September 2016 Edition

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Events from September 16-30

To Girls Everywhere, I Am With You-Sept. 21 at 7pm-Wright  Auditorium

ECU Family Weekend - Sept. 30 - Oct. 2

Pirates After Dark-Gold Nights - Sept. 30 from 9pm-1am

ECU Fall Career Fair - Oct. 5 from 1-4pm - Greenville Convention Center 

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ECU Leadership Summit - Sept. 16

Dance @ Wright - Sept. 16-18

Premier Passport Event - "Oxygen" - Sept. 18

"Being Mortal" - A Film Presentation and Discussion - Sept. 19

SAB Film Series (All Films in Hendrix Theatre)
"Captain America: Civil War" - Sept. 15-17

"Now You See Me 2" - Sept. 16-17

"Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" - Sept. 20, 22-24

"The Legend of Tarzan" - Sept. 21-24

"Independence Day: Resurgence" - Sept. 27-29

"Finding Dory" - Sept. 28 & 30

Robyn Ochs "Beyond Binaries: Identity and Sexuality" - Sept. 19

Mental Health on Campus and How it Affects You - Sept. 20

Fall 2016 Debate - Sept. 20

SAB: Sex Rules with Maria Falzone - Sept. 20

Soph-S'mores Event - Sept. 20 from 2-4pm at Croatan - All Sophomores Welcome to Attend

Market Days - Sept. 21

G.O.L.D. Institute - Org Sync 201 - Sept. 21 and 23

Cultural Cuisine and Chat: Latino - Sept. 21

On the Run with Riley's Army - Sept. 25

Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger - Sept. 26

SAB 7:07 Series: Carnival - Sept. 27 

Pokemon Go to Career Services - Sept. 27

SAB S.P.A.R.K. Series: Maci Bookout from Teen Mom- Sept. 28

Putt Putt, Popcorn and Resumes - Career Services - Sept. 28

Disney College Program Informational Session - Sept. 28

CISCO Day - Career Services - Sept. 28

Using Counseling to Achieve Personal Goals - Sept. 29

Archived Editions

Cupola Conversations

Cupola Conversations
The Division of Student Affairs is launching a new program this fall called Cupola Conversations.  The program aims to create informal opportunities for the university community to be exposed to controversial, and potentially provocative topics. The objective is to promote a shared understanding of the value of diversity and to create and maintain a civil, welcoming campus climate for everyone.  Additionally, this initiative will serve to create an institutional culture that welcomes and nourishes difficult conversations throughout university life.

Dr. Erik Kneubeuhl (Student Involvement and Leadership) and Dr. Lynn Roeder (Dean of Students) are spearheading these conversations, which will take place once a month during the fall.  Cupola Conversations will be delivered in two different formats:  a standard town hall environment in an auditorium or broadcast via Facebook Live.  Each Cupola Conversation will tackle an issue or topic that may exist on campus, but could also be taking place locally, statewide or across the country.

The first Cupola Conversation is scheduled for Thursday, September 22nd from 6-8pm in the Science and Technology Building, Room 307.  This session is called “2016 Summer of Violence: Community Impact.”

Each Cupola Conversation will feature a student, staff, faculty and administrator or community member to discuss the topic and share their thoughts.  Those in attendance will have the chance to share emotions, opinions and feelings about the topic and engage with the panelists and those in the audience through civil dialogue. 

Below are the scheduled Cupola Conversations and topics for the rest of the fall semester:

  • October 20th – “Civil Discourse:  Engaging Constructive Dialogue” - Broadcast via Facebook Live starting at 5pm

  • November 9th – “Election 2016: Life After” – Science and Technology Building, Room 307 starting at 6pm

To Girls Everywhere

Upcoming Big Events/Programs

  • Pirates After Dark - Student Involvement and Leadership hosted the first Pirates After Dark event Friday night before the NC State game.  More than 750 students attended the event that ran from 9pm-1am in Mendenhall.  Pirates After Dark is a non-alcoholic entertainment alternative for ECU students and will be held on Friday night of home ECU football weekends.

  • "To Girls Everywhere, I Am With You" will be held on September 21st at 7pm in Wright Auditorium.  Faculty, staff and students will perform a reading of the Stanford Victim's Letter to Her Attacker, which will be followed by a Panel Discussion.

  • ECU Family Weekend is Sept. 30 - Oct. 2nd and includes events such as Chancellor Staton's State of the University Address, Parents Reception, Football Game Tailgate and a Student Memorial Service for the students that passed away in 2015-16.  For the full schedule visit

  • Career Services hosts the Fall 2016 Career Fair at the Greenville Convention Center on Oct. 5th from 1:00pm-4:00pm

  • Ledonia Wright Cultural Centerwill have it's 40th Anniversary Celebration event on Oct. 6th featuring social activist and author Angela Davis.  The event is from 7-9pm in Wright Auditorium.

  • The LGBT Resource Office and the School of Art and Design are collaborating to celebrate LGBT History Month in October.  For the entire month, a photo exhibit will be on display at the Mendenhall Student Center Gallery called "Celebrating the Spectrum of Sexual and Gender Diversity."

Dear M

Campus Living introduces Dear "M"
In the spring, Campus Living introduced Pirate Nation to “M”.  “M” is an ECU student sharing her experiences as a returning student with ECU first year students living in the residence halls.  She delivers her messages through a blog called Dear “M” where she will discuss many of the issues facing students at ECU and living on campus.

So far Dear “M” has written blog posts about her transition to college, how to be a good roommate, food options at ECU, and Move-in.  She started this semester talking about academics. 

Below is an excerpt from her most recent post:

You should start the year off with good habits, but you have to understand that the first week or so of classes won’t be a true picture of your coursework. Some of your classes may work on introductions the first week, and others may jump right in. Regardless, you can still start off the semester doing simple things like remembering to write due dates down when your instructor mentions them, or keeping things organized in your backpack and room. I was never huge on writing down to-do lists and dates before college but doing that consistently reduced my stress level immensely. Not big on planners? Keep sticky notes by your bed, or use helpful apps like google calendar to find out what works for you.

I did not do as well my freshman year as I wanted; partially because I was so unhappy in my major.  I didn’t explore other options that I knew might fit me better, and I didn’t want to be that person that doesn’t stick to things. I waited too long before doing anything about changing my major that it built up to the point where I didn’t even want to go to my classes because everything felt irrelevant. After I recently attended my first class directly involving my major, I finally felt like I had found my place in the classroom. Don’t limit yourself-you have plenty of time. College is the preface for the rest of your working life, and you’ll want to take it seriously and do what you feel is right. Fun fact though, about 80% of college student’s change their majors 1-3 times before they graduate! So do not worry if you become a part of this majority.  This brings me to my next point…

Take your classes seriously, even if they aren’t the most exciting. Classes I didn’t take as seriously last year now apply heavily in my new major, and I am faced with the regret of not giving them my all. If your instructor/professor says “I don’t take attendance” do NOT take that as an excuse to never come to class. They DO grade your papers and tests, which DO affect your grade! You’ll get out of your classes what you put in. If you show up in a class where many students don’t, your professor will be more likely to remember you and therefore more likely to give you help when you need it. Always remember that what happens in the classroom shows up on your tests and quizzes. Attendance matters!


ECU / LCC Passport Partnership
East Carolina University and Lenoir Community College have partnered to operate a satellite passport office in Greenville, providing a more convenient location for ECU students and employees to apply for a passport.

“LCC contacted me to discuss this partnership,” said Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor for student affairs. “They were interested in providing this service because they have been seeing some of our students and others from Greenville (in their Kinston passport office).”

Between 600 and 650 students and accompanying faculty travel abroad each year, said Dr. Ravi Paul, interim executive director of global affairs. Some faculty and staff members also travel abroad for conferences and seminars.

U.S. citizens applying for a passport for the first time must do so in person.
“This should help our students and employees to be able to get their passports with shorter wait times and be more convenient than going to Kinston or the post office,” Hardy said.

The satellite passport office in Greenville will be located in ECU’s International House at 306 E. Ninth St. LCC will staff and operate the office one day each month this fall and twice a month in the spring. The hours will likely be expanded to meet increased demand in preparation for spring break, which is when LCC has seen the most demand from ECU students, Hardy said.

The dates for Fall 2016 are Sept. 14, Oct. 19 and Nov. 9, and the office will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The process and documentation for applying for a passport remain the same and can be found at the U.S. Department of State website at Required documents include a certified birth certificate; a printed passport photo, minimum 2 inches square; and photo identification (driver’s license, military or state ID). Passport photos can be taken at the satellite passport office.

Routine processing takes four to six weeks and costs $110, while expedited processing takes three weeks and costs $170; there is a processing fee of $25.

Remember Orlando

Remembering Orlando
The attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016 was the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history.  The gunman ended the lives of 49 victims and injured 53 others.  This horrific act of violence devastated the LGBT and Latino/a communities, shattering the sense of safety in one of the sanctuaries of LGBT life—our nightclubs.  The tragedy impacted communities across the United States and eastern North Carolina.  ECU Alum Shane Tomlinson ‘03 perished in the attack.

There is strength in coming together and we welcome everyone—students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members—to share in reflection and remembrance.  Hosted by Dr. Christine Jehu, The Center for Counseling and Student Development, and Mark Rasdorf, the LGBT Resource Office.

Held September 12th at the Mendenhall Student Center, the event was attended by 39 students and staff and featured a video honoring the 49 people who died in the attack. Students were invited to share their response to the event verbally and through the written word.  Counseling Center staff were present throughout the evening to support students in processing the impact of the event in their lives.

LGBT Welcome

LGBT Resource Office Fall Welcome and Social

Submitted by Mark Rasdorf, LGBT Resource Office
The annual Fall Welcome and Social for the LGBT Resource Office was held on September 8 in the Green Room at the Croatan.  A record-breaking crowd of more than 90 students heard opening remarks by Dr. Virginia Hardy, Dr. Erik Kneubuehl (Student Involvement and Leadership), and Wanda Tyler (intercultural Affairs). Faculty members from Sociology, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Biology shared messages of support on behalf of their departments.  Several speakers emphasized the value of diversity and inclusion at ECU and recognized the fact that sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression are included in the University’s diversity statement.  Dr. Christine Jehu and Matt Benic, of the Center for Counseling and Student Development, explained the support groups at the Counseling Center which specifically serve LGBT students.

The LGBT Resource Office joined by Katie Reynolds and Madison Veasey, graduate assistants for the Resource Office, presented the Fall schedule for the office and the volunteer opportunities available to students.


Student Vets Orientation
Submitted by Nicole Jablonski - SVS
Student Veteran Services held its first 3 day veteran specific orientation.  The cohort of 15 students spent the 3 days forming friendships and getting acquainted with ECU’s services and staff. Many student veterans can feel isolated on campus due to the difference in life experiences when compared to a traditional college student,  so many of the orientation activities were set up students could engage with each other in order to allow opportunities to create a support network.  The first day of the orientation was dedicated to a workshop featuring Silouan Green’s Ladder UPP workshop, which led the students through exploring their academic goals and learning about tools to manage roadblocks that they may encounter along the way.

The next two days were spent out and about ECU’s campus, engaging in hands on activities to learn about the many resources and support services that our campus has to offer its students.  Students went on a library scavenger hunt, sat through a mock lecture on zombies in film with Dr. Anna Froula, and enjoyed a meal at the dining hall.  In addition, several current student veterans were on hand throughout the orientation, including the Pirate Veteran Organization President and Secretary, Oliver Anderson and Rachel Brokaw, as well as the PAVE team leader Ashley Bonner.  The current students spent time in between sessions speaking with incoming students about their experiences on campus and the importance of getting involved.


Collegiate Recovery Community

Submitted by Jarmichael Harris - CRC
Did you know that East Carolina University is one of only six schools in the UNC System to operate a Collegiate Recovery Community (ECU CRC)? ECU receives grant funds through the Governor’s initiative to support students in recovery from alcohol and other drugs. While each program across the state is unique in its own ways, ECU CRC focuses on academic success, social interaction, and personal/professional development.

The primary target audience for ECU CRC is certainly students in recovery and those who want to be in recovery.  However, we also recognize the many benefits of having student and faculty/staff allies and volunteers. In fact, through the past years, 50% of our CRC participants did not identify as being in recovery. They were allies interested in supporting our students in recovery. This speaks to the culture of our CRC and our students who are in search of bettering themselves and serving through community service opportunities.

If you would like more information about CRC, wish to refer a student seeking recovery or would like to become an ally or volunteer, please contact Jarmichael Harris, CRC Coordinator at or stop by 137 Umstead Hall.

To learn more about ECU CRC please visit:
Twitter & Instagram: @ecu_crc

Here are some examples of the programs and services ECU CRC offers to our students:

  • Regular check-in and goal setting discussions

  • Weekly seminars

  • Three-hour study hall sessions offered twice a week

  • Designated conference room and study space

  • Regular and frequent access to staff from the Campus Recreation &Wellness Center and CRC Coordinator

  • Assigned times each week to meet with campus counselors

  • Access to recreational and wellness space.


8 Dimensions of Wellness Tip of the Month
Physical Wellness: Maintenance of a healthy body through good nutrition, regular exercise, and avoidance of harmful habits.

  1. Eat three balanced meals and two healthy snack per day.

  2. Sleep at least 8 hours per day.

  3. Get a flu shot every year.

  4. Engage in physical activity (walking, swimming, running, weight lifting, rowing, paddling) 30-60 minutes per day.

Willie Ehling

News from the Rec

Submitted by Willie Ehling - CRW Director

My Pirate birthday was July 11, 2016. In these few short weeks I am excited about what CRW and the students have supported both in facilities, outdoor venues and fields. We have experienced an energetic and eager student body here at ECU. Pirate Palooza, Get a Clue and most recently CRW’s Beach Fest were all well attended and CRW had staff there that were energized by meeting and engaging with students.

As I look forward this semester I want you to know and recognize that our students are leading us. The over 300 student employees and seven graduate assistants are led by the CRW Student Leadership Council and this year’s President and vice –president are Megan Kasprzak and Paige Johnson.  The highly active Club Sports Council is led by members Mira Reece, Sara Barnes, Clay Olson, Brian Panosian, Amanda hall, Rachel Hayes and Brian Elgart. I am struck by their level of knowledge, engagement and purpose.

The good news continues as Graduate assistant Chelsea Fasick just accepted a position at a local elementary school and current GA Amanda Grove just accepted a position after her fall graduation. Eric Horth (a former GA and temporary staff member) is at Appalachian State after accepting a position earlier this summer. This is just some of the good news and people who are experiencing success. I and We at CRW are excited about working with the campus community.


New Youth Programs and Camps Office
On April 11, 2016 the Chancellor’s Executive Council approved an Interim Regulation on Youth Programs and Camps, which supports a high-quality, safe environment for youth who participate in programs affiliated with the University. The regulation emphasizes a proactive approach to protecting youth and the employees, faculty, staff, and volunteers of the University.

This regulation applies to all programs and camps associated with East Carolina University that serve one or more youth participants, whether operated on or off campus, where one or more of the youth participants are left in the care or supervision of East Carolina University employees or volunteers. The regulation applies year round and is not limited to covered programs that are operating during the summer months. The Chancellor has delegated to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs joint responsibility for oversight of youth programs and camps covered by this regulation through the creation of the new Youth Programs and Camps Office (YPCO).  This new office, which will report to Dr. Bernard Schulz, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, centralizes the approval process for all youth-serving programs and camps covered by this regulation, and will assist those programs and camps in complying with this regulation. 

In order to give covered programs and camps sufficient time to familiarize themselves with this regulation, the Interim Regulation on Youth Programs and Camps will serve as a guideline from the date of its adoption until December 31, 2016.  On and after January 1, 2017, this regulation shall be mandatory, with all existing and new programs/camps required to be approved by the YPCO prior to departments, schools, or colleges commencing promotion and registration of programs/camps.

We look forward to the work the YPCO will be doing to support Youth Programs and Camps.  A new website for Youth Programs and Camps has been launched at and, in the course of the next few months, training sessions for program/camp administrators will be offered, new tools will be developed to support registration and payment for programs and camps, and a new Coordinator of Youth Programs and Camps will be hired.  In the meantime, should you have specific questions regarding the interim regulation or operation of Youth Programs and Camps, feel free to contact Dr. Schulz at or at 252-328-2092.


Office of Intercultural Affairs recognized in Diversity Award Article

Story by ECU News Services
One of East Carolina University’s seven guiding principles is to “keep our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness” and for the fifth consecutive year ECU has been recognized for that commitment by receiving the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award.
The HEED award is sponsored by Insight into Diversity magazine and recognizes colleges and universities in the U.S. that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The 2016 award winners were selected for initiatives that focus on all aspects of diversity including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.

Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus," said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT into Diversity magazine.

“At ECU we recognize that our students will live and work in a global economy where diversity is not only an asset, but an essential value. We are committed to being an inclusive community where we value our differences and our ability to learn from one another. Different voices, opinions, backgrounds, and perspectives blend to make us stronger and wiser. I am proud our campus is being recognized for its commitment to making everyone feel welcome,” said ECU Chancellor, Dr. Cecil Staton.

ECU is dedicated to being a community that is reflective of a globally diverse workplace for students and employees. Several groups and programs specifically address diversity and inclusion at ECU, including the Chancellor's Diversity Leadership Cabinet, the LGBT Resource Office for Students, the Organization of African American Staff and Faculty, the Safe Zone program and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center.

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