ECU alums engaged during surprise flash mob

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By Jennifer Brezina
College of Business

Who says accountants can’t be fun and romantic when it comes time to pop the question?

Andrew Stoker ’11, a CPA now working in Philadelphia, hired a flash mob to impress Scarlet Van Loon ’11 of Winston-Salem when he dropped to bended knee last month. A video of his proposal made the local news in Philadelphia and has since gone viral.
A flash mob is when a group plans ahead to suddenly assemble in a public place to perform a seemingly pointless act, then quickly disperses. Stoker led Van Loon to believe they were participating with some friends in a flash mob dance in Philadelphia’s Washington Square. At the end of the flash mob gathering, the other dancers suddenly circled around Stoker and Van Loon and began singing “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid movie.

That’s when he popped the question.

“It took just under two months to plan from start to finish,” Stoker said. “It was definitely worth the wait to see the surprise and excitement on Scarlet’s face and hear ‘yes’ as her answer.”

Stoker said he’s still in shock himself that the video has gone viral. It started out as a post on his Facebook page. It has since tallied about 25,000 views.

Stoker and Van Loon met through athletics at ECU. He was a three-year letterman and captain of the swim team, and she played on the soccer team.

The Department of Accounting named Stoker its outstanding senior for 2011; he graduated summa cum laude. He and Van Loon both received awards for academic excellence.

Today, Stoker works with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Philadelphia as a senior tax associate. Van Loon, who majored in communication, is a personal trainer and aspires to become an actress.

He says they haven’t set an official date yet, but they hope to be married sometime next fall.

ECU alumnus Andrew Stoker '11 proposed to Scarlet Van Loon '11 following a surprise flashmob he arranged for the occasion.

ECU alumnus Andrew Stoker ’11 proposed to Scarlet Van Loon ’11 following a surprise flash mob he arranged for the occasion.

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ECU’s Campus Recreation and Wellness to host annual Beach Festival

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East Carolina University will host the third annual Beach Festival from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at the North Recreational Complex.

The popular attraction drew more than 1,200 students in its first two years. Activities include a 300-foot zip line, a DJ, kayaking, stand up paddle boards, disc golf, corn hole, horseshoes, beach volleyball, bocce ball, karaoke, demonstrations and inflatables. Participants may enjoy free food and take-home giveaways such as souvenir Beach Festival glasses, golf discs, beach towels, ear buds and T-shirts.

“The Beach Festival is an opportunity to promote activities and introduce the amazing facilities that are available for ECU students at the North Recreational Complex,” said Janis Steele, associate director of facilities with Campus Recreation and Wellness.

Beach Festival is part of ECU’s Plunge into Purple, a series of events and programs in the first six weeks of the semester aimed at welcoming students to the university through education, socialization and involvement. The event is presented by Campus Recreation and Wellness in collaboration with the Student Activities Board.

All ECU students, faculty and staff are welcomed. An ECU One Card is required for admittance. ECU Transit will provide bus service to and from the complex.

Media are welcome to attend and cover the Beach Festival.  Please check in at the front gate at the event for additional information.  For more information about the North Recreational Complex, visit www.ecu.edu/crw or call (252) 328-1571.

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Dance camp in Costa Rica precedes first ECU semester

Incoming ECU freshman Kristyn Tingelstad poses with a student in a dance camp created for children in Costa Rica. (Contributed photos)

Incoming ECU freshman Kristyn Tingelstad poses with a student in a dance camp created for children in Costa Rica. (Contributed photos)

Incoming freshmen Lauren Pavone and Kristyn Tingelstad, both from the Raleigh area, are coming to campus following a cultural exchange trip to Costa Rica organized by dance instructor Marilyn Chappel, a 1990 ECU graduate.

They were among five students in Chappell’s Holly Springs School of Dance who traveled to the village of Carrillos in early June. The students created a dance camp for local children and shared folk dances for audiences who had never seen a live performance, according to Chappel. The camp ran for nine days.

Pavone and Tingelstad also served meals to children and helped create a vegetable garden at a local church.

Incoming ECU freshman Lauren Pavone joined in a cultural exchange program in Costa Rica.

Incoming ECU freshman Lauren Pavone joined in a cultural exchange program in Costa Rica.

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Health and Human Performance celebrates achievers

Celebrating with Health and Human Performance Dean Glen Gilbert is Samantha Long, left, and Eliza Monroe.

Celebrating with Health and Human Performance Dean Glen Gilbert is Samantha Long, left, and Eliza Monroe.

Students, family members, and faculty gathered at the fourth annual ECU College of Health and Human Performance Excels event on Feb. 1 at Club Level, Dowdy Ficklen Stadium.

This event recognized freshmen and transfer students with a GPA of 3.0 and above.  Students received a certificate signed by the Chancellor and a HHP tee shirt. A total of 255 HHP students were identified: 12 on the chancellor’s list, 106 on the dean’s list and137 on honor roll.

Provost Sheerer commended students on their success and encouraged them to continue.  “We are proud of your accomplishments as freshmen and want to see you at ECU as a sophomore,” she said.

Summer Long of Wilmington is an exercise physiology major.  “Being recognized for my hard work is encouraging,” she said.

The crowd of nearly 300 received a warm welcome from Dr. Glen Gilbert, dean of the College of Health and Human Performance.

Guest speaker Whitney McFarland

Guest speaker Whitney McFarland

Eliza Monroe, public health studies major, of Raleigh said the event was a good networking opportunity.  “It was also educational for me,” she said.  “I learned about HHP organizations that I did not know existed,” she continued.

Whitney McFarland, of Fairmont was the guest speaker.  McFarland graduated from ECU in 2009 with a bachelor of science in health education and promotion and in 2012 with a master of arts in health education.

McFarland is a public health educator  at the Robeson County Department of Public Health. In her spare time she enjoys competing in pageants and has held several titles including Miss Fairmont, Ambassador titles, and Miss Lumbee 2011-2012.

 

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ECU professor edits book on sexual minority prejudice in sports

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East Carolina University kinesiology professor Dr. Melanie Sartore-Baldwin edited and authored two chapters in “Sexual Minorities in Sports: Prejudice at Play,” available at https://www.rienner.com/title/Sexual_Minorities_in_Sports_Prejudice_at_Play.

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Sartore-Baldwin wrote the chapters “Gender, Sexuality and Prejudice in Sport” and “What’s Next?” in the book, which addresses what it means to be a sexual minority in the arena of competitive sports.

Sartore-Baldwin earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education/exercise science from Western Illinois University in 2000.  She received a dual master’s degree from Indiana University in 2003 and a doctorate from Texas A&M University in 2007.

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FAFSA Day to provide free assistance on federal student aid application

 College students and their parents may find assistance completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms during FAFSA Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 23 at Pitt Community College in Greenville.

Register for the event at www.cfnc.org (select the FAFSA Day link). Registration by Feb. 18 is recommended but not required.

The free event is open to all students who plan to attend college in the 2013-14 academic year. Participants should prepare by completing the following:

  • Bring 2012 federal 1040 tax forms for student and parent(s). If 2012 taxes are incomplete when the FAFSA is filled out and the numbers later change, participants may submit corrections using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
  • Each student and one parent should obtain a personal identification number from the U.S. Department of Education. The pin can be obtained at www.pin.ed.gov.

FAFSA Day is co-sponsored by East Carolina University, Pitt Community College, the College Foundation of North Carolina, the State Employees’ Credit Union and the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

For additional information, visit http://www.cfnc.org/fafsaday or contact ECU Financial Services at 252-328-6610.

 

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Grant to help ECU recruit, retain minority dental students

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East Carolina University is one of a handful of schools nationwide that is participating in a program to recruit and retain minority dental students.

The ECU School of Dental Medicine, working with N.C. A&T State University, will focus on minority students through the Dental Pipeline National Learning Institute.

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Dr. Margaret Wilson
Associate dean for student affairs
ECU School of Dental Medicine

Introduced by the American Dental Education Association in partnership with the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, the institute is a new training program dedicated to increasing recruitment and retention among underserved student communities at dental schools.

Nine other U.S. universities are participating in the program with the goal of creating a diverse workforce of dentists who understand the oral health care needs of patients from underserved populations. ECU began work on the project in October.

Participating schools will receive $12,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, along with other support and resources such as access to online courses and fundraising tutorials.

ECU, N.C. A&T, the Old North State Dental Society and North Carolina’s historically black colleges and universities will collaborate to implement the project, focusing on the recruitment and retention of under-represented minority dental students in North Carolina. This project builds on ECU’s commitment to meeting health needs of diverse and underserved communities and on N.C. A&T’s track record of educating students who are prepared to assume leadership roles in their professions and communities.

“The project funding will further support the ECU School of Dental Medicine’s mission to educate dentists who will provide oral health care within communities of need across North Carolina,” said Dr. Margaret Wilson, associate dean for student affairs at the ECU School of Dental Medicine. “We are especially pleased to be collaborating with Dr. Dinitra White of North Carolina A&T State University and Drs. Roslyn Crisp and L’Tanya Bailey of the Old North State Dental Society in this important endeavor.”

Other dental schools participating in the NLI include the Georgia Health Sciences University College of Dental Medicine, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Indiana University School of Dentistry.

“Our goal for the National Learning Institute is to create an environment that embraces differences so that future dentists can learn effectively,” said Kim D’Abreu, ADEA senior vice president for access, diversity and inclusion. D’Abreau also said the project aims to increase awareness about the discrepancy in dental health and dental care among underserved populations.

The Dental Pipeline effort is based on the concept that dental institutions can address the access- to-dental-care crisis by recruiting and admitting more students who come from underserved student communities, increasing cultural competency of all students and educating dental students through community rotations in health centers and other safety net dental settings, such as ECU’s community service learning centers. These principles served as the basis of a decade-long nationwide effort among dental schools and community partners that has positively impacted dental education and access to care.

Students interested in learning more about the ECU program can receive updates via the school’s Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/XDjBHC. They may also contact the ECU dental school admissions office at sodmadmissions@ecu.edu.

More information on the Dental Pipeline National Learning Institute is online at http://www.adea.org/PipelineNLI.

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Reward announced for Dowdy-Ficklen vandalism information

ECU Police announced today that Pitt-Greenville Crimestoppers is offering up to $5,000 in reward funds for information leading to an arrest of two suspects who broke into and damaged Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Oct. 21.

Lt. Chris Sutton announced the Crimestoppers reward at a media briefing releasing photos taken from stadium surveillance video during the vandalism that occurred between 3 a.m. and 6:20 a.m. Oct. 21.

Approximately $35,000 in damage was done by three suspects.

Persons with information about the identity of the two individuals shown with former ECU student William J. Banks on the video should call Crimestoppers at 758-7777. Individuals are not asked for their names when reporting  information; they are identified through a code system. If the information leads to an arrest, the person could receive up to $5,000 in reward money.

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