Two ECU professors in the Department of Health Education and Promotion were honored for contributions to the field in November. (Contributed photo)

Two ECU professors in the Department of Health Education and Promotion were honored for contributions to the field in November. (Contributed photo)

ECU professors Michele Wallen and Jamie Williams were honored at the 65th Annual North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance Convention in Raleigh, Nov. 21-23.

Wallen received the NCAAHPERD Honor Award. This is NCAAHPERD’s highest award and is given annually to a person of high moral character and personal integrity who by their leadership and industry have made outstanding and noteworthy contributions to the advancement of athletics, health education, physical education, recreation, dance, intramurals and/or sport management in the state.

“ECU is incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Wallen and Mrs. Williams,” said Dr. Don Chaney, chair of the Department of Health Education and Promotion.  “They are not only outstanding faculty members, but they are outstanding people.”

A native of Mebane, Wallen began teaching at ECU in 2006.  She received a bachelor’s degree in physical education and biology from the University of Chapel Hill in 1996.  She earned a master’s degree in public health in 1999 and a doctorate in curriculum instruction with a concentration in teacher preparation and development in 2008 both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

“This award is recognition for what we, in the department, already know,” said Chaney. “Dr. Wallen is a state and national leader in the area of school health education and teacher preparation.”

Williams, instructor in the in the Department of Health Education and Promotion, was named the College/University Health Educator of the Year.

A native of Avenel, N.J., Williams began teaching at ECU in 2005.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in health education in 2001 and a master’s degree in health education in 2004 both from ECU.

“Mrs. Williams is an asset to our bachelors degree program in school health education,” said Chaney.

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Rimpf gets keys to new home

Dr. Glen Gilbert, interim vice chancellor for university advancement, presents ECU graduate and wounded warrior Nathan Rimpf with a Pirates helmet. (Photo by Emily Packard)

Dr. Glen Gilbert, interim vice chancellor for university advancement, presents ECU graduate and wounded warrior Nathan Rimpf with a Pirates helmet. (Photo by Emily Packard)

 

Wounded warrior Nathan Rimpf has moved into his new home in the Renaissance Park neighborhood in south Raleigh.

The traditional-style home, with a double porch and blue shutters, is the sixth home constructed by a partnership between the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County and the Triangle Veterans Association.

Four paratroopers who parachuted in as fireworks exploded delivered the keys to Rimpf’s new home.

Speaking to a large crowd of family and ECU friends at the key ceremony on Nov. 7, Rimpf said he does not regret his sacrifice. “This isn’t exactly what I dreamed – it’s way beyond that,” he said. “Look at this out here. Who wouldn’t give a pair of ugly feet to defend these people? It’s been a very awesome 487 days, to be honest.”

After graduating from ECU’s ROTC program, Rimpf became an Army Ranger. He stepped on an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Anbar Province and lost his lower legs.

Cadets from ECU’s ROTC program, including seniors who were freshmen when Rimpf was a senior, attended the ceremony. Glenn Gilbert, acting vice chancellor of university advancement, also spoke.

Rimpf walks easily on prosthetic legs but he said standing for long periods tires him. The stairs of his new home have a wheelchair lift.

Steve Tuttle

 

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Subash named winner of Bassman Honors Thesis Award

East Carolina University student Jacob Subash was named the winner of the 2014 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award, hosted by Joyner Library.

Jacob Subash

Jacob Subash

Subash’s research, “Protein synthesis regulation in the germ line affects gamete differentiation,” was completed under the direction of Dr. Brett Keiper, associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the Brody School of Medicine.

As an undergraduate, Subash was honored as an EC Scholar, a recipient of the Brody School of Medicine Early Assurance Award and the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Senior for 2012-13. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biochemistry in May 2013.

Honorable mentions were awarded to Mukund Patel, for work completed under the direction of Dr. Stefan Clemens, associate professor in the Department of Physiology at the Brody School of Medicine and Chelsea Hughes, for her thesis completed under the direction of Dr. Derrick Wirtz in the Department of Psychology.

Members of the ECU community are invited to attend the Bassman Award Ceremony, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. Dec. 4 in Room 2409, Joyner Library.

 

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Wells Fargo donates to Camp Hope

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Wells Fargo Dealer Services has donated a total of $8,400 to Camp Hope, a summer camp for children with cancer, sickle cell and blood disease, operated by the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

The team gave $2,000 in May and another $6,400 in September. The donations will help provide camp scholarships for children with sickle cell disease. Camp Hope is held each summer on the Neuse River near Arapahoe.

Pictured from left to right are Paulette White-Johnson, Rosemary Pugh and Kimberly White of Wells Fargo, Camp Hope director Jacque Sauls, and Teshena Pitt and Ashley Tucker of Wells Fargo.

 

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ECU Campus Kitchen joins nationwide ‘Turkeypalooza’

ECU Campus Kitchen volunteers Serdaria McKinnon-Smith, Shoneice Sconyers and Katie Crifasi, from left, check the temperature on hamburgers to be served at the Ronald McDonald House during a 2011 food preparation event. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

ECU Campus Kitchen volunteers Serdaria McKinnon-Smith, Shoneice Sconyers and Katie Crifasi, from left, check the temperature on hamburgers to be served at the Ronald McDonald House during a 2011 food preparation event. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

East Carolina University student volunteers are joining in a nationwide effort to feed the hungry through the ECU Campus Kitchen’s participation in Turkeypalooza 2013.

ECU students are joining their counterparts across the country in collecting food items to be used in prepared meals and/or food supplies delivered to community partners for holiday meal distribution.

At the Campus Kitchen at ECU, Turkeypalooza activities will include a holiday dinner at the JOY Soup Kitchen Nov. 21 and delivery of holiday meals to 22 families from Operation Sunshine Nov. 25. The 22 families were sponsored by ECU departments and student organizations.

Last year, Campus Kitchens participating in Turkeypalooza served nearly 5,000 extra meals in addition to the 21,000 meals they serve on average each month. During the last academic year, ECU’s Campus Kitchen transformed 1,226 pounds of food into 1,614 healthy meals serving residents of Greenville, NC who are struggling with food insecurity.

Founded in 2001, the Campus Kitchens Project is a national organization that empowers student volunteers to fight hunger in their community. On 33 university and high school campuses across the country, students transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers’ markets into meals that are delivered to local agencies serving those in need.

By taking the initiative to run a community kitchen, students develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills, along with a commitment to serve their community, that they will carry with them into future careers. Each Campus Kitchen goes beyond meals by using food as a tool to promote poverty solutions, implement garden initiatives, participate in nutrition education, and convene food policy events.

More details about the national organization is available at www.campuskitchens.org.

To help the ECU Campus Kitchen meet their food donation goal, contact Teresa Dantzler, Campus Kitchen graduate assistant, at 252-737-1670 or email campuskitchens@ecu.edu.

 

 

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