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Wounded Warriors Project Odyssey Retreat
Pronouns and Safe Zone Trainings
ECU Student Voice
NPC College Panhellenic Ward
CLCE welcomes NC Afterschool Corps
Student Affairs Departments Earn Re-Accreditation
Career Services Virtual Workshop Series
Student Affairs Making Headlines
SIL Visits Pentagon
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Chancellor's Student Leadership Academy
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ECU's Campus Recreation and Wellness partnered
with the Wounded Warrior Project to host a Project Odyssey Retreat on June 27-28.
Project Odyssey was designed to assist wounded warriors
overcome combat stress through outdoor, rehabilitative retreats that encourage
connection with nature, peers, trained counselors and Project Odyssey
staff. The June visit to ECU was focused
on military couples to help them learn to rebuild trust in their relationships
affected by combat stresses and experiences.
Campus Recreation and Wellness’ Adventure Team Leadership
program provided a low ropes course at the ECU Blount Complex and a canoe trip
along the Tar River.
There were 14 couples that attended the Project Odyssey
retreat. Participants came from North
Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida and Georgia. The retreat was offered
free to attendees through the Wounded Warrior Project.
“East Carolina University, Student Affairs and Campus
Recreation and Wellness are invested in providing a stronger connection for our
military families,” said Dr. Greg Corack, associate director for leadership and
programs. “These men and women have
spent their lives committed to service to our nation and this is a wonderful
opportunity for us to better serve them.”
This is the first time ECU has hosted a Wounded Warrior
Project Odyssey Retreat. However, there are additional programs tentatively planned for next year.
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is an important part of any beginning level English curriculum and is important
during the early stages of learning basic sentence construction.
Pronouns, such as
“I,” “they,” “she,” “he,” “we,” “hers” and many others, are often used as a way
to identify or refer to someone.
That being said,
pronouns are still an important topic for discussion on college campuses. Gender neutral or gender inclusive pronouns
are unspecific to one gender. The use of
these pronouns make spaces more inclusive of transgender, gender nonconforming,
and gender non-binary people.
One growing trend
on campuses and at conferences is people are sharing their pronouns in their
signatures, on name tags, and in introductions.
Including pronouns not only respects people’s gender identity, but it
also creates a more welcoming space for people of all genders.
The LGBT Resource
Office worked with Student Affairs Marketing to create pronoun buttons and the
response has been very positive by various colleges and departments on campus,
including the EC Scholars program.
“Faculty and staff
who are aware of them are very enthusiastic”, said Mark Rasdorf, associate
director for the LGBT Resource Office. “In
addition, a June 2017 post on the LGBT Resource Office Facebook page, about the
new buttons arriving on campus, has reached over 1,600 people which is beyond
anything I could have expected.”
The mission of the
LGBT Resource Office is to provide support and a sense of community for students,
faculty, staff, and alumni of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and
gender expressions. The office fosters student leadership, as well as personal,
academic, and professional growth, through volunteer opportunities and
collaborative partnerships across campus. It also offers a safe and welcoming
environment that promotes understanding, acceptance, and visibility of the LGBT
community through a comprehensive range of educational programming and advocacy
One of the programs
offered by the LGBT Resource Office is the Safe Zone program. This program has become a symbol of ECU’s
commitment to diversity and inclusion. The purpose of Safe Zone training is to create a network of
allies who are willing to talk to students about sexual orientation, gender
identity, and gender expression. More than 90 faculty and staff participated in six Safe Zone trainings on
both campuses over the summer.
The current list of
active Safe Zone members is over 400 and, of that, approximately 350 people
have agreed to have their names listed as members of the Safe Zone team on the
LGBT Resource Office website. The visibility of the Safe Zone program is
an important reminder to our students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and
visitors to campus that we are committed to a safe, inclusive, and welcoming
environment for all people.
Learning proper use
of pronouns and Safe Zone training are just two of the ways to connect with the
LGBT community and enhance the experience of ECU students.
The purpose of the
student assessment campaign, ECU Student Voice, is to:
Please see the
attached PDF for an example of the ECU Student Voice image marketed to ECU
students. The current image will serve as a template so that the
information on the image can be interchanged on a bi-monthly basis.
For ECU Student
Voice, we need your department’s submissions. You can submit your
information through a simple and quick form which can be found by going to the online form. The next submission deadline is
September 1, 2017 and after this date, information can be submitted on a
rolling basis. The roll-out months for
the campaign are September, November, February and April.
guidelines are as follows: 1) change occurred within the previous
academic year, 2) change will occur or has already been made this academic
year, and 3) a valid assessment process was utilized. As a tip, you may
submit information gathered from your 16-17 outcomes and annual plans.
If you have any
questions related to ECU Student Voice, please contact Melissa Allay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-737-5212.
We look forward to
sharing your assessment related initiatives with ECU students!
Panhellenic Conference (NPC) recognized ECU’s Panhellenic Council as a
recipient of the College Panhellenic Excellence Award on July 28, 2017.
ECU is one of
only 20 college campuses, and the only recipient in North Carolina, to receive
this award from NPC, one of the largest advocacy organizations for women.
Council is the largest women’s organization on ECU’s campus. It is the governing body of the National
Panhellenic Conference sororities at ECU and one woman from each organization
is elected to serve on the Panhellenic Executive Council. They provide events and programming to help
promote unity amongst its members and promote excellence in academics,
community and campus involvement.
Click the following links for additional stories:NPC press releaseECU blog post
The Center for
Leadership and Civic Engagement is excited to welcome our North Carolina Campus
Compact NC Afterschool Corps member, Jessica Nickel, to Pirate Nation!
Jessica was born
and raised in Muncie, Indiana and received her Bachelor of Science and a Master
of Arts in Sociology from Ball State University. Jessica is excited to use her
educational background and passion for service to find new ways to help support
the youth in eastern North Carolina.
Over the past
three years, our NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTAs have developed the
capacity for the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement to better serve our
youth partners and support youth education programs. This includes the
development of a student-led program, Pirate P.A.L.S (Peers Advocating for
Learning and Success) and partnership with South Greenville Elementary School,
Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center (IGCC), Building Hope,
Third Street Educational Center, and the Police Athletic League. The program
supports volunteer recruitment for ECU students to serve as tutors, mentors,
and reading buddies.
provide support to the CLCE youth signature program, Pirate P.A.L.S and
youth-focused community partners, specifically the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain. She will be trained in the Design for Change
program, which will provide a framework for our volunteers and current partners
to better empower and support youth to implement design thinking, social
activism, and 21st century skills into their current curriculum.
If you are
interested in learning more about our NC Campus Compact and the NC Afterschool
Corps please contact Jessica Nickel at NICKELJ17@ECU.EDU or Nichelle Shuck at email@example.com.
Additional Links:North Carolina Campus Compact
NC Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP)
The ECU Center
for Counseling and Student Development has been re-accredited by the
International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), the accreditation
association for university and college counseling centers.
The IACS notified
ECU on July 26, 2017 about the successful re-accreditation, which is good
through 2025. ECU’s Counseling Center, accredited
by IACS continuously since 1988, handled nearly 10,000 student visits per year,
including nearly 500 crisis appointments in 2016-17.
the Center for Counseling and Student Development for its compliance with the
association standards, which are the highest standards available for campus
counseling centers, and ECU was found to offer outstanding professional
services to its students.
University’s Student Health Services has earned accreditation by the
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation
distinguishes Student Health Services (SHS) from many other outpatient
facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as
determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.
Status as an
accredited organization means SHS has met nationally recognized standards for
the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 6,000 ambulatory
health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not
all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation; not all that
undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation.
This is an
important milestone in the continuing growth and success of our health care
organization. Pursuing accreditation shows our commitment to providing the
highest levels of quality care to our patients, and the same high level of
quality in our business practices. Achieving accreditation by AAAHC is proof
that we have met the rigorous standards of a nationally-recognized third party.
We are proud to
have met the challenge of accreditation, and intend to consistently uphold the
principles of quality improvement in patient care in the future.
care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive
self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians,
nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care.
The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help
an organization improve its care and services.
the process reiterates that we are a health care organization in pursuit of
excellence. We hold ourselves to high standards and desire to provide the highest
quality of care. SHS is comprised of some of the finest employees on ECU’s
campus and I am proud to be a part of this team.” said
information, contact LaNika Wright ECU Student Health Services at (252)
328-6841 or visit www.ecu.edu/studenthealth.
Click here for the ECU blog post.
As higher education evolves, increased attention is paid to
career outcomes connected to academic success. ECU Career Services is providing
innovative ways to assist faculty and staff in providing experiential learning
through the utilization of technology.
In addition to our in-person services, we are proud to announce the
release of a new
virtual workshop series, called Here’s How, that we hope will
supplement course materials and create more impactful career development
When students begin the workshop, a pre-assessment is given
to measure their current knowledge level in a career specific subject. Once the
online module is complete, the students are then asked to complete a
post-assessment that is scored and can be printed for verification of
participation. Our hope is that this will create measurable learning outcomes
for both the student and ECU Career Services.
We ask that you consider utilizing these workshops with
student organizations, student employees, and any student groups that may
benefit from gaining career development knowledge. If you have any questions or
wish to discuss future partnership, please contact Patrick Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Food Bank of
Central & Eastern North Carolina recently announced that ECU placed in
their Top 10 volunteer groups for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Of all volunteer groups across their 6
branches and 34 counties, ECU ranked number 7!
the Collegiate Recovery Community Coordinator in the counseling center,
presented at the Association for Recovery in Higher Education’s (ARHE) National
Recovery Conference on July 12, 2017 in Washington, DC in which he attended
with two students. His presentation was entitled “New Kids on the Block:
Establishing Your CRP”. Jarmichael also won the ARHE Collegiate Recovery
Staff Member of the Year Award in which he was nominated by his peers at the
The LGBT Resource
Office received the 2017 Volunteer Service Award from the Jerusalem House in
Atlanta for their volunteer service back in March as part of their first-ever
(LGBT Resource Office) Alternative Break Experience. 10 students from ECU participated in this
trip and had the opportunity to work with non-profits that serve the LGBT
ECU Dining Services
Executive Chef, Kristian Forrest, has achieved the final ProChef III
Certification from the Culinary Institute of America. CIA is the World’s Premier Culinary College. This advanced and prestigious recognition is
obtained through a series of rigorous examinations testing knowledge on a
diverse curriculum of culinary, leadership, and financial expertise.
On June 27 the senior leadership staff of SIL, Beth Bengala
(filling in for Dean Smith), Wanda Tyler, Dennis McCunney, John Mountz, Erik
Kneubuehl, and Justin Janak were invited to Washington D.C. by Alumnus and
current Honors College Advancement Council member Col. Thomas Shubert. Col.
Shubert currently serves as Chief of the Air Operations Division, Office of
Legislative Liaison, in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. He is an
active alumni of East Carolina University who served over 30 years in the US
Air Force and in 2014 was inducted into ECU’s Distinguished Military Service
During the visit the staff toured the Pentagon, where Col
Shubert works, and met with the Deputy Secretary of the Air Force and his
command staff for conversation around leadership and student/staff development.
The staffs shared thoughts around the competencies that current students need
to be leaders and the struggles that both the military and higher education
experience with regard to leadership development. Out of the meeting came
consensus that young leaders need to display better communication skills as
well as coping skills when it comes to failure or disappointment. They also
found that leaders in their organizations need to be strategic, balanced, and
Following the Pentagon, Col Shubert arranged for the SIL
staff to attend a Lecture at the Army-Navy Club by Adm. James Stavridis about
his new book, The Leader’s Bookshelf. Adm. Stavridis spent over thirty-five
years on active service in the U.S. Navy and served for seven years as a
four-star admiral, culminating with four years as the sixteenth Supreme Allied
Commander at NATO. He holds a PhD in international relations, and is currently
Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. His
lecture focused on the concept that reading books makes leaders stronger and
reviewed his top choices, such as Killer Angels and To Kill A Mocking Bird.
will host a t-shirt swap Friday, August 25, from 11am-2pm, in front of Dowdy
goal of this event is to promote Paint It Purple Fridays, a weekly tradition
that encourages students, faculty, and staff to showcase their student spirit
by wearing purple. Students will be able to exchange their non-ECU college
apparel for a brand new ECU t-shirt while supplies last. The item exchanged
will then be donated to the Salvation Army.
Office of Student Transitions, the Division of Student Affairs, and the ECU
Alumni Association are partnering together to host this event along with
Greenville business Instant Imprints.
know how important it is for new students to feel connected and engaged in the
first couple of weeks on campus,” said Dr. Mary Beth Corbin, executive director
for the Office of Student Transitions. “There is no better way to feel
connected to Pirate Nation than a free ECU t-shirt and proudly displaying your
purple apparel on Paint It Purple Fridays.”
Dowdy Student Stores will be offering discounts that day for students to
purchase additional ECU apparel.
The Center for
Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE) will be accepting student applications
for Chancellor’s Student Leadership Academy. Please forward to any students who
may benefit from the program and encourage them to apply!
Student Leadership Academy (CSLA) will be hosting a Fall 2017 cohort. Students
who participate in this program have the opportunity to meet with
and learn from some of the most engaging leadership educators from the ECU
and Greenville communities. Participants must be full-time students, have
completed 21 or more credit hours, and have at least a 2.75 GPA. The
Academy is a personal and professional leadership development program
designed to help students develop valuable skills that will inspire, empower,
and allow them to influence positive change on campus and throughout the
Please forward to
any and all students who you think would be a great addition to the program.
If you have any
questions, please email or call Lauren Howard, Assistant Director in the Center
for Leadership and Civic Engagement at email@example.com | 252-737-1669.
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