Category Archives: Special Events

Aycock Residence Hall Public Forums

Robert Brinkley, chair of the ECU Board of Trustees, invites you to join him and other interested parties for a conversation about the trustees’ consideration of a request to remove Governor Aycock’s name from a campus residence hall. You will have the opportunity to express your views and to listen to the views of others. Additional information about Governor Aycock and the university naming policy can be found by visiting

There will be two public forums; one designed specifically for students and one designed specifically for ECU faculty/staff, alumni, and community residents. You may attend either or both of the forums.

Monday, January 26
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Wright Auditorium
(ECU Student Forum)

Tuesday, January 27
4:00-5:30 p.m.
East Carolina Heart Institute, Auditorium
(ECU Faculty/Staff, Alumni, & Community Forum)  


This is a call for anyone who might be interested in volunteering at Halloween Havoc (previously known as Midnight Madness). After such great success at last year’s event we will be returning to the shadows of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium for Halloween Havoc in 2014! (Friday, October 31st)

There are two types of shifts:

1. Decorating Shifts during the week of October 29th –October 31st.

  1. Wednesday, October 29th – 1:00pm-4:00pm
  2. Thursday, October 30th – 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm
  3. Friday, October 31st – 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm

2. Night of Event Staff: 9:00pm-2:30am

  1. Jobs include: Line control, check in, assessment, observations, novelties, activities, Scarers, Costume Contest, T-shirt give away, etc.

We will have a training that you will need to attend and you can choose from which session that is more convenient for your schedule:

Wednesday, October 22nd from 4:00pm-5:00pm at the Student Recreation Center

Tuesday, October 28th from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the Student Recreation Center

Please contact Justin Waters at 252-737-2713 indicating what shift you would like to work- Decorating staff or Night of Event staff and your T-shirt size!

This is a great Pirate tradition that our students thoroughly love and look forward to which couldn’t happen without you!halloween havoc



Health Fitness Walk – October 29th, 2014

Save the date!!! The ECU Staff Senate is sponsoring its annual Health Fitness Walk around Lake Laupus on Wednesday, October 29 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. We will have departments and organizations from all over campus (and a few vendors) set up at tables around the lake promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. This event is tons of fun as you can see from the pictures below (taken last year).


Any group that promotes an active/healthy lifestyle is encouraged to participate. Organizations of interest to staff are also welcome. Some participants from last year included: ECHI, ECU Pharmacy, Campus

Recreation and Wellness, ECU Physicians, ECU Bike Share, zumba/yoga demonstrations, and more!

Looking forward to seeing you there!!


Winners of the Staff Appreciation Prize Give-Aways

The culminating event of our 2014 Staff Appreciation Week was a prize drawing.  Every staff member with a Banner ID was automatically entered in this drawing, the Staff Senate generated a randomized list in Excel and numbers were drawn.  There were some really great prizes and we hope each staff member knows that whether they won a prize or not, you are truly appreciated!!

And the winners are……..

  • Kimberly Smith, Honors College – SRC Prize Package 1
  • Diane Hodges, Grants Admin – SRC Prize Package 2
  • Renee Safford-White, Medical Foundation – SRC Prize Package 3
  • Braden Jackson, Facilities West – SRC Prize Package 4
  • Shanda Parish, ECUP IM Neurology – SRC Prize Package 5
  • Brent Zimmer, ITCS – SRC Prize Package 6
  • Beth Coghill, Academic Advising Center – Beauty Products
  • Megan Taylor, Pediatrics Pulmonology – Sweet Pets Gift Certificate
  • Stanley Wojcik, Facilities Services West – $25.00 Gift Card to Seahorse Restaurant
  • Dorian Araneda, ECUP Transplant Surgery – Sylvan Heights Bird Park Tickets
  • Laurie Driscoll, Pediatric Surgery – ECU Football Tickets
  • Page Butler, ECHI Events, ECU Football Tickets
  • Dionte Askew, ECU Printing and Graphics – $50 Gift Certificate to Firetower Work Shoes
  • Jolene Jernigan,  Student Health Services – Chili’s 2 meal 1
  • Ashley Hill, AA Dept. of English – Chili’s 2 meal 2
  • Grady Whitehurst, Facilities Services East – Chili’s 2 meal 3
  • Jill Whitehurst, ECUP Neurosurgery 0 Chili’s 2 meal 4
  • Emma Thompson, Thomas Professional Bldg. – Chilis’ meal 5
  • Melissa Lloyd, ECUP Family Medicine – Panthers Football
  • William Mallett, Office of International Affairs – Pandora Bracelet
  • Tracy Baer, College of Nursing – $100 Care Bucks from University PC Care
  • Pam Wynne, BSOM Pharmacology – $20 Gift Card to Sup Dogs
  • Ryan Hunt, Athletics – $10 Gift Certificate to Tripp’s Restaurant
  • Susan Clark, ECUP Neurosurgery – $10 Gift Certificate to Tripp’s Restaurant
  • LeAnne Turner, Thomas Professional Bldg. – Gift Certificate for Free Entrée at Marathon Restaurant

Congratulations to all that won!  We hope enjoy your prizes!

Many thanks to the local businesses that donated these wonderful prizes and to the Staff Senate Rewards and Recognition Committee for all their work in making Staff Appreciation Week such a success!

Go Pirates!!


Staff Appreciation Week April 7-11th, 2014

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!



Leadership According to Ballard

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

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): 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.

ECU Board Of Trustees Meeting

Over a two day span, beginning on Thursday, February 13th, through  Friday, February 14th, the Board of Trustees Meeting was held at the East Carolina Heart Institute.  Thursday’s schedule included meetings from the following committees: University Affairs, Finance and Facilities, Executive, and Health Sciences. The full day event was ended by tour of the ECHI’s new Research and Robotic Division on the fourth floor and a BOT reception honoring the Chambers Singers.  On Friday, after a call to order, the Pledge of Allegiance, and a moderately timed closed session, the following highlights the reports and remarks disclosed during this session:


  • Chancellor Ballard discussed several “needle-mover” projects that ECU should focus on funding due to the return on investments in the future.  The next big “needle-mover” project will be growing the Biomedical Engineering program to a size and rank that will be comparable to NC State’s Engineering program.  We are well on our way to doing this – ECU currently has the largest and most reputable Biomedical Engineering Program in the state!
  • Health Sciences : There was real excitement over the recent opening of the ECU School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center in Lillington, NC at the end of January this year. The 7,700-square-foot center, the third of its kind, aims to serve rural areas in North Carolina that are in need of healthcare resources, while providing ECU dental students with a learning opportunity in a real community.
  •  As mentioned in the First Monday update on February 3, 2014, Provost Marilyn Sheerer will be stepping down from the position of Provost on August 15, 2014. She has submitted her letter of resignation to Chancellor Ballard and he has accepted it.  Her intention is to take retreat rights for a year and return to the faculty in the College of Education in August of 2015. The process of selecting a replacement Provost has begun. The Chancellor welcomes input from staff, faculty, and the community regarding the appointment of an interim Provost. This appointment will be made in April. A standing ovation was given to Provost Sheerer for her hard work and dedication to ECU.
  •  The board voted unanimously for non-salary compensation to be dispensed to the football coaching staff for outstanding performance.
  •  The Finance and Facilities Committee proposed that a new student services building was needed and the proposed location is between the Heart Institute and the Allied Health building. Plans detailing the proposed third phase of the North Recreational Complex included new softball fields, batting cages, lighted tennis courts, and a trail were presented.
  •  University Affairs remarked on the Structured for Success program that involves early intervention of students with drug related issues. The goal of this program is to enhance student success and increase retention from the freshman to sophomore year. Nineteen of the current participants are male. The current success rate reported for Fall 2012 involved 15 out of 22 students with an 80% rate of students continuing onto their sophomore year.
  •  A lighting study across campus has been conducted determining that several areas need improvement such as the Mall area and the parking area near the Messick building. Projects are underway to level the lighting across campus and convert to LEDs.

Credit is given to Mary Schiller for comments regarding Chancellor Ballard’s discussion of “needle-mover” projects and the Biomedical Engineering program.

Discussion with Vice Chancellor Rick Niswander

Let me hi-jack our topic for a moment to wish you all a Happy Valentines Day!  May your day be FILLED with kindness and love!!!


The meeting began with introductions, then Dr. Niswander gave a report about the state budget and ECUs budget.  Some bullets from his report include:

  • Budget dollars are fine
  • Income collection is greater than estimated
  • Medicaid is the big unknown right now, partially because of the new NCFAST system has had implementation problems
  • Undergraduate enrollment at ECU has increased, but Graduate enrollment has decreased, which will reduce funding – the decrease in graduate enrollment is directly linked to the public education system no longer giving incentives to teachers with masters degrees.
  • The 2014-2015 NC Budget plan includes a very small pay increase for state employees (it’s not been approved yet).  Interesting fact, a 1% pay increase at ECU equates to $5 million a year which ECU has to budget for, so even if we get a raise, we may pay for it in other ways…
  • Dr. Niswander is going to ask units this if/then question…just to be prepared in case it happens:  if the state cuts ECU’s budget, what could each unit do?
    • Research dollars fact (which generates F&A funding)
      • UNC-Chapel Hill est. $500 million
      • ECU est. $20 million

Dr. Niswander also mentioned that the GA has mandated a 30% energy reduction by 2015 – ECU is currently at 18% with the majority of our energy consumption being cooling costs.  So, be prepared for some warmer temperatures this summer, as ECU will be adjusting thermostats in attempts to save that additional 12%.  Of course, each summer we are asked to be mindful of our energy consumption – this is now more important than ever….(I’ve already started doing my part by leaving my office lights off most of the time.  I have windows, so I have plenty of lights without them.  I’ve also given up my electric stapler and am using the manual kind again.).  Small changes can add up to a large impact!

The Senators also had quite a few topics of discussion, which included:

  • A proposed change to the winter break calendar – a couple of options were discussed. Dr. Niswander asked that the Staff Senators to discuss and determine what the majority agrees on and let him know.
  • Employee Appreciation Week funding – Dr. Niswander approved the food vouchers, t-shirts, bowling and asked for other suggestions.
  • Senator Garrett Killian asked Dr. Niswander to speak at a Staff Senator meeting and he graciously agreed.
  • Continued challenges with the EPAF processes and Travel.  Dr. Niswander said that the new HR Director has been given the task to revamp the EPAF System.  The travel process is highly visible and scrutinized by the state/media/auditors and there is no quick fix but is on the ITCS list.
  • Discussion about Kronos and the benefits for employees.  It was suggested to have leave rules/guidelines clearly written so that all employees would be treated fairly campus wide.
  • Discussion regarding employee stress due to taking on additional responsibilities due to unfilled positions and lack of wage increases when the funds are available.

Overall this was an extremely insightful and productive meeting.  We will look forward to Dr. Niswander presenting at our April meeting!


Civil Rights, Then and Now, presentation by Julian Bond

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ECU will host Julian Bond on January 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. for his presentation titled “Civil Rights, Then and Now.”

Julian Bond currently serves as Distinguished Professor in Residence in the Department of Government at American University, Washington D.C. and as Profesor Emeritus, Concoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. 

In 1960, Bond served as a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement, and has since served for two decades in the Georgia House and Georgia Senate, served as president of the NAACP, he helped found and served as the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SLPC) in Alabama, and he was the first black person to be nominated for the Vice Presidency of the United States.

You can get your two free tickets by calling the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-6804.

Julian Bond

(Julian Bond)

Manifest Your Destiny, presentation by Hill Harper

In celebration and honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ECU is hosting keynote speaker Hill Harper. on January 21st, at 7:00 p.m.  for his presentation titled “Manifest Your Destiny.” 

Hill Harper is a Philanthropist, award-wining actor, lecturer, best selling author, and political activist.   He is best known for his portrayal of Dr. Sheldon Hawkes in the CBS drama CSI:NY and his book “Letters to a Young Brother.  His message “Manifest Your Destiny” means to stretch boundaries to reach full potential. Harper’s foundation helps youth reach their potential by expanding their boundaries and providing resources that they have no access to.

The Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, founded by Harper, helps create opportunity for underprivileged youths through academic programming, college access skills and personal development.

You can get your two free tickets by calling the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-6804.

Hill Harper

(Hill Harper)


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