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December 8, 2014

December News

Filed under: Holiday,Uncategorized — Lynn Caverly @ 4:31 pm

The agenda for the Staff Senate meeting to be held on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the ECHI conference room is available at the links at the bottom of this message. You will also find the (draft) minutes for the Staff Senate meetings for the months of October and November.

Remember to bring the cookies for the cookie exchange and items for the Holiday service project organized by the Staff Senate Diversity Committee (see message below for items needed).

Please remember that Staff Senate meetings are open to all staff.

Thank you,

Penney Doughtie
Secretary, Staff Senate

Message from Senator Becky Gilbird
The Diversity Committee is coordinating a Holiday service project with Pitt County Social Services to provide items for those in need. We are sponsoring and 11 year old girl and 12 year old boy (brother and sister) in foster care; We are also sponsoring two ladies who are wards of the state (they are unable to care for themselves and do not have family).

The gifts do not have to be wrapped, but if you do, please indicate what it is so it can go to the correct person. Please note that gift cards (for example to Walmart, JCPenney) and donations are also appreciated! The social workers can use them to get other needed items. You may also share this service project with your constituents!

Here are the items still needed:

For 11 year old girl
Nintendo DS Games: Pet stories, Barbie *note just the games, not the system
Headphones similar to Beats Headphones
Size 6.5 Colorful Sneakers
Cell phone case (zebra print and tropical blue) *I am working on finding out what kind of phone she has

For 10 year old boy
MP3 player
Wresting Action Figures
Skateboard and helmet
Nintendo DS Games: Wrestling, Racing *note just the games, not the system
Playstation Portable Game System (PSP) with a game

For 23 year old woman
38 DDD bras with support in the back
9 Medium Tennis Shoes
Jeans/Pants size 14W
Shirts and Sweaters, size 1X

For 49 year old woman
Bras, size 36C

If you can sponsor one of these items, please email me ( We will be collecting gifts at the next Staff Senate meeting on December 11th, 2014. If you cannot attend the meeting, please let me know and I will make arrangements for a pickup.

Thank you!
Becky Gilbird
Chair, Diversity Committee




Your Opinion Is Needed!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lynn Caverly @ 1:30 pm

To the ECU community,

At a meeting on the 18th of December, the Board of Trustees will consider a proposal to rename the Charles B. Aycock Residence Hall. As required by the policy on naming, an ad hoc Naming Committee has been constituted to make a recommendation to the Chancellor (who will communicate his recommendation to the Board of Trustees) on whether the renaming should occur. The ad hoc Naming Committee includes representatives from the University Counsel’s Office, the faculty, the staff, the student body, the Office of University Advancement, and the alumni.

An important part of the process is obtaining feedback from all concerned parties (students, faculty, staff, and alumni). To this end, the committee has launched a website with multiple documents about the history of Charles Aycock, his speeches, and the naming of the residence hall, and a survey that will allow feedback to the committee. The website and survey may be found by clicking (or cutting and pasting into your browser) the following link:

The recommendation from the committee will be finalized and forwarded to the Chancellor by the 12th, so please complete the survey as soon as possible.

I have been asked to chair this committee, so please contact me with concerns about the website or with any questions at


Andrew T. Morehead, Jr.
Chair of the Faculty
Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
East Carolina University
Voice: (252) 328-9798
Fax: (252) 328-6210

December 3, 2014

Thursday, December 4: You won’t want to miss these opportunities!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lynn Caverly @ 12:44 pm

Please join the Staff Senate on December 4th from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at McAlister’s Deli (740 S.E. Greenville Boulevard) for a fundraiser event benefiting the Gail Jordan Memorial Scholarship Fund. A percentage of all sales during this time will be donated to the Gail Jordan Memorial Scholarship Fund; this includes dine in and take out. All you need to do is mention the Gail Jordan Fundraiser at the point of sale.

As a reminder, this Thursday, December 4th is ECU Employee Appreciation Day at our last home football game of the year. ECU faculty and staff can purchase tickets for the game for just $10 each. Tickets MUST be purchased online by clicking ECU Faculty/Staff Appreciation Football Tickets There is no limit to the number of tickets you can purchase. McAlister’s is conveniently located on the corner of Greenville Blvd. and Charles Blvd. in the Pirate’s Pointe Shopping Center and provides many tailgating essentials to include sandwich trays, their “famous” sweet tea, cookie trays and more (view their full menu at

November 20, 2014

Remaining Pay Dates for 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lynn Caverly @ 2:52 pm

Payroll dates for ECU employees for the remainder of the 2014 calendar year are as follows:

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

$10 Tickets for Last Home Football Game

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lynn Caverly @ 2:49 pm

We would like to once again honor you with ECU Employee Appreciation Days. On Thursday, December 4th our football team will host UCF at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in our final home game of the year. ECU faculty and staff can purchase tickets for the game for just $10 each. There is no limit to the number of tickets you can purchase.
Tickets MUST be purchased online by clicking

Registration open for 2015 Student Success Conference

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lynn Caverly @ 2:37 pm

Student Success Conference
Diversity of Today’s Students (DOTS)
January 6, 2015


The Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs at East Carolina University will host the second Student Success Conference on January 6th, 2015. The purpose of the 2015 ECU Student Success Conference is to purposefully promote a sense of community among Faculty, Staff and Student Affairs Educators that leads to opportunities for all to support student success strategies for students at East Carolina University.

Using this year’s conference theme of “Diversity of Today’s Students” (DOTS), ECU Faculty, Staff and Student Affairs Educators are encouraged to submit session proposals focusing on the four pillars of Student Success (CONNECT, INVEST, MOTIVATE, and FINISH STRONG) and Beyond Tomorrow’s “Maximizing Student Success.”

To register, please click on the following ink:

Conference information is available at

For questions or inquiries, please email Dr. Mary Beth Corbin at

Auditions for 2015 “The Vagina Monologues” Announced

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lynn Caverly @ 2:34 pm

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Looking for Something to Do this Weekend in Greenville?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lynn Caverly @ 2:30 pm

Whether you prefer the arts or athletics, or enjoy both, there is something for you to do this weekend on the campus of ECU.

“Kiss Me Kate” is the School of Theatre and Dance’s latest production of the 2014-2015 ECU/Loessin Playhouse season. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Nov. 20-22 and Nov. 24-25 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 23 in McGinnis Theatre. Tickets are $17.50 for the public or $12 for ECU students and youth.


It’s a play-within-a-play, the story of a divorced couple, both actors, performing Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” The onstage and behind-the-curtain antics of the feuding couple get more complicated when thugs arrive to collect a gambling debt from another actor.
The play is said to be loosely based on a real Broadway couple (though never divorced) – Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne – who acted from the early to mid-1900s. They were famous for their demanding work ethic and on-and off-stage fights, DiDomenico said. “Supposedly they would go right from the dressing room onto the stage,” Shearin said. “Nobody’s sure it’s the case, but it makes a great story.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, call 252-328-6829 or go to the McGinnis Theatre Box Office located in the Messick Theatre Arts Center, open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


The ECU Pirates (6-2, 3-2 American Athletic Conference) are back home in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium this Saturday, November 22nd against the Green Wave of Tulane (3-7, 2-4 American Athletic Conference) in celebration of Military Appreciation Day. The game will begin at 3:30 p.m. With a sunny day, high temps in the low 50’s it will be a perfect day for football. For more information, and to order tickets, go to

November 17, 2014


Filed under: Uncategorized — Lynn Caverly @ 6:33 pm


The University Winter Break schedule for December 2014 provides for an extended period when the University will shut down most operations. Employees who are in positions that earn leave must prepare in advance to use compensatory time (if any), annual vacation leave or bonus leave to cover the non-holiday closings on December 30th, December 31st and January 2nd, 2015. Operational exceptions must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate Vice Chancellor.

ECU is pleased to be able to facilitate employee time off to spend with family, friends, or a favorite activity outside of work. The cooperation of supervisors and employees is appreciated to ensure the continued success of this extended break from work.

The Holiday Schedules for 2014 and 2015
can be accessed through the link above. The 2014 University Holidays Frequently Asked Questions are below this message. Should you have additional questions, please contact either the Employee Relations Office or University Benefits Office.

2014 UNIVERSITY HOLIDAYS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Who determines the holiday/closing schedule for the University?
The Chancellor approves the University holidays and closing schedule, based on input from the executive officers, as well as University Human Resources, Facilities, and other units. University Human Resources drafts the options and recommendations for consideration and communicates the final decision to the campus community.

2. Who determines the number of holidays observed each year?
The number of holidays is set by the State Legislature. Details can be found in the state statutes: NCGS 126-4(5)

3. How many holidays are provided to University employees each year?
In accordance with state statutes, ECU employees receive 12 holidays each year,

4. Why is ECU closing for additional days during the winter break?
In 2014 the winter holiday schedule falls in such a way that the University is only 3 days short of being able to offer an extended winter break for most employees. Since the end of December is a time when students are away from campus and most faculty and staff are already taking time off, it was determined that closing for the last two work days of December and the first work day in January would benefit the majority of employees. In addition, the University has the potential of saving thousands of dollars in energy and administrative costs during this time. The closing is intended to boost morale, save money, and add to the University’s efforts to be an actively “green” eco-conscious organization.

5. Do other campuses in the UNC system close for part of the winter break?
Yes. Several other campuses in the system have observed this practice for many years. For instance, NC State has observed an extended winter break since 2004.

6. Why can’t the University simply close for the winter break and designate the extra 3 days off as additional holidays for employees?
The State Legislature establishes the allowable number of holidays, and the University currently does not have the authority to increase the number of paid holidays for employees.

7. What happens to recently hired employees (hired on or after November 17, 2014) who haven’t earned enough leave time to cover a winter break closing?
Departments may consult with University Human Resources to discuss alternatives. In some cases, for example (and depending on departmental needs and resources), employees may be able to work extra time during the period leading up to the break in order to use accrued comp time during the closing. In cases where new employees have not been employed long enough to earn adequate vacation leave to cover the 3 days we are closed, departments shall allow leave to be advanced to these employees. Contact Employee Relations for more information on flexible alternatives.

8. What if employees do not have leave to cover these days?
Employees must plan ahead in order to have the necessary leave accruals to cover the absence. Current State policy requires leave to be balanced at the end of the calendar year
so employees who do not have leave to cover the absence will have their pay reduced for the hours that are needed. To avoid this situation, supervisors are encouraged to contact Employee Relations to discuss flexible alternatives for employees who have exhausted all usable accruals (vacation, bonus, or compensatory leave).

(Note: Since the 3rd day falls on January 2, 2015, the accrual for this 3rd day will be recorded on the January 2015 timesheet.)

9. What types of leave can employees use to cover the closing days?
Employees can use annual vacation leave, bonus leave, or accrued compensatory time to cover the closing day absences. Sick leave cannot be used. Employees who do not make a designation by the payroll cutoff date of December 8th will have leave charge in this order: 1) compensatory time (if any); 2) annual vacation; 3) bonus leave.

10. Will some departments be open on days that are designated as holidays and closings?
Yes, some departments have work that must be performed (patient care, research, safety, required end-of-month or end-of-year processing, etc.). Employees performing work will be paid in accordance with University policies, rules, and regulations appropriate for their work status. Employees who work during the closing should note that the university will be lowering thermostats in some buildings over the winter break and should address accordingly.

11. If employees want to work on days that the University is closed, can they do this
instead of using their leave?
Work options are limited since the intent is for most University operations to be shut. However, supervisors may require employees to work to perform critical functions. Work schedules need to be set and approved in advance of the winter break. The appropriate Vice Chancellor must review time and approve schedules of work during the closing.

12. Can employees be required to work on holidays? Is so, do they get extra pay?
Yes, supervisors can require employees to work on designated holidays. For instance, SPA employees are paid holiday premium pay (an additional 1/2 of their regular rate) as well as given hour-for-hour comp time up to 8 hours. (Note that the days which require use of leave time are not official holidays—see answer below). EPA and CSS employees are paid according to the policy for their group. Supervisors should make every effort to rotate staff who are required to work during the winter break to allow all employees to take advantage of the time off.

13. Can employees get additional pay for working on days designated as non-holiday closing?
No, however, employees will be provided normal pay for working and will retain the leave they would have had to use if they had not worked during the closing.

Example: An employee works 8 hours on December 29th that is designated as a holiday and 8 hours on December 30th that is designated as a closing. The employee would be paid holiday premium pay for the hours worked on December 29th and receive 8 hours of compensatory time. The employee would be paid regular pay for the hours worked on December 30th and would not use any leave for that day.

14. Where can I get additional information?
Please contact Employee Relations @328-9848 or Benefits @ 328-9887.


Filed under: Uncategorized — Lynn Caverly @ 6:08 pm

All faculty, staff and students can receive a flu shot at no cost if they present a Banner ID and proof of health insurance. ECU Pharmacy is waiving the co-pay for individuals with insurance. The cost for anyone uninsured is $15.

The final flu vaccine clinics scheduled at ECU this fall will run TODAY from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 20 at Brody Commons.

Children and spouses of ECU employees may also be vaccinated during the clinics, and should be prepared to present insurance. A pediatric nurse will be available at each of the ECU flu shot clinics between 2-4 p.m.

For more information, see ECU News Services coverage of the first flu clinic, including FAQs regarding cost and documentation:

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