Inside January 2016 Edition

Connect NC Bond Campaign Kicks Off 

New Student Centers Website and Parking Information Available 

Campus Living News 
Scholarship Opportunities 
Winter Weather Safety 
Counselor’s Corner 
Student Health Services News 
The Importance of the First Year 
Parents of First Generation Students 
Sophomore Soundings 
Siblings Weekend 
Dowdy Student Stores News 
Alumni Association News 
Pirate Academic Success Center 
Campus Recreation and Wellness News 
Career Services News 
ECU Music Library 
Spring Break RDU Shuttle Available 
Collegiate Recovery Community Available 
Speech Communication Center 

Campus Dining News 
Off Campus Apartments Tour Available

Upcoming Events

January 11

First Day of Spring Classes

January 18

State Holiday (No Classes)

March 6-13

Spring Break

March 21

Registration for Fall and Summer Begins

March 25-27

State Holiday (No Classes)

April 15-17

Spring Parents Weekend

April 26

Last Day of Classes

April 27

Reading Day

April 28- May 5

Final Exams

May 6


Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Academic Dates may be found online here.



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Join the Parents Association Today!

Your annual membership pledge of $35 or four year pledge of $100 supports Parent and Family Programming, Student Scholarships and campus improvements to increase student success. Be sure to designate your gift for the 'Parents Fund' when submitting your form. 

Read more about the denefits of being a Pirate Member at the $35 or $100 level HERE.

NC Bond Science

Connect NC Bond Campaign Kicks Off

via ECU News Services

East Carolina University leaders traveled to Raleigh Tuesday to join Gov. Pat McCrory and others at a rally to build support for a $2 billion bond package. 

The referendum will be on the March 15 primary ballot. If it passes, ECU would receive $90 million to build a new life sciences and biotechnology building. 

“The bond referendum and ECU’s proposed bioscience-biotechnology building are huge opportunities for our students and faculty,” ECU Provost Ron Mitchelson, who attended the event in Raleigh, said recently. “I’m excited that we will be addressing real-world issues with our industry partners using collaborative spaces and technologies that this new facility would provide.” 

ECU’s proposed 150,000-square-foot building would be the new home of the biology department and the biomedical/bioprocess engineering department. It also would house the new Center of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Development Manufacturing, a joint effort of ECU, Pitt Community College and local pharmaceutical companies to build a pipeline for pharmaceutical workers. 

"Once realized, this new building will be home to collaborative, team-based research and learning that could be game-changing for us with major applications in biochemistry and pharmaceuticals, bioprocess engineering and manufacturing, and the biomedical fields,” said William Downs, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at ECU. “The resulting interactions should contribute directly to regional economic development, and they would position East Carolina graduates to secure the high-paying, high-impact jobs that the United States must fill if it is to retain its preeminence in science and technology." 

Officials say the building would also increase research development funding in eastern North Carolina, help recruit and retain researchers and students, and increase production of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics graduates. The eastern region is home to 7,752 life sciences jobs, according to the N.C. Biotechnology Center. 

State officials say the proposed bonds wouldn't require new taxes to pay for them. 

Read the complete article here.

More information about the Connect NC Bond Act is online at

New Student Centers

New Student Centers Website and Parking Information Available

A reminder to our students and visiting families, you will see many changes to on campus parking this semester. ECU is excited to be in progress on both of our new student centers!  The Student Centers Updates website has been developed to keep students, faculty, staff and our community up to date on construction of the new student centers on the Health Sciences and Main campuses

We encourage our students and campus visitors to pay close attention to the parking changes on main campus that will begin in Spring 2016, as well as the additional ECU Transit routes that will be in service during the construction process.
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Campus Living News

2016-2017 Housing Information

As we start 2016, Campus Living is aware students and their families begin the process of planning their 2016-17 Academic Year housing. To help you in the planning process, we wanted to share the options for living in the heart of the Pirate Nation- on campus… 

For the 2015-16 Academic Year, returning students may select spaces in Garrett, Greene, Fleming, Scott, and College Hill Suites.  Some returning students as part of being in a Living Learning community may have an opportunity to return to Gateway Hall. This is an effort to allow returning students to live in areas with other returning students, the halls selected will have both returning and some new students, but will allow the building to be a true mix, not be an overwhelming number of new students with a few returning students. This limits concerns that some returning students have expressed in the past about living with mostly first year students. The buildings were chosen to offer spaces in each campus residential neighborhood, and a range of room types. 

In terms of options- Scott, with the suite arrangement as a great option for returning students.  College Hill Suites with its private bathrooms, common area, and kitchenettes is also a great option for students wanting an apartment style setup while remaining on campus. 

In the room selection process there is some priority given to those signing up in roommate pairs- so over the next month, you may want to look for someone you might be interesting in living with for the 2016-17 Academic Year.  We know students who choose each other, based on their experiences on campus - tend to have a better overall experience in their 2nd year- so we encourage residents to sign up with their roommate of choice. 

Return housing signup and room selection for most students will be online.   Contracting and room selection for housing for the 2016-17 Academic Year will require payment of a $100 advanced room fee with a credit card.  The $100 advanced room fee will be credited to your 2017 Spring Semester housing charges. 

Look for specific information on contracting and room selection dates later in January – being sent to student’s official ECU email address.  If your student is interested in living on campus for the 2016-17 Academic Year, they should not miss this opportunity to contract and select a space in early February.  Students who do not select a space during this process will be placed on a waiting list, and may or may not receive a room assignment.

Returning for the Spring Semester

As your students have finished up their fall semester, we know you were excited to see them home!  These are vital times to reconnect as a family and learn about the new adventures your student has been experiencing.  Their time away at college is time where they learn and grow as an individual, develop opinions and ideas as well as create new relationships.  As they being preparing to return for the spring semester, or once they have arrived, there may be an overwhelming sense of anxiety (poor grades from fall semester, new environment, strenuous course load, etc.  are just a few examples of situations that could be causing anxiety). 

This might be a good time to send students a care package from home to remind them of the things that make them happy, and feel safe and loved.  A positive phone call or message is always uplifting too.  Gestures do not always have to be large, just from the heart.  If at any time you notice drastic changes in your students personality or behavior, there is no harm in contacting someone in the Campus Living department to express concerns.  There are many resources throughout the campus that would be available to students that staff members can assist with. 

Hoverboards not permitted in residence halls and other campus buildings 

Effective, January 7, 2016, the use, possession, or storage of hoverboards and similar devices, is prohibited in all ECU residence halls.  If a hoverboard is found in a student's room, it will be confiscated and shipped back home at the student’s expense. 

Additionally, these devices are not permitted in ECU Dining facilities, the Mendenhall Student Center, or the Student Recreation Center nor are they permitted on ECU Transit buses, motor coaches and shuttles. 

Recent information has revealed that the batteries in hoverboards and similar devices are dangerous and prone to explosion, creating a safety and fire risk. Since the most significant risk of hover board fires occurs during overcharging and operation, it is believed that restricting these devices from residence halls and student-focused facilities where longer charging periods may occur will minimize risk. 

All personal transport/mobility devices are prohibited from use inside University buildings.  This is not a new rule.  Personal transport/mobility devices include hoverboards, skateboards, bicycles and similar items.  Wheelchairs and other medically required devices are permitted.
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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:

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. 


2016 THCAS Study Abroad Scholarships 

The Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences is committed to making study abroad programs accessible for as many students as possible. In 2016, 30 scholarships are being offered to support international study abroad programs. To apply, students should complete the general scholarship application at Once completed, students can apply for specific study abroad scholarships being offered through the college by answering a few additional questions. For additional information and deadlines for the THCAS Study Abroad scholarships, students should visit

Pirate Safety

Pirate Safety News: Winter Safety

Winter weather at ECU can include snow, ice, freezing rain, and sleet generally from late December to early March.  Those who have spent several years in the Greenville area understand that the mixing line (transition between snow and ice) often straddles Greenville; generally leaving snow to our northwest and ice to the southeast.  ECU faculty, staff, and students need to become familiar with the Greenville climatology and check weather forecasts frequently throughout the winter months.  The forecast and conditions can change often. 

ECU is designated by the National Weather Service as a StormReady University.  Despite our access to the best technology available, forecasts are based on computer models that inherently contain potential for error and weather systems can change.  Even slight errors can make a big difference when on the edge of rain, snow, sleet, and freezing rain. 

Class Cancellation & Campus Closure 

How the University makes a decision to change operating status: 

ECU Administrators analyze weather forecasts and conditions as well as monitor the campus roads, parking lots, and walkways in advance of and throughout winter storms to help insure the safety of our students, employees, and visitors.  If a winter storm is predicted days in advance, the Severe Weather Response Team convenes to discuss weather forecasts, conditions, and potential impacts to operations and people.  A decision may be made 2 – 18 hours in advance, although some winter storms require additional monitoring before a decision can be made. 

For an overnight storm, the weather is monitored throughout the night and beginning at 4 AM designated administrators check the latest forecasts, drive the roads and check campus walkways and parking lots.  For storms occurring during the day, designated administrators drive the roads regularly and communicate with ECU Police and ECU Transit about road conditions.  Any concerns are reported to the Severe Weather Response Team. 

When decisions need to be made quickly, a conference call is set up with a portion of the Severe Weather Response Team to expedite the decision making process.  The recommendation is discussed with the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance who reviews with the Chancellor for a final decision. 

Decisions to close the University or cancel classes must be based on local conditions.  There have been many instances where neighboring towns and cities were icy and roads were unsafe in those areas, but Greenville and Pitt County roads were passable, so classes were held on their normal schedules.  In those situations, students and staff must make judgments based on their specific circumstances and communicate with instructors and supervisors.  We don’t expect students and staff to put themselves in danger. 

How the University notifies faculty, staff, and students: 

Once the University has decided to close, cancel or delay classes, the notification is sent through ECU Alert.  This information can be found on the University home page, emergency hotline, campus email, and SMS text messages (users will only receive text if subscribed). 

Winter Walking & Driving Safety 

Several health and safety risks are associated with winter weather.  The majority of winter weather accidental injuries at ECU are associated with walking and driving.  Please visit the Hazardous Weather Tips website at for additional safety information. 

Winter Driving Tips: 

- Clear:  Remove any ice or snow on your vehicle’s windows, lights, brake lights, and signals. 
- Inspect:  Check your vehicle’s tires, wiper blades, fluids, lights, belts, and hoses before a storm. 
- Time:  Allow plenty of time to reach your destination safely. 
- Limited Visibility:  Stay attentive and reduce speed.  Know what’s going on around you. 
- Speed:  The faster you’re going, the longer it will take to stop; take it slow to avoid slipping or sliding. 
- Black Ice:  You cannot see black ice on the road; take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges, or shady areas.         - Distance:  Leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front of you. 
- Brake:  Brake early, brake slowly; never slam on the brakes. 

Winter Walking Tips: 

- Plan extra time to walk to class or the office; walk at a slower pace. 
- Stay on designated walkways. 
- Watch for and avoid slippery surfaces. 
- Remove snow from shoes before entering any building. 
- Always use a handrail when climbing up and down stairs. 
- Always use handrail when going in and out of buildings, vehicles, or public transportation. 
- Wear footwear with traction. 
- Wait for vehicles to stop completely before crossing the road. 

Are you winter storm ready?  Please visit for more information.

Counselor's Corner

Lauren Thorn, MSW, LCSW

Staff Counselor/Outreach Coordinator 

Center for Counseling and Student Development
At the Center for Counseling and Student Development, we annually track our most common reasons for students seeking our services. College adjustment, depression, relationship issues and substance use have all topped the list over the years, but we had a new topic take the “top spot” this year—anxiety! More students are coming to our office for help with anxiety and specifically panic attacks, which can often be frightening if students are experiencing them for the first time. We also hear from concerned parents, too, who want to help their stressed out students find better ways to manage anxiety. 

Students (and parents) should be reassured that anxiety is a normal part of life and that some anxiety is necessary for us to have the motivation needed to complete our daily tasks. However, when that stress becomes overwhelming to the point of impacting regular routines or causing harmful symptoms or physical effects, then steps need to be taken to better manage anxiety.  Some common causes of anxiety in college students may include: 

  • Playing the “What If” Game and other negative self-talk
  • Poor self esteem--thinking they’re not good enough or liked for who they are
  • Put too much pressure on themselves to be "perfect"
  • Eat poorly or drink a lot of caffeine
  • Not exercising or relaxing regularly
  • Not getting enough rest at night
  • Holding in their feelings
  • Remaining hyper focused on themselves instead of their environment or peers 

Some coping skills for anxiety that we recommend incorporate positive relaxation techniques, like learning how to breathe deeply and evenly or recognizing when certain aspects of the problem are beyond their control. Having regular exercise routines or making sure that they get enough sleep and establishing normal sleep cycles can also keep anxiety in check. We have enjoyed incorporating technology with some of the treatment methods and highly recommend free apps for smart phones, like Breathe2Relax or Self-help for Anxiety Management. These apps often provide a focal point for students to use when feeling overwhelmed and need “coaching” through an anxiety attack.  More apps can be found on our “Self Help” page on our website at 

If some of these techniques used on their own don’t seem to be helping, students are always encouraged to talk with a counselor about their anxiety and possible causes for the stress. Our counselors are experienced in helping students balance the pressures of being a student and will utilize effective, short-term counseling techniques designed to better cope with anxiety. Most students see progress after 3-4 sessions and are able to continue a successful academic career at ECU while making positive social connections as well. We will also be beginning our groups for the spring semester, which can be a helpful way to find additional support.  Please let us know how we can help your student deal with stress while on campus!

 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  

Student Health Services

Student Health Services News

Student Insurance-Waive Out or You're In!

Students who are taking 6 or more credit hours on campus (face to face classes), are degree seeking, and pay the health fee are required to have health insurance to attend school. If your student already has other insurance they must waive out online before February 1 in order to have the $863.50 insurance charge credited back to their tuition account. After February 1 – no refunds will be given. If your student wants to keep the student insurance, they need to enroll in the plan online to get their card and be able to use their plan. Please have your student go to to take action.

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 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.

The Importance of the First Year

From the Office of Student Transitions  

The Start of the Spring Semester 

Happy New Year!  In the fall editions, we discussed that your student would be developing a sense of belonging, academic competence, and career direction.  As students begin the spring semester, they may find that they have to re-establish and redefine themselves in some of these areas.  The second semester is also a time where students build on what they learned during the fall, or it is a time when they may face a new set of challenges altogether. 

Develop a Sense of Belonging 

Your student may have had some friends that did not return for the spring semester. He or she may have realized that his or her friends were not a positive influence on academic success.  Spring semester is a time where friendships are often redefined.  This can be stressful for your student and can be much like the beginning of school. 

While students hopefully got involved with a club or organization last semester, students should begin to explore clubs and organizations for leadership opportunities.  Most organizations hold elections during the spring semester, so this is an ideal time for your student to pursue a role in a student organization.  It is never too late to join a student organization!  If your student did not get involved with an organization last semester, he or she can always take advantage of them now.  Students can explore clubs and organizations at

Students receive “Pirate 4-1-1” emails twice a month alerting them to events happening on campus, as well as regular messages from groups like the Student Government Association. Students should use these as a starting point to find academic activities like study skills workshops, social activities such as weekly movies, and career activities such as the career fairs. 

Develop Academic Competence 

Your student is taking a new set of classes this semester.  He or she should be reminded that there are many campus resources available to assist in his or her success.  The Office of Student Transitions encourages students to take advantage of the resources on campus, such as the Writing Centers, the Math Lab, the Pirate Academic Success Center, and various tutors across campus.  Students are welcome to contact our office for direction. 

In the Office of Student Transitions, we have Semester at a Glance Calendars that are available to students who come by to pick them up. These calendars allow students to view the entire semester at once in order to see important upcoming tests or assignments.  They also include important academic dates of which your student should be aware. 

Develop a Sense of Direction 

The Student Employment Office serves as a clearinghouse for student employment and can help students find jobs on campus and off campus.  The Career Services office is often thought of only when a student is about to graduate.  However, Career Services can help a student seek co-op opportunities and internships. Career Services also offers resume writing workshops, practice interviews, and career fairs. 

Part time jobs, internships, and co-op opportunities are ideal ways for students to “test out” a major to see if it is the right fit for them.  Discovering that their chosen major is the right fit can help students confirm their sense of direction. 

Transitions:  Surviving the Spring Semester 

The start of a new semester brings new challenges, especially for students that may have had difficulties in the fall. Students have been home for a long break and must now transition once again to the campus environment. This month we continue our focus on adjustment issues for first-year students. 

January Adjustments 

Academic Pressure - If a student did well during his or her first semester, there may now be a lot of pressure to maintain that same performance again. If academic performance was weak during the first semester, the student may be feeling pressure from home to improve, or he or she may simply want to focus more on academics. The Pirate Academic Success Center can help students with their study skills and academic performance. 

Excitement - After being away from campus for a month, students may be excited to be back at ECU and may have high expectations for a new beginning. Encourage your student to get involved in an organization or campus activity that will allow him or her to socialize with other students. 

Post-Holiday Depression - Being home is very comforting to students and often provides them with a certain sense of security. Leaving this comfort can be difficult for many of them. Also, some students may experience the loss of loved ones during the holiday time, or may remember those lost in the past. If you think your student may be experiencing this, remind them that the Center for Counseling and Student Development provides free, confidential services for students. You can send notes from home to keep your student informed and let them know you care. 

New Locations - Some students may be living in different residence halls this semester than they were during the fall, and may feel apprehensive about being in a new environment where there may be established friendships and a sense of community. These students should meet their RAs and try to meet as many other residents of their hall, suite, or floor as possible. 

Body Image - Your student may have gained unwanted weight during the break from holiday meals or home cooking. At ECU, Campus Recreation and Wellness provides access to the Student Recreation Center, exercise classes, wellness programs, and adventure trips. Students can also speak with a nutritionist through Student Health Services and make a plan to get back on track. 

Money Problems - Many students spend more money than they anticipate during the break on gifts and spending time with friends from home. They may have been looking for a job and were unable to find one, or may have taken trips over the break. Many groups on campus offer money management workshops and the ECU Student Employment Office can help them find work on campus or in the community. 

Job Selection Process - For jobs on campus such as Resident Advisors and summer camp workers, the application process is done well in advance and may include several steps. Students interested in these jobs should pay attention to deadlines and meeting dates, and make sure they get their application done ahead of time. If references are needed, students should give people enough time to write a good recommendation letter or complete any necessary forms. Tell your student to be himself or herself, and remember that even if they do not get the job, the application process and interviews are very valuable experiences.

Parents of our First Generation College Students

Now that the first semester GPAs are known… 

Well, we have some evidence now.  GPAs.  These are one indication that the University uses to establish and gauge your son and daughter’s learning and academic performance.  How did they do?  And what can they do now before they return to campus to begin their second semester?  Do they need to develop a study plan?  Do they need to prioritize better?  How about re-taking a class – is that in their future? 

You’ll recall the Student Success continuum we discussed back in August – we are now moving into the ‘Stay Motivated’ stage (January – March).  This stage is very important.  Why?  Because your student now knows what college requires, they know the work level, and your student will be returning to school/work after several weeks off.  You may want to have a discussion encouraging them to begin to get back into their academics now so that by the time Monday, January 11th rolls around they are ready to jump right into their classes!  They need to begin filling in their weekly planners and looking over their syllabi, purchasing their books and re-packing the necessary items to bring back for Spring semester.  Remember, you can assist them by encouraging them, helping them devise a study plan and correct any impactful behaviors not displayed during the Fall early…… 
Linda L. Mellish, Ph.D.

Sophomore Soundings

From the Office of Student Transitions

Promoting Engagement in the Second Year—Emily Mullins 

Many higher education re¬searchers and professionals now agree that the sopho¬more year is just as pivotal as the first and last years of a student’s college experience. As Schaller (2007) notes, 

[T]he sophomore year may be particularly difficult because the newness of college has worn off. Sophomores face at least three years of hard work in front of them, with increasing financial burdens over the first year. At the same time, these students may be struggling to determine career goals and to deal with personal development issues. (p. 7) 

Often, the key to ensuring that the sophomore year does not become the “forgotten year” lies in the programming and resources offered by the institution (Gahagan & Hunter, 2006). Some colleges host on-campus welcome-back events for their sophomores; others invite them to go on exclusive outdoor retreats. No matter what the venue, more and more colleges and universities are recognizing the importance of paying special attention to sophomores, thus making them feel like a valued and in¬tegral part of the student community. 

Whereas retention was previ¬ously the number-one goal driving the development of second-year programs, campus professionals and faculty are also working to help sophomores stay engaged in their college experience, helping them overcome what is often referred to as the “sophomore slump.” 

What is ECU doing to ensure continued engagement during the sophomore year and beyond?  The Office of Student Transitions is always reviewing programs from other colleges that are considered to have “best practices” in innovation aimed specifically at increasing sophomore academic and social engagement.  These campuses include but are not limited to Beloit College, Colorado College, Loyola College, and the University of South Carolina. 

What else are we doing?  We have reviewed results from past sophomore surveys to understand what our students want from their sophomore year.  We are engaging key campus stakeholders including administrators, faculty, staff, and students to facilitate the development of sophomore specific programming.  Most importantly, we are linking all to the mission of our institution. 

Our plan focuses on eight areas:  academic engagement through living/learning centers; coursework and research; build a sense of community and identity; faculty interaction beyond the classroom; self-reflection; planning and goal setting; major exploration; social interaction/peer networks; and campus involvement and leadership. We offer sophomore programs such as a Faculty/Sophomore “Consider This” dinner, Sophomore Slurpee Day, Half Way Celebration, and Supermarket 101. 

We want to hear from you, parents and families, as well.  Please send any suggestions you or your student has on future sophomore specific programming to Angela Marshall at

Siblings Weekend 2016- Save The Date!

RHA Siblings Weekend April 8-10 Confidential

RHA Siblings weekend will be held April 8th-10th, 2016.  Siblings weekend is offered to those ECU students that live on campus. 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.  Visit to register beginning February 5th.

For additional information, email RHASIBLINGSWEEKEND@ECU.EDU

January Events at  Dowdy Student Stores!

January Dowdy Student Store

ECU Dowdy Student Stores offers students several convenient ways to purchase or rent their textbooks. As part of the University, we're here to help with student's textbook and course material needs. With in-store and online rentals and a huge stock of used books, Dowdy does its best to save students (and parents) money on books. 

Online ordering is available for distance education students, as well as those who wish to have their books boxed and ready when they arrive on campus.  (For non-rental books, please allow 2-3 business days for processing before pickup. For in-store rentals, we suggest getting it off our shelves if needed within 7 days.) 

Shopping in our store for books and supplies?  Don't forget to use the discount coupon from our web site for in-store purchases!  (one coupon per purchase, reg. price merchandise only, not valid on rentals, pre-ordered books, technology products, gift cards or special orders.) 

One final note:  please remind your student to "Save The Receipt!".  Although they may not have any intention of dropping a class, situations can change; and there are also times when a textbook is switched and will need to be returned. See web site for dates & details.

If you ever have questions about textbooks, feel free to contact the Dowdy Student Stores. As ECU’s only owned and operated bookstores, our Wright Building and Brody Building Medical Bookstore staffs are eager to assist you and your student with all of your educational needs. 

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

Alumni Scholarship

Alumni Association News

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

Pirate Academic Success Center 2016

Pirate Academic Success Center is Ready to Help! 

The Pirate Academic Success Center is ready to help support ECU students succeed in Spring 2016! 

Our services address the learning challenges faced by many ECU students.  Students can receive free assistance with the following academic support services: 

TUTORING is provided by daytime appointment starting January 19th and is offered 11am through 5pm Monday to Friday and extended hours until 7pm on Thursday nights. Starting January 25th night tutoring walk-in sessions will run from 7:00pm to 9pm, Monday through Wednesday. Call 737-3009 for a complete list of tutored courses or visit the PASC website. 

ONLINE TUTORING is provided in Biology 2130, 2140 and 2150, Chemistry 1120, 1130, 1150, 1160, 2750, 2760, Physics 1250, and 1260.  If enrolled in these classes Spring semester, 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 peer mentors. Mentors review essential topics supporting a successful transition to campus life. Call 737-3009 for more information. 

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. Learning Specialists meet by appointment and are available Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm and extended hours on Thursday nights until 7pm. 

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, visit the center website at , or just stop by the center for assistance.

Polar Bear Plunge

Campus Recreation and Wellness News

Preview of Polar Bear Plunge 

The 20th Annual Polar Bear Plunge will be held at the Student Recreation Center on Thursday, January 21st at 7 p.m. ECU students, alumni, faculty, and staff are welcome to take a plunge into the icy waters of the Outdoor Pool. 

This event began in 1997 as part of the Grand Opening Week for the Student Recreation Center. The first event started with only 35 participants.  In 2014, CRW hosted a record number of 1,145 jumpers.  CRW is hoping to break that record with this year’s plunge. 

The first 1,100 participants are guaranteed a T-Shirt and everyone will receive a certificate for jumping, a chance to take a picture with the bear, and sign the banner. Polar Bear Plunge attendees can wear their shirt to the Men’s or Women’s Pirate basketball game on January 30th to enter a chance to shoot from half court and win $10,000 for making the shot. 

Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. Swimsuits are required, and participants are asked to bring their own towel.  For further information, please contact Campus Recreation & Wellness at 252-328-6387. 

CRW Student Employment 

Is your student looking for a job for the spring semester? Campus Recreation and Wellness (CRW) is the largest student employed department on campus with over 300 student employees.  CRW offers positions in all their facilities and programs including intramurals, adventure leadership, wellness, aquatics, fitness, marketing and much more! Student employees are guided by the CRW Leadership Development Framework to help them build their skills and abilities necessary to become leaders throughout their careers.  Currently, CRW is looking for Wellness employees, Lifeguards, Challenge Course Facilitators, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructors, and Intramural Sports Officials.  For more information, please visit here

ECU Career Services News  


This past fall semester ECU Career Services provided services and programs that impacted over 10,000 students and alumni of East Carolina University. Through counseling appointments, presentations and employer events like the Fall Career Fair, Career Services has successfully engaged the campus community of ECU with career development opportunities. 

Below are some statistics related to ECU Career Services for fall 2015: 
  • Student Interactions (appointments, presentations, employer events) 10,032 
  • Total Presentations 150 
  • Total Employer Events 44 
  • Total Recruiters Hosted on Campus 607 

These efforts will continue during the spring 2016 semester as we have several additional events scheduled to help your students succeed. 


Summer Job and Service Fair 2016

Summer Jobs and Service Fair 
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 
January 21, 2016 
Mendenhall Student Center 
 For more information contact Nadirah Pippen at Sponsored by Career Services, Leadership and Service Learning, and the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. This is a Passport Event 

Career Leadership Conference 2016


Career Leadership Conference 

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM 
February 20, 2016 
Mendenhall Student Center 
Learn, Serve, Lead Career Leadership Conference Registration begins December 1st, register online at Professional business attire is required, this is a Pirate Passport Premier Event.  For more information contact Career Services at 252-328-6050 or Sponsored by Career Services and Office for Leadership and Service Learning 

Spring Education Fair 2016

Education Career Fair 
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM 
March 2, 2016 Greenville Convention Center 
Professional business attire is REQUIRED, bring ECU 1card and extra resumes. For more information visit 

Spring Career Fair 2016

Spring Career Fair 

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 
March 2, 2016 
Greenville Convention Center 303 SW Greenville Boulevard 
Level Up!  For more information on these and other upcoming events visit:
Music Library

Did You Know ECU Has a Music Library? 

Yes, indeed—and it is the largest music collection east of the Triangle.  While there was a small collection of music scores and recordings in ECU’s music building as early as 1958, the collection did not become a department of Joyner Library until 1974.  For more than 40 years, Joyner has provided specialized music information services at its only branch library located in Fletcher Music Center.  These services are not just for music majors, but rather are open to the entire ECU community and North Carolina residents.  Services include circulating CD, DVD, music score, and book collections, as well as music reference assistance.

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.

Collegiate Recovery Community Available

Hello family members and friends of Pirate Nation, 

I would like to draw your attention to an exciting new program of the university!  The East Carolina University Collegiate Recovery Community (ECU CRC) is simply what the title implies: A Community of Pirates.  The mission of ECU CRC is to support students in recovery from an addiction as well as positively contribute to academic success in college through programming efforts, creation of a supportive environment, experiential activities and the opportunity to increase awareness of substance issues on the college campus through peer education.  ECU CRC welcomes all students who are looking to enhance their college experience through safe and sober recreation and leisure.  For more information please visit our website at:


Jarmichael R. Harris 
Collegiate Recovery Community Coordinator 
Alcohol and Other Drug Staff Counselor 
East Carolina University Center for Counseling and Student Development
Speech Communication Center

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!

Campus Dining News
Campus Dining January 2016 


A toast to the new year!  A new year calls for a new meal plan!   

Purchase any Gold or Purple Meal Plan between 1/4-1/22 to receive a bonus of $25 in Gold bucks to your plan!

Currently have a Gold meal plan?

Move up from any of the following plans and receive additional bonus bucks:

Gold 40 to Gold 80 =$10
Gold 80 to Gold 120 = $20
Gold 120 to any Purple Plan = $30
Gold 40 to Gold 120 or Purple Plan = $30

Call 252-ECU-FOOD or visit your Pirate Port account.  Offer only vaild for new meal plan members for the 2015-16 academic year. For full details, visit

Off Campus Apartments Bus Tour Available

East Carolina University's Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) department will be hosting an hosting an Apartment Bus Tour February 13, 2016 from 10:00am – 2:00pm. 

Is your student thinking about moving off-campus next year?  If so, you want to sign-up for the Apartment Bus Tour.  The 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 February 13, 2016 from 10:00am – 2:00pm.  Space is limited, so please sign up NOW if you’re interested in attending.  You can sign-up by e-mailing 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