ECU career counselor receives NCACE president’s award

East Carolina University career counselor Patrick Roberts was recognized with the president’s award at the North Carolina Association of Colleges & Employers’ annual meeting in Blowing Rock May 2.

Patrick Roberts

Patrick Roberts

The award recognizes contributions to the association, career services and/or college recruitment made by an emerging leader in the field. The recipient is selected by the NCACE president with approval from the executive board.

In announcing Roberts as the winner, NCACE President Sara Concini reflected on his enthusiasm for involvement. She was impressed by his eager question, “How can I help?” at the 2012 annual meeting. Concini referred him to the conference committee, where he spearheaded sponsorship solicitation for the 2013 conference. He led the NCACE through a creative and aggressive campaign that resulted in a 10 percent increase in funds raised and five new funding sources.

Concini also quoted Roberts’ ECU colleagues, who described him as an energetic and collaborative hard worker dedicated to serving students.

A native of upstate New York, Roberts received a B.A. in history and M.S. in student personnel administration from the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College, respectively. He worked as a graduate assistant at Buffalo State College before moving to Greenville in 2011.

NCACE is a non-profit organization made up of more than 200 professionals in college and university career services roles. The association provides professional development and networking opportunities for its members to learn, connect and collaborate on initiatives related to college student success and recruitment. For more information, visit


Schmit honored with supervisor award

East Carolina University’s department of Facilities Services has recognized Ray Schmit with Utilities Services – HVAC with a 2013 Facilities Services Supervisor Award for Excellence recipient in the category of leadership.



Parent orientation materials accepted May 31

Jennifer Lewis of Fayetteville, left, sits with Ashlyn Lewis outside the Old Cafeteria building during a new student orientation event at East Carolina University. (ECU News Services photo by Cliff Hollis)

Jennifer Lewis of Fayetteville, left, sits with Ashlyn Lewis outside the Old Cafeteria building during a new student orientation event at ECU. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

East Carolina University departments with items intended for distribution to family members during new student orientation should submit materials between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. May 31 to room 010, Fleming Residence Hall.

Departments with items to share should prepare 2,200 copies of each item for the parent packets and organize staff members capable of lifting and delivering the materials.

The ECU Office of Student Transitions will compile the materials for delivery to parents during orientation. Students no longer receive paper materials; their information is compiled on a flash drive.

For additional information, contact Karen S. Smith at 328-4173 or



ECU organization collects toys for needy children

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.


Housekeepers award recipients named

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.


ECU academic advising authors win ‘best poster’ at national conference


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.