February 1, 2017 Edition

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Upcoming Opportunities

Creating Virtual Programming for Alumni

Thursday, February 2, 2017  from 12-1pm EST - Online Webinar in  Mendenhall Student Center, Room 221 

Hosted by ECU Career Services

All Student Affairs Educators Welcome to Attend


The Divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs are pleased to announce that the fourth annual Student Success Conference will take place on Friday, February 3, 2017 in Mendenhall Student Center. The theme for the 2017 conference is “Got GRIT: Impact on Student Success.” 

The $10 conference fee covers registration, the keynote speaker and lunch at the event.

Click here for Conference Registration and Payment.

This Spring the Division will again host the Student Affairs Graduate Assistantship Recruitment Program. Part of this program will include the Campus Visit and Interview Day on February 10th for current and prospective GA's. 

Click here for the GARP website.

SA Professional Development Program - Center City Updates and Discussion on February 15, 2017 from 9am-10am in Mendenhall Student Center, Room 244. 

Click here to Register on Cornerstone.

Archived Editions

Fresh Check

ECU to receive Outstanding Fresh Check Day Campus Award

East Carolina University will be presented with the 2016 Outstanding Fresh Check Day Campus Award, at the Jordon Porco Foundation’s 6th Annual Jordan’s Journey Gala at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut on March 25, 2017. 

The Outstanding Fresh Check Day Campus Award is presented to a college campus for their outstanding planning, promotion, implementation, outstanding engagement, impactful messaging at interactive booths, and high student attendance.  Campus Recreation and Wellness, the Center for Counseling and Student Development and Student Health Services hosted Fresh Check Day on November 2, 2016 on the Mendenhall Student Center Brickyard. The mental health outreach event was a collaborative effort that involved professional staff and student mental advocates from multiple departments and organizations across ECU’s campus and the Greenville community.

Fresh Check Day is a Jordon Porco Foundation uplifting mental health and suicide prevention program that creates an approachable and welcoming atmosphere were students are able to learn, speak openly and connect with peers, mental health professionals and access available resources.

The Jordan Porco Foundation is committed to preventing suicide, promoting mental health, and also creating a message of hope among young adults across the nation. The foundation’s established programming promotes coping skill building, help seeking behaviors, self-care, and stigma reduction by educating and encouraging young adults to have open conversations about their every day struggles.

Click here to learn more about Fresh Check Day, and other Jordon Porco Foundation events.

Spring Career Fair 2017

2017 Spring Career Fairs

ECU career fairs serve as the university’s primary point of connection for students with potential employers and allow students to explore job opportunities and discover how their academic majors relate to career options.

Below is information regarding the spring 2017 ECU career fairs. Please encourage students to save these dates and to attend.

Summer Jobs and Internships Fair
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
February 9, 2017
Student Recreation Center

East Carolina University will be hosting the second annual “Summer Jobs and Internships Fair” on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Student Recreation Center from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Employers from summer camps, parks and recreation, commercial tourism, nonprofit organizations, athletic camps, and civic organizations will attend the fair.  There are part-time, full-time, internship, and co-op opportunities for students in a broad range of majors, including recreation, leisure studies, therapeutic recreation, early childhood development, social work, education, athletic training, hospitality, political science, and nursing.

There is no cost for students to attend and business dress is not required.  Career Services can help prepare students for this event with resume review and mock interview practice.

Education Career Fair
March 1, 2017
8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Greenville Convention Center

The Spring Education Career Fair will be a great opportunity for students to network and present themselves as a possible candidate for job or internship opportunities. It is required for all ECU education students graduating this spring and is open to all majors.  During the two-hour session, students will network with more than 80 employers, including school systems in Pitt, Wake and Guilford counties.

Meeting employers at these types of events is like having a pre-screening interview, so students want to prepare in advance.

All ECU students and alumni are invited to attend any time between 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. The event is FREE!

Spring Career Fair
March 1, 2017
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Greenville Convention Center

The Spring Career Fair for all majors brings more than 150 employers to Greenville for recruitment of ECU students and alumni who are seeking internships, part-time and full-time career opportunities. Attendees can establish connections with potential employers as well as develop networking skills.

The companies that have attended past career fairs include: Coca Cola Bottling Company, Glaxo Smith Kline, Hospira, Hyster-Yale (formerly NAACO), Kings Dominion, Mayne Pharma, TQL (Total Quality Logistics), CVS Pharmacy, Lenovo, and Vidant Health.

Last year, 53% of students attending the career fairs were hired for full-time positions and more than two-thirds of attendees garnered at least one internship, part-time job or created a professional business relationship with an employer.

Students should dress in business professional attire and bring their ECU OneCard. A full list of attending employers and additional career fair information is available on the Career Services website.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Education Fair and Spring Career Fair
Click here to sign-up and volunteer. Questions can be directed to Patrick Roberts at robertsp@ecu.edu

MLK Day of Service 2017(1)

MLK Day of Service
Article by: Sharieka Botex in the Daily Reflector

"ECU students honored and celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in service events at local sites throughout Pitt County.

Students gathered on the morning of Monday, January 16 for an opening ceremony at Mendenhall Student Center before heading out for a day of service. Sites included the Greenville branch of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Stop Human Trafficking, Third Street Education Center, Cultivate Greenville, Stop Hunger Now, Making Pitt Fit and Magnolia Arts Center.

The event was sponsored by ECU’s Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center. Lizzie Shepard with AmeriCorps Vista at ECU said more than 250 students and 15 organizations participated in the service day."

Click here to read the full Daily Reflector story.

S.H.O.E.S. Award

Campus Living Wins National Program of the Year from NACURH

The National Association of College & University Residence Halls, Inc. (NACURH) has selected East Carolina University as the Program of the Year winner for their S.H.O.E.S. (Students Honoring Others’ Everyday Struggles) project. This award recognizes outstanding leaders, programs, and practices on university campuses which ECU had already won regionally as the South Atlantic Affiliate.

The S.H.O.E.S. Project is a program ECU’s Residence Hall Association developed in response to the number of students suffering from mental health issues and illnesses. The Residence Hall Association (RHA) wanted to do something to help the students. Many students are dealing with issues they have had for a while, as well as new ones coming to light at this especially prone age group. Students have different methods of dealing including alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, and self-harm. The goal was to visibly and unobtrusively show students that they are not alone and that there are a lot of helpful resources available. The benefit of the S.H.O.E.S Program is its ability to easily be replicated from one campus to another.

Congratulations to Campus Living, the Residence Hall Association and ECU partners for winning this national honor!

Please take some time to read the detailed award proposal submitted to NACURH!

Polar Bear 2017 (2)

Polar Bear Plunge 2017

On January 19th Campus Recreation and Wellness hosted the 21st Annual Polar Bear Plunge. With more than 800 jumpers, 2017’s Polar Bear Plunge jump started a year full of events at the Student Recreation Center. 

This year CRW hosted several celebrity jumpers including local WITN sports broadcaster Billy Weaver, ECU’s Head Volleyball Coach Julie Torbett, ECU’s Head Lacrosse Coach Amanda Barnes along with Assistant Lacrosse Coaches Emily Parros and Lexi Cross.  Click here to view the WITN Live Shot with Billy and the coaches plunging into the chilly waters.

With food, games and two polar bears raffled off it was a great evening for the Pirates who were courageous enough to partake in the Plunge!

Check out a 2017 Polar Bear recap of the jumps HERE!

Deborah Moody - Service Award

SIL Staff Recognitions

  • Dean Smith, Director of Student Centers published A Tale of Two Student Centers in the November/December 2016 edition of the ACUI Bulletin.

  • On January 15th Deborah Moody (pictured here) received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award for her continuous stance in the community for love, peace, equality and justice.

  • Darrius Barrow, Assistant Director of Student Activities published Are You Hosting an Event or Creating an Experience in the January/February 2017 edition of Campus Activities Programming magazine.

Green Zone

Green Zone Trainings

Student Veteran Services provides Green Zone Training to faculty and staff as an initiative to support student veterans, to ensure that they are successful in their academic pursuits, adjust to the campus environment and eventually transition to civilian employment. A panel of student veterans offers a real-life view of deployment (pre- and post-), including issues they faced while transitioning from military-life to campus-life. The session also offers an opportunity for faculty to break into groups to discuss real-life scenarios and are then given the opportunity to ask the student veterans questions.

Faculty and staff throughout East Carolina University who complete the training are designated as knowledgeable about issues faced by student veterans and receive the Green Zone sticker to signify a “safe place” for student veterans. 
Wednesday, February 1st – 9:00 – 11:00 am – Mendenhall Student Center Room 221. 
Monday, February 13th – 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – West Campus - Laupus Library Room 1504
Tuesday, March 14th – 3:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Mendenhall Student Center Room 221.

Click here to register for sessions/training.


OLILO by Cat Cora comes to ECU

OLILO is a new exclusive campus dining location at ECU's Wright Place inspired in collaboration with the world renowned chef and restaurateur, Cat Cora.

With a focus on eating well, OLILO by Cat Cora will offer a delicious, healthy, made-your-way menu, featuring Cora's signature Mediterranean tastes and flavors. The name OLILO pays tribute to Chef Cora's Greek heritage and is derived from "olives" and "olive oil," a staple of Mediterranean cooking.

The grand opening of OLILO at Wright Place was held on Tuesday, January 24.

HS Promotional Video

Health Sciences Campus Student Center

Opening in 2017, the 75,000 square foot Health Sciences Student Center will be the first standalone student center on a medical campus in North Carolina as well as one of the few in the United States. This multi-purpose facility will house various student services, activities and programming, and a full-service 25,000 square foot recreation and wellness center.

Further supporting the growth and development of the health sciences campus, the building will include the following new highlights:

  • Traffic and Parking Offices

  • Health Services Office

  • 20,000 square foot recreation center

  • Student Center Ticket Office

  • Convenience Store

  • 2,000 square food Event room

  • Multiple lounges and study rooms

  • Three Dining Options including a Starbucks

Opening May 1st - Click here to view the Health Sciences Student Center promotional video!

Grad Student Fun Day

Graduate Student Fun Day

On January 14th, the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center hosted Graduate Student Fun Day at the Student Recreation Center.  The event was a fun time for graduate students and their families to partake in the games, climbing the SRC Rockwall and bouncing in the giant Pirate Ship inflatable on the basketball courts!


Staff Transitions within Student Affairs

Student Affairs New Hires Since Dec. 1

  • Nicholas Parker - University Programs Specialist - Transit - January 16

  • Tamesha West – Staff Counselor (Temporary) – Counseling Center – January 17

  • Teresa Woolverton – Executive Assistant – Campus Recreation & Wellness – January 30

Student Affairs Staff Departing Since Nov. 1
  • Lynn Caverly – Public Communications Specialist – Campus Living – December 31 – Retirement

  • Hans Crumpler – Staff Physician – Student Health Services – December 31

  • Jennifer Rook – Professional Nurse – Student Health Services – January 13

  • April McClung – Professional Nurse – Student Health Services – January 18