Monthly Archives: January 2012

Prom attire needed for Fairytale Boutique

The Fairytale Boutique benefits Pitt County teenagers whose families are unable to afford the expensive gowns, shoes and accessories needed to attend high school proms. When prom season approaches, volunteers schedule appointments for girls to look for items they need. Pictured above is shopper Carlinna Shotwell, right, examining a dress during an earlier boutique event. Shotwell was assisted by volunteer ECU student Sam Cahill. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

The East Carolina University Volunteer and Service-Learning Center is seeking new and used prom gowns and accessories for distribution to high school girls who cannot afford prom attire. Donated items are collected for the annual Fairytale Boutique, scheduled this year for February 2011.

The VSLC staff works with school counselors and social workers to share boutique inventory with young women who need it most; however, dresses and accessories are in short supply for the upcoming event. Donations of all sizes of formal wear from 2007 to present, shoes, jewelry and other accessories are needed. Gowns in sizes 12 and up are in high demand. Donations can be dropped off at the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center in the Old Cafeteria Complex or picked up by appointment. All donations are tax deductible.

Contact Jessica Gagne Cloutier ( or Shawn Moore ( for additional information or call the VSLC at 252-328-2735.

AMEXCAN celebrates anniversary with roundtable discussion

The Association of Mexicans in North Carolina will celebrate its 10th anniversary Jan. 10 with a roundtable discussion on Latino immigration in the South.

Dr. Helen Marrow, professor of sociology and Latin American studies at Tufts University, will keynote the event, which will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room C-102, the Brewster Building at East Carolina University.

Marrow is a Tarboro native who graduated from Harvard University with a Ph.D. in sociology and social policy. At the roundtable discussion, she will present her most recent book, “Destination Dreaming: Immigration, Race, and Legal Status in the Rural American South.”

The discussion will address current topics related to Latinos living in the United States, many of whom have experienced significant changes with stricter immigration laws. Marrow will present evidence of resistance to such laws in eastern North Carolina.

The event is co-sponsored by the ECU College of Education, Department of Sociology and the Center for Diversity and Inequality Research.

For additional information, contact AMEXCAN by phone at 252-757-3916 or email

ECU events honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Dr. Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College for Women, will speak on “Visualizing the Dream,” at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in the East Carolina University Heart Institute auditorium as part of East Carolina University’s celebration of the Marting Luther King Jr. holiday.


A scholar and civic leader, Malveaux has hosted numerous television and radio programs and provided commentary on most major news networks on culture, gender, race and their economic impacts. Malveaux is an accomplished writer, whose weekly columns appeared in major newspapers across the country. Her academic work is included in numerous anthologies and journals, including her most recent co-authored publication, “A Democrat and a Republican Take on the 10 Most Important Issues Women Face.”

For additional information about Malveaux, visit

Malveaux’s visit is sponsored by the ECU Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Relations. For more information on the event, email that office at or call (252) 328.6804.

MLK Day of Service

The university’s celebration of MLK Day will also include the annual MLK Day of Service, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 16, the federal holiday that commemorates King’s life and achievements.

The event provides an opportunity for volunteers to honor King through community action that help solve social problems.

The Day of Service is organized by the ECU Volunteer and Service-Learning Center. For additional information or to join in the activities, visit

ECU’s Advising Center offers training to promote health and wellness

Tami Maes, a research assistant in ECU's Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, teaches biofeedback breathing techniques during a wellness workshop for ECU advisors. (Photo by Chuck Baldwin)

The East Carolina University Advising Center in the College of Health and Human Performance recently took steps to fight back against the ill effects of a sedentary work environment with a Dec. 2 workshop for ECU advisors on Wellness in the Workplace.

Twenty-five advisors attended the event, where they learned about healthy food options for those with a busy schedule, management of stressful workloads and appropriate breathing techniques. Dr. Lucas Carr, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, shared practical methods for increasing physical activity in the workplace.

Randy Gilland, director of the Health and Human Performance advising center said that he emphasizes with students the college’s mission to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life. The workshop helped extend that mission across campus, he said.

The training was offered as part of the ECU Advisor Collaborative Training Committee.


ECU staff members co-author book on Haiti

ECU staff member Elaine Hughes was among the co-authors who published a book to benefit Haiti. (Contributed photo)

East Carolina University staff member Elaine Hughes in the Department of Kinesiology and Christina Ruotolo of Eastern AHEC at ECU, with additional co-authors, developed “The Day the Earth Moved Haiti: From Havoc to Healing,” which examines the effects of the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake on the Haitian people.

The authors collaborated with individuals who had traveled to Haiti before, during and after the earthquake to present photographs, stories and poetry about the country and its people.

Proceeds from the book support three non-profit organizations that help Haiti: Compassion Weavers, Hope for Haiti Foundation and the Ryan Epps Children’s Home.

For more information about the project, visit


Family medicine professor publishes articles, guidebook

Publications by Dr. Kathryn Kolasa in the Department of Family Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University include the following:

With G.C. Firnhaber, “13 Tips for surviving the 12-hour shift,” in Nursing 41(12).

With C. Dunn, S. Vodicka, L. Schneider and C. Thomas, “Eat Smart Move More, Weigh Less – a Weight Management Program for Adults – Revision of Curriculum based on First-year pilot,” in the Journal of Extension.

“Personal weight management activity for third year medical students,” in Educator’s Resource.

Kolasa also created a 37-page guideline on food safety and nutrition entitled Helping Hands, for volunteer preparers of group meals. Read more about the Helping Hands project.

ECU guidebook outlines safety and nutrition for group meal preparation

East Carolina University family medicine professor Dr. Kathryn Kolasa, along with ECU graduate students Rachel Ward and Jill Jennings, developed a 37-page guidebook on food safety and nutrition for group meal preparation.

The Helping Hands guidebook created at ECU provides guidelines for volunteer meal providers. (Contributed image)

The Helping Hands resource was developed in response to requests from local agencies, as a guide for volunteers who help provide meals for soup kitchens, homeless shelters, cancer lodges and other facilities. Individuals who cook for large gatherings such as church suppers or funeral meals may also benefit.

Volunteers will find information on the components of healthy meals, time- and cost-saving tips, and food safety practices.  Additionally, the guidebook offers volunteers sample menus and dozens of recipes.

Download the guide at

Related documents are available at under the headings for “Donating Safe and Healthy Foods.”

For any additional questions regarding Helping Hands, contact Jennings at or Kolasa at


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