Parents Appreciation Weekend
Spring Family Weekend
ECU Spring Career Fairs and Events
Student Health Services
The Importance of the First Year
Summer and Fall Registration
Return Housing for On-Campus Students
Dowdy Student Stores
Support for Writing on Campus
Adventure Spring Break Trips
Intramural and Club Sports
ECU PASS Provides Evaluations
Course-Adopted Textbook Program
Parents Appreciation Weekend
February 17-18, 2017
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ECU parents and families, thank you for your patience and accept our apologies, as our office was unable to send out October and November newsletters. We are, however, excited about the New Year as our office is fully staffed again and ready to serve you! We take pride in our opportunity to provide ECU parents and families with the information needed to support your students pirates.
The Office of Parent and Family Programs is pleased to welcome our new Assistant Director, Emily-Lynn Adkins. Emily-Lynn is a 2008 graduate of East Carolina University and has worked with the university since 2009. Her background in alumni engagement and event planning will help move our office forward as we continue to grow our programs and Parents Association. Emily-Lynn's responsibilities include all parent engagement, parent programming as well as the Parents Association and it's governing body, the ECU Parents Advisory Council. Welcome to the team, Emily-Lynn!
Parent Association Scholarship Applications Due January 31
The ECU Parents Association is accepting online applications for our Leadership Scholarships to be awarded during the 2017-2018 academic year. Applications are due in the online system by January 31, 2017.
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 scholars application through Academic Works.
You may join the Parents Association online here:
Parents Appreciation Weekend
We value and appreciate the partnership that parents have with the university to promote student success. Join us for a special weekend as we celebrate an important group - YOU!
The weekend highlights include the ECU Excels celebrations, a Parent Pre-Game Mixer, and the Men's Basketball Game, with a special "Buy One, Get One" offer on tickets for Parent Association members.
Visit our website for a complete list of events. We hope to see you there!
Congratulations to our Parents Association Members!
At the Fall 2016 Parents Council meeting, the Parents Council, along with the help of Dowdy Student Stores and Financial Services raffled a free semester of textbooks and a free semester of in-state tuition. Pictured right, Kathy Siemon and son Addison (Freshman) are receiving Addison's spring textbooks from Bryan Tuten, Director of Dowdy Student Stores.
Also, we congratulate Michael Durand, whose daughter Hannah (Freshman) is the recipient of free tuition this semester.
A special thank you to our campus partners, Dowdy Student Stores and Financial Services for helping the ECU Parents Association provide these opportunities for our parents and students!
Family Fellows Program
Embrace this moment FOREVER and join the Family Fellows Program.
Pirate families can leave a lasting legacy through an unrestricted gift to the Parents Fund named or endowed that provides an annual award in your graduates's name. This fund will support ECU's parents fund and/or a program of your choosing. It can be a student organization, undergraduate scholarship, academic program, or a gift to the parents fund to support scholarships.
This program is a unique way to honor and celebrate your graduate through giving. This symbol of recognition allows you to stay connected with you Pirate family and provide resources and tools for future generations of students.
Benefits of Family Fellows Program:
For more information please contact Zack Hawkins, Director of Student Affairs Development and Parent & Family programs. Zack can be reached by phone at 252-737-4970 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring Family Weekend
Save the date for the upcoming Spring Family Weekend held on April 21-22, 2017. Exciting events include: Tailgate, Purple/Gold Spring Football Game, Corporate Leadership Awards, and much more.
Information and ticket details will be forthcoming.
Pirates LiveSafe at ECU
East Carolina University has a new mobile safety application, called LiveSafe, and safety officials are asking parents to encourage their students to download the app. LiveSafe is a free app (available in the App Store and Google Play Store) for students to engage in discreet two-way conversations with ECU safety officials (including ECU Police, Dean of Students, and ECU Cares). It is an integral tool to assist in providing more personal safety and security while traversing campus and Greenville.
LiveSafe allows the user to report safety concerns anonymously, send text/pictures/videos/audio to assist with ongoing investigations, hold two-way conversations with police, have someone virtually watch them while on a run or walk to their apartment with the SafeWalk feature, or even contact SafeRide. The app also allows the user to easily access helpful campus resources (like what to do in case of an active shooter, bomb threat, or tornado).
Parents are also welcome to download LiveSafe to gain access to campus resources, request wellness checks, or to utilize SafeWalk with their student.
LiveSafe has been ranked one of “10 apps every college student should download today” by The Huffington Post. Learn more at www.ecu.edu/livesafe - and encourage your student to download LiveSafe on their cellphone.
Benefits of LiveSafe
To download and set-up LiveSafe:
Joyner Library Offers Quiet Study Space for Students & Spaces to Collaborate
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. Third floor is 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:
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.
Jan Lewis | Director, Joyner Library
Academic Library Services
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
phone: 252.328.2267 (w); 252.375.0479 (m)
Help for Sophomore Writers
Students with sophomore standing should look for special themed sections of English 2201: Writing About the Disciplines. To make sure that students get the most out of this required course in the Foundations Curriculum, the English Department has recently redesigned the course to assist students as they transition into their majors by helping them to recognize and practice the common formats, types of evidence, styles, and structures used in writing in their prospective majors and career areas. The English Department also now offers several sections of ENGL 2201 each semester that are geared toward students interested in particular kinds of majors or career paths. For example, students thinking about going to medical school or entering other health-related careers might take ENGL 2201: Writing About the Health Sciences, while students thinking about becoming teachers might take ENGL 2201: Writing About Education. Other themed ENGL 2201 sections include:
Encourage your students to look for sections themed around the major/career path they are considering. If no appropriately themed sections are scheduled for a time that fits in their schedules, do not worry: they can still take one of the many sections of ENGL 2201: Writing About Multidisciplines. These sections are intended to help any student from any major explore and practice writing conventions in their potential major or career.
Wanting more Family Connection?
The ECU Family Therapy Clinic, located at 612 E. 10th Street, has been serving Pirate families for over 25 years. In our warm brick therapy home we offer individual, couple and family sessions to all ages on an income-based fee. The winter and the holidays can be difficult for many people and we wish to extend our relational approach to help build connection throughout families and improve individual well being. We offer EAP services for permanent ECU employees at 75% or more. For more information please contact our office at 252-737-1415.
CLEP Information for Parents
Did you know that your child can earn college credit and shorten his or her path to a college degree even before applying to college? By taking any of the 33 College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) exams, your child can minimize the time it takes to graduate, and significantly reduce the cost.
Register for CLEP
Registering for a CLEP exam is an easy two-step process.
For more information about CLEP exams, please visit https://clep.collegeboard.org. You may also contact the ECU Testing Center at (252)328-6811 or stop by our office located in Brewster Building D-102.