ECU named to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

For the fifth year in a row, East Carolina University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes exemplary community service and meaningful outcomes in the community.

The honor is the highest federal recognition that honors a university’s commitment to service and civic engagement.

The 2010 Honor Roll winners will be presented in June at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in New Orleans, La.

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/cs-studentlife/volunteer/home.cfm.

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Lifelong Learning Program kicks off May 21

A new program focused on serving the over-50 aged population of eastern North Carolina will kick off Saturday with a free program at the Murphy Center on ECU’s campus.

Sponsored by the Continuing Education Program of ECU, the new Lifelong Learning Program will hold its first event at 1 p.m. with Dr. Elliot Engel, a scholar, performer and storyteller, presenting “A Light History of the English Language.” Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.   Read more…

Public Forum on Nuclear Crisis Set for Thursday

Faculty in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Physics will discuss the science surrounding a nuclear crisis in a free, open forum “The Physics of a Reactor Emergency: What’s Happening in Japan?” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17 in the Science and Technology Building, Room C-309. The forum will include a brief presentation, followed by a question and answer session with a panel of faculty from the Department of Physics. For additional information, contact physics chairperson Dr. John Sutherland at 252-328-6739 or by email at sutherlandj@ecu.edu.

ECU to host National History Day competition

More than 250 middle and high school students are expected to participate March 30 in the regional National History Day competition at East Carolina University. Judging at the event, themed “Debate and Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, Consequences” will begin at 10 a.m. in Mendenhall Student Center. The public is invited to attend, said Chad Ross, teaching assistant professor of history.

“You’ll see the excitement and energy in these kids’ faces,” said Ross, who is in his third year of organizing the event.  Read more…

ECU to host National History Day

More than 250 middle and high school students are expected to participate March 30 in the regional National History Day competition at East Carolina University.

Judging at the event, themed “Debate and Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, Consequences” will begin at 10 a.m. in Mendenhall Student Center. The public is invited to attend, said Chad Ross, teaching assistant professor of history.

“You’ll see the excitement and energy in these kids’ faces,” said Ross, who is in his third year of organizing the event.

The regional NHD will draw students from counties east of Interstate 95. Winners will proceed to the state competition in Raleigh, which precedes the national contest in College Park, Md.

More than half a million students nationwide participate annually in NHD by writing papers or preparing exhibits, performances, websites or documentaries.

NHD helps students across the country develop critical thinking, research and presentation skills. It also fosters self-esteem and helps develop a sense of responsibility for an involvement in the democratic process.

A study released in January found that students who participated in National History Day perform better on high-stakes tests, are better writers, more confident and capable researchers, and have a more mature perspective on current events and civic engagement than their peers.

The ECU Department of History sponsors the regional contest as part of its efforts to interact with the community and bring history to people, Ross said.

To learn more about National History Day and the March 30 event, contact Chad Ross, Ph.D., teaching assistant professor of history, at 252-328-6089 or rossch@ecu.edu. More information can also be found at http://www.nhd.org.

Summer medical education program deadline nears

College students and recent graduates aiming for a career as a physician have until March 4 to apply to ECU’s Summer Program for Future Doctors.

The eight-week summer program at the Brody School of Medicine, which begins May 16, is an intensive program that lets participants experience the demands of a medical school curriculum.

The only requirement is that students be North Carolina residents. Preference is given to minorities, disadvantaged and non-traditional students, but all students are encouraged to apply.

Students should have satisfactorily completed one year of biology, chemistry and physics. Organic chemistry is strongly encouraged. The program is tuition-free, though participants are responsible for living expenses. Eligible students will receive stipends.

Applications and more information are online at http://www.ecu.edu/ascc/SPFD.cfm.

Pass Clinic

PASS Clinic Provides Low Cost Services

East Carolina University has opened a psychological training and clinic facility providing low cost treatments in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, healthy weight management, smoking cessation and women’s health.

The new ECU Psychological Assessment and Specialty Services Clinic, directed by Tony Cellucci, will treat patients while at the same time training doctoral students under the supervision of licensed psychologists.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a treatment approach that helps patients manage issues with drugs and alcohol as well as dealing with emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Healthy weight services for all ages provide a focus on small lifestyle changes, while addressing thoughts, behaviors and emotional factors related to weight gain. Smoking cessation helps patients reduce or stop the use of tobacco and nicotene. Both the healthy weight services and smoking cessation services are NCFLEX approved.

Women’s health services provide therapy related to stress or mental health issues, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorders, or difficulty with relationships, fertility or chronic pain.

The clinic is in Room 311, Rawl Building on the ECU campus. For additional information about the clinic, contact the clinic office at (252) 737-4180.