‘Pirates From Afarrr’ serves distance ed students

ECU distance education students can now connect with each other more easily thanks to Allisha Ellis, a non-traditional ECU distance education student.

Ellis, a first-year health services management major, created the first DE student organization, “Pirates From Afarrr,” as an opportunity for DE students to meet others who share similar situations and to network with one another.

Jennifer Baysden in the ECU Office of Continuing Studies helped Ellis develop the organization’s constitution. Ellis serves as president, with Kellie Dunne as secretary. About 30 members have  already joined.

Ellis said she hopes the organization will lead to study group opportunities, networking, career and education mentoring and social events for students living in similar regions. She has also reserved a space for the group on ECU’s Second Life campus.

“I truly believe the possibilities are endless,” Ellis said. “There are many ways to make this organization for work for everyone while also making it fun.”

Ellis said her primary goal is to create a community for ECU’s distance education students so they will “know that they are not alone and there are others to draw strength from.”

“This alone can instill an even greater pride in our institution,” she said.

For additional information, contact Ellis at ELLISA91@students.ecu.edu



Science projects from 14 counties on display at ECU Feb. 25

The ECU Division of Research and Graduate Studies will hold its Regional Science and Engineering Fair Feb. 25 in the third floor atrium of the Science and Technology Building on campus.
On display will be 97 projects from 14 northeastern counties in the state. Projects will be judged and winners will move on to the State Science and Engineering Fair.
Projects will be on display for the public from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.###





Annual Tribute to Motown set for Feb. 25

ECU professor Carroll V. Dashiell Jr. is music director for the Tribute to Motown concert Feb. 25.

The ECU School of Music Jazz Studies Program will present its annual Tribute to Motown at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 in Wright Auditorium. Presented as part of Black History Month celebrations on campus, the concert celebrates African-Americans’ contribution to the music world. ECU music professor Carroll V. Dashiell Jr. is music director.

Performances will include such Motown classics as “Respect,” “Dr. Feel Good,” “Dancin’ in the Street,” “Sugar Pie Honey-Bun,” “Kansas City,” “My Girl” and more.

Featured performers include Ronee Martin, blues and jazz vocalist, and Christie Dashiell, Afro Blue vocalist; along with
Dashiell Jr on bass; Bill Ford, special guest piano/synthesizers; Jon Ozment, special guest piano/synthesizers; Jeff Bair, Jeremiah Miller and Vaughn Ambrose, saxophones; Carroll V. Dashiell, III, drums; Joe Phillips, guitar; Joey Stultz, ethnic percussion; Karen Peele, trombone; Steve Peckus, tenor sax; and James Old, trumpet. Background vocals are by “3-D”: Christie Dashiell, Rochelle Rice, Alden Quick and Marvin Thorne.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, available at the door or through the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS.


Blood challenge draws large response

The Health 1000 class in East Carolina University’s College of Health and Human Performance was this semester’s winner of a blood donation competition. The Health 1000 and Kinesiology 1000 classes compete each semester, with students and faculty members coming out to give blood. The Feb. 16 challenge brought out 298 donors from Health 1000 and 180 donors from Kinesiology, for a total collection of 349 units of blood. The challenge was held at the Student Recreation Center.

Sponsored by the College of Health and Human Performance, the event promotes civic engagement and positive mental health through volunteering and service-learning.


Documentary, discussion to focus on Fishbone

A presentation and panel discussion of the documentary “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in Mendenhall 244.

The documentary tells the story of the band Fishbone, a black rock band that rose to prominence in the 1980s. Following the film, the film’s director Chris Metzler will join ECU faculty members Marc Faris (Music), Ken Wyatt (Art) and Karen Zipf (History) in a discussion of the film.

Sponsored by the film studies minor and the student activities board, the event is free and open to the public.