ECU Bookstore Donates to Scholarship Program to Honor Fallen Soldier

Pictured left to right are Bryan Tuten, director, Dowdy Student Stores; Scott Buck, associate vice chancellor, Administration and Finance; Stephen McFadden, vice president, Perfect Promotions & More; John Palmer, merchandise and apparel manager, Dowdy Student Stores; Lt. Col. Sean Farrar, professor of military science; Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance; Steve Duncan, assistant vice chancellor for Planning, Development and Military Programs; Clint MacMiller, assistant professor of military science; Jason Schreuder, assistant professor of military science; and Joshua Moffitt, assistant professor of military science. Tuten is showing the back design of the T-shirts that were sold; McFadden is showing the front design. (Contributed photo)

Pictured left to right are Bryan Tuten, director, Dowdy Student Stores; Scott Buck, associate vice chancellor, Administration and Finance; Stephen McFadden, vice president, Perfect Promotions & More; John Palmer, merchandise and apparel manager, Dowdy Student Stores; Lt. Col. Sean Farrar, professor of military science;
Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance; Steve Duncan, assistant vice chancellor for Planning, Development and Military Programs; Clint MacMiller, assistant professor of military science; Jason Schreuder, assistant professor of military science; and Joshua Moffitt, assistant professor of military science. Tuten is showing the back design of the T-shirts that were sold; McFadden is showing the front design. (Contributed photo)

A T-shirt sale and promotion at East Carolina University raised more than $5,000 in November for a scholarship fund that honors JP Thompson, an ECU graduate who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

On Dec. 15, representatives from ECU Dowdy Student Stores and its vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, presented a check for $5,224 to Lt. Col. Sean Farrar, professor of military science, in Christenbury Gym on campus.

“Today’s donation will go a long way in enabling us to endow this scholarship, which we hope to be able to do in the spring,” Farrar said.

Accepting the donation along with Farrar were Steve Duncan, assistant vice chancellor for planning, development and military programs, and Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance, which houses the ROTC programs at ECU.

The money was raised through sales of “ECU Supports our Military” shirts at ECU Dowdy Student Stores between Veterans Day and Military Appreciation Weekend in November. A portion of the sale of each shirt was donated by Dowdy Student Stores and its vendor Perfect Promotions and More, which allotted $3 per shirt for each ordered to go toward the contribution.

Thompson was a 2002 ECU graduate and member of the U.S. Army Special Forces who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010. The deployment was his third in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While at ECU, Thompson was captain of ECU’s Army Ranger Challenge Team, which he led to a second place victory from among 40 other teams.

According to his sister, Alisa Mueller, one of Thompson’s life goals was to provide a scholarship to cadets. “Endowing this scholarship will achieve this goal and honor his memory for many years to come,” she said.

Dowdy Student Stores Director Bryan Tuten said he was pleased with the customer response and amount raised. “The Pirate fans have really come out and supported this effort. This is a very worthy cause, and it is something we would like to continue each year,” he said.

Each year, the university owned and operated bookstores sell shirts for the military appreciation football game, but this was the first year for the joint project with Perfect Promotions and the scholarship program. Stephen McFadden, vice president of Perfect Promotions and More and an ECU alumnus, said he was proud to play a role in the effort.

The check was presented by Dowdy Student Stores Merchandise Manager John Palmer, Tuten, Associate Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Scott Buck, and McFadden.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the scholarship fund may contact: ECU Advancement Office, Rachel Nichols at 328-9558, or make a check to the ECU Foundation, Greenville Center, Charles Blvd, 27858, with JP Thompson Scholarship Fund on the memo line. T-shirts are still available at Dowdy, in the Wright Building store on campus, or by calling (252) 328-6731.

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Rimpf gets keys to new home

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)

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

 

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ECU campaign offers chance to honor military service, support

Newly purchased pavers are shown during the 2011 dedication of the Memorial Walk and Freedom Wall at East Carolina University. The pavers were installed in the brick walkway after the service. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

A campaign under way at East Carolina University presents an opportunity to commemorate military service with a permanent memorial on campus.

The 2012 Service to Nation Campaign is offering engraved brick pavers priced at $125 each to honor individuals who have provided service in support of national defense. That includes military service as well as participation with organizations designed to support military efforts, such as the Veterans Administration, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Support the Troops, Wounded Warriors and similar programs.

Each 6 x 9 inch commemorative paver will be engraved with the honoree’s name and service details, and installed on the Memorial Walk west of Christenbury Memorial Gymnasium. Pavers purchased before Oct. 19 will be installed prior to a Nov. 9 dedication ceremony in honor of Veterans Day.

Proceeds will be used for Army and Air Force ROTC scholarships at ECU.

The campaign is sponsored by the ECU College of Health and Human Performance and the Office of Military Programs. For additional information, contact Steve Duncan at duncans@ecu.edu or Kim Walters at waltersk@ecu.edu or call (252) 328-9572.

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