Wayne Reeves, left, chair of ECU’s Organization of African American Staff, and Tia Freeman, chair of the organization’s community involvement committee, stand before a collection of toys ready for donation to needy families. (Contributed photo)
The Organization of African American Staff at East Carolina University conducted its 4th annual toy drive in December to collect items for children of local families in need. The organization acquired a list of toys needed through the Pitt County Department of Social Services, and set out to collect the items.
They acquired all items on the list and more. On Dec. 7, they delivered the collected toys and clothing to the Pitt County Social Services program manager.
The OAAS was developed at ECU as a commitment to African American staff, faculty and students on campus. Programs developed through the organization develop cultural and professional skills and experiences, wellness, networking, mentorship, community outreach, scholarship and economic prosperity.
The ECU Organization for African American Staff collected toys and clothing for needy children in the community during an annual toy drive this December.
The 2012 Fourth Quarter Housekeepers Awards for Excellence recipients, for service, are Mitchell Lane and Dennis Patrick with Academics, Herman Jenkins with Health Sciences Campus / School of Medicine, and Verna Taft with Residence Halls / Student Recreation Center.
Members of ECU’s Academic Advising Department won a “best poster” award at the National Symposium on Student Retention, held Oct. 29-31 in New Orleans.
Authors Jayne Geissler, John Trifilo, Elizabeth Coghill and Steven Asby were recognized for their work on “Kudos and Warnings: Managing 55,000+ Flag Notifications to Support Student Success.” The poster highlighted ECU’s early academic alert and response system including assessments by faculty, students and advisors.
The authors were recognized during the CSRDE Best Practices Awards Luncheon, receiving a plaque and $500 award.
At the same conference, Coghill and Geissler presented, “Politics, Logistics, and Support: The Creation and Growth of a Centralized Peer-volunteer Tutoring Center” and were invited to submit a paper that was peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in the conference proceedings.
The 2012 Facilities Services Supervisors Awards for Excellence recipients include, for service, James Lewis with Building Trades, Facilities Services – Health Sciences Campus; and for ambition, Tommy Walston with Grounds Services.
The 2012 Third Quarter Housekeepers Awards for Excellence recipients, for service, are Nora Brown and Donald Northern with academics and Steve Crandall with health sciences; and for ambition, Ivan Ward with residence halls / Student Recreation Center.