Student Affairs Making Headlines
In the last month, numerous Student Affairs educators have found their way into newspapers or in front of TV news cameras to talk about the wonderful programs and services provided to and for our students. Here are a few examples:
Collegiate Recovery Community – Daily Reflector by Holly West – Feb. 15
For people with alcohol and drug addictions, the recovery process can be lonely and isolating, especially on college campuses. East Carolina University is hoping to change that with its Collegiate Recovery Community.
Known as CRC, the organization hosts meetings at ECU’s Center for Counseling and Student Development each Monday at 6 p.m. Participants share their struggles and show support to each other. The meetings are open to anyone.
ECU was one of six UNC-system campuses that received federal dollars to set up a College Recovery Community thanks to the advocacy of Gov. Pat McCrory, who has been a proponent of collegiate addiction recovery programs since he was the mayor of Charlotte. Jarmichael Harris, CRC coordinator at ECU, said UNC Charlotte has one of the first and strongest programs in the state.
Click here to read Holly West’s full story
Tunnel of Oppression – Daily Reflector – Holly West – Feb. 9
Holly West also attended the Tunnel of Oppression event held in February by multiple partners within Student Affairs. Here is the beginning of Holly’s article:
In a dimly lit room inside Mendenhall Student Center, four East Carolina University students stood in front of mirrors labeled: “TOO FEM, TOO FAT, TOO MASC, TOO SKINNY.”
Next door, a woman talked about the isolation she experienced after coming out as bisexual.
Behind a curtain, a black student expressed her disgust about a classmate petting her hair like she was an animal.
Holly West’s full article can be viewed here.
East Carolina University students partnered with campus departments to present the S.H.O.E.S. Project from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 11 near the cupola on the ECU Mall.
S.H.O.E.S., which stands for Students Honoring Others’ Everyday Struggles/Stories, is a program intended to help ECU students that may be dealing with challenging times. College students may experience depression, anxiety, stress and thoughts of self harming, but feel like they are alone and don’t know how to manage these difficult times.
The S.H.O.E.S. Project is a student-led collaborative effort between student organizations such as the Residence Hall Association (RHA), To Write Love on Her Arms, and So Worth Living. WZMB 91.3 FM (student radio station) broadcast live during the event, which was also supported, by ECU Campus Living and the Center for Counseling and Student Development.
“Students walked through and saw hundreds of pairs of shoes displayed all over the mall area,” said Brianna Garbacik, ECU junior and S.H.O.E.S. Project student coordinator. “Each pair of shoes told the story of another student, either at ECU or from another campus, that has struggled with many of the same issues our students experience everyday. We want our fellow Pirates to know they are not alone and there are people who can help.”
In addition to the shoes on display, the So Worth Living student organization had a Worthy Wall. On one side was a chalk wall so that students could write positive notes to other students and the other side had dozens of post-it notes with positive messaging.
Professional staff was on hand to provide support and assistance to any students in attendance. The counseling center had a private tent to speak confidentially to students and provided resources and information to connect a student that may be struggling with the help they need to succeed and survive.
ECU students and staff also distributed thousands of positive messages throughout the campus during the S.H.O.E.S. Project.
In addition to the event on campus, the ECU student organizations and professional staff will host similar S.H.O.E.S. Project events at Hope Middle School and D.H. Conley High School later this spring. The Health Sciences Academy, from Pitt County Schools, also helped with the ECU event by creating more than 20,000 messages for the post-it notes.
Watch the S.H.O.E.S. Project video and read the full story on the ECU Home Page
National Wear Red for Women’s Heart Health
During the first week of February, you couldn’t turn on a television news program without seeing someone from Campus Recreation and Wellness talking about the Wear Red campaign.
The National Wear Red Day campaign promoted heart health for women. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women and it is 80% preventable. Researchers report simple lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet and regular exercise is the biggest weapon in the fight against heart disease.
National Wear Red Day was Feb. 5th, but CRW encouraged the Pirate Nation to wear red all week, especially at free events like Munchie Monday, Heart Health Extravaganza, CRW Health Expo and the Wear Red Super Fitness Class.
“When people wear the red, it's a reminder that heart disease is a real disease and we don't think about it all the time,” said Sam Combs, assistant director for fitness programs in Campus Recreation and Wellness. “It's close to Valentine's Day and we have people we have loved and lost to heart disease and the red will remind us to make the choices we need to make to fight this disease and live longer happier lives.”
All three local television news stations covered National Wear Red at ECU. Click on the station name below to view the news clip.
WITN TV 7
WNCT TV 9
WCTI TV 12