Film director to screen coastal development film at ECU

Ben Kalina

Ben Kalina

Film director Ben Kalina will discuss his documentary on coastal development at a film screening of “Shored Up,” at 7 p.m. April 22 in Wright Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

“Shored Up” explores the controversial ongoing development of coastal regions in North Carolina and New Jersey despite coastal storms with the power to devastate those communities.

Corbett

Corbett

“When Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, it was a wake up call to a new reality,” said Dr. D. Reide Corbett, ECU professor of geological sciences and senior scientist with the ECU Institute for Coastal Science and Policy. “‘Shored Up’ takes us to the heart of this coastal controversy, following communities in New Jersey and North Carolina where politics, economics and science collide.”

The documentary was filmed over the course of three years in Long Beach Island, N.J. and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Coverage culminated with Hurricane Sandy. The film explores political conflicts and personal stakes of communities along the shore. Information is gathered from scientists, politicians, residents and others to expose major hurdles in coastal management and argue for an immediate change.Shored Up Film Poster

Film director Kalina wrote in his film’s synopsis, “‘Shored Up’ is a look at what happens when we ignore the realities of geology in our drive to inhabit and profit from our coastlines. As the oceans rise and storms flood our towns and cities, we have a choice to make: do we continue to develop as we have in the past, ignoring clear risks and danger? Or, do we allow science to guide our policies for the future…before it’s too late?”

In addition to “Shored Up,” Kalina has produced two award-winning documentaries, “Two Square Miles” and “A Sea Change,” both of which have been nationally broadcast in the U.S. He has won several international awards for his short narrative film, “Diorama.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Departments of Biology, Geography, Planning and Environment and Geological Sciences; the ECU Chapter of The Coastal Society; ECU’s Center for Sustainability; the ECU Division of Research and Graduate Studies; and the ECU Institute for Coastal Science and Policy.

For additional information, contact Corbett at 252-328-1367 or corbettd@ecu.edu.

Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the events.

 – Lacey Gray

 

Volunteers needed for Pirate Alumni Road Race and Fun Run

The East Carolina Alumni Association is seeking volunteers for the seventh annual Pirate Alumni Road Race and Fun Run “Paint It Purple” Edition on Saturday, April 12.

This year, runners will be dusted with purple and gold powder as they race to support ECU scholarships. Many volunteers are needed to throw color on the runners, re-fill color containers, run the registration table, hand out water cups and monitor the course.

Registration in the event is closed after the event reached maximum capacity of 500 runners earlier than anticipated. However, Pirates can still enjoy the event by participating as a volunteer.

Individuals interested in volunteering can study specific assignments and sign up online at http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/4973114040124#/form.

Individual assignments may differ, but volunteers should plan to arrive around 7 a.m. and be done around 11 a.m. The race begins at 9 a.m.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Alumni Scholarship program for ECU undergraduates.

For questions about the event, contact Shawn Moore, director of Alumni Programs, as Shawn.Moore@PirateAlumni.com or at 252-328-5775.

–Jackie Drake

Founder of One Day Apparel to be featured on alumni radio show

East Carolina University 1972 graduate Larry Clapp, who developed garments designed for cancer patients, will be featured on Pirate Radio April 11 at 6 p.m.

Larry Clapp

Larry Clapp

Clapp will be interviewed on “A Pirate’s Life for Me!” on Pirate Radio 1250 and 930 AM, as part of the East Carolina Alumni Association’s weekly radio show.

Clapp and his children designed the garments for his new business, One Day Apparel, after his wife died from cancer. The garments are intended to maintain both the dignity and comfort of patients undergoing chemotherapy. The long-sleeved shirts keep patients covered and warm, while zippered openings offer access for medical instruments sucha s Port-a-Caths or PIC lines placed in the chest or arm.

PrintThe garments are also designed for everyday wear by non-patients, to establish a community of support for those undergoing treatment. One Day Apparel also sells standard short-sleeved and long-sleeved t-shirts, as well as bracelets. All proceeds benefit cancer research. Read more about the business at www.onedayapparel.com/specialty-garment/.

Clapp is also the owner of Austen, Li & Clapp, a design and marketing firm based in Greensboro. He earned his bachelor’s degree in art.

To listen to this episode, tune to Pirate Radio 1250 or 930 AM or listen live online at www.pirateradio1250.com. A Pirate Radio mobile app is also available for download. For those who cannot tune in, the episode will be archived online at PirateAlumni.com.

Questions about A Pirate’s Life For Me!  can be directed to Jackie Drake, assistant director of alumni communications, at 252-328-4902 or Jackie.Drake@PirateAlumni.com.

 – Jackie Drake

Annual Edible Book Festival held at ECU’s Joyner Library

At ECU's annual Edible Book Festival, the "Swiss (Cheese) Family Robinson" submission by Wesley Dills won Best in Show in the adult category. (Submitted photos)

At ECU’s annual Edible Book Festival, the “Swiss (Cheese) Family Robinson” submission by Wesley Dills won Best in Show in the adult category. (Submitted photos)

Joyner Library at East Carolina University hosted the third annual Edible Book Festival March 29.

Eleanor Cook, assistant dirctor for Discovery and Technology Services at the library, said the festival is held each year around the world. The event “celebrates books and culinary craftsmanship that draws upon the creativity of community members,” she said.

Participants decorate edible items that represent some aspect of a book and submitted items are included in a competition. Juried categories include most edible, least edible, wittiest and best in show for youth and adult.

This year’s judges at ECU were Greenville Banks, Jr and Cecilia Moore-Cobb from the Friends of Joyner Library Board of Directors.

In addition, a silent auction featured professional cakes donated by Aramark/ECU and Lowe’s foods. Proceeds form the auction and additional donations go toward the Joyner Library Preservation and Conservation fund, said Lisa Barricella, department head of Monographic Acquisitions & Preservation/Conservation.

“This fund helps to support the purchase of equipment and materials used in Joyner’s conservation labs where technicians conserve books, documents, manuscripts and photographs for long-term access,” Barricella said.

The 2014 Edible Book Festival winners were as follows:

Makayla Gilland poses with her "Horton Hears a Who!” entry, which won for most edible.

Makayla Gilland poses with her “Horton Hears a Who!” entry, which won for most edible.

Most Edible:  “Horton Hears a Who!” by Dr. Seuss, submitted by Makayla Gilland (Youth entry)

Least Edible:  “Fish! Tales” by Stephen Lundin et al., submited by Gloria Bradshaw

Wittiest:  “Cold Mountain” (Dew) by Charles Frazier, submitted by Stephanie Hedgepeth

Best in Show/Youth:  “Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder, submitted by  Walker Bixby

Best in Show/Adult:  “Swiss (Cheese) Family Robinson” by Johann David Wyss, submitted by Wesley Dills.

Winners each received a handcrafted notebook, winner’s ribbon and gift certificate.  Photos of entries may be viewed at https://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/techsrv/edibleabout.cfm

For additional information, contact Dawn Wainwright at 252.328.4090 or wainwrightd@ecu.edu.

– Dawn Wainwright

 

Earth Day Expo at ECU set for April 8

The East Carolina University Center for Biodiversity and Department of Biology will host the annual Earth Day Expo from 4 – 6 p.m. April 8 in Howell Science Complex on campus.earth-day

ECU researchers and non-profit organizations will provide interactive activities and displays on topics related to biodiversity. Children may enjoy live animals and plants, lab activities, natural history story times and additional activities. More than 300 children participated in 2013.

This N.C. Science Festival event is free and open to the public.

In addition, the public is invited to attend a free, evening lecture at 8 p.m. in the Science and Technology Building, Room C307. Dr. Mary Ruckelshaus, managing director of Natural Capital Project, will discuss “Nature of, by, and for the People.” A reception in the 3rd floor atrium of the Science and Technology Building will follow.

For additional information, visit www.ecu.edu/biology/ncbiodiversity or contact Heather Vance-Chalcraft at vancechalcrafth@ecu.edu or 252-328-9841.