STUDENT LIFE
SECTION 2
 

The Division of Student Life actively supports the university's mission of education, research, and service by providing comprehensive programs and services to assist each student to develop intellectually, socially, and culturally.† The division promotes this development by fostering a community of learning, which encourages individual student involvement and participation.† The Division of Student Life provides a broad range of support services, activities, and programs which seek to enhance the learning environment; accommodate the diverse needs of all students; assist students in meeting their basic needs for financing, housing, nutrition, and physical and mental health; provide the means for students to become active participants and leaders in their own learning; assist students in developing logical thought processes and sound decision-making skills; and assist students in developing an appreciation of the arts.† Moreover, the division seeks to contribute to the development of the whole individual by fostering in each student a deeper appreciation of the importance of life-long learning, individual responsibility, and human diversity.

The Division of Student Life includes Adult and Commuter Student Services; Career Services; Counseling and Student Development; Dining Services; Disability Support Services; Intercultural Student Affairs; Orientation and the First-Year Experience; Recreational Services; Research, Assessment, and Testing; Student Health Services; Student Life Advancement; University Housing Services; University Unions; and other areas such judicial affairs, student organizations, student leadership development, fraternities, sororities.

OFFICE OF INTERCULTURAL STUDENT AFFAIRS

The mission of the Office of Intercultural Student Affairs is to assist in creating an environment that is supportive and conducive to meeting the educational, intellectual, and social needs of multiethnic students on the East Carolina University campus.† In short, the office is responsible for monitoring the quality of life for multiethnic students on the campus.† Moreover, the office is responsible for assisting in facilitating meaningful dialogue across the campus on the value and importance of human diversity. Further information is available at the Office of Intercultural Student Affairs; telephone 252-328-6495. Information is also available at www.ecu.edu/studentlife/icsa.

The Ledonia Wright Cultural Center , located in the Bloxton House in the heart of the ECU campus, promotes cultural awareness through intercultural initiatives, offering an array of resources and events for all students, staff, and faculty.† Educational resources, such as computers and culture-specific books, are available for students.† Over forty-one newspapers and magazines provide news of cultural interest for all campus cultures.† Cultural programming includes multicultural holiday celebrations, lecture series, and presentations in various art forms.† Tutorial assistance in math and science is also available.† The center hosts receptions and provides meeting facilities for students, staff, and faculty.† An art gallery provides exhibits of various art themes and forms.† A kitchen and other space is available for students to relax between classes.† For further information, please contact the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, 252-328-1680.††

UNIVERSITY HOUSING SERVICES

The ECU campus provides a caring and supportive atmosphere in which a student can explore new academic ideas and social experiences with comfort and security.† Campus living means meeting new people, some of whom will become good friends for life; living in an environment conducive to studying, where academic assistance is readily available; and taking advantage of numerous benefits, such as convenience to classes and campus activities, neighborhood, and lifestyle options that suit your personality.

A variety of living and dining options are available.† Residence halls are located in three areas of campus.† College Hill and central and west neighborhoods offer the convenience of living near classrooms, the library, recreational facilities, campus activities, and campus restaurants.† The university maintains fifteen residence halls that 5,000 students call home.

Each residence hall room is equipped with two beds, towel racks, two desks with chairs, two chests or drawer space, window coverings, closet or wardrobe space, and storage.† All residence halls feature laundry facilities, utilities, local telephone service, cable television service, computer hook-up with Internet access, twenty-four-hour emergency maintenance services, study or lounge area, vending area, residence hall student council, access to neighborhood service offices, and mail service.

Information regarding on- and off-campus housing is available at University Housing Services, office suite 100, Jones Residence Hall. Detailed information is available through University Housing Services; 252-ECU-HOME (328-4663) or the ECU home page at www.ecu.edu/campusliving. Freshmen living on campus are required to participate in a meal-plan program.

CAMPUS DINING SERVICES

Campus Dining Services recognizes the importance of variety, value, and convenience, and offers well-balanced, nutritious meals throughout the day at each of its seven locations. Two all-you-care-to-eat dining halls are located near the residential areas of campus.† These restaurants serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday, and brunch and dinner on weekends.† Five campus cafes offer food on an a la carte basis and are located throughout campus near academic buildings and residence halls.† Each has its own distinct menu,† atmosphere, and hours of operation. Treat Yourself Right, a menu of foods lower in fat that meet the American Heart Associationís nutritional guidelines, is available at every campus dining location.† A staff nutritionist monitors the Treat Yourself Right menu and assists students with dietary needs.

Campus Dining Services offers several convenient and economical meal plans that can be used in any of ECU's campus restaurants.† Each offers a set number of meals† each week throughout the semester and the Advantage Account, a declining balance account.† Freshmen living on campus are required to participate in a meal plan program.

In addition to great food, dining services hosts an array of special events, theme meals, ethnic parties, holiday celebrations, and more throughout the year, allowing students from across campus to get together and enjoy good times and great food.†

More information about campus dining is available at the ECU Dining Services offices, Todd Dining Hall; telephone 252-ECU-FOOD (328-3663) or visit our website at www.ecu.edu/campusliving.

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE

he Student Health Service (SHS) provides individualized and quality health care and health education for currently enrolled ECU students.† The outpatient clinic provides health care through appointments for the studentsí convenience and through an urgent care clinic during operating hours.† Services include, but are not limited to, routine health care (illness, accidents, physicals, wellness, etc.), mental health, physical therapy, sports medicine, health and wellness education, pharmacy, laboratory, x-ray, allergy vaccine clinic, self-care medication clinic, health insurance, and more.†

The Health Promotion and Education section at SHS assists students in examining their current lifestyle behaviors and making informed decisions regarding well being.† The office offers information related to alcohol and other drugs, sexuality, nutrition, and menís and womenís health issues as well as general health and safety issues.† Brochures, pamphlets, books, videos, and CD-ROM resources are available.† The staff consults with the campus community about health and well being issues through individuals and groups.† The staff also provides programs upon request on and off campus.

Requests for administrative or academic changes because of health problems must be approved by the director of the SHS. The telephone numbers for the center are as follows:† main switchboard 252-328-6841; health promotion and education 252-328-6794; pharmacy 252-328-6841.

ADULT AND COMMUTER SERVICES

The Office of Adult and Commuter Student Services (ACSS) provides support services and programs which foster successful college experiences for commuters and students over twenty-four years of age.† The office provides a resource booklet for new adult, commuter, and graduate students, newsletters and information on day care, transportation, and other community resources.† The Pinnacle Nontraditional Student Honorary, an adult student list serve, a peer-helper program, and family activities are also sponsored by ACSS.† Office staff serve as advocates for adults and commuters with the ECU community and strive to find effective avenues of communication with this diverse group of students.† For more information, visit the office in the lower level of Mendenhall Student Center or call 252-328-6881.

DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES

The Department for Disability Support Services adapts the generalized services to the specialized needs of individuals with disabilities.† The department integrates individuals with disabilities into the life of the university and assists them in benefiting from the programs, services, and activities that are enjoyed by all individuals. Services include comprehensive academic support services, counseling, personal care attendant referrals, barrier-free campus development, campus orientation, mobility training, advocacy services, adaptive transportation, and parking assistance.† Additional program information is available in A-117 Brewster and by† telephone at 252-328-6799. Information is also available at http://www.ecu.edu/dss/introdss.htm.

COUNSELING AND ADVISING SERVICES

Academic Advising

To assist students in their academic programs, the university has established in each college, school, and department a system of academic counseling whereby the student is assigned to a faculty member who serves as his or her adviser. The adviser helps to plan the student's academic program, particularly during registration periods; keeps a record of his or her progress; and is available throughout the year for additional counseling.

Advisers will make every attempt to give effective guidance to students in academic matters and to refer students to those qualified to help them in other matters, but the final responsibility for meeting all academic requirements for a selected program rests with the student.† In addition to his or her faculty adviser, the student may obtain help from the chairperson of the major department or the dean of the college or school.

Career Services

Career services provides career-choice orientation programs and services for students. Students are encouraged to utilize an easy-to-use computerized guidance program that helps clarify values, explores occupation options, and develops educational plans.† The office is located at 701 East Fifth Street; telephone 252-328-6050.

Students are encouraged to register if they do not have an immediate use for the services.† Graduating students should register by September 1 before their anticipated graduation.† Alumni are charged a nominal fee.† Reciprocal service is also available to graduates of other institutions.† Extensive information is available at www.ecu.edu/career.

Resume and interview workshops are available weekly and notices are also posted around campus.† Individual appointments may be made for videotaped practice interviews. Specialized workshops, class presentations, or group tours may include programs on other career-related areas.

Assistance is provided to employers seeking qualified university educated candidates to meet human resource needs at www.ecu.edu/career.† Students may sign up for on-campus interviews.

Counseling and Student Development
316 Wright

The purpose of the Center for Counseling and Student Development †is to assist students to make the most of their opportunities for academic and personal development while attending the university.† Personal, academic, educational, alcohol and other drug abuse, and career counseling are provided.† In addition to individual counseling, group sessions are conducted for those students who wish to focus on various problems or personal concerns that arise from the stress of university life and interpersonal relations.† The center's staff provides both classroom and individual programs for students who wish to improve their study skills.† When necessary, tests and inventories are used to help students ascertain their areas of interest and/or to gain insight into their personal adjustment.† A computer program (System of Interactive Guidance and Information) is available as a resource for students who wish to explore and evaluate career options.† All students are entitled to the services provided by the center without charge.

The Center for Counseling and Student Development is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.† Students are encouraged to visit 316 Wright or telephone 252-328-6661.

ORIENTATION AND THE FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE

The Office of Orientation and the First-Year Experience assists students with transition to the university and encourages an interactive program with family and their students to enhance a mutual understanding of life at East Carolina University.† With the assistance of virtually all departments within the university community, the office provides academic and student life information for all new students and family.

The purpose of orientation is to inform students about the academic requirements of the university and to prepare them for the educational process.† During orientation, students may take placement tests in mathematics, foreign languages and chemistry so that they may register for the appropriate levels in these areas.† Orientation provides the opportunity for family and students to become knowledgeable about student life programs offered at East Carolina University.† Participants also become acquainted with faculty, staff, student leaders, and other new students and family.

New students may need additional help with the adjustment to college and the pursuit of academic success during their first year at ECU.† To assist with this transition, the first-year experience program provides activities that will help students succeed in five areas:† academic achievement, health and well-being, leadership, relationships, and life philosophy.

For more information about orientation or the first-year experience, visit the office on the lower level of Mendenhall Student Center, telephone 252-328-4173, or access the web page at www.ecu.edu/orientation.

RESEARCH, ASSESSMENT, AND TESTING

The Office of Research, Assessment, and Testing coordinates the assessment activities of the Division of Student Life and disseminates its findings to the university community.† These research and assessment activities identify student needs and provide information on the personal and educational development of ECU students. In addition, assessments of program effectiveness are used to identify the degree to which student life programs and services assist students in meeting their developmental needs.

The office administers several national testing programs, including the PRAXIS, American College Testing, Allied Health Professions Admission Test, College-Level Examination Program, Law School Admission Test, Medical College Admission Test, Miller Analogies Test, Pharmacy College Admission Test, and Scholastic Assessment Tests.† Local, state, and national licensing and certification examinations are administered by the office.† Upon request, the office will administer individually arranged exams such as correspondence tests for other colleges and employer personnel examinations.† Further information is available at the Office of Research, Assessment, and Testing, D-102 Brewster; telephone 252-328-6811.

UNIVERSITY UNIONS

Mendenhall Student Center is the University Union. The student center, containing almost 120,000 square feet, provides services, programs, and facilities for the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests of the university.

In the student center are facilities and equipment for organized and informal recreation and socializing. Bowling, billiards, table tennis, table games, video games, television, movies, and other activities are available. Lounges, meeting rooms, reading rooms, a newly-expanded student computer lab, offices of the Student Union, Student Leadership Development Programs, Student Government Association, Inter-Fraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, National Panhellenic Council, and Allied Blacks for Leadership and Equality, as well as offices of the student center staff, dining facilities (including a dining hall and snack bar), an art gallery, and an 800-seat theatre are located in the student center.

The student center offers a number of specific services: general information desk (252-328-4700), campus directory file, video information monitors, public telephones, lockers, rides/riders board, general bulletin boards, Central Ticket Office, and university Calendar of Events.

Programming in the student center is carried out under the auspices of the Student Union and the student center. Programs presented by the Student Union include art exhibitions, special events, minority programs, popular entertainment, films, programs in the Pirate Underground, popular lectures, and concerts. The student center presents the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series, and Travel-Adventure Film/Theme Dinner Series.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Realizing that a fulfilling campus experience can assist in the recruitment, retention, and graduation of academically proficient and talented students, the Office of Student Leadership Development Programs supports the academic mission of the university by providing quality leadership education experiences and providing assistance to benefit extra-curricular student organizations.

Student leadership development programs offer a wealth of programs, including workshops, seminars, and speakers on various topics related to leadership.† In addition, the office is home to a leadership library and numerous resources for student leaders and student organizations.† For more information, call 252-328-4796 or visit www.clubhouse.ecu.edu

RECREATIONAL SERVICES

The Department of Recreational Services offers all students, faculty, and staff a broad and diverse program of wellness-oriented activities designed to enhance and promote healthy personal lifestyles.† Activity programs are team, individual, and dual in nature offering competitive and noncompetitive play in intramural sports, drop-in recreation, adventure activities, special events, and club sports.† Lifestyle enhancement programs provide opportunities for participation in a wide variety of aerobic fitness classes, fitness clubs and workshops, and wellness clinics.† An adapted recreation and intramural sport enrichment program (ARISE) provides opportunities in recreational activities for individuals with disabilities.† Recreational equipment checkout and towel service are† offered daily through the customer service desk in the Student Recreation Center.

STUDENT RECREATION CENTER

The 150,000 square foot Student Recreation Center located next to Mendenhall Student Center houses six multi-sports courts, one squash and seven racquetball courts, a twenty-eight foot climbing wall, one-seventh mile track, indoor/outdoor pool with lounging area, healthy snack bar, three exercise studios, cardiovascular and weight-training area, adventure program area, and administrative offices.† Students who have a current ID card are eligible to use the Student Recreation Center. Faculty, staff, ECU alumni, and student spouses are eligible to purchase memberships.† Guest and dependent passes may be purchased.

For general information on any of these programs and services visit the Department of Recreational Services in the main office of the Student Recreation Center or telephone 252-328-6387.† Please call the Hotline, 252-328-6443, or visit the website, http://www.recserv.ecu.edu, for specific information.


Back | Next | Index | Table