February 13, 2015 Edition

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Student Success Conference

The Divisions of Student and Academic Affairs hosted the second annual ECU Student Success Conference on January 6th, 2015.  Two hundred ninety-five attendees participated in the conference attending the keynote and breakout sessions.   

The keynote speaker was 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 addressed 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.  

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

During the closing session, Dr. Keup challenged participants to consider alignment between institutional opportunities and student needs and partnerships between campus units in order to deliver high-impact practices, and positioning the first year experience as a springboard for success for the entire undergraduate experience.   

Visit the conference website to see the ECU Hero nominations.

Carnegie Seal

ECU Receives Carnegie Classification

Dennis McCunney and Kathy Hill served as representatives for Student Affairs on the Carnegie Application Team. Appreciation and THANKS are extended to our Student Affairs colleagues, particularly those who served on the Community Engagement Working Group, for support and contributions to the civic engagement inventory and new civic engagement assessment processes launched over the course of the past several years. The resulting information as well as demonstration of commitment to community engagement helped make the institutional case for re-classification. Thank you for your assistance and ongoing support of this strategic priority.  

Below is part of the story written by Crystal Baity with ECU News Services.  Click here to read the full story

East Carolina University has earned higher education’s top honor for community engagement. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced Jan. 7 that ECU received the 2015 Community Engagement Classification. ECU first received the designation in 2008. The re-classification – the first offered by the foundation – is valid for 10 years. 

“We do public service because it is our mission and it makes a positive difference for North Carolina,” said Chancellor Steve Ballard. “We don’t do it to gain recognition, but it is nice when our peers recognize our efforts.”

Carnegie noted in their selection letter that ECU showed “excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement.”

The classification “is a demonstration of ECU’s promise to the public to continue to work with our community partners to solve issues that are important to them,” said Dr. Beth Velde, former director of public service and community relations at ECU. “It demonstrates that community engagement is present across the entire campus.”

The work supports the university’s mission to be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, and ECU’s motto, Servire, she said.

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MLK Day of Service

The Volunteer and Service-Learning Center and Ledonia Wright Cultural Center partnered to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 19 through various service activities across Pitt County. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is a national day of service that is observed as “a day on, not a day off.”

ECU students joined the millions of volunteers across the nation encouraged to unite together to live out Dr. King’s legacy through community action. The students partnered with community organizations such as the Third Street Community Center, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and the Pitt County Animal Shelter.

The day began with a light breakfast, followed by inspirational talks by Dr. Melissa Haithcox-Dennis, director of the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, and Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor of Student Affairs, which was followed by a portion of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The motivated students then headed to their respective project sites to volunteer throughout the day.  At the end of the day, the students reflected on their service opportunity and shared how they plan on challenging themselves to carry on Dr. King’s legacy.

MLK Day of Service is an opportunity for students to commemorate Dr. King through community action.

“We did something different this year to focus on the “beloved community” through the various activities that were planned,” said Hannah Paek, AmeriCorps VISTA with ECU’s Volunteer and Service-Learning Center. “Students will actively serve together and dream together for a better Greenville that reflects Dr. King’s dream.”

For additional information, contact Hannah Paek, AmeriCorps VISTA with ECU’s Volunteer and Service Learning Center at (252) 328-6432 or paekh14@ecu.edu. To learn more about the national MLK Day of Service, visit www.mlkday.gov.

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Comm Service Honor Roll

ECU makes 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.

In addition to the four Presidential winners, this year they also recognized 16 finalists for the top honor and more than 700 other institutions for their exemplary community service. Twenty-eight North Carolina institutions were named to the 2014 honor roll, three with distinction. Twenty are NC Campus Compact members. This year, in addition to general community service, there were three special categories: 1) Interfaith Community Service, Economic Opportunity, and Education.

Below are the 2014 Honor Roll members from North Carolina. Again, congratulations to our member campuses! This is a true testament to the impactful community engagement work you are facilitating throughout the state.


Honor Roll with Distinction

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1.     Cabarrus College of Health Sciences (Concord) non-member

2.     Campbell University (Buies Creek)  

3.     Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte)

4.     Davidson College (Davidson)

5.     Duke University (Durham)

6.     East Carolina University (Greenville)

7.     Elon University (Elon)

8.     Fayetteville State University

9.     Gardner-Webb University (Boiling Springs)  non-member

10.  Guilford College (Greensboro)

11.  Halifax Community College (Weldon) non-member

12.  Johnson & Wales University Charlotte non-member

13.  Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte) non-member

14.  Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory)

15.  Mars Hill College (Mars Hill) non-member

16.  North Carolina Central University (Durham)

17.  North Carolina State University (Raleigh)

18.  Mid-Atlantic Christian University (Elizabeth City) non-member

19.  Pfeiffer University (Misenheimer)

20.  University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Collegiate Recovery Community

ECU, along with 5 other UNC schools, was awarded the block grant funds for development of a Collegiate Recovery Program.  The ECU Center for Counseling and Student Development and Campus Recreation and Wellness are collaborating to enhance existing recovery programming and create new initiatives for students who are recovering from addictions. The ECU Collegiate Recovery Community (or CRC) will provide support and resources  to assist students to continue their recovery from addictions while promoting academic achievement. 

Such initiatives include increasing collaboration with other university departments; creating incentives and support structures for students in recovery and identifying resources to aid overall wellness in these students. 


SA Graduate Recruitment Program

The Division of Student Affairs has launched the Graduate Assistantship Recruitment Program, which centralizes the assistantship process for the division and its units.   

Graduate Assistantships (GA) are on-campus positions designed to supplement your classroom experience with practical experience.  Student Affairs has numerous assistantship opportunities to offer for graduate students from several ECU academic programs.  

The graduate assistantship application process and the academic admissions process are separate but concurrent processes.  The new website provides information about the Division of Student Affairs, our connections with academic programs and the Graduate School, and Graduate Assistantship positions available for the 2015-2016 academic year. There is also information about how you apply for Assistantships, the ECU Campus Visit Day, and Graduate Assistant Professional Development and Resources.  

Applicants selected to interview for a graduate assistantship attended Campus Visit day at ECU  on February 13th.  Candidates who are selected for graduate assistantships will be notified after February 17th. 

For general questions about the graduate assistant selection process, you may contact Bernie Schulz, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (252) 328-2092 or schulzb@ecu.edu.

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Gateway Topping Off

Gateway Halls Topping Off Ceremony

East Carolina University and the Division of Student Affairs hosted a topping off ceremony on Jan. 12, 2015 on College Hill for the new Gateway Residence Hall.  

When completed this summer, the new residence hall will house 720 students and feature amenities that include music practice rooms, conference rooms, study rooms, lounges, an outdoor courtyard, a sand volleyball court and a basketball court. The new facility replaces Belk Residence Hall, which was demolished last year. Gateway East and West will be linked by an enclosed aerial walkway and will cost $58 million to complete.  

The ceremony featured a virtual tour of Gateway halls.   

To view a time lapse from the beginning of Belk Hall's demolition to the present, please click here.

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SHS Blog

Student Health - Fight the Flu

Flu activity is high in North Carolina and we are seeing an increase of cases here at Student Health.  Patients with routine appointments (Pap smears, annual women’s health exams, physicals, etc) should consider rescheduling their appointments to avoid contacting sick persons in the Health Center.  

Signs of the flu: Sudden onset of fever, body aches, fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache.  Rarely it can cause diarrhea or vomiting, but influenza and the “stomach flu” are NOT the same thing.  Flu makes you feel horrible, fast. Like hit by a truck horrible. 

***If you think you have the flu, call us at 252-328-6841 before coming to SHS or making an appointment.  Often an appointment is not necessary as the nurses can give you advice on treating your symptoms at home.  This helps keep other students healthy as well by limiting sick patient in our lobby. ***  

What to do if you are sick:  Stay away from others until you have been fever-free for 24 hrs without having to take fever-reducing medication.  Take Ibuprofen/Tylenol for aches and fever, drink a lot of fluids, rest, and cover your sneezes and coughs with a tissue that you throw away. WASH YOUR HANDS. 
• Do you need a friend to pick up food for you at the dining hall?  You can fill out this form and let your buddy grab you something to eat.
• Do you need to let your professors know you are sick?  Log onto Onestop and use the “Flu Self Reporting Form”.  Be advised:  this is NOT an excuse.  But, it lets your professors know you are ill and they may work with you on missed work.  

What to do if your roommate or someone you love is sick: Visit this site for details (http://www.flu.gov/symptoms-treatment/caring-for-someone/index.html) If you aren’t sick, here are a few things to do to try to avoid the flu:
• Get a flu shot–although the best time to get vaccinated is early fall, it is not too late.  We still have shots available here at Student Health–come get one today.  Call us at 252-328-6841 to schedule a time.
• Avoid sick people–if your friend says they don’t feel well, maybe you should cancel that study session or lunch date.
• Don’t eat, drink, or smoke after others.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth–we don’t realize how much we introduce germs into our system just by our habits.
• Wash your hands more than you think is necessary.  Also, alcohol based sanitizers do work against flu, so get a bottle to keep in your bag.
• Surfaces are gross!  Doorknobs, chair rails, keyboards, money, pens, phones, etc all can harbor flu virus particles.  Remember to clean your hands often especially after touching items others have used.  

Click here to visit the Student Health website for more information about the flu, including FAQ’s and important articles and resource links.


Living Ribbon - World AIDS Day

Students, Staff and Faculty gathered in December in the Student Recreation Center to create a Living Ribbon in honor of World AIDS Day.  World AIDS Day is held each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, with the first held in 1988. 

Campus Recreation and Wellness partnered with Student Health Services, the LGBT Resource Office and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center to bring awareness to campus once again. There was a wellness passport-approved Resource Fair that provided information to students, staff and faculty about HIV and AIDS. 

This group also hosted the "Red is the New Black: College Tour" speaker, Kimberly Knight, an ECU alum, on Monday night in Hendrix Theater. LWCC offered a space for PicASO to conduct free HIV testing for students on Dec 2nd and CRW hosted it's final Trivia Night of the semester on Dec 3rd at 6 pm with information about HIV and AIDS. 

News and Information

Student Affairs in the News

  • Student Transitions - Karen Smith and Mary Beth Corbin are teaching a virtual COAD 1000 class for high school students in Alleghany County this spring semester.  Instructors and students will create avatars and participate in on-line discussions about the differences between high school and college, successful preparation for the transition, and getting involved in high school as well as college.  Students will follow the same syllabus as designated for the campus COAD 1000 course.

  • Student Activities & Central Reservations - Mandi Bryson, the regional director for ACUI Region III, announced the individuals selected for the 2015 Regional Conference Planning Team for the event at NC State University, Oct. 2–4, 2015:
    • Aaron Lovitz, Florida State University
    • Michelle Navas, Davidson College
    • Jim Greene, University of South Florida–St. Petersburg
    • Rachael Bouldin, University of South Alabama
    • Justin Janak, East Carolina University
    • Beth Bengala, East Carolina University
    • Becki Santiago, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
    • Kenneth Miskow, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
    • Paige Johnson, North Carolina State University

  • Campus Rec and Wellness - The NIRSA National Flag Football Tournament was held in Pensacola, FL in January. Steven Schulz was invited to attend based upon his officiating performance at the regional flag football tournament held at UNC-W during the fall semester. There were 79 teams in men’s, women’s, co-rec, and open divisions and 60 officials from all over the country. Schulz represented ECU as an official. He worked as the referee in the National Championship game in the women’s division between Florida A&M and UCF. He earned All-American honors as he was considered one of the top ten officials out of 60 that were at the tournament.

Spring Plunge Into Purple Events

Winter Welcome Back 

The first Winter Welcome Back event was held Sunday, January 11th on the brickyard.  The purpose of this event was to welcome students back and motivate them for the beginning of the spring semester at ECU through participation in celebratory experiences such as Snowzilla – a large inflatable slide with a bounce area underneath, music by WZMB, ice sculpting and warm food!  One hundred and ninety-nine students attended the event.

Polar Bear Plunge / Get-A-Clue 

The 19th annual Polar Bear Plunge was another record-breaking event held Jan. 22 at the Student Recreation Center outdoor pool.  All total, more than 1,100 students, faculty and staff jumped into the chilly waters.  Heather Macy, ECU women’s basketball coach, was fighting illness but came out to support the event with her coaches.  Billy Weaver, WITN Sports Director, broadcast live poolside and joined the first wave of jumpers into the water.

Following the jump, participants enjoy food, refreshments, music and prizes including a free t-shirt.  Additionally, the Get-A-Clue Involvement Fair, which provides information on programs and activities with organizations on campus was held on the SRC basketball courts.  Plans are already underway for 20th anniversary of Polar Bear in January 2016.

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New Employees

Student Affairs Staffing

New Employees since Dec. 1

  • Selena Anderson - Student Health Services  
  • Samuel Speight - Intergenerational Community Center
  • Dawn Quist - Student Affairs Accounting
  • Erik Kneubeuhl - Student Involvement and Leadership

No Longer Employed in SA since Dec. 1

  • David Buck - Campus Living - Retirement
  • David Forrest - SA Technology Services
  • Susan Irons  - Off-Campus Student Services - Retirement