Nearly 300 students and their families attended the eighth annual THCAS ECU Excels event on Friday, Feb. 17, in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms. (Photos by Rob Taylor Photography & Design.)
ECU's Harriot College Recognizes High-Achieving First-Year Students
February 24, 2017
By Lacey L. Gray Director of Marketing and Communications Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences
East Carolina University’s
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences recognized its high-achieving
first-year freshmen and transfer students at the college’s annual ECU Excels
Awards Ceremony on Feb. 17 in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms.
The event, which began in
2010 and is in its eighth year, honored 573 Harriot College students who
achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their first semester at ECU.
Dr. William M. Downs, dean of
the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, welcomed the students and
their guests to the celebration.
“ECU is an exceptional place.
We really do put our students first,” said Downs. “ECU Excels is all about
recognizing that you are already on the path to success and a timely
graduation. It is a huge accomplishment.”
Following the dean’s comments,
three officers from the THCAS Dean’s Student Leadership Council gave formal
remarks about their lives at ECU. They provided words of wisdom to current
Excels awardees on how to be successful throughout their academic career at
Chair of the council Lily
Faulconer, an Honors College student who will graduate in May with degrees in
political science and multidisciplinary studies, said, “Your time of transition
is not over after your first semester. You’re going to experience many types of
transition. You may find yourself in a time that feels like constant chaos, but
you’ve already demonstrated your ability to adapt to a new environment and to
“I want to encourage you to
continue on this path,” said Faulconer. “Think of today and our celebration of
your success. Think of how hard you worked to be here at East Carolina, reflect
on your successes and remember the incredible opportunities you have had and
will have as a student and future graduate and alumni of East Carolina
“ECU is a community, a family,
a network of support and a hub of resources. You have everything you need to
succeed nestled somewhere on our campus. Take advantage of what ECU has to
offer you,” Faulconer concluded.
Katharine Chandler, co-chair
of the leadership council who is majoring in history, philosophy, religious
studies and great books, said “the key to success is to harness strength in all
your academic endeavors.”
Within her first two years at
ECU, Chandler studied abroad in Italy, South Africa and India. She said that
getting to know her professors and being involved in campus organizations
helped her focus and achieve her goals.
“It was because of the
professors that I was able to accomplish so much,” said Chandler.
secretary of the leadership council and a sophomore biology major, was the
final student to speak at the event.
“You should be very proud of
yourselves,” said Vasquez-Rios.
Chandler’s comment about getting to know the professors at ECU, and also told
students to use their time wisely and apply themselves in everything they do.
“Apply, apply, apply,” said Vasquez-Rios.
“Persist in what you think will help you reach your goals.”
Honorees of the event
received a certificate to commemorate their accomplishments and had the
opportunity to have photos taken by a professional photographer. Additionally,
the scholars and their guests celebrated with cake and mingled with faculty and
associate deans from Harriot College.
To view photos from the event, taken by Rob Taylor Photography & Design, visit the online gallery.
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