ECU welcomes new Disney International Program students

Participants in the ECU Disney program gather for orientation.

Participants in the ECU Disney program gather for orientation.

Bob O’Halloran from the School of Hospitality Leadership along with James Gehlhar, Julie Williams and Katie Erickson from the Office of International Affairs recently traveled to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida to deliver an orientation program for newly arrived ECU Pirates.

Forty-one students from Colombia, Ecuador and Peru will take 15 credits from the School of Hospitality Leadership while completing their Disney Internship in various positions throughout Walt Disney World.

The orientation included an overview of the online courses they will be enrolled in while in the program, which also includes a research project and internship.

This semester the students, who are in the United States on J1 visas sponsored by the university, are representing four South American institutions: Colombia’s Politecnico Grancolombiano – Bogota, Ecuador’s Universidad del San Francisco, and Peru’s Universidad  San  Ignacio  de  Loyola and Universidad Nacional San Agustin Arequipa.

For more information on the Disney International Program, contact Dr. Robert O’Halloran at

Brody names new chair of Family Medicine

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University has announced that Dr. Chelley Kaye Alexander has been hired to chair the Department of Family Medicine, effective August 11.



Alexander brings with her a wealth of teaching, clinical, administrative and research experience. She comes to Brody from the Department of Family Medicine in the College of Community Health Sciences at the University of Alabama, where she has served as department chair since 2006 and as assistant dean for Graduate Medical Education since 2005.

She earned her undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Davidson College in 1990 and completed her medical degree in 1996 at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Her residency training was with Tuscaloosa Family Practice Residency in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Additional faculty development pursuits include a Rural Health Research Junior Investigator Program (2003-2004) and a National Institute Program Director Development Fellowship (2004-2005).

Alexander’s numerous academic and administrative appointments include serving as the Designated Institution Official, serving on the Board of Visitors Resident Education Committee and as the director of the Sports Medicine Clinic at the University of Alabama. Included among her teaching innovations and clinical work is the development of seven separate hands-on procedure workshops for residents to improve procedural training, and a medical home designed to reduce cost and improve quality of care for 30,000 Medicaid patients.

Her research efforts include several peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, national presentations and completed clinical trials.  In addition, she has a special interest in asthma, patient-centered medical homes, quality improvement and clinical teaching methodology.

Alexander will replace Dr. Kenneth Steinweg as leader of ECU’s Department of Family Medicine. Appointed chair in June 2009, Steinweg played a critical role in the department’s smooth transition into the new Family Medicine Center in 2011. Fully accredited programs in geriatrics and sports medicine were developed under his leadership and the Family Medicine residency program grew from 30 to 36 residents.

Steinweg will return full-time this fall to the department’s Division of Geriatrics. He called Alexander “a great fit for Brody.”


Cotterill named division director of Pediatric Dentistry at ECU



Christopher A. Cotterill has been appointed division director of Pediatric Dentistry in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. Cotterill assumed his new role July 1 following a national search.

Cotterill joined the ECU pediatric dentistry faculty in 2012, following three years as a pediatric dentist in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia. He previously served as part-time clinical faculty member in the pediatric dentistry residency program at the University of Kentucky and operated a pediatric dental private practice near Lexington, Kentucky. During Cotterill also served on the Board of the Bluegrass Dental Society and as the liaison to the State Board for the Kentucky Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

“Dr. Cotterill is a terrific teacher and a wonderful and skillful practitioner. He is a board certified pediatric dentist who brings enthusiasm, dedication, energy and expertise to his teaching and his patient care,” said Stuart Josell, chair of ECU’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.

As a clinical assistant professor, Cotterill has been instrumental in developing the pediatric dental pre-clinical and clinical curriculum for pre-doctoral students. He has helped develop the pediatric dental component for residents in the advanced education in general dentistry program, and he is actively involved in planning the school’s pediatric dental residency program.

“I am thrilled, honored, and humbled by being selected as the division director of Pediatric Dentistry at ECU,” said Cotterill. “I eagerly anticipate overseeing the division through its growth as it strives to educate general dentists and specialists to provide dental services for underserved communities in North Carolina.”

Cotterill earned a doctor of dental medicine at the University of Kentucky, where he also completed a graduate residency program in pediatric dentistry. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is also a member of several professional societies, including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society, and American Dental Education Association. He was also recently accepted into the inaugural North Carolina Dental Society’s Young Dentists Leadership Academy.

– Peggy Novotny

NC GreenTravel Initiative names 100th sustainable-practice business

The ECU Center for Sustainability is a partner in the NC GreenTravel Initiative, which has named the Uptown Greenville Umbrella Market its 100th North Carolina business to be recognized for use of sustainable practices that save energy and protect the environment. The Umbrella Market is a Greenville farmer’s market that features locally-grown food and a free shuttle providing transportation.

Pat Long, director of the ECU Center for Sustainability, is pictured with the travel care code, which encourage travelers to take a pledge to travel responsibly. The code was developed at ECU.

Pat Long, director of the ECU Center for Sustainability, is pictured with the ECU-developed travel care code, which encourages travelers to take a pledge to travel responsibly.

The GreenTravel Initiative helps tourists locate lodging, restaurants and activities that will enable them to visit an area while making a positive impact on the environment, society and economy. The program began in 2011 as a joint effort between the ECU center, the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, N.C. Department of Commerce and the Waste Reduction Partners.

Tourism-focused businesses apply for the program and are selected through a grading system that measures environmentally friendly practices used to conserve energy and water, reduce waste, recycle and protect the environment.

More than 50 million tourists visited North Carolina in 2013, according to the state Department of Commerce. Among those visitors, more and more are seeking out businesses that maintain sustainable practices. The NC GreenTravel Initiative helps by identifying those businesses.

“We know our tourism economy depends upon the protection of our nationally recognized travel offerings,” said Pat Long, director of the ECU Center for Sustainability.

“It will only be enhanced by sending a clear message that North Carolina tourism providers are working hard to limit energy and water use, reduce waste generation, and still provide the quality vacation and business travel experience travelers have become accustomed to.”

For additional information on NC GreenTravel, visit

For more information on the ECU Center for Sustainability, visit

For information on the Travel Care Code developed by the center, visit