August 2018

Parent and Family Programs

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Parent and Family Programs

Campus Living

Pirate Academic Success Center

Student Health Services

Career Services

Global Affairs

Campus Recreation and Wellness

Dowdy Student Stores

Campus Highlights

Important Dates

Parent and Family Programs Update

Family Weekend
Save the date for this year’s Family Weekend, September 28-30, 2018. The special weekend full of events, provides an opportunity for parents, relatives, and friends of current students to visit campus for a fun-filled weekend! This weekend serves are your chance to experience ECU from your student’s perspective, highlighting why they are proud to be a Pirate!

Special events include:

  • Resource Fair
  • Parents Association General Meeting (open to everyone)
  • Legacy Pinning Ceremony
  • Family Weekend Tailgate
  • ECU vs. Old Dominion Football Game
  • Access to the Student Recreation Center
  • and more!

For information about all of the events throughout the weekend, tickets, and parking, please visit our Family Weekend website.

This year, we have a special opportunity for families to purchase Family Weekend t-shirts! All proceeds from the sale of t-shirts will go into the Parents Fund.


Pirate Parents Live
Parents and Families are invited to join us on Facebook Live for an interactive presentation on August 8th at noon (ET). The Department of Greek Life is partnering with Parent and Family Programs to answer your questions about joining Greek organizations at ECU. Learn about all four governing councils for our 40 organizations as a panel of current students, parents, alumni, and staff share the inside scoop on what it means to be a part of a fraternity of sorority at ECU. You have the opportunity to ask questions before and during the presentation. We will go live from the Parent and Family Programs Facebook page. To register for a friendly reminder, and submit questions in advance, click here.

Pirate Parents Talk
Visit our blog dedicated to parents and families for posts about Greek Life, Campus Safety, and more!

Pirate Weeks of Welcome
During this time we gear up for a new school year and welcome our new and returning students. Through the events during the Pirate Weeks of Welcome, we want students to CONNECT with ECU by becoming familiar with campus, meeting new friends, and learning about the resources and opportunities available to students at ECU. Encourage your students to jump in and get connected! Explore the website for events like, Raid the Rec, Pirates After Dark, New Student Welcome and Convocation, Pirate Palooza, and more!

Campus Living

Campus Living looks forward to welcoming our approximately 5,400 students to their residence halls during Move-In Week 2018. To help our staff make the day run as smoothly and efficiently as possible, we ask parents to take a few moments to review the information we have emailed to students throughout the summer.

A few items of special importance:

As a reminder, our office is available by phone weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 252-328-4663. We can also be reached via email at:

We invite parents and families to follow Campus Living on Facebook (/campuslivingecu), Twitter (@campuslivingecu), and Instagram (@campuslivingecu), and we especially encourage everyone to share photos or videos from Move-In on social media using the hashtag, “ECUMoveIn.”

Pirate Academic Success Center

Pirate Academic Success Center services help your student achieve academic success in Fall 2018! The staff of the PASC enjoyed meeting many of you during summer orientations. We are ready to support the academic success of your student this year. Our center is in Suite 2300 on the 2nd floor of the Old Cafeteria Complex on main campus.

For updates on PASC services all semester follow us @ECU_PASC 

These services are offered free for your student fall semester:
Tutoring and Study Skills Coaching Free in person and online tutoring services and study skills appointments are available for your student all semester long. Students are encouraged to call 737-3009 or stop by the PASC to make an appointment. Students desiring specific course tutoring can also email All tutoring visits are shared with faculty members at the end of each semester.

Blackboard Resources The PASC offers course content videos for your student via Bb and Media Site. Every semester, your student is automatically added to a PASC Bb course if they are enrolled in one of the following courses: Biology 2130, 2140, 2150, Chemistry 1120, 1130, 1150, 1160, 2750, 2760, Physics 1250, 1260, 2350, and 2360. Your student has access to tutor recorded videos tailored to specific course concepts. All video viewing is shared with faculty members at the end of each semester.

Fall Study Groups PASC tutored courses will have semester long study groups facilitated by study groups leaders and tutors. Group meetings will be held at both the main campus location and the Sounds on College Hill. Study groups begin meeting the week of September 11. Students wishing to be participate in a study group should contact

Student Health Services

Pirates need to ensure the following health related items are complete for the semester:

  • NEW PIRATES: Submit all required immunization information. Students cannot attend classes without meeting the state law requirements.
  • NEW PIRATES: Tell us about health history, medications, allergies, etc. by filling out the Report of Medical History Form.
  • NEW AND RETURNING PIRATES: Enroll in, or waive out of, the Student Health Insurance Plan by September 10.
  • NEW AND RETURNING PIRATES: Is your student under 18?  If so, we need a special signed consent to be able to provide care for your student.
  • PARENTS AND STUDENTS: Follow us on Twitter to stay updated (@ECU_SHS) or “like” us on Facebook (ECU Student Health Services)!

For more information on the items above and direct links to help your student complete them, visit our website.

ECU Transitions to Handshake, a New Job and Internship Database

Handshake is now the job and internship database for all ECU students and alumni. This platform is a combination of some of the best tools on the web today, taken from services like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. It’s designed to help Career Services precisely target career information, internship, employment opportunities, and career related events to student’s specific majors, degree types, and interests. Career Services is confident that this system will enhance the reach of employment opportunities to ECU students and alumni by offering customization within a user friendly virtual environment. ECU has joined over 500 universities and colleges nationally and provides access to over 200,000 employers within the Handshake network.

During the Fall 2018, ECU Career Services will be hosting an event entitle, Handshake Launch Party, on August 28-30 from 11 am – 2 pm in front of MSC and Joyner Library. At this event free t-shirts will be provided to any students who stop by and sign up for a demonstration of the new database.

Students will be able to utilize their current ECU Pirate ID and Passphrase to gain access and login now at: Alumni can access handshake by requesting access.

For more information on how to login click here.

If you have any questions about additional upcoming career events or services visit:

Office of Global Affairs

Fast fact: 90% of students who study abroad land a job within 6 months of graduating! Study Abroad is a great way for your student to gain valuable skills that will set them apart when applying for graduate school or going into the job market. We encourage your student to attend “Going Global: Translating Experiences Abroad” on Tuesday, September 4th at 5pm in MSC 221 so they can hear from Career Services and Global Affairs how study abroad can assist in their career pursuits! Students can also attend an information session at the International House, held every Tuesday and Wednesday at 4pm starting the first week of classes. These sessions go into detail on how to choose a program, how to pay for it, and how to start an application.

If your student already knows they want to study abroad and wants to see what programs are available, they are also able to attend our Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, September 13th from 11am-2pm in the MSC Brickyard. The fair will allow them to see a wide array of our programs, talk with Financial Aid about paying for the experience, and hear from study abroad alumni.

The Office of Global Affairs assists students every step of the way in the study abroad process, including applying for a passport. Passport services are available Monday-Friday for students who are first-time applicants or students whose childhood passports have expired. Email to get more information or to set an appointment.

Campus Recreation and Wellness (CRW)

ECU’s Campus Recreation and Wellness (CRW) is very excited to welcome the class of 2022 this fall. There are many events planned to give them the proper welcome and to allow them a smooth transition into college living. Here at Campus Recreation and Wellness, we encourage students to live active and healthy lifestyles and aim to help them develop healthy habits throughout their time here at ECU.

Move in week can be overwhelming and to aid in this transition, we have an event the first Friday after move in called Raid the Rec. This event will be Friday, August 17th from 7:00 PM- 10:00 PM in the Student Recreation Center on ECU’s main campus. Free food, t-shirts, and meeting lots of people on campus is a great way for your Pirate to settle into college living. There will be a roller rink, an obstacle course, and lots of other fun activities all throughout this event. We encourage your Pirate to come out and join the fun and meet some other first year students!

As summer ends, a lot of us here begin to miss the warmth, the sun and the sand. To celebrate the end of the season, we host an event called Beach Fest. There will be a shuttle to transport students to our North Recreational Complex on August 21st for some fun in the sun from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM. This event will have

free food, tank tops, boating, and a zip line. This will be a great opportunity for your Pirate to meet many of our club athletes and demo the different club sports. They can also find outabout tryouts and meetings that will be happening at the start of the semester.

Another great way for your Pirate to get involved and to meet other freshman is the Freshman Float! This event is on August 25th and is hosted by the Adventure Program. If your Pirate is interested in taking some adventures at a student discount, this is a wonderful way for them to become involved in the program and to meet others with an adventuristic mindset! The float will be all day, from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM on the tar river. For more information and to register, your Pirate can check out this link.

Dowdy Student Stores

Online Ordering for Fall Semester Course Materials is Open & Dowdy has a money-saving offer for early shoppers! Dowdy Student Store’s online ordering is open for Fall Semester 2018 books.  Order early for the best selection of used books!  As an early ordering incentive, Dowdy is offering FREE GROUND SHIPPING of non-rental books purchased online through August 9th.  Please use Coupon Code TEXTSHIP when you place your order, July 31 – August 9, 2018.

In lieu of shipping, Dowdy can box up your order and have it ready for easy pick-up at our Wright Building store when you return to campus. Either of these convenient options is available for non-rental books purchased online through Dowdy Student Stores at  

Dowdy offers a selection of rental books in our campus store. These are on the shelf along side other course materials. A list of in-store rental books and pricing is available on our web site.

If you’re looking for digital books or a rental book not available in our store, check our “Compare” site. Note that purchases through the Compare site are handled through a separate vendor and are excluded from the free shipping and boxed-for-pick-up offer.

While you’re online, check out specials from the Tech Deck, including free Beats® wireless headphones when you buy an eligible Mac® or iPad Pro®. You’ll also save with Apple® education pricing. Free Beats® offer valid on purchases through Dowdy Student Store until 9/25/18. Visit for full details.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about course materials, supplies or computers! Our email is or phone 252-328-6731. And remember, by shopping on campus at Dowdy, you’re helping provide scholarships and programming for ECU students! Pennies from your dollar spent at Dowdy go right back to supporting the campus community!

Center for Counseling and Student Development: There is help. Learn more about CCSD and the services they offer to here.

ECU Transit: Did you know that ECU Transit provides an RDU Shuttle for students? See the schedule and associated fees by clicking here.

Collegiate Recovery Community: CRC is a community that supports students in recovery from substance use disorders while positively contributing to academic success. Click here to read the welcome from Jarmichael Harris, Coordinator of the CRC.

Off Campus Student Services: Check out news, tips, and upcoming events from this office dedicated to students living off campus.Click here.

Student Activities and Organizations: With over 450 student organizations, there are plenty of opportunities for your students to get involved. Learn more here!

Students’ Treasure Chest: The Students’ Treasure Chest is the only student-led philanthropic, fundraising organization that supports students at ECU. Learn more about this group and how you can contribute, here.

College of Education Update: Mursion is an immersive, interactive virtual simulator brought to ECU by the College of Education. Learn more about the technology and how it benefits ECU students, here.

Ledonia Wright Cultural Center: Encourage your students to learn about the broader world around them. Learn more about how the LWCC provides resources to your students here.

ECU Alumni: The ECU Alumni office offers many events and programs for alumni, parents, and students. Take a look at the upcoming programs that you take part in! Click here.