East Carolina junior Jeff Hoffman was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays with the ninth
overall pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball First Year Amateur Draft Thursday night, which was televised live on the MLB Network.
With his first round selection, Hoffman becomes the highest draft pick in school history besting ECU Hall-of-Famer Theodore “Blue” Edwards, who was the 21st-overall selection by the Utah Jazz in the 1989 National Basketball Association Draft.
Read more at ECUPirates.com.
ECU professor Dr. Bryce Jorgensen was featured on Bankrate.com, Foxbusiness.com and NASDAQ.com in an article about teaching children about money. Jorgensen said that teaching children financial literacy at early age is critical. “Money influences…marriage, children, where we work, how much we pay in interest, whether we can get a loan, how much debt we are in, a comfortable retirement,” he said.
Read the bankrate.com article. Read the Fox article. Read the NASDAQ article.
Katie Kirk (Photo courtesy Carolinas Golf Association)
By Steve Tuttle
Rising East Carolina University senior golfer Katie Kirk won the 88th annual Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship on May 22 in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina[t1] . The victory in the prestigious event pegs Kirk as the best women’s amateur golfer in the two Carolinas.
Kirk finished with a total of 220 in the three-day event at the Wachesaw Plantation Club sponsored by the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA). Lane Gakeler, also a member of the ECU women’s golf team, tied for 10th place with a score of 229.
Kirk, who is from Davidson, near Charlotte, birdied the final hole to win the tournament by one shot over two competitors. “When I was standing on the 18th tee I knew I had to make a birdie to win,” Kirk said. “I just told myself to play the hole as I’ve done all week.”
Her third shot from the fairway with a wedge came to rest within inches of the hole for a tap-in birdie. “It was awesome! I’ve always wanted to win a CGA championship. I’ve had a great week. I can’t wait to come back next year.”
Kirk is a two-time National Golf Coaches Association Division I Scholar All-American, a two-time Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal recipient. She has been named to the ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll four times. She is majoring in economics.
The Carolinas Women’s Amateur is widely considered the premier stroke play event for women from North and South Carolina. Past winners include many of the best women golfers in the region. Among them are N.C. State University golf coach Page Marsh Lea, Wake Forest assistant golf coach Stephanie Neill Harner, UNC Chapel Hill golf coach Amber Marsh, Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame member Patty Moore and Brenda Corrie-Keuhn, a member of the National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
East Carolina University Foreign Languages and Literatures professor Dr. Frédéric Fladenmuller was named a Knight (Chevalier) in the French Academic Palms.
The honor recognizes service to French education and contributions to French culture.
Individuals selected represent distinguished academics and prominent persons in culture and education, including French citizens living abroard who further French intellectual, scientific and artistic achievements in the world at large.
For additional information about the award, visit http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/foreign/blog/2014/05/30/frederic-fladenmuller-awarded-palmes-academiques/.
Thomas Mahar (Photo by Chuck Baldwin)
East Carolina University student Thomas Mahar was selected as the National American Kinesiology Association Undergraduate Scholar for 2014.
This is the first year that the AKA selected a national winner. Mahar was chosen out of 24 nominations submitted from universities across the country.
The award honors the student whose academic and leadership records are judged to be the most distinctive. Nominees must demonstrate an exceptional interest in the field of kinesiology by undertaking independent or guided research, assuming leadership positions, and having the potential for making a significant impact on the field.
“The opportunities to participate in research including study design, data collection, and presentation have helped me appreciate the entire research process and how important research can be to the quality of life,” said Mahar.
As an undergraduate student, Mahar participated in more than ten scholarly presentations on topics such as complex movement and cognitive function and physical activity assessment by accelerometers and commercially available activity monitors.
He received the ECU Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award in 2012 and 2014.
Mahar graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology, Department of Kinesiology, in the College of Health and Human Performance on May 9.
“There is no doubt in my mind that Mahar competed well and ultimately won against students across the nation because of the individualized undergraduate research experiences he had leading to presentations and publications,” said Dr. Stacey Altman, chair of the Department of Kinesiology.