June 2, 2014 Edition

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8 Dims Design

Campus Wellness launches the 8 Dimensions of Wellness 

  • Environmental: The recognition of interdependence with nature.
  • Emotional: The awareness and acceptance of feelings and emotions.
  • Intellectual: The openness to new concepts and ideas.
  • Physical: Maintenance of a healthy body through good nutrition, regular exercise, and avoidance of harmful habits.
  • Social: The ability to perform social roles effectively, comfortably, and without harming others.
  • Spiritual: The meaning and purpose of human existence
  • Occupational: The ability to enjoy a chosen career and/or contribute to society through volunteer activities. 
  • Financial: It is not necessarily about being wealthy, but it is a state of psychological well being in which one feels they have control over their current finances and financial future.
Did you know there are 8 Dimensions of Wellness?  People equate exercise, working out and good nutrition as wellness, but that just scratches the surface of the physical dimension, which is only one of eight.  

“Physical wellness is easily identifiable in today’s society and with college students,” said Georgia Childs, associate director of ECU’s Office of Campus Wellness.  “After that, most folks might recognize emotional and social wellness as having impacts on their lives.”

Childs said the overarching goal for students is to graduate, but that often comes with student loans and debt (financial) followed by the pressure to get a job (occupational).  That leaves five dimensions pretty much neglected:  environmental, occupational, intellectual, financial, and spiritual.  

“It’s our job in Campus Wellness, and also across the division of Student Affairs, to make sure we are empowering students to take control of their lives and strive for overall wellness,” said Tywanna Purkett, assistant director of Campus Wellness.  

Campus Wellness, an area within Campus Recreation and Wellness, is launching the 8 Dimensions of Wellness at ECU in fall 2014 to create more self-awareness and self-reflection opportunities for our students and overall ECU Community.  The incorporation of the dimensions into programs, events and services delivered in Student Affairs will open doors to existing resources on our campus.

“Most people excel in one or two dimensions, usually physical, but the rest aren’t even on their radar,” said Childs.  

Implementing the dimensions on campus doesn’t require the creation of new programs or a complete overhaul of services provided at ECU.  It’s completely the opposite, actually.

“Pirate Palooza is a great example of social and emotional wellness,” said Childs.  “It’s a great event where students are coming together to become part of the Pirate Nation and understanding that they aren’t alone in their new college experience.  What we want to do is begin to connect the dimensions of wellness to generate introspection and awareness.”

During the first year of the rollout plan, icons will begin to appear on marketing materials with the name of the dimension and in some cases a description to help students and staff connect the dots and start the conversations.  Ultimately, the icons will become a stand-alone piece that are recognizable and automatically invoke emotion and thought.  

The dimensions, at first, appear to be very different with little overlap; but there is one commonality that spans each dimension, especially for college students.  

“Stress is an underlying piece in every single dimension,” said Purkett.  “Without proper coping skills and utilization of resources, stress can consume us.”

Starting during summer orientation and more deliberately this fall, the dimensions of wellness will roll out across our campus.  If you have questions about the dimensions or want to find ways to connect the dimensions to your areas, please contact Campus Wellness at (252) 328-5172.


ECU Orientation goes mobile!
Submitted by Karen Smith - Student Transitions

Students and parents attending New Student Orientation this summer will have access to a mobile guide to aid in their experience. Guidebook, a free mobile app, can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace. 

Through the app, participants can access the New Student Orientation student and family schedules, a campus map, a list of Campus Resources, a New Student Checklist, and a way to upload and share photos on the app and through social media.  The app, which also includes the updated Plunge into Purple (PIP) schedule, will be available into the fall semester for students to access. PIP is a series of programs and events in the first 4-6 weeks of each semester designed to engage and connect first year students to campus.

One of the features is a customizable schedule that allows a student to select events or sessions they wish to attend, which allows them to create their own schedule complete with reminders.  

During orientation, participants will be informed of the option of the app during check-in, on the paper schedules, and in the opening session.

Interested in taking a look?  Starting June 3, you can visit the mobile website (m.guidebook.com) or download the free Guidebook app to your device and then select the “Schools” category and search for East Carolina University.  

Student Affairs Marketing customized the Guidebook app icons to give it a proper ECU feel.

The Office of Student Transitions is very excited to offer this option to our new students and guests!

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News and Information

Student Affairs News and Headlines
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Campus Recreation and Wellness 

  • Several Campus Recreation & Wellness staff members attended the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Annual Conference held April 23-26, 2014 in Nashville, TN.  David Gaskins and Nance Mize co-presented a session entitled, “The 3 C’s of Professional Development:  Challenge, Communicate, and Collaborate” which highlighted implementation of the Student Affairs Continuing Career Development Committee programming and how many of these programs have been leveraged to develop collaborative programs within Student Affairs, academic areas, and other units.  Approximately 150 people attended the presentation and it was well received.

  • CRW was well represented at the NIRSA National Basketball Championships held on April 11-13, 2014 in Raleigh.  A total of 84 teams from across the nation participated in four divisions (women’s club, men’s club, women’s intramural, and men’s intramural).  A number of professional staff served in administrative roles with the tournament including Justin Waters (All-American selection committee/Game Supervisor), Mark Parker (Officials Evaluation staff), and David Gaskins (Co-Director of Officials).  Intramural Sports Graduate Assistant Taylor-Quinn Yancey was on the administrative staff for the Officials Committee.  CRW’s prospering officiating program continues to produce successful officials receiving accolades.  This year, ECU’s Nick Lewis, Jordan Richardson, and Jared Pennington were among the 51 basketball officials selected from across the nation.  All three finished the tournament rated among the top 10 in the nation and Lewis was selected as an All-American (top six) for the 2nd consecutive year.  Click here to read more about the NIRSA Basketball Championships.
Student Involvement and Leadership
  • East Carolina University and Justin Janak was featured in the May 2014 edition of the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) publication as a part of the story entitled “Leadership Competencies – from Research to Results.”  Janak and Patrick Edwards, who left ECU this spring, presented their research and findings at the 2014 National Leadership Symposium.  Click here to see the publication cover and story from NACA.

  • The May 26, 2014 edition of WorkWeek, a section of the Greenville Daily Reflector, featured a special recognition for the housekeeping staff of the Mendenhall Student Center.  Supervisor Shonda Clemmons and associate vice chancellor Bobby Woodard commended the housekeeping staff for their outstanding performance, hard work and dedication to the student center.

  • The ECU Campus Kitchen was featured on the Campus Kitchens Project National website.  Here is an excerpt from the story, but click here to read the full story.
    • The Campus Kitchen at East Carolina University has a reputation for making a positive impact in their campus community. In the 2013-2014 school year alone, they served more than 1,800 meals to 4 different client agencies. But serving meals is not the only thing at which the student leaders with the Campus Kitchen at ECU (CKECU) excel. Earlier this spring, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pitt County approached CKECU with a need: volunteers who would go beyond the meal and educate students on nutrition and healthy habits.

New Employees

New SA Staff since May 1st

  • Christopher Chappell - Central Reservation Office - Student Involvement and Leadership 

Student Affairs Staff leaving the Division since May 1st

  • Matt Clark - Campus Rec and Wellness
  • Peter Romary - Student Legal Services
  • Emily Wood - Counseling Center
  • Tara Smith - Student Health Services
  • Tabitha Emsley - Counseling Center
  • Brandon Thompson - Campus Living
  • Michelle McVicker Thompson - Campus Living
  • Kathy Fisher - Campus Rec and Wellness - Retiring

SA Position Search Updates

  • Counseling Center – 3 pending hires for counselors
  • Student Media – Advertising and Marketing Adviser – posted until May 30
  • Marketing – Website developer/designer – closed, currently reviewing candidates
  • Student Involvement and Leadership – Associate Director of Student Activities and Organizations – posted May 20 with initial screening on June 3
  • Campus Recreation and Wellness – Associate Director of Administration – search posted
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities – two Assistant Director positions and Director position is active – applications are being reviewed
  • Student Affairs Assessment, Research and Retention – Associate Director search has been reposted

Student Affairs End of Year Awards and Celebration

The Division of Student Affairs celebrated the end of the academic year with awards, special recognition and lots of fun.

During a short ceremony in Hendrix Theatre, major accomplishments from divisional units were shared and SA Educators reaching five-year milestones in years of service were recognized, including three staff with more than 25 years of service at ECU.  Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation during the ceremony.

Additionally, Nichelle Shuck, from the Volunteer and Service Learning Center, was presented with the Emerging Professional Award and Jolene Jernigan, with Student Health Services, was presented with the Leadership Award.  

Following the ceremony, staff went to the Student Recreation Center outdoor deck and pool area for some snacks and games of all kinds. Under the tents were card and board games and on the grass area was corn hole boards and Kan Jam.  

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2014-15 SGA Officers Sworn In
Press Release from Crystal Baity – ECU News Services

An East Carolina University junior and three sophomores will lead the university’s Student Government Association for the 2014-2015 school year.

Junior Michael King of Prince George, Virginia; sophomore Jake Srednicki of Mahopac, New York; sophomore Kaitlyn Dutton of Greenville; and sophomore Katie Swanner of Huntersville all said they are excited to get started in their new positions.

As president, King will also serve on the ECU Board of Trustees as an ex-officio member and said he is looking forward to the leadership experience. He will join the Board of Trustees in July.

“I love this university and I love all of the opportunities that East Carolina has given me,” said King. “I figured this is the least I could do to try to give back and this is the best way I could have that opportunity.”

Srednicki, vice president, said he would use his former role with SGA as a foundation for his new role.

“I want students to be more engaged in what’s going on, what decisions are being made at the faculty, staff and Board of Trustees levels and come to SGA with their concerns,” said Srednicki.

Dutton said as treasurer she will work on improving efficiency in the allocation of student funding.

"I want to look at allocating funds to club sports and to Greek life. Because they get (additional) outside funds, they don’t usually get approved for (SGA) funding as often or as quickly as they need it,” said Dutton.

Swanner, secretary, was previously involved with Student Senate and wants to use her role as secretary to increase student involvement.

Collectively, the students said they would strive to complete their campaign goals, which included improving campus safety and implementing a house of representatives within SGA.

All four students are pursuing degrees in the ECU College of Business.

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Professional Development - Career Planning 101 - June 11th

The Student Affairs Continuing Career Development Committee is excited to announce the next program for the 2013-14 Professional Development Series.  

Catrina Davis and Patrick Roberts (ECU Career Center) will be the speakers for a program entitled Career Planning 101 held on Wednesday, June 11 from 10:00am -11:00am in the Mendenhall Student Center, Room 221. 

For more information on this program, please review the flyer or contact Dean Smith (252) 328-4703 or David Gaskins at (252) 328-6387 with additional questions.

Registration for this event is on OneStop under the University Training tab.

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