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“It is from numberless acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or act to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, they send out a tiny ripple of hope, and…those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” -Robert F. Kennedy
LeaderShape was held May 10-16 in Blowing Rock, NC with one simple purpose: change the world. Ten faculty members and staff joined 60 ECU students from a variety of background for one week where they all worked to build and live in a just, caring and thriving world.
The group embraced the philosophy of a healthy disregard for the impossible as they created visions for the world. Students challenged themselves to think of a world free of AIDS, where all children had adequate access to education, where living healthy was a way of life and mental health did not carry negative stigmas, but instead was met with new depths of resources and sensitivity.
Their visions were developed at LeaderShape, but it is a lifelong process that they embarked upon during this week. We challenge our entire community to help them continue the amazing work they have started.
Participants were reminded that a mind, once stretched, could never regain its original dimensions. Throughout this week we stretched and challenged one another to stand up for our beliefs, to find the courage to live our values and support one another through the development of our visions.
At the end of LeaderShape week one student proclaimed, “it was a life changing experience, and I now know that a just caring and thriving world is possible. LeaderShape is a little like Disney World, dreams really do come true.”
Thank you to the amazing students that made this week a reality. And a tremendous and heartfelt thank you goes to our Cluster Facilitators, Lauren Thorn (Counseling), Zack Hawkins (SA Development), Nichelle Shuck (VSLC), Brian Stutz (Campus Living) and Tamika Wordlow (Student Rights and Responsibilities) for giving of their time, talent and treasure!
Student Health Re-Accreditation Process
Student Health Services had its Summation Conference with Dr. Newman, the AAHC (Association of Academic Health Centers) Surveyor. The Summation Conference is where the findings are shared with an organization under review. The initial feedback and responses were extremely positive.
“I have an overwhelming feeling of gratitude to the staff who catered to, hosted, and responded so professionally to the surveyor,” said Jolene Jernigan, Director of ECU Student Health Services (SHS).
Here are some of Dr. Newman’s initial comments about SHS:
An official report is forthcoming from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Congratulations to Jolene Jernigan and the entire staff of Student Health Services!!
New SA Social Media Website
Getting connected and engaged with Student Affairs units on social media has never been easier. The division launched a new website this summer that lists each department and the social media accounts in each unit. The social media icons listed next to the department have hyperlinks to the account.
Additionally on the left side of the webpage, you can click on the specific social media icon (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and sort the list to see which areas have a certain social media account.
Please visit the site and get connected across the division and help get our messages out to our students.
New SA Staff since June 1st
Student Affairs Staff leaving the Division since June 1st
SA Position Search Updates
VSLC Presents 2013-14 Awards
The Association of Mexicans in North Carolina, Inc. (AMEXCAN) was presented with the Outstanding Community Partner award for 2014 from ECU’s Volunteer and Service Learning Center on June 6. This award recognizes the efforts of an outstanding campus and community based partner, who has assisted ECU in the engagement of students in meaningful experiential learning experiences either through service-learning courses or co-curriculum volunteer activities outside of the classroom.
“AMEXCAN received multiple nominations for the award from students and faculty,” said Meagan Smith, associate director for the ECU Volunteer and Service-Learning Center. “The awards selection committee used a rubric to review all nominations and selected AMEXCAN to receive the award based on the rubric and nominations.”
In addition to the Outstanding Community Partner Award, VSLC also presented the following 2013-14 awards.
2014 Family Weekend
ECU Athletics, the American Athletic Conference and ESPN have announced the 8pm kickoff time for the August 30th football game vs. North Carolina Central. Now that the game time is set, the Office of Parent and Family Programs is working to finalize all of the Family Weekend events and programs.
Some of those activities include:
Please visit the website for the schedule of events, ticket information and more. You can also contact Lauren Byers (252-328-6847) if you are interested in volunteering at any of the events.
2014 New Student Orientation Update
We are halfway through 2014 New Student Orientation and by all accounts everything is going very well. The new check-in process at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium has been warmly received by students and families in the first five orientation sessions.
The Office of Student Transitions has ben active on social media since the first orientation session. In fact, several of the ever-popular Orientation Assistants (OA’s) have taken over the @ECUFirstYear Twitter accounts to engage, connect and share experiences with students.
The first seven sessions, out of ten, are closed and the 8th session is expected to fill up soon.
Two new features were added to New Student Orientation this year. Sheetz is sponsoring a Parent Breakfast with donuts and coffee in Garrett Residence Hall on day two of each orientation from 7-9am. Also, the Mellow Mushroom is hosting a Parent and Family Mix and Mingle from 6-8pm on the evening prior to each orientation session.
WNCT-TV (CBS Greenville, NC) also did a story on New Student Orientation and interviewed OST’s Dr. Mary Beth Corbin.
ECU Club Sport All-American Success
ECU Club Sports continued its string of recent local and national successes this year. The ECU Club Bass Team fished its way through the Southeast to Nationals. Click here to check out a cool video from the waters in Alabama and ECU was featured in an article from Bassmaster.
The Club Softball team produced three All-American performers on the diamond. Outfielder Kerchina “KJ” Johnson, club president, and Baylee Vincent (3rd Base) were named to the All-American 1st Team and Tanner Worrell (First Base) was named 2nd Team All-American.
KJ will also be the featured story in July for Pirates of the Rec, the new online communications piece from Campus Rec and Wellness.