ECU African Students Organization to host 6th annual Cultural Explosion

East Carolina University’s African Students Organization will host the 6th Annual Cultural Explosion at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 in Hendrix Theatre on campus.

The event will showcase talents that represent a variety of cultures and cultural organizations on campus. Students will express themselves through music, dance, singing, fashion, step routines and poetry. Cultural Explosion is free and open to ECU faculty, staff and students.

ECU psychology major Leroy Ediage, ASO head historian, said events like the Cultural Explosion are important because they “build unity between students and give us a chance to show off some real, and often hidden, talents.”

One of a dozen cultural organizations on campus, the ASO provides a social network for African and non-African students, while educating the ECU community about African issues, cultures and values. The group was formed in December 2005 and has grown to more than 50 members.

For additional information about the Cultural Explosion, contact Tobi Olofintuyi, ASO president, at (336) 255-6939 or Augustine Akyaw, ASO vice president, at (704) 609-7245.


Book reading, signing to feature editor Joy Sparrow


Joyner Library at East Carolina University will host a book reading and signing with editor Joy Sparrow at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8 in the Manuscripts and Rare Books Department.

Sparrow has compiled Civil War letters from the Greenville/Pitt County area detailing the experiences and relationship between a father, Captain Thomas Sparrow, and his son, George Sparrow, during the Civil War era.


College of Nursing speaker shares insight on military return after deployment


The College of Nursing hosted a guest Nov. 8 to honor Veterans Day and to further the college’s commitment to prepare students to care for members of the military and their families.

Lt. Col. Felecia Rivers, Ph.D., presented her research “U.S. Army Nurses’ Reintegration and Homecoming after Deployment to Iraq and/or Afghanistan.” The event was jointly sponsored by the College of Nursing and the ECU Office of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development.

Rivers also provides consultation to the college task force to support the national Joining Forces campaign, an initiative led by the White House and First Lady Michelle Obama.

ECU is one of more than 500 across the nation and 21 nursing schools in North Carolina that have pledged support for the initiative.


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.