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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Cousteau to open 2014-15 Voyages of Discovery series

Internationally renowned underwater explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau will present the premiere lecture of the 2014-15 Voyages of Discovery lecture series Oct 1 at East Carolina University.

Jean-Michel Cousteau

Jean-Michel Cousteau

Cousteau, an environmentalist, educator and film producer, will discuss “The Great Ocean Adventure,” including illustration with original film clips.

The series continues Nov. 18 with the Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History presented by Julian Bond, a historian and leading figure in the civil rights movement. Bond’s lecture at ECU last January was rescheduled due to adverse weather. He will discuss “Crossing the Color Line: From Rhythm ‘N Blues to Rock ‘N Roll.”

Two lectures will follow in spring 2015. The Jarvis Lecture on Religion and Culture on Feb. 24 will feature Dr. Raymond Moody, emeritus professor of consciousness studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Moody will discuss “Life After Life: The Meaning of Near-Death Experiences.” Rounding out the series on March 24, the Thomas Harriot Lecture will feature Dr. Ilona Bell, Samuel Fressenden Clarke Professor of English at Williams College. A leading authority on the metaphysical poetry of John Donne, Bell will discuss “Sex and Seduction in John Donne’s Poetry.”

“ECU’s College of Arts and Sciences is proud to host this speaker series, and we invite our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community friends to attend,“ said Dr. William M. Downs, dean of the college. “One mark of a great university is how well it promotes discussion of important issues. The Voyages of Discovery Series annually ensures that East Carolina University is ‘the’ venue for such discussions.”

“This, our eighth season, offers a superior slate of intellectual leaders whose multifaceted, even provocative presentations, will surely stimulate, with meaning and passion, our campus and community,” said Dr. John A. Tucker, director of the series.

The Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series is made possible through contributions from Harriot College’s Dean’s Advancement Council, various university organizations, and many friends and supporters. To contribute, contact Major Gifts Officer Jennifer Tripp at 252-737-4201 or trippj@ecu.edu.

For more information about the series and its speakers, contact the director, Dr. John A. Tucker at 252-328-1028, or email tuckerjo@ecu.edu. Additional information also is available on the series’ website at www.ecu.edu/voyages.

All lectures are open to the public and begin at 7 p.m. in Wright Auditorium on the campus of ECU, unless otherwise noted. Tickets for the Jean-Michel Cousteau lecture and Julian Bond lecture are $10. One complimentary ticket is available to ECU students with a valid ECU ID. All other lectures for the 2014-15 series are free to all attendees. For advance tickets, call the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS.

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

– Lacey Gray, Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

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LGBT Resource Office to screen Emmy award winning movie

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

normalheartThe 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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