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Parent Pride Newsletter Fall 2013 Highlights: Buccaneer Family Association

Athletics

SGA President

Arts at ETSU

125Committee Updates

George L. Carter Railroad Museum

Changes on Campus

Family Weekend

ETSU Enrollment

ETSU App

Student Spotlight

Fall 2013


New Student & Family Programs

Hello Buccaneer family! New Student and Family Programs were privileged to have two new graduate assistants join our team this fall, JorDon Herron (back) and Laura Clinton (front). JorDon is from Knoxville, Tennessee and is currently getting her Masters in Social Work and has a desire to work with at-risk teenagers. During her undergraduate career at ETSU, she was a POLO (Preview & Orientation) leader for new students in 2011 and a student intern for First Year Programs in 2012. She is a McNair Scholar and remains involved on campus through the housing community with her husband, Cade. Laura is from Shelbyville, TN and is currently working on her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. Within this field, she wants to work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the clinical setting. She completed her graduate work at Middle Tennessee State University, and was involved as a Student Orientation leader from 2010-2012 for the Office of New Student & Family Programs. Aside from their schoolwork, both of these ladies share a passion for new students and their families. We have allowed them to join our team in order for them to bring forth that passion to create the foundation for the Buccaneer Family Association. The Buccaneer Family Association is a new initiative aimed at allowing parent and family members an opportunity to play an active role in the education of their student while he or she is enrolled at East Tennessee State University. These ladies will be the faces and contacts for your questions and concerns. Be on the lookout for more information in regards to joining the Buccaneer Family Association coming soon. Please visit http://www.etsu.edu/family and “like� ETSU New Student & Family Programs on Facebook for more information and frequent updates! Go Bucs! 2


A Message from the SGA President

Buccaneer families, Hi! My name is Michael Wallace, and I currently serve as the 2013-2014 Student Government Association President. As a student, I want to say thank you for your contributions to student life at ETSU. Being a student doesn’t end in the classroom, and all the support and encouragement received from families is helpful for college students. I am a Communication Studies major pursuing a minor in Biology. I’m also a member of Greek life and the Preview and Orientation Organization for New Parents and Family Programs. By getting involved within my departments of study and campus organizations, I have met many students from different paths who are having unique ETSU experiences of their own; I’ve met a talented bluegrass musician, a Women’s studies major conducting research in Rwanda, and a student that has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail. As a junior, I’m thankful for the two years that this campus has given me, and I’m proud to walk through the diversity of our campus culture everyday. Whether students are rock climbing at the CPA, rushing to board the Bucshot for class, or anticipating the week of Homecoming, there are always windows of excitement. I encourage students to get involved and get to know one another. Joining an organization is a great way to plug into campus, but there are many events that help get connected, too! East Tennessee State University allows students to feel a sense of home, an opportunity for challenge, and the ability to focus on their personal growth and development as college student. With a few more semesters ahead, I cannot wait for what is to come for the Buccaneers! With quite a few recent improvements, students are enjoying the campus environment and making headway with their fall semesters. On behalf of the students, we appreciate all that you do for the students and the ETSU community. Go Bucs! Michael 3


125 Committee

Progressing Toward ETSU’s 125th Anniversary The Committee for 125 was formed in 2012 to develop a progressive plan for guiding ETSU to its 125th anniversary in 2036. The “ETSU 125” process resulted in the work of six task forces that presented their recommendations in December. Recommendations ranged from pursuing a football team, a school of dentistry, more emphasis on the arts, as well as the establishment of new student programs on campus, among other initiatives. Since the Spring , this committee has made vast strides since these recommendations have been made. The Student Government Association voted in support of a football team, and the TBR later approved the proposal as well. Also, a $3 million dollar donation was given by Jim Martin to contribute to the $9.5 million dollar goal for the new art building on the ETSU campus. Priorities for ETSU were made known from the community at a town hall meeting that took place in February. Topics presented at that meeting included a number of presentations regarding particular interests from retired employees, current students, and citizens. Topics of interest included the establishment of a law school, concern in which to make the campus shuttle service more ‘eco-friendly’, and consideration to add a competitive cycling program . Nolan quoted at the close of the meeting, “ We’re not going to make everyone happy. That’s not our intention. Our intention is to prioritize the goals for this institution and to assist the institution and the region in establishing a culture of excellence.” To remain updated on what is happening with the 125 committee, you can visit http://www.etsu.edu/125/. If you would like more information on how to donate to the Arts Initiative, visit http://www.etsu.edu/ artsinitiative/default.aspx.

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Changes on Campus “A parking garage has been talked about for a long time,” said ETSU Vice President for Finance and Admin-

istration David Collins. “The master plan calls for four parking garages to be built over time. Last year, with students’ help, we moved forward on the project.” The parking garage is being paid for through a higher parking fee on students. ETSU’s Student Government Association voted last year to raise the current parking fee from $25 to $50 per semester. The garage is a 425,000-square-foot, four-story building being built by Rentenbach construction. The building is expected to have 1,224 parking spaces, and will also contain a Subway and a convenience store. It will also have new offices for ETSU’s Public Safety Department and parking services. Construction was supposed to take place in June, but the original bid was $3 million off. “The project bid [was] over the approved estimate,” said Vice President for the Power Plant at ETSU, Bill Rasnick. “Time was spent investigating value engineering options and resubmitting to the State Building Commission for approval.” Some of the value engineering that has taken place has been changing the kind of glass used in the parking garage. The different glass is estimated to save $40,000 to $50,000. The value engineering is meant to bring the overall cost of the garage down. Construction is expected to be complete by the October. The loss of parking spaces may hurt now, but ETSU is looking years into the future instead of the next couple of years, Collins said. “Even though I know students will be annoyed while it is being built, this is something the campus needed,” former SGA president, Iqra Ahmad said. “We will have over 2,200 more parking spots after it is built. This parking garage is unique because it doesn’t even look like a typical parking garage. It will have places to eat, and for students to socialize.”

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Changes on Campus

ETSU Quad Plan The newly renovated Quad at East Tennessee State University has been completed and is the only dedicated green space on campus. Work officially began Dec. 16 with the moving of the conifer garden where the Quad is now located, which is right in the middle of campus and bordered by Brooks Gym, the Campus Center Building, and Gilbreath, Ball and Sam Wilson halls. The money for this came from reserve funds in the ETSU budget. The whole project was budgeted for $1 million. Work actually began on the area in June when the parking spaces and road that wound through there was closed to traffic. All the buildings bordering the new Quad area received new entrances, largely to address the Americans with Disabilities Act. “The plan had been part of the campus master plan for maybe 20 years in some form or the other,” said Bill Rasnick, ETSU associate vice president of facilities. ETSU President Brian Noland made establishing a campus green space a priority when he became president in January 2011.

( The Quad Before)

“This was an opportunity to upgrade and tie up the whole thing together,” Rasnick said. “You might could have done it without completely redoing the entrances but I think it would kind have been disjointed, had you done that.” Rasnick said the Quad area is intended to be a pleasant place to walk and congregate. “It’s for people to spend time,” he said. “It has a lot of outdoor amenities and certainly it’s student-oriented.” This beautiful corridor creates a welcoming environment for our students and will feature grassy areas with landscaping as well as pedestrian-friendly walkways. In addition, renovations were made to the entrances of Brooks Gymnasium, Sam Wilson Hall, Ball Hall, and the Campus Center Building, which surround this new Quad.

For information on parking changes and other construction updates, visit www.etsu.edu/detour.

(The Quad After)

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JOHNSON CITY (September 10, 2013) – Enrollment for the fall 2013 semester at East Tennessee State University stands at 14,957 students, according to preliminary figures released today. This figure includes undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students and residents from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine and the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, and represents an overall decrease of 447 students from the fall 2012 enrollment of 15,404. "The start of the fall semester is always one of the most exciting times of the year, and this year we welcomed 14,957 students to campus who are either beginning or continuing their pursuit of a degree," said ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland. "Our goal is to engage them with this campus and support them along their journey toward graduation and ultimately realizing their life dreams." The number of new freshmen and undergraduate transfers decreased from the previous fall semester, dropping by 199 students and 59 students, respectively. Though overall numbers are down, ETSU witnessed a 5 percent increase in online course enrollment, as well as growth in the number of high school students participating in the dual enrollment program. ETSU set a record last fall in the number of graduate students attending ETSU. Graduate enrollment remained relatively flat for the fall 2013 semester, down by eight students. "Our strong offerings at the graduate level, which include 13 doctoral programs, have helped us to sustain that growth," said Dr. Cecilia McIntosh, ETSU dean of Graduate Studies. "We will continue to look closely at our enrollment figures during the upcoming year and identify and pursue opportunities that will help us reach our enrollment targets for upcoming years," Noland added. 7


Zombie Tag Zombies are roaming the land, far and wide, and are headed toward East Tennessee. To be specific, they will arrive on the East Tennessee State University campus on Saturday, Oct. 26! Campus officials anticipate that once they arrive, these creatures will chase living students, faculty, staff and visitors around the ETSU campus before engaging the humans in games of tag. Yes, a day of Zombie Tag is planned at ETSU, with events throughout the day organized by the ETSU and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site. Proceeds from the day will benefit the museum and help provide state-of-the-art exhibits and science education. The main event is a game of Zombie Tag at 5 p.m. for those age 18 and up. ETSU and other regional college students who are age 17 may participate with valid college ID. The goal of Zombie Tag is to “survive” the game. “Human” participants attempt to reach six checkpoints on ETSU’s main campus without getting tagged and turned into a “zombie.” Each player is required to wear a black shirt over a white shirt, with the black shirt denoting “human.” As players are tagged, they must remove their black shirts to reveal their white shirts, which indicates “zombie.” The day will begin at 10 a.m. with a Zombie 5K co-hosted by ETSU Campus Recreation. Runners and walkers may dress up like zombies and follow a certified course through the campus. Prizes will be awarded for top runners, as well as for costume creativity. For those age 11 and under, a “flag” Zombie Tag event will be held at noon on the intramural field beside the Wayne G. Basler Center for Physical Activity. Each participant will receive a free child’s and adult’s pass to the Natural History Museum. There will also be face-painting, a costume contest, inflatables and more. Zombie Tag for those ages 12-17 will follow at 2 p.m. on the main ETSU campus, with rules identical to the main event. Throughout the day, Zombie Tag players waiting to enter or having exited the playing field may visit a variety of vendor booths, including professional make-up artists, event merchandise and sponsors. “We are so excited to be planning an entire day of zombie activities,” said Dr. Blaine Schubert, director of the Natural History Museum. “This is a unique way to use ‘zombie culture’ to bring awareness to our Natural History Museum, as well as paleontology.” Tickets to the main event are $10 online in advance or $12 at the gate; ID will be required. Tickets are $10 for the teen event and $5 for the children’s event. All tickets may be purchased at http://zombietix.com. The museum, located 1.8 miles off Exit 13 on Interstate 26, is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call (866) 202-6223 or visit www.etsu.edu/naturalhistorymuseum.

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Arts at ETSU

Telling the Silence, Elizabeth Ellis, storyteller If any woman ever told the real truth about her life, the world would split wide open. Versatile teller Elizabeth Ellis performs “Telling the Silence.” Ellis is a teller of Appalachian and Texas tales and stories of heroic American women, as well as vivid personal stories. She has entertained hundreds of thousands of listeners at schools, universities and festivals in her 25-year career as a storyteller. Among many honors, she was selected as a “Listener’s Choice” at the 30th Anniversary National Storytelling Festival. The event will be held in the Brown Hall auditorium on November 12th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for an adult, $10 for senior adults (60+), and $5 for students w/ID.

Invariably hilarious and fascinating"- Johnson City (Tennessee) Press Chronicle "One of America's finest storytellers."- School Library Journal

ETSU hosts the Endangered Alphabets Project The world has between 6,000 and 7,000 languages, but as many as half of them will be extinct by the end of this century. Another and even more dramatic way in which this cultural diversity is shrinking concerns the alphabets in which those languages are written. Writing has become so dominated by a small number of global cultures that those 6,000-7,000 languages are written in fewer than 100 alphabets. Moreover, at least a third of the world’s remaining alphabets are endangered–-no longer taught in schools, no longer used for commerce or government, understood only by a few elders, restricted to a few monasteries or used only in ceremonial documents, magic spells, or secret love letters. The Endangered Alphabets Project, which consists of an exhibition of carvings and a book, is the firstever attempt to bring attention to this issue–and to do so by creating unforgettable, enigmatic artwork. Come see this exhibit at ETSU for free! This event will start on October 28th and will remain here until November 1st in Ball Hall. Contact Heidi Ehle at (423) 439-8587 or by email at ehleah@etsu.edu for any questions about either event!

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Student Spotlight Alexis Petrak Junior, majoring Special Education What are your activities/involvement on campus and how did you get involved? “My first involvement was with Buctainment and I wanted to get involved because I thought what they did was great for students. Through that I met more people, and some of those people were in the Student Government Association and encouraged me to fun for Senate. So, I ran a write in campaign, and won! I was invited to join Kappa Delta Pi honors society, and then became Vice President of that organization.” What makes ETSU feel like home? “The organizations that I am in. All of my friends I’ve met through an organization. I have also lived on campus since my Freshmen year, and that really helped me get involved on campus.” Do you have any advice for parents? “Encourage your child to live on campus for at least one semester if you can. People that live off campus, even if they are close, are not as involved. At orientation parents push their students to get involved, but with my experience, my parents let me decide to get involved on my own. I encourage parents to let students make that decision on their own.”

Macy Bellamy Freshman, majoring in English & Pre-Med What has/have been your best experience(s) at ETSU? “My best experience have been the 3Oh!3 Concert and being involved with various organizations. What makes ETSU feel like home? “The people! Everyone has been so friendly and supportive. If the people weren’t so friendly to be around, there’s no way it could feel like home.” What advice would you give to incoming students? “Don’t stress too much about the future right away. Go to class, definitely study, and try to have fun!” 10


Athletics: Men’s Basketball The Buccaneers will play 17 regular season home games – and a total of 19 home contests when counting exhibition games – which marks a new record for the program. The Bucs have not played this many homes games since the team hosted 15 regular season contests back in 1987-88.I In addition to the release of the schedule, the athletic department also announced that the Bucs would be playing three games inside Johnson City’s Freedom Hall Civic Center this season. Freedom Hall, which is located less than two miles from the main ETSU campus. Those games will be played as part of a special, multi-tier event known as the Roundball Showcase. Also, as part of the build up to the season the ETSU athletic ticket office will be promoting a new “More Bucs for your Bucks” campaign, which will highlight the value in purchasing a season ticket this year due to the record number of home games. To purchase tickets, contact the ETSU athletic ticket office at 423-439-ETSU (3878) or visit ETSUBucs.com. GO BUCS!

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Athletics: Football

Phone-a-thons raise over $35,000 for ETSU Kickoff Fund Over the course of two phone-a-thons held during the past week, ETSU football alumni teamed up to raise more than $35,000 for the ETSU Football Kickoff Fund. The phone-a-thons were held on campus, featuring former ETSU football players calling their former teammates and fellow pigskin alums. Some former ETSU football players also participated in the campaign. Building off the first phone-a-thon on July 30, which raised over $14,000 for the Kickoff Fund, the second event on Aug. 6 saw more than $20,000 pledged, raising the week sum to over $35,000. In total, 100 individual pledges for the Kickoff Fund have been counted for the two sessions, including both one-time and recurring gifts. A number of recurring pledges requested follow ups in the next few months and some agreed to three-year contracts leading up to the start of football. Kickoff Fund events will continue with private dinners, including one at Our House on Aug. 16, and additional phone-a-thons in the coming months. The positive effect of the reemergence of the football program has also trickled down to the university as a whole, as gifts to the general fund via phone-a-thons have quadrupled in the past few months.

You too can give to the 2015 Kick-Off Fund! Visit www.etsubucs.com for more information on how to donate! GO BUCS!

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George L. Carter Railroad Museum November is National Model Railroad Month, and this year marks the second anniversary of the dedication of the George L. Carter Railroad Museum at East Tennessee State University. Thousands of visitors have enjoyed the museum’s displays, which include historic prototype railroad memorabilia, toy trains and model railroading locomotives, rolling stock, and structures. Three large operating layouts in three different scales provide viewing enjoyment. The museum’s model railroads are operated by volunteers from the Mountain Empire Model Railroader club who provide information about local historic railroads and knowledgeable tips on the basics of model railroading. Devoted to the region’s historical ties to railroads, the museum is dedicated to the memory of George L. Carter who built the Clinchfield Railroad through 275 miles of mountainous terrain to carry coal from Eastern Kentucky. In 1909, when the state’s selection committee visited the area while searching for a site for a proposed teachers college, Carter offered his 120-acre farm and $100,000 toward the establishment of the school, which became ETSU. Come visit the Reece railroad museum next time your on campus! It’s open Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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ETSU App The ETSU app delivers content, services, and features in a mobile friendly format for your iPhone or Android mobile device. On the spring board, you will find modules that with a click help you find your way around campus, link to mobile friendly ETSU services such as library catalogs, D2L and ETSU Live!, it can also be utilized to keep you informed about campus events and more! The following is a list of current modules in the ETSU App: Athletics Stay up to date on all the ETSU Bucs sports teams' schedules, scores, and news! Directory Search by name, e-mail address, or phone number to find contact information for faculty, staff, and students. Events Browse events and see what is going on around campus. Images Browse ETSU image galleries such as Athletic events, Archives of Appalachia, Campus Scenes and more. iTunesU This module button takes you to ETSU's mobile friendly iTunesU library where you can find videos and lectures produced by ETSU's world class faculty and staff! Maps This module will help you find your way around campus, or locate that building you've never heard of. If you're using an Android device this module will give you access to Places and Tours as well. Places (currently iOS only) Looking for a place to print, get online, get your workout on, or grab a snack? This module will help you locate these services on campus, and give you quick access to hours of operation, and contact info. Tours (currently iOS only) This module offers useful tours of campus for prospective students, parents, and visitors. Videos Click this module button to get quick access to ETSU's YouTube channel. 14


Academic Calendar

Fall 2013 Aug. 24

First day of classes

Aug. 30

Last day to register or add classes without a departmental permit (Last day to register through GoldLink)

Sept. 2

Labor Day (university closed)

Oct. 14 - 15 Fall Break (students only, no day/evening classes, university open) Oct. 21

Last day to drop a course with a 'W' grade without dean's permission

Nov. 27

Classes beginning at 3pm or later will not meet - Thanksgiving

Nov. 28 - 29 Thanksgiving (university closed) Dec. 6

Last day of classes

Dec. 7 - 12

Final exams - Final Exam Schedule

Dec. 14

Commencement Ceremonies

Dec. 16

All grades due by noon

*Register Now* Visit www.etsu.edu/family for the complete list of events & prices! (Registration closes 10/25)

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Contact us: New Student & Family Programs Division of Student Affairs http://www.etsu.edu/family (423) 439-4210 family@etsu.edu

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Parent Pride Newsletter Fall 2013