Inside April 2015 Edition

Student Care Packages Available

Explorers Living-Learning Community

Spring Education Fair

AmeriCorps VISTA Opportunities 

2015 Pirate Read 

Student Health News T

he Importance of the First Year 

Transitions: Surviving the Spring Semester 

Sophomore Soundings 

Eight Dimensions of Wellness 

John Lithgow to Perform at ECU 

Senior Celebration Dinner

ECU Commencement and Departmental Ceremonies 

Joyner Library News 

Campus Recreation and Wellness News 

Alternative Spring Break Experiences 

International Women’s Day 

Earth Day Expo 

Textbook Buyback 

Medieval and Renaissance Festival  

Pirate Athletics News 

Golden LEAF Foundation Grant 

New Cardio-Oncology Clinic 

School of Dental Medicine Regional Centers 

Speech Communication Center

Upcoming Events

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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Family Weekend 

September 25th-27th, 2015

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Student Care Packages Available- Order by 4/17/15 for Final Exams!

The ECU Ambassadors Organization is sponsoring and distributing Spring Finals Care Packages to our on campus residents. The ECU Ambassadors are a student run organization whose objective is to uphold the proud tradition of ECU's motto "Servire", which means to serve.  Your purchase will directly impact our ability to do just that!

Make the supportive relationship with your student on campus as close as ever, even though you may be miles apart.  

If you would like to bring a smile to the face of your student during the often stressful week of study leading up to Spring Finals, you can order a delicious and nutritious Care Package at  Please order right now, as the more popular options do tend to run out.  The last day to place an order is April 17, 2015.

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Explorers Living-Learning Community Receives Sponsorship from Enterprise Holdings Foundation

Explorers Living-Learning Community to begin fall 2015 

By Sarah Lage and Melissa Allay, Career Counselors and Explorers LLC Advisors 

Beginning fall 2015, the East Carolina University Living-Learning Community (LLC) program will add a new member to its current list of seventeen LLCs. The Explorers LLC will assist First Year students who are undecided about their major, and will support students’ career development goals through leadership activities, employer engagement, and one-on-one mentorship by Career Services staff. The Explorers-Living Learning Community is a collaboration of ECU Career Services, Major Advisement Program, and academic partners.  

The Enterprise Holdings Foundation recently awarded $2,500 to the Explorers LLC to assist in accomplishing the goals of the Explorers LLC.  Students will better understand their personality, skills and interests as it relates to a major and career; careers related to majors they are considering; determine their career goals and how a major relates to their career goals; and how to make an informed decision when choosing a major and career. The overall goal is to choose a major by the end of their freshmen year. Through this partnership students will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth look at a successful corporation and learn about various positions and opportunities offered by the company.

  In addition to having direct contact with the Explorers LLC Advisors and Career Services as a whole, Enterprise will also gain a focused student audience who are deciding on their majors. As a result of this interaction, Enterprise staff will be able to develop a relationship with each individual student and, if able to, become a mentor to the students.   

For more information about the Explorers Living-Learning Community, please visit

Professional Business Attire is REQUIRED
Bring ECU 1card and extra resumes
for more information visit:
4/28/15 ECU Murphy Center
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

AmeriCorps Vista

Fight Poverty with the Power of Higher Education- Become a NC Campus Compact VISTA!

NC Campus Compact is now accepting applications from candidates for 2015-2016 AmeriCorps VISTA positions. This is a great opportunity for graduating students. The next VISTA cohort will begin on August 7, 2015 and will serve one full year. NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA members work with community agencies and college campuses to develop a partnership that addresses local needs in one of three areas: education, economic opportunity or healthy futures. 

To learn more about the program and the application process, visit their FAQ page for Prospective VISTAs. You can visit this position listing on when you are ready to create your AmeriCorps application and begin the application process.  

Please contact Hannah Paek, AmeriCorps VISTA, at or 252-328-6432 if you have any questions!

Pirate Read 2016

2015 Pirate Read Selection Announced

The ECU Pirate Read orients first year students to the academic community, prepares students for the college-level environment, allows students to share a common reading experience with fellow classmates, faculty, and staff and enables students and faculty to discuss ideas from across the curriculum.

The Pirate Read Committee has elected Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario as the 2015 Pirate Read selection.  The committee is currently planning activities for 2015-2016, which will include a campus visit from Sonia Nazario in March 2016.  Visit for more information and events.

Student Health Services

ECU Student Health Stimulant Medication Policy Change

ECU Student Health Service’s policy regarding stimulant medication prescriptions (Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, Concerta, etc) and acceptable written documentation for ADD/ADHD diagnosis and treatment is changing effective May 1, 2015.

Why the change?  Stimulant medications are taken very seriously at Student Health Service (SHS) due to the potential to cause physical, psychological, and legal problems for students. We are seeing an increase in the number of students requesting stimulants, as well as an increase in problems associated with these medications; our providers want to ensure that the evaluation process that students have undergone is sufficient for us to comfortably and safely prescribe stimulants.  Stimulant medications are Schedule II drugs, which means they are tightly regulated by state and federal laws due to their high potential for dependence and abuse. 

Written documentation must now include a copy of a formal evaluation or formal diagnosis of ADD/ADHD from a mental health medical provider (e.g. psychologist, psychiatrist, physician assistant or nurse practitioner working in a mental health setting). SHS providers will no longer accept clinical notes alone from a primary care physician, family physician, or pediatrician as an acceptable form of diagnostic documentation. 

In addition, if the patient has not had documented treatment within the past five years, they will be required to be formally reevaluated for ADD/ADHD by a mental health provider prior to stimulant medication being restarted by SHS. 

Students must ensure their documentation on file with SHS is complete and per the new policy guidelines or the stimulant medication request will be denied. 

These changes are now added to the previous requirements we have for prescribing stimulant medications.  You can view the stimulant policy more in depth at, by selecting ADD/ADHD in the “Parents Guide” under the “For Parents” tab at the top of the page. Our goal is to provide education and safe prescribing practices for students on stimulant medications.  For questions or other information regarding stimulant medications or our prescribing policy, call us at (252) 328-6841, or email us at

The Importance of the First Year

From the Office of Student Transitions  

Preparing for the Second Year

Can you believe that last year this time you were worrying about reserving an orientation date, where your student would live at ECU, and high school graduation? Does it seem like a year ago that you made the trek to Greenville and survived the hot, humid weather during orientation? Your student has almost completed his or her freshman year at ECU, and we hope he or she has had a successful transition. 

But, the work is not done! There are several steps your student can take to begin preparing for the second year at ECU, so view the checklist (Things To Do) below for these steps. 

You may have heard of the “Sophomore Slump”—a "period of developmental confusion" that usually results from a student's struggle with becoming a competent college student, gaining the autonomy and independence he or she seeks, developing his or her new identities as an adult and college student, and finding his or her purpose in life. Therefore, some sophomores may face a difficult period in their academic, social, and personal development. Read below for more information.  

Avoid the Sophomore Slump  

As your student begins his or her second year, you may think that the roughest part of the college experience is over. However, some students experience a “Sophomore Slump”. Second-year students return to school without the newness and excitement they experienced as freshmen. They also may feel a lack of support since many programs and services that are offered to freshmen are no longer aimed towards them. If they are living off campus, they no longer have the built-in friendships of those living in their hall or a Resident Advisor or Coordinator to turn to for advice. Students are also realizing there are three more years of hard work, papers, courses, and a huge financial investment.  

Additionally, sophomores may feel pushed to declare a major if they haven’t already. Often, they doubt their choice in major but feel pressure to declare. The decision about a major leads to an uncertainty about the direction of their lives. Students taking upper level courses that are more difficult can have a dip in confidence in their ability to be successful in college. These uncertainties can lead to low levels of engagement in the classroom and of commitment to their education.  

On a social side, sophomore students are slowly drifting away from their high school friends and friends at home. They also do not go home as often during breaks. Their values are being challenged and are changing.  

As you can imagine, students that are experiencing all of these issues are subject to depression and stress. Here are some tips to help your student cope. Students should continue to eat right, get enough sleep, and exercise. Encourage them to take courses that look interesting and fun. Academic and student resources are still available to your student on campus. They should take advantage of the Pirate Tutoring Center, Career Services, the Counseling Center, and other resources that can help students clarify their direction.  

Students can establish new friendships by joining new groups or volunteering. Some students renew a high school activity in college, like band or an intramural sports team. Visit for information on student organizations available at ECU. Our office also has a website just for sophomore students at  

Be on the lookout for signs of the Sophomore Slump. If your student is having a rough time, encourage him or her to take advantage of the resources listed above. Next year, check out the Sophomore Soundings section of this newsletter for information from our office about working with your sophomore student. Hopefully, you will find that it is helpful as you assist your student through this transition.

Things to Do: Sophomore Year Checklist

Students may be busy with final papers and exams, but there are several things they should take care of now to ensure a smooth start to their second year at ECU. 

• Have they found a summer job?  Summer jobs are great ways to add substance to a student’s resume and/or explore career choices. 

• Have they registered for fall 2015 courses?  It is good for your student to do this now before new students register during the summer orientation programs. (Tuition e-bills will be available online during July and will be due in August. Don’t let money be the reason your student doesn’t register now!) 

• If taking summer classes at another school other than ECU, have they filled out the appropriate form? Students should meet with their advisor and obtain permission to take a course at another institution to guarantee the course is transferable back to ECU. 

• Has the FAFSA been completed and submitted?  The FAFSA must be completed each school year in order to be awarded federal aid and/or grants. 

• Has your student arranged for a place to live next fall?  A Campus Living contract can be completed for on-campus housing. Most apartment complexes will accept leases for the fall.  

Make sure your student is on track!  

Transitions:  Surviving the Spring Semester 

The end of the spring semester is quickly approaching. Students are busy with all the events and projects that the end of the year brings and are preparing for next year as well. It can be a very stressful time for students as they make important decisions and wrap up the year. This month we continue our focus on adjustment issues for first-year students. 

April Adjustments  

Academic Pressure – Final exams are approaching and papers and projects are due. Students may be nervous about their academic performance and may be struggling to get all their work done if they haven’t developed strong time management skills.   

Social events – If your students has gotten involved in student organizations, he or she may find that this time of year is busy with year-end social events. This can bring stress because of a lack of time as well as anxiety over cost.  

Organization leadership – Many student organizations are in the process of choosing leaders for next year. Applying, running, and being selected for a leadership position is a lot of responsibility, as is the training that will follow. For students that are not selected, self-esteem may be an issue. 

Spring fever – Warmer weather, combined with the burn-out that comes after so much focus on academics, makes it hard to focus on class and assignments. Campus is filled with students enjoying outdoor activities during their free time, and it’s tempting to join in instead of attending class.  

Money – Students may be facing a lack of money after spring break. They may also be concerned about money for the summer and whether or not they will be able to find a summer job.

Sophomore Soundings

From the Office of Student Transitions

Student Issues in the Sophomore Year

The end of another year is quickly approaching. Your student is likely starting to take more and more classes in his or her major and may be looking at internships and other career experiences. Hopefully, the transition has been smooth so far. There are several things your student still needs to do to be successful in the years to come.

Things to Do: Junior Year Checklist  

While it’s a busy time of year, there are several things your student should take care of now to ensure a smooth transition to the third year. 

• Has the student found a summer job or internship? Hopefully he or she has narrowed the career choices down some and can begin exploring them more. 

• Registration for summer and fall 2015 is now open for all students. Does your student have a schedule already? If they wait too long, they may miss out on courses they really want to take. 

• If taking summer classes at another school other than ECU, have they filled out the appropriate form? Students should meet with their advisor and obtain permission to take a course at another institution to guarantee the course is transferable back to ECU. 

• Another good option at this time is study abroad. Sessions are available during the summer as well as the fall and spring semesters. Visit the Office of International Affairs website at for more information. 

• Has the FAFSA been completed and submitted?  The FAFSA must be completed each school year in order to be awarded federal aid and/or grants. 

• Has your student arranged for a place to live next fall?  A Campus Living contract can be completed for on-campus housing. Most apartment complexes will accept leases for the fall.


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: Emotional and Environmental

Environmental Wellness

Environmental Wellness The recognition of interdependence with nature. An awareness of the precarious state of the earth and the effects of your daily habits on the physical environment. Want to know how to help your student maintain environmental wellness? Have them try the following:

1. Set aside just five minutes a day for cleaning. You can affect a simple but substantial change in your environment, and the way you feel about your surroundings. Wash the dishes. Do one load of laundry. Clean the toilet, but don’t worry about the rest of the bathroom. If you spend just five minutes each and every day de-cluttering or cleaning your home environment, you’ll see big changes with minimal effort, and you’ll enjoy your time at home so much more. 

2. Fill your home with foliage. Placing a few potted plants in your home will create a feeling of freshness and life. Surrounding yourself with living things like plants and animals helps you feel more connected to the energy of life, and caring for plants and animals helps you feel loved and nurtured as well. 

3. Keep a few small plastic bags in your car. Each time you get out of your car at the end of the day, pick up any trash that has accumulated and throw it in the sack. Then simply take the sack in and throw it away. This is a really simple way to keep your car from getting cluttered, and it’s easy to make it part of your daily or weekly routine. 

4. Eliminate useless bulk and clutter. If you haven’t used it, worn it or even touched it in a year, it’s time to get rid of it. Donate clothes, furniture and other durable goods to Goodwill or the Salvation Army, recycle anything else that you can and throw the rest away. If you’re not using it, it’s simply taking up space and cluttering your house

Emotional Wellness

Emotional Wellness The awareness and acceptance of feelings and emotions. The degree to which one feels positive and enthusiastic about oneself and life. Want to know how to help your student maintain emotional wellness? Have them try the following:

1. Take daily risks: challenge yourself to talk to someone new, trust someone, assert yourself...anything that pushes you out of your comfort zone. 

2. Accept your emotions…feel them unconditionally.  

3. Live in the present. Don’t worry about the past or the future…live for the moment and enjoy all the emotions that come from that. 

4. Laugh – don’t take life so seriously. Kids laugh 200 times per day…adults, only 15. Seems that the kids know what’s best! 

5. Determine and live your personal values. This will lead to a sense of balance, confidence and fulfillment.


John Lithgow to Perform at ECU

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

Senior Celebration and Dinner May 7

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

ECU Commencement and Departmental Ceremonies

ECU will hold the University Commencement on Friday, May 8th at 9:00 AM in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.   Tickets are NOT required for the main ceremony.  Parking and seating are on a first come, first served basis.  Seating and parking reservations are not available.  Attendants and ushers will be available to direct individuals with disabilities to accessible parking and seating options.

Departmental ceremonies will be held on Friday May 8th and Saturday May 9th.  For a complete listing of departmental ceremony times and locations, please visit the ECU Commencement website.  

Joyner Library News

 Library parent news 1

Students enrolled in English 1100 and 1200 composition classes are eligible to submit their research papers for the W. Keats Sparrow Writing Award sponsored by the Friends of Joyner Library.  The deadline is May 8, 2015 at 5pm.


library parent news 2

Evening services at Joyner Library include:  Research assistance until 12am (Sun-Thurs); Group and single study spaces all night (Sun-Thurs); Public computer access all night (Sun-Thurs); Book-A-Librarian services until 9pm; and Research guides and online tutorials.


Campus Recreation & Wellness News

Adventure Awaits!

This April the Campus Recreation & Wellness Adventure Program provides an extensive array of scheduled trips and other opportunities to bring out your adventurous side! Do you want to paddle board, kayak, hike, or rock climb? Then we are the place for you! The Adventure Program offers both custom and scheduled trips, along with rock climbing in the back of the Student Recreation Center, different skill clinics, and equipment rentals. Want to go on a hiking trip but don’t have the equipment? No worries! You can rent everything you would need from the Adventure Center! Plus, they also have maps of the best places to hike, paddle board, and kayak in North Carolina! Check our web site for a list of available items and daily and weekend rates.   

There are currently a number of scheduled trips coming up that still have spots available! The first trips are Friday Floats which will occur on 4/10, 4/17, and 4/24 this month! These are short trips to a local waterway for an afternoon of run and relaxation.  Sign-up by at least the day before the trip! Spots fill up fast! You will meet at the Student Recreation Center at 2pm on Friday and arrive back around 6-6:30pm. Transportation, equipment, and instruction are included in the cost! The cost is only $10 for members and $20 for non-members. The second trip is Sea Kayaking Bear Island. You will have the opportunity to paddle an easy 3 miles along the marsh until you reach the shores of Bear Island where you can enjoy a lunch and potentially see dolphins! The cost is $35 for members/$45 for non-members. A pre-trip meeting and kayak roll session are required before attending the trip. The last trip is Stand-Up Paddle Board at Devil’s Gut. You will have the opportunity to paddle through the Eastern NC Cypress swamp. Pre-trip meeting is required and the cost is $35 for members/$45 for non-members! To check out more information about these trips please visit:  

The Student Recreation Center climbing wall operates Monday-Thursday from 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Friday from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and has hours of Saturdays as well.  Check the web site for specific Saturday hours as these vary during different times of year.  For those who are seeking some instruction in various adventure skills there are Kayak Paddling clinics on Tuesday/Wednesdays from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm in the SRC Indoor Pool, Climbing Belay clinics on Wednesday/Thursday at 7:00 pm on the climbing wall, and Bike Repair clinics on Fridays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. 

For more information about the Adventure Program please visit our website by clicking here, call the CRW Main Office at 252-328-6387, or email Brad Beggs, the Assistant Director of Adventure Programs, at

Club Sports

Martial Arts Club to host 17th Annual Martial Arts Tournament on April 18th in the Student Recreation Center.  More info can be found online at:


ABE 2015 Pic

2015 Spring Alternative Break Experience

For many East Carolina University students, spring break is a time to take a break from school and enjoy warmer locales but over forty ECU pirates made it a week on and not a week off. These ECU Pirates committed to being a part of ECU Alternative Break Experiences (ABE). The mission of the East Carolina University ABE is to create active citizens, leaders, and advocates for lasting social change.

The 2015 Spring ABE program offered five diverse experiences and engaged fifty-five ECU students and staff members.  In one week, this is over 1,900 hours of learning, service, and community development committed by ECU community. The Spring 2015 Alternative Break Experiences were offered by the following student affairs areas:

• Student Recreation and Wellness Adventure Program ABE paddled the Suwannee River in Florida 

• Campus Living ABE combated urban poverty in metro Atlanta, Georgia;  

• Volunteer and Service-Learning Center ABE focused on issues of poverty and health care in Baltimore, Maryland; environmental justice, sustainability and economic impact in Atlantic Beach in Carteret County, NC; and explored the issues poverty and youth  during their “Staycation” in Greenville, NC. 

One of the newest additions to the 2015 Spring ABE program was the “staycation” opportunity in Greenville. Thirteen ECU students and staff members slept in sleeping bags on the floor of the Greenville Community Shelter. “It gave them a feel for what our residents deal with on a daily basis,” said Casey Holland, the shelter’s program development director and retired ECU staff member. In addition to serving and learning with the Greenville Community Shelter, the team also worked with other non-profit agencies including NC Civil, United Way of Pitt County, the Lucille W. Gorham Intergenerational Community Center, Third Street Community Center, Greenville Harvest and the Police Athletic League.  

Many of the students didn’t know the shelter – only a few blocks from campus – was there. “ECU has us a little bit sheltered,” said Mario Scott, a junior from Greensboro majoring in business management. “There are people in poverty in our own backyard. A lot of people don’t see this side of it.” While some friends were heading to Florida for spring break, Scott was happy to stay behind. “It’s a better joy when you can help somebody,” Scott said. Talking with residents has been a reality check, Scott said. “You can have a four-year degree, and be homeless tomorrow,” he said.  

“I didn’t know much about what was going on in my own community so it was definitely an eye-opener,” said Khiana Wyatt, a junior from Wilson majoring in family and community services. Wyatt’s first visit to the shelter was in October, when she led a student work group in “Make a Difference Day.” She also took part in last year’s alternative spring break trip to Baltimore, Maryland, which focused on hunger and homelessness. As a child, Wyatt was enrolled in Head Start, which serves at-risk preschool children and their families. “Now I’m in college and thinking about grad school,” she said. “If I can do it, others can do it too. If they see me doing it, maybe they will be inspired.” 

Holland hopes the students will share their experience and increase awareness about the non-profit agency, whose 78 beds have been consistently full since cold temperatures hit eastern North Carolina. The Manhattan Avenue shelter, which usually is open to residents overnight, remained open around the clock for at least 14 days when temperatures dipped to single digits, Holland said. They saw a side of Greenville that many were previously unaware of. “It’s a new experience for me,” said Roderick Hall, a freshman from Riegelwood majoring in philosophy and political science. “The best way to understand somebody is to take a walk in their shoes.” Hall wants to work with underprivileged youth and start his own non-profit organization one day. He enjoyed talking and playing games with the children at the shelter. “It’s been an amazing experience to sit down and listen to their stories,” Hall said. “It doesn’t matter if a kid is underprivileged or privileged, kids are kids.”  

“It’s interesting to see how what they’re doing connects with what they’re learning,” said Nichelle Shuck, associate director for student leadership and educational programs at ECU’s Volunteer and Service-Learning Center. Many students shared that one of the biggest takeaways was the food challenge. This is a challenge for each person to live on a $7 a day poverty budget. ABE students shared that this was an eye opening experience because for many this is the first time they have to live off of a budget and learn how to cook for more than one person.   

Students were encouraged to immerse themselves in the issues of poverty. This included walking to many of the places they went instead of driving and reflecting on some of the privileges within our everyday lifestyle. “We’re breaking down barriers, we’re looking critically at where we are and what our relationship with the community looks like.” Shuck said.  

One of the key components to the Alterative Break Experience is reflection. As part of VSLC ABE students will write a collective essay, “This We Believe,” about their experience as well as make a video with photos and songs from the week.  The ABE program will invite ABE participants to engage in a reflection ceremony April 1st from 4-5:30 in the Croatan Green Room. This is a great time for students and staff to reflect about their life changing experience and re-commit to making social change in our communities.  

ECU offers alternative break experiences throughout the year to create student learning opportunities in diverse environments that address social, economic, political, environmental, spiritual and cultural issues. Students learn through the exchange of ideas, personal reflection, critical thinking and by applying academic concepts outside the classroom. For more information please visit

Campus Celebrates International Women's Day

The Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women celebrated the second International Women’s Day program on March 4. This was a free event, open to all the campus and community, to explore the achievements and creativity of women around the world today.  

After an initial session with Academic Global Initiatives - who brought in faculty from Fatima Jinnah Woman University in Pakistan and Gdansk University in Poland to speak about the status of women – we heard from American women.  

Beth Mendelson, Senior Executive Producer of Special Programming and Documentaries at Voice of America, whose communication career spans 30 years across U.S. Government, including the White House, Non-Profit Organizations and Broadcast Media, spoke about issue-oriented programming and how she brings unique stories to life. 

Ann Harrington spoke on women in religion and the movement to achieve full equality for all within churches. Shirrell Thomas, a leader at the Center for Family Violence Prevention described My Sister’s Closet, which aids victims of domestic violence in our community. 

Laurie Kahn’s mission is to bring the lives and work of compelling women to the screen. A Resident Scholar at Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center, her first film, A Midwife’s Tale, was based on the 18th century diary of midwife Martha Ballard and Laurel Ulrich’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Midwife’s Tale. It won film festival awards and a national Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction. Her next film TUPPERWARE! won the George Foster Peabody Award and was nominated for a national Best Nonfiction Director Emmy. 

Dr. Janice Daugherty, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine, explained the importance of considering all aspects of wellness -- physical, emotional, mental, spiritual in helping to combat disease.  

In addition to the above presentations, Dr. Rachel Roper from Brody School of Medicine gave the latest facts on bias against women, and Honors College student Keerthana Velappan described forming the ECU chapter of She’s the First, an organization sponsoring girls’ education in low-income countries. 

A lunch panel comprised of faculty, students, and staff addressed the problem of sexual harassment so prevalent today on college campuses and how to be proactive in fighting this issue. 

The program was presented in collaboration with the Provost’s Office, Women’s Studies, and Student Affairs.


Earth Day Expo to be held on April 21st

We would love to have you join us for an Earth Day Expo!  On Tuesday, April 21st from 4-6pm in Howell Science Complex on ECU’s campus we will have interactive events for people of all ages.  Various ECU researchers and local non-profit organizations will have live animals and plants, fun science activities, natural history story times, and more!  We will also have a special visitor this year – Sid the Science Kid from public television!  We are inviting after school programs and school clubs, as well as the public.  Last year we had over 300 people participate! Please contact Heather Vance-Chalcraft (; 328-9841) for more information.  We hope you can join us!


An Evening with Best-selling Author Amy Stewart -Tuesday, April 21 at 8:00 pm

As part of our Earth Day 2015 events, the Center for Biodiversity at East Carolina University presents Amy Stewart, best-selling author of The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, Wicked Bugs, and Flower Confidential. She is a dynamic and engaging speaker whose books focus on the positive and negative impacts of the natural world on people. Her topics have relevance to scientists, gardeners, and cocktail-lovers everywhere. A reception and book signing will follow the talk. All are welcome!  

For more information, please contact Heather Vance-Chalcraft at or 252-328-9841.  This event is a signature North Carolina Science Festival event (

Remind your student... Book Buyback begins April 27th.  Meet Stanley.  Stanley is one of Dowdy's long-time book buyback workers who is thrilled to be able to give students CASH BACK for their textbooks.  As a father and grandfather, Stanley knows how important the budget is for students and their families.  Have your student stop by one of Dowdy's book buyback locations to see one of our friendly staff.  There's a good chance those unwanted textbooks will put some CASH in your student's pocket.   Buyback at Wright Building Store & Trailers on College Hill Drive and West End.  Dowdy is owned and operated by East Carolina University.  Profits earned go back to ECU through scholarship contributions and student programs. 

That Box of Books May have Cash Value!

As a parent, a few things can go through your mind when you find a box full of used textbooks packed among your student’s belongings when he returns home for summer. I wonder if he got all that he could out of them? First, and hopefully, your student absorbed all the information possible from each textbook and learned a lot from the class.  But second, and hold on here, your student could have gotten more from this book… like some CASH back!  

As the school year is winding down it’s time for a few reminders to give your student about textbooks.  If he or she is not going to use the book again, try to sell it back at Dowdy. Also, remind your student to RETURN rental books, not sell them.  

Dowdy Student Stores buys back textbooks all year, but the special buying period for spring is April 27–May 8.  Dowdy buys in their Wright Building store and at two trailer locations on campus. 

Occasionally, students forget which books were rentals. RENTAL books must be turned in by the date listed on the agreement, and can be taken to Dowdy or shipped back for free.  Can’t find the rental agreement? From the Dowdy textbook ordering website, click on the rental shopping cart to log into your account. The titles and return date(s) will be listed on the account.  

Some of the frequently asked questions about book buyback are below:  

1.What determines the amount of money offered for my book? 

1. Condition of the book. 

2. Dowdy’s current stock of the book. 

3. Whether or not the course will be taught again and if the instructor has chosen to use the book. 

4. National demand for the book. 

5. If a new edition has been published.  

2. Which books will you buy? 

Any textbook, even if bought at another store, is potentially eligible for buyback. Textbooks coming out in a new edition, cannot be bought back unless the professor has specified the older edition. Study and lab materials, certain texts with software, and custom published materials are generally not eligible for buyback. Texts with missing pages or excessive damage will also not be bought back.

3. How much are my books worth? 

If your textbook has been reordered by an ECU professor for the upcoming semester and meets the above criteria, you will get up to half of the new price regardless of whether you bought the book new or used! This price will be affected, though, by class size. Once we have covered stock for our upcoming semester, the national wholesale price will be offered. Books not reordered by an ECU professor will be quoted at a national wholesale company value for your books when possible. Generally, their pricing is 25% or less of the original price of the textbook based on supply and demand. 

4. I RENTED books. How do I RETURN them by mail/UPS? 

You have the option to return your rental book(s) by mail/UPS free of charge.  First, access your account through Dowdy’s textbook web site & choose RapidReturn®.  Here, you will be able to print a free return-shipping label. You are responsible for boxing up your books and dropping them off for shipping in order to be received by the due date.  

Still have questions? Always feel free to contact the Dowdy Student Stores. As ECU’s only owned and operated bookstores, our Wright Building and Brody Building Medical Bookstore staffs are eager to assist you!  Visit the Dowdy web site, or call 1-877-499-TEXT or locally (2252) 328-6731.

2015 Spring Buyback Dates and Hours


April 27-28:            8 am- 6 pm

April 29:                 8 am - 4 pm

April 30- May 1:    7:30 am- 6 pm

May 2:                   11 am- 3 pm

May 4-7:               7:30 am - 5 pm

May 8:                  7:30 am- 5 pm  

Remote Buy Trailers- College Hill Dr. and West End Dining area:

April 30 - May 1:  9 am - 4 pm

May 4-7:               9 am - 4 pm


Medieval and Renaissance Festival at ECU

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program will be holding its first university-wide Medieval and Renaissance Festival at ECU on Thursday, April 16th and Friday, April 17th. 

  MRST was fortunate to receive help and funding from Co-Curricular Programs, the College of Fine Arts and Communication and The Office of International Affairs. The festival will include live music from ECU faculty and students as well as a troubadour trio coming from France especially for the occasion.  Theatre students will perform scenes from two plays, and Mendenhall gallery will exhibit artifacts and poster presentations. 

Presentations will come from faculty at the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences; College of Business; College of Engineering and Technology; College of Fine Arts & Communication; Honors College; Brody School of Medicine and Duke University. We look forward to a time of entertainment, education, and elucidation of two fascinating and creative eras.

April Parent News Baseball Softball

For complete ECU Pirates schedules and ticket information, please visit


ECU and Pitt CC Receive $1.7 million Golden LEAF Foundation grant

East Carolina University is teaming up with Pitt Community College to develop a premier, laboratory-based education and training network for the pharmaceutical industry thanks to new funding from the Golden LEAF Foundation.

With a goal of transforming eastern North Carolina’s economy, the funds will be dispersed as $1.1 million to ECU and $650,000 to PCC. The two schools will work closely with companies including Patheon, Hospira, Mayne Pharma and others to ensure the development of technically skilled and creative students to support the region’s employment goals.  Read the complete article online here.

ECU Opens New Cardio-oncology Clinic

Many oncology patients are at risk for varying degrees of heart damage due to the toxic side effects of cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy, especially older patients and those with preexisting heart conditions.  

To address the unique needs of these patients, medical specialists from the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Hematology/Oncology and the Cardiology Division of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU have joined forces to develop a new Cardio-Oncology Clinic at the East Carolina Heart Institute at East Carolina University.  

Clinicians at this new clinic evaluate a patient’s heart function before, during and after cancer treatments using state-of-the-art imaging technology in order to detect whether the patient has suffered heart damage or is at risk of developing heart problems.  

Cardiologists with training and expertise in advanced heart imaging, such as cardiac MRI, guide patients toward the most appropriate forms of imaging for their particular situations.   

When heart damage is detected, the cardiologists and oncologists work together to adjust cancer treatments, prescribe heart medications or refer patients to other cardiology specialists within the East Carolina Heart Institute, including those who focus on congestive heart failure, electrophysiology or interventional cardiology. 

For more information or to make an appointment call 252-744-3476.


ECU School of Dental Medicine

Offering Dental Care Across North Carolina

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

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!