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Health Sciences Campus Student Center - Grand Opening
Student Government Association
Barefoot on the Mall
Spring Family Weekend
Annual Report 2015-2016
Inter-Generational Community Center (IGCC)
Student Affairs Leads by Example at 2017 Spring Conferences
Campus Recreation & Wellness
Club Sports Banquet
Play for Peace Concert
New Hires/Departures in Student Affairs
Lavender LaunchMay 4 ~ 5:30pm ~ MSC Great RoomsDinner will be served following the ceremony.Please RSVP Here
Commencement VolunteersMay 5 ~ 9:00am Ceremony ~ Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumContact Karen Kus at email@example.com or 252.737.2971
SA End of the Year EventMay 10 ~ 10am Awards Ceremony ~ ECHI AuditoriumMay 10 ~ 2pm Wellness Afternoon ~ MSC and SRC
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"We define leadership as a relational process of inspiring, empowering and influencing positive change. We believe that leaders are not born; they are grown. They give life to new vision and spawn new leaders through their model of exemplary service, character, and dedication to their cause or craft. This commitment to student success is the reason that we have chosen to recognize successful emerging leaders, outstanding former student leaders, and corporate supporters at the the third annual Student Affairs Corporate and Leadership Awards Banquet." - Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor for student affairs
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Spring 2017 SGA Elections were held in February and March with amazing student turnout. Last year, 1,137
students voted in the general election and 1,794 students voted in the runoff.
This year, 2,833 students voted in the general election, and 2,735 students voted
in the runoff election, an increase of 149% over last year’s general election,
52% over last year’s runoff, and 90% more total votes than last year.
thrilled with the turnout and are excited to see the level of enthusiasm for
Student Government on our campus," stated Hank Bowen, SGA advisor.
The winners of the executive race were La’Quon Rogers, Student Body
President, and Ryan Smith, Student Body Vice President. La’Quon and Ryan
were sworn in at the SGA Banquet on April 9. Other members of the Executive
Cabinet are selected from within the membership of the Student Assembly. Haley
Creef is this year’s Student Body Treasurer, Troy Nance is Speaker
of the Assembly, Jessie Jefferys will serve as Student Body Secretary,
and Jonathan Abrams was elected SGA Attorney General. These officers,
along with the appointed Directors of the SGA committees, will work throughout
the summer to set a vision for the 2017-2018 Student Government Association.
Click here for a featured article by The East Carolinian.
On April 20th, the Student Activities Board
hosted the 39th annual Barefoot on the Mall. The theme for this year’s installment of the
long-standing tradition was “Cirque Du Barefoot,” which was a play on the
internationally-known Cirque Du Soleil productions. With the theme in mind, the emcees for the
event were The DuBois, who are a circus duo that combine acrobatic stunts with
other circus-style routines and humor.
In addition to the theme and emcees, this year’s Barefoot on
the Mall featured five musical performances.
The headliner this year was up-and-coming pop singer Daya. Accompanied by her all-female band, Daya
performed some of her top hits such as “Hideaway”, “Sit Still, Look Pretty” and
a rendition of “Don’t Let Me Down.” In
addition to Daya, there were musical performances by The Burgeoning, Gumbo, and
Faarrow. The 2017 Pirates Got Talent
Winner, Trevon Jones, was also featured with a dance routine.
Barefoot on the Mall also showcased approximately 50 student
organizations and departments with an involvement fair. Local businesses were featured at the event,
with the most notable being The Davis and Pirates Place, who were presenting
sponsors of the event.
The ECU Parents
Council and ECU Parent and Family Programs presented Spring Family Weekend
April 21-22. Parents had the opportunity to participate in several events
including the 34th Annual Pigskin Pig-out hosted by the ECU Athletic
Department. Also during the weekend, a
Parents Council Meeting was held where guest speakers Lt. Chris Sutton (ECU Police) and Vice Chancellor
Virginia Hardy spoke to the group and the 2017-2018 Executive Board Elections
were held (see results below):
(Parent, Class of 2019) will serve as President
Walter Holt (Parent,
Class of 2018) will serve as Vice President
Cora Michelle Conde
(Parent, Class of 2018) will serve as Secretary
will move to the role of Past President
To conclude the
meeting, the Family of the Year award was presented to the Faulconer Family,
nominated by daughter Lily (Class of 2017).
The Family of the Year award is intended to celebrate the supportive
role parents and families play in the lives of their students and the
University community. Honoring you, our outstanding parents and families helps
remind the East Carolina community that families are an essential part of the
support network for our students. Below
is the nomination poem submitted by Lily Faulconer:
A Pirate’s True Treasure: My Pirate Family
Following in my mom’s footsteps, a Pirate I chose to become
What followed was years of my family finding new ways to
show ECU love
This year especially they have gone above and beyond
Of their hard work, passion and dedication I am incredibly
Donning purple and gold at all sorts of events,
I could not be prouder of my ‘rents.
Outside of being a supportive mom and dad,
They work to support other Pirate families, which is totally
On the Parents’ Advisory Council they serve as co-presidents
Striving to engage both in-and out-of-state residents.
Under their leadership, membership in the organization has
And enthusiasm and support for new initiatives and programs
They work with partners of the Parent’s Council like Dowdy
And if you ask, they’re always willing to give more.
They organize parents’ weekend events and presentations
Even my dad, who’s not an ECU grad, has become quite the
They participate in monthly parent council phone calls and
speak on parent panels
Ensuring that questions are answered and information is sent
through the proper channels.
They promote school spirit by organizing tailgates and representing
ECU in the community
Fostering inclusivity and increasing Pirate unity.
Undaunted is my family in their service to my school…
To receive the honor of Family of the Year would be more
When I joined the Pirate nation,
my family did too—they needed no explanation.
We’re a unit that loves purple and gold,
and for East Carolina we will always be loyal and bold.
Divisions of Student Affairs celebrated some amazing accomplishments in
2015-16. Please enjoy the 2015-16 Annual Report that chronicles the divisions
commitments to student success, public service and regional transformation.
Here to view the Annual Report for 2015-2016.
Dancing with the Stars
The Lucille W.
Gorham Intergenerational Community Center (IGCC) hosted its first annual
Dancing with the Stars event on April 1, 2017, at the Holiday Inn in
The event was a
fundraiser for IGCC programs and services. Nine couples showcased their skills
on the dance floor to a sell-out crowd, including IGCC namesake Lucille Gorham
with her son Charles.
Other dance teams included...
Mr. Chris Godley
(State Farm Insurance) and his partner Mrs. Rochelle Lee (NC Dept. of Corrections)
Mr. and Mrs. G.
Todd and Diane Taylor (TaylorMade Publishing)
Dr. Dennis McCunney
(ECU) and his wife Mrs. Amy McCunney (Vidant Medical Center)
Kandie Smith (Greenville Mayor Pro Temp) and her partner Mr. Calvin Garris, Jr.
(student at JH Rose High School)
Mrs. Mery Caldwell
(Pitt Community College) and her partner Mr. Prudencio Martinez-Menegel (ECU)
Dr. Maria Picton
(Physicians East) and her partner Mr. Procopio Serrano (The East Group PA)
Mrs. Tonya Lynch
(JGirls Style Solutions, LLC) and her son Mr. Jacob Jefferson (student at EB
Aycock Middle School)
Thurston (Greenville Fire-Rescue) and her partner Mr. Scott Allenspach (RE/MAX
Judges for the
event included Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor of Student Affairs at ECU,
Rodney Bullock, owner of Altitude Academy (Barber School), Tony Cannon, general
manager/CEO of Greenville Utilities Commission and Shareen Berkowitz, small
business counselor at Pitt Community College’s Small Business Center.
The emcee for the
event was Mr. Dave Jordan of WITN News.
The first place
winner went to the team of The Honorable Kandie Smith and Mr. Calvin Garris,
The event raised
IGCC Day 2017
The Lucille W.
Gorham Intergenerational Community Center celebrated 10 years of service to the
community at IGCC Day on Saturday, April 8th from 10:00 am to 3:00pm. IGCC Day is a free “block party” that stretches
across the 1100 block of Ward Street in West Greenville.
This year’s event
hosted over 850 participants who had an opportunity to enjoy free food, music,
dancing, youth activities, games, donation giveaways, merchant & informational
vendors, health and wellness information that addresses the needs of the
IGCC Day also
featured a performance by The Nile Project musicians. The Nile Project is a
collection of intriguing musicians from Egypt to Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burundi
founded in 2011. The group consists of
Egyptian singers, Sudanese percussionists, guitarist from Kenya and a singer
from Burundi that collaborate to create new sounds in traditional genres and
with unfamiliar instruments as the kraar, the bowl-shaped Ethiopian lyre, a
plucked zither, Egyptian drums, and Ugandan adungau (harp). The Nile Project addresses the Nile Basin
cultural and environmental challenges with an innovative approach to combine
music and education.
Throughout the day,
community members, partners, vendors, family members & friends expressed
how grateful they were for IGCC Day. The event was planned, outreached, and implemented
by ECU Spring interns: Sydney McDowell, Chelsi Watts, Demetrus Dixon, &
A CALL TO MEN
LIVERESPECT on Campus - Preventing Sexual Assault in High School and College
The Myth of the Slut:
How Sexual Double Standards Lead to Violence Against Women by Kathleen Bursky,
Explore the concepts
of sluttiness and virginity, exposing them as social constructs, and show how
these constructs lead to sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal
violence against women. Also explore what is known as “purity culture” and
challenge the societal belief that women who engage in sex outside of a narrow
context are immoral, untrustworthy, and unclean. Finally, cover the physical
and emotional effects of slut shaming and offer tips on how to combat it, which
will ultimately create a safer, more equitable environment for women.
Conference – Association of College Unions International (March 2017)
Programming presented by Dean Smith, SIL
The integration of
assessment with financial rations and performance matrixes. These performance
measurements measure the financial efficiency of programs, and a program’s alignment
with institution goals.
presented by Dean Smith, SIL
successful brand for your organization through effective hiring, team building,
Counseling Association (February 2017)
Commitment Therapy (ACT) on campus: Introducing ACT and its effectiveness in
counseling, outreach, and university programming by Leslie Veach, CCSD
presentation that provided an introductory overview of the Acceptance Commitment
Therapy (ACT) and review ways to implement ACT-based interventions in the
college counseling environment.
Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values and The National Black Greek
Leadership Conference (February 2017)
How to be Number One
while being the Low Person on the Totem Pole by Dorothea Mack and Jess Turuc,
Advisors often feel
neglected, overwhelmed, and not supported for the time and effort they put in
with their students. Their work can be overlooked and minimized by others. You
are not alone. This session is designed to uplift, motivate, and encourage you
to continue your work. Professionals will be given an opportunity to express
their challenges at work while learning how to demonstrate and identify
strategies to stay focused, positive, and connected to their students and their
Eastern Region AHEC
(Area Health Education Center) Adult Services Conference (April 2017)
Commitment Therapy’s Core Principles and Its Applications for Individuals
Struggling with Addictive Behaviors by Leslie Veach, CCSD
and Commitment Therapy as a mindfulness, client-values focused approach to
supporting clients with addictions.
Gulf South Summit
Conference (March 2017)
Partnerships to Support Transformational Learning by Tara Kermiet and Nichelle
partnerships between the campus and the community is at the heart of civic
engagement. The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE) at East Carolina
University has made efforts this year to focus on its community partnerships.
In this session, participants will learn how CLCE organized its partnership
process by setting parameters for partnerships, implementing a partner intake
process, planning for assessment, and improving ongoing communication with
community partners through a liaison model.
It’s not Flip or
Flop, it’s Fixer Upper Service and Leadership Style by Lauren Howard, Tara
Kermiet, Suzannah Lott, and Nichelle Shuck, SIL
application of developing learning outcomes for service and leadership programs
with limited foundation and/or structure. Leading participants through a
leadership competency-based approach by Dr. Corey Seemiller to developing curriculum.
Applying the leadership competency-based approach to your own programs by
sharing best practices.
Learn, Lead, Serve:
An Integrative Multi-Stage Approach to Leadership Learning by Tara Kermiet, Suzannah
Lott, and Dennis McCunney, SIL
multi-stage, partnership-based leadership education program linking co-curricular
leadership learning, academic coursework, and civic engagement. Rooted in a specific
campus context, this presentation will provide an overview of a newly evolving
initiative that frames leadership learning within the context of social change. Discuss the relevance of institutional
context and culture, role of partnership theory, significance of stakeholder
development, and the value of leveraged campus resources.
NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) Conference (March 2017)2 for 1: Development
Planning for 2 New Student Centers by Dr. Erik Kneubuehl and Zack Hawkins
Discuss the construction
and fundraising related to ECU’s two new student center projects.
Turning Conflict into Conversation by Dr. Erik Kneubuehl and Chris Stansbury
increased presence of protests and marches on ECU’s campus and how the Student
Affairs leadership has taken an engaging, intentional and direct approach to
connect with students and student leaders to build relationships and have
conversations rather than confrontations.
Association (February 2017)
The Integration of
Animal Assisted Therapy within Clinical Counseling by Tracie Atherton, CCSD
Overview of AAT
(including Equine Assisted Learning/Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy), focusing
on knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Participants will learn current research
on the use of AAT in counseling, including competency standards and specific
interventions, as well as the importance of animal advocacy.
to Support Initially Licensed Professionals – Beginning Teacher Support System
for Northeastern NC Member Districts - Beginning Teacher Conference (April 2017)
What Every Beginning
Teacher Should Know to Make You Shine by Catrina Davis and Nadirah Pippin,
of professional behaviors and characteristics (sometimes called ½ percent’s)
that can help you create a positive professional identity that will make you
shine! This session will provide participants with tips and tools for
developing and maintaining a successful professional identity.
Association of Colleges and Employer Annual Conference (May 2017)
Marketing Strategies by Patrick Roberts, Career Services
Five years ago, ECU
Career Services had little to no marketing structure. Now, we have a
step-by-step guide that helps the career services staff strategically execute
event marketing by optimizing both digital and print mediums. Discuss the
benefits of designating one marketing coordinator within a department and steps
to creating an effective marketing strategy.
Association, North Carolina Staffing and Recruiting Conference
Partnerships with Career Services
Panel Members: Patrick Roberts, Assistant Director, ECU Career Services, and Thom Rakes, Director and
Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs for Technology, UNC
Wilmington Career Center
Conference Committee Appointments:
Lauren Howard, CLCE Assistant Director, recently joined the LeaderShape Co-Lead community which teaches and facilitates the
curriculum for the LeaderShape Institute at different campus colleges and
national sessions. They also support and role model for the faculty of the
Institute, including On-Site Coordinators, Cluster Facilitators, and
Janelle Keller, Campus Living Coordinator, will serve on the Social Justice Committee for SEAHO
(Southeastern Association of Housing Officers) for Fall 2017.
Hillary Liles, CCSD Alcohol and Other Drug Staff Counselor, was named to the planning committee for the Annual EAHEC (Eastern Area Health Education Center) State of the art
Substance Abuse conference in the
Dennis McCunney, CLCE Director, has been appointed to the NASPA Region 3 Advisory Board and the
Leadership Team for Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement.
Kim McIntyre, CCSD Staff Counselor/Clinical Coordinator, is a committee member for the annual AHEC Adult Mental Health Conference held every April.
Karen Smith, Student Transitions Associate Director, will
serve as the Awards Chair on the SROW (Southern Regional Orientation Workshop) 2018 Planning Committee. SROW
is the Region VI conference of NODA (Association of Orientation, Transition,
and Retention in Higher Education).
Tamika Wordlow, OSRR Associate Dean of Students, was recently
elected to serve on the Directorate
of the ACPA Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues. This
is a two-year term appointment.
East Carolina Campus Recreation & Wellness is excited to
announce that with the help of ECU’s Creative Services team, and data
collection from students, the new CRW website has been completed and is now
live. It took over a year and a half of dedicated
planning and research for this project to be completed.
It’s been a long time coming, but
we are so excited to give our students an easier way to navigate our programs
and services, stated Jenny Gregory, CRW coordinator for promotions, staff development & special events.
Check out the NEW website
The Student Recreation Center locker rooms will be undergoing
remodeling starting May 1st lasting until June 4th. ECU Campus Recreation & Wellness is
excited to announce the improvement of the locker rooms during this brief time
at the end of the semester going into the summer. If the use of locker room facilities is
absolutely necessary to fulfill your physical activities during the remodeling, then it is the
perfect time to check out the new Student Center on the Health Sciences Campus
(opening May 1st) or try an outdoor workout at North Recreational
Complex where there are also locker room facilities available for use.
First Mate of the
Each month CRW recognizes an outstanding employee who has
risen above the normal job expectations. Congratulations to our First Mate of
the Month for April, Tessa Gibson! Tessa
has stepped outside her comfort zone this semester to be a leader within the
graphic design area. She takes on
projects at the last minute and helps mentor the other designers. She has also shown her professionalism
while communicating with design applicants, scheduling and assisting with
interviews. Her carefree spirit and
daily office hiccups will be missed next year!
On Tuesday, April
18th, RHA (Residence Hall Association) celebrated their End of the Year Banquet
in the Gateway Sounds. The event was to say thank you to the Hall Government
leaders for their involvement during the 2016-2017 year. The night was
also filled with awarding this year’s winners for their achievements,
recognizing our outgoing Executive Board Members and installing our 2017-2018
Janet (JJ) Johnson, spoke about Leaving your Legacy at ECU. JJ will be
retiring from ECU and Campus Living on May 31st, after 37 years of service to the University.
students/residence halls were awarded with the following awards:
The 2016-2017 RHA
Executive Board had an incredible year and much success.
The 2017-2018 RHA
Executive Board are looking forward to the start of Fall 2017!
ECU Club Sports
celebrated a night reflecting on the 2016-2017 season in Harvey Hall on
Tuesday, April 18th. Over 200 club
officers, captains and student leaders were able to celebrate all of their
victories on and off their respective playing surfaces. With over 15 clubs
attending regional and national competition in 2016-2017, it was a great night
to share stories of success!
The night was
highlighted by several clubs winning programmatic awards:
Lacrosse- Club of the Year
Women’s Soccer –
Field Hockey- Business
Club of the Year
(Men’s Soccer President) - Officer of the Year
In addition to these
awards they also celebrated their first year of having a Club Sport
Coordinator, Hannah Roberts, who through her leadership, has been instrumental
in the growth and success of the program.
The night concluded
with the announcement of a gift to the Club Sports Foundation of $13,000 –
given by Justin and Pat Waters, in memory of Jay Waters, who passed away
unexpectedly in August 2016 at the start of the school year. Jay was the father
of Justin Waters, who is the Assistant Director of Club Sports at East Carolina
University. His father’s proudest achievement was that he was the first person
in the family to attend college and befitting, this donation brought the
scholarship to being fully funded.
The Club Sports Program will now be able to
offer scholarships for Club Sport athletes to assist with the rising cost to
attend and remain in college.
wrapped up the first year of Cupola Conversations on April 12th with an engaging discussion. The
topic for this discussion was “Intersecting Identities: Are We Stereotyping
Muslims” and was held in Mendenhall Student Center.
involved a six-person panel of ECU students, faculty, staff and community
members. The panelists offered opening remarks about what the topic title
meant to them and the shared their perspective about how the Muslim community
is perceived on campus, in Greenville/Pitt County and across the country.
Those in the
audience spent the next hour posing questions to the panel on topics such as
the wearing of hijab and its significance to the Muslim faith, gender
differences within the Muslim faith, and the role of modern-day media on the
portrayal of Muslims.
This was the
third and final installment of Cupola Conversations for the spring
semester. The first two topics focused on the Presidential Election and
how an individual’s vote does/doesn’t fully define them as well as a Facebook
Live session looking at ECU Athletics. The latter session involved ECU
coaches, current and past student athletes, and staff.
The objective of
Cupola Conversations is to promote a shared understanding of the value of
diversity across the spectrum and to create and maintain a civil, welcoming
campus climate for everyone. Additionally, this initiative will continue
to serve to create an institutional culture that welcomes and nourishes
difficult conversations throughout university life.
challenging 2016, East Carolina University students have come together with the
desire to create a program that promotes the positive message of ONE Pirate
Nation. The Play for Peace Concert was a part of the #ECUnited movement and
utilized music to send a message of unity to the entire Greenville and East
Carolina community. The FREE concert occurred twice; April 8th at 10am at
Pirate Fest in Uptown Greenville as well as April 10th at 6pm on the Brickyard.
showcased eight songs (Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Living On A Prayer, Toxic
Lips, Walking On Sunshine, We Are The World, Teach Me How To Smile, and Armed
Forces On Parade) that connect with our community focused on One Pirate Nation.
Play for Peace was organized and sponsored by Kappa Sigma Chapter of Kappa
Kappa Psi, Turning Point USA, ECU Army ROTC, Elite Pirates, Interfaith Pirates
– Better Together, ECU Police, and Student Involvement & Leadership.
Both concerts had
a number of students, faculty, staff, and community members in attendance. The
program hopes to become an annual part of the ECUnited movement. Visit
www.ecu.edu/ECUnited for more information about the two concerts and the songs.
Continue to support ECUnited by using the hashtag #ECUnited.
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Student Affairs Departures Since April 1: