School of Communication alum to receive alumnus award

John Cooper, who earned his communication degree at East Carolina University in 1989, will be given the School of Communication’s Distinguished Alumnus Award at a reception April 21.

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Cooper, deputy manager of the Live Desk at NBC News Channel in Charlotte, has worked at the NBC news service for more than 20 years. NBC News Channel distributes national and international video news stories to NBC stations around the country. At the Live Desk, Cooper acts as a producer for field reporters.

Last fall, Cooper visited ECU as the keynote speaker for the fourth annual High School Media Workshop, which the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association co-sponsored.

“John Cooper has been an outstanding supporter of the School of Communication for a number of years, and we are delighted to recognize his significant contributions by giving him the Distinguished Alumnus Award,” said Dr. Linda Kean, director of the School of Communication.

The 6th Annual Spring Reception is organized by CommCrew, the School of Communication’s alumni and supporters’ organization.

 

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Alumnae to keynote Communication event

ECU School of Communication graduates Jamie Lynn Sigler, left, and Sarah Evans will speak at the CommCrew spring reception April 21.

East Carolina University alumnae Jamie Lynn Sigler and Sarah Evans will keynote the CommCrew’s Sixth Annual Spring Reception  from 6 to 8 p.m. April 21 at the Greenville Museum of Art.

Sigler and Evans – 2001 graduates – are partners in J Public Relations, a bi-coastal public relations firm that develops innovative public relations campaigns for chic hotel properties, restaurants, nightclubs, spas and luxury lifestyle goods.

The event will also include presentation of the distinguished alumnus award for graduates with outstanding achievements.

“Each year, our banquet has grown more successful, thanks to inspirational, dynamic and highly successful guest speakers as well as lots of hard work by CommCrew members,” said Dr. Linda Kean, director of the School of Communication. “In addition to alumni, we encourage communication and hospitality professionals from the community to attend. Every ticket purchased means more networking, scholarship and career development opportunities for our current students.”

A noted expert in the travel and lifestyle industries, Evans has been featured on ABC, Forbes.com, Bridal Guide and more. She also has a travel blog, “The Glam Globetrotter,” which highlights stylish travel. Sigler’s clients are regularly featured in top media outlets, including: E! Entertainment Television, The New York Times, US Weekly, and “The Today Show.”

Those who will attend the reception are invited to bring books for a book drive benefitting Operation Sunshine, Hope Lodge and community schools. Books for all age groups are needed.

CommCrew is an organization for friends and alumni of ECU’s School of Communication. In addition to supporting activities and scholarships for School of Communication students, it also strives to involve alumni in current activities as well as to keep them informed about current school news and events.

Banquet tickets are $25 each. Call 252-328-4227 to pay by credit card. Or, make checks payable to ECU Foundation and mail to: Cyndee Mueller, School of Communication, Joyner East, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C. 27858.

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Aphasia support group meets on campus

A support group for people with aphasia and their caregivers will meet each Friday through Dec. 2 at East Carolina University.

Aphasia is difficulty or loss in communication, usually the result of stroke or brain injury.

The ECU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders hosts the group from 9 to 11 a.m. Fridays in Room 1305 in the Health Sciences Building at the College of Allied Health Sciences.

Participants engage in a variety of activities to improve communication skills. Contact Sherri Winslow at 252-744-6142 or winslowsh@ecu.edu for more information.

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Occupational therapy department holds CarFit safety program

East Carolina University’s occupational therapy department will host CarFit, a free, interactive program that gives a quick comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together.

The event will be held 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 26, at Eastern Pines Church of Christ, 3380 Portertown Road, Greenville. No appointment is needed. The assessment takes about 15 minutes. Read more…

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