Medical honor society recognizes new members, national research fellow

Four third-year medical students from the Brody School of Medicine were recently inducted into the East Carolina University chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Holly Dieu, Sam Hankins, Kendall Liner and James Washburn were elected by current chapter members based on their scholastic achievement, leadership, ethical standards, teaching, professionalism, record of service to the school and community and their potential for achievement in medicine.

“AOA uses scholastic achievement as the primary, but not the sole, basis for nomination,” said Dr. Danielle Walsh, ECU pediatric surgeon and councilor for the Brody chapter. “Class rank is a marker of academic excellence alone, but this society aims to recognize the well-rounded student who excels academically.”

Also inducted was Brody alumnus Dr. Amir Motameni, a general surgery resident at Vidant Medical Center. He was nominated by AOA’s student members after Brody medical students named him Outstanding Teaching Resident for the third consecutive year.

Additionally, first-year medical student Dioval Remonde has been named the recipient of the 2015 Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship. Remonde is the first Brody student to receive this national award, which honors a deceased, long-time administrator and honorary member of the society.

This $5,000 fellowship aims to serve as the recipient’s primary source of support, allowing them to conduct 200-300 hours of clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology, social science/health services research, leadership or professionalism activities.

Alumni Association plans event in Wilmington

The East Carolina Alumni Association will host a networking lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 19 at Dockside restaurant, 1308 Airlie Road.

Cost for the lunch is $12 for alumni association members and $22 for non-members, with registration by June 12 at PirateAlumni.com/UpcomingEvents. Attire is purple and gold business casual. Participants should bring business cards to exchange and enter for a door prize drawing.

For additional information, visit https://piratealumni.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/were-coming-to-wilmington/ or contact 252-ECU-GRAD (252-328-4723) or ecualumni@ecu.edu.

Johnson appointed director, Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series

East Carolina University professor and former English department chair Jeffrey S. Johnson was appointed director of the ECU Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.

Jeffrey Johnson

Jeffrey Johnson

He will assume the duties held by Dr. John Tucker, who guided the series since its inception in 2007.
“I am honored to have been selected by Dean William Downs as the new director for Voyages, not least of which because of my knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, Thomas Harriot,” said Johnson.

“The College of Arts and Sciences and the lecture series are, of course, named after Harriot, whose spirit of inquiry, exploration and discovery are the hallmarks of advanced learning in the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences and humanities.”
As incoming director, Johnson sees the series as an established success, but he has goals for strengthening and sustaining its future.

“Building on the successes during the first eight years of Voyages, I want to concentrate on broadening the base of interest and support for the series, both on campus and in the surrounding community. To that end, I will reach out to individuals, offices and departments across campus to locate areas of common intellectual interest and to identify ways in which we can work together,” said Johnson.

Johnson began working at ECU as chair of the college’s Department of English in 2010, a position he held through 2014. As a scholar of British Renaissance literature, Johnson’s research focuses primarily on the writings of John Donne (1572-1631).

Beginning in October 2014, he became the general editor of “The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne,” a collaborative project involving approximately 40 international scholars.

For additional information, contact Johnson at 252-328-6378 or johnsonj@ecu.edu. More information on the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series and Harriot College may be found online at http://www.ecu.edu/voyages or http://www.ecu.edu/cas.

ECU student receives Commander’s Award for Public Service

Deputy Command Psychologist Bruce Moyer, right, presents the Commander’s Award for Public Service to ECU student Justin Raines, left. (Contributed photo)

Deputy Command Psychologist Bruce Moyer, right, presents the Commander’s Award for Public Service to ECU student Justin Raines, left. (Contributed photo)

 

East Carolina University doctoral student Justin Raines received the Commander’s Award for Public Service, one of the top public service awards bestowed upon a civilian by the U.S. Department of the Army.

The award is presented to Raines for significant impact on operations of the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) through his research expertise in the Psychology Support Section from May 2013 through Dec. 2014. His work supported data management, statistical analysis and predictive model techniques to determine psychological factors that contribute to student success in the special forces qualification course for detachment commanders and the special forces combat diver qualification course.

According to the award narrative, his work “required extraordinary knowledge, adaptability and innovation in order to meet mission demands.” Raines was described as “dedicated to the mission and fully investing in supporting the development and training” of participating soldiers.

Raines is pursuing a Ph.D. in occupational health psychology at ECU.

ECU professor selected for Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

East Carolina University professor Yizhen Zhao was one of 35 recipients selected from 134 application for a Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Yizhen Zhao

Yizhen Zhao

The award includes provides seed money for junior faculty research in the amount of $5,000 with matching funding from ECU. The awards support young faculty member’s research in engineering and applied science, life sciences, mathematics and computer sciences, physical sciences or policy, management and education.

Zhao’s research interests include time series econometrics, financial economics, financial risk management and financial market microstructure. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s in economics from The Central University for Nationalities.

She is assistant professor of economics in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

ECU Marching Pirates to play Carolina Panthers halftime show

 In front, ECU alumna and former band member Elizabeth Gates lines up in front of Kelsey Blake on the field in preparation for a performance at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. (Contributed photo)

In front, ECU alumna and former band member Elizabeth Gates lines up in front of Kelsey Blake on the field in preparation for a performance at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. (Contributed photo)

The ECU Marching Pirates have been invited to perform at halftime of the Carolina Panthers home football game against the Washington Redskins this fall.

The Marching Pirates will take the field on Sunday, Nov. 22 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, said William Staub, director of the ECU Marching Pirates and associate director of bands. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

The Carolina Panthers recently contacted Staub, and the band is thrilled to perform, he said.

The last NFL game where the ECU Marching Pirates played also was at a Charlotte Panthers game in 1998, Staub said.

The Carolina Panthers kick off their 2015 season on Aug. 14 at an away game against the Buffalo Bills.

ECU College of Business Named Top Online MBA Program for Veterans

By Jennifer Brezina
For ECU News Services

U.S. News & World Report has named the College of Business at East Carolina University as one of the best online MBA programs for veterans, ranking #61 out of hundreds of schools. The rankings, now in their third year, identify 737 programs that provide veterans with high-quality, flexible online education options across eight categories.

“When veterans return to higher education they can experience unique challenges during their transition out of the military and into civilian life,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. “The Best Online Programs for Veterans are designed to help veterans balance applying, paying for and completing a degree, on top of their work and family commitments.”

The online program in the ECU College of Business has grown from a single course offering in 1998 to providing undergraduate and graduate degrees in several concentrations. Of the nearly 700 students enrolled in the MBA program for the fall 2014 semester, 75 percent attended part-time and selected online classes.

Dr. Stan Eakins, dean of the ECU College of Business, said, “We’re proud that our online business program continues to rank among the nation’s top schools for the best educational quality and value, especially when it comes to veterans. Our college values the unique contributions veterans and those serving in the military bring to our program, and we thank them for their service to our country.”

To qualify for the Best Online Programs for Veterans rankings, an online degree program had to report participation in two key programs that offer educational benefits to people with military service. The rankings methodology requires programs to belong to institutions that are certified for the GI Bill; they must also belong to schools participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program or to public institutions that charge in-state tuition for all out-of-state veterans. This year, the U.S. Department of Defense discontinued two programs that U.S. News previously factored into its analysis: the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) catalog. As a result, many more programs were included in the 2015 rankings.

To be ranked, programs also had to be among the top 75 percent of schools in the overall 2015 Best Online Programs rankings, which were released earlier this year. Those programs were assessed for various factors, including affordability, faculty credentials, student services and reputation.

Read more at http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/us-news-ranks-best-online-programs-for-veterans.

ALA accredits ECU's MLA program

The American Library Association has accredited East Carolina University’s master of library science degree program, the largest producer of school library media coordinators in the state.

ALA_accredited-seal_mediumAs a result of the accreditation, future ECU graduates and recent alumni can apply for positions in any library setting, providing greater flexibility and mobility in career choices, said Dr. John B. Harer, ECU associate professor of library science and master of library science (MLS) program coordinator.

The new designation is seen as essential to MLS graduates seeking employment in academic and public libraries. It is a required standard by the Association of College and Research Libraries. Most employers, except school libraries, require an ALA-accredited master’s for professional level positions, Harer said.

“ALA accreditation will also give students more choices to design a course of study for a specialization in a professional library career,” Harer said. “The program can now build a more dynamic curriculum so that students will be able to choose a specific skill set within the career concentrations of academic and public librarianship.”

ALA accreditation ensures that ECU has undergone a self-evaluation process, been reviewed by peers and meets standards established by the ALA and Committee on Accreditation. Students currently enrolled in the program will receive an accredited degree upon graduation as well as ECU alumni who graduated in 2015, 2014 and 2013.

ECU has been preparing library professionals since 1939. Library science is the largest program in the College of Education. Last fall, 194 students were enrolled.

The online program features high-tech and hands-on learning, providing a web-based course of study using new and emerging technologies. It is designed for students seeking employment as librarians and information professionals in pre-K through 12th grade schools, universities, community colleges and public libraries.

For more information, contact Harer at harerj@ecu.edu or 252-328-4389 or visit the website at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/idp/lsed/index.cfm.

ECU Club Baseball top seed in World Series

ECU Club Baseball team (Contributed photos)

ECU Club Baseball team (Contributed photos)

The East Carolina University Club Baseball team has advanced to the National Club Baseball Association World Series starting May 22 at Brooks Stadium in Paducah, Kentucky.

The ECU Club Baseball Pirates defeated Ohio University 6-5 May 10 to claim the 6-5 Mid Atlantic Regional Championship for the second straight year. With the tournament victory, the Pirates earned the top seed for the National Club Baseball Association World Series.

Ohio University's potential tying runner was tagged out at home in the May 22 ECU Club Baseball win.

Ohio University’s potential tying runner was tagged out at home in the May 22 ECU Club Baseball win.

ECU heads into the NCBA World Series 34-2 overall on the season, which includes a current 31-game winning streak. The purple and gold also claimed the Mid Atlantic South Conference championship with a perfect 15-0 conference record.

In the 2014 World Series, the top-seeded Pirates were upset in a first round game in Tampa before clawing back to the national semi-final game before being eliminated.

World Series games begin on May 22 with the Pirates first game at 7:30 p.m. at eighth-seeded Iowa State.

The full field for the NCBA World Series includes:

  • #1 East Carolina University
  • #2 University of Texas
  • #3 Florida State University
  • #4 Arizona State University
  • #5 Penn State University
  • #6 University of Oregon
  • #7 University of Illinois
  • #8 Iowa State University
The ECU Club Baseball wins celebrates the May 22 win.

The ECU Club Baseball wins celebrates the May 22 win.