Monthly Archives: January 2014

Ring In The Chinese Lunar New Year!

 Happy Lunar New Year : Your Questions Answered

A neon horse at the Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen temple in Klang, Malaysia welcomes in the Year of the Horse.A neon horse is lit up at the Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen temple in Klang, Malaysia,to welcome in the year of the horse. Photograph: Asyraf Rasid/Corbis

Who celebrates this event?

In China, the festivities are known as spring festival (春節) or Lunar New Year (農曆新年) — the new year is determined by the lunar calendar.

The Chinese aren’t the only ones who observe it. From late January to mid-February, Korea, Vietnam, Japan and other countries celebrate Lunar New Year.

Families give out lucky money in red envelopes with their family name and good luck messages written on them in gold, but only to the unmarried and children of the family.

Why does the date of the Lunar New Year change each year?

Lunar New Year for 2014 begins today, January 31st and continues through February 14th. The first day of Lunar New Year is always between January 21st and February 21st, coinciding with the first new moon – the darkest day – between these two dates.

What is the Chinese Zodiac?

Each year corresponds with one of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs and animals. Each sign is believed to influence the personalities of those born in those years. In 2014, it will be the year of the Horse. Those born under this sign are known to possess good communication skills and are cheerful and stubborn. They crave success, and they are popular and talented. Which sign are you?

What are some wonderful Chinese Lunar New Year greetings?

Best wishes for the Year of the Horse : 马年大吉 Mǎ nián dàjí

Greet the New Year and encounter happiness : 迎春接福 Yíngchúnjiēfú

May you realize your ambitions. : 大展鴻圖 Dàzhǎnhóngtú

Enjoy good health: 身体健康 Shēntǐ jiànkāng


Celebrate By Attending These Local Events:

Saturday, February 1 : Oriental’s a town that celebrates New Year’s twice. First on December 31 and then again when the Chinese Lunar New Year happens, a date that depends on the moon’s phases. Since 2011, Oriental has marked this other new year with a dragon run down Hodges Street. This year, the crew is tweaking the Asian Lunar New Year because of the dose of cold reality from Mother Nature. The Chinese New Year Dragon Run is re-scheduled for Saturday Feb 1, at 1:30 p.m.  Oriental’s Chinese dragon will be running down Hodges Street to welcome in the Year of the Horse. For Directions to Oriental click here.

Tickets for 2014 Greenville Chinese New Year Celebration are on sale now. The celebration event will be held on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3 p.m. The celebration consists of two parts – a stage show in ECU Wright Auditorium followed by a Chinese New Year buffet dinner in Hibachi Grill at 6 p.m. The admission for the stage show is free. Tickets are required for the celebration buffet dinner at Hibachi Grill. Note that Hibachi Grill has prepared a special menu for this event that features traditional Chinese dishes and, in addition, we have reserved the entire restaurant for that evening and tickets are required to enter this private event. This event is brought to you on behalf of Greenville Chinese School and ECU Chinese Student and Scholar Association.

The ticket price is $10 for adults, $5 for children (12 years old or younger) and free admission to children ages 3 or under.  You may purchase tickets at one of the following locations on ECU campus during working hours on weekdays, please note that exact change is very much appreciated. For Ticket Information on this event click here.

Other Events:

Sunday, February 2, Noon until 5 p.m.  Groundhog Day at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. Sir Walter Wally’s Shadow ceremony is at 1 p.m. This is a free event.

Sir Wally is pictured above courtesy of N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.




Julian Bond Rescheduled Due to Weather

The Civil Rights Presentation “Then and Now” by Julian Bond, originally scheduled for this evening (January 28th) has been cancelled due to the expected hazardous weather conditions in Greenville tonight.

Bond, distinguished professor in the school of government, American University, and emeritus professor of history at the University of Virginia, was set to give a lecture in Wright Auditorium at 7 p.m. tonight, but the threat of two to four inces of snow and “winter-weather conditions” are making it necessary to cancel.  The university is working to reschedule the lecture in fall of 2014 and will announce a date as soon as it is confirmed.

 Ticket holders seeking refunds can call the central ticket office at 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU ARTS.


Civil Rights, Then and Now, presentation by Julian Bond

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ECU will host Julian Bond on January 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. for his presentation titled “Civil Rights, Then and Now.”

Julian Bond currently serves as Distinguished Professor in Residence in the Department of Government at American University, Washington D.C. and as Profesor Emeritus, Concoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. 

In 1960, Bond served as a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement, and has since served for two decades in the Georgia House and Georgia Senate, served as president of the NAACP, he helped found and served as the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SLPC) in Alabama, and he was the first black person to be nominated for the Vice Presidency of the United States.

You can get your two free tickets by calling the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-6804.

Julian Bond

(Julian Bond)

Pirate Perk – Batteries Plus

Located in the Pirates Pointe Shopping Center next to the Greenville Mall. Stop in and let their experts help you find the right battery or light bulb, from their huge, in-stock selection. They specialize in hard to find batteries including AGM, gel, and lithium batteries but also have top quality batteries for your car, truck, tractor, laptop, cell phone, digital camera, power tool, camcorder, watch, motorcycle, security and alarm system, radio controlled RC toys, wheelchair and more. They also carry chargers and accessories to keep your existing battery at peak performance. They are also stocking light bulbs for every use imaginable. They offer replacement Appliance Bulbs, Automotive Lights, Spiral Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL), Halogen Bulbs, Spot and Flood Par Lamps, Projector Bulbs, Colored Party Lights and more. They even have recycling services for batteries and bulbs and they are open extended hours for our convenience.

Before you head over to Batteries Plus, be sure to check their website for extra-savings coupons!  Don’t forget to show your Pirate ID to receive your Pirate Perk!

Batteries Plus
740 Greenville Blvd, SE Suite 500-A,  Greenville, NC 27858
Provides: Batteries and lightbulbs for everything
Discount: 10% discount on almost everything we sell. (Does not apply to already discounted merchandise and a few special items) Free installation on most car batteries standard installation.

Manifest Your Destiny, presentation by Hill Harper

In celebration and honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ECU is hosting keynote speaker Hill Harper. on January 21st, at 7:00 p.m.  for his presentation titled “Manifest Your Destiny.” 

Hill Harper is a Philanthropist, award-wining actor, lecturer, best selling author, and political activist.   He is best known for his portrayal of Dr. Sheldon Hawkes in the CBS drama CSI:NY and his book “Letters to a Young Brother.  His message “Manifest Your Destiny” means to stretch boundaries to reach full potential. Harper’s foundation helps youth reach their potential by expanding their boundaries and providing resources that they have no access to.

The Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, founded by Harper, helps create opportunity for underprivileged youths through academic programming, college access skills and personal development.

You can get your two free tickets by calling the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-6804.

Hill Harper

(Hill Harper)


Pirate Perk – Carolina Hurricanes Tickets

All this cold weather got me thinking about HOCKEY!!  Be sure to check out the Pirate Perks for Carolina Hurricanes Tickets.

Carolina Hurricanes Tickets
The Hurricanes are proud to present this special discount offer to East Carolina University faculty and staff. Purchase your tickets by clicking on the link below and receive tremendous discounts off the standard price! This exclusive offer will enable you and your family and friends to save up to $50 on a number of select Hurricanes home games.  Detail are located here:

Go Canes!

Wellness and A Healthier Happier You!

Everyone should make this New Year resolution – I will commit myself to make better lifestyle choices that enhance my well being. Yes, it is easier said than done! Check out the resources that can help you make your New Year’s resolution a reality and one that changes your life:

  • The ECU PASS Clinic is NCFLEX approved and provides low cost treatments in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, healthy weight management, smoking cessation and women’s health.
    Location : ECU, 311 Rawl Building
    Contact Information:  Appointments and information: (252) 737-4180
  • The Aquatics and Fitness Center is an exercise/wellness facility operated by the Greenville Recreation & Parks Department and a membership fee is charged. However, some programs are open to the general public. This facility offers: Aerobic Classes (Step, Low Impact, Stretching, Circuit, Pilates, and abs), Wellness programs, Weight Lifting equipment, Cardiovascular equipment, Indoor Gymnasium for basketball and walking, Indoor Pool with Water Aerobics & Arthritis classes, Indoor Climbing Wall, a Supervised Kids Play Area, locker rooms, & a highly qualified staff.
    Location: 921 Staton Road, Greenville, NC
    Contact Information:  (252) 329-4041


Online Resources:

  • Sponsorship to Quit, a free online quit-smoking program through Walgreens that smokers can personalize with customized tools and tips during their journey to quit. After completing an online consultation, a smoker can access tools that help track successes and slip ups, earn badges, celebrate milestones and access expert information and tips 24/7.
  • offers a free online program to track your food intake and exercise. A free app is also available for iPhone and Android users so you can log everything even when you are on the go.
  • Take charge of your health / Information is the key : A wealth of information if you need to research a disease or condition, lookup a symptom, learn about a test, or prepare for a surgery or a procedure.
  • Eat Smart, Move More NC: Your source for tips and information to help you eat smart and move more every day.
  • No gym necessary: Fitness experts share their four favorite anywhere exercises.

So Get Going! Stop Procrastinating!  I am cheering you on to be a healthier you!

It’s A New Year!

It’s a new year! How about creating a new addition to your resume?

Now is the time to take advantage of the certificate programs that are offered through the Human Resources Department.  The four certificate courses are as follows:

1. Supervision Institute
2. Administrative Certification Program
3. Leave Clerk Certification Program
4. Medical Administrative Certification Program.

Please be advised registration is now open for the Spring 2014 Faculty & Staff Training Courses. You can sign up for registration through the Cornerstone Employee Training link.

Note: If you were previously enrolled in a certificate program, the old method of registration is no longer valid. All courses are now registered through the Cornerstone site referenced above.

The Staff Development and Training section offers several courses, programs, certifications, institutes, leadership academies and workshops which are open to all permanent University employees, which include EPA, NF-EPA, SPA and CSS personnel. The best part is that the certificates and courses are free!

For additional training, new courses are offered in OneStop under the University Training link ( and on the Office of Faculty Excellence Web site (

Here’s to a Happy New Year and to your future success!