March 17, 2016 Edition

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Student Affairs’ Time to Shine
When Dr. Hardy addressed the division at the start of the fall semester, she shared that this would be a year of transition. That has proven to be accurate as we roll through the spring semester. 

Margaret Spellings, the new UNC System President, started March 1st.  Chancellor Ballard is in his final four months as ECU’s chancellor; a new chancellor should be announced sometime in April.  Of course, the election primaries are now in the rear view mirror and there is great unknown as to what impacts ECU, Student Affairs and all of higher education will feel from the local, state and presidential elections. 

The next couple of months are going to be very important to East Carolina University, but also this will be a crucial time for the Division of Student Affairs.  During the remainder of this semester, there will be a number of spotlights shining on our campus and everyone needs to be prepared.  This University must be able to tell its story as it relates to student success, public service and regional transformation. 

In March and April, here are a few of the major events taking place at ECU:

Leadership Week – March 21-23
This will include leadership conversations with Patricia Long, Tom Ross, Chancellor Ballard and numerous higher education leaders at ECU.

Chancellor’s Leadership Event at the Ballard Residence – March 31
This is an intimate leadership discussion with Chancellor Ballard and many of our current student leaders from the Division including RHA, Greek, SGA, OA’s, Student Vets, Campus Rec and more.  A larger student event with Chancellor Ballard will be held on April 6th on College Hill.  Both of these events are by invitation only.

Admitted Students Day – April 2 – This is an important event for Student Affairs to assist and inform our admitted students and their families.

Board of Trustees meetings – April 7-8 – Student Affairs will be discussing student engagement and have students on-hand to tell some of these stories

2nd Annual Corporate and Leadership Awards Banquet – Divisional Banquet – April 16
This is a very important divisional and tickets are available through March 25th

Kevin Kruger – President of NASPA – April 18
Kruger will be on campus and meeting with Student Affairs educators, Academic Affairs leaders/faculty, students, and will also deliver a large presentation open to the entire campus.

We have already had a busy semester with many major events such as the Spring Career Fairs and hosting the SROW conference (Both of which were huge successes). And there is more to come with Barefoot on the Mall, Spring Fest, Greek Week, Siblings Weekend, and student award banquets. 

It is time to have the best Student Affairs educators/staff in the country shine bright for our students, our division and our institution. 

Ballard Leadership

Celebrating a Legacy of Leadership

East Carolina University will host A Legacy of Leadership week on March 21-23 to spotlight a number of initiatives launched for faculty, staff and students during Chancellor Steve Ballard’s tenure. Ballard has announced that he will step down as chancellor on July 1.

Current and past senior leaders at ECU as well as from the UNC System and across the country will discuss leadership from personal and professional lenses.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department of Disability Support Services at least 48 hours prior to the event at (252) 737-1016  (Voice/TTY).

All of the programs listed below are free and open to the campus and general public. 

March 21: 4-5:30 p.m. in Wright Auditorium, “Making Leadership a Part of the Fabric at a Public University.” Dr. Patricia Long, president emeritus at Baker University will speak about the need for public universities to integrate strong, effective leadership into day-to-day operations. Following her speech, Long will join the following panelists for a discussion:

  • Carol Mabe, former member of the ECU Board of Trustees

  • Philip Rogers, vice president of the American Council on Education and former chief of staff at ECU

  • Randy Woodson, chancellor of North Carolina State University

March 22: 4-5:30 p.m. at the East Carolina Heart Institute, “Transitional Leadership in Higher Education.” Tom Ross, president emeritus of the University of North Carolina System, will share insight about changes in higher education and the need for strong effective leadership during times of transition – nationally, system-wide and at ECU.

March 23: 2-5 p.m. in Mendenhall Student Center, “A Vision of Leadership” will showcase different approaches to leadership and how varying philosophies can be successful in our organizations. This session will have a larger panel discussion followed by two concurrent sessions.

  • 2-3:30 p.m., Mendenhall Student Center Great Room 1 - Plenary Discussion – “The Power of Teams,” featuring four of ECU’s current vice chancellors. 
    • Jeff Compher, Athletics
    • Virginia Hardy, Student Affairs
    • Phyllis Horns, Health Sciences
    • Ron Mitchelson, Academic Affairs

  • 3:45-5 p.m., “Leading with Shared Governance,” a panel discussion
    • Kim Higdon, ECU staff representative
    • James Holloway, ECU faculty representative
    • Andrew Morehead, former chair of ECU faculty
    • Lisa Ormond – chair of the Staff Senate

  • 3:45-5 p.m., “Students Leading Change,” a panel discussion of current and past ECU Student Government Association presidents discussing the role of students in leading higher education as well as the increasing presence on campuses surrounding activism, civility and discourse. 
    • Shannon Russell, 2004-05 SGA president
    • Brad Congleton, 2009-10 SGA president
    • Jake Srednicki, 2014-15 SGA president
    • Mark Matulewicz, current SGA president

Counseling Center

Counseling Center alters After-Hours Operations

On March 7th, the Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD) launched an emergency call service responding after-hours as a form of triage.  This service will be accessed by calling 252-328-6661 and pressing “2” – which will connect the caller directly with a clinician from ProtoCall, a new university contracted partner. 

CCSD has seen an increase in the severity of presenting concerns and demand for counseling services has risen.  This has made it difficult for the staff to provide frequent crisis support at night and then offer effective counseling services during normal business hours the next day.  The decision was made to contract with this service to decrease the after-hours demand on CCSD staff.

CCSD will still be on call to respond to situations involving hospitalization and other serious concerns.  But, the contractual emergency counseling service will provide support for the lower level crisis situations that arise and will help students move from being distressed to a calmer mood state with the plan of following up with CCSD the next day or later in the week depending on the situation.

ProtoCall is a call service that holds over 200 contracts across the country, many of them with colleges and universities (including within North Carolina).  Master’s level ProtoCall counselors will provide phone counseling services throughout the night.  They work in shifts around the clock and are awake to answer calls typically within 30 seconds and assess, provide support and offer ECU’s resources based on a manual tailored specifically to ECU.  Their role is to mitigate crisis situations to lower the students’ levels of distress and encourage follow up with the center.  ProtoCall sends summary reports to CCSD for review the following day.

If you have any questions about ProtoCall, please contact Valerie Kisler-Van Reade, director of CCSD.

Vets Lounge

ECU Student Veteran Services
PAVE - Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) Program is a peer support program that connects incoming student veterans with student veterans already on campus in order to help them navigate college life, identify challenges they are facing, refer them to the appropriate resource on or off campus, and provide ongoing support to their academic and personal ventures.

The PAVE Program is part of the M-SPAN network of programs providing services to service members, veterans, and military families. PAVE is a collaboration between the University of Michigan Depression Center & Department of Psychiatry and Student Veterans of America.  ECU was selected as one of thirty new partner campuses this February, and is the only school in North Carolina to be part of the PAVE program.

All incoming student veterans will be enrolled in the PAVE program, and will be matched with a peer based on major or college.  SVS will be recruiting current student veterans to be mentors for the launch of the PAVE program at ECU for the fall 2016 semester.

New Student Vet Lounge - The Veterans lounge opened in February and was funded in part by a Student Veterans of America Home Depot Vet Center grant, as well as a generous contribution from the Division of Student Affairs.  The lounge is a safe place for veterans to come and unwind during the day, and provides a place for students to connect with their military affiliated peers.  The lounge is located in Brewster D107 and is open from 8 a.m and until 7 p.m most evenings during the week.  The space features a big screen TV with cable, comfortable seating, and a microwave and full size refrigerator for students who commute to campus.  SVS was also able to create a quiet study area, for students who wish to have another option other than the library to study.  The study area has two desks and will have computers for students to use.

Storm the Stadium Challenge is an epic stair climbing challenge at Dowdy-Ficklen stadium, which will take place on April 23rd from 8 am until 10 am.  All proceeds from Storm the Stadium will go to support scholarships and programming for ECU's student veterans. 

Registration is open! 
The cost is $25 registration for an individual (ends March 24th)
$35 late registration for an individual 

$100 registration for a team (5 members) (ends March 24th)
$110 late registration for a team (5 members)

Those who register will be invited to several “practice” sessions over March and April to allow participants to train for the event.  Those who are unwilling or unable to take on over 3200 steps are still able to donate to this cause through our u-store. 

Register or donate here by clicking here

Click here for more information, or to keep updated on the event

Student Media

ECU Student Media on a winning streak – submitted by John Harvey
It’s been a good Spring Semester for the ECU Student Media.

In early March, the Student Media Advertising & Marketing Agency won first place in the coveted Rate Card/Media Kit category at the national CmBAM Convention in Denver.  The agency handles all advertising and marketing for Student Media’s member organizations, which include the Buccaneer yearbook, REBEL arts & literary digest, expressions minority publication, The Hook general interest magazine, WZMB 91.3 FM college radio, and The East Carolinian student newspaper and its affiliated website,, and webcast TEC-TV.

Student Media Director John Harvey credits Agency Manager Braxton Paine and Agency Adviser Elizabeth Semple for the honor as well as ECU students Rochelle McCain, Megan Norris and Brooke Lesher, and Professional Staff members Marcos Alices and Janet Rollins.

“This award confirms what all of us already knew – that ECU’s Student Media program is one of the best in the nation,” said Semple. “I am so proud of our team and look forward to even bigger things to come in our future.

Braxton Paine added, “I am extremely proud of this collaborative effort between our sales, marketing and creative teams. We came together as one, and clearly when we do, we produce nationally recognized, award-winning work.”

This latest honor came on the heels of several awards Student Media’s organizations and student members won at the 2016 North Carolina College Media Association Awards Contest Feb. 27 in Greensboro. In fact, at that conference three ECU media won the coveted Best of Show Award in their respective categories, including The East Carolinian for top student newspaper, expressions for top magazine and Buccaneer for best yearbook.

  • The East Carolinian shared the Best of Show Award with UNC’s Daily Tar Heel and NC State’s Technician. ECU’s student newspaper won the Best in Show two years ago and Best In Show Online last year.

  • Buccaneer won the yearbook category for the second year in a row.

  • This was the first Best in Show for expressions in the magazine category. Earlier this year expressions magazine was a finalist in the national Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Awards.

In addition to the top group honors, several Student Media student staff members earned individual state awards. Those included:

  • Yearbook Division -- First Place, Student Life Copy, Kelley Pressey; First Place, Photography, Garrett Campbell (’15); Second Place, Inside Spread Design, Jasmine Hilliard (’15).

  • Magazine Division -- First Place, Two-Page Spread, Thomas Davis & Ashton Tygart; Third Place, Nonfiction Writing, Morgan Gibbs; Third Place, Poetry, Mia Willis.

  • Newspaper Division -- 3rd Place Feature Writing, Javaria Salman; Honorable Mention Sports Writing, Josh Graham (’15); Honorable Mention, Opinion Writing, Seth Gulledge; Honorable Mention, Feature Writing, Kelsey Padgett.

These national and statewide awards bring honor upon the organization and the university, but mostly, they bring honor upon the students who worked hard to achieve such excellence. This is well earned.


East Carolina University hosts SROW Conference
The Office of Student Transitions hosted the 31st annual Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW) conference March 11-13.  SROW is the largest regional conference sponsored by NODA – the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education.

This year nearly 1,800 students from nine southern states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee – gathered to learn to be better leaders by participating in educational sessions and competitions.

This is the first time that ECU has hosted the SROW conference and it was a major success.  Vice Chancellor Hardy and Provost Ron Mitchelson served as plenary session speakers during the 2 ½ day event. 
The theme for this year, the SROWlympics, was selected because SROW has strong traditions that emphasize learning associated with cultures and education and highlights friendly competition, much like the Olympics.

The conference opens Friday afternoon with a case study competition and song, skit, dance and step competition.

Congratulations to Karen Smith and Hank Bowen, SROW conference co-chairs, and to all the OST staff and others that helped make this national conference a success.

Campus Kitchen

ECU's Campus Kitchen Changing Lives
This is an excerpt from an ECU News Story
A student-led project at East Carolina University is marking six years of addressing hunger locally.  ECU has the only Campus Kitchens program in the UNC system and the largest of four programs in the state.

“We're still sustainable, and that's the beauty of this project,” said Victoria Barfield, a graduate student in nutrition science and adviser for ECU Campus Kitchens Hot Meals.

Teams of students prepare nutritious meals consisting of a protein, vegetable, starch and dessert at Todd Dining Hall and deliver them on a rotating schedule to four community partners: Operation Sunshine, the Little Willie Center, JOY Soup Kitchen and the Ronald McDonald House.
While the dining hall donates the meat, most of the vegetables and fruit come from the annual ECU Homecoming canned food drive. More than 1,100 pounds of food were collected in the fall and will be used throughout the year, Barfield said. 

Click here for the full story

ECU Students in Haysi, Virginia during their Alternative Break Experience

Alternative Break Experiences
East Carolina University’s Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement provided an opportunity to spend spring break in Greenville, near the North Carolina shore and in other states through its alternative break experience program.

In Greenville, ECU students worked on Saturday, March 5 through Wednesday, March 9 with Community Crossroads Shelter, the Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center (IGCC), Cultivate Greenville, the City of Greenville, Greenville’s Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Boys and Girls Club. Students stayed at the shelter during the week.

Also, this was the sixth year that ECU students traveled to Carteret County and Atlantic Beach. From Monday, March 7 to Thursday, March 10, students cleaned and painted cabins at Camp Albemarle, where they bunked for the week. Students also worked with the NC Coastal Federation to complete oyster shell bagging, post signage about nesting shorebirds and cleared sand from boardwalks and facilitated a rain garden service project at an elementary school.

Other students traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to work on projects addressing poverty and homelessness; to Roanoke, Virginia for medical-related service projects; to Haysi, Virginia where students worked on masonry and landscaping projects; and to Eustis, Florida with the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge to help build a home.

Alternative break experiences are offered throughout the year to create student-learning opportunities in diverse environments that address social, economic, political, environmental, spiritual and cultural issues. Students learn through the exchange of ideas, personal reflection, critical thinking and by applying academic concepts outside the classroom. 

Click on the links below for media coverage or social media postings from the host towns. 
Daily Reflector
The Town of Haysi Facebook photos

Dennis McCunney

SIL’s Dennis McCunney co-authors student engagement article
This is an excerpt from the article posted in the January 2016 edition of the Metropolitan Universities Journal.  Click here to view the full online version.

Public universities are under increasing pressure to justify outreach and engagement efforts through measurable, definable community impacts. At the same time, this call for easily understood impacts can short-change efforts that involve qualitative, gradual, and harder-to-define outcomes. These qualitative impacts can include the perceptions different community partners have of the institution, the often messy process of partnership building, and the process of brainstorming issues that are of mutual import to both the institution and community members. At best, rushing to create measurable, institution-wide impacts on communities, risks sabotaging long-term, sustainable, reciprocal program development. At worst, it risks alienating community members from engaging in partnerships at all.

Womens Day Presentation Rasdorf

Mark Rasdorf presents at International Women’s Day event
East Carolina University’s recognition of International Women's Day was held Thursday, March 3 in the Mendenhall Student Center, Great Rooms 1 & 2. The day’s theme was “Sex, Violence, and Gender Roles.” 

Mark Rasdorf, associate director for the LGBT Resource Office, and ECU honors student Ashten Shope talked about transgender issues in a session called “The New Frontier:  Transgender.” Transgender is a term used to describe people whose gender identity differs from the sex assigned at birth. During the session Rasdorf and Shope provided an overview of basic vocabulary, issues impacting the lives of trans people, and explore the transition process for transmen and transwomen.

Wanda Tyler

Wanda Tyler Named Intercultural Affairs Director
Student Involvement and Leadership is excited to announce the hiring of Wanda Tyler, the division’s first Director of Intercultural Affairs, who started Monday, March 7th.  Wanda most recently served as Director of Intercultural Relations at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. 

She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from James Madison University.  She's an active member of NASPA, serving on various regional and national committees.  Although her first week is Spring Break, and how great is that, please take some time to stop by her office in the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center and welcome her.

In addition, a very special thank you goes to Dr. Mark Villacorta, LWCC’s Associate Director, who has served in a dual capacity as the Interim Director of Intercultural Affairs. Over the last six months, Mark has guided the transition of the LWCC and the LGBT Resource Office into our new Department of Intercultural Affairs. His professionalism, commitment, and dedication to the students, faculty, and staff of East Carolina University as well as his insightful and collaborative approach within Student Involvement and Leadership has all been greatly appreciated. 

NC Civility Summit

North Carolina Civility Summit
This is an excerpt from the ECU News Story, written by Jules Norwood
Opal Tometi, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement and executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, challenged East Carolina University students to make a difference during the N.C. Civility Summit on Saturday.

“We can’t continue to sit on our hands and sit idly by as people are being brutalized, disenfranchised and left out of the system,” she said.

Tometi was the keynote speaker for the event at Mendenhall Student Center. The summit was aimed at promoting dialogue and positive change both on campus and beyond, and featured breakout sessions on topics such as race, gender, religion, class divisions and human trafficking.

Quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Tometi said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

She explained that the Black Lives Matter movement was founded out of love and support for all people. “Civility is the recognition that all people have dignity that’s inherent to their person, no matter their religion, race, gender, sexuality or ability,” Tometi said.

Click here to read the full story

SHOES Project

S.H.O.E.S. Project
This is an excerpt from the ECU News Story, written by Jules Norwood
Hundreds of pairs of shoes, each with a story to tell, filled the mall near the cupola on East Carolina University’s campus on Feb. 11.

The S.H.O.E.S. Project, which stands for Students Honoring Others’ Everyday Struggles, was organized to raise awareness of mental health issues and to inform students of available resources.

Nearly 200 pairs of shoes were donated by ECU students to be displayed during the event, said Waz Miller, director of residence life. Students also provided anonymous stories about the challenges faced by others and themselves, and each story was attached to a pair of shoes.

“Natalie: She is gorgeous and put together on the outside but feels like a mess on the inside. She is living in chaos, trying to act happy when her world is falling apart,” read the note on a pair of black flats.

Ben’s Topsiders bore the message, “He has extreme mood swings and doesn’t know why. He wakes up and is really down, or really happy. He does not feel balanced and wonders if something is wrong with him.”

“There’s a stigma in America about mental health that keeps people from seeking help,” said sophomore Autumn Varner. “It’s important to raise awareness and let people know that it’s not a bad thing, and that they’re not the only one.”

Click here for more S.H.O.E.S. Project information:
Click here to view the full story
Special Student Video
View Story on UNC System Website

Career Fair

Successful Spring Career Fairs
Spring Career Fairs - Career Services hosted two Spring Career Fairs on March 2 at the Greenville Convention Center.  The Education Career Fair was 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. followed by Spring Career Fair for all majors from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Education Career Fair was required for all ECU students graduating this spring and was open to all education majors.  During the two-hour session, students networked with more than 85 employers, including school systems in Pitt, Wake and Guilford counties.  In addition, attendees learned about the adjustment from college to the first year of teaching and got a professional headshot photo taken for their social media profiles. 

“ECU career fairs serve as the university’s primary point of connection for students with potential employers,” said Leslie Rogers, interim director for ECU Career Services.  “These fairs allow students to explore job opportunities and discover how their academic majors relate to career options.”

Here is a look inside the numbers for the 2016 Spring Career Fairs

  • Students – 938 Attendees

  • Employers – 271 Organizations with 667 Representatives

Interviews from the Career Fair

  • 19 interviews were conducted

  • 103 students were interviewed following the career fair at ECU Career Services

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SA's Corporate and Leadership Awards Banquet
Please make plans to join us for our 2ND Annual Student Affairs Corporate & Leadership Awards Banquet, on April 16, 2016 at 6:00pm, where the Division will be taking time to honor and celebrate our staff, alumni leaders, parents, and friends for their dedication and support of the Division of Student Affairs.

See the links below to RSVP and purchase your tickets today!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Student Affairs Development at or 252.737.4970.

**Please note that all RSVP’d guests must have tickets to enter the banquet.


ECU Parking Adjustments for B1 Permit Holders
Effective March 14, 2016, B1 Zone Permit holders may utilize A1 Zone parking lots/spaces AFTER 5:30 pm.  Parking in these areas is still by permit only. ECU Parking and Transportation will continue to monitor and make further adjustments based on observations and data. 

These adjustments may include going back to the original permit and time limits if they find a lot of illegal parkers.  Illegal parkers cause permit holders not to find parking in their permit zone.  Go to ECU Parking for more information.