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Message from the Dean . . . . .2 High Risk Alcohol Consumption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 HHP Outstanding Alumnae . .3 Welcome New Council Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Student Achievements Recognized . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Military Programs . . . . . . . .4 ECU Athletic Program Training Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 HHP Advancement Council . .5 Service Learning . . . . . . . . .5 In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . .6 Ann Hughes named 2009 National Adapted Physcial Education Teacher . . . . . . . . .6 Faculty Awards and Accolades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 HHP Alumni News . . . . . . .8
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Former National Park Service Director Delivers Keynote Address Think back to your childhood memories of being told to go outside and play. Do you recall walking in the woods, splashing through streams, or digging in the dirt after coming home from school? Interaction with the natural environment nurtures learning and brings health benefits to children and adults. The importance of such contact with nature was highlighted at the Recreation and Leisure Studies (RCLS) Ralph Steele Visiting Lecture Series. Fran P. Mainella, first woman to lead the National Park Service, delivered the public lecture,“Nature Deficit Disorder and Its Implications on Human Well-Being.”A crowd of 300 people gathered in the Murphy Center at East Carolina University on January 28, 2010 to hear Mainella speak passionately about the need to reconnect children and adults with nature. She stated,“Free play in young adults and children encourages imagination Fran Mainella and decision making skills.” Mainella emphasized that studies show outdoor play is an antidote to childhood obesity and results in lower rates of physical and emotional illness. Appointed by President George W. Bush, Mainella served as the 16th director of the National Park Service. Prior to her nearly six years as the national director, she served twelve years as Florida State Parks director. Under her leadership, Florida received the Gold Medal Award recognizing excellence in the field of recreation management given jointly by the National Sporting Goods Association and the National Recreation and Park Association. Dean Glen Gilbert said,“We were pleased to welcome Fran Mainella to East Carolina University as the keynote speaker in the Ralph Steele Lecture Series. Mainella’s contributions to the national park system have encouraged active lifestyles through volunteerism and local partnerships. Her influence has created linkage between active living and the environment.” Among her numerous awards and honors, Mainella received the Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award in 2002 presented by the American Recreation Coalition. In 2006 she was awarded the William Penn Mott, Jr.Award for Excellence by the National Society for Park Resources and in 2007 she received the Pugsley Award, the highest award given by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. She is currently a visiting scholar at Clemson University in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Mainella holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and both a master’s degree, and an honorary doctorate from Central Connecticut State College. This event was in honor of Dr. Ralph H. Steele (1930-2009), who taught at East Carolina University from 1960 to 1990. Steele is considered the “Founding Father” of what became the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. In 1972, he established the baccalaureate degree in Parks, Recreation, and Conservation at ECU. He served as a teacher, mentor, visionary, and leader to many students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. Steele made a tremendous impact, directly and indirectly, on the lives of thousands of people.
Message from the Dean Greetings to all of you from all of us, in the College of HHP. The University and HHP are doing well despite the serious economic issues facing our state and nation. The faculty and staff received no raises last year nor do we expect any increase this year. However, the good news is that we have not been forced to let anyone go and have seen a slight increase in personnel for next fall. If you are familiar with the reductions facing higher education in other states, you certainly realize we are most fortunate to have such recognition of the importance of higher education to the future of the state of North Carolina.
Computer Science.We are proud to announce that Dr.White has been named as the Dean of that College.We appreciate his years of leadership to HHP and are very proud of him earning this important position. We now begin the search for a new department Chair and thank Sharon Knight for serving in this interim position for almost two years.
There is sad news in the sudden loss of two members of our HHP family. Our friend and colleague Rod Compton recently suffered a fatal heart attack at age 62. Rod had been a faithful servant to the University he loved for 40 years. One of our best-known alumnae, Kathy Taft, state school board member and recognized advocate for women and children, was tragically killed in Raleigh.You will find articles on both enclosed. Both left us far too soon.
Thank you all for your continued interest in ECU and HHP. As you will note we are returning to publishing our newsletter in hard copy as the prior two electronic editions were not effective in communicating with you since only small numbers read them online.We anticipate sometime in the future returning to this electronic method as more alumni embrace this mode of communication. Past copies can be found online at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-hhp/visions.cfm. We are committed to reaching as many of our alumni and friends as possible.
In other much more positive news we are very involved in ECU long term planning and HHP should have a facilities plan in place soon to guide us through the year 2025. It has been very thought provoking and exciting to consider our projected needs so far into the future. Many of you are aware that Dr. David White, former Chair of the Department of Health Education & Promotion has been serving as the Interim Dean of the College of Technology and
Wishing you and your families an active, safe, and healthy summer season.
Glen G. Gilbert, Ph.D. Professor & Dean
Community Collaboration Addresses High-Risk Alcohol Consumption Dr. Jennifer Cremeens,Assistant Professor, Department of Health Education and Promotion, was recently awarded a $269,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to address high-risk alcohol consumption among college students.This project forges a collaboration between Pitt Community College and East Carolina University in addressing this issue within the shared community of college students. One component of this initiative consists of an off-campus social norms campaign addressing high-risk alcohol consumption where researchers work with ECU and PCC students in developing campaign materials containing messages targeting student attitudes, social norms, and behaviors related to alcohol use on campuses. These materials will be distributed via a variety of mediums throughout the city of Greenville, N.C. Additionally, this project will enhance the existing services already offered by the Office of Parent Services at ECU to increase parent-child communication regarding risks associated with high-risk drinking and alcoholrelated consequences.
Seated Dr. Jennifer Cremeens, Left to Right standing: Ms. Christen Gillis, Ms. Shannon Gallagher, Ms. Rachel Ward
“Partnering with Pitt Community College on preventing high risk alcohol use will be a very positive contribution to our community,” said Dean Glen Gilbert. Dr. Cremeens said,“High-risk alcohol use does not just affect ECU. It can also affect those within Greenville. ECU conducts several on-campus alcohol prevention activities, but this project allows us to incorporate the community, and PCC in addressing this important issue.” The project is currently in the development phase, with full-scale implementation occurring during fall of 2010. For more information regarding this project, please contact Dr. Cremeens at 252-328-1704 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 2
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HHP Outstanding Alumna Named: Ms. donna Mooneyham It is with great pride that we honor Ms. donna Mooneyham as the 2009 College of Health and Human Performance Outstanding Alumna. Ms. Mooneyham earned a BS in Recreation and Leisure Studies in 1984 and a MAEd in Health Education in 1991. She began her career as an activities director, coordinating leisure activity programs in an intermediate care facility. In the years since she has provided aquatic and recreational therapy services in a variety of settings including a developmental disabilities institution, inpatient mental health center, hospital, and rehabilitation center. She has served as a senior recreational therapist, aquatics therapy supervisor, and special education teacher. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Mount Olive College, UNC-Wilmington, and East Carolina University. Presently, a special education teacher at South Brunswick High School, Ms. Mooneyham develops and implements education plans and instructional curricula for high school students. She also serves as the aquatic therapy consultant with the Wounded Warriors Battalion-East at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Ms. Mooneyham is nationally recognized as a leader in aquatic therapy and shares her expertise with ECU in designing and teaching two aquatic therapy courses. Her contributions to the recreational therapy profession and the College reflects her personal drive for excellence. In addition to her long history of involvement with professional associations, donna has generously funded awards for ECU recreational therapy students to attend professional conferences.As a strong student advocate, donna independently planned and implemented a one-day experimental workshop for recreational therapy students. She has a reputation of providing pragmatic conference sessions that are always well received because they target skills and resources for the “real world.” donna is a role model for our students and a valued colleague.
Welcome New Council Members Four board members joined the HHP Dean’s Advancement Council this spring. They have been active supporters of ECU for many years and their talents will strengthen the Council. Lt. Col.Vince Smith graduated from East Carolina University in 1984 with a BA in History and a Minor in Communications. He was an Air Force ROTC Cadet in Detachment 600, also at ECU. Shortly after graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S.Air Force. Vince earned his Masters from Webster University in 1996. He culminated a 22 year career in the Air Force in 2007, which saw him command at both Group and Squadron levels. Vince recently returned to the Air Force as a civilian, working for the Department of Defense, Physical Disability Board of Review. Mr. John Israel graduated in 1982 with a BS degree in Leisure Systems Studies and currently serves as a Command Recreation Specialist with the United State Air Force, Department of Defense, at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton,Virginia. Ms. Betsie Wilkinson graduated in 1997 with a BS degree in Exercise and Sports Science and previously served as a Relationship Banker with BB&T. She is an active volunteer with the Sanford Century Club and Backpack Pals of Lee County. Betsie and her husband, Wil, are HHP Cornerstone Society Members and own Wilkinson Automotive, Inc. in Sanford, North Carolina. Mr. Russ Scales graduated in 1972 with a BS degree in Health and Physical Education and is currently the Sr.Vice President, Business Development, for American Defense Systems, Inc. (ADSI) located in Hicksville, New York and President of American Physical Security Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of ADSI in Holly Springs, North Carolina.
Student Achievements Recognized The College of Health and Human Performance (HHP) held a reception in honor of freshmen with a GPA of 3.0 and higher. A total of 227 students with intended HHP majors and transfer students were invited to the event at the ECU Murphy Center on February 23, 2010. Dean Glen Gilbert opened the reception with welcoming remarks and congratulated students on their hard work and dedication. “We are proud of you and would like to see you continue on this path of success,” said Gilbert. Brad Congelton, Student Government Association president, spoke to this elite group on the importance of teamwork and encouraged them to seek out help from faculty. The event was an opportunity for students to meet and network with HHP faculty, Taylor Schwab, Derval Hamilton, Jordan Widgeon department chairs, and peers. Students played the game, “Getting Acquainted with HHP,” designed to keep them engaged while helping them learn more about the College and its personnel. After completing the game, students received a HHP tee shirt. Spring 2010
Military Programs The ECU Army ROTC program had a busy and successful semester this past fall. Twenty-nine of our Cadets went to Washington, DC the first weekend in October to run the Army 10-Miler. Our top team placed third overall in the ROTC division. Later in the month, our Ranger Challenge team competed against 39 other schools in a variety of challenging events including a road march, land navigation, marksmanship, and an Army Physical Fitness Test.The event took place at Fort Bragg, NC and ECU placed second overall. In November we hosted a five mile run in Greenville and had over 200 participants. This event raised $7,000 for the soldier assistance center at Fort Bragg.The check was presented at halftime of the ECU-UAB game and this money will be used to assist wounded warriors. The ROTC national order of merit list ranks all senior Cadets in the nation by evaluating their academic, physical fitness and leadership success over their ROTC and college career. Over 4,700 Cadets were evaluated this past year and Cadet Kyle Bowen from our program was ranked number five in the nation. This makes the second year in a row that ECU has had a Cadet in the top five as last year 2LT Matthew Kane was ranked number four overall. Finally, Cadet Ted Brennis received the General Maxwell Thurman award which recognizes the top North Carolina Cadet based on their performance at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course. Last fall, the ECU Air Force ROTC cadets enjoyed a visit by Major General William Holland (BS Parks, Recreation, and Conservation ’75). He was at the University to receive an Outstanding Alumni Award. He spoke to the cadets about leadership, being an Air Force officer and his time at ECU. In December and January, we commissioned three new Lieutenants who will go into the career fields of Communications, Intelligence, as well as Pilot. This brings the total number of officers commissioned through the ECU Detachment to 1,155. The cadets have been very busy this semester. In just over a week, they came together to collect over $1,000 for Haiti relief which they presented to the American Red Cross. Finally, we are very happy to welcome Captain Robert Lord to Department of Aerospace Studies. He will be our Unit Admissions Officer filling a position that has been vacant for the past 20 months. He is coming to us from Charleston Air Force Base in South Carolina and recently completed a 4 month tour in Qatar.
ECU Athletic Training Program Director Wins National Award The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), a 50,000 member professional organization, has named Dr. Katie Walsh the recipient of its Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award for 2010. Walsh is the program director for athletic training in the Health Education and Promotion Department.This prestigious honor recognizes Walsh as a long-standing NATA member who has made exceptional and unique contributions to the athletic training profession and is reflective of her lifetime of dedication to the association and field of athletic training. “This award is such an honor to me; but there is no doubt I could not have achieved it were it not for the wonderful faculty and staff that allow me to travel and partake in athletic training events,”Walsh said. As one of the first females to work full-time in men’s professional athletics,Walsh is accustomed to breaking barriers. She has worked as an athletic trainer at the Olympic Games, authored books and journal articles, served as an officer in the NATA, and as vice president in the national athletic training accrediting body. She has authored the NATA position stand on lightning safety, served on the North Carolina High School Safety Task Force and assisted with safety and governmental policies for state, district, and national organizations. “Despite being 100% in an academic position, she insists on being an active athletic trainer and has been recognized twice as the North Carolina Athletic Trainer of the year. She insures our program meets or exceeds all accreditation standards and during our most recent review we received no citations, which is very uncommon. She is passionate about athletic training and her devotion to the field is always evident,” said Dr. Glen Gilbert, Dean of the College of Health and Human Performance. Walsh received an undergraduate degree from Oregon State University and a graduate degree from Illinois State University, both in physical education with an emphasis in sports medicine. She earned a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California. A native of California,Walsh has taught at ECU since 1995. 4
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Seated from left to right: Alice Keene,Tom Johnson, Mike Bunting, Emily Tilley, Dave Alexander, Betsie Wilkinson Standing: Dennis Ross, Jim Post, Glen Gilbert, Clay Walker, Russ Scales, John Israel, Don Leggett,Vince Smith, Duane Grooms, and Walter Williams
HHP Advancement Council 2009-2010 Officers Mr. Mike Bunting, Chair Mr. Dave Alexander, Retired Potomac Services, Inc.
Mr. John Israel Command Recreation Specialist Langley Air Force Base
Mr. Ronnie Barnes, Head Athletic Trainer/VP Medical Services NY Giants Football
Dr.Thomas H. Johnson, Sr. ECU Professor Emeritus
Mr. Mike Bunting, President Rubbermill, Inc.
Ms.Alice Keene, Special Projects Coordinator, Pitt County Schools
Mr. Don Edwards, President University Book Exchange
Mr. Don Leggett, Director, Leo W. Jenkins Society
Ms. Carolyn A. Fulghum, ECU Retired Assistant Vice Chancellor
Mr. Jim Post, Owner Post’s Nursery
Mr. John Hudson, First Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Dr. Dennis Ross Ross Orthodontics
Mr. Jim Post, Vice Chair Mr. Rusty Scales, Sr. Vice President, Business Development American Defense Systems, Inc. & President, American Defense Systems Inc. Lt. Col.Vince Smith U.S. Department of Defense Ms. Emilie Tilley, Retire Principal,Virginia Beach City Public School System Dr. Jerry Tolley Director of The Elon Society Elon University Mr. Clay Walker, Executive VP, Chief Affiliate Officer, FSV Sports
Dr. Leroy T.Walker, President Emeritus, NC Central University and US Olympic Committee Mrs. Kim Watson Pharmaceutical Representative Novo Nordisk Mr. Jerry Wilkins, Retired Senior Vice President BB&T Betsie Wilkinson Former Relationship Banker, BB&T Mr.Walter L.Williams Vice President Trade-Wilco Hess
Service-Learning Permeates Recreation and Leisure Studies Programming Classes The Recreation and Leisure Studies Department faculty firmly believe that experience is the best teacher.Thus, in the Recreation Programming classes, students engage in community service-learning projects where they get to do just that. In one class, students must first raise money to support their project.To start the process, each year students put on a spaghetti dinner fundraiser and earn between $800 and $1,000.This money is used to cover expenses for the community-based recreation program, which the students plan, implement, and evaluate.This past fall students facilitated and implemented team building initiatives for area Girl Scouts; this semester students are planning a “Pirate Hoopla” event for ECU students, faculty, and staff to come together and view the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship on the big screen and to participate in fellowship, games, and activities. As part of the service learning project students must engage in developing a program philosophy, program planning, marketing and promotion, fundraising, seeking outside sponsorships, budgeting, staffing, planning for infrastructure (e.g., food, restrooms, security), on-the-ground leadership, and program evaluation.When the event is over and the evaluations have been analyzed, students complete the project by preparing a comprehensive program plan that demonstrates all the work they have done over the course of the semester.A full color copy is retained in the department for curriculum evaluation, and the students each keep a copy for their professional portfolio.While it is not uncommon for students to comment on the amount of work involved, they often return a year or two later and share their appreciation for how much they learned.Alumni often relate how they were able to be successful in their job because of the skills learned in the Recreation Programming class. Clearly, learning through serving people in the community pays off. Spring 2010
In Memoriam Mr. Rod Compton died February 12, 2010 at the age of 62. He served as a faculty member in the Department of Health Education and Promotion and former director of sports medicine for the Athletics Department. Rod joined the university in 1970 and initiated one of the nation’s first athletic training academic programs with Greenville serving as home of the National Organization of Athletic Trainers until 1986. He is remembered for his sense of humor and passion for ECU. Dr. Glen Gilbert, Dean of the College of Health and Human Performance, said,“We are all saddened by the loss of our longtime colleague. He was a good person and an excellent teacher.” Mr. Ronnie Barnes,Vice President/Medical Services for the New York Football Giants said,“Rod was a great leader in the field of sports medicine. His ever present smile and humor is what I will remember for the rest of my life. His ability to forgive was a virtue. His ability to teach was remarkable.” Mike Hanley,Assistant AD for Medical Services and former student, said “Watching him, I learned about how to be compassionate and caring when taking care of others, and how to put the needs of student athletes above my own. His legacy will be carried forward by all the athletic trainers he taught who went on to careers helping others, and from all the athletes whose injuries he made better by his knowledge and dedication to his profession.” Rod held a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio University and a Master’s of Education from Bowling Green University. He will be missed by many colleagues, friends and students.
Kathy Arnold Taft, 62, was the victim of an assault in Raleigh, North Carolina and died on March 9, 2010. Kathy graduated from ECU in 1981 with a BS in School and Community Health. She was a long-time State Board of Education member and was known for her commitment to improving public education. She served on many boards including the Arts Council board of directors, the Boys and Girls Club board, and the Communities in Schools board. Kathy received numerous awards for her work and was recognized by her peers as an outstanding leader.
Captain David Thompson, pirate battalion alumnus, died January 29, 2010 in Afghanistan while in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. In May, 2002, Thompson completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry at ECU and was commissioned as a chemical officer.
Ann Hughes Named 2009 National Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year Ann Hughes, a two time graduate of the College of Health and Human Performance at East Carolina University, was recently honored as the 2009 National Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year by Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). This award is reflective of Hughes’ outstanding qualities as a professional physical educator and her creativity in finding ways to adapt physical activities and encourage inclusive opportunities for students with special needs. In her role as an adapted physical education specialist with New Hanover County Schools for the past three years, Ann developed an integrated system, which allows students, regardless of their disability, to access the North Carolina Healthful Living Curriculum. She has worked collaboratively to develop an online resource for teachers to learn about adapted physical education. Ms. Hughes provides service to her profession through leadership and trainings and is a positive role model for other professionals in physical education. Ann received a BS in Physical Education in 1985 and a MAEd in Adapted Physical Education in 1993. During her teaching career that spans over 20 years, Ms. Hughes has received multiple honors. In 1987 she was honored as “Teacher of the Year” at Brinson Memorial Elementary School in New Bern and again in 2005 at the Metro School in Charlotte. In 1994 she received the Julian Stein Spirit Award from the “A Total Commitment Conference” in Greensboro NC and in 1997 she was named “Professional of the Year” by the Association of Retarded Citizens of Guilford County (NC). Ms. Hughes is a nationally certified adapted aquatics instructor who has served as a clinician in Alaska, North Carolina, New York, and Vermont.
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Faculty and Staff Achievements, Accolades, and Awards HHP Faculty Award Recipients 2009-2010 ECU/HHP Scholar-Teacher Dr. Kindal Shores Ray Martinez Teaching Excellence Award Mr. David Kemble College of HHP Outstanding Researcher Dr. Anthony Kulas College of HHP Outstanding Professional Service Dr. Matt Mahar
College of Health & Human Performance Dean, Glen G. Gilbert (252) 328-0038 email@example.com Associate Dean, Susan A. McGhee (252) 328-0022 firstname.lastname@example.org Interim Associate Dean, Jim Decker (252) 328-0001 email@example.com Assistant to the Dean (Facilities) William Cain (252) 328-1999 firstname.lastname@example.org EXSS Chair, Stacey Altman (252) 328-2973 email@example.com Acting HEP Chair, Sharon Knight (252) 328-4637 firstname.lastname@example.org RCLS Chair, Debra Jordan (252) 737-2990 email@example.com Major Gifts Officer, Duane Grooms (252) 328-4662 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Alice Anderson (HE&P): Continues to work on textbook entitled “Environmental Health Pest Management,” with an anticipated publication date of fall, 2010.
Dr. Tom Raedeke (EXSS): Associate Editor: Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Dr. Kathy Davis (EXSS): Presented a session at the International Association of Special Education biennial conference in Alicante, Spain in July-August 2009.The presentation, "Motivate,Adapt, and Play (MAP): Physical Activity for Students with Intellectual Disabilities," was based on the results of an ECU Research Development Award study in the Pitt County Schools with Dr. Jim Decker (EXSS) and Dr. Boni Boswell (EXSS); member, Board of Directors for the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) as the NASPE Publications Coordinator, Editorial Board for the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (JOPERD).
Ms. Paige Schneider (RCLS): Member, Board of Directors of the North Carolina Paddle Trails Association (NCPTA); Roanoke River Partners Advisory Committee, Tourism Cares American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) Scholarship Education Committee.
Dr. Glen G. Gilbert (HHP): Lead author with Robin G. Sawyer, PhD,The University of Maryland, College Park, Elisa Beth McNeill, PhD, Texas A&M University Health Education: Creating Strategies for School & Community Health,Third Edition, 431 pages. ISBN: 9780-7637-5929-2 Dr. Joe Fridgen (RCLS):Assisted in the development of a new Master of Science degree in Sustainable Tourism. Dr. Janet Funderburk (RCLS): Served as Chair of the Southeast Recreational Therapy Symposium (SRTS) Board, 2008-2009 & currently serves in the board position of Past-Chair, 2009-2010. Mr. William Hill (HE&P): Seeking continuing education credit(s) for the NC Registered Sanitarian (RS) certification for Environmental Health Open House presentations. Mr. Charlie Humphrey (HE&P): Completed his dissertation in December and continues to work on a collaborative grant sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with faculty in the ECU Geology Department and other colleagues and regional professionals. Dr. Deb Jordan (RCLS): Co-authored the textbook, Programming for Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Services:A Servant Leadership Approach published in 2010; invited participant to the Thought Leaders Summit at the National Recreation and Park Association in March, 2009. One of eight people selected from around the country to participate in a 2-day think tank to develop online education programs for parks, recreation, and leisure services professionals related to wellness, physical activity, and livability. Dr. Tim Kelley (HE&P): Serves as Editor-In-Chief of Environmental Health Insights, an international, peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal; member, Board of Directors for the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation (PTRF); Chair of the Faculty Senate University Environment Committee (UEC).
Dr. Mustafa Selim (HE&P): Continues to prepare for the second annual Environmental Health Sciences Open House, scheduled for April, 2010; as well as working on a research project with colleagues and environmental health professionals in Kuwait. Dr. Kindal Shores (RCLS): One of six ECU faculty finalists for the ECU Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Teaching; recipient of the 2009-2010 ECU HHP Teacher/Scholar Award; member, Pitt County Council on Aging Board of Directors; chair-elect, North Carolina Recreation and Park Association Educator’s Division; Named RCLS Graduate Director. Mr. Milt Sherman (EXSS): Competed in the 2009 Senior Games National Championships held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. In badminton placed 5th in men's doubles and 7th in men's singles. Dr. Cheryl Stevens (RCLS): Member, National Recreation and Park Association Council on Accreditation. Dr. Hans Vogelsong (RCLS): Named the Director of the interdisciplinary PhD program in Coastal Resources Management. Dr. Clif Watts (RCLS):Associate Editor, Leisure Sciences, 2006-Present. Dr. Bob Wendling (RCLS): Completed a review of 50 statewide comprehensive recreation and park plans; completed the 2010 comprehensive recreation and park plan for Plymouth, North Carolina; and a site specific master plan for the Wilson Street MultiPurpose Park, Plymouth, North Carolina. Ms. Jamie Williams (HE&P): One among 35 faculty from across the nation selected to attend The American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ACS/CDC) School Health Education -Higher Education Academy on February 25-27, 2010 in Atlanta, Ga. The purpose of the Academy is to strengthen school health education in the nation’s schools by providing a unique professional development opportunity for lead school health education faculty members in institutions of higher education with teacher preparation programs for school health education.
Dr. Darrell Neufer (EXSS): Recently named the Director of the Metabolic Institute for the study of diabetes and obesity, a joint venture of the Division of Health Sciences and Research and Graduate Studies.
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HHP Alumni News Jennifer Beale (’95 B.S. Exercise & Sport Science) was named the 2009 Robert E. Blackburn Jump Rope for Heart Coordinator of the Year by the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Teaching since 1995, she is currently working at Bearfield Primary School. She held her first Jump Rope for Heart event at Ahoskie Graded School.Annually she focuses her attention on teaching young children about taking care of their hearts. Stuart Blount (’88 BS Health and Physical Education & ’95 MS Educational Administration) joined Scotland County Schools as assistant superintendent of auxiliary services. His responsibilities include human resources, administrative services and policies. Allyson Gordon ('83 BS Health and Physical Education & '98 MAEd Exercise Sports Science) was selected by the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women's Sports to coach the South 3A/4A All-Star Volleyball team November 21, 2009 at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. Randy Newman (’84 BS Health & Physical Education) has been promoted to Superintendent of the Fort Macon State Park. His responsibilities include serving as chief of operations and administration along with overseeing staffing, training, law enforcement, visitor services, natural resource protection and environmental education. Vann Pennell (’77 BS Health and Physical Education; ’81 MA; ‘92 Ed.S. Education) was inducted in College of Education Hall of Fame on November 21, 2009. He is currently the principal at South Brunswick High School in Southport, North Carolina. Anna Spear (’79 BS Health and Physical Education) was named High School Female Coach of the Year by the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Anna began coaching in 1979 at North Lenoir High School as a volleyball coach. She presently serves as the women’s varsity softball coach and basketball coach at Havelock High School. Roy Turner (’79 Health and Physical Education) was named Athletic Director of the Year - High School by the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association. Roy is also the recipient of the Frank Kovaleski Award, given for contributions to the field of professional development. He currently works at Ashley High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. Donna Woolard (’77 BS Health and Physical Education; ’85 MA Health and Physical Education) received the 2009 Honor Award by the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance for her outstanding leadership and contributions throughout the state. She is currently Chair and Professor of Exercise Science at Campbell University.
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