Motivational speaker, author and disabled golf enthusiast to share “Chasing A Dream”

Nationally recognized motivational speaker D.J. Gregory will present “Chasing a Dream” at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms as part of the 2nd annual Ralph Steele Visiting Lecture Series.

Gregory will also keynote the 16th annual ECU Adapted Recreation and Wellness Day, scheduled for Nov. 17, 1-4 p.m., at the Student Recreation Center on campus.

Gregory was born with cerebral palsy and learned to walk despite doctors’ expectations that he would always rely on a wheelchair. He became a fan of golf, attending professional tournaments with his father and meeting a number of professional golfers and golf broadcasters.

In 2008, Gregory walked every hole of all 44 PGA golf tournaments, which totaled more than 1.4 million steps and covered 988 miles. Each week, he walked the course with a different golfer for the entire tournament. He spent time with Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III and British Open Champ Stewart Cink and enjoyed the U.S. Open playoff between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate.  He interviewed and photographed the golfers, chronicling the trek in a weekly blog and later in a book called “Walking with Friends.”

Free and open to the public, the Ralph Steele Visiting Lecture Series was named in honor of Dr. Ralph Steele, who taught recreation and leisure studies for 30 years at ECU. A parking shuttle will be available at the Belk commuter lot on Charles Boulevard, across from the ECU track.

Adapted Recreation and Wellness Day is open to participants of all ages and abilities. Attendees will learn about and participate in events such as power hockey (played in motorized wheelchairs), quad rugby, adapted golf, hand cycling, the climbing wall and a presentation on health and nutrition. A $5 registration fee covers snacks, lunch, instructional sessions, entry into facilities, parking and the keynote presentation. Registration begins at 12:15 p.m.

For additional information on the Steele lecture, contact Dr. Richard Williams at (252) 328-0019. For information on Adapted Recreation and Wellness day, contact David Gaskins or Mark Parker at (252) 328-6387.

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Ceremony to dedicate pavers honoring military service to be held Nov. 9

ECU’s Office of Military Programs will host a ceremony to dedicate 17 new engraved pavers to the Memorial Walk, a campus site that honors the military service of ECU faculty, staff and students.

The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Freedom Wall on the west side of Christenbury Gymnasium off East 10th St.

Each 6 x 9 inch commemorative paver honors an individual who has provided service in support of national defense, including military service as well as participation with organizations designed to support military efforts, such as the Veterans Administration, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Support the Troops, Wounded Warriors and similar programs.

Dawn Cash-Salau, whose husband and ECU graduate Chris Cash died in combat in Iraq, will speak on service and sacrifice.

More than 140 pavers were dedicated during last year’s Veterans Day ceremony. The paver campaign raises funds for Army and Air Force ROTC student scholarships and is sponsored by the ECU College of Health and Human Performance and Office of Military Programs.

For more information, call 252-737-1812.

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Space lecture to feature first woman to pilot American spacecraft

Colonel Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot and command an American spacecraft, will discuss “Leadership Lessons from Apollo to Discovery,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in Wright Auditorium at East Carolina University.

Collins’ presentation is part of the 2012-13 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series. ECU students, faculty and staff may acquire a complimentary ticket by calling the ECU Central Ticket Office at (252) 328-4788.

For additional information, visit http://www.ecu.edu/voyages.

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Workshop to help ECU community understand military issues

A workshop scheduled for Nov. 16, 9 a.m. to noon at the Willis Building, East Carolina University is designed to help faculty, staff and students understand issues facing today’s military families. Participants will complete case studies which should enhance their understanding of the pressures military families face during deployment and post-deployment.

To register for the workshop, visit https://ecu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6r1Yp3e5YPCQOXj. For additional information, contact Beth Velde at veldeb@ecu.edu.

 

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Reward announced for Dowdy-Ficklen vandalism information

ECU Police announced today that Pitt-Greenville Crimestoppers is offering up to $5,000 in reward funds for information leading to an arrest of two suspects who broke into and damaged Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Oct. 21.

Lt. Chris Sutton announced the Crimestoppers reward at a media briefing releasing photos taken from stadium surveillance video during the vandalism that occurred between 3 a.m. and 6:20 a.m. Oct. 21.

Approximately $35,000 in damage was done by three suspects.

Persons with information about the identity of the two individuals shown with former ECU student William J. Banks on the video should call Crimestoppers at 758-7777. Individuals are not asked for their names when reporting  information; they are identified through a code system. If the information leads to an arrest, the person could receive up to $5,000 in reward money.

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Reward announced for Dowdy-Ficklen vandalism information

ECU Police announced today that Pitt-Greenville Crimestoppers is offering up to $5,000 in reward funds for information leading to an arrest of two suspects who broke into and damaged Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Oct. 21.

Lt. Chris Sutton announced the Crimestoppers reward at a media briefing releasing photos taken from stadium surveillance video during the vandalism that occurred between 3 a.m. and 6:20 a.m. Oct. 21.

Approximately $35,000 in damage was done by three suspects.

Persons with information about the identity of the two individuals shown with former ECU student William J. Banks on the video should call Crimestoppers at 758-7777. Individuals are not asked for their names when reporting  information; they are identified through a code system. If the information leads to an arrest, the person could receive up to $5,000 in reward money.

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