September 2, 2014 Edition

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Fall 2014 Semester Plunges into High Gear

Where did the summer go??  Actually, there’s no time to reflect back on the days of summer. ECU had 5,400 students that moved into residence halls and nearly 27,000 students ready to roll this fall. 

As a division, Student Affairs Educators engaged and embraced students and families nearly a week before the first day of classes.  Campus Living staff and their student leaders greeted new students and families and helped them unpack vehicles to ease the move-in process. 

Student Involvement and Leadership added more than a dozen fun activities and events during the weekend.  ECU Stars participants entertained more than 1,000 people in Wright Auditorium showcasing the amazing talents of our students. 

August 25th was a big day for the division too.  With the first day of classes around the corner, the division hosted the New Student Welcome and Convocation.  More than 3,000 first year students were greeted by a wave of Greek Life members as the entered Minges Coliseum.  ECU alum and former NFL player Carlester Crumpler Jr. (pictured here) delivered the keynote address encouraging students to figure out not what they want to do with their life, but instead figure out what they want to become. 

Following convocation, ECU Athletic Director Jeff Compher led a pep rally to get the new students ready for their first football game.

After Convocation and the pep rally, the students poured out of Minges Coliseum into Dowdy Ficklen Stadium for one of the best ECU student traditions, Pirate Palooza.  Students played games, sang live band karaoke and participated in numerous inflatables on the football field as well as enjoyed the free food, entertainment and activities underneath the bleachers too.

There are still four more weeks of Plunge Into Purple events and programs intended to help our students engage and connect to the university community.  Click here to see all the events.


Student Health Services Achieves AAAHC Accreditation

East Carolina University’s Student Health Services has earned accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes Student Health Services (SHS) from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Status as an accredited organization means SHS has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation.

“We believe our students and patients deserve the best,” said Jolene Jernigan, director of ECU Student Health Services.  “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that an independent, not-for-profit organization (AAAHC), has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means we as an organization care enough about our patients to strive for the highest level of care possible.”

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

“Going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients, and it is a constant reminder that our responsibility is to strive to continuously improve the quality of care we provide,” said Jernigan.

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Student Affairs Making Headlines

  • GREEK LIFE - Congratulations to ECU Panhellenic for being recognized by the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) as a recipient of the Achievement Award for 2014.  Only 32 Panhellenics in the country were recognized with this honor.  For the second year in a row, NPC recognized student-managed College Panhellenics with awards of excellence and achievement.  
There are seven criteria for the award including recruitment, Panhellenic structure, communication with the NPC area advisor, judicial procedures, Panhellenic programming, academics, and Panhellenic community impact and relations. 
  • STUDENT AFFAIRS – Vice Chancellor Hardy was interview by Bloomberg News for an article on college campuses and sexual assault.  She discussed the education efforts to educate both male and female first year students.  You can read the full article by clicking here.   Dr. Hardy also made presentations in August to the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce and the Greenville Rotary Club about some of the capital projects coming to ECU including the student centers and Gateway East and West.
  • TRANSIT – WNCT TV (CBS-Greenville) featured ECU Transit in a story for the current bus stop project underway.  There are currently seven of the busiest bus stops along ECU Transit routes are being renovated or built new.  The project should be completed in October.  The story also discussed the new route from the downtown area, which was supported by ECU’s Student Government Association, to apartment complexes and down 5th street.  Click here for the full story from WNCT.
  • MOVE-IN WEEKEND – ECU News Services did a great job of capturing ECU Move-In Weekend from multiple angles and perspectives.  Click here to read the story, but also to see a special Storify that showcased the engagement and connection of Move-In through social media tweets, posts and photos. 

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Chris Korman - USA Today

Student Media launches Professional-In-Residence Program

Chris Korman, senior editor for USA Today, spent time on campus August 21-22 as Student Media’s first-ever “Professional-In-Residence.” A 16-year newsroom veteran, Korman came to USA Today to help launch Q, its mobile-focused sports site that delivers opinion and live coverage.

Korman was in Greenville as part of the Professional-In-Residence (PIR) Program started by Student Media Director John Harvey. Each semester Student Media plans to invite an industry professional to campus for two days to meet and work with media students and talk with ECU faculty and professional staff. The PIR medium this fall was The East Carolinian, where Korman taught workshops on Reporting, Opinion Writing and Social Media. He also attended a luncheon co-hosted by Student Media and the School of Communication.

Korman’s previous assignment was as a Business of Sports reporter for the Baltimore Sun and national reporter for the Tribune Co., covering thoroughbred horseracing’s Triple Crown.  He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and LA Times, among others.

While at The Baltimore Sun, Korman went from sports enterprise editor and Sunday sports editor to Ravens and NFL editor to reporter on business desk covering the intersection of sports and money, Maryland’s growing gambling industry and one of the state’s most successful companies, Under Armour.

A graduate of Penn State and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Korman has covered sports at every level and for publications of every size. He has written extensively about college sports, beginning with coverage of the Penn State football program. His focus has often been away from the field and court, though; in addition to writing about the legal troubles of football players, he covered the controversy that eventually led to women’s basketball coach Rene Portland’s ouster, in part for The Daily Collegian and also at The Harrisburg Patriot-News. He wrote about a gay rugby player’s struggle for survival and acceptance for The Village Voice while in New York.

News and Information

Student Affairs News and Notes

  • NASPA Lead Initiative - In late August, ECU was selected to be a member of the 2014-15 NASPA Lead Initiative.  ECU joins nearly 100 institutions dedicated to promoting civic learning and democratic engagement as a core function of the division of student affairs.  The Lead Initiative is designed to promote professional development, networking and peer-to-peer sharing.  There will be a lot more information about this great endorsement in the weeks to come.  To learn more about the NASPA Lead Initiative, click here.
  • Fall Kickoff Event - The Division of Student Affairs hosts the fall 2014 divisional kickoff event on September 4th from 8am-10am in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms.  There will be light refreshments followed by Dr. Hardy discussing the Strategic Plan, opportunities and challenges facing the division this academic year. 
  • ECU Transit’s two new motorcoaches have been turning heads and grabbing attention up and down the highways all along the East Coast this summer and so far this semester.  In fact, the ECU Board of Visitors made sure to stop and get some pictures before leaving campus in August.  (See Photo)
  • CRW - Congratulations to Brittany Turnis, graduate assistant with Campus Rec and Wellness.  She has been published in the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education's (AORE) Outdoor Insider Magazine! This is a trade journal for outdoor professionals and the article she wrote was to create awareness for what she is doing with her graduate thesis project. Click here to read the article written for research she has done during the past year.  
  • Campus Dining - Janie Owens, nutrition director for ECU Dining Services operated by Aramark, published an article about the successful employee wellness program that helped Campus Dining employees lose more than 1200lbs.  Click here to read the full article.  

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The Normal Heart

LGBT Resource Office screening Emmy Award winner "The Normal Heart"

East Carolina University’s LGBT Resource Office will screen the Emmy Award winning movie, “The Normal Heart”, on September 15 at 7:00 pm in Hendrix Theatre in the Mendenhall Student Center.


“The Normal Heart”, the 2014 Emmy Award winner for Best Television Movie, stars Academy Award winner Julia Roberts, Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, and Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons.   

“Though it has taken almost 30 years to make it from the stage to the screen, “The Normal Heart” still conveys all the passion, rage, and heart wrenching emotion as it did when it premiered at New York’s Public Theater in 1985,” said Mark Rasdorf, assistant director of the LGBT Resource Office.  “This will be an intense film experience for all in attendance and we also hope this leads to creating dialogue and discussions on campus and in the community.”

“The Normal Heart” is a drama that tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s.  The movie takes an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial. 

The screening of the movie is free for ECU students, faculty, staff as well as the general public.  Additionally, free parking will be available from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm in the ECU parking lot located at the corner of 9th Street and Evans Street.

The LGBT Resource Office and the Student Activities Board (SAB) Film Committee present the screening, with support from the Center for Diversity and Inequality Research and the Department of English.  The screening has been approved as a Premier Passport Event for ECU’s Wellness Passport program for students.

Safe and Secure

ECU Campus Safety Campaign and New Title IX Website

With the start of the fall semester, ECU has focused even more attention on ways to make the campus safer.  The cover story for the fall edition of East Magazine as well as a major website banner package showcases ECU’s commitment to improving safety through resources, services, new initiatives and collaborative communication.

This fall, ECU also launched a new website focusing on Title IX and sexual misconduct.  The site provides a centralized location for students, faculty and staff, who are looking to file a complaint or may just want to learn about ECU’s resources and services available related to Title IX and sexual misconduct.

Click the links below for additional information:

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New Employees

New SA Staff since July 1st

  • Sachet Wilson - Assistant Director - Student Rights and Responsibilities 
  • Caitlin Butler - Assistant Director - Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Amanda Wright - Campus Living Coordinator
  • Amy Viverette - Student Health Services
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SA Position Search Updates

  • Student Affairs Assessment, Research and Retention – Associate Director – Search Complete - Offer Accepted
  • Campus Recreation and Wellness - Business Officer - Interviews nearly complete
  • Intergenerational Community Center - Project YES teachers and coaches - interviews complete
  • Counseling Center - Victim Advocate - Reviewing applications
  • Counseling Center - Director - Interviews complete
  • Student Involvement and Leadership - Associate Vice Chancellor - Interviews in progress
  • SIL - Associate Dir. for Student Activities and Orgs - Interviews complete