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


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


Columbia University scholar to discuss Shakespeare in America

Columbia University scholar Dr. James S. Shapiro will present “Shakespeare in America” at 7 p.m. March 27 in Wright Auditorium at ECU. A question and answer session will follow.



Shapiro, the Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, is also the Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at the Public Theater in New York City. He  joined the faculty at Columbia University in 1985, teaching and publishing widely on Shakespeare and Elizabethan culture. Shapiro also has served as a Fulbright Lecturer at Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities and as the Wanamaker Fellow at the Globe Theatre in London.

He is the author of five books, co-edited the “Columbia Anthology of British Poetry and served as the associate editor of the “Columbia History of British Poetry.” In 2012, Shapiro co-authored and presented a 3-hour BBC documentary, “The King and the Playwright: A Jacobean History.” He is working on a new book, “The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606,” as well as a Library of America volume titled, “Shakespeare in America.”

Shapiro has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers and the Huntington Library. He is a governor of the Folger Shakespeare Library, sits on the board of directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and in 2011 was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The free presentation is part of a series of events celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. It is the final lecture in the 2013-14 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences’ Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.

The event is co-sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of English and the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Complimentary tickets for Shapiro’s lecture are available by calling 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.

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Spring Career Fair set for March 20

East Carolina University will host more than 125 national employers and recruiters at the 2014 Spring Career Fair scheduled from 1 – 4 p.m. March 20 at Minges Coliseum. fetchimage

For the second straight year, the event has a waiting list of national companies and recruiters wanting to participate. Many recruiters will remain in town following the Career Fair to conduct interviews with promising students.

“Employers tell us that they find ECU students to be some of the best prepared students in the state academically and in career readiness,” said Karen Thompson, ECU Career Center director. “They rank ECU very high on customer service and support…and they seem to enjoy being in the midst of the campus environment.”

Recruiters and hiring managers from local and national companies, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies will attend. While some will recruit specific majors, many are interested in connecting with students in a variety of majors. Among the companies to be represented are Geico, Goodyear, Target, BB&T, King’s Dominion and Enterprise Holdings, as well as North Carolina companies such as Gray’s Outer Banks Lifestyle Clothing Company, Kitty Hawk Kites, Sanderson Farms, Mt. Olive and Pickle Company and the Greensboro Police Department.

Approximately 1,500 students are expected to attend to investigate internship and employment opportunities.

Before the Spring Career Fair, an Education Fair will be held from 8 – 10:30 a.m. in Minges Coliseum, with representatives from public, charter and private schools from more than 60 school districts, targeting ECU students who are prepared to take on jobs as teachers, school administrators or other education-related positions.

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Actor RJ Mitte to speak at ECU

Actor RJ Mitte, known for his portrayal of Walter White Jr. (“Flynn”) in the award-winning television series “Breaking Bad,” will speak at ECU from 7 – 9 p.m. March 20 in Hendrix Theatre.



Mitte will present “Overcoming Adversity: Turning a Disadvantage to an Advantage,” followed by a question and answer period. He will speak about bullying and overcoming obstacles to develop a career in acting.

Mitte, who has mild cerebral palsy, had to learn to portray a character with a much more advanced condition in the role of Walter White Jr.. He had to learn to walk with crutches and slow his speech down for the role.

Born in Louisiana, Mitte suffered mild brain damage at birth and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 3 years old. He moved to Los Angeles with his family in 2006, where he soon became a regular on the popular Disney television show, “Hanna Montana.”

The ECU event is sponsored by the Student Activities Board. It is free and open to the ECU community, but attendees should be prepared to present an ECU OneCard.