May 17, 2016 Edition

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New Student Orientation

June 13-14, 2016 (Monday-Tuesday) CLOSED
June 15-16, 2016 (Wed-Thurs) CLOSED
June 20-21, 2016 (Monday-Tuesday) CLOSED
June 22-23, 2016 (Wednesday-Thursday)
June 27-28, 2016 (Monday-Tuesday)
June 29-30, 2016 (Wednesday-Thursday)
July 5-6, 2016 (Tuesday-Wednesday)
July 7-8, 2016 (Thursday-Friday)
July 11-12, 2016 (Monday-Tuesday)
July 13-14, 2016 (Wednesday-Thursday)

Transfer Student Orientation

June Orientation - June 6-7, 2016
August Orientation - August 19, 2016

Archived Editions

SA Awards 2016

Student Affairs Awards
The Division of Student Affairs celebrated the end of another successful academic year with the Student Affairs Awards and the End of Year Celebration. 

The Awards process was changed this past year to include an online nomination process for awards that were connected to the Divisional values of Excellence, Service, Student Center, Integrity, Inclusion and Respect.  In addition, the Emerging Professional Award continued from year’s past and was once again presented. 

Dr. Hardy provided a unique photo recap of 2015-16 and shared her appreciation for all that Student Affairs Educators contribute to the success of our students.  Then, Jeremy Tuchmayer, chair of the SA Awards Committee, recognized all 40+ nominees for the seven awards categories. 

Each category had three recipients.  For each recipient, the nearly 200 people in attendance heard some of the information submitted by the nominator in the application.  Below is a list of the recipients:

Emerging Professional
• Chris Chappell – Central Reservations Office - Student Involvement and Leadership
• DJ Baskerville – Residence Life – Campus Living
• Patricia Barfield – Student Rights and Responsibilities - Dean of Students

• Karen Smith – Student Transitions
• Sydney Rager – Residence Life – Campus Living
• Nichelle Shuck – Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement - Student Involvement and Leadership

Student Centered
• Karen Clegg – Greek Life - Student Involvement and Leadership
• Katie Butler – Student Rights and Responsibilities - Dean of Students
• Ashley Cooper - Residence Life – Campus Living

• Tamika Wordlow - Student Rights and Responsibilities - Dean of Students
• Charlene Padgett – Student Involvement and Leadership
• Mary Foreman – Student Health Services - Dean of Students

• Mark Parker – Campus Recreation and Wellness
• Michael Thompson – SA Technology Services
• James Palmer – Student Involvement and Leadership

• Emily McLamb – Student Activities and Organizations - Student Involvement and Leadership
• Stacy Zimmerman - Student Rights and Responsibilities - Dean of Students
• Kat Bursky – Victim Advocate - Dean of Students

• Ellen Goldberg – Student Health Services - Dean of Students
• Justin Waters – Campus Recreation and Wellness
• Lauren Thorn – Center for Counseling and Student Development – Dean of Students

40 Under 40

SA Corporate and Leadership Awards
The Division of Student Affairs hosted the 2nd Annual Corporate and Leadership Awards banquet on April 16 at the Greenville Hilton. 

More than 350 people attended the ceremony, which included the recipients of the 40 Under 40 Awards, were recognized at the banquet. Those 40 alumni under the age of 40 have excelled after graduating from ECU and are now using their experience to make an impact in their respective professions, local communities and on the world. 

The honorees were from 13 different states and Washington D.C., with one recipient traveling from Anchorage, Alaska to attend.  The remaining 26 honorees live in North Carolina from Charlotte to Morehead City. 

Awards were also presented to recognize corporate partners with Target and 33 East for their tremendous impacts for ECU and its students, as well as individuals who serve as advocates for Student Affairs. 

Additionally, two former SGA Presidents, Josh Martinkovic and Brad Congleton, presented the Robert Wright Society Award to Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas. 

And Dr. Hardy presented the Vice Chancellor’s Advocacy Awards.  JJ McLamb, associate athletics director for internal operations received the Advocacy Award for Faculty/Staff and in the community category Kirk Little and Gordon Darragh were the recipients.  Little has been a divisional supporter for the last decade with Greek Life and the Advancement Council.  Darragh is launching the Gordon Darragh Leadership Scholars Program, which will provide a four-year scholarship focused on leadership and service at ECU. 

The successful event, emceed by WITN’s Lynnette Taylor, heard some inspiring words from Heather Macy, ECU Women’s Basketball Coach.  Macy talked about her past experiences leading up to becoming ECU’s basketball coach and shared words of wisdom for facing life’s challenges head-on. 

Plans are already underway for the 3rd annual event in spring 2017.

Creed Week 2016

8th Annual Creed Week Awards
The Dean of Students Office hosted this year’s Annual Creed Recognition Ceremony on April 25th. This was the 8th Annual Creed recognition ceremony and this year over 150 members of the ECU community were nominated.  As in past years a faculty member, a staff member and three students were recognized for upholding one of the four Creed values: Integrity, Diversity, Responsibility, and Diversity.

Dr. Erik Kneubuehl, with Student Involvement & Leadership, was the guest speaker for the ceremony. Members of the ECU Ambassadors Executive Board facilitated the event.  Below is a list of the Creed Award Recipients for 2015-2016.

Faculty - Dr. Katie Flanagan
Staff - Sherry Tripp
Student - Emily Grantham
Student -Stephanie Griffin
Student -Jessica Downs

Faculty - Dr. Dionna Manning
Staff - Amanda Wright
Student -Zach Evans
Student -Martha Ervin
Student -Don Donaldson & Mark Matulewicz

Faculty - Dr. Heather Vance Chalcraft
Staff - Ingrid Meyer
Student -Deon Lanier
Student -Molly Crawford
Student -Drew Navarro

Faculty - Dr. Joseph Lee
Staff - Mrs. B
Student -Cory Albaugh
Student -Breanna Hall
Student -Zachary Pate

First Mate - Karen Smith

ECU Captain's First Mate Award
As part of this year’s Staff Appreciation Week, the Staff Senate began a new recognition program, “Captain’s First Mate Award.” This is a program designed to acknowledge and express appreciation for outstanding accomplishments that do not fall entirely within the scope of normal job duties, but are in the nature of a major contribution reflecting credit on the person. The criteria of the characteristics of a Captain’s First Mate was shared with the Vice Chancellor of each of ECU’s eight divisions. Vice Chancellors then shared this information with their direct reports and nomination forms with an accompanying letter was submitted to the Staff Senate. Once all nominations were compiled, a committee in the Staff Senate representing each division narrowed the nominations down to three per division. Those three finalists were sent to each Vice Chancellor for review and selection.

As a way to highlight the exemplary work of this year’s Captains First Mates, ECU News Services produced a video snapshot on each recipient - Click Here to view the videos

The winners of the inaugural Captain’s First Mate Award:

Academic Affairs: Ginger Grimes
Administration & Finance: Julie Evans
Athletics: Dave Lipay
Chancellors Division: Megan Ayers
Health Sciences: Susan E. Howard
Research, Economic Development & Engagement: Angie Wade
Student Affairs: Karen Smith, Student Transitions
University Advancement: Megan Howard

Congratulations to Karen Smith and all of the First Mate Award winners recognized during Staff Appreciation Week!

Awards Season

Staff Senate - SA Representatives
The East Carolina University Staff Senate is comprised of representatives from all University divisions including Student Affairs.  The 2016-17 Senators and Alternate Senators are nominated and selected to participate in the shared governance process and promote communication between staff and communication. 

The Student Affairs representatives on the Staff Senate for next year are Justin Janak, Nadirah Pippen and Jeremy Jordan with Hannah Jessup and Darlene Langley serving as alternates. 

The first meeting was held May 10th at the East Carolina Heart Institute where the Staff Senate Executive Committee was also elected. 

Congratulations to the Student Affairs Staff Senators and Alternates for representing the Division.  To learn more about the Staff Senate visit 

Big Idea

Big Idea Feature - Student Success 

Article by Crystal Baity with ECU News Services 
From fighting hunger to advocating for youth from rural areas, East Carolina University students are working to improve the lives of others through a new initiative called That Big Idea Challenge.

Erik Kneubuehl, associate vice chancellor for student involvement and leadership, brought the concept, modeled after the Clinton Global Initiative, to ECU last year.

Student leaders Zach Evans and Mona Amin, who attended the Clinton Global Initiative University conference in 2015, along with ECU staff member Adeea Rogers, helped recruit ECU students across disciplines to participate last fall and provided support for the project.

"We met weekly for about a month developing the concept of That Big Idea-CGIU," Rogers said. "The name came from our conversations about how to spark interest among ECU students to participate. Someone said, 'we can tell them this is an awesome opportunity to develop that big idea they have.' And it stuck."

Click here to view the full story on the ECU Home Page.


Pirate's Treasure: Give and Go
Submitted by Janet Johnson - Campus Living
What do we do?  Clothes, carpets, lamps were filling the dumpsters and clogging up the hallways of the residence halls!  It must be the end of the semester at ECU!

In the past Campus Living saw many students filling the University dumpsters during residence hall checkout with items that could be recycled.  This spurred the idea that we should partner with an outside agency that could handle the materials that were being tossed into the landfills as trash. This idea blossomed into the yearly recycling program called Pirate’s Treasure:  Give and Go, which encouraged students to recycle rather than throw away reusable items.  This campaign is spearheaded by the Residence Life Community Service Team on campus and has expanded off campus through the Off-Campus Student Services Office. 

This year Campus Living partnered with the Goodwill Community Foundation to collect the reusable items from the residence halls.  It was a record year for donations.  This year 6,686 pounds of recyclables were donated to the Goodwill Community Foundation in comparison to 1,641 pounds in the previous year.  ECU residence hall students are learning a very important concept that we hope will translate into a lifelong habit of recycling. 

Rebuilding Day 2016

Greek Life - Rebuilding Day 2016
Submitted by Jess Turic, Office of Greek Life

On Saturday, April 16, three fraternities, Chi Phi, Pi Kappa Alpha and Tau Kappa Epsilon, participated in the National Rebuilding Day sponsored by Rebuilding Pitt County, Inc. During this day, these Greek males worked on projects that included; door repairs and replacement, plumbing work, building a fence, replacing a roof, and revitalization of a Farmville Community Center.

The sponsoring organization was thankful for all of the help and service. One resident was particularly thankful for the work that Chi Phi fraternity did at her home that she was not able to do herself. Through a heart-felt and touching letter that she sent to the Office of Greek Life and the National Headquarters, we learned that 25 fraternity men from the chapter repaired her yard fence that had been a topic of discussion in her neighborhood. Through their work and repair, she proclaims that she is “one of the happiest homeowners in Greenville, NC”. The letter continued by complimenting the young men’s character stating that “You are indeed men of certain values that uphold yourselves to the best and highest standards. All of the Fraternity members were committed, respectful, prompt and well-mannered Gentlemen with the big "G".”

The Office of Greek Life is pleased with the volunteers and their commitment to give back and enhance the Greenville community.

SIL Retreat 2016

SIL Retreats to Move Forward
Submitted by Erik Kneubuehl, Student Involvement and Leadership

On May 4th SIL held its annual retreat.  This year the program was organized and implemented by the new SIL Leadership Committee.  The program was a daylong program and focused on positionality, communication, and conflict in the morning and a service project in the afternoon.

The areas of Greek Life, Student Activities & Organizations, Leadership & Civic Engagement, Intercultural Affairs (LWCC & LGBT Resource Office), and Student Centers (Operations, Central Reservations, & Ticket Office) all participated.

The morning session was led by facilitators Kathleen Clark and Sterling Freeman, faculty in the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations program through the Wildacres Retreat Center in Little Switzerland, NC. Their program centered on communication and change through conflict and relationships.  After the morning session, over 40 members of the SIL team boarded an ECU bus to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, located in Greenville.  There the team helped to clean and ready juice drinks for children and organized and stocked shelves with canned and dry foods.

A few months prior SIL completed its 7-month review and developed the new mission statement; Student Involvement & Leadership fosters an innovative and collaborative environment, connecting knowledge, ideas, and experiences.  Our programs and services engage the community and develop passionate leaders. Out of that mission also grew a slogan that SIL has now adopted – Lead with Passion. At the retreat student employee, Breyah Atkinson, and staff member, Julianna Jalal, were honored with the first annual Lead with Passion Award for their continued commitment to the mission.   

Safe Zone

Safe Zone Training May 23/24

Registration is open for two upcoming Safe Zone Trainings:  May 23 in Laupus Library Room 1504 and May 24 in Mendenhall Student Center Room 244.  Both sessions will take place from Noon to 3 pm and you are invited to bring your lunch.

Safe Zone training is an opportunity for people to talk, learn, and ask questions about sexuality and gender diversity in a non-judgmental, safe, educational environment. The purpose of Safe Zone is to create a network of allies who are willing to talk to students about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Trainings are offered throughout the year on Main Campus and the Health Sciences Campus. Each session is three hours in length and includes a panel of students who share their experiences as members of the LGBT community on campus.

Registration is open through Cornerstone - Click Here

Interview Stream

ECU Nationally Recognized for Interview Software
East Carolina University was recently recognized nationally by the organization InterviewStream for being among the top universities utilizing practice interview software during the month of March for a contest called “Mock Interview Madness.”

Here are the final Top 5 rankings:
1. University of Houston - Bauer
2. Kennesaw State University
3. The University of Sydney Business School
4. East Carolina University
5. California State university - Dominguez Hills

ECU Career Services manages this tool to help students prepare for interviews virtually from home using a personal computer or tablet. Career Services also partners with faculty for class assignments to demonstrate learning outcomes from experiential learning or coursework. In addition, Career Services collaborates with several graduate programs and utilizes InterviewStream as part of their admissions process.

Interested in partnering to utilize this service, contact ECU Career Services at 252.328.6050 or by email at


Career Service Launches #MyFirstJob with Coach Mo

Career Services has partnered with impactful faculty and staff at ECU for many years and we always wonder where these professionals came from. So they started asking the question…What was your first job?

The first feature was with ECU Football Coach Scottie Montgomery.  Click here to see the #MyFirstJob webpage and see what Coach Mo said about his first job, what he learned from that job and what advice he gave to ECU students.

Career Services will feature faculty, staff, alumni, athletes and other ECU graduates in the coming months.

Room Stuffing

Residence Hall Room Stuffing for Fall 2016
Submitted by Gretchen Brockman

Each summer Campus Living offers an annual marketing opportunity called “Room Stuffing”. The Residence Life staff receives promotional items from departmental units within Student Affairs which are “stuffed” into the residence hall rooms prior to student move-in. When combined, these items serve as a “welcome bundle” of sorts for our residents. Campus Living staff provides this as a service and an opportunity to reach out to our students, right away when they arrive.

To participate, we need to observe a strict timeline because the days and weeks before we open the halls are an extremely busy time due to staff training and hall preparation. We only take items from departments within Student Affairs, Athletics, ECU Police, and ECU Student Stores. The only student organizations we will be taking items from are SGA, RHA, and Student Media. Deadlines for this year are as follows:

By June 13, 2016: Notify us that you/your department plans to participate
By July 18, 2016:  Provide a list of what your item(s) is(are) and how you will want it distributed
By August 1, 2016: Deliver your item(s) to Campus Living if you wish us to count/sort the items on your behalf for distribution (we will begin receiving deliveries July 22nd)
By August 3, 2016: Deliver your item(s) to Campus Living if you provide them to us counted, pre-sorted, and organized for distribution

Important Note: We cannot take any items after August 3, 2016.

We can distribute in the following manner on your behalf, dependent on your needs and wishes:

• One per bed
• One per room door
• One per suite
• One per RA
• One per floor

If you wish to participate, use the chart in the image to help you determine how many of each item will be needed, dependent on your choice for distribution. Please take the coming weeks to discuss within your areas if you would like to take advantage of this exciting opportunity and if so, I look forward to hearing from you by (or before) June 13th. As you consider room-stuffing items, please remember the following guidelines:
• No items advertising the product or use of alcohol or tobacco
• No bar/pub/adult establishment sponsorship/advertising
• No Pepsi products or sponsorship/advertising
• No apartment complex sponsorship/advertising
• Items should be lightweight and/or not too cumbersome for delivery and distribution (cups, magnets, folders, door hangers and the like are all fine; 2-Liters of Coke products are not)

For additional information or questions, please contact Gretchen Brockman, Associate Director for Residence Life at 328-4924.  Click the image to see the room-by-room breakdown of each residence hall, which is based off of last year’s numbers. 


Student Orientation Materials
Submitted by Karen Smith
Please contact Karen Smith, Associate Director for ECU’s Office of Student Transitions with any questions at or 328-4173. 

New Student Orientation is just around the corner!  June 13-14 to be exact.  The first three sessions are already full.  Click here for a full list of ECU Orientation Dates.

If your department is interested in giving students and family members information during orientation, Student Transitions will be compiling the materials to distribute in their welcome packets.

For Students:
To be included in the student packets, we will need 4,600 copies of the flyers, postcards, papers, etc.

For Parents:
If you wish the information to also be included in the parent packets, an additional 3,500 copies will be needed.

Collection Day:
All Materials must be dropped off at the collection site on June 1 between 9:00-11:00am.  The collection site is the Visitor Locker Room at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.  On collection day, using Gate 8 is the closest entrance to the locker room.  When delivering the materials, please make sure the boxes are clearly marked with “Parent”, “Student”, or “Both” and include the appropriate number of copies.  Please make sure that you have staff to carry your materials/boxes.  There will not be on-site staff able to help.  We ask that you NOT send materials to the Office of Student Transitions, as there is very limited storage space. 

If you can’t drop off your materials on June 1st or if you have a question, please call Karen Smith at 328-4173.   


COAD 1000 Instructors Needed

In order to meet the demands of students registering for COAD 1000, and the request by the Provost to offer more sections for entering students who are less academically prepared, the Office of Student Transition is seeking additional COAD instructors for fall 2016.

It is understood that there are many new employees in the Division who have never taught and some who may have taught in the past and might like to re-engage.  This is a great opportunity to have a positive impact on ECU’s first-year students. 

Instructors must have completed a Master’s degree and should be exempt SHRA, exempt EHRA or non-exempt EHRA.

For additional information or questions or if you wish to sign up to teach a COAD section, please contact Dr. Mary Beth Corbin, Executive Director, Office of Student Transitions at 328-4173 or

Male Success Summitt

Male Student Success Summit
Submitted by Lathan Turner, Student Transitions

The Office of Student Transitions sponsored the first Male Student Success Summit on Saturday, April 9, 2016.  The Summit, for student attendees only, was created after receiving positive feedback from the annual Student Affairs conference with the theme of “Empowered:  A Focus on Male Student Success”. 

The February conference theme was selected following a review of the literature on males in higher education pointing to concerns of interest in college, enrollment and retention of males.  Students representing The Student Activities Board, T.E.A.M., and COAD 1000 planned the Student Summit.

The Summit included presentations on relevant material for male students about academic and personal success.  Staff from the Divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs shared a variety of strategies and general knowledge information on successful engagement at the University. 

More than 30 student participants attended the summit, which began at 11 a.m. with a presentation by Dr. Jake Jensen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science.  The day ended at 4 p.m. with a presentation by former ECU and NFL football star Terrance Copper. 

Future initiatives are being planned to further address male student success at ECU, including a monthly series in Fall 2016 entitled “Manhood Monday”.  The series will include workshops on a chosen topic to increase awareness and to address personal and academic concerns.  A student advisory board is also being created to assist the planning committee with other program ideas.

Contact Dr. Lathan E. Turner with the Office of Student Transitions for additional information.