No Boundaries For Alumnus

After a week of rock climbing, rafting, fly fishing and more, George Kalinowski was most excited about being among fellow veterans who really listened.

Kalinowski, a Vietnam veteran and East Carolina alumnus, was one of ten participants on a recent trip that allowed combat wounded veterans to bond and realize new capabilities through specially adapted outdoor sports. From Aug. 9-14 at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colorado, Kalinowski and veterans of other conflicts like Iraq and Afghanistan were able to build confidence and camaraderie.

“The trip was outstanding. Everybody was opening up. I think they liked having the old guy there,” said Kalinowski, who suffered shrapnel wounds in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart. “No one takes the time to listen to veterans, at any age. With the guys, we opened up more when we realized we’d gone through similar things. They wanted to hear what I had to say. They were really supportive, and I wanted to support them too.”

Kalinowski was selected for the trip after applying through the East Carolina Alumni Association Military Alumni Chapter. This year, the chapter partnered with No Boundaries, a non-profit that offers this trip to veterans from across the country twice a year, in the summer and winter, at no cost to veterans.

“My favorite part was the fly fishing, but every activity was great,” he said. “A couple times, I doubted myself, and thought some of this stuff was beyond what I could do at my age. But everything went really well.”

Kalinowski grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. His father was an Air Force officer. He came to ECU on the recommendation of one of his high school teachers. He joined a fraternity and studied accounting, but was drafted into the Army before he could graduate. He worked in several fields throughout his career, including real estate and as the part owner of a sign company.

“Life has been good to me, I’ve been fairly well off,” he said. “But being retired, I wasn’t doing much. This trip inspired me to get in shape. My family was worried it would be too much strain. I’ve been a couch potato, but now I’ve got a whole new attitude.”

On the last night of the trip, participants were invited to be guests of honor at a local rodeo. They were brought to the center of the ring as the announcer thanked them for their service.

“The crowd stood up and clapped. I’m not an emotional person, but that got to me,” Kalinowski said. “We were so unwelcome when we came home. I’m so glad the nation is supporting veterans better.”

Kalinowski “overwhelmingly” recommends the trip to other Pirate veterans. “No doubt about it, you won’t be sorry,” he said. “It’s great what these organizations are doing for us.”

The next No Boundaries trip will be March 7-12, 2017. Applications will be due Jan. 2. ECU alumni or students who are combat wounded veterans are encouraged to apply. 

The Military Alumni Chapter hosts various programs throughout the year and is open to any East Carolina alumni with current or past military service. To find more information, get involved or support the chapter, visit PirateAlumni.com/militaryalumni.

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Alumni Board Chair and Executives Returning for Second Term

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Glenda Palmer Moultrie ’79

The chair of the East Carolina Alumni Association Board of Directors has returned for a second term. Glenda Palmer Moultrie ’79 of Derwood, Maryland began her second year as chair on July 1, along with the rest of the executive committee. Moultrie graduated from East Carolina University in 1979 with a bachelor of science in therapeutic recreation. She is the owner of L&L Travel and Tours. As chair, Moultrie will lead an organization that serves more than 165,000 East Carolina alumni worldwide.

“I am honored to serve another term as chair. Serving another term will enable our board to finalize some loose ends from the past year and continue our vision moving forward in the years ahead,” Moultrie said. “I would like to thank everyone for supporting our board of directors. Know that my commitment to our Pirate nation runs deep. I am forever a Pirate!”

Moultrie and the board plan to continue their work engaging students and young alumni, along with expanding regional chapters and affinity groups. “If we weren’t blessed to have dedicated alumni around the country engaging other alumni in their area, our association could not grow,” she said.

“I am honored to have Glenda return for a second term as chair,” Heath Bowman, associate vice chancellor for alumni relations, said. “Over the past nine months, I have been fortunate to work closely with Glenda and to observe her steady and confident leadership of our association. As we prepare to undertake new and exciting projects in the coming year, I know that the entire Pirate alumni family will benefit from Glenda’s veteran leadership at the helm.”

The rest of the executive committee also will remain for another year. John Israel ’82 of Norfolk, Virginia will serve as vice chair. Oliver “Tim” Willis ’12 of Durham will serve as treasurer. Mark Garner ’77 of Greenville will serve as secretary.

Joining the board as new members are Crystal Dailey ’97, ’03 of Frederick, Maryland, Ron Hinton III ’14 of Raleigh and Sarah Proctor ’04 of Wilmington.

The East Carolina Alumni Association Board of Directors is comprised on 28 members who serve three-year terms. Members serve on a volunteer basis. Meetings are held four times a year. The mission of the East Carolina Alumni Association is to inform, involve and serve members of the East Carolina family throughout their lifelong relationship with the university.

Meet Us in Charlotte, Wake County, and DC!

Ahoy there, Pirates! Do you want to meet fellow East Carolina University alumni in your area this summer? The East Carolina Alumni Association has several events this month around the Pirate Nation!

The Charlotte Chapter is holding an interest meeting this Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Old Mecklenburg Brewery located at 4150 Yancey Road. No registration is required. If you’ve been looking for ways to get more involved and stay connected to ECU, this is a great way to start! If you can’t make it and still want to be involved, e-mail charlotte.nc@alumni.ecu.edu or follow the Charlotte Chapter on Facebook.

The Wake County Chapter is holding a casual meetup next Thursday, July 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Blackfinn Ameripub in Morrisville, NC. These meetups are held twice a month alternating between Morrisville and Raleigh. There’s no need to sign up ahead of time but e-mail raleigh.nc@alumni.ecu.edu  or follow the Wake County Chapter on Facebook for more information.

Finally, join us for a professional happy hour in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, July 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Flight Wine Bar located at 777 6th Street NW. Be sure to follow the DC Metro Chapter on Facebook!

All of the alumni association’s upcoming events can be found here.

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Members, Buccaneer Buffet Registration Open Now!

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Registration for Buccaneer Buffet 2016, served up by Dowdy Student Stores, is now open to current members of the East Carolina Alumni Association!

Join fellow alumni and fans at the alumni association’s official tailgate for each home football game at ECU. Enjoy catered food from local restaurants, included beverages, live entertainment, door prizes and more!

New this year, we’re offering members a VIP (Very Important Pirate) experience! Members will be allowed to enter a half-hour early. This means members will be the first to try our featured craft beer at each tailgate, another new offering this year, among our many other amenities. Buccaneer Buffet always begins three hours before kick-off (so members can enter three-and-a-half hours before kick-off). Members will also receive member appreciation gifts at certain events.

For members of the alumni association, tickets are $15 for ages 11 and up and $5 for ages 10-3. For non-members, tickets are $25 for ages 11 and up and $10 for ages 10-3. All children 2 and under are free. Prices include NC sales tax. Member pricing is good for alumni association members and their dependents 22 years of age and younger.

Not a member? Click here to join and get immediate access to Buccaneer Buffet and our many other member benefits. Non-members can register starting August 1. As always, Buccaneer Buffet is open to all friends and fans of East Carolina.

Buccaneer Buffet is held at Johnson Soccer Stadium, which is located behind Clark-LeClair Baseball Stadium, off of Charles Boulevard. This site is fully accessible, paved, tented, and has indoor restrooms. This site is served by the university’s ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) shuttles.

Tickets purchased prior to August 18 will be mailed to your address. Tickets purchased after this date will not be mailed and can be picked up at the door.

PLEASE NOTE: All attendees MUST bring photo ID with birth date! Members should bring their membership card to take advantage of member benefits. 

Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Some tailgates may sell out quickly, so make plans to purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets may be sold at the door if space is available.

If you have any questions, contact Assistant Director of Alumni Programs Megan Howard ’07 at howardme14@ecu.edu or 252-328-5557.

Buccaneer Buffet 2016

Sept. 3 vs. Western Carolina
Crave, Aramark, Sweet Couple
Abita Purple Haze

Sept. 10 vs. NC State
GK Café, Aramark, Sandi’s Creative Cakes, Campus Cookies
Sweetwater 420

Oct. 1 vs. UCF
Moore’s Old Tyme Barbeque, Aramark, Campus Cookies
Carolina Brewery Sky Blue

Oct. 13 vs. Navy
Zoe’s Kitchen, Aramark, Sweet Traditions
Catawba Brewing White Zombie

Oct. 29 vs. UConn
Abrams, Aramark, GK Café
Troegs Perpetual IPA

Two Pirate Veterans Chosen For No Boundaries Trip

Two Pirate alumni military veterans have been chosen for a trip that will help those wounded in combat gain camaraderie and confidence.

George Kalinowski ’67 and Roger Smith ’04 will head to the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Colorado in August thanks to the East Carolina Alumni Association and our partners at the non-profit No Boundaries.

“I am excited about being selected for the trip and at 71 hope to keep up with the younger guys,” says Kalinowski, who served as a sergeant in the Army during the Vietnam War on the Cambodia border from July 1969 to July 1970. He was awarded a Purple Heart due to numerous shrapnel wounds from an RPG round, as well as several other awards. He currently lives in California.

Smith says, “I’m not good in public places, but I like to be outdoors. I figured it was time to do something and get out.” He served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is dealing with several issues including PTSD, traumatic brain injury, hearing loss, stress-related migraines and others. Smith was born to military parents in California and grew up in Japan. His father’s last station brought him to Jacksonville, NC, where he graduated high school and has since returned after his service.

“I didn’t know things like this existed,” Smith said. “I’ve never done anything with Wounded Warriors; they get a lot of press. I’m not trying to be in the spotlight. I like that this is a small group. I think it’s a great opportunity to do things outside and be around guys and girls with similar experiences. I hope I can learn something.”

Kalinowski and Smith will get two of the ten spots available on this trip, which is offered twice a year to combat wounded veterans from around the country. (This is the first year No Boundaries is partnering with the East Carolina Alumni Association). All adaptive sporting activities at the NSCD – which include kayaking, zip lining, rock climbing, and more –  are tailored specifically for veterans’ needs and are supervised by trained staff. There is no cost to participants, since the No Boundaries program is completely covered by donations. Flights, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities are included.

Be sure to follow The Chantey and alumni association social media for more updates on this exciting journey!

Applications Due June 17 for New Trip for Combat Wounded Veterans

NoBoundariesAre you a combat wounded veteran and an ECU student or alumnus? You’re invited to apply for a special all expenses paid expedition in August, brought to you by the East Carolina Alumni Association Military Alumni Chapter and No Boundaries.

No Boundaries is a non-profit organization that allows combat wounded military veterans to experience adaptive sports activities the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) in Winter Park, CO.

The No Boundaries program promotes self-esteem, pride and a sense of accomplishment for combat wounded service men and women as they expand their independence and overcome challenges once thought insurmountable. Living together under one roof for six days, these heroes also benefit from group socialization, camaraderie, teamwork and new life-long friendships with fellow veterans who are in the same situation and experience the same challenges in life.

noboundaries-200w.pngThis trip, offered twice a year, is full of exciting summer or winter activities. All adaptive sporting activities at the NSCD are tailored specifically for veterans’ needs and are supervised by trained staff. Typical sport activities in the summer include adaptive white water kayaking on the Colorado river, zip lining, ropes courses, rock climbing, downhill mountain biking and fly fishing. Winter trips include adaptive skiing, snowmobiling, ski biking, and tubing. Participants are chosen by application. There is no cost to participants, since the No Boundaries program is completely covered by donations. Flights, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities are included.

Applications are due by the end of the day June 17, 2016.

Selected participants will be notified by June 25, 2016.

The trip will be August 9-14, 2016.

Click here to apply.

 

 

Association Honors Faculty with Alumni Awards for Teaching

Faculty play a vital role in shaping students’ college experiences and maintaining bonds after students graduate from East Carolina University.

To this end, the East Carolina Alumni Association sponsors the University Alumni Awards for Outstanding Teaching and the Robert L. Jones ’58 Award for Teaching Excellence.

These awards were among several given at the seventh annual Founders Day and University Awards Celebration on April 27 in Hendrix Theatre.

The 2016 University Alumni Awards for Outstanding Teaching went to Dr. Cody Chullen, assistant professor of management in the College of Business, and Dr. Sandra Lookabaugh, associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Health and Human Performance. The 2016 Robert L. Jones ’58 Award for Teaching Excellence went to Dr. Laura Levi Altstaedter, assistant professor of Hispanic studies education in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Since coming to ECU in 2011, Chullen has taught classes in managerial negotiation, human resource management, and principles of management both face-to-face and online. Additionally, he is a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow and a Teaching with Technology Fellow of the university. He works closely and consults with an array of businesses in the manufacturing, mental health services, and healthcare industries.

“I believe it is my mission as a management educator to develop students as a whole person rather than a learner of a singular subject,” Chullen wrote in his teaching statement. “I believe students should be equipped with skills that are applicable beyond simple subjects. These skills – those not considered content knowledge – include communication, problem solving, networking, discussion, debate, information gathering, resource finding, expression and reflection. The development of these skills makes serious inquiry possible by giving intellectual exploration a vehicle in which to move forward.”

Alumnus DaJuan Lucas ’13, ’15 named Chullen one of his most influential professors in a Pirate Profile posted at ecu.edu when he was a student.

Lookabaugh, who focuses on children’s use of transitional objects and human-animal relations, says, “As I reflect over the past 25 years of university teaching, I have maintained the core belief that, ‘Before you can teach them, you have to reach them.’ Building relationships with my students is the foundation of my teaching philosophy and the basis for all learning. I model the caring, compassionate, kind attitudes and behaviors I expect them to utilize with me, classmates, colleagues, and the families they serve. My goal in all courses, introductory-level to graduate-level, is to foster knowledge and build skills that can be applied to a myriad of contexts that promote optimal human functioning.”

“I will never forget the day that Dr. Lookabaugh met with me as an undergraduate student and sparked my passion for teaching,” said alumna Ashley Norris ’06, ’08, now an instructor in the same department as her former teacher. “I see firsthand, on a daily basis, that Dr. Lookabaugh is as committed to each of her students as she was to me 10 years ago.”

Levi Altstaedter’s research focuses primarily on second language writing at the college level. She is particularly interested in peer feedback and how it impacts students’ writing proficiency. She is also interested in researching the effects of technology-enhanced language instruction on students’ perceptions and language proficiency.

“It is my goal as an educator of 21st century students and future teachers to facilitate my students’ knowledge acquisition process by providing multiple opportunities for student-driven learning and by bringing the world to the classroom,” she says. “I aim to accomplish this by helping students create and understand their own knowledge-construction processes, adopt global perspectives, develop collaborative skills and multicultural awareness, and ultimately become intellectually empowered individuals and action-driven practitioners.”

“Dr. A is the best teacher that I have ever had,” says alumna Mariah Richards ’14. “During my time as her student, she continually challenged me to push the limits of my potential and to think critically in the target language and about the target culture. If it were not for her support and recommendation, I would not have become the lead Spanish tutor at ECU’s Pirate Tutoring Center or have been accepted into graduate school through New York University to pursue my MA in Spanish Linguistics at their campus in Madrid, Spain.”

The East Carolina Alumni Association is proud to recognize these faculty members for their dedication in preparing students to become successful alumni.

The portfolios of winners of the Robert L. Jones Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Alumni Association Awards for Outstanding Teaching, along with those for the Board of Governors Awards and the Max Ray Joyner Award for Outstanding Teaching in Distance Education are kept in the Office for Faculty Excellence in Joyner 1001 where they serve as resources on excellent teaching.

The Office for Faculty Excellence coordinates the University Teaching Awards Program with the Faculty Senate Awards Committee and the University Academic Council.

By Jackie Drake