The Reade Street Market in the West End Dining Hall will close at the end of spring semester to undergo a $269,000 renovation. The project, funded by dining receipts, should be completed by next Aug. 1, according to project manager Michael Talton.
The project includes renovating the existing convenience store space in the market and remodeling of the attached Subway sandwich shop. A semi-private dining area and meeting room also will be added.
— Steve Tuttle
The Rivers Building holds special memories for Jamar Sampson and Faith Fleming, both graduated from East Carolina University with psychology degrees in 2013.
It’s where both worked part-time jobs. It’s where he asked her to be his girlfriend. And it’s where he proposed to her on Feb. 27, after sending her on a scavenger hunt for clues to his intentions.
“She had no idea that the scavenger hunt I planned for her would lead her to a hallway full of friends and family to witness the best day of our lives.”
Friends of the couple created a video about the scavenger hunt and his proposal, which can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbBpSfo07vA.
Fleming is studying for a master’s degree in school counseling at UNC-Greensboro. Sampson is director of education for the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plains.
Sampson said they plan to marry after she finishes graduate school.
– Steve Tuttle
One week before they found out where they were headed to complete residency as doctors-in-training, the Brody School of Medicine’s Class of 2015 had only others’ futures on their minds.
Approximately 75 students participated March 13 in the “Day of Service” – an annual event for each Brody graduating class.
Many members spent time at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC’s Greenville branch, where several tons of potatoes were sorted to be distributed to needy families. Two groups of students worked to clean and organize student-led free clinics: the Greenville Community Shelter Clinic and Grimesland Clinic. Another group painted the inside of Third Street Community Center and other students assisted the Ronald McDonald House with its Sport-A-Shirt, Share-A-Night fundraiser.
“While every student has a specific passion and area of service that they have committed to as a student at Brody, these five projects provided a final chance for the Class of 2015 to enjoy giving back to the community together,” explained Elizabeth Sibrack, fourth-year student and class representative. “The community has been integral in our medical education by allowing us the opportunity to learn from them as our patients at ECU and Vidant.”
She said service enhances classroom and clinical education by allowing for greater understanding about their patients, community resources and obstacles to care.
Eight East Carolina University students and two faculty members in the School of Social Work recently attended the annual National Association of Bachelor Social Work Program Directors meeting in Kansas City, Missouri.
ECU students Tracey Leonard, Trevor Blue, Andrew Bracken, Kirby Elmore, Charon Hudson, Gabrielle Karl, Tracy Meaux and Christopher Williams were selected by the national organization to serve as conference volunteers at registration, as assistant moderators and other activities. The students, all members of the Bachelors of Social Work Student Association, participated in workshops on professional development and topics such as current advocacy practice trends, political activism and GLBT issues in practice and policy.
“Being able to meet other social work students from around the country has been one of the best things about this this trip,” Leonard said.
Williams was invited to present his findings from a study of treatment needs of parents suffering from addiction issues in child welfare. The students also met with graduate school recruiters from around the country. The closing plenary emphasized the role that social work has in civil rights and liberties with featured speakers involved in the events at Ferguson, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb and the site of ongoing protests after an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer.
Dr. Brenda Eastman, associate professor of social work, and Dr. Kelley Reinsmith-Jones, assistant professor of social work, traveled with the students more than 2,400 round-trip miles in a van through winter weather to attend the conference, held March 3-9.
East Carolina University will be well represented at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans March 25-28.
Presenting at the event are four Department of Sociology faculty members, 10 graduate students, five undergraduates and two alumni.
Several ECU presenters will participate in paper, roundtable and poster sessions to discuss research focusing on gender inequality, including sexual assault. Others are presenting research on a broad range of topics including social impacts of the digital divide, mysogynoir, the impact of student volunteer work, North Carolina’s environmental movement and attitudes toward the Confederate flag.
This year’s meeting theme is “Stalled Revolutions? Gender Inequality in the 21st Century.”
For additional information, contact Marieke Van Willigen, interim chair of sociology, at 252-328-6092 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The East Carolina Alumni Association has announced the recipients of the 2015 Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award. These five students will be presented with the award during commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 8.
The most prestigious award for undergraduates at East Carolina University, the Wright award recognizes academic achievement, service to both the university and community, and demonstrated leadership. Recipients are recognized as those who will make a positive impact on their respective professions and communities.
In addition to receiving the Wright medallion at commencement, recipients are given a lifetime membership in the East Carolina Alumni Association.
- Ajay Ajmera of Greenville, NC; biology and chemistry double-major
- Matthew Ryan Baucom of Marshville, NC; chemistry and biochemistry double-major
- Jessica Katlyn Jewell of Clayton, NC; communication major
- Shayna Nitin Mooney of Winterville, NC; neuroscience and international studies double-major
- Kristi Noelle Wilkerson of Mastic, NY; nutrition major.
ECU senior Ashley Lamb won an Outstanding Student Award from the Surface Design Association for her piece titled “Exposed.” Her nominating instructor in textile design was Robin Lynn Haller. The award earned her a paid one-year membership to SDA.
Ashley is from Marshburn, VA and is double majoring in fashion merchandising and textile design. She is also the ECU Textile Guild Co-President, and a member of both Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and the Apparel and Interior Merchandising Organization.
Last summer, Lamb worked in the sales group for Jessica Simpson’s dress line at the GIII Apparel Group, a company which designs, manufactures and markets women’s and men’s apparel for brands like Calvin Klein, Guess and Kenneth Cole. Her ultimate goal is to design and sell her own clothing line.
To learn more about the fashion merchandising program in ECU’s College of Human Ecology, visit http://www.ecu.edu/che/idmr/apparel.html.
For a list of all award winners, visit http://www.surfacedesign.org/outstanding-student-award-2014.
East Carolina University art students and husband and wife, Jacob and Meredith Parker, will host a dual senior exhibition, “Passing for Normal,” in the Burroughs Wellcome Gallery in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center March 16-20.
An opening reception will be held 6-9 p.m. March 16.
Both are candidates for a bachelor of fine arts in May. Meredith Parker is pursuing a concentrating in painting and drawing, while Jacob Parker is working toward a concentration in printmaking.
The Parkers are known for their charismatic personalities and their artwork titles such as “I’m Not Going, You Can’t Make Me Go, I’m Never Going,” “They’ll Mow You Down Easy,” “Nobody Sees a Problem with This; Just Eat it” and “This Should Be of Some Practical Use Later.”
Jacob Parker recently won an award in the School of Art & Design’s undergraduate show.