ECU grad student lecturing at Sylvan Heights Bird Park

ECU biology graduate student Dustin Foote, assistant curator at Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck, will present a series of educational lectures monthly through 2015.

Foote is a graduate of Cornell University pursuing a master’s in biology from ECU. He has held internships at the San Diego Zoo and Emerald Forest Bird Gardens and served one year in an assistantship at Sylvan Heights before assuming the role of assistant curator.

For additional information, visit http://shwpark.com/.

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ECU student awarded scholarship for international conference

ECU master of social work student Jennifer Roofner won the Christian Hartline Scholarship to attend the International Eating Disorder Professionals 2015 Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Roofner

The scholarship pays for conference registration and Roofner will be presented a $1,000 check at a banquet set for March 19.

Roofner said she was excited to represent ECU at the international conference. “My ECU education and the professors I have had…have not only inspired me beyond my personal expectations, but also they have encouraged me to follow my passions,” she said.

“They have guided me to become a self-confident woman to apply for such scholarships and be fearless in doing so.”

Roofner is pursuing a masters of social work with a concentration on eating disorders.

Polar Bear Plunge set for Jan. 22

Jumpers from the 2014 Polar Bear Plunge prepare to take a dip in the icy waters of the outdoor pool at ECU's Student Recreation Center.

Jumpers at the 2014 Polar Bear Plunge prepare to take a dip in the icy waters of the outdoor pool at ECU’s Student Recreation Center.

The 19th Annual Polar Bear Plunge will be held at the Student Recreation Center at 7 p.m. Jan. 22. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m., ECU students, faculty and staff will take the plunge into the icy waters of the outdoor swimming pool.

This event began in 1997 with only 35 participants, as a part of the grand opening week for the Student Recreation Center. For the past three years, jumpers have numbered more than 1,000 each year.

The first event started with only 35 participants and has had over 1,000 participants for the last three years.

Swimsuits are required and participants should bring their own towel. T-Shirts are guaranteed for the first 1,100 jumpers.

For additional information, contact Campus Recreation & Wellness at 252-328-6387 or visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentaffairs/crw/programs/special_events/polarbear-plunge.cfm.

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ECU events to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Two events at East Carolina University will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Mitzi Miller, editor-in-chief of Ebony Magazine

Mitzi Miller, editor-in-chief of Ebony Magazine

The MLK Day of Service will begin at 9 a.m. Jan. 19 in Ledonia Wright Cultural Center. Participants will listen to King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, followed by remarks from Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor of student affairs, and Dr. Melissa Haithcox-Dennis, director of the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center.

Following that presentation, hundreds of students are expected to volunteer with 11 community partners from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Work sites will include A Time for Science, the Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center and the Third Street Community Center.

On Tuesday, Mitzi Miller, editor-in-chief of Ebony Magazine, will keynote the 2015 Annual MLK Celebration with her presentation “Visualizing the Dream” at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 in Wright Auditorium. Miller also will meet with selected students and student groups while on campus.

Miller’s presentation is free and open to the public; tickets are required and available at the Central Ticket Office in Mendenhall Student Center.

The ECU Office for Equity and Diversity, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, Student Government Association, Student Activities Board and Eta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity are co-sponsoring this annual event.

Visiting scholar headlines Collaborative Nursing Research Day

The 24th Annual Collaborative Nursing Research Day will be held from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the East Carolina Heart Institute.

The free event provides a venue for continuing education while giving nurses an opportunity to learn measures to speed translation of research. The event’s keynote speaker is Dr. Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, an internationally recognized expert in interventional research and champion of evidence-based practice.

“Collaborative Research Day is a real gift to nurses in this area, especially when you consider Dr. Melnyk, her expertise and her national reputation,” said Dr. Patricia Crane, East Carolina University College of Nursing associate dean for research and creative activity.

Melnyk is associate vice president for health promotion and university chief wellness officer at Ohio State University. She also is dean of the OSU College of Nursing and professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the college of medicine. Her record includes more than $19 million of sponsored funding from federal agencies as principal investigator. She has produced more than 250 publications and is co-editor of four books.

In addition to the keynote address, the event will include research poster sessions in completed research, evidence-based practice scholarship projects and literature reviews or synthesis of research.

“Supporting scholarship, honoring projects at different phases and acknowledging the contribution of people at all levels helps us grow the science of nursing,” Crane said.

Those attending the program will include registered nurses from various practice settings, nursing school faculty and nursing students. Organizers expect about 200 attendees and hope to continue to grow the event in the future.

Collaborative Research Day is jointly organized by the East Carolina University College of Nursing, Vidant Health System, the Beta Nu chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Eastern Area Health Education Center Department of Nursing Education.

There is no charge to attend the program, but registration is required. Register at www.eahec.ecu.edu by Feb. 6. Visit www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/nursing/research_cnrd.cfm to download the full event program and a PDF registration form.

– Elizabeth Willy, College of Nursing