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Health Sciences Student Center Groundbreaking
SA Educators Making Headlines
SA Spotlight-Off Campus Student Services
Adventure Program Receives Paddle Nation Grant
ECU Named "GREAT School" for Gluten-Free Students
Title IX and Social Media Collide - Webinar
Student Success - Jorge Almonte-Florimon
New Victim Advocate and SVS Asst. Dir.
New Employees to SA
August 19-23Residence Halls - Move-In
August 19Move-In Media Day
August 23 at 4:30pmNew Student Welcome and Convocationwith Keynote Speaker Scott Avettat Minges Coliseum
August 23 at 5:30pm15th Annual Pirate PaloozaDowdy-Ficklen Stadium
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HS Student Center Groundbreaking
On July 17th, the ECU Board of Trustees broke ground for the new Health Sciences Student Center – a 75,000-square-foot facility that will include recreation space, dining options and student offices for student health, counseling and career services.
“We’re dedicated to educating the whole person – student life is part of that,” said Steve Jones, newly elected chair of the board. “This is a state-of-the-art facility (health sciences students) can call their own.”
The facility is expected to open in spring 2017 and is located in the open space between the East Carolina Heart Institute and the Colleges of Allied Health and Nursing.
All health sciences students will come together here…outside of their individual programs and can learn – in a neutral space – to collaborate together.
The Health Sciences student center will have a Starbucks as well as the Wedge and a convenience store for dining options. Additionally, Campus Recreation and Wellness will have 25,000 square feet of space for workout equipment, fitness classes/programs and two basketball courts.
The main campus student center and parking deck project is expected to begin construction work after the completion of the fall 2015 semester.
During the summer months, Student Affairs educators continued their commitment to student success, public service and regional transformation. Below are some of the great stories, accomplishments and honors from the last couple of months:
It is an intensive professional development program for women in higher education who seek to gain or strengthen their academic leadership capabilities. It is designed to help women identify, understand, and move into leadership roles in the academy. Through the program, participants will develop insights into leadership, with a particular focus on the special skills and attributes women bring to their leadership roles; acquire an understanding of the many facets of colleges and universities; refine and improve their cross-cultural communication skills; create a program of personal and professional development to benefit themselves and their institutions.
Our campus has a long history of serving and engaging the local community. Originally a teacher training school in eastern North Carolina, East Carolina has grown to become an accredited institution serving nearly 27,000 students. Despite the growth in the last century, it has never forgotten its roots or relationship to local community. Indeed, the school touts its commitment to public service and regional transformation at almost every turn – through strategic planning documents, mission statements, and official university communications. There is also significant evidence that this commitment goes beyond vision all the way to implementation and action. Many faculty engage in community-based research projects, while students regularly serve the local community through co-curricular volunteer activities, often contributing more than 40,000 hours to the community per year. And community outreach activities - from summer camps to literacy programs to nutrition education programs - fill university calendars. Part of this creation of a culture of civic and democratic engagement centers around the notion of “Servire,” the university’s long-standing term to describe its mission, which means “to serve.” Official publications describe this commitment to public service as “ECU faculty, staff and students working to improve communities in eastern North Carolina and beyond. Our students, faculty, staff and senior leaders all are integral parts of our community, and our community is an integral part of who we are at ECU.” East Carolina University has also distinguished itself as the Leadership University, committed to training and preparing leaders for our state and nation. As such, the institution - by definition - cannot do its work if it is not both engaged with and listening to the community, and providing opportunities for students to take leadership roles in engagement initiatives.Click here to view the full article.
SA Spotlight - Off Campus Student Servicessubmitted by Brandy Alexander Daniels
Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) assist students, parents and guardians in search of finding safe and affordable housing off-campus. OCSS provides support to students who live within close proximity to campus and provides programs on how to live safe and successful in student apartment communities and conventional apartments while keeping students connected to the university.In February 2014, Brandy Alexander-Daniels was hired as the Director of Off-Campus Student Services. With a background in Student Affairs, Daniels immediately increased the programs and support offered for students. During the 2014-2015 academic year OCSS planned and executed 17 educational programs with a total of 1,985 participants and over 3,000 engagement hours. Of the 17 programs, nine programs were approved for passport credit. Three programs the office was eager to execute included Living Off-Campus 101, Apartment Bus Tours, Pirate Give and Go, as well as instituting more educational components and collaborations into each of their fall and spring housing fairs. Beyond Student Affairs, OCSS work extensively with 16 student apartment complexes, ECU Police, Art + Community partnership, Off-Campus partners, and Habitat for Humanity.In an effort to increase communication with students directly OCSS instituted a Facebook (East Carolina University off-Campus Student Services) and Twitter (ECU_Off-Campus) page to encourage a safe living environment and open communication. The office recognizes the responsibility of creating learning environments that challenge students to learn and develop holistically. They also understand that the primary responsibility for internalizing and creating change rests on the students’ development and their ability to make responsible choices. Staff offer this support for individual growth and learning through a variety of programs, community collaborations, and student support programs. OCSS will continue to increase programs and collaboration within Student Affairs to provide enriching and positive programmatic efforts for students transitioning off-campus.
ECU Adventure awarded Paddle Nation Grant
The ECU Adventure Program has received a $2,500 grant from the Paddle Nation Grant Program to take Pitt County fifth through eighth graders out on local waterways.
The Adventure Program, part of Campus Recreation and Wellness, used the grant funds to purchase two rafts and related equipment to take local youths on kayak and paddle trips along the Tar River.
“For many of these young people, this is their first time in a kayak,” said Brad Beggs, assistant director of adventure in Campus Recreation and Wellness. “In fact, we have found that it’s the first time on the water in any capacity for some of the kids.”
The Paddle Nation Grant Program is an initiative connecting young people to their rivers, streams, lakes and oceans. It is funded by the National Park Service, Outdoor Retailer and several paddle-sport industry manufacturers, retailers and stakeholders.
Several trips were held in July for groups of Pitt County 5th-8th graders including with Building Hope Community Life Center, the Lucille Gorham Intergenerational Community Center and the Girl Scouts.
ECU named "GREAT School" for Gluten-Free students
East Carolina University has earned recognition as a “GREAT School” by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), a national non-profit organization dedicated to those affected by celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. The honor signifies that the dining services staff has completed comprehensive gluten-free training and pledges to uphold gluten-free protocols that encourage a safe dining experience for students with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
“The number of customers with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity that are dining in our campus locations are on the rise. As we see this number steadily increase each year, it is important for our dining team to take any steps we can to ensure we are serving foods that are safe for this group to eat. The “GREAT School’s” program offers additional training as well as the implementation of policies and procedures that support our team’s efforts to feed those that need foods made without gluten,” says Janie Owens, Nutrition Director for ECU Campus Dining Services.
An estimated 1% of the population has celiac disease, a serious genetic autoimmune disease, and an estimated 6% of the population has gluten sensitivity. Both conditions require a strict gluten-free diet. While many restaurants are introducing gluten-free menus to accommodate those who have this special dietary need, the gluten-free food is not always prepared with the necessary precautions.
NFCA’s GREAT Schools program is an online, multimedia course that teaches dining services managers and staff how to properly prepare and serve gluten-free meals. Participants learn how to identify gluten-free ingredients; avoid cross-contamination with gluten-containing foods; and answer gluten-free students’ questions. Recognition as a GREAT School lasts for two years.
“There’s more to serving gluten-free food than replacing a side of pasta with rice,” said Alice Bast, Founder and President of NFCA. “GREAT Kitchens teaches a comprehensive, team approach that is essential when responding to any medically necessary dietary request.”
East Carolina University’s gluten-free options include:
When Title IX and Social Media Collide - Webinar
On August 5, 2015, the Division of Student Affairs and the Office for Equity and Diversity will host a special webinar focusing on Title IX and the roles and impacts social media plays on college campuses.
The webinar is called When Social Media and Title IX Collide: What Colleges Need to Know about Gossip Sites, Free Speech and Proactive Policies and is presented by Innovative Educators.
All ECU faculty and staff are invited to attend the webinar, which is being funded by the Department of Student Involvement and Leadership. The objectives for the webinar include:
There is no need to RSVP for this webinar and all faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Below are the details about the webinar.
Date: August 5, 2015 Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: Mendenhall Student Center – Room 244
Presenters: Dr. Brian Van Brunt and Miranda Perry
Vice Chancellor Virginia Hardy and Associate Provost LaKesha Alston Forbes will greet attendees and provide a welcome at 2:45pm. The webinar will begin promptly at 3pm and will last about 90 minutes.
Key audiences for this webinar include, but are not limited to, Faculty, Campus Safety, Police officers, Diversity offices, Dean of Students Office, Student Rights and Responsibilities, Student Services offices, Counseling, Human Resources, Academic Advisers, Athletics and University Communications.
Student Success - Jorge Almonte-FlorimonPirate Profile and NASPA Undergraduate Fellow
Student Success – ECU’s Jorge Almonte-Florimon has been accepted into the 2015-2016 class of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP)! As a Fellow, he will work with his ECU Mentor, Bernie Schulz (Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs) to identify distinctive opportunities that will allow for his exploration of student affairs/higher education. Since the program’s inception in 1989, NUFP alumni have been active and contributing professionals on campuses throughout our country. Additionally, Jorge has been a very engaged student in and out of the classroom with the Residence Hall Association, Collide Campus Ministry and the ECU Ambassadors. He was recently featured as a Pirate Profile- Please click here to view the Pirate Profile
SA Staff Updates
Student Affairs hires Victim Advocate and Student Veteran Services Asst. Director
New Hires in ECU Student Affairs
No Longer in ECU Student Affairs