Monthly Archives: April 2014

Winners of the Staff Appreciation Prize Give-Aways

The culminating event of our 2014 Staff Appreciation Week was a prize drawing.  Every staff member with a Banner ID was automatically entered in this drawing, the Staff Senate generated a randomized list in Excel and numbers were drawn.  There were some really great prizes and we hope each staff member knows that whether they won a prize or not, you are truly appreciated!!

And the winners are……..

  • Kimberly Smith, Honors College – SRC Prize Package 1
  • Diane Hodges, Grants Admin – SRC Prize Package 2
  • Renee Safford-White, Medical Foundation – SRC Prize Package 3
  • Braden Jackson, Facilities West – SRC Prize Package 4
  • Shanda Parish, ECUP IM Neurology – SRC Prize Package 5
  • Brent Zimmer, ITCS – SRC Prize Package 6
  • Beth Coghill, Academic Advising Center – Beauty Products
  • Megan Taylor, Pediatrics Pulmonology – Sweet Pets Gift Certificate
  • Stanley Wojcik, Facilities Services West – $25.00 Gift Card to Seahorse Restaurant
  • Dorian Araneda, ECUP Transplant Surgery – Sylvan Heights Bird Park Tickets
  • Laurie Driscoll, Pediatric Surgery – ECU Football Tickets
  • Page Butler, ECHI Events, ECU Football Tickets
  • Dionte Askew, ECU Printing and Graphics – $50 Gift Certificate to Firetower Work Shoes
  • Jolene Jernigan,  Student Health Services – Chili’s 2 meal 1
  • Ashley Hill, AA Dept. of English – Chili’s 2 meal 2
  • Grady Whitehurst, Facilities Services East – Chili’s 2 meal 3
  • Jill Whitehurst, ECUP Neurosurgery 0 Chili’s 2 meal 4
  • Emma Thompson, Thomas Professional Bldg. – Chilis’ meal 5
  • Melissa Lloyd, ECUP Family Medicine – Panthers Football
  • William Mallett, Office of International Affairs – Pandora Bracelet
  • Tracy Baer, College of Nursing – $100 Care Bucks from University PC Care
  • Pam Wynne, BSOM Pharmacology – $20 Gift Card to Sup Dogs
  • Ryan Hunt, Athletics – $10 Gift Certificate to Tripp’s Restaurant
  • Susan Clark, ECUP Neurosurgery – $10 Gift Certificate to Tripp’s Restaurant
  • LeAnne Turner, Thomas Professional Bldg. – Gift Certificate for Free Entrée at Marathon Restaurant

Congratulations to all that won!  We hope enjoy your prizes!

Many thanks to the local businesses that donated these wonderful prizes and to the Staff Senate Rewards and Recognition Committee for all their work in making Staff Appreciation Week such a success!

Go Pirates!!


Great Glow Run 5K

Are you a runner looking for something different, or maybe someone that wants to volunteer for something unique and fun?  Well, the Great Glow Run is for you!  The Spring 2014 Glow run is scheduled for May 3, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in the Greenville Town Commons.  This event is being sponsored by the Easter Seals, UPC along with community partners Century 21 and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina and 100% of the proceeds will go to support the Easter Seals UCP!

Glow run


The weather will be better and if you like to run small (5K) courses, this event is for you so get your glow on!!  Participants of all ages and abilities will dress in their favorite glow gear and shine their brightest while making a difference for people with disabilities and mental health challenges.  The course is certified and will be lit with LED and black lights while “glowing volunteers” guide the way.  The Glow Run events are also held in Wilmington, Raleigh, New Bern, and Fayetteville so the following is huge.


The fun doesn’t end with the run!  There will also be music, costume contests, race prizes and amazing eye-entertaining sites!  Join in on this “illuminating” experience and make a difference with every step you take!

Here is the website, instructions to run or volunteer  Come and celebrate a worthy organization and have fun at the same time. For those worried about security, there will be ample law enforcement present.


Good Friday – A time to remember

Holy week, the week where Jesus returned to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; the washing of the disciples’ feet by Jesus; and the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, represents the events leading up to Jesus’ death.

Good Friday is celebrated by Christians annually to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  The full story of Good Friday is recorded in the Bible found in Matthew 26-27.

The word “good” relates to the belief that Christ died for the sins of mankind.


It is an important event in the Christian faith because this act brought salvation to all who believe in Him.   It is often a day of mourning, quiet prayer, and believers may choose to fast or attend church.

The Jewish calendar indicates Jesus died on the first day of the Passover, which according to the Gregorian (Western) calendar would be April 7. However, this holiday is not celebrated as a fixed date.  The flexible date of the Passover conforms to the Jewish luni-solar calendar.

Candles will remain extinguished and statues, crosses and paintings will be covered in purple, gray, or black cloth. Some Christians will bake and eat hot cross buns while others will avoid some types of non-vegetarian foods.  Depending on your faith, homes may maintain an atmosphere of reverence and silence with limited usage of electronic devices.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is remembered on Easter Sunday. This is the most joyous day of the Christian year commemorating when Christ arose from the dead and left the tomb very early in the morning. Many churches hold Easter services at sunrise on Easter morning.

East Carolina University observes Good Friday as a State Holiday and Greenville City offices will be closed on Good Friday.

Staff Appreciation Week Wrap Up

Good morning!

Today is the last “official” day of Staff Appreciation Week!  There are still plenty of events happening today and tomorrow so be sure to take advantage!  The Staff Senate Rewards and Recognition Committee did a terrific job making sure we (staff) had a wonderful week full of special events, discounts and a great deal of gratitude.  A big tumbs-up to them!!


Today is the last day to use your Meal Voucher ($7.25 value).  And you can still take advantage of one of these awesome events:

Friday, April 11th

Free movies at Hendrix Theatre for the entire family:  3:00 pm Frozen, 9:30 pm Saving Mr. Banks

Pirate Equipment Sale:  6:00 pm, A wide array of Pirates’ gear from past years will be available for purchase inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium – jerseys, pants, gloves, and other assorted items.

Friday Night Movie at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium: 7:30 pm The Nut Job.  You may sit in the stands or on the field to enjoy the movie. Concessions will be available. No outside food, beverages, or chairs permitted. Those sitting on the field may bring blankets for their seating area.

Saturday, April 12th:

2014 Purple/Gold Spring Game :  2:30pm Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium: Free admission

Free movies at Hendrix Theatre for the entire family:  7:00 pm Saving Mr. Banks, 9:30 pm Frozen

Also, don’t forget about all the wonderful local businesses that joined our Staff Appreciation celebration by offering discounts to staff with valid 1Cards:

  • Frames by James: 20% off all ECU prints (115 Red Banks Rd.).
  • The Flower Basket:  15% off (2904 E 10th St.) Be sure to mention “ECU Staff Appreciation” for discount.
  • Sup Dogs Restaurant:  10% discount all week (213 E. 5th St.)
  • Sweet Pets:  10% discount all week, excluding flea treatments and dog food (1913 E. Firetower Rd.)
  • Rum Runner Dive Shop:  15% discount on retail purchases (4054 S. Memorial Dr.)
  • Fish Fish Fish:  10% discount on retail purchases (703 Washington St, Plymouth).
  • Mack’s Furniture Warehouse:  10% off lowest sticker price. Not valid with other discounts (1809 Dickinson Ave.). Valid through April 30.
  • Jackson Banquet Hall:  10% of Sunday – Thursday rental (1807 Dickinson Ave.). Valid for any available date in 2014 if booked before April 30.
  • University PC Care:  10% off labor charge (1909 E. Firetower Rd)
  • Seahorse Restaurant:  20% discount on meal purchases (2301 Stantonsburg Rd.)

Keep a look out next week to see if you were the lucky winner of some of the terrific gifts we are giving away (all staff are eligible and automatically entered):

  •  Signed Carolina Panthers team lithograph football (donated by Carolina Panthers)
  •  Pandora bracelet with 2 charms donated by Bailey’s Fine Jewelry (511 Red Banks Rd.)
  •  $20.00 Gift Card at Sup Dogs Restaurant (213 E. 5th St.)
  • Beta Fish Set-Up – $25.99 value from Sweet Pets (1913 E. Firetower Rd.)
  • $50.00 Gift Certificate from Firetower Work Shoes (675 W. Firetower Rd.)
  • Two $10.00 Gift Certificates from Tripps Restaurant (420 Red Banks Rd.)
  • Gift Certificate for One Free Entrée from Marathon Restaurant (706 Evans St.)
  • 4 admission tickets to Sylvan Heights Waterfoul Park (500 Sylvan Heights Parkway, Scotland Neck)
  • 2 sets of two tickets for ECU vs. NC Central on August 30 (donated by ECU Athletics)
  • $100 CareBucks gift card at University PC Care
  • $25.00 gift certificate for Seahorse Restaurant
  • Free Chips and Entre at Chili’s Too (Valid at East Campus location only)


On Wednesday, we had our annual Staff Appreciation Health Walk.  The weather was beautiful and the turnout was impressive.  Over 100 people completed the 1/2 mile walk and received their FREE limited addition Staff Appreciation t-shirt and FREE Dasani water!  We also had several wonderful gifts for the drawing, and many of the vendors had drawings and gifts as well!

Lastly, this week we had two UCFS Forums.  These were not Staff Appreciation Week events however, during the East Campus Forum, many faculty members publically expressed their gratitude towards staff, and many of those comments were included in The Daily Reflector article on Wednesday.  There should be no doubt about how valued and appreciated staff are at ECU!



Earth Day, What footprint are you leaving behind?

Every day is an opportunity to make our Earth
a better place to live!

Earth Day, April 22nd is the official day that we recognize environmental issues and the progressive ways we can improve our world.

Globally, all humanity consumes the equivalent of 1.5 planets’ worth of resources to sustain the way we live each year. This means that it takes the planet one and a half years to replenish everything humans consume in one year. The result is a growing deficit of resources that are being depleted drastically!

Recognizing that every person leaves an ecological footprint is the first step to change.

The Ecological Footprint is a resource accounting tool that measures how much biologically productive land and sea is used by a given population or activity, and compares this to how much land and sea is available. Productive land and sea areas support human demands for food, fiber, timber, energy, and space for infrastructure. These areas also absorb the waste products from the human economy. The Ecological Footprint measures the sum of these areas, wherever they physically occur on the planet. The Ecological Footprint is used widely as a management and communication tool by governments, businesses, educational institutions, and non-governmental organizations.

Take the Ecological Footprint quiz to see the impact you are having on the planet!

A great resource is 50 ways to help the planet!


ECU is hosting an Earth Day Expo!  Today, April 8th from 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. in Howell Science Complex on ECU’s East campus. It will have interactive events for people of all ages.  Various ECU researchers and local non-profit organizations will have live animals and plants, fun science activities, natural history story times, and more!

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.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences  is celebrating Earth Day all month long! Join us for Earth Month every Science Thursday in April from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.  Each Thursday will have a different conservation-related topic.  Come see exhibitors, listen to talks and participate in activities and learn more about ways YOU can make the Earth a better place! Be sure to see the Planet Earth Celebration or the Rainforest Exhibit that opens on April 26th. Visitors can swing like a spider monkey, ride the butterfly zip-line, and discover a rodent that weighs more than 100 pounds and a beetle that can carry more than 850 times its own weight. This new exhibit allows you to explore one of the least-known habitats on Earth in a fully interactive maze, chock full of the sights and sounds of a tropical rainforest.

Participate in an Earth Day Celebration Hike  on Saturday, April 19th at 2:00 p.m. at Goose Creek State Park  in Washington, NC.

A Time For Science will hold its Earth Day event on April 22nd from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. in Grifton, NC.

Have fun at the  Crystal Coast Earth Day Festival!  Join Cape Lookout National Seashore and more than 20 other environmental educators in an Earth Day Celebration for the whole family on Saturday, April 27th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Get close to marine invertebrates (like whelks and sea stars) with a touch tank, meet rescued wildlife, make coastal crafts, and discover ways you can help protect our environment. This free event is held at Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach, NC.

The City of Durham will hold its annual Earth Day Festival at Durham Central Park on Sunday, April 27th from noon until 5 p.m.


Changing Lives – One relay at a time!

              On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Relay For Life !

Cancer. Nothing strikes fear in the heart of a man or a woman than this word.  While the American Cancer Society is making progress toward a world without cancer, only with your dedication and fundraising efforts can we finish the fight against the disease.

At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much.

Relay For Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park, or fairground. Events are up to 24 hours long, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.

With your help, we aren’t just fighting one type of cancer – we’re fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Each person who shares the Relay For Life experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to create a world where this disease will no longer threaten our loved ones or rob anyone of another birthday.

Let’s make a difference in the lives of our family, friends, and co-workers. We can fight cancer one relay at a time in our community! Let’s paint it purple ECU!

Show your support and use your community service leave to volunteer for this worthy event!

Relay For Life of Pitt County – Winterville, NC
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April 04, 2014
South Central High School
570 Forlines Road, Winterville, NC   Map it

Relay For Life of East Carolina University – Greenville, NC
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April 11, 2014
ECU Dowdy Ficklen Stadium
1 Ficklen Drive, Greenville, NC   Map it

May 02, 2014
Washington High School
400 Slatestone Road, Washington, NC   Map it

May 09, 2014
Cal Ripkin/Farmville Athletic Field
4240 West Horne Avenue, Farmville, NC   Map it

2013 Relay For Life Global Review