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He popped the question at a special place – the Rivers Building

Faith Fleming and Jamar Sampson

Faith Fleming and Jamar Sampson

The Rivers Building holds special memories for Jamar Sampson and Faith Fleming, both graduated from East Carolina University with psychology degrees in 2013.

It’s where both worked part-time jobs. It’s where he asked her to be his girlfriend. And it’s where he proposed to her on Feb. 27, after sending her on a scavenger hunt for clues to his intentions.

couple“I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to propose to her right where it all started,” Sampson said.

“She had no idea that the scavenger hunt I planned for her would lead her to a hallway full of friends and family to witness the best day of our lives.”

Friends of the couple created a video about the scavenger hunt and his proposal, which can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbBpSfo07vA.

Fleming is studying for a master’s degree in school counseling at UNC-Greensboro. Sampson is director of education for the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plains.

Sampson said they plan to marry after she finishes graduate school.

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Annual Brody tradition features student service

Brody School of Medicine students, eft to right, Nikitah Goel, Akilah Grimes, Cierra Piggott and Bailee Gilchrist participate in the Brody Day of Service. (Photos by Gretchen Baugh)

Brody School of Medicine students, eft to right, Nikitah Goel, Akilah Grimes, Cierra Piggott and Bailee Gilchrist participate in the Brody Day of Service. (Photos by Gretchen Baugh)

One week before they found out where they were headed to complete residency as doctors-in-training, the Brody School of Medicine’s Class of 2015 had only others’ futures on their minds.

Approximately 75 students participated March 13 in the “Day of Service” – an annual event for each Brody graduating class.

ECU medical students Jack Yazbeck, Amna Ahmed, Ryan Phillips and Dmitri Zouev, left ot right, sort food as part of the Brody Day of Service.

ECU medical students Jack Yazbeck, Amna Ahmed, Ryan Phillips and Dmitri Zouev, left ot right, sort food as part of the Brody Day of Service.

Many members spent time at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC’s Greenville branch, where several tons of potatoes were sorted to be distributed to needy families. Two groups of students worked to clean and organize student-led free clinics: the Greenville Community Shelter Clinic and Grimesland Clinic. Another group painted the inside of Third Street Community Center and other students assisted the Ronald McDonald House with its Sport-A-Shirt, Share-A-Night fundraiser.

“While every student has a specific passion and area of service that they have committed to as a student at Brody, these five projects provided a final chance for the Class of 2015 to enjoy giving back to the community together,” explained Elizabeth Sibrack, fourth-year student and class representative. “The community has been integral in our medical education by allowing us the opportunity to learn from them as our patients at ECU and Vidant.”

She said service enhances classroom and clinical education by allowing for greater understanding about their patients, community resources and obstacles to care.

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Social work faculty, students participate in conference

ECU was well represented at the annual National Association of Bachelor Social Work Program Directors meeting in March. (Contributed photo)

ECU was well represented at the annual National Association of Bachelor Social Work Program Directors meeting in March. (Contributed photo)

Eight East Carolina University students and two faculty members in the School of Social Work recently attended the annual National Association of Bachelor Social Work Program Directors meeting in Kansas City, Missouri.

ECU students Tracey Leonard, Trevor Blue, Andrew Bracken, Kirby Elmore, Charon Hudson, Gabrielle Karl, Tracy Meaux and Christopher Williams were selected by the national organization to serve as conference volunteers at registration, as assistant moderators and other activities. The students, all members of the Bachelors of Social Work Student Association, participated in workshops on professional development and topics such as current advocacy practice trends, political activism and GLBT issues in practice and policy.

“Being able to meet other social work students from around the country has been one of the best things about this this trip,” Leonard said.

Williams was invited to present his findings from a study of treatment needs of parents suffering from addiction issues in child welfare. The students also met with graduate school recruiters from around the country. The closing plenary emphasized the role that social work has in civil rights and liberties with featured speakers involved in the events at Ferguson, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb and the site of ongoing protests after an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer.

Dr. Brenda Eastman, associate professor of social work, and Dr. Kelley Reinsmith-Jones, assistant professor of social work, traveled with the students more than 2,400 round-trip miles in a van through winter weather to attend the conference, held March 3-9.

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Best-selling author to deliver Earth Day presentation

Best-selling author Amy Stewart will speak as part of Earth Day 2015 events at 8 p.m. April 21 in Room C307 Science and Technology Building, East Carolina University.

Amy Stewart (photo courtesy of Delightful Eye Photography)

Amy Stewart
(photo courtesy of Delightful Eye Photography)

A reception and book signing will follow. The event is open to the public.

Stewart is the author of four New York Times bestsellers – “The Drunken Botanist,” “Wicked Plants,” “Wicked Bugs” and “Flower Confidential.” Her books focus on the positive and negative impacts of the natural world on people.

She has written for the New York Times and the Washington Post and appeared on NPR’s Morning Editing, CBS Sunday Morning, Good Morning America and the PBS documentary, The Botany of Desire.

The event is hosted by the Center for Biodiversity at East Carolina University and funded by the North Carolina Science Festival, UNC System, and East Carolina University through the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology, Chemistry Department, English Department, and Center for Sustainability: Tourism, Natural Resources, and the Built Environment. It is a signature North Carolina Science Festival event.

For additional information, contact Heather Vance-Chalcraft at vancechalcrafth@ecu.edu or 252-328-9841.

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Earth Day Expo set for April 21

Sara Kimmel, left, and Rachel Kimmel learn during lab activities at the 2014 Earth Day Expo. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Sara Kimmel, left, and Rachel Kimmel learn during lab activities at the 2014 Earth Day Expo. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

An Earth Day Expo featuring interactive events for all ages will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. April 21 at the Howell Science Complex, East Carolina University.

The event is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to check in on the Howell breezeway.

Events include live animals and plants, lab activities, natural history story times and biodiversity activities and displays. Sid the Science Kid from UNC TV’s Just for Kids! Program will be on hand as well.

After school children’s programs are welcomed. More than 300 children attended the event last year.

For additional information, visit www.ecu.edu/biology/ncbiodiversity or contact Heather Vance-Chalcraft at vancechalcrafth@ecu.edu or 252-328-9841.

The Earth Day Expo is hosted by ECU’s Center for Biodiversity and Department of Biology. The event is a North Carolina Science Festival event.

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ECU faculty, students to present at conference

Pictured left to right are graduate students Marianne Ayers, Benjamin Wigand, Miranda Guardiola, Anne Saville and Andrea Fulle. (Photo provided by Maria McDonald, teaching instructor of sociology)

Pictured left to right are graduate students Marianne Ayers, Benjamin Wigand, Miranda Guardiola, Anne Saville and Andrea Fulle. (Photo provided by Maria McDonald, teaching instructor of sociology)

East Carolina University will be well represented at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans March 25-28.

Presenting at the event are four Department of Sociology faculty members, 10 graduate students, five undergraduates and two alumni.

Several ECU presenters will participate in paper, roundtable and poster sessions to discuss research focusing on gender inequality, including sexual assault. Others are presenting research on a broad range of topics including social impacts of the digital divide, mysogynoir, the impact of student volunteer work, North Carolina’s environmental movement and attitudes toward the Confederate flag.

This year’s meeting theme is “Stalled Revolutions? Gender Inequality in the 21st Century.”

For additional information, contact Marieke Van Willigen, interim chair of sociology, at 252-328-6092 or vanwilligenm@ecu.edu.

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Alumni Association announces 27 scholarship recipients

The East Carolina Alumni Association has announced the 2015-2016 Alumni Scholarship recipients. Twenty-seven recipients will be awarded a total of $46,500.

Since 2005, the alumni association has awarded 224 scholarships totaling more than $302,000. Alumni Scholarships are given to full-time undergraduates at ECU who demonstrate leadership, volunteer service, and academic excellence. Each spring, the alumni association awards approximately 25 scholarships in amounts of $1,000 or $2,500 for the following academic year.

Alumni Scholarships are funded by proceeds from the association’s ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic golf tournament each fall and the Pirate Alumni Road Race and Fun Run each spring, as well as generous donations from alumni and friends.

The scholars will be honored at a luncheon April 25. Recipients include the following (italics indicate a second-time Alumni Scholarship recipient):

East Carolina Alumni Association Scholarship ($2,500)

  • Keith Winston Dunbar of Greenville, NC; exercise physiology major
  • Darcy Harrington-Brown Dupree of Raleigh, NC; nursing major
  • Zachary Hammer Evans of Asheville, NC; psychology major
  • Marisa Michele Giglio of Marlborough, MA; criminal justice major
  • Annaliese Sutton Gillette of Greenville, NC; hospitality management major
  • Lucas Thade Hopkins of Greenville, NC; biology major
  • Madison Shea Parsons of Charlotte, NC; marketing major
  • Kirsti Holthe Robertson of Charlotte, NC; nutrition and dietetics major
  • Emma Nicole Shirley of Cary, NC; exercise physiology and Hispanic studies double-major
  • Kathryn “Katie” Elizabeth Stanley of Greenville, NC; political science major
  • Maya Lawann Williams of Greensboro, NC; social work and English double-major

East Carolina Alumni Association Scholarship in memory of Yvonne Pearce ’82 ($2,500)

  • Najee Jalice Brown of Charlotte, NC; communication and entrepreneurship double-major

East Carolina Teachers College (ECTC) Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Emery Elizabeth Bulla of Asheboro, NC; speech and hearing sciences major
  • Jessica Nicole Buss of Fayetteville, NC; applied sociology major
  • Amber Madison Heere-MacLeod of Douglassville, PA; elementary education major
  • Mackenzie Elise McNamara of Charlotte, NC; family community services major
  • Stephanie Maria Morales of Rocky Mount, NC; exercise physiology major
  • Jordan Bethany Thomas of Boone, NC; art major
  • Matthew G. Vogel of Morganville, NJ; management major

Donald Y. Leggett ’58, ’62 Alumni Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Amanda L. Blakley of White Plains, MD; birth-kindergarten teacher education major
  • Danielle T. Holdner of Holly Springs, NC; child life major

Mary Jo Outland Baugh ’55 Alumni Scholarship ($2,500)

  • Erika M. Dietrick of Greenville, NC; biology major

Megan Grace Lavinder Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Aenia Saad Amin of Greensboro, NC; multidisciplinary studies and Hispanic studies double-major

New York Metro Alumni Chapter Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Michelle K. Gianvito of North Brunswick, NJ; business and marketing education major

Pitt County Chapter Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Lauren Elizabeth Frye of Woodbridge, VA; finance major

Tidewater Virginia Alumni Chapter Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Brianna Blaise Ingram of Virginia Beach, VA; elementary education major

Washington/Metro Alumni Scholarship ($1,000)

  • Keira Rachelle Harris of Bowie, MD; finance major
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