ECU alumna, former soccer star new face of American Athletic Conference

Oughton

                                                       Hali Oughton

By Steve Tuttle
ECU News Services

Former East Carolina University soccer star Hali Oughton was interviewed by the media many times during her college career. Now she’s the one holding the microphone in her job as an on-air reporter for the American Athletic Conference.

Oughton, who graduated in May 2013 with a degree in communication, was back on campus Oct. 5 for the ECU-SMU football game to film segments for the American conference’s weekly web video show, “The Rise.” It was ECU’s first official game as a new member of the conference. Her report for that game can be seen here.

“Being in front of the camera is a fun aspect of the job because I get to tell the stories of our conference and really engage with the fans,” Oughton said.

Based at the American’s headquarters in Providence, Rhode Island, Oughton travels frequently to film episodes of her show on the campuses of the 11 conference members.

“It’s funny how things work out,” she said. “Being a student-athlete at East Carolina makes this opportunity with the American really special to me. I get to work with my alma mater on a day-to-day basis as well as schools I have previously competed against on the soccer field when we were in Conference USA.”

Oughton, a native of Redondo Beach, California, was a four-year starter on ECU’s soccer team and a team captain. She was named a first-team All-Conference USA player her senior year.

A key member of the soccer team’s defense throughout her college career, she was known for her stamina. She started 60 consecutive games and played every minute in 18 of the 20 matches her senior year.

She played in all 10 of the team’s shutouts her senior year and scored three goals, two of which were game winners.

“My degree from ECU has definitely helped me get to where I am today,” she said. “I built great relationships with many of my colleagues and professors. Interning at WNCT-TV under Brian Bailey gave me a great deal of experience in my last two years of college.”

A new episode of “The Rise” airs each Tuesday at the American website.

You can follow her on Twitter at @Halioughton.

 

ECU team wins state geography bowl

The winning ECU team.

The winning ECU team.

Students representing East Carolina University at the North Carolina Geography Bowl won first place in this year’s competition Sept. 26 at UNC-Greensboro. The annual quiz competition tests student teams on their knowledge of college-level geography.

The ECU team defeated Appalachian State University in the title round and went undefeated (5-0) throughout the trivia bowl. It was ECU’s fifth first-place title since 1996, following their most recent win in 2008.

Sefcovic

Sefcovic

Zach Sefcovic, a graduate student in geography, was the highest scorer of the competition and was named the most valuable player on ECU’s team. The ECU team is coached by geography teaching instructor Scott Wade.

In addition to Sefcovic, the team includes students Jamie Heath (Managing Captain), Brad Sceviour (Competition Captain), Jaclyn Catania, Donnie Kirk, Nicholas Luchetti, Alex Moulton, Mark Nissenbaum, Jessica Van-Horn and Emily Fisher.

Top scorers from the state competition are invited to join the North Carolina All-Star team, which will compete against other southeastern states at the SEDAAG conference (Southeast Division, Association of American Geographers). SEDAAG this year is being held Nov. 23-25 in Athens, Georgia. Sefcovic was invited to join the NC All-Star team.

Top scorers from the SEDAAG regional competition will be invited to join the Southeast Region All-Star team, which will compete against other regions at the AAG (Association of American Geographers) annual conference. That meeting is in Chicago on April 21-25, 2015.

Recreation, leisure studies professor inducted in national academy

Williams

Williams

Dr. Richard Williams, associate professor in ECU’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, was named fellow of the National Academy of Recreational Therapists. He was inducted during the national organization’s annual conference Sept. 15 in Oklahoma City.

Williams earned an undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Georgia. He joined the ECU faculty in 2000.

Williams received the University Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2006 and the UNC Board of Governor’s Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award in 2013.

His scholarly interests include public policy and research into the efficacy of recreational therapy.

The National Academy of Recreational Therapists is an honorary organization composed of the most accomplished leaders who have made significant and sustained contributions to the profession of recreational therapy.

Business faculty report publications

Faculty in the College of Business have reported recent publications as follows:

  • By Tracy Tuten (Marketing and Supply Chain Management), “Creating Consumuments: The Use of Artistic Interpretation of Text as an Insight Mining Device in Advertising Courses” in the Atlantic Marketing Journal.
  • By Thanh Ngo (Finance): “Private information leakages and informed trading returns of tech target firms” in the Journal of High Technology Management Research; “Regulating informed trading before merger bids in Canada” in the International Journal of Corporate Governance; and “Cross-Border Acquisitions of State-Owned Enterprises” in the Journal of International Business Studies.
  • By Cody Chullen (Management): “The Mediating Effects of Role Stressors in Supervisor to Subordinate Burnout” in Problems and Perspectives in Management; and “How Does Supervisor Burnout Affect Leader-Member Exchange? A Dyadic Perspective” in the International Business & Economics Research Journal.
  • By Oneil Harris (Finance) with Thanh Ngo (Finance), “Corporate diversification, real activities manipulation, and firm value” in the Journal of Multinational Financial Management.
  • By Denise E. Dickins (Accounting) with Rebecca Fay (Accounting) and John Reisch (Accounting), “Measuring and Communicating Audit Quality: The New AQIs” in the CPA Journal.
  • By Stacey Robinson (Marketing and Supply Chain Management), “Customer delight and work engagement” in the Journal of Services Marketing.”
  • By Shanan Gibson (Management) with Michael Harris (Management): “The impact of strategic focus and previous business experience on small business performance” in the Journal of Small Business Strategy; “Investigating the entrepreneurial attitudes of African Americans: A study of young adults” in the Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship; and “Social Representations of Entrepreneurship” in the Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship.
  • By Joshua Bendickson (Management): “A look at the corporate entrepreneurship-employee commitment relationship through the HR architecture” in the Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship; and “Social Representations of Entrepreneurship” in the Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship.

Miss America 2014 to address culture, diversity

Davuluri

Davuluri

Miss America 2014 will present “The Beauty of Service, Scholarship and Global Citizenship” at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 in Mendenhall Student Center at East Carolina University.

The event is free and open to the public.

Nina Davuluri is the first Indian-American and second Asian-American to hold the Miss America title. The Syracuse, New York native and daughter of Indian immigrants devoted her year of service to a platform of “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency.” She traveled more than 186,000 miles worldwide to speak on diversity and culture. Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev was recently crowned.

“Diversity is a rich and endless source of experience, language, custom and tradition that enhances our nation and makes us unique,” Davuluri said.

Dr. Melissa Haithcox-Dennis, director of the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, said she hoped that students would relate to Davuluri. “Her challenges being part of the pageant world as a woman of color and second-generation immigrant we hope will connect with our students as they plan for their future and prepare themselves for day-to-day challenges,” Haithcox-Dennis said.

Co-sponsors for the event are the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, the Indian Student Organization and Campus Living and Residence Life.

For additional information, contact Mariza James, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center at (252) 328-6495 or lwcc@ecu.edu.