THE DAILY CLIPS
March 25, 2011
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Programs and candles are held by friends of "Mandy" Kelly during a candlelight vigil, held in her honor, at the Trustees Fountain on Thursday, March 24, 2011. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)
ECU hosts memorial for grad student By Jackie Drake The Daily Reflector Friday, March 25, 2011 Enthusiastic. Dedicated. Leader. Genuine. Caring. These words and more were used to describe East Carolina University graduate student Mandy Kelly, who was killed Monday in a wreck on U.S. 264 near Wilson. Students and staff hosted a memorial in the Science and Technology Building on Thursday night, followed by a candlelight vigil by the Trustees Fountain. A native of Ontario, Canada, Kelly came to ECU to pursue a Master's in accounting. She was set to graduate this May and had a job set up at a Charlotte firm. Mandy adopted ECU as soon as she got here, and from looking at this room, ECU adopted her right back, said Dan Schisler, chairman of the Department of Accounting.
With great honor and sorrow, Schisler presented Mandy's family, who drove all the way from Canada, with her Master's of Science in Accounting. Kelly was well known as the president of the accounting honor society Beta Alpha Psi, the vice president of membership for the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society and a member of the Golden Key national honor society. She helped incoming freshmen as a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Transition and First Year Programs. The annual scholarship awarded by the accounting honor society will now be named the Amanda L. Kelly Beta Alpha Psi Scholarship, according to accounting professor Douglas Schneider. She touched so many lives here, said Omicron Delta Kappa member Tiffany Lee. Her enthusiasm and cheerful attitude were contagious. She had a sincere passion to cultivate a new generation of leaders on campus. She always gave 110 percent. Her leadership was exemplary. We are blessed to have had Mandy in our lives, Student Government Association President Tremayne Smith said. Let's smile as we remember the funny moments, how she said eh after everything, all her corny jokes and she was the most tan Canadian. We'll always remember the love she shared. Friend and neighbor Brittany Harrell recalled Kelly's prolific texting abilities and how she always used to send good luck texts before a test or quiz. She knew no strangers, said friend and classmate Ross Browning. He remarked on her constant Facebook status updates, her Canadian expressions and how she said holla after just about everything. While proud of being Canadian, Kelly became a passionate Pirate. As news of her death spread, several students changed their Facebook profile pictures to the Canadian flag. Knowing Mandy, she's probably on Facebook checking on us right now, her roommate Farah Hussein said. Thank you all for loving my daughter, Mandy's mother Sandy Jacobs said. It was hard having her move down here, but I wanted her to follow her dreams. She definitely lived life to the fullest. I am so proud of her. As Mandy would say, Go Pirates! Holla! Contact Jackie Drake at email@example.com or (252) 329-9567.
Family remembers grad student By Gina Childress The Wilson Times Friday, March 25, 2011 WILSON It has been a heartbreaking and emotional week for the family and friends of 24-year-old East Carolina University graduate student, Amanda Mandy Louise Kelly. The last words we said to each other were I love you,' said Michael Gee, Mandy's boyfriend of just over two-and-a-half years. She was on her way back to Greenville to work after visiting Michael in Raleigh for the weekend, Sandra Jacobs, Mandy's mother, said. We just celebrated our two year, eight month anniversary, Michael said, his voice trailing off. Mandy died Monday morning in a fatal crash on U.S. 264 Bypass in Wilson. Investigators said she lost control of her vehicle, ran off the roadway, overcorrected, crossed through the median and the wire guardrails and hit a passenger truck head-on. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mandy's family who traveled to North Carolina from her native Canada, her boyfriend and a close college friend, all came to Wilson on Thursday to visit the crash scene. While in Wilson they also gathered her personal belongings and spoke with investigators. Another daunting task they faced was picking up the cremated remains of Mandy's pride and joy and constant companion her Bichon poodle, Topaz. Topaz went everywhere with Mandy and was in the vehicle with her when it crashed Monday. He was taken to Countryside Animal Hospital for treatment but did not survive. She named him Topaz because she got him for her birthday, her mother said. Her birthday is in November and that's her birthstone. Topaz is with her now. Stan Jacobs, Mandy's stepfather, her brother, Shaun Kelly and Sandra, said they are very grateful for their recent visit with Mandy. In early March, Mandy flew to her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada for a 10-day visit with family and friends. We drove her back to North Carolina, Stan said. We stayed in Greenville for a six-day visit and we left last Saturday. We had the best visit, Sandra said. She was very sad to see her family leave that day, Michael said. And most of the weekend we just talked about what a great visit we all had and how much fun everyone had. Mandy's parents left just two days before she died. Her parents said they were very grateful for the 16 days they spent with her. Mandy and her brother Shaun were very close and considered each other their best friend. She was so close to him and loved him so much, Sandra said. She always told him everything and knew it would never go any further and that she could always count on him for anything at all, Michael said. Too emotional to talk about his sister, Shaun nodded his head in agreement. Mandy moved to North Carolina in July 2008, after visiting Michael who at the time lived in Greenville. We met at the beach in Myrtle Beach that same year, he said. Mandy and Michael were both vacationing at the same resort and just happened to meet through their mothers. I was at the pool and I met his mother there and we hit it off, Sandra said. During that week we all hung out together and got to know each other, Michael said. When we left at the end of the week, Mandy and I exchanged numbers but truly we didn't think we would ever see each other again since she lived in Canada and I lived here. But the two kept in contact.
After many hours on the phone and a $1,000 phone bill later, she drove from Canada to visit me, Michael said. She came here and fell in love with the campus. And with Michael, Sandra said. Since she loved going to school so much, she decided to come here and get her masters in accounting, Michael said. Everyone in the program knew her and loved her, said Ross Browning, one of her best friends. Me, Mandy's roommate, Farrah Hussain and another very close friend, Brittany Harrell spent a lot of time together. Browning said he, Mandy and Farrah all were graduate students majoring in accounting, and for the last several years attended every class together. I always told her if I had to describe her in one word it would be thorough,' Browning said. She was very organized and was always reminding me what I needed to bring to class and what assignments were due. She was definitely a very organized person, her stepfather said. She was such a smart, beautiful and outgoing person, her mother said. She was so intelligent and one of the hardest working people I have ever met. Mandy was just six weeks away from receiving her master's degree in accounting from East Carolina University. She was an honors student and was the top in her accounting class at the ECU Business School. She had just been inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma. The award is the highest national recognition a student in business can receive. She had already received a job offer from an accounting firm in Charlotte, her mother said. She was going to start on Nov. 1. But, she didn't want to wait that long to start so she was waiting to hear from them if she could start after she graduated. Thursday night, Mandy's family and friends held a candlelight vigil at ECU. After the ceremony, her family will return to Canada for her funeral. Contact Gina Childress at firstname.lastname@example.org or (252) 265-7821.
Dr. Yuko Kishimoto, a clinical psychologist at Brody School of Medicine, talks about the origami cranes she is making to sell and raise money to benefit survivors of the Japanese tsunami and earthquake as she speaks in her office Thursday, March 24, 2011. (Justin Falls/The Daily Reflector)
Crane sale to aid tsunami victims By Ginger Livingston The Daily Reflector Friday, March 25, 2011 When counselor Yuko Kishimoto lived in Houston and hurricanes struck, she would advise people to find healthy ways to distract themselves from the constant news about the destruction. Kishimoto encouraged people to take a break from watching television reports about the event and to participate in a hobby or take on a task like organizing a fundraiser. She is now finding comfort in her own advice. A native of Japan and a counselor with the Brody School of M