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The Installation of ECU’s 11th Chancellor, Dr.
Cecil Staton, is in the rear-view mirror and for many across campus it’s a time
for a short breather before we push on to the end of the semester.
There were five days’ worth of events, programs and
activities to #CelebrateCecil, and Student Affairs educators were in the middle
of just about every one of them. You
will see more details about some of the events below, but I wanted to share my
appreciation to the dozens and dozens of people in Student Affairs that stepped
up, and in many cases took the lead, to ensure success was attained.
Student Affairs organized events, arranged service
opportunities on and off campus, and received major university awards for our
commitment and excellence.
I am, once again, so very proud to be the leader of this
division and thank you all for your commitment to Student Affairs and East
Article by Jamie Smith with ECU News Services
East Carolina University welcomed guests for a sneak peek of the new Health Sciences Student Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 23. It is the first stand-alone student center on a medical campus in North Carolina and one of the few in the United States.
Chancellor Cecil Staton joined Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Virginia Hardy to mark the long-anticipated addition to ECU’s growing health sciences campus. Hardy referred to the student center as the new jewel in ECU’s pirate chest.
“This facility is where students and faculty get together outside of the classroom to do collaborative work,” said Hardy. “Our student centers are the first buildings prospective students visit and they make a lasting impression.”
The $34 million, three-story facility will have a 20,000-square-foot recreation center and 2,000-square-foot event room. Additionally, a convenience store, three dining facilities and satellite offices for services such as parking and student health will be located inside.
For the complete story click here.
Click here to view the ECU Health Sciences Campus video.
ECU students helped #CelebrateCecil at Pirates Rock the Mall on March 21 during day 2 of the Chancellor’s Installation week.
Approximately 2,500 students attended the event where food trucks provided by Sam Jones BBQ, Starbucks, Veg 2 Bowl and Villa Verde offered a variety of food options for the students to eat in addition to the great ice cream novelty options provided by Aramark.
Live entertainment featuring The Gospel Choir, ECU students Katie Church and Jordan McKeithnan, the ECU Jazz Band, ECU Pep Band, Cheer and PeeDee and artist Caroline Dare performed along with music by WZMB. Selfie stations with the chancellor and athletic department, yard games, a trivia wheel and a t-shirt featuring a bitmoji of the Chancellor completed the event.
In addition, several groups came together to help make the event a success including the LGBT Resource office and their students who crafted 2 amazing balloon arches consisting of 200 balloons each. Other offices donated prizes for the event including Dowdy Student Store, ECU Dining, the Student Activities Board and the Student Pirate Club.
Eight lucky students and a guest of their choice will dine with the Chancellor and his wife at their residence on April 6.
Click here to view a video recap of the event.
East Carolina University honored faculty, staff and students
for living the university’s motto – Servire, to serve – during an event March
22 as part of Chancellor Cecil Staton’s installation week.
than 100 members of the university community were honored at Harvey Hall;
afterwards many of the group walked over to Clark-LeClair Baseball Stadium to
see the Pirates take on the UNC-Chapel Hill Tar Heels.
honorees tonight represent the very best of our university. They are talented
and engaged and committed to transforming our community, North Carolina and the
world,” said Staton in his welcome to honorees and guests. “Service is among
the hallmark characteristics of this university, and one that sets us apart.”
recognized from Student Affairs included:
2017 Servire Society
Inductees – 100+ hours of community service in 2016
Inclusion Awards - The awards will complement the development of a
university community that is culturally diverse and reflective of inclusive
Centennial Award for
James R. Talton
Leadership Award – Servant Leadership
As part of
Chancellor's Installation Week, #PirateNationGives Back
—the first standalone day of service and philanthropy at ECU—was an opportunity for every
Pirate and Pirate-at-heart to support East Carolina
University and/or their community
by giving of time, talent, and treasure.
The Center of Leadership and Civic Engagement set up several service
opportunities on campus and in the Greenville community. The American Red Cross received 45 donations
of blood, which equates to saving 135 lives.
Many others, including Chancellor Staton, Provost Mitchelson and several
Student Affairs staff served at the NC Food Bank and other community service
During the day,
Student Affairs and other divisions shared stories on social media showcasing
our staff and students and how they continue to serve others. SA featured work on the Alternative Break
Experiences in Atlanta, Roanoke, VA, Greenville and Carteret County, NC as well
as some individual stories of service.
Click here to see many of the videos, stories and social media posts related to #PirateNationGives Back. Or click here to read an ECU news story about PNG.
CRW Role in Releaf
and Wellness partnered with ReLeaf Inc, ECU Grounds, and Greenville Recreation
and Parks to plant 25 trees as part of the Community Tree Planting day on
Saturday, March 18. 100 volunteers met at the Blount Recreational Sports
Complex to show their support for ReLeaf’s great initiative to plant trees in
urban and suburban cities and towns. Volunteers formed teams to plant
trees along the newly constructed phase of Greenville Recreation and Park’s
Greenway Phase 2.
DSM Partnership with
CRW Team Training Program
DSM’s 360 employees completed
Team Training activities with Campus Recreation and Wellness student and
professional facilitators over four days, March 20, 21, 27, and 28, at the Rock
Springs facility. The company, headquartered in Heerlen, Netherlands,
produces Dyneema fibers in its’ Greenville, NC location, employing over 360
North Carolinians. The Dyneema fibers go into numerous materials
including bullet proof vests, tennis shoes, and adventure equipment. This
unique partnership allows the University to establish a lasting relationship
with one of Greenville’s largest employers.
On March 25th, the
campus and Eastern North Carolina community members came together to take part
in two events to support student veterans at ECU. The two events, Storm
the Stadium and Salute the Service, were held to raise funds to support
programming and scholarships for student veterans.
have different life experiences than a traditional student and tend to be older
and with families. These students can sometimes struggle with
transitioning to a University from military life, so ECU Student Veteran
Services has set up programming to best meet their unique needs while teaching
them how to leverage their military skillset and excel in the classroom.
SVS has a student veteran specific orientation, a student veteran specific COAD
100, and is a member of the national PAVE (Peer Advisors for Veteran Education)
peer mentoring program. Student veterans also have access to a lounge,
the Pirate Veterans Organization, SALUTE national honor society, and a Vet
Success Counselor on Campus.
Storm the Stadium is
a stadium stair climbing challenge where participants climb all 3,200 stairs at
Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. This year, in addition to the regular stair
climbing portion of the event, an “ultimate” challenge was added.
Ultimate participants climbed the stairs and completed 4 stations consisting of
kettlebell swings, bear crawls, squats and burpees. Approximately 170
people participated in the event.
Salute the Service
is a dinner to celebrate the academic accomplishments of our student
veterans. The first ever Student Veteran Services scholarships were
awarded and new members of the SALUTE national honor society were honored.
Brig. Gen (ret) James R. Gorham, the first African-American general in the
North Carolina National Guard, spoke at the event, which had 70
Click here to view the Scene Around (Daily Reflector) photo gallery.
4th annual Student
The Office of
Student Transitions at ECU welcomed over 200 staff and faculty for the 4th
annual Student Success Conference on February 3. The theme of the conference was “Got GRIT: Impact
on Student Success.” GRIT is related to
the growth, resiliency, integrity and tenacity of student and their success in
The purpose of the
conference is to promote a sense of community among faculty and staff that
leads to student success strategies for students. The conference endeavors to help attendees
become better informed about the learning environment for students, to broaden
the campus conversation about data, strategies and information related to
resiliency and student success, and to learn about advancement, involvement,
barriers and performance of students.
author of “GRIT: The Power of Passion
and Perseverance”, writes that what really drives success is not “genius” but a
unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance. Over 40 ECU faculty and staff presented
theories and data to highlight the development of, promotion of and
psychological significance of grit. The
conference also included panel presentations on student development and how to
retain students in a competitive environment.
The guest speaker
was Dr. Joy Gayles Gaston, Associate professor of Higher Education at NC State
University. A large part of her research
agenda focuses on the college student experience and how those experiences
impact desired outcomes of undergraduate education. Attendees shared that Dr. Gayles’
presentation was a “great connection of research, tangible practices, and
quotes for practical and applicable use” and, they will “encourage students
about their growth mindset”.
2nd Annual Male
Student Success Summit
Strayhorn, Director of the Center for Higher Education Excellence at The Ohio
State University was the keynote speaker for the 2nd annual Male Student
Success Summit at ECU on January 28.
Under the theme of “Your Time to Soar”, Dr. Strayhorn used an engaging
style to share strategies that students can use to be successful in the
classroom, as well as in their personal lives. He focused on theories related to
intersectionality, hegemony, masculinity, patriarchy, dominance, privilege and
all things “trans” which impact the lives of males everywhere.
As young men evolve
into society, Dr. Strayhorn encouraged the students to “not give in to the
pressure to be someone else”. He added,
“step into your true self, and to speak your truth”.
Over 60 students
attended the summit, along with several ECU faculty and staff. Workshops such as “Rewriting What it Means to
be a Man: Creating Success for Males at
ECU” and “Why Male Student Success Matters” were among the 15 sessions
presented by faculty and staff.
Reflections from the
Summit were overwhelmingly positive. In
response to the question, “as a result of participating in this session, the
one idea I will apply is”, students wrote “understanding identity politics and
how each group views things; I learned a little about myself; don’t be scared
to go outside of your comfort zone; being more authentic, and to write my own
definition of being a man.”
John Mountz will be
joining East Carolina University as the Director of Greek Life in mid-April.
John is a career student affairs educator, facilitator, and leadership trainer
with over 20 years of experience working with college students. He has served in
Greek life roles with the University of Michigan and North Carolina State
University, including 12 years as their Director of Greek Life overseeing a
community of over 50 organizations, 4 councils, 2500 students, and a $120
million Greek Village project.
In 2013, he launched
his own consulting firm working with clients such as Clemson, Temple,
University of Michigan, and Greek-letter organizations in the areas of
strategic planning, leadership training, board development, and Greek housing.
John has served the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors in several
volunteer roles, including 8 years on the AFA Foundation Board of Directors
with 3 years spent as the Board Vice-Chair. John is also a Co-Lead
Facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute, having facilitated 25 sessions
across the country since 1999, including East Carolina University’s session in
John has a
bachelor’s degree in history from Penn State University and a master’s degree
in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Florida. He is
a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and has been an active volunteer since
his undergraduate years. He currently serves as the Dean of the Presidents
Academy, one of five key educational efforts sponsored by Phi Kappa Tau.
I special thanks
goes out to Dorothea Mack, interim director, as well as Jess Turuc for taking
on extra duties to keep the department running smoothly.
has been selected as the new Director of Student Activities & Organizations
at East Carolina University. Justin has over 12 years of student activities
experience and for the last 3 years has served as the Associate Director for
Student Organizations in the department. Prior to that, Justin served as the
Assistant Director for Student Activities & Assessment in the department
and the Assistant/Associate Director for Campus Activities at Mount St. Mary’s
University in Maryland, overseeing programming, student government, and student
Over the last 3
years Justin has helped to lead the student organization’s area in the
development of the Student Organization Center and the implementation and
development of East Carolina’s OrgSync platform for student focused events,
trainings, and organizations. Since 2014 the student organizations area has
seen a 110% increase in registered student organizations with now over 450
groups. His leadership has been a big part of the departments success and
Justin has a
bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in Business Administration
both from Mount St. Mary’s University. Justin is an active member and volunteer
of the Association of College Unions – International (ACUI) as well as the
National Association of Campus Activities (NACA). Justin is currently pursuing
his doctorate in Educational Leadership in Higher Ed. at East Carolina