Upcoming ECU grad inspires on Asheville television report

Felicia Buckner is pictured during her student teaching. (Image from WLOS)

Felicia Buckner is pictured during her student teaching. (Image from WLOS)

East Carolina University student Felicia Buckner, who will graduate from ECU with a bachelor’s in education this week, was featured in Asheville television news station WLOS-13′s ‘Person of the Week” feature.

Buckner completed her degree following a motorcycle accident that left her with brain trauma, a broken back and a collapsed lung. Her husband died in the accident.

Read more and watch the video of Buckner’s story as told by WLOS.

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Subash named winner of Bassman Honors Thesis Award

East Carolina University student Jacob Subash was named the winner of the 2014 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award, hosted by Joyner Library.

Jacob Subash

Jacob Subash

Subash’s research, “Protein synthesis regulation in the germ line affects gamete differentiation,” was completed under the direction of Dr. Brett Keiper, associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the Brody School of Medicine.

As an undergraduate, Subash was honored as an EC Scholar, a recipient of the Brody School of Medicine Early Assurance Award and the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Senior for 2012-13. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biochemistry in May 2013.

Honorable mentions were awarded to Mukund Patel, for work completed under the direction of Dr. Stefan Clemens, associate professor in the Department of Physiology at the Brody School of Medicine and Chelsea Hughes, for her thesis completed under the direction of Dr. Derrick Wirtz in the Department of Psychology.

Members of the ECU community are invited to attend the Bassman Award Ceremony, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. Dec. 4 in Room 2409, Joyner Library.

 

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ECU Campus Kitchen joins nationwide ‘Turkeypalooza’

ECU Campus Kitchen volunteers Serdaria McKinnon-Smith, Shoneice Sconyers and Katie Crifasi, from left, check the temperature on hamburgers to be served at the Ronald McDonald House during a 2011 food preparation event. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

ECU Campus Kitchen volunteers Serdaria McKinnon-Smith, Shoneice Sconyers and Katie Crifasi, from left, check the temperature on hamburgers to be served at the Ronald McDonald House during a 2011 food preparation event. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

East Carolina University student volunteers are joining in a nationwide effort to feed the hungry through the ECU Campus Kitchen’s participation in Turkeypalooza 2013.

ECU students are joining their counterparts across the country in collecting food items to be used in prepared meals and/or food supplies delivered to community partners for holiday meal distribution.

At the Campus Kitchen at ECU, Turkeypalooza activities will include a holiday dinner at the JOY Soup Kitchen Nov. 21 and delivery of holiday meals to 22 families from Operation Sunshine Nov. 25. The 22 families were sponsored by ECU departments and student organizations.

Last year, Campus Kitchens participating in Turkeypalooza served nearly 5,000 extra meals in addition to the 21,000 meals they serve on average each month. During the last academic year, ECU’s Campus Kitchen transformed 1,226 pounds of food into 1,614 healthy meals serving residents of Greenville, NC who are struggling with food insecurity.

Founded in 2001, the Campus Kitchens Project is a national organization that empowers student volunteers to fight hunger in their community. On 33 university and high school campuses across the country, students transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers’ markets into meals that are delivered to local agencies serving those in need.

By taking the initiative to run a community kitchen, students develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills, along with a commitment to serve their community, that they will carry with them into future careers. Each Campus Kitchen goes beyond meals by using food as a tool to promote poverty solutions, implement garden initiatives, participate in nutrition education, and convene food policy events.

More details about the national organization is available at www.campuskitchens.org.

To help the ECU Campus Kitchen meet their food donation goal, contact Teresa Dantzler, Campus Kitchen graduate assistant, at 252-737-1670 or email campuskitchens@ecu.edu.

 

 

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ECU research awarded at conference

ECU graduate student Jessica Handloff, mentored by Dr. Christine Avenarious in the Department of Anthropology, received an award for the best research poster in a conference this month at Texas Tech University. (Contributed photos)

ECU graduate student Jessica Handloff, mentored by Dr. Christine Avenarius in the Department of Anthropology, received an award for the best research poster in a conference this month at Texas Tech University. (Contributed photos)

Research completed by faculty and students in ECU’s Department of Anthropology was named the best research poster presented at the Engagement Scholarship Symposium held Oct. 8-9 at Texas Tech University. ECU anthropology graduate student Jessica Handloff, a member of ECU’s Student Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy, designed the poster .

The research displayed on the poster was collected under the guidance of ECU anthropology professor Dr. Christine Avenarius, who developed the project proprosal and assisted Handloff in collecting data. Handloff then designed the poster based on the community engagement aspect of the project. She represented ECU, the Department of Anthropology and SEOSA at the conference.

The poster was titled “Community Participation in Risk Management: Exploring Suitable Adaptations to Storm Water Flooding in Nags Head, N.C.” Research focused on community response and communication styles among stakeholders seeking solutions to the flooding problems.

The SEOSA program for ECU graduate students is part of the ECU Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy, which pairs students with faculty to encourage the scholarship of engagement through workshops and research mentoring programs. For additional information about the academy, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/chancellor/Engagement-and-Outreach-Scholars-Academy.cfm.

Handloff accepts the best research poster award at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium at Texas Tech University.

Handloff accepts the best research poster award at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium at Texas Tech University.

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APA honors ECU geography student

East Carolina University geography student Bryn E. Terry was named the American Planning Association – North Carolina Chapter’s Outstanding Student at the 2013 Marvin Collins Planning Awards Ceremony in Winston-Salem Sept. 19.

Terry is a planning major with an outstanding GPA. She participates in sustainable tourism projects along Eastern North Carolina rivers and has conducted research to identify areas underserved by medical facilities and personnel.

The North Carolina Marvin Collins Planning Awards annual recognize agencies and individuals who have completed outstanding projects, excelled as planning students or made notable contributions to the planning profession. The awards signify the highest standards of achievement for planning in North Carolina, and highlight work that is worthy of attention.

The awards program is named in honor of the late Marvin Collins, a former planning director for Orange County. Collins developed the idea for the program in 1975.

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