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Alternative Break Experiences
Denim Day - April 26, 2017
Creed Awards Ceremony
LGBT Resource Office Awards First Scholarships
Student Affairs Making Headlines
RHA Siblings Weekend 2017
LGBT Legacy Project
Student Health Prepares for National Accreditation
The Hook Magazine
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East Carolina University’s Center for
Leadership and Civic Engagement gave students an opportunity to spend Spring Break helping others in Greenville as well as on the North Carolina coast and in multiple other
states through its Alternative Break Experiences program.
In Greenville on a “Staycation,” ECU students worked
Saturday, March 4 through Wednesday, March 8 with community partners focused on
youth and nutrition. Students stayed at Community Crossroads Center emergency
homeless shelter for the week, where they served meals and assisted in cleanup
projects. They also tutored and mentored youth at Third Street Education
Center, South Greenville Elementary School and assisted with several community
gardens in west Greenville. Students also facilitated a Campus Kitchen at ECU
nutrition lesson at Operation Sunshine.
This is the seventh year that ECU students traveled
to Carteret County and Atlantic Beach. From Sunday, March 5 to Thursday, March
9, students cleaned and painted cabins at Camp Albemarle, where they were
bunked for the week. Students also worked with the N.C. Coastal Federation.
Service consisted of mainly environmental work including oyster habitat
restoration, rain water gardens with a local elementary school, beach and camp
cleanup, and project maintenance as needed.
Other students traveled to Baltimore, Maryland
to work on projects addressing poverty and homelessness; to Roanoke, Virginia
for community health-related service projects; to Haysi, Virginia where
students worked on masonry and landscaping projects; to Pilot Mountain and
Boone, North Carolina, and Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia where
students partnered with local, state and national parks on trail maintenance,
camp and river cleanups; to Columbia, South Carolina where they worked with
youth in the juvenile justice system; and Atlanta, Georgia, where students worked
with the LGBT community and homeless youth. Also sophomore EC Scholars traveled
to Washington, D.C., where they attended a presentation at the Pentagon hosted
by ECU alumni and participated in a local service project.
Alternative Break Experiences are offered
throughout the year to create student-learning opportunities in diverse
environments that address social, economic, political, environmental, spiritual
and cultural issues. ECU students learn through the exchange of
reflection, critical thinking and by applying academic concepts outside the
classroom, said Nichelle Shuck, associate director in the Center for Leadership
and Civic Engagement.
Click below for additional ABE stories.
ECU News Services
As a part of
National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April), the Division of Student
Affairs will be supporting the Denim Day movement. This international
campaign began following a court case in Italy where a young girl was told by
the Supreme Court that she could not have been raped because she was wearing
tight jeans. Denim Day is now recognized across the world as a way to raise
awareness around sexual assault, prevention efforts, and supporting survivors.
On April 26th, 2017,
all members of the ECU Division of Student Affairs are invited to participate
in Denim Day and wear denim to demonstrate a unified show of support for the
movement. Offices and departments can also share photos of participation
on social media. The hope is to join together and help raise awareness to this
serious global issue and continue to demonstrate the power of Pirate Nation
through this and other programs such as the S.H.O.E.S. Project, Pledge Purple
and the #ECUnited Initiative.
If you would like
more information about resources on campus or ways to support local community
charities that provide services to survivors, please visit the website for our
Victim Advocate for a comprehensive list of agencies and departments that
provide services to survivors of sexual assault at www.ecu.edu/victimservices.
information about Denim Day and its history can be found at www.denimdayinfo.org. If you have questions about the April
26th Denim Day event at ECU, contact Kat Bursky with the ECU Center for
Counseling and Student Development at 737-1466, or Lauren Thorn in the Dean of Students office at 328-9297.
On Thursday, March 30th, the Dean of Students office hosted
the 9th Annual Creed Awards Ceremony at Harvey Hall. Twenty recipients
were recognized for exhibiting the four pillars of the East Carolina Creed:
integrity, diversity, responsibility and citizenship. Nominations were gathered
from the university community and selected by members of the ECU Ambassadors,
with students, faculty and staff members chosen for each category. Dr. Erik
Kneubuehl, Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Involvement and Leadership, delivered the keynote
address, and family and friends were in attendance to celebrate their loved
ones as the ECU Ambassadors led the ceremony. A reception following the
event included opportunities for photos and socializing with colleagues and
List of Recipients:
Dr. Nelson Cooper
Dr. Vivian Covington
Lt. Chris Sutton
Dr. Kennetta Perry
Dr. Don Chaney
Dr. Ryan Martin
Following the Creed Awards Ceremony, Creed Week was held on campus from
April 3rd-7th, with each day focusing on a different pillar of the creed. Collaborations with ECU Campus Recreation and Wellness,
the Student Conduct Board and ECU Police encouraged participating students to
stop by the event table in Wright Plaza and learn more about resources on
campus. Activities at the table were designed to start conversations about the
values and ideals of the ECU Creed, and helped to identify how we integrate
these concepts into our daily interactions on campus. The Dean of Students
office was also a part of Culture Fest on Wednesday, April 5th,
sharing information about diversity and how students can support one another on
The Dean of Students office would like to thank everyone who made Creed
Week and the Creed Awards Ceremony possible, and we look forward to continuing
our commitment to highlight the pillars of the ECU Creed!
The LGBT Resource Office recently announced the recipients of
two new scholarships—the LGBT Resource Office Pride Scholarship and the LGBT
Resource Office Equality Scholarship—for the 2017/2018 academic year. These $500 scholarships are made possible by
the support of the LGBT Advancement Council with funds donated to the LGBT
Priority Fund in Student Affairs Advancement.
The LGBT Resource Office Pride Scholarship is a
merit-based award to recognize outstanding students who thrive academically and
are committed to social justice and equality for the LGBT community at East
Carolina University. The scholarship is available to current students in good
academic standing, and is renewable annually.
The Pride Scholarship was created to recognize academic excellence among
students actively involved in the LGBT Resource Office who promote a safe and
inclusive environment for LGBT students at East Carolina University.
The recipients of the 2017/2018 Pride
The LGBT Resource Office Equality Scholarship
is a need-based award to support students with a motivation to complete their
degree and students with a demonstrated interest in supporting the LGBT
Resource Office. The scholarship is available to current students in good
academic standing, and is renewable annually. The Equality Scholarship was
created in recognition of the financial need of some LGBT students whose life
circumstances may create economic hardship due to limited or no family
support. Further, the Equality Scholarship is designed to support
students to achieve success by easing some of the stress of financial hardship.
The recipients of the 2017/2018 Equality
On March 10-12th, the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW) took place in Statesboro, Georgia at Georgia
Southern University. Karen Smith and Corrie Schwabrow from the Office of
Student Transitions and 29 of the 2017 Orientation Assistants made the trip for
a very successful weekend!
150 workshops were held on Saturday and a number of ECU
Orientation Assistants presented to their peers that day.
Each year at SROW, colleges and universities can choose to
participate in the Song, Dance, Step and Skit contest and this year our ECU OAs
performed in the dance portion of the competition, taking home a 2nd
During the past year, what did your students learn through
engagement in your programs and/or services?
How effective have you been in delivering operations? What did you do well and what can you
improve? Did you achieve your overall
goal(s)? How do you know?
You can answer all of these and more through outcomes
assessment. Whether you used assessment
methods such as reflection papers, focus groups, resource stewardship analyses,
staff performance evaluations, or any other assessment method, you can analyze
the results from these methods, determine what the results are saying about
your program, and then develop an action plan as you strategize how to make
next years’ events and/or services even better.
Here are some steps to improve your program/services through
the year as you complete your program reports and you enter your good news into
Discuss what steps you took to improve your program.
Summarize the findings from your surveys, focus groups,
observations, reflection papers, or any assessment method you may have used.
Review your overall goal and related outcome. Discuss how you met this goal.
Discuss how your changes made an impact on your current results.
Based on your interpretation of the results, identify any area that
needs improvement or areas that can remain the same because of meeting the
metrics (i.e. percentage, number, quantified description, or baseline) you set
for your outcome (criteria for success).
Based on your results and interpretation of your results, provide
specific steps to explain how you are going to improve the program or
service. For example, you could decide
that: 1) a new program or service needs
to be developed, 2) a piece of a program or service needs to be improved,
and/or 3) the students are meeting the learning outcomes; therefore, the
program will continue as is. After
providing how the program is going to be improved, give the specific action
steps that will get you to that improvement.
Need help with putting your assessment information together
and getting it into TracDat? Contact
your assessment liaison within Student Affairs Assessment, Research and
Siblings’ Weekend, an annual event organized by the Residence Hall Association
(RHA), invites students to bring their siblings to East Carolina University for
an awesome experience. This event is open to all residents that live in the
residence halls of ECU. It is designed to provide students an
opportunity to spend the weekend with their sibling, and bond with their
“Little Pirate.” The theme for the event was a Medieval theme: ECU
students were considered to be "wizards" and their siblings were
"apprentices." Additionally, volunteers were called
"knights." During this weekend, siblings participated in events
that were sponsored by the Residence Hall Association. These events
included: a showing of the classic movie “Princess Bride”, bowling,
billiards, and arcade games, a magician, corn hole tournament, attendance to
the ECU baseball game, and inflatable games.
year was the largest event they’ve ever had! We had
over 200 participants. We are proud to say that RHA Siblings Weekend
has grown substantially over the past few years. We had sibling attendants from
New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio in addition to the vast
amount from the pirate state, North Carolina, said Rachel Eker, residence hall
association Vice President.
event was a total success that helped siblings build relationships with each
other throughout the weekend. As the event came to a close, we had
several students with their siblings come to us and thank us for an amazing
weekend. The event was a complete success and RHA is looking forward to the 7th
Annual Siblings Weekend in 2018, Eker said!
are our history, each one a reflection of a live lived and journey unique to
each individual. The lives of generations of people in the LGBT community have
gone unrecorded due to homophobia, fear, prejudice, and sadly, shame.
Legacy Project is an effort to capture our stories for future generations who
might someday want to know about the lives of our students in the early part of
the 21st century. To launch this initiative, the LGBT Resource
Office announces an essay contest around the theme of coming out.
submissions of essays (1000 to 1500 words in length) that tell a story of the
coming out experience. Stories might focus on coming out to parents or family
members, coming out to allies/friends, coming out on campus to roommates,
friends, or teachers – or any important moment in your coming out process,
including coming out to and getting comfortable with yourself. Stories might
also reflect the experience of an ally who was there for a friend or family
member who came out to them.
must be double spaced with one inch margins and should be emailed to email@example.com. Deadline for
submission is Friday, April 21, 2017.
Open to all currently enrolled ECU students in good academic standing.
Prizes will be
awarded as follows:
First prize -
Second prize -
Third prize -
be announced at the Lavender Launch ceremony on May 4, 2017.
ECU Student Health Services hosted an Accreditation
Association for Ambulatory Health Care, AAAHC, fair on March 7, 2017 for all
SHS employees. The fair was a fun, creative way to help prepare employees for
the upcoming AAAHC survey on June 5th and 6th, 2017.
Additionally, the fair included interactive games on several AAAHC chapters
such as patient rights, quality of care and quality improvement. All
participants who successfully completed all the games had the opportunity to
put their name in for a drawing to win homemade baked goods, gift card, and ECU
ball cap! SHS staff gave positive feedback on the fair and noted it was a, “fun
atmosphere with interactive learning.”
AAAHC is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1979.
Their primary purpose is to develop standards to advance and promote patient
safety, quality care, and value for ambulatory health care through peer-based
accreditation process, education and research. The AAAHC Accreditation is a
voluntary process which involves an onsite visit for surveyors to measure
health care organizations’ quality of services and performance against
nationally recognized standards.
Look for the
just-released Spring 2017 edition of The Hook magazine – now on newsstands
campus wide! Featured articles include “A Day in the Life of a
Pirate,” and “Fall Fashion in Full Spring”.
The Hook magazine is
a complimentary, biannual publication of ECU Student Media. The Hook
includes student-interest articles covering Pirate Nation. Give it a
read, we think we’ll have you hooked!