Three honored by School of Social Work

East Carolina University’s School of Social Work honored three social work practitioners at the sixth annual Alumni and Friends Celebration at the Holiday Inn in Greenville on Nov. 13.

Lauretta Lewis was recognized with the Distinguished Faculty Legacy Award. Lewis joined the ECU Department of Social Work and Corrections in 1974. She received bachelor’s degrees in social work and psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Lewis was the recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health scholarship to pursue studies in mental health and geriatrics. She also pursued postgraduate studies at the Gerontology Center at the University of Michigan.

She was named to a six-year term as a Danforth Associate by the National Danforth Foundation based on her expertise and activity in scholarship. She was appointed to the Caswell Developmental Center’s Human Rights Committee Secretary of State Sarah Morrow. She served as a regional faculty liaison for the National Association of Social Work Education and board member for the North Carolina Council on Social Work Education.

Mona Townes was recognized with the Rising Star Alumni Award. Townes serves as the mobile crisis director at Integrated Family Services. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and certified by the National Council on Behavioral Health as a facilitator for Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid.

She serves as a training instructor for the local Crisis Intervention Team and presents training on behavioral health. Townes received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from ECU.

Renee’ Pearson was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Pearson received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and social work and a master’s degree in social work from ECU. She is dually licensed by the state of North Carolina as a clinical social worker and clinical addiction specialist. She is the founder and owner of the Pitt County Counseling, PLLC in Greenville and has over 25 years of experience in social work.

Pearson’s clinical skills include working with issues related to perinatal health, gender, trauma, and sex offending behaviors. She provides educational instruction to social work and human service students at ECU and Edgecombe Community College. She serves as faculty advisor for the Human Services Club at ECC.

Pearson’s education and career has always focused on her passion for working with children, women, and families.

– Kathy Muse


ECU student awarded BCIA certification scholarship

An East Carolina University student was one of six recipients nationwide to receive a prestigious scholarship.

Christina Brown-Bochicchio

Christina Brown-Bochicchio

Doctoral student Christina Brown-Bochicchio received the 2015 Francine Butler Scholarship from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. The scholarship covers fees for BCIA certification in biofeedback and honors the contributions of Dr. Francine Butler, former executive director of BCIA.

Brown-Bochicchio of Calif. is pursuing a degree in rehabilitation counseling and administration in the College of Allied Health.

She works as a clinical coordinator in the Center for Applied Psychophysiology in the College of Health and Human Performance.


Excels program celebrates student achievement

ECU alumnus Eric Kosco was keynote speaker at the Excels event.

ECU alumnus Eric Kosco was keynote speaker at the Excels event.

The East Carolina University College of Health and Human Performance celebrated its high achieving freshmen and transfer students at an Excels program Feb. 20 at Club Level, Dowdy Ficklen Stadium.

The event recognized 334 freshmen and transfer students with a GPA of 3.0 and above including 25 on the chancellor’s list, 134 on the dean’s list and 175 on the honor roll.

Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance welcomed the students and parents. “HHP has a long history with interesting and challenging career options,” he said.

His remarks were followed by the keynote speaker, ECU alumnus Eric Kosco.

Kosco graduated from ECU in 2013 with a bachelor of science in athletic training and is pursuing a degree in physical therapy.

Megan Warfield of Hickory, exercise physiology major, and her parents attended.  “This event makes me feel good about my hard work,” she said.

Students received an HHP t-shirt following an activity that allowed them meet peers and faculty in the college.

ECU student Megan Warfield

ECU student Megan Warfield


In Memoriam – Jimmy Grimsley



Dr. Jimmy Grimsley, ECU alumnus and faculty emeritus, passed away Jan. 28. He was 70.

Grimsley joined the ECU faculty in 1967 to teach and serve as head coach of both tennis and soccer for men. Following a brief leave of absence to earn his doctoral degree from the University of Georgia in 1972, he returned to ECU, where he continually taught for more than 40 years in the Department of Kinesiology.

He was known for his outstanding memory, student advising and mentoring of former students. He was a mentor and friend to his colleagues. His sincerity and practical advice were valued by many.

As an associate professor, he served as director of graduate studies, director of clinical experiences, and coordinator of physical education programs. He contributed significantly to the University through his service on search, accreditation and other committees, including the President’s Advisory Committee, Faculty Senate, and the Graduate School.

He was a strong supporter of ECU and Pitt County Schools athletics. He served as the scoreboard operator at ECU football and basketball games for several decades.

Above all else, he cared about students and was a strong and effective student advocate. He leaves a legacy as a caring, knowledgeable, well-loved professor, who understood the field of physical education. He will be missed in the hallways of Minges Coliseum.

Gifts may be made payable to the ECU Foundation, Inc. for The Jimmie Grimsley Scholarship and mailed to:

Tammy C. Garris

Greenville Centre, Room 2211

East Carolina University

2200 South Charles Blvd.

Greenville, NC 27858

Mail Stop 301


Recreation, leisure studies professor inducted in national academy



Dr. Richard Williams, associate professor in ECU’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, was named fellow of the National Academy of Recreational Therapists. He was inducted during the national organization’s annual conference Sept. 15 in Oklahoma City.

Williams earned an undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Georgia. He joined the ECU faculty in 2000.

Williams received the University Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2006 and the UNC Board of Governor’s Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award in 2013.

His scholarly interests include public policy and research into the efficacy of recreational therapy.

The National Academy of Recreational Therapists is an honorary organization composed of the most accomplished leaders who have made significant and sustained contributions to the profession of recreational therapy.


ECU professor receives gubernatorial appointment

By Kathy Muse
Health and Human Performance

Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed East Carolina University assistant professor Dr. Beth Chaney to the North Carolina Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Prevention and Treatment Task Force.



The task force consists of 20 members appointed for a two-year term.

“I am honored to be appointed to the Governor’s task force and am hopeful that we will make positive impacts related to substance abuse and underage drinking prevention,” said Chaney.

Chaney leads a team of ECU researchers in an alcohol field study conducted in downtown Greenville.  The study results will provide important data related to drinking behaviors of over 1,000 bar patrons for the task force to consider when developing recommendations for approaches to address the hazardous drinking issues in North Carolina.

“The behaviors associated with high-risk drinking are complex. Solutions to this problem will demand a multileveled approach, involving changes not only at the individual level, but also at the institutional, community and policy levels,” said Chaney.

Members are charged with preparing a comprehensive plan to address the underage sale and use of alcohol and drugs, risky behaviors and substance abuse among collegians.  Additional work includes providing treatment and recovery services for individuals struggling with substance abuse, according to the executive order which created the task force. “I look forward to working with the task force members to begin to develop strategies for tackling these problems, said Chaney.”

“Substance abuse and underage drinking are critical public health concerns,” said Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance.  “Beth’s service on this task force will add a researcher that understands the behavior of this important population as well as practical approaches to address the issues.”

The task force will build on statewide prevention, treatment and enforcement initiatives implemented by the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission, Alcohol Law Enforcement Division, the Department of Health and Human Services and the UNC system.

The governor signed the executive order at ECU May 14.  ECU is one of six University of North Carolina campuses that will take part in a pilot program that will emphasize prevention and treatment.

Chaney earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in health studies from The University of Alabama.  She received a doctorate in health education from Texas A&M University.


ECU kinesiology student receives national award

Thomas Mahar

Thomas Mahar (Photo by Chuck Baldwin)

East Carolina University student Thomas Mahar was selected as the National American Kinesiology Association Undergraduate Scholar for 2014.

This is the first year that the AKA selected a national winner. Mahar was chosen out of 24 nominations submitted from universities across the country.

The award honors the student whose academic and leadership records are judged to be the most distinctive. Nominees must demonstrate an exceptional interest in the field of kinesiology by undertaking independent or guided research, assuming leadership positions, and having the potential for making a significant impact on the field.

“The opportunities to participate in research including study design, data collection, and presentation have helped me appreciate the entire research process and how important research can be to the quality of life,” said Mahar.

As an undergraduate student, Mahar participated in more than ten scholarly presentations on topics such as complex movement and cognitive function and physical activity assessment by accelerometers and commercially available activity monitors.

He received the ECU Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award in 2012 and 2014.

Mahar graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology, Department of Kinesiology, in the College of Health and Human Performance on May 9.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Mahar competed well and ultimately won against students across the nation because of the individualized undergraduate research experiences he had leading to presentations and publications,” said Dr. Stacey Altman, chair of the Department of Kinesiology.


Scholarship awards presented at April 4 breakfast

Suzanne Pecheles, left, and Brian Pecheles are shown with Courtney Riddle, recipient of The Pecheles Automotive Group Scholarship. (Contributed photo)

Suzanne Pecheles, left, and Brian Pecheles are shown with Courtney Riddle, recipient of The Pecheles Automotive Group Scholarship. (Contributed photo)

The College of Health and Human Performance at East Carolina University presented approximately $100,000 in scholarship awards to 94 students during the Pecheles Automotive Group scholarship breakfast April 4 at the ECU Murphy Center.

This is the 10th consecutive year that Pecheles Automotive Group has sponsored the event.

“We are proud to sponsor this event that recognizes a growing number of scholarship recipients,” said Brian Pecheles, president of the Pecheles Automotive Group.

The scholarships ranged from $250 to $2,000 each and were granted to students enrolled in the College of Health and Human Performance for the 2014-2015 academic year. Private donations fund the scholarships, created to honor outstanding faculty and friends of the college.

“We are grateful for the generosity of the Pecheles Automotive Group,” said Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance.  “In partnership with this successful business leader, we can gather together benefactors and students.  Scholarship recipients learn about why others give back and donors hear firsthand how their gifts make a difference.  This event is of mutual benefit on both sides of the table.”

Nearly 300 people attended the breakfast, including scholarship recipients, their guests, scholarship donors, advancement council members, faculty and staff.

The following students were recognized:

University Book Exchange Scholarship:   Taylor Gates

William E. Cain Scholarship:   Crystal Odom and Breanna Whitehurst

The Pecheles Automotive Group Scholarship:   Courtney Riddle

Emilie Tilley Scholarship:   Morgan Lawson, Emily LeBuhn and LaNecia Thompson

Walter and Marie Williams Scholarship:  Ashley Isaman, Kristen Jones, Kasie King, Samantha Niland and Hunter Staup

Jimmy E. Creech Graduate Fellowship: Michael Bell, John Freeman and Jacob Schaffer

John P. and Harriet I. Hudson Scholarship:  Morgan Bralley

Captain Christopher Cash Memorial Scholarship:  Latasha Easter, Jenna Potter, Brittany Talbot, Melvin Hardy and Tracy Floyd

David Alexander Scholarship:  Madison Keesling

Abeyounis Family Scholarship: Christopher Mygrant

Jane B. Waller Scholarship:  Travis Haysley

HHP Advancement Council Scholarship:  Alexandra Beamon, Emma Brown, Mikayla Huf,

Madison Josey, Jaclyn Parker, and Kenneth Quinlan

George F. Whitfield Scholarship:   Sidney Chadwick

The Clement Companies Scholarship:  Joshua Lawrence

Harold H. Bate Endowed Scholarship:  Sarah Coccia

Carol Stamper Memorial Scholarship:  Aleaha Tayoun and Pui Ki Lam

Dr. Jerry McGee Scholarship:  Olivia Holden

G. Brantley and Barbara F. Aycock Scholarship:   Geoffrey Cash

Gay Blocker Scholarship:   William Myatt

George Williams Memorial Scholarship:   Holden Adams

Nell Stallings Scholarship:   Amanda Glowacki

Catherine A. Bolton Scholarship:   Samuel Shepperd

Dr. Jimmie R. Grimsley Scholarship:   Katherine Gray

Mike Bunting Scholarship:   Holly Johnson

Ernest Schwarz Memorial Scholarship:   Nicholas Jones

Merry Sandra Aycock Kennedy Scholarship:   Antravius Mitchell-Fuentes

Jim and Wendy Dill Scholarship:  Allison Tamney and Carson Shepard

Catherine V. McCulley Memorial Scholarship:   Carmen Moyer

Ronnie P. Barnes Scholarship:   Bethany Pirtle

Athletic Training Alumni Scholarship:   Kathryn Malatestinic

Mike Bunting Scholarship:   Spencer Sanderson

Mollie Berry Davenport Scholarship:   Nia Williams

Patricia C. Dunn Scholarship:   Shikha Malla

Trenton and Kay Davis Scholarship:    Megan Hare

Henry VanSant Memorial Scholarship:   Shelby Hairston

Rick and Linda Barnes Scholarship:   Johnny Signorelli

Jamie and Jonathan Williams Scholarship:   Michelle Fasano

Chenoweth & Associates Scholarship:   Jaclyn Glosson

James Mulligan Memorial Scholarship:  Christa Sanderford

Charles A. Vincent Memorial Scholarship:   Tina Brown

Mike Bunting Scholarship:   Savannah Welborn

Keene Spirit of Service Scholarship:  Kara Tucker

Peggy Pruett Cromer Scholarship:   Chelsea Turner

Michael Duquette Scholarship:  Tori Pinchuk

Michael and Joni Bass Scholarship:  Taylor Barbour

Robert L. Jones Scholarship for Wounded Warriors:  Dominiquie Clemmons-James and Brenton  Laing

LTC Colonel Daniel and Heather Heape Scholarship:  Cadet Steven Hamilton

Colonel Joseph G. Cincotti Memorial Scholarship:   Cadet Mikayla Paluzzi

Captain David “JP” Thompson Memorial Scholarship:   Cadet Brandon Burton

Colonel Mattie Parker Scholarship:   Cadet Emily Smith

Ruth Glass Bunting Scholarship:   Cadets Taylor Kehoe and Samantha Swehla

Mike Bunting Scholarship:   Cadet Vincent Holthouse

Walter and Marie Williams Scholarship:   Cadets Skyler Stoddard and Bradley Shepard

Archie Burnett Scholarship:   Cadets James Sloss and John Kistler

Chief Master Sergeant Robert L. Smith Scholarship:    Cadets James Hunter and Joshua Cole

The ‘High Flight’ Spirit Scholarship:    Cadet Travis Paul

Keith and Janie Oliphant Scholarship:    Cadets Danielle Olecki and Hussein Qureshi

Kirk and Dasha Little Scholarship:    Cadet Clayton Brock

Bill & Nancy Miller Scholarship:    Cadet Ean Lisk

Lt. Colonel Ed Tadlock Scholarship:    Cadet Renard Hamlette

General Gary North Scholarship:    Cadet Grace Nickel

Colonel J. Worth Carter DMSS Scholarship:   Cadet Dakota Givens

Major General William Dutch & Norma Holland Scholarship:   Cadet Danielle Klavik

Mike Bunting Scholarship:   Cadets Breanna Swartout, Breanna Dean, and Kenneth Bridges

Archie Burnett Scholarship:  Cadets Jonathan Jeffries and Kylan Rogers

Clifton Boyd Scholarship:  Cadet Louie Wilkerson


Altman elected to AKA board

Dr. Stacey Altman, chair of the Department of Kinesiology, has been elected to The American Kinesiology Association Board of Directors.


The board and an executive committee oversee the organization, which promotes kinesiology as a unified field of study and advances its many professional applications.AKA does this by advocating for kinesiology at national and international levels and by providing its member departments with resource materials, leadership and educational opportunities.

“This election demonstrates the high opinion her colleagues have for her and the leadership she provides to one of the best Kinesiology Departments in the country,” said Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance.

Altman will serve on the board for a three-year term from 2014 to 2017.

At ECU since 2002, Altman became chair of the Department of Kinesiology in 2008.  Altman earned an undergraduate degree from Coastal Carolina University and a master’s at the University of Georgia. She earned a doctorate in law from the University of Alabama.