Young Writers Summer Camps Offered at ECU

This summer the Tar River Writing Project at East Carolina University will sponsor several camps for young writers in Pitt County and the surrounding area.

Young writers at all ability levels are invited to experience a fun and creative writing community this summer. Each camp offers the chance to develop writing and digital literacy skills and to build a writing community with other writers from across the county. Students from public, private, and home school environments may find an engaging and instructive experience with writing.

Camps currently offered include:

  • “Subscribe to Writing” (rising 4th– 6th graders): June 25 – 30, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • “Subscribe to Writing” (rising 6th – 9th graders): July 9 – 14, 8:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
  • “Where We’re From” (rising 6th – 9th graders): June 25 – 29, Mon-Thu 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Fri 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • “Geo-Tagging: Digital Expression Is Not a Crime” (rising 9th– 12th graders): Mon-Fri,  June 18 – 29, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
  • “Write Here! Write Now!” (rising 9th – 12th graders): June 13 – 22, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • “Wilderness Writing” (rising 9th – 12th graders): July 23- Aug. 3, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with one overnight trip each week

Space is limited for all camps. For detailed descriptions and to apply for a camp, visit the Tar River Writing Project website at

Each applicant will be required to submit the following information:  student name, grade level, address, parent information, T-shirt size, proof of health insurance, recommendation from a teacher or family friend, and a writing sample.

Applications are preferred by April 1, but participants will be considered until each camp is full. At the time of application, a $25 non-refundable application fee is due.

Parents who apply by April 1 will be notified by April 15 if the child was accepted. Full payment is due by June 1. Registration fees include instruction and supplies for the duration of the camp and a commemorative T-shirt.

For additional information, contact Dr. Will Banks at (252) 328-6674 or at



ECU student selected for NASA internship

East Carolina University geology major John Gemperline was selected in a national competition for a summer internship with a NASA academy in Greenbelt, Md.


Gemperline will participate in the 2012 Goddard Space Flight Center Lunar and Planetary Science Academy, conducting research on “Comparative Geomorphic Analysis of Lunar Landslides and Martian Gullies.”

He is a 2011-12 undergraduate scholar in the North Carolina Space Grant program, a 13-member university-based consortia that funds research and education in science. Gemperline has conducted research with geography professor Dr. Tom Allen, director of RENCI at ECU and co-director of ECU’s Center for Geographic Information Science.

Gemperline is a 2011 cum laude graduate of UNC-Greensboro, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in geography, a bachelor’s in classical studies and a minor in cello.

A Greenville native and 2007 graduate of J.H. Rose High School, Gemperline is the son of Margaret and Paul J. Gemperline, ECU dean of Graduate Studies.



Kolasa appointed to global forum

East Carolina University professor and dietitian Dr. Kathryn Kolasa has been appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. Kolasa will represent the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


The forum has 45 members from around the world. A planning meeting was held this month, and the first forum session will be in August. The goal of the forum is to generate discussion of the education of health professionals and evaluate innovative approaches to education.

Kolasa’s appointment began March 1 and continues through February 2015. An internationally known dietitian, Kolasa is a professor of family medicine at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. The IOM is part of the National Academy of Sciences.

In other news, Kolasa recently published, with co-authors, “Obesity in Adolescents,” in the Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine and Health.


Hamstring Hustle 5K race set for March 31

Runners and walkers can lace up their shoes March 31 for the 18th annual Hamstring Hustle 5K Run/Walk.

The race, presented by the Medical Student Council at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, starts at 9 a.m. beside Moe’s Southwestern Grill on Red Banks Road. The race will wind through the Lynndale neighborhood and is a USA Track and Field-certified course/sanctioned event.

A portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit the ECU Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children achieve a healthy weight and improve their nutrition.

Registration before March 24 is $20 for all participants and includes a T-shirt. Registration after March 24 is $25. Registration is available online at; search for “hamstring hustle.” Late registration begins at 8 a.m. the day of the event at the race site.

Participants should be at the race site no later than 8:15 a.m. the day of the race.

Awards will be presented to the overall male and female winners and to the top three males and females in each age group: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over.

E-mail race organizers at for more information.