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UNC Board of Governors member Phil Dixon, right, presents the 2010 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching to Thomas D. Raedeke, associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Sports Science,during the University Awards ceremony April 27.(Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Founders Day - University Awards honor outstanding teachers, researchers, volunteers

By Jeannine Hutson

Honoring the founding of East Carolina University and recognizing achievement and accomplishment on its campus, the annual Founders Day celebration and University Awards ceremony have been combined into a new event.

“Classes began in 1909 on Oct. 5, and today we mark the 100th anniversary of that first year’s end of classes with this ceremony,” said Provost Marilyn Sheerer, who welcomed the approximately 500 people in attendance April 27 in Hendrix Theatre. Chancellor Steve Ballard was unable to attend because he was in Houston for an NCAA meeting, she noted.

University Historian John Tucker gave an overview of the first years of the university. “We celebrate Founders Day,” he said, “because we have so many great founders to honor.”

He noted Gov. Thomas Jarvis, politician James L. Fleming, local newspaper publisher D.J. Whichard, and “an excellent president” Robert H. Wright, who held the position for 25 years until his death, for their contributions.

What those leaders worked to build now contributes $1.3 billion annually to the region’s economy, Tucker said. Not bad for a school that began with 174 regular-term students in its first year.

“Today, in addition to celebrating our history, we are celebrating our present,” Sheerer said, as the university honored faculty, staff and students for their excellence in teaching, research, service, leadership and commitment to quality.

Philip Dixon, a member of the UNC Board of Governors, and Carol Mabe, a member of the ECU Board of Trustees, helped Sheerer congratulate honorees on the stage.

Thomas D. Raedeke, associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Sports Science, is the ECU recipient of this year’s UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dixon presented Raedeke his award, which recognizes the sustained record of distinguished teaching by a tenured faculty member. He also received a citation and a one-time award of $7,500.

Raedeke made a few remarks about his teaching career, which began when he was a wilderness guide in Minnesota and he first learned that young people often take instruction literally. One group of youth went out on a camping trip and had been told to pack lightly. Raedeke had suffered through kids bringing hair dryers and extension cords on previous excursions, so he thought he was thinking ahead with his “pack lightly” instructions. This group brought their sleeping bags and the clothes on their backs, which was fine until the temperature quickly dropped as a storm approached.

“The students might not interpret and internalize what we think we’re teaching,” he said. “I want to change their world views about sports and exercise science. To change their world views, I need to understand their frame of reference.”

He added, “Every semester my goal is the same – to make that semester better than the one before it.”

Other nominees for the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teacher were Festus Eribo, School of Communication; Scott Gordon, Department of Exercise and Sport Science; Claudia Jolls, Department of Biology; Mark L’Esperance, Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Ken MacLeod, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management; Janice A. Neil, Department of Undergraduate Nursing Science–Junior Division; and John Reisch, Department of Accounting.

Six recipients were selected for the Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Awards. Recipients were Shanaz Aziz, Department of Psychology; Shanan Gibson, Department of Management; Kim Larson, Department of Undergraduate Nursing Science; Gary Levine, Department of Family Medicine; Katherine O’Connor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction; John Stiller, Department of Biology.

“These faculty members represent the best of the best,” Sheerer said. “They represent the heart and soul of why we are all here.”

On April 1, ECU Scholar-Teacher Award recipients were recognized at a symposium, where each scholar-teacher presented about their integrated approach to research and creative activity in teaching. Recipients were Michael Behm, Department of Technology Systems; Martha H. Chapin, Department of Rehabilitation Studies; David Collier, Department of Pediatrics; Melani W. Duffrin, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics; Frances R. Eason, Department of Adult Health Nursing; Erik Everhart, Department of Psychology; Christine Gustafson, Instrumental Department; John F. Kros, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management; Keith Nelson, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Katherine O’Connor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Randall E. Parker, Department of Economics; Kindal A. Shores, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies; Michael J. Spurr, Department of Mathematics; and Robert J. Tanenberg, Department of Internal Medicine.

Twenty-three faculty members were nominated for the East Carolina Alumni Association Awards of Outstanding Teaching with one designated as the Robert L. Jones award recipient.

Michael Harris in the Department of Management was selected as the Robert L. Jones recipient. The ECU Alumni Association Awards recipients were Kindal Shores, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and Wendy Whisner, Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.

Clayton Sessoms, director of the Division of Continuing Studies, announced the Max Ray Joyner Award for Faculty Services through Continuing Education. Joyner is a former ECU Board of Trustees chairman who earned his ECU degree as an adult learner after military service. He and his wife Kitty endowed the award.

The award recipient was Scott Dellana, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management.

Dr. Deirdre Mageean, vice chancellor of Research and Graduate Studies, announced the recipients of the five-year award in research or creative activity, who were recognized also during Research and Creative Achievement Week.

They are Kyle Summers, Department of Biology, and Scott Curtis, Department of Geography.

Mageean also announced six ECU faculty members have received U.S. patents in the last year. They are Gregg Givens, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; George Sigounas, Department of Internal Medicine; Joseph Kalinowski and Andrew Stuart, both of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Orville Day Jr., Department of Physics; and David Pravica, Department of Mathematics.

The Centennial Awards for Excellence were presented recognizing four areas: Service, Leadership, Ambition and Spirit. These awards replace previous university honors – Founders Day, Chancellor, and Synergy awards.

This year, 65 nominations were received for the 12 awards. Marianna Walker, chair of the faculty, and Johnnie Eastwood, chair of the staff senate, announced the winners.

Service: Elmer Poe, Department of Technology Systems; Andie Harrell, Administrative Support Specialist in the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities; and Scott Buck, associate vice chancellor for Business Services.

Leadership: Elaine Scott, College of Nursing; Lola Thompson, administrative support associate in the Office of Academic Affairs; and Patricia Anderson and Austin Bunch for their work as co-chairs of the Centennial Committee.

Ambition: Jennifer Hodgson, Department of Child Development and Family Relations; Elizabeth Coghill, associate director for Academic Advising and Support and director of the Pirate Tutoring Center; and the ECU CORS Site Team, which worked to expand the network of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in eastern North Carolina. Members of that team are William Bagnell, associate vice chancellor for campus operations; Wayne Reeves, assistant director for maintenance engineering; Paul Carlson, mechanical engineer; Tim Below, technology support analyst; Ed Traynor, masonry supervisor; Ron Causey, journey mason; Chad Stokes, journey mason; J. Alan Peaden, journey mason; John Phillips, journey mason; James Boyd, journey mason; James Boyd, lead mason; Thomas Santana, steam maintenance technology; Eric Norris, electrician; Keith Washer, ITCS Business and Technology application analyst; Gray MacDonald, ITCS Business and Technology analyst; Richard Fraboni, ITCS assistant director; Paul Zigas, associate university attorney; Tom Allen, Department of Geography; and Karen Mulcahy, Department of Geography.

Loren Limberis, Department of Engineering; Laura Sweet, senior associate dean of students; and the “Wear Red Team” from the Brody School of Medicine, which sponsored activities to promote cardiovascular health in women. Team members are Martina Christie, lab compliance coordinator for ECU Physicians; Debi Crotts, marketing coordinator for Division of Health Sciences; Martha Dartt, director of nursing at ECU Physicians; Susan DeAntonio, nurse manager at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU; Carolyn Erwin, administrator for ECU Physicians; Drillious Gay, nurse administrator at the ECHI at ECU; Donna McDonald, associate director for Multimedia and Technology Services; and Karen Warren, director of campus wellness.

The university’s motto is Servire, meaning to serve, Linner Griffin, associate vice chancellor for academic programs, reminded the audience as she inducted this year’s members of the Servire Society, which began in 2008. Members must perform a minimum of 100 hours public service during a year.

The faculty and staff 2010 Servire Society Inductees are Derek Abbott, Jennifer Abbott, Harry G. Adams, Robin Armstrong, David L. Batie, Tommy Brady, Keisha Brown, Marian Cascio, Cal Christian, Bill Clark, Susan B. Copeland, D. Reide Corbett, Leslie Craigle, F. Leonard Darby, Harley Dartt, Penney B. Doughtie, Michelle Eble, William C. Edwards, Elizabeth Fogarty, Margie Lee Gallagher, Charles William Gee, Kathryn Moore Griffin, Nancy Harris, Sandra W. Harvey, Erica Hughes, Kathryn M. Kolasa, Angela Lamson, Mandee Foushee Lancaster, Marylee Lannan, Charles J. Lesko Jr., Janice S. Lewis, Aaron Lucier, Susan McCammon, Shawn Moore, Vivian W. Mott, Jenna Nadler, Amanda Pantelidis, Roman Pawlak, Annette I. Peery, John H. Pierpont, Mary J. Pollock, Janis Puglisi, Nancy S. Ray, Diane Rodriguez-Luterbach, Paul Russell, Ronald H. Sessoms, Riddick Smiley, Kirk St. Amant, Chris Stallings, Michelle Taylor-Skipper, Donna T. Tedder, Linda M. Teel, Robert J. Thompson, Lynn Tuthill, John P. Walsh, Sandra H. Warren, Bryan Everette Wheeler, Tina Williams, William “Wes” Wilson, Tiffany Woodward and Beverly Wright.  

Of this year’s 62 faculty and staff Servire Society members, 23 are first-time inductees, 23 are second-year members, and 16 are third-year members.

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This story appeared originally in the April 30, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at