November 17, 2015 Edition

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Student Centers Project Update - Town Hall - Student Success

As the semester begins to wind down, activity with the Student Centers projects is ramping up.

The Health Sciences Student Center broke ground in July and a great deal of dirt has been moved in the last couple of months and now there is some of the foundation that is beginning to take shape.  There is a live camera, which includes a time-lapse feature, for anyone wanting to see what’s happening with the project.  Click on this link to view the live camera

The Main Campus Student Center holds the official groundbreaking ceremony during the Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 20th at 11:30am in the old Wendy’s location.  Chancellor Ballard, BOT members and ECU leadership will turn dirt to get the project started.  Fencing will go up around the construction site starting after Fall 2015 Commencement and will be in place when students return for the start of the spring semester.

ECU is hosting a Student Center Town Hall on Nov. 18th from 3:30pm - 4:30pm to discuss the latest on the construction plan, including photos and visual representations of the building, as well as the parking impacts and transit options until the student center opens in 2018.  The town hall will include about 30 minutes of presentations followed by a questions and answer session. 

The new Student Centers website is live and contains information and images about both student centers.  This site can be found at and will be updated through to completion of both projects.  There are also two LCD screens devoted to the Student Centers projects located in the Mendenhall Student Center next to the SGA office.


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.

Nancy Mize - Retiring on Dec. 1stSIL
On December 1st, Nancy Mize (Campus Recreation and Wellness) will bid ECU a fond farewell as a forever Pirate.  CRW will host a floating retirement reception for Nancy on Nov. 19th from 4-5:30pm in the Student Recreation Center.  All are welcome to attend.  You can also post farewell messages on Twitter with the hashtag #Goodbize4Mize and they will be shared with Nancy.

What's Up Doc?
Congratulations to Erik Kneubuehl (Student Involvement and Leadership) on the completion of his doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University in Boston.  Way to go Dr. Kneubuehl!

Mellish wins Presidential Award
Dr. Linda Mellish (Campus Living/Assessment) recently attended the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She was surprised and honored with the coveted Presidential Award!  Congratulations to Linda on this noteworthy achievement.


Student Success Conference
The Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs at East Carolina University will host the third Student Success Conference on February 5, 2016 in the Mendenhall Student Center.
The purpose of the Student Success Conference is to share and analyze strategies that effectively address gaps in learning, experiential, persistence and completion outcomes among college men at East Carolina University.  The theme will be “Empowered:  A Focused Discussion on Male Student Success”.

Proposals focused on the theme will be accepted between November 16 2015 and January 8, 2016.  Click here to submit a proposal.

Registration for the conference will open on November 30, 2015.

Questions concerning the 2016 Student Success Conference can be directed to Dr. Lathan E. Turner at or by calling 252.328.4173

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Pledge Purple Week - Major Student Success

East Carolina University launched a new weeklong initiative, Pledge Purple, Nov. 9 – 13. Events for ECU faculty, staff and students focused on education and advocacy about sexual violence, harassment and bullying.

Every single member of the ECU community has a role in creating a safe campus. Pledge Purple is a great way to engage our students, faculty and staff in the fight against sexual violence and at the same time it empowers all of us to take a stand…together.

The week started with a Take Back the Night walks on Monday on the health sciences campus, beginning at the Brody Medical School lobby. 

On Tuesday, the focus shifted to bystander intervention with events throughout the day including a prize patrol for students who can answer questions about sexual violence, bullying and harassment. At 4 p.m. a bystander training program was held in Mendenhall.

Wednesday was Pledge Purple Day and more than 3,000 members of the Pirate Nation signed a pledge against sexual violence, harassment and bullying.

The pledge is as follows: “I will not use my hands or words in acts of violence, bullying, or sexual assault. I will educate myself about what violence, bullying and sexual assault looks like in the Pirate community. I will support my fellow Pirates and safely intervene as an active bystander if I witness scenarios of violence, bullying or sexual assault.”

Wednesday night, main campus hosted its Take Back the Night walk, originally scheduled for Monday but more delayed due to rain.  More than 500 people lined up at Gateway Residence Hall on College Hill and walked to the Cupola for a Pledge Purple lighting ceremony, which included a candlelight service, a student poem and a testimonial from a survivor. 

On Thursday, guest speaker Beverly Gooden shared her experience as a survivor of domestic violence. Gooden created #WhyIStayed, a global movement that supports victims of domestic violence. Gooden spoke in the Vidant Medical Center Auditorium and in the Hendrix Theatre Mendenhall Student Center.

A Pledge Purple night was also held on Friday during the ECU volleyball match against Memphis. 

“Pledge Purple Week is an opportunity for the Pirate Nation to say we will not stand for sexual violence, bullying or harassment within our community,” Dr. Erik Kneubuehl, associate vice chancellor for student involvement and leadership.  “These events and programs will address serious topics, promoting campus dialogues focused on establishing an environment that is supportive of all communities of people and is not tolerant of these types of behaviors or actions.”   

More than 25 campus and community partners collaborated for Pledge Purple week including Student Involvement and Leadership (Greek Life, Student Activities Board and more), Athletics, the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women, the Office of Equity and Diversity, the College of Nursing and Uptown Greenville.

Click on the links below to view media coverage:
The East Carolinian
Daily Reflector

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day Events - Student Success
East Carolina University will mark World AIDS Day 2015 with several events leading up to Dec. 1, the day chosen for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to remember people who have died.

ECU will have eight 12-by-12 panels of the NAMES Project Foundation AIDS Memorial Quilt to be displayed throughout both campuses Nov. 16-Dec. 2. More than half of the quilt panels have connections to the university and eastern North Carolina and the rest have connections to the state of North Carolina.

The LGBT Resource Office also hosted Cleve Jones on Nov. 16th at 8pm.  Jones, an AIDS and LGBT rights activist delivered a presentation called “Stitching a Revolution: the Making of an Activist.”  He conceived the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.

On November 18 at 5:30pm, the LGBT Resource Office will screen the film “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt” in Hendrix Theatre. 

The following day, November 19, is Transgender Day of Remembrance, which will be held at the Croatan Green Room at 6:30pm.


ECU Staff Senate
Submitted by Lisa Ormond, Staff Senate Chair

Who is the Staff Senate?  The ECU Staff Senate is comprised of representatives from each of the eight campus divisions.  We are a diverse representative body of employees that promote communication between University Employees and the University Administration.   

Our commitment to ECU includes (but is not limited to) reviewing policies/procedures and offering recommendations regarding the interest of staff and EPA non-faculty employees; assisting in the communication of issues and activities affecting staff members; serving as a liaison between the Chancellor and his staff; promoting participation in the University community; and encouraging a sense of community among all University employees.   

The Staff Senate hosted its annual Fall Health Fitness Walk on October 14th at Lake Laupus.  After nearly two weeks of rain and clouds, the day of the walk was an outstanding fall North Carolina day providing much desired sunshine and warm breezes to over 200 active purple and gold daunted participants.  This event, hosted in conjunction with our colleagues from the Student Recreation Center, provided an excellent opportunity to engage in healthy exercise, conversation with colleagues, and gain information from our many vendors promoting health and wellness.  The Walk began with words of encouragement and enthusiasm from Dr. Paul Cunningham, Dean of the Brody School of Medicine.  Each participant received a t-shirt with “ECU Staff - Treasures of the Pirate Nation” mark on it.   

On November 1st, applications opened for (2) Staff Senate Scholarship opportunities.  The Gail Jordan Memorial Scholarship is open to ECU staff members who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at ECU.    The Children of SPA Scholarship is open to children of SPA employees seeking an undergraduate degree at ECU.  Applications will be accepted for both scholarships from November 1, 2015 until January 31, 2016.  More information regarding these scholarships can be found at

    If you’re looking for treasure - the Senate extends an invitation to take advantage of “Pirate Perks”.  Pirate Perks are special offers and discounts especially for ECU employees.  Please visit the ECU Staff Senate website for a listing of vendors. (      The Staff Senate invites you to submit to us issues that are a concern to you using the Contact Us page as well as to join us at the ECU Staff Senate monthly meetings.  

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ABC Board Presents $35,000 to Student Affairs
On October 21, The Pitt County ABC Board presented ECU’s Division of Student Affairs with a  $35,000 check for ongoing education and programming to reduce underage drinking. 

Among the programs benefitting from theses funds:

Alcohol EDU, the online education module for first-year students, has a goal to reduce underage drinking and to ensure that all new students will be exposed to the laws and consequences that pertain to it. Additionally, the students learn about low-risk and high-risk drinking and the behaviors associated with each.

“Pirate Dry Dock” tailgating events were held at ECU for a second straight year.  This is an effort to provide alcohol free alternatives to the game day tailgating experience.  This fall, Dry Dock tailgates were extended to every home football game minus Thursday night game. 

“I applaud Pitt County ABC and their board for their longstanding commitment to East Carolina’s alcohol education programming,” said Virginia Hardy, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.  “The Division of Student Affairs is thankful to have such a strong community partner that shares our values and is willing to support proactive student programming and services around this important issue.”

The partnership started about 10 years ago with about a $10,000 commitment and has now grown to $35,000.  Pitt County ABC’s support has transformed the University’s ability to provide consistent outreach, training and resources to combat a top health and safety issue on most college campuses.

“Pitt County ABC believes deeply that proper education and training about alcohol consumption leads to decreased underage drinking and better decision making,” said Teresa Campbell, Pitt County ABC Board.  “We are proud to have increased our financial support for ECU’s efforts to keep students safe and informed. Continuing this partnership and keeping students safe is important to us.”

Eat Smart

Holiday Challenge
Do you want to enjoy the holiday season AND not have to worry about your weight while doing so? Sign up for the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less Holiday Challenge hosted by ECU's Employee Wellness Program. This FREE 7-week holiday challenge will provide participants with tips, tricks, and ideas about how to maintain or even lose weight while celebrating the holidays. Open for all employees of East Carolina University and the challenge lasts from November 16th – December 31st, 2015.

Click Here to Sign Up

Win prizes for registering!
If you plan to register for “Maintain Don’t Gain” or have already registered, forward or email the welcome notification to Thomas Halloran (, the ECU Employee Wellness Graduate Assistant. By verifying you have registered for the program, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of the following prizes:

• FREE introductory personal training session
• “Live Well” Prize Pack- including t-shirts, drawstring bags, portable salad cups, and more
• “Live Well” 8 Dimensions t-shirt
• “Live Well” Blender Bottle

Also, if you accomplish your goal of maintaining throughout the challenge, you will be entered into a GRAND PRIZE drawing for a FREE 1-YEAR MEMBERSHIP to ECU's Student Recreation Center.

40 Under 40

40 Under 40 Nominations for 2016
Nominations for 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards, Class of 2016
Division of Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs invites you to participate in our effort to recognize emerging leaders that received their start at East Carolina University. The ECU 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards recognize outstanding young leaders that have used their ECU experience to make an impact in their respective professions, local communities and on the world. Please see nomination information below.

General Information:
Nominations are now open until December 18, 2015.  Please consider nominating deserving ECU Pirate graduates for this award.

Honoree Eligibility and Selection Criteria:
• Must be an ECU graduate (undergraduate or graduate degree).
• Must be under age 40 as of December 18, 2015.
• Must be willing to submit a photo, if selected, which can be published by East Carolina University.
• Must demonstrate a commitment to maintaining a lifelong relationship with ECU.
• Must have made an impact in business, research, artistic, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

Important Dates to Remember:
December 18, 2015 | Nominations Close
February 2016 | Class of 2016 40 Under 40 Leadership Award Honorees notified
April 16, 2016 | Class of 2016 "40 Under 40 Leadership Honorees recognized at 2016 Student Affairs Leadership and Corporate Awards Banquet


For additional information, please contact the Office of Student Affairs Development at (252) 737-4970 or

Coca Cola

LWCC Welcomes Coca-Cola Diversity Officer
East Carolina University and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center hosted John Lewis, Jr., Global Chief Diversity Officer for The Coca-Cola Company on Friday, Nov. 6.  Lewis met with student leaders at both an invitation-only luncheon and a campus-wide discussion on the “Benefits of Diversity in Academic and Workplace Settings”.

As future leaders in business and other fields, it is essential for ECU students to be able to work effectively with colleagues from different backgrounds.  Lewis’ work is centered on that simple yet powerful concept and he will share some of his global expertise with the campus community.

In addition to the student meetings, Lewis also met with campus and Greenville community leaders.

New Employees

New Employees / Departing Employees

New Hires since Oct. 1st
• Jennifer Anderson - Student Health Services - Professional Nurse
• Karen Thigpen - Business Administration - Admin Support
• Sarah Dietz - Counseling Center - Staff Counselor

Separations since Oct. 1st
• Kristy Owens - SIL - Arts Production Specialist
• Erin Pshenishny - Counseling Center - Staff Counselor
• Kristen Barnett - Campus Living - Program Coordinator
• Susi Boyd - Central Reservation Office - Admin Support
• David Gaskins, Retirement - Campus Rec and Wellness - Associate Director
• Linda Sessoms, Retirement - Campus Living - Student Services Specialist