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Happy Fall 2017 Semester!
Just the Facts from Student Affairs
New Year Kickoff
NASPA Lead Initiative
Cupola Conversations - Charlottesville
T-shirt Swap a Success
2017 Fall Career Fairs
Volunteer for Family Weekend
Safe Zone TrainingSeptember 26 | 1pm-4pm | SRC Rm 202Register HERE on Cornerstone
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The start of a new academic year in Student Affairs is equal parts
excitement and exhaustion. As I mentioned in the Fall Kickoff event, I
believe I have a strong division comprised of staff, graduate assistants, and student workers who are committed to keeping our ECU students at the forefront of what we do. You are appreciated. You folks are truly amazing.
We have once again welcomed more than 5,800 students into our residence
halls. We have more than 4,300 first year students living on campus and
making Pirate Nation their new home. We have about 29,000 students
powering their way into this fall semester. And our Student Affairs
staff, GA’s and student workers have been, and will be, there for them every
step of the way.
This is my 24th year at ECU and my seventh move in week, and I must say
that the Fall 2017 Welcome Back week was incredible.
After a full revamping of the Move-in process in 2016, this year worked
like a well-oiled machine. There are always blips and bumps in the road,
but our staff took them in stride and kept on going. The experience was a
very positive one for our students and their families.
We had the first ever Raid the Rec event at the Student Rec Center on
the Friday night of Move-in. More than 2,000 students enjoyed games,
food, exercise, engagement and fun. This was year one of what we expect
to become a welcome week staple.
Sunday afternoon, the threat of rain disappeared and Convocation and
Palooza went off smoothly. Lex Gillette, ECU alum and blind Paralympian,
told more than 4,000 students don’t be afraid to take shots in the dark.
He shared that losing his sight at age eight wasn’t the end of his story,
simply the beginning. He said “I don’t need sight to have vision. I
am blind, but I know where I am going.” His message still gives me
chills. Let's continue to help our students -- and ourselves -- understand the power of sight and vision.
Following Convocation, Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium was packed for Pirate
Palooza. With dueling pianos, inflatables and games on the field, and
food, food, and more food under the stadium. We had vendors from local
businesses giving out free samples, but we also had excellent food from our new
ECU food trucks and several specialty items offered by Aramark. If
someone left Palooza hungry, it was their own fault.
These were just a couple of successes we had during the first week or so
of class. There are many more and will be many more in the coming weeks.
The thing I was most impressed with was the support from our divisional
units and departments to help others deliver a successful event. Hundreds
of staff and students jumped in to staff/volunteer to make this welcome week a
huge success. I am confident and pleased with our ability and commitment
to help students to connect and engage in the full college experience while
motivating and equipping them with the tools and skills needed to finish
strong. Even though we have accomplished a lot and have much to be proud of, we
will not rest on our laurels. Instead, we will continue to provide
opportunities for our students to learn, grow and develop.
Over the past week, we have yet again witnessed nature’s ability to
cause enormous damage, lost lives and life-changing tragedy. Pirates know the
pain and suffering that hurricanes can inflict. Pirates also know how to
support others in a time of need.
As America rallies to support those suffering in Texas and Louisiana,
our thoughts turn to our brothers and sisters in higher education, especially
our American Athletic Conference friends at the University of Houston, where
43,000 students, faculty and staff are dealing with the aftermath of the
I call upon the entire Pirate Nation to support relief efforts that have
special meaning to you, but also to consider supporting our university friends
in Houston. We have experienced this kind of loss in eastern North Carolina.
And we understand how meaningful it is when your friends are there for you in
Here is how you can help:
Give to University of Houston. University leaders tell us donated funds
will be used to help UH students who experience hardships as a result of the
storm. Visit the University of Houston giving page at https://giving.uh.edu/gift
and indicate “Harvey Relief.”
Give to Hurricane Victims. The American Red Cross depends on donations
to provide immediate relief. You can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling
1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Give Blood. The American Red Cross needs eligible individuals to please
give blood or platelets now to help ensure we have a readily available blood
supply for patients in need. Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood
Donor App, visiting http://redcrossblood.org,
or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
Additional efforts to support those affected by Harvey are underway
across the university. Stay informed by following ECU, Student Affairs, and
Athletics on social media.
To any students, faculty, or staff who may have family in the affected
areas know that counseling services are available. For students, if you are
from that area and need assistance, contact your resident advisor or any Campus
Living staff member, the Office of the Dean of Students at 252-328-9297 or
email at DOS@ecu.edu, as well
as ECU Center for Counseling at 252-328-6661. Faculty and staff may contact the
Employee Assistance Program through ECU Human Resources.
Student Affairs launched a new feature
this fall titled “Just the Facts”. This
regular communication will highlight some of the amazing things happening
in Student Affairs in a quick, simple, and easy-to-read manner. What we
do as SA educators and staff members demonstrates our commitment to
student success, public service and regional transformation. Of course
this is also a great way to toot our own horn!
Click HERE to view the latest Just the
Facts communication distributed on August 24th.
the 2017-2018 school year the best way we know how! New ECU students had a
blast at convocation and Pirate Palooza.
BELOW for the full story.
Additional highlights provided by ECU News Services:
Pirate Palooza 2017
ECU Student Affairs promoted to “Consulting
Institution” through NASPA Lead Initiative
Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (Lead Initiative) comprises a network of 96 NASPA member colleges
and universities committed to encouraging and highlighting the work of student
affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every
student’s college education.
The Lead Initiative offers unique professional
development opportunities, targeted resources, networking, and recognition for
its Lead Institutions. ECU has been a Lead Institution since 2014, and we are
excited to announce that ECU was just promoted to “consulting institution” for
the 2017-2018 year! Consulting Institutions act as mentors, supports, and
resources for other NASPA Lead institutions. Consulting institutions are
called upon for their expertise and serve as leaders in helping NASPA staff
create and execute strategy, programming, and content for the initiative moving
forward. For their work, Lead Consulting Institutions receive tailored and unique professional
development experiences, publication and writing opportunities, and the chance
to influence the ways in which student affairs contributes to the civic
learning and democratic engagement field.
For more information
about NASPA Lead and to get involved, contact Dennis McCunney, CLCE Director.
August 24th, Student Affairs hosted a special Cupola Conversation
for the August 24th Cupola Conversation included:
Conversations aims to create informal opportunities for the university
community to engage in constructive dialogue about various topics. With all eyes on Charlottesville, prior to the
beginning of the semester, this special event was organized to allow Pirate
Nation the opportunity to reflect on how to make our campus #ECUnited.
students attended the discussion in MSC 244 to engage in civil discourse around this
recent event and how we can avoid something similar from happening on our
The next Cupola Conversation will be held on September 27th with a discussion focused on the topic of Privilege.
Click HERE for the full discussion broadcast on Facebook Live from the ECU Inner Pirate's Facebook Page.
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Orientation filled the campus with activity throughout the ten orientation
sessions during the summer months of June and July. There were 4,287 students who attended
orientation along with 5,038 family members. The attendees heard from faculty
about classroom expectations, learned about their major, and finalized
their fall course schedule. They
also had the opportunity to attend a variety of informational sessions including parking and
transit, Greek Life, financial aid, and many more.
Thank you to all the Student Affairs staff who helped support
orientation through presentations, answering questions, and helping our new
students and families feel welcome.
One of the
highlights from the summer was Hypnotist Michael C. Anthony’s 100th orientation show at ECU. Anthony initially performed
one show in 2005 and moved to performing at each orientation session in
2007. The show provides evening
entertainment to both students and family members, helps to build a sense of
community, and helps students and parents share memories prior to leaving for
college. Each year the show is one of
the favorite parts of orientation.
The 100th show brought
the return of many Orientation Assistant alumni and a video was shown to thank
Anthony and the impact he has had on students and the program. He was presented with a baseball jersey that had
the number “100” printed on the back provided by Dowdy Student Store. Anthony’s wife was also in attendance.
Paint It Purple t-shirt swap was a success thanks to the Office of Student
Transitions, Student Affairs Development, and the Alumni Association. Over 250
items were collected on Friday, August 25th and in return each student received
an ECU purple t-shirt provided by Instant Imprints. The items collected have all
to PAINT IT PURPLE every Friday!
ECU Career Services will be hosting two career fairs this
fall. The Health Careers Fair will be on Thursday, September 14 from
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the East Carolina Heart Institute and the Fall Career
Fair will be on Wednesday, October 4 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the
Greenville Convention Center.
The Health Careers Fair will feature 40 employers that focus
on recruiting students and alumni in the fields of human services and
healthcare. The Fall Career Fair will have nearly 200 employers recruiting for
internships, part-time and full-time career opportunities for all majors.
SAVE THE DATESpring Career Fair
February 28, 2018
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Greenville Convention Center
These events are also open to all faculty and staff who
would like to attend or volunteer. For more information, contact ECU Career Services at www.ecu.edu/career or call 252-328-6050.
Family Weekend is
quickly approaching and volunteers are needed to help throughout the weekend.
This year’s events are being held across campus Friday, September 15-Sunday,
September 17. In order to make this weekend a success, YOUR
help is needed to aide in staffing these events in several different capacities
throughout the weekend.
Click HERE to sign-up and volunteer. Questions can be sent
directly to email@example.com