Student Refund Changes
Tuition Payment Plans Available
Commencement 2015 Information
Honor Your Graduate with at Cupola Brick
Summer School at ECU
Credits for Off-Campus Coursework
Speech Communication Center
The Importance of the First Year
Transitions: Surviving the Spring Semester
Joyner Library News
Campus Recreation and Wellness News
Medieval and Renaissance Festival
ECU Opens Cardio-oncology Clinic
Summer Internship Photo Contest
Summer Comm Courses
ECU Introduces CO-OP Program
2015-16 Parents Council Scholars Named
2015-16 SGA Officers
Textbook Buyback at Dowdy
Electronics Trade in at Dowdy
Pirate Athletics News -Season Football Tickets
Important Information from the Cashiers Office
Student Account eRefunds
Beginning Summer 2015, student refunds issued from the Cashier's Office will be handled electronically through TouchNet. Students currently access TouchNet through the ECU OneStop (https://onestop.ecu.edu) web portal to view bills, make payments, view, download, and print 1098-T tax statements, and set up tuition payment plans. All students are being asked to set up a new direct deposit (ACH) refund profile in the TouchNet eRefunds system. With the eRefunds process through TouchNet, students have the option for refunds to be deposited directly into a designated bank account of their choice. If direct deposit information is not provided to the University, refund checks will be mailed to the student. Authorized users cannot access or view eRefunds information. Students are required to set up their eRefunds preference by logging in through OneStop. Parents will need to coordinate with the student if they would like refunds to be sent to their bank account. Please visit the Cashier’s Office website at www.ecu.edu/cashier and select “TouchNet eRefunds” for more information.
Tuition Payment Plans
ECU offers interest free installment plans each Fall and Spring semester. Plans run from June through October each Fall semester and November through March each Spring semester. Please visit the Cashier’s Office website at www.ecu.edu/cashier and select “Tuition Payment Plans” for more information.
ECU Commencement May 8th, 2015
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.
Honor Your Graduate with a Cupola Brick
Parents of ECU graduating student have a unique opportunity to honor your student's achievement. Through the Student Affairs Cupola Brick Project, you have the opportunity to commemorate your student's time at ECU with a personalized inscribed brick that will be placed in the Cupola Plaza located on the campus mall.
When you honor your graduate, you also benefit current and future students at ECU. Proceeds from the personalized brick program support various enrichment activities provided by the Division of Student Affairs.
Information on inscription options and ordering may be found online here.
Questions may be directed to the Office of Parent and Family Programs, 252-328-6847 or email@example.com
Need credits? Think Summer at ECU!
Summer School at East Carolina University is an integral part of the academic year and is the equivalent of any one of the two semesters in respect to courses, their credit value, and the quality of instruction given. The university offers three schedules of summer classes: two five week terms and one eleven week session where students may earn as many as 6 semester hours of credit in a session.
Why summer school at ECU?
Students take summer session courses for many reasons. Some students take course work to get ahead in their programs while others take courses in the summer to make up deficiencies. Others tackle a course during the summer term that they believe will require greater attention than can be given during the regular term when academic loads are heavier. Still others take language courses or intensive courses. For all these reasons and others, thousands of East Carolina students take one or more of over 1200 courses offered each summer.
Did you know?
In the university’s five most recent graduating classes, more than 87% of these students had attended at least one session of summer school during their time at ECU. Summer sessions can help students graduate on schedule or accelerate their time to degree completion, allowing them to graduate early.
Where to begin?
Current ECU students who were enrolled during the Spring Semester may register for a Summer Session up to the second day of class in those sessions. Dates for the Summer 2015 sessions are as follows:
Summer Session I – Classes begin May 18th and end June 22nd
11 Week Session – Classes begin May 18th and end July 30th
Summer Session II – Classes begin June 25th and end July 30th
For more information about Summer School at ECU, including available courses, visit www.ecu.edu/summer Join us for Summer at ECU!
Is Your Student Planning to Take Off-Campus Courses for Credit?
Many ECU students enroll in courses at other institutions during the summer break. If your student is interested in this option, there are several very important things to know! Students must:
1. Discuss their plans with their assigned academic advisor to determine appropriate summer coursework.
2. Use ECU’s Course Equivalencies list to determine transferrable courses via https://ssbprd-banner.ecu.edu/DAD_PROD/szpaceq.P_Display_States
3. Apply, be admitted, and register for courses at the other institution. Transcripts can be sent via https://www.credentials-inc.com/tplus/?ALUMTRO002923
4. Download and complete the Permission to Take Courses at Other U.S. Institutions Form available at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/registrar/forms.cfm and submit electronically to the Registrar’s Office at CAS@ecu.edu.
5. Complete the summer course(s) and request the school send an official transcript to ECU. Credit cannot be added without an official transcript received in the Registrar’s Office.
Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” to be awarded transfer credit for their summer courses at other institutions. If your student has questions or needs assistance relating to summer courses away from ECU, please have him/her contact their assigned academic advisor!
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 www.ecu.edu/comm/center We can help your student become a more confident communicator!
Counselor's Corner: Supporting Your Student in the Summer Months
Lauren Thorn, MSW, LCSW
Staff Counselor/Outreach Coordinator
ECU Center for Counseling and Student Development
Summertime—a great opportunity for our students to rest and relax, but also to get ahead on the next school year. Many parents are uncertain of how to support their students during the summer break. Their families have grown accustomed to having the student away at school, and their return creates a disruption in the household dynamics! Here are a few “do’s and don’t”s that we often suggest as a way to cope and prepare for these changes:
• DO HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT EXPECTATIONS. Let your student know if they need to start applying for jobs, paying for things at home, or helping out with chores around the house. They may think that they can continue to treat being at home like a “vacation” when you actually want them to pitch in during the summer. Also address any opinions about drinking or smoking in the home, curfews, and patterns of communication. Will they always text you before going out, or will they come and go like they’re used to doing at college?
• DON’T EXPECT THEM TO PICK RIGHT BACK UP WHERE THEY LEFT OFF. Many students return home changed from their first year of college. They may realize that their friends from home don’t quite fit anymore and feel lost about how to socialize. They may also miss being at school and want to visit frequently. Don’t take this too personally—it’s a normal transition that the majority of our students experience. You WANT them to want to come back. Talk about what’s reasonable for trips back and forth, and try to help them stay connected with friends from campus.
• DO ENCOURAGE INTERNSHIPS AND VOLUNTEER WORK WITH A CAREER FOCUS. This is an awesome time to build the resume and find opportunities to explore careers or potential jobs. Many students will be excited to practice skills or learn more about areas that relate to classes they took last year or are signed up to take in the fall.
• DON’T BE SURPRISED IF THEY WANT TO CHANGE MAJORS. The average college student will change their major three times in their college career. Ask open-ended questions about their reasons or thoughts behind the change and do research with our Career Center, Academic Advising or other offices on campus as they make this decision.
• DO PREPARE SIBLINGS FOR THE ADJUSTMENTS. We know that some siblings have become accustomed to being the only child, or at least the oldest child, in the family. For them, they may be frustrated by having to share a bathroom again or that their older sibling is already done with school while they have another month to go. Have conversations within the family about concerns or problems that might pop up, and try to create mutually beneficial compromises with all involved.
• DON’T LET EMOTIONAL ISSUES GO UNCHECKED. This may be a time where anxiety or depressive symptoms become more evident to you as a parent. Rather than just getting snapshots of your child’s activities from afar, you now see them day in and day out again. Pay attention to any behavioral changes, increased stress levels or poor coping strategies. The summer is often a time where students have a more flexible schedule and can pursue therapy, psychiatry services or healthy hobbies/activities without it impacting their academic course load.
• DO ENCOURAGE INDEPENDENCE. Allow your student to follow up on holds for their account, make their own medical appointments and increase responsibility for bills or other personal matters. We love to see students who are actually informed about options and confident in their own skills, and it gives them practice making important phone calls.
• DO LET US KNOW IF WE CAN HELP! Many university offices are open all summer, and we are always happy to offer consultations or referrals. Please contact any of the departments on campus if you’d like more information about how we can support your student at ECU.
Enjoy the summer with your student, and we look forward to seeing them again in the fall!
The Importance of the First Year
From the Office of Student Transitions
The End of the First Year
Your student is wrapping up final exams, packing up his or her room, looking forward to a break, and feeling relieved that the first year of college is finished. Whether your student is headed home to spend the summer with you or staying in Greenville, you are probably also relieved that the first year of college is complete. We hope that your student has built a solid foundation for his or her career at ECU by developing a sense of belonging, establishing academic competence, and creating a clear sense of direction. The Office of Student Transitions sincerely hopes you have found these newsletter articles helpful as your student transitioned to ECU. Thank you for allowing us to partner with you to support your student.
This is the last newsletter of the year. Remember that our office assists students as they make many transitions during their time at ECU, including the move to the sophomore year. The sophomore year has its own challenges and triumphs, and we are here to help. Next year, be sure to read our article in this newsletter for parents of students in their second year.
Best of luck! We look forward to seeing your student graduate in 2018!
Transitions: Surviving the Spring Semester
The end of the spring semester is here and students are in the middle of final exams. Students are busy with exams, papers, and projects, but there are other issues on their mind as well. This month we continue with our focus on adjustment issues facing first-year students.
Academic Pressure — There is a lot of pressure to end the first year with a strong grade point average. Students may still be struggling with the large number of year-end assignments and exams that college brings.
Leaving ECU — Hopefully your student made a lot of friends during his or her first year here, but with many students returning home for the summer, there is some sadness over leaving the friendships and activities behind. Also, year-end academic requirements may limit time for goodbyes resulting in a lack of closure for students.
Relationships — If a student becomes romantically involved with someone while at ECU, he or she may face some anxiety about leaving for the summer. The students may feel stressed over making plans to visit each other over the summer break, or they may have concerns about the relationship ending while they are apart.
Social/Extracurricular Activities — Your student may have gotten involved in social activities or student organizations, and many of these groups will have year-end celebrations. This can be overwhelming for a student that is already very busy with exams and studying. There may be an increased use of alcohol by peers during this time.
Returning Home — There is a lot of stress involved in returning home to a student’s family. It does not mean that they are not excited to spend time with you, just that they are anxious about returning to a different schedule, structure, and responsibilities.
From the Office of Student Transitions
The Rising Junior
The junior student is now beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. They have worked through the many transitions of the sophomore year and are now focused on finishing the degree and beginning a career, doing graduate work, or participating in an experience such as the Peace Corps. It is an exciting time!
Junior students should follow up with typical processes like obtaining an updated parking permit, applying for financial aid, viewing the Cashier’s Office website for important information, and verifying authorizations related to education, financial and judicial records through the Buckley Option on OneStop.
Beyond the typical “to do checklist,” juniors should schedule an appointment with their Career coach for career assessment, resume writing, interview skills, and job/internship search assistance. ECU’s Career Services has established a university-wide Cooperative Education (CO-OP) program effective Fall 2015. CO-OP is an academic program that enhances classroom studies with learning through productive work experiences in fields related to a student’s academic or career goals. CO-OP positions are paid and require students to alternate semesters of course work with semesters of supervised work experience multiple times. Some of the benefits associated with CO-OP participation include; explore and clarify career goals, apply what has been learned in the classroom, acquire new skills, access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology, develop professional work habits, improve human relations skills, defray educational costs, and increase future employability prospects. CO-OP is open to all majors and students are encouraged to explore this program prior to their senior year. For more information on internships and/or CO-OP, visit http://www.ecu.edu/career/.
It is never too late to study abroad in order to develop an international perspective. The goal of the ECU Study Abroad program is to promote an understanding of how differences among nations, cultures, races and languages influence our perceptions of world issues and events. Living and studying in another country provides students with opportunities that are unique to the college experience, as the cultural and social interactions produced through living abroad effect an individual’s academic and personal growth in ways impossible to duplicate at home. In addition to personal and academic growth, the study abroad experience also has a positive impact on future employment opportunities. Students with a study abroad background are often perceived by prospective employers as being more flexible and open to challenges than other students. For more information on study abroad, visit http://www.ecu.edu/intlaffairs/studyabroadwelcome.cfm or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The junior student is still an integral part of Pirate Nation so they must stay engaged with campus activities and organizations, opportunities to meet faculty outside of the classroom as well as seek opportunities for undergraduate research with faculty within the classroom. All of these activities assist in the development of the “whole student.”
Congratulations on successfully completing the sophomore year and moving ahead in your academic journey.
Joyner Library News
Student Employment Opportunities at Joyner Library
J.Y. Joyner Library offers employment opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students throughout the library, up to 20 hours a week. Most student employment positions are work-study, but we employ some self-help students as well. Our student employment provides financial support and an opportunity for learning through the responsibility and resources created in our departments. Visit us online at www.lib.ecu.edu or stop by the Administrative Services Office, located in Joyner Library, room 2400, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. or contact Michelle Joyner at (252) 328-2693 or e-mail email@example.com.
Campus Recreation & Wellness News
Wellness Living Learning Community Celebrates 23 Graduates
As the end of the 2014-2015 Academic School Year comes to an end, the Wellness Living Learning Community graduates 23 members from the program. The Wellness Living Learning Community (WLLC) is a wellness-themed living learning community sponsored by Campus Recreation and Wellness. The goal of the WLLC is to bring students together to create a community focused on building healthier lifestyles through attention to the 8-Dimensions of Wellness Model adopted by the Wellness Area of CRW. This model includes social, emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual, financial, occupational, and environmental wellness. As members of the WLLC, students have a chance to give back to the community through service learning programs geared towards children in the local community.
Our program helps students adjust to college and achieve academic success through fostering a healthy lifestyle, encouraging campus engagement, and providing a supportive network of friends, faculty and staff. Students in the WLLC take 2 classes together each semester. We offer mentoring, and promote informal study groups. In addition, specialized academic programs are offered such as round table discussions led by faculty members and seniors from a variety of popular majors and minors. Together, linked-courses and academic programming promotes and facilitates enhanced academic performance that set students up for success.
A big part of the college experience is making new friends and adjusting to living away from home. The WLLC helps by connecting students before school even starts through our social media sites and early orientation programs. Students joining the community will be linked with mentors who have been in the WLLC previously and will be there for social and academic support. Our students join a readymade group of like-minded friends who make coming to ECU an experience they will always remember.
“The WLLC program has had a huge impact on my first year here at ECU. The WLLC has done more than just teach me about campus resources, completing a first year in college, and managing time, it's also taught me what it feels like to have an overwhelming support system so far from home. I believe that the friendships and the relationships I've made with my fellow first years and other people who are part of the program will be long lasting”. --- Abby Hubbard, WLLC Student
Ten of the graduating members of the WLLC will return to the second-year phase of the program as Peer Mentors in Fall 2015.
First Medieval and Renaissance Festival is a Success at ECU
“The single-best effort in interdisciplinary collaboration of the academic departments within the university I've seen in the 34 years” was a comment from one of the participants.
On April 16th and 17th, The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program in collaboration with Co-Curricular, School of Fine Arts and Communication, and the Office of International Affairs held a Medieval and Renaissance Festival on Thursday, April 16 and Friday April 17. Organized by Rai d’Honoré of the ECU Language Academy and Medieval & Renaissance Studies, presenters came from both east and west campuses as well as from Duke University. Presentations included Todd Savitt (Resurrection and Dissection) and Jeffrey Pierce (Medieval and Renaissance Medicine) from Brody School of Medicine; David Batie (Constructions of War and Peace) from the College of Engineering and Technology; Kevin Moll (Characterizing Cultural Trends in Fourteenth –Century Europe: North and South) from the College of Fine Arts and Communication; Dean Smith (Knights Templar and the Origins of Banking) from the College of Business, and George Bailey(Boethius, Pico and the Trials of Philosophy) , Nicole Siddhu (Medieval Obscenities) , Allison Miller, Kaitlin Clothier (Beasts in Medieval Manuscripts) , and Rai d’Honoré (The Devils’ Crusade) from the Thomas Harriott College of Arts and Sciences. ECU musicians included Jocelyn Nelson, Elaine Yontz, Jon Shaw, Henry Spencer, and the Viola de Gamba consort, and actors came from Clark’s ECU Storybook theatre to perform scenes from the Second Shepherd’s Play. Carolyn Usher (Intabulatura) came from Duke University.
The highlight of the festival was a trio of musicians who flew in from the south of France. There had been significant coverage on French television about the trio La Rosa Trobadoresca prior to their departure for the festival (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2k79ap_rosa-trobadoresca_creation), as this is the very first time that a group of Occitan troubadours has performed in the United States. The trio is comprised of Nicolas Dedieu, Jacques Khoudir and Philippe Groulard. There will be more coverage about ECU on FR3 in the coming weeks and scenes from the troubadours’ visit to the campus. Requests are pouring in to bring them back again for the second Medieval and Renaissance Festival in Spring 2016.
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.
Is your ECU student participating in an internship this summer?
ECU Career Services will be holding the second annual summer photo contest during the summer of 2015. This contest will give current ECU students the opportunity to showcase their summer internships in a fun and interactive way. We will be looking for entries that capture the intern in action and great moments while at their internship. Below you will find last year’s winners and honorable mentions. First place will win a $100 gift card and second place $50. For more information and details to enter visit: www.ecu.edu/career
Cooperative Education (CO-OP) Program to Begin Fall 2015
We are excited to announce that the ECU Board of Trustees has approved the establishment of a university-wide Cooperative Education Program (CO-OP) effective Fall 2015. CO-OP is an academic program that enhances classroom studies with learning through productive work experiences in fields related to a student’s academic or career goals. It provides progressive experiences in integrating theory and practice. CO-OP is a partnership among students, the university and employers, with specified responsibilities for each party.
CO-OP experiences are different from internships. CO-OP positions are always paid and require students to alternate semesters of course work with semesters of supervised work experience multiple times. Some of the benefits associated with CO-OP participation include; explore and clarify career goals, apply what has been learned in the classroom, acquire new skills, access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology, develop professional work habits, improve human relations skills, defray educational costs, and increase future employability prospects.
The program is open to all majors. Students are encouraged to explore this program early in their academic career. Students must complete the CO-OP rotations prior to graduation. General eligibility requirements include; must be in good academic standing, no academic or honor code violations, free from university hold tags, and complete twenty-four credit hours (transfer students must complete 12 credit hours). Some academic departments and employers may require additional criteria.
CO-OP students pay a $300 CO-OP fee to register for the appropriate CO-OP course each semester they work. The CO-OP course designation allows the student to retain their student status and student email account. In addition, the student’s CO-OP work experience will be notated on their official academic transcript and each student will be covered under the university’s general liability insurance program.
ECU Career Services will provide administrative oversight of the CO-OP program. Please direct all inquiries to CO-OP@ecu.edu or 252.328.6050.
2015-16 Parents Council Leadership Scholars Named
The ECU Parents Council Student Leadership Scholarship is funded by the Parents Council at East Carolina University and is housed within the Division of Student Affairs. The purpose of this award is to recognize and support outstanding student leaders at East Carolina University. The scholarship is awarded annually.
As recipients of the ECU Parent’s Council Student Leadership Scholarship, participants will work together to develop a commitment focused on positive social change, through ECU's Alternative Spring Break (ABE) program. These students will serve as ambassadors of the university for the Parent’s Council, attending meetings, functions and programs that support East Carolina University’s Parent’s Council.
Five scholars have been selected for the 2015-16 school year.
(Left to Right)
Business Management- Class of 2016
Katherine (Maggie) Darlington
Communications- Class of 2018
Psychology- Class of 2016
Business Management- Class of 2018
Nursing- Class of 2018
Applications for the 2016-17 school year will be available in January 2016.
Student Body Elects SGA Officers for the 2015-16 School Year
Our team which is made up of President Mark Matulewicz, Vice President Jennifer Betz, Treasurer Carson Pierce, and Secretary Selma Gomez, is focusing on student outreach and advocacy. We plan to achieve these goals by having a Diversity and Inclusivity Roundtable where we will strive to repair the line of communication between Ledonia Wright Cultural Center and Student Government. We also plan to better our relationship with West Campus by holding Town Hall meetings and office hours so that those students are informed. Additionally, we will advocate for bus stop shelters on West Campus similar to those on main campus. We are in the process of ordering free discount cards for all ECU students to save money at local and chain businesses across Greenville. Last but not least we are working with ECU Transit to implement “Pirate Pickup” which is a program that makes navigating campus easier for students who have mobility impairments. We plan on achieving these goals with the help of our Chief of Staff, Tyler Moore, Attorney General Nicole Cort, and Speaker of the Senate Ricky Tharrington.
The Tech Deck at Dowdy Student Stores is introducing a new program allowing students to trade in and trade up their technology! The trade is a credit in the form of a Dowdy Student Store’s gift card given on spot for used technology products. This gift card can be used for anything in the store, but, given the academic pricing available on computer hardware and software, many will want to consider using it toward new, updated products.
Qualifying devices include certain Apple branded Laptops, Desktops, Monitors, and MP3 Players. Other qualifying devices include Tablets and even some Cell Phones from Apple, HTC, Samsung, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.
To participate, students should bring the device (along with cables, keyboard, etc.) and valid identification to Dowdy Student Store in the Wright Building. Ask a store associate at The Tech Deck for a quote for the current trade-in value of the item. The Dowdy Student Stores gift card for that value will be given at that time.
For more information, call Dowdy at (252) 328-6731.
ECU parents and fans, 2015 Pirate Football season tickets are available for purchase and begin as low as $165! Mini-plans are also on sale where you can pick any three home games for only $135! Guarantee your seats in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium this fall by ordering online at E-C-U-Pirates-dot-com, in person at the Athletic Ticket Office or over the phone at 800-DIAL-E-C-U. Purchase your tickets today and show your UNDAUNTED support for the Pirates!