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Wanted: Fall move-in volunteers

Campus Living is seeking groups and organizations to serve as volunteers for this coming fall’s move-in from Wednesday, Aug. 15 through Friday, Aug. 17.

Move-in volunteers welcome residents and their families to campus while assisting them with carrying boxes, answering questions and providing directions. Additional volunteers assist with the check-in process at Minges Coliseum.

Volunteers help students move in at the start of the 2017 fall semester. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Volunteers help students move in at the start of the 2017 fall semester. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Any size group can be accommodated, and individuals also are welcome to volunteer.

If your department, organization or group is interested in participating or would like more information, please arrange for a representative to contact Dave Hilbert in Campus Living at hilbertd17@ecu.edu or 737-1063.

ECU summer festivals for piano and guitar bring international artists to Greenville for public performances

The inaugural East Carolina Piano Festival and the long-standing ECU Summer International Guitar Festival will bring acclaimed international performers to Greenville for public concerts in June and July.

The East Carolina Piano Festival begins June 23. This is the first year of the piano festival. The ECU Summer International Guitar Festival begins June 30. This is the guitar festival’s 23rd year.

Peter Frankl (Contributed photo)

Peter Frankl (Contributed photo)

The piano festival welcomes legendary Hungarian pianist Peter Frankl to join ECU faculty artists in performance of works by Schubert, Debussy, Schumann and Brahms on June 26. Andrew Tyson, winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and numerous international piano competitions, will perform works by Couperin, Chopin, Ravel and Berg on June 24. Multiple additional concerts during the festival feature festival faculty, guests and participants. Contact 252-328-5184 for more information.

Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, described by NPR as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation,” headlines the guitar festival. Additional concerts feature French virtuoso Judicaël Perroy, Canadian Jeffrey McFadden, American guitarist Andrew Zohn, 2004 ECU solo guitar competition first prize winner Isaac Bustos, 2018 solo competition winner Samuel Hines, Mary Akerman and guitar festival director Elliot Frank. Contact 252-328-6245 for more information.

All concerts are at East Carolina University School of Music, A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall.

Piano festival guest artist and faculty concerts are ticketed. All guitar festival concerts are ticketed. For ticket information, visit www.ecuarts.com or call 252-328-4788.

 

East Carolina Piano FestivalFestival Opening Concert Saturday, June 23, 7:30 p.m.  Featuring guest and faculty artists Benjamin Hochman, Yukiko Sekino, Keiko Sekino, Kwan Yi and John O’Brien. Works for piano solo, four-hands, six-hands, and two pianos eight-hands by Mozart, Bizet, Ravel, Scriabin and others. (Ticketed)  Piano recital by Andrew Tyson Sunday, June 24, 3 p.m.  Works by Couperin, Chopin, Ravel and Berg. (Ticketed)  An Evening of Chamber Music: Pianist Peter Frankl and Friends Tuesday, June 26, 7:30 p.m.  Pianist Peter Frankl joined by ECU faculty artists Ara Gregorian and Hye-Jin Kim, violin, and Keiko Sekino and Kwan Yi, piano. Works by Schubert, Debussy, Schumann and Brahms. (Ticketed)  Young Artist Program Final Concert I Thursday, June 28, 9 a.m.  Featuring 20 young pianists from across the United States. (Free)  Young Artist Program Final Concert II Thursday, June 28, 3 p.m.  Featuring 20 young pianists from across the United States. (Free)  Young Artist Program Final Concert III Thursday, June 28, 5 p.m.  Featuring 20 young pianists from across the United States. (Free)

 

ECU Summer International Guitar Festival

Samuel Hines Saturday, June 30, 4 p.m.  Elliot Frank/Judicael Perroy Saturday, June 30, 7:30 p.m.  Mary Akerman Sunday, July 1, 4 p.m.  Andrew Zohn/Jason Vieaux Sunday, July 1, 7:30 p.m.  Solo Competition Semifinals Monday, July 2, 4 p.m.  Isaac Bustos/Jeffrey McFadden Monday, July 2, 7:30 p.m.  Youth and College Competition Finals/Awards Tuesday, July 3, 4 p.m.

 

-For ticket information, visit www.ecuarts.com or call 252-328-4788.

ECU takes third in NASA rover challenge

Five College of Engineering and Technology students recently competed and won third place in the 2018 Human Exploration Rover Challenge. The April event, which was held in Huntsville, Alabama, was sponsored by Marshall Space Flight Center and U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

According to a NASA news release, the competition challenged high school and college teams to design, build and test human-powered roving vehicles inspired by the Apollo lunar missions and future exploration missions to the moon, Mars and beyond. This year’s competition challenged teams to complete 14 obstacles and five tasks throughout a half-mile course, with a six-minute supply of “virtual” oxygen.

From left, Morgan Watkins, Dr. Tarek Abdel-Salam (advisor), Andrew Grena, Jameson Morris and Evan Diener (sitting). Not pictured: Tanner Guin. (Contributed photos)

From left, Morgan Watkins, Dr. Tarek Abdel-Salam (advisor), Andrew Grena, Jameson Morris and Evan Diener (sitting). Not pictured: Tanner Guin. (Contributed photos)

ECU competed against 64 colleges and universities in the Human Exploration Rover Challenge.

ECU competed against 63 colleges and universities in the Human Exploration Rover Challenge.

The obstacles simulated the terrain found throughout the solar system, and the tasks challenged teams to collect and return samples, take photographs and plant a flag. Teams had to decide which tasks and obstacles to attempt or bypass before their clock expired.

ECU’s team competed against 63 other universities and colleges. They were the only team to complete the entire obstacle course. The team included juniors Evan Diener, Andrew Grena, Tanner Guin, Jameson Morris and Morgan Watkins. Dr. Tarek Abdel-Salam served as the faculty advisor.

“The goal was for these students to take what they learned and apply it to future competitions,” said Abdel-Salam.

Students in the team are members of the college’s American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The team’s participation in the competition was made possible by the North Carolina Space Grant.

This year marked the second time an ECU team participated in the event.

ECU juniors from the College of Engineering and Technology built a human-powered roving vehicle that had to handle simulated terrain found throughout the solar system.

ECU juniors from the College of Engineering and Technology built a human-powered roving vehicle that had to handle simulated terrain found throughout the solar system.

 

-by Michael Rudd, University Communications

Eastern AHEC, ECU and Camp Lejeune partner on new military-civilian cardiac conference

More than 250 military and civilian health professionals came together for a new educational conference entitled Premature Cardiac Death in Eastern North Carolina on May 8 at Camp Lejeune.

Held at Camp Lejeune, the first Premature Cardiac Death in Eastern North Carolina conference brought together more than 250 military and civilian health professionals. (Photos by Jackie Drake)

Held at Camp Lejeune, the first Premature Cardiac Death in Eastern North Carolina conference brought together more than 250 military and civilian health professionals. (Photos by Jackie Drake)

This collaboration allowed physicians, nurses, first responders and others to share and discuss best practices for prevention, intervention and emergency response for cardiac events and cardiovascular disease. The conference was jointly provided by Eastern Area Health Education Center Department of Nursing and Allied Health Education, the Office of Continuing Medical Education and the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, in partnership with Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune.

Dr. D. Lynn Morris, chief of interventional cardiology at the East Carolina Heart Institute and professor of cardiovascular sciences at the Brody School of Medicine, spoke at the conference at Camp Lejeune.

Dr. D. Lynn Morris, chief of interventional cardiology at the East Carolina Heart Institute and professor of cardiovascular sciences at the Brody School of Medicine, spoke at the conference at Camp Lejeune.

The program was a success, according to Dr. Mary Wilson, assistant director for nursing education at Eastern AHEC. “Participants were able to gain a deeper understanding of the various types of cardiovascular disease that impact many in our region, current treatment guidelines and research findings,” Wilson said. “Overall, the conference provided an opportunity to learn about the unique health care needs of eastern North Carolina and facilitate joint efforts to coordinate patient care for both military and civilian populations.”

More than 18,000 people in North Carolina died from heart disease in 2016, according to the State Center for Health Statistics. A number of counties in the east, such as Lenoir and Jones, have cardiovascular disease death rates above that of the state. This issue also affects military personnel.

“Events like this allow us to learn from one another,” said Capt. James Hancock, commanding officer of Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, during opening remarks. “We each bring something unique, different capabilities to the table, and today we have an opportunity to share those talents and education. The future of health care in eastern North Carolina depends on us working side-by-side.”

Mildred Carraway, director of continuing medical, pharmacy and dental education at Eastern AHEC, shakes hands with Capt. James Hancock, commanding officer of Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune.

Mildred Carraway, director of continuing medical, pharmacy and dental education at Eastern AHEC, shakes hands with Capt. James Hancock, commanding officer of Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune.

“I was really excited about collaborating with the military health care system,” said Dr. J. Paul Mounsey, chief of electrophysiology at the East Carolina Heart Institute. “I enjoyed interacting with the military physicians. We got a lot of positive feedback and the participants asked great questions. There was a good exchange of ideas. There is huge potential for the future in our goal of improving health care in eastern North Carolina.”

Upcoming continuing education and professional development events from Eastern AHEC include a Military Women’s Health Symposium on Sept. 19 and a Cardiovascular Symposium on Dec. 6. For more information, visit www.easternahec.net.

 

-by Jackie Drake, Eastern AHEC

Blockfest competition gives construction students real-life experience

Blockfest, a structure building competition made possible by Oldcastle Adams, recently came to ECU, where 42 construction students participated in the daylong event.

Blockfest, a structure building competition made possible by Oldcastle Adams, recently came to ECU, where 42 construction students participated in the daylong event. (Contributed photos)

Construction management students recently competed in Blockfest, a design and craft competition in which seven teams of 42 students had to dry-stack a structure using a selection of concrete masonry units (CMU) that were provided by Oldcastle Adams products of Goldsboro.

Before competition day, the teams created an 11-by-17 presentation board that showed the plans and elevations of their proposed structures. On the day of the competition, teams had two hours to build the structures, which had to be approximately 48 inches tall and not exceed a maximum site size of 6-by-6.

Once the students completed construction of the structures, which ranged from benches to grills to firepits, industry judges reviewed the structures. The winning structure was built by Cailey Hastings (team leader), Adam Ghanayem and Andrew Dickerson.

The student team that built the winning structure included Andrew Dickerson, standing and front row, left to right, Adam Ghanayem and Cailey Hastings.

The student team that built the winning structure included Andrew Dickerson, standing and front row, left to right, Adam Ghanayem and Cailey Hastings.

Brett Hardy, vice president of sales for Oldcastle Adams, serves on the advisory board for the College of Engineering and Technology’s Department of Construction Management. He says the competition allows the students to learn more about the CMUs they’ll encounter once in the real world.

“This is the future of our industry (the students),” said Hardy. “I think it’s important for them to understand the different material types.”

Construction sophomore Nathaniel Matthewson levels sand for the base for a structure built during Blockfest.

Construction sophomore Nathanial Mathewson levels sand that served as the base for a structure built during Blockfest.

“It’s like a live lab for them to get hands-on experience,” said Dr. Amin Akhnoukh, assistant professor in construction management.

Akhnoukh said the competition is much more than building the structure. Each team had to not only supply the drawings, but also had to coordinate the purchasing and delivery of materials.

This year’s Blockfest was the third time the event has been held at ECU.

 

-by Michael Rudd, University Communications

Honor a service member with a Memorial Walk commemorative brick

Anthony Britt, Associate Director for Administration & Summer School at ECU, honored three members of his family by placing bricks engraved with their names at the Memorial Walk at Christenbury Gym during a Veteran's Day ceremony in November. (Photo by Rhett Butler)

Anthony Britt, Associate Director for Administration & Summer School at ECU, honored three members of his family by placing bricks engraved with their names at the Memorial Walk at Christenbury Gym during a Veteran’s Day ceremony in November. (Photos by Rhett Butler)

Each November, the Office of Military Programs conducts a ceremony to honor those whose engraved brick pavers will become part of the Memorial Walk located west of Christenbury Memorial Gymnasium.

The project, by the College of Health and Human Performance and the Office of Military Programs, also raises funds for ROTC Army and Air Force Scholarships.

The decorative brick pavers, engraved with a selected name or phrase, can be purchased in honor of any living or deceased veteran or active duty service member, as well as anyone who has done something in support of our national defense, including helping with programs with the VA, Support The Troops, Wounded Warrior Project and similar activities.

East Carolina University’s faculty, staff, students and friends are able to purchase the commemorative bricks for family members or those who have served in the military. The cost is $125 – $25 buys the paver and pays for the engraving, and $100 goes for ROTC scholarships. The $100 of the cost is tax-deductible.

The November ceremony includes a segment where the family, friend and/or service member can lay the paver as part of the program. During this time, each name is read and the Victory Bell is struck to represent the service and sacrifice of the one honored.

The dedication for this year will be 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. Paver orders will be accepted for this year’s ceremony until Sept. 7.

For more information and to access the order form, visit https://hhp.ecu.edu/2018/05/09/honor-a-service-member/.

The engraved bricks become part of the Memorial Walk outside of Christenbury Gym.

The engraved bricks become part of the Memorial Walk outside of Christenbury Gym.

Family Fun Day set for June 3

Campus Recreation & Wellness will be hosting Family Fun Day on Sunday, June 3 from 2– 4 p.m. at the North Recreational Complex on U.S. 264 East to celebrate our members and families.

The ECU campus community is invited for an afternoon of inflatable water slides, kid-friendly games, a dance party on the beach and a fitness walk. You will be able to paddle in a kayak, a canoe or a stand-up paddle board across the lake. CRW 2018 summer campers get a chance to meet the new counselors for this upcoming season.

Light refreshments will be served. Water activities are available so please come prepared to get wet.

You must register for this event prior to June 1 at crwregistration.ecu.edu. Please log in with your ECU PirateID and add any dependents to your account that wish to attend. Then you will choose the icon for Special Events.

North Recreational Complex address:

Campus Recreation & Wellness

3764 U.S. 264 East

Greenville, NC 27843

*NRC is located on U.S. 264 next to North Campus Crossing.

 

For more information contact Jenny Gregory at gregoryj@ecu.edu 

Commencement week to feature Grad Bash, fireworks

East Carolina University’s Spring Commencement Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and will be capped off with a celebratory display of fireworks.

The keynote speaker will be Linda McMahon, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration and ECU alumna.

The spring ceremony will commemorate the accomplishments of 5,479 graduates who have completed their degrees or will do so this summer, including 3,989 undergraduate, 1,236 graduate and 254 doctoral degrees.

New this year is Grad Bash 2K18: ARRRGH You Ready! — a festival-style celebration for graduates and their families from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 3 at Five Points Plaza in downtown Greenville.

“This will be a commencement week unlike any other in ECU’s 110-year history,” said Chancellor Cecil Staton. “We look forward to recognizing and applauding the hard work and accomplishments of our graduates, and we can’t wait to see where they will go from here. As they embark on the next leg of their journey, they are prepared both to fulfill their own dreams and to have a positive impact on the world and in their communities.”

Many of ECU’s colleges, schools and departments will hold unit recognition ceremonies during commencement weekend. A complete listing can be found at https://commencement.ecu.edu/.

Commencement is an outdoor ceremony and will be held rain or shine. In the unexpected event of severe weather, the university ceremony will be postponed until Saturday, May 5 at 9 a.m. Any changes to the ceremony will be communicated via ECU Alert and the ECU website (www.ecu.edu).

ECU Police K-9 retires

It was a bittersweet day for officers with East Carolina University’s Police Department. On Friday, April 27, the officers said goodbye to their K-9 friend, Marko, as they sent him on to begin a happy retirement after serving Pirate Nation for five years.

K-9 Marko celebrates his retirement with his handler, Master Officer David Heath, right and Sgt. Stephanie Carnevale. (Photos by Rhett Butler)

K-9 Marko celebrates his retirement with his handler, Master Officer David Heath, right and Sgt. Stephanie Carnevale. (Photos by Rhett Butler)

Marko, a 7-year-old shepherd, has worked with ECU Police conducting bomb sweeps before major events on campus and tracking people when necessary. During his career, he has performed 204 sweeps for explosives.

ECU officers, employees and students helped celebrate Marko’s retirement with cake and cookies near West End on main campus. There were plenty of hugs, photos and even a few gifts.

“He may have four legs but we still view him as one of us. As another officer,” said Jon Barnwell, ECU police chief. Barnwell presented Marko’s handler, Master Patrol Officer David Heath, with a framed certificate honoring the K-9.

Heath makes the last radio call ending Marko’s service to ECU Police.

Heath makes the last radio call ending Marko’s service to ECU Police.

Marko was diagnosed with severe arthritis, and it would be too painful for him to continue working. He will spend the rest of his days as part of Heath’s family, which includes his wife and two sons.

“It’s a sad day but happy too. He’s done his time and service and, with his medical issues, it’s time so that he can have a good quality of life,” said Heath.

During the ceremony, Heath made one last radio call to ECU’s dispatch center that officially ended Marko’s service with ECU Police.

“After five years of service, 204 successful sweeps, show K-9 Marko 10-42,” said Heath.

 

-by Jamie Smith, ECU News Services

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