Parent and Family Newsletter
Inside April 2017 Edition
Spring Family Weekend
Spring Family Weekend
The Office of Parent and Family Programs is pleased to invite you to the ECU Spring Family Weekend beginning Friday, April 21! Plan to include the whole family and join us for a weekend of food, fellowship and FUN!
For event details go to https://familyweekend.ecu.edu/ or call the ECU Office of Parent and Family Programs at 252-328-6847.
Students and families can tie the generations together by inviting grandparents to spend the day on campus. Grandparents will have an opportunity to enjoy information sessions in the morning, a campus tour, lunch in West End Dining Hall with their student, and an afternoon session with the Joyner Library Archives.
Grandparents Day is a part of Spring Family Weekend. Registration is $15 per grandparent and includes lunch. Please click here to register.
All parents and families are invited to attend the Parents Advisory Council meeting on April 22, 2017 at 10:30am in the Murphy Center’s Harvey Hall. The agenda includes campus information and the 2017 Family of the Year presentation. Please RSVP online if you plan to attend. Join us for live music and tailgate outside of the stadium, following the meeting!
We’re looking for families, alumni, and friends of ECU to host Pirate Sendoffs across the Pirate Nation this summer for incoming freshmen and transfer students. Pirate Sendoffs allow incoming students and their families to meet other ECU students and alumni before coming to campus for the 2017-2018 academic year.
You can host by opening your home or business, sponsoring an event at a restaurant, or partnering with other families, alumni, and friends of ECU to host as a team. The number of people at each sendoff event varies, and will be determined by the venue and other factors. Parent and Family Programs staff will help you determine your hosting capabilities and assist throughout the process.
We would like families, alumni and friends of ECU to host in order to share Pirate spirit at all of our sendoff events. By hosting a Pirate Sendoff, you can help students set sail on their voyage to campus in true Pirate style!
For more information or to discuss the possibility of hosting a Pirate Sendoff, please contact Assistant Director of Parent and Family Programs, Emily-Lynn Adkins at 252-328-6827 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Severe Weather Safety
Severe weather can happen any time of year, any time of day. Climatology records show that the majority of severe weather in Eastern North Carolina occurs between March and August. Our area is also more likely to see severe weather occur between the hours of 2 pm and 10pm. ECU has experienced everything from thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, damaging high winds, and flash flooding.
Those who have spent a summer in the Greenville area understand the thunderstorms can pop-up in the afternoon or evening hours without much notice, often passing within an hour. Although they are short-lived, they are still dangerous, especially with excessive cloud-to-ground-lighting. Occasionally we experience a sever thunderstorm, with damaging winds (in excess of 58 mph), hail (>1 inch), and possible tornadoes. It is important that ECU faculty, staff, and students need to become familiar with the Greenville climate and check weather forecasts frequently throughout the severe weather season. The forecast and conditions can change often.
Difference Between a Watch and a Warning
Knowing the difference between these two terms can save lives. The National Weather Service (NWS) and the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) are responsibile for issuing many of the watches and warning we receive regarding hazardous weather conditions. Below are the definitions of a generic watch and warning (for more information, visit www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/):
- The potential exists/conditions are conducive
- Issued hours in advance
- keep a weather eye on the horizon
- The hazard is imminent or occurring
- Issued minutes in advance
- Take action now!
How the University Notifies Faculty, Staff, and Students
Once the University has decided to close, cancel or delay classes, the notification is sent through ECU Alert. This information can be found on the University home page, emergency hotline, campus email, and SMS text messages (users will only receive text is subscribed).
When the NWS issues a tornado warning for Greenville, ECU must be mentioned or within the warning polygon, ECU Police immediately send our an ECU Alert notification, to include all systems. When the NWS issues a sever thunderstorm warning for Greenville, ECU must be mentioned or within the warning polygon, ECU Police will send an ECU Alert notification if there are athletic or large outdoor events taking place. When the warnings expire, ECU Police will send an all clear message through the same ECU Alert systems so folks can return to normal operations.
Visit www.ecu.edu/alertinfo to learn more. Download the LiveSafe App to have all emergency information at the palm of your hand.
Parents, please encourage you Senior to give back! The Students’ Treasure Chest (STC) is establishing a new Senior Class Campaign starting with the graduating class of 2017! For a small donation students will receive a Class of 2017 t-shirt and recognition at the Senior Class Celebration.
To receive a shirt, students must donate $20.17, or they can increase the donation to $30.17 for additional support to our opportunity and emergency funds for ECU students.
In appreciation of their support, students will receive:
- STC Senior Class T-shirt
- Listed on STC donor honor roll of donors
- Recognition at Senior Class Celebration
Embrace this moment FOREVER and join the Family Fellows Program.
Pirate families can leave a lasting legacy through an unrestricted gift to the Parents Fund names or endowed. This program is a unique way to honor and celebrate your graduate through giving. This symbol of recognition allows you to stay connected with your Pirate family and provide resources and tools for future generations of students.
Benefits of Family Fellows:
- Families, including the graduating senior, will be honored as members of the Family Fellows program.
- Engraved Cupola Brick
- ECU Diploma Frame as Family Fellows special gift
- Recognized as a member of the Chancellor’s Society by ECU Foundation
- Invitation to annual Family Fellows reception
- Reserved limited seating and parking at University commencement
- Special presentation at Senior Celebration (sponsored by the Alumni Association)
- Opportunities to network with other philanthropic East Carolina families
- Family Fellows gifts will count towards annual Senior Parent Campaign totals
Contact Zack Hawkins, Director of Student Affairs Development and Parent & Family Programs. Zack can be reached by phone at 252-737-4970 or via email: email@example.com