initiatives related to college student success and recruitment. For more information, visit www.ncace.org.

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Lucas honored for board service

ECU Board of Trustees Bob Lucas, pictured above, was presented with a certificate of appreciation for his two years of service as chairman and eight years on the board. Lucas of Selma also served on the Board of Trustees when he was Student Government Association president in 1974-75.  During his remarks to the board, Lucas said he was an example of how this university changes people’s lives for the better. “I came here scared to death. I was scared that I would have to go back and tell my parents that I couldn’t make it,” he said. “It was so big, and there was so much freedom.” Through a scholarship, he studied in Europe for a year and came back to campus and was elected SGA president. “To come from that scared 18 year old to be SGA president and then be chairman of the board, what a unique experience. What a ride, it’s been. ECU does transform lives.”  ECU News Services photo by Cliff Hollis

 

ECU Board of Trustees outgoing chair Bob Lucas was presented with a certificate of appreciation for his two years of service as chairman and eight years on the board.

Lucas of Selma also served on the Board of Trustees when he was Student Government Association president in 1974-75.

During his remarks to the board, Lucas said he was an example of how this university changes people’s lives for the better. “I came here scared to death. I was scared that I would have to go back and tell my parents that I couldn’t make it,” he said. “It was so big, and there was so much freedom.”

Through a scholarship, he studied in Europe for a year and came back to campus and was elected SGA president. “To come from that scared 18 year old to be SGA president and then be chairman of the board, what a unique experience. What a ride, it’s been. ECU does transform lives.”

(ECU News Services photo by Cliff Hollis)

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ECU named to community service honor roll

 ECU College of Business graduate assistants Heather Clayton and Devang Patel work together to paint a wall in the Salvation Army's Family Store during the 2012 MLK Day of Service.  East Carolina University has been honored for its efforts in serving the community. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

ECU College of Business graduate assistants Heather Clayton and Devang Patel work together to paint a wall in the Salvation Army’s Family Store during the 2012 MLK Day of Service. East Carolina University has been honored for its efforts in serving the community. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

 

For the seventh year in a row, East Carolina University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll recognizes exemplary community service and meaningful outcomes in the community. The award is the highest federal recognition that honors a university’s commitment to service and civic engagement.honorroll1

Winners were announced March 4 at the American Council on Education annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Community outreach at ECU is supported through the efforts of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center, which engages students in volunteer and service-learning activities that benefit the community while enhancing the students’ academic experiences. For additional information about the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center, visit http://www.ecu.edu/vslc/.

The entire Honor Roll list is available at http://www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll/.

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