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Steve Duncan, East Carolina University director of military programs, was honored May 3 with the General William E. DePuy Award, presented by the U.S. Army Cadet Command.

The award is considered the most prestigious honor given by the U.S. Army Cadet Command, the parent organization of the Army ROTC program, and has been presented only to two other individuals.

The award recognizes an individual who has provided significant support to the local or national Army ROTC program.

Brig. Gen. Arnold N. Gordon-Bray, the deputy commanding general of Cadet Command, officiated at a ceremony that honored this year's graduates of both the Army and the Air Force ROTC programs at ECU. Also present at the event was Col. William T. Wiseman, the commander of the Fourth ROTC Brigade.

Gordon-Bray praised Duncan for his continuing efforts on behalf of the ROTC program at ECU. He noted that Duncan's previous service as the deputy commander of the U.S. Army Training Support Center and in other key governmental assignments also had significantly contributed to the success of the Army.

While a civilian employee of the federal government, Duncan earned the Superior Service Award, the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service – the highest award presented to civilian employees of the Army's Remote technical support program recognized ECU's online master's of science program in Computer support Science and Technology Systems was named a "best buy" from an organization that evaluates online degree programs., which serves as a clearinghouse to showcase and evaluate accredited online degrees, employs college experts to review each online program. In 2007, ECU's online MBA and education degrees ranked one and three, respectively.

ECU's master's program in computer support science ranked seventh out of 68 programs nationwide. Housed in the College of Technology and Computer Science, the program offers four master's of science degrees: computer science; computer networking management; data communications technology; and information security.

Program seeks to help veterans

A program to assist mental health professionals working with returning war veterans will be offered May 29-30.

The May 29 session will focus on mental health of service members returning from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will be held at 5:45-9 p.m. at the Edwin W. Monroe Eastern AHEC Conference Center, 2000 Venture Tower Drive, Greenville. The program is aimed at primary care physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

The May 30 workshop will help mental health professionals apply clinical skills to their work with these veterans and their families.It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Pitt County Agricultural Center, 403 Government Circle, Greenville.

Speakers for these events include Dr. Harold Kudler, mental health coordinator for Veterans Affairs medical centers in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia; Dr. Vince Arnold, retired Navy and director of the Deployment Health Center at Camp Lejeune; Dr. Kristy Straits-Troster, clinical psychologist with Veterans Affairs.

The events are sponsored by the Eastern Area Health Education Center, the Southeast Area Health Education Center, the N.C. Citizen Soldier Support Program, the Veterans Administration and others.

For more information, call (910)-792-5560, Ext. 100 or visit

Engineering grads donate

ECU's first graduating class of 22 engineers donated $1,500 to ECU's Engineering Foundation. The announcement was made at the College of Technology and Computer Science Recognition Ceremony on May 10.

"This generous and forward-thinking gift is the start of alumni involvement in the engineering program," said Paul Kauffmann, chairman of the engineering department. "Our first graduates have demonstrated their commitment to enhancing engineering access by this donation which will focus on scholarships and financial support for future students."

Business sets scholarship mark

The College of Business recognized 96 undergraduate and graduate students with scholarships at an awards banquet on April 29.

The scholarships totaled $120,000 for the 2011-09 academic year – almost doubling last year's sum of $65,000.

"These scholarships reflect the generosity of our alumni, faculty, and friends – they have shared their success so that others can succeed," said Frederick Niswander, dean of the College of Business,

Trujillo named chair of OT

Leonard G. Trujillo has been named chairman of the Department of Occupational Therapy in the College of Allied Health Sciences.

Trujillo, who holds a doctoral degree, has been an occupational therapist for 30 years with the majority of his clinical experience in the U.S. Air Force. He was the only USAF officer to have held the position of program director for the Tri Service OT Assistant Program at the Army's Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Prior to joining ECU, he was an associate professor and associate dean at the School of Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman's University in Dallas.

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