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

McKee

McKee

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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Volunteers needed for Pirate Alumni Road Race and Fun Run

The East Carolina Alumni Association is seeking volunteers for the seventh annual Pirate Alumni Road Race and Fun Run “Paint It Purple” Edition on Saturday, April 12.

This year, runners will be dusted with purple and gold powder as they race to support ECU scholarships. Many volunteers are needed to throw color on the runners, re-fill color containers, run the registration table, hand out water cups and monitor the course.

Registration in the event is closed after the event reached maximum capacity of 500 runners earlier than anticipated. However, Pirates can still enjoy the event by participating as a volunteer.

Individuals interested in volunteering can study specific assignments and sign up online at http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/4973114040124#/form.

Individual assignments may differ, but volunteers should plan to arrive around 7 a.m. and be done around 11 a.m. The race begins at 9 a.m.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Alumni Scholarship program for ECU undergraduates.

For questions about the event, contact Shawn Moore, director of Alumni Programs, as Shawn.Moore@PirateAlumni.com or at 252-328-5775.

–Jackie Drake

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Founder of One Day Apparel to be featured on alumni radio show

East Carolina University 1972 graduate Larry Clapp, who developed garments designed for cancer patients, will be featured on Pirate Radio April 11 at 6 p.m.

Larry Clapp

Larry Clapp

Clapp will be interviewed on “A Pirate’s Life for Me!” on Pirate Radio 1250 and 930 AM, as part of the East Carolina Alumni Association’s weekly radio show.

Clapp and his children designed the garments for his new business, One Day Apparel, after his wife died from cancer. The garments are intended to maintain both the dignity and comfort of patients undergoing chemotherapy. The long-sleeved shirts keep patients covered and warm, while zippered openings offer access for medical instruments sucha s Port-a-Caths or PIC lines placed in the chest or arm.

PrintThe garments are also designed for everyday wear by non-patients, to establish a community of support for those undergoing treatment. One Day Apparel also sells standard short-sleeved and long-sleeved t-shirts, as well as bracelets. All proceeds benefit cancer research. Read more about the business at www.onedayapparel.com/specialty-garment/.

Clapp is also the owner of Austen, Li & Clapp, a design and marketing firm based in Greensboro. He earned his bachelor’s degree in art.

To listen to this episode, tune to Pirate Radio 1250 or 930 AM or listen live online at www.pirateradio1250.com. A Pirate Radio mobile app is also available for download. For those who cannot tune in, the episode will be archived online at PirateAlumni.com.

Questions about A Pirate’s Life For Me!  can be directed to Jackie Drake, assistant director of alumni communications, at 252-328-4902 or Jackie.Drake@PirateAlumni.com.

 – Jackie Drake

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ECU alumni networking breakfast set for March 11

By Jackie Drake
East Carolina Alumni Association

East Carolina University alumni are invited to a networking breakfast in Greenville on March 11, hosted by the East Carolina Alumni Association.

The event is part of a series of networking events to be held across the Pirate Nation this spring. Tap into the power of the Pirate alumni network and interact with East Carolina professionals who are leaders in their industries and communities.

The featured alumnus will be Mark Garner, vice president of Rivers & Associates, a civil and environmental engineering company in Greenville. A certified planner, Garner graduated from ECU in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning. Garner is a member of the ECU Board of Visitors, the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Pitt County Development Commission.

This event will be held 7:30-9 a.m. at the City Hotel and Bistro at 203 Greenville Blvd. in Greenville. Attire is purple and gold business casual. Bring business cards for exchanging and to enter the door prize drawing.

Anyone who attended ECU is welcome; membership in the Alumni Association is not required. The cost is $11 for members and $22 for non-members, which includes breakfast food and beverages. Registration is required by March 6.

Visit PirateAlumni.com/March11GreenvilleNetworking or call 800-ECU-GRAD to register.

For more information about this event, contact Assistant Director of Alumni Programs Christy Angle ’95 at Christy.Angle@PirateAlumni.com or 252-328-1958.

Alumni networking events are also planned for Washington, D.C., New Bern, Wilmington, Charlotte, Atlanta, Raleigh, and more. Visit PirateAlumni.com/NetworkingEvents to view all upcoming networking events.

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