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Vicki Johnnson (left), administrative assistant in the School of Allied Health Sciences, works with Lucretia Davis, fixed assets/surplus propert coordinator for Materials Management, to arrange for collection and distribution of surplus materials generated by the Allied Health Sciences move. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Move Generates Huge Surplus

By Crystal Baity

The School of Allied Health Sciences is adding to the bounty of cast-offs.

A massive amount of surplus is being generated by the school’s move beginning May 26 to the new health sciences complex off N.C. 43 near the Brody School of Medicine. Allied health will hold classes in the new building beginning May 30.

An estimated 235 desks, 260 chairs, 97 bookcases and 92 file cabinets – culled from allied health’s nine departments - will be sent to surplus. But that’s not all. There are tables, hutches, credenzas, lockers, bulletin boards, lecterns, lab equipment and more.

They line the halls of the soon-to-be vacated Carol Belk building while others remain next to packed boxes in individual office suites, storage closets and workrooms.

Lucretia Davis, central stores assistant manager of fixed assets/surplus in ECU Materials Management, is working under a tight timeline to move the leftovers to another department or put them up for public bids. Some items will be inherited by the College of Health and Human Performance, which is scheduled to occupy the building before fall 2007 classes. Renovation to Belk is the last piece of ECU’s part of the $3.1 billion statewide higher education facilities bond referendum passed in November 2000, said Mark Myer, project manager with ECU facilities engineering and architectural services. Renovation of Belk is expected to start in June.

So Davis has about two weeks to move the surplus after allied health vacates but before work crews arrive.

Dr. Beth Velde, a full-time faculty member in the occupational therapy department and assistant dean of special projects for allied health sciences, and Vicki Johnson, administrative assistant to Dean Stephen Thomas, compiled a computerized list of surplus items from all departments. The list was sent to health and human performance colleagues, who chose what they wanted to keep or surplus. The items they wanted were removed from the list before it was given to Davis.

“There’s a lot of it,” Velde said, noting faculty members are getting new, matching office furniture, which includes a desk, chair, guest chair, file cabinet and bookshelves.

Davis and Johnson recently walked through Belk to inventory what was staying and what was going. The outcasts were obvious: random lamps; plastic orange chairs; 1970s-era file cabinets without locks; beat-up, improvised bookcases.

The move will unite all of allied health sciences under one roof for the first time in 20 years. The physician assistant studies program has been located at VOA site off NC 43 and several researchers have worked in the Greenville Centre.

Since its conceptual stage seven years ago, planners envisioned the state-of-the-art $55 million health sciences complex as a place for interdisciplinary education and research. Laupus library is scheduled to move concurrently with allied health. Nursing is tentatively set for June 19-27.

This page originally appeared in the May 19, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at