Mills Symposium set for Feb. 6

The 11th Jean Elaine Mills Annual Health Symposium, which focuses on health concerns and health equity issues plaguing minorities in eastern North Carolina, is set for Feb. 6 at the East Carolina Heart Institute at East Carolina University.

This year’s event will address new models for empowering personal and community health and will feature a presentation by Dr. L. Allen Dobson Jr., president and CEO of Community Care of North Carolina, the comprehensive network that manages health care delivery for the state’s Medicaid recipients and low-income insured residents.

The day-long symposium will also include sessions on creating community partnerships focused on the behavioral causes of obesity, improving outcomes among African- American women with Type 2 diabetes, innovative approaches to mental health issues for minority adolescents, community partnerships as portals to access, improving health through community engaged dental education and new models for empowering community and minority health.

Mills was an ECU alumna who died of breast cancer in 2000. Her brother, Amos T. Mills III, created the annual event to keep her spirit of discovery and community outreach alive.

The symposium is presented by the College of Allied Health Sciences in collaboration with the ECU Medical & Health Sciences Foundation, Inc. Health care providers, community leaders and representatives from faith-based organizations, as well as interested students, faculty and community residents are all invited to attend. To register visit http://go.ecu.edu/cb13b252.

 

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Pirates tackling heart disease during February

East Carolina University’s Division of Student Affairs will hold a number of events in February to raise awareness about heart health and heart disease during national Heart Health Month.

ECU Campus Recreation and Wellness will kick off the events with a Heart Health Extravaganza from 4 until 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Student Recreation Center. Attendees will have an opportunity to visit healthy stations to learn about stress, heart health, blood pressure and more. All student participants will be entered to win a FitBit wristband activity tracking device.

On Feb. 4 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Campus Wellness staff and students will distribute heart health information across campus. Campus Recreation and Wellness will join Campus Dining staff Feb. 9 and Feb. 12 to teach students about healthy food choices and portion sizes in West End and Todd dining halls.

On Feb. 6, all members of the ECU community will be urged to wear red for National Wear Red Day, as a sign of support for fighting heart disease. All those dressed in red will be asked to gather for a group photo at 12:15 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center.

Shane Stephens

Shane Stephens

“When people wear the red, it’s a reminder that heart disease is a real disease,” said Shane Stephens, assistant director of wellness programs in Campus Recreation and Wellness. “The red will remind us to make the choices we need to make to fight this disease and live longer happier lives.

“Students don’t typically perceive heart disease as being dangerous because they think they are too young,” said Stephens, but the American Heart Association reports that one out of every three women die from heart disease or stroke. It’s still the number one killer in the country.

“We are creating awareness and helping our young women learn that today’s decisions about smoking, food choices and exercise can have positive or negative impacts later in life,” Stephens said.

For additional information about Heart Health Month visit the American Heart Association website (www.heart.org). For more on ECU events and programs, contact Shane Stephens, assistant director of wellness programs, at Stephenssh@ecu.edu or 252-737-4892.

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ECU Hosts 2015 Great Decisions Program

East Carolina University is hosting the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions Program through March 7.

Now in its 12th year in Greenville, the program runs for eight consecutive Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon in the auditorium of the Rivers West Building. The program started Jan. 17.

Using video lectures from academic and professional experts, the program addresses topics of global significance. The 2015 topics include Russia and the Near Abroad, Privacy and the Digital Age, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, U.S. Policy Toward Africa, Syria’s Refugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, and Brazil’s Metamorphosis. Each session will run approximately one and a half hours, beginning with an hour-long lecture followed by a discussion period.

ECU students, staff and faculty may attend for free and purchase the program book for $20. The public is invited to attend for a fee of $40 for all eight sessions, which includes membership in the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina. The textbook is an additional $20. The cost for attending an individual session is $8.

A complete schedule of events is posted at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/greatdecisions/greenvilleschedule.cfm.

For additional information, or to register for any or all sessions, visit www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/greatdecisions/home.cfm. For questions, contact Andrew Cartee, in the Office of Continuing Studies, at 252-737-1352, or via email at carteea@ecu.edu.

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Local veteran service experts to convene at ECU

Representatives from the Pitt County Veteran Services Office, the Greenville Veteran Affairs Health Care Center, Region IV for the NC Division of Veterans Affairs and the Greenville Vet Center will present a panel discussion on the Future of Services for Older Veterans in eastern North Carolina at East Carolina University.

The panel presentation, sponsored by the College of Human Ecology’s Office of Healthy Aging Research, Education, and Services (OHARES), will be held in the Green Room of the Croatan Building on the ECU main campus Feb. 6 from Noon until 2 p.m.

The initial panel discussion will run for one hour, with an additional hour set aside for the panelists to discuss potential collaboration opportunities directly with the audience. Research affiliates from OHARES will also be in attendance to discuss possible partnerships at the local and state levels. Refreshments will be served.

For information on the Office of Healthy Aging Research, Education, and Services, contact Director John Kerbs by phone 252-328-5546 or e-mail kerbsj@ecu.edu, or visit the website www.ecu.edu/che/ohares.

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German diplomat to speak on transatlantic relationships

German diplomat Knut Abraham will present “The Transatlantic Link in Times of Crisis” at 4 p.m. Feb. 12 in room 130 of the Rawl building, East Carolina University.

Knut Abraham

     Knut Abraham

Abraham, head of the consular and legal section of the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., will speak about key issues affecting transatlantic relationships. He will focus on issues that affect the relationship between United States and Germany, such as terrorism, Russia/Ukraine and U.S. espionage against Germany.

He is a German lawyer and career diplomat who has served German embassies in the U.S., Bulgaria and Finland. He has also served the German Foreign Office and the Federal Chancellery in Berlin.

Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the event is free and open to the public. ECU students and faculty interested in current German – U.S. relations are encouraged to attend.

For questions contact Armin Krishnan, Department of Political Science, at krishnana@ecu.edu.

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ECU/Loessin Playhouse to present ‘Dance 2015′

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The ECU/Loessin Playhouse will present Dance 2015 Jan. 28 – Feb. 3 in McGinnis Auditorium. Performances will be held nightly at 8 p.m., except for Sunday. Sunday’s performance is at 2 p.m.

Dance 2015 incorporates a diverse range of movement, providing the audience freedom of interpretation for each piece. The concert features choreography from ECU faculty as well as guest artists.The ECU dancers will also showcase the respective dance styles of commercial hip-hop choreographer Joe-Joe “Grooves” Smith and artistic director of Koresh Dance Company, Roni Koresh. The concert will feature Joe-Joe’s upbeat hip-hop piece, “Meraki Funk!” and part 1 of Roni Koresh’s two-part residency, “Standing in Tears.”

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for ECU students/youth, and are available at the McGinnis Theatre Box Office. For more information, call (252) 328-6829 or visit www.ECUARTS.com.

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ECU grad student lecturing at Sylvan Heights Bird Park

ECU biology graduate student Dustin Foote, assistant curator at Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck, will present a series of educational lectures monthly through 2015.

Foote is a graduate of Cornell University pursuing a master’s in biology from ECU. He has held internships at the San Diego Zoo and Emerald Forest Bird Gardens and served one year in an assistantship at Sylvan Heights before assuming the role of assistant curator.

For additional information, visit http://shwpark.com/.

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Polar Bear Plunge set for Jan. 22

Jumpers from the 2014 Polar Bear Plunge prepare to take a dip in the icy waters of the outdoor pool at ECU's Student Recreation Center.

Jumpers at the 2014 Polar Bear Plunge prepare to take a dip in the icy waters of the outdoor pool at ECU’s Student Recreation Center.

The 19th Annual Polar Bear Plunge will be held at the Student Recreation Center at 7 p.m. Jan. 22. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m., ECU students, faculty and staff will take the plunge into the icy waters of the outdoor swimming pool.

This event began in 1997 with only 35 participants, as a part of the grand opening week for the Student Recreation Center. For the past three years, jumpers have numbered more than 1,000 each year.

The first event started with only 35 participants and has had over 1,000 participants for the last three years.

Swimsuits are required and participants should bring their own towel. T-Shirts are guaranteed for the first 1,100 jumpers.

For additional information, contact Campus Recreation & Wellness at 252-328-6387 or visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentaffairs/crw/programs/special_events/polarbear-plunge.cfm.

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ECU events to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Two events at East Carolina University will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Mitzi Miller, editor-in-chief of Ebony Magazine

Mitzi Miller, editor-in-chief of Ebony Magazine

The MLK Day of Service will begin at 9 a.m. Jan. 19 in Ledonia Wright Cultural Center. Participants will listen to King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, followed by remarks from Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor of student affairs, and Dr. Melissa Haithcox-Dennis, director of the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center.

Following that presentation, hundreds of students are expected to volunteer with 11 community partners from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Work sites will include A Time for Science, the Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center and the Third Street Community Center.

On Tuesday, Mitzi Miller, editor-in-chief of Ebony Magazine, will keynote the 2015 Annual MLK Celebration with her presentation “Visualizing the Dream” at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 in Wright Auditorium. Miller also will meet with selected students and student groups while on campus.

Miller’s presentation is free and open to the public; tickets are required and available at the Central Ticket Office in Mendenhall Student Center.

The ECU Office for Equity and Diversity, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, Student Government Association, Student Activities Board and Eta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity are co-sponsoring this annual event.

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