East Carolina University presented a production of “The Vagina Monologues” on March 30 in Wright Auditorium.
“The Vagina Monologues” is a play addressing multiple aspects of the feminine experience including the physical body, empowerment and the ultimate embodiment of individuality. The material was developed based on interviews with more than 200 women. It was first performed in New York in 1994.
Several hundred ECU students, faculty, staff and community members attended the free production. Donations were accepted at the door to benefit the Center for Family Violence Prevention. This organization serves Pitt, Martin and Washington counties to break the cycle of domestic violence while enhancing individual self-sufficiency and promoting healthy family relationships.
The cast included eight students, six staff members and four members of the community.
“Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking play has been performed on college campuses for almost 20 years to give voice to issues impacting the lives of women around the world,” said Mark Rasdorf, co-director of the ECU production. “Our intent was to create opportunities for dialogue on efforts to end violence against women and girls.”
Early performances of the play led to the 1998 launch of V-Day, a global movement aimed at ending violence against women and girls. The initial event led to more than 5,800 annual V-Day celebrations, many of those on college campuses.
Eleanor Cook, cast member and faculty chair of the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women, added, “‘The Vagina Monologues’ is a campus tradition that promotes both awareness and celebration of women’s lives from diverse perspectives. This was my first experience performing in it, and it was an inspiring and challenging process.”
The event was co-sponsored by Student Involvement and Leadership, the ECU LGBT Resource Office, the University Writing Center, Campus Recreation and Wellness, the Healthy Pirates student organization, the Center for Counseling and Student Development, the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement and the Greek Panhellenic Council.
ECU ranking supporting military spouses
By ECU News Services
East Carolina University has been named one of the top 100 schools in the nation for military spouses.
ECU is the only university in North Carolina to receive Victory Media’s Military Spouse Friendly School designation.
As such, ECU demonstrates “best practices in the education of military spouses and military families,” according to Victory Media, which measured universities on 10 criteria from academic and military family support to offering programs leading to portable career opportunities.
Earning the designation brings great pride, said Rondall Rice, chair of ECU’s Academic Military Affairs Committee, which completed the survey and compiled information for the designation.
“Having served 29 years in the Air Force, I know the importance of military spouses and families, and the hardships they endure to allow their loved one to serve the nation. Being Military Spouse Friendly recognizes that ECU values their sacrifice and has programs and policies in place to help them achieve their academic goals,” Rice said.
This is the fifth military friendly-related designation this academic year, Rice said, which is a testament to ECU’s campus-wide efforts to make it a welcoming and beneficial place for military students, veterans and their families.
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InterFaith Leadership Summit
The ECU Student Government Association (SGA), Interfaith Pirates Better Together (student organization) and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center are pleased to host the first ever ECU Interfaith Leadership Summit on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 in the Mendenhall Student Center.
Registration and breakfast at 9:00 AM with the Summit beginning at 10am until 3:30 PM
Featuring Keynote Speaker Reverend Irene Monroe, an Ordained minister, motivational speaker, and African American lesbian feminist theologian, will deliver a presentation called "Making the Connections: The Role Religion Plays in Discrimination"
•Non-Christians in the South
•Devout Religious Practitioners in the LGBTQ Community
•Race and the Church
•Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia
ECU Faculty, Staff and Students can click here to sign up. For Non-ECU constituents interested in attending, please email Maya Williams with Interfaith Pirates or Dr. Mark Villacorta with the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center. (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
This is a Premier Wellness Passport event [Social, Spiritual, & Intellectual]
ACE Service Member and Veteran Academic Advising Summit
Nicole Jablonski from Student Veteran Services and Jim Kuras of the Career Services Office joined by ECU colleagues from Tutoring and Academic Advising areas participated in the American Council on Education’s second Service Member and Veteran Academic Advising Summit held April 14-15th in Arlington, VA.
The slate of programs identified ways to support military-connected individuals in the college application and admissions process and examined how academic advising can help those students reach career goals.
Also discussed was mobilizing a national campaign to expand partnerships between educators, employers and other key stakeholders aimed at aiding in a smooth transition from the military to postsecondary education and civilian employment. Broad themes identified at the last summit and brought forward this year for further exploration and review included:
- Empowering service members and veterans to advocate for themselves
- Ensuring that military branches, federal agencies, higher education institutions and employers communicate with one another in order to work more effectively on behalf of service members and veterans
- Offering “full spectrum navigation” higher education assistance from military recruitment to civilian employment, particularly in the application of continued assistance after degree completion to promote successful employment
- Exploring ways in which various stakeholder groups, from the military to institutions to employers, can work together to better understand and recognize the concerns central to service members’ and veterans’ college education