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March 28, 2014

Time to Vote for New Staff Senators

Filed under: Announcements,Staff Senate — Mary Schiller @ 5:00 am

Every spring the Staff Senate elects new senators and alternate senators. This year over 20 seats will be filled across eight divisions. All candidates were nominated by their peers and approved by their supervisor and Human Resources.


Each division is allotted senate seats based on the number of staff. One senator is elected for every 100 staff members. Each division also elects up to two alternate senators. The alternate senators are active delegates and participate in Senate and committee meetings. Senators are elected to a two year term while alternate senators serve a one year term. The Staff Senate reports to the Chancellor and works hard to represent the best interests of SPA, CSS, and EPA non-faculty employees. We also assist in communicating issues and activities affecting staff members and encourage a sense of community among all University employees.

You may wonder what the Staff Senate does for you?  Just a recap of the activities the Staff Senate took part in during the 2013-2014 session:

  • Worked with University Administrators to help make the Adverse Weather and Closure messages more clear for staff
  • Organized the Health Walk on the Health Sciences Campus in the fall
  • Organized the Staff Appreciation Week activities and give-aways for Spring 2014 (to include the Health Walk on East Campus)
  • Participated in many volunteer activities across Pitt County
  • Worked with the Chancellor and Executive Committee to re-work the Winter Break Schedule in order to maximize the time staff have off
  • Provided an entire Thanksgiving meal (and a grocery gift card) for a very deserving family that was struggling with medical issues
  • Worked with Human Resources regarding the new 24 month probation.  Staff Senate ensured that staff could use leave and were eligible to take advantage of the Free Class benefit at the date of hire (not after the probationary period was over)
  • Worked with ECU Human Resources to ensure Staff Senators were allotted time to serve in the Staff Senate, as well as 30 additional hours to use in volunteer service to ECU (Pirate Boarding Crews, Midnight Madness, etc…)
  • Working with our ECU Human Resources and the Office of State Human Resources to get the 3rd free class reinstated
  • Organized Staff Forums in order to communicate what is happening on campus with staff
  • Worked with multiple committees regarding the future of East Carolina University (Committee on Fiscal Sustainability, Committee on the Status of Woman, Strategic Planning Committee, Parking Committee, etc…)

The Staff Senate is a terrific way for every employee to become more engaged with the University and REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  If you are not currently a part of the Staff Senate, please consider running for a Senator in Spring, 2015 (click here to learn more about the duties and responsibilities of an ECU Staff Senator), until then, please take a moment to vote for those employees that are currently running for the ECU Staff Senate.

As someone that is serving their 1st year on the ECU Staff Senate – this experience has been tremendously rewarding.  I have had multiple face to face interactions with Chancellor Ballard, Dr. Locklear, Dr. Niswander, my Division Vice Chancellor, and many of the other Divisional Vice Chancellors.  I feel that I have had important input on multiple Human Resources issues, and policies and procedures that directly impact staff.

Staff members may vote for candidates in their respective division though the online voting application.

Please take a moment to vote for your candidate(s) of choice within your division. The elections will be open until April 11 at 5pm.
Follow this link to the Survey:
Take the Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

March 14, 2014

Staff Appreciation Week April 7-11th, 2014

Filed under: Announcements,Special Events,Staff Senate — Mary Schiller @ 9:17 am

Mark your calendars, the 2014 ECU Staff Appreciation Week will be April 7th – 11th.  The Staff Senate Rewards and Recognition Committee along with our Staff Senate Chair and Chair-Elect have been working very hard to ensure this year’s celebration is a GREAT one!

There are many local businesses in and around Greenville that appreciate the staff at ECU as well, so we would like to ask for everyone’s help in getting the awareness out there, so they can help us celebrate!  If you know of any local businesses you would like us to contact, please send us their name and contact information (if available) and we will be sure to touch base with them, or if you would prefer, you can pass along the Staff Senate email address, and the business can email us with the details of the discount,  promotion, or donation they would like to offer.

This is a great opportunity for local businesses to show their support for the ECU Staff!  Please note that all information must be received by March 21st, in order for us to be able to include their names in our Staff Appreciation Week information and announcements.

Go Pirate STAFF!



September 24, 2013

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

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

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!!

September 20, 2013

Ride Without Limits Event – October 4-6th

Filed under: Announcements,Special Events,Staff Senate,Volunteer Opportunities — Mary Schiller @ 5:00 am

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.

RWL - Bikes 2

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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August 2, 2013

HR Legislative Update

Filed under: Staff Senate — Tamara McKeel @ 12:14 pm

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

June 18, 2013

Volunteers wanted!

Filed under: Announcements,Staff Senate — Kelly @ 3:37 pm


Mark your calendars now and be one of the first to welcome our freshmen and returning students to ECU in style. “Plunge Into Purple” and help out with the 13th Annual Pirate Palooza on Monday, August 19th from 6:00 – 9:00 at Dowdy Ficklen Stadium!

We will need quite a few volunteers for Palooza. Many of you have helped in the past, so we hope that you will be back, and we are always looking for new hands on deck! We will be recruiting volunteers later this summer, so if you are on board, mark your calendars now and look for my official recruitment email in mid-July.

For those of you who are not familiar with Pirate Palooza check out this recap from 2012:

May 28, 2013

New Executive Committee for 2013-2014

Filed under: Announcements,Staff Senate — Kelly @ 7:41 am

Congratulations and best of luck to our new Executive Committee of the 2013-2014 Staff Senate:

Garrett Killian – Chair
Bill Edwards – Chair-elect
Lisa Ormond – Treasurer
Judy Havermann – Secretary

April 16, 2013

Staff Appreciation Week: A Note from the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences

Filed under: Staff Senate — Kelly @ 8:37 am

 In honor of Staff Appreciation Week, April 15-19, I would like to thank all of our staff for their hard work and dedication to the Health Sciences Division.  Each of you brings very special talents and strengths that make this a stellar Division.  I am truly honored to work with each of you and value your contributions to the University.  Please plan to take advantage of the free or reduced rate activities planned by the ECU Staff Senate throughout this week.  I look forward to continuing to work with each of you.  It’s a great time to be a Pirate!

Go Pirates!!

Phyllis Horns, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences

April 9, 2013

Next Staff Senate Meeting April 11th

Filed under: Announcements,Staff Senate — Kelly @ 5:00 am

The next Staff Senate meeting will be held this Thursday, April 11th from 3:00-5:00 in room 2312 of Ross Hall.   Please see the agenda below for more information.  All meetings are open for those interested in attending.

Staff Senate Agenda 2013-04-11


February 26, 2013

Pirate Perk of the Week: US Cellular

Filed under: Pirate Perks,Staff Senate — Kelly @ 5:00 am

US Cellular is offering a discount to all ECU employees. Receive a 10% discount on your monthly wireless plan with proof of state employment (some restrictions may apply). Please log on to <> and enter your ECU email address to qualify. Note: You must use your ECU e-mail address as proof of state employment.

 For more information call:  1-800-819-9373

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