October 16, 2015 Edition

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Important Dates

Homecoming Events

Graduate School Fair - Oct. 22 @9am-noon at MSC Great Rooms

Pirates on the Porch - The Select Group - Oct. 29 at 2:30pm

Pirates After Dark - Oct. 23 from 9pm-Midnight

Halloweek Events - Check out New Interactive Website

SAB/SGA Election Debate Series - Oct. 19

SGA Local Candidate Debates - Jenkins Building 122 - Oct. 22

7:07 Series - Carnival at Dowdy Ficklen Stadium - Oct. 20

Free SAB Films (Bring ECU 1Card - All in Hendrix Theatre)

Sign up to serve on Make A Difference Day! - Oct. 24

Liberty in North Korea (LINK) student event - Oct. 19

ECU Fall Open House - Oct. 24

Be An Orientation Assistant?  Interest Meeting Oct. 20

Athletics Home Events

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Student Success

Male Student Success - Student Success Conference

College men on most every campus are experiencing reduced levels of engagement in and out of the classroom. This trend is a reality at East Carolina University as well. Greater understanding is needed specific to the male student identity in the college environment, their complex developmental journeys, and identification of effective strategies to build on models of student success.

Due to weather related to Hurricane Joaquin in early October, the Male Student Success Symposium was canceled.  However, the need to investigate and explore this topic and the impacts on our campus remains a strong priority. 

Therefore, the annual Student Success Conference, hosted for the last two years by the Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs, will include male student success as a primary focus.  The third annual Student Success Conference is slated for January 6, 2016. 

Once again, the conference will be open to all faculty, staff and students at ECU.  Topics will include discussions designed to share and analyze strategies that effectively address gaps in learning, experiential, persistence and completion outcomes among college men at East Carolina University.

Additional information about the Student Success Conference, including a call for proposals, will be coming out later in the fall.


SA Educators News and Notes
The Division of Student Affairs has some amazing staff making headlines, collaborating and sharing our expertise and spreading the great things happening at ECU. 

Here are some examples of how Student Affairs Educators are making a difference at ECU.

SIL - Erik Kneubuehl - TPE Roundtable
Erik Kneubuehl, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Involvement and Leadership, is participating in virtual round table discussion for The Placement Exchange (TPE).  The topic is “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” and takes place Oct. 22nd at 3:30pm.

Here is a description of the discussion. 
No career path is the same...it can include short and long term commitments along the way. Knowing when it's time to move on from your current position is challenging for many. Have you outgrown your current position? Is there more to accomplish? Are you ready for the next position? Are you considering leaving for the right reasons? What does "leaving well" mean?

Joining Erik on the panel are Dr. Tina Powellson, Director of the Center for Student Involvemet at the University of Houston and Dr. Annemarie Seifert, Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Development at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 

CRW Presentations at NoCRSA
Campus Recreation and Wellness staff presented at the North Carolina Recreational Sports Association (NoCRSA) State Workshop held on Friday, October 9, 2015 at Elon University. 

Among the presentations were:
Jenny Gregory (Assistant Director for Marketing), Chelsea Fasick (Marketing Graduate Assistant) and Marissa Zimmet (undergraduate marketing assistant) presented, “The Psysche of Marketing:  The Story Of Us”

David Gaskins (Associate Director for Programs & Marketing) presented,  “Reflections and Experiences from 30 Years in Recreational Sports”

WUNC Article on Student Vets features ECU's Nicole Jablonski
Jay Price reports that a growing number of universities are hiring dedicated staff members to serve student veterans.

The gulf between the distinctive cultures of academia and the military can look pretty wide. Not to Amber Mathwig, though.

“I don’t see this humongous gap,” said Mathwig, who just started work as UNC-Chapel Hill’s first ever Student Veteran Assistance Coordinator. “It’s more of an adjustment period that tends to create some hurdles for people.”

“And all hurdles are clearable even if we just have to knock them down so they’re no longer there,” she said.

Mathwig is a ten year Navy vet and is working on a master’s degree at UNC-Greensboro, where she helped found that university’s veterans center. Now, at Chapel Hill, she’s the go-to person for students with military ties.

“They are navigating this university system for the very first time and they probably also have other responsibilities such as families to take care of,” she said.
“They’re already older, so they’re coming in with a little bit different background than what a lot of people bring in.”

In the past two years, the UNC system has seen a 13 percent jump in the number of people using military education benefits, which includes active duty service members, veterans, and dependents.

Eleven of North Carolina’s 16 public universities have opened campus veterans centers, all in the past three years. And most now have at least one full-time staff member like Mathwig.

At East Carolina University, another Navy vet, Nicole Jablonski, is Assistant Director of Student Veteran Services. She says the job means helping veterans understand university life — and sometimes helping the rest of the campus understand the vets.
“Many people are really interested in hearing about the military culture but they may not go about it in the best way,” she said.

Jablonski said veterans sometimes hear questions from fellow students along the lines of, “Did you see anyone die?” “Did you kill anyone?” or “Do you have PTSD?”

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ECU Posts NASPA Lead Initiative Blog on Leadership and Service by Dennis McCunney
More often than not, students entering our colleges and universities think about service as a requirement.  There’s even the stereotype of the highway clean up crew picking up litter.  Is that service?  Sure, it provides a service to the community.  But where’s the learning in that experience?  There should be some level of structured reflection to enhance the experience.

Most of our students have had a certain number of service hours to complete while in high school and they bring that experience and perspective with them to our campuses.  That can be a good thing because students have developed habits of volunteering. 

On the flip side, the service experience tends to become just one more requirement that needs to be checked off the list.  Moreover, students who have had some leadership experience and training often approach these experiences with a different level of motivation.  As student affairs educators then, we have a significant challenge facing many of us in our work:  create spaces for real civic learning and leadership development to happen on campus and in the community.

We know from experiential learning theory that deep learning can take place when students are encouraged to reflect on their experiences in a structured manner.  Many university leadership and service-learning program administrators have come to understand their role as critical educators promoting lasting social change. 

Learning outcomes for these programs aim to impact interpersonal skills, civic identity, social identity awareness, leadership capacity, career leadership skills, spirituality, and much more.  Further, when students are provided with safe spaces to reflect on their service and leadership experiences, they often grow in important ways.

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Campus Living - Linda Sessoms Retirement
Campus Living is both happy and sad to announce the retirement of Linda Sessoms, Senior Neighborhood Service Manager/Conference Coordinator, effective October 23rd.  Linda started working at East Carolina University in 1978 and has been working with Campus Living since 1985, where she started her career in Campus Living as the Residence Hall Coordinator of Tyler Hall.  Her contributions to the NSOs and Summer Camps will always be valued and remembered.  Linda’s hard work, commitment, and dedication are worthy of admiration.

Please congratulate Linda as she starts a new chapter in her life and wish her a wonderful retirement.

Make a Difference

Make a Difference Day
Join the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning on Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 24th. This is a day of service where ECU partners with local organizations and gives back to the community.

Our goal is to engage 200 students, faculty, and staff in service with the greater Greenville community. Some of the goals for Make a Difference Day include: 
To reflect on their service and discover different facets of their identity as a Greenville resident, not just as a member of the ECU community

To learn more about social inequalities or cultural barriers in Greenville and how they can get involved in the community

With this, and all of our national days of service, the hope is to fulfill East Carolina University’s motto, to serve. Those interested can sign up to make a difference on OrgSync here
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Student Center Screen

SA rolls out new websites in October

The Division of Student Affairs has launched several new websites during the month of October.

Student Centers – The Health Sciences Student Center broke ground this summer and the Main Campus Student Center will break ground this fall.  A new website has been created, one for each student center, and will serve to provide information about the construction projects as well as renderings, timelines, live cameras and updates.  Click the image to view the website.

Halloweek – The annual Halloweek website, with updated designs and programs, went live Oct. 13.  The website provides information about student and guest ticket pickup as well as dates, times, locations and information about event.  Be sure to turn your speakers up and visit the 2015 Halloweek site.

Pledge Purple – East Carolina University and Student Affairs will host a weeklong series of events and programs called Pledge Purple on Nov. 9-12, 2015.  Pledge Purple is an initiative focused on education and advocacy centered on the issues of sexual violence, harassment and bullying.  The Pledge Purple site has the list of events such as Take Back the Night, It’s On Us, and keynote speaker Beverly Gooden.  You can click here to visit the Pledge Purple site.

Career Services – Students, faculty, alumni and employers are regular visitors to the Career Services website.  It recently completed a lengthy process of redsign and updates to meet the needs of all of its key constituents.  Click here to see the new Career Services site.

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ECU Student Media welcomes Pulitzer winning CNN reporter to ECU

Sara Ganim, an investigative reporter for CNN and the youngest person to ever win a Pulitzer Prize, will visit ECU Oct. 20 as this year’s Professional In Residence.

ECU Student Media and the School of Communication co-sponsor the one-day Professional In Residence (PIR) program. In addition to visiting classes at the school, Ganim will hold a seminar for students at Student Media, which includes those at The East Carolinian, WZMB 91.3FM, Rebel magazine, Expressions magazine, Buccaneer yearbook, The Hook magazine and the Student Media Advertising & Marketing Agency.

Ganim won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting after uncovering the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State sexual abuse scandal while reporting for the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot News. She was 24.

After that, as a reporter for CNN, Ganim reported on the academics/athletics scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill. In both cases, she has had to endure tremendous abuse from college sports fans because of her reporting.

As part of her PIR responsibilities, Ganim will serve as keynote speaker at the Eastern North Carolina High School Media Workshop, also slated for Oct. 20. The high school workshop is a joint project of the school and the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association and takes place annually at ECU. Ganim will deliver her address at 9:45 a.m. in the Mendenhall Great Rooms.

Also at that series of workshops will be select members of The East Carolinian staff, including Editor in Chief Ryan Clancy, who will hold a panel discussion from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. in Room 101, Joyner East, while select members of the Buccaneer yearbook staff, led by Editor in Chief Emily Gardiner, will hold a similar discussion from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Room 244, Mendenhall.

Student Media Director John Harvey served as Ganim’s newspaper adviser when Ganim was a student at Penn State in the mid 2000s.

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Rebel Art Exhibit in October

The annual REBEL Art Exhibit continues throughout the month of October at Emerge Art Gallery (404 Evans Street in Greenville).  

The show is in conjunction with the REBEL arts and literature digest published by ECU Student Media and includes artwork from various mediums, including dance, ceramics, animation, sculpture, music, film and others, and highlights pieces that were selected for the upcoming REBEL 58 publication.  

This year’s magazine, a partnership between Student Media and the School of Arts & Design, will be published and distributed on campus at Barefoot on the Mall in April 2016.

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ECU Student Media Announces ACP Journalism Competition Finalists

ECU Student Media is also pleased to announce two of its publications as finalists for the 2015 Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) journalism awards.

The 2014 edition of expressions magazine was nominated for ACP’s highest journalism award, the Pacemaker, in the magazine division.  ECU alumni Summer Falgiano, Craig Barnes, Justin Groeger, and current General Manager of magazines Puja Patel designed and created this edition of the magazine, which was the first edition created after a short publishing hiatus. Groeger was also nominated for a Design of the Year award for his work with expressions in the Yearbook/Magazine Page/Spread division.

REBEL 57 , Student Media’s art journal, was also nominated for two Design of the Year awards in the News Magazine/Special Section Cover and Yearbook/Magazine Page/Spread divisions.  ECU alumni Alyssa Rocherolle, Matthew Rouse and Kristen Bitar created this edition of the nominated art journal.

“I could not be prouder of the work our students do in Student Media,” said Terrence Dove, the Media Adviser for Student Media’s magazine division.  “I see the excellence these students create with each publication, but it’s really great to see them get their due recognition nationally.  It speaks volumes about the quality journalists and designers we have the pleasure of working with each year.”

The award winners will be announced at a ceremony during the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Austin, Texas, October 31 – November 1. For more information about ACP, please visitthe ACP website for more information.

Color my college

CRW Hosts Color My College 5K on Oct. 24th

East Carolina University’s Campus Recreation & Wellness hosts the 2nd Annual Color My College 5K on Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. at the North Recreational Complex. 

All registered runners will receive a Free T-Shirt along with other event prizes and giveaways. 

The Color My College 5K kicks off with a pre-event party at 9am as well as a Zumba Pump-Up for all interested participants.  Following the 5K run, there will be music from Urban Gorillas, along with prizes and more color.

All participants must register and the event is open to the ECU community and the general public.  To register, visit Color My College and click on “East Carolina University.” 

The Color My College 5K welcomes all individual and team runners as well as volunteers wanting to assist with the event.  The website provides participants with route information, pre-race instructions, and pricing.  There is discounted pricing for registration in advance of race day. 
All proceeds from the event will benefit student staff leaders in ECU’s Campus Recreation and Wellness to enable them to attend conferences, workshops and certification courses. 

For additional information, contact Marsha Hall, Business Officer for Campus Recreation and Wellness at (252) 328-6387.

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