ECU community representatives complete grant training

Twenty-two representatives from North Carolina communities completed training in grants administration and public management at East Carolina University in December.

The 48-hour training course was offered through ECU’s Talent Enhancement and Capacity program, a long-term collaboration between the university and partnering organizations or communities that enhances sustainable community development. Participants studied grant program administration, grant proposal development and effective public management approaches.

In a ceremony held on campus Dec. 5, Interim Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Studies Ron Michelson pledged the division’s continued support to the program. “The true value of this program is apparent in the strong partnerships that we are building with your communities and the access that you gain to our faculty, staff and students,” he said.

Participants were awarded certificates of completion and continuing education credits. The participating communities were designated as ECU Community Partners and awarded plaques for their participation.

The newly-designated ECU Community Partners are Aberdeen, Garysburg, Hookerton, Kinston, Lewiston-Woodville, Roseboro, Snow Hill, Washington, Washington County, Winfall, DEEDS Incorporated, Fisher Empowerment Center, Roanoke Economic Development Corporation, Sandhills Community Action Program and Sampson County CDC.

For more information on TECB or other Community and Regional Development programs contact Kenny Flowers, director, Community and Regional Development, flowersk@ecu.edu, (252) 737-1342.

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ECU to host 8th grade girls for mathematics, science conference

East Carolina University will host 100 middle school girls professing an interest in science or math Friday at the MAGIC for STEM Girls’ Conference, beginning at 9 a.m. in Mendenhall Student Center.

The 8th grade Pitt County girls were selected by Pitt County middle school faculty members for their potential for success in mathematics and science.

Following an opening ceremony at 9:15 a.m. in Hendrix Theatre, the girls will join in real-life applications of science and math at the Science and Technology Building. After lunch on campus, participants will return to Mendenhall for the closing ceremony and an origami geometry activity.

The conference is funded by a grant from the Mathematics Association of America Tensor Program for Women and Mathematics, with support from ECU’s Division of Research, Office of Equity, Diversity & Community Relations, College of Arts and Science, College of Education and College of Technology and Computer Science.

For additional information about the conference, contact Cindy Putnam-Evans, associate dean for research, Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, at 328-4395 or evansc@ecu.edu.

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New Greenville restaurant donates 10 percent of food sales to ECU

The ECU Department of Hospitality Management is one of the largest departments of its kind in the Southeast. (Contributed photos)

The new Carolina Ale House in Greenville will donate 10 percent of food sales during its first open week, Sept. 17 – 23, to the East Carolina University Department of Hospitality Management.

Bob O’Halloran, hospitality management department chair, and Kathy Brown, major gifts officer at ECU, will accept the donation. O’Halloran said, “We are delighted to receive such a generous gift from the Carolina Ale House Family. It’s wonderful when Greenville businesses understand the importance of supporting the students in its community.

O'Halloran

“We look forward to the educational and career opportunities Carolina Ale House will provide for our students,” he said.

The Carolina Ale House is a sports-themed restaurant originally established in Raleigh and now operating 15 locations in the Southeast. The Greenville site is located at 704 SE Greenville Blvd. near the Greenville Mall. For additional information about the Carolina Ale House, visit http://www.carolinaalehouse.com.

The Department of Hospitality Management at ECU is the largest of its kind in North Carolina and one of the largest in the Southeast, with an enrollment exceeding 450. Degrees offered include three undergraduate programs with concentrations available in food and beverage management, lodging management and convention management; a minor and an MBA with hospitality management option.

For additional information about hospitality management, contact O’Halloran at 252-737-1604 or ohalloranr@ecu.edu. For more details about the donation, contact Mindy Amerson, marketing coordinator for LM Restaurants, at 919-851-0858 or mamerson@lmrest.com.

 

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Grant to bring learning innovations to eastern North Carolina schools

An East Carolina University partnership with North Carolina State University was one of 19 programs nationwide selected to share in $7 million in grants for new and innovative learning programs.

The partnership will lead to release of an intelligent game-based learning environment entitled “Crystal Island” to rural middle school students throughout eastern North Carolina.

In Crystal Island, students work to solve a science mystery as they learn about microbiology. The game will help students achieve Common Core State Standards, new North Carolina state guidelines that establish what students need to learn in each grade.

Initial tests with more than 1,000 students have demonstrated significant learning gains in both science and literacy with the program.

The partnership is a collaboration between the Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education in the ECU College of Education and the IntelliMedia Group at NCSU.

The grants are provided through Next Generation Learning Challenges, a collaborative program aimed at applying technological innovations to enhance learning and improve college readiness. Funding was provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

ECU’s NGLC director Roger Conner said, “We believe learning technologies and next generation models can produce transformative change…for both teachers and students.”

For additional information on the Next Generation Learning Challenges, visit http://nextgenlearning.org/. Contact ECU’s NGLC director at 252-328-6922 or e-mail connerr@ecu.edu.

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Teacher training to focus on new statewide standards in mathematics education

Public school teachers in Beaufort, Pitt and Hyde County will attend a professional development program on newly adopted state standards for mathematics education, June 20-23 at the Beaufort County Educational Technology Center in Washington, N.C.

The program is designed to help teachers understand and incorporate new common core requirements for mathematics that will apply to all North Carolina K-12 classrooms beginning in the 2012-13 academic year.  It was developed through a collaboration between nine teacher leaders and the Beaufort County School System, along with East Carolina University’s Department of Mathematics; Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education; and Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education.

The Common Core for State Standards in Mathematics requirements were adopted after research showed inadequacies in mathematic achievement in the United States. The core materials define what students should understand and be able to do in mathematics at each grade level. The guidelines also address performance in areas such as problem-solving, reasoning, argumentation, application to real life and strategic use of available mathematic tools.

Teachers will need to update their skill sets to incorporate the new standards, and this training should help them do that. Through funding from NC Quest Cycle VIII, more than 25 teachers will participate in the program.

Sessions will include hands-on activities at different grade levels in data and measurement, numbers, algebra and geometry. Teachers who complete the program should leave with materials they can use in the next school year.

For additional information about the professional development program, contact Roger Conner at 252-328-6922 or e-mail connerr@ecu.edu. For more details on the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics, visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/new-standards/.

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