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T-shirt proceeds benefit pediatric cancer support and ECU military programs

One of the largest contributions ever from East Carolina University Dowdy Student Stores’ “cause” T-shirt sales was made Feb. 8 to the ECU Distinguished Military Society to go toward scholarships and programs.

The ECU bookstore and its vendor, Perfect Promotions, presented a check for $7,250 raised through T-shirts sold for Military Appreciation Day in November. A portion of the sale of each T-shirt will be used for merit – and need-based scholarships. Tim Wiseman, associate vice chancellor for enterprise risk management and military programs, commended the contribution.

Representatives from Dowdy Student Stores and Perfect Promotions present a check to members of ECU’s ROTC programs for ECU’s Distinguished Military Society.

Representatives from Dowdy Student Stores and Perfect Promotions present a check to members of ECU’s ROTC programs for ECU’s Distinguished Military Society. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

“We are united in the fact that we all have a passion and interest in promoting the futures for great military cadets here at ECU, including Army and Air Force ROTC programs,” said Wiseman. “The interest that customers have shown in this cause has been phenomenal and is very much appreciated.”

Also last fall, #GoGold T-shirts were sold through ECU Dowdy Student Stores as a fundraising effort for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Rainbow Services, managed by the ECU Brody School of Medicine Pediatrics Hematology and Oncology group, and Riley’s Army were the beneficiaries of the T-shirt sale, each receiving a check for $2,886.

While a portion of the proceeds from each shirt sold was split between the two organizations, both agencies will be putting the funds toward sending patients to Camp Rainbow this summer. Camp Rainbow is a summer camping experience for children with cancer or hemophilia and their siblings, and is one of the Rainbow Services programs. Riley’s Army offers services for pediatric cancer patients and their families in eastern North Carolina. According to Jacque Sauls, director of Rainbow Services, the cost to send one patient to camp is approximately $1,000.

Bryan Tuten of ECU Student Stores signs a donation check for ECU’s Distinguished Military Society.

Bryan Tuten of ECU Student Stores signs a donation check for ECU’s Distinguished Military Society.

ECU Dowdy Store Director Bryan Tuten, Associate Director Bob Walker, Merchandise Manager John Palmer and President of Sales for Perfect Promotions Stephen McFadden, an ECU alumnus, presented the checks to campus department representatives, board members, staff and volunteers. Jason Ussery, also an ECU alumnus, is a graphic designer at Perfect Promotions and has designed many T-shirts for the fundraisers.

Dowdy’s “cause tees” program has raised almost $70,000 for a variety of local charitable organizations over the past five years.

 

-by Leslie Craigle, University Communications

Paynter named to APLU commission executive council

An East Carolina University assistant vice chancellor has been appointed to a leadership role in a prestigious new Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities panel.

Sharon Paynter, who oversees ECU’s Office of Community Engagement and Research, has been named a member the APLU’s Commission on Economic and Community Engagement executive committee.

The commission, led by Pennsylvania State University President Eric J. Barron, was created to lead the APLU’s mission of expanding economic development and community engagement. The CECE focuses on broadening engagement through three areas including talent and workforce development; innovation, entrepreneurship and tech-based economic development; and place development through public service, outreach, extension and engagement.

Sharon Paynter

Sharon Paynter (Photo by Rhett Butler)

During her three-year term, Paynter will assist the APLU in promoting professional development, leadership and peer exchange programs, as well as contributing to federal policy issues and developing best practices for community engagement projects.

“ECU has long been recognized for its strengths in economic and community engagement,” Paynter said. “This opportunity allows us to continue to contribute to the policies, research, peer exchange and professional development initiatives that shape the ways that universities impact communities around them.”

Since 2014, Paynter has led ECU’s mission to enrich and prepare its students, faculty and staff to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and the world through community-engaged public service and regional transformation.

While many ECU researchers participate in traditional, knowledge-building research, community-engaged research adds an additional step by asking them to work in partnership with community members to solve local and regional problems. Paynter’s office brings together students and faculty alongside community partners to develop research questions, determine methods to investigate an identified problem, collect and analyze data, interpret the data and share the results with others.

Paynter’s office coordinates vital ECU programs including the Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy, the SECU Public Fellows Internship program, and the recently developed Rural Innovations to Strengthen Eastern North Carolina-29 Counties program.

During her tenure at ECU, the university was redesignated as a Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged Institution and has been recognized as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the APLU.

“Sharon’s appointment reflects the recognition by our peers of the progress being made at ECU on economic and community engagement,” said Jay Golden, vice chancellor for research, economic development and engagement. “Her work is made possible because of our deans, faculty and staff. We’re continuing to work across campus in a unified effort to improve the economic conditions of eastern North Carolina communities in conjunction with community leaders and partners.”

ECU and the Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement recently announced the university’s latest economic development initiative – ECU’s Economic Growth Collaboratory. The collaboratory harnesses big data and data visualization to find meaningful pathways to economic growth in the region. It officially launches in March with an initial focus on value-added agriculture.

Learn more about Paynter and the Office of Community Engagement and Research online.

 

-by Matt Smith, University Communications

Year in photos, video

ECU’s photographers and videographers get the first look and behind-the-scenes peek at many campus happenings. Below, they select their favorite shots and videos from 2018.

PHOTOS

There was no doubt that this scene on the second floor of Ross Hall would make a striking photo when graphic designer Sarah Jones and I saw it while working on a project at the School of Dental Medicine in October. Determining the proper exposure in order to capture the silhouettes, reflections and background provided to be a challenge, but I was very happy with the final result. This image won fifth place in the University Photographers’ Association of American’s monthly image contest in the Campus Environment category.

-Rhett Butler

A mower on the mall was kicking up dust that filtered into the beams of sunlight near Flanagan.

-Cliff Hollis

As a photographer, covering a vigil for victims of violence can be a tough task. It’s very important to remain respectful during the event, while at the same time capturing a photo that portrays the emotion of the situation. In this case, I decided to stand back and photograph this vigil at the Cupola for the victims of The Tree of Life synagogue shooting from a distance. I think this image documents the size and location of the event while using the sunlight shining through the trees to convey a sense of hope and healing.

-Rhett Butler

The concern and concentration on the student helping the resident of Cypress Glen makes this photo a favorite.

-Cliff Hollis

All the planning for capturing this photo went out of the window as many graduates began filtering out of the stadium when the fireworks began at the end of the Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony. This made the already difficult task of getting graduates and fireworks together in one frame ever harder than we anticipated. But thanks to a little luck and a some graduates who decided to stick around for the show, I was able to get a photo that documented the event and also worked perfectly for the ECU homepage. 

-Rhett Butler

The family all hold up the grad’s face making this photo wonderfully surreal.

-Cliff Hollis

 

VIDEOS

I thoroughly enjoyed spending a day with these young people. The way they support each other and take on difficulties with a smile is profound. The connection between camper and camp counselor is strong and that is what this video is about.

-Reed Wolfley

After years of studies, clinics and rounds at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine, 75 medical students learned during the school’s annual Match Day ceremony on Friday where they will be completing their residency trainings. It was an emotional day. See for yourself.

-Video by Rich Klindworth

Laupus Library recognizes 119 health sciences authors

Faculty and staff from across East Carolina University’s Division of Health Sciences gathered in an annual celebration of research and scholarship Nov. 8 at the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library’s 13th annual Health Sciences Author Recognition Awards.

The event was held at The Martinsborough at the Jefferson Blount Harvey Building and was sponsored by the Friends of Laupus Library.

Former Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Dr. Phyllis Horns presented book author Dr. Kathleen Sitzman, professor for the College of Nursing with a Laupus Bronze medallion during a Nov. 8 celebration held at The Martinsborough at the Jefferson Blount Harvey Building in Greenville.

Former Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Dr. Phyllis Horns presented book author Dr. Kathleen Sitzman, professor for the College of Nursing, with a Laupus Bronze medallion during a Nov. 8 celebration held at The Martinsborough at the Jefferson Blount Harvey Building in Greenville. (Photos by Michelle Messer)

“Part of the joy in being a librarian in the health sciences is supporting and partnering with the talented faculty and researchers in our health professions schools and colleges,” Laupus Library Director Beth Ketterman said. “Laupus Library is in the unique position to contribute to the success of each author in this room, whether through our leadership in providing the highest quality health information, or through our services and support throughout the research lifecycle.”

Dr. Greg Kearney, associate professor in the department of public health was one of 50 authors recognized from the Brody School of Medicine.

Dr. Greg Kearney, associate professor in the department of public health was one of 50 authors recognized from the Brody School of Medicine.

This year, 119 authors published 329 qualified peer-reviewed publications including journal articles, book chapters and other creative works between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Six books were also published by five authors.

Former Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Dr. Phyllis Horns presented book authors with a Laupus Bronze medallion cast to commemorate the life of William E. Laupus, the first dean of the School of Medicine and first vice chancellor for health sciences at ECU. The medallion is awarded to acknowledge and thank special friends whose generosity and support helped build the library’s collections and programs and making its services more readily available to the citizens of North Carolina.

“It is great to be able to celebrate all our authors, and I think the occasion is particularly important and especially appropriate for us to offer special recognition for our book authors,” Horns said. “What we are doing here in the division will continue to be a tradition.”

Brody School of Medicine Alumnus and Chair of the Friends of Laupus Library, Dr. John Papalas speaks about the importance of the Friends to Laupus Library and the Division of Health Sciences at ECU.

Brody School of Medicine Alumnus and Chair of the Friends of Laupus Library, Dr. John Papalas speaks about the importance of the Friends to Laupus Library and the Division of Health Sciences at ECU.

Authors from the Brody School of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Allied Health Sciences, Laupus Library, School of Dental Medicine and the College of Health and Human Performance were recognized by name and school or college on a ceremonial display, now available for viewing on the second floor of Laupus Library.

“I was very impressed with the event and the recognition that was given to the faculty and staff authors,” said Denise Donica, associate professor and interim chair of the department of occupational therapy for the College of Allied Health Sciences. “I made it my personal goal to qualify to attend the event every year and have worked really hard to do so. I really appreciate all that Laupus Library and the Friends of Laupus Library do to support not only the College of Allied Health Sciences but the Division of Health Sciences.”

“The faculty and staff in the health disciplines have once again demonstrated a commitment to expanding the scholarly culture of ECU,” Ketterman said. “Their impressive scope of research and publishing in the last year contribute to the scholarly record of their fields and grow the reputation of the university.”

Registration for the 2018-19 author awards will begin in February. More information about the annual awards ceremony – including a complete listing of this year’s published authors – is available online at http://hsl.ecu.edu/events/hsara

Dr. Marie Pokorny and other members of the Friends of Laupus Library stand to be recognized for their sponsorship and ongoing support of the author event and other library programs.

Dr. Marie Pokorny and other members of the Friends of Laupus Library stand to be recognized for their sponsorship and ongoing support of the author event and other library programs.

 

-by Kelly Rogers Dilda, University Communications

ECU Student Media director wins Distinguished Newspaper Advisor award

Student Media Director John Harvey (center) received one of the nation's top awards for collegiate media advisers last month at the College Media Association Convention, where he was joined, from left, by TEC students Daniel Roberts, Trajan Warren, Jenna Price and Darby Hubbell.

Student Media Director John Harvey (center) received one of the nation’s top awards for collegiate media advisers last month at the College Media Association Convention, where he was joined, from left, by TEC students Daniel Roberts, Trajan Warren, Jenna Price and Darby Hubbell. (Contributed photo)

East Carolina University Student Media director John Harvey received one of the nation’s top awards for collegiate media advisers at the annual College Media Association (CMA) Convention on Oct. 28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Harvey, Student Media director at ECU, was one of four to receive the 2018 award for “Distinguished Newspaper Advisor at a Four-Year College.” Harvey attended the conference with four students from The East Carolinian: Darby Hubbell, Jenna Price, Daniel Roberts and Trajan Warren.

ECU student Gregory Arnold also picked up a CMA award, earning a Pinnacle Honorable Mention for “Best Feature Photo” that appeared in Expressions magazine.

“It was quite an honor to receive the award from my peers in the industry, and it was especially great to do it in front of my students,” Harvey said.

Since coming to ECU, Harvey has overseen an extensive remake of Student Media, instituting a training program called the Media Academy, restructuring the professional staff, forming the student executive committee, establishing the Student Media Advertising & Marketing Agency, and creating a magazine division that features The Hook, Rebel, Expressions and Anchors Away, a new graduation magazine.

Harvey’s most significant accomplishment at ECU is the development of the Media Academy, especially the Candidate Program for first-time reporters. The semester-long program provides instruction for students who wish to become reporters at The East Carolinian with classes on ethics, libel law, newswriting, feature writing and editing.

Cherie Speller, adviser of The East Carolinian, coordinates and teaches the Candidate Program, while radio adviser Shayna Johns runs a similar program for WZMB 91.3 FM called the Radio Corp, or Zombie Program.

Javeria Salman, former managing editor of The East Carolinian, applauded Harvey for the award.

“He has been a great source of knowledge over the years, from the candidate classes to my post-grad life,” Salman said. “John’s guidance during my college years pushed me to work harder and become a stronger journalist.”

Harvey spent nearly 20 years as a journalist in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, serving as editorial page editor, managing editor and executive editor. He shifted to education in 1998, becoming news adviser of The Daily Collegian at Penn State. He took an expanded role as Student Media director at Georgia Southern in 2010 before coming to Greenville in 2012.

For additional information, contact Harvey at harveyj@ecu.edu.

 

-Contact: John Harvey, director, ECU Student Media, harveyj@ecu.edu, 252-328-9234

Brody School of Medicine names director of alumni affairs

Laura McFall Bond, new director of alumni affairs for the Brody School of Medicine.

Laura McFall Bond, new director of alumni affairs for the Brody School of Medicine. (Photo by ECU Athletics)

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University has named its first director of alumni affairs.

Laura McFall Bond will oversee Brody’s efforts to increase the medical school’s engagement with alumni through communications and strategic events. She comes to Brody from the ECU Pirate Club where, as the director of special events and hospitality, she oversaw donor-related events, managed football and men’s basketball gameday hospitality, and led the alumni Letterwinner Experience aimed at bringing former student-athletes together for reunion activities.

Bond brings six years of experience in working with alumni and students through her employment with ECU and two fraternity headquarters, Pi Kappa Alpha and Pi Kappa Phi. She has served on the University of Tennessee’s Martin Young Alumni Council as well as their Martin-Memphis Alumni Board. She currently supports the ECU Chapter of Chi Omega as their advisor.

Bond completed her master’s degree in leadership and policy studies at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2015. She earned her undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2012.

“Brody is a huge asset to the state of North Carolina, and I am overjoyed to be in a position to work with alumni, faculty, students and staff who are making the world a better place,” said Bond.

“ECU’s medical alumni are an incredible force for good across our state and beyond,” said Brody dean Dr. Mark Stacy. “I’m excited that Laura has joined our team, not only to help us keep our graduates informed about issues important to Brody and the health of our state, but also to help us be more intentional about supporting their efforts and recognizing their successes as they live out the Brody mission.”

 

-by Amy Adams Ellis, University Communications

HHP recognizes Cornerstone Society’s philanthropy

Charlotte resident and vice-chair of the HHP Advancement Council Wanda Montano, center, receives her Cornerstone Society plaque from Dean Anisa Zvonkovic and Development Specialist Don Leggett on Sept. 28 in the Smith-Williams Center.

Charlotte resident and vice-chair of the HHP Advancement Council Wanda Montano, center, receives her Cornerstone Society plaque from Dean Anisa Zvonkovic and Development Specialist Don Leggett on Sept. 28 in the Smith-Williams Center. (Photo by Rhett Butler)

A Sept. 28 celebration in the Smith-Williams Center brought together new and returning members of East Carolina University’s College of Health and Human Performance Cornerstone Society.

The society recognizes donors providing gifts of $1,000 or more during the fiscal year.

Dean Anisa Zvonkovic welcomed the crowd and acknowledged the importance of the 87 Cornerstone Society members, whose philanthropic gifts total more than $475,000 in 2017-18.

“Today we celebrate your generosity and express gratitude for your help building and sustaining the work and legacy of HHP,” Zvonkovic said.

The gifts fund a wide range of programs and projects in the college, including training in the Center for Applied Psychophysiology to help wounded warriors recover from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, student travel to attend professional conferences and the National Retail Federation trade shows in New York and Los Angeles, and professional student memberships to the National Association of Social Workers.

At right, Kate Taylor Harcourt, assistant professor of human development and family science, was inducted in the Cornerstone Society, which recognizes donors who provide gifts of $1,000 or more.

At right, Kate Taylor Harcourt, assistant professor of human development and family science, was inducted in the Cornerstone Society, which recognizes donors who provide gifts of $1,000 or more. (Photo by Susannah Berry)

Department of Human Development and Family Science professors Kate Taylor Harcourt and Erin Roberts spearheaded a fundraising campaign in memory of two loved ones. The Hannah Bailey and Jackie Mastromauro fund was established in honor of two women who lost their lives due to mental health and substance abuse. The fund supports students in crisis and allows them to receive therapy at no cost at the Marriage and Family Therapy Center, as well as supporting therapy for community members.

“Mental health is so important, and we are excited to reduce at least one barrier to it in this community,” said Harcourt, who was inducted as a new Cornerstone Society member.

Durham resident and ECU alumnus John Archibald, senior account executive with Merck, attended the event. Archibald, a health and physical education graduate, supports a student scholarship.

“Going to college was a privilege to me,” Archibald said. “My education and experiences at ECU have shaped my life and granted me the opportunity to share my resources to ensure other students are able to experience what I experienced.”

Sharon Knight, Mike McCammon, Debra Tavasso, Richard Williams and Lena Williams-Carawan were honored as emeritus faculty. Chris Dyba, vice chancellor for university advancement and president of the ECU Foundation, was the featured speaker.

Fundraising campaigns in the College of Health and Human Performance totaled more than $1.16 million in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

At right, Chris Dyba, vice chancellor for university advancement and president of the ECU Foundation, thanked donors for their generosity. Angela Lamson, HHP associate dean for research and professor of human development and family science, is in the background.

At right, Chris Dyba, vice chancellor for university advancement and president of the ECU Foundation, thanked donors for their generosity. Angela Lamson, HHP associate dean for research and professor of human development and family science, is in the background. (Photo by Rhett Butler)

 

-by Kathy Muse, College of Health and Human Performance

Called to serve: ECU Police assist NC agencies after Hurricane Florence

ECU officers mobilized to assist UNC Pembroke, a UNC System campus that had heavy flooding.

ECU officers mobilized to assist UNC Pembroke, a UNC System campus that had heavy flooding. (Photos contributed by ECU Police)

Since Hurricane Florence struck eastern North Carolina two weeks ago, groups across East Carolina University have stepped up to help, including the ECU Police Department.

In the aftermath of the hurricane, ECU Police Officers immediately mobilized to assist other UNC System institutions and neighboring communities that received catastrophic damage from the storm. Many areas suffered damage from high winds, but it was the flooding during and immediately after the storm that caused thousands of families, businesses and students to be displaced or lose their homes.

“Fortunately we survived the hurricane with minimal impact to our campus and the City of Greenville,” said Jon Barnwell, ECU police chief. “Those east of us weren’t so lucky. When ECU was asked to help, it was exciting to see how many officers selflessly volunteered to assist those affected by the storm.”

Officers from ECU traveled to UNC Pembroke, UNC Wilmington and the Town of New Bern to assist local law enforcement. The first group headed south to UNC Pembroke, which is located in Robeson County, one of the areas that received heavy flood damage. Assistant Chief Jason Sugg and three additional ECU officers worked at UNCP for three days.

ECUPD at UNCP

ECUPD at UNCP

“They had a few trees down, but most of the campus was under 6 inches to 2 feet of water. Several buildings had water damage and there were many flooded areas in town,” said Sugg.

ECU along with officers from N.C. State University, North Carolina A&T and the N.C. Arboretum assisted with damage assessments and general patrol duties. They also supported swift water rescue task forces from Oklahoma and Colorado and the National Guard by monitoring their equipment while they were stationed at UNCP.

UNC Wilmington sustained a great deal of damage across its campus, and ECU sent five officers to assist with traffic posts to keep campus closed. UNCW officials described their campus as a “construction zone” in the days following Hurricane Florence. Workers were cutting so many trees and large limbs, officers had to make sure joggers and sightseers were not wandering around the campus.

ECUPD at UNCW

ECUPD at UNCW

In New Bern, many neighborhoods were so damaged that checkpoints were established allowing only those who had business in the areas to get through. ECU provided four officers for four days to patrol and work residency check points in closed neighborhoods.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the men and women who make up this department, and it warms my heart to be a part of the Pirate Nation,” said Barnwell.

In addition to officers volunteering to help other agencies, ECUPD collected school supplies for the schools in Grifton. It was one of the areas that faced flooding during Hurricane Matthew in 2016, and more flooding occurred after Hurricane Florence. Groups from across campus contributed to the supply drive, including the College of Education, News Services and Student Affairs. Officers delivered 50 book bags filled with supplies and an additional 2,500 items were donated.

 

-by Jamie Smith, ECU News Services

Providing safety on game day

ECU Police deal with a weather delay during the ECU vs. NC A&T game on Sept. 1

ECU Police deal with a weather delay during the ECU vs. NC A&T game on Sept. 1. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Several hours before kickoff and even before the first barbecue sandwich is served at a tailgate, ECU police officers have started game day preparations. Their objective is simple: make sure everyone in attendance has a safe place to cheer on their team.

ECU officers and other local law enforcement agencies meet a few hours before the start of each home game to go over last-minute details. Officers then head to their designated posts, which include the tailgate lots, the perimeter of the stadium and traffic duty.

Throughout the game, officers provide directions, manage rowdiness, check in on individuals struggling with heat exhaustion or even evacuate the stadium when hazardous weather rolls in.

College football is a passionate thing and Lt. Chris Sutton said the officers are excited to participate in the game day experience.

 

-by Reed Wolfley, ECU News Services

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