Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 2014: Port Discover’s Earth Day Festival!

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Robin Kelly-Goss, 252-338-6117,
                        Chrissy Benton, 252-338-6117,

Port Discover’s Earth Day Festival!
Elizabeth City, NC — Port Discover’s 3nd Annual Earth Day Festival is set for Saturday, April 26th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Elizabeth City’s Mariners’ Wharf Park.  This year we will have a bike extravaganza theme, complete with a bike rodeo, bike maintenance station, bicycle powered activities, and more. Bring your bike and helmet to join in the downtown bike ride. The festival will include other Earth friendly activities like environmentally friendly living, recycling, water conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and all natural products. This year will also include live music and Earth friendly food choices. Hands-on activities will be available and free to visitors.  Celebrate Earth Day with us while learning about the environment in a creative, fun, family-friendly atmosphere. This event is partially funded by Vidant Health’s Community Benefits Program.
Port Discover is located at 611 East Main Street in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.  The science center’s hours are Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Programs can be arranged at other times for special groups.  To find out more about the festival please call 252-338-6117 or email  Find out more about Port Discover at  Visit us on Facebook!

April 2014: Nine ECSU students inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

Nine ECSU students inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-- Elizabeth City State University announces nine students named Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, an exclusive honor conferred by more than 2,842 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Inductees include Valerie Edwards, Quarda Fobbs, Shaquanisia Gay, Anitra Hill, Tenise Jenkins, Annamarie Lewis, Angela Majors, Alexa Speller and Joan Tant.

Standing left to right:
Alexa Speller, from Aulander, N.C.,
Annamarie Lewis from Coram, N.Y.,
Valerie Edwards, from Whiteville, N.C.,
Angela Majors from Longview, TX.,
Tenise Jenkins from Bowie, Md.

At ECSU, eligible students must have a minimum grade point average of 3. 5 and be a junior, senior or graduate student.  They are evaluated on participation and leadership in academic and extra-curricular activities, community service projects and potential for future achievement. Selections to Who’s Who Among Students are made each fall by individual schools. Campus nominating committees, created to nominate the upper-classmen and graduate students eligible for the program, are composed of representatives from the faculty, administration and student body. This procedure of nomination succeeds in highlighting the individual and diverse service to community and school. These are the students who enhance the positive image of the American students through their contributions to community and school.

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Kesha Williams
Director of Media Relations| University Relations and Marketing
Elizabeth City State University
1704 Weeksville Rd. | Elizabeth City, NC  27909
Phone:  252.335.3686 | Fax:  252.335.3769

April 2014: Pasquotank County Library - May Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events for May 2014
Pasquotank County Library

May 5, 2014
Job Readiness Workshop
·         The Library in partnership with the Pasquotank County Work Force Development (Employment Security Commission) will host a job readiness workshop to give participants improved methods of finding employment.

Location: Pasquotank County Library Community Room
Address: 100 East Colonial Avenue
Elizabeth City, North Carolina, 27909
Time: 10:30 am to 3:00 pm
Admission: FREE and open to the PUBLIC
FMI Contact: Beatheia Weeks – 252-335-7536

May 9, 2014
Gaming Day
·         If you like playing video games, board games or meeting new people the Library is the place to be.

Location: Pasquotank County Library Community Room
Address: 100 East Colonial Avenue
Elizabeth City, North Carolina, 27909
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Admission: FREE and open to the PUBLIC
FMI Contact: Terence Seymore – 252-335-7536

May 23, 2014
Online Catalog Scavenger Hunt Computer Lab
·         The staff invites you to embark on an Online Catalog Scavenger Hunt @ Your Library. The students will be taught how to use the library’s online catalog. After the online instructions, students will have a scavenger hunt to locate items in the library.

Location: Pasquotank County Library Community Room
Address: 100 East Colonial Avenue
Elizabeth City, North Carolina, 27909
Time: 3:30 pm
Admission: FREE and open to the PUBLIC
FMI Contact: Terence Seymore – 252-335-7536

May 30, 2014
Bookin’ to the Movie
·         Calling all teens and tweens, if you love to read and watch movies join us at Bookin’ to the Movie the Book Thief.

Location: Pasquotank County Library Community Room
Address: 100 East Colonial Avenue
Elizabeth City, North Carolina, 27909
Time: 3:30 pm
Admission: FREE and open to the PUBLIC
FMI Contact: Monek Adams - 252-335-2473

April 2014: COA’s Architectural Students Working on Design Project for Charlotte, NC

COA’s Architectural Students Working on Design Project for Charlotte, NC

College of The Albemarle is one of about a dozen state colleges tasked with coming up with an eco-friendly design for a new transportation hub in Charlotte, N.C., by the end of April.

Since January, five students in the school’s Design Project and Design Presentation classes have spent the semester researching green buildings in an effort to find design elements to include in their entry for the Natural Talent Design Competition. During their months-long research, the students have learned about things like a skyscraper in Dubai that rotates on its axis and an environmentally-friendly bus in China that can straddle and drive over cars sitting in traffic. While these ideas piqued their curiosity, these concepts didn’t make it into the students’ design plans.

But there are some innovative green building ideas the students discovered during their research, which they do plan on incorporating in their entry. Charles Purser, COA’s chair of the Design, Manufacturing and Industrial Technology program, said the students are currently creating the basic layouts for the new Charlotte Gateway Station Multi-Modal Transportation Center. One earth-friendly idea the students are including is electrically controlled windows on the building, that will open and close based on the outside temperatures. 

“It all has to be green-minded, sustainable,” said Purser, referring to the contest’s design requirements. “The City of Charlotte was looking for some design ideas on a transportation center. Think of a train station and a bus station together.”

The students on COA’s design team are part of COA’s Sustainability Technologies curriculum which prepares students for careers in environmental construction, renewable energy and other related fields.

In addition to the temperature-sensitive windows, the COA team has also decided their building will include a living roof.

“Think of 12 inches of soil on the roof,” Purser said. “It keeps the roof cool and it will collect the rainwater and use it for toilet flushing in the building.”

The outdoor garden space on the roof will also serve as a place to improve the air quality in the building, Purser said, and will be a place where bus and train passengers can relax while waiting at the new Gateway Station.

Carl Raisor, a student on the COA team, is drawing the main building using a design software program.

“Our design isn’t quite finished,” Raisor said, “but it will be a three-story structure. The second-story will be protruding out over the bus hub and the third-story will be protruding over the trains.”
“Everybody has a part, it’s all essential,” added Raisor, who graduates this spring with his Associate’s Degree in Architectural Technology. “But we all kind of came together on the design.”

Raisor is completing the basic outline of the building with the software, but the students are still researching what details will be included in the 100,000-square-feet of the interior design. He said the team expects to use lots of metal and glass in its modern design – the new Gateway Station sits in uptown Charlotte – so the design has to reflect the modern architecture that surrounds the spot.
In addition to lots of glass windows, which will capitalize on environmentally-friendly natural light, Raisor said the team will also use tube lighting to help illuminate the second and third floors.

“Tube lighting is basically just a sealed hold from the roof that lets natural light through to wherever you like it,” Raisor said.

According to the competition criteria, the new station must also be no bigger than 100,000-square-feet and in addition to including an outdoor plaza area, the design must also include a below-grade pedestrian concourse between the station building and passenger platform, as well as a structured parking lot with approximately 250 parking spaces initially, but that can expand to 500.

To meet the parking criteria, the COA team has settled on a design that includes an automatic parking deck, a circular structure where people drive their cars in onto a platform that lifts the car up to a space on the upper level and then retrieves the car later, when the driver returns.

“The parking garage will electronically park the car for you,” Purser said, adding that the automatic garage will be solar-powered.

The state design contest is aimed at empowering students to become future leaders in the green building movement and encourages a reduction of dependence on fossil fuels within the building industry.

Kim Hairsine, another student on the COA design team, said the competition has helped opened her eyes to the importance of green building and she has learned a lot as she has helped the team research its design.

“I didn’t realize how many places are already implementing green designs,” said Hairsine, who is working on her Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences. “I didn’t realize how much green building affects us in our daily lives and our future.”



Friday, April 11, 2014

April 2014: COAST Players Summer Drama Camp

For Immediate Release
April 9, 2014
CONTACT: Lisa Johnson,
Development Officer & External Relations
Release No: REVISED 22LJ-PR-2014

COAST Players Summer Drama Camp COA and YMCA to Offer Camp

Calling all aspiring Annies and Oliver Twists. Registration is underway for College of The Albemarle’s upcoming Coast Players Drama Camp which will be held from June 23 through July 3.

This is the second year the community college has offered the children’s summer drama camp, but this year COA is partnering with the YMCA to coordinate the program.

“We did the brilliant thing of joining forces and it puts everybody’s resources to the best possible use,” said Jeffrey Emmerich, COA drama instructor and director of the COA Student Theatre Players, or COAST Players.

The YMCA will be handling registrations for the two-week camp and gym members will be offered a discount - $130 a week for YMCA members and $160 a week for non-members.
“The instructors,” said Mariah Schierer, manager of COA’s Performing Arts Center, “are COA Coast Players folks.”  

Campers can expect to spend their days belting out songs from musicals, learning choreography, preforming improv and memorizing monologues.

“Usually we try to take a bit from every genre of theatre,” Schierer said. “They will learn a bit about set design and costuming as well. So it gives them all aspects of theatre and not just the performance aspects.”

In addition to playing with costumes, learning about the playhouse’s lights and finding out how the fly rails work – watching the set pieces fly in and out – campers last summer also learned songs from “The Sound of Music” and “Annie Get Your Gun”. Several students enjoyed the experience so much, Emmerich added, that the former campers made appearances in a few COAST productions over the past year.

“We actually gained a few students from that experience,” Emmerich said.

“Over the course of two weeks, they really have quite an experience,” he added. “It’s magic to the kids.”

The Coast Players Drama Camp is open to students ages 12 to 18 and has 35 spots available. Registration is underway at the YMCA, 1240 North Road Street. For more information, contact Mariah Schierer at 252-335-9050.     



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