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Student Affairs News and Announcements


A Vivid Remembrance - Normandy survivor recounts horror, triumph of D-Day

On June 6, 1944, Dr. Harold Baumgarten was one of thousands of American soldiers who landed on the beach at Normandy in World War II. He was wounded five times in 32 hours during the D-Day invasion — three times sustaining life-threatening injuries.   As a survivor of that moment in history, film director Steven Spielberg sought him as a special adviser for the 1998 American film "Saving Private Ryan." (read full story here)


Prominent Civil Rights Activist and Freedom Rider to Lecture at ECU

East Carolina University and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center welcome civil rights activist Dr. Bob Zellner to campus on Oct. 25 for a special lecture at 7pm in Hendrix Theatre.   Zellner’s lecture is entitled “Wrong side of Murder Creek” which is also the title of his newly released book. (read full story here)

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ECU Transit - Pirate Express "Saving Lives" - Article In Daily Reflector

At 11:30 p.m., most riders on East Carolina University’s Pirate Express bus are heading to downtown Greenville, anticipating a night of drinking and partying with their friends.   “We’re saving lives, let’s not candy-coat it,” ECU senior and Pirate Express driver Mark Poczontek said.  (Click to read the full Reflector story)


 ECU Hosts State Transfer Conference - East Carolina University, Student Affairs and the Office of Student Transitions hosted a statewide conference regarding best practices for meeting the needs of transfer students on Sept. 19 at the Hilton Greenville.  The event was developed in collaboration with University of North Carolina General Administration. (read full story)

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 Office of Student Transitions - New Name, Same Commitment to Students 

The office seeks to understand and enrich the experiences of the first-year student at ECU.  It will continue to offer pro­grams, services and opportunities for students and educators interested in the col­lege student experience and the innovative pedagogies impacting the undergradu­ate student. (read full story)

Pop Thursdays

Career Center POP Thursdays – The Career Center rolled out a new program this fall called POP Thursdays (Pirates on the Porch), where companies will come to campus to meet, greet and recruit ECU students for career


ECU Transit routes, arrival times and bus locations will be available via mobile devices through a partnership with Next Bus. Students can download the ECU Transit app from the ECU Mobile app. A great deal of routes and information are already available for students with more to come throughout the fall.

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Join the Pirate Academy today.  

The application and Fall 2012 schedule is now available.  Click the links for more information.
Convocation for Web

ECU New Student Convocation and Welcome - More than 2,500 freshmen and transfer students listened to student and faculty speakers and participated in an athletic Pep Rally at Williams Arena.  Click here to see the photos from Convocation.

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Pirate Palooza Kicks off Fall 2012 School Year in style!  Check out all the photos from Palooza.

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ECU Transit Safety and Training featured in Daily Reflector - By Kristin Zachary - Read the entire article on the Daily Reflector website


Capital Projects Update

belk Belk Hall: Planning is underway for the demolition of Belk Hall for sometime in 2014, and the replacement of these beds with two new residence halls. Ratio Architects has been selected to lead the design process; regularly scheduled meetings are underway that will shape the future of living on “The Hill” as a result of this project. In addition to the 700 beds for student housing, there will also be a swimming pool and community center.

Tyler Hall: The plastic covering around Tyler Hall is beginning to come down as the renovation work moves towards an on time August opening.  Students will be move into Tyler - a building that has been rebuilt from the ground up with new exterior window walls, renovated bathrooms and common areas, a newly designed outdoor plaza and an entirely new look. Barnhill Construction is overseeing the restoration of Tyler as they did Scott Hall in 2009-10. The completion of these two adjacent projects has created over 1,100 beds spaces of newly restored student housing for future generations of Pirates.

hat Student Centers:  The initial programmatic focus group meetings for the new East Campus and Health Sciences Campus student centers will be held this Thursday (May 24) and Friday (May 25) in Mendenhall Student Center.  This meeting will provide invaluable information from the ECU community to the design team as they prepare an official proposal of the new student centers to East Carolina University.

Student Affairs Celebration and Awards

What a way to cap off the 2011-12 year!!   More than 200 divisional staff invaded West End Dining Hall and enjoyed the fellowship, ice cream and sharing of successes.  For the first time in many years, we also presented some divisional awards and recognized those who have committed many years of service to ECU. Special thanks to the SA Awards Committee (Laura Sweet, Laura McMaster, Karen Thompson, Jolene Jernigan, Matt Dwyer and Emily McLamb) for their work on the awards nominations and selection process.    The two divisional awards presented this year were the Emerging Professional Award and the Spirit Award.   The recipients are:
pat Emerging Professional Award – Patrick Roberts from the Career Center (excerpt from nomination)
“Patrick spearheaded the planning and implementation of the Spring Career and Leadership Mini Conference, which provided more than 100 students with substantive training and development activities.   Patrick has worked diligently to build relationships with faculty and staff; this has resulted in collaboration and partnerships that benefit students.  Dr. Lisa Baranik reports that Patrick has helped her develop, teach, and evaluate her Careers in Psychology course while providing individual coaching to her students.”
childs Spirit Award – Georgia Childs from Campus Recreation and Wellness (excerpt from nomination)
It has been said that she should wear a warning sign that reads:  “Caution! Contact with this individual will infect you with Purple Pride!”   Anyone who has worked with Georgia can testify that her enthusiasm and love for her work, the students, and the university is contagious.  She is willing to become involved with all aspects of her department, the division, and the university, and has devoted countless hours on nights and weekends to numerous events, programs, and projects.   She is the first one to say, “I’ll do it!” when volunteers are called for action.