Monthly Archives: September 2011

Despite Rain, Roadside Cleanup Volunteers Shine

Participants in a cleanup along Charles Boulevard included, left to right, Katelyn Edwards, Sarah Tart, Endia Basden, Camille White, Brandie Tew, Brittany Wilson, Elizabeth Abbott, Ashley Redfern and Asha Thomas.


Gray skies and day-long drizzle did not deter volunteers from joining a roadside cleanup organized by students in East Carolina University’s College of Health and Human Performance Sept. 17.

The students from the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies cleaned a mile-long section of Charles Boulevard, extending from Greenville Boulevard to 10th Street. Wearing safety vests and gloves, all nine volunteers worked several hours to collect plastic bottles, paper and aluminum materials from the roadside.

The students are members of the recreation and leisure student undergraduate society, led by vice president Elizabeth Abbott of Raleigh. Abbott is a recreational therapy major.

“Lending a hand in the Greenville community through service projects is the mission of our society,” Abbott said. “It is also a good opportunity to network with fellow students as well as helping a good cause.”

It was the second time the society participated in the cleanup. They plan to continue the event once a semester.

The group was assisting the Recreation and Leisure Studies’ graduate society, which formally adopted the highway last year.


The cleanup crew worked for several hours despite rainy, drizzly weather.

East Carolina University to host 15th Annual Adapted Recreation and Wellness Day

At ECU's annual adapted sports event, popular sports are adapted so that people with disabilities may participate. (Contributed photo)

East Carolina University will host the 15th Annual Adapted Recreation and Wellness Day 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Student Recreation Center. The event, previously known as Adapted Sports Day, has expanded to include a broader range of topics and activities.

“This year’s event will introduce individuals to a variety of sports, recreation, and wellness activities which have been specifically modified to allow people with and without disabilities to participate,” said David Gaskins, associate director of ECU’s Campus Recreation & Wellness.

Attendees may learn about and participate in events such as power hockey (played in motorized wheelchairs), quad rugby, armchair fitness, and creative movement. A nutrition segment is also planned.

The event will also feature ECU alumna Heather Vercoe Phillips, recreation therapist working in Rehabilitation at Pitt County Memorial Hospital and experienced athlete in swimming and goalball.   Phillips is visually impaired and was previously an active member and organizer for this event. She is also an experienced speaker and presenter to a variety of audiences of topics related to people with disabilities.

“The term ‘adapted’ in Adapted Recreation and Wellness Day means an activity or sport has been modified so that someone with a disability can participate,” said Gaskins.  “This event assembles a variety of instructors and leaders who are experienced in different adapted sports and can facilitate learning and recreational experiences for a wide range of participants including those that have never been involved previously.”

Adapted Recreation & Wellness Day is open to participants of all ages and abilities as well as the general public. A $5.00 registration fee covers snacks, lunch, the keynote presentation, all instructional sessions, entry into facilities, and parking.  Registration for the event begins at 12:15pm on Oct. 15 at the ECU Student Recreation Center.   Individuals with hearing impairments in need of accommodations should contact the Department for Disability Support Services, 737-1016 or, at least 48 hours prior to the event.

This collaborative event is sponsored by ECU Campus Recreation & Wellness, Support Team for Active Recreation (STAR), ECU’s College of Health and Human Performance, Greenville Recreation and Parks, and Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation.

If you would like further information or are interested in sponsorship or serving as a volunteer please contact Mark Parker or David Gaskins at 252-328-6387 or visit

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ECU Economics Department Hosts Scholarship Fundraiser, Symposium

The East Carolina University Department of Economics will host a scholarship fundraiser and public symposium on “Monetary Policy and The Economy,” Oct. 3.

The day will begin with a luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Greenville Country Club, 216 Country Club Dr.

Featured speakers include economics specialists in the academic and public sectors. Speakers and presentation titles are: ECU professor Dr. Randall Parker, “Why are we Here?”; Dr. Jim Butkiewicz, University of Delaware, “The Fed: Then and Now”; Dr. James Fackler, University of Kentucky, “Current Fed Actions: Monetary Policy or Fiscal Policy?”; Dr. Robert Carpenter, University of Maryland and Federal Reserve of Richmond, “Can the Eurozone Survive?’ and Dr. Robert Hetzel, Federal Reserve of Richmond, “The Way Forward after the Great Recession: Increased Intervention by Central Banks in Markets or a Limitation of Central Bank Powers to Increase Market Discipline?”

Hetzel also will lead a technical research seminar at 3 p.m. in the ECU Department of Economics’ seminar room, Brewster B-104, on the ECU campus.

The symposium will conclude with a free, public forum including presentations and roundtable discussions at 7 p.m. in Hendrix Theatre. Dr. Alan R. White, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, will provide introductions.

Tickets for the scholarship fundraising luncheon at the Greenville Country Club are $50 and may be purchased through the Department of Economics. Checks should be made payable to The ECU Foundation and mailed to Dr. Randall Parker, ECU Dept. of Economics, Brewster A-422, Greenville, NC 27858.

For additional information, contact Parker at 252-328-6755 or Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.


New Greenville restaurant donates 10 percent of food sales to ECU

The ECU Department of Hospitality Management is one of the largest departments of its kind in the Southeast. (Contributed photos)

The new Carolina Ale House in Greenville will donate 10 percent of food sales during its first open week, Sept. 17 – 23, to the East Carolina University Department of Hospitality Management.

Bob O’Halloran, hospitality management department chair, and Kathy Brown, major gifts officer at ECU, will accept the donation. O’Halloran said, “We are delighted to receive such a generous gift from the Carolina Ale House Family. It’s wonderful when Greenville businesses understand the importance of supporting the students in its community.


“We look forward to the educational and career opportunities Carolina Ale House will provide for our students,” he said.

The Carolina Ale House is a sports-themed restaurant originally established in Raleigh and now operating 15 locations in the Southeast. The Greenville site is located at 704 SE Greenville Blvd. near the Greenville Mall. For additional information about the Carolina Ale House, visit

The Department of Hospitality Management at ECU is the largest of its kind in North Carolina and one of the largest in the Southeast, with an enrollment exceeding 450. Degrees offered include three undergraduate programs with concentrations available in food and beverage management, lodging management and convention management; a minor and an MBA with hospitality management option.

For additional information about hospitality management, contact O’Halloran at 252-737-1604 or For more details about the donation, contact Mindy Amerson, marketing coordinator for LM Restaurants, at 919-851-0858 or




Aphasia support group meets on campus

A support group for people with aphasia and their caregivers will meet each Friday through Dec. 2 at East Carolina University.

Aphasia is difficulty or loss in communication, usually the result of stroke or brain injury.

The ECU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders hosts the group from 9 to 11 a.m. Fridays in Room 1305 in the Health Sciences Building at the College of Allied Health Sciences.

Participants engage in a variety of activities to improve communication skills. Contact Sherri Winslow at 252-744-6142 or for more information.

Registration open for annual ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic

The ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic golf tournament will be held Sept. 30 at Ironwood Golf and Country Club in Greenville, with tee times at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The winning team from the tournament will represent ECU in the Acura College Alumni Team Championship, Oct. 27 – 30 at the Pinehurst Resort.

Following the game, the 19th Hole Scholarship Reception will be held in Ironwood’s Clubhouse, where trophies and prizes will be distributed.

The Pirate’s Bounty Scholarship Auction will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Hilton Greenville. The auction features more than 125 silent and live auction items including a hot air balloon ride for two, a dream vacation week in Las Vegas, a Daytona 500 NASCAR package, Boston Red Sox tickets, a family vacation at Disney, Pirates memorabilia, golf packages and a New York shopping spree.

Auction tickets are included in player packages. Non-golfers may purchase tickets in advance for $20 per person. Included in the event price are heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages and entertainment from Scott Mueller ’96.

Golf packages are $135 and include green fee and cart, beverage service, golfer’s goody bag, and meals and snacks throughout the day provided by The Fresh Market, Carolina Ale House, Panera Bread, and Ironwood.

Register for the golf classic and/or get tickets for the auction by calling 252-ECU-GRAD or 800-ECU-GRAD. Visit for further details. Visit to register for the auction online and for a complete list of auction items.

Proceeds will benefit East Carolina Alumni Association scholarships to deserving undergraduate students who demonstrate academic success, leadership among their peers and service to the university and/or community. The Alumni Association has awarded more than $167,000 in scholarships to 134 students in the last six years.

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For additional information contact Jennifer Watson at 252-328-4902 or by e-mail at

Nanoscience roundtable to be held at ECU

A roundtable discussion of safety in nanoscience will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at the East Carolina Heart Institute.

The event, entitled “An Ounce of Prevention: Developing Safe Nanomaterials for Commercial Use,” draws leaders in nanoscience from government, academic and industry to network and share solutions that conserve energy and resources while eliminating the generation of hazardous substances.

Schedule of activities for the roundtable is as follows:

5 – 5:30 p.m. Registration and networking
5:30 – 5:35 p.m. Welcome, ECU Vice Chancellor for Research Deirdre Mageean
5:35 – 6:05 p.m. Nigel Walker, deputy program director for science, National Toxicology Program, National Institutes of Health,  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
6:05 – 6:35 p.m. Jared Brown, assistant professor of pharmacology, East Carolina University
6:35 – 7:05 p.m. Gary Casuccio, vice president, RJ Lee Group
7:05 – 7:10 p.m. Closing remarks
7:10 – 8 p.m. Networking

This event is a collaboration between the Center of Innovation for Nanbiotechnology ( and Science at Starlight, a regional intellectual exchange group, organized by the Eastern Region office of the NC Biotech Center.

For additional information about the event or to register, visit



ECU welcomes nationally known TV personality Kevin “Food Dude” Roberts to campus on Sept. 13th

East Carolina University welcomes Kevin Roberts to campus on Sept. 13 for a special event, which will include an onstage cooking demonstration, lecture and discussion time with students.

Roberts, known as the “Food Dude,” will be the featured speaker for a program called the “Freshman Fifteen” which will be held at 7 p.m. in Hendrix Theatre.  He has a knack for creativity and healthy eating in the kitchen and enjoys opportunities to share this with college students.

The Food Dude has appeared on more than 100 local and national television shows including The Today Show, CBS’ Early Show and The Food Network and is a regular contributor on Better TV.

In addition to touring college campuses nationwide to talk about healthy eating, he has penned two cookbooks and is owner and executive chef of four sports bar/tavern concepts in San Diego.   His acclaimed cookbook, “Munchies”, is targeted towards the struggle to find quick, simple and tasty alternatives to grab-and-go meals and fast food.

Many of his recipes like west coast wings, tater tot hash and cinnamon roasted grapefruit have the goal of showing there is more to cooking than complex recipes and expensive ingredients.

Roberts, who was also a top ten finalist on The Next Food Network Star will arrive on campus and begin prepping for his lecture and presentation around 5:30 p.m.  He also plans on making visits at some dining locations as well as hosting a meet and greet with students after the event.

This event is co-sponsored by the Student Activities Board, Campus Wellness’ Arrrgh You Eating Well? program and the ECU Residence Hall Association.  For more information about this event, contact Emily McLamb, associate director for Student Involvement at (252) 737-2003 or visit the Student Activities website at

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