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New Student Center Topping Off Ceremony
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Netflix and Chat
Hurricane Relief and Recovery
Student Affairs Making Headlines
ECU to Host Michael Sam
BCSSE: Data to Support Student Success
Club Sports Hosts IGCC
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A tower crane carried the final beam of the new East Carolina University student center to its destination under a beautiful blue, fall sky on Oct. 4.
Ten years in the making, ECU administrators, faculty, staff
and students gathered at the building site off 10th Street for a topping off,
or topping out, ceremony to commemorate the installation of the final beam in
the construction project.
“This signals the construction project is well on its way to
completion,” said Dr. Cecil Staton, chancellor of ECU. “It will be a living
room for our university.”
Scheduled to open in November 2018, the 210,000-square-foot
facility – almost the equivalent of four and a half football fields – will
house many student-focused departments including SGA, the Office of Student
Activities and Organizations, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, the Jesse Peel
LGBT Resource Center and Dowdy Student Stores. Amenities will include a black
box theater, a 14,000-square-foot ballroom, six dining options and a 24-by-42
outdoor Pirate Vision digital screen. A 700-space parking deck also is
The center is part of the $160 million ECU Student Centers
Project, which includes the Health Sciences Campus Student Center that opened
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On September 21, ECU Student Media participated in “Culture,
Context, Coverage, Communication,” a discussion of inclusivity and diversity in
More than 71 students attended the training that was led by
Toya S. Jacobs, diversity and inclusion program manager for the Office for
Equity and Diversity at ECU, and Meredith Morgan, OED’s program specialist for
Diversity and Inclusion Education and Training.
The two led the students through a discussion on biases
related to race, ethnicity and disabilities, focusing on how to avoid them in
student media. They warned the students on “The danger of a single story” as
presented in a video by Nigerian born author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The
presentation reminded students to get the full story and to not see any person
or situation through a single lens.
Student Media Director John Harvey said the first-time
training for all students in the department was designed to include an honest
discussion of diversity and racial bias confronted by media.
“It is vitally important for anyone in the media, whether as
a reporter or a radio personality, to open up and try to better understand all
cultures within the community he or she serves,” Harvey said. “A big thanks
goes to the presenters, our organizers and the students themselves for
Student Media at ECU includes The East Carolinian newspaper;
WZMB 91.3 FM radio; Rebel, The Hook and expressions magazines; Buccaneer
yearbook and the Advertising & Marketing Agency.
Student Media Advisor Terrence Dove and The East Carolinian
Administrative Adviser Cherie Speller co-chaired the workshop.
On September 21st, Student Affairs departments debuted a new program focusing
on the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why". This hour long program featured an
overview of the thirteen episode series and included a panel of ECU professional staff. Several
clips were shown to those in attendance with conversations following each clip
that covered topics such as mental health, sexual assault, and an opportunity to
plug upcoming events and available resources on campus. At the end of the program, students had the opportunity to
ask additional questions.
This first event saw approximately 75 students in attendance
who were engaged and expressed their strong support of the program following
According to Lauren Thorn, Interim Associate Dean of Students,
a discussion between the Dean of Students Office and the Student Activities
Board Films committee took place last semester regarding what students are
watching on television and how that can be used in a way that is both
entertaining and educational.
“We wanted to provide an opportunity for the ECU community
to have those difficult conversations that focused on culturally-relevant touch
points,” said Thorn. “From that
discussion the series Netflix and Chat was created. The goal is to focus on three Netflix series,
specials, or movies each semester. Upcoming
programs will include "Dear White People", "Last Chance U" and "Burning
The next Netflix and Chat will be held on November 2 at
5:30pm in MSC 244. "Dear White People"
will be the featured series viewed and discussed. This series focuses on race relations on
campus and how the media can influence these situations. In addition to professional staff, the
panelist for this discussion will also include student representation. This Wellness Passport event is free and open
to the entire ECU community.
We’ve witnessed both tragic destruction as well as amazing
examples of humanity over the past few weeks with Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and
Maria. Below are a few updates from the CLCE team related to hurricane relief
and recovery on campus:
Contact Nichelle Shuck or Dennis McCunney in CLCE if you are
interested in learning more about ABE programming or other hurricane relief
While in Miami, FL
for a recent meet, ECU Club Ice
Hockey volunteered their time with Feeding South Florida (food bank) to help end hunger in South Florida.
They moved over 5,000 pounds of food in about an hour and were able to provide
over 4,000 meals to people in need. On the ice, after playing back to back weekends in Miami and Atlanta, the Pirates return to Greenville to face Elon on Oct. 20 at 9:45pm at the Carolina Ice Zone.
The Ledonia Wright Cultural Center and LGBT Resource Office will
host Michael Sam at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 in Mendenhall Student Center’s Hendrix
Sam, an NCAA All-American Football Player, NFL Free Agent
and LGBT Athlete, will deliver a presentation called “From Hitchcock High to
the NFL, I am Michael Sam.”
His message is to encourage people to boldly and
courageously pursue their dreams and define their success using his impassioned
personal story of resilience over life’s challenges.
The University of Missouri football star was primed for an
early round draft selection in the 2014 NFL draft. However Sam’s on-field
talents were nearly sidelined when he came out as gay during an ESPN interview.
His announcement sent shockwaves throughout the sports world and resulted in a
last round draft selection by the St. Louis Rams.
However, Sam emerged as a powerful and prominent icon for
inclusion, a pioneer for the LGBTQ community, and an exemplar of the resilience
and tenacity of the human spirit. He is current an NFL free agent, meaning he
doesn’t currently have a signed contract with an NFL team. During his playing career, Michael was awarded
ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2014 ESPYs, an annual sports awards
The event is free and open to the public. Michael Sam will speak at 7 p.m., which will
be followed by a question and answer session with those in the audience.
For additional information, contact Mariza James, Ledonia
Wright Cultural Center at (252) 328-6495 or Mark Rasdorf, LGBT Resource Office
at (252) 737-4451.
Each year, students enter campus with a variety of
backgrounds and experiences that relate to their academic engagement and
success. Every three years ECU administers the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) to provide
campus administrators with valuable and timely information that allows us to
positively impact the first-year experiences of our students. Nearly 90% of our entering first-year
students complete the BCSSE during summer orientation, and this exceptionally
high response rate allows us to generalize the trends we identify to the entire
undergraduate community with a high degree of confidence.
Students. Perhaps most informative, we have learned over the years that
more than half of ECU undergraduates identify as first generation college
students. With data from 2014 and 2017,
we can now state with confidence that approximately 55% of our undergraduate
population arrive at ECU from households whose parent(s) or guardian(s) do not
have a bachelor’s degree. Furthermore, roughly
34% of our undergraduate students come from households whose parent(s) or
guardian(s) have no education beyond high school. These first generation college students are
materially different from our continuing generation college students, and
understanding these trends helps us to be better practitioners and more attuned
to their individual needs.
In terms of academic preparation, we know that 25% of first-year students took
no Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school, 52% took no college courses
for credit, and 94% took no International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. Among the students who did take AP courses in
high school, approximately half (48%) took no more than two AP courses in their
high school career. We also know that
our first-year students consistently arrive at ECU with little experience
writing term papers. More than one-third
(35%) reported writing no medium-length papers (6-11 pages) in their senior year,
and more than three-quarters (77%) reported writing no papers longer than 10
pages during their senior year.
Engagement and Employment.
The majority of our students reported little academic engagement during high
school, yet high levels of part-time employment. On average, during their senior year, almost
half of our first-year students spent five or less hours per week preparing for
class (49%) and ten hours or less engaged in co-curricular activities
(53%). Although 27% of first-year
students reported not working for pay during high school, one-half (50%) reported
working a part-time job of 20 hours or less per week. When looking ahead to their first year at
ECU, almost half of our students expected significant difficulty managing their
time and paying for college.
Learning More about
Our Students. There is an abundance of useful information about first-year
student experiences during their last year of high school and their
expectations of what their first year of college will entail. This information can be presented to you in
departmental staff meetings, compiled for you for specific requests, included
in COAD seminar courses, or other departmental programming efforts just to name
If you would like to learn more about our students, feel
free to register for an OFE presentation titled “Using Student Characteristics Data to Support Student
Success” via Cornerstone on October 24th, or contact your liaison
with the Student Affairs Assessment, Research, and Retention office.
ECU’s Club Ice Hockey and Figure Skating Sports teams hosted 16
children from the Lucille Gorham Inter-Generational Community Center (IGCC) for
an afternoon of ice skating and pizza, and then the kids got to watch the club ice hockey game play against Old
Dominion University. The afternoon began at 3:00pm with both club teams
interacting on the ice with the kids teaching basic skating skills. For many of these children, this was their
first experience being in an ice skating rink and around college students.
“Knowing the kids enjoyed themselves and seeing the smiles
on their faces was a great feeling for the members of the ECU
clubs,” said Sam Cucuel, VP of Club Figure Skating.
Stacy Massey, mother to one of the children in attendance, said
that her son originally did not want to come because he didn’t know how to
skate, however, now she can’t keep him off the ice. When asked about his favorite part of the
day, her son said he loved finally learning how to skate and that he would like
to come back. “He’s enjoying a new experience,” Massey stated. “I love the IGCC
because it helps keep the kids out of trouble and off the streets.”
Overall both club sports teams truly enjoyed their afternoon,
and while ECU Club Ice Hockey dominated the ice with a 9-1 win over ODU, the
real winners for the afternoon were the kids!
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