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Monday, March 23, 2015

Who: Virginia Carraway-Stage, PhD, RDN, LDN; Kristi Wilkerson (Nutrition Science student); Madison Keesling (Nutrition Science student)
What: ECU Research & Creative Activity Week
When: March 23rd-March 27th
Where: East Carolina University - Mendenhall
Details: Research & Creative Achievement Week begins March 23rd in Mendenhall student center. Research week provides students and post-docs with an excellent opportunity to share their research, practice their presentation skills, and meet others with similar interests. Over 380 students will present research in a poster or oral format. Multiple events will be happening throughout the week. See the website for more details. All events are free and open to the public.

Who: Andrea Peters, President of the Ulster Project Board of Directors
What: Third Annual Beer Tasting Fund Raiser
When: Saturday, March 28, 5:30 or 7:00 pm sessions
Where: The Scullery in Uptown Greenville
Phone: 252-916-1297
Details: Ticket Prices-$35 per person/$60 couple or $15 Designated Driver (Nondrinker, but you get to enjoy all the delicious food offerings)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Who: Coordinators Lizz Nelson and Katie Sheets, FROGGS Chair Harry Stubbs
What: Fiesta Biathlon
When: Sunday, April 12th @ 1pm
Where: corner of Reade and Cotanche by Bicycle Post and Chicos
Phone: 252 414 9102
Details: 5k run followed by ~15 mile bike; Each year proceeds go towards a charity with this year's going to FROGGS (Friends of Greenville Greenways)

Who: Chloe Sepulveda (Mulan), Ben Estorge (Shang), Haley Bronzino (Shan Yu), Darren Anderson (Mushu), and the Ancestors: Kyra Miles, Kirsten Beach, Kate Ward, Nina Sepulveda and Miranda Alexander and Stage Manager Melissa Alexander
What: Disney's Mulan
When: Thurs March 26 & Fri March 27 at 7PM both nights
Where: D H Conley High School Auditorium
Phone: (252) 756-3440
Details: Great fun for the entire family. Tickets only $5.00

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Who: Hannah Gregory and Jared Caldwell (two students in the Community Arts Management Class at ECU)
What: The Eleventh Annual Youth Arts Festival
When: Saturday, March 28th from 10am-4pm
Where: On the ECU Mall-Rain site-Jenkins Fine Arts Center
Phone: 252-328-5749

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Who: (Suzanne Pecheles- Co-Chair, Aurelia Monk - volunteer)
What: (Stone Soup Benefit for St Paul's Episcopal Church Food Pantry - Help Feed those in Need)
When: (Wednesday, April 1, Lunch from 11a-2p and dinner 5-7p)
Where: (St. Paul's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 401 E. 4th St, Greenville 27858 )
Phone: (252-752-3482)
Web: (
Details: (Serving your choice of soup, bread, salad, dessert and a beverage for $8. Artisan pottery soup bowls made by local potters including your meal will be for sale for $25. All proceeds go to St. Paul's Food Pantry which feeds over 600 people each Thursday.)

Aurelia Monk

Who: Dr William Leland , Vidant Gastroenterology.
What: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Friday, March 27, 2015

Who: Jeannette Steward, Kevin Joyner
When: April 11, 2015

Details:husband and father of two young boys and he is battling colon cancer

Who: Bobbie Parsons, Saving Graces for Felines
What: Cat Adoptions at PetsMart
When: Monday - Friday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: PetsMart in Greenville

WITN Sunrise Bios

NAME: Heather King
TITLE: WITN News at Sunrise Anchor and Executive Producer
ALMA MATER: University of Missouri
MARRIED: Happily!
CHILDREN: Lauren, Kate and Dixie the Dog
FAVORITE TV SHOW: How I Met Your Mother
FAVORITE BAND: U2, Kelly Clarkson
FAVORITE BOOK: Impossible to pick a favorite, but one of the best recent ones is "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls
FAVORITE FOOD: Homemade pizza
FAVORITE THING TO DO ON YOUR DAY OFF: Sleep in, spend time with my family, try new recipes - especially baking!
FUN FACT: I’m the youngest of four, and the shortest in my family. I am a towering 5’1” tall.

Heather King always knew she wanted to be a journalist and tell stories, but she didn't figure out the TV part of it until high school. Heather says, "don't laugh, but a few years on the Glenbard West speech team made the difference." So, she left the Chicago suburb where she grew up for the heart of the Midwest and headed to the University of Missouri.

Heather worked as a reporter and anchor at KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri. The minute she felt the buzz and energy of an actual newsroom, she knew she picked the right career. Heather's reporting has been recognized by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Heather is the anchor and executive producer of WITN News at Sunrise and also reports. She's been fascinated by morning news since an internship with a Chicago television station. Heather will admit she hasn't always been a morning person, but she says it's easy to wake up well before the sun when you love your job!

Getting into work early often means getting out of work early in the day. That schedule has allowed Heather to enjoy quality time with her daughter each afternoon. She is also a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pitt County Corporate Board and is on the committee that plans the annual MS Walk in Greenville.

Heather and her husband Chris live in Greenville with their two daughters, and their dog, Dixie.


NAME: Jim Howard
TITLE: Meteorologist WITN News at Sunrise
ALMA MATER: Florida State University
CHILDREN: Two Stepsons
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Law and Order: Criminal Intent
FAVORITE MOVIE: Reservoir Dogs
FAVORITE SONG: "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" by Billy Joel
FAVORITE BOOK: "Isaac's Storm" by Erik Larson
FAVORITE FOOD: Michaelangelos Pizza in Greenville
FAVORITE THING TO DO ON YOUR DAY OFF: Toss up between working in the yard and sleeping
FUN FACT: I've skydived over 40 times. I've got an irrational fear of wasps.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE ITEM WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?: Computer with satellite internet connection...I could learn survival skills off the internet.

"There's gonna be weather, whether or not."

These were the words Jim Howard's grandfather would tell him every time Jim would start talking about approaching snow. Growing up in Poughkeepsie, New York allowed Jim many opportunities to bug his family about the snow. Now, living in North Carolina allows him to bug them about hurricanes as well!

Jim's road to Eastern Carolina went from a childhood in upstate New York to his adolescence in South Florida. Looking out the airplane window his first time flying into West Palm Beach, Jim turned to his mom and said "look, there's snow on the ground!" Jim says she gave him a funny smile. The smile turned into a laugh when they stepped off the plane and Jim realized that the "snow" was sand, and the air felt like a furnace! This is just one of many experiences that fueled Jim's desire to learn more about the earth's atmosphere.

Jim's passion for weather took him to Florida State University, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology. Within a week, he secured his first job, as the morning meteorologist for a Panama City, Florida television station. Although he was very excited about his first job, he quickly discovered one big problem. He would have to readjust his alarm clock from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Strong coffee and cold showers became a regular part of his morning!

Jim says he was a fully transformed "morning person" when offered the opportunity to work as the meteorologist on WITN-7 News at Sunrise in 2001. With family in both New York and Florida, Eastern Carolina has proved to be the perfect location for Jim. He says being a part of WITN-7 News at Sunrise has been rewarding beyond his expectations. The people of Eastern Carolina are as kind and generous as any he's every met, and the variety of weather keeps him on his toes! From snow and hurricanes, to severe thunderstorms and flooding threats, Jim says there's one thing that can be definitely said about our climate:

"There's gonna be weather, whether or not!"

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