ECU celebrates International Women’s Day

The 2015 celebration of International Women’s Day will be held Wednesday, March 4 in the Mendenhall Student Center, Great Rooms 1 & 2. The day features a series of speakers on the following topics:

8-8:50 a.m. International Perspectives on Women’s Status
A discussion between representatives from the University of Gdansk, Poland; Fatima Jinnah Women’s University, Pakistan; and Covenant University, Nigeria.

9-9:50 a.m. Women in the Media
Beth Mendelson has more than 25 years experience in media and is currently executive producer at Voice of America. Her portfolio includes broadcast, radio and the web. Mendelson was Winner of the 2006 Women of Vision Award by Women in Film & Video.

10-10:50 a.m. Women in Religion
Ann Harrington was recently ordained as a priest by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, a renewal movement within the Roman Catholic Church whose goal is to achieve full equality for all within the church as a matter of justice and faithfulness to the gospel.

11-11:50 a.m. Women in Social Justice
Shirrell Thomas has more than 40 years experience working on domestic violence. She leads the social enterprise section of the Center for Family Violence Prevention. Her initiative of My Sister’s Closet plays a major role in aiding victims of domestic violence in our community.

Noon-12:15 p.m. Is There Still Bias Against Women?
Brody School of Medicine professor Rachel Roper shares the latest studies on this subject.

12:15-12:30 p.m. ECU Chapter of She’s the First
ECU student and chapter president Keerthana Velappan shares information about this organization, which sponsors girls’ education in low-income countries, giving them the chance to become the first in their families to graduate from secondary school.

12:30-2 p.m. Lunch and ECU Panel on Sexual Harassment
Speakers include ECU students, faculty and staff.

2-2:50 p.m. Women in Romance
Laurie Kahn is a resident scholar at the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center. Her film “Tupperware!” was broadcast in more than 20 countries, won the George Foster Peabody Award and was nominated for an Emmy. Kahn is executive producer of The Popular Romance Project, which explores the origins and influences of popular romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs and Internet fan fiction.

3-3:50 p.m. Women in Health Care
Dr. Janice Daugherty, assistant professor of Family Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine. Her interests include women’s health through the lifespan, integrative mental health care, nutrition and wellness and chronic disease mitigation.

International Women’s Day is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Student Affairs and ECU Women’s Studies.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at least 48 hours prior to the event at (252) 737-1016 (Voice/TTY).


Criminal Justice Career Fair set for Feb. 26

The 5th consecutive Criminal Justice Career Fair will be held from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms.

The event includes criminal justice agencies from across the federal, state, and local spectrum as well as state law schools. Each year between 20 and 25 organizations such as FBI, NCIS, US Marshals, Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Prisons, US Probation and Parole, Customs and Border Protection, Armed Forces branches, NC Highway Patrol, NC State Bureau of Investigation, local police departments, and Campbell, Elon, and UNC-Chapel Hill law schools send recruiter representatives. I’

Many representatives in attendance are ECU alumni and are anxious to support (and hire) ECU students. Students interested in a career within the criminal justice arena are encouraged to attend.



Comedian to discuss safe sex, healthy relationships

Comedian Maria Falzone will present “Sex Rules!” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in Hendrix Theatre, Mendenhall Student Center at East Carolina University.



The interactive program will focus on healthy relationships, good judgment and the reality of sexually transmitted disease. Falzone uses personal stories to connect with students while sharing rules for safer sex. She will also reference the messages students receive from parents, society and the media regarding sexual health, and how these messages have shaped students as sexual beings.

Falzone has visited college campuses nationwide and has performed standup comedy on ABC, A&E, Showtime and TBS. She has also performed at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival.

Her free and public presentation coincides with other sexual responsibility programs being held on campus in February. The event is a Wellness Passport event. No tickets are required.

The presentation is sponsored by ECU’s Campus Recreation and Wellness, the Residence Hall Association and the Student Activities Board Initiatives program S.P.A.R.K. (Speakers Presenting and Advocating Real Knowledge).

For additional information, contact Krista L. Wilhelm with the Office of Student Activities and Organizations at (252) 328-4713.