ECU Club Baseball top seed in World Series

ECU Club Baseball team (Contributed photos)

ECU Club Baseball team (Contributed photos)

The East Carolina University Club Baseball team has advanced to the National Club Baseball Association World Series starting May 22 at Brooks Stadium in Paducah, Kentucky.

The ECU Club Baseball Pirates defeated Ohio University 6-5 May 10 to claim the 6-5 Mid Atlantic Regional Championship for the second straight year. With the tournament victory, the Pirates earned the top seed for the National Club Baseball Association World Series.

Ohio University's potential tying runner was tagged out at home in the May 22 ECU Club Baseball win.

Ohio University’s potential tying runner was tagged out at home in the May 22 ECU Club Baseball win.

ECU heads into the NCBA World Series 34-2 overall on the season, which includes a current 31-game winning streak. The purple and gold also claimed the Mid Atlantic South Conference championship with a perfect 15-0 conference record.

In the 2014 World Series, the top-seeded Pirates were upset in a first round game in Tampa before clawing back to the national semi-final game before being eliminated.

World Series games begin on May 22 with the Pirates first game at 7:30 p.m. at eighth-seeded Iowa State.

The full field for the NCBA World Series includes:

  • #1 East Carolina University
  • #2 University of Texas
  • #3 Florida State University
  • #4 Arizona State University
  • #5 Penn State University
  • #6 University of Oregon
  • #7 University of Illinois
  • #8 Iowa State University
The ECU Club Baseball wins celebrates the May 22 win.

The ECU Club Baseball wins celebrates the May 22 win.

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Nursing Student Group Receives National Chapter Award

 ECANS members, from left: Luis Flores, Ava Maritato, Morgan Pullium, Jamie Williams, Leah Shannon, Corrie Hansen, Sydney Howard and Charles Moseley. (Contributed photo)


ECANS members, from left: Luis Flores, Ava Maritato, Morgan Pullium, Jamie
Williams, Leah Shannon, Corrie Hansen, Sydney Howard and Charles Moseley. (Contributed photo)

The East Carolina Association of Nursing Students has been named a Stellar School Chapter by the National Student Nurses Association.

The award, given to just five schools nationwide in 2015, recognizes chapters that demonstrate strong commitment to shared governance, professional development and ongoing involvement in NSNA.

Eight ECU nursing students traveled to Phoenix to receive the award at the 63nd Annual National Student Nurses Association Convention April 8-12.

“This student organization exemplifies the excellence and commitment that is worthy of national recognition,” said Gina Woody, professor of nursing and the group’s faculty advisor.

With more than 230 members, ECANS is the largest constituent member of NCNA in North Carolina. The group, which also earned accolades in 2014, promotes leadership and career development through ongoing membership meetings and a host of community service activities. Organizations served this year include the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Habitat for Humanity, Operation Sunshine and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

One of ECANS’ keys to success is reaching out to students even before they officially join the College of Nursing. ECANS board members participate in pre-nursing “RX for Success” workshops, which share academic tips for intended nursing majors. The group holds two on-campus meetings each semester for pre-nursing students to learn about the organization. Its members also help intended nursing majors move into the Future Pirate Nurse Living and Learning Village each fall.

Current ECANS President Jamie Williams, a senior nursing student, said that networking with fellow students, faculty and nurse leaders from all across the country has been a memorable part of her education.

“It has been a pleasure to work with an enthusiastic, hardworking board of directors,” she said. “I am proud to have been a part of an amazing pre-professional organization, and to be a part of the Pirate Nurse family.”

Stellar schools are recognized on the NSNA website. Stellar School status is awarded for five years and is renewable with resubmission of an application and supporting documents that demonstrate the chapter continues to meet program criteria.

– Elizabeth Willy

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Harriot College Students Recognized at Phi Beta Kappa Ceremony

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The East Carolina University Division of Academic Affairs and the Eastern Carolina Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa honored 27 students within the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences on April 22.

All of the students honored have a grade point average of 3.93 or higher.

Those honored, and their major areas of study, include Ajay Ajmera, biology and chemistry; Layne Barefield, biology and engineering; Ryan Beeson, political science; Megan Biller, biology; Tyler Black, mathematics; Sarah Burke, public history; Kayla Carr, history and education; Ryan Carter-Stanley, psychology; Ava Cook, English; Erin Cottrell, psychology and Hispanic studies; Martha Ervin, psychology; Elizabeth Fish, psychology; Carey Henry, mathematics, psychology and education; Michael Joy, political science and economics; Sara Kurtz, fine arts and Hispanic Studies; Kristen Martin, communication and English; Kate McPherson, chemistry; Shayna Mooney, multidisciplinary studies-neuroscience; Mackenzie Alyn Mull, Hispanic studies and elementary education; Stephen Parker, biology; Jessica Rassau, classical civilizations; Jonathan Blake Richards, history and political science; Christian Rogers, biology; Natasha Scovill, biology; Sarah Sipe, chemistry and German; Lea Taylor, biology; and Kelsey Weiss, sociology.

“This is an amazing group of young people from most of the departments in the college, who have an interesting and imaginative variety of post-graduation plans, which highlights the strengths of a good liberal arts education,” said Dr. Angela Thompson, president of the Eastern Carolina Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa and ECU assistant professor of history.

For additional information about the Eastern Carolina Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa, contact Thompson at 328-1045, or via email at thompsona@ecu.edu.

 

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Reade Street Market to close for renovation

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

 

 

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He popped the question at a special place – the Rivers Building

Faith Fleming and Jamar Sampson

Faith Fleming and Jamar Sampson

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.

couple“I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to propose to her right where it all started,” Sampson said.

“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

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Annual Brody tradition features student service

Brody School of Medicine students, eft to right, Nikitah Goel, Akilah Grimes, Cierra Piggott and Bailee Gilchrist participate in the Brody Day of Service. (Photos by Gretchen Baugh)

Brody School of Medicine students, eft to right, Nikitah Goel, Akilah Grimes, Cierra Piggott and Bailee Gilchrist participate in the Brody Day of Service. (Photos by Gretchen Baugh)

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.

ECU medical students Jack Yazbeck, Amna Ahmed, Ryan Phillips and Dmitri Zouev, left ot right, sort food as part of the Brody Day of Service.

ECU medical students Jack Yazbeck, Amna Ahmed, Ryan Phillips and Dmitri Zouev, left ot right, sort food as part of the Brody Day of Service.

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.

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Social work faculty, students participate in conference

ECU was well represented at the annual National Association of Bachelor Social Work Program Directors meeting in March. (Contributed photo)

ECU was well represented at the annual National Association of Bachelor Social Work Program Directors meeting in March. (Contributed photo)

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.

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ECU faculty, students to present at conference

Pictured left to right are graduate students Marianne Ayers, Benjamin Wigand, Miranda Guardiola, Anne Saville and Andrea Fulle. (Photo provided by Maria McDonald, teaching instructor of sociology)

Pictured left to right are graduate students Marianne Ayers, Benjamin Wigand, Miranda Guardiola, Anne Saville and Andrea Fulle. (Photo provided by Maria McDonald, teaching instructor of sociology)

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 vanwilligenm@ecu.edu.

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