ECU professor receives national educator award

An East Carolina University professor in the College of Human Ecology received a national award at the American Hotel and Lodging Association Summer Summit in Houston June 19.

Deale

Deale

Cynthia Deale was presented the 2013 Lamp of Knowledge Award for Outstanding Educator in the United States from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.

Deale is an associate professor in ECU’s School of Hospitality Leadership and an affiliate faculty member of ECU’s Center for Sustainable Tourism. Her research interests include teaching and learning in hospitality and tourism, hospitality tourism management practices, service and sustainable hospitality.

Deale is a past president of the Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education and a long-time supporter of the educational institute’s certified hospitality educator program. She is one of the first professors to incorporate guest service gold and the certified guest service professional into her introduction to hospitality curriculum. She was also a significant contributor to the development of the STAR certification in hotel industry analytics, which was introduced to college and university hospitality programs this year.

For additional information about the American Hotel and Lodging  Educational Institute, visit https://www.ahlei.org/.

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Interior Design and Merchandising students receive national scholarships

By Sara Hocutt
College of Human Ecology

Two East Carolina University students in the College of Human Ecology were selected for nationally-competitive 2013-14 scholarships based on academic performance, industry engagement and faculty recommendations.

Truehill

Truehill

Interior design student Angela Truehill was one of six recipients in the nation to receive the Celia Moh Scholarship, which pays full tuition, room, board and fees.  Entrepreneur Laurence Moh, founder of University Furniture and Fine Furniture Design, created the Celia Moh scholarship program in 2001 to honor his wife.

Merchandising student Shelby Richards received the National Retail Foundation’s Ray M. Greenly Scholarship, which includes a $5,000 payment towards her school expenses. Richards will also represent ECU at the Shop.org Annual Summit in Chicago in September.

Truehill, a rising senior, said she was overjoyed with the news about the scholarship and excited about finishing her degree to become an interior designer. “Receiving this scholarship . . . will allow me to devote more of my attention to studying interior design, instead of working to pay for college,” she said.

Richards

Richards

Richards noted that the scholarship will open new opportunities for her in the fashion merchandising industry. “My plans are to go to a big city and work with a large retail corporation as a buyer. Attending the Shop.org summit will put me in contact with merchandising professionals from around the country. What an awesome opportunity to get my name out there,” she said.

For more information on the Department of Interior Design and Merchandising, its students and programs, visit www.ecu.edu/che/idmr.

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ECU FoodMASTER Camp instills a love for food, science, and math

By Nicole Wood
College of Human Ecology

Twenty-eight middle grade students from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pitt County will receive hands-on math and science experience through ECU’s FoodMASTER Summer Science Camp in June (6/24-28) and July (7/8-12).

The students will cook and garden under the direction of hospitality leadership and

Dr. Melani Duffrin

Dr. Melani Duffrin

nutrition science faculty and students. Students will spend the week learning the science and math concepts involved in cooking, gardening, and nutrition.  By the end of the week they have will have reviewed concepts in the fields of biology, chemistry, horticulture, nutrition science and math all while having fun in the kitchen and garden.

FoodMASTER Summer Science Camp partners with Boys and Girls Club; A Time for Science, the nature and science learning center in southern Pitt County; and Save a Sea Turtle Foundation to offer the camp. Prior to FoodMASTER Camp, the children spend a week at A Time for Science learning about water quality and conservation.

Melani Duffrin, FoodMASTER principal investigator and ECU professor of nutrition science, and Virginia Carraway-Stage, FoodMASTER director and assistant professor of nutrition science, are leading the initiative to create and test a FoodMASTER curriculum for middle graders in North Carolina. The summer science camp is part of that project.

FoodMASTER Summer Science Camp Director Jacqueline De Chabert-Rios is an assistant professor of hospitality leadership.  David Rivera, Jr., associate professor of hospitality leadership, also helps with camp efforts.

FoodMASTER has received over $2.7 million in funding from the National Institutes for Health’s (NIH) Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) to develop, implement, and disseminate food-based curriculums and materials to K-12 teachers in North Carolina and beyond. The FoodMASTER curriculum incorporates food activities into Common Core Standards for math and science.

FoodMASTER was created in 1999 by Duffrin along with Sharon Phillips, an Ohio elementary school teacher, to bring science, math, and nutrition concepts to life through activities using common household items such as measuring cups and spoons, cereals, flour, fruits, vegetables, and milk.

Learn more at www.FoodMASTER.org.

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ECU alum named Winterville police chief

Willhite

Willhite

East Carolina University alumnus Ryan Willhite was named Chief of Police for the town of Winterville in May 2013.

Willhite graduated from ECU’s master’s degree program in criminal justice and political science. He has served as a Greenville police officer and the law enforcement training coordinator at Pitt Community College.

Willhite is a member of the 25th Marine Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps.

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ECU professor named NASSM research fellow

By Kathy Muse
Health and Human Performance

Dr. Stacy Warner, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at East Carolina University, was named a research fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management.

Stacy Warner

Stacy Warner

Warner received the honor May 30 at the 2013 NASSM conference in Austin, Texas.

“The NASSM Research Fellow designation signifies a very high level of achievement in research,” said Dr. Stacey Altman, chair of the Department of Kinesiology.

Research fellow status recognizes NASSM scholars by honoring their achievement in sport-related scholarship disseminated to the field.

The designation is one of distinction and recognizes high standards of research and other forms of scholarship among NASSM’s members.

“It is impressive that Dr. Warner received this honor so early in her career,” said Altman.

Warner’s research focuses on organizational structures that optimize community building and development in a way that improves the life quality for sport participants, sport employees, fans, and residents.

“I am humbled to receive this honor,” said Warner.  “I’ve had the privilege of working alongside and being trained and mentored by some of the best scholar’s in the field,” she continued.

“This award is a reflection of the investment they made in me and a credit to ECU’s Department of Kinesiology for providing an environment in which research can thrive and excellence is expected,” said Warner.

A native of Osceola Mills, Pa., Warner began teaching at ECU in 2010.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education/sport administration from Lock Haven University in 2000.  She received a master’s degree in exercise and sport science-sport administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001 and a doctorate in sport management from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010.

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