October 2, 2014 Edition

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ECU Beyond Tomorrow

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 transformation.


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 Transformation). 



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 youth.


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 outreach.


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 occupation.


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 call 328-5800.

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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 surrounding communities. 


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 many. 


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 SHH. 


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 of us.”


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 (watersj@ecu.edu) to sign up.


There are two types of shifts:

1.     Decorating Shifts during the week of October 29th –October 31st

a.     Wednesday, October 29th – 1:00pm-4:00pm

b.     Thursday, October 30th – 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm

c.     Friday, October 31st – 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm

2.     Night of Event Staff: 9:00pm-2:30am

a.     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!). 

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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. Hardy. 


Pictured (from left to right): Tremayne Smith, Josh Martinkovic, Vice Chancellor Hardy, Justin Davis and Brad Congleton. 

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Student Affairs News and Notes

WLLC Transforming East End Elementary School – Service and Transformation


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.   


SA Marketing produces segment for Ruffin McNeill Coaches Show


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.



LWCC Website Goes Live    


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. 



Family Weekend

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.  

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The Normal Heart

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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New Employees

New SA Educators and Current Position Searches

New Student Affairs Educators (Name, Position, Start Date, Department)

  • Kiya Bolds - Associate Director Campus Living Conduct & Special Projects - September 12, 2014 - Campus Living
  • Jeremy Tuchmayer - Associate Director SAARR - September 15, 2014 - Assessment
  • Teresa Stepps  - Administrative Support - September 16, 2014 - Counseling Center
  • Stacy Zimmerman - Case Manager - September 29, 2014 - Dean of Students


Current Searches

  • Victim Advocate, CCSD - In the process of inviting candidates to campus. Open forums will be communicated soon.
  • Associate VC for Student Involvement and Leadership - Two campus interviews taking place on Oct. 9th and Oct. 16th. - Open forums for each candidate will be from 2-3pm in Mendenhall Student Center Room 244.

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