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Outreach Efforts Showcased at Conference

By Dee Harper

East Carolina University faculty and staff presented at the National Outreach Scholarship Conference at the University of Georgia, Athens.

The conference provided a critical examination of the civic purpose of colleges and universities, alongside the scholarship that underpins that purpose. The event focused on the institution, the community, the faculty and the student.

As director of ECU's Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy, ECU's Beth Velde (Occupational Therapy) served as guest speaker for the event. Her presentation addressed the questions, "Can an Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy create cultural change?" and "How can universities create cultural change to foster community engagement?"

"We joined over 500 faculty, staff and students in exploring the meaningful engagement of our collegs and universities with their communities," Velde said.

"It was an important event and our participation will further the growth of community engagement and the scholarship of engagement at ECU," she said.

Additional ECU presenters and the title of their poster presentations follow:

  • Jeannine Golden (Psychology), "Preventing Dropout through Enhanced School-Based Mental Health Services";
  • Rebecca Dumlao (Communication), "Communication in Long-Term Service-Learning Partnerships in Eastern North Carolina;
  • Sharon Ballard (Human Ecology) and Lola Thompson (Academic Programs), "The STARS Program: A Multi-Level Partnership";
Matthew Fish (Occupational Therapy), "Wounded Warrior Rehabilitation: A University-Based Training Program";
  • Ted Morris and Ruthann Cage (Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development), "Bringing the University Directly into the Economic Development Process"; and
Kenny Flowers (Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development), "ECU Community Enhancement and Economic Transformation Initiative."

The NOSC is a non-profit educational organization which advances the scholarship of engagement. Promoting education, research and study, the organization works to encourage the concept that engaged scholarship is a critical aspect of university responsibility.

ECU's Office of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development and the Division of Research and Graduate Studies covered the costs of attendance for ECU faculty and staff.

For additional information about the Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy, contact Beth Velde at 252-737-1377 or

For additional information on the Office of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development, call 252-737-1380 or visit

This story appeared originally in the Nov. 24, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at