Anderson Appointed to Vidant’s Patient and Family Advisory Council

Joint Commission appoints Vidant Health volunteer to new Patient and Family Advisory Council GREENVILLE – Our patients come first. Understanding their perspective, their values and their needs matters greatly and Vidant Health has long championed patient- and family-centered care. Our trained advisors volunteer their time and insights to the benefit of all patients and families we serve. Now the Joint Commission is following suit, establishing their first Patient and Family Advisory Council. Only 10 patient-family advisors across the country have been invited to participate this Continue reading →

Lenker Named Regional Superintendent of the Year

East Carolina University alumnus and Pitt County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ethan Lenker was named the 2017-2018 North Central Regional Superintendent of the Year by the Central Carolina Regional Education Service Alliance on June 27. Lenker was selected for the award by his fellow superintendents within the Central Carolina Regional Education Service Alliance. Lenker received his Doctorate in Education in Educational Leadership from ECU in 2006, and was appointed as the Pitt County Schools superintendent in July 2013. As superintendent, Lenker has proven to be a valuable partner for Continue reading →

Faculty Feature Friday: Tuning in to the Future

For the past four years Dr. Abbie Brown, East Carolina University Professor and Interim Chair in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education, has been reaching students and colleagues over the streaming airwaves of his podcast. The podcast, Trends & Issues in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, & Learning Sciences, began in 2013 and is produced by Brown and his colleague Dr. Tim Green, professor of educational technology at California State University. Brown said the idea for the podcast arose after he used Flipboard—an Continue reading →

Haiti Trip Educates Future Teacher

Rising East Carolina University junior Jenna Murdock was one of eight ECU Honors College students that visited Haiti in May thanks to a generous donation from ECU alumnus Chip Chesson. While the group spent a majority of the trip in medical settings, the time the group spent inside one local school changed the way Murdock approaches her future as an educator. “We hiked close to 2 miles on rough terrain to reach the Saint Antoine School,” Murdock said. “Some of the children we saw at Continue reading →

ECU Hosts Workshop for Teachers to Relay Dangers of Substance Dependencies

  The East Carolina University Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP) hosted its fourth annual three-day workshop on June 19-21 for a group of local teachers in grades 6-12. During the workshop, teachers learn hands-on activities that will help relay the dangers of drug dependencies to their students. The workshop was co-created by Dr. Rhea Miles from ECU, and Dr. Scott Rawls from Temple University, and began in 2014 with a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Using planarians — a species Continue reading →

Pirate Principal: ECU Lab School Leader Named

Tasha Rodriguez has been named principal of the East Carolina University Laboratory School, which will open this fall at South Greenville Elementary School. Rodriguez’s appointment is effective May 8. She currently is an assistant principal at Grifton School. “I am thankful for the opportunity to have served Grifton School, the families and community for the last three years,” Rodriguez said. “The major lesson I’ve learned from the Grifton community is the importance of having pride for the school. I will carry this with me as Continue reading →

Masters of Math

Thirty teachers from eastern North Carolina complete graduate degrees     By Crystal Baity ECU News Services Thirty high school math teachers in eastern North Carolina recently earned their master’s degrees in education thanks to a unique blend of off campus, face to face and online classes led by East Carolina University faculty. It was the largest graduating class in the history of the program, which usually only has a few students complete the master’s program for high school mathematics each year, said Dr. Rose Continue reading →

Alumnus Named 2017 Wells Fargo NC Principal of the Year

East Carolina University alumnus Jason Griffin has been named the Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year for 2017.Griffin is principal of Hertford Grammar School in Perquimans County, one of the smallest counties in the state. Griffin received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in middle grades mathematics from ECU, a master’s in school administration from Elizabeth City State University and an education specialist degree from ECU. At the awards ceremony on May 12, State Superintendent Mark Johnson said Griffin Continue reading →