D-ECU News             
News and Information for ECU Distance Education Students 
                                                                                                                                              January 2009

 In This Issue 
January 2009

 1.  Welcome
 2.  Student Feature

 3.  DE Student Cards
 4.  DE Day
.  Helpful Information
 6.  Free Software        
 7.  Joyner Library
 8.  DE Forum             

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

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



 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.  Make sure to also visit the section about our third annual DE Day.   


DE Student Feature

Previous editions of D-ECU News have featured distance education students from many of the colleges and schools across the ECU campus.  We invite you to submit your DE Story to appear in a future edition of D-ECU News.  If you would like to share your story, please submit a description of your distance education experience to Carol McLawhorn at mclawhornc@ecu.edu.  Your description should include your program of study, career description or aspirations, any tips you have for fellow students, and how distance education has helped you achieve your education goals.  We look forward to receiving your stories and sharing them with the distance education community!

Distance Education Student Cards 

Distance Education Student Cards for Spring 2009 will be mailed by request only.  If you would like to receive a card, please send your request to wilsonki@ecu.edu and please put in the subject line DE Student Card Request.  Please also make sure to include your mailing address.  With the volume of cards that are requested, it takes a lot of time to look up the mailing address. If you have already requested a DE card you will not have to make a second request, those requests are being processed.

The card now includes your ECU ID number (Banner ID), along with a place for your signature.  The card will be included in letter form, and you can just detach it from the bottom of the letter.  You should receive your card approximately one week after requested.  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 does 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 you have any questions relating to the cards, please contact Kim Wilson at wilsonki@ecu.edu.



Our Third Annual DE Day


Attention DE Students!  Please come join us for our THIRD ANNUAL DE DAY , honoring pirates from a distance.  This special day will be held during one of our ECU Spring baseball games, when we will play the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, Saturday, April 25th at 3:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars.  More details will be coming in a separate email within the next few weeks regarding discounted tickets, registering for free prizes, and more.    

Go Pirates!!


Helpful Information

For tutorials about Email, Internet Classes (Blackboard), or contacting your professor please visit : www.options.ecu.edu/tutorials.cfm.

Important Dates:

         February 20, 2009 -  Last day for undergraduate students to drop/withdraw from classes without grades

         March 23, 2009 -  Registration for Summer session and Fall semester begins

         April 16, 2009  -  Last day for graduate students to drop courses without grades


Textbooks can be purchased online through the Dowdy Student Stores 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.


Free Software for Students

The Virtual Computing Lab saves students time and money.

On-campus and distance education students can now access software they need for their courses without having to purchase it themselves or worry that a program wont run properly on their personal computer or even come on campus to use a computer lab. Students can log into the Virtual Computing Lab from home or their residence hall and choose software from an image designed for their course(s) by their professor.

For more information or to login to the Virtual Computing Lab, go to http://www.ecu.edu/vcl/ or email Susan Thornton at thorntons@ecu.edu.

Joyner LibraryNew 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.




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