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ECU Rapid Response:  After Ferguson

ECU's Division of Student Affairs started a Rapid Response Team this fall intended to provide a forum for the student body that allows productive, informative, appropriate discussion around teachable moments and current events.  The Rapid Response Team is a group of faculty and staff at ECU that will bring together subject matter experts related to an event or trending issue locally, nationally, or globally.  

On December 1st, the ECU Rapid Response Team hosted an event called "After Ferguson" to offer the ECU community an opportunity to have an open dialog about the Ferguson verdict and the impact it has on the community.  In doing so the critical thinking and empathy skills of our students will be strengthened.  A panel of faculty, staff and students shared their perspective on the Ferguson verdict, the impact it could have on the ECU community and what we as a community can do to move forward.  

The panelists included Ashley Biasetti and Russ McClain (both ECU students), Dr. David Dennard (ECU professor in African and African American Studies), Dr. Bob Edwards (ECU professor in Sociology), ECU Police Chief Gerald Lewis and Dr. Melissa Haithcox-Dennis (Director of Ledonia Wright Cultural Center).   

Click here to read an article in the Daily Reflector about the event.

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Student Success Continuum

The Division of Student Affairs has developed an intentional and proactive continuum to structure experiential learning activities and support services in anticipation of the developmental needs and challenges that students will likely encounter during their college experience. A thematic framework is being used to articulate and bring attention to the concept of student success: CONNECT, INVEST, MOTIVATE and FINISH STRONG. .

Beginning in fall 2014 the four themes have become visible across campus in the form of banners and educational materials tied to Divisional programs and services.  The intent is to highlight the key pathways for student engagement, in and out of the classroom, which lead to student success.  Special emphasis is placed on the first year experience, yet the four themes are also being applied to programs and services for all undergraduate students.

Students were encouraged to Connect at the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester.  Invest is the current segment of the continuum and following the Winter break, a transition to Motivate will occur and then on to Finish Strong after Spring Break.

Student Affairs Educators are encouraged to use these themes in materials marketing Divisional programs and services whenever possible. For more information or to utilize the Student Success Continuum banners at your events/programs, please contact Dr. Mary Beth Corbin at


Student Success Conference - Registration Open

The Divisions of Student and Academic Affairs will host the second ECU Student Success Conference on January 6th, 2015.  The purpose of the conference is to intentionally promote a sense of community among faculty, staff and Student Affairs educators that leads to opportunities for all to support student success strategies for students at East Carolina University.   

Using this year’s conference theme of “Diversity of Today’s Students” (DOTS), ECU faculty, staff and Student Affairs educators have submitted session proposals focusing on the four pillars of Student Success (CONNECT, INVEST, MOTIVATE, and FINISH STRONG) and ECU’s Strategic Plan Beyond Tomorrow’s “Maximizing Student Success."

The keynote speaker is Dr. Jennifer Keup, Director of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina-Columbia. 

Dr. Keup will address 21st Century Student Outcomes that look at focusing beyond transactional measures of student success, infusing liberal arts outcomes into the student experience, the seven principles of undergraduate education, and unpacking the work Student and Academic Affairs can do to impact Student Success.

The second Student Success Conference is in the final planning stages and registration is now open.  Click here to register.

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ECU Campus MovieFest Winner Heading to Hollywood

Student Activities and Organizations and the Student Activities Board hosted Campus MovieFest again this fall. Campus MovieFest is a national festival hosted at schools across the country that gives students a computer and a camera to create a short film.  The winner from each campus is invited to a national competition in June in Hollywood.

Devan Herron, a sophomore at ECU and business manager for the Residence Hall Association, was the winner with her video entitled “Made Up.”

Click here to view Devan’s video.

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SA Focus on Military and Veterans

During the month of November, ECU and Student Veteran Services hosted a number of events, programs and tributes for our military men and women, veterans and their families. There are approximately 1,400 servicemembers, veterans and military dependents that attend East Carolina University.

The university and ECU Athletics also hosted the Military Appreciation football game vs. Tulane on Nov. 22nd at Dowdy-Ficklen stadium.

Other programs held on campus throughout the month included a program about service animals and the role they serve with our veterans and servicemembers as well as Green Zone Training.  Green Zone Training (GZT) is an initiative to support student veterans by designating locations recognized as a “safe place”.  GZT identifies faculty and staff throughout East Carolina University who are knowledgeable about issues faced by student veterans. A Green Zone emblem located outside their office door identifies the resources available to assist them and all participants.

The Pirate Veterans Organization, established three years ago, has now become a recognized student chapter with the National Student Veterans of America organization.Click here to read an article about the Pirate Veterans Organization posted on the ECU News site.

On December 2nd, Campus Recreation and Wellness and Student Veteran Services took part in Holiday Mail for Heroes with the American Red Cross. Faculty, staff and students could sign a holiday card for military members and their families by stopping by the Student Recreation Center rotunda or the Student Veteran Services office in Brewster D-107 or at Wright Plaza.

The Red Cross will distribute these cards to service members and their families at hundreds of locations around the world.

To learn more about the Pirate Veterans Organization, click here.

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National Student Exchange Program

The Division of Student Affairs is pleased to announce an exciting new program that Campus Living will be offering ECU students.  Beginning Fall 2015, students at East Carolina University may take part in academic exchanges through the National Student Exchange (NSE).

This program offers students the opportunity to make progress toward their ECU degree while spending a semester or academic year at one of over 170 other US and Canadian colleges and universities, at a cost similar to what they pay at ECU. While on exchange, students not only experience a diversity of educational settings, course offerings, and philosophies at their new institution, but also develop an increased awareness of cultural and geographical differences between Eastern North Carolina and another region in North America. Students have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of their own academic, professional, and personal goals while exploring course offerings and student life at another institution.

Recruitment for exchanges during the 2015-16 academic year will take place between November 2014 and March 2015. Tuition is paid to East Carolina University and room and board is paid to the institution where students will be taking classes. A student’s ECU advisor preapproves course work so that all transfer credits fit into their overall academic program and plan.

If you are interested in a NSE presentation for your class or would like additional information on the program, please contact Janet R. Johnson, Mike Rager, or visit the Campus Living NSE Website.

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Parents Council Student Leadership Scholars

The ECU Parents Council Student Leadership Scholarship is funded by the Parents Council and implemented in collaboration with the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement. The purpose of the annual award is to recognize and support outstanding student leaders at East Carolina University. As recipients of the ECU Parents Council Student Leadership Scholarship, they work together to develop a leadership commitment and action plan focused on creating positive social change.

Five dedicated students received the Parents Council Student Leadership Scholarship this year:

  • Robin Akins (Raleigh, NC) – Nursing, 2016
  • Brooks Barrett (Dunn, NC) – Exercise Physiology, 2015
  • Adam Caldwell (Newton Grove, NC) – Political Science & History, 2015
  • Lia Johnson (Franklinville, NC) – Speech and Hearing Sciences, 2016
  • Brandon Langley (Wilson, NC) – Biomedical Engineering, 2017

Over the last three years, Chancellor Ballard has hosted an event for Parents Council Scholars. This year, the scholars were invited for a light reception at the chancellor’s home on Monday, November 10. During the reception, students and their guests had the chance to connect with Chancellor Ballard, members of the Parents Council, and other ECU faculty and staff. The students also led a formal presentation about their vision of creating a spring community day to bring together members of ECU and Greenville residents.

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News and Information

Student Affairs in the News

Linda Mellish, Office of Student Transitions, attended the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Conference in Jacksonville, FL.  Dr. Mellish serves as of the Division of Distance Learning and is also the Co-Planner for the 2015 national conference that will be held in Indianapolis.  The mission of AECT is to improve student success, instruction and learning through the use of technology.  This is an international organization and so there are thousands of members world-wide all working toward the same goals.  This year, aligning our individual work with the new strategic plan was an important component along with assessment of learning, methods of teaching and reaching students through technology.

Hank Bowen and Karen Smith, Office of Student Transitions, attended the National NODA (Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education) Conference in Orlando, FL November 2-5.  They were both nominated for the Outstanding Mentor to Graduate Students award sponsored by the Graduate Student Network.

Smith also presented an educational session titled “University Spirit:  Building Affinity to Increase Loyalty” at the National NODA (Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education) Conference.  Her co-presenter was Mary Lesa Pegg, ECU alumni and former Orientation Assistant who is currently a graduate student in the higher education program at UNC-Greensboro and graduate assistant in New Student Orientation and Spartan Family Programs. 

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Holiday Break

The University Winter Break schedule for December 2014 provides for an extended period of 12 days when the University will shut down most operations.  Employees who are in positions that earn leave must prepare in advance to use accrued vacation, special leave, bonus or compensatory leave to cover the non-holiday closings on December 30th, December 31st and January 2nd.  Operational exceptions must be reviewed and approved by Vice Chancellor Hardy in Student Affairs.

ECU will continue with the Winter Break practice and the University is once again pleased to be able to facilitate employee time off to spend with family, friends, or a favorite activity outside of work.  The cooperation of supervisors and employees is appreciated to ensure the continued success of this extended break from work.

Click here for more information about the Holiday Schedule and also here are some FAQ’s related to the schedule. If you have any questions, please visit the ECU HR website ( or contact the HR Employee Relations or University Benefits office.

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Literary Magazine Rebel 56 named Pacemaker Award Finalist

East Carolina University’s student-run literary magazine, Rebel, was named one of five category finalists for the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award, four-year literary magazine category.

The winners were announced at the Annual ACP/College Media Advisers National College Media Convention Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Philadelphia, PA.  Rebel 56 was nominated along with arts and literary magazines from Jacksonville University, Mercer University, Appalachian State University and Bridgewater State University. Winners were The Bridge from Bridgewater and The Peel from Appalachian State.

Since 1927, the Pacemaker has been the highest honor available to ACP members and still today is considered one of the most prestigious awards in collegiate media.  Being a nominee signifies Rebel as one of the top literary magazines in the country. Rebel won the Pacemaker Award in 2009.

Rebel 56 was published in Spring 2014. The editor in chief was Megan Burns.

“Megan and her team put together a tremendous magazine,” said John Harvey, director of student media.  “This year’s team is equally strong. Perhaps next year we can win it all.”

Rebel is part of the office of Student Media, along with WZMB 91.3 FM, the campus radio station; Buccaneer, the university yearbook; Expressions multicultural magazine; a new magazine that will debut in Spring 2015, The Hook; The East Carolinian student newspaper, and its companion website Student Media also operates a student Advertising & Marketing Agency.


Current Position Searches in Student Affairs

  • Associate Director for Student Rights and Responsibilities - Scheduling campus interviews
  • Assistant Director for Student Activities - Initial Screening Completed
  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Involvement and Leadership - Campus interviews currently underway
  • SA Accountant – Campus Interviews are currently underway

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New Employees

Student Affairs Staffing

New Employees since Nov. 1

  • Kristian Tucker- Title IX Investigator - Dean of Students 
  • Greg Hedgepeth - Website Developer/Designer -  SA Marketing

No Longer Employed in SA since Nov. 1

  • Ronald Reid - ECU Transit