May 6, 2015 Edition

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Student Affairs Recognition at University Awards Ceremony

Centennial Award for Excellence

The Centennial Awards for Excellence represent the highest awards given to ECU faculty and staff for excellence in four categories:  Service, Leadership, Ambition and Spirit. Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Roeder (Dean of Students Office) as the 2015 recipient of ECU’s Centennial Excellence Award for Spirit.  Spirit is defined as that sense of being that embodies an enthusiasm for the purpose, mission and belief in the institution and that acts on that enthusiasm for the benefit of East Carolina.  Examples include various acts including those of safety and heroism, exemplary and/or distinctive behaviors of human relations or acts of kindness.

Servire Society Awards

The Servire Society Awards are presented to ECU faculty, staff and students who have demonstrated a commitment to volunteer service, embodying the spirit of ECU’s motto, Servire, to serve.  Servire Society members have contributed 100 or more hours of volunteer service, without compensation and outside their normal realm of duties, to the community at-large in the last calendar year.  They provided direct service to the community; inspired, encouraged and involved others in service through mentorship and through the creation of opportunities for service; and/or responded to concern, issue, emergency, or need of the community.

Aaron Lucier, Lynn Caverly and Lisa Compton, all from Campus Living, received recognition for their continued service.  Both Lynn and Aaron are multiple year recipients of the Servire Society honor.  In fact, this is the 8th year for the Servire Society and Aaron Lucier has been recognized in all eight.

Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Roeder, Aaron Lucier, Lisa Compton and Lynn Caverly for their accomplishments and contribution to East Carolina, Student Affairs and the community. 


Student Affairs Year End Event - RSVP by May 11th

The Student Affairs Year End Celebration will be held May 13th from 3-5pm.  The celebration will start with awards, accomplishments and successes during the past year in Hendrix Theatre followed by food, music, cornhole, ladder golf, and board games at the Student Recreation Center (near the outside pool).  Everyone in the division is welcome and encouraged to attend.  To get a proper headcount for food, please RSVP by clicking here

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ECU Spring Commencement - May 8

2015 Spring Commencement is Friday, May 8 at 9am at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.  Commencement is an important celebration for our students and their families and Student Affairs is working collaboratively with Academic Affairs to make this a great day.   

We have had tremendous support from SA Educators in the past and need your support again prior to and during the ceremony.  For those interested in helping out, please contact Karen Kus or Krista Wilhelm.

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Campus Living - Gateway Residence Hall Update
Submitted by:  Bill McCartney, Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Living

Gateway East and West Halls are progressing towards an August completion. The especially harsh winter caused delays in the building’s exterior work being completed as it was often too cold or dangerous for crews to be working on the exterior walls and roof in January and early February. Interior work continued during these times and extra brick laying crews have been added to the project to move it more rapidly towards completion.  

Beginning August 2015, fourteen of the seventeen Living Learning Communities at ECU will be housed in these new buildings. In total, 720 students will live between the two new halls. Only the Jarvis Leadership, Engineering and Art LLCs will not move into the new buildings. Jarvis will remain in Jarvis with Engineering remaining in Umstead. Art, a new LLC in Fall of 2015 will be living in Garrett Hall which is extremely convenient for their students who often have had to move about campus dragging large portfolio’s with them.  

When the Gateway complex is completed, this addition to College Hill will provide three class rooms that can be turned into a multipurpose space holding a dinner of up to 180, outdoor basketball and sand volleyball courts and 15 study spaces in each building to support the academic needs of residents. 

Click here to view live web camera for Gateway Halls.

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Veterans Senior Recognition Ceremony
Submitted by:  Hank Bowen - Acting Assistant Director for Student Veteran Services

On April 27, Student Veteran Services, in conjunction with the Chancellor’s Office, hosted the first Veteran Graduation Reception in the Spilman Gallery. Graduating veterans and their guests were invited to attend and be recognized for their military service and successful completion of their degrees at East Carolina University. Twelve graduating veterans attended, along with several of their guests as well as numerous ECU administrators for the first reception.  

Dr. Steve Duncan, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Military Programs, thanked the group for their sense of duty and for being part of the small group in the United States that serves in the military. He was followed by Chancellor Steve Ballard, who commended the students for achieving their degrees and continuing in their path to public service. 

Many of the twelve graduates plan to continue military service after graduation. The graduating veterans were then presented certificates by Chancellor Ballard and Dr. Duncan, and will be awarded with the ECU Veteran Graduation Coin. As ECU continues to enhance its services to military students, this event will continue each semester to acknowledge the dedication of students who have served in uniform and successfully reached their academic goals.

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Lavender Launch - May 7th

The LGBT Resource Office and Student Government Association is hosting a Lavender Launch senior recognition event on May 7th in the Great Rooms in Mendenhall Student Center.  The program includes a year in review from the LGBT Resource Office as well as presentations of the Samantha Hamilton LGBTQA Leadership Excellence and Community Impact Awards.   

To learn more about Lavender Launch or the LGBT Resource Office visit the website at or visit the office in Brewster Building, Room B-103.

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Greek Leaders talk with Chancellor and Board of Trustees

ECU has 38 Greek Life chapters that are broken up into four different councils:  Panhellenic, National Panhellenic Council (NPHC), Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Multicultural Greek Council (MGC).

The Office of Greek Life, Student Involvement and Leadership and the Division of Student Affairs have been working with Greek Life and the four councils during the spring semester on improving processes and procedures to strengthen the Greek experience, but also to sure up risk management and safety for members and guests.   

In April, the leaders of the four councils had in-depth discussions with Chancellor Ballard about the future of Greek Life at ECU, with students sharing their ideas and concepts about making the entire Greek experience better.  

A week later, the presidents of each council were invited to the Board of Trustees University Affairs Committee.  Board members had the opportunity to ask questions, in a panel discussion format, to each president on a variety of topics including, how can Greek do a better job of promoting the positive stories on campus, what can be done to improve safety and what ECU can do to better support the Greek community.   

More than 20 Greek members and leaders joined the council presidents for the BOT meeting.

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Greek Life - Phi Mu Philanthropy

Congratulations to Phi Mu for raising nearly $2,500 this semester for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals - specifically the local children's hospital, James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital in Greenville!  Not only do the women of Phi Mu raise money for the hospital, but they also engaged themselves with the patients of the hospital.   

This is just one of the great examples of how Greeks are impacting the greater Greenville and Eastern North Carolina communities. 

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Inaugural Senior Sendoff
Submitted by:  Dr. Mary Beth Corbin - Office of Student Transitions

The 2015 Senior Sendoff, the first celebration event held for graduating seniors, was very successful!  Held under gorgeous skies with perfect temperatures, approximately 200 students attended the event, which was held between the softball and track fields prior to the ECU-Connecticut baseball game.   

Upcoming graduates enjoyed pictures in the Big Red Chair, Jousting, listening to music and of course, received a 2015 Senior Sendoff t-shirt.   

During the event, special guests stopped by to take photos with the graduating students.   Among the guests were Chancellor Steve Ballard and Mrs. Ballard, Shelley Binegar (ECU Athletics), Provost Ron Mitchelson and PeeDee the Pirate.  Several athletics head coaches showed up to wish the seniors well including Julie Torbett (Volleyball), Curt Kraft (Track and Cross Country), Heather Macy (Women’s Basketball) and her graduating seniors, and Cliff Godwin (Baseball) who showed up in uniform.   

The Division of Student Affairs, Student Involvement and Leadership and the Office of Student Transitions sponsored the 2015 Senior Sendoff.

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SA Educators Making Headlines

  • CRW Presentations at NIRSA Conference
    • Officiating: What the Experts Say – Presenters - Jennifer Rezac - Referee Training Academy; and David Gaskins, East Carolina University
      • This session addressed important rec sports officiating issues–such as the demands on student officials knowledge and experience–as well as trends to expect in the future.

    • Sustainability and Sport Clubs: How the Club Scene Is Changing – Presenters - Janis Steele and Justin Waters, East Carolina University Campus Rec and Wellness
      • Given the growing focus on sustainable practices in collegiate recreation and wellness departments, Janis and Justin examined how sport clubs can help contribute to and even lead green initiatives and practices while becoming ambassadors for other programs and operations in a campus recreation and wellness department. Their learning objectives included: Ability to identify the ten principles of the Travel Care Code, as well as benefits applicable to collegiate sport clubs; ability to provide rationale for green travel, strategies on how such travel can be integrated into club sport programs; gain specific resources useful in implementing a “Pledge to Travel Green” initiative; and Learn how to integrate this sustainability initiative into overall campus recreation and wellness operations.

    • Intramurals/Officiating/Extramurals; Personal/Professional Development Officials Development: Are You Trending?  - Presenters - Jennifer Rezac, Referee Training Academy; and David Gaskins, East Carolina University
      • The quality of officials training is influenced by many factors including funding, the experience of the professional staff, and the time available to plan for it.  In fact, intramural officials are only as good as the training they receive. The session highlighted current trends in the industry of sports officiating as well as several alternative training techniques used throughout NIRSA Championship Series tournaments and other certified national training programs.  Attendees learned about aspects of officials training that target a specific group of students and considers their development both on and off the court or field.
  • NIRSA National Basketball Championships - ECU student officiates games
    • The NIRSA National Basketball Championships were hosted by NC State University over the weekend of April 17-19 and included significant involvement by a team, basketball officials, and staff representing ECU Campus Recreation & Wellness.  The championships featured 96 total teams from across the nation divided into men’s club, women’s club, men’s intramural, and women’s intramural divisions.

      The ECU Men’s Club team went 2-0 in pool play and then captured their initial playoff game before falling to Villanova in the quarterfinals.  Kyle Griffin, Jordan Taunton, and Jared Pennington were among 57 officials that worked games in the event after undergoing an extensive training clinic featuring guest speakers including college officiating supervisors and officials from the NCAA and NBA. 

      ECU’s Jared Pennington was selected to officiate one of the championships and was recognized as one of eight “All-American Officials” as a result of his outstanding performance.  Staff members included Associate Director for Programs & Marketing David Gaskins who serve as the Co-Director of Officials, Graduate Assistant for Intramural Sports Taylor-Quinn Yancey who worked on the Officials Administration team, and Assistant Director for Club Sports Justin Waters who worked on the Operations team. More information and details can be found here.

  • Student Affairs Educators inducted into ODK
    • The foundation of success in Student Affairs is built upon the dedication and commitment of professionals of high caliber whose hard work and enthusiasm produce superb results.  In recognition of their leadership in campus life, it is with great pride that we extend congratulations to the following Student Affairs Educators for their recent acceptance into the ECU Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa:
      • Beth Bengala - Central Reservations Office
      • Chris Chappell - Central Reservations Office
      • Mark Rasdorf - LGBT Resource Office
      • Marcus Silver - Housing Operations - Campus Living
      • Meagan Smith - Volunteer and Service Learning Center
      • Tamika Wordlow - Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities 

 Please take a moment to congratulate these SA Educators on this recent honor.

News and Information

Career Services Launches New Co-Op Program

After two and a half years of hard work, Career Services is excited to announce that a university-wide Cooperative Education (CO-OP) program will begin in Fall 2015. CO-OP, approved by the ECU Board of Trustees in April, is an academic program that enhances classroom studies with learning through productive work experiences in fields related to a student’s academic or career goals.  

CO-OP positions are paid and require students to alternate semesters of course work with semesters of supervised work experience multiple times. Some of the benefits associated with CO-OP participation include:  explore and clarify career goals; apply what has been learned in the classroom; acquire new skills; access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology; develop professional work habits; improve human relations skills; defray educational costs; and increase future employability prospects.  

CO-OP is open to all majors and students are encouraged to explore this program early in their academic career.   

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Women's Roundtable hosts Student Panel on Leadership
Story by: Crystal Baity, ECU News Services

An East Carolina University committee formed to create a legacy of women leaders says the accomplishments and ambitions of current students are helping fulfill the university’s mission.  

On April 16, The Women’s Roundtable at ECU hosted a panel with students Mona Amin, Kaylan Galloway, Eliza Monroe, Meghan Pergola and Kenya Shakir who talked about their leadership experiences, dreams and challenges. Moderator was Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor of student affairs.  

ECU student Mona Amin shares her views on leadership during the panel presentation hosted by The Women's Roundtable.  

“It makes me so proud to see the next generation coming along and how dedicated they are to public service and leadership,” said Gail Herring (BS ’79), chair of The Women’s Roundtable at ECU. “Our university has set a goal around public service and leadership and you see it here. They’re living it and breathing it. They’re visible examples of our story.”  

Hardy asked the students to comment on a series of questions ranging from “if you were chancellor” to traits of leaders and who inspires them.

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