Inside February 2015 Edition

Join us for Spring Parents Weekend 2015!

Campus Living Contract Renewal for Current Students 

Parents Council to Hold Spring Meeting 

Siblings Weekend 2015

Submit Your Nominations for Family of the Year! 

Winter Weather Alerts, Delays, and Closings

ECU Police warn of scam targeting student families

ECU and Title IX

RDU Airport Shuttles Available 

Sharpen Your Communication Skills 

10 Tips for ECU Students trying to land an internship, co-op or job 

Spring Career Fair 

Carshare Program Offered for Students 

Has the flu gotten you? 

ECU online graduate programs ranked among best in the US

LeaderShape Institute Applications Due February 13th 

The Importance of the First Year  

Transitions:  Surviving the Spring Semester   

Sophomore Soundings 

Become a Pirate Navigator 

College Spotlight: College of Allied Health Sciences  

8 Dimensions of Wellness 

Senior Portrait Sessions Available 

Volunteer and Service Learning Center News 

Career Leadership Conference 

Spring 2015 Alternative Break Experiences (ABE)  

Spring Break Paddling Florida's Crown Jewel - The Suwanee River  

Dowdy Student Stores February Specials 

Student Apartment Tours Available 

ECU Physicians- Treating Your Children Like Family 

ECU Cares About Its Families – and Not Just On Campus  


Upcoming Events

February 6th:

Deadline for returning housing contracts

February 20th-21st:

Spring Parents Weekend

March 8th- 15th:

Spring Break

March 16th-20th:

Advising for Summer Sessions and Fall 2015

March 20-22nd:

Siblings Weekend

March 23rd:

Registration for Summer and Fall 2015 begins

April 3rd:

State Holiday-No Classes

April 28th:

Last Day of Classes

April 29th:

Reading Day

April 30th- May7th:

Final Examinations

May 8th:



Fall 2015 Academic Dates may be found online here.



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Join us for Spring Parents Weekend 2015!

Spring Parents Weekend February 20-21 2015

The Parents Council and Office of Family Programs invite you to join us on Friday, February 20th and Saturday, February 21st for Spring Parents Weekend!   Weekend events include a Murder Mystery Dinner, Men's and Women's Basketball Games, movies and much more.   Visit for schedule and ticket information.

Living on Campus

Campus Living Contract Renewal for Current Students

Current students who would like to live on campus for the 2015-16 Academic Year must complete their online contract by Friday, February 6th (ending at midnight).   

Complete instructions on the process and upperclassmen housing options may be found online here.

Parents Council to Hold Spring Meeting

The Parents Council of East Carolina University will hold it's spring meeting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, February 21st, Club Level, Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.  Let your voice be heard, be engaged and informed about our campus community.  All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Special presentations will include information on Studying Abroad and Off Campus Housing.  You may RSVP to attend the meeting  here.

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Siblings Weekend 2015

RHA has organized a Sibling Weekend for March 20th – 22nd, 2015. This event will be open to all residents that live on the campus of ECU. This event is designed to provide the students that live on campus, an opportunity to spend the weekend with their sibling and bond with their “Little Pirate.” The weekend will be jam-packed with activities until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings.

More information on the event and registration may be found on the Siblings Weekend website

Registration is due March 18th, by 5 PM.

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Submit Your Nominations for Family of the Year!

The Office of Parent and Family Programs is currently seeking nominations for our Family of the Year Award.  This award is intended to celebrate the supportive role parents and families play in the lives of students and the University community. Honoring outstanding parents/families helps remind the East Carolina University community that families are an essential part of the support network for our students.

Nominations are due by Friday, February 6th, 2015.   Self-nominations are welcome.   

For more information visit the Family of the Year nomination website.

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Winter Weather Alerts, Delays, and Closings

For up-to-date information on university closings or delays please visit

Please note that only students, faculty, and staff receive weather related text alerts.

ECU Police warn of scam targeting student's families

ECU News Services (Feb. 4, 2015)¬– East Carolina University Police are warning students and their families about a scam where a caller falsely informs family members that their ECU student is in trouble and needs money immediately. 

Police said the caller will try to get the family member to provide the name of the ECU student and then will use that information to exploit the family's fear and get money.  

“These scammers seem to be using the ECU name in the initial phone call and the families immediately want to help their grandchild or child and start filling in the blanks for the scammers,” Lt. Chris Sutton, ECU police, said. 

Recently, ECU Police have worked with two families who were told by callers their student was in distress and needed money immediately. One call involved a report that the student had been hurt in a traffic accident.  

The ECU Police Department-Investigations Unit officers are looking into these calls, according to Sutton. In one case, the parents called the police, and officers met face-to-face with the student, who had not been in a traffic accident and had been in class all day. 

In the other case, a grandparent transferred money thinking it was to help his granddaughter. In fact, the money was sent to an account in the Dominican Republic. After working with police in the grandparent’s hometown, the family filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.  

Police officers encourage family members to try to remain calm and not volunteer information to the caller. 

After disconnecting the call, family members can call the ECU Police to check on their student’s well-being.  Also, Sutton encouraged anyone who receives a call like this to contact his or her local police department to make the agency aware.  

“Both of the situations we’ve investigated are similar to scams elsewhere,” Sutton said. “And in both cases, the students were fine and knew nothing about the calls.”  

Family members of ECU students may contact the ECU Police Department at 252-328-6787.

ECU and Title IX

A note from the Dean of Students Office in regard to Title IX  


Please know that ECU takes allegations of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct very seriously.  If you or your student have questions about Title IX or addressing sexual misconduct, please go to the ECU website on Title IX  There you find information on what Title IX is and how the university investigates and adjudicates Title IX cases.  

It is important that your student know that there are confidential resources on campus (Student Health Services and the Center for Counseling and Student Development) as well as non-confidential resources (ECU Police Advocate, Greenville Police, residence hall staff, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, student club advisors, Student Affairs educators) that are able to direct your student to the appropriate resources and support.  

If your student believes that he or she had been a witness to or victim of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct, our first concern is safety.  Once the student is safe, contact may be made with one of the above resources or contact the ECU Cares at (252-737-5555) or via the online form to report.  The Dean of Students Office will respond if a name is given and offer a list of resources and any assistance that the student may need.  

Thank you for helping us ensure that our campus community is a safe learning environment for all students.  

The Dean of Students Office 


For more information on this topic, please see the ECU News Services article 'Make Time for Title IX'

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Airport Shuttles Available

ECU Transit continues to operate the RDU Shuttle serving the Raleigh-Durham International Airport during scheduled academic break. Trips in the Spring Semester include Spring Break and Easter Weekend. Tickets can be purchased at or at the Central Ticket Office in Mendenhall. The cost is $30 one-way, $60 round trip. A complete schedule and more information is available at


The RDU Shuttle schedule is determined the summer before classes begin. Passenger counts from previous trips, class times, and ideal travel times are all taken into consideration when the schedule is compiled. Anyone suggestions for future shuttle times can be submitted to

Speech Communication Center- Your key to effective communication.

Sharpen Your Communication Skills

The Speech Communication Center at ECU helps students from all majors across campus with any aspect of verbal communication skills. If your student struggles with speaking anxiety, not knowing how to effectively organize and deliver presentations, or a lack of professional verbal communication skills (too much texting, tweeting, and time on Face Book), we can help!

The Speech Communication Center is open Monday through Friday, and our services are FREE! 

Appointments can be made by calling 252-328-2790 or by going to  We can help your student become a more confident communicator!

10 Tips for ECU Students trying to land an internship, co-op or job

University Career Services Director, Ms. Karen Thompson shares the following advice for students seeking a competitive edge in the hunt for a meaningful internship, co-op or job.

Here are some things you can do to establish a competitive edge in the process.  

1. Perfect Your Qualifications 

A high grade point average is important and demonstrates your understanding of subject matter and the ability to discipline yourself in the classroom.  However, employers are looking for candidates with “soft skills,”  too – skills you can learn through extracurricular activities such as a leading a team, organizing a volunteer projects or contributing to a group project. Employers want to find and see demonstrated communication skills (both orally and in writing), a strong work ethic, initiative, the ability to relate to co-workers and customers problem solving skills and analytical skills. 

2. Build A Network  

Whether you get the job you want – or even hear about the job opportunity you want – could easily depend on who you know.  

The following is where you will find people to build your professional network: 

• Business and professional social networking sites

• Career Fairs (ECU offers more than six different Career Fairs each year) 

• A student professional organization 

• Faculty Contacts • Parents of friends who you know 

• ECU’s Alumni network 

• Organization information sessions 

• The Staff within the ECU Career Center

3. Visit ECU CareerNET weekly to identify the latest opportunities 

ECU CareerNET is the Career Center's exclusive job and internship database for ECU students and alumni. Access thousands job and internship opportunities. ECU CareerNET offers a secure place to upload your resumes, cover letters, and references to be visible to employers that are actively recruiting. Apply directly for jobs and track the status of your application. Learn about upcoming events and sign up for on campus interviews and employer visits.  

Within CareerNET is CareerSHIFT .  CareerSHIFT is a set of integrated job search tools to search current job openings from all company job openings and access up-to-date contacts including email addresses. 

4. Make ECU Career Services One of Your BFF’s 

What is it worth to have a connection that is in daily contact with potential employers help you with your search? The professionals working at Career Services are your free connection to planning and connecting with your future experience and employment opportunities. Whether it concerns deciding on the best career for you, to how to write a winning cover letter, critique your resume, practice interviewing or connecting you with people who are working in a specific field.  They have thousands of connections and opportunities.

5. Get Experience 

Every year an annual survey is distributed to organizations across the country asking what their preferences are in regards to hiring current students and recent graduates.  Consistently for the last ten years, hiring officials want students that have pertinent experience.  And don’t worry; experience may not always be in the form of a paid job.  If you have identified your interested career field, then consider the related course preparation, volunteer experience, part-time and summer jobs that may have provided valuable experience that can be related to the opportunity you seek.  Remember some experience is better than none. 

6. Use Social Media to Create a Professional On Line Presence 

The social media you use in your job search has to present you as a potential employee-not as a friend.  Your e-mail address or Twitter handle should be professional. So think of your online presence as your online resume. Employers are using social media sites like LinkedIN, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to both promote their organization and connect with potential candidates. 

7. Become Proactive 

Internships, co-ops or jobs will only knock at your door if you go after opportunities with eagerness and understand that you must do this on your own.  Thinking that someone is going to give you an opportunity is hardly the way the market works today.  You must be tenacious in your search.  The more you connect, apply and interview, the more the odds are in your favor in obtaining an offer. 

8. Be Geographically Mobile 

When considering the very best opportunity, make a commitment to be go where the best opportunity exists.  For example- Does an internship with a local retailer prepare you better than an internship with a nationally recognized brand with a formal internship program?  Take the risk to apply for the opportunity that will give you the best start to a fulfilling career. 

9. Use Informational Interviewing and Shadowing to clarify and connect you to an opportunity 

The best way to explore a potential career choice and build a connected network is by speaking with and/or following someone who works in that career.  Understand the difference between the two.  

a. An informational interview is a first-hand conversation with someone in your chosen profession who you can ask questions about tasks, business environment, and educational background. 

b. A shadowing experience is a significant number of hours where you follow someone in their career and go through a typical day or week on the job.  Ask questions and observe the work. 

10. Perfect Your Employment Preparation Skills 

Create a top notch resume’, perfect your etiquette skills that includes business and dining skills.  Learn how to interview and get yourself hired.  All of these are available to you as an East Carolina University student by connecting with Career Services.  We are located at 701 East Fifth Street

 Spring2015 Career Fair Save-The-Date

Spring Career Fair

The Spring Career Fair will be held on March 19th, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at Minges Coliseum. 

Professional business attire is REQUIRED.  Students should bring their ECU One Card and extra copies of their resume.  

More information on the event at

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Carshare Program Offered for Students

From now until March 15, 2015, students can join our Enterprise Carshare program for just $1 AND receive $35 in driving credit!

Normal annual membership fees are $35 so this is an exceptional offer!  For those that aren’t familiar with this program, it’s a car share program that includes gas, insurance and liability in the membership. Once a member, you then only pay an affordable hourly or daily rate. Normally, the hourly rate is $8.  However, during this promotion time they will also enjoy rates as low as $5 per hour! We have 2 brand new, fuel efficient cars located in 2 different locations on campus for students to use: one on College Hill in front of Aycock and the other is in the Maime Jenkins parking lot, next to the Old Cafeteria Building.  As long as they are returned to their original spots, then during their rental time the cars can be parked in any regular, legal space on campus (including A1 zones).  This program is perfect for students to help them accomplish tasks that otherwise would be difficult or limited with the bus system or their own vehicles such as getting groceries or going to job interviews!  Students can receive this exclusive deal by visiting, clicking “Join Now” and then entering the promo code “SPRING” in the application’s promo field!

Student Health Services

Has the flu gotten you?

Flu activity is high in North Carolina and we are seeing an increase of cases here at Student Health.  Patients with routine appointments (Pap smears, annual women’s health exams, physicals, etc) should consider rescheduling their appointments to avoid contacting sick persons in the Health Center.  

Signs of the flu:  sudden onset of fever, body aches, fatigue, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache.  Rarely it can cause diarrhea or vomiting, but influenza and the “stomach flu” are NOT the same thing.  Flu makes you feel horrible, fast. Like hit by a truck horrible.  

***If you think your student thinks they have have the flu, they should call us at 252-328-6841 before coming to SHS or making an appointment.  Often an appointment is not necessary as the nurses can give advice on treating symptoms at home.  This helps keep other students healthy as well by limiting sick patient in our lobby.***  

What to do if you are sick:  stay away from others until you have been fever-free for 24 hrs without having to take fever reducing medication.  Take ibuprofen/tylenol for aches and fever, drink a lot of fluids, rest, and cover your sneezes and coughs with a tissue that you throw away. WASH YOUR HANDS.  Are you high risk for flu complications?  Read this and if it applies, call us at 252-328-6841.  

  • Do you need a friend to pick up food for you at the dining hall?  You can fill out this form and let your buddy grab you something to eat.
  • Do you need to let your professors know you are sick?  Log onto Onestop and use the “Flu Self Reporting Form”.  Be advised:  this is NOT an excuse.  But, it lets your professors know you are ill and they may work with you on missed work.

What to do if your roommate or someone you love is sick:

If you aren’t sick, here are a few things to do to try to avoid the flu:  

  • get a flu shot–although the best time to get vaccinated is early fall, it is not too late.  We still have shots available here at Student Health–come get one today.  Call us at 252-328-6841 to schedule a time.
  • Avoid sick people–if your friend says they don’t feel well, maybe you should cancel that study session or lunch date.
  • Don’t eat, drink, or smoke after others.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth–we don’t realize how much we introduce germs into our system just by our habits.
  • Wash your hands more than you think is necessary.  Also, alcohol based sanitizers do work against flu, so get a bottle to keep in your bag.
  • Surfaces are gross!  Doorknobs, chair rails, keyboards, money, pens, phones, etc all can harbor flu virus particles.  Remember to clean your hands often especially after touching items others have used.
A few FAQ:
  • Does SHS test for flu?
Yes, we can.  It is done by swabbing nasal secretions and costs $32. But, in many cases, it is not helpful since the treatment for flu is based on symptoms, not test results, so your treatment is the same whether the test is negative or positive.  The test is not perfect either, so it may not be entirely accurate.
  • Should I see a doctor?
In most cases, if you are healthy and have no underlying major medical issues like asthma, pregnancy, diabetes, HIV, heart conditions, cancer, etc, you do not need to see a health care provider since flu typically resolves on its own.  However, if you have severe symptoms or feel that you are not improving, you need to call your doctor or if you have an emergency, call 911.
  • If I have flu, do I need Tamiflu (antiviral medication)? 
Maybe.  Learn more here.  If you have a severe case, or are at high risk for complications, then your doctor will probably prescribe an anti-viral if you are early in the course of illness.  Antiviral medication does not cure the flu but may shorten the duration of symptoms or help prevent complications.  Talk with your health care provider about antiviral options.
  • If someone close to me has the flu but I do not have any symptoms, can I get Tamiflu as a precaution?
SHS, in accordance with CDC guidelines, does not recommend Tamiflu in healthy persons with no flu symptoms. Still have more flu related questions?  Email us at

ECU online graduate programs ranked among best in the United States

Online graduate programs in nursing and business at East Carolina University rank among the nation’s best, according to a listing released Jan. 7 by U.S. News & World Report.  

The ECU College of Nursing ranked 18th while the online Master of Business Administration program in the College of Business was ranked 69.  

Also recognized was criminal justice, which placed 25th among ranked programs in the country and the highest in the state. ECU’s graduate education and bachelor’s programs also were listed.  

U.S. News surveyed online graduate programs in business, computer information technology, criminal justice, education, engineering, MBA and nursing on criteria including student engagement, faculty credentials, admissions selectivity, student services and technology and program ratings by peer institutions.  

ECU’s online nursing and business programs have consistently been recognized by U.S. News.  

Visit ECU News Services for the additional details on this honor.

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LeaderShape Institute Applications Due February 13th

LeaderShape© is a six day institute that has a mission of transforming the world by increasing the number of people who lead with integrity and have a healthy disregard for the impossible.  Held each Spring at an off-campus location, 60 students come together to learn about leadership and what it means to contribute to the idea of creating a just, caring and thriving world.

East Carolina University's LeaderShape® will take place May 10-15, 2015.  The session will be held at Blowing Rock Retreat Center in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.  Students and facilitators are expected to stay throughout the six day institute.  Food, lodging and transportation are provided. 

In order to apply to be a participant for ECU's LeaderShape® you must be a registered student at ECU and plan to attend in the Fall 2015 semester.  To apply follow the link below to Leadershape Inc. national website.  You  will be required to complete a profile. The deadline for applications is February 13, 2015.  

Questions:  Contact

Leadershape at ECU is sponsored by The Center for Student Leadership and Engagement, Campus Living, Greek Life, Student Government Association, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Honors College.

The Importance of the First Year

From the Office of Student Transitions  

Getting Back Into the Swing of Things!

Has your student had difficulty getting back into the swing of classes this semester?  With a holiday at the beginning of the semester, many students have experienced trouble regaining their focus for their spring semester.  Here are some questions you can ask your student to gauge if he or she is falling into this category: 

• How are your classes going? 

• Have you received any grades yet in your courses?  If so, what are those grades? 

• How do those grades fit into the final grade? 

• Did you receive a Starfish notification?  

Starfish is an early academic alert tool whereby faculty can inform students of their academic performance within a course. If a faculty member raises an alert notification to a student, an email notification will be sent to the student’s ECU email account. Starfish notifications can be raised by faculty in the areas of Academic Difficulty, Positive Reinforcement (Kudos), or Attendance Related Issues. In fall 2011, Starfish replaced Academic Progress Reports for the general student population. Please note that NOT all instructors will be using Starfish. There may be instructors who do NOT raise flags/kudos. If your student does not receive a Starfish notification, it does NOT indicate good/poor academic performance. Students should always speak with the instructor if they are unsure of their academic status in a course. They may also use the Pirate Tutoring Center or other resources such as the Math Lab, First Year Writing Studio, etc. to help them in the courses.   

Students should make sure that they do not wait too long to ask for assistance in courses!  Now is the time to ask for help to make sure they are on the right track. 

On another note, you may think it is too early to begin thinking about the summer and next fall, but it is not.  Students will begin registering for summer and fall 2015 in March, and many will begin meeting with their academic advisors this month.  

Next month we will discuss housing for your student next year.  As always, if you have suggestions for our newsletter article, please contact the Office of Student Transitions at

Registration for Summer and Fall Classes 

As your student did for the spring semester, he or she will be registering for summer and/or fall classes in March.  The advantage of registering early is getting classes before new students register during the summer orientation programs.  Below is a review of the registration process.  

Preparing to Register 

Your student should arrange to meet with an advisor some time during February or March.  Some advisors hold group advising sessions and will notify students of these times.  Students should make appointments early in order to meet with advisors!   

Students should also use Banner to check for Hold Tags.  Hold Tags are placed on students’ accounts if they have failed to accomplish a task.  Examples of hold tags are a balance in the Cashier’s Office, unpaid parking tickets, or failure to meet with a conduct officer.  It is important for students to clear up any hold tags before registration, or they will not be allowed to register.  

Before Meeting With Advisors 

Advisors appreciate students who come to the advising meeting prepared.  Advisors are there to advise, but the student is ultimately responsible for his or her own academic progress.  Using the course catalog, students should check the Foundations Curriculum to see what areas they have left to complete.  They should also check their major/program requirements to determine what needs to be taken.  

Students should then check to see what classes are offered during summer/fall 2015.  They can get some idea of what they would like to take and begin to construct a course schedule.  Once this is completed, they should take this to their advising appointment. 


Registration officially begins on March 23rd. However, to make the process more efficient, the Registrar’s Office establishes registration windows based on the number of credit hours a student has completed.  Because the system is based on credit hours, first-year students will typically register during the latter part of the registration period.  A student may register at any time after his or her registration window opens.  Your student should be aware that professors do not excuse students from class because they are registering for class.  

When your student meets with an advisor, he or she will fill out a registration form detailing the classes the advisor feels the student should register for and a PIN number that will give the student access to register.  Your student will use the registration form and the PIN number to log onto the Banner system and register for classes after his or her registration window opens.  If students experience trouble with the Banner system, or if they are having a hard time getting the classes listed on the registration form, they should talk with their advisor.  

Students will receive an e-bill for fall 2015 during the month of July via email.  This bill will include due dates for tuition and fees. Tuition should be paid by these dates to avoid late fees or schedule cancellation.  Fall 2015 classes begin on August 24, 2015.  

Transitions:  Surviving the Spring Semester 

Now that the second semester is in full swing, students will be experiencing concerns about a variety of topics. While it may seem early, this is the time each year that planning begins for the summer and next school year. Decisions must be made about housing, financial responsibilities, and jobs. This month we continue our focus on adjustment issues for first-year students.   

February Adjustments  

Housing– Students must begin making plans for housing for the next school year. Will they remain in the residence halls? Get an apartment? There are on-campus options for upperclassmen. Many will choose to move to an off-campus residence, and there are numerous decisions to make: choosing roommates, deciding between apartments and houses, and finding a location are just some of the things to think about.   

Academic Pressures– Projects and exams for spring courses are approaching. Students will begin to feel more stress about their academic performance and getting all assignments done.   

Spring Break– Some students will choose to travel for spring break. They may feel excitement or anxiety about these plans. They may have no plans and feel left out if their friends are planning a big trip. Remember, they may not be excited about staying at home during spring break, but not because they don’t want to see you.

Major/Career– It will soon be time to register for summer and fall classes. Some students will meet with advisors in February. First-year students may still have second thoughts about their major or career choices.   

Relationships– Couples may strengthen their bond or notice that their relationship is weakening. Also, Valentine’s Day brings its own anxiety for many people, whether they are in a relationship or not.   

Health problems– Seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, can be found on a college campus too. Stress can also cause students to have poor eating and sleeping habits, which leads to poor health. Some students may be tempted to turn to excessive drinking as a stress outlet.   

Summer– Have you discussed summer plans with your student? Some students will plan to return home for the summer, while some will want to remain at school, even if they will not be taking classes. There are many opportunities for students in the summer, from summer school to internships to education abroad.

Sophomore Soundings

From the Office of Student Transitions 

 Student Issues in the Sophomore Year

The Office of Student Transitions continues to study research and best practices across the nation to determine what programs are best for our sophomores.  The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina initiated a project focused on sophomore retention that included national conversations with 2– and 4– year institutions.  Four questions were asked, and responses were categorized as academic, developmental, and institutional.  This issue will review the first three questions.  

Q:  Why do you think students leave between sophomore and junior years when they did not leave after the first year? 


• Not admitted into their major or professional program 

• Lack of desired academic major

• More difficult curriculum 


• Uncertain about major, career, life goals 

• Cost/benefit ratio 

• Not invested in the institution


• Cumulative effect of a series of bad experiences that have not yet been offset by positive ones 

• Financial aid mismanagement 

• Housing shifts, loss of community sense 

Q: What are the major issues, needs, and/or tasks of sophomores? 


• Dealing with an intensified curriculum 

• Being in an academic twilight zone—not yet fully into courses in their  major 

• Encountering highly competitive majors and realizing they do not have what it takes to excel—failure to have “Plan B” ready 


• Trying to figure out who they are in college and why they should stay in this one 

• Assuming responsibility for self and making decisions becomes even more important, yet not as much attention is given by the institution, so resources may not be used 

• Peer issues change  


• Career issues—tension with parents over selecting a major, pressure from college to select a major 

• Getting involved on campus 

• The major does not pick up where first-year programs left off, or if it does, not in the same way

Q: What can/should institutions be doing to help sophomores persist to graduation? 


• Create a sophomore orientation program in each major 

• Provide ongoing academic support for sophomores 


• Target sophomores for faculty mentoring or self-awareness issues 

• Help students develop a vision for the future  


• Communicate expectations about sophomore year to students and families 

• Encourage faculty to involve sophomores in undergraduate research

Pirate Navigator

Become a Pirate Navigator

Does your student love their school? Do they have Pirate pride? Would they like to share their pride and help us recruit future students?  

Pirate Navigators will give tours for the Undergraduate Admissions Office and help with special admissions events on and off campus. Pirate Navigators will give tours for the Admissions office and help with special admissions events on and off campus.  

The East Carolina University Undergraduate Admissions Office has an amazing scholarship opportunity available for currently enrolled undergraduate students.  

Learn more about the program at our open information session: February 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Mendenhall Student Center, Room 15.  

For more information or to receive an application students should contact:

College Spotlight: College of Allied Health Sciences

East Carolina University is proud to have the largest College of Allied Health Sciences in North Carolina.  ECU’s College of Allied Health Sciences offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Clinical Laboratory Science, Health Services Management, Rehabilitation Services, and Speech and Hearing Sciences.  All of the degree programs have a limited number of seats, making them very competitive.  While each degree program has a minimum GPA requirement, it is important to note that the minimum GPA will not guarantee a student’s admission to his/her program of choice due to the competitiveness of these programs.  

The BS in Clinical Laboratory Science degree prepares students to analyze patient samples in all major areas of the modern medical laboratory including hematology, microbiology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, and urinalysis.  Students will also complete coursework in research and clinical education.  Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in order to be eligible.  

The BS in Health Services Management degree prepares students to be managers and administrators in a healthcare setting.  ECU offers a degree completion program that is available on campus and online.  For this reason, we have many traditional students and working professionals in the program.  Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in order to be eligible.     

The BS in Rehabilitation Services degree prepares students to work with individuals receiving social or mental rehabilitation through public or private organizations.  The degree can lead to employment as a vocational evaluator, mental health technician, independent living coordinator, job coach, and case manager.  Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in order to be eligible.   

The BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences degree prepares students for graduate course work in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology.  (The undergraduate degree alone will NOT allow students to gain employment as a speech pathologist or audiologist).    Students who are admitted into this program will learn about the identification, description, evaluation, and remediation of communication disorders in children and adults.  Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.2 in order to be eligible.   

Planning and advising for these majors are essential components to graduating in a timely manner.  The Allied Health majors require completion of prerequisite courses and completion of an application prior to being admitted into the program.  Admission to the program will allow students to begin taking the core classes required for that degree.  With the exception of Rehabilitation Services (which accepts students twice a year), the other programs in Allied Health only accept students for the fall semesters. 

Students will complete an internship during their senior year to help prepare them to enter the workforce.  Clinical Laboratory Science students can take a licensure exam upon graduation to become certified in their field. 

For more information on these degrees, please visit the following websites: - ECU College of Allied Health Sciences “Allied Health” in the top left corner for Allied Health Advising website.


8 Dimensions of Wellness

Campus Recreation and Wellness has unveiled the 8 Dimensions of Wellness and has made quite a splash in the Student Recreation Center and across campus. We began promoting these eight interrelated dimensions of wellness to encourage the campus community to take responsibility for their own health. The dimensions include physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, environmental, occupational and financial. Each dimension of wellness contributes to student success at ECU in various ways. All programming is now identified as incorporating one or more of the dimensions of wellness. There are many ways you can help your student achieve success in each of the 8 dimensions. This month we continue our series to feature two of the dimensions of wellness in-depth. Please share with your student an encourage them to maintain their overall well-being.


This month's dimensions: Intellectual and Social

8 Dims Intellectual

Intellectual Wellness The openness to new concepts and ideas. Having a curiosity and strong desire to learn. Valuing many experiences, staying stimulated with new ideas, and sharing. How can your student maintain his/her intellectual wellness? Follow these easy steps: 

1. Read about current events. Read for fun: Pick up a newspaper or educational pamphlet.  By choosing to read, you not only increase your intellect, you remain knowledgeable about current issues and past events. 

2. Try to learn something new everyday: Keep your eyes and mind open to new ideas and focus on learning something new each day. 

3. Challenge yourself to see more than one side of an issue. 

4. Watch educational television and enlighten your mind.

5. Learn to appreciate art: Attend exhibits, plays, musicals, and poetry readings. 

6. Attend an educational workshop or seminar, not because you are earning credit, but because you want to increase your knowledge.

8 Dims Social

Social Wellness The ability to perform social roles effectively, comfortably, and without harming others. Having positive interactions with and enjoying being with others. Having comfort and ease during work and leisure situations and communicating feelings and needs to others. Want to know how to help your student maintain social wellness? Have them try the following:

1. Pass out compliments. Giving each of the people we run into each day a genuine compliment can really brighten their day—and ours. 

2. Get involved. Sometimes it may seem almost impossible to meet new people and expand our social network. The best way to meet new people? Sign up for a group activity. There are sports clubs, art gatherings, book clubs, crafting groups and various other social events centered on specific interests in virtually every town and city. 

3. Look for similarities rather than differences. When we meet someone new, it can be easy to focus on all the ways that they’re different from us. We may even feel the urge to silently nitpick what we perceive as their “flaws.” If we look for the similarities instead, we’ll be amazed at how much more easily a connection forms. 

4. Make regular dates. When we make the effort to schedule regular quality time with friends and loved ones, we let them know that we care about the relationship. Having standing dates with friends is a great way to ensure that we will see the people we love often and be able to keep up with their lives. Time together is one of the most important elements of successful, fulfilling relationships, so make a date and stick to the plan.

Student Media News

Senior Portrait Sessions Available

Senior portraits for Spring 2015 graduates will be from February 23-March 5, 2015, in Ledonia Wright Cultural Center. 

This will be the last opportunity for seniors to have professional senior portraits done at the university this semester.  Dress is business professional; caps and gowns for portraits will be provided by Lifetouch Photography.  

To make an appointment for your senior portrait, please go to and click the "Portraits" link.  If there are any further questions, please contact Terrence Dove (

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Volunteer and Service Learning Center News

MLK Day of Service

On Monday, January 19, 2015, ECU’s Volunteer and Service-Learning Center and Ledonia Wright Cultural Center co-sponsored the annual MLK Day of Service.  With “Beloved Community” as the umbrella theme for the day, more than 200 students volunteered and contributed more than 800 hours of service to commemorate Dr. King.  The day kicked off with a breakfast at the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center.  Students then went to the Mendenhall Student Center to listen to inspiring speeches by Dr. Melissa Haithcox-Dennis, director of the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, and Dr. Virginia Hardy, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.  As a pre-service reflection, students listened to a clip from Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, then shared their expectations for the day and their thoughts on Dr. King’s vision for a “Beloved Community.”  Students had a choice of volunteering at one of ten different organizations (including the Pitt County Animal Shelter, The Family Center, and River Park North), after which they participated in the “Beloved Community” reflection activity.  This had students reflect on what it means to create a Beloved Community in Greenville and at ECU, as well as how they want to challenge themselves to continue Dr. King’s legacy after this day of service.  The day ended with a closing ceremony, where students shared their Beloved Community illustrations and listened to a speech by the Alpha Phi Alphas (the fraternity that Dr. King was a part of) as well as a moving performance by Word of Mouth (a student-led spoken word group).  

(Written by Hannah Paek. AmeriCorps VISTA member and MLK Day of Service coordinator)


Campus Kitchen at ECU Receives Ameriprise Grant            

On December 17, 2014, the Campus Kitchen at East Carolina University (CKECU) was one of three schools awarded $1,000 in funding for the 2015 Ameriprise Summer Outreach sub grant from The Campus Kitchens Project of Washington, DC. The Campus Kitchens Project is a national leader in community service for students and is the future of hunger relief. CKECU is a student-led program of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center at ECU and a recognized Student Organization.            

The Ameriprise Summer Outreach sub grant is granted to Campus Kitchens that seek to maintain or increase their summer operations and programs during the summer months. During the summer months hunger doesn't take a break, this program is used to provide additional support for the Campus Kitchens to increase their summer service with the help of a student fellow. CKECU was awarded the Ameriprise Summer Outreach sub grant in 2014, and was able to increase their meal service during the summer with the additional hands of a fellow, Anna Cooper, an ECU Senior and Communications Manager for the CKECU. Last summer, CKECU increased partners served meals from one community partner to three and increased meals served from 266 to 695 meals served.  This summer CKECU plans to continue services with their community partners and add nutrition education to some youth-based partners. The Ameriprise Summer Outreach program has provided CKECU with new resources to use to implement nutrition education programming during the summer. The Volunteer and Service-learning Center will begin the hiring process for the Ameriprise Summer Outreach Fellow in February. The fellow will help recruit student volunteers, ECU Faculty/Staff, and ECU Alumni, and corporate groups to help decrease in student volunteers available during the summer. If you would like more information about how to get involved with the Campus Kitchen at ECU, email or call 252-737-1670 

(Written by Teresa Danztler, VSLC Graduate Assistant)

Spring Into Service Fair    

On January 28, 2015, the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center invited community partners to campus to share their mission with students and recruit volunteers for their programs. The event took place in the ECU Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms from 9 AM to 3 PM. Over 25 community partners attend the day long event, some only stayed half day. The event is an effort to kick off the semester with service. Many students, come to the event seeking a place to volunteer for the semester for a class or because they want to get involved within their community. They are able to shop around the room and meet community partners like, The Humane Society, Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, after school programs, and many others. There is a service opportunity for every student at ECU. ECU student may connect with these community partners through OrgSync.     

The Volunteer and Service-Learning Center believes that through the support and presence of our community partners at the “Spring into Service”  fair we are able to foster an environment where individuals learn about themselves and their community, take action through service, and advocate for lasting social change. To connect with the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center please call 252-328-2735 or check us out online at .

(Written by Teresa Danztler, VSLC Graduate Assistant)

Career Leadership Conference 2015

Learn, Serve, Lead

Registration is now available for the Career Leadership Conference  

February 7th, 2015  -Registration is available on-site!

9:00 AM- 3:00 PM  Mendenhall Student Center 

This is an excellent event to introduce your student to professional skills, or hone their skills as they prepare to interview for jobs, internships, and graduate programs. Registration Begins December 1st Register online at Professional business attire is required.  This is a Pirate Wellness Passport Premier Event For more information, contact The Career Center at 252-328-6050  or career Sponsored by The Career Center, Center for Student Leadership and Engagement and the Volunteer and Service Learning Center

 Alternative Spring Break Experiences

Spring 2015 Alternative Break Experiences (ABE)

East Carolina University Alternative Break Experiences create active citizens, leaders, and advocates for lasting social change. 

Alternative Break experiences are collaboratively sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs through departments such as: Campus Living, Campus Recreation and Wellness-Adventure Programs, Center for Student Leadership and Engagement, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, Student Involvement and Leadership and the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center.

Be the change, learn more at and Apply Now! Space is limited. #ECUABE

Spring Break Paddling Florida's Crown Jewel - The Suwanee River

See limestone cliffs (yes, in Florida!), tri-colored herons, gopher tortoises, Spanish-moss covered trees or an occasional alligator. Later in the trip, the water turns colors as you pass deep clear springs feeding into the Suwanee. Each night camp in comfort as you experience the river’s famous white sandy beaches and rest in style on screened-in platforms (some even have showers).  

As the trip progresses, you’ll paddle about 12-16 miles a day, with plenty of time to kick back and relax. Students like you have found this trip challenging but highly doable, remembering moments like the breathtaking sunsets, laughter as you jump into the cool waters, and huddling up to stare at the stars.   

Our highly qualified staff will ensure you and your new friends know how to paddle in good style.  You’ll remember this college adventure for the rest of your life! 

No experience needed.   

Students: $290/Guests: $390

Cost includes all brand name equipment, transportation, instruction, food and camping. Signup by February 25th, 9pm. More information on

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Dowdy Student Stores February Specials

February 10-12- Is your student graduating in May?

The GRAD EXPO is Feb. 10-12 at Dowdy's Wright Building store.  Pick up caps and gowns, shop Jostens custom announcements, class rings, diploma frames, and more.  See our website for details.

February 20-21 Family Weekend

Dowdy's Wright Building store welcomes back families with 25% off all regular price Pirate apparel and gifts.

Student Apartment Bus Tours  Visit Multiple Student apartment communities in the area before committing to a lease.  Free breakfast and lunch provided.  Sign up at  Saturday, February 7, 2015- 9 am to 1 pm

Student Apartment Tours Available

East Carolina University's Off-Campus Student Services department will be offering an Apartment Bus Tour for students interested in living off campus. This new and exciting event will provide an opportunity for students to tour multiple student apartment communities in the Greenville, NC area. Using ECU Transit, students will learn about housing options, bus services, and resources for moving off campus.  The Tour is scheduled for February 7th from 9am – 12:30pm.  Space is limited, so please encourage your student to sign up NOW if they are interested in attending.


Your student can sign-up by e-mailing or calling 252-328-2847. FREE breakfast and lunch will be provided.

ECU Physicians

Treating Your Children Like Family  

In recent years, we’ve been able to increase the services available to our children here in eastern North Carolina. In addition to our long-standing services for children with heart problems, diabetes, obesity, and cancer, we’ve added a number of other specialties, including lung diseases, stomach and kidney problems, and the recently opened Family Autism Center.  

It is our goal to provide excellent pediatric care for our most precious population—our children!  

Call 252-744-2540 for more information about ECU Physicians pediatric services or for directions to any of our offices.

ECU Cares About Its Families – and Not Just On Campus

Not all of the services ECU offers for parents and families are on campus. Or even in Greenville. 

ECU’s Brody School of Medicine is now offering Stewards of Children training at schools, churches, businesses, public agencies, and other organizations throughout eastern North Carolina. This free, 2 – 21/2 hour class equips parents and other adults with the practical knowledge they need to protect kids from becoming victims of child sexual abuse. 

The most important lesson is this: Don’t assume that sexual abuse won’t happen to your kids, or to the kids served by your organization. One of every ten children is sexually abused before their eighteenth birthday. 

But there’s also good news: Child sexual abuse can often be prevented by using a few simple, proven steps that can be followed by almost any parent or organization. Stewards of Children describes those steps, and shows how important they are for keeping kids safe. 

Click here to learn more about Stewards of Children. Or call the medical school’s TEDI BEAR Children’s Advocacy Center at 252-744-8334.

ECU Psychological Assessment and Specialty Services Clinic (ECU PASS) provides low-cost Learning Disability/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (LD/ADHD) evaluations.

The PASS Clinic is associated with the ECU Doctoral Health Psychology Program ( ) and provides low-cost behavioral health care services to ECU faculty, staff, and students, as well as citizens in the broader Greenville community.  A particular service important to the University’s mission of maximizing student success is our Psycho-Educational Evaluation Service.  As a part of this service, we provide comprehensive LD/ADHD assessments for ECU students who may have learning challenges, and we work closely with ECU Disabilities Support Services and other University student services.  The evaluation involves completing 3-4 testing sessions after an extensive interview with the student.  The cost of the evaluation for ECU students is significantly less than community rates. 

For more information, please have your student contact the ECU PASS Clinic at (252) 737-4180, or email