National champion swimmers return to campus

Left to right Jeff Faucette, Jack McCann and Jake Smith as they appeared in a Sept. 2014 visit to campus, above, and on the ECU swim team in the late 1950s.

Left to right Jeff Faucette, Jack McCann and Jake Smith as they appeared in a Sept. 2014 visit to campus, upper image, and on the ECU swim team in the late 1950s, below.

Three members of East Carolina’s 1959 NAIA national championship swim team returned to campus the weekend of Sept. 20 to attend a reunion of the Sigma Nu fraternity.

Jeff Faucette, Jack McCann and Jake Smith were among 10 swimmers on the 1957 and 1959 teams selected as All-Americans. McCann and Smith each won six events at national competitions. McCann swam the breaststroke and is credited with inventing what’s called the whip kick that now is widely used in competitive swimming.

East Carolina’s swim team also won the 1957 NAIA national championships.

Several members of both national championship swim teams were Sigma Nu brothers. Sigma Nu was among the first social fraternities on campus. The fraternity closed several years ago but is slated to officially return to campus in 2016.

Faucette now lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Smith lives in Hickory and McCann lives in Morehead City.

– Steve Tuttle

The national champion East Carolina swim team.

The national champion East Carolina swim team.

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ECU alumnus, artist opens exhibit in eastern North Carolina

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Samples of ECU alumnus Jason Bryant’s art is shown above and in the image below. Bryant’s work will be on display in an eastern North Carolina exhibit. (Contributed images)

East Carolina University alumnus and New York artist Jason Bryant will bring his work home in a new exhibit opening Oct. 14 at the Rocky Mount Arts Center.

“Coming Home” is a retrospective of Bryant’s paintings about obstacles, dedication and passion. It will be on display until Jan. 4.

art1In 1999, a few months before Bryant’s graduation from ECU, the Wilson native was invited to show his work at the arts center in Rocky Mount. Following Bryant’s successful exhibit, Hurricane Floyd struck the eastern part of the state, causing widespread flooding in an area already saturated from an earlier storm, Hurricane Dennis.

The area’s river basins exceeded 500-year flood levels, causing more than $4 billion in damages and 50 deaths.

Bryant’s entire exhibition from his solo debut was destroyed by the flooding except for one painting that had been acquired by the arts center.

“Coming Home” is not just a symbolic return of an artist to his home state, but a return to the roots of Bryant’s passion, drive and dedication to an art form. Curated by Alicyn Wiedrich, the exhibition will include 16 of Bryant’s paintings focusing on the years from 2009 until 2014.

Heavily influenced by classic film, Bryant – a skateboarder – also incorporates signature skateboard graphics or paints in his works.

Bryant lives and works in New York City. He received a BFA from ECU and earned an MFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Bryant’s paintings have been exhibited across the United States, Europe and Australia. His work has been featured in Juxtapoz Magazine, Thrasher, NY Arts Magazine, American Artist, Ocean Home Magazine and Time Out New York.

The Rocky Mount Arts Center, 270 Gay St., Rocky Mount, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. An opening reception with the artist will be held 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.

 

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Update: Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch cancelled

ECU student Kayla Hollingsworth and her father Ted Hollingsworth, a 1979 graduate of ECU, participate in the pinning ceremony at last year's inaugural Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch.  (Contributed photo)

ECU student Kayla Hollingsworth and her father Ted Hollingsworth, a 1979 graduate of ECU, participate in the pinning ceremony at last year’s inaugural Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch. (Contributed photo)

The Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch has been canceled due to low registration numbers. Refunds will be issued for those who registered. If you have any questions, call 800-ECU-GRAD or 252-328-4723. The alumni association does plan to host this event again next year.

The East Carolina Alumni Association will hold the second annual Pirate Alumni Legacy brunch at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 30 in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms.

The brunch is held in partnership with the Office of Parent and Family Programs to coincide with Family Weekend. Last year’s inaugural brunch was a sold-out event with more than 140 students, alumni and family members in attendance.

The Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch honors families of current students with two or more generations of Pirates (including parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, and/or cousins). In addition to a catered meal, the event will include a pinning ceremony, remarks from featured alumni and university officials and a family photo area. The legacy brunch is part of the alumni association’s goal to engage students and alumni who will help strengthen the university.

“Legacies are an important part of East Carolina,” said Richard R. Eakin, interim associate vice chancellor for alumni relations. “Through legacy families, ECU stories and traditions are passed on, resulting in strong relationships that span generations. By celebrating legacies, we recognize our history while encouraging future growth. We are proud to partner with the Office of Parent and Family Programs to honor legacies at this event.”

“The Office of Parent and Family Programs is proud of the partnership created with the East Carolina Alumni Association to celebrate the long and lasting legacy of the Pirate Nation,” said Zack Hawkins, director of student affairs development and parent and family programs. “The common bond of ECU, shared by generations of parents and families, is what makes this campus unique. We hope to re-ignite that spirit in alumni parents to help enhance the lives of our current student Pirates.”

In addition, this event kickstart a full day of Pirate festivities, including the Pirate Family Pregame Tailgate, the Buccaneer Buffet alumni tailgate, and the season’s first home football game vs. North Carolina Central University that evening.

For more information, visit www.piratealumni.com/2014legacybrunch or www.ecu.edu/familyweekend.

 

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ECU alumna publishes story of life since paralysis

ThePromiseFriedmanThe ECU community is familiar with the tragic story of Rachelle Friedman of Raleigh, who was paralyzed from a swimming pool accident at a bachelorette party in 2010. She would never walk again but she never stopped moving forward.

She became a motivational speaker, an advocate for the disabled and an inspirational role model. Now she’s also an author. In “The Promise,” Friedman tells her story, beginning with the night her life changed.

She confirms, as has been reported, that the five girls at the bachelorette party “made an unspoken agreement to never reveal the name of the friend who had pushed Rachelle into the pool–and their bond has remained unbroken.”

A true love story, “The Promise” chronicles Rachelle’s relationship with Chris Chapman ’05 ’08, their struggle with her paralysis and rehab, the physical challenges of intimacy, and ultimately, their fairy-tale wedding.

Friedman recently was interviewed by Katie Couric and Oprah and discussed her book on NBC’s Today Show, HLN, ABC News, Reddit, and Huffington Post.

Friedman is scheduled to appear at a book signing on July 12 at Greenville’s Barnes & Noble.

“The Promise:

A Tragic Accident, a Paralyzed Bride, and the Power of Love, Loyalty, and Friendship”

Available from Amazon

211 pages

Hardcover, $18.60

Kindle, $9.99

- Steve Tuttle

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ECU grad named to emerging leaders class

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Kenneth “Kenny” McKee of Asheville, who earned a master’s degree in reading education from East Carolina University in May, has been named to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Emerging Leaders Class of 2014. He is an instructional coach with Buncombe County Schools in Asheville.

The ASCD Emerging Leaders program is designed to prepare a young, diverse group of educators for potential influence and ASCD leadership. Typically, emerging leaders have been in the education profession about five to 15 years.

“We (the department) are very proud of Kenny’s accomplishments and this well-deserved recognition,” said Dr. Katherine Misulis, chair of the Department of Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education in the ECU College of Education.
Forty-five educators from across the nation were selected to participate in the prestigious two-year program. It is the largest group in the program’s history.

The 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders will have access to a pool of grant funds, designed to support students through innovative approaches to whole child education and to help emerging leaders grow professionally. Activities for Emerging Leaders may include serving on committees, hosting networking events for educators, advocating for sound education policy and contributing to ASCD publications.

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching and leading while promoting the success of each child. To learn more about ASCD and the 2014 Class of Emerging Leaders, visit www.ascd.org.

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