December 15, 2015 Edition

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Letter from Dr. Hardy to SA Educators
My friends, we have reached the end of another fall semester.  Yesterday we welcomed 5,800 new faces to our campus.  Well….it seemed like it was yesterday. 

First, let me say I wish you and your family the very happiest of holidays and hope you will find some time to unwind, recharge the batteries and enjoy the time away.

I also want to say thank you for all that you have done during the semester.  We continue to be presented with new challenges, and some that continue to rear their ugly heads, but I am so pleased to have the staff of professionals that we have in this division. 

We, at East Carolina, are constantly talking about how we transform the region, serve the public and maximize student success.  The Division of Student Affairs at ECU lives these three commitments every…single….day!! 

I am proud of you and I thank you.  I don’t say that flippantly.  I don’t get the chance to say that enough either, but I do appreciate you and your commitment to our students. 

I have no doubt there will be challenges waiting for us in the spring semester.  But I also have no doubt that we have the best staff of professionals ready to face the challenges head-on and come out successfully on the other side. 

For everyone hitting the road in the coming weeks, I wish you safe travel.  May you enjoy your family and friends and have a wonderful holiday season. 

Wellness Afternoon

Wellness Afternoon - Dec. 17th
Student Affairs hosts a Wellness Afternoon event on Thursday, Dec. 17th from 2-4pm in Mendenhall Student Center and the Student Rec Center.  This is a chance for our staff to relax and enjoy a couple hours of activity, fellowship and fun before the semester officially ends. 

The events include Healthy Recipes, Body Flow, Foam Rolling, Massages (from Miller Motte), Line Dancing, Pickle Ball, Beach Ball Volleyball, Bowling, Billiards, Climbing Wall and more.  All activities are free to SA educators. 

A special thank you goes to Ainsley Worrell and his planning committee at Campus Recreation for putting this afternoon together.  Also, thanks to CRW for providing some prizes for participants too. 

Vets Recognition

Veteran Recognition Ceremony - Student Success
ECU Student Veteran Services, in the Office of Student Transitions, hosted its second Student Veterans Recognition Ceremony on Monday, December 7th in the Spilman Gallery. 

Chancellor Ballard congratulated the 11 student veterans for their work at East Carolina University and presented them with a pin and special cord to be worn during fall Commencement on Dec. 18th. 

“Each of you represent everything wonderful about our students at East Carolina University,” said Dr. Ballard.

Dr. Mary Beth Corbin, Executive Director for Student Transitions, provided remarks to the students and their families thanking them for their service to ECU, North Carolina and the nation.  Dr. Steve Duncan talked about ECU’s commitment to our active service men and women, their dependents and our veterans. 

ECU recently earned multiple recognitions with a Best Vets ranking and also as a Military Friendly Campus. 

Student Center Shot

Student Centers Project Update- Student Success

There is a sign displayed outside of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina that reads:

“Pardon the noise, it is the sound of Freedom”

The face of East Carolina University’s campus will be changing dramatically over the next two and a half years with the construction of both student centers.  The sights and sound of growth at ECU, like Cherry Point, will not be without disruptions, noise and campus impacts. 

Be sure to follow all the latest information about the Student Centers by visiting the website. Here are a few end of the semester updates:

The Health Sciences Student Center is pretty much right on schedule, despite all the rainy weather this fall.  To date, the student center walls and outside structure is going up and it currently has a completion date of February 2017.  Click on this link to view the live camera to see the progress and activity on the HS campus.

Fence poles have been placed around the perimeter of the Main Campus Student Center and parking garage.  The fencing will be connected starting December 21st and be fully in place when staff and students return from Winter Break. 

As a reminder, the project is expected to take 26-28 months to complete.  Parking and transit information is available on each unit’s website as well as on the Student Centers website. 

There will be a Parking Impact through Jan. 4th.  The parking lot at the corner of Evans and 10th Street (colloquially known as the Szechuan lot) will be closed until January 4th due to construction. A property adjacent to the parking lot was purchased earlier in the year and a plan was set in place to make adjustments to the parking area, which will make more efficient use of space.

The lot will be resurfaced and will have better lighting and emergency cameras installed. This will create a path from the parking lot that will always be lit and under surveillance.  ECU Parking understands concerns about that this short period of inconvenience, but believes it will result in a much safer parking situation in the spring.  If anyone needs a parking map or guidance to available parking please stop by the ECU Parking Office between the hours of 7:30-5:00.

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

News and Information

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.

CRW Leadership
Effective December 1, 2015, Janis Steele will serve as the Interim Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness.  Janis has been serving within CRW as the Associate Director for Facilities for the last several years.  Also effective December 1, 2015, Campus Recreation and Wellness will now report to Bernie Schulz, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.  Janis will report directly to Bernie during the interim period while a permanent position search is conducted in 2016.

Career Services Leadership
Leslie D. Rogers has been hired as the Interim Director of Career Services and James (Jim) Kuras has been hired as Associate Director.  Leslie served as Assistant Vice President of Student Services at Pitt Community College (PCC), which included supervision of Career Services. Prior to her work at PCC, Leslie served as Career Workshop Coordinate for the Career Planning and Placement Center at NC State University.  Leslie has also served as Past-President of the North Carolina Placement Association (currently NCACE).  Jim Kuras formerly worked as the Internship Manager in Career Services and served as Adjunct Faculty at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH.  Jim will assume oversight of the ECU CO-OP program as well as work in partnership with academic departments to promote career services.

CRO and Tech Services
The Central Reservations Office and Student Affairs Technology Services hosted the CollegeNet SE Regional Conference on Friday Nov. 13, 2015 in Mendenhall Student Center. The planning committee included Beth Bengala (CRO), Shawna Thompson (SAT), Dena Olo (CRO) and Chris Chappell (CRO) as well as employees from Duke University, Coastal Carolina University and Georgia Southern University. There were over 60 people registered that attended the conference from local schools such as Pitt Community College to Pelississippi State Community College in TN with representation from 23 institutions. Two different tracks were offered focusing on academic scheduling and event scheduling.

SIL Presentation at SLCE Conference
Meagan Smith and Dennis McCunney (SIL) and Marissa Nesbit (Dance Education) and Jennifer Sisk (English) gave a presentation at the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement conference in Boston, Mass.  The presentation was called “Promoting Engagement: Investigating Connections between Service-Learning and Universal Design for Learning” and focused on how service-learning helps promote student success.

Four SA Educators Join Leadership Academy
Congratulations to several members of the Division of Student Affairs for being accepted into the 2016 cohort of the Chancellor’s Leadership Academy.  The 2016 group includes Holly Bowen (Campus Living), Lauren Thorn (Counseling Center), Nichelle Shuck (Student Involvement and Leadership), and Sydney Rager (Campus Living).  Student Affairs has consistently had staff members participate in this prestigious campus program since its inception. 

SGA Supports Academic Success Center
The Student Government Association (SGA) has committed to assist the Pirate Academic Success Center (PASC) by providing $2,600 for three air media devices.  These devices allow multiple students to be connected with a tutor wirelessly for project support. SGA is very excited to help the PASC, as it has really become an important part of our campus, and students utilize its services daily.

Gateway Honors

Grateful for Gateway: The Honors Student Perspective

This is an excerpt from a series of stories written by members of the ECU Honors College and members of the Honors College Living Learning Community.  Click here to read all of the student stories.  

The first class of Gateway Hall moved into East Carolina University’s premier residence hall in August. Boasting a number of amenities from music practice rooms to basketball facilities, Gateway sits atop College Hill as the new home of the Honors College Living-Learning community. Now, after a semester of dorm living, both Honors College freshmen and upperclassmen are sharing why they are proud to call Gateway home.  

The Lucky Ones As told by Shamin Jamadar, Honors College Freshman
“‘Oh my gosh, you’re so lucky!’ is most definitely a phrase every resident of Gateway has become accustomed to hearing. It also goes without saying that this is a very accurate statement. From both lounges and study rooms on each floor, to wide closet spaces, Gateway has it all; although, what is even better than Gateway itself is the people that inhabit it.”  

New Dorm Provides a Learning ‘Gateway’ atop College Hill As told by Jason Schodt, Honors College Freshman
“Living in the new Gateway dorm atop College Hill was an experience that I looked forward to before I entered ECU in August. I anticipated I would find a modern dorm that would be comfortable and an enjoyable living environment. However, Gateway is more than just a new and spacious living space. It is also an incredible learning environment that has assisted my academic development as an Engineering and Music student. 

The multiple study rooms that can be found on each floor are an incredible resource for my fellow Honors College students and I. These rooms are a great place for Honors freshmen to meet with their community service groups from Honors 2000. My group and I meet each week to discuss the progress of our work with a community organization. Additionally, housing the Honors College students together facilitates collaboration and discussion. I have several Honors College students on my floor who are also Engineering students and they are an excellent collaborative resource.”

Opal Tometi

NC Civility Summit Speaker Announced
East Carolina will host the North Carolina Civility Summit on February 27, 2016.  The Black Student Union, Student Government Association, Student Activities Board, LGBT Resource Office and Student Involvement and Leadership are sponsors for the half-day conference. 

The NC Civility Summit is pleased to welcome Opal Tometi, Executive Director at the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and Co-Founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement, as the keynote speaker.  Following the keynote address, attendees from across North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and other states in the region will break out into multiple sessions discussing topics such as race relation, gender, privilege, class/status, and more.

Mark Your Calendar

Mark Your Calendars for 2016

Graduate Recruitment (GARP)
Student Affairs will again host the Student Affairs Graduate Assistantship Recruitment Program. Part of this program will include the Campus Visit and Interview Day on February 12th for current and prospective GAs.  Note that the preferred deadline to apply for Student Affairs Assistantships is Tuesday, January 19, 2016.  Click here to view the promotional PDF packet, which includes a letter from Dr. Hardy and additional information on the program (including a timeline, website address, and an FAQs sheet) that you can share with your network of colleagues and students.  The website for the program is   

Career Fairs
Career Services has announced the dates for its 2016 Spring Career Fairs.  The Summer Jobs and Service Fair will be January 21st from 1-4pm in Mendenhall Student Center.  On March 2nd at the Greenville Convention Center, Career Services will host the Education Career Fair from 8-10am and the Spring Career Fair from 1-4pm.  For more information visit the Career Services website at

Polar Bear Plunge
The 20th Annual Polar Bear Plunge will be held at the Student Recreation Center on Thursday, January 21st at 7 p.m.  ECU students, alumni, faculty, and staff are welcome to take a plunge into the icy waters of the outdoor pool.  In 2014, Campus Rec and Wellness (CRW) hosted a record number of 1,145 jumpers.  CRW is hoping to break that record with this year’s plunge.  The first 1,100 participants are guaranteed a T-Shirt and everyone will receive a certificate for jumping.  Polar Bear Plunge attendees can also enter a contest for a chance to win $10,000 by making a half court shot at a Men’s or Women’s Pirate basketball game.

ECU hosts SROW Conference
ECU and the Office of Student Transitions (OST) will host the 2016 Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW) on March 11-13, 2016.  This annual conference brings more than 2,000 undergraduate orientation staff members from nine southeastern states together to learn about leadership skills, improving their performance as orientation assistants and professional development.  If you would like to volunteer to assist with the conference, please contact Hank Bowen or Karen Smith in OST.

Four SA Educators Join Leadership Academy
Congratulations to several members of the Division of Student Affairs for being accepted into the 2016 cohort of the Chancellor’s Leadership Academy.  The 2016 group includes Holly Bowen (Campus Living), Lauren Thorn (Counseling Center), Nichelle Shuck (Student Involvement and Leadership), and Sydney Rager (Campus Living).  Student Affairs has consistently had staff members participate in this prestigious campus program since its inception. 

Pirate Port

PiratePort replace OneStop on Jan. 4th
A significant change will be coming to the ECU Administrative Computing Environment in January.  On January 4th, the OneStop web portal will no longer be available, as ITCS will be migrating to a new portal system called PiratePort.

PiratePort is currently available for all faculty, staff, and students at the following address: (  PiratePort uses the same login information (pirate id and passphrase) that was utilized for OneStop.  Over 95% of the OneStop tools are now available in PiratePort, the remaining tools will be made available between now and January 4th.

In order to help with the transition, a number of short videos have been created to help you find your tools in PiratePort.  The videos, along with a list of currently available PiratePort Tools, and other PiratePort information, are available at: .

We encourage you to update any departmental documentation as appropriate.  On January 4th the address will redirect to to aid in the transition.

If you have problems finding your tools or accessing PiratePort please contact the help desk at 252-328-9866 and an ITCS staff member will be personally assigned to resolve your problem.

General feedback and comments about PiratePort can be sent to Zach Loch, Director of Enterprise Information Systems,
at .

New Employees

New Employees / Departing Employees

New Hires since Nov. 1st
• Jessica Faison – Admin Support Associate – Student Involvement and Leadership – Nov. 16
• Jim Kuras – Associate Director – Career Services – Nov. 23
• Donald McCray – Arts Production Specialist - Student Involvement and Leadership – Nov. 30
• Stacey Crowder – Admin Support Specialist – Student Health Services – Dec. 1
• Tracie Atherton – Case Manager/Screener – Counseling Center – Dec. 1
• Patricia Green – Admin Support Specialist - Student Involvement and Leadership – Dec. 7
• Frank Dail – Training Specialist – Transit – Dec. 7

Separations since Nov. 1st
• Laurie Potter – Intergenerational Community Center – Nov. 20
• James Keel – Transit – Nov. 25
• Nancy Mize – Campus Recreation and Wellness – Nov. 30 – Retirement
• Justin Elliott – Technology Services – Dec. 10
• Meagan Smith - Student Involvement and Leadership – Dec. 31