NURSING CAMPUS VISIT: Gov. Bev Perdue visited the ECU College of Nursing on Thursday, July 15, 2010 during a trip to Greenville. While in town, she signed into law a bill requiring DNA samples be collected from persons arrested for certain violent crimes, met with the editorial board of The Daily Reflector and visited constituents at Parkers Barbecue. At left, Gov. Perdue holds a simulator baby while talking to ECU nurse anesthesia graduate students Sara Brannigan, left, and Amber Varner, right, in the simulated operating room. At right, Gov. Perdue works with a simulator patient. Photos by Cliff Hollis, ECU News Services.
TODAY AT ECU: Best-selling author and financial editor of NBC's "Today" show, Jean Chatzky speaks Oct. 14, 2010 during the Women's Roundtable at ECU forum which focused of financial issues facing women. More than 200 women (and several men) attended the day-long program at the Greenville Convention Center and learned about strategies for sound financial management. Chatzky also met with a small group of ECU female students and answered their questions on topics ranging from her career (she started out as an assistant to a magazine's business editor) to the recession. On the economy, she said, "I do think we are coming back, but it will take a while." ECU photos by Cliff Hollis.
EXTREME RESIDENCE HALL MAKEOVER: ECU administrators and members of the N.C. General Assembly cut the ribbon on the renovated Scott Residence Hall Sept. 29, 2010. Even though it was raining, the event went on as scheduled, including a tour for administrators, staff and state Reps. Marian McLawhorn and Edith Warren. In the photo at left, ECU student Beth Ackerman points out a detail to McLawhorn. The project began in May 2009 when 40-year-old Scott was completely gutted and then rebuilt. The residence hall reopened this semester with a capacity to house 613 students. The total project cost was $28.5 million, which includes architectural fees, furniture and all university supplied equipment. ECU photos by Cliff Hollis.
GETTING ORIENTED: New student orientation began June 15 at ECU. More than 4,000 students and their family members will visit campus over the next eight weeks. Left, incoming first-year student Kasey Brown, left, of Grandfather Mountain studies the orientation materials with Amy Brown. Right, Students react to questions after watching a video about how to deal with common college situations, including difficult roommates. Photos by Cliff Hollis.
ECU HONORS VICTIMS: Landon Blackley and Drew Kirby, victims of a June 30 off-campus shooting, were honored July 7, 2009 with a march and memorial ceremony on ECU's campus. Blackley was a rising senior at ECU. Several members of his family attended the event. Left, Lennie Blackley, Landon's father, hugs his son, Nash. Right, Landon's mother, Laura, comforts a family friend, Creighton Davis. During the ceremony, Lennie expressed the family's appreciation. “Our family will survive this with all of your prayers and help, and this really warms our heart,” he said. “It’s been a blessing in our life, and we love East Carolina.” Photos by Cliff Hollis.
REMEMBERING FLOYD: The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Floyd was the focus of a two-day symposium Sept. 17 & 18 organized by the ECU Center for Natural Hazards Research. The photo at left shows 10th Street near College Hill during the flooding that followed Hurricane Floyd. At the event, former N.C. Governor Jim Hunt, who was in office when the hurricane struck, spoke about the immediate and long-term recovery efforts. File photo and photo by Cliff Hollis.
FIGHTING THE FLU: ECU Pharmacy Services held a seasonal flu vaccine clinic for ECU faculty and staff on Sept. 22. In the photo at left,Christy Whitley, a pharmacist with the Bernstein Center, gives the vaccine to Randall Parker, faculty member in the Department of Economics. At right, one of the 650 syringes is filled with vaccine for the event held in Mendenhall Student Center. More flu vaccine clinics are planned for the coming weeks. Photos by Cliff Hollis.
HOMECOMING 2009: The annual parade kicked off a full day of Homecoming activities Oct. 17 on the campus of East Carolina University. Even though the weather was brisk, people of all ages lined 5th Street to watch the parade. And then it was on to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium where Brandon Jackson, shown at right going in for a touchdown in the second quarter of the game, and the Pirates rolled over Rice University, 49-13. Photos by Cliff Hollis.
ANCHORED IN HISTORY:
Shanna Daniel, left, assistant conservator, talks about the anchor that was brought up Oct. 21 from the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck. The 18th century shipwreck was found in 1996 in Beaufort Inlet. Myron Rolston, archeologist technician, washes the anchor at the East Carolina University West Research Campus in Greenville. It will take four to six months to clean the anchor with complete preservation taking two to three years. Photos by Cliff Hollis.
CELEBRATING NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE:
Aleshia Hunt, left, and Patrick Suarez, a 2003 ECU graduate, lead a group of dancers into the arena during the 11th Annual Powwow hosted by the university and ECU's Epsilon Chi NU Fraternity, which was the first Native American fraternity in the U.S. A member of the Iroquois and Meherin tribes, Suarez was a member of the fraternity while at ECU. In the photo at right, Teoikey Richardson, 12, of Hollister, a member of the Haliwa tribe, prepares to dance during the powwow held Nov. 7 at the Brickyard near Mendenhall Student Center. Photos by Jeannine Manning Hutson.
IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BE A PIRATE: East Carolina University geography professor Derek Alderman gives the featured address during the university's 101st fall commencement on Dec. 18, 2009 in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. Almost 3,200 undergraduate and graduate degrees were conferred by Chancellor Steve Ballard during the ceremony. Photos by Cliff Hollis
WINTER SPLASH: The 14th Annual “Polar Bear Plunge” hit the water of the Student Recreation Center on the evening of Jan. 21, 2010 when the water temperature in the outdoor pool was a "balmy" 39 degrees. The Polar Bear Plunge started in 1997 as a part of the grand opening of the Student Recreation Center with 35 students taking the plunge; this year 701 jumpers participated. At right, ECU student Danielle Labrada watches her friends jump. Many participants brought non-perishable food items for donation to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Staff photos by Cliff Hollis, ECU News Services.
A VISIT FROM THE PRESIDENT: UNC President Erskine Bowles addresses the ECU Faculty Senate during its regularly scheduled meeting Jan. 26, 2010. Bowles spoke to the faculty representatives about the economic issues still facing the 16-school UNC system. But he said he remains "optimistic" about the remaining budget year because "we planned and because of people like Steve (Ballard), we were able to make smart cuts." He also praised the university for being a leader in distance education. "Thank you for all you do. You hold the future of the university in your mind," he said. Listening to Bowles are, from left, Drs. Abdel Abdel-Rahman, Charles Willson, Scott MacGilvray, and Charles Boklage, all of the Brody School of Medicine. Staff photos by Cliff Hollis, ECU News Services.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Greg Mortenson, author of the best-selling "Three Cups of Tea," spoke to N.C. Teaching Fellows, Maynard Scholars and EC Scholars during his visit to campus March 1, 2010. He emphasized to the students to start small with their service projects and follow their dreams. "I want to empower them to out and make a difference. They can go out and change the world," he said. Photos by Cliff Hollis, ECU News Services.
TOPPING OUT: From left, Robert Monk III, Paul Grimes – grandsons of Robert Monk – Randy Williams and Dr. Kenneth Steinweg sign the beam as ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard watches at the Family Medicine Center topping out event earlier this month. The new center, beside the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU, will have more than 60 exam rooms, a pharmacy, laboratory, a geriatric center, better parking and other amenities. The $36.8 million building is projected to open later this year. Photos by Cliff Hollis, ECU News Services.
REMEMBERING: Ashleigh Israel reads from a list of men, women and children who died during the Holocaust as part of ECU's 6th Annual Holocaust Awareness Day held April 13, 2009 on the university mall. At right, Katy Ross relights one of the 1,000 candles used in the remembrance luminary display. The event was sponsored by the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center. Photos by Cliff Hollis, ECU News Services.
BAREFOOT AGAIN: Kelli McBride, left, displays her hula hooping skill at the 31st annual Barefoot on the Mall April 22, 2010. At right, Alisha Ellis attempts to walk a tightrope between two trees with the help of Kyle Slosek, right, lending a guiding hand. The event is held for the campus community to celebrate the end of the academic year with live music, entertainment, and prize giveaways, including for students-only Barefoot T-shirts. Photos by Cliff Hollis, ECU News Services.
A SEA OF PURPLE: Erskine Bowles, president of the UNC system and former White House chief of staff, delivered the featured address during East Carolina University's 101st spring commencement May 7, 2010 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The ceremony honored the almost 3,400 graduates. Photo by Forrest Croce, ECU Publications.
THIS IS ONLY A DRILL: ECU tested its emergency response abilities May 18, 2010 with a full-scale planning drill, designed to prepare staff members and law enforcement officers to respond to a crisis. In the photo at left, ECU police officer Curtis Hayes, professional standards lieutenant, responds to the initial call which began the drill. The exercise, which involved more than 100 people, played out for several hours in and around White Residence Hall on the west end area of the main campus. Bill Koch, associate vice chancellor for environmental health and campus safety, praised the emergency response: “We hope never to go to this level, but it’s great to be ready.” Photo by Cliff Hollis, ECU News Services.