D-ECU News             
News and Information for ECU Distance Education Students 
                                                                                                                                          August 2008

 In This Issue 
August 2008

 1.  Welcome
 2.  Meet Our Chancellor

 3.  DE Student Cards
 4.  Helpful Information
.  Second Life- 3D 
      Virtual World
 6.  DE Forum        
 7.  ITCS       
 8.  Joyner Library            

 9.  Campus News 
10.  Pirate Athletics
11.  Student Health
12.  ECU Home Page
13.  Parking



Second Life-

The 3D Virtual World


ECU has entered another life!  Second Life that is….the 3D virtual world which is gaining popularity in the real world. 

Academic Outreach now has space available and instructors are using virtual worlds for classes, office hours, and research. Other universities such as UNC-Chapel Hill and
Duke University have also embarked on this new and exciting method of teaching.  If you are interested in learning more about Second Life, please contact Sharon Collins at collinss@ecu.edu.


Distance Education Forum in OneStop

Have you checked out the Distance Education forum yet?  This forum is a place for distance education students to share ideas, questions, or comments.  Feel free to post new  discussion topics as you communicate throughout the semester.  To access the Distance Education forum in OneStop, log in at the following URL
https://onestop.ecu.edu/onestop/  and click the Community tab.

Campus News

Visit the Campus

News page for up to date East Carolina University headlines.



Pirate  Athletics

Here you will find links to campus sports, Pirate Club, purchase tickets, radio & television broadcast information, history and records, traditions, & more. 



Student Health Services

Student Health       Services is a primary healthcare facility located conveniently on central campus consisting of dedicated professionals providing quality healthcare to both enrolled students and ECU employees. Our facility specializes in the overall health and well being of each patient in our campus community offering a comprehensive list of services.



ECU Home Page 

The ECU home page contains links to academic programs, research, administration, community engagement, Colleges & Schools, Technology and Computing, Libraries & Collections, Health & Medicine, Arts & Entertainment, Sports & Recreation, and more.  http://www.ecu.edu/


Parking at ECU


As a distance education student, you are part of our university community and welcome on campus anytime.  You may want to visit the campus libraries, computer labs, show your family around campus, or attend a Pirate sporting event.  In order to park on campus, you must purchase a visitor permit from Parking and Transportation.  Pay careful attention to the valid zone(s) for the visitor permit and make sure you park in the appropriate parking lot(s).  Each lot will have signs to identify the parking zone.  Ticketing and towing on campus are strictly enforced. Parking and Transportation can provide you with a campus map or visit http://www.ecu.edu/parking/Maps.htm.
Visit Parking and Transportation Services for more information







       East Carolina University
        Office of Academic Outreach
        301 Evans Street ~ Suite 401
           Greenville, NC 27858

Welcome to another edition of D-ECU News -- the newsletter that will keep you informed of university news, resources, and announcements that affect the distance education community.  If you will be traveling to campus to use ECU libraries & computer labs, be sure to read the information below about the Distance Education Student Cards.  


  Meet Our Chancellor 

Chancellor Steve Ballard, since his arrival in Greenville in June 2004, has focused on measures designed to enhance East Carolina University ’s role as the University For North Carolina. On an array of topics, from student success to research productivity to athletics, he has emphasized excellence and leadership.

While leading the fastest-growing university in North Carolina , and the one with the  largest distance-education program, Ballard has committed to providing every student with excellent training in the classroom, practical experiences in the community and region, and the opportunity to develop leadership skills. He has hired nationally known leaders in athletics, research, finance, and fund-raising. He has overseen a record-breaking building boom on campus and the addition of over 400 new faculty positions.Before joining East Carolina as the university’s tenth chief executive, Ballard served as provost at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Previous academic appointments had taken him from Oklahoma to the East Coast.

For more information on Chancellor Ballard:

Distance Education Student Cards 

Distance Education Student Cards for Fall 2008 semester will be mailed to all distance education students.  The card will now include your ECU ID number (Banner ID), along with a place for your signature.  The card will be included in letter form, and you will just detach it from the bottom of the letter.  You should receive your card by September 11th.  The Distance Education Student Card grants access to ECU computer labs and allows students to check out books from the ECU libraries.  Please note that the Distance Education Student Card will not provide access to the Student Recreation Center, Student Health Services, Athletic events and other activities that are available to on-campus students because DE students do not pay these additional university fees.  The Distance Education Student Cards are valid for one semester and are mailed to your home address.  If your address has changed, you will need to update your address in order to receive future cards.  You will do this by logging into OneStop, and going through Banner Self Service. You will need to click on personal information, and then proceed to update addresses and phone.  Please contact Kim Wilson for replacement cards, or if you have not received your card by September 11th at wilsonki@ecu.edu.



Helpful Information


Your ECU e-mail account (Piratemail) is your official e-mail account when contacting anyone at the university.  This is the account your instructor and the university will use when corresponding with you.  If you have problems accessing your ECU email account or experience other difficulties accessing the campus system, contact the Help Desk at 252-328-9866 or 1-800-340-7081 or www.ecu.edu/9866.  For an online tutorial on how to use Piratemail, visit our website at: www.options.ecu.edu/tutorials.cfm.


If you have registered for an Internet class, your class will be offered either on the Blackboard Course Management System or on a departmental server.  If the course is offered through the Blackboard Course Management System, your course information will be posted on the Blackboard site at https://blackboard.ecu.edu on or just after the first day of class.  To view your course information, log onto the site using your ECU mail user name and password (PirateID and Passphrase). If your class is offered on a departmental server, your professor will send course information to your ECU email account during the first week of the semester.  If your course information does not appear on the Blackboard site or you have not received an email from your professor by the end of the first full week of classes, contact the academic department or your professor by email or telephone. For online tutorials on how to use Piratemail and Blackboard visit our website at: www.options.ecu.edu/tutorials.cfm

To contact  your professor, go to the Options website (www.options.ecu.edu) and choose the link “What Courses are Offered?”  In the drop down window, select the desired term and click the SUBMIT button. Select the subject and enter the course number, choose the campus “DE/Internet” for distance education courses and then click the Class Search button. No other attributes need to be selected. Your professor’s name will appear next to an envelope. Click the envelope to contact the professor.  Email addresses can also be found at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-ecu/email_phone.cfm.  If your professor’s name is not given, please contact the academic department offering the course.  If you have difficulty contacting your academic unit, contact the Division of Continuing Studies at dcs@ecu.edu for assistance.


Textbooks can be purchased online through the Dowdy Student Store’s website at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/studentstores/Textbooks/index.cfm.  You may also call 1-877-499-8398 or 252-328-6731.  All distance education students are urged to order books as soon as possible to allow time for shipping.

Information Technology and Computing Services (ITCS)

Information and Technology and Computing Services is the central agency that supports enterprise wide computing on campus.  In other words, ITCS provides many services and products that you will use every day http://www.ecu.edu/itcs/

Starting again in fall, both campus and distance education students will be able to remotely access certain required software programs from ECU’s Virtual Computing Lab (VCL). This means you may not need to buy the software required for your classes!

After requesting a reservation, simply connect from a residence hall, Greenville apartment or even from your parents’ house out-of-town using the Remote Desktop Connection program included with XP or Vista or an SSH program for Linux machines. There is also a connection available for Mac users. Go to the Virtual Computing Lab connection information page to learn more about connection requirements and remote connection software for your computer.

Professors will let you know if an image has been created for their class. You can also request a VCL session to use certain generic images that contain the Microsoft Office 2007 suite, SAS, SPSS, Mathematica, AutoCAD, Adobe design programs and more.

Please note that, while the VCL is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, students are encouraged to make a reservation to avoid waiting times or delays. Also remember that when you are finished with a remote session, the VCL staff asks that you log out so others who are waiting can use the image when you are finished.

To learn more about the ECU Virtual Computing Lab, go to http://www.ecu.edu/cs-itcs/vcl/index.cfm


Joyner Library
New Connections For DE Students & Faculty   

Joyner Library's distance education (DE) website has yet another new and improved look!  Please do not forget we also have another way to contact the library for help with our new toll free telephone number:  1-866-291-5581. To help expand our DE service contacts, the library also has added another Distance Education Coordinator, Angela Whitehurst.  Both she and Yolanda Hollingsworth serve as Co-Coordinators for Joyner Library Distance Education services and feel free to contact either of them for assistance. Our library DE newsletter, DECOVE is still available online.   Past issues are archived.


What You Need to Know!

Getting Books

Joyner Library will send Distance Learning students living outside of Pitt County the books you need to do your research. Simply use the Joyner Library Catalog to find the titles you want and fill out an Interlibrary Loan Request. Currently, return postage is covered by the library. For more information, see the Getting Books web page.

Getting Articles

Joyner Library has a dynamic list of databases.  You may begin searching for your subject by going directly to the Electronic Database List or using Pirate Source subject guides which combines the best sources available for a given subject area.  The library also has a new research tool called One Search.  You will find this listed on the library homepage.    Just  insert  a  search  term  &  multiple  databases  will  be  searched at once!  Use the  E-Journal Portal only to see what journals are available online.  Citation Linker will help find articles only when you have partial or full citations.   What if you still cannot find full text online? Request it via ILLiad  and we will find it and send it to you for free!  Visit  Joyner ILL  for more information.


Getting Help

We have FAQs, tutorials both in print and more added as video formats under our How Do I…page found on the Joyner Library homepage.

Please contact us at any time for research assistance through:
 IM:  JoynerRef    Telephones: 252-328-6677; Toll Free 1-866-291-5581 and
 Email  or via the web by using the Ask-a-Librarian link.


Attention DE Faculty: Two services offered:

  • For faculty teaching online classes and  interested in having generic and or tailored library research guides added to your Blackboard course page(s), or
  • You would like us to come visit you or your department for more information on library materials or services, please contact the Joyner Library DE Coordinators, Yolanda Hollingsworth, directly at hollingsworthy@ecu.edu; 252-328-2259 or Angela Whitehurst at whitehurst@ecu.edu, 252-328-0723.

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