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.

Sartore-Baldwin

Sartore-Baldwin

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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