March 2017 Edition

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Upcoming Opportunities

Green Zone Training

Tuesday, March 14  from 3pm-5pm in  Mendenhall Student Center, Room 221 

Click here to register for sessions/trainings.

SA Continuing Career Development Program - Empowering You to Become More Effective Communicators and Leaders on March 15, 2017 from 3pm-5pm in Mendenhall Student Center, Great Room 1. 

Click here to Register on Cornerstone.

SA Continuing Career Development Program - Tour of the New Student Center on Health Sciences Campus on April 6, 2017 at 3pm and 4pm. 

Click here to Register on Cornerstone.

Archived Editions

Cupola Conversation - Athletics

Cupola Conversation - ECU's Athletic Success
More than Wins and Losses

On Wednesday, March 1st, Student Affairs hosted the next Cupola Conversations program entitled “ECU’s Athletic Success: More than Wins and Losses.”  This program was broadcast on Facebook Live from the ECU Inner Pirate's Facebook Page.

The panelists for the March 1st Cupola Conversation were:

  • James Summers - ECU Senior Football Player

  • Julie Torbett - ECU Volleyball Coach

  • Terrance Copper - Former ECU and NFL Football Star

  • Dr. Cal Christian - ECU Faculty Athletic Representative

  • Dave Lipay - ECU Director of Compliance

This Cupola Conversation focused on the lives of ECU student-athletes on and off the courts, fields and diamonds as well as explore the other factors that impact the overall athletics experience. 

Additionally, many sports fans believe the life of an NCAA Division One student-athlete is all glamour and excitement.  And while there are tremendous opportunities, there are also daily challenges each student faces on their road to academic and athletic success. 

The panel discussed some of the common myths and misconceptions related to athletics on today’s college campuses.  Those watching live on Facebook were able to make comments as well as pose questions to the panelists.  

The Division of Student Affairs launched Cupola Conversations in Fall 2016 with the intent to create informal opportunities for the university community to engage in civil discourse. 

2017 SA Awards

2017 Student Affairs Awards

The Division of Student Affairs and the SA Awards Committee are pleased to announce the 2017 Student Affairs Awards.  The streamlined online nomination process to collect all awards information and nominations was very well received last year and will be utilized again this year. 

The awards for this year are connected to the Student Affairs divisional values: (1) Respect, (2) Inclusion, (3) Student-Centered, (4) Excellence, (5) Integrity and (6) Service.

For the SA Values awards, you may choose up to three (3) divisional values the nominee best represents.  You may choose to nominate an individual for more than one award (maximum of three (3), inclusive of the Emerging Professional award), but you will only need to fill out the nomination process once per nominee.  If you wish to nominate more than one colleague, you will need to submit multiple nominations.

In addition to the divisional Values awards, the Emerging Professional award will also be awarded.

Here are some of the details specific to the Student Affairs awards:

  • Nominations open March 1, 2017

  • Nominations close March 31, 2017

  • Self-nominations permitted (must provide an additional reference)

  • Nominees will receive official notification from Dr. Hardy and may be contacted by the Awards Committee for additional information (if needed)

  • All nominees will be recognized at the SA End of Year Celebration on May 10th (mark your calendars)

  • Winners will be announced at the SA End of Year Celebration on May 10th

Please click here to complete the Student Affairs Awards Nomination Form

For any questions about this submission process, please contact Jeremy Tuchmayer, chair of the SA Awards Committee at 

SA Baseball

ECU Spring Break - Baseball Game Opportunity

The Division of Student Affairs, in partnership with ECU Athletics, is pleased to offer a special opportunity during the 2017 Spring Break.
On Friday, March 10th at 4pm, the top 15 nationally ranked ECU Pirate baseball team will play UNC Charlotte in the first game of a three game series.  We are pleased to offer discounted tickets for SA staff as well as for your friends/family.  The cost of each ticket is only $3 dollars and you can buy a ticket for yourself as well as for family/friends you wish to take to the game.
Tickets must be purchased in advance of the game.  To secure your ticket(s), click here and enter the promo code - “ECUSA”.

Pitt County ABC

Pitt County ABC Board provides Financial Support to Student Affairs

On February 22, the Pitt County ABC Board presented Virginia Hardy and Lynn Roeder with a $35,000 check for ongoing education and programming to reduce underage drinking.  

One of the programs which will directly benefit from these funds is Alcohol EDU.  This online education module for first-year students has a goal to reduce underage drinking and to ensure that all new students will be exposed to the laws and consequences that pertain to it. Additionally, the students learn about low-risk and high-risk drinking and the behaviors associated with each.

“I applaud Pitt County ABC and their board for their longstanding commitment to East Carolina’s alcohol education programming,” said Dr. Hardy.  “The Division of Student Affairs is thankful to have such a strong community partner that shares our values and is willing to support proactive student programming and services around this important issue.”

The partnership started about 10 years ago with about a $10,000 commitment and has now grown to $35,000. Pitt County ABC Board’s support has transformed the University’s ability to provide consistent outreach, training and resources to combat a top health and safety issue on most college campuses.

“Pitt County ABC believes deeply that proper education and training about alcohol consumption leads to decreased underage drinking and better decision making,” said Teresa Campbell, Pitt County ABC Board.  “We are proud to have increased our financial support for ECU’s efforts to keep students safe and informed. Continuing this partnership and keeping students safe is important to us.”

Ndaba Mandela

2nd Annual North Carolina Civility Summit
East Carolina University held its second annual NC Civility Summit on Saturday, February 18.

The goal of the summit was to create dialogues beyond ECU’s campus, and even beyond the state of North Carolina, to find solutions and to build coalitions.

The opening keyote speaker was Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela.  Mr. Mandela spoke about his family’s life and how students can impact their own lives.

Following the keynote address, attendees divided into multiple sessions discussing topics such as race relations, gender equality, LGBT/Trans issues, the global community and community/student activism.

Event sponsors included the Black Student Union, Student Activities Board, LGBT Resource Office, Student Government Association and Student Involvement and Leadership.

Click on the links below to view media coverage of the event:
ECU Website

Student Media State Awards 2017

ECU Student Media Claims 14 Awards at State Conference

Student Media came away with two Best of Show awards and 12 individual honors in the North Carolina College Media Association Conference journalism contest Saturday at Elon University.

The East Carolinian led the way with five individual awards, including two by Editor-in-Chief Seth Gulledge, to go along with its third Best of Show victory in the past four years. Two years ago The East Carolinian also won the Best off Show Online.

Sharing the top honors with The East Carolinian in this year’s "Large School Category" were University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina State and UNC Charlotte.

Gulledge and News Editor Javeria Salman were repeat winners. This year Gulledge earned an honorable mention for his photo work covering Hurricane Matthew and a second place in opinion writing to go with an honorable mention last year in opinion writing. Salman won an honorable mention this year in opinion writing for a column on being a Muslim woman in the Trump era; last year she came home with a 3rd place finish in feature writing. Both attended this year’s ceremony.

"I’m proud of the individual students whose work was recognized, amplified by the Best of Show award,” said Cherie Speller, adviser at The East Carolinian. “This is a testament to all the efforts of the newspaper staff. It truly is a privilege to work with such dedicated journalists."

The Buccaneer yearbook, meanwhile, won four individual awards as well as its third straight Best of Show. Former Buccaneer Editor-In-Chief Sarah Burke joined two others – including current editor of the Rebel art and literary publication, Elizabeth Reed – in winning a third-place award. Sharing the top yearbook honor with Buc this year were North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T.

Expressions magazine won three individual awards, including a first place award for Two-Page Spreads by Samuel Alvarado called “Outspoken Negro.” The writer, Aaron Geter, won an honorable mention for the same piece.

Terrence Dove, adviser for both the yearbook and magazine, said he, too, was proud of his students.  “They do excellent work. I am proud to be able to work with such creative young professionals.”

Student Media Director John Harvey agreed, “awards are always appreciated because they show us that others outside our cocoon like what we are doing. Our students and their advisers are performing a valuable service for this community at a time when many question the veracity of independent journalism, free speech and artistic expression. We should applaud them for their achievements.”

The winners were as follows:

The East Carolinian (TEC):

  • Best of Show

  • 2nd Place, Sports Writing, Kayla Morton, “Taking the Plunge”

  • 2nd Place, Opinion Writing, Seth Gulledge, “Assault footage overdue”

  • 3rd Place, Feature Writing, Emily Harvey, “Remembering Shane Tomlinson”

  • HM, Opinion Writing, Javeria Salman, “Being Muslim post-election

  • HM, Photography, Seth Gulledge, “Flood hits Greenville”


  • Best of Show

  • 3rd Place, Sports Copy, Sarah Burke, “Super Star Schedule”

  • 3rd Place, Inside Spread Design, Elizabeth Reed, “A Bittersweet Goodbye”

  • 3rd Place: Student Life Copy; Ann Ray-Smith, “Crown Jewel”

  • HM, Sports Copy, Anna Ray-Smith, “A Bittersweet Goodbye”


  • 1st: Place, Two-Page Spread, Samuel Alvarado, “Outspoken Negro

  • HM, Nonfiction, Aaron Geter, “Outspoken Negro”

Family of the Year 2017

2017 Family of the Year Award

Nominate a deserving family for the “Family of the Year” award.
This award is intended to celebrate the supportive role parents and families play in the lives of students and the University community.  Honoring outstanding parents/families helps remind the East Carolina University community that families are an essential part of the support network for our students.
All families, parents or family members of current students are eligible for nomination regardless of alumni states or state of residence. Families may also self-nominate.

Nominations will be open through March 24.
Visit for more information and nomination criteria.

ECU Creed

Creed Award Nominations

Each year the Dean of Students Office hosts the East Carolina Creed Recognition Ceremony.  This event recognizes faculty, staff, and/or peers who exemplify the pillars of the Creed.  

Think about who in the Pirate community displays integrity, diversity, responsibility, and citizenship. 
Please take a few minutes to nominate a professor, a staff member, and/or a student for this prestigious honor.  You may nominate only one individual for each pillar category.  If you would like to nominate for more than one pillar, you may fill out the survey additional times once you have submitted each nomination. At the end of this survey, we ask you to provide your name and email address so we can invite you to participate in this ceremony if your nomination is chosen. 

Deadline for nominations is March 10th, 2017.  The Recognition Ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 30 at 5:30pm in Harvey Hall, with Creed Week being held on campus April 3rd-7th.

Click here to submit a nomination.


Student Affairs Tech Services Moves

As of mid-February, Technology Services has moved out of Umstead and into the Browning Building (Bldg. 167).

The Browning building is located uptown behind Sup Dogs, where Environmental Health and Safety previously resided.  
210 E. 4th Street
Greenville, NC 27858

If you have any questions please call 252-258-0672 or contact Brad Simons at


Campus Recreation and Wellness Boathouse Re-Opens March 11

Campus Recreation & Wellness is excited to announce the re-opening of the boathouse at noon on March 11th. The CRW boathouse provides an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities such as: Disc Golf, Zip-line Thursdays, sand volleyball, a .5 mile trail around the lake, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and more! 

Students, CRW members and ECU faculty are able to access the CRW boathouse facilities for free (non-members are able to access the facility for a fee).   

NRC is located just 10 minutes north of campus. Click here for a map/directions. The boathouse is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities in the beautiful spring weather!

Hannah Brencher

Kindness Goes Viral
Article by: Holly West with the Daily Reflector

In the age of social media, people can sometimes be in touch constantly without ever really connecting.

East Carolina University student Keerthana Velappan, founder and president of the ECU chapter of She’s the First, said it’s an increasingly common problem among people in her generation. The pressure to be online all the time can mean a person is never really present in real life, she said.

Velappan, however, has started taking time to unplug and communicate in an old-fashioned form — handwritten letters.

“It’s taking the time to slow down and realize you may not always have to be connected and ‘on,’ but you can still produce something that is meaningful,” she said.

She is one of thousands of people who have been inspired by the movement (The World Needs) More Love Letters. The organization, started by NYC blogger Hannah Brencher, is a letter exchange program that connects strangers across the globe through the written word.

Click here for the complete story.

New Employees

Student Affairs New Hires/Departures

Student Affairs New Hires Since Feb. 1

  • Cherie Speller - Student Services Specialist - Student Media - February 1

  • Nicole Johnson - Executive Assistant - Vice Chancellor's Office - February 16

Student Affairs Staff Departing Since Feb. 1

  • Karen Clegg - Assistant Director of Greek Life - SIL - February 27

  • Vinicius Vargas - Student Services Specialist - SAO/SIL - February 28