October 16, 2014 Edition

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Oct. 16th

Fall Career Fair

Murphy-Hoffman Company Info Session

Fall Premium Dinner

Ebola: Global Health Crisis

Oct. 17th

Alternative Break Experience info session

Oct. 18th

Club Sports - #24 ECU Men’s Rugby vs. UNC-Greensboro


Southwest Airlines Internship Info Session

HCL America Info Session

Oct. 22nd

Miss America: The Beauty of Service, Scholarship and Global Citizenship

Oct. 23rd

Graduate School Fair 

Oct. 24th

Bologna Day at Todd & West End Dining hall

Oct. 25th

Rocky Horror Picture Show and Costume Contest

Oct. 27th

Alternative Break Experience info session

Get Frightfully Fit for Halloween 

Oct. 28th

Wake Forest Graduate School Info Session

7:07 Series Ghost Hunter

Oct. 28th & 29th

College Hill Haunted House

Oct. 30th

Halloween Lunch at Todd & West End Dining Hall

Climbing & Costume Competition

Oct. 31st

Halloween Havoc

Oct. 20th, 22nd, 27th & 29th

Get Community First Aid & Safety Certified

Spook Fest Movies

October 27th

9:30pm The Purge Anarchy

October 28th

9:30pm As Above, So Below

October 29th

9:30pm Deliver Us From Evil

October 30th

9:30pm As Above, So Below

October 31st

7:00pm Deliver Us From Evil

Archived Editions

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Student Centers Open Student Forum - Student Success

On Oct. 27th from 2:00-3:30pm in Hendrix Theatre, ECU students will be able to see the designs and design options for the interior and exterior of the new Student Center on ECU's main campus.  The open forum will include a presentation by ECU administrators as well as the architects about the new building and parking deck.  A question and answer session will follow the presentation where students can give feedback on the project. 

There will be a social media push leading up to Oct. 27th to get as many students as possible to attend this forum and share opinions.

Points of Pride

Points of Pride

The impact of Student Affairs Educators is tremendous.  There is no question about that fact and there are numerous stories to prove it. 

In each department, Student Affairs staff members are committed to student success, serving others and transforming the lives of our city, region, state and beyond. 

Each month, the division will share some of those success stories in On Deck with Students in a segment called Points of Pride. Points of Pride (POP) can be an email from a parent, a community partner bragging about their relationship with ECU or even a social media post/tweet praising the work and efforts of our SA Educators.

Please share these Points of Pride with your SA Executive Council member or SA Leadership Team member for inclusion in future On Deck with Student Affairs editions.  If you want to provide a screen shot of the social media post/tweet or a picture or the email, please do so.

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Points of Pride - VSLC - Regional Transformation/Service

Here’s the first example of Points of Pride.  The Third Street Community Center is an ongoing partner with the Volunteer and Service Learning Center at ECU. Among the services connecting the two is the AmeriCorps VISTA program, which is a national service program with the Corporation for National and Community Service designed specifically to help alleviate poverty.

Walter Strathy, Executive Director of the Third Street Community Center, shared this video with the VSLC staff and included it in their newsletter to the community.

It speaks very well to the VSLC team and the partnership between the two groups. This is a great example of the impact SA Educators can make on the community through service.

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Dry Dock

Pirate Dry Dock - Alcohol Free Tailgate - Student Success
Submitted by Lauren Byers - Parent and Family Programs

In response to state initiatives regarding healthy behaviors on college campuses, and Thursday night football games, Student Affairs Executive Council recommended an alcohol free-tailgate be created for students on ECU’s Campus.  Campus Living, Student Involvement and Leadership, and the Parents Council committed funding in support of the events.  In addition Pitt County ABC has offered $5,000 in sponsorship of this year’s events.

On Saturday, September 20th, East Carolina (vs. North Carolina) had its first official alcohol free tailgate.   The first Pirate Dry Dock event was planned and supported by the Residence Hall Association (RHA). Located at the bottom of College Hill Drive, students were able to enjoy, lawn games, a DJ, inflatables, free good and giveaways.   275 students participated in the first event.

On Thursday, October 23rd, SGA, Greek Life, SAB and the ECU Ambassadors will sponsor the second Dry Dock event. The groups are in the process of planning a variety of fun tailgate games, activities, and food for students to enjoy before the Thursday evening football game. The location is still at the Bottom of College Hill and will be a fun, safe environment to get Pirate fans ready for the Connecticut football game.


Athletics Mobile Ticketing - NEW

The line of students waiting to get football tickets for the North Carolina game stretched around the Mendenhall Student Center and outside across campus nearly to the Jenkins Art Building. Those days may be closer to a thing of the past thanks to ECU Athletics providing mobile ticketing options.

Mobile ticket delivery allows fans to have their purchased tickets delivered to their smart phone.  Upon completion of a ticket purchase, a customer is sent an email that has attached files that can be displayed on their mobile device and be scanned for entry to an event.  The mobile tickets are configured with a 2D barcode that can be displayed on the mobile screen or can be stored and opened using Apple’s Passbook App.

This technology eliminates physical tickets that have to be mailed or picked up in person.  Also, this option is more convenient than the print at home option as fans don’t have to print out tickets using a printer at home and have to keep up with the ticket until game day.

The ECU Athletic Ticket Office soft launched the mobile tickets for the homecoming football game versus SMU where the results were great.  Moving forward, ECU is looking to not only expand mobile tickets to more fans but to students as well.  This would eliminate the need for students to stand in line to pick up tickets.

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Gay? Fine by Me - Student Success

The ECU LGBT Resource Office hosted a Gay? Fine By Me event on campus in October that was well attended by students, faculty and staff. In addition to students and staff passing out information and playing games, many wanted the now popular Gay? Fine By Me t-shirt. In fact, student organizations and department staffs have taken group photos with the t-shirts.

In this picture, ECU student Jamie King organized a group photo with the staff from the Chef and the Farmer restaurant in Kinston, NC where he also works.

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The 7th annual Peace.Love.Pirates.Cure Cancer Awareness Event held on October 1st at the Student Recreation Center was another success. There were over 20 exhibits about various types of cancer including an oral cancer screening by the ECU School of Dental Medicine.

Students enjoyed the "Taste the Rainbow" section where they got to sample healthy snacks that help fight cancer. There was a "Make Your Own Trail Mix" table as well as a table where you could get a pink streak put in your hair hosted by the Alexander Paul Institute of Hair.

And of course, for the students it was the t-shirt that was the big prize of the day!

PLPC Inside the Numbers:

  • 96% of participants who were surveyed indicated they had an increased awareness of different types of cancer as a result of attending this event.
  • 97% indicated they had an increased awareness of ways to eliminate or reduce risk for certain types of cancer
  • 96% indicated they had an increased awareness of campus and community resources – one of the main goals of the event.
  • 75% said they intended to make changes as a result of attending. Those changes included: eating healthier, checking themselves for breast and testicular cancers, drinking less sugary drinks, moderating alcohol content, quitting smoking, practicing safer sex and using sunscreen.

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Campus Kitchen

Campus Kitchen at ECU fight against local hunger

East Carolina University is one of four institutions in North Carolina that host a chapter for the national The Campus Kitchens Project organization.

This past summer, The Campus Kitchen at East Carolina University was able to use the help of an Ameriprise Fellow for its hunger fighting efforts. Anna Cooper, a communications major and ECU senior, was awarded the Summer 2014 Ameriprise Fellowship.

In this role, Cooper was given the opportunity to work with community partners to sustain and expand the Campus Kitchen at East Carolina University (CKECU) volunteer engagement, hunger relief programs, and partnerships during the 2014 summer session.

CKECU is a student-led hunger relief program that recovers surplus food from campus dining halls to create healthy meals distributed to their four community partners, The Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina, Operation Sunshine, The Little Willie Center and Joy Community Building. The number of meals served during this summer was 675, an increase from last summer’s outcome of 266 meals.

To help recover food for their hunger fighting efforts CKECU organized a weeklong summer food drive competition, called “Pirates Can”, where four competing Student Affairs departments and one community partner helped raise a total of 165 pounds of food.  The winner was the Dean of Students office with a whopping 63 pounds.

CKECU thanks the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, SA Marketing and Communication, Dean of Students Office, Campus Recreation & Wellness and the Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center for contributions to the success of the “Pirates Can” food drive.

To learn more about getting involved with Campus Kitchen visit https://orgsync.com/68961/chapter or email campuskitchens@ecu.edu.

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LWCC welcomes Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri

Miss America 2014 will present “The Beauty of Service, Scholarship and Global Citizenship” at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 in Mendenhall Student Center at East Carolina University.  The event is free and open to the public.

Nina Davuluri is the first Indian-American and second Asian-American to hold the Miss America title. The Syracuse, New York native and daughter of Indian immigrants devoted her year of service to a platform of “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency.” She traveled more than 186,000 miles worldwide to speak on diversity and culture. Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev was recently crowned.

“Diversity is a rich and endless source of experience, language, custom and tradition that enhances our nation and makes us unique,” Davuluri said.

Dr. Melissa Haithcox-Dennis, director of the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, said she hoped that students would relate to Davuluri. “We hope her challenges being part of the pageant world as a woman of color and second-generation immigrant will connect with our students as they plan for their future and prepare themselves for day-to-day challenges,” Haithcox-Dennis said.

Co-sponsors for the event are the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, the Indian Student Organization and Campus Living and Residence Life.

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WZMB Student Radio Station and Athletics bring Street Ballers to ECU

The East Carolina Lady Pirate Basketball team and WZMB 91.3 FM, ECU’s student run radio station, are partnering together for a special event at Minges Coliseum.

The Platinum Street Ballers, formerly ESPN’s And 1 Street Ball, will play their unique style of entertaining basketball on Oct. 18 at 3pm.The family friendly event will include giveaways, music and concessions.

The event is free and open to the public.

Members of the Platinum Street Ballers team include the elusive White Chocolate, the air defying Wiings, the mind- boggling Erratic along with their extremely entertaining emcee & ECU alum DJ Formula who will keep the crowd excited and on their feet.

This is a kickoff event for the ECU Women’s basketball season as it embarks on their inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference.  This first season will include home games against Cincinnati and two-time defending national champion Connecticut.

This season also launches the full time partnership between ECU’s Women’s Basketball and the radio station. WZMB will broadcast all women’s games this season on the campus radio station (91.3 FM) as well as streaming online at www.ecu.edu/wzmb.

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Halloweek 2014

Halloweek 2014 - New Website is Live

Halloween has been and continues to be a major student event at East Carolina University. The main event on October 31st, formerly Midnight Madness, is now called Halloween Havoc and for the second straight year will be hosted at Dowdy Ficklen Stadium.

Halloweek events start October 23 and run throughout the week leading up to Halloween Havoc. The 2014 Halloweek website is now live (www.ecu.edu/halloweek) and has more details about the individual events including the haunted house, costume contests, movies and programs.

Note - When visiting the Halloweek website, turn up your speakers!

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The Pirate Nation is Strong

If anyone ever questioned the outreach and power of the Pirate Nation, point them to this photo.  On October 1st, NBC’s Today Show was broadcasting live from Afghanistan with Al Roker and Jay Leno.  In the background, an East Carolina University flag can be seen with the troops.

Click here to see the video from the Today Show.

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