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Nominations Sought for ECU’s Inaugural ‘Servire Society’

By Erica Plouffe Lazure

The motto and mission of East Carolina University now has its own honor society.

The inaugural “Servire Society” is seeking applications from faculty, staff and students who have volunteered 100 or more hours of community service.

“The ECU community has been involved with ‘service’ since East Carolina was founded,” said ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard, who announced the society during this spring’s Centennial leadership forum on service.

“Therefore, beginning in this centennial year, it is especially important to recognize those who have demonstrated a commitment to volunteering their time and talents.”

Applications for membership are due Feb. 1, for service performed Jan.1, 2007 through Dec. 31, 2007 and the first recognition ceremony will be held in March 2008 as part of ECU’s Founders Week activities. Honorees will receive a certificate and a medal recognizing their commitment to service. Qualifying service for faculty members and staff should be external to ECU and outside their normal realm of work activity, according to the guidelines.

Examples of eligible outreach and community service activities include:

• Direct service to the community (tutoring, mentoring, assisting non-profit organizations).

• Inspiring, encouraging, and involving others in service through mentorship and through the creation of opportunities for service.

• Responding to a need of the community external to the university (disaster relief, critical health issues).

More information is available online at

This page originally appeared in the Dec. 7, 2007 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at