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Campus Wellness launches the 8 Dimensions of Wellness
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!
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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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.
2014-15 SGA Officers Sworn In
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.
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.