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April 11, 2014

Staff Appreciation Week Wrap Up

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Schiller @ 8:13 am

Good morning!

Today is the last “official” day of Staff Appreciation Week!  There are still plenty of events happening today and tomorrow so be sure to take advantage!  The Staff Senate Rewards and Recognition Committee did a terrific job making sure we (staff) had a wonderful week full of special events, discounts and a great deal of gratitude.  A big tumbs-up to them!!

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Today is the last day to use your Meal Voucher ($7.25 value).  And you can still take advantage of one of these awesome events:

Friday, April 11th

Free movies at Hendrix Theatre for the entire family:  3:00 pm Frozen, 9:30 pm Saving Mr. Banks

Pirate Equipment Sale:  6:00 pm, A wide array of Pirates’ gear from past years will be available for purchase inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium – jerseys, pants, gloves, and other assorted items.

Friday Night Movie at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium: 7:30 pm The Nut Job.  You may sit in the stands or on the field to enjoy the movie. Concessions will be available. No outside food, beverages, or chairs permitted. Those sitting on the field may bring blankets for their seating area.

Saturday, April 12th:

2014 Purple/Gold Spring Game :  2:30pm Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium: Free admission

Free movies at Hendrix Theatre for the entire family:  7:00 pm Saving Mr. Banks, 9:30 pm Frozen

Also, don’t forget about all the wonderful local businesses that joined our Staff Appreciation celebration by offering discounts to staff with valid 1Cards:

  • Frames by James: 20% off all ECU prints (115 Red Banks Rd.).
  • The Flower Basket:  15% off (2904 E 10th St.) Be sure to mention “ECU Staff Appreciation” for discount.
  • Sup Dogs Restaurant:  10% discount all week (213 E. 5th St.)
  • Sweet Pets:  10% discount all week, excluding flea treatments and dog food (1913 E. Firetower Rd.)
  • Rum Runner Dive Shop:  15% discount on retail purchases (4054 S. Memorial Dr.)
  • Fish Fish Fish:  10% discount on retail purchases (703 Washington St, Plymouth).
  • Mack’s Furniture Warehouse:  10% off lowest sticker price. Not valid with other discounts (1809 Dickinson Ave.). Valid through April 30.
  • Jackson Banquet Hall:  10% of Sunday – Thursday rental (1807 Dickinson Ave.). Valid for any available date in 2014 if booked before April 30.
  • University PC Care:  10% off labor charge (1909 E. Firetower Rd)
  • Seahorse Restaurant:  20% discount on meal purchases (2301 Stantonsburg Rd.)

Keep a look out next week to see if you were the lucky winner of some of the terrific gifts we are giving away (all staff are eligible and automatically entered):

  •  Signed Carolina Panthers team lithograph football (donated by Carolina Panthers)
  •  Pandora bracelet with 2 charms donated by Bailey’s Fine Jewelry (511 Red Banks Rd.)
  •  $20.00 Gift Card at Sup Dogs Restaurant (213 E. 5th St.)
  • Beta Fish Set-Up – $25.99 value from Sweet Pets (1913 E. Firetower Rd.)
  • $50.00 Gift Certificate from Firetower Work Shoes (675 W. Firetower Rd.)
  • Two $10.00 Gift Certificates from Tripps Restaurant (420 Red Banks Rd.)
  • Gift Certificate for One Free Entrée from Marathon Restaurant (706 Evans St.)
  • 4 admission tickets to Sylvan Heights Waterfoul Park (500 Sylvan Heights Parkway, Scotland Neck)
  • 2 sets of two tickets for ECU vs. NC Central on August 30 (donated by ECU Athletics)
  • $100 CareBucks gift card at University PC Care
  • $25.00 gift certificate for Seahorse Restaurant
  • Free Chips and Entre at Chili’s Too (Valid at East Campus location only)

 

On Wednesday, we had our annual Staff Appreciation Health Walk.  The weather was beautiful and the turnout was impressive.  Over 100 people completed the 1/2 mile walk and received their FREE limited addition Staff Appreciation t-shirt and FREE Dasani water!  We also had several wonderful gifts for the drawing, and many of the vendors had drawings and gifts as well!

Lastly, this week we had two UCFS Forums.  These were not Staff Appreciation Week events however, during the East Campus Forum, many faculty members publically expressed their gratitude towards staff, and many of those comments were included in The Daily Reflector article on Wednesday.  There should be no doubt about how valued and appreciated staff are at ECU!

 

 

April 8, 2014

Earth Day, What footprint are you leaving behind?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sherry Bingham @ 9:52 am


Every day is an opportunity to make our Earth
a better place to live!

Earth Day, April 22nd is the official day that we recognize environmental issues and the progressive ways we can improve our world.

Globally, all humanity consumes the equivalent of 1.5 planets’ worth of resources to sustain the way we live each year. This means that it takes the planet one and a half years to replenish everything humans consume in one year. The result is a growing deficit of resources that are being depleted drastically!

Recognizing that every person leaves an ecological footprint is the first step to change.

The Ecological Footprint is a resource accounting tool that measures how much biologically productive land and sea is used by a given population or activity, and compares this to how much land and sea is available. Productive land and sea areas support human demands for food, fiber, timber, energy, and space for infrastructure. These areas also absorb the waste products from the human economy. The Ecological Footprint measures the sum of these areas, wherever they physically occur on the planet. The Ecological Footprint is used widely as a management and communication tool by governments, businesses, educational institutions, and non-governmental organizations.

Take the Ecological Footprint quiz to see the impact you are having on the planet!

A great resource is 50 ways to help the planet!

Events

ECU is hosting an Earth Day Expo!  Today, April 8th from 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. in Howell Science Complex on ECU’s East campus. It will have interactive events for people of all ages.  Various ECU researchers and local non-profit organizations will have live animals and plants, fun science activities, natural history story times, and more!

In addition, the public is invited to attend a free, evening lecture at 8 p.m. in the Science and Technology Building, Room C307. Dr. Mary Ruckelshaus, managing director of Natural Capital Project, will discuss “Nature of, by, and for the People.” A reception in the 3rd floor atrium of the Science and Technology Building will follow.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences  is celebrating Earth Day all month long! Join us for Earth Month every Science Thursday in April from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.  Each Thursday will have a different conservation-related topic.  Come see exhibitors, listen to talks and participate in activities and learn more about ways YOU can make the Earth a better place! Be sure to see the Planet Earth Celebration or the Rainforest Exhibit that opens on April 26th. Visitors can swing like a spider monkey, ride the butterfly zip-line, and discover a rodent that weighs more than 100 pounds and a beetle that can carry more than 850 times its own weight. This new exhibit allows you to explore one of the least-known habitats on Earth in a fully interactive maze, chock full of the sights and sounds of a tropical rainforest.

Participate in an Earth Day Celebration Hike  on Saturday, April 19th at 2:00 p.m. at Goose Creek State Park  in Washington, NC.

A Time For Science will hold its Earth Day event on April 22nd from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. in Grifton, NC.

Have fun at the  Crystal Coast Earth Day Festival!  Join Cape Lookout National Seashore and more than 20 other environmental educators in an Earth Day Celebration for the whole family on Saturday, April 27th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Get close to marine invertebrates (like whelks and sea stars) with a touch tank, meet rescued wildlife, make coastal crafts, and discover ways you can help protect our environment. This free event is held at Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach, NC.

The City of Durham will hold its annual Earth Day Festival at Durham Central Park on Sunday, April 27th from noon until 5 p.m.

 

April 1, 2014

Changing Lives – One relay at a time!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sherry Bingham @ 6:02 am

              On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Relay For Life !

Cancer. Nothing strikes fear in the heart of a man or a woman than this word.  While the American Cancer Society is making progress toward a world without cancer, only with your dedication and fundraising efforts can we finish the fight against the disease.

At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much.

Relay For Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park, or fairground. Events are up to 24 hours long, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.

With your help, we aren’t just fighting one type of cancer – we’re fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Each person who shares the Relay For Life experience can take pride in knowing that they are working to create a world where this disease will no longer threaten our loved ones or rob anyone of another birthday.

Let’s make a difference in the lives of our family, friends, and co-workers. We can fight cancer one relay at a time in our community! Let’s paint it purple ECU!

Show your support and use your community service leave to volunteer for this worthy event!


Relay For Life of Pitt County – Winterville, NC
Sign up                Donate

April 04, 2014
South Central High School
570 Forlines Road, Winterville, NC   Map it


Relay For Life of East Carolina University – Greenville, NC
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April 11, 2014
ECU Dowdy Ficklen Stadium
1 Ficklen Drive, Greenville, NC   Map it


May 02, 2014
Washington High School
400 Slatestone Road, Washington, NC   Map it


May 09, 2014
Cal Ripkin/Farmville Athletic Field
4240 West Horne Avenue, Farmville, NC   Map it


2013 Relay For Life Global Review

March 25, 2014

Hooray for the red, orange, green, and blue! Enjoy The Taste Of Eating Right

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sherry Bingham @ 5:30 am

 http://healthperformance.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/nnm_2014-8inch-print.jpgIt’s National Nutrition Month !

Let’s Celebrate Food!  Hooray for the red, orange, green, and blue! Living well means to make healthier choices. Healthier options don’t have to taste bland or bore you. There is no time like the present to start selecting better options for our families.  The variety of fruits and vegetables can be plentiful with the start of Spring.

Our happiest memories always incorporate food to celebrate the moment.  Make those memories colorful by choosing brightly colored foods.  Colorful foods are more visually appealing and your body reaps the benefits by lowering cholesterol, reducing health risks, increasing energy levels, and reduces the signs of aging. Who doesn’t want to look younger?

So tempt your taste buds by mixing it up a bit on your food choices. Think in color!

Red/Pink:  Apples, cherries, strawberries, and tomatoes are your first thoughts and they are great choices. Here are some additional great choices.  Beets, raspberries, red onions, rhubarb, red peppers, red onions, red grapes, cranberries, red potatoes,  pink grapefruit, watermelons, and pomegranates.

Orange:  There is the regular navel orange, but so many other varieties exist. There are clementines, mandarins, tangerines, and blood oranges.  Orange peppers are so much sweeter than the green peppers.  Apricots are loaded with fiber and are a great snack. Sweet potatoes make amazing fries. Mangoes and cantaloupes are great choices. Perhaps the world’s greatest super food is the carrot.

Green:  Everyone’s first thought would be broccoli and green beans and they are great, but let’s broaden our color spectrum.  Kiwi, Asian vegetables,  brussels sprouts, cabbage, cucumber, celery, avocado, green apples, honeydew melon, limes, asparagus, spinach (raw is best), green grapes, green pears, sugar snap peas, zucchini, are all great options.  There is more to life than iceberg lettuce: Arugula, Baby Red Tango, Endive, Green Leaf, Radicchio, Romaine, Boston or Bibb lettuce (sweet flavor and texture), Summercrisp, just to name a few.

Blue/Purple: Blueberries, blackberries, plums, eggplant, elderberries, purple grapes, figs, stone fruit, and prunes.

*Always wash your vegetables and ready-to-eat fruits.

How do you jazz up the flavor? With herbs and spices!
The following flavor and food combinations are adapted from information provided by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and have the added benefit of making meat, poultry, fish, and veggies savory without adding salt.

If you are 
cooking:
 Try flavoring it with:
Beef:  Bay leaf, marjoram, nutmeg, onion, pepper, sage, thyme
Lamb Curry powder, garlic, rosemary, mint
Pork Garlic, onion, sage, pepper, oregano
Veal Bay leaf, curry powder, ginger, marjoram, oregano
Chicken Ginger, marjoram, oregano, paprika, poultry seasoning, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme
Fish Curry powder, dill, dry mustard, marjoram, paprika, pepper
Carrots Cinnamon, cloves, dill, ginger, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary, sage
Corn Cumin, curry powder, onion, paprika, parsley
Green Beans Dill, curry powder, marjoram, oregano, tarragon, thyme
Greens Onion, pepper
Potatoes Dill, garlic, onion, paprika, parsley, sage
Summer Squash Cloves, curry powder, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary, sage
Winter Squash Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, onion
Tomatoes Basil, bay leaf, dill, marjoram, onion, oregano, parsley, pepper
Cucumbers chives, dill, garlic, vinegar
Peas green pepper, mint, fresh mushrooms, onion, parsley
Rice chives, green pepper, onion, paprika, parsley

Convenience is important too during the busy work week. Realize that not everything needs to be made from scratch. It is possible to pull a heart healthy and delicious meal together in less than 30 minutes! Use the My Plate tool as your guide, including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, low fat dairy and heart healthy oils. This can be as easy as microwaving your favorite frozen vegetables, dicing up some sweet strawberries to place on your arugula salad, broiling or grilling your favorite lean protein (marinated chicken, pork loin chops, lemon thyme salmon), and adding a piece of whole grain artisan bread. Throw in a little seasoned olive oil for bread dipping and you have yourself a meal! Check out “Eat Right Nutrition Tips”.

Additional Information Links:  Men and Women.

Kids and food links : Family Food Rules , 50 Family Recipes Kids Actually Like, We Can! Program, How to pack a safe and nutritious lunchbox.

March 21, 2014

22nd Annual Powwow

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Schiller @ 11:38 am

The East Carolina Native American Organization is presenting the 22nd Annual Powwow on Saturday, March 29th from noon – 6:00 p.m.  at 10th Street and College Hill.  This event is free and open to the public!

There will be two dance specials in honor of Matt Chavis – Men’s Traditional and Smoke Dance.

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Photo by Marc J. Kawanishi

Dennis Zotigh will be the Master of Ceremonies; Spencer Jacobs is the Head Man; Olivia Richardson is the Head Lady; Thunder Voice and Stoney Creek will Host Drums; and Brian Richardson will be the Arena Director.

If you don’t know, a Powwow is a traditional Native American gathering for dancing/dance competitions, singing, socializing and eating.  The dances performed are sacred symbols of the Native American culture and traditions that have been preserved for centuries.  At times, the regalia and/or ornaments signify special events or honors in a person’s life; such as this Powwow, honoring Matt Chavis, mamber of the Lumbee Tribe, ECU Alumni and one of the founding fathers of Epsilon Chi Nu, which is the first Native American Fraternity in the nation (Established at East Carolina University in 1996, Incorporated in 2003).

This is sure to be a spectacular event!  Hope to see you there!

March 11, 2014

Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sherry Bingham @ 3:45 am

Photo is courtesy of the ECU Alumni Association

A flagship project that started in the Fall of 2012 is now a reality.  Tonight at 5:30 p.m., a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place to honor and celebrate ECU alumna Janice Hardison Faulkner.

Speakers at the ceremony include former North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt Jr., the Provost, Marilyn Sheerer, Austin Bunch, Janice Lewis, Interim Dean of Joyner Library, and Michael Priddy.

Joyner Library was selected as the space to house the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery. The second floor 3,700-square-foot gallery area will serve as an art and exhibit area. At the entrance of the gallery, a tribute case honors her dedication and outstanding achievements.   State of the art technology includes two 80-inch LCD panels for digital art, two projectors with 100-inch retractable screens and 16 ceiling speakers. Art will be displayed with an AS Hanging System, which uses cables and hooks to hang traditionally framed and non-traditional works.

In an interview with ECU News Services published in December 2012, Faulkner said of the project: “One of the first things we do when we’re separated from home as college students is to build a little nest, a place that is familiar and comfortable, and meets the requirements you’re looking for like a quiet place to study or a place to put your feet up while you read. So it (the gallery) has an ambiance that is missing from the strictly academic structures (on campus).”

Among her many accolades, Faulkner was recognized by ECU in 1993 with its Outstanding Alumni Award and in 2007 as one of ECU’s 100 Incredible Women by the ECU Women’s Roundtable. She received the Jarvis Medal in 2009, East Carolina’s highest honor, and in 2012 received the State of North Carolina Award, the highest civilian award given by the state.

Janice Lewis states, “It is a unique and inviting venue for lectures, programs, conferences and receptions. It is a space for experimentation with the new forms of displaying art using the technologies embedded in the gallery. It is a place where students can study, relax and learn. It is a tangible recognition of the life-long contributions Janice Hardison Faulkner has made to East Carolina University and the state of North Carolina.”

Tonight’s event is by invitation only.

What a wonderful tribute to memorialize the outstanding endeavors of Janice Hardison Faulkner!

 

March 7, 2014

Leadership According to Ballard

Filed under: Special Events,Uncategorized — Mary Schiller @ 5:00 am

On February 26th, Dr. Ballard gave his presentation ”Leadership According to Ballard” – part of the Professional Development Series sponsored by the ECU Office of Student Affairs.

Dr. Ballard facilitated an innovative and interesting session; attendees were a conglomeration of faculty and staff, with approximately 60 people in attendance.

Dr. Ballard spoke about the value of people skills and shared some of his own leadership experiences in honing them. Having a mentor and finding those to
mentor is important. Leadership is much more about people skills than about technical skill. He cited personal mentors from the early years of his academic
career in Oklahoma to former US Senator Margaret Chase Smith. Leadership is a combination of failures and successes, and is developed by character and
integrity.

His most passionate point was that a leader who has high integrity and high courage can accomplish great things. He also reiterated his deep belief that leaders are made (or grown) not born.
He encouraged people to get In The Arena – referencing this speech (though he did not read it): http://www.theodore-roosevelt.com/trsorbonnespeech.html. Leadership is a learned, experiential skill – so get out there and get some experience.
Be sure to check out these upcoming opportunities to develop your leadership skills:
03/22/2014 – The Professional Advantage: Sharpening Your Business Etiquette professional etiquette and protocol training program designed to prepare for business encounters. (The cost is $50 per attendee.  For more information click here).
03/26/2014 – Living Boldly Leadership presentation by Mo Isom.  For more information click here.

March 4, 2014

Presidential Proclamation — Women’s History Month, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sherry Bingham @ 10:57 am
Women's Historical ParkThe First Wave, a group of 19 life-sized bronze statues, depicts the organizers and supporters of the First Women’s Rights Convention at Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y.

Every March in the United States, National Women’s History Month celebrates the contributions of women to the nation’s history and culture. This year’s theme honoring women is “Celebrating Women Of Character, Courage, and Commitment”, according to the National Women’s History Project, an educational nonprofit group based in California.

The first steps toward successfully honoring women came in 1980 when President Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week:

“From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.

As Dr. Gerda Lerner has noted, “Women’s History is Women’s Right.” – It is an essential and indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long-range vision.”

In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9.  This law requested the President to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate activities and ceremonies.  President Reagan then issued Presidential Proclamation 5619 proclaiming March 1987 as “Women’s History Month” and calling upon all Americans to mark the month with observances to honor the achievements of American women.

President Barack Obama Women’s History Month Proclamation:

“Throughout our Nation’s history, American women have led movements for social and economic justice, made groundbreaking scientific discoveries, enriched our culture with stunning works of art and literature, and charted bold directions in our foreign policy. They have served our country with valor, from the battlefields of the Revolutionary War to the deserts of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan. During Women’s History Month, we recognize the victories, struggles, and stories of the women who have made our country what it is today.”

EVENTS

  • ECU: Women’s History Month Opening Reception
    Wednesday, March 5, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Mendenhall Student Center,  Room 244.
  • What woman doesn’t like to shop? A Southern Shopping Spree is taking place!
    Raleigh Convention Center
    The Raleigh Convention Center is located adjacent to the Red Hat Amphitheater.
    500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC
    Saturday, March 8, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Women’s Empowerment 2014 : Tyler Perry Keynote Speaker
    Created in honor of Women’s History Month, Women’s Empowerment was designed to enhance the lives of African American women by addressing issues that specifically impact their health, hearts, and pocketbooks.
    1400 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh
    Saturday, March 15, 11:00 a.m.

Thomson Reuters has developed some great resources as they invite you to join them in celebrating International Women’s Day and the role of women in bringing about positive change in the world. To mark this occasion Reuters has created a slideshow of women from across the globe, living in extraordinary times.

Women can make a difference every day if they are committed to the following: forbearance, forgiveness, integrity, love, and perseverance!

February 28, 2014

Pull Out Your Beads and Masks – Mardi Gras is March 4th!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Schiller @ 5:00 am

Is it just me, or is this year FLYING by?  I can’t believe it’s almost March and Mardi Gras is just four days away.

Ruby Gallagos holds a handful of beads before a Mardi Gras parade. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Mardi Gras, also known as Carnivale, Carnival, Shrove Tuesday and Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”), is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.  Fat Tuesday is celebrated around the world, with the largest celebration in the world occurring in Rio de Janeiro.  In the US, New Orleans, LA is most famous for their long-standing Mardi Gras party and parade and people flock from all over the world to be a part of it!

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Popular celebratory practices include wearing masks, costumes, beaded necklaces in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of Purple, Gold and Green, and FOOD (it’s called FAT Tuesday for a reason!).  Traditionally, there are cakes, pastries, and pancakes as well as plenty of other rich and fatty foods to indulge in.

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I’ve never been to Carnivale or Mardi Gras, nor has anyone in my family, but it was a tradition in our house to celebrate it (along with most celebrations – Chinese New Year, Cinco de Mayo, etc…basically, anything and everything that allowed us to break out of the norm, enjoy different food, learn about other cultures, dress up and be a little silly, even if only for dinner).  We would pull out our beaded necklaces, wear masks adorned with purple feathers make Hurricane Drinks (for adults only, of course) and eat a dinner consisting of crab dip, gumbo, rice and fried bread, then we would always have a slice of King cake for desert!

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If you are interested in setting some of your own traditions, you can find recipes Here, HereHere, and Here.  Or, if you prefer to have someone else do the work for you, we have one restaurant in town that is known for their Mardi Gras party (so much so that they have a clock that does a “Countdown to Mardi Gras” running every day).  I’m afraid to call them out by name, for fear of “endorsement” – but the restaurant is located close to the Health Sciences Campus.  If you have never experienced Mardi Gras or a taste of New Orleans, their party is a lot of fun.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!!  (pronounced lazay lay bon tom roulay) OR…..

“LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!”

 

February 21, 2014

Staff Senate Nominations – NOW OPEN

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Schiller @ 5:00 am

The nomination process for the 2014-2015 Staff Senate is officially open. 

Do you know a full-time, permanent SPA, CSS or non-teaching EPA employee who is a team player; ambitious, driven, dedicated to ECU, an advocate of communication and who wants to be part of the change as we take ECU into the next year?  Then please nominate them for our ECU Staff Senate (self-nominations are also welcome!)!

Senators are elected to a two-year term and alternates to a one-year term and we have vacancies in the following divisions, beginning in May, 2014:

  • Chancellor’s Division – 2
  • Academic Affairs – 2
  • Administration and Finance – 8
  • Athletics – 2
  • Health Sciences – 7
  • University Advancement – 2
  • Research and Graduate Studies – 2
  • Student Affairs – 2

ECU benefits from a community of employees who value shared-governance and promote open and transparent communications between the staff, administration and leadership.  During these challenging times, it’s even more important that the staff of ECU have a voice in decisions that influence our careers and future.

If you are interested in the Staff Senate, don’t wait for someone else to nominate you, nominate yourself!! 

Senators have the responsibility to be the “voice” of their peers when attending and participating in monthly Senate meetings (missing no more than 3 per year), committee work and other university activities.

Some recent accomplishments of the Staff Senate include:

  • Sponsoring the Employee Appreciation Week activities and events
  • The Health Fitness Walk
  • Managing two separate scholarship programs for staff children of staff
  • Providing input to Chancellor Ballard on staff concerns
  • Staff Forums
  • Working with Human Resources to review, update and implement policies that are in the best interest of the staff
  • Providing input to our UNC President, Thomas Ross
  • Attending the ECU Board of Trustee Meetings

We are looking forward to a terrific year and look forward to working with our new Staff Senators!  Come and make a difference with us!!

To nominate yourself or a fellow employee to serve as an ECU Staff Senator, please click here.

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