Parents Association Scholarships
Off Campus Housing Week
Academic Success Center
Pirate Safety News
Student Health News
RDU Shuttle Service
Speech Communication Center
The Importance of the First Year
Parents of First Gen College Students
Siblings Weekend-Save the Date
Dowdy Student Stores
Graduate Programs Showcase
Alumni Association News
Spring Tuition Payment Plans
Passport Renewal Event
Exam Care Packages
Campus Recreation and Wellness
Spring Semester Registration Begins
Last Day of Fall Classes
First Day of Spring Classes
State Holiday (No Classes)
Parents Association Scholarship Applications Due January 31
The East Carolina Parents Association is accepting online applications for our Leadership Scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year through January 31, 2015. Approximately 5 scholarships of $2,000 are available to full-time undergraduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who demonstrate leadership and service on campus and in the community. First preference is given to students of Parents Association members. Students may submit their scholarship application through Academic Works.
You may join the Parents Association online here:http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentaffairs/parentscouncil/parentscouncil.cfm
The Parents Association will also have its member drawing for a FREE semester of books (for the spring term) from Dowdy Student Stores in December. All families who have joined by December 1st will be entered into this drawing.
Off- Campus Housing Week
East Carolina University's Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) department will be hosting Off-Campus Housing Week November 16th – November 21st. We’ll be hosting a Housing Fair and an Apartment Bus Tour.
Is your student thinking about moving off-campus next year? If so, you want to make sure they’re aware of the Fall Off-Campus Housing Fair!! It’s scheduled to take place November 18th from 10am -2pm in the Mendenhall Great Rooms. Countless apartment complexes will be on campus to answer questions students might have about guarantors, leases, costs, etc. Even if your student is not sure if they plan to live on or off campus, they should still come to learn about possible off-campus options. The event will include food, prizes, and invaluable information. As a parent you’re also welcome to attend if you have the time and availability!!
The apartment tour will provide an opportunity for students to tour multiple student apartment communities in the Greenville, NC area. Using ECU Transit, students and parents will learn about housing options, bus services, and resources for moving off campus. The Tour is scheduled for November 21, 2015 from 9am – 12:30pm. Space is limited, so please sign up NOW if you’re interested in attending. You can sign-up by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 252-328-2847. FREE breakfast and lunch will be provided.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office at 252-328-2847 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
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 https://ecu.academicworks.com. For more information contact the Office of University Scholarships at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252.328.5816.
Finish Strong with the Pirate Academic Success Center
The Pirate Academic Success Center’s services address the learning challenges faced by today’s college student. Students can receive free assistance with the following academic support services:
TUTORING is provided by daytime appointment, 11am through 5pm Monday to Friday and night walk-in sessions 6:30pm to 9pm, Monday through Thursday. Night tutoring will end on December 3rd and daytime tutoring will end on December 8th for the Fall semester.
ONLINE TUTORING is provided in Biology 2130, 2140 and 2150, Chemistry 1120, 1130, 1150, 1160, 2750, 2760, Physics 1250, and 1260. Students can access their ECU Blackboard account for PASC online tutoring services.
ACADEMIC MENTORING helps first year students achieve academic success through one on one sessions with mentors. Mentors review essential topics supporting a successful transition to campus life.
STUDY SKILLS are developed through individual sessions and workshops. Offered in both face to face and online formats, Learning Specialists help students adjust their study strategies to better meet the demands of college work.
PIRATE ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER is centrally located on the ECU campus in the Old Cafeteria Complex. For more information about PASC services, students are encouraged to call 252-737-3009, email email@example.com, visit the center website at www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/aa/pirateacademicsuccesscenter , or just stop by the center for assistance.
Pirate Safety News: Tech Safety
An increasing number of tech-based threats are present on college campuses. Encourage your student to take some precautions so they don’t get caught up in this web.
Identity theft happens when a user’s personal information is accessed by someone else without explicit permission. Identity fraud occurs when criminals use illegally-obtained personal information and misuse it for financial gain, such as making fraudulent purchases or withdrawals, creating false accounts or attempting to obtain services, such as employment or healthcare.
Lauren Thorn, MSW, LCSW
The long holiday breaks are coming up soon, and for many families, it’s the first time freshmen students are visiting home for more than a couple of days. The process of coming home, attending traditional family gatherings and preparing for exams can be incredibly stressful for students and families alike. The winter break can be even more challenging, with some students home for nearly six weeks before returning for the spring semester.
Depending on how the semester is going for your child, these visits can be present some challenges. We often speak to students about not leaving any “surprises” for their parents. A particularly low grade, a new piercing or tattoo, a change in their major or even a wish to transfer or drop out—we have heard it all as students prepare to go home! Remaining open-minded and allowing your son or daughter to share their thoughts, opinions and reasons behind these big changes will help to keep lines of communication open. As they’ve been encouraged to be more independent and make their own decisions while away, some have done so and are excited to exercise their new-found autonomy. Supporting them through this process and asking open-ended questions can help to understand how they’ve reached these conclusions, rather you agree with their choices or not.
Talking beforehand about expectations while at home can also prevent many conflicts. Curfew is always a hot-button topic, as students are used to coming and going as they please. They have also adjusted to setting their own schedules for socializing, eating, sleeping and studying—and some find it difficult to conform to the household schedule again. Setting specific times for family gatherings while also allowing your son or daughter time to connect with old friends can help to create structure and balance for these busy breaks. If there is a “significant other” in the picture, you may have to clarify your guidelines for their visits, too—overnight or otherwise.
Your student may also react to the changes at home that have occurred since they’ve been at school. Though you may not be aware of it, your family routines, environment and stories have transitioned to the “new normal,” the one without your student as a daily presence in the home. This realization may cause an emotional response from your son or daughter, but they will eventually accept it and see how it is a part of the process.
For some students, the Thanksgiving and winter breaks are the first time seeing that their old friendships from home are changing, or that the long-distance relationship with the high school sweetheart is not going to work out. This phenomenon has even been called the “Turkey Dump” and has a website devoted to it—look it up! Be prepared for this, and allow your student opportunities to talk about this if needed. Some may have made new friendships that they feel are more fitting for this next stage in life, while others might feel lonely and uncertain about where they stand socially on campus.
We hope that these upcoming breaks, though potentially challenging, allow you to see the mature, responsible young adult that your student is becoming. If there is any way we can help in the Center for Counseling and Student Development, please do not hesitate to contact us. Happy Holidays!
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 www.ecu.edu/counselingcenter
Student Health Services News
After Hours CareYour student wakes up sweating with a 102 degree fever Tuesday night at 2am….twists their ankle on Saturday afternoon playing flag football…..develops a terrible sore throat on a Sunday evening…
They call you and say “The Student Health Center is closed.” WHAT NOW?
Even when we are not open, Student Health offers medical information to help your student with any illnesses or injuries they experience. We offer a free, 24 hour/day, 365 day/year phone line students can call to speak with a registered nurse who can listen to symptoms, give advice on what to do, and provide your student with health advice. It may save them a very lengthy, and very costly, trip to the Emergency Room for something that can be easily managed at home or seen in our clinic the next day.
Your student should call our main line, (252) 328-6841, and if Student Health is not open a prompt is given to remain on the line to be connected to the nurse call center. Students can use this service from any phone, any time, as long as they are an enrolled ECU student.
Does your student have a more urgent problem? 911 should be used for emergencies or they should go to the emergency room at Vidant Medical Center. There are also urgent care centers in Greenville that may have extended evening/weekend hours; several are listed below.
• Vidant Minor Emergency Room (be advised: this urgent care has the same payment structure/copay as an emergency room visit)
• Carolina Quick Care
• Greenville Express Care PA
• Greenville Health Care Center
• Physicians East Urgent Care
If your student just has a question, or wants to find out more information about our services or about a particular health topic, they can e-mail us at GotQuestions@ecu.edu to get answers.
Need dental care? Student Health does not provide dental services, but the ECU School of Dental Medicine's Patient Care Clinic can help (252) 737-7834.
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 www.ecuarts.com 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 www.ecu.edu/transit.
Please contact ECU Transit at 252-328-4724 for information on transportation to the PGV Greenville Airport.
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!
The Importance of the First Year
From the Office of Student Transitions
Wrapping Up the First Semester
Your student’s first semester is almost over! Almost as soon as they return from Thanksgiving break, students will be taking final exams. As they move towards this time, they may be experiencing the stress of finals and the first official grades at ECU. Congratulations as your student has taken his or her first step toward obtaining a college degree!
Know what to expect
Students are most likely excited about coming home for the holidays but may be feeling some anxiety concerning returning home. While students may have visited throughout the semester, the winter break is the first time a student will be home for an extended period—about 4 weeks overall. Although your life may have remained relatively unchanged since your student left, your student has changed a lot in the months since you left him or her at ECU.
The schedules that students are accustomed to on campus vary from typical home schedules. Will you expect your student to adjust back to the family schedule? Will he or she be expected to complete chores while at home? Who will be doing all the laundry brought home from college? Will your student be expected to adhere to a curfew? Will you expect that he or she attend family meals? To avoid conflict, it may be best to discuss these items before the student arrives home with expectations as to what home life will be like.
Reminder: registration for spring 2016 has begun
Class registration for spring 2016 began on November 2, although registration times are set based on the number of credit hours previously completed. A first-semester student will likely not register until Friday, November 6. By now your student should have developed a class schedule for the spring. However, he or she can make any necessary changes up until the start of classes on January 11, 2016. If your student has not developed a class schedule at this point, he or she should be strongly encouraged to contact his or her academic advisor. Also, please note that to graduate in a timely fashion (4 years), students should be encouraged to sign up for at least 15 hours of courses per semester.
Top 10 Questions to ask your student about his or her first semester of college:
1) Are you going to class? (Not attending class is the #1 reason why students fail)
2) Are you studying at least 25 hours per week? (College is a full-time job)
3) Are you reviewing your material for each class? (Weekly preparation versus cramming is the key)
4) Are you scheduling your free time? (Even a social life can be goal directed)
5) Do you know when is the last day to drop and withdraw? (Go see an advisor for answers)
6) Do you start your assignments early? (Last minute events can affect grades dramatically)
7) Have you seen your advisor for more than course registration? (He or she can get you connected to campus resources in a hurry) 8) Have you gone to your professors during office hours? (Students that meet with their professors tend to have higher GPAs)
9) Are you going to tutoring? (Tutors are available for most first-year courses and the Pirate Academic Success Center is available to teach study skills and provide tutoring)
10) Have you formed or participated in a study group? (Studying complex material is more efficient/effective in groups)
Transitions: Surviving the Fall Semester
This time of year brings additional challenges for first-year students. While they are often relieved to get a break from school in November, students often find themselves with additional concerns about final exams, money, and being back at home. This month we continue our focus on adjustment issues for first-year students.
Academic Pressure - Final exams are coming, and many projects and papers are due. Even if a student has known about these tasks all semester and has prepared in advance for them, the combination of major assignments from several classes can be overwhelming.
Money - Many students have concerns about the cost of gift giving and travel for the holiday season. Also, they may be concerned about tuition and book costs for the spring semester.
Parents of our First Generation College Students
Final projects, exams and Winter break is nearing…
So, parents, how did Fall Break go? Did you notice any changes in your college freshman? If so, what did you notice? They’ve been learning A LOT in the time since you moved them into college: how to develop a routine, the importance of self-management, making good decisions, identifying their support systems in this transition, identifying resiliency and positive methods of coping to name a few and that’s just in one course!
They are now beginning to think about coming home for the holidays, but remember they are coming back after Thanksgiving break to final exams and the final push. As I have mentioned before, in Student Affairs we follow a student success continuum beginning the semester with programs emphasizing your student making a Connection to ECU. We are now moving into the Invest portion of our continuum; building their “confidence in self-success competencies.” Believe me, they understand how they’re doing and they have identified the competencies they currently possess as well as though they will need. Your support continues to be critical. What we need to help them with for the remainder of the semester is to keep developing, growing and going to the end!
So, while they are home, it may be helpful to talk them through this part of the semester and to ask them what you can do to support them. We will also do our part by communicating and asking the same things!
Linda L. Mellish, Ph.D.
Office of Student Transitions and Campus Living
From the Office of Student Transitions
Student Issues in the Sophomore Year
Research by Pattengale & Schreiner (2000) identifies four vectors for successfully navigating the sophomore year: achieving competence, developing autonomy, establishing identity, and developing purpose.
Achieving competence: Sophomores must develop new levels of academic and interpersonal competence – beyond what was considered adequate in high school and even the first year of college. Entry-level courses for the decided major, struggles in intramural or club sports, and frustrations with relationships (dating, roommates, and peers) can cause an initial confidence crisis that may come to head in the sophomore year.
Developing autonomy: Sophomores are often presumed to be autonomous from parental support, particularly emotionally and financially. At this time, we expect them to have achieved higher levels of competence, but they have not gained a full sense of interdependence and support from the campus community. Students still require a level of encouragement from home.
Establishing identity: Students successfully achieving competence and developing a sense of connection within the campus community are progressing towards the third vector of identity establishment. According to Pattengale & Schreiner (2000), achieving competence and autonomy and interdependence ultimately impacts identity formation, self-esteem, and self-concept for our students.
Developing purpose: navigating through the first three vectors leads to this fourth and final one – developing purpose. Developing purpose is the search for direction and commitment – whether it is the choice of what to do for fall/spring breaks or career choices and other life goals. Many of our sophomore students enter the second year of college experiencing a crisis of meaning and purpose.
A Plan for Career Success – the Sophomore Year
It’s never too early to begin planning for a career. Here are some suggestions for your student to get the process started, from the Career Services Career Resource Guide, available online at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentaffairs/career/students/career_resource_guide_NEW.cfm.
● Talk to professionals in career fields you are considering. Review the Career Resource Guide for additional information on conducting informational interviews.
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
November Events at Dowdy Student Stores!
The Pirate Nation is showing support for the Military this November, while also showing support for campus programming as well. In celebration of Veterans Day and the upcoming Military Appreciation football game, November 7th, Dowdy Student Stores is offering a limited edition "ECU Supports the Military" t-shirt. $4 from the sale of each shirt will stay on campus to support military programs.
Last year, based on the sales of Military Appreciation t-shirts, ECU Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, presented a check for $5,224 to Lieutenant Colonel Sean Farrar, Professor of Military Science. The funds went toward helping to endow the JP Thompson Scholarship.
The money was raised through sales of “ECU Supports our Military” shirts at Dowdy between Veterans Day and Military Appreciation Weekend in November. A portion of the sale of each shirt was donated by both Dowdy Student Stores and the vendor, Perfect Promotions and More. Vice President Stephen McFadden of of the Apex, NC based company is an ECU Alumnus who works with the campus bookstore and enjoys supporting programs such as this.
This year's design is available in both long-sleeve for $22.95 and short-sleeve, $17.95, sizes S-4X. Parents wishing to have a shirt shipped may call the store toll-free, 1-877-499-8398.
Save the Dates: Dowdy Holiday Sale- Tuesday, December 1st. Book Buyback begins, Dec. 7th
Dowdy Student Stores, Wright Building, Brody Building, Athletic Venues, www.studentstores.ecu.edu, 252-328-6731, 1-877-499-TEXT
Fall Career Graduate School Showcase Opportunities
The Graduate School is hosting the Graduate School Showcase on November 10 from 10 am – 2 pm. Students who are interested in graduate school programs can meet with a representative from the program and find out about the admission process, funding availability, etc. This will be the first time that ECU has hosted this type of event to allow students to meet with representatives from the programs we offer. Our hope is that more of our current undergraduate students will consider the great programs that we offer in graduate studies at ECU.
Alumni Association News
Senior Celebration is December 17
Fall 2015 graduates and their family members are invited to a Senior Celebration dinner on Thursday, December 17, 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. in Harvey Hall in the Murphy Center. The cost is $17 for graduates and $28 for guests. Space is limited. The deadline to register is Monday, December 7, but Senior Celebration is a popular event and may fill up before the deadline, so advance registration is strongly encouraged. For more information, contact Assistant Director of Alumni Programs Megan Howard '07 at 252-328-5557 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit PirateAlumni.com/2015SeniorCelebration.
Alumni Scholarship applications due January 31
The East Carolina Alumni Association is accepting online applications for Alumni Scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year through January 31, 2015. Approximately 25 scholarships of $1,000 or $2,500 are available to full-time undergraduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who demonstrate leadership and service on campus and in the community. To receive a scholarship, recipients must attend the Alumni Scholarship Luncheon, which will be held April 30, 2016. For more information visit PirateAlumni.com/Scholarships.
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 www.ecu.edu/cashier 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
Fall Exam Care Packages Available
Fall Finals are right around the corner, during this hectic, crucial time, you can support your student with one of our delicious and sustaining Care Packages. The ECU Ambassadors are sponsoring and distributing Fall Finals Packages for our incoming East Carolina University students. Deadline to order is November 20th, but there is limited availability so order today!
Orders can be placed at: https://www.swaku.com/ecu
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.*
Campus Recreation and Wellness News
Did you know there are less than 10 weekends until Christmas? Campus Recreation & Wellness has the perfect gift for your ECU student. We offer gift certificates for any amount and can be applied towards many fun adventures. Adventures from the ski slopes to whitewater rapids, to a relaxing afternoon paddles down the river. Gift certificates can be also be used for a variety of fitness classes or even toward Personal Training sessions. Why not give a gift for memories that can last a lifetime? For further information, please contact Marsha Hall at email@example.com or 252-328-6387
CRW is sponsoring ECU Runs America, a fun, interactive way that Pirates can connect via social media. Participants will download the Nike+ Running app, track their miles and snap a photo. Photos of our participants will be featured on the official ECURunsAmerica Instagram page. Participants can also log their miles on the Pirate Fit tab under the Campus Recreation and Wellness Fitness website. The goal is to have everyone work together to accumulate the amount of miles it takes to run across America, a total of 3,603! Visit https://ecurunsamerica.wordpress.com/ for more information.
This fall CRW is promoting a seminar series that encourages students to explore the different types of credit account and loan decisions. Teaming up with the Office of Financial Aid, CRW kicked off a new Financial Wellness series dubbed “A Pinch of $ALT”. In our first session, Julie Poorman, Director of Financial Aid at ECU, guided more than twenty students through the pitfalls of credit account offers, the meaning of FICO scores, and the importance of annual credit score monitoring. Students engaged in a discussion on the relevance of credit history and discovered how financial institutions utilize it to determine the terms and interest rates on credit services such as car insurance, loans, and credit cards.
The next seminar entitled, “Retail Therapy” which will be held on November 17th, will focus on the emotional side of consumerism. Participants will discuss the long term repercussions that spur of the moment emotional purchases may influence an individual’s financial flexibility. The series will conclude in December 2015 with an investigation of whether it’s better to “Buy, Lease or Repair” when considering the purchase of a vehicle. The objective of this seminar will be to educate students on the importance of being informed when making such a big and impactful financial decision.
This Financial Wellness Series was developed to promote $ALT, a free financial resources website that is offered to ECU students, faculty and alumni. The website offers a variety of resources that include budgeting tips, interview preparation and countless other helpful tips. For more information about $alt you can visit their website www.saltmoney.org/ECU
Campus Dining News
SEMESTER CALENDAR OF EVENTS IN THE DINING HALLS
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
Weight loss surgery offers hope to many diabetics
The Bariatric Surgery center at East Carolina University is internationally renowned for clinical care of patients seeking surgical weight loss and for significant contributions to research focused on obesity and diabetes.
The observation that gastric bypass surgery is a treatment and possible cure for Type 2 diabetes was first made in the 1980s at East Carolina by Dr. Walter Pories, the founding director of the center. His findings garnered national attention and ECU became one of only six universities to participate in the only large prospective United States study of bariatric surgery funded by the National Institutes of Health.
“Continued research verifies that surgery can cure diabetes in a considerable number of patients, overcoming the belief that diabetes is a ‘hopeless disease,’” said ECU bariatric surgeon Dr. Konstantinos Spaniolas.
“These exciting findings join many others that demonstrate significant improvements in hypertension, blood lipid abnormalities, sleep apnea, heartburn and other conditions,” Spaniolas added. “After bariatric surgery, patients are much less likely to develop strokes, heart attacks and even cancer.”
ECU’s bariatric surgery team has performed thousands of surgeries, and patients who entrust their treatment to ECU’s program can expect personalized, high-quality, state-of-the-art care. Spaniolas and his colleague Dr. William Chapman perform the full range of bariatric surgeries with excellent outcomes. The use of minimally invasive methods minimizes the risk of these procedures, and patients can return home with no discomfort after 1-3 days in the hospital.
Interested individuals are invited to attend one of the free information sessions offered the second Thursday of every month at 5:00 p.m. in the Brody Health Sciences Building, located at 600 Moye Boulevard – or to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a surgeon at the Bariatric Surgery center, located at 517 Moye Boulevard.