November 4, 2014 Edition

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Nov. 1st-15th

CRW - Climb to New Heights

CRW - 3-on-3 Basketball Sign-ups

Nov. 1st-24th

Campus Kitchen - Turkey Palooza - Sponsor a Family

Nov. 3rd

CRW- Zumba - Dance to your own beat?

Nov. 5th

Professional Etiquette Dinner Deadline to Register

Doughnut Day at Todd and West End Dining Hall

CRW - Show your soccer skills

Nov. 6th

Cultural Cuisine and Chat: Native American

Nov. 7th

Alt. Break Exp. - Info Session - Health Sciences Campus

Alt. Break Exp. - Info Session - LWCC

Nov. 9th

Paint It Pink Dinner at Todd Dining Hall

Nov. 10th 

Where Soldiers Come From - Film Screening/Discussion

Nov. 11th

The Forgotten First - Luncheon

Nov. 12th

Laverne Cox Visit to ECU

Professional Etiquette Dinner

On-Going at ECU

Ebola Travel Restrictions for ECU

Archived Editions

Beyond Tomorrow

2014-19 Strategic Planning - Cafe Conversation

Student Affairs Educators are invited to provide feedback on updating our 2014-2019 DIVISIONAL STRATEGIC PLAN. A café conversation has been scheduled for November 4th.  Participation is limited to 60 individuals. Additional participation information and the Division’s strategic plan draft will be sent to each participant for review in advance of the Café Conversation. Please note that a Qualtrics feedback link will be sent to all Student Affairs Educators between November 4-7 if you are unable to participate in the café conversations or wish to provide additional feedback on the draft strategic plan.

These important conversations and the resulting synthesis will contribute to the Division submitting its updated draft strategic plan due on Friday, November 14. Our Divisional plan will be closely aligned to ECU’s plan per the three commitments and our selected action themes:

1) Maximize Student Success (Add Value, Improve Retention & Graduation, Safety);

2) Serve the Public (Engaged Citizens & Leaders, Leadership University, Engagement)

3) Lead Regional Transformation (Economic Development, The Arts/Quality of Life, Health & Wellness)

Schedule: (register for Café Conversations on CORNERSTONE – - look under the events calendar)
Tuesday, November 4, 9:00am-10:30am,  Mendenhall Student Center Room 244

  • Conversation will start promptly at 9:00am.
  • Feel free to bring refreshments for your own consumption, e.g. coffee, tea, snacks
  • Café conversation will focus on strategic plan draft via three rounds of small group conversations followed by a large group synthesis discussion.

Questions/Additional Information: Contact Kathy Hill at

Division of Student Affairs Working Group Membership:

  • SAEC: Virginia Hardy, Kathy Hill, Nance Mize, Bernie Schulz
  • SALT: Dennis McCunney, Deborah Moody, Travis Lewis, Wood Davidson, Tamika Wordlow
  • SAAT: Melissa Allay, Linda Mellish
  • At Large membership: Mark Rasdorf, Lauren Thorne
Points of Pride

Points of Pride - Student Success

Here is an actual letter from an ECU alum to Liz Johnston with Disability Support Services and Michael Thompson with SA Technology Services.

Dear Ms. Johnston:

As indicated in the subject line, this note is a very belated thank you for the wonderful work your staff did in helping me while I was a student at ECU. I graduated in 2012 with a MS-It, and in many ways it was because of the support your department provided that I was able to graduate with the success that I did. For the record, I have attended 8 colleges and universities, with your office setting the standard by which I now compare all others.

It would be appreciated if you would let your staff know that they do make a difference, and that the extra they go is appreciated even if it isn’t always verbalized. When I think of the dedication Michael Thompson had in insuring that I always, not most of the time, but always had my textbooks in electronic format in time, I realize just how important it is to say thank you for the assistance provided.

My very best wishes to the wonderful people who make up your staff, and a thank you for helping my success to depend on ability and effort rather than inaccessibility- which is as it should be.


C. Carter

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.

Student Health Service

Student Health Service Receives "Best Academic and Practitioner Poster" Award - Service

ECU Student Health Service was the recipient of the “Best Academic and Practitioner Poster” award at the 2014 Business of Healthcare Symposium. The purpose of the symposium to create a forum where health care students, researchers, and practitioners across North Carolina can exchange opinions, ideas, and research findings.

Among the thirteen poster entries, the following universities and institutes were represented: UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, University of Virginia, Valparaiso University, East Carolina University, Vidant Medical Center, and Duke Translational Medical Institute.

The award was given in recognition of SHS assessing the effectiveness of a mock disaster drill on employee preparedness. After the drill was conducted, 97% of employees claimed in self reports that they were better prepared in the event of a disaster situation. This drill also affected the internal procedures of SHS. Specifically, the following actions were taken to improve efficiency:

  • Annual training was changed to biannual in order to maintain/improve employee preparedness.
  • Revised patient treatment/intake form for more effective collection of patient demographics.
  • Created post-disaster patient instructions to assure understanding of diagnosis.
  • Environment of Care (ECC 05) policy changes were made to add referral/discharge planning role
  • Eye wash signs were applied to exam room walls containing eye wash stations.

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Pirate Read - Submit 2015 Recommendations - Student Success

Prior to the start of their first semester at East Carolina University, incoming students are expected to read a common book.  The purposes of the Pirate Read are to:

  • Orient students to the academic community by encouraging intellectual dialogue and critical thinking,
  • Prepare students for the college-level environment,
  • Allow students to share a common reading experience with fellow classmates, faculty, and staff,
  • And enable students and faculty to discuss ideas from the book across the curriculum.

A committee of faculty, staff and students selects the book and coordinates activities with departments within academic and student affairs.  The committee is asking that faculty, staff, and students submit book recommendations for consideration.  The recommended book must meet all of the criteria listed below.  The committee will thoroughly review the five books (or more if there is a tie) that receive the greatest number of recommendations and select a Pirate Read book from among them. A notification of the final selection will be unveiled to the campus community in February 2015.  Book recommendations are due by November 15, 2014.  We look forward to receiving your recommendations.

Book Criteria

  • A book that 18-year-old students will read without direction and guidance.
  • A book that will give rise to good discussions in a variety of curricular and co-curricular contexts
  • A well-written book with important themes and issues that challenge and broaden students' perceptions about the world and their relationship to it.
  • A book with approximately 300 pages.
  • A book whose author is an engaging speaker and who is available to come to Greenville (the committee will determine speaker availability).

Please use the following link to submit your recommendation:

The 2014 Pirate Read was The Other Wes Moore.  A Joyner Library LibGuide for this book is available at:

Safe Zone

Safe Zone Training - Nov. & Dec. - Student Success

The LGBT Resource Office is pleased to announce a Safe Zone training on Wednesday, November 5 from 9 am to Noon. The training will take place in the Office of Faculty Excellence classroom in Joyner Library.  Space is limited.

An additional training will take place on Monday, December 8 from 1 pm to 4 pm in the same location.  Registration is open for both trainings.

Follow this link to register:

The purpose of Safe Zone is to create a network of allies who are willing to talk to students about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Safe Zone training is an opportunity for people to talk, learn, and ask questions about sexuality and gender in a non-judgmental, safe, educational environment. Trainings are offered throughout the year on both campuses.

Each session is three hours in length and includes a panel of students who share their experiences as members of the LGBT community on campus.  Once you have completed the training, you will receive a Safe Zone logo to display in your office. The Safe Zone program is a symbol of this University's commitment to diversity and inclusiveness and your participation in the Safe Zone training helps to create an ever-expanding network within the ECU community to support our students.

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National Coming Out Day and Gay? Fine by Me - Student Success
Submitted by Mark Rasdorf - LGBT Resource Office

During the month of October, the LGBT Resource Office celebrated the return of “Gay? Fine by Me” to campus.  Over the course of three weeks, 800 people signed an Ally pledge of support for social justice and equality for the LGBT community and received a free t-shirt.  The Resource Office partnered with the Office of Diversity Affairs at Brody School of Medicine to host a table at Brody on Monday, October 6.

On October 8, from 11:30 am to 2 pm, more than 25 student volunteers from the LGBT Resource Office hosted tables on the Mendenhall Student Center Brickyard to commemorate National Coming Out Day and the return of the “Gay? Fine by Me” campaign. Throughout the day, students, faculty, and staff signed the Ally pledge of support, as well as a large Pirate Pride poster.

Pride bracelets and pins were also available, as well as resource materials and the opportunity to register for a chance to meet Laverne Cox in person on November 12. That evening, in Cynthia’s Lounge, students gathered to share Coming Out Stories. Hosted by Jessica Melowksi, graduate assistant in the LGBT Resource Office, and Lauren Smith, a first-year undergraduate, the evening featured personal stories of LGBT pride and was attended by 50 people.

The October 8th event on the Brickyard received front page coverage in the Daily Reflector, as well as evening news coverage on WNCT.

Finally, on Monday, October 27, the Resource Office partnered with Student Services at the College of Nursing to host a “Gay? Fine by Me” table.

The LGBT Resource Office gratefully acknowledges the support of our campus partners in making “Gay? Fine by Me” 2014 possible: Campus Recreation and Wellness, the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement, the Diversity Education Team in Campus Living and Dining, the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, Off-Campus Student Services, the Office of Equity and Diversity, the Residence Hall Association, and Student Health Services.

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Laverne Cox Visits ECU Nov. 12

East Carolina University will host actress Laverne Cox, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12 in Wright Auditorium.

Her speech is entitled “Aint I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood.”

Cox,a 2014 Emmy Nominee from the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black, will focus on how race, class, and gender have played a role in her world as a transgender woman of color. Cox will also touch on how her role as Sophia Burset, an incarcerated African American transgender woman in the Orange is the New Black series, has helped shape her journey to womanhood, professional achievement, self-acceptance and love. 

Time Magazine named Cox’s portrayal of Sophia Burset as the 4th most influential television character of 2013.

This is a Wellness Passport Event sponsored by the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Office (ECU LGBT), Campus Living, the Office for Equity and Diversity, the Student Activities Board, the Department of Sociology, and Student Involvement and Leadership.

This event is sold out.

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Sled Hockey

Student Affairs in the News

Campus Rec and Wellness - Club Sports
Story written by Crystal Baity - ECU News Services

  • Black Jack resident William Hulslander tried sled hockey at a clinic hosted by East Carolina University and liked it so much that he ended up joining a team. Hulslander, who lost both legs in an accident, took part in ECU’s fall adapted sports clinic held Oct. 18 at Bladez on Ice in Greenville

    The day helped bring awareness to recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Hulslander joined the Cat5 Canes sled hockey team from Raleigh, which played ECU’s club hockey team in an exhibition game before the clinic. The Cat5 Canes are sponsored by the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes.

    Sled hockey, a Paralympic sport, is physically demanding because movement on the sled is totally dependent on the upper body. Players propel themselves by use of spikes on the ends of two three-foot-long sticks.

    Core balance and strength are necessary to excel, said Dr. David Loy, ECU associate professor of recreational therapy and graduate program director in the College of Health and Human Performance

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Story appeared in Daily Reflector

  • A former Miss America made a stop at East Carolina University to discuss how she wants to make positive changes and celebrate diversity even through her own struggles.

    Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, who passed on her crown to 2015 Miss America Kira Kazantsev this summer, stopped by Hendrix Theater through sponsors Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, the Indian Student Association, and Campus Living and Residence Life.

    Indraj Rooprai, a senior in biology and board member of the Indian Student Association, said the organizers wanted to have Davuruli come to speak on campus on the same day as Diwali, an Indian festival of lights celebration.   (Click here to read the full article online)

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Current Position Searches in Student Affairs

  • Victim Advocate – Counseling – Search was unsuccessful and will be re-posted in the spring
  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Involvement and Leadership - Continuing to interview candidates - Will have some open forum/presentation dates in the near future
  • SA Accountant – Campus Interviews are currently underway

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New Employees

Student Affairs Staffing

New Employees since Oct. 1

  • Dr. Christopher Black - Staff Counselor - Counseling Center
  • Dr. Erin Pshenishny - Staff Counselor - Counseling Center
  • Marsha Hall- Business Officer -Campus Recreation and Wellness


No Longer Employed in SA since Oct. 1

  • Tywanna Purkett  - Assistant Director of Campus Wellness - Campus Recreation & Wellness
  • Jordan Jones - Admin Support Specialist-Student Health Services
  • Kelly Reed - Accountant - Vice Chancellor's Office
  • Trish Goltermann - Assistant Director - Student Veteran Services
  • Judy Campbell - Associate Director -Central Reservation Office
  • Brookes Davis - Human Services Program Specialist - Intergenerational Community Center
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