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STUDENT AFFAIRS 2015-2016 The Division of Student Affairs and East Carolina University continue through one of the most demanding and challenging times in its 110-year history due to unprecedented growth and transition and the focus on student success from orientation to graduation. In 2016, newly appointed University of North Carolina System president, Margaret Spellings, named Dr. Cecil Staton as the 11th chancellor of East Carolina University. His focus is on making ECU the next great national institution and Student Affairs will play a large role in achieving this goal. Despite continued state budget cuts, for an eighth consecutive year, the Division of Student Affairs has embraced the challenges accompanying change and is setting sail for greater horizons. Our divisional focus has not changed; we are committed to educating, empowering and encouraging our students to stretch out of their comfort zones, to challenge the norm and embrace conversation. Physically, our campus continues to evolve and Student Affairs remains front and center with the growth and expansion. Three residential towers are having major interior and exterior construction work completed, which will provide a fresh, new look to the West End neighborhood. The first of ECU’s two new student centers will open its doors in late spring 2017. This 76,000 square foot facility will be the only stand-alone student center on a health sciences campus in North Carolina and one of a very few nationwide. The second student center, with a 700 space parking deck, is closing in on completion in fall 2018. The end result will be the creation of a “living room” for our students on the Health Sciences and Main campuses. With our record student enrollment of nearly 29,000 students, Student Affairs is thrilled to share that our student engagement has also never been higher. ECU offers more than 400 official student organizations and clubs producing more than 200,000 engagement hours of activity and service. The six core values of the Division of Student Affairs are more than just words on a website or poster. Service, Excellence, Respect, Integrity, Inclusion and Student Centered have become the driving force behind our everyday commitment to serve our campus. This annual report will showcase and demonstrate the ways in which Student Affairs has operationalized the three university commitments of student success, public service and regional transformation. It’s easy to see why our students have a passion at East Carolina University and Student Affairs is excited to be right in the middle of it all. Dr. Virginia Hardy Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs 1


28,829 TOTAL ENROLLMENT 59% Female | 41% Male | 31% Minority

23,039 UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS 58% Female | 42% Male | 32% Minority



26 306


265 Full Time | 41 Temporary


Student Affairs provides programs and services that optimize student learning and leadership, builds a safe supportive and welcoming campus community, fosters the emotional growth and personal development of students, and makes a positive contribution to the overall student experience.


Student Affairs fosters an environment where all students achieve their academic and personal goals.

VALUES • • • • • •

Student Centered Integrity Service Excellence Respect Inclusion


MAXIMIZE STUDENT SUCCESS Student Engagement continues to grow on campus with more than 400 official student clubs and organizations.

2015 2016

1,600+ Events/Programs 98,000+ Student Participants 200,000+ Engagement Hours


31,358 26,250 5,400 5,398 5,161 5,000 4,691

Student Activities Board Programs Campus Living Programs Intramurals Pirate Palooza Wellness Passport Barefoot on the Mall Orientation Sessions (Transfer - 554 included)

4,300 3,005 2,147 1,500 1,373 1,169 1,153 1,019

New Student Welcome and Convocation Greek Life Members (43 organizations) Career Fairs Club Sports (40 clubs) Beach Fest Spring Fest Intercultural Affairs Halloween Havoc Polar Bear Plunge


5,187 3

Family Weekend Football Game


Parent Association Members

The success of our students is the ultimate measure of our university. We will support excellence, expand opportunity, and celebrate achievement.

• The Office of Student Transitions hosted the 31st annual Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW) conference in March. SROW is the largest regional conference sponsored by NODA – the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education. Nearly 1,800 students from nine southern states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee – gathered to learn to be better leaders by participating in educational sessions and competitions. This is the first time that ECU has hosted the SROW conference and it was a major success. Vice Chancellor Hardy and Provost Ron Mitchelson served as plenary session speakers during the two and a half day event. The conference included a case study competition and song, skit, dance and step competition. • ECU launched Pledge Purple in 2015-2016, a new weeklong initiative, which focused on education and advocacy about sexual violence, harassment and bullying. Pledge Purple engaged our students, faculty and staff in the fight against sexual violence and at the same time empowered everyone to take a stand…together. The week included Take Back the Night walks on both campuses with a Pledge Purple lighting ceremony; bystander intervention programming related to sexual violence, bullying and harassment; and keynote speaker Beverly Gooden shared her experience as a domestic violence survivor. On Pledge Purple Day, individuals had the opportunity to sign the pledge: “I will not use my hands or words in acts of violence, bullying, or sexual assault. I will educate myself about what violence, bullying and sexual assault looks like in the Pirate community. I will support my fellow Pirates and safely intervene as an active bystander if I witness scenarios of violence, bullying or sexual assault.” • Student Affairs hosted the first ever North Carolina Civility Summit in February. The NC Civility Summit strives to promote understanding and positive change on East Carolina University’s campus and beyond. The summit featured keynote speaker Opal Tometi, executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. Following the keynote address, breakout sessions with facilitators from ECU and other institutions were held on topics such as race relations, gender, religion, social media and human trafficking. The idea was initiated and organized by students and grew out of the desire to engage students and the community in dialogue that would build lasting coalitions to enact change in our society. 147 individuals attended the NC Civility Summit from 20 institutions, which included 14 cities from within 5 states. The Black Student Union, Student Government Association, Student Activities Board, LGBT Resource Office and Student Involvement and Leadership sponsored the NC Civility Summit.


MAXIMIZE STUDENT SUCCESS Student Affairs departments provide support to our students in so many ways beyond programs and events.



ECU Transit passenger trips

exams offered by Disability Support Services

Student Affairs also provides significant experiential opportunities for students with specific course credit, leadership, research or financial impacts associated.



students were paid

job and internship opportunities provided by Career Services



students were paid

$3,370,549 $266,251 in compensation

Student Employees per area • CRW - 452 • Campus Living - 351 • Transit - 198 • SIL - 172 • Student Media - 141 • Other SA Departments - 85


in compensation

Graduate Assistants per area • CRW - 9 • SIL - 6 • Career Services - 4 • Campus Living - 3 • Intercultural Affairs - 3 • Dean of Students - 2 • Student Rights & Responsibilities - 1 • Counseling Center - 1 • IGCC - 1

The success of our students is the ultimate measure of our university. We will support excellence, expand opportunity, and celebrate achievement.

• Pirate Express, provided by ECU Transit • Campus Living opened Gateway Residence Hall in Fall 2015 and and funded by the Student Government introduced a new level of residential Association, is a nighttime route that comfort and convenience to the College operates to serve locations around main Hill Neighborhood. Gateway East and campus and in local neighborhoods, West is the home to 14 of the 17 ECU commonly referred to as “The Grid.” In Living Learning Communities, which 2015-16, 15,829 students utilized this accounted for 680 of the 720 students service, which assisted in creating a in the hall. The opening of Gateway safe campus environment by providing increased campus housing capacity to safe and secure transportation seven above 5,800 students. days a week. • Over 12,000 events are managed through Student Centers and the Central Reservations Office by securing spaces throughout both campuses. These events, programs and initiatives include most every large event on campus as well as a number of programs offered to the community.

• Career Services major career fairs provided amazing opportunities for ECU students. More than 2,500 students participated in the 2015 Fall Career Fair or the 2016 Spring Career Fairs held at the Greenville Convention Center. In addition, nearly 500 companies and organizations with more than 1,000 recruiters and representatives conducted interviews, reviewed resumes, and discussed internships, CO-OP’s and full time employment opportunities with current ECU students, including distance education students, as well as ECU alumni. 6

SERVE THE PUBLIC East Carolina University partnered with nearly


Local community partner organizations

Student Activities and Organizations (Homecoming Committee), and the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement partnered with the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina to collect a total of 42,651 pounds of food equaling 35,916 meals plus 364 backpacks.







MLK Day of Service hours performed by 250 volunteers and 11 community partners

IGCC volunteer hours performed by 307 students and 445 community partners

Alternative Break Experience service hours performed by 41 students and 8 staff

hours served by Greek member volunteers

2,008 500

Make-A-Difference Day service hours performed by 150 volunteers and 17 community partners 7


Service has always been at the heart of this university. We will inspire the next generation of leaders to carry this spirit of service into their professional lives. We will demonstrate this commitment to service by being engaged with the needs of eastern North Carolina and beyond.

• Student Affairs has hosted Alternative Break Experiences (ABE) for many years with the one common mission of creating active citizens, leaders and advocates to drive lasting social change. While offered multiple times during the year, the largest group journey into the community occurs during Spring Break. In 2016, 41 students and eight staff journeyed to Baltimore, Haysi, Virginia, Eustis, Florida and North Carolina coastal regions for ABE trips. These participants logged more than 2,000 service hours during this one week period. These student-learning opportunities in diverse environments address social, economic, political, environmental, spiritual and cultural issues. The students learn through the exchange of ideas, personal reflection, critical thinking and by applying academic concepts outside the classroom. • ECU students partnered with campus departments to present the S.H.O.E.S. Project, which stands for Students Honoring Others’ Everyday Struggles/ Stories. This program was organized to raise awareness of mental health issues and to inform students of available resources. Nearly 200 pairs of shoes were donated to be displayed during the event along with anonymous stories about the challenges faced by others and themselves that were attached.

• ECU Student Veteran Services, in the Office of Student Transitions, hosted the inaugural Storm the Stadium Challenge in April 2016. Participants accepting the challenge traversed the 3,200 steps of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium to raise funds to support student veteran scholarships and support veteran programs. Storm the Stadium was a daunting challenge for the more than 100 participants. Some took the challenge as individuals determined to complete the 3,200 steps, while others teamed up to tackle it as a group. • In Campus Recreation and Wellness, the Student Leadership Council, the Club Sports Program and the Wellness Living Learning Community (WLLC) were all heavily involved in community engagement in 2015-2016. Nearly 40 WLLC participants worked closely with East End Elementary School in Martin County to provide educational programming to over 100 fourth and fifth graders. Topics included hygiene, nutrition and physical activity. The Student Leadership Council, consisting of 10 members, hosted 50 students from East End in the spring for Kids on Campus Day, where they learned about ECU and all that college life has to offer them. While the Club Sports program, which consists of 40 clubs equaling 1500 people, contributed to the community through clothing, food and toy drives throughout the year. 8


$829,000 in sponsorships, scholarships and programs for the Division of Student Affairs were raised in 2015-2016.


$2,522,976 $148,856 Club Sports economic impact

donations from Greek Life to 22 organizations

$9,800 raised from the Corporate and Leadership Awards / 40 Under 40 event with 360 in attendance

$3,800 raised by the Storm the Stadium event to support scholarships and programming for student veterans 9

The past, present, and future of this university are closely aligned with the region it calls home. We see the challenges of eastern North Carolina and accept them as our own. Through partnership, leadership, and discovery, we will be a force for progress and growth.

• A student veterans lounge opened in • ECU Transit received the inaugural February and was funded in part by Clean Future Award from the Greenville a Student Veterans of America Home Utilities Commission in June. The award Depot Vet Center grant, as well as a recognized ECU for the addition of the generous contribution from the Division university’s first compressed natural of Student Affairs. The lounge is a safe gas powered buses, which will start place for veterans to come and unwind December 2016. The buses highlight during the day and provides a place for ECU’s commitment to clean fuels, clean students to connect with their military air, community partnerships and reducing affiliated peers. petroleum consumption. • ECU’s Campus Kitchen, a student-led project, marked six years of addressing hunger locally. ECU has the only Campus Kitchen program in the UNC system and the largest of four programs in the state. Teams of students prepare nutritious meals consisting of a protein, vegetable, starch and dessert at Todd Dining Hall and deliver them on a rotating schedule to four community partners: Operation Sunshine, the Little Willie Center, JOY Soup Kitchen and the Ronald McDonald House. While the dining hall donates the meat, most of the vegetables and fruit come from the annual ECU Homecoming canned food drive. More than 1,100 pounds of food were collected in the fall and used throughout the year.

• In July, the University broke ground for the new Health Sciences Campus Student Center - a 76,000-square-foot facility that will include recreation space, dining options and student offices for student health, counseling and career services. The facility opens in Spring 2017 and is located between the East Carolina Heart Institute and the Colleges of Allied Health and Nursing. • Students worked to improve the lives of others through a new initiative called That Big Idea Challenge which is modeled after the Clinton Global initiative. More than 30 students collaborated in 15 project groups on ideas focused around education, the environment and climate challenge, alleviating poverty, peace and human rights or public health. 10

SUSTAINABILITY AND RESOURCE STEWARDSHIP • Campus Recreation and Wellness installed LED lighting which reduced energy consumption and improved sustainability efforts (irrigation systems, installation of new recycle/trash containers and small trash containers in offices). • The Office of Student Transitions (OST) donated extra food from Orientation sessions - chips, apples and cookies - and distributed the food around Greenville to children’s summer programs. In 2015, 700 pounds of food were delivered to agencies such as the Little Willie Center, Building Hope, Operation Sunshine, and the Boys & Girls Club. • OST also transitioned its orientation process to an online system which reduced administrative costs and promoted sustainable environments through the use of technology and not paper. • Pirate Access officially launched in January 2016 through the combined effort of Student Government Association (SGA), ECU Transit, Parking, Dean of Students Office, Student Health Services and Disability Support Services. Pirate Access is a transportation system that provides easy access for students who are permanently or temporarily disabled to get where they need to go on campus and surrounding areas. SGA, ECU Transit, and Parking funded Pirate Access, buying all new vehicles with low floor access and ramps for their users. The vehicles are used for the Safe Ride program, which began in February and provided service to 848 riders during the year. • The Central Reservations Office (CRO) has managed to consolidate reservations of practically all of the spaces on campus including meeting spaces in most buildings on both campuses as well as large academic classrooms for evening events and activities. This has greatly improved coordination and safety of events on campus as these spaces are now managed by professional staff with consistent communication to ECU Police, Disability Support Services, Facilities and Parking 11

and Transportation.


• ECU’s first African-American female Vice-President was elected to the Student Government Association. • The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities recruited 49 diverse student panel members that represent various age groups, ethnicities, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, academic majors, classifications, organizational affiliations within and outside of ECU. • Campus Recreation and Wellness offered men’s wellness programs with male instructors, employed bilingual staff and offered gender neutral facilities and bathrooms.

• The Office of Greek Life continued to grow the Greek community in overall numbers, but also with growth of new, diverse Greek Organizations in 20152016: - Alpha Kappa Alpha (historically AfricanAmerican Sorority) - Lambda Theta Phi (Latin Fraternity) - Sigma Sigma Rho (Asian Interest Sorority) - Sigma Pi (Interfraternity Council) - Sigma Nu (Interfraternity Council). • Student Involvement and Leadership created and launched the Office of Intercultural Affairs, which sought to impact ECU by encouraging students, staff, faculty and other stakeholders to understand the synergistic potential of bringing together the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center and the LGBT Resource Office. 12

COLLABORATIONS / SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY • More than 200 collaborations were created or strengthened with Student Affairs educators and partners across the division, across campus and in the community. • During the year, 48 Student Affairs staff participated in scholarly presentations and publications with external professional organizations. This activity was performed at the state, regional and national levels. In addition, six grants were awarded to the division. • The ECU Adventure Program, in Campus Recreation and Wellness, received a $2,500 grant from the Paddle Nation Grant Program, which is an initiative connecting young people to their rivers, streams, lakes and oceans. Several trips were held in July 2015 for groups of Pitt County 5th-8th graders including with Building Hope Community Life Center, the Lucille Gorham Intergenerational Community Center and the Girl Scouts. • Student Affairs was awarded a $10,000 Great Plays Grant, which was used to assist with funding and supporting Dry Dock during the 2015 football season. Dry Dock, an alcohol-free tailgate initiative was featured at home football games and provided live music, inflatables, games and a variety of food trucks for fans to purchase food and beverages. Each week, units within Student Affairs partnered with student groups/organizations to host the tailgate. • ECU was one of six UNC-system campuses that received funding from the NC Governor’s Office to set up a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) for people with alcohol and drug addictions. The recovery process can be lonely and isolating, especially on college campuses, and ECU and Student Affairs are working to change that with this program. East Carolina’s CRC is housed in the Center for Counseling and Student Development with programmatic support for the Wellness Center in Campus Recreation and Wellness. 13


Election years at the state and national level tend to create uncertainty in higher education, but through the evaluation of recent trends, forecast models and research data, the following topics are expected to take center stage of the Division of Student Affairs in 2016-17 and beyond. • Mental Health – Focus on the growing demand for services in mental health, specifically with increased visits to the Counseling Center, Dean of Students and Disability Support Services. Last year, 790 students were officially registered with Disability Support Services, which conducted 5,594 tests for these students. • Substance Free Programs - Student Involvement and Leadership will enhance the offerings of the late night programming series called “Pirates After Dark.” This is a substance-free alternative to combat the culture of risky and unsafe behaviors on college campuses. Generally held on a Friday evening, this event features live music, games, novelties, food and more in the Mendenhall Student Center. • ECU Leads - East Carolina University is the Leadership University and in the coming year, Student Affairs will launch the ECU Leads Program - a type of co-curricular leadership certificate that is devised to help students build a leadership portfolio and track their leadership learning over time.

• Civil Discourse - A new Division of Student Affairs program will be launched in Fall 2016 called Cupola Conversations. The program aims to create informal opportunities for the university community to engage in constructive dialogue about various topics, some of which may be controversial and potentially provocative. • Two Student Centers - East Carolina University approved a plan to build two state-of-the-art student center facilities on the Main and Health Sciences Campuses. Supported by student fees, building revenue, and on and off campus partners, these two facilities will serve current and future students, faculty, and staff as well as our over 150,000 proud alumni of East Carolina University. Existing as Pirate Nation’s “living room,” both facilities will empower the campus community around our motto Servire and serving as a hub for cultural, educational, social, and recreational activities. The Health Sciences Student Center is scheduled to open in Spring 2017 and the student center on Main Campus, which includes a parking garage, will open in 2018. 14

DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS Assessment, Research and Retention Campus Dining Campus Living Campus Recreation and Wellness Career Services Center for Counseling & Student Development Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement Central Reservations Office Dean of Students Disability Support Services Greek Life Intercultural Affairs Intergenerational Community Center Off-Campus Student Services Parent and Family Programs Student Activities and Organizations Student Government Association Student Health Student Involvement and Leadership Student Media Student Rights and Responsibilities Student Transitions Technology Services Transfer Services Transit Veteran Services Learn more about East Carolina University Division of Student Affairs


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2015-2016 Student Affairs Annual Report  

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