Dr. Glen Gilbert, interim vice chancellor for university advancement, presents ECU graduate and wounded warrior Nathan Rimpf with a Pirates helmet. (Photo by Emily Packard)
Wounded warrior Nathan Rimpf has moved into his new home in the Renaissance Park neighborhood in south Raleigh.
The traditional-style home, with a double porch and blue shutters, is the sixth home constructed by a partnership between the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County and the Triangle Veterans Association.
Four paratroopers who parachuted in as fireworks exploded delivered the keys to Rimpf’s new home.
Speaking to a large crowd of family and ECU friends at the key ceremony on Nov. 7, Rimpf said he does not regret his sacrifice. “This isn’t exactly what I dreamed – it’s way beyond that,” he said. “Look at this out here. Who wouldn’t give a pair of ugly feet to defend these people? It’s been a very awesome 487 days, to be honest.”
After graduating from ECU’s ROTC program, Rimpf became an Army Ranger. He stepped on an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Anbar Province and lost his lower legs.
Cadets from ECU’s ROTC program, including seniors who were freshmen when Rimpf was a senior, attended the ceremony. Glenn Gilbert, acting vice chancellor of university advancement, also spoke.
Rimpf walks easily on prosthetic legs but he said standing for long periods tires him. The stairs of his new home have a wheelchair lift.
– Steve Tuttle
ECU professor Dr. Melanie Sartore-Baldwin accepts an outstanding alumni award at Texas A&M University. (Contributed photo)
East Carolina University professor Dr. Melanie Sartore-Baldwin was named the 2013 Outstanding Alumni (Early Career) by Texas A&M University Oct. 25 at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.
This award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon alumni who earned his or her degree within the past five years and recognizes significant contributions to their fields in the areas of teaching, research, or service.
“Dr. Sartore-Baldwin joined ECU immediately after her work at Texas A&M,” said Dr. Stacey Altman, chair of the ECU Department of Kinesiology, housed in the College of Health and Human Performance. “Since then she has represented her alma mater and the fine program she was part of at that institution.”
A 2007 graduate of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M, Sartore-Baldwin was among five alumni recognized. One award is presented to an early career graduate.
“From her day-to-day meaningful interactions with students in the classroom and office to her research that has resulted in her selection as a NASSM fellow, her achievements are many,” continued Altman.
“Perhaps most impressive is an unwavering commitment to integrity and authenticity while pursuing social justice through her professional and personal life. She is indeed deserving of this award.”
Sartore-Baldwin began teaching at ECU in 2007. She earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education/exercise science from Western Illinois University in 2000. She received a dual master’s degree from Indiana University in 2003.
LTC Thomas E. Glockzin is commander of the ECU Air Force ROTC.
Lt. Col. Glockzin
He recently served as the deputy commander, 43rd Airlift Group, Pope Field, North Carolina where he commanded eight squadrons, 13 group staff agencies, and 1,200 personnel supporting five Major commands. At Pope Field, Glockzin also served as chief of staff and directed activities for 85 personnel. He is a master navigator with more than 4,000 flying hours, including more than 200 combat and combat support hours. He earned an undergraduate degree in 1989 in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree in 1998 in Aeronautical/Aviation Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal (Fourth Oak Leaf Cluster).
LTC Sean Farrar
LTC Sean E. Farrar is commander of the ECU Army ROTC. He recently served as a division chief in the Aviation Test Directorate at the U.S. Army Operation Test Command in Fort Hood, Texas, where he conducted testing of new Aviation aircraft and equipment. At Fort Hood he tested the new Apache attack helicopter and an aircrew protective mask used for chemically or biologically contaminated environments. He is a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot with one combat tour in Iraq, where he served as an advisor and trainer to the Iraqi Police. He earned an undergraduate degree in 1994 in geography from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a graduate degree in 2003 in Individual Counseling from Long Island University.
Two East Carolina University professors in the Department of Kinesiology published articles in the July issue of the Journal of Sport Management.
Dr. Melanie Sartore-Baldwin co-authored, “Hegemonic Masculinity and the Institutionalized Bias Toward Women in Men’s Collegiate Basketball: What do Men Think?” The study investigates men’s basketball coaches’ perceptions and attitudes toward women in men’s college basketball.
Dr. Stacy Warner led an international team of researchers in a study highlighting the factors necessary to retain sports officials. The article was titled, “Officiating Attrition: The Experiences of Former Referees via a Sport Development Lens.”
The Department of Kinesiology is housed in the ECU College of Health and Human Performance.
The East Carolina University Army ROTC program and Boy Scouts of America hosted Operation Scout Out on campus the weekend of Aug. 24-25.
Scouts from across the state participated in activities such as crossing a rope bridge to overcome fear of heights and pulling a Humvee to test their physical fitness. They learned about how soldiers eat in the field, warrior ethos, assisted liter carry and electronic weapons.
Scout leader Lacy Hobgood and Cadet Austin Faulkner led joint operation, designed to teach young scouts the importance of values. Organizers expect to hold the event annually.