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Dr. Stephen W. Thomas Honored at Retirement Reception

Faculty and staff from across East Carolina University gathered at the East Carolina Heart Institute Oct. 13 to honor Dr. Stephen Thomas who will retire as the dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences Oct. 31 after 34 years with the College.

The evening began with two honorable presentations. Dr. Paul Toriello, chair of the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies and master of ceremonies for the reception along with Vice Chancellor Phyllis Horns presented Thomas with the honor of Dean Emeritus and a gold stole reflecting his new title. Dr. Don Ensley, professor emeritus from the Department of Health Services and Information Management and Amos Mills, benefactor of the Jean Mills Health Symposium recognized Thomas with a certificate of appreciation for his dedication to the annual symposium for the past 11 years.

Following the presentations, words of gratitude and praise for the Dean's endless loyalty and passion for the field, along with quips about Thomas' notoriously messy office were delivered by Dr. Horns, deans across the Health Sciences Campus, and chairs of the eight CAHS departments.

Thomas' eldest daughter Dr. Darby Thomas also spoke stating that while she is happy to have inherited her father's love for research and education; she too suffers from the "messy gene" showing photos of her current office and how it compares to the stacks of papers in Thomas'.

Thomas then took the podium to thank those in attendance for their continued commitment to the College. He recognized his chairs, faculty, staff, and fellow administrators, and then thanked his wife Melody for her unwavering support during his years as dean, interim dean, chair, and faculty member at the College.

Dr. Stephen Thomas came to ECU in 1980 as a faculty member in the rehabilitation studies department tasked to start and direct the vocational evaluation master's degree program. He was named chair of the department in 1998 then later named interim dean of the College in April 2001.

Prior to ECU, Thomas held academic, research and administrative positions with the University of Arizona in Tucson, the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Thomas earned his doctorate of education and his master's degree in rehabilitation studies from the University of Arizona and his bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

Thomas, an avid sailor and boat enthusiast says that he bases his leadership philosophy on a quote by mariner and author John Rousmaniere, "The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself." While the College feels like Dean Thomas has done an amazing job teaching the "boat to sail herself", the faculty and staff will certainly miss having him as the captain.

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44th Annual Meta M. Downes Symposium

Don't miss the 44th Annual Speech & Hearing Symposium featuring discussions regarding assessment and treatment of bliginual children and children with articulation disorders. This conference, to be held Friday, Oct. 17 in the East Carolina Heart Institute, consistently tops itself each year with outstanding speakers to elevate the practice of Speech Language Pathology professionals. Find out more information by viewing the brochure and register online here.

The College of Allied Health Sciences Celebrates Homecoming 2014

The College of Allied Health Sciences celebrated homecoming weekend at East Carolina University Oct. 3 with a reception held in the Health Sciences Building lobby. With over 150 alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the College registered to attend, the building was full of excited patrons exploring the various departments and enjoying a “treasure hunt” throughout the College. 

Dr. Thomas at HomecomingThe CAHS homecoming event began with a reception in the lobby where guests were treated with a performance from the ECU women’s a Capella group, The Magnolia Belles. Following welcoming remarks from Dean Stephen Thomas, who celebrated his last homecoming with the College before his upcoming retirement and Sydney Humphreys, student liaison to the Dean, Director of Development Pat Frede took the podium to present Dr. Thomas with a surprise. The CAHS Advancement Council along with the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation has renamed the Student Leadership Legacy Fund to the Dr. Stephen W. Thomas Leadership Legacy Student Fund. Dr. Thomas said he was made “speechless” by the honor and was grateful that a fund he feels so passionate about now holds his name.

After hearing instructions for the evening from Dr. Kathleen Cox, department chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, representatives from the ECU Ambassadors and CAHS Student Leaders Council led those in attendance throughout the College to learn more about each department and see presentations from faculty and students. The Operation Re-Entry van, a grant-funded mobile clinic that aids veterans across eastern North Carolina in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies was also available in the parking lot for tours and demonstrations. 

Alumni also used the homecoming event to meet up with fellow members of their graduating class. The Department of PhysicalPT Alumni 1984 Therapy class of 1984 had a reunion after the general reception with around 20 members of the class and faculty from that time enjoying a tour of the PT labs before gathering for dinner. Many of the alumni were surprised and thrilled to see the new advances in technology available for students since their years in the program.

At the end of the event, everyone who toured through the departments and marked off their "treasure map" was able to pick some "pirate booty" from the CAHS treasure chest of goodies donated by each department.

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Dr. Brinkley Invited to Join Customer Advisory Board

Dr. Jason Brinkley has been invited to join the Customer Advisory Board for the JMP division of SAS Institute. The JMP Customer Advisory Board is a 16 member panel that serves in a consultative role to provide feedback regarding future directions, product features, and marketing and communications initiatives. The board consists of 16 members mostly coming from industry with current representation from Procter & Gamble, Archer Daniels Midland, Pacific Gas & Electric, Eastman Chemical Company, Bank of America, GlaxoSmithKline, and others. Dr. Brinkley is only one of three university affiliates on this year’s board. Responsibilities include conference calls and on site meetings which will feature demonstrations of new features in JMP, lively roundtable discussions about best practices in analytics, and the future of the analytic marketplace.

Kulesher On Call Dr. Kulesher Participates in "Doctors on Call" segment for WITN 

Dr. Robert Kulesher from the Department of Health Services and Information Management served on a panel of health professionals for WITN's "Doctors of Call" segment Sept. 10. Dr. Kulesher answered calls regarding health insurance choices and provided resources for those trying to understand and select the right insurance for their needs. You can view the video interview between Dr. Kulesher and WITN's Lynette Taylor here.

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September 2014 CAHS Research Update

Check out the September 2014 edition of the College of Allied Health Sciences Research Update. This bimonthly update provides vital information about funding opportunities, upcoming deadlines, resources and highlights from CAHS research developments. You can view the update and access the links by clicking here.   

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Dr. Beth Velde Invited to Join Academy of Engagement Scholarship

The Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (ACES) board of directors has invited Dr. Beth Velde, director of strategic planning & the Mills Symposium for the College of Allied Health Sciences, to become an inaugural member of the Academy. Read more on the ECU Health Beat Blog by clicking here

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Celebrating Homecoming 2014

The East Carolina University College of Allied Health Sciences will host a Homecoming 2014 Reception Oct. 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 the Health Sciences Building. To RSVP by Sept. 19 please visit this link. Visit the CAHS Homecoming 2014 website for more information. 

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PA Students Receive Hands-On Training With New Patient Simulator

If you walk by the Department of Physician Assistant Studies lab in the College of Allied Health Sciences, you may notice someone lying alone on a hospital bed. Don't be alarmed, our students haven't abandoned an ailing patient, that's just the new patient simulator waiting for the next round of students to practice medical procedures and diagnoses skills with him. Read more about the new SimMan here.


Harris, Hylock, and Zeng Present in Chicago

Three faculty members in the Department of Health Services and Information Management — Drs. Susie Harris, Ray Hylock and Xiaoming Zeng gave presentations at the 2014 American Health Information Management (AHIMA) Faculty Development Institute/Assembly on Education (FDI/AOE) in Chicago IL. Read more...

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Méndez's Poster Designated as "Meritorious Poster Submission" by ASHA 

A poster presentation submitted for the 2014 American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention by Dr. Lucía Méndez, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders has been designated as a Meritorious Poster Submission. The poster, entitled ""The Impact of Vocabulary on Phonological Awareness Across Languages in Kindergarten Latino Children" will be presented Nov. 21 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. During the 2014 convention. Read more...




Cellucci Kennedy Svagr Cellucci, Kennedy and Svagr Attend Writer's Workshop
Dr. Leigh Cellucci, Professor and Dr. Mike Kennedy, Associate Professor, of the Department of Health Services and Information Management, along with Kaitlyn Svagr, a rising senior in the Health Services Management Program, attended the 36th Annual Summer Case Writer's Workshop for the Society for Case Research at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC from July 10 – 12, 2014. Read more...

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Mid-August 2014 CAHS Research Update

Check out the mid-August 2014 edition of the College of Allied Health Sciences Research Update. This bimonthly update provides vital information about funding opportunities, upcoming deadlines, resources and highlights from CAHS research developments. You can view the update and access the links by clicking here.

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Manning Receives ARTA Award

Candice Manning, AuD and PhD student in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has been awarded the Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award (ARTA) by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. 
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Summer 2014 Alliance Newsletter released

The Summer 2014 edition of the quarterly Alliance newsletter is now available.. This edition of The Alliance includes a message from Dean Stephen Thomas along with information about our upcoming homecoming celebration, several exciting happenings at the College, and achievements made by our faculty, staff, and students. Read it here

CAHS offers new Registered Health Information Administrator Certificate 

Read the latest Health Beat Blog post about the new Registered Health Information Administrator certificate offered by the Department of Health Services and Information Management by clicking here.

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New Bimonthly Research Update

View the August 2014 edition of the College of Allied Health Sciences Research Update. This bimonthly update will provide vital information about funding opportunities, upcoming deadlines, resources and highlights from CAHS research developments. You can view the update and access its links by clicking here. For more information about the CAHS Research Update visit the Office of Research website.

Pirate Speech Camp 'LIGHT BULB' MOMENTS' - Summer camp helps children improve communication, social skills

Children with communication delays related to autism and other disorders are learning about making friends while improving their verbal skills at East Carolina University’s Pirate Speech Camp. Read more about the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders' Pirate Speech Camp here.

Lauren Cochran ECU OT Student Chosen for Megan Cornog Memorial Highway Safety Scholarship

ECU occupational therapy student Lauren Cochran has been named the winner of the 2014 Megan Cornog Memorial Highway Safety Scholarship by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC). Cochran is a student at East Carolina University (ECU), where she is pursuing a master's degree in occupational therapy. Read more here...

Dr. Kulesher Contributes Towards Published Article in Health Communication

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Kulesher from the Department of Health Services and Information Management on his contribution to the recently published article entitled “Physician Communication in the Operating Room.” The article is published in Health Communication and reflects a collaborative effort between two academic units at ECU and three academic units at the University of New Mexico Health Science center. Kristin Kirschbaum, an assistant professor in the College of Fine Arts and Communication at ECU is the lead author and principal investigator.

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Dr. Dickerson Selected as 2014 Fellow by GSA

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has named 61 exemplary professionals as its newest fellows. Dr. Anne Dickerson, professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy has been chosen as one of those fellows in the Behavioral and Social Sciences section. The status of fellow — the highest class of membership within the Society — is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in gerontology. Read more here...

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Dr. Gross McMillan Collaborates on Featured Research Story

A research study analyzing the impact of exercise during pregnancy on which Dr. Amy Gross McMillan from the Department of Physical Therapy has been collaborating is featured on the East Carolina University homepage. Read the story here...

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