Monthly Archives: August 2013

Happy Labor Day!!!

Is there anything better than a 4-day weekend?  I know….a 2-week Winter Break, right?  Well, I don’t think many of us are ready for the holidays yet, so we’re going to have to settle for a long weekend.  Have you got big plans?  There is so much to do in and around Eastern NC and what better time to take advantage than now?

If you are looking to stay around Greenville, you could go to Freeboot Friday, attend an ECU Football game (GO PIRATES!!!), see a Planetarium show, have a free date night, watch a live band perform and many other exciting things.  To learn more click any of the underlined links or the Greenville Events Calendar here.

Maybe you want to get out of Greenville?  You’ve still got time to plan a relaxing get away (and if you use your Pirate Perks and/or We Save discounts, your trip could be more affordable than ever!)!!  To learn more about the multitude of attractions in our State, click here.

Whether you decide to get away, thrill seek, cheer on our Pirate football team, or simply have a relaxing cookout with your family and friends (for recipe ideas click here, here and here) we wish you a wonderful and safe 4-DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND!!!!  Whoot!!




Concealed Weapons Allowed on Campus

Effective October 1st, 2013, concealed weapons will be allowed on college campuses.

Pat McCrory has signed House Bill 937 which ammended our State Firearms Laws to expand the places where those with legal permits can carry a concealed firearm.  The expanded locations include:  Bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, and on college or public school campus.  This legislation prohibits guns in classrooms, dorms and administrative buildings on college campuses, however it allows permit holders to keep firearms locked in their car when parked on college or public school campuses.

Of course this is a heated topic.  Some say more lenient gun laws will inevitably increase gun crimes, others say it will increase suicide rates, on the flip side, some say the crime will go DOWN because those gun owners that already lock thier firearms in their cars will no longer be charged with a crime for doing so (if/when caught), and that potential shooters will be detered due to the likelyhood of people being armed (it has been thought schools were targets because shooters knew firearms wouldn’t be present).  Whether you are for or against this legislation, it is here to stay.

If you want to read some statistics from other college campuses that allow guns on campus, you can go here or here.


Being sick is NOT fun!

I don’t know about you, but when I’m sick, I want to feel better as fast as possible and the last thing I want to do is wait all day to see a doctor; or even worse is when the doctor doesn’t have any appointments available and schedules me for 2-3 days later (um…I’m sick NOW!).  This is why I was very excited to learn about ECU Rapid Access. 

ECU Rapid Access offers all ECU employees and their immediate families same-day doctor’s appointments for urgent, general-care needs.  SAME DAY!!!   And they do a great job of getting you in and out in less than an hour.  If you combine Rapid Access services with with our ECU Physicians Pharmacy Services you will be on the path to feeling better a lot faster than if you went to a doctor and pharmacy outside of ECU! 

Rapid Access has convenient locations on both Main and Health Sciences campuses:

  • On Main Campus patients are seen at Family Medicine East in the Student Health Services (1000 E. 5th St.) and appointments are available from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. At the Student Health Services location walk-ins are welcome during operating hours. If you are on Main Campus and need to see a physician after 12:30 p.m. they will still see you.  
  • The Health Sciences Campus patients are seen at the Family Medicine Center (101 Heart Drive), and appointments are available from 8 am – 4 pm, with ECU Pharmacy Services available in the same building.

So the next time you have a nagging cough, fever, flu, allergic reaction or any other symptoms that fall into the “urgent care” category, give the ECU Rapid Access Clinic a try.

For appointments, please call 744-0555.  For additional information, visit the Rapid Access Website at


Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?!?

On September 5th, ECU will host Florida Atlantic University.  Whether you are a football fan or not, you will want to pay attention to this game  because everyone is being encouraged to leave campus by 3:00 p.m. in order to help with the traffic congestion.

If you are planning on attending, this will allow you plenty of time to go and get decked out in your favorite pirate football gear, while still allowing time for a little tailgating before kickoff.  If you are not planning on attending, well who doesn’t appreciate a couple of hours off?  Of course, in order to leave at 3:00 p.m. we will have to use leave or plan on flexing our schedules, but that’s a small price to pay.

If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, there is still time!  Currently, tickets are $45.00 for adults and $30 for youth and you can order online at or call 252-737-4500.

Go Pirates!!!


Staff Senate Boarding Crew – Recap

This morning, our Staff Senate Boarding Crew was in full action, moving many students in.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather, it was much cooler than it has been lately and there was NO RAIN!  I thought for sure we were all going to be soaked before we were done.

Here we are, all anxious to get started.  We were originally assigned Jarvis Resident Hall however we found out all the students had already moved in, which was no big deal, because we were quickly diverted to Fletcher.


Left to Right:  Garrett Killian, Mary Schiller, Jeff Netznik

It didn’t take us long to find people that needed help once we got to Fletcher.  Jeff was in high demand and was showing off his awesome multitasking skills all day!

ECU Pirate Boarding Crew - Jeff Multitasking

In this picture, Jeff is breaking down a box, stabilizing it with his foot, cutting the bottom tape, AND holding his drink bottle in his mouth!

Here’s another one, where he is chatting with the family, pushing the moving cart AND trimming the bushes 🙂 all at the same time.


All three of us had a really good time.  We got to meet and help a lot of families, who were all very appreciative (and I think a little surprised).  I personally smiled and laughed so much my face was beginning to hurt a little.  I don’t think I’ve ever had as much fun helping people move before!

If you have never participated in the Pirate Boarding Crews before, you really should.  It was amazing to see the look on the faces of the moms and dads when we offered our help and assured them it was FREE 🙂  Help is needed for the remainder of today, as well as tomorrow and Sunday.  If you want to get in on the action, just check-in and pick up a t-shirt at the White Residence Hall Computer Lab.

Kudos to Student Living and all the staff who helped plan and execute this move in event!  Everything went VERY smoothly and we heard a lot of people commenting on how easy everything was.  GREAT JOB!!!

Hope you all have a terrific weekend!

Are You Ready to Retire?

Most of us are probably ready in mind….even if not in years or finances.  Well, retirement is coming FAST and it will be best if we’re properly prepared!  TIAA-CREF is here to help us manage those finances so that when our years catch up to our dreams, we will have achieved our financial goals and can retire comfortably.

FREE Individual Counseling Sessions with an experienced TIAA-CREF Financial Consultant!!!  To discuss personal financial situations and help us achieve our financial goals.  

Individual Counseling Session will help simply retirement by:

  • Consolidating retirement accounts to make managing holdings easier
  • Offering estate planning, including line insurance needs and wealth transfer stategies
  • Reviewing retirement income options to provide the most flexibility possible

Reserve your time now!!  Consultants will be on campus and available by appointment on the following dates and times:

  • Monday, August 19th from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Mendenhall, Room 242
  • Tuesday, August 20th from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Mendenhall, Room 212
  • Wednesday, August 21st from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Mendenhall, Room 242
  • Thursday, August 22nd from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Mendenhall, Room 243

Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as you can.  Register at or call 866-843-5640 Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.



Pirate Perk – Childtime Learning Center

Don’t forget to take advantage of Pirate Perks; a GREAT way to save money with some of your favorite vendors!

Childtime Learning Centers
102 Scales Place, Greenville, NC 27834
Contact: Nicole Batts

Provides: Childtime is a full day preschool specializing in care for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years. Our specialized curriculum focuses on each child’s developmental needs in a warm, nurturing, and creative environment. Our staff are highly qualified with years of experience in the field as well as degrees in early childhood education and related fields. A summer camp program for school age students is also offered allowing the children to experience field trips and other fun activities throughout the summer break.

Discount: 10% discount off of tuition prices and a $25 discount on registration.

Last Chance to Jump Aboard…..

Jump Aboard A Pirate Boarding Crew!!  Pirate Boarding Crews assist our students and their families with moving into the resident halls.  This wonderful Pirate Back-To-School tradition is upon us again and today is your last chance to join in the action and fun!!   

If you are interested in helping, you must attend a mandatory Pirate Boarding Crew Training meeting this afternoon from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Menden Hall Student Center, Room 14, to discuss several new issues that relate to move-in and Pirate Boarding Crews.  If you are part of a group, only one representative is required to attend, however you must bring the t-shirt sizes for all members of your group (all volunteers will be provided a t-shirt to make them easily identified as a Pirate Boarding Crew volunteer).

There is plenty of opportunity to help out.  Help is needed Thursday, August 15th – Sunday, August 18th; there are three shifts each day:  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

To sign up or request more information, please contact Lynn Caverly at

This is an excellent way to make our newest members of The Pirate Nation feel welcomed!!!  We hope to see you there!!!


Staff and Faculty Meal Plans Available

A Meal Plan is a pre-paid account for your on-campus meals.  At the start of the semester, you pay one price that covers all of your meals that you will be eating in the dining halls and food court locations on campus.  Your Meal Plan activity is tracked on your ECU 1Card.

Plans available include:

  • Gold 40 – $615 per semester, offers 40 food court Pirate Meals or dining hall meals and $300 Pirate Bucks. 
  • Gold 80 – $795 per semester, offers 80 food court Pirate Meals or dining hall meals and $200 in Pirate Bucks. 
  • Gold 100 – $890 per semester, offers 100 food court Pirate Meals or dining hall meals and $200 in Pirate Bucks.
  • Gold 120 – $980 per semester, offers 120 food court Pirate Meals or dining hall meals and $200 in Pirate Bucks.

PIRATE BUCKS – Saving money made simple:  Payroll deduction is now available for Pirate Bucks!  Each meal plan includes a defined amount of Pirate Bucks.  Pirate Bucks can be used just like cash at all dining locations on campus, and are dollar for dollar exchange.  When using Pirate Bucks, you automatically save on tax; on meal purchases at the dining halls you save an additional 10%.  To sign up for payroll deduction, log onto OneStop, then click “Payroll Deduction” and set up the amount you would like to have deducted.

For more information visit the ECU Campus Dining Website or call 252-ECU FOOD.


Visit us at:  ECU Staff Senate Website, and on Facebook (don’t forget to “like” us!), or Contact Us directly. 



HR Legislative Update

Good afternoon:

 We would like to share with you that HB 834, Modernization of the State Personnel Act, was passed by both the Senate and the House on July 25, 2013 and then moved forward for the Governor’s signature.

 A few changes that you will note in this bill include:

 1.  Twelve paid holidays every year

 2.  Name change from the Office of State Personnel (OSP) to Office of State Human Resources (OSHR)

 3.  Changes to SPA Grievance Appeal Process

 There appear to be no changes that will adversely affect our SPA employees.

 The next step will involve the Office of State Personnel working through the revisions outlined in the bill.  Once that process is complete, the implementation directives will be forthcoming to all state agencies and universities.  This could take some time, but be assured that we will provide you with updates as we receive information.

 Thank you.

 Jim Mullen

Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

East Carolina University

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