Excels event honors student achievement in Health and Human Performance

Students show the T-shirts received during a Health and Human Performance recognition event. (Photos by Chuck Baldwin)

Students show the T-shirts received during a Health and Human Performance recognition event. (Photos by Chuck Baldwin)

By Kathy Muse
College of Health and Human Performance

The East Carolina University College of Health and Human Performance celebrated its high achieving freshmen and transfer students at an Excels program Feb. 7 at Club Level, Dowdy Ficklen Stadium.

The event recognized 276 freshmen and transfer students with a GPA of 3.0 and above including 14 on the chancellor’s list, 114 on the dean’s list and 148 on the honor roll.

Waters

Waters

Health and Human Performance Associate Dean Dr. Susan McGhee welcomed the students and parents who traveled from as far as New Jersey to attend. Her remarks were followed by the keynote speaker, ECU alumnus Justin Waters.

Waters encouraged the students to continue their success at ECU. “You have to define what success is for you,” he said.

“Be a flag bearer for yourself and ECU.”

Waters graduated from ECU in 2009 with a bachelor of science in physical education and in 2011 with a master of arts in education. He is the assistant director of club sports at ECU Campus Recreation and Wellness.

Students received a certificate signed by Chancellor Steve Ballard along with a T-shirt from the college.

 

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Open House set for Family Therapy Clinic, Redditt House

An open house for the ECU Family Therapy Clinic and Redditt House: Medical Family Therapy Research Academy will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Jan. 24. Visitors may meet faculty and student interns and tour the facilities at 612 E. 10th St. in Greenville.

ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard will present the Excellence in Collaboration Award to the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base – 4 th Medical Group, which has served as a critical collaborator for the Operation Re-Entry of North Carolina Research initiatives.

The ECU Family Therapy Clinic has been a resource for families in the community for more than 20 years with an average of 2,500 people coming through the clinic’s doors each year. Clinic services include individual therapy from a systemic perspective, couple therapy, family therapy and premarital services.

The Clinic also specializes in medical family therapy to assist the entire family when one member of the family is critically or chronically ill. Employee assistance programs for small business are also available.

The ECU Family Therapy Clinic and the Redditt House: Medical Family Therapy Research Academy are part of the Department of Child Development and Family Relations in the College of Human Ecology at East Carolina University. Visit www.ecu.edu/che/cdfr for additional information or contact Dr. Lisa Tyndall at tyndalll@ecu.edu, 252-328-4206.

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Two ECU professors in the Department of Health Education and Promotion were honored for contributions to the field in November. (Contributed photo)

Two ECU professors in the Department of Health Education and Promotion were honored for contributions to the field in November. (Contributed photo)

ECU professors Michele Wallen and Jamie Williams were honored at the 65th Annual North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance Convention in Raleigh, Nov. 21-23.

Wallen received the NCAAHPERD Honor Award. This is NCAAHPERD’s highest award and is given annually to a person of high moral character and personal integrity who by their leadership and industry have made outstanding and noteworthy contributions to the advancement of athletics, health education, physical education, recreation, dance, intramurals and/or sport management in the state.

“ECU is incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Wallen and Mrs. Williams,” said Dr. Don Chaney, chair of the Department of Health Education and Promotion.  “They are not only outstanding faculty members, but they are outstanding people.”

A native of Mebane, Wallen began teaching at ECU in 2006.  She received a bachelor’s degree in physical education and biology from the University of Chapel Hill in 1996.  She earned a master’s degree in public health in 1999 and a doctorate in curriculum instruction with a concentration in teacher preparation and development in 2008 both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

“This award is recognition for what we, in the department, already know,” said Chaney. “Dr. Wallen is a state and national leader in the area of school health education and teacher preparation.”

Williams, instructor in the in the Department of Health Education and Promotion, was named the College/University Health Educator of the Year.

A native of Avenel, N.J., Williams began teaching at ECU in 2005.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in health education in 2001 and a master’s degree in health education in 2004 both from ECU.

“Mrs. Williams is an asset to our bachelors degree program in school health education,” said Chaney.

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College of Nursing launches Pirate Nurse Network at Vidant Medical Center

ECU faculty and staff met with alumni and staff at Vidant Medical Center in September to discuss initiating a Pirate Nurse Network. (Contributed photo)

ECU faculty and staff met with alumni and staff at Vidant Medical Center in September to discuss initiating a Pirate Nurse Network. (Contributed photo)

East Carolina University’s College of Nursing has partnered with Vidant Medical Center to launch its first alumni network in eastern North Carolina.

A member-driven support organization, the Pirate Nurse Network will offer educational opportunities, social and professional networking for ECU nursing graduates who work at Vidant in Greenville. Already 140 alumni have joined, and members say they are looking forward to continued growth and activities in the coming months.

“The College of Nursing is very proud of its alumni and wants to stay connected with them,” said Dr. Sylvia Brown, dean of nursing. “It is our desire that networks of Pirate nurses can be established throughout our state and beyond as a strategy to support fellow ECU nurses and a way for them to stay in close contact with our college.”

Many ECU graduates serve as clinical preceptors for students, and the network is one way to show appreciation for their service to the college, Brown said.

Mark Alexander, director of development and major gifts in the College of Nursing, is working closely with liaisons at Vidant to facilitate network events.

“Keeping our alumni connected will allow us to do a better job of spreading awareness on all of the great things that we are accomplishing in nursing education as well as raise awareness for areas of need and support,” Alexander said. “When working as a team, there is not a more dedicated group of people than nurses, especially Pirate Nurses.”

Two inaugural meetings were held at Vidant in September. New members toured ECU’s state-of-the-art nursing simulation labs on Oct. 17.

“Pirate nurses can now access an organized support system within our hospital as they share their Pirate pride and engage in educational, community service and recreational activities with nurse colleagues,” said Jessica Griffin, who serves as network liaison where she is a staff nurse in the special care nursery of the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant. Griffin also was president of the class of 2001 in the ECU College of Nursing.

Griffin worked with Dr. Linda Hofler, the medical center’s senior vice president-nurse executive, and Cathy Jackson Bunch (BSN ’94), staff development assistant in rehabilitation services and MSN student, to set up the network.

Initially, interested members were invited to complete a survey on how the network should function and activities that they would be willing to engage in with other alumni. Responses included a desire for monthly educational and professional networking events, opportunities for community service, mentorship and, in the future, scholarships. Nurses who are enrolled wear a “Pirate Nurse” badge reel on their uniforms, officials said.

Vidant Medical Center is one of four academic medical centers in the state and serves as the teaching hospital for ECU. The hospital provides acute, intermediate, rehabilitation and outpatient health services to more than 1.4 million people in 29 counties, according to its website.

Any Vidant employee and alumni of the ECU College of Nursing may contact jgriffin@vidanthealth.com or cbunch@vidanthealth.com for more information on Pirate Nurse Network.

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