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ECU Beyond Tomorrow
IGCC Awarded Grant
ECU Students Helping Honduras
Halloween Havoc Help
Former SGA Presidents Return
SA News and Notes
WLLC Transforms East End Elem.
SA Video on Ruffin McNeill Show
LWCC Website Launches
Family Weekend Video Recap
To Win a War You Have to Start One
New Employees and Searches
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East Carolina University has completed its Strategic Plan
for 2014-2019. While focused on honoring
the values that have guided the university’s success, there are three primary
commitments that shape the university’s plan:
Maximizing Student Success, Serve the Public and Lead Regional Transformation.
Please visit the special website to learn more about ECU’s
commitment to the future. The Division of Student Affairs, along with
the other divisions, colleges and units on campus, is in the process of
developing its strategic plan for the next five years. Each individual unit/division plan will align
with ECU’s overall plan for student success, public service and regional
During the course of the fall semester, there will be Café
Conversations, leadership discussions and teams created to build, create and
launch the Student Affairs Strategic Plan.
In future On Deck editions, stories that have a direct
correlation to ECU’s Beyond Tomorrow Strategic Plan will be noted in the
story’s headline (i.e. Student Success, Public Service, Regional
Intergenerational Community Center Awarded Grant - Public Service
Congratulations to the staff of the Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational
Community Center (IGCC) as recipients of the 21st Century Community
Learning Center Grant.
The grants provide $1.2 million from the Department of
Public Instruction (DPI), which will be allocated over the course of four
years, and $90,000 from the Governors Crime Commission Grant.
The 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant
will be used to fund the ECU YES (Youth Excelling for Success) program, which
is provides after-school and summer academic enrichment opportunities for
ECU YES serves 2nd-7th grade students
in the community on Mondays-Thursdays from 2:30-6:30 PM. During these times, students are exposed to
the North Carolina Common Core Standards and STEM initiatives (Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Math) as key components in the grant.
In addition, cultural enrichments are also implemented to
reinforce youth development including health and wellness, physical education,
art programs and computers. Through community and campus collaborations, IGCC
has presenters visit to discuss drug and violence prevention, fire and bike
safety, bullying, and health issues.
The YES Youth Health fair, which will be held October 15th
from 4:30-5:30pm is open to the public. As a highlight, the project is “FREE”
of charge and supports a component for parental involvement and community
The Governors Crime Commission Grant will be utilized to
operate the Youth Apprentice Program (YAP). This grant provides funding for at risk youth
ages (16-24) through apprenticeships in a trade or vocational skill building
The youth will work in an apprenticeship two days a week
and will acquire life skills training, meet with their mentor, and work on
expunging criminal records the duration of the week.
To learn more about these programs or if you would like to be a mentor please
ECU Students Helping in Honduras - Public Service
ECU’s Chapter of Students Helping Honduras (SHH) is a
relatively new campus student organization.
Four ECU students started SHH during their freshman year with the goal
of creating an organization that embodied ECU’s motto Servire, “to serve.”
Students Helping Honduras is a national organization started
in 2004 with one student on one college campus and has now grown to
organizations on more than 1,000 university and college campuses.
The ECU SHH team traveled to San Pedro Sula in Honduras in
August 2014 to participate in the building of elementary schools for
The goal for the national organizations is building 1,000
schools on the way to ending “extreme poverty and violence in Honduras through
education and youth empowerment.”
Below Dr. Linda Mellish, ECU SHH adviser, shared the amazing
service experience from the Honduras trip:
“Building does not come easy in
this country. We didn’t have a bobcat,
cement trucks or backhoes; we had pick axes, 5-gallon buckets and shovels! The work was hard and the rewards were
Each day began at 6:15am with a
tap, tap, tap at the door as our SHH coordinator gently told us it was time to
wake up. We slept in a hostel with our
colleagues from other U.S. universities, all of our meals were served family
style, and there were only electric fans for cooling.
The day’s assignments included
moving the earth to create classroom floors, mixing cement, and building the
walls and sidewalks, and spackling the walls all while trying to communicate in
Spanish. Community members were grateful
for our efforts and joined us in providing the ‘sweat-equity’ espoused by
At the end of each day we traveled
back to the Villa Soleada covered in cement and dirt and as content as could
be. After a hard day’s work, we would
gather our soccer gear and enjoy a game with the community before dinner! This was a life-effecting experience for all
ECU SHH travelers included:
Jessie Cromie, President (and First Generation student); Morgan Little,
Vice-President; Blanca Yanez, Secretary (and First Generation College student);
Kurt Lewis, Jr. (Marketing); and Dr. Linda Mellish, Advisor. This semester SHH will host several
fund-raising events allowing more of our 20 members to serve in Honduras in
December. For more information on SHH,
please check this website: http://ceciskids.org/projects/
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ECU Halloween Havoc - Call for Staffing
After such great success at last year’s event we will be
returning to the shadows of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium for Halloween Havoc, formerly Midnight Madness, in 2014!
(Friday, October 31st)
This is a second call to staff staffing for this event. Please contact Justin Waters (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up.
There are two types of shifts:
Decorating Shifts during the week of October 29th
Wednesday, October 29th –
Thursday, October 30th –
10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm
Friday, October 31st –
10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm
Night of Event Staff: 9:00pm-2:30am
Jobs include: Line control, check in,
assessment, observations, novelties, activities, Scarers, Costume Contest,
T-shirt give away, etc.
We will have a training that you will need to attend and you
can choose from which session that is more convenient for your schedule:
Wednesday, October 22nd from 4:00pm-5:00pm at
the Student Recreation Center
Tuesday, October 28th from 12:00pm-1:00pm at
the Student Recreation Center
Please respond by October 15th at 5:00pm
indicating what shift you would like to work (Decorating staff or Night of
Event staff and your T-shirt size!).
Former SGA Presidents return to the Pirate Nation
There is no question Pirate fans from the past and presented
came together to celebrate the big football victory on September 20th
vs. North Carolina. In fact, the last
five SGA presidents got together for this special photo opportunity with Dr.
Pictured (from left to right): Tremayne Smith, Josh
Martinkovic, Vice Chancellor Hardy, Justin Davis and Brad Congleton.
Student Affairs News and Notes
WLLC Transforming East End Elementary School – Service and
One of ECU’s greatest student
success stories involves the Wellness Living Learning Community (WLLC) and its
impacts on an elementary school in Martin County.
In the last couple of years, WLLC
students have gone to East End Elementary School in Robersonville, NC (about 25
minutes from ECU’s campus) to help tutor students, talk about physical fitness,
wellness and nutrition. This is a great
service to the students at East End, but as you will see from this video
created by the school, they are happy to have ECU’s Wellness Living Learning
Community working with them as partners and friends.
ECU Athletics invited Trent Jones
and Kevin Treadway (SA Marketing) to produce a special video feature for the
Ruffin McNeill Coaches Show. The video,
created from the first person voice of Coach Ruff, was captured during ECU’s
70-41 win over North Carolina and played locally and statewide.
The Coaches Show and video is now
also available online.
The Ledonia Wright Cultural Center has new face for those
visiting via the web. Go to www.ecu.edu/lwcc to check out the new layout,
design and abundance of information.
There is a calendar of upcoming LWCC events and programs as well as
quick links, social media connections and information about Core Programming,
the new CULTURE student organization and how to connect with the LWCC.
It seems like an eternity since the semester started and Family Weekend, but
it’s only been a month. Enjoy the sites
and sounds of ECU Family Weekend 2014.
Normal Heart Screening - "To Win a War, You Have to Start One"
On Monday September 15, 2014, the LGBT Resource Office, in
partnership with SABfilms, the Center for Diversity and Inequality Research,
and the Department of English, presented HBO’s Emmy Award-winning adaptation of
Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart.
The film chronicles the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on a
group of friends in Manhattan in the early 1980s. An audience, estimated to number at least
400, attended this Premier Passport Event, which was open to the general public
as well. Mark Rasdorf, Assistant
Director for the LGBT Resource Office, and Jasmine Smith, Chair of the Student
Activities Board Film Committee, welcomed the audience and invited everyone to
a discussion following the film.
About 50 people, including students, faculty, staff, and
community members, remained to share their experiences, reflections, and
attitudes regarding HIV in our community in a discussion led by Dr. Melinda
Kane from the Sociology Department and Leslie Veach, Christi Mobley, and Maya
Mitchell, all from the Center for Counseling and Student Development.
In surveys collected following the event, results were
overwhelmingly positive, with 98% agreeing that the film was informative and
engaging. A first-year student
commented, “Very informative, great storyline, opened my eyes to many
things.” A sophomore student commented,
“Freaking awesome movie, very sad though” and another first-year student
commented, “This was a great program!”
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