Campus Notes: Smith goes to Africa
The Daily Reflector
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Audrey Smith of Greenville spent two weeks in South Africa this summer caring for cheetahs and other African animals. Smith, 20, a junior at East Carolina University, traveled with the study-abroad organization Loop Abroad and served as a volunteer at Feracare Wildlife Centre.
The Veterinary Service program brings students to South Africa to volunteer alongside veterinarians from the United States and from South African animal experts. Smith and her team took a course in the anatomy, behavior, and conservation of big cats.
Students provided care for the animals at the wildlife center, including feeding the cheetahs and helping to provide enrichment for them. Smith was able to travel to Kruger National Park to observe African wildlife.
Loop Abroad has animal science and veterinary programs in Thailand, South Africa and Australia. Students are selected based on academic achievement, an admissions essay and professional references.
A Greenville native has been awarded the most prestigious scholarship available at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine.
Jessica “Jessie” Tucci-Herron is one of three students in the medical school’s Class of 2021 chosen for the Brody Scholar award, valued at approximately $112,000. She will receive four years of medical school tuition, living expenses and the opportunity to design her own summer enrichment program that can include travel abroad. The award also will support community service projects she may undertake while in medical school.
Ann Tooley of Kitrell and Lindsey Burleson of Albemarle also are scholarship recipients.
Tucci-Herron is a graduate of J.H. Rose High School and ECU, where she received a degree in psychology and a minor in Hispanic studies. She was the recipient of the EC Scholars award and a member of the Sigma Delta Pi National Spanish Honor Society. She worked as a peer tutor at the Pirate Academic Success Center, as a cardiac catheterization lab assistant at Vidant Medical Center, and as a caregiver for high school students with disabilities.
She is the daughter of Tadd Herron and Karen Tucci-Herron.
In its 35th year, the Brody Scholars program honors J.S. “Sammy” Brody. He and his brother, Leo, were among the earliest supporters of medical education in eastern North Carolina.
Since the program began in 1983, 137 students have received scholarships. About 70 percent of Brody Scholars remain in North Carolina to practice.
Jennie Lee of Greenville has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to Germany from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Lee, 22, will act as an English teaching assistant at the Julius Leber Schule in Hamburg, Germany, for 10 months beginning in September.
Lee attended St. Peter Catholic School, J.H. Rose High School and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. She received bachelor's degrees in vocal performance and world languages from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
As an English teaching assistant, Lee will aid teachers in the classroom and will create after-school activities for the students as an opportunity for them to further their English studies and comprehension. She also will offer singing lessons and yoga instruction.
Lee is one of nearly 2,000 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English and provide expertise abroad for the 2017-18 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.