Fresh Check Day, an initiative aimed at raising awareness of
mental illness and preventing suicide, will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov.
2 in the Sculpture Garden at the Mendenhall Student Center.
ECU, in conjunction with the Jordan Porco Foundation, is one of three universities in North Carolina participating in Fresh Check Day this year. The Porco family started the foundation in 2011 following the death of their son Jordan due to suicide.
ECU was presented with the 2016 Outstanding Fresh Check Day Campus Award in March 2017, which goes to a college campus for their outstanding planning, promotion, implementation, outstanding engagement, impactful messaging at interactive booths, and high student attendance.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults between the ages of 15-24 in the United States. According to Centers for Disease Control, more than 2 million college students (out of 20 million total) contemplate suicide, and about 1.2 million high school students (out of 14.9 million total) attempt suicide each year. The numbers are frightening but a lot is being done to connect students to mental health resources so that they can get the help they need.
Fresh Check Day is a celebratory fair-like event that includes interactive expo booths, music, free food, exciting prizes and giveaways. Capitalizing on the research-supported peer-to-peer messaging model, Fresh Check Day utilizes peer groups to staff interactive booths that deliver mental health and resource messaging in a fun and engaging way.
Since the first Fresh Check Day in 2012, the Porco Foundation has connected with more than 75 colleges and universities nationwide to bring attention to mental health and suicide prevention.
The event is free to all ECU faculty, staff and students, with a rain location of the Student Recreation Center. Sponsors of ECU Fresh Check Day include the Center for Counseling and Student Development, Campus Recreation and Wellness, Campus Living, Student Activities Board, Student Government Association, Health P.I.R.A.T.E.S., Student Health and a host of other campus partners.
CLICK HERE for additional information about ECU’s Fresh Check Day.
"Community outreach projects occur throughout the year in Greenville and Pitt County, but Saturday was something different for ECU students Dedrick Dunton and Joshua Spears, who joined about 150 other students for an opportunity to live the university’s motto: To serve.
The students joined volunteers from across the country on Make A Difference Day, one of the largest annual nationwide days of service. Since 1992, volunteers and communities have come together on the special day of service to improve the lives of others. Make A Difference Day is supported nationally by USA Weekend magazine, the Arby’s Foundation and Points of Light.
The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at East Carolina University organized the students’ efforts. The organization collaborated with Operation InAsMuch, a network of 10 churches in the Greenville area working for community partners including Building Hope, Little Willie Center, the Pitt County Animal Shelter, RHA Howell Center and other service sites." To read the complete Daily Reflector story CLICK HERE.
After your outcomes assessment review feedback, it’s time to make the appropriate edits to your annual outcomes report. Depending on your review, you may have one or a variety of areas in your report to make improvements. This could include updates to the outcomes statement, means of assessment, criterion for success, actions taken, results, analysis of results and/or actions planned. As you edit your outcomes, you can utilize the list of components below as a guiding checklist for each of these areas.
Outcome Statements: Student Learning, Program, or Strategic
An outcome statement includes the audience, behavior, activity, active verb, expectation and method. Utilize Bloom’s Taxonomy for the active verb in your outcome. A sample outcome: Students (audience) who participate in (behavior) the alcohol program (activity) will be able to list (active verb) at least 3 out of 4 components of the responsible consumption method (expectation) as demonstrated by completing a post-program survey (method).
Means of Assessment
Criterion for Success
Analysis of Results
TRUE COLORS: WE ARE
The exhibit, a partnership between the LGBT Resource Office and the School of Art and Design, was on display in Mendenhall Student Gallery for the month of October as part of LGBT History Month. The exhibit included more than 30 people in 20 photographs that explored the meaning of family in the LGBT community. Participants included students, staff, faculty, parents, grandparents, and close friends. TRUE COLORS is made possible, in part, with support from the School of Art and Design, the Dean’s Office in the College of Fine Arts and Communications, and the Office of Equity and Diversity.
LOVE WINS, the
annual Fall fundraising event for the LGBT Priority Fund to benefit the LGBT
Resource Office, was held Saturday, October 14. Dinners were hosted in
homes across Greenville and a dessert reception for all participants was held on campus
in Harvey Hall. More than 100 people attended the event which included a
Silent Auction and live music by NuClear Twins.
LOVE WINS - Annual LGBT Resource Office Fundraiser Saturday, October 14
The LOVE WINS logo emblazoned the Dowdy Ficklen Stadium jumbotron throughout the evening and presentations included the announcement of the winners of the Fall 2017 LGBT Legacy Project, an ongoing effort to collect the stories of the lives of LGBT students via the essay form. Student recipients of the first-ever 2017/2018 scholarships for students from the LGBT Resource Office and student from the first-ever March 2017 LGBT Resource Office Alternative Break Experience shared their thanks and their reflections with the audience. Dr. Jesse Peel, for whom the LGBT Center in the new student center will be named, discussed the importance of the Legacy Project and Dr. Erik Kneubuehl, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Involvement and Leadership, shared emcee duties with Mark Rasdorf, Associate Director for the LGBT Resource Office. The evening raised more than $8,100 for the LGBT Priority Fund.
students are defined broadly (neither parent has completed a four-year degree)
or narrowly (neither parent has any postsecondary education). With nearly
one-third of freshman cohorts across the country designated first-generation,
colleges and universities are building programs and resources specific to them
and their needs. ECU is no different.
According to the 2014 Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) survey, between one-third and one-half of all first-time, full-time students entering ECU in Fall 2014 would be considered first generation students. For example, 55% of respondents to BCSSE indicated that no parent/guardian had a bachelor’s degree or higher and 33% indicated no parent had any schooling beyond high school. (Note: The 2017 BCSSE was administered during this past summer orientation).
ECU is poised to continue intentional program for first-generation students and their families in order to address the challenges and needs of these students. We begin by joining institutions around the country in celebrating first-generation college students, faculty, and staff on our campus.
Sponsored by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AACU), and ECU’s Division of Student Affairs, the inaugural First-Generation College Celebration is being celebrated nationally on November 8, 2017. As a first-generation administrator, faculty, staff, and/or student, we invite you to join us in celebration.
CLICK HERE to RSVP.
On Wednesday, October 25, Career Services hosted over 100 faculty, staff and alumni panelists at the 2017 Faculty Symposium. This event focused on best practices by ECU faculty in making career-readiness a critical part of the classroom experience with consistently positive post-graduate outcomes for students while attracting employers who hire ECU graduates. The program included a panel of alumni sharing specific examples of how their faculty impacted their career success. In addition, Career Services and the Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment, and Research in partnership with Creative Services debuted the first destination data report for the 2015-2016 ECU graduates and unveiled ECU Impact initiative that provides information on ECU’s graduates’ employment outcomes within one year of graduation.
The ECU Impact launch included a graphic motion video, website with college specific career outcome reports and a link to a fully customizable dashboard for individualized reporting.
Some highlights of data include:
“ECU Impact is the first step in telling our story of positive first destination outcomes and graduates’ career success to the nation,” said Leslie Rogers, interim director for ECU Career Services. “We are very proud of the work done to collect this valuable information and pleased to share with the campus community. We believe this report will provide evidence of the value of an ECU degree to prospective students and their parents and boost ECU’s reputation nationally.”
The Faculty Symposium also featured a presentation of the first Faculty Impact Award to recipient, Brittany Thompson of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. This award recognized an outstanding faculty member who impacts student success through engagement in meaningful connections and collaborations with Career Services. Each college within the university received one nomination and corporate sponsors for the award included Red Ventures and The Select Group.
For more information on ECU Impact and career outcomes of ECU graduates visit: www.ecu.edu/impact
The Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs are sponsoring the 5thannual Student Success Conference on February 2, 2018 at the Mendenhall Student Center. The theme is “Focusing Your Lens on Success.” The purpose of the conference is to promote a sense of community among faculty, and staff that leads to opportunities for student success strategies for ECU Students.
The conference is designed to share, discuss and analyze strategies related to academic and personal growth in all student communities at ECU. These communities include, but are not limited to male students, first generation students, LGBT community, individuals with disabilities, International students, pre-professional students, athletes, transfer students, adult learners, veterans, foster care students, homeless students and any other community.
Proposals should focus on motivating factors that we can learn more about to then assist our students.
Conference Goals and Objectives:
“A college degree has replaced the high school diploma as a mainstay for economic self- sufficiency and responsible citizenship. In addition, earning a bachelor’s degree is linked to long- term cognitive, social, and economic benefits to individuals—benefits that are passed onto future generations, enhancing the quality of life of the families of college-educated persons, the communities in which they live, and the larger society.
Although many studies focus on persistence and baccalaureate degree attainment as the primary measures of student success, Braxton (2006) concluded that eight domains warrant attention: academic attainment, acquisition of general education, development of academic competence, development of cognitive skills and intellectual dispositions, occupational attainment, preparation for adulthood and citizenship, personal accomplishments, and personal development. In their review of the literature conducted for the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative, Kuh et al. (2007) proposed that student success be defined broadly to include academic achievement, engagement in educationally purposeful activities, satisfaction, acquisition of desired knowledge, skills and competencies, persistence, attainment of educational objectives, and post-college performance. Student engagement represents both the time and energy students invest in educationally purposeful activities and the effort institutions de-vote to using effective educational practices.” (Kuh, 2001)
Submissions for traditional presentations are invited on topics related to strategies for success and support for the various student communities that exist on college campuses.
Presentation (50 minutes)
Roundtable Discussion (50 minutes)
Panel Presentation (50 minutes)
The deadline for program submission is November 13, 2017. Send proposals to Turnerla@ecu.edu
Contact Dr. Lathan E. Turner, 737-5196 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Unmasking the Effects of Student Engagement on First-Year College Grades and Persistence George D. Kuh,, Ty M. Cruce, Rick Shoup , Jillian Kinzie, Robert M. Gonyea,. The Journal of Higher Education, Volume 79, Number 5, September/October 2008, pp. 540-563 (Article)
During the month of October Campus Living conducted a Best Decorated Room contest for students living on campus. 67 rooms (63 women and 3 men) entered the contest. A winning room from each of the 16 residence halls was selected and posted to Facebook where followers were asked to “like” their favorite. The room with the most “likes” were designated as the Best Decorated Room on campus and received a $200 bookstore voucher ($100 per roommate). 772 total votes were recorded.
Congratulations to Keely Gates and Kaylee White of Garrett Hall, who received the most votes in the contest.
The 10th Annual peace.love.pirates.cure Cancer Awareness Event was bigger and better than ever! Over 400 people participated in the event where they learned about various types of cancer, signs, symptoms, prevention, and survivorship. The first ever “Dunk Out Cancer” basketball dunk contest took place with over 10 participants. The climbing wall was opened for the first time during this event where participants could climb different routes based on certain types of cancer. Healthy food samples were provided by ECU Dining, Student Health Service Dietitians, Salsa A’Larita and Clean Eatz. The event was sponsored by CRW, SHS, and SGA. For more information, CLICK HERE for the full story.
Pirate Invitational Lacrosse Tournament = Economic Impact
The 13th Annual Pirate Invitational Lacrosse Tournament recently took play at our North Recreational Complex from October 13th through the 15th with ECU Club Women’s Lacrosse & Club Men’s Lacrosse hosting. Each day of the tournament say an average of about 260 participants, with the 15th seeing a high of 414 participants. In total, The 13th Annual Pirate Invitational Lacrosse Tournament brought 781 people into the Greenville community for a total approximated monetary economic impact of $53,000. Despite great efforts from our Women’s Club Lacrosse Team and Men’s Club Lacrosse Team, the men’s bracket was won by North Carolina State University and the women’s bracket champion was Towson University.
During the month of September, the Office of Student Transitions hosted weekly programs for native and incoming sophomore students. The goal of Sophomore September is to encourage sophomore students to stay engaged, to provide information to help them successfully transition to their sophomore year, and to introduce them to the Office of Student Transitions.
There were four information programs offered during the month of September.