June 1, 2015 Edition

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New Student Orientation Dates

Orientation Session 1 - June 15-16 (Full)

Orientation Session 2 - June 17-18 (Full) 

Orientation Session 3 - June 22-23 (Full) 

Orientation Session 4 - June 24-25 (Full)

Orientation Session 5 - June 29-30 (Full)

Orientation Session 6 - July 1-2 (Full)

Orientation Session 7 - July 6-7 

Orientation Session 8 - July 8-9 

Orientation Session 9 - July 13-14 

Orientation Session 10 - July 15-16

Transfer Student Orientation Dates

June Orientation - June 8-9

Archived Editions

Left to Right - Adeea Rogers, Gretchen Brockman, Virginia Hardy, Jolene Jernigan, Liz Johnston.  John Stowe (not pictured)

Student Affairs End of Year Event/Awards

The Division of Student Affairs celebrated the end of the academic year with the annual awards event and social held in Hendrix Theatre and poolside at  the Student Recreation Center. 

During the awards portion of the ceremony, Vice Chancellor Hardy interacted with the SA Educators in the audience and gave each department a chance to brag about some accomplishments during the last year.  After hearing these unit successes, individuals were recognized for their years of service and for the following special divisional awards: 

  • Outstanding Service Award - Gretchen Brockman
  • Student First Award - Adeea Rodgers
  • Leadership Award - Jolene Jernigan
  • Emerging Professional Award  - John Stowe

Liz Johnston with Disability Support Services was also recognized with a special award.  The North Carolina Association on Higher Education and Disability (NC AHEAD) presented Liz with the highest award given by the organization. Stephen Gray, director of student services for ECU’s Disability Support Services, presented the award to Liz and credits his success to her.    “As the treasurer for the past two years for NC AHEAD, I can honestly say I have grown in this field because of one person, Liz Johnston.”


Campus Living - New Living Learning Communities
Submitted by Janet Johnson - Campus Living

Fall 2015 is quickly approaching, and six new Living - Learning Communities (LLCs) will open their doors to students on campus.  Over the past year, Campus Living has worked collaboratively with new Academic and Student Affairs partners to create these new LLCs.  ECU now offers additional LLC opportunities for students to learn, grow and succeed. With the introduction of these new communities, this will bring the total number of LLCs on campus to eighteen, which is an exciting development.   

Here is a brief description of the new communities:  

  • Art & Design Living-Learning Community (A+D LLC) - Students that participate in the A+D LLC will discover how to be successful artists and/or designers.  Students will directly connect with faculty, and explore the disciplines and resources of the School – from dark rooms and weaving looms to a wood shop and 3D printers. The A +D LLC is required for all incoming freshmen in the Art BFA, Art History and Appreciation BA, and intended Art Education BFA majors.
  • Athletics Living-Learning Community - The Athletics LLC is intended to promote the concept of leadership development within its members. Coursework will revolve around a review of leaders and their methods, with practical application involving team skills.  Students selected for this program are student athletes, and the hope is that the leadership learned will be reflected during team play.
  • Camp P.I.R.A.T.E.S. Living-Learning Community - This program is designed to provide students with additional support to allow for an easier transition from high school into a large university.  Students that are selected for this LLC will attend Camp P.I.R.A.T.E.S. in August. The camp is a three-day, two-night program held in August prior to classes starting.  At camp, students prepare for their first year as a Pirate by participating in activities designed to develop friendships, learn about resources on campus, and embrace the Pirate spirit and traditions. Once students return to campus, they will stay linked throughout the semester through class meetings and faculty mentoring.
  • Dance Living-Learning Community - This LLC provides Dance majors with a supportive and engaging environment that promotes success in this rigorous program. Students will have to learn to:  balance the intensive demands of dance studio classes and rehearsals, transition from dance as an extra-curricular pursuit to an academic major, meet the physical demands of dance, and become a member of the greater dance community.
  • Explorers Living-Learning Community - This program assists First Year students who are undecided majors.  The goal is to help them find a major by the end of their first year and continue to make informed career decisions that successfully leads students to their dream career. This LLC will support students’ career development goals through leadership activities, employer contact, and one-on-one mentorship by Career Services staff.
  • Kinesiology  - This LLC helps intended students majoring in Kinesiology to pursue their academic goals in a supportive environment and aides them in understanding the many careers available to them in this area of study. Students participating in this LLC will have greater access to faculty and staff in the kinesiology department. They will be exposed to a variety of campus resources, leadership and service opportunities, and information regarding Kinesiology.
  • Future Living-Learning Communities - Campus Living is now looking for new LLC partners for fall 2016 and 2017.  If you have an idea about a new LLC or would like to discuss the concept even further, please contact Janet Johnson at Johnsonjan@ecu.edu. Individuals wishing to develop a new LLC for the fall 2016 should submit their LLC application by October 2015, so there is time to plan, market and recruit students.
Transfer Students

Quest Transfer Student LLC successes in 2014-15
Submitted by the Office of Student Transitions

The thirty-two students who lived in QUEST Living Learning Community were quite accomplished throughout the 2014-2015 academic year.    Several of the academic honors included: 

  • Chancellor’s Award recipient
  • A.L.A.N.A. Certificate of Recognition for Fall Academic Achievement
  • Inductions into Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity, Tau Sigma Honor Society, Phi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society and National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Certificate for completion of Leadership Odyssey Program
Additionally, students have applied to study abroad in London and Paris this summer and for a research position with the Psychology department.  Students have engaged in NC Crop Hunger Walk, Raise the Dough & Dasani Promotion for Campus Kitchen, Brody Ambassador Program for AMSA/MAPS, CPAC National Convention in DC, tutoring at Building Hope, and attending the Social Justice Symposium.  Finally, students participated in ECU Club Figure Skating Team, Fame Modeling Troup, Scott Hall Student Government, Anti-Human Trafficking Alliance, Young Republicans and Swimming, Golf and Boxing Clubs.

Congratulations on the many successes of these transfer students both in and out of the classroom.

Student Media

"We Are One.  We Are Student Media."
Submitted by ECU Student Media

Most people know Student Media as The East Carolinian student newspaper, its affiliated website theeastcarolinian.com, WZMB-93.1 college radio, the Buccaneer college yearbook, the Advertising & Marketing Agency, expressions magazine, REBEL arts & literary digest, and a new student magazine called The Hook. 

Others see multiple units making up Student Media.  Internally, there is just one Student Media.   

This spring Student Media released its new motto: “We Are One. We are Student Media.” 

Additionally, Student Media has embarked on a new campaign to take pride in their achievements, the many partnerships they’ve formed and prospects of a bright future. 

“We unveiled a new logo matching the motto at the organization’s annual banquet April 28 at the Greenville Hilton,” said John Harvey, Student Media Director.  “The logo was designed by recent graduate Rochelle McCain when she was a staff member of the Agency.” 

Others crucial to its creation were Student Business Manager Braxton Paine and Business Adviser Elizabeth Semple. 

In unveiling the new logo, Harvey spoke about Student Media’s collective and individual achievements over the past year, highlighted by the establishment of The Hook and an online broadcast news segment called TEC-TV. 

The 2014-15 academic year showed unprecedented growth at Student Media, with the organization employing 93 students while offering educational internship opportunities for another 60.   

Harvey says the growth and student engagement contributes directly to students’ success at ECU.  

“WZMB’s staff increased 100 percent, the Magazine Division grew by more than 80 percent, the Agency’s staff increased by 200 percent, and the total number of ECU students participating at The East Carolinian went from 55 to 66.” In addition to creating The Hook and TEC-TV, Student Media also resurrected expressions magazine; revamped theeastcarolinian.com, fully implemented the News & Sports Department at WZMB and completed historic coverage of the ECU women’s basketball including live coverage of all home and away games in the regular season and post-season. 

“I am so proud of the partnerships Student Media forged this year,” said Harvey.  “They included partnering with the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center to help insure the success of expressions, an effort that was highlighted by a joint launch party celebrating the magazine’s history and successful return.” 

Student Media also built more permanent partnerships with the School of Art & Design on the publication, production and marketing of The REBEL; the School of Communication, specifically Professor Glenn Hubbard, to create and produce TEC-TV’s broadcast, and the East Carolina Athletic Department to make possible WZMB’s women’s sports coverage. 

During the annual banquet several group and individual awards were presented.   

The “Outstanding Medium Award” went to The East Carolinian. The coveted honor was won by WZMB last year. Winners of the individual awards were as follows: 

  • Braxton Paine, Business & Marketing Award
  • Summer Falgiano, Management Award
  • Professor Charles Twardy, Service to the Student Media Board Award
  • Josh Graham, Service to Student Media Award

Harvey said he expects the upcoming year to be even more exciting for Student Media as The East Carolinian celebrates its 90th anniversary, which will include several commemorative events.


Student Success Spotlight - Jared Nicholson
ECU Club Wrestler named to Academic All-American Team

ECU sophomore Jared Nicholson has been named to the National Collegiate Wrestling Association "Academic All-American" team.  To qualify, a wrestler must both qualify for Nationals in Allen, Texas and maintain at least a 3.5 overall grade point average on a 4-point scale.  Jared qualified for nationals and won a pair of matches in the tournament including a major decision.  His only two losses in the event were both to national place winners.  He exceeded the academic standard of 3.5 by carrying a 3.85 average.  He also served as club president this season.

Meet Jared Nicholson:
  • ECU Sophomore – Psychology Major
  • Hometown – Statesville, North Carolina
  • Wrestling record as a sophomore was 19-6 overall in the 174 pound class
  • Current GPA = 3.85 1st All-American of any kind for the ECU Club Wrestling Team.
Club Baseball

ECU Club Baseball Team Returns to World Series

The ECU Club Baseball Pirates defeated Ohio University May 10th to claim the Mid Atlantic Regional Championship for the second straight year.  ECU won the game in thrilling fashion throwing out the tying runner at home plate to end the game.  (Click here to visit the Club Baseball Twitter page and look at the May 10th tweet to see the final out and celebration.

With the tournament victory, the Pirates earned the top seed for the National Club Baseball Association World Series in Paducah, Kentucky.  

ECU won game one of the World Series over Iowa State 10-5, before dropping the next two games to Arizona State and a second game against Iowa State.  The eventual Club Baseball World Series champion was the University of Oregon.  

ECU finished the season 35-4 overall on the season, which included a current 32-game winning streak. The team also claimed the Mid Atlantic South Conference championship with a perfect 15-0 conference record.    

In the 2014 World Series, the top-seeded Pirates were upset in a first round game in Tampa before clawing back to the national semi-final game before being eliminated.

Brad Beggs

CRW's Brad Beggs authors article for the Outdoor Safety Institute

The Outdoor Safety Institute asked Brad Beggs, with CRW’s Adventure Program, to write an article on training leaders with the goal of showing other universities and organizations how it’s done at ECU.  

The article, “New Leaders and Confidence: A new Look at the Conscious Competence Model” was published on May 18th.    

Below is an excerpt from the article.  You can read the full article here:

“I think we passed it,” she said quietly, hoping the clients wouldn’t hear. 

“No, this looks right, we’ll be able to see the cliff after one of these rises,” her co-leader replied—a reply with enough conviction to convert any doubter. 

“We should’ve seen the cliff by now……” she trailed off, her hands gripping the wheel, eyes fixed on the road ahead. 

My dozing was interrupted when Matt and Jamie nudged me awake, asking for my input; they couldn’t figure out where we were. I attempted to contain my frustration while I helped them pinpoint our location on the atlas. 

Later, I wondered how Matt was so certain, even though his directions and the road signs didn’t match, and the cliff never rose above the horizon. How did both trip leaders miss the signs (road and landscape), when they had been to the cliff many times before? Rather than feeling initially confused, why did they feel a high level of confidence until too late? 

It turns out, this type of confidence has been well-studied and has an official name: the Dunning-Kruger Effect (DKE). The DKE explains an idea that seems contradictory: confidence that comes from incompetence. 

For a beginner (or the unskilled) to know they are incompetent “...would require them to possess the very expertise they lack” writes David Dunning in the Pacific Standard—The Science of Society. You most likely already know this: you don’t know what you don’t know. Unfortunately for you, and those you work with, the result of the Dunning-Kruger Effect isn’t confusion but, according to Dunning, a feeling of high confidence.

Campus Kitchen

Campus Kitchen Year in Review - Public Service

The ECU The Volunteer and Service-Learning Center (VSLC) at East Carolina University helps to create an environment where students and faculty can take action in their community through the art of service. It is where the student-led program known as Campus Kitchen at ECU (CKECU) leads its national initiative on the fight against hunger. The Campus Kitchen at East Carolina University has been selected for the second year to serve as one of the three Campus Kitchen sites to host an Ameriprise Fellow. The duties of this fellow include expanding volunteer engagement, hunger programs and sustaining partnerships in our community.  

Summer 2014 - During the previous summer, the Ameriprise Fellow recruited eight volunteers and four additional members from the community throughout the months of May-June allowing us to serve three of our community partners. Due to the dining halls being closed, the faculty and staff from ECU Orientations helped us to recover 488 pounds of food that we prevented from being wasted. In the month of July, the Ameriprise Fellow increased the number of volunteers to twenty-nine with eight being faculty or staff from the community. The ECU Orientation crew continued to assist in helping us to recover 396 pounds of food, which enabled us to prepare 498 meals to serve three of our community partners.  We also held a food drive in which five departments donated 161 pounds of food. One of the biggest donations received was through Dasani Water in providing us with 22 cases of water for our nutrition education programs. As the summer began to wind down, we continued to engage faculty, staff, and volunteers in the community to be able to plan two more meals for two of our community partners, Ronald McDonald House and Joy’s soup kitchen. Additionally, we continued with the Summer Food Service Program for two more weeks before the end of our summer programming.  

Spring 2015 - VSLC selected one student to be the CKECU Ameriprise Fellow to support the mission of hunger relief to expand and sustain programs and volunteer engagements through our community partners. The 2015 CKECU Ameriprise Fellow, Briana Fields, is a junior majoring in Public Health Studies with a Pre-Health Professions concentration and a minor in Psychology. She is a highly motivated and eager student with plans to attend medical school after graduation to pursue a career as a pediatric cardiac surgeon. 

As the Ameriprise Fellow, Briana will focus on recruiting volunteers, both of which will include students, faculty, staff and community members to serve meals with CKECU community partners. One of her biggest goals is to implement Nutrition Education programming to our youth and be able to continue the programming through the fall. Additionally, Briana will assist in the establishment of new resources for food recovery and will connect with off-campus partners for effective recruiting strategies. This will take place throughout the months of May through August. Anyone who is interested in helping to serve with CKECU over the summer is encouraged to join the CKECU OrgSync Portal and look for events to serve with our community. Please contact Briana Fields at monkb14@students.ecu.edu or Nichelle Shuck, Associate Director for Student Leadership and Educational Programs in the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center at shuckn@ecu.edu.

New Employees

SA Staff Updates Since May 1st

New Hires in ECU Student Affairs 

  • Lydia Hitchcock -Assistant Director for Wellness Promotion – CRW - Started May 18th
  • Nicholas Pittman - University Program Associate – Transit - Started May 18th
  • James Keel - University Program Specialist –Transit - Start Date June 1st

No Longer in ECU Student Affairs

  • Erin VanStaalduinen - Administrative Support – Marketing & Communication - April 30th
  • Chandler Trent Jones - Videographer - Marketing & Communication - May 8th
  • Shane Stephens - Assistant Director, Wellness Programs & Assessment – CRW - May 15th
  • Jeannette Sugg - Professional Nurse -Student Health Services - May 15th to another ECU position
  • Sheryl Gardner - Administrative Support Specialist – Student Health Services - Retired May 31
  • John Stowe - Career Counselor - Career Services - Departure Date - June 1st
  • Larry Donley - Associate Director - Career Services - Departure Date - June 4th
  • Jolene Jernigan – Director of Student Health Services – Retires June 30th
Title IX Porter

Office of Equity and Diversity appoints Title IX Compliance Officer

On May 12th, the Office of Equity and Diversity announced the appointment of Malorie Porter in the Office for Equity and Diversity as the Title IX Compliance Officer and Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator.  

Ms. Porter previously served as the Director of Student Engagement and Responsibility and Title IX Coordinator at Bethany College in West Virginia.  Among her accomplishments, Ms. Porter authored and implemented Bethany College’s Title IX/Sex Discrimination Policy and developed corresponding procedures and trainings for students, staff and faculty.  Her responsibilities included but were not limited to investigating incidents of sexual misconduct (including harassment and discrimination), coordinating to ensure support and resources for victims, and organizing prevention programming and training.   

In her role as ECU’s Title IX Compliance Officer and Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Porter will direct an institutional comprehensive compliance program by assessing institutional Title IX compliance, developing initiatives, delivering education and training offerings, and coordinating awareness of gender equity and sex discrimination across the university.  Among her responsibilities will be to coordinate a university-wide collaborative effort to ensure prompt and equitable responses to reports of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, and other sexual misconduct.  This will include overseeing related investigation processes and working collaboratively with university partners.  Additionally, she will be responsible for creating and implementing a Title IX compliance plan in collaboration with key stakeholders on and off campus.