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New Sustainable Options for Campus Dining
Design for Change
The Circle of Assessment Life
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Pirate Parents Live - Hurricane Irma
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the help of a green thumb, East Carolina University's next wave of food
sustainability debuted during this year's College Hill Block Party.
Greens, organically grown in a shipping container behind Jones Residence Hall,
were served with a soy salmon bowl to the more than 5,000 students who attended
Freshman Allison Clemmer of Greensboro was one of the first students to try the
greens. She's happy to know she has additional options when choosing what to
eat on campus.
"I try to eat as healthy as possible, so knowing it's organic helps a
lot," said Clemmer.
to Clemmer and the other students, the greens started off in the container as a
seedling eight weeks ago. The shipping container was put together by Freight
Farms in Boston. ECU's Dining Services, a part of Campus Living within Student
Affairs, purchased the container to be used and managed by Aramark, which
provides all dining services at the University.
The container provides the perfect environment for growing leafy vegetables,
and the process is relatively straightforward. Seeds are introduced to seedling
plugs. These plugs are then flooded with water while in a seedling trough. With
the appropriate amount of moisture, the seeds germinate for a week in an
environment of ideal, controlled humidity and 16 hours of light.
Then, they are moved back to the seedling trough for two weeks where they are
flooded with water every eight hours. Then, they are moved into a crop column,
which looks like a PVC fence post with a slit down the side and has an
elaborate watering system. It's here they will grow for five weeks before
From this process alone, ECU will be able to harvest 500 heads of lettuce - the
equivalent of 2 acres of traditional crops, every five weeks. Annually, the
freight farm will have 10 growing cycles and produce 5,000 heads of lettuce.
These harvested greens will be added to prepared, specialty salads and salad
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The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE) kicked-off
their Fall Week of Service on Saturday, Sept. 9. During the week, CLCE promoted
positive change by hosting service projects throughout Pitt County.
partner service sites included local organizations such as Making Pitt Fit
Community Garden, A Time for Science, MacGregor Downs Health &
Rehabilitation, and River Park North. .
On Monday September 11, CLCE
partnered with the University Writing Center, and Student Government
Association to host a unique program called Design
for Change. This event provided the opportunity for attendees to promote
positive change in remembrance of September 11, 2001. There were four
stations with which participants could engage:
Additional coverage on this event provided by:
The Daily Reflector
The East Carolinian
To learn more about the national 9/11 Day of Service visit www.911day.org/.
reports and strategic/annual reporting are complete for the 16-17 academic
year. Now we can sit back and forget
about it until July 2018…or can we? The
answer, of course, is no; this is the beginning of the circle of assessment
life. It’s time to take our 16-17 report
information and make 17-18 an even better year.
Let’s plan, act, evaluate and respond.
Let’s PLAN and
use our “actions planned” to improve our programs. If you’re forming a new program/service,
you’ll want to: 1) develop goals and outcomes that reflect your departments
vision, mission, and values, 2) align the assessment method(s) and measure(s)
to your outcomes, 3) identify stakeholders in which you want to present your
findings to, and 4) identify the theoretical framework in which you will be
basing the program/service on.
After the plan is constructed, it’s time to ACT on our plan and implement the
methods and measures we set out to do.
This includes the collection of the data from the participants you wish
to understand better through the method you set out to complete.
Once all data is collected, EVALUATION of the data needs to be completed. The data needs to be analyzed in order to
determine if the program/service met its outcomes and goals.
Last, we RESPOND to
the findings and develop actions steps based off of the data. In other words, we discuss and decide what
steps are needed to improve the program next year. Information then needs to be
reported/presented to the stakeholders to communicate and educate them on the
program. This can be done in a variety
of ways including but not limited to:
reports, presentations, briefings, and infographics.
This information is then taken and implemented in the
planning period of the program, which takes us back to beginning of the circle
of assessment life.
Campus Recreation and Wellness held a welcome back event at
the new Health Sciences Campus Student Center for students, faculty and staff
on Monday, August 28.
Catered by 501 Fresh, the event hosted 180 participants over
three hours in the HSC Recreation and Wellness Center. Attendees completed a variety of activities
including fitness challenges, basketball hot shot, safe archery, an adventure
slack line, group fitness classes, and wellness trivia. At the completion of the event participants
received an eight dimensions of wellness T-shirt and various promotional items
including sweat towels, Pirate swords, and water bottles.
The event attracted numerous faculty and staff whom had
never visited the facility, and entertained students clamoring for fun and
engaging events on-campus. Group fitness
offerings that evening filled in just minutes, while others remarked “I’ve
never shot a bow and arrow before, how do I do this,” as they promptly missed
the target by ten feet. Participant
interaction in the facility was at an all-time high, as the buzz around the
building was electric. CRW plans to host
future activities in the facility including organization fairs, sports
tournaments, as well as health and safety courses.
In the midst of
Hurricane Irma descending upon eastern North Carolina the office of Parent
& Family Programs, and other ECU offices, began receiving questions and concerns from
parents and family members. Even when
Irma shifted to the west, the questions continued via phone, email
and social media. Knowing that this
hurricane season has been quite active thus far and that questions were still coming in, Student Affairs hosted a special edition of Pirate
Parents Live on Friday, September 8.
A panel of
University officials talked about Hurricane Irma, and other possible
systems including Jose, and the potential impact on ECU. The panelists included Bill McCartney from
Campus Living, the Dean of Students Dr. Lynn Roeder, Lauren Mink from
Environmental Health & Safety, and Jeannine Hutson from News Services.
The moment the video
became available online, ECU was instantly accessible to thousands of
concerned parents and family members despite many of them being many states
away. Hundreds of people tuned in live to watch the
discussion and ask questions during the program and there were more than 7,500 views over the next 72 hours.
the event were extremely positive. One mother even posted the following on the
ECU Parent & Family Programs Facebook Page:
Received an email about this Live video ECU made concerning
Hurricane Irma. Being 4 hours away from my baby at times like this is not easy.
However, this video the panel took the time to
create has really been a blessing! They answered many if not all of my
questions and concerns!!! Sending hugs to the ECU staff, as they promised to
continue to keep watch of the hurricane. You are appreciated from a Charlotte,
NC - Mom!
Campus Recreation and Wellness started the year off on a
great note as we hosted our first annual Raid the Rec! The Student Recreation
Center was rocking and attendance numbers cracked at about 2,300 students for
our first event of the year.
A plethora of attractions were offered for
student’s enjoyment, ranging from free food from places like Clean Eatz,
Dominos and Muscle Maker, to fun and games with attractions like an indoor
roller rink, bubble sumo, a putt-putt golf course, an escape room, a DJ, and
even the rock wall was up and running for students to enjoy.
We were thrilled to offer this event to the students for
their first Friday back on campus, as it gave us the opportunity to highlight
the wide variety of events and programs we host throughout the year. Thank you
to our Raid the Red sponsors, North Carolina National Guard for the popular
challenge course, ECU’s SGA and RHA for activities and transportation, and
Captains Quarter’s. Additionally, a big thank you goes out to Campus
Living and all the resident advisors that helped to spread the word about Raid
Pledge PurpleOctober 2-4, 2017The events are designed to bring awareness to ending sexual violence, harassment and bullying.For more details visit www.ecu.edu/ecunited
Cupola ConversationsWednesday, September 27 at 5pm in MSC 244Topic: Understanding DACA
Culture, Context, Coverage, CommunicationsThursday, September 21 from 6:30pm-8:00pm in Rivers Room 102Student Media staff members are invited to this diversity and inclusivity workshop to make them more aware of diversity issues and learn how to better reflect inclusiveness in their reporting.
NAACP Unity MarchWednesday, September 20 at 4pm on the MSC BrickyardThis march was organized to show that despite what is occurring outside of our campus we are still unified. The march is being sponsored by multiple student organizations as well as Student Affairs Student Involvement and Leadership.
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