Spring Fest kicks off opening of North Recreational Complex

SpringFest 2014

East Carolina will host Spring Fest and the Battle of the Bands 4:30 to 8 p.m. April 3 to mark the season opening of the North Recreational Complex.

Open to ECU students, faculty and staff, the event provides free food, live music, and prizes for numerous competitive games such as corn hole, volleyball, paddleball and inflatable activities. Inflatable games include Hoop It Up, Bungee Run, Ultimate Sports Dome, Ultimate Obstacle Course, 24’ Dual Slide, Jacob’s Ladder and Wrecking Ball. The Odyssey Tower will be open for individuals who wish to try out the 300-foot zip line. More than a dozen club sports teams will provide live demos and interactive games.

For the second consecutive year, the event will host Battle of the Bands, a local music competition. Winners earn a spot as the opening act for ECU’s Barefoot on the Mall on April 24.

ECU Transit will provide transportation from College Hill and Mendenhall Student Center from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. An ECU OneCard is required for entry.

The North Recreational Complex officially opened at the start of the fall 2011 semester with a 51,000-square-foot beach on a 5.6-acre lake for boating and fishing and a 2,000-square-foot boathouse. Closed from November through March, the NRC is open to ECU students, faculty and staff.

For more information, visit the special event website at www.ecu.edu/springfest or call Janis Steele, Associate Director for Campus Recreation and Wellness at (252) 328-1571.



Pirate Nurse 5K benefits scholarships, senior class gift

The second annual Pirate Nurse 5K will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 29 beginning at the East Carolina University Health Sciences Building at 2100 W. Fifth St. in Greenville.

Runners and walkers will follow a certified course on the health sciences campus. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

All proceeds will support the Linda Pynn Nurse Practitioner Scholarship and the May BSN Senior Class Gift. Registration is $10 for ECU students and $20 for the general public and is available online at http://www.runtheeast.com.

Awards will be given to the top two males and females in the following age groups: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over. Runners will receive a T-shirt and goody bag.

For more information or sponsorship, contact Mark Alexander at alexanderma@ecu.edu.



ECU student selected for writing award



A short story by East Carolina University creative writing student Tim Bachanan, titled “Mezuzah,” was selected by Daniel Chacón as a winner in the Association of Writers & Writing Programs’ Intro Journals Awards.

The Intro Journals Project is a literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new works by students enrolled in AWP member programs. The piece will be published in the literary journal Puerto Del Sol.

For additional information about the AWP and this year’s award winners, visit https://www.awpwriter.org/contests/intro_journals_project_overview.


Annual Hamstring Hustle 5K to be April 5

For the 20th year, runners and walkers may lace up their sneakers and pound the pavement in the Hamstring Hustle 5K Run/Walk.

The race starts at 9 a.m. at ECU Health Sciences Building on the East Carolina University health sciences campus. The race will wind through the grounds of the ECU Health Sciences Campus and Vidant Medical Center and is a USA Track and Field-certified course/sanctioned event.

The race is presented by the Medical Student Council at the Brody School of Medicine. 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 lifestyle.

Registration is $20 by March 28, includes a T-shirt and is available online at http://www.hamstringhustle.com. Race day registration is $25; arrive by 8:15 a.m. April 5.

Participants should be at the race site by 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 the following age groups: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over.

E-mail race organizers at linerk12@students.ecu.edu or call 252-289-7590 for more information.