ECU hosts annual Peace.Love.Pirates.Cure event Oct. 1

peace.lpc1East Carolina University’s Campus Recreation & Wellness will host the seventh annual Peace.Love.Pirates.Cure Cancer Awareness Fair from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Student Recreation Center.

This annual Wellness Passport event promotes cancer awareness and knowledge by providing students, faculty and staff with information tailored to helping them live healthy, cancer-free lives.

The event features educational tables highlighting the many facets of cancer as well as interactive activities where participants learn about reducing the risks of acquiring skin, breast, cervical, testicular, lung and prostate cancers.

“Peace.Love.Pirates.Cure has reached over 3,000 people since it was introduced in 2007 and we expect another large turnout this year,” said Georgia Childs, associate director for Campus Wellness. “Cancer has impacted every person on our campus in one way or another. It could be the loss of a loved one or someone personally battling cancer. This event brings people together for education, friendship and support.”

Healthy snacks will be available, and participants will be given the opportunity to win t-shirts and other giveaways.

Peace.Love.Pirates.Cure is sponsored by Campus Recreation & Wellness, Student Health Services, the ECU Department of Health Education and Promotion, ECU Physicians, Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society, Colleges Against Cancer, Vidant Health and the Healthy PIRATES student organization.

For more information contact Georgia Childs at 252-328-5172 or visit www.ecu.edu/crw.

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ECU counselor education students to participate in mental health emergency training

NSDUH14-0904_infographicOn Oct. 3, graduate students in the counselor education program in the ECU College of Education will participate in an all-day, intensive training session on mental health, first aid and other emergencies.

Upon completion, participants will receive a three-year certification to help people in mental health emergencies.

Students enrolled in ECU’s program are preparing to work in clinical mental health, college and school settings as professional counselors after graduation.

It’s the first time the specialized training has been offered to ECU counselor education students. While crisis, mental illness and mental health emergency information is available in several courses, organizers said students will benefit from the additional focus. ECU social work and rehabilitation students also will participate in the training, which is hosted by the Counselor Education Association.

“It’s important to think about these issues as they relate to college campuses, and hosting this sort of workshop may help raise awareness for those here at ECU who might be struggling,” said Allison Crowe, assistant professor for counselor education in the College of Education.

 

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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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