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Workshop series to focus on service members’ unique cultures

Sept. 12, 2012

By Crystal Baity
ECU News Services

A series of workshops to continue East Carolina University’s legacy as a military-friendly campus and to educate students, faculty and administrators about people who serve or have served in the military begins this week.

ECU’s Office of Public Service and Community Relations is partnering with the Citizen Soldier Support Program to present four workshops as part of Operation Reentry North Carolina, a university-wide initiative to address the rehabilitation and re-entry concerns of military personnel, veterans and their families. The project is supported by a cooperative agreement awarded and administered by the U.S. Medical Research and Materiel Command and the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center at Fort Detrick, Md.   

Robert Goodale, retired Army Lt. Col. William R. Abb and Bruce Moyer will be the featured speakers at the first workshop, “Military Cultures 101,” 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 14 in the Willis Building Auditorium. The session will help participants understand the uniqueness of military cultures and use that knowledge to make informed decisions in the classroom, on campus and in the community for an enriched educational experience.

Seats are still available and open to the public as space allows. Register at

Goodale is the former chief executive officer of Harris Teeter and former N.C. Deputy of Commerce. Since 2009, he has been director of the Citizen Soldier Support Program, a U.S. Department of Defense-funded program hosted by the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that seeks to improve access to health services for Reserve and National Guard members and families.

Abb serves as deputy director of the Citizen Soldier Support Program and brings more than 23 years of military experience to work with soldiers and their families. His final military assignment was command of the Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps Battalion at Hofstra University.

Moyer is a licensed psychologist, U.S. Army member and adjunct professor at ECU. He has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and works extensively with Army Special Forces, Rangers and specialized personnel. He is a founding member of the clinical operational psychology residency program at Womack Army Medical Center.    

Other workshop dates and topics are:

  • Oct. 9 – Dr. Jeffrey Sonis of UNC-CH will present “What Primary Care Providers Need to Know” from 10 a.m.-noon in Room 1335 of the ECU Health Sciences Building. The session is targeted at physicians, physician assistants and family nurse practitioners

  • Nov. 2 – William Abb and Bob Goodale return to present “Academic and Daily Living Accommodations” from 9 a.m.-noon in the Willis Building Auditorium;

  • Nov. 16 – Jessica Meed of the Citizen Soldier Support Program will lead “Issues of the Family Unit” from 9 a.m.-noon in the Willis Building Auditorium.

All presentations will be videotaped and made available online. For more information or to register for October and November workshops, contact Beth Velde, director of ECU public service and community relations, at

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