What’s in a name? As Shakespeare wrote in “Romeo and Juliet,” “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

But what if a name change makes things even sweeter — because it more accurately reflects your identity?

That’s the case for the Department of Recreation Sciences in the College of Health and Human Performance at East Carolina University, which was previously the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.

“Does it make sense to change our name? That was where we started,” said Ed Gómez, chairman of the Department of Recreation Sciences. “There’s a national movement in the field to better reflect and represent the science involved in our work. When people hear the term leisure studies, they can think it’s a degree in chilling out. And that’s not what we’re about.

“Recreation sciences isn’t just an area of study, it’s really interdisciplinary,” he said. “It pulls in everything from sociology to economics to biology and anatomy to management to conservation to psychology. Recreation and park management leans more to social sciences while recreational therapy is more clinical science. And the two overlap in behavioral sciences.”

Gómez came to ECU in 2017 to be the chairman of what was then the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.

“Over the past couple of years, there have been significant changes as new faculty have joined us and brought new voices, dimensions and expertise to the department,” he said. “It was an opportunity to assess who we are and where we’re going as a department. Together we developed a new strategic plan, mission, vision and values.

“We reviewed and revised our curriculum. We looked at the scope of the research undertaken by our faculty. And we asked ourselves whether ‘recreation and leisure studies’ truly reflected who we are,” Gómez said.

It didn’t. Recreation sciences does, the department agreed.

The name change has been well received by students and alumni. Gómez reported that alumni have told him that they feel the change really captures what they do as professionals in the field.

ECU to host career fairs for students, alumni

ECU Career Services will host two career fairs on Oct. 16 at the Greenville Convention Center. The Engineering, Technology and Management (ETM) Career Fair will be from 8:30-11:30 a.m., followed by the Job and Internship Fair for all majors from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

The ETM Career Fair is open to all students interested in pursuing jobs and internships with organizations having engineering and technology staffing needs. During the three-hour session, students and alumni will have the opportunity to connect with more than 150 local and national employers in these industries. That afternoon, the Job and Internship Fair will welcome students of all majors at ECU and feature more than 100 organizations.

ECU students and alumni have the opportunity to meet potential employers from across the country recruiting for internships, and part-time and full-time positions. Both career fairs give attendees the opportunity to build connections and secure interviews with potential employers from a variety of industries including science, technology, business, government and health care.

On Oct. 17, ECU Career Services will host more than 60 organizations for on-campus interviews with prospective students who attended the career fairs.

New this fall, ECU Career Services will launch an application called the Fairs App. The app is designed to enhance the student and recruiter experience by allowing up-to-date information sharing before and during on-campus events. The Fairs App is available for Apple and Android devices as well as online (go.ecu.edu/fairsapp).

“We are very excited to see the large number of organizations recruiting ECU students for internships and co-ops, in addition to full-time jobs,” said Tom Halasz, director of ECU Career Services. “This year we will have over 100 organizations recruiting at each of these events. I can’t stress enough what a great opportunity these fairs offer for our students and alumni to find jobs and internships.”

Participating companies at these career fairs include Allscripts, AFLAC, Branscome Inc., Collabera, CTI Towers Inc., Domtar, Enterprise Holdings, Environmental Air Systems, FDIC, Financial Risk Group, Food Lion, Gibson Consultants, Greensboro Police Department, Hampton Farms, Hanesbrands, Insight Global, IFG Companies, JB Hunt Transport, Kohl’s, Lenovo, Live Oak Brand, Lowe’s, Meritage Homes, MORSCO, National General Insurance, NetApp, Old Edwards Hospitality, Peter Millar, Phreesia, Sanderson Farms, Sherwin Williams Company, SouthTech Orthopedics, Speedway, SRS Distribution, State Employees Credit Union, United Rentals, Variety Wholesalers, Varonis, Weyerhaeuser and Youth Villages.

For more information and suggestions on how to prepare for the career fairs, visit the Career Services website at https://career.ecu.edu or call Halasz at 328-6050.

LGBT movement’s history to be discussed

Laura Belmonte, professor of history and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, will visit ECU for the 36th annual Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History. She will discuss “A History of the International LGBT Movement,” at 5 p.m. on Oct. 15 in the Main Campus Student Center, Ballroom C.

“Many scholars have studied the LGBT movement from a domestic angle,” said M. Todd Bennett, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of History. “Few, though, have situated the movement in an international context. Dr. Belmonte’s Brewster Lecture — and her forthcoming book from which it is drawn — promises to break new ground.”

Before joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, Belmonte served as associate dean for instruction and personnel in the College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University. While at OSU, Belmonte co-founded and served as director of the American studies program, co-founded the gender and women’s studies program and served as head of the Department of History.

A specialist in the history of U.S. foreign relations, Belmonte is author of “Selling the American Way: U.S. Propaganda and the Cold War” and numerous articles on cultural diplomacy. Her most recent book, “A History of the International LGBT Movement,” will be published by Bloomsbury as part of the series “New Approaches to International History.”

The Brewster lecture, established in 1983, is free and open to the public. Parking is available for $1 per hour in the new parking deck located behind the Main Campus Student Center at 501 East 10th St. The deck is accessible by turning down Student Center Way. Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act should call 737-1016 (Voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.