Joyner Library offers pet therapy to relieve exam stress

Time spent with a dog or cat can help students unwind from the stresses of exam time. Joyner Library is offering three pet therapy sessions during the spring 2014 exam period. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Time spent with a dog or cat can help students unwind from the stresses of exam time. Joyner Library is offering three pet therapy sessions during the spring 2014 exam period. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

May 1 marks the start of spring semester exams at ECU, prompting for many students a stress-filled week of late-night studying. To help alleviate that stress, Joyner Library is offering some furry help from pet therapy dogs May 1, 5 and May 6.

In the Pet Therapy sessions, ECU outreach librarians team with Pet Partners to provide trained animals and handlers who visit campus to interact with students. The goal of the interaction with cats and dogs – and with the human owners —  is to help students unwind in a friendly social setting. Snacks are provided. Participants may register for prizes, send home a free postcard or post a photo to the library’s Instagram account.

Scheduled events are noon to 1 p.m. May 1, with Callie and Breeze the black lab; 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. May 5 with JJ the boxer; and 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. May 6 with Aggie the cat, Waldo the lab/corgi and Yazzie the Doberman.

For more information contact Carolyn Willis, outreach coordinator at willisc@ecu.edu, or 252-328-0400 or Kathryn K. Webb, interim head of service at kavanaghk@ecu.edu or 252-328-0734.

– Dawn Wainwright

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Sixty years later: Town hall meeting commemorates Hurricane Hazel

A fallen tree crushes a car in Chapel Hill. (Roland Giduz. North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, UNC Chapel Hill)

A fallen tree crushes a car in Chapel Hill.
(Roland Giduz. North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, UNC Chapel Hill)

On May 5, East Carolina University will host the first in a series of statewide meetings on hurricane and severe weather preparedness that commemorate the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel.

The meeting, organized by the ECU Office of Environmental Health & Safety and the National Weather Service in Newport, will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 5 in the Willis Building, 300 East First St., Greenville.

Track of Hurricane Hazel across the eastern US. (National Weather Service, Raleigh)

Track of Hurricane Hazel across the eastern US.
(National Weather Service, Raleigh)

Hurricane Hazel hit the North Carolina coast on Oct. 15, 1954, the strongest recorded Category 4 hurricane in state history.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in front of the Willis Building.

In addition to information about Hurricane Hazel, participants will learn how to prepare for the upcoming hurricane and severe weather season.

Panelists will include Matt Engelbrecht, meteorologist with WITN, and representatives from the American Red Cross, Pitt County Emergency Management, Pitt County Public Health, Greenville Fire & Rescue and Greenville Utilities Commission.

Presenters will answer questions and provide guidance on preparedness, response and recovery activities.

ECU is recognized as a StormReady university by the National Weather Service. The designation means ECU conducts advanced planning, education and awareness efforts and implements effective warning systems.

For more information on the town hall meeting, visit http://goo.gl/xD0qse or contact Lauren Gunter in the Office of Environmental Health & Safety at 252-328-6166 or guntera@ecu.edu.

In addition, the National Weather Service is seeking personal stories, photos or video related to Hurricane Hazel to include in a planned 60th anniversary project by emailing Sandy.LaCorte@noaa.gov.

-  Crystal Baity

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ECU Theatre and Dance to present “The Great God Brown”

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The East Carolina University School of Theatre and Dance will present Eugene O’Neill’s “The Great God Brown,” April 24 – 29 at McGinnis Theatre.

Considered a revealing play about O’Neill himself, the play examines the lives of Billy Brown, a successful but inferior architect; Brown’s friend Dion Anthony, a gifted but drunken womanizer; and the woman both men love, Margaret.

Margaret chooses Dion with his sensual, cynical mask. But when he reveals himself as deeply spiritual and sensitive, she is repulsed. Unable to realize his artistic potential, Dion sinks into self-destruction and dies. Billy, envious of Dion’s talent, steals his identity. Billy eventually is accused of his own murder and is killed by police, while Margaret continues to worship the image of Dion.

Performances are nightly at 8 p.m., except for Sunday. A 2 p.m. matinee is set for Sunday.

Tickets are $12.50 and $10 youth/student and are available online at www.ECUARTS.com and by calling (252) 328-6829.

For more information, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/theatredance/productions/index.cfm

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Women’s Roundtable Book Club discusses Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’

Members of the ECU Women's Roundtable book club gathered April 9 to discuss Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg.

Members of the ECU Women’s Roundtable book club gathered April 9 to discuss “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

By Jamitress Bowden
ECU News Services

“Sister Talk,” the book club of East Carolina University’s Women’s Roundtable, met April 9 for the second time since its founding fall semester 2013.

The book club is composed of female ECU students who read a selected book focused on the topic of women in leadership. The book club includes mostly Access Scholarship recipients, who once a semester gather in Chancellor Steve Ballard’s residence with Nancy Ballard; Valeria Lassiter, chair of the Women’s Roundtable; Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor of Student Affairs; Marcy Romary, director of Women’s Philanthropy at ECU; and other roundtable members.

At this book club meeting, the women leaned into each other as they discussed lessons and realizations from “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg. Sandberg is the chief operating officer at Facebook. In the book she tells the story of how she embraced leadership throughout her life.

The book was chosen after the club read about Sandberg in last semester’s book, “How Great Women Lead” written by Bonnie St. John and her teenage daughter Darcy Deane.

“As a young woman striving towards leadership positions, I feel alone in some of my experiences and this book reminds me I am in good company with powerful women with similar experience,” said Taylor Waters, ECU junior and member of the book club. Waters said that the women in the book club were insightful and she found the conversation enlightening.

The group is intended to open a dialogue on leadership between the women.

“What I enjoyed most about our discussion is the refreshing feeling of talking to women about real issues and changes that need to be made with women in society,” said Kenya Shakir, ECU junior and member of the book club.

Next semester, the book club will read “The Power of Nice” by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval. Thaler and Koval serve respectively as the chief executive officer and president of the advertising agency Kaplan Thaler Group.

Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor of Student Affairs, was among the Women's Roundtable members present at the meeting of the organization's book club.

Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor of Student Affairs, was among the Women’s Roundtable members present at the meeting of the organization’s book club.

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The Great Recycle offers big rewards for recycling

NOTE: Event has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 17th.

East Carolina University students may find big rewards for recycling beverage containers during The Great Recycle event 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. April 15 at Wright Plaza on campus.

A 12-foot tall recycling bin, like the one pictured above at Times Square in Manhattan, will be set up on Wright Plaza at ECU for The Great Recycle on April 15.

A 12-foot tall recycling bin, like the one pictured above at Times Square in Manhattan, will be set up on Wright Plaza at ECU for The Great Recycle on April 15.

The beverage company Honest Tea is sponsoring the event to boost recycling rates as part of a national recycling initiative. Honest Tea representatives will set up a 12-foot tall blue recycling bin to receive empty beverage containers in glass, plastic, aluminum or plastic.

Rewards range from reusable bags to iPad minis, increasing in value the more beverage containers an individual recycles. Participants who bring in 999 bottles may earn an iPad Mini; a reward for 750 bottles is a Go Pro Camera. Additional rewards available while supplies last include bicycles, skate boards, backpacks, gift certificates, T-shirts, sunglasses, reusable bags, bracelets and stickers.

For additional information about the event, visit www.thegreatrecycle.com.

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