ECU, community college faculty collaborate on science teacher recruitment

East Carolina University faculty met with faculty from 14 community colleges June 7 to discuss ways to encourage more individuals to pursue a career in science education.

Science education faculty shared ideas and information to help community college faculty advise students interested in a science education career. Assistance with transfers to ECU were also part of the conversation.

Dr. Linda Patriarca, dean of the College of Education, encouraged the collaboration. She said, “As an employee of a community college, you are strategically placed to find individuals who show promise but may not have thought about science or science teaching.”

The event served as a kick off for a new teacher initiative through which faculty from the College of Education’s Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education work with community college faculty with the ultimate goal of filling public school classrooms with highly qualified science teachers.

The following community colleges were represented: Bladen Community College, Cape Fear Community College, Carteret Community College, Craven Community College, Central Carolina Community College, College of the Albemarle, Edgecombe Community College, James Sprunt Community College, Lenoir Community College, Pitt Community College, Sampson Community College, Vance Granville Community College, Wake Technical Community College, and Wilson Community College.

Additional information about science education opportunities may be found at:


Contact:  Laura Bilbro-Berry, East Carolina University

Phone: 252-328-1123, Email:



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



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…