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.

— Steve Tuttle

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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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Sex, seduction in Donne’s poetry topic of final Voyages lecture

Williams College professor of English Dr. Illona Bell will present “Sex and Seduction in John Donne’s Poetry” at 7 p.m. March 24 in Bate 1032, East Carolina University.

Bell

Bell

The event is free and no tickets are required.

Bell is the Samuel Fessenden Clark Professor of English at Williams College, with expertise in Renaissance literature, Shakespeare, Elizabeth I, early modern women writers, lyric poetry and Virginia Woolf. She is the author of “Elizabeth I: The Voice of a Monarch,” “Elizabethan Women and the Poetry of Courtship” and numerous essays on Renaissance poetry and early modern women. She also edited “John Donne: Selected Poems.”

Bell received her Ph.D. in literature from Boston College in 1977 and her B.A. in literature from Radcliffe College in 1969. Her presentation concludes the 2014-15 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.

For additional information about the Voyages series and its speakers, visit www.ecu.edu/voyages. More information about Harriot College is available at www.ecu.edu/cas.

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Workshops to focus on veterans, military

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East Carolina University’s Contemporary Writer Series will host a three-day series of workshops for veterans, military service members and military families March 25 – 27.

All events are free and open to the public. The series will focus on expressing experiences through fiction, non-fiction or visual art. Participants may also wish to contribute to a new publication, The ECU Veterans Anthology.

Veteran poet and essayist Brian Turner will open the series at 7:30 p.m. March 25 in the East Carolina Heart Institute auditorium. Turner will read from his work and discuss his experiences as infantry team leader for the 3 rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team in Iraq from 2003-2004. He is the author of “Here Bullet” (2005), “Phantom Noise” (2010) and “My Life as a Foreign Country” (2014).

A book signing and question and answer session will immediately follow.

A poetry reading at 7 p.m. March 26 in the Greenville Museum of art will feature award-winning poet Ilyse Kusnetz and former North Carolina poet laureate Joseph Bathanti. A book signing and question and answer session will follow readings from both poets’ work.

Kusnetz teaches at Valencia College and lives in Orlando, Fla., with her husband, poet and memoirist Brian Turner. She holds a Ph.D. in feminist and postcolonial British literature from the University of Edinburgh and an M.A. in creative writing from Syracuse University. Bathanti is a professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University and the 2012 state poet laureate. His writings focus on veterans and their families. His honors include the Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award, the Carolina Novel Award and the Linda Flowers Literary Award from the N.C. Humanities Council.

A full listing of events and registration is available at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/veteran-writers-workshop-tickets-15846084064.

For additional information about the workshops, contact Jason Faulkner, teaching instructor in the Department of English, at 252-328-5177 or faulknerj@ecu.edu. For additional information about the events featuring Turner, Kusnetz or Bathanti, contact John Hoppenthaler, associate professor of English, at 252-328-5562; hoppenthalerj@ecu.edu, or Thomas Douglass, associate professor of English, at 252-328-6723; douglasst@ecu.edu.

The workshops are cosponsored by Operation Re-Entry North Carolina, Office of Student Transitions, Pirate Veterans and the Office of the Provost.

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ECU professor to serve as Steffy Lecturer

ECU maritime studies professor Dr. David J. Stewart was asked by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) to serve as the 2015-16 J. Richard Steffy Lecturer.

David Stewart

David Stewart

The lecture was established in 2008 to commemorate Mr. Steffy’s work in ship reconstruction and the interpretation of wooden ships.

Stewart will deliver a series of presentations to AIA societies on the Kyrenia Ship, Steffy’s most notable reconstruction achievement. The ship, which sank off Cyprus in about 285 B.C., is the best preserved ancient Greek hull available.

In 2011, Stewart led a team that conducted a complete 3D recording of the hull in Kyrenia Castle. He has been using computer modeling to gain a better understanding of the ship’s shape than was possible without the technology.

The ECU program in Maritime Studies is housed in the Department of History in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

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Sociology students use global technology to share favorite campus spots

ECU students in a global understanding class enjoyed sharing favorite spots on campus with their counterparts in a foreign country.

ECU students in a global understanding class enjoyed sharing favorite spots on campus with their counterparts in a foreign country.

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ECU sociology instructor and professional photographer Maria McDonald took her students on a tour of key landmarks on campus this Spring, taking photographs to share with students in India, Russia, and China.

McDonald’s Global Understanding: Sociology course is linking with students in these countries, allowing ECU students to share their experiences living in the United States and learn how that experience compares with that of students around the globe.

The course is part of the Global Understanding curriculum, which links ECU students to students in more than 30 countries.

McDonald’s students enjoyed the chance to show their global partners the landmarks they associate with their ECU experience. The photo tour culminated in an opportunity to walk onto the ECU stadium field.

For more information on the Global Understanding curriculum: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/globalinitiatives/course.cfm

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SUNY professor to discuss secrets of fishes

State University of New York professor Dr. Karin E. Limburg will discuss the secrets of fishes at 4 p.m. March 26 in Room C-209 of East Carolina University’s Science and Technology Building.

Limburg

Limburg

The event is free and open to the public. A light reception will follow.

Her presentation, “The ‘Other’ Biogeochemistry: Otoliths and their use to Reconstruct the Lives of Fishes” will feature an introduction to the otolith, a bone in a fish’s auditory system.

“Fisheries science was revolutionized decades ago by the discovery of fine scale chronometric properties of otoliths (literally, ear-stones),” Limburg said. The small structures, which form part of hearing and balance systems in fishes, provide a permanent record of the age and growth history of each fish, she added.

“Today, a second revolution is occurring in otolith science, as the chemical properties of otoliths are becoming better understood and quantified,” Limburg said.

Limburg is professor in the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She holds a Ph.D. degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree from the University of Florida and dual bachelor’s degrees in biology and ecology/conservation from Vassar College.

She has served as guest scholar at Stockholm University, developing simple ecological/economic models of fisheries. And she held a postdoctoral position at the Institute for Ecosystem Studies (now the Cary Institute), studying interactions of larval fishes and their zooplankton prey. She was a Laura Randall Schweppe visiting lecturer at the University of Texas Marine Lab in 2011.

Limburg has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award for promising scientists early in their career and the 2010 SUNY-ESF Exemplary Researcher of the Year award. She has served as a president of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics and is president-elect of the Estuarine Section of the American Fisheries Society. She is co-chair of the Continental Margins Working Group, an international scientific collaboration.

The lecture is sponsored by Dr. Roger Rulifson, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor.

For additional information, contact Rulifson at 252-328-9400 or rulifsonr@ecu.edu.

Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the events.

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