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ECU notes: Campus Living art installed in residence hall

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"Let’s go Pirates!” voice imprint is seen behind artist and ECU alumnus Daniel Peoples.

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By ECU News Services

Sunday, January 14, 2018

East Carolina University alumnus Daniel Peoples has converted the chant “Let’s go Pirates!” into a custom wooden voice imprint now hanging in White Residence Hall.

“The phrase that’s here is about the university and about the support of the students,” Peoples said.

Installed at the end of the fall semester, the sound wave is made up of 206 pieces of wood, each varying in size. The imprint was created using Peoples’ own voice and lumber from Greenville, which makes the artwork even more personal.

“As we renovate our residence halls, we believe that exposing students to pieces of art helps not only finish the overall look and feel of our lobby spaces, but also helps expose our students to new ideas and concepts that create discussion, thought and connection to the academic process,” said Bill McCartney, ECU’s associate vice chancellor of Campus Living.

The artwork is the first of several planned for residence halls across campus.

“Over the next several years, we plan on installing a variety of pieces of art that feature the talent and skills of our students and art school graduates,” McCartney said.

Peoples received his bachelor of fine arts in wood design from ECU in 1998. In 2002, he opened Tyson Creek Studio, where he creates custom furniture, cabinets and art pieces.

“Being able to take my degree and my craft and make a living out of it is something really cool,” Peoples said.

Peoples started the White Residence Hall project at the beginning of October and finished during the last week of November.

Two years ago, Peoples was commissioned to build a set of wooden benches for the pre-function space of The Sounds in Gateway West, located on College Hill. The benches serve as both seating and art pieces.

Another art project commissioned by Campus Living will get underway in 2018.

Nine students from ECU’s School of Art and Design submitted design proposals for a sculpture that will serve as the centerpiece of the College Hill Suites courtyard renovation.

Students Joe Han and Rachel van Schie were selected as finalists to create a 10-12-foot sculpture with the theme knowledge and learning.

The campus community was invited to view short videos by the artists and vote on the designs on Campus Living’s Facebook page.

Results of the voting will influence the final decision of the selection committee, which includes representatives from the College of Fine Arts and Communication, Campus Living, the Residence Hall Association and Facility Services.

The sculpture is set to be unveiled during a ceremony in August.

ECU student honored for community service

ECU student Sylveonna Holmes has been recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared commitment to civic engagement. Holmes is a recipient of the network’s Community Impact Award, which honors one student leader at each school.

Holmes is one of 23 students selected by their campuses for the 2017 honor, joining more than 250 college students recognized by the network since the award was first presented in 2006.

Since Holmes first arrived at ECU, she has committed herself to leadership and service. She has been part of many programs, including LeaderShape, alternative break experiences, and national days of service. A junior majoring in communications and leadership studies, Holmes supports fellow students as a Peer Career Leader and as an ECU Leads Mentor, where she works with first-year students to develop their competencies for social change leadership. As a coordinator for the Pirate PALS youth club, she supports youth in Pitt County by recruiting and training college students to lead local tutoring, reading buddy, and mentoring activities.

Holmes is from Beulaville.

Holmes and other award recipients were honored at the Compact’s annual CSNAP student conference, held recently at Winston-Salem State University. The event convened more than 230 students and staff from 28 campuses in the network. The conference included student-led workshops on diverse community engagement topics and featured remarks by local “change agents” representing different public service pathways.

North Carolina Campus Compact is a statewide coalition of 37 public, private and community colleges and universities that share a commitment to civic and community engagement. The network was founded in 2002 and is hosted by Elon University. North Carolina Campus Compact is an affiliate of the national Campus Compact organization, which claims 1,000 member schools representing nearly rwo million college students.

ECU events will celebrate the life of King

Two events celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place at East Carolina University Jan. 15 and 17.

Monday, Jan. 15: Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off."

The day will begin with an opening ceremony in Hendrix Theater in Mendenhall Student Center at 9:45 a.m. After the opening ceremony, students will go to service sites in Greenville/Pitt County from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and then return to Mendenhall Student Center to reflect on the day. Sites include the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina, MacGregor Downs Health & Rehabilitation Center, the Ronald McDonald House, River Park North, Making Pitt Fit & Greenville Community Garden, Hope Lodge, Building Hope, Literacy Volunteers of Pitt County, RHA Health Services, Boys & Girls Club, Rocking Horse Ranch, Rise Against Hunger and Brookdale Assisted Living Center.

Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.: ECU will present Tamika Mallory as the keynote speaker for the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. Mallory is an activist, founder of Mallory Consulting and was the national co-chair for the 2016 Women’s March on Washington.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets may be picked up at the ECU Central Ticket Office in Mendenhall Student Center or at the door.

For additional information about the MLK Day of Service, contact Alex Dennis, Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, dennisa15@ecu.edu, 737-4988; or for the Tamika Mallory event, contact Wanda Tyler, Intercultural Affairs director, tylerw16@ecu.edu, 328-6495.

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