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 dssdept@ecu.edu, 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 www.ecu.edu/adaptedrecday.

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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 parkerr@ecu.edu. 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 http://www.carolinaalehouse.com.

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 ohalloranr@ecu.edu. For more details about the donation, contact Mindy Amerson, marketing coordinator for LM Restaurants, at 919-851-0858 or mamerson@lmrest.com.





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 winslowsh@ecu.edu 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 www.PirateAlumni.com/golf for further details. Visit PirateAlumni.com/piratesbounty 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 watsonje@ecu.edu.