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June 1, 2017 Edition

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Safe Zone Trainings - Summer 2017
June 13 | 12p-3p | Laupus Library, Rm 1504
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Orientation Dates

#1: June 12-13 - Session Full
#2: June 14-15 - Session Full
#3: June 19-20 - Session Full
#4: June 21-22 - Session Full
#5: June 26-27 - Session Full
#6: June 28-29
#7: July 5-6
#8: July 10-11
#9: July 12-13
#10: July 17-18

Archived Editions

2017 Student Affairs Awards Ceremony

Student Affairs recently reflected on the 2016-2017 academic year by recognizing some wonderful successes in our divisional areas and presented awards to SA educators that embody the divisional values of Service, Student Centered, Excellence, Respect, Inclusion and Integrity. Below are the 2017 award recipients:


Emerging Professionals2017 Year in Review

Jarmichael Harris

Larry Bone

Nadya Majette Elliott


Student Centered

Dena Olo

Erik Kneubuehl

Janet Johnson



Barbara Sang

Chris Stansbury

Patricia BarfieldEmerging Professional - LB



Nicole Jablonski

Nichelle Shuck

Natoya Worrell



Waz Miller

Tamika Wordlow

Shawna Thompson

Jennifer Griggs



Ainsley WorrellRespect - FS

Darlene Langley

Fredderick Slade



Mark Rasdorf

Lathan Turner

DJ Baskerville


We also recognized our Student Affairs educators for hitting the following benchmarks for years of service to East Carolina University or the State of North Carolina.

Five Years of Service5 Years - 2017

Tracie Atherton

Holly Bowen

Christa La Claire

Amanda Murphy

Ashley Raynor

Patrick Roberts

Lauren Thorn

Jeremy Tuchmayer

David Welsh


Ten Years of Service 10 Years - 2017

Selena Anderson

Katina Cooper

Lisa Coyle

Aleshia Hunt

Ashton Johnson

Kiya Keene

Janelle Keller

Beth Martin

April McClung

Gena Musselwhite

Mary Beth Pruitt15 Years - 2017

Dean Smith

Michael Thompson

Keith Tingley

Leslie Veach


Fifteen Years of Service

Shonda Clemons

Andie Harrell

Wan-Yu Lee

Alan Nelson

Amy Viverette20 Years - 2017


Twenty Years of Service

Georgia Childs

Sam Combs

Shannon Padrick


Twenty-Five Years of Service

Susan Chapman

Betty Johnson

Janet Rollins25 Years - 2017


Thirty Years of Service

Charlene Padgett



Debbie Wood – SA Assessment – 30 years

Yvonne Moye – Student Media – 33 years

Janet Johnson – Campus Living – Nearly 39 years

Suzanne Turnage – Student Health – 28 ½ years – June 30, 2017


Congratulations once again to all our nominees and the award recipients for the divisional and university awards.

Pirate Parents LivePirate Parents Live MAY

On May 23, the Office of Parent and Family Programs hosted its debut "Pirate Parents Live" session. Facebook Live was used to engage parents and families from across the state and in some cases, out of state. The topic for the initial session was tagged “Welcome to ECU” and gave participants an opportunity to ask questions and get a head start before attending one of the ten New Student and Family Orientation sessions this summer.  This initial event had more than 2,600 views in just the first week.  


A panel, moderated by Chris Stansbury, brought together this knowledgeable group of campus partners:

  • Emily-Lynn Adkins, Assistant Director in the Office of Parent and Family Programs
  • Dr. Steven Asby, Associate Director in the Academic Advising and Support Center
  • Aaron Lucier, Director of Housing Operations
  • Corrie Schwabrow, Assistant Director in the Office of Student Transitions
  • Lauren Thorn, Interim Association Dean in the Dean of Students Office
  • Shydeik Wood, Orientation Assistant and rising Senior in the College of Business

The panel addressed a variety of questions that were submitted by participants including; what to expect at Orientation, how parents can prepare before they arrive, the registration process, and when to expect housing assignments from campus living. Dr. Steven Asby encouraged parents and families to be “undaunted and maximize their opportunity” during Orientation, while Corrie Schwabrow shared that the group of 27 Orientation Assistants are ready to welcome the students and families to the Pirate Nation.


Watch for these future presentations in the Pirate Parents Live series:

Pirate Parents Live: Welcome Home Pirates - Aug. 2017

Campus move-in and the first day of class is quickly approaching, don’t forget these important details!


Pirate Parents Live: Fall into East Carolina - Sept. 2017

Students are abuzz on campus and there are plenty of ways for students and families to get involved!


Pirate Parents Live: New Year, New Student - Jan. 2018

No winter blues here! Let’s set our pirate students up for success. Listen to some tips to help students end the academic year strong!


Click here to view the May 2017 Pirate Parents Live: Welcome to ECU video on the Parent and Family Programs Facebook page

Lavender LaunchLGBT graduates 17

The LGBT Resource Office hosted its Sixth Annual Lavender Launch celebration on Thursday, May 4 in the Great Rooms in Mendenhall Student Center.  This year’s ceremony, the largest ever, honored 20 undergraduate and graduate students who will complete their studies at ECU in 2017.  Mark Rasdorf, Associate Director for the LGBT Resource Office, served as Master of Ceremonies.  Wanda Tyler, Director of Intercultural Affairs, and Dr. Virginia Hardy, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, shared opening remarks with an audience of more than 100 family, friends, faculty, staff, students, and alumni.


Angela Wells, Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design, delivered the keynote.  Wells offered a reflection on her experiences with the Fall 2016 True Colors photo exhibit which was a collaboration between the School of Art and Design and the LGBT Resource Office.  She stressed the importance of the partnership, its impact on those involved in its creation, and the far-reaching effect she witnessed among the students in her Art Appreciation class.

Lavender Launch 2017d 

This year, the Samantha Hamilton Award for LGBTQA Leadership Excellence honored two students for their work on campus.  Avery Trump and Zachary Dale presented the award to Jon Cockerham, President of SAGA (the Sexuality and Gender Alliance) and a committee member with Pledge Purple and the NC Civility Summit.  Abby Fallahee and Dr. John Tucker (History) conferred the award to Zachary Dale, whose research into the history of LGBT activism at ECU received Second Place in the Rhem/Schwarzmann Prize.


The Community Impact Award, first presented by the LGBT Resource Office in 2015, recognizes the contributions of faculty, staff, and community members.  Dr. Chris Buddo, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications, and Kate Bukoski, Director of the School of Art and Design, presented the award to the creative team responsible for the True Colors exhibit.  The team of nine people received a custom-made award created in the School of Art and Design’s new glass studio in Farmville.  Those honored were:

Greg BanksLavender Launch 2017b

Addison Brown
Kivia “Bam” Brown

Cassie Crislip

Brian Culbertson

Nicole Davis

Sarah Lazure

Ashton Tygart

Angela Wells

Katie Reynolds and Madison Veasey, graduate assistants for the LGBT Resource Office for 2016/2017, received the award in Lavender Launch 2017crecognition of their significant contributions to the Resource Office.  Sabrina Huapaya, Chris Moore, Jessica Soto, and Christy Vang, all student volunteers with the Resource Office, presented the award to Reynolds and Veasey.  Each of the students remarked on the impact of the leadership of the Coffee House program provided by Reynolds and Veasey.  Average weekly attendance for the informal psychoeducational meeting for students increased by 50% over a year ago and the graduate students successfully nurtured a sense of community by creating an atmosphere of mutual respect, inquiry, and reflection.


The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the graduates, led by Dr. Erik Kneubuehl, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Involvement and Leadership.  Dr. Kneubuehl shared a brief statement about each graduate as they walked across the stage and received a token of appreciation in recognition of their achievements and contributions during their time at ECU.

Career Services Wraps Up the Spring Semester

Career Services - Picture Your HorizonsPicture Your Horizons 2017
Submitted By: Mary Beth Pruitt Allen

Career Services hosted the first “Picture Your Horizons” event on May 4 where students were invited to take advantage of free professional headshots and business card printing. During the 3-hour event, 87 students attended with the majority of participants being seniors who were excited to utilize this free service to equip themselves for successfully navigating their career and life after graduation. Information regarding how to effectively create a LinkedIn account, completing the Pirate Employment Survey, and alumni career services were provided in addition to refreshments including Pirate Popcorn.  (written by Mary Beth Pruitt Allen)


Career Services – Making Assessment Fun!

Submitted By: Sarah Lage, Career Counselor/Assessment Coordinator


Career Assessment Retreat 2017If you (still) think assessment is boring, then you need to attend a Career Services Assessment Retreat! Staff members became ‘Assessment Geeks’ in the beach-themed retreat held on May 11 at the Eastern Area Health Education Center (Eastern AHEC). The retreat started off with a warm-up by John Stowe, which had us pitching pitchforks, yelling “hay barn” and telling people to “get along little doggie!”  Yes…that actually happened.


We then transitioned into a wrap-up of 2016-2017 with a specially crafted assessment version of the Dr. Seuss book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” hosted by Carol Woodruff.  Later, Melissa Allay shared themes that she identified from Career Services’ outcomes from 2011 to present.


After reflecting into the past, I transitioned the group into planning for our 2017-2018 outcomes. Three teams were created based on the CAS Standards for Career Services.

(1) Melissa was the Team Captain for Outcome Team 1 (Realistic Self-Appraisal, Self-Understanding, and Self-Respect).
(2) I was the Team Captain for Outcome Team 2 (Managing Career Development).
(3) Brian Stutz was the Team Captain for Outcome Team 3 (Communicating Effectively).


In addition to coming up with the outcome, each team also came up with two Means of Assessment and two Criterion for Success that was then shared with the entire staff.


The retreat wrapped-up by recognizing Carol Woodruff as the “Assessment ‘Geek’ of the Year” for her continued development in assessment. And Leslie Rogers read “Little Quack” by Lauren Thompson and encouraged her ‘little ducklings’ to continue to do great things on into 2017-2018.

Student Affairs Making HeadlinesPICA Award - SAB

  • The Student Activities Board received the PICA Award (Printing Industry of the Carolinas Award) for “Best in Category for Digital Poster Printing.” The marketing and design that won the award was for the 7:07 Series – Carnival event. The designer of the poster was Janae Brown (former SGA Vice President). 

  • Lauren Howard, Tara Kermiet, and Dennis McCunney, Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement published Purposeful Partnerships: Communication, Collaboration, & Commitment to Community in April 2017 for the NASPA Lead Initiative. 



  • Dorothea Mack has been promoted to Associate Director of Greek Life.

Healthy PIRATES Grant

Under the guidance of Ainsley Worrell, the Healthy PIRATES program received a $3,000 mini-grant for the 2017-18 academic school year.  The grant, received from the University of Tennessee, is intended to fund the USDA grant-funded project Fruved.  The goal of the study is to help students manage their weight and live healthier by focusing on three specific areas: improving dietary intake, increasing physical activity and improving overall stress management skills. More information in the future will be sent out about how the grant will be utilized, but this is an exciting moment for the Healthy Pirates!

Transfer Orientation 2017Transfer Orientation 2017

The first 2-day transfer orientation was held in 2013 with 79 students and 43 family members attending. Since its inception the 2-day transfer orientation has shown consistent growth in attendance. In 2017, 142 students and 108 family members participated in transfer orientation, a 105% increase since 2013. 96% of students completing the orientation survey ranked their overall experience as Excellent or Good. 89% of students ranked their ability to learn new strategies to help them succeed academically as Excellent or Very Good. In like manner, 92% of parents reported that the overall experience was Excellent or Very Good. Parents also reported that they were more confident that their student would be academically successful as a result of orientation.

CLCE welcomes intern from National Association of Campus Activities

Sheree Coote joined the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement as an intern through the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) summer internship program. The NACA Internship Program promotes experiential learning by connecting students with member institutions in higher education, business, and the entertainment industry. Professionals at these institutions offer engaging opportunities for students to gain experience in industry-specific work settings, and in the process, develop valuable skills that can be applied to any professional work setting.  Summer internship experiences span up to 12 weeks, from mid-May to August.  Sheree is currently a graduate student at Florida International University in the higher education program.  She received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University.  Over the summer, Sheree will live on campus and work on curriculum design for the Williams Leadership Scholarship Program, ECU Leads, and Alternative Break Experiences.  Throughout the summer, Sheree will be interacting with students and representing CLCE at summer orientation.  Please welcome Sheree to ECU and the Pirate Nation!

SAVE THE DATE - 2017 Convocation and Pirate Palooza

August 20th is a significant day in the lives of our 4,300-plus new students starting at East Carolina University this fall.  The Division of Student Affairs will be hosting the New Student Welcome and Convocation starting at 4:30pm, which is followed by the 17th Annual Pirate Palooza at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. 


You are invited to be a part of one or both events to welcome our new students to the Pirate Nation.

 Convocation 2017

New Student Welcome and Convocation - Please join us in welcoming the incoming FR class and new Transfer Students at the 2017 New Student Welcome and Convocation, Sunday, August 20th at 4:30 p.m. in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. 

Your staffing support is needed and appreciated.  The shift is from 3:00 – 5:30.


To participate in staffing the event, please contact Dr. Mary Beth Corbin at corbinm@ecu.edu


 Pirate Palooza 2017

17th Annual Pirate PaloozaImmediately following the New Student Welcome and Convocation on Sunday, August 20th from 5:30 (soft opening) – 9:00 p.m. at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.


Be one of the first to welcome our freshmen and returning students to ECU in style.  Many faculty and staff have helped in the past so we hope that you will be back, and we are always looking for new faces to join the Pirate Palooza team.


Click here if you would like to help staff Pirate Palooza.

For questions about Pirate Palooza, please contact Justin Janak (Student Involvement and Leadership) at janakj@ecu.edu or Jenny Gregory (Campus Rec and Wellness) at gregoryje@ecu.edu

CKECU Summer Shifts Available


Campus Kitchen at ECU (CKECU) will continue operating during ECU summer sessions! If you or your students are staying around Greenville this summer, CKECU is a great opportunity to volunteer and give back to the community!


CLICK HERE for volunteer opportunities and sign-ups are posted on OrgSync.

Here are the opportunities for Summer Session One:


Joys Community Center

Thursday, June 1st at Joys Community Center

3:00pm-5:00pm and/or 5:00pm-7:00pm


Ronald McDonald House

Wednesday, June 7th at Ronald McDonald House


Monday, June 12th at Ronald McDonald House


Wednesday, June 14th at Ronald McDonald House



Snack Recovery:

Thursday, June 15th Snack Recovery during Orientation


Friday, June 16th Snack Delivery to Community Partners



If you have students interested in more leadership opportunities with CKECU or have a passion for hunger/homelessness, we would love to have them join us. If they are interested, please have them email Lauren Howard howardl16@ecu.edu and Nicole Blyskal blyskaln16@ecu.edu.

CRW Family Fun Day 2017CRW Family Fun Day 2017

Join Campus Recreation & Wellness for an afternoon of family fun at the North Recreational Complex. There will be zip lining (ages 8 and up with closed toed shoes), boating, fitness walk, a treasure hunt, basketball toss, face painting, inflatables, and water activities! 


CRW Summer Camp participants get a chance to meet the camp counselors they will be hanging with this summer.


Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Each adult will check in on-site with an ECU 1Card or ID and sign a waiver for themselves and any minor.

New Hires / Departures in Student AffairsHello Goodbye

Student Affairs New Hires Since May 1

  • John Herron – Student Services Specialist – Student Media – May 15
  • Amy Welsh – Professional Nurse – Student Health Services – May 15


Student Affairs Staff Departing Since May 1

  • Zack Hawkins – Director - Student Affairs Development – May 12
  • Lisa Coyle – Business Officer – Campus Living – May 19
  • Nicole Acker – Coordinator – Campus Living – May 31
  • Jessica Turuc – Assistant Director – Greek Life – May 31
  • Debbie Wood – Executive Assistant – Assessment, Research & Retention – May 31 – Retirement
  • Amanda Wright – Coordinator – Campus Living – May 31  
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