Inside October 2015 Edition

ECU Homecoming 

Pirate Safety News 

Spring 2016 Registration 

Counselor’s Corner 

Fall Open House 

Prospective Honors College Students 

Title IX at ECU 

Flu Shots for Students

RDU Airport Shuttle 

Speech Communication Center 

The Importance of the First Year 

Parents of First Generation College Students 

Sophomore Soundings

Italy Intensives Program 

Siblings Weekend 

October Events at Dowdy Student Stores 

Fall Career Fairs 

Reserve a Study Room at Joyner Library Senior 

Portrait Sessions Available 

Enroll in Spring Payment Plans 

Passport Event on Campus 

Education Abroad Info Sessions 

Halloween Care Packages 2016-17 

Scholarship Opportunities 

Student Government News 


Voyages Lecture Series 

Campus Dining News 

ECU Physicians News

Upcoming Events

October 10th- 13th:

Fall Break

October 14th - 17th:


October 26-30 

Spring Semester Advising

November 2

Spring Semester Registration Begins

November 25-29

Thanksgiving Break

December 7

Last Day of Fall Classes

December 8

Reading Day

December 9- 16

Final Exams

December 18



Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Academic Dates may be found online here.



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Pirate Safety News: Halloween

Halloween is a long running tradition in Greenville, North Carolina and with East Carolina University.  Our students, despite the majority of them being 18-22 years old, still enjoy getting dressed up in their favorite costumes and having fun. 

As an institution, we want our students to enjoy their college experience and Halloween night is one of those social engagement times to do just that. 

However, safety and responsible behavior remain paramount at ECU and throughout the City of Greenville. 

This year Halloween falls on a Saturday night, which likely means increased numbers of people and students from other universities and colleges coming to Greenville for the festivities. 

ECU’s Halloween Havoc 

East Carolina University hosts an annual alcohol-free event called Halloween Havoc, which is held Halloween night from 10pm until 1:45am at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.  There is food, activities, interactive games and live music to entertain students and their guests in a secure environment. 

Students can pickup a free ticket to the event with their ECU One Card at ECU Ticket Offices and at the same time can also pickup one guest ticket for a non-ECU student.  The guest tickets will no longer be available after 9pm on Oct. 31st.  Students will present their One Card and ticket and the guests must have their ticket to enter the event. 

ECU police officers and Event One staff (often seen at ECU football games) will be managing the entrance gates and handling all security measures at Halloween Havoc. 

There are typically 2,500-3,500 students and guests attending Halloween Havoc each year. 

ECU and Greenville Partnership 

East Carolina University administration and staff have been meeting with Greenville Police, Fire and Rescue, Uptown Greenville leaders and businesses on the planning and logistics related to Halloween activities. 

For several years, Greenville Police has blocked off multiple streets in the downtown area to provide a safe and secure location for Halloween night.  There are limited entry and access points into the downtown area with police officers positioned at each location.

Greenville Police continues to strengthen security measures downtown and, in addition to officers at the entry points, there will be a strong police presence walking around the streets as well as video surveillance along many building rooftops. 

The majority of incidents in recent years have not happened at the ECU alcohol-free event or in the downtown Halloween area. 

New for 2015, ECU Transit will be providing multiple buses to and from Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium from Mendenhall Student Center for those wanting to attend Halloween Havoc, as an added safety measure. 

For those living in apartment complexes, where ECU Transit currently provides service, students will be able to go directly from their apartment to Mendenhall and then take the express bus to the stadium. 

Or if they wish to attend the downtown Halloween area, they can walk along a well-lit path from Mendenhall to downtown. 

Time Change 

In addition to Halloween 2015 being on a Saturday night, there is an added challenge facing ECU and city officials.  The annual autumn time change, when we “fall back” an hour, occurs at 2am on Halloween night. 

This means at 2:00am, when the bars and restaurants downtown would be closing, the time will change back to 1am.  The downtown businesses will be permitted to remain open an extra hour beyond the time change.  In essence, they will remain open until 3:00am. 

In response, entry into the downtown area will be cutoff at 1:30am.  This means those already inside the area can stay there 90 more minutes.  Anyone not in before 1:30am will not be able to enter. 

Halloween Havoc will be ending at 1:45am, prior to the time change. 

ECU Transit routes from the stadium will continue to drop students back off at Mendenhall until everyone at Halloween Havoc has exited the event. 

Students leaving downtown to return to the apartment complexes will board the buses at Mendenhall Student Center and the routes will continue through the time change, but will remain point-to-point service only. 

Communication Plan 

ECU and Greenville officials are working on a collaborative communication plan to reach students and the community.  This will be a multi-faceted plan that will include social media, websites, press releases, press conferences, and digital signage. 

Additionally, a list of costume props/items that won’t be permitted at either Halloween Havoc or downtown is being created and will be included in the shared communication.  For instance, props like swords and weapons, even if foam or plastic, will be banned in both events. 

Please stay connected to ECU Parent Services website and social media for additional information related to Halloween 2015.

Course Registration for Spring 2016 

Course Registration for spring 2016 opens on October 30 and continues through the Course Adjustment Period which ends on Friday, January 15! Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor as soon as possible (September and October) to receive their Spring 2016 PIN code and register early for best course selection. 

Your student will have an enjoyable registration experience if she/he: 

1. Pays attention to the scheduled advising/registration dates 

2. Schedules an advising/registration meeting with their advisor. Note: Advisors’ schedules fill up quickly during September and October! 

3. Prepares for meeting with their advisor by reviewing curriculum plans and creating potential course schedule and alternatives 

4. Contacts their assigned academic advisor when they have advising/registration questions or concerns 

Once students have met with their advisors and have obtained their spring 2016 registration PIN code, they may register for courses based on their earned hours (courses for which they have earned a final passing grade including ECU credits plus any transferred or placement credits). Note: A currently enrolled freshmen who did not bring in any earned credit (e.g., AP, dual enrollment, transfer) will be able to register beginning Friday, November 6th at 11:00 am. Registration day/times by earned credit begins as follows:

Spring 2016 Registration by credit Hour  

Here's to a fantastic fall 2015 semester for your student and all of Pirate Nation! Arrrgh!

The Academic Advising Collaborative


Counselor's Corner

Lauren Thorn, MSW, LCSW
Staff Counselor/Outreach Coordinator 
Center for Counseling and Student Development

October is National Depression Awareness Month, and we annually use it as a time to talk about how depression impacts our students. Recent surveys have shown that as many as 30% of college students report feeling “so depressed it was difficult to function,” while others experience mild to moderate depression related to adjustment concerns and other typical college experiences. Here are few key indicators that your student is experiencing something beyond “feeling blue” and may be dealing with depression. 

• If your student has significant changes in eating or sleeping habits--rapid weight gain or loss can be a red flag for depression, as well as keeping unusual sleeping pattern. Sleeping through classes on a regular basis, complaining about being unable to fall asleep, or sleeping for only a couple of hours at a time can exacerbate already present depressive symptoms. 

• Loss of interest in regular activities and low motivation or energy—a typically involved student who suddenly stops attending practices or drops their hobbies might be experiencing more significant depression. 

• Problems concentrating, retaining new information, making decisions or following through on problem solving—students who are depressed frequently seek help for concerns that they believe are related to attention deficit disorders but are actually associated with depression. 

• Physical aches, pains, cramps, headaches or digestive concerns that don’t go away or have an identifiable cause—psychosomatic symptoms often accompany depression and add to the lethargic feelings already present with depression. 

• Finally, feelings of hopelessness, sadness, emptiness or worthlessness are key signs of depression. Any ongoing issues with feeling anxious or guilty, irritable or restless should be noted, as well thoughts of suicide. We do note the difference between self-injury (cutting, scratching or bruising) as a means of coping versus a suicidal attempt, and many of our partners on campus are trained to respectfully work with students who self-injure. 

Many students wonder what causes depression, and we know that at this time in college, situational concerns and stressors can lead to depression. This may include living away from family and friends for the first time, missing significant others or experiencing conflicts in the relationship, facing new and difficult expectations for school work, feeling lonely or isolated, and worrying about finances and balancing new responsibilities. We also try to note any family history of depression or mental health concerns that might lead to a genetic predisposition to the diagnosis. 

 Our website features a free anonymous screening that students can take, as well as information about online resources and mobile apps/websites for additional support. Students are welcome to access our counseling center services by calling to schedule an appointment or utilizing crisis services during the day or after hours. We will be on campus during the week of October 5-9 sharing information about National Depression Screening Day and the social media campaign #justsayhello, a new effort to combat loneliness and encourage positive connections among students. 

With the right treatment, depression can be manageable and loneliness can be overcome. Please let us know how we can help if you are concerned about your student.

As always, please feel free to contact the Center for Counseling and Student Development with any questions regarding mental health concerns and our services on campus at 252-328-6661 or at  

Fall Open House for Prospective Students

Do you know someone who would be a great future Pirate? At East Carolina, we know that the best way to learn about us is to visit. And, there is no better opportunity that at our annual Fall Open House. 2015 Fall Open House will be held on Saturday, October 24. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. Registration for the Fall Open House is now open! Students will need to log into their Admissions Portal Account to register for open house. 

Fall Open House event is open to prospective freshmen, transfers, and adult students. While at the event, attendees will have the opportunity to take a walking tour of campus, visit residence halls, learn about student life, browse the Academic and Student Affairs Fair, and chat with East Carolina faculty members from most academic departments. Special sessions on important topics such as Admission Requirements, Financial Aid, Transfer Services, Choosing a Major and more are also offered.  More information on Open House may be found online here. 

Do you have a prospective Pirate on board? We invite you to consider the Honors College at ECU! 

The Honors College is a diverse intellectual community for academically talented students of strong character. We offer an innovative co-curricular model that provides a challenging and engaging environment for our students. Service-learning, undergraduate research, leadership opportunities, and pre-professional experiences are just a few of the many opportunities provided to our students in addition to a scholarship equal to the level of in-state tuition. The ECU Honors College also offers several special programs, including EC Scholars which provides an additional $45,000, Business Scholars, Music Scholars, Humanities Scholars each providing an additional $12,000, and Early Assurance Programs in Medicine, Audiology, Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy. More information about the Honors College, our special programs, and the scholarships associated with each program can be found on our website, 

Admission to the Honors College at East Carolina University is competitive and by invitation only. In order to receive an invitation to apply to the Honors College, you must meet the following minimum requirement: 

• Submit a completed application for undergraduate admissions to ECU by the priority deadline of November 15th 
• Meet the following minimum criteria within both the standardized test and high school achievement requirements: 
o Minimum mathematics/critical reading  combined SAT score of 1200 and/or minimum ACT composite score of 27 
o Minimum un-weighted GPA of 3.5 and/or minimum weighted GPA of 4.0 

If you are interested in applying to the Honors College and have any questions or would like to come for a visit, please send an email to or call us at (252) 328-6373.
Title IX at ECU

Title IX at ECU

With the fall semester in full swing, we want to make sure that the parents of East Carolina University are just as aware about the university’s efforts to keep our campus and academic environment free from all forms of sexual misconduct, such as sexual assault, sexual harassment and sexual violence. 

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment and/or sexual misconduct is considered sex discrimination. In the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance to education institutions about how to respond to sexual misconduct. 

East Carolina University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity. This commitment extends to all members of the University community. In addition, ECU is committed to the well-being of all students and employees, as well as enhancing the campus climate through education and awareness programs, which address and prevent sexual misconduct. 

ECU takes all reports of sexual misconduct very seriously and strongly encourages anyone with information about these incidents to report. If your student informs you that they have knowledge regarding sexual misconduct or other concerning behavior, have them report that information to the University. 

The University also offers resources available to individuals who have experienced incidents of sexual misconduct. These resources include the Center for Counseling and Student Development, which houses ECU’s Victim Advocate, and Student Health Services. 

To view the university’s Title IX website, click here. If you have any questions about Title IX, contact either ECU’s Title IX Coordinator LaKesha Alston Forbes or Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator Malorie Porter at 252-328-6804.

Student Health Services

Student Health Services News

Flu shots are here! 

Flu shots are now available by appointment—students can call (252) 328-6841 to set up a time and date that works around their class schedule. 

Those insured by Student Blue (the Student Health Insurance Plan) and other Blue Cross Blue Shield plans can receive the flu shot at no charge—they MUST bring their insurance card to the appointment.  The flu shot is $25 for everyone else—Student Health cannot file any other insurance plans. 

We will also be offering some clinics around campus in October and also plan to hold some walk in clinics at the Student Health Center through the fall semester, while supplies last. 

The latest flu shot information is posted to and sent out via Twitter (@ECU_SHS).

RDU Shuttle

ECU Transit Offers RDU Airport Shuttle Service

ECU Transit continues to operate the RDU Shuttle serving the Raleigh-Durham International Airport during scheduled academic break. Trips in the 2015 Fall semester include Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, and Winter Break. Tickets can be purchased at or at the Central Ticket Office in Mendenhall. The cost is $30 one-way, $60 round trip. A complete schedule and more information is available at

Please contact ECU Transit at 252-328-4724 for information on transportation to the PGV Greenville Airport.

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!

The Importance of the First Year

From the Office of Student Transitions  


Developing a Sense of Direction 

Your student is halfway through his or her first semester!  Hopefully you have noticed that your student has a sense of belonging at ECU and that he or she is becoming more confident in the classroom and with college life.  Though your student is just taking midterms, this is the time of year that students begin the registration process for the spring 2016 semester.  While thinking about a major and what classes to sign up for, students may question their chosen major or still be trying to choose a major.  They are likely exploring careers and looking to set goals for their future. Students are in the process of developing a sense of direction for their college career and their future. 

Twenty to fifty percent of students are unsure of their intended major.  It is reported that fifty percent of freshmen will change their major at least once while in college.  So while it may cause stress for your student, or you as the parent, it is not uncommon for students to question their direction.  It may be helpful to know that the U.S. Department of Labor reports that the average college graduate changes jobs once every three years and changes career fields 2-3 times in his/her lifetime.  It is important for students to realize that in today’s economy, they are not “locked in for life” when they decide on a major or career. 

There are many resources at ECU to help students through the process of setting goals, choosing a major, and exploring careers.  Some of these are listed below. 

Career Services:  Located on 5th Street, Career Services is not a resource to be used only by graduating seniors. They can provide career assessments and tools as well as help a student determine what careers can be obtained with a specific major and vice versa. For more information on Career Services go to

Academic Advisor: Advisors continue to be a great resource for your student.  They can help guide a student through the career exploration process, suggest classes in fields your student is considering, and suggest classes that may count towards multiple majors. 
If your student is struggling to determine a major, encourage him or her to take advantage of these resources. It is helpful for your student to “Develop a Sense of Direction” during his or her freshman year to stay motivated and working towards the goal of graduation. 

Course Registration for Spring 2016 

At East Carolina University, students register for classes each semester during a period of time in the prior semester. For the spring semester, students register in early November, and in March they will register for the summer and fall semesters. The advantage of registering early is getting classes before new students can come in and register. 

Preparing to Register 
Your student should arrange to meet with his or her advisor some time during September or October.  Some advisors hold group advising sessions and will notify students of these times.  Students should make appointments early to meet with their advisors. 
Students should also use Banner to check for Hold Tags. Hold Tags are placed on students’ accounts if they have failed to accomplish a task. Examples of hold tags are a balance in the Cashier’s Office, unpaid parking tickets, or failure to meet with a judicial officer. It is important for students to clear up any hold tags before registration, or they will not be allowed to register. 

Before Meeting with their Advisor 
Advisors appreciate students who come to the advising meeting prepared.  Advisors are there to advise, but the student is ultimately responsible for his or her own academic progress. Using the course catalog, students should check the Foundations Curriculum for the areas they have left to complete. They should also check their major/program requirements to determine what needs to be taken. Students should then check to see what classes are offered during spring 2016.  Looking up classes gives students an idea of what they would like to take so that they can begin to construct a course schedule.  They should take this temporary schedule to their advising appointment. 

Registration officially begins on November 2nd.  However, to make the process more efficient, the Registrar’s Office establishes registration windows based on the number of credit hours a student has completed.  Because the system is based on credit hours, first-year students will typically register during the latter part of the registration period.  A student may register at any time after his or her registration window opens.  Your student should be aware that professors do not excuse students from class because they are registering for class. 
When meeting with an advisor, students receive a registration form detailing the classes for which the advisor feels the students should register and a PIN number that will give them access to register. Students will use both of these, log onto the Banner system, and register for classes.  If they experience trouble with the Banner system or have difficulty getting the classes listed on the registration form, they should talk with their advisor. 
Students will receive an e-bill through email for spring 2016 tuition and fees in December 2015. 

Transitions: Surviving the Fall Semester 

This month we continue our focus on adjustment issues for first-year students. Your student may experience difficulty with the following transition issues. 

October Adjustments 

Academic Stress - Midterms bring a greater demand for studying and preparation. Students are often still adjusting to the level of work needed for college courses. Midterms may be followed by feelings of failure or loss of self-esteem. 

Money - Students that have not learned to budget their money may be experiencing anxiety about money and spending. Some may be running out of Pirate Bucks or extra spending money. So they may begin exploring job opportunities. 
Values - Values exploration continues, and alcohol use is still a dilemma for many students. 
Roommates - Tension with roommates, suitemates, or hallmates may be evident. 
Letdown - College may not be as perfect as the student was led to believe, or it may not be what he or she expected. 

Relationships - Relationships with friends, family, or significant others may begin to change, and this change may cause discomfort and confusion. 

Key resources for first-year (and beyond) students: 

• Academic Advisor 
• Residence Hall Coordinator 
• Intramural Sports 
• Clubs and Organizations (located in the Mendenhall Student Center)
• Center for Counseling and Student Development 

Note: Many first-year students do not experience these crises due to a more active approach in Developing their Sense of Belonging, Academic Competence, Life Skill Competence, and Career Direction.

Parents of our First Generation College Students

Hi Parents! 

It’s Fall – and even though it doesn’t feel like Fall at ECU, I wanted to let you know what your First Generation students (in fact, all First Year students) are going through right now.  This information comes from Mullendore & Hatch (2000). 

Your sons and daughters may be beginning to experience: 

• Problems with their roommates, the honeymoon phase is over 
• They are wondering if they “fit” here 
• They have received their first test grades by now –  is it an ‘UH-OH’ or a ‘Yay!’? 
• Some are even prepping for Mid-terms 
• If they came to college in a relationship, we typically find them remaining strong or completely falling apart – the breakup rate is high during this time 
• They are experiencing consequences of their decision-making 

This is a lot to go through at this time.  So, my question to you is – “How can you support your College Freshman during this time and with these experiences?”  When you call, if they say everything is fine – explore a little more with them.  Of course, we don’t want to create a situation where none exists, but we definitely want to attend to them. 

Resources available on campus to help your student with these situations are their RA’s (Resident Assistants) who are very well trained to help with roommate issues; the Pirate Tutoring Center, their Academic Advisors and Professors can assist with how they prepared for their tests and provide advice and better techniques; and our Counseling Center is staffed with wonderful professionals who can assist with any of the issues your First Gen or First Year Student is facing.  Remind them of these resources.  We’ll catch up more next month!

Linda L. Mellish, Ph.D.

Office of Student Transitions and Campus Living

Sophomore Soundings

From the Office of Student Transitions


The sophomore year is a perfect time for students to put their networking skills to work. This will help them discover new opportunities and stay engaged and connected to campus. This will also provide heightened awareness of the resources available to assist students with their career path, i.e. internships, co-ops, assistance with resume writing, and a host of other resources that will make their job search easier. 

Career Preparation 

Thinking about life after college may be the last thing on the minds of sophomores. It’s easier to think that there is plenty of time to consider what to do after graduation, when in fact, the sophomore year is a prefect time to explore potential career fields and graduate or professional school options. Too often students wait until their senior year to investigate their options after their undergraduate experience. Waiting too long can increase anxiety during a time when students are beginning to feel the pressure of becoming independent. Starting the career or graduate school preparation process early is a critical step to promoting success during and after their undergraduate journey. During the sophomore year students should: 

• Make an appointment with Career Services to discuss their major/career and experiential education opportunities. • Meet regularly with their academic advisor to discuss career goals. 

• Participate in informational interviews, job shadowing, research opportunities, service learning, and internships to learn more about prospective career fields. 

• Use Orgsync to discover on-campus employment and join career related organizations that will also enhance their resumes. • Attend Career Services Career Fairs to begin networking with employers. 

• Research the industry related to the students’ careers and learn of required experiences, openings, and future outlook of the industry/corporation. 

 • Search for summer jobs that are related to fields of interest. 

Personal Growth 

During the sophomore year, it is important that students take advantage of opportunities that help them discover their strengths, goals, opportunities and aspirations. Perhaps considering a SWOT Analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) for themselves would be helpful when students begin to evaluate their next steps to developing academically and professionally. 

• Because we live in a multicultural society participation in multicultural dialogues and events could help students better understand the world in which we live. 

• Attend events held for sophomores throughout the year. 

• Students should reflect on their values and passion. Determine what their calling and purpose is. 

• Reflect on the things that motivate them - who you are and who you want to be. • Discover ways to stay balanced as they juggle all their new expectations – prioritize. 

• Look ahead to the Junior-Year Experience Checklist to determine what you can complete or prepare for over the summer. 

• Attend events designed for junior students to prepare for the next step in their academic journey.

Italy Intensives

ECU Offers Italy Intensives Program

Did you know that students at ECU can study abroad in Italy?  ECU's Italy Intensives Program offers classes from our own catalog, with ECU teachers and fellow students for Fall and Spring semesters or shorter summer terms.  Italy Intensives is an amazing opportunity and very affordable- located in a small, beautiful, safe medieval Tuscan village near Florence and Siena.   While we take students from all levels, we strongly encourage students to take these required general education foundation credits in Italy while a Freshman or Sophomore.  Once students begin upper division classes they will likely need to take them on campus.  The Italy Intensives experience will expand not only their vision of the world, but also their future job opportunities in this global economy.  The cost is less than out of state tuition and includes tuition, lodging, many meals, travel in Italy including Florence, Rome, Venice, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Siena, Pompeii, Amalfi and many other places.  Be sure to encourage your student to enroll early as space is limited and often students are put on a wait list for the program.   

Please see our website and be sure to watch the short video narrated by former students.  This is an amazing, afforable, once in a lifetime opportunity for our ECU students. 

Siblings Weekend 2016- Save The Date!

RHA Siblings weekend will be held April 8th-10th, 2016.  The age range for siblings allowed to participate is school age (9-14 years).  If during this academic year (August 2015-May 2016), your child was 14, we will allow them to participate in Siblings Weekend.

For additional information, email RHASIBLINGSWEEKEND@ECU.EDU

October Events at  Dowdy Student Stores!

Dowdy Student Stores October 15

Are you the parent of a December 2015 graduate?  Remind your student of the GRAD EXPO at Dowdy October 6 & 7

Juniors & Seniors!  Class Ring Rep from Jostens will be at Dowdy October 6-7 & November 5-7

Highlighted events for October

October 6-7: Grad Expo & Cap/Gown Pickup

October 15-17: Homecoming Sale

October 20-22: Pre-Game Sale for Black Out Game

October 29: Sidewalk Sale and Pumpkin Contest

Visit Dowdy on Home Football Game Days for a chance to win a life-sized PeeDee and other Great Prizes!  Extended hours, sales, and free game day buttons too!  Relaxed customer parking adjacent to store on weekends.

Dowdy Student Stores, Wright Building, Brody Building, Athletic Venues,, 252-328-6731, 1-877-499-TEXT

Fall Career Fair Opportunities 

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Tis’ the Season for Career Fairs! 

Do you have a student that is graduating in December or May? How about a freshmen looking for a part-time job? Are they thinking about graduate school? Make sure your student does not miss out on the following events going on through November with ECU Career Services. 

The Fall Career Fair will host over 200 local, regional, and national employers recruiting ECU students and alumni for CO-OP, internship, part-time and fulltime opportunities. The Graduate School Fair will have over 40 graduate programs from across the country looking to admit ECU students for professional programs that include law, education, and health sciences. Finally, the Health Careers Fair will feature over 40 health industry employers looking to recruit ECU students and alumni in health care related disciplines. 

These events offer students an invaluable opportunity to speak face to face with recruiting personnel and hiring managers. Students who are actively pursuing employment and those who will over the next several years can use these opportunities to develop relationships with personnel in companies or graduate programs of interest as well as practice to expand their communication and networking skills. 


Fall Career Fair 

October 7, 2015 

Greenville Convention Center 

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Fall Career Fair Level Up

Graduate School Fair 

October 22, 2015 

Mendenhall Student Center 

9:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Professional business attire is required.  Bring ECU one Card and extra copies of your resume. 

Health Careers Fair 

November 5, 2015 

East Carolina Heart Institute 

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

 Health Careers Fair 2015


For more information on upcoming events and services please visit:

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Joyner Library Offers Quiet Study Space for Students 

Parents:  Has your student griped about not having a quiet place to study or asked you for help with a research paper?  If so, here are the answers you need: 

During the semesters, Joyner Library is open 24/5 from Sunday at 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Friday. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Room 1019 is an absolute quiet room. Third floor is also a designated quiet area. Joyner Library is a great quiet, safe space to study. Your student can reserve a group study room to work with classmates on projects or have a group study session. 

Studies show that students call home for guidance when tasked with their first major research paper.  When you get that call, remember that Joyner Library can help. At the library, your student can: 

• Schedule a meeting with a librarian for individual assistance on research projects and papers:  Book a Librarian 

• Walk in, telephone, email, send a text, or instant message for immediate help: Ask A Librarian 

• Search scholarly databases, books and journals: Research Services 

• Check out a laptop, e-reader, and other technology equipment: Borrow Equipment 

• View online tutorials to learn about the research process: Tutorials 

Studies have shown that students who use library services have higher GPAs and higher retention rates.  Encourage your student to visit the library early and often in his or her academic career.

Senior Portraits

Senior Yearbook Portrait Sessions

Attention Parents of Seniors! Buccaneer Yearbook portraits are now being scheduled! 

Senior portraits for Fall 2015/Sring 2016 graduates will be from October 19 -October 29, 2015, in Mendenhall Student Center.  To make an appointment for your FREE portrait, please go to WWW.OURYEAR.COM and enter the school "453”.  The free sessions will consist of a business professional portrait for the yearbook and a cap & gown portrait for optional purchase.  Caps and gowns will be provided on-site. 

Encourage your students to make an appointment early!  Parents may contact Terrence Dove, Buccaneer Advisor at 252-328-4712

Spring Semester Payment Plan Enrollment Begins Oct. 15

ECU offers interest free installment plans each Fall and Spring semester. Plans run from November through March for the Spring semester. Please visit the Cashier’s Office website at and select “Tuition Payment Plans” for more information.

Office of International Affairs offers U.S. Passport event 

The Office of International Affairs will be partnering with the U.S. Department of State during International Education Week to allow the ECU and local community to apply for the first time or renew an existing U.S. Passport on Tuesday, November 17 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Faulkner Gallery, 2nd floor of Joyner Library. No appointments necessary. 

Please bring the following with you: 

• Form DS-11 if you are applying for the first time, or under age 16. Form DS-82 if you can submit a previous U.S. passport issued to you in the last 15 years, when you were age 16 or older. 

• Certified copy of your U.S. citizenship evidence that lists parent's name. NOTE: Photocopies, notarized copies, and hospital birth certificates are not acceptable. 

• Valid photo ID. Examples: driver's license, state-issued ID, student ID 

• A photocopy, front and back, of your valid photo ID. • One color passport photo, size: 2" x 2". Please note that we will not be providing photo services. 

• Appropriate passport fees. NOTE: Only checks and money orders will be accepted. NO CASH! -Adult passport fees: $110/passport book; $30/passport card -Minor (under 16) passport fees: $80/passport book; $15/passport card -$25 application fee is charged for each application submitted 

Children under 16 require the consent of both parents, or the parent having sole legal custody, for passport issuance. Please see our website for more information or contact Katie Erickson.


Study Abroad Info Sessions
International House Tuesdays & Wednesdays 4:00 PM  International House  #ecuabroad

Halloween Care Package

Halloween Care Packages Available 

The ECU Ambassadors are sponsoring and distributing Halloween Packages.

These packages come filled to the brim with Halloween and Seasonally themed goodies and will serve as a welcome check-in from home as the newness of the start of school has worn off and gearing up for finals is still weeks away. The deadline to order is October 20th, but ordering early is highly encouraged. 

Orders can be placed at: 

On our store you can also order one of our multi-package plans and set them up with great care packages for the entire school year. 

*If a package is visible on the website at the time of ordering, the package is still available to be ordered.* 

*This is a fundraiser for the ECU Ambassadors, a student organization that provides programming and activities for on campus residents, we thank you for your support.*
A special invitation to learn more about merit scholarship opportunities

Many Annual Scholarship Opportunities Available 

ECU has annual scholarships to award.  Students can search opportunities and file applications with our on-line portal “ECUAWard” at  For more information contact the Office of University Scholarships at or 252.328.5816. 


Student Government Association SGA East Carolina University

Student Government Association News

Greetings Pirate Parents! Student Government Association here at East Carolina University are elected students who serve as representatives for the student body which consists of over 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students as well as 400 student organizations. 

We have started this school year by creating a new Student Body constitution that will be up for vote on October 5th during the Homecoming King and Queen elections. To get students further involved in decisions such as this, we have developed a leadership training program called Shipmates. This allows for first-year students to get more acquainted with ECU and the various organizations as well as resources that are readily available to them with hopes that our Shipmates will be prepared for a successful college journey. 

Other upcoming projects include, the Pirate Access Line which is a transportation system for students with mobility impairments to designated locations on main campus, student discount cards, drydock tailgates, and True Stories: I Survived Halloween at ECU – a Halloween safety event

For more information on these projects and other resources that we offer, please contact us through our website or call 252-328-4SGA

ZimRide Ride Share Program

Need a ride home for Fall Break or can you provide a ride home to a fellow ECU student?  Join our Zimride program for FREE today to find or provide a way home for Fall Break!  Visit for more information.  For the month of October, we’re also providing a ‘post a ride promotion’ where you can be entered to win one of two $50 prepaid MasterCard gift cards! Brought to you by the Parking & Transportation office.

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Dr. Raymond Moody

ECU Voyages Lecturer to Discuss Life After Life, Near-Death Experiences 

Emeritus professor of consciousness studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and former ECU assistant professor of philosophy, Dr. Raymond Moody, will deliver the Religion and Culture Lecture in the 2015-16 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series. Moody will discuss “Life After Life: The Meaning of Near-Death Experiences,” at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 27, in ECU’s Wright Auditorium. 

During his lecture, Moody will describe the common elements of near-death experiences as medical doctors in many countries have studied them. Also, he will describe shared death experiences, an identical phenomenon reported by bystanders at the death of some other person. 

 Moody traces debates on these topics back to Plato and Democritus, who argued about whether near-death experiences indicate an afterlife or just a dying brain. Moody will discuss new ways of studying such experiences and their relationship to humanity's biggest question: What happens when we die? A question and answer session will immediately follow the presentation. 

This lecture is free to all attendees. No tickets are required. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event. 

For additional information about the Voyages series and its speakers, visit More information about Harriot College is available at

Starbucks Truck

Campus Dining News 

Mobile Starbucks Truck Comes to Campus

ECU has a new Starbucks Mobile Truck.  The truck is a fully functioning coffee shop offering the full Starbucks menu.   The truck is currently located behind Christenbury Gym and Brewster.  Students may use their purple and gold bucks, or cash at the truck.  ECU is only one of three campuses in the country to have a Starbucks truck.   Read the East Carolinian's article on this exciting new arrival here.



Curious where your student can use their Gold Bucks?

Watch this video for information where they can be used at football games.


The Gold Rush Package 

The Gold Rush Plan offers you access to enjoy concessions at the ECU Pirate Athletic venues. This is a $100 investment that allows you to spend those food bucks at select athletic concessions that have food offerings. In addition, this package is also good at any ECU dining location. 

For more information or to sign up for the Gold Rush Spirit Package, call 252.ECU.FOOD or visit 


October Events: 
10/1 Flexitarian Fun Lunch at Todd: 11a-2p 
10/5 Flexitarian Fun Lunch at West End: 11a-2p 
10/6 Flexitarian Fun Lunch at D360: 11a-2p 
10/7 Peace, Love, Pirates Cure 10a-2p SRC 
10/10 - 10/13 Fall Break 
10/20 Oktoberfest Premium Night at Todd and West End Dining Hall: 4:30-8p 
10/22 Food Day Celebration Lunch at West End: 11a-2p 
10/30 Halloween Lunch at Todd and West End: 11a-2p 

November Events: 
11/3 Fad Diets Lunch at West End: 11a-2p 
11/4 Native American Celebration LWCC 
11/5 Fad Diets Lunch at Todd: 11a-2p 
11/13 Decorate your own Crepe with The French Club at West End: 5p-7p 
11/16-11/20 International Education Week 
11/16 Chowder Lunch at Todd and West End Dining Hall: 11a-2p 
11/23 Thanksgiving Premium Dinner at Todd and West End: 4:30p-8p 
11/25 - 11/29 Thanksgiving Break December Events: 
12/1 Make your own ornament and cookie at Todd with SAB:5p-7p 
12/3 Simple Selections at Todd Dining Hall: 4:30-8 
12/7 Holiday Dinner at Todd and West End Dining Hall: 4:30p-8p 

12/8 Reading Day: Breakfast for Dinner at Todd and West End and Relaxation Station 4:30p-8p

ECU Physicians

ECU Physicians 

Protect yourself from West Nile virus 

With several cases across the country and a recent death linked to West Nile virus in North Carolina, state and local officials are encouraging residents to take precaution and become aware of mosquito-borne illnesses. 

“West Nile virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito,” said Dr. Alicia Lagasca, a clinical assistant professor of internal medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine. “Mosquitos usually acquire the virus through biting an infected bird, although other animals such as dogs, cats, horses and bats have been implicated.” 

The peak season for all mosquito borne-illnesses is August, September and October, though cases of West Nile virus have historically been very rare in North Carolina. According to Lagasca, neurological complications, such as meningitis and encephalitis, only occur 1 percent of the time in West Nile patients.  Most infections do not show any sign of symptoms and only 20 percent of people infected will develop a mild, flu-like illness. 

Lagasca recommends that people see a physician if they believe they have contracted the illness and their symptoms include confusion, weakness or numbness of extremities, difficulty speaking and severe headache or neck pain. 

“Persons older than 50, particularly those over 65, have the highest risk of severe disease, such as encephalitis and meningitis,” added Legasca. “So while it is rare to have a fatal outcome, it is possible, and taking precautions to avoid mosquito bites is key in prevention,” 

Reducing your time outdoors is easiest way to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses, but if going outdoors in inevitable, Lagasca suggests using repellent that contains DEET. Residents should also consider installing or repairing screen doors in order to keep mosquitos away and use air conditioning when possible. 

Eliminating potential mosquito breeding grounds is also helpful when trying to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses. Lagasca said people should empty standing water from flower pots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths at least once a week. 

At ECU Physicians our specialists in infectious diseases diagnose and treat diseases with the advanced medicine that relieves a patient of symptoms while the body recovers from the disease. 

We treat all types of infectious diseases, including common ones such as the flu, Lyme Disease, HIV and AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases. We also treat West Nile and other viral infections, tuberculosis, fevers and parasitic infections, malaria and other diseases. We treat antibiotic resistant diseases, including MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and other forms of staph infections, as well as E.coli. 

Our physicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also provide infection control for Vidant Health and its affiliated institutions. 

People planning to travel abroad may be seen at our International Travelers Clinic. This practice recommends and administers vaccinations and medicines to avoid infectious diseases while traveling outside the United States. 

ECU Physicians Infectious Diseases and International Travelers Clinic 
Doctors Park #6A, Stantonsburg Road, Greenville