ECU News Feature Photo Archives, Feb. 2011 - Sept. 2011

Below are images and videos featured on the ECU News home page from February through September, 2011.


September 2011


Thousands of fans jammed Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium this weekend to watch the ECU Pirates compete against UNC-Chapel Hill, but ECU medical students enjoyed a head start with their football fever. First-year (M1) and second-year (M2) students gathered Thursday for the annual M1 vs. M2 Powderpuff Competition in Greenville. The M2s in purple jerseys outpaced the first year students 20-7. Pictured above, bottom image, M2 cheerleaders take a fall during halftime activities. In the center, at left, Olivia Money gains some yardage and, at right, quarterback Hunter Johnson makes a run. At the top, at left, the trophy awaits the winning team and, at right, Mark Owolabi leads the M1 team onto the field, stirring team spirit by banging a trashcan. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)


ECU clinical assistant professor Kevin Youngs and student F.J. Goodwin evaluates players competing for a spot with the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

On center ice
ECU physical therapy assesses Carolina Hurricanes hockey players during training camp

As competition intensifies for coveted spots on the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team, East Carolina University physical therapy faculty and students helped assess players’ readiness the first day of training camp Sept. 16. Read more...

Tedious Work
QAR lab preserves Blackbeard's treasures

A few hours after underwater archaeologists plucked one of four large anchors from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge from the waters near Beaufort Inlet in May, a tourist looking at the encrusted artifact on a flatbed truck asked when it would be on display at a museum. Read more...

VACCINE CLINIC: In the first of several flu vaccine clinics scheduled on campus for East Carolina University faculty and staff, LeAnn Etheridge receives a flu shot with help from Campbell University pharmacy student Blair Martin. Etheridge is director of the Thomas Hariott College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advising and Resource Center.(Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Rumors and legends
ECU researcher examines vaccine fears, controversies

In movie theaters, the new film “Contagion” documents a fast-moving viral epidemic. Debate continues about HPV vaccine. Signs tout seasonal flu shots... Read more...

Lighten the load
Occupational therapy students teach backpack safety

GREENVILLE, N.C.   (Sept. 15, 2011)   —  
If a group of Pitt County seventh-graders had their way, eliminating heavy backpacks would be simple.

Get rid of the usually thick science and math books. Make lighter books, or use e-readers for most subjects.


East Carolina University staff members, left to right, Hank Bowen, coordinator of first-year programs; Tanya Kern, director of alumni programs; and Mark Alexander, director of development in the College of Nursing, stand near the Sonic Plaza outside Joyner Library, in the spot where a candlelight vigil was held Sept. 13, 2001 to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The three were all students at ECU when the attacks took place. (Photo by Jay Clark, University Marketing)

9/11 at ECU: 'Innocence died that day'

At East Carolina University, where learning is a fact of daily life, the events of 9/11 delivered a lesson no one anticipated —a lesson many on campus that day say changed fates, attitudes and lives in the decade since.

“It made you step back and view how the world works from a different perspective,” said Mark Alexander, who was a 19-year-old sophomore on Sept. 11, 2001. “We learned that we don’t live in a perfect society and there are people who want to do harm to us.” Read more...

Riding for a cause
Voice of the Pirates remembers daughter

The highways of eastern North Carolina rumbled Sept. 17 as nearly 100 motorcycles rolled to raise money for a scholarship fund at East Carolina University. Read more...

LEADING THE WAY:  The College of Allied Health Sciences is promoting opportunities for students to participate in leadership opportunities. Among those student leaders and activities are, clockwise from upper left, graduate student Sarah Peterson, who coordinates the service committee of the Student Occupational Therapy Association; occupational therapy student Trey Elam, shown as a volunteer at bingo night at Red Oak Assisted Living Center and again in the bottom photo; and a CarFit community service project for older drivers. Read more...


Senator Kay Hagan toured East Carolina University Aug. 30, inspecting damage caused by Hurricane Irene. Pictured above, lower image, Hagan walks across campus with Philip Rogers, ECU chief of staff, and views ceiling damage in Spilman, upper left. In the upper right, Facilities Services employees work to repair damages on campus and below that, Deborah Harris sweeps debris from the walkways near the Bate Building. (Photos by Cliff Hollis) See more images from the onset of the storm and its aftermath on campus.

SEN. HAGAN: ECU cleanup shows spirit of recovery

The hard work that readied East Carolina University to resume classes Aug. 31 shows the spirit that will drive recovery from Hurricane Irene, Sen. Kay Hagan said during a tour of campus damage. Read more...

Irene at ECU
Cleanup under way

ECU was closed Aug. 29 as crews worked to clean up from the hurricane. View images.

August 2011

UPDATES AND DOWNPOURS: As storm clouds from the approaching Hurricane Irene began to flow into the Greenville area (pictured below at the Trustees Fountain), ECU faculty and staff gathered for the annual fall convocation Aug. 26. Chancellor Steve Ballard, upper right, addressed faculty and provided news from the UNC General Administration regarding the budget. At upper left, Communications professor John Howard listens to the proceedings. Howard was presented as the 2011 recipient of UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence for Teaching. Soon after the convocation crowds dispersed, the rain showers began in earnest. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

Students and their families began moving in to residence Hall Aug. 18, including Amanda Etheridge of Wilson (bottom photo, center) and her parents Robbie and Reba. In the upper right, Shelton Carter of Goldsboro assembles a shelving unit for ECU student Sedonia Scott and in the upper left, incoming freshman Hannah Major climbs high to arrange her loft bed while parents Sandy and Scott Major look on. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

'SPIRITED CAMPUS': ECU comes alive on move-in day

Get ready for the traffic in Greenville to increase and restaurants to get a little more crowded. East Carolina University residence halls began move-in on Thursday. Through Sunday, approximately 5,500 students will move into the 15 residence halls on campus.

The university will welcome approximately 27,000 students to campus – physically and virtually—when the semester begins on Tuesday, Aug. 23, the first day of classes.  

Read more and view slideshow...

Instructor Courtney Frueauf (in tie dyed T-shirt) leads a class in aerobics.

FIT FOR LIFE: ECU keeps required exercise course

Obesity rates are rising throughout the nation, but ECU’s department of kinesiology continues to battle the bulge. Read more...




A full-scale emergency planning drill took place on the Health Sciences campus Aug. 2. The drill was part of normal ECU emergency planning and was designed to prepare staff and law enforcement to respond in case of an active shooter on campus. ECU tested emergency notification systems including outdoor speakers, VOIP phones and text messaging as part of the drill.  (Photos by Cliff Hollis)


GREENVILLE, NC (Aug. 2, 2011) --The active shooter drill under way at East Carolina University on Tuesday included several gunshot victims and two suspected assailants. Read more...


July 2011

New officers and three new members were installed at the July 21 meeting of the East Carolina University Board of Trustees. At left is Bob Lucas of Selma, who assumes the role of chair. Below right, new trustee Kieran Shanahan of Raleigh listens to proceedings. The photo above right shows the swearing in of Shanahan, Deborah Davis of Richmond, Va., and SGA president Josh Martinkovic of Charlotte. (Photos by Jay Clark, University Publications)

Learning takes place during the East Carolina University Summer Guitar Festival and Workshop, held July 10 through July 13 at A.J. Fletcher Music Building on campus. Read more...

ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard speaks with members of the media about the impact of newly announced budget cuts. (Photo by Cliff Hollis) Budget cuts story followed at http://www.ecu.edu/news/budgetcuts.cfm.

Young musicians came to the ECU campus this week for the annual North Carolina Suzuki Institute camp. At upper left and far right, Stephen Kinnear plays the cello during a fiddle class with instructor Pattie Hopkins, who graduated from ECU in 2006. Lower left, Savannah Mockus plays the violin during a camp session. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

June 2011


Students find secrets in sand at Fort Macon

Students from East Carolina University wrapped up an archaeology dig at Fort Macon State Park last week that should help shed some light on what life was like for Civil War officers and their families. Read more...

(Video by Cliff Hollis)
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GETTING TO KNOW ECU: Incoming freshmen and their families arrived on campus Monday to begin two-day orientation sessions, at which time they will tour the campus, meet with an advisor, register for classes and find out about the many resources offered to them on campus. For additional information about orientation, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/fyc/orientation.cfm. Photos above by Cliff Hollis.

Blackbeard's anchor raised near Beaufort, now at QAR lab

After resting at the bottom of Beaufort Inlet for almost 300 years, one of four large anchors of Blackbeard’s flagship Queen Anne’s Revenge hit the warm Carolina sun again May 27. The anchor’s raising was met with cheers from the crew that has worked for nine years to carefully bring the wreckage to the surface... Read more and view slideshow. (Photos and video by Cliff Hollis)



May 2011


U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius talks with Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood Jr. and U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield during a tour of the East Carolina Heart Institute at Pitt County Memorial Hospital Monday, May 23. Photos by Cliff Hollis

Sebelius discusses patient safety with ECU physicians

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius agreed on the importance of not only improving patient safety but also measuring the effectiveness of safety projects during talks today with physicians from East Carolina University and administrators from Pitt County Memorial Hospital.


Former head football coach Skip Holtz, left, and former player C.J. Wilson, now in the NFL, talk at the tournament. Photo by Cliff Hollis, ECU News Services.

Golf tournament raises funds for cancer research

Former East Carolina University head football coach Skip Holtz and former ECU defensive end C.J. Wilson returned to Greenville on Friday to participate in the first Coach Rock Golf Tournament ...


MAJOR GIFT: $10.5 million gift to help build pediatric wing, fund professorship

A $10.5 million gift announced today will help expand the University Health Systems Children's Hospital and fund a professorship in pediatrics at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Read more...



COMMENCEMENT 2011: Do something bigger than yourself

Since she was in second grade, Jammie Lynn McCurry has wanted to be a teacher.

“I love helping others. I love teaching. I love seeing a child have their ‘ah-ha’ moment when you’ve worked so hard with them to get it.  It’s just a wonderful experience,” she said. Read more...


MIRACLE MILESTONE: Early graduation ceremony includes mom

When East Carolina University senior Brittney Massey marches in commencement exercises Friday with her classmates, it will be the second time she's worn her purple cap and gown. The first time was Monday, in a special celebration that included her mother. Read more...


At a small, quickly organized student rally on campus, Aaron Hall, 20, of Asheboro, welcomed what he called a victory for the military. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

Bin Laden Dead: 'Justice was done'

The war on terror will not end because Osama bin Laden has been killed, but his death can be a critical turning point, said observers and experts at East Carolina University...



Bottom: Ed King, left, with O'Neal Construction and Gerry Gable, ECU project management, look over renovation plans on the third floor of Laupus Library. Upper right: Matt Kornegay Matt Kornegay installs an electrical box during the renovation of Laupus Library.Upper left, left to right, Steve Moore, Ray Sutton (UNC hat), Nick Pierce, and Phil Siciunas
  Photos by Cliff Hollis

Laupus Library increases study space for users

Drills and dust will give way to more study, counseling and event space in Laupus Library come fall. The $300,000 renovation, the first since the library moved into the Health Sciences Building in 2006, is a sign of the times for libraries nationwide...


April 2011

Awards, memorials highlight 2011 Founders Day

East Carolina University celebrated its 104th anniversary April 26, marking the date on which the North Carolina General Assembly formally approved the establishment of the East Carolina Teachers Training School. Traditional celebrations included services both to acknowledge and honor accomplishments within the ECU community.

RELAXING MOMENTS: East Carolina University students enjoyed a respite from their exam studies April 27 at the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms, where they were offered free massages, food and an oxygen bar. Above, Emily Ayscue investigates the flavored oxygen at the oxygen bar. A few of the available flavors are shown in the upper left. Above, right, Anthony Robinson of Miller-Motte College gives a massage to ECU student Mohammed Khalifa. The event was sponsored by ECU's Student Activities and Organizations and The Center for Student Leadership and Involvement as a way to help students unwind and take a break from studying. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

BAREFOOT ON THE MALL (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

Debrisha Morris reads from the list of names of Holocaust victims on the mall near the cupola. She is reading for two hours and in that time she will read about 2700 names. Later today on Wright Plaza students will hand out wrist bands with other names of victims. Luminaries will be set up this afternoon and lit this evening. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)



March 2011

Matt Schurtz studies in a hammock on the East Carolina University mall Wednesday. With temperatures rising to the 70s on the first few days of spring, students emerged from their residence halls with laptops, books and blankets to enjoy a few hours in the sun. ECU News Services photo by Cliff Hollis.

John Lawrence, head of service for the North Carolina Collection at Joyner Library, adjusts Thursday the placement of one of 22 engravings created by Theodor de Bry for the 1590 edition of Thomas Harriot’s account of his visit in 1585 to the coastal area of what is now North Carolina. The engravings are on loan from Michael Joyner of Cary and will be displayed in the Verona Joyner Langford North Carolina Collection of the library through May 15. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

Eastern North Carolina Scouts "Scout Out" Nursing at ECU (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

Cameron Cotham takes advantage of the recent mild temperatures to play his guitar on the university mall Tuesday between classes.(Photo by Cliff Hollis)



February 2011

East Carolina University hospitality management student Erin Carson, left, checks out an Apple iPad from Pam Evans, head of service – circulation for ECU’s Joyner Library, as part of the library’s pilot program that allows patrons to test drive new technology. The iPads come preloaded with popular applications that allow users to enjoy web browsing, accessing e-mail access and viewering photos and videos. Also available for checkout are electronic readers, Kindle and Nook, equipped with a large selection of popular and classic books. ECU’s office of Emerging Academic Initiatives will hold an e-Book e-Reader Education Exposition March 22, providing additional opportunities for hands-on investigation of the new technology. The exposition will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Room and from 2 to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Nursing and Allied Health building. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Jeff Davies, left, chief of staff to UNC President Tom Ross, right, walk with ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard during Ross' visit to the campus on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Ross is touring UNC-system campuses during his first months as head of the 16-campus system. During his visit, Ross had question and answer sessions with students, faculty, and senior administrators and toured facilities on both health sciences and main campus. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)