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Student Organizations


ECU Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

The purpose of the Society for Clinical Laboratory Science is to promote unity and cooperation among students entering the clinical laboratory sciences profession.  This organization promotes membership in the national organization.  The Society encourages life-long learning and continuing education and promotes the development of professional attitudes.  Those students who choose to serve as officers or on subcommittees gain leadership experience.  Primary activities involve social interactions and fundraising.  Funds that are raised provide financial support for senior students who attend and present their senior research projects at Carolinas Clinical Connection (CCC) each year.  CCC is an annual state and regional clinical laboratory professionals conference that alternates between North Carolina and South Carolina.

Advisor:  Ann McConnell, Interim Chair
Website: ECU Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Club

ECU Chapter of National Student Speech Language Hearing Association

The ECU Chapter of National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a pre-professional organization for undergraduate and graduate students entering the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology that encourages involvement at the local and national NSSLHA.  The group conducts one general council meeting per month.  NSSLHA is involved in a variety of fundraising, volunteer and social events throughout the year.  Some of these events include:  hosting and planning the Annual ECU Speech and Hearing Symposium for professionals and students; student and faculty picnics/gatherings; fall and spring festivals for families in the speech and hearing clinic; bake sale of Haiti relief; Yankee Candle sale; and Relay for Life.  

Advisor:  Gregg D. Givens, PhD
Website: ECU Chapter of National Student Speech Language Hearing Association

Future Healthcare Managers of ECU

The Future Healthcare Managers (FHM) of ECU is the professional development association for Health Services Management majors and other students interested in careers as leaders and managers in healthcare. As a registered student organization at ECU, FHM of ECU focuses on networking and identifying new career development opportunities. Benefits of being a member of FHM of ECU include opportunities to serve in leadership roles and participate in organizational activities, development of a greater understanding of potential career paths, and networking academically and socially with student peers. The organization strives to keep members updated on student conferences and works to bring prestigious speakers to the College of Allied Health Sciences.  In February 2010, FHM of ECU sponsored Quint Studer who presented his outlook on leadership in healthcare based upon his most recent book, Straight A Leadership.

Advisor: Michael Kennedy, PhD
Website: Future Healthcare Managers

Interprofessional Health Sciences Student Leadership Council (IHSSLC)

The Interprofessional Health Sciences Student Leadership Council (IHSSLC) promotes interprofessional student leadership and engagement through leadership development, inter-professional and community collaboration; and the sharing of knowledge and wisdom within and beyond the borders of ECU. View more information...

ECU Student Occupational Therapy Association

The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) promotes the field of occupational therapy and stimulates professional growth in students through co-curricular activities.  Its focus is on promoting the objectives of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association (NCOTA).  SOTA includes an education, social, fundraising and service committee.  The education committee coordinates educational opportunities.  The fundraising committee plans and organizes events that enable SOTA to provide member benefits, cover necessary expenses, and support endeavors of the organization.  The social committee plans and hosts formal and informal social events designed to foster inter-class socialization.  The service committee arranges individual and group service opportunities for the good of the university, the community and the profession.  SOTA meets monthly and is open to students in the OT degree program.

Advisor:  Dr. Mary Hildebrand,
Website: ECU Student Occupational Therapy Association

ECU Physical Therapy Club

The purpose of the Physical Therapy club is to represent the physical therapy profession on the East Carolina University campus and to promote the physical therapy profession locally, statewide, and nationally through academic, social and civic service.  Club membership is open to all students enrolled the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at ECU.  The club conducts at least one educational program each semester, and is involved in a variety of community activities designed to assist in professional development, fundraising, and social life.

Advisor:  Amy Gross McMillan, PhD
Website: ECU Physical Therapy Club

ECU Physician Assistant Student Society

The purpose of ECU's Physician Assistant Student Society (PASS) is to provide physician assistant students opportunities to participate in the decision making processes that affect the PA program, provide a forum for discussion of issues, and promote and support the PA program.  PASS participates in community activities to provide aid or to create awareness of this relatively new career field.  PA day is held each October and students provide information and freebies to undergraduates at ECU.  PASS service activities include:  adopting a family during the holiday and Adopt a Highway.  The ECU PASS relay team participates in Raleigh's Race for the Cure to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.  Students have also joined students from the ECU OT program in ECU's Relay for Life.  PASS membership is limited to students enrolled in the PA program.


ECU Student Addictions and Rehabilitation Association

ECU Student Addictions and Rehabilitation Association (SARA)The Student Addictions & Rehabilitation Association (SARA) is the student organization of the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies. The primary function of SARA is to offer students within the program ways to get involved in the community through social and service activities. Students that belong to the department are eligible for officer positions, which are voted upon once a year. The student organization is recognized by the East Carolina University Student Government Association and works closely with the College of Allied Health Student Leadership Council.  

This East Carolina University student organization has also supported student travel to professional meetings across North Carolina including the VEWAA and PARC conferences. For, more information please contact our faculty advisor, Dr. Steve Leierer (, follow us on twitter (@ECUSARA) and on facebook (ECU SARA).

Advisor:  Dr. Steve Leierer,

Rho Omega Chapter of Chi Sigma Omega  

Chi Sigma Iota is the international honor society for counseling students, professional counselors, and counselor educators. It promotes scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, and excellence in counseling and recognizes students for high achievement in the pursuit of academic and clinical.  Students are eligible for membership if they have a 3.5 minimum grade point average and one or more terms of full-time counselor education study.  Members include students from the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies and the Department of Counselor and Adult Education. Membership benefits include:  leadership development, awards, exemplar magazine, conventions, and wearing honor cords at graduation. Rho Omega holds monthly business meetings, a new member initiation each year, and a fund raisers and a service projects each semester. Rho Omega's Community Service Projects have included the Little Willie Center, the Greenville Homeless Shelter, homeless veterans, the Greenville Domestic Violence Shelter, the Mary Francis Center, and the Ronald McDonald House. It uses Blackboard and Facebook for communication and networking.

Advisor:  Mary Crozier, EdD
Website: Rho Omega Chaper of Chi Sigma Omega

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