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2017 Student Affairs Awards Ceremony
Pirate Parents Live
Career Services Wraps Up the Spring Semester
Student Affairs Making Headlines
Healthy PIRATES Grant
CLCE Welcomes Intern from NACA
SAVE THE DATE - Convocation and Pirate Palooza
CKECU Summer Shifts Available
CRW Family Fun Day 2017
New Hires / Departures in Student Affairs
Safe Zone Trainings - Summer 2017June 13 | 12p-3p | Laupus Library, Rm 1504June 22 | 9a-12p | SRC, Rm 202July 13 | 9a-12p | Laupus Library, Rm 1504July 20 | 12p-3p | MSC, Rm 244Register on Cornerstone
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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:
recognized our Student Affairs educators for hitting the following benchmarks
for years of service to East Carolina University or the State of North
Five Years of
Christa La Claire
Ten Years of
Mary Beth Pruitt
Years of Service
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.
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:
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
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!
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
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.
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
Greg BanksAddison BrownKivia “Bam” BrownCassie CrislipBrian CulbertsonNicole DavisSarah LazureAshton TygartAngela Wells
Addison BrownKivia “Bam” Brown
Katie Reynolds and Madison Veasey, graduate assistants for
the LGBT Resource Office for 2016/2017, received the award in recognition 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 - Picture Your HorizonsSubmitted By: Mary Beth Pruitt AllenCareer 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
If 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
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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!
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
You are invited
to be a part of one or both events to welcome our new students to the Pirate
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pirate Palooza - Immediately
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.
For questions about
Pirate Palooza, please contact Justin Janak (Student Involvement and
Leadership) at email@example.com or Jenny Gregory (Campus Rec and
Wellness) at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Here are the opportunities for Summer Session One:
Joys Community Center
Thursday, June 1st at Joys Community
3:00pm-5:00pm and/or 5:00pm-7:00pm
Ronald McDonald House
Wednesday, June 7th at Ronald McDonald
Monday, June 12th at Ronald
Wednesday, June 14th at Ronald McDonald
Thursday, June 15th Snack Recovery
Friday, June 16th Snack Delivery to
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 email@example.com and Nicole Blyskal firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
Student Affairs New
Hires Since May 1
Student Affairs Staff
Departing Since May 1