ECU Distance Education students can now connect with each other more easily thanks to Allisha Ellis, a non-traditional DE student in the College of Allied Health Sciences.
Ellis, a first-year Health Services Management major, created the first DE student organization, Pirates From Afarrr, as an opportunity for DE students to meet and network with one another.
With the help of Jennifer Baysden, ECU Office of Continuing Studies, the organization’s constitution was completed and submitted in October 2011. There are currently about 30 active members consisting of currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students. Ellis is serving as the organization’s president with Kellie Dunne, a second-year BSBA major, as secretary.
Still in the early stages of formation, Ellis has high expectations for the organization–social events for those residing in the same location/regions, study group opportunities, networking, career and education mentoring, and social outlets via Second Life and other online avenues. “I truly believe the possibilities are endless,” says Ellis. “There are many ways to make this organization work for everyone while also making it fun.”
Meetings are tentatively planned for every other month. DE students can contact Ellis for more information.