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CSDI students open free 'Little Libraries'

Little LibrariesStudents from ECU's chapter of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association celebrated the grand opening of two free "Little Libraries" in Paramore Park and Boyd Lee Park on April 15. A ribbon cutting and ceremony was held to acknowledge the dedication of the student group who built the free book exchanges to offer access to reading materials for children living in the community.

Constructed with repurposed newspaper boxes donated by The Daily Reflector, the libraries house a collection of children's books gathered by the student group.

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College of Allied Health Sciences awards 35 student scholarships

CAHS Scholarship CelebrationThe College of Allied Health Sciences held its annual Scholarship Celebration during a March 31 luncheon at the Rock Springs Center. The event, created in 2014 to honor outstanding students from all allied health sciences disciplines, provided much to celebrate as 35 scholarships totaling over $100,000 were awarded to 71 deserving students for the 2016-2017 academic year.

"The college is very proud of the accomplishments of our student recipients, very excited that this group will be part of the next generation of servant-leaders in their professions and very grateful to our donors for their generosity," said Dr. Greg Hassler, interim dean for the College of Allied Health Sciences.

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Nutrition Students Volunteer at Special Olympics Dance

Nutrition VolunteersNutrition Sciences students volunteered at the Special Olympics Valentine’s Day dance held Feb. 10 at the Drew Steele Center.  The seasonal celebration was held for Special Olympics athletes, caregivers and family members of those with physical and developmental disabilities living in Pitt County.

Nutrition students are involved in a variety of activities associated with the programming for special needs populations, including health fairs and nutrition education classes. Service-learning projects, a requirement for their senior seminar course, help them interface with diverse populations and become better prepared for a service-based career.

During the Valentine’s dance, students interacted with over 350 participants-giving them exposure to real people facing challenges in their daily lives. As future dietetics practitioners, students must be able to modify their practice based on their target population’s needs.

They also learned about developing relationships with community partners and understanding the complexity of developing, organizing and delivering community-based events.  The Pitt County Special Olympics Program, a component of the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department, provides year-round training and competition for the special needs population. Programs are supported largely by volunteers.


TACKLING TEEN HEALTH: Symposium explores adolescent challenges

Mills SymposiumThe issues and challenges surrounding teen health were the focus of the 12th annual Jean Mills Health Symposium, held Feb. 5 at the East Carolina Heart Institute at East Carolina University.

Bringing together community leaders, residents, health providers and youth organizations, the event featured workshops and presentations on substance abuse, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, violence and eating disorders.

"This event is a way of pulling in all kinds of assets to look at best practices and support systems for our youth," said Philip J. Leaf, the keynote speaker for the symposium. Leaf is a director at the Center for Adolescent Health, Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence and the Urban Health Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

With the increasing prevalence of single-parent households and those in which both parents work, along with many other factors, Leaf said today’s children spend less time with adults than at any other time in history. Therefore it is vital to focus on adolescents and provide them with positive opportunities.

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Joseph Kalinowski

Allied Health professor inducted into National Academy of Inventors

Stuttering treatment pioneer Dr. Joseph S. Kalinowski of East Carolina University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is among 168 individuals to be named this year as fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

Election to the academy's fellow status recognizes academic inventors who, according to their peers, have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that impact quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

Kalinowski holds seven U.S. and 18 international patents, three of which have been licensed to start-up companies. His most notable patents relate to treatments for stuttering and other fluency disorders. Janus Development Group, a North Carolina corporation that specializes in assistive living devices, has licensed these patents for developing products and services.

In addition, one patent is the subject of new computer applications to assist a subset of stutterers who struggle with silent block – caused when vocal muscle contractions are so severe a person is unable to make any sound when trying to speak. Another has been licensed to start-up company Reading Comprehension Solutions for development of products and services that improve reading comprehension of students and adults.

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