ECU alumnus scores Super Bowl Championship ring

Michael Brooks

Michael Brooks

East Carolina University alumnus Michael Brooks will join the ranks of former ECU Pirate football players who wear a Super Bowl championship ring.

Brooks was on the winning Seattle Seahawks team for the Feb. 2 contest as a rookie defensive lineman.

Originally assigned to the practice squad, 22-year-old Brooks was recently promoted for game play after two players were  injured.

A native of Roxboro, Brooks majored in criminal justice with a concentration in homeland security. ECU Pirates now have five Pirates with a Super Bowl championship ring within the last four years.

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ECU music student wins two orchestra competitions

Mary Catherine Cox

Mary Catherine Cox

Mary Catherine Cox, ECU junior violin performance major studying with Ara Gregorian, won both the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra and the Durham Symphony Orchestra concerto competitions Jan. 11.

She recently won the 2013-14 ECU Concerto Competition Ron and Patty Allison Prize, and the opportunity to perform as soloist with the ECU Symphony Orchestra.
Cox has been awarded All-State Honors Orchestra and has attended the Music Teacher’s National Association state auditions and international music festivals in France, England, and Italy.

Last summer Cox was awarded a fellowship to study at the Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival in Wisconsin. She will perform with the Raleigh Symphony Feb. 23 and the Durham Symphony April 6.

She studies piano with ECU’s Keiko Sekino. Her older sister, Caroline Cox, who graduated in 2012, also is an accomplished violinist. Younger sister Sarah Cox is majoring in music. They are the daughters of optometrists Carson and Valerie Cox of Southern Pines.

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ECU senior to help manage Super Bowl social media

ECU business major Sarah Moran will travel to Manhattan for Super Bowl week to help manage Super Bowl social media. (Contributed photos)

ECU business major Sarah Moran will travel to Manhattan for Super Bowl week to help manage Super Bowl social media. (Contributed photos)

By Joy Holster
ECU News Services

East Carolina University senior Sarah Moran will be among the millions of travelers making their way to Manhattan for Super Bowl week, but she’s not planning to attend the game.

Moran has landed a role as a social media communication center listener for the NFL and the Super Bowl Host Committee. She will work alongside approximately 20 to 30 other volunteers managing Super Bowl-related social media. Her job includes monitoring the buzz on social media outlets and responding to questions, comments or concerns people may have about their Super Bowl experience.

Sarah Moran visited Manhattan in November for the Advertising Women of New York Conference. At a sports marketing workshop there, she first heard about the opportunity to volunteer with Super Bowl social media. She will return to Times Square to work as a social media communication center listener for the NFL and the Super Bowl Host Committee.

Sarah Moran visited Manhattan in November for the Advertising Women of New York Conference. At a sports marketing workshop there, she first heard about the opportunity to volunteer with the NFL for Super Bowl social media. She will return to Times Square to work as a social media communication center listener for the NFL and the Super Bowl Host Committee.

She will work four 6-hour shifts Jan. 28 through Jan. 31 at Super Bowl Boulevard in Times Square.

Moran, a business major with concentrations in marketing and management, said she was excited about the opportunity for this unique mass media experience. “The Super Bowl is light years larger than any Twitter/social media experience I’ve had before,” she said.

She also expects the experience to help advance her career. Following graduation from ECU this May, Moran plans to attend graduate school in marketing, with a goal of combining advertising and social media skills in a future career.

She credits her interest in social media to ECU College of Business professor Tracy Tuten. “I’ve loved her work with social media and advertising,” Moran said. “She has really opened my eyes to the possibilities I have. She’s the reason I want to go into advertising.”

Tuten also helped arrange Moran’s accommodations for the Manhattan visit. She will stay with a recent ECU graduate in the Upper West Side.

Moran is chair of ECU’s Student Media Board and a member of the executive board for the Students’ Treasure Chest. She is a member of the ECU Women’s Roundtable, the Lambda Iota Chapter of the Phi Mu Fraternity, the Omicron Delta Kappa and the National Residence Hall Honorary.

 

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ECU honors Martin Luther King Jr. through service, speaker

During a previous year's MLK Jr. Day of Service event, ECU College of Business graduate assistants Heather Clayton and Devang Patel worked together to paint a wall in the Salvation Army's Family Store. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

During a previous year’s MLK Jr. Day of Service event, ECU College of Business graduate assistants Heather Clayton and Devang Patel worked together to paint a wall in the Salvation Army’s Family Store. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

East Carolina University students were encouraged to use their day off from classes on Monday, Jan. 20 to participate in a day of service honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

The day’s activities were organized by the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center and other campus groups, which scheduled 10 sites where students could volunteer including the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, Third Street Community Center, Jarvis Boys and Girls Club, My Sister’s Closet, all in Greenville and A Time for Science in Grifton.

The day began at 8:30 a.m. in Hendrix Theatre, where volunteers met for a light breakfast, watched a video clip of King’s “I have a dream” speech, heard from community leaders about the importance of service and community engagement and participated in team-building exercises.

The students then traveled to their assigned locations.

Also involved in The MLK Day of Service are the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, Alpha Phi Alpha, the Black Student Union and the Council on Family Relations.

Several other commemorative events were planned for campus, including:

  • 17th Annual Community Unity Breakfast, Monday, 7:30 – 9 a.m., the Murphy Center at ECU. This was a free event, hosted by the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce and the Office of the Mayor, City of Greenville.  Dr. Virginia Hardy, ECU vice chancellor for student affairs, was the featured speaker. The ECU Gospel Choir performed.
  • Humanitarian, actor, author, health and wellness ambassador/educator and philanthropist, Hill Harper spoke on “Visualizing the Dream” to the ECU community, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Wright Auditorium. Free admission, but tickets are required. For ticket information, call 252-328-2466.
  • Dr. Allen Mask will be the keynote speaker at the 30th annual Andrew A. Best M.D. Senior Recognition Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 25, for graduating minority medical students at ECU. Mask is the founder and director of Raleigh Urgent Care and the WRAL-TV health team physician. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the East Carolina Heart Institute at East Carolina University at 115 Heart Drive. The event was sponsored by the ECU Student National Medical Association. Best was Greenville’s first black physician. He died in 2005. Information is available by calling 252-744-2278 or e-mailing aabestbanquet2014@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

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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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