Pirate Nurse 5K benefits scholarships, senior class gift

The second annual Pirate Nurse 5K will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 29 beginning at the East Carolina University Health Sciences Building at 2100 W. Fifth St. in Greenville.

Runners and walkers will follow a certified course on the health sciences campus. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

All proceeds will support the Linda Pynn Nurse Practitioner Scholarship and the May BSN Senior Class Gift. Registration is $10 for ECU students and $20 for the general public and is available online at http://www.runtheeast.com.

Awards will be given to the top two males and females in the following age groups: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over. Runners will receive a T-shirt and goody bag.

For more information or sponsorship, contact Mark Alexander at alexanderma@ecu.edu.

 

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Annual Hamstring Hustle 5K to be April 5

For the 20th year, runners and walkers may lace up their sneakers and pound the pavement in the Hamstring Hustle 5K Run/Walk.

The race starts at 9 a.m. at ECU Health Sciences Building on the East Carolina University health sciences campus. The race will wind through the grounds of the ECU Health Sciences Campus and Vidant Medical Center and is a USA Track and Field-certified course/sanctioned event.

The race is presented by the Medical Student Council at the Brody School of Medicine. A portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit the ECU Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Registration is $20 by March 28, includes a T-shirt and is available online at http://www.hamstringhustle.com. Race day registration is $25; arrive by 8:15 a.m. April 5.

Participants should be at the race site by 8:15 a.m. the day of the race.

Awards will be presented to the overall male and female winners and to the top three males and females in the following age groups: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over.

E-mail race organizers at linerk12@students.ecu.edu or call 252-289-7590 for more information.

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Student Health Services prepares for national accreditation

At the Student Health Services fair, left to right, graduate assistant Sara Ridder, Graduate Assistant, and quality improvement manager Kim Joyner,  present a game called, “Swashbucking with Captain Kim” to Nadya Majette Elliot, health promotion project manager and Joyce Bullock, health information.(Contributed photos).

At the Student Health Services fair, left to right, graduate assistant Sara Ridder and quality improvement manager Kim Joyner, present a game called, “Swashbucking with Captain Kim” to Nadya Majette Elliot, health promotion project manager, and Joyce Bullock, Health Information. (Contributed photos).

East Carolina University’s Student Health Services hosted an AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care) fair March 11 for health services employees as a way to prepare them for the June AAAHC survey for national accreditation.

The event offered interactive games that educated participants on issues such as patient rights, quality of care and quality improvements. Participants who successfully completed all games had an opportunity to enter a drawing to win homemade baked goods and rain gear.

At left, Kenzie Bundy, Health Information, plays “Save Billy’s Kids,” presented by Greg Morris, Pharmacy.

At left, Kenzie Bundy, Health Information, plays “Save Billy’s Kids,” presented by Greg Morris, Pharmacy.

Student Health Services’ preparation for AAAHC accreditation is an ongoing process that, in addition to the fair, includes mock inspections, education sessions, self-assessment of AAAHC standards and bimonthly chapter captain meetings. SHS was re-accredited by AAAHC in 2011. The accreditation certification demonstrates commitment to provide the highest level of quality of care to ECU students.

AAAHC is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1979. Their primary purpose is to develop standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care and value for ambulatory health care through peer-based accreditation process, education and research. The AAAHC Accreditation is a voluntary process which involves an onsite visit for surveyors to measure health care organizations’ quality of services and performance against nationally recognized standards.

Pictured left to right, Justin Elliot, Administration, discusses the rules of “We’ve got this in the Bag-go!” presented by Ellen Goldberg, Nursing.

Pictured left to right, Justin Elliot, Administration, discusses the rules of “We’ve got this in the Bag-go!” presented by Ellen Goldberg, Nursing.

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EC Scholars host 5K fundraiser

East Carolina University’s EC Scholars are hosting a Schoolhouse Rock n’ Run 5K from 2 – 4 p.m. March 23 at the North Recreational Complex.

Proceeds will benefit the Pitt County Educational Foundation, which supports local public school teachers and students.

All four classes of EC Scholars joined in to plan and carry out the fundraising event to exemplify the ECU mission of service and leadership. They choose the Pitt County Educational Foundation because it offers grants for innovative and exciting ways for enhancing student learning.

The event will kick off with a Kids’ Dash, followed by the 5K at 2:30 p.m. Additional activities for children will include beach volleyball, kickball, corn hole, crafts and face painting.

Participation fees are $15 for adults, $10 for students in middle school through college (with an ID) and $2 for children 11 and under who are participating in the Kids’ Dash. Registration is open through start time on race day and is available at http://www.runtheeast.com/calendardetail.php?id=312.

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Athlete, leader to speak at ECU

Mo Isom

 Mo Isom

All-American athlete Mo Isom will present “Living Boldly” at 5:30 p.m. March 26 in Wright Auditorium at East Carolina University.

Isom will speak on leadership principles, overcoming adversity, developing courage and pushing beyond barriers.

She speaks from personal experiences that have included success and tragedy. A communications major at Louisiana State University, Isom was an award-winning goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team, featured in the 2008 issue of Sports Illustrated. While enjoying success as a college athlete, she also endured a near fatal automobile accident, an ongoing eating disorder and her father’s suicide.

Isom was the first female to try out for a Southeastern Conference Division I men’s football team when she set her sites on the role of place kicker for LSU’s nationally-ranked football team. She tried out in spring and fall 2012 but failed to make the team.

Isom has performed more than 2,200 volunteer service hours that include visits to Uganda and Costa Rica.

She lives in Atlanta. Her television appearances include the Christian Broadcasting Network, ESPN, Fox Sports, HLN and Ellen.

ECU’s Campus Living, Greek Life, Student Activities Board, Campus Recreation and Wellness, Recreation and Leisure Studies majors and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center are sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public.

For additional information, contact David Gaskins with Campus Recreation and Wellness at 252-328-6387 or via email at gaskinsd@ecu.edu.

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