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Norovirus - Student Health

Ever had nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea that came on you quick and ran through you like a Mack truck?  Then you have probably experienced a “stomach bug” or “stomach flu” or maybe even thought you had “food poisoning”–all these phrases usually point to the true culprit, Norovirus.

Norovirus is a nasty virus that is responsible for wreaking havoc on day care kids, college students, and even cruise line passengers around the world.  It causes rapid illness with severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fever/chills, and abdominal pain/cramping.  Although sometimes called a “stomach flu”, it has no relation to influenza or the seasonal flu.  It is spread easily, with the virus particles living on contaminated surfaces for days and maybe even weeks. So…..bad news first.

Bad news:  We are seeing an increase in cases right now at Student Health Services (SHS).  Norovirus spreads easily, especially in close quarters (i.e. pretty much every college environment).  It hits incredibly hard, and while it does not last long, it can take you a while to get your strength and food tolerance back.  Evidence shows alcohol-based hand sanitizers are not effective against norovirus–but soap and water hand washing is.  Also bleach based solutions help disinfect, but those are not as easy to use on all types of surfaces.

Good news: While you may feel like it is never going to end, it actually usually moves out quick: most people recover in 1-3 days.  It is a virus, so there is no magic cure.  Most cases can be managed at home, with the right tools, but if you are not improving or you cannot stay properly hydrated, you may need to intervene with IV fluids.

Click here to read the full story including treatment and prevention tips.


ECU Rolls Out NCHA Survey
Submitted by Nadya Majette Elliott

In October, for the first time, Student Health Services with guidance from the Division of Student Affairs Assessment, Research and Retention, launched the American College Health Association National College Health Assessment II (ACHA-NCHA II) web survey.  The ACHA-NCHA II is a nationally recognized research survey that collects information on a broad range of students’ health behaviors, indicators, and perceptions.  There were 66-questions on this version of the survey addressing the following areas:

  • General Health
  • Health Education
  • Campus and Community Safety
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use
  • Sexual Behaviors, Perceptions, and Contraception Use
  • Weight, Nutrition and Exercise
  • Mental and Physical Health
  • Impediments to Academic Performance
  • Respondent Demographics

A simple random sample of 5,000 ECU undergraduate students, generated by the Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research (IPAR), were invited to participate in the confidential web survey.  The data obtained from the ACHA-NCHA II will allow us to understand the significant health priorities of ECU students.  By establishing a baseline of student health on our campus, we will be able to further observe trends on our campus through repeat administrations of the survey and to evaluate the effectiveness of programming efforts.  Furthermore, it will enable us to stimulate a dialogue about student and campus health.  A Student Affairs divisional briefing of the survey data was held on February 23rd and another for the Student Affairs Leadership Team at the March 2nd meeting.  The ACHA project team will be doing additional follow-up work related to the data this spring and summer.

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2015 SGA Elections

The 2015 SGA Elections Process concluded on Friday, February 27th.  This Election was a great success in terms of election events, candidate conduct, and integrity!  The final election results have been tallied and the new Executive Officers for 2015-16 are:

  • President – Mark Matulewicz
  • Vice-President – Jenny Betz
  • Treasurer – Carson Pierce
  • Secretary – Selma Gomez

The new officers officially take office and are sworn in on April 19th at the SGA Banquet.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • The SGA Executive Candidate Debate, held on February 18th, provided an opportunity for each Executive Candidate to address questions about key campus issues such as racial tension on campus, SGA’s image, and the future of ECU.  After the selected questions were discussed, students from the audience were able to ask their own questions directly to the candidates or they could also submit them via an event hashtag on Twitter.  This event highlighted a unique way to encourage and educate the student body about getting involved in their Student Government Association.  More than 100 people participated making the Executive Candidate Debate was a huge success!
  • The SGA Elections campaign also rolled out a Rock the Vote event as a way to incentivize the student body to vote in the election.  The program, held Feb. 26th at the Student Recreation Center, included performances by student groups such as the Magnolia Belles, the ECU Club Dance Team, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.  Approximately 300 students enjoyed the shows, an organization fair, and free snacks sponsored by SGA!

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SA Spotlight - Student Success
6th Time is a Charm for Polar Bear Plunger

ECU’s Polar Bear Plunge started nearly 20 years ago with just 35 jumpers hitting the water, but has grown over the years to more than 1,100 jumpers and is now a campus-wide tradition.  Some students jumped the first year and vowed to come back each year until they graduate.  

Erica Lee made that same vow as a freshman in 2009 and has stuck to her word.  

“The first year I jumped by myself, though my suitemates did come out and support me,” she said.  “It was so much fun that I was able to corral my friends to jump with me in year two.”  

Erica said the Polar Bear Plunge was so much more than just a fun thing to do though.  The Sanford, NC native said college was such a change of pace for her and she wanted to do the best she could to immerse herself into a campus tradition and culture.  

“I was super nervous before the jump, partly because I couldn’t swim and partly because I didn’t know what to expect.  But, I loved every second of it and I felt rejuvenated afterward.” 

That rejuvenation carried forward into the classroom too.  Erica completed her bachelor’s degree and then decided to stay at ECU while she pursues two master’s degrees.  Erica will graduate in December 2015 with an MBA from the College of Business and a MS in Exercise and Sport Science from the College of Health and Human Performance.  

Her jump streak was in jeopardy in 2014 when Erica’s night class was at the same time as Polar Bear Plunge.  But her professor wasn’t about to let that happen and excused Erica for part of class so that she could head to the Student Rec Center and make the jump.  

“I was so happy he let me keep my own tradition alive.  My friends make fun of me because I still have all six Polar Bear t-shirts.  In fact, I have a kept every t-shirt I ever received at ECU.  I love them all.”  

Once she graduates, Erica wants to work for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and later become an owner or general manager of a pro sports team.  She said she’s not afraid of any of life’s challenges in front of her.

“Sometimes, you just have to take the plunge and see what happens.” 

Dining Website

New Campus Dining website/app

ECU Campus Dining Services has gone through some technological upgrades this semester.  A new website went live in February with new features and options for students including dining locations, meal plans, healthy eating and catering.  The website can still be found at

The Campus Dish app, operated by Aramark, has been updated too. The Todd Dining Hall menu button is being revised currently, but the West End Dining Hall menus are functioning properly.  Once both are functioning, this will mean when there are changes to items, the menus will be automatically updated online and on the app. 

You can download the Campus Dish app by going to the iTunes store and downloading the Campus Dish 2.0 Blue App.

This has been a project more than a year in the making and though there are still some tweaks to be done, the website and app are up and running.


Erik Kneubeuhl - New AVC for SIL

Student Affairs welcomes Erik Kneubeuhl to campus as the new Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Involvement and Leadership.  

Erik brings more than 20 years of experience in the field of Student Affairs to ECU having held positions in Student Affairs at Newberry College (South Carolina), Lynn University (Florida), Virginia Tech, Florida Atlantic University, SUNY Maritime College and most recently, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, where he served as the Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students.

His experiences in the areas of program and curriculum development, leadership and diversity training, advisement of campus orgs (including Greek Life), higher education law, campus conduct, facilities management, student multicultural programs, major event management, student government advisement, and financial and strategic planning will be helpful with many initiatives in SIL, particularly with the Student Centers projects. Erik has also made significant contributions in the development of substance free programming and co-curricular leadership programs, management of large-scale university events, and involvement in renovation and new construction projects at FAU, Virginia Tech and FIT.  

Erik has been a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administration (NASPA) since 1995 and served on the NASPA Region II Board as Membership Coordinator, as a member of numerous NASPA Region II conference committees, and as the NASPA Region II Public Policy Division Representative.  He also held leadership roles in the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) and the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA).  

Erik is originally from the Bronx in New York and was the first person in eight generations of his family to finish college, earning his bachelor’s degree in history from FAU.  He also has a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of South Carolina and is in the final stages of completing his doctorate in organization leadership at Northeastern University (May 2015).

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VSLC Delivers Org Sync Webinar

Dennis McCunney and Meagan Smith from the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center presented a webinar that is being widely shared with Org Sync customers.  Here is a description to the webinar.  

Academic service-learning is a growing field of student engagement because of its demonstrated impact on academic, personal and civic learning outcomes. This webinar will highlight service-learning best practices as well as OrgSync tools that can help lighten the load for students, faculty, community partners and administrators. Academic service-learning is a growing field of student engagement because of its demonstrated impact on academic, personal and civic learning outcomes. This webinar will highlight service-learning best practices as well as OrgSync tools that can help lighten the load for students, faculty, community partners and administrators.

Click here to view the webinar.

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Student Affairs Awards - Nominations Open Now

The Division of Student Affairs has initiated a series of awards to recognize full-time and permanent part-time employees of the division who have contributed the most to the attainment of the division’s mission, vision, and values.  Awards will be given annually at the Student Affairs End-of-Year Celebration.

The Division of Student Affairs Awards are special to the Division in that they are specifically targeted to our staff members, both EPA and SPA. Please take time to nominate and honor an outstanding colleague. This recognition can mean so much to those working in our division who consistently go above and beyond the call of duty.  It is the responsibility of the Executive Council, Leadership Team and members of the Student Affairs Senior Staff to promote the Awards Program throughout Student Affairs.

The awards for this year include:

  • Outstanding Service Award - The Outstanding Service Award recognizes the individual that embodies the characteristics listed below.  This award is linked to the Student Affairs Vision of Student Centered, Integrity, Service, Excellence, Respect, and Inclusion. This is the highest recognition of the Division.
  • The Student First Award - We remember that students are central to our mission by presenting The Student First Award to the employee that is dedicated to providing high quality service or contributes to a service needed for students to function successfully.  This award recognizes special, unique or extraordinary efforts on behalf of students that reflect the Division's Vision of “Fostering an environment where all students achieve their academic and professional goals.”
  • The Leadership Award - As the Leadership University, ECU has made a commitment to promote, educate, model and advance the concept of leadership.  This award is presented to the employee or group of employees that have exemplified, above and beyond the scope of expectation, one or more of the ECU leadership pillars which are knowledge, relationship, ethics, well-being and service.
  • Emerging Professional Award - This award is intended for an individual who has less than 5 years of professional experience in Student Affairs.  In their short time in the field, the nominated professional has gone above and beyond the job expectations, contributing to the division and institution in meaningful ways and has demonstrated innovative or unique methods that have made a positive impact on SA services, programs or students. This individual has shown great promise for and commitment to the university community.

The deadline for submitting a nomination form is April 17th.

Here are the important documents for the SA Awards:


SA Corporate and Leadership Awards Banquet
April 11, 2015 at 6pm

Please make plans to join us for the first ever Student Affairs Corporate and Leadership Awards Banquet on April 11, 2015, honoring and celebrating our staff, alumni leaders, parents, and friends for their dedication and support of the Division of Student Affairs. Your presence at this affair would be greatly appreciated!

The Division is dedicated to ensuring that employees that wish to attend, have the opportunity. Employees will have the following options to purchase tickets to the Corporate and Leadership Awards:

  • Payroll Deduction (through Faculty Staff Campaign) designated to the “Student Affairs Fund for Excellence”
  • Automatic Bank Draft (monthly deduction)
  • Purchase tickets online (

If you would like additional information or have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Affairs Development at or 252.737.4970.

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Career Leadership Conference
Submitted by Karen Thompson

On Saturday, February 11th, over 90 ECU students braved the brisk cold of the morning hours to participate in the 4th annual 2015 Career Leadership Conference at Mendenhall Student Center. The conference offered workshops and panel discussions to engage students in active conversations around career readiness, post-graduation planning, and career goals. The workshops offered during the conference encouraged self-exploration, self-reflection, and an examination of the dynamics of career development, leadership development, and community engagement.

Saturday’s conference began with a networking breakfast accompanied by university administrators. Students soon filed into Hendrix Theater to listen to an opening message from Interim Provost Dr. Ron Mitchelson, followed by a moving Keynote by Brenda Myrick, the Director of Surgical Services at Vidant Duplin Hospital. The day continued smoothly with breakout sessions on topics ranging from Strategic Interviewing, Personal Finance, Developing a Personal Brand, and Ethical Leadership. 

The program content was spot on for the needs of ECU students. During a networking lunch, students engaged with employers and administrators on career related topics, and the afternoon was energized with panel discussions featuring employers, alumni, and community leaders. Equipped with new tools, ideas, and inspiration, students departed the successful day-long event with a new leather pad folio and their individual futures to consider.


Spring Family Weekend - Family of the Year
Submitted by Lauren Byers - Parent and Family Programs

February 20th-21st the Office of Parent and Family Programs hosted their Spring Parents Weekend.  Over 100 families attended weekend events.   The sold-out Murder Mystery Dinner, co-hosted by SAB challenged students and their parents to figure out who ‘Killed the Music’ during an 80’s rock-band reunion tour.  Families also had the opportunity to enjoy Club Level at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium while attending the Parents Council Meeting which included presentations on Studying Abroad and Off Campus Housing.   Pirate basketball brought home two wins (men vs. USF, women vs. Cincinnati) during back to back games.  Families were also able to enjoy sporting events from baseball, softball and club sports. 

The Parents Council awarded the Family of the Year award to the Tingelstad Family, whose daughter Kristen is a sophomore at ECU. The Family of the Year award was established to celebrate the supportive role parents and families play in the lives of their students and the university community.  Honoring outstanding parents and families helps remind the East Carolina University Community that families are an essential part of creating student success!  The recipients of the Family of the Year Award receive family tickets to Fall Family weekend events, including premier enjoyment of the football game at the Privateer’s Deck.  This year we received many glowing nominations, our winning family received three nominations, and strong support among the reviewers.  

Lisa and Paul Tingelstad are lifelong pirates, who have been dedicated to recruiting future pirates from their hometown of Holly Springs, NC.   Each fall the Tingelstad’s bring a busload of high school students to tour campus, enjoy a meal at Chico’s and experience the magic of ECU football during the Homecoming game.   Two days before Christmas this year Paul Tingelstad passed away unexpectedly from a massive heart attack. For Paul's memorial service, Lisa asked that it be held the morning of the ECU bowl game. Hundreds were in attendance for the service for Paul and directly following there was a tailgate and a viewing on a large screen of the ECU game. Even though many in attendance were not pirate fans, all were sporting purple and gold and cheering on the Pirates in true Tingelstad fashion. We are all greatly humbled by Lisa and Paul’s dedication to recruiting future ECU students, and supporting their own Pirate Kristen.  It is our honor to name the Tingelstad family the 2015 ECU Family of the Year.

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CRW Safe Spring Break Events

Campus Recreation and Wellness will be hosting two events on Wednesday, March 4th: 

  • 11 am-2 pm, Mendenhall Brickyard: Safe Spring Break Resource Fair. This program is designed to provide students with resources on campus that can assist them with having a safe, but fun Spring Break experience. Students will be able to learn about alcohol safety tips, sexual health practices, skin care/sun safety, alternative Spring Break opportunities that ECU provides, and much more!
  • 7 pm, Hendrix Theatre: Fight Back on Spring Break. Fight Back on Spring Break is a program sponsored by the national organization, Girls Fight Back. This program offers proactive safety tips for: party situations, safe sex, binge drinking, predatory drugs, air/car/hotel safety, and ways to avoid crime targeted at tourists. The program will also demonstrate our favorite self-defense techniques that could be used to escape a violent confrontation. This will urge students to have a blast on spring break...but to make safe choices in the process.

Student Affairs Staffing

New Employees since Feb. 1st

  • Patricia Barfield - Case Manager - Dean of Students
  • Erik Kneubeuhl - Student Involvement and Leadership

No Longer Employed in SA since Feb. 1

  • Matt Dwyer - Student Health - No longer at ECU
  • Sonni Minton - VSLC - Accepted position in Athletics