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Large ECU presence at 2010 National Outreach Scholarship Conference

Forty-one faculty and staff members and seven graduate students of East Carolina University were invited to present at the 2010 National Outreach Scholarship Conference hosted at North Carolina State University, up from nine presenters representing ECU the previous year in Athens, Ga.

The NOSC is a non-profit education organization designed to advance the scholarship of engagement. With the theme of Sustaining Authentic Engagement, the conference explored authenticity and sustainability as critical components of engaged scholarship.

Beth Velde, director of ECU’s Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy, said the event is the state’s premier conference focusing on the scholarship of engagement. The ECU presence was scheduled to include 17 oral and 10 poster presentations.

The large turnout by ECU faculty and staff is “indicative of ECU’s strength in engaged scholarship and are documentation of why ECU is a Carnegie Engaged University,” Velde said.

Ted Morris, associate vice chancellor for Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development, said ECU gained membership in the NOSC earlier this year, as the “13th university and first non-land grant institution to be offered membership.”

“The invitation was in recognition of ECU’s proud history of service to eastern North Carolina and our aggressive efforts to address critical needs throughout the region,” Morris said.

Deirdre Mageean, vice chancellor of the Division of Research and Graduate Studies, said membership in the NOSC and such high participation in the conference program “is a significant recognition of East Carolina University’s institutional commitment to outreach and our leadership in engagement throughout the region.”

“Outreach and service are essential parts of being an engaged university, and ECU is developing effective partnership models to bring societal change in the communities of eastern North Carolina,” Mageean said.

Scheduled to represent ECU at the conference were Philip Adams, University Writing Center; Tori Aeby, Social Work; Victor Aeby, Health Education and Promotion; Tom Allen, RENCI@ECU; Shahna Arp, Anthropology; Sharon Ballard, Child Development and Family Relations; Jennifer Brewer, Geography; Shannon Brooks, Psychology; Ruthann Cage, Industry and Economic Development; Jessica Gagne Cloutier, Volunteer and Service-Learning Center; Tracy Carpenter-Aeby, Social Work; David Cistola, Allied Health Sciences, Brody School of Medicine; Jacqueline Coleman-Carmon, Social Work; Ricardo Contreras, Anthropology; Shauna Daniels, Social Work; Gene Dixon, Engineering; Rebecca Dumlao, Communication; Barry Elmore, Health Education and Promotion; Martha Keehner Engelke, Nursing; Todd Finley, Education; Kenneth Flowers, Community and Regional Development; and Shanan G. Gibson, Management.

Also Wayne Godwin, Innovation Design Lab; Jeannie Golden, Psychology; David Griffith, Anthropology; Michael L. Harris, Management; Sayward Harrison, Psychology; Donna Kain, English; Kim L. Larson, Nursing; Hunt McKinnon, Interior Design & Merchandising; J. Ted Morris, Office of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development; Albee Ongsuco, Psychology; Sharon Paynter, Political Science; John H. Pierpont, Social Work; John Reisch,  Accounting; Sharon Rogers, Health Education and Promotion; Patricia Royal, Allied Health; Carmen Russoniello, Health and Human Performance; Kirk St. Amant, English; Bob Thompson, ECU Outreach Network; Lola Thompson, Academic Programs; Robin Tutor, NC Agromedicine Institute; Beth Velde, Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy; and Doaw Xiong, Social Work.

For additional information about the National Outreach Scholars Conference or the Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy, contact Velde at 252-737-1377, e-mail or visit

This story appeared originally in the Oct. 29, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at