Annual Beach Fest set for Sept. 17

Beach Fest in 2013 combined water and inflatables for fun activities for the approximately 1,500 who attended. This year's Beach Fest is set for Sept. 17. (Photo courtesy of Student Affairs Marketing and Communication)

Beach Fest in 2013 combined sun, water and inflatable recreation for the approximately 1,500 who attended. This year’s Beach Fest is set for Sept. 17. (Photo courtesy of Student Affairs Marketing and Communication)

East Carolina University will host the fourth annual Beach Fest from 4:30 – 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the North Recreational Complex.

The popular attraction drew more than 1,500 students last year. Activities include a 300-foot zip line, DJ Karaoke, kayaking, stand up paddleboards, disc golf, corn hole, horseshoes, beach volleyball, bocce, club sports demonstrations and inflatables. Participants may enjoy free food and take-home giveaways such as souvenir Beach Fest tank tops, beach towels, cell phone wallets, sunscreen and Frisbees.

“ECU’s Beach Fest is a great opportunity for students to learn about the activities, sports and amazing facilities available to them at the North Recreational Complex,” said Janis Steele, associate director of facilities with Campus Recreation and Wellness.

Beach Fest is part of ECU’s Plunge into Purple, a series of events and programs in the first six weeks of the semester aimed at welcoming students to the university through education, socialization and involvement. This event is presented by Campus Recreation and Wellness in collaboration with the Student Activities Board and the Office of Student Transitions.

All ECU students, faculty and staff are welcomed. A valid ECU One Card is required for admittance. ECU Transit will provide bus service to and from the complex.

Media are welcome to attend and cover Beach Fest. Please check in at the front gate at the event for additional information. For more information about the North Recreational Complex, visit www.ecu.edu/crw or call (252) 328-1571.

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ECU’s LGBT Resource Office screens Emmy Award winning movie

East Carolina University’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Office will screen the Emmy award-winning movie, “The Normal Heart,” at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in Hendrix Theatre, Mendenhall Student Center.

The 2014 Emmy award winner for best television movie stars Academy Award winner Julia Roberts, Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo, Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons, along with Matt Bomer and Taylor Kitsch.

“Though it has taken almost 30 years to make it from the stage to the screen, ‘The Normal Heart’ still conveys all the passion, rage, and heart wrenching emotion as it did when it premiered at New York’s Public Theater in 1985,” said Mark Rasdorf, assistant director of the ECU LGBT Resource Office. “This will be an intense film experience for all in attendance. We also hope this leads to creating dialogue and discussions on campus and in the community.”

“The Normal Hearttells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. The movie examines the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial.

The screening is free and free parking will be available from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the ECU parking lot located at the corner of 9th Street and Evans Street.

The LGBT Resource Office and the Student Activities Board Film Committee are presenting the screening, with support from the Center for Diversity and Inequality Research and the Department of English. The screening has been approved as a Premier Passport Event for ECU’s Wellness Passport program for students.

For more information, call the LGBT Resource Office at (252) 737-2514.

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One Simple Wish founder to speak at ECU Sept. 11

Danielle Gletow, founder of One Simple Wish, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the ECU Science and Technology Building, Room C307. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In 2006, Danielle Gletow and her husband, Joe, became foster parents to an 18-month-old boy. He had been removed abruptly from an abusive home. That began their work for foster children.

One Simple Wish, a non-profit that helps grant the wishes of children in foster care, was founded in 2008 to empower people to support children who’ve been victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment in simple yet meaningful ways. Gletow posts the kids’ wishes online to give others an opportunity to help. Gletow was named a CNN Hero in 2013.

Gletow will have dinner at West End Dining Hall with several Pitt County foster children and ECU Honors College students before the public presentation.

For more information, contact 252-328-6373 or honorscollege@ecu.edu.

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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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Aging, adult services experts to convene at ECU Sept. 12

A panel discussion on aging and adult services will be held at East Carolina University at noon Friday, Sept. 12 in the Croatan Building Green Room.

Panel participants will include Donna Creech, chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging, representatives from the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services and executives from county councils on aging.

Following the one-hour panel discussion, an additional hour is set aside for audience members to consult with panelists regarding potential partnership projects. Researchers from the ECU Office of Healthy Aging Research, Education and Services will also be on hand to discuss potential collaborations at the local and state level.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Healthy Aging Research, Education and Services in ECU’s College of Human Ecology.

For additional information, contact Director John Kerbs by telephone at 252-328-5546 or e-mail kerbsj@ecu.edu, or visit www.ecu.edu/che/ohares.

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