September 16, 2014 Edition

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ECU Named Lead Institution by NASPA

East Carolina University has been selected as one of nearly 100 colleges and universities in the nation as a Lead Institution by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for the student affairs profession.  As a Lead Institution, ECU will participate in a national initiative on civic learning and democratic engagement.

We are pleased to be selected to participate in NASPA's network of institutions dedicated to developing students' sense of civic identity, as civic engagement, is a core value of higher education.  Being recognized as a national leader in this field is a reflection of the quality of our current efforts and our ongoing commitment to inspiring students to challenge themselves through leadership and service roles moving forward.

As a participating institution in NASPA's initiative, East Carolina will continue to encourage students' civic development through thoughtful community partnerships, engaging leadership opportunities, and democratic participation.

Being an East Carolina University student means becoming an active citizen and influencing positive change in the community.  Service and civic engagement are hallmarks of our mission and our new strategic plan, but more importantly, they are our core values. Below are some of ECU's key engagement and service initiatives:
  • Lucille Gorham Intergenerational Community Center – 18,000 members of the Greenville/Pitt County community, from K-12 afterschool students through programs assisting the aging population, have been served since 2007.
  • Third Street Community Center – student volunteers help coordinate an afterschool program in West Greenville using an arts-based curriculum and music education program.  This is a partnership between Student Affairs and the College of Fine Arts and Communication.
  • Migrant Education Program – provides an opportunity for current adolescents and adults in the migrant community to access English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.
  • Campus Kitchen at ECU – this campus chapter served more than 1,800 meals in the 2013-14 year to four different partnering agencies. 
For a complete listing of participating institutions or to learn more about the Lead Institution program, please visit the NASPA website

LGBT Resource Officesmall

LGBT Resource Office News and Notes

New website

The LGBT Resource Office unveiled a new and improved website just as the semester began, incorporating the use of the new word mark developed in Spring 2014.  

Click here to view the website, which includes a comprehensive new listing with campus, local, state, and national resources, as well as a religion/spirituality section with more than 20 national organizations offering support for the LGBT community.  A book collection of over 400 titles has been cataloged and organized by subject and author and is available online.  LGBT Programs and events are featured, as well as an online form for faculty, staff, residence hall staff, and campus groups to request LGBT student panels as part of the Resource Office's ongoing education efforts.

LGBT Fall Welcome and Social

On September 9, the LGBT Resource Office hosted a Fall Welcome and Social for all interested students.  More than 70 students attended the event, held in the Green Room at the Croatan, and were provided the opportunity to learn more about volunteer opportunities and services provided by the Resource Office.  Mark Rasdorf, assistant director of the LGBT Resource Office, along with graduate assistant Jessica Melowski and Alex Dennis, a graduate intern, greeted the students.  Laura McMaster (Center for Student Leadership and Engagement) and Dr. Lynn Roeder (Dean of Students) shared opening remarks.

Student representatives from the GLBTSU and a proposed LGBTQ Graduate Student group spoke and Alex Dennis described the Coffee House social and psychoeducational group that continues to meet on Tuesday evenings this semester.  Rasdorf and Melowski shared an overview of the full slate of LGBT Resource Office programs and events planned for Fall 2014.  There was tremendous enthusiasm among the students in attendance once they were given the opportunity to volunteer for events including National Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and World AIDS Day.

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ECU Leadership engages students through dialogue and education

Below is the message sent from Dr. Hardy to all ECU students.  At the end of this message is a link to a letter written by Chancellor Ballard distributed on ECU Official.  Additionally, the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center hosts an event on Sept. 17th called “Words to Action,” which focuses on equality, community and unity.  Click on the image to view the full graphic image.

Dear ECU Students: 

Today’s society is often deemed to be progressive, forward thinking, and culturally competent, but we are, unfortunately, reminded that hate, disrespect, and ignorance still exist.  

In this campus community, we should all be offended when someone expresses this disrespect and ignorance publicly.  And when one of our own students is the victim, that is a time for us to band together and collectively say we won’t allow these types of inappropriate actions on our campus.  

I strongly encourage each student to read this letter from Chancellor Steve Ballard.  Then I suggest you engage in constructive conversations with your RA, your roommate, your friends and family or your faculty and staff.  

All of our stories are different.  All of our backgrounds are different.  And that’s okay.  Creating dialogue about our differences is not always easy, but it most definitely important.  East Carolina University offers numerous ways to expand and broaden our understanding and education, in and out of the classroom.  Please do your part and let’s grow together.

Virgina Hardy, ECU Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Click here read the letter from ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard.

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Yom Kippur

ECU Homecoming Statement - Yom Kippur

ECU welcomes all people to be part of our living, working, and learning community. We grow in strength as we diversify our students, staff, and faculty.

We recognize that diversity and respect for human difference is a key source of intellectual vitality and innovative spirit.  We recognize that for members of the ECU family our Homecoming activities on October 3 and 4 conflict with the holy day observances of Yom Kippur.   We strive to avoid conflicts between religious holidays and official university activities. Unfortunately, we are not always successful. Know that we will continue our efforts to avoid these conflicts in the future.  

If you are visiting us during this holiday, please feel free to contact Abbie Brown, Congregation President for Congregation Bayt Shalom (

ECU 2014 Convocation at Minges

ECU welcomes largest number of undergraduates in school history

East Carolina University welcomed its largest number of undergraduate students to campus with the start of the fall semester.

The university enrolled 22,252 undergraduates, which is 744 more than last fall and is the largest number in university history, said Dr. John Fletcher, associate provost for Enrollment Services. Enrollment figures are considered preliminary until reviewed and approved by the UNC General Administration.

The enrollment numbers for ECU reflect a national trend, Fletcher said. Undergraduate enrollment remains strong while there is a small decrease in the number of graduate students. Total ECU enrollment is 27,511, which is 624 more students than last year and is the fourth largest enrollment in ECU history. In the Graduate School, enrollment stands at 4,740, which is 162 less than last year. 

The number of new freshmen enrolled – 4,226 – is the third largest in ECU history.  Also up is the number of new transfer students – 1,779 – that is an increase of more than 451 from last year. This year’s number of transfer students is the largest in school history, Fletcher said. 

“The increase in overall enrollment at ECU represents an acknowledgement from students new and continuing, from North Carolina and outside the state, who recognize the quality of our faculty, the rich culture and traditions of the Pirate Nation and the value for their education dollar,” Fletcher said.   

At UNC-system institutions, the 10th day of class is traditionally “census day” when a snapshot is captured of the school’s enrollment data. At ECU, September 10th was the 10th day of class for the 2014 fall semester.

News and Information

Student Affairs News and Notes

  • Campus Recreation and Wellness - David Gaskins served as a Clinician for the 13th Regional Flag Football Officials Clinic hosted by Campbell University on Saturday, September 6th.  The event featured about 30 students and 10 administrators from campus recreation programs in North Carolina and Virginia.

  • Several members of the Campus Rec and Wellness staff attended the North Carolina Recreational Sports Association (NoCRSA) State Workshop from September 11-13 hosted in Durham by Duke University.  The workshop assembled professionals and students from around the state for facility tours, educational sessions, roundtables, and an expo by exhibitors. 

    Sam Combs (Fitness) presented a session entitled, "It's Freezing in Here" on the True Colors model while also leading the "Fitness and Group Exercise" roundtable.  Brad Beggs (Adventure) was among the facilitators for the "Outdoor Adventures" roundtable.

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