ECU College of Education hosts Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute

East Carolina University’s College of Education hosted the spring 2016 Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute on Jan. 30 for students and educators in the Latham Clinical Schools Network, a privately funded partnership that supports the enhancement of 39 school systems in eastern North Carolina.

Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Leaders board members, who represent districts in the network, and undergraduate students in the ECU College of Education attended separate workshops and sessions throughout the day.

Board members examined literacy instruction in public schools and the issues and challenges that literacy leaders and teachers face. The workshop allowed board members to share strategies for addressing challenges.

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ECU College of Education students reviewed the development and progression of literacy skills and instruction needed to pass the standard reading exam required for a teaching license in North Carolina.

The session for students included a review of the development and progression of literacy skills and instruction needed to be successful on the standard reading exam required for licensure in North Carolina.

“The institute truly helped our future teachers become more prepared to teach and reinforce literacy skills, particularly those early literacy skills and strategies focusing on word recognition and identification,” said Dr. Katherine Misulis, chair of the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education at ECU.

The Margaret Blount Harvey Institutes are planned by reading education faculty members in the ECU College of Education and sponsored by Margaret and the late Felix Harvey, and daughters Leigh McNairy and Sunny Burrows.

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ECU literacy studies students gather following a working session at the 2016 Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute held at the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville on Jan. 30.

Offered in the spring and fall, the institutes are named for Margaret Blount Harvey of Kinston, a former member of the State Board of Education, N.C. Education Research Council, N.C. School Improvement Panel and the Learning Disabilities Association of North Carolina.

Dowdy Student Store to host Grad Expo

Dowdy Student Store will host a Grad Expo for May 2016 graduates from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 and 10 and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the student store in the Wright Building on campus.

Graduating seniors can pick up caps and gowns; register for graduation; and order class rings, custom invitations, announcements and thank-you notes. Jostens, the official provider of class rings for ECU, will have samples of class rings, and representatives can help with finger sizing and original designs.

The Alumni Association, Career Services, Registrar, The Buccaneer, College of Education Office of Alternative Licensure, Custom Stoles and University Frames will be on hand with offers and information. Jostens has donated three $100 Dowdy Student Store gift cards that will be given away in a drawing. A diploma frame donated by University Frames will also be given away in the drawing. All May 2016 graduates are invited to enter; no purchase is necessary.

Graduating seniors unable to attend the Expo can visit Dowdy Student Stores after Feb. 11 to pick up their caps and gowns.

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For more information about the Expo, call 252-328-6731 or visit www.studentstores.ecu.edu.

ECU student seeks help for underprivileged children

ECU student Leon Johnson, center, is shown in December 2014 distributing gifts to underprivileged children in the community. (Contributed photo)

ECU student Leon Johnson, center, is shown in December 2014 distributing gifts to underprivileged children in the community. (Contributed photo)

East Carolina University student Leon Johnson is helping to make children’s wish lists come true for Christmas.

Johnson created “Giving Grace: Make A Christmas,” which pairs ECU students with underprivileged children in Greenville to make sure the child gets at least one present on their Christmas wish list.

In its first year in 2014, Johnson’s group was able to help about 70 children. This year, he hopes to help at least 100 or more.

Johnson, a senior in public health studies, is teaming with ECU’s Student Government Association, Black Student Union, Greek organizations and others to help children from the Little Willie Center and Operation Sunshine.

The project is named Grace for Johnson’s grandmother, who died last year.

A Christmas party and gift exchange will be held Dec. 8 in Mendenhall Student Center.

For more information or to participate, contact Johnson on Instagram at leon_asking or email johnsonle11@students.ecu.edu.

ECU psychology students support academic enhancements at Farmville Middle School

Pictured left to right are Farmville Middle School Instructional Coach Etosha Kiah; ECU SASP members Christine Rivera, Caroline Mulhare, Lauren Gaither, Katie Gitto, Erin Jackson, Hannah Wilson and Vicki Steinmetz. Kneeling in front is Farmville Middle School Principal Paul Briney. (Photo provided by Christine Rivera.)

Pictured left to right are Farmville Middle School Instructional Coach Etosha Kiah; ECU SASP members Christine Rivera, Caroline Mulhare, Lauren Gaither, Katie Gitto, Erin Jackson, Hannah Wilson and Vicki Steinmetz. Kneeling in front is Farmville Middle School Principal Paul Briney. (Photo provided by Christine Rivera.)

East Carolina University students are assisting Farmville Middle School students through tutoring and team building projects.

Approximately 10 school psychology and pediatric school psychology students in the ECU Chapter of the Student Affiliates in School Psychology (SASP) have been working with the middle school children to help them perform well academically and continue on to college.

ECU health psychology doctoral student Maribeth Wicoff said tutors provide assistance with subject matter as well as study skills, such as effective note-taking. Team building includes group discussions where students learn techniques for getting “their point across in a professional tone and expressing disagreement non-judgmentally,” she added.

While the partnership benefits students at Farmville Middle School, the ECU students are learning from the experience as well. Dr. Christy Walcott, director of ECU’s school psychology and pediatric school psychology programs, said graduate students who engage in community service enhance their areas of study and receive the added benefits of training before graduation.

Walcott noted three reasons for encouraging community service. “First, psychology is a helping profession that is strongly rooted in principals of social justice,” she said. “Second, we specifically train our students to be leaders in addressing needs and advocating for underserved populations.”

Finally, Walcott added, “We believe that graduate training is a privilege…thus participating in the community is a small way of symbolically and fundamentally giving back.”

The ECU chapter of SASP is formed under the auspices of the American Psychological Association’s Division 16. SASP is designed to keep graduate students apprised of issues pertaining to school psychology while offering activities that support their professional development and advocate for the field. For additional information about SASP, visit http://www.apadivisions.org/division-16/students/.

ECU hosts Peace.Love.Pirates.Cure event Oct. 7

East Carolina University’s Campus Recreation & Wellness will host the eighth annual Peace.Love.Pirates.Cure Cancer Awareness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Student Recreation Center. The event is free and open to ECU students, faculty and staff.

This annual Wellness Passport event promotes cancer awareness and knowledge by providing information tailored to help participants live healthy, cancer-free lives. Included are educational tables and interactive activities designed to help participants avoid skin, breast, cervical, testicular, lung and prostate cancers.

“Peace.Love.Pirates.Cure has reached over 3,500 people since it was introduced in 2007 and we expect another large turnout this year,” said Georgia Childs, associate director for Wellness Programs. “Cancer has impacted every person on our campus in one way or another. It could be the loss of a loved one or someone personally battling cancer, this event brings people together for education, friendship and support.”

Healthy snacks will be available throughout the event, and participants may win T-shirts and other giveaways.

Peace.Love.Pirates.Cure is sponsored by Campus Recreation & Wellness, Student Health Services, Student Government Association, the ECU Department of Health Education and Promotion, ECU Physicians, Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society, Colleges Against Cancer, Vidant Health and the Healthy PIRATES student organization.

For more information, contact Georgia Childs at 252-328-5172 or visit www.ecu.edu/crw.

Fall Career Fair set for Oct. 7

ECU Career Services will host the 2015 Fall Career Fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Greenville Convention Center.

More than 180 corporations from across the country are scheduled to attend the event. In addition, more than 450 recruiters will be available to discuss internships, co-op and full-time employment opportunities with students. In many cases, employers will set up or conduct interviews. The Fall Career Fair is also open to ECU students (including distance education students) and alumni.

The Career Center has held numerous career fair preparation workshops as well as one-on-one sessions with career coaches to help students prepare to interact with representatives from these companies and schools.

In addition to dressing in professional business attire, ECU Career Services offers the following suggestions to attendees:

  • Research the employers who will be attending the event and prioritize.
  • Develop and practice a power greeting.
  • Create or update your resume that has been critiqued by a career counselor and make copies to take to the fair.
  • Remember to smile, initiate a handshake and look the employers in the eye when greeting them at the event.

For additional information about the ECU Fall Career Fair, contact Karen Thompson, director of Career Services at (252) 328-6050 or visit the Career Services website at www.ecu.edu/career.

ECU Pirates urged to step outside in nationwide challenge

East Carolina University is asking all Pirates to step outside and get active through the 2015 Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge competition under way through Oct. 17. The university is competing against 58 other institutions representing 30 states.

Grants up to $1,500 will be applied toward outdoor activities on campus, and individual participant prizes are available. Grants are tied to the number of active participants who log their activities and identify ECU as their institution. For 500 participants, ECU will receive $500. If 1,000 Pirates join in, the grant increases to $1,000. For 1,500 active participants, the grant goes up to $1,500.

Participants may sign up and log in at www.oncampuschallenge.org (select East Carolina University).

Points may be earned for a wide variety of outdoor activities including walking, Frisbee golf, fishing and biking, enjoying a hammock, fishing, gardening, hunting, hiking, backpacking, running or jogging, water activities, outdoor yoga, horseshoes, bird watching and stargazing.

Organized team sports like basketball, soccer and football don’t count in the challenge. Activities must be for a minimum of 30 minutes and take place between Sept. 6 and Oct. 17.

For additional information, contact Mark Parker, assistant director for Intramural Sports and Youth & Family at (252) 328-1575 or parkerma@ecu.edu.

College of Education awards more than $475,000 in scholarships

By Terah Archie, university program associate in the College of Education

East Carolina University’s College of Education has awarded $476,000 in scholarships to 78 outstanding students for the 2015-2016 school year.

A total of 95 scholarships and awards, ranging from $400 to $20,000, were presented. Several students received multiple scholarships.

Recipients were honored Aug. 28 at the ECU College of Education Scholarship Recipient and Donor Recognition Ceremony at Rock Springs Center.

The scholarships, funded through private donations, support students while honoring and memorializing educators and the profession.

ECU’s College of Education is the largest producer of new teachers in the state and the oldest professional school on campus. The college’s mission is the preparation of professional educators and allied practitioners in business information systems, counseling, electronic media and librarianship. This fall, more than 200 students are enrolled in education programs at ECU.

Following is a list of the scholarships and awards and student recipients:

College of Education Living-Learning Community Scholarships
Four-year scholarships awarded to first year students who plan pursue a career in education.

Betty S. Abernathy Memorial Scholarship – $20,000
Kali Bousquet
Winterville, NC

Pat and Lynn Lane Education Scholarship – $20,000
Kyndall Westerbeek
Warsaw, NC

Pat and Lynn Lane Education Scholarship – $14,000
Michaela Nobels
Vanceboro, NC

Pat and Lynn Lane Education Scholarship – $14,000
Jordan Lewis Outlaw
Washington, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Haylie Byanna Dockery
Burgaw, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Makenzie Evans
Clayton, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Raleigh Forrest
Lumberton, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Elizabeth Hawley
Lucama, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Mathew Joyner
Elm City, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Hannah Lewis
Jacksonville, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Hannah Parham
Wilmington, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Mollie Pittman
Richlands, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Megan Kristina Sealy
Franklinton, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Connor Mckinley Wilkins
Washington, NC

College of Education 2015-2016 Scholarships

The Helen Armfield Crowder Scholarship – $4,000
Ayla Allen
Roseboro, NC

The Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship – $2,500
Ann Ballance
Fremont, NC

The Batton-Boyette Memorial Scholarship – $1,750
Taylor Barbour
Clayton, NC

The Frank G. Fuller Scholarship – $400
Jena Bogovich
Northumberland, PA

The Don and Linda Lassiter Scholarship (COE) – $3,000
Cheri Brown
Smithfield, NC

The Dianne and Chip Linville Doctoral Fellowship Endowment Fund – $1,000
Shannon Cecil
Greenville, NC

The Dr. Sunday Ajose Memorial Scholarship – $2,000
Brett Congleton
Winterville, NC

The Dr. Charles R. Coble Scholarship Fund – $2,500
Candice Corcoran
Eden, NC

The Carolyn C. Matthews Jones Scholarship – $4,500
Candice Corcoran
Eden, NC

The David and BJ Fisher Scholarship in Education – $1,500
Candice Corcoran
Eden, NC

The Dixie Wilson Duncan Science Education Scholarship – $1,000
Jessica Curasi
Mebane, NC

The Dr. Moses M. Sheppard Scholarship Fund – $1,000
Allison Cuthrell
New Bern, NC

The Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship – $5,000
Allison Cuthrell
New Bern, NC

The Laughinghouse-Leary Scholarship – $500
Allison Cuthrell
New Bern, NC

The Craig W. and Ruth T. Joyner Family Scholarship – $1,000
Allison Cuthrell
New Bern, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Brittany Daniels
Rocky Mount, NC

The Ellen Boone Staton Memorial Scholarship – $1,500
Elizabeth Dupree
Holly Ridge, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Margaret Ellen Edwards
Kinston, NC

The Emily S. Boyce Fellowship – $2,500
Joy Edwards
Wilson, NC

The Sheltering Home Circle of the King’s Daughters and Sons Scholarship – $2,500
Katherine Freer
Wendell, NC

The Katie Earle Owen Morgan Scholarship Endowed Fund – $2,500
Katherine Freer
Wendell, NC

The Charles and Beth Ward Scholarship in Elementary Education – $1,400
Katherine Freer
Wendell, NC

The Kay Hall Chesson Scholarship – $1,500
Michelle Gianvito
North Brunswick, NJ

The H. Frances Daniels Scholarship – $5,000
Michelle Gianvito
North Brunswick, NJ

The Thadys J. Dewar Scholarship – $1,000
Michelle Gianvito
North Brunswick, NJ

The Sally Ruth Hinton Klingenschmitt Scholarship – $400
Melyssa Gomez
Fayetteville, NC

The Becky Keith Ledford Scholarship – $2,000
Karen Gurley
Burnsville, NC

The Gina Gaillard Locklear Scholarship – $2,000
Karen Gurley
Burnsville, NC

The Dr. Suzanne Wester, M.D. Scholarship – $4,500
Derek Hamm
Snow Hill, NC

The Helen Massey Harrell Memorial Scholarship – $1,500
Gabriele Harrell
Gates, NC

The Polly Mason Strickland Education Scholarship – $1,000
Gabriele Harrell
Gates, NC

The Mary Elizabeth Austin Yancey Scholarship Fund – $5,000
Lauren Holloway
Creedmoor, NC

The Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship – $5,000
Mackinsay Howe
Smithfield, NC

The Alva Sawyer & Lee G. Williams Memorial Scholarship – $1,000
Takeiya Hudson
Robersonville, NC

The Dr. James W. Batten Research Fellow Scholarship – $2,500
Brianna Ingram
Virginia Beach, VA

The Kathy A. Taft Memorial Scholarship – $2,000
Maria Johnson
Kinston, NC

The Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship – $2,500
Melanie Koerber
Elizabeth City, NC

The Osmond Mitchell Endowment Fund – $5,000
Anthony Lassetter
Vanceboro, NC

The Linda Haddock McRae Memorial Scholarship – $5,000
Sharon Lepore
Fayetteville, NC

The James Bryant Kirkland, Jr. and Evelyn Johnson Kirkland Middle Grades Scholarship – $5,000
Mary MacRae
Fayetteville, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Sarah Marsh
Newark, DE

The Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship – $5,000
Corinne McClain
Kill Devil Hills, NC

The Edwin and Hazel Roberts Donnell Scholarship – $1,000
Rebecca McHugh
Southern Pines, NC

The Sharon Raynor Scholarship – $1,000
Danielle Mehling
Jamestown, NC

The Dr. John T. Richards Scholarship – $800
Danielle Mehling
Jamestown, NC

The Faye Marie Creegan Scholarship Endowment Fund – $1,500
Heather Modlin
Jamesville, NC

The Ralph Brimley Enrichment Fund – $3,000
Gregory Monroe
Winterville, NC

The Dr. Betty M. Long Memorial Scholarship – $2,000
Michelle Nendza
Plainview, NY

The Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship – $2,500
Michelle Nendza
Plainview, NY

The Osmond Mitchell Endowment Fund – $5,000
Michaela Nobles
Vanceboro, NC

The Jane B. Reel Education Scholarship – $1,000
Olivia Oakley
Greenville, NC

The Katie Earle Owen Morgan Scholarship Endowed Fund – $1,250
Alyssa Overton
Wilmington, NC

The Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship – $2,500
Alyssa Overton
Wilmington, NC

The Andy Roos Memorial Scholarship – $2,500
Kiana Owens
Cary, NC

The Gayle Morgan Shearer Endowment Fund – $1,000
Danielle Parrish
Middlesex, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Jessica Pinner
Winterville, NC

The Daisy Carson Latham Memorial Scholarship – $3,000
Mary-Ashley Pollard
Benson, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Rebecca Poole
Winterville, NC

The Teer-Mihalyi Academic Enrichment Endowed Fund – $2,500
Lillian Reinisch
Land O Lakes, FL

The Benjamin Scott Denton Scholarship in Special Education – $500
Lillian Reinisch
Land O Lakes, FL

The Kallam/Moore Scholarship – $1,500
Lillian Reinisch
Land O Lakes, FL

The Educators Hall of Fame Scholarship – $2,500
Meredith Sanderson
Kinston, NC

The Tom and Karen Bartik Scholarship in Science Education – $750
Hazelle Sandoval
Raleigh, NC

The Tom and Karen Bartik Scholarship in English Education – $750
Chandria Sharpe
Waxhaw, NC

The Russell-Smith Fellowship in Adult Education – $1,000
Tiffanie Simerson
Greenville, NC

The Angel Boberg-Webb Scholarship – $500
Chelsea Skurow
Charlotte, NC

The Callaree Jarvis Horton Elementary Education Scholarship – $1,000
Lanie Smith
Washington, NC

The James H. and Virginia J. Tucker Scholarship – $1,000
Haley Sparrow
Winterville, NC

The Doris Burnette Scholarship – $5,000
Avery Spey
Cary, NC

The James Bryant Kirkland, Jr. and Evelyn Johnson Kirkland Middle Grades Scholarship – $5,000
Lauren Stephens
Fayetteville, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Taunya Stevens-Johnson
Barberton, OH

The J. Worth Carter Scholarship – $900
Lauren Stone
Greenville, NC

The Mary Lois Staton Scholarship – $5,000
Chelsea Taylor
Gates, NC

The Miriam Perry Saunders Education Scholarship Fund – $5,000
Tiffany Taylor
Greenville, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Samaria Trimble
Greenville, NC

The Dr. Suzanne Wester, M.D. Scholarship – $4,500
Aleida Velasquez
Greenville, NC

The Mack and Margaret Coble Doctoral Fellowship – $2,500
Angela Wall
Mount Olive, NC

The Daisy Carson Latham Memorial Scholarship – $3,000
Jessea Waterfield
Buxton, NC

The Floyd and Pauline Mattheis Scholarship – $1,000
Kayla Watterson
Fayetteville, NC

The Catherine Jones Baggett Scholarship – $2,800
Kyndall Westerbeek
Warsaw, NC

Visit the university scholarships page for more information about each scholarship (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/universityscholarships/scholarships.cfm#a5).

 

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ECU student quoted in The Wildlife Society

Albecker (Photo from Coastal Resources Management PhD program)

Molly Albecker Photo from Coastal Resources Management PhD program)

ECU doctoral student Molly Albecker was quoted in an Aug. 28 article posted by The Wildlife Society about her research presented at the Ecological Society of America’s annual conference in Baltimore. Albecker is a student in ECU coastal resources management program.

Her research focused on adaptations in frogs to salt and brackish water.
View the article here.