The Division of Student Affairs is comprised of 32 units with over 250 employees. Student Affairs actively supports the University's missions of education, research, and service by providing comprehensive programs and services to assist each student in developing intellectually, socially, morally, physically, personally, and culturally. The Division anticipates students' developmental needs throughout their collegiate experience and promotes that development by fostering a community of learning. From Campus Recreation and Wellness to Livitng Learning Communities, Student Affairs offers a broad range of support services, activities, and programs that seek to enhance the learning environment, optimize the student experience, and accommodate the diverse needs of all students. 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.
Gateway East and West Halls are progressing towards an August completion. This especially harsh winter has caused delays in the building’s exterior work being completed as it was often too cold or dangerous for crews to be working on the exterior walls and roof in January and early February. Interior work continued during these times and extra brick laying crews have been added to the project to move it more rapidly towards completion.
Beginning August 2015, fourteen of the seventeen Living Learning Communities at ECU will be housed in these new buildings. In total, 720 students will live between the two new halls. Only Jarvis Leadership LLC; Engineering and Art will not move into the new buildings. Jarvis will remain in Jarvis with Engineering remaining in Umstead. Art, a new LLC in Fall of 2015 will be living in Garrett Hall which is extremely convenient for their students who often have had to move about campus dragging large portfolio’s with them.
When the Gateway complex is completed; this addition to College Hill will provide three class rooms that can be turned into a multipurpose space holding a dinner of up to 180, outdoor basketball and sand volleyball courts and 15 study spaces in each building to support the academic needs of the residents.
On April 27, Student Veteran Services, in conjunction with the Chancellor’s Office, hosted the first Veteran Graduation Reception in the Spilman Gallery. Graduating veterans and their guests were invited to attend and be recognized for their military service and successful completion of their degrees at East Carolina University. Twelve graduating veterans attended, along with several of their guests as well as numerous ECU administrators for the first reception.
Dr. Steve Duncan, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Military Programs, thanked the group for their sense of duty and for being part of the small group in the United States that serves in the military. He was followed by Chancellor Steve Ballard, who commended the students for achieving their degrees and continuing in their path to public service.
Many of the twelve graduates plan to continue military service after graduation. The graduating veterans were then presented certificates by Chancellor Ballard and Dr. Duncan, and will be awarded with the ECU Veteran Graduation Coin. As ECU continues to enhance its services to military students, this event will continue each semester to acknowledge the dedication of students who have served in uniform and successfully reached their academic goals.
Elite Pirates visit with UNC System President Tom Ross
ECU has 38 Greek Life chapters that are broken up into four different councils: Panhellenic, National Panhellenic Council (NPHC), Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Multicultural Greek Council (MGC).
The Office of Greek Life, Student Involvement and Leadership and the Division of Student Affairs have been working with Greek Life and the four councils during the spring semester on improving processes and procedures to strengthen the Greek experience, but also to sure up risk management and safety for members and guests.
In April, the leaders of the four councils have had in-depth discussions with Chancellor Ballard about the future of Greek Life at ECU and the students shared their ideas and concepts about making the entire Greek experience better.
A week later, the presidents of each council were invited to the Board of Trustees University Affairs Committee. Board members had the opportunity to ask questions, in a panel discussion format, to each president on a variety of topics including, how can Greek do a better job of promoting the positive stories on campus, what can be done to improve safety and what can ECU do to better support the Greek community.
More than 20 Greek members and leaders joined the council presidents for the BOT meeting.