Amber Heckart, Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Senior

Amber HeckartThe winner of the 2011-2012 ΦΚΦ Outstanding Senior award is Amber Heckart from Holly Ridge, NC. A graduate of the NC School of Science and Math, Amber was selected to be an EC Scholar and member of the Honors College. She was also chosen to be part of the Brody Early Assurance for Admission to Medical School program. Amber graduates in May of 2012 summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in biology and a B.A. degree in Hispanic Studies. She studied abroad for a semester in Santander, Spain, where she attended classes at the Universidad de Cantabria. She did her senior honors thesis project under the direction of Dr. David Tulis at the Brody School of Medicine investigating the biochemical mechanisms that underlie abnormal growth of vascular smooth muscle. Amber has also been involved in many service and leadership activities. She has been a volunteer tutor for chemistry, biology and physics. She served as Co-President of the ECU Spanish Club, helped raise funds for the NC Migrant Farm Worker Food Bank, and has been the Undergraduate Student Vice President for ECU’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. In Greenville, she has served with a number of organizations to volunteer ot help the local Latino population, working particularly in the Grimesland Health Clinic and the AGAPE health clinic in Washington, NC. Amber is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma and Golden Key. She was recently nominated for the Fullerton Scholarship in the Brody School of Medicine, which she will enter this fall. Amber plans to prepare for a career in primary care. Eventually, she would like to open medical clinics across eastern NC to serve the growing Hispanic population.

German News 4/22/12

Dear friends of ECU’s program in German,

Wow. If you haven’t seen ECU’s production of Brecht’s “The Threepenny Opera”, it’s not too late, and trust me: it’s a show you don’t want to miss. Students of German are especially encouraged to attend. Performances run through Tuesday, April 24. — With best wishes, David Smith, Associate Professor (

–DEUTSCHKLUB: There will be no German Club this Tuesday as we all prepare for exams and the end of the semester.

Through Tuesday, 24 April
Info and Tickets:

German Events 4/1/12, Volunteer for PirateFest!

We hope you can join us for these free events and that students will consider signing up to help staff the German booth at Pirate Fest on Saturday, 14 April. (If you have never been to PirateFest, you’re missing out!) We need at least 2 student volunteers for each 2-hour block, beginning at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, 14 April, and ending at 3:45 p.m.  that same day. To sign up, please follow the link below under “Looking Ahead.” For more information, please  email Prof. Goodman ( or Prof. Smith ( Danke! — David Smith, program coordinator.

Events this week

Tuesday, 3 April, 5 p.m., Mendenhall
German Club will meet as usual in the large social/study room in Mendenhall (next to Java City across from the Hendrix Theater. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email German Club President Kendra Beaty (

followed by a showing of
“DIE BLECHTROMMEL” (“The Tin Drum”)–dir. by Völker Schlöndorff
Wednesday, 4 April, 5:30 p.m., Bate 1012
(Please see flyer.)

Looking Ahead

–German Dinner
Wednesday evening, 11 April, Time and Place TBA

–Pirate Fest
Saturday, 14 April, All day
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. If you can help staff the German Booth at the Pirate Festival, please sign up using this link:

PirateFest info is here:

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