Social work students earn nationally competitive scholarships

By Nicole Wood
College of Human Ecology

Two master of social work students were recently selected to receive nationally-competitive scholarships. Both the Christine Smith Graduate Studies Scholarship and the GlaxoSmithKline Opportunity Scholarship are awarded based on the student’s academic performance and personal or faculty recommendations.

Connor

Connor

Stacy Connor of New Bern will use the $15,000 Christine Smith Scholarship to cover the cost of her graduate degree and the exams to become a licensed clinical social worker and licensed clinical addictions specialist.

Any remaining money will help support the two years of clinical supervision required for licensed practitioners.

The Educational Foundation, with funding from the estate of Christine Smith and the members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, established the Christine Smith $15,000 Graduate Studies Scholarship for graduate level studies specializing in children and family issues.

Connor was overjoyed when she heard the news of her accomplishment.  She said she selected ECU’s School of Social Work because of its distance education program.

“I am a working professional and the DE program allowed me to work while going to class on Saturdays. I would not have been able to attend a regular track program,” said Connor. She said that she was also drawn to ECU’s nationally-accredited social work program for its focus on relationships.

“Being immersed in the clinical-community relational perspective is important when seeking licensure. ECU has one of the few programs in the nation that specialize in this form of study,” said Connor.

Unruh

Unruh

Christina Unruh of Cary, recipient of the GlaxoSmithKline Opportunity Scholarship, was selected for demonstrating the potential to succeed despite adversity. Unruh began her graduate work in another department at ECU, but in 2011 had to take a leave of absence due to a personal matter. Upon returning to East Carolina and changing her program of study, Unruh enrolled in the social work program in 2013.

Unruh explained that she too chose East Carolina because of the program’s perspective. “The clinical-community relational perspective is what drew me in initially,” said Unruh. “Its fundamental premise is that problems in living and psychological problems are almost always exacerbated by social isolation and lack of resources.”

Thankful for the opportunities the $5,000 scholarship will provide, Unruh said, “The scholarship will pay my tuition and fees which will allow me to focus on my internship and volunteer work; giving me educational opportunities all while building my résumé.”

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Aging, adult services experts to convene at ECU Sept. 12

A panel discussion on aging and adult services will be held at East Carolina University at noon Friday, Sept. 12 in the Croatan Building Green Room.

Panel participants will include Donna Creech, chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging, representatives from the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services and executives from county councils on aging.

Following the one-hour panel discussion, an additional hour is set aside for audience members to consult with panelists regarding potential partnership projects. Researchers from the ECU Office of Healthy Aging Research, Education and Services will also be on hand to discuss potential collaborations at the local and state level.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Healthy Aging Research, Education and Services in ECU’s College of Human Ecology.

For additional information, contact Director John Kerbs by telephone at 252-328-5546 or e-mail kerbsj@ecu.edu, or visit www.ecu.edu/che/ohares.

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ECU professor receives lifetime achievement award

Edgell

David Edgell

East Carolina University professor David Edgell was awarded the 2014 Board on Human Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors a nationally recognized leader with significant history of advancing human sciences in higher education.

Edgell is a professor in the ECU College of Human Ecology. The college’s dean, Judy Siguaw, nominated Edgell.

“I believe that very few individuals within the academic community have had the broad impact on humanity that Dr. Edgell has had and continues to have,” Siguaw said.

Edgell has devoted much of his career toward towards promoting tourism as an economic and social development tool for communities and nations worldwide. His experience includes explicit concern for poverty reduction and sustaining natural and built resources. His career includes leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Labor and in Travel and Tourism for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Edgell has represented the United States government as head of a delegation to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Organization of American States, the Asia-Pacific Economic Council, the Caribbean Tourism Organization and as executive director of World’s Fairs and Expositions.

He joined ECU in 2003 and developed the ECU Center for Sustainable Tourism, the largest university program of its kind in the United States. He is a  full time professor of international commerce, tourism and economic development.

Edgell has authored 10 books and more than 100 articles on tourism, trade and economic development.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is one of four awards presented annually by the Board on Human Sciences, an association of administrators of higher education units responsible for research/discovery, extension/outreach, and teaching/learning programs in the human sciences at universities across the country.

For more information on the Board on Human Sciences, member institutions, the BoHS Awards and the Award recipients go to www.TheBoHS.org.

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ECU welcomes new Disney International Program students

Participants in the ECU Disney program gather for orientation.

Participants in the ECU Disney program gather for orientation.

Bob O’Halloran from the School of Hospitality Leadership along with James Gehlhar, Julie Williams and Katie Erickson from the Office of International Affairs recently traveled to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida to deliver an orientation program for newly arrived ECU Pirates.

Forty-one students from Colombia, Ecuador and Peru will take 15 credits from the School of Hospitality Leadership while completing their Disney Internship in various positions throughout Walt Disney World.

The orientation included an overview of the online courses they will be enrolled in while in the program, which also includes a research project and internship.

This semester the students, who are in the United States on J1 visas sponsored by the university, are representing four South American institutions: Colombia’s Politecnico Grancolombiano – Bogota, Ecuador’s Universidad del San Francisco, and Peru’s Universidad  San  Ignacio  de  Loyola and Universidad Nacional San Agustin Arequipa.

For more information on the Disney International Program, contact Dr. Robert O’Halloran at ohalloranr@ecu.edu.

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Jorgensen urges parents to teach kids about money

 

Jorgensen

Jorgensen

ECU professor Dr. Bryce Jorgensen was featured on Bankrate.com, Foxbusiness.com and NASDAQ.com in an article about teaching children about money. Jorgensen said that teaching children financial literacy at early age is critical. “Money influences…marriage, children, where we work, how much we pay in interest, whether we can get a loan, how much debt we are in, a comfortable retirement,” he said.

Read the bankrate.com article. Read the Fox article.   Read the NASDAQ article.

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