Family of the Year Named
Siblings Weekend 2015
Spring Career Fair Tops Out
Student Health Services News
The Importance of the First Year
Transitions: Surviving the Spring Semester
8 Dimensions of Wellness
ECU DanceAbility Program
John Lithgow to Perform at ECU
Senior Celebration Dinner May 7
Participate in the Pirate Nurse 5k
Mentoring: Pathways to Success
Joyner Library News
ECU School of Dental Medicine: Offering Dental Care Across NC
March Specials at Dowdy Student Stores
Campus Recreation & Wellness News
Student Media News
Sharpen Your Communication Skills
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Advising for Summer Sessions and Fall 2015
Registration for Summer and Fall 2015 begins
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February 20th-21st the Office of Parent and Family Programs hosted their Spring Parents Weekend. Over 100 families attended weekend events. The sold-out Murder Mystery Dinner, co-hosted by SAB challenged students and their parents to figure out who ‘Killed the Music’ during an 80’s rock-band reunion tour. Families also had the opportunity to enjoy Club Level at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium while attending the Parents Council Meeting which included presentations on Studying Abroad and Off Campus Housing. Pirate basketball brought home two wins (men vs. USF, women vs. Cincinnati) during back to back games. Families were also able to enjoy sporting events from baseball, softball and club sports.
The Parents Council awarded the Family of the Year award to the Tingelstad Family, whose daughter Kristen is a sophomore at ECU. The Family of the Year award was established to celebrate the supportive role parents and families play in the lives of their students and the university community. Honoring outstanding parents and families helps remind the East Carolina University Community that families are an essential part of creating student success! The recipients of the Family of the Year Award receive family tickets to Fall Family weekend events, including premier enjoyment of the football game at the Privateer’s Deck. This year we received many glowing nominations, our winning family received three nominations, and strong support among the reviewers.
Lisa and Paul Tingelstad are lifelong pirates, who have been dedicated to recruiting future pirates from their hometown of Holly Springs, NC. Each fall the Tingelstad’s bring a busload of high school students to tour campus, enjoy a meal at Chico’s and experience the magic of ECU football during the Homecoming game. Two days before Christmas this year Paul Tingelstad passed away unexpectedly from a massive heart attack. For Paul's memorial service, Lisa asked that it be held the morning of the ECU bowl game. Hundreds were in attendance for the service for Paul and directly following there was a tailgate and a viewing on a large screen of the ECU game. Even though many in attendance were not pirate fans, all were sporting purple and gold and cheering on the Pirates in true Tingelstad fashion. We are all greatly humbled by Lisa and Paul’s dedication to recruiting future ECU students, and supporting their own Pirate Kristen. It is our honor to name the Tingelstad family the 2015 ECU Family of the Year.
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.
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 ecu.edu/career.
Spring at ECU means graduation is just around the corner for many students who will be entering the work force. To meet the need, ECU Career Services hosts the Spring Career Fair, an annual event that brings employers to ECU to meet with students and alumni who seek internships, co-op experiences and full time career opportunities. Participants include recruiters and hiring managers from national companies, local companies, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies. The 2015 Spring Career Fair will take place in the Minges Coliseum Complex on March 19 from 1-4pm.
This year all 126 available employer spaces in Minges Coliseum sold out in record time and nearly 20 employers were put on a waiting list. The Career Services team secured a second venue in the Coliseum Complex and expects to sell up to 161 spaces. According to Curtis Street, Assistant Director of Employer Relations, “Employers frequently report to me that they are impressed with the caliber of our students and their overall recruiting experience at ECU. This sellout proves the point.” From the student perspective, over 80% of students surveyed from the previous fair reported they gained employer contacts, an interview, a job or an internship as a result of attending the fair.
Attending companies are interested in meeting with students from a wide variety of majors and many will schedule interviews to follow up with students who might be a good fit. A list of employers attending the 2015 Spring Career Fair can be found at www.ecu.edu/career.
Career Services also presents a full scale fair during the fall semester and supports academic departments with fairs that are specific to Education, Health Careers, Communication, Hospitality Management, and Criminal Justice.
For several weeks prior to the Fall and Spring Career Fairs, Career Services staff work with students in workshops, classroom presentations, one on one appointments, and resume blitzes to prepare them for successful engagement with employers. Topics include resume development, interviewing skills, professional attire, and guidance on the best way to navigate a Career Fair.
Additional information about the 2015 Spring Career Fair and ECU Career Services can be found at www.ecu.edu/career.
In October, for the first time, Student Health Services with guidance from the Division of Student Affairs Assessment, Research and Retention, launched the American College Health Association National College Health Assessment II (ACHA-NCHA II) web survey. The ACHA-NCHA II is a nationally recognized research survey that collects information on a broad range of students’ health behaviors, indicators, and perceptions.
A simple random sample of 5,000 ECU undergraduate students were invited to participate in the confidential web survey (644 students participated). Based on the survey results, most students reported that their general health is good, very good or excellent (88% males and 83% females). In general, roughly half of all respondents reported experiencing above average levels of stress over the last 12 months (39% had more than average stress, 10% had tremendous stress). The university offers several stress management services including workshops and programs focused on: adjusting to college, stress and time management, healthy relationships, and a slew of other topics. In addition, students may receive private and confidential counseling through the Center for Counseling and Student Development.
Table 1 indicates that almost half of the respondents meet the weekly exercise guidelines recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Heart Association (AHA). Students can take advantage of the Student Recreation Center to meet their exercise needs or enjoy a walk around our beautiful campus. Table 2 indicates that most students consume only 1-2 servings of fruit and vegetables per day. While our students are making great strides in meeting the weekly exercise guidelines, we encourage them to also take full advantage of the fresh whole fruit and salad bars available to them in the campus dining halls.
Further analysis of the data obtained from the NCHA web survey will allow us to understand the significant health priorities of ECU students. By establishing a baseline of student health on our campus, we will be able to further observe trends on our campus through repeat administrations of the survey and to evaluate the effectiveness of programming efforts. Furthermore, it will enable us to stimulate a dialogue about student and campus health.
The students that participated were entered into a drawing for a chance to win an incentive.
For more information about other areas assessed or if you have general questions/comments about the NCHA survey please email email@example.com.
Submitted by Student Health Services.
Spring is here! And with spring comes the tradition of spring break. The first ECU spring break was in 1915 after the cafeteria roof caught on fire. The roof and upper part of the building were completely destroyed. Before the fire was out, President Wright called the student body together and asked as many students who could to go home for the Easter holiday and the entire week. Hence, the first spring break at ECU. The cafeteria was back in working order within 11 days.
Hopefully your student’s spring break will be relaxing and memorable.
Spring is also the time of year when your student is deciding where to live next year. Many students will be considering living off campus. The following are some things you may want to discuss with your student while making this decision.
• What is the real cost? Does the cost include water, electric, gas, garbage, internet, phone, etc.? Is the location furnished or unfurnished? Many complexes include many of these items.
• If unfurnished, how does your student plan to furnish the apartment?
• What part (if any) will the student be responsible for paying/contributing to his or her new budget? Does this include groceries? What about gas money if he or she will be traveling to and from campus?
• How close is it to ECU? Does the transit system run to the complex or near where he or she will be living? A bike ride may be appealing in April, but it may be different in the cold rain of December.
• How long is the lease? Some leases run through the summer. Is your student planning to stay in Greenville over the summer?
• Will he or she be purchasing renter’s insurance?
• And last, but not least, who will be his or her roommates? Are they people your student can really live with? Have ground rules been established? Will your student be able to study while living with these friends?
The Off-Campus Student Services office can assist students with the rules and responsibilities of living off campus. Its website, www.ecu.edu/offcampus, has important information about what is expected from students who are also citizens of the City of Greenville. Students can also search for off-campus housing options at www.ecu.edu/offcampushousing.
Students do have options to remain on campus. They may live in a residence hall; however, certain halls are designated as upper division or learning community halls for the 2015-2016 academic year. Students should contact Campus Living at 252-328-4663 or visit www.ecu.edu/campusliving for more information.
With the spring semester reaching its halfway point, students will be facing midterms, spring break, and the countdown to finals. This month also brings registration and many other decisions about next school year. This month we continue our focus on adjustment issues for first-year students. It’s a great time for students to think about how their first year has gone and make plans to get more involved and improve their academic performance for next year, so talk with your student about how they are adjusting.
Housing– As we mentioned last month, students are making decisions about housing for next year. They may have signed a lease and be having second thoughts about their choices in location and/or roommates, or they may be having difficulty finding an option they like. Students may feel increased anxiety if they cannot find roommates.
Midterm Exams and Projects– Most courses will have their midterm exams just before spring break, although some midterms may be after students return. Students may also feel stressed about projects and papers due around this time.
Spring Break– Now that spring break is here, students with travel plans may feel the same anxiety that all travelers feel. If students don’t have other plans, they may be concerned about being home during that time. Remember, it isn’t that they don’t want to see you, but they may feel left out of others’ plans or may worry about money.
Registration– After returning from spring break, students will meet with advisors and will register for summer and fall 2015 classes. They may have second thoughts about their choices of majors or careers. Once registration comes, they could have issues getting the classes they want.
Summer– If your student is taking summer classes, they may face tough choices on what classes to take, where they are going to stay for the summer, and whether or not they are going to get a job to help with expenses. Some students will be returning home for the summer and will face increasing concern over losing contact with friends, maintaining the independence they have gained at college, and perhaps finding a job back home.
The spring 2015 semester will be over before you know it. Many parents will soon begin making arrangements to get their students (and their belongings) home. Here are some important dates to remember.
Final exams begin on Thursday, April 30. Students can find the exam schedule online at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/fsonline/customcf/calendar/Spring2015.pdf. Note that an exam may not be on the same day/time as the normal class meetings, so students should review the schedule carefully. Also, some courses in which a lot of people are enrolled each semester may have a common exam time, such as MATH 1065 and 1066, French, Spanish, and German classes, and many chemistry sections. Exams end on Thursday, May 7.
Students must move out of the residence halls by the morning of Friday, May 8. After classes and exams end, dining options may be limited. The full schedule of dining facility hours will be available on the Campus Dining website at http://www.ecu.edu/dining.
Remember that the residence hall rooms must be completely emptied when students leave at the end of this semester. Even if your student will be staying on campus next year, he or she must take everything out of the residence hall at the end of this semester.
The Office of Student Transitions and First Year Programs 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 projects 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 reviews the fourth question. Entire responses cannot be printed due to limited space; however, monograph information is available.
The first three questions asked why students leave between sophomore and junior year; what are the major issues, needs, and/or tasks of sophomores; and what can/should institutions be doing to help sophomores persist to graduation?
The fourth and final question in these national conversations focused on sophomore retention is:
Q: What research needs to be done with sophomores?
• Climate research—focus groups with sophomores about their perceptions of the campus climate
• Profile the persisters (by ethnic, major, socioeconomic status, etc.)
• Retention tracking
• Compare sophomores who stay enrolled to those who leave the institution to determine how they differ
• Advising research—compare sophomores’ perceptions to those of other students; needs assessment
• Interview each new junior transfer student and ask:
o Why did you choose to come here? o Why did you leave your previous institution? o What do you expect from us? o What is most important to you in an educational institution?
o Why did you choose to come here?
o Why did you leave your previous institution?
o What do you expect from us?
o What is most important to you in an educational institution?
The questions asked and answered during these national conversations have resulted in identified categories of developmental issues among sophomores. East Carolina University, like so many universities nationwide, continues to make efforts to understand the needs of our students and address them with appropriate resources.
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.
Occupational Wellness The ability to enjoy a chosen career and/or contribute to society through volunteer activities. Related to one’s attitude about one’s work, contribution of your unique gifts, skills, and talents to work that is personally meaningful and rewarding. Want to know how to help your student maintain occupational wellness? Have them try the following:
1. Take a break! Taking breaks actually improves job performance, and it also helps reduce overall work stress.
2. Make a list, and be realistic. To maximize your to-do list’s effectiveness, make sure that you keep it relatively short. This will force you to prioritize your projects. Place items on the list in order of importance, and make sure to give yourself some breathing room.
3. Organize your workspace. A clean, neat and organized workspace makes it much easier to keep track of everything that is going on, reducing feelings of anxiety.
4. Take a class. If you’re considering changing careers, or if you just want to sharpen your skills for your current job, signing up for a class is a great place to start. Learning more about what you’re doing will help you feel more comfortable and effective at work, and it may land you a promotion. If you want to change careers, taking a class will give you hope for a better future. It will get the ball rolling as you start down the path toward something satisfying and new.
5. Set mini-goals. Everyone has big dreams and aspirations, but setting mini-goals at work will help you get through your days.
Financial Wellness is having an understanding of your financial situation and taking care of it in such a way that you are prepared for financial changes. It is an intricate balance of the mental, spiritual, and physical aspects of money. Want to know how to help your student maintain financial wellness? Have them try the following:
1. Pay your bills on time
2. Keep your account balanced
3. Record all you expenses and funding sources
4. Budget your money – especially if you have financial aid. That iPad you buy now with your refund check will cost three times as much with interest from loans tacked on.
5. Regularly contribute to your savings
6. Work to build a good credit record
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• Learn Creative, Tap, Ballet
• Improve physical skills
Spring 2015 classes will be offered onThursdays, through April 30, 2015.
4 to 6 yrs - 5:00 to 5:30 pm
7 to 14yrs - 6:00 to 6:45 pm
Classes are held at East Carolina University's Developmental Motor Lab, located in Minges Coliseum
Children with & without disabilities are invited to our Thursday classes.
To register your child,
Contact: Boni Boswell, PhD: firstname.lastname@example.org
ECU presents the extraordinary John Lithgow in his one-man theatrical memoir, STORIES BY HEART on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Following his triumphant appearances at New York’s Lincoln Center and London’s National Theatre, the Tony® and Emmy® Award winning actor offers a touching and humorous reflection on storytelling as the tie that binds humanity.
Invoking memories of his grandmother and father before him, Mr. Lithgow traces his roots as an actor and storyteller, interspersing his own story with two great stories that were read to him and his siblings when they were children. These are “Uncle Fred Flits By” by P. G. Wodehouse and “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs.
In the first, a fretful young Englishman is taken on a wild afternoon’s escapade in suburban London by his irrepressible uncle. In a hilarious tour de force, Lithgow performs with zany abandon, portraying ten distinct, outrageous characters (including a parrot). By contrast, “The Monkey’s Paw” is a tale of superstition and terror unfolding within a domestic Dickensian setting.
Tickets are $65/adults, $30/student & youth and are available through the ECU Central Ticket Office at 1-800-ECU-ARTS or by visiting ecu.edu/srapas.
Graduating seniors and their families are invited to a Senior Celebration and Dinner on Thursday, May 7, 2015, hosted by the East Carolina Alumni Association. Join us as we honor the accomplishments of the class of 2015 and officially welcome them as alumni of ECU. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. under tents on the campus mall, rain or shine. Parking will be available at the bottom of College Hill and a free shuttle will be provided. After dinner, be sure to stay for the free Senior Candlelight Ceremony, where members of the 50-year reunion class will be present to light the candles of the graduates. The cost is $17 for seniors and $28 for guests. The registration deadline is Monday, April 27, but Senior Celebration is a popular event and sells out quickly, so advance registration is encouraged. For more information, call 252-ECU-GRAD (252-328-4723) or visit PirateAlumni.com/2015SeniorCelebration.
Get your running shoes ready! The 2015 Pirate Nurse 5K will take place on Saturday, March 28. All proceeds for this event, organized by the East Carolina University College of Nursing, benefit nursing students through the ECU Nursing Senior Class Scholarship Fund and the Linda Pynn Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Fund.
Runners and walkers are welcome to enjoy the course, which traverses the ECU Health Sciences Campus. If you're not interested in registering but want to get involved, we invite you to volunteer. It takes many hands to make this a well-organized, fun event for our runners so contact us at the email below if you'd like to volunteer! We provide volunteer verification if needed for students filling community service requirements for coursework.
For more information and event registration visit: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/nursing/news/1-16-2015.cfm
On Friday, March 27th the Pathways to Success Mentor Summit will be held at the Pirate Tutoring Center. The summit is designed to encourage the sharing of mentoring best practices and connect student mentors serving at East Carolina University. It is our intent that mentors will leave with new skills that can be applied to their programs and in their day to day interactions with ECU students.
Student mentors from the following programs will be participating: College of Business, Pirate Tutoring Center, Project STEPP, Pirate to Pirate, and Athletics. Mentors will be presenting on topics including: setting social boundaries, motivational strategies, academic support approaches, and presenting the unique aspects of each campus program. Our goal is to foster connections between programs, mentors, and professional staff members as we all serve the ECU community.
Joyner Library announces a Shakespearean sonnet-writing contest for undergraduate students sponsored by the Department of English and Sigma Tau Delta. The contest is in honor of Shakespeare’s 451st birthday on April 23. The contest sponsors will award two cash prizes: $100 for first place and $50 for the second place winner. Poems are due by electronic submission to Dr. Tom Herron, associate professor of English, (email@example.com) by midnight on March 15, 2015.
If your student is struggling with research projects, encourage them "Book A Librarian" to schedule a one-on-one meeting with a librarian at Joyner Library. These 30 minute appointments provide personalized help to find articles and books for a specific assignment or project or provide an overview of library tooks and search tips for their field of study. https://joynerlibrary.youcanbook.me/
If you don’t have a regular dentist, the ECU School of Dental Medicine may be the dental home for you. Our faculty, residents and students provide state-of-the-art, full-service general dentistry in a caring environment for adults, children and special needs patients.
You will be welcome at our clinics on the ECU health sciences campus or at any of our community service learning centers in towns across North Carolina, including Ahoskie, Elizabeth City, Lillington, Sylva, Lumberton, Thomasville and Spruce Pine.
For more information about our school, dental services and locations, call 252-737-7834 or visit our website at www.ecu.edu/dental.
Campus Recreation & Wellness operates five different facilities for where students, faculty, and staff may engage in a wide variety of recreational activities.. These facilities include the Student Recreation Center, Blount Fields, Jones Fitness Pointe, the Team Training Center, and the North Recreational Complex. As the weather changes its becoming that time of season when the North Recreational Complex is about to be teaming with activity! The NRC Boathouse will open for the season on Saturday, March 14th with operational hours Monday-Friday from 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm and on Saturday/Sunday from 12:00 noon – 9:00 pm. The NRC offers an 18-hole disc golf course, boat house and 51,000 square foot sandy beach area, a six acre lake for boating and fishing, running/walking trails, and an Odyssey Challenge Course. The NRC is located on Highway US 264 East (10 minutes from campus) and next to the apartment complex at North Campus Crossing. The NRC also offers eight lighted multipurpose fields for students to participate in flag football, soccer, lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, and rugby. The Odyssey Challenge course is approximately 40ft tall and 120ft long, with 8 different high elements; to finish the challenge course students will soar through the skies on our 300ft zip lines. Located on the man-made beach are two sand volleyball courts, as well as corn-hole. Along with the activities located on the beach, students have the opportunity to kayak or paddle board on the lake located at the NRC. All of the activities above are free for ECU students and Student Recreation Center members. The facility is available by reservation for student organizations and other groups. Please consult the web site for specific information related to various user groups, available areas, and pricing structure. For more information about the North Recreational Complex or any of our other facilities please click here.
East Carolina University Campus Recreation and Wellness hosted two events for Safe Spring Break on Wednesday, March 4th:
• Safe Spring Break Resource Fair. This program is designed to provide students with resources on campus that can assist them with having a safe, but fun Spring Break experience. Students will be able to learn about alcohol safety tips, sexual health practices, skin care/sun safety, alternative Spring Break opportunities that ECU provides, and much more!
• Fight Back on Spring Break. Fight Back on Spring Break is a program sponsored by the national organization, Girls Fight Back. This program offers proactive safety tips for: party situations, safe sex, binge drinking, predatory drugs, air/car/hotel safety, and ways to avoid crime targeted at tourists. The program will also demonstrate our favorite self-defense techniques that could be used to escape a violent confrontation. This will urge students to have a blast on spring break...but to make safe choices in the process.
Student Media is launching a new general interest student magazine March 18th called “The Hook”. The publication will come out twice a year and highlight the life and community surrounding ECU and its students.
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 www.ecu.edu/comm/center
We can help your student become a more confident communicator!
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