Monthly Archives: September 2013

Mixing It Up!!!

If you haven’t noticed, we’ve been mixing it up on the Staff Senate Blog by trying to provide as many pictures as possible and including a variety of posts, from informative to humorous.

Your input and/or participation is needed in order to maintain this type of content!  If you know of an upcomming event, that will be of interest/benefit to the Staff Senate and/or ecu staff as a whole, please send me the information so that I may include it on the blog.  Please remember to include as many details as possible and if there is an associated website, or pictures from a previous year’s event, those are very helpful!  Also,  please let me know if you would like me to come and snap a few pictures, but the best option is if YOU snap some pictures and email them to me with a brief summary of what will be happening (or happened) – of course funny details are always welcome!!  Even if the event happened in the (recent) past, we can include a recap on the blog!! 

It might also be fun to send pictures – either selfies 😉 or taken by someone other than yourself, as you use our Pirate Perks!  So the next time you flash your OneCard in order to save some money, maybe snap a quick picture and send it to me.

If you have any other suggestions for unique, fun, interesting or picture-worthy content, please email me at


Health Fitness Walk – Wednesday, October 16th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

CALLING ALL ECU EMPLOYEES!!!  Come join the ECU Staff Senate as we host the annual Health Fitness Walk around Laupus Lake (Health Sciences Campus) on Wednesday, October 16th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Health Fitness Walk

This year, there will be local organizations available to share information about healthy lifestyles, and various vendors including ECHI, ECU Physicians, and the ever-popular ECU Pharmacy Services $1.00 Sale!

Health Fitness Pharmacy

There will also be plenty of healthy activities such as health checks and a really fun opportunity to try Zumba!

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We hope to see you there!!

Ride Without Limits Event – October 4-6th

Ride Without Limits is a 2-day charity cycling event benefiting the Easter Seals UCP’s.  Riders from throughout the Carolinas and across the US will pedal over 200 miiles along a fully-supported journey.

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This event is taking place in beautiful, historic, Washington, NC and has morphed into more than just a charity bicycling event to become more of a festival, with tents, tables, food, venus and activities for the kids!

It takes hundreds of volunteers sharing the work over several days to ensure the success of Ride Without Limits!  If you would like to participate, help is needed Wednesday, October 2nd, from 12p – 4p to mark the route (folling directional sheets, placing RWL route markers through Martin and Beaufort counties), Friday, October 4th from 3p – 7p to help set-up tents, tables, stage, etc.., Saturday, October 5th from 10a – 6p to help work the
ECU Staff Senate Rest Stop (be sure to show your Pirate pride!).  .

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To sign up, please contact Garrett Killian or Martina Christie to sign up by Monday 09/23/13.

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Flu Shot Clinic – Thursday 09/17/13

ECU Pharmacy Services is offering the first of three Flu Vaccination Clinics this Thursday (09/19/2013) from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m in Brody 2W38 – 2W40.

All Flu Vaccination Clinics are provided to ALL employees and their families (over 14 yrs. of age), you will just need to provide your Banner ID number and your insurance information (there is no out-of-pocket expense!). ECU Pharmacy Services hope to offer a flu clinic for children under the age of 14 years old, however the date and times have not been determined.

If you cannot made the Thursday, September 19th Flu Vaccination Clinic, you will have two more chances to get vaccinated this year:
**Wednesday, October 16th, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU (115 Heart Drive, Greenville)

**Wednesday, November 6th, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in 2W38-40 in the Brody Building.

Statistics say that only 46% of Americans get vaccinated for the flu. If you need some information regarding the efffectiveness and/or benefits of getting a flu vaccine, please click here and/or here.

Ahoy Mateys! International Talk Like a Pirate Day 09/19

September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!! 

What better way to celebrate being a Pirate (and thoroughly annoy your co-workers) than to talk like a pirate for the entire day? Or maybe you should consider going all-in and come to work dressed in a pirate costume! 

If you are more reserved or maybe just concerned about being committed for a complete mental evaluation after “losing it” then maybe you should take a more subtle approach.  Here are some ideas that require a little less commitment (pun intended):  Bring a stuffed parrot to talk to during the day (even better if you could affix the parrot to your shoulder!), accessorize your outfit with an eye-patch or pirate hat, carry a pirate sword (known as a cutlass) with you to work (you might consider plastic or cardboard in order to be legal and safe and all, no reason to alert ECU Police!), or an even more subtle way to celebrate would be to change your Facebook Language to Pirate for the day (Log into Facebook, scroll to the bottom of the home page, find the language settings, select “English (Pirate).” Skewer yer scallywag mateys!”)

In order to make International Talk Like a Pirate Day even MORE fun, you could try to win some loot at the Dowdy Student Store (Wright Building only)!  All you have to do is use your best pirate-speak at the customer service counter in order to win a key and a chance to unlock the treasure chest.  If your key works, you win the booty inside!!  For more information visit here.

Start brushing up on your Pirate lingo now by learning the Pirate Glossary of Terms here.  For more information and ideas to celebrate (you can buy a commemorative t-shirt and learn some pirate pick-up lines!!), visit the official Talk Like a Pirate websites here or here.

Shiver me timbers and blow me down!!!  AAAaaaRRRrrrGGGggg!!!

And Now We Return to Our Regularly Scheduled Program…..

Let me start by saying I am sorry the blog posts were MIA last week!  I have recently learned how to schedule posts for publishing and, well….let’s just say I didn’t know as much as I thought I did.  Good news for all of us, I have figured it out!  I would like to return to our regularly scheduled program (Tuesdays and Fridays) by bringing you TWO new Pirate Perks!!!

A Computer Guy
1204 Bristolmoor Dr. Winterville, NC  28590
Contact: Jeremy Morris, Owner, ECU Alumni
Provides: Computer Repair and Upgrades, Backup and restore computers, Troubleshoot issues, Setup wired and wireless networks.
Discount:  Free Diagnostics to any ECU Faculty or Staff

Warren & McCall Orthodontics
1909 Turnbury Drive, Greenville, NC 27858
Provides:  Orthodontics office who specializes in braces for children and adults as well as Invisalign treatment for adults and teens.
Discount: 10% off Invisalign treatment for ECU staff and students.  Free consultation.

To learn more about Pirate Perks, visit the website here

Check back tomorrow for a fun and exciting new post!!

New Pirate Perk – ReMax

Are you in the market to buy or sell your home?  The Hodges Group can help you out….

The Hodges Group RE/MAX Preferred Realty
3208 Chales Bvd.  Greenville, NC  27858
Contact: Shannon Hodges, Broker
Provides: Broker/Realtor servicing the Pitt and Beaufort Counties. List, sale and manage rental property. Assist with relocation clients looking at our area. Offer relocation packages, comparative market analysis for selling real estate, assisting clients buying real estate with a quick and easy process and providing investors with information needed to make the right decision in their next investment property.
Discount:  Home Listing Commission discount 1%  Listing over price $100,000 anything under $100K is a .5% discount. Buyer Home Warranty up to $350 with purchase price over $100,000 Investor/Builder Listing Commission discount 1% and Investor/Builder home warranty up to $350 purchase price over $100,000 Commercial Listing Commission discount 1% listing price over $400,000

New Pirate Perk

Good morning, and welcome back to work!  I know we all enjoyed the long weekend and that we’re all revved up and ready to be back at work this morning!  No?

Well, maybe a new Pirate Perk will help make your day a little better.
The Tipsy Teapot is offering 10% off on food, non-alcoholic beverages and books.  Just show your ECU ID.

Want to know more about the Tipsy Teapot?  They are a fun and funky tea room with lots of loose teas, healthy food (Meat, Vegan and Vegetarian options), home-made desserts, hand crafted gift items, jewelry, and used books, all set in a warm laid-back atmosphere.  They also have live music, poetry, comedy, and Indie films in the evenings!

Located at 409 S. Evans St., in Uptown Greenville, if you would like to check out their menu, events calendar, or just learn a little more about them, please visit their website here.

**Reminder:  Don’t forget about the ECU vs. Florida Atlantic game this Thursday (9/5) at 7:00 p.m.!  If you work on main campus, you are encouraged to flex your schedule or take leave in order to be off campus by 3:00 p.m. due to the anticipated traffic and congestion.

Go Pirates!!