College of Nursing awards scholarships to 120 students

College of Nursing Dean Sylvia Brown, left, and Dr. Robin Webb-Corbett, right, congratulate Chandra Speight, recipient of the Ray and Robin Webb-Corbett Scholarship.

College of Nursing Dean Sylvia Brown, left, and Dr. Robin Webb-Corbett, right, congratulate Chandra Speight, recipient of the Ray and Robin Webb-Corbett Scholarship.

ECU’s College of Nursing presented approximately $150,000 in scholarship awards to more than 120 students during a reception Sept. 13 at Rock Spring Center in Greenville.

The scholarships and awards ranged from $500 to $5,000 each and were granted to students enrolled in the College of Nursing for the 2013-2014 academic year. All of the money awarded comes from the generosity of donors to the College of Nursing.  Scholarships at the college were created to honor and memorialize outstanding nurses and the nursing profession in order to support the education of future nurses and nurse leaders.

College of Nursing Dean Sylvia Brown congratulates Stashawna Sutton, recipient of the Catherine and Max Ray Joyner Scholarship.

College of Nursing Dean Sylvia Brown congratulates Stashawna Sutton, recipient of the Catherine and Max Ray Joyner Scholarship.

Dean Sylvia Brown recognized the donors and accomplished students. Approximately 250 people attended the event including scholarship recipients, their guests, scholarship donors, board members, volunteers, and faculty and staff.

For more information on supporting nursing scholarships, contact Mark W. Alexander, director of development and major gifts in the ECU College of Nursing, 252-744-2324 or alexanderma@ecu.edu.

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ECU’s Ledonia Wright Cultural Center hosts immigration debate

East Carolina University’s Ledonia Wright Cultural Center will host an immigration debate at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 in Wright Auditorium.

ECU senior communication major Tori Rodriguez will moderate the debate between Enrique Morones and Dan Stein.

Enrique Morones

Enrique Morones

Morones is founder of Border Angels and an internationally acclaimed immigrant and undocumented alien rights activist. Stein is the president of FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform), which advocates for reforms of U.S. immigration policies that would result in significant immigration reduction.

The debate is the first in a new series called Talking Across Difference, a collaborative effort to bring people together during the academic year to exchange diverse viewpoints on timely and challenging issues.

Dan Stein

Dan Stein

“These opportunities encourage mutual respect, close and sympathetic listening, diverse perspectives, suspended judgment and critical reflection,” said Melissa Haithcox-Dennis, interim director of the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center. “We want to introduce topics that are relevant and encourage students to listen to all sides, take a stand and be heard.”

The 60-minute debate will have structured rules for each participant. It is a free, ticketed event, open to the public and the ECU community.

Tickets are available at the ECU Central Ticket Office in the Mendenhall Student Center.  For more information, contact Melissa Haithcox-Dennis with the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center at (252) 328-6495.

 

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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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