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Employees Recognized at Graduation

An Edgecombe Community College instructor and staff member received special awards from the ECC Foundation at the college’s graduation exercises on May 9.

Rebecca Stamilio-Ehret, instructor of physics and industrial/technical trades, received the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award.

“She is passionate and enthusiastic about the topics she teaches,” said Karen Andrus, executive director of the ECC Foundation, in making the presentation. “She believes that if she shows students how physics, electronics, and engineering relate to their everyday lives, they will be more engaged and will better understand the material.”

Earlier this year, Stamilio-Ehret received national recognition for her plan designed to reduce the dropout rate for female students in STEM programs, which include science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Stamilio-Ehret serves as the college’s pre-engineering degree coordinator and directs the college’s weeklong summer STEM camps for middle school and elementary school students.

An ECC faculty member since 2007, she holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Appalachian State University.

Samanthia Phillips, dean of students, received the 2014 Staff Award.

“Fellow employees say this staff member is warm and welcoming to all students and is a true student advocate,” according to Andrus.

In 1997, she joined the college as a basic skills instructor. In 2003, she became the basic skills coordinator. She served in that position until 2009 when she became a student counselor on the Rocky Mount campus. In 2013, she was promoted to the critical position of dean of students.

Phillips was instrumental in the 2006 formation of BUTTERFLIE, a program dedicated to mentoring minority females. She remains an active leader in this program, and she also coordinates EMPAC, a mentoring program for minority males.

In addition, she has strengthened her own skills by completing the Edgecombe Leadership Initiative, a two-year leadership program at the college.

Phillips holds a B.A. degree from East Carolina University and an M.Ed. from the University of Phoenix.

The ECC Foundation honored Stamilio-Ehret and Phillips with a $250 check and a plaque.