Pirates jump into new year with Polar Bear Plunge, Highlight the Night dance

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East Carolina University’s Division of Student Affairs is hosting two events to help students kick off the spring semester.

The 18th annual Polar Bear Plunge is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Student Recreation Center outdoor pool.  Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. with an ECU One Card required. All ECU students, faculty and staff are invited to jump into the icy waters of the outdoor pool. ECU Women’s Basketball Coach Heather Macy will kick-start the event as the ceremonial first jumper.

The first 1,100 jumpers will receive a free event T-shirt. Jumpers should bring a towel and fill out a waiver prior to jumping. The waiver can be completed on-site or downloaded at www.ecu.edu/polarbear.

The Polar Bear Plunge started at ECU in 1997 as part of the grand opening of the Student Recreation Center and 35 participants took the plunge. The event has grown annually, breaking records each year since 2010. Last year, 1,094 jumpers participated.

During the event, participants may enjoy refreshments and attend the Get-A-Clue Involvement Fair, which provides information on programs and activities with organizations on campus. Get-A-Clue begins at 6:30 p.m. and is also held at the Student Recreation Center. Campus Recreation & Wellness, Campus Living & Dining, Coca-Cola, and Student Involvement and Leadership sponsor the Polar Bear Plunge and Get-A-Clue.

On Jan. 24 from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. is the second annual Highlight the Night dance at ECU’s Student Recreation Center.  The dance will feature DJ K-Ro and DJ Thomas, both ECU students.  The Student Activities Board welcomed more than 1,200 students to the inaugural event last year.

Tickets to the dance are free to ECU students with their One Card. Guests accompanied by an ECU student can attend for $15.

 

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ECU students speak to UNC Board of Governors

ECU junior Kaitlyn  Dutton, left and SGA President Tim Schwan, right, pose with UNC Board of Governors member Fred Eschelman. (Contributed photo)

ECU junior Kaitlyn Dutton, left, and SGA President Tim Schwan, right, pose with UNC Board of Governors member Fred Eschelman, center. (Contributed photo)

By Chris Stansbury
For ECU News Services

East Carolina University is another step closer to approval of the new student centers and parking deck project.  The UNC Board of Governors Budget and Finance committee met Jan. 9 in the Spangler Building in Chapel Hill to discuss the financial plan for the project.

The project calls for two new student centers – one to be built on the main campus and another on the health sciences campus. In addition, a parking deck is planned to connect with the main campus student center.

SGA President Tim Schwan and ECU junior Kaitlyn Dutton were joined by Brig. Gen. James Gorham to show their support for the project as well as answer questions from board members.

Gorham, an ECU alumnus who also has a daughter attending ECU, told board members that this project is a lot like being a parent.

“When you first get married you oftentimes build a starter home to start your family,” said Gorham, vice president of the ECU Parents Council.  “But as your family grows, you have to provide a quality dwelling for your expanding family to grow and have a better quality of life. ECU’s campus has grown considerably in the last 40 years and the students need a quality place for them to grow.”

Schwan and Dutton told the board members about the difficulty students face on ECU’s campus with Mendenhall Student Center, the current student union built in the 1970s.

“To say there is a lack of space for students in Mendenhall is an understatement,” Schwan said. “We need a place that serves as a living room, a place to meet and collaborate. We don’t have that now.”

Dutton added that a lack of a new student center is actually costing students more money.

“Some students face a yearlong wait to secure space in Mendenhall and for other major student events that are annual traditions, we have to host them off campus,” said Dutton. “That requires extra funds for reservations, transportation and off-site logistics and the cost is falling on the students to pay for it.”

Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, who attended the board session along with members of the ECU Board of Trustees, said this was a great experience for the students.

“Kaitlyn and Tim did a wonderful job of representing the East Carolina student body of today and tomorrow,” said Hardy. “They spoke from their heart trying to convince the Board of Governors to invest in ECU’s future and the success of our future students.”

The next step in the process for ECU’s student centers and parking deck project is the vote by the UNC Board of Governors on Feb. 20 in Chapel Hill.

For more information, contact Dr. Virginia Hardy at 252-328-6541.

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ECU student’s work featured in Huffington Post

ECU student Anna Hill's images demonstrate how much one's image can be altered with Photoshop software.

ECU student Anna Hill’s images demonstrate how much one’s image can be altered with Photoshop software.

Work by ECU senior Anna Hill was featured in a Dec. 12 Huffington Post article, “Photoshop Parody Ads By Anna Hill Show Just How Deceptive Altered Images Can Be.”

Hill used her own images in a final project for an ECU class to demonstrate capabilities for manipulating images in Photoshop. Hills said in the article that one of her goals in the project was to showcase how much digital editing can change images used in advertising, presenting an inaccurate view of beauty. She uses mock ads for Photoshop to get her message across.

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Occupational therapy grad students serve in Costa Rica

ECU graduate students Farrell Wiggins, Brittany Robertson, Katie Hopkins and Keli McColl, left to right, enjoy the landscapes of Costa Rica while on a medical mission trip this summer. (Contributed photos)

ECU graduate students Farrell Wiggins, Brittany Robertson, Katie Hopkins and Keli McColl, left to right, enjoy the landscapes of Costa Rica while on a medical mission trip this summer. (Contributed photos)

Four East Carolina University graduate students in the occupational therapy master’s program traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica in August for a medical mission trip.

Katie Hopkins, Keli McColl, Brittany Robertson and Farrell Wiggins worked for a week in ASCOPA, an adult day care program for adults with autism.

The ECU students assisted with daily activities at ASOCPA and created sensory-based activities such as gardening and creating greeting cards. Items made were sold to raise money and awareness about Autism.

Autism awareness and treatment options are minimal in Costa Rica. Most adults with an autism diagnosis in the area are institutionalized or kept at home with care provided by family members. The ASCOPA program allows adults to receive both education and life-skills training.

The students also traveled in Costa Rica, visiting the rain forest, the beaches and the active Arenal volcano.

Keli McColl, Farrell Wiggins and Brittany Robertson, left to right, work with participants at the day treatment facility for adults with autism in Costa Rica.

Keli McColl, Farrell Wiggins and Brittany Robertson, left to right, work with participants at the day treatment facility for adults with autism in Costa Rica.

 

 

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Bassman Honors Thesis Award presented

Jacob Subash, a first-year medical student at East Carolina University, is the recipient of the 2014 Michael F. Bassman Honors Thesis Award.

Jacob Subash (Photo by Doug Boyd)

Jacob Subash
(Photo by Doug Boyd)

Subash conducted his research, “Protein synthesis regulation in the germ line affects gamete differentiation,” under the direction of Dr. Brett Keiper, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU.

Subash enrolled at ECU as an East Carolina Scholar, the university’s top undergraduate scholarship program, and was an early assurance entrant to medical school. He received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry in May, graduating magna cum laude. He was named the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Senior at ECU for 2012-2013.

He is a 2009 graduate of J.H. Rose High School and the son of Dorothy Subash and Subash Raghavan.

Subash’s award includes a $500 prize. He plans to use it to study abroad next year.

Two students received honorable mentions for their research. Mukund Patel was recognized for work completed under the direction of Dr. Stefan Clemens, an associate professor of physiology at the Brody School of Medicine. Chelsea Hughes was recognized for her thesis completed under the direction of Dr. Derrick Wirtz, an associate professor of psychology at ECU.

The award is hosted by Joyner Library and was presented Dec. 4 at the library.

Joyner Library assistant director Mark Sanders stands with honorable mention Mukund Patel. (Contributed photo)

Joyner Library assistant director Mark Sanders stands with honorable mention Mukund Patel. (Contributed photo)

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