ECU Bookstore Donates to Scholarship Program to Honor Fallen Soldier

Pictured left to right are Bryan Tuten, director, Dowdy Student Stores; Scott Buck, associate vice chancellor, Administration and Finance; Stephen McFadden, vice president, Perfect Promotions & More; John Palmer, merchandise and apparel manager, Dowdy Student Stores; Lt. Col. Sean Farrar, professor of military science; Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance; Steve Duncan, assistant vice chancellor for Planning, Development and Military Programs; Clint MacMiller, assistant professor of military science; Jason Schreuder, assistant professor of military science; and Joshua Moffitt, assistant professor of military science. Tuten is showing the back design of the T-shirts that were sold; McFadden is showing the front design. (Contributed photo)

Pictured left to right are Bryan Tuten, director, Dowdy Student Stores; Scott Buck, associate vice chancellor, Administration and Finance; Stephen McFadden, vice president, Perfect Promotions & More; John Palmer, merchandise and apparel manager, Dowdy Student Stores; Lt. Col. Sean Farrar, professor of military science;
Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance; Steve Duncan, assistant vice chancellor for Planning, Development and Military Programs; Clint MacMiller, assistant professor of military science; Jason Schreuder, assistant professor of military science; and Joshua Moffitt, assistant professor of military science. Tuten is showing the back design of the T-shirts that were sold; McFadden is showing the front design. (Contributed photo)

A T-shirt sale and promotion at East Carolina University raised more than $5,000 in November for a scholarship fund that honors JP Thompson, an ECU graduate who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

On Dec. 15, representatives from ECU Dowdy Student Stores and its vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, presented a check for $5,224 to Lt. Col. Sean Farrar, professor of military science, in Christenbury Gym on campus.

“Today’s donation will go a long way in enabling us to endow this scholarship, which we hope to be able to do in the spring,” Farrar said.

Accepting the donation along with Farrar were Steve Duncan, assistant vice chancellor for planning, development and military programs, and Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance, which houses the ROTC programs at ECU.

The money was raised through sales of “ECU Supports our Military” shirts at ECU Dowdy Student Stores between Veterans Day and Military Appreciation Weekend in November. A portion of the sale of each shirt was donated by Dowdy Student Stores and its vendor Perfect Promotions and More, which allotted $3 per shirt for each ordered to go toward the contribution.

Thompson was a 2002 ECU graduate and member of the U.S. Army Special Forces who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010. The deployment was his third in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While at ECU, Thompson was captain of ECU’s Army Ranger Challenge Team, which he led to a second place victory from among 40 other teams.

According to his sister, Alisa Mueller, one of Thompson’s life goals was to provide a scholarship to cadets. “Endowing this scholarship will achieve this goal and honor his memory for many years to come,” she said.

Dowdy Student Stores Director Bryan Tuten said he was pleased with the customer response and amount raised. “The Pirate fans have really come out and supported this effort. This is a very worthy cause, and it is something we would like to continue each year,” he said.

Each year, the university owned and operated bookstores sell shirts for the military appreciation football game, but this was the first year for the joint project with Perfect Promotions and the scholarship program. Stephen McFadden, vice president of Perfect Promotions and More and an ECU alumnus, said he was proud to play a role in the effort.

The check was presented by Dowdy Student Stores Merchandise Manager John Palmer, Tuten, Associate Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Scott Buck, and McFadden.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the scholarship fund may contact: ECU Advancement Office, Rachel Nichols at 328-9558, or make a check to the ECU Foundation, Greenville Center, Charles Blvd, 27858, with JP Thompson Scholarship Fund on the memo line. T-shirts are still available at Dowdy, in the Wright Building store on campus, or by calling (252) 328-6731.

ECU faculty team with community partners on issues

Graduates from EOSA are, seated left to right, Anthony Kennedy (Chemistry); Eric Anderson (Biology); Intae Yoon (School of Social Work): Alex Manda (Geological Sciences); Michael O’Driscoll (Geological Sciences): Daniel Elliott (School of Art and Design): Bomna Ko (Kinesiology); Mark Johnson (English); Nancy Winterbauer (School of Public Health); and standing, left to right, Vic Aeby (Health Education and Promotion); Alleah Crawford (Hospitality Leadership); Christine Avenarius (Anthropology); Olga Smirnova (Political Science); Jeannie Golden (Psychology); Sharon Rogers (Health Education and Promotion); Linda May (School of Dental Medicine). (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Graduates from EOSA are, seated left to right, Anthony Kennedy (Chemistry); Eric Anderson (Biology); Intae Yoon (School of Social Work): Alex Manda (Geological Sciences); Michael O’Driscoll (Geological Sciences): Daniel Elliott (School of Art and Design): Bomna Ko (Kinesiology); Mark Johnson (English); Nancy Winterbauer (School of Public Health); and standing, left to right, Vic Aeby (Health Education and Promotion); Alleah Crawford (Hospitality Leadership); Christine Avenarius (Anthropology); Olga Smirnova (Political Science); Jeannie Golden (Psychology); Sharon Rogers (Health Education and Promotion); Linda May (School of Dental Medicine). (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

 

By Crystal Baity
ECU News Services

East Carolina University faculty members who have teamed up with nine eastern North Carolina community partners to solve a wide range of issues were honored at a graduation ceremony on Dec. 8.

The new graduates of ECU’s Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy are working on projects ranging from the effects of climate change on water to empowering the elderly in Carteret, Johnston, Lenoir, Pitt and Wilson counties and the Outer Banks.

“The evidence is clear to me that engagement is central to who we are as a university,” said Chancellor Steve Ballard at the graduation ceremony.

Interim Provost Ron Mitchelson said EOSA projects are one of several ways that the university engages students and maximizes their success. By working with communities, the student and faculty experience is enriched. “Solutions that come from our understanding of the processes means more when we appropriately involve the communities that we are intending to help,” he said.

The program pairs a faculty member and a coach who previously graduated from the program with an ECU student. Each team receives $11,000 for their work. ECU now has 68 EOSA alumni from every college on campus.

“One of the important benefits of the academy is we’re able to extend faculty and student work beyond classrooms, labs and the campus to community organizations,” said Dr. Sharon Paynter, interim director of the Office of Public Service and Community Relations. “For each project, there is a community partner. The range of topics comes together around students, public service and regional transformation.”

The program started in 2009.

Business faculty report publications

Faculty in the College of Business have reported the following recent publications:

By Frederick Schadler and Jack Karns (Finance), “Supreme Court Rules on Moench Fiduciary Presumption: Courts may now Face Challenging Corporate Financial Issues,” in the Journal of Deferred Compensation: Nonqualified Plans and Executive Compensation.

By William Rowe and James Zemanek (Marketing and Supply Chain Management), “Salesperson Slotting Allowance Authority in Manufacturer-Retailer Negotiations,” in the Journal of Marketing Channels. And by Rowe, “Praise in Public, Criticize in Private? An Assessment of Performance Feedback Transparency in a Classroom Setting,” in Marketing Education Review.

By Denise E. Dickins (Accounting), “Insights on Auditor Rotation,” in the Management Accounting Quarterly.

Housekeeping/Campus Operations awards presented

The following Housekeeping Services employees have been recognized with a 2014 Housekeepers Awards for Excellence in the category of service:  Phyllis Hart and Ruby Streeter with Academics, Ann Battle with Health Sciences Campus / School of Medicine, and Brenda Hopkins with Residence Halls / Student Recreation Center.

The 2014 Campus Operations Awards for Excellence recipients are Elizabeth Mills with Facilities Service Center and Ruthie Fairbanks with Utilities Services for service and Jeremy Russell with Facilities Services Project Management for leadership.