March 2011
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Make plans now to volunteer during Service Month
April is Service Month for the East Carolina Alumni Association and all alumni and friends are encouraged to live the University's motto Servire, meaning "to serve" by lending a helping hand in your community. Many Pirate Contacts are planning service projects and volunteer opportunities across the Pirate Nation. But you can volunteer wherever help is needed! Donate non-perishable food items to your local food bank or soup kitchen, spend a Saturday sprucing up a local park, volunteer at your child's school, or save a life by donating blood. The service opportunities are endless! Be sure to take photos and e-mail them to [More]
It's ECU Night at UNC-TV
Support North Carolina's public television station during one night of "Festival" on Saturday, March 19 from 6:00-11:30 p.m. It's ECU Night at UNC-TV and ECU alumni, faculty, staff, and friends are encouraged to show their Pirate Pride on the air while answering phones and taking pledges. A brief studio tour, orientation, and light dinner will be offered before taking calls. Volunteers can meet at the station in RTP or those traveling from Greenville can take advantage of provided transportation. Limited seating is available. [More]
Don't miss March's Pirate Career Cast
Identity theft is a serious problem for consumers. One day your personal information is safe, then suddenly you're bombarded with fraudulent credit card and bank account transactions. What can you do to prevent this from happening? Learn how to protect yourself against identity theft during this month's Pirate Career Cast: Identity Theft, presented by Liberty Mutual on Wednesday, March 2 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Take part via interactive webcast or in person in ECU's global classroom. Pirate Career Casts are free for all ECU alumni and friends. [More]

Lace up your running shoes and join in the fun at the 4th Annual Pirate Alumni Road Race and Fun Run on Saturday, April 16. This 5K race begins at U.B.E. in Uptown Greenville and travels down historic Fifth Street next to ECU's main campus. Participants will receive a race T-shirt and goody bag, as well as opportunities to win door prizes. Medals will be given to the top three male and femail finishers overall, as well as the top three male and female finishers in eight age groups. Registration is $15 until March 31 and $25 thereafter. [More]
Black Alumni Reunion
Gather with fellow ECU black alumni for the Black Alumni Reunion the weekend of April 15-16. With the "Remember the Times" theme in memory of Michael Jackson, this weekend of events is sure to be one to remember! From a mixer and gospel concert to road race and recognition gala, there's something for everyone during the Black Alumni Reunion. Catch up with good friends and see what's new at ECU. [More]
Insurance tips for car leasing from Liberty Mutual
Leasing a car? Make sure you're covered! If you lease a vehicle, you'll probably insure it the same way you would a car you own. You call your insurance company, provide information on the vehicle, and you're on your way.

Simple, right? However, there are some important things you should be aware of when you insure a leased vehicle. [More]

Where can a Pirate Voyage take you?
Known for its immense beauty and grandeur, St. Petersburg is a masterpiece, like its famous Fabergé eggs. Enjoy the culturual season in St. Petersburg this fall with fellow Pirates on a Pirate Voyage! Take an eight day journey to explore this fabled city and experience its vivid history.

The Alumni Association works with its partners at Go Next and AHI Travel to provide affordable trips for alumni and friends. Pirate Voyages offer opportunities to cultivate a passion for learning through travel and are a great way to explore our world. [More]
Alumni Spotlight
Scott Avett '99 and his band the Avett Brothers hit it big during February's Grammy Awards when the group played their hit "Head Full of Doubt, Road Full of Promise," then joined fellow rising-star band Mumford & Sons and legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan on the main stage for an exuberant version of "Maggie's Farm." This was the band's first nationally televised performance and comes on the heels of their "Live Volume 3" album, which was released in the fall. Avett writes songs, sings, and plays multiple instruments in the band, including banjo, drums, and piano, and uses his artistic skills, which were honed in ECU's School of Art & Design, for album cover art and band designs. The band begins a rigorous tour schedule in March, including a show in London, England. The Avett Brothers debuted in 2001 and have a sound that is a unique blend of folk, country, bluegrass, rock, and pop. Scott, brother Seth, and Bob Crawford make up the band. 

Volunteer Spotlight

A recent retiree of the City of Rockville, Maryland Department of Recreation and Parks, Glenda Moultrie ’79 dedicates her time to giving back to ECU and her community. A member of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, Moultrie is committed to spreading the good news about ECU in her area. She is an active member of the Black Alumni Chapter and is proud that her son Joshua, a member of the Marching Pirates, is a sophomore at her alma mater. Moultrie is director of a puppet ministry in her church that teaches in the community and works with churches in Nassau, Bahamas and now in Zambia. “The smiles and appreciation on the faces of those that receive make my life feel worthwhile,” said Moultrie. She and daughter Jessica have recently opened a travel agency—Moultrie’s second career.

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Today Show update on paralyzed bride-to-be Rachelle Friedman '08 after a home makeover by George Oliphant ... [More]

2011 football schedule released ... [More]

"University may lose degree" is the headline of the current The East Carolinian ... [More]

We just posted 3 new opportunities to the jobs board on LinkedIn ... [More]

Alumni Events

March 2
Pirate Career Cast: Identity Theft
Via Webcast

March 9-19
Pirate Voyage: Mayan Mystique

March 9
ECU Club at Cypress Glen
Greenville, NC

March 11
A Pirate's Life for Me! featuring Kathy '80 and Dr. Dan Sprau '86
Worldwide on

March 19
ECU Night at UNC-TV
Research Triangle Park

March 25
A Pirate's Life for Me! featuring Bill Jurney '84
Worldwide on

April 6
Pirate Career Cast: Self-Employment/Starting Your Own Business
Via Webcast

All Upcoming Events

Save the Dates

Golden Alumni Reunion - Class of 1961
May 5-6, 2011

Pirate Voyage - Mediterranean Inspiration
June 2-13, 2011

This Month's Poll

What is the most significant event in the University's history?
  • 1907 - East Carolina Teachers Training School founded
  • 1967 - East Carolina College received university status  
  • 1975 - the School of Medicine was established
  • 1992 - the Pirates were victorious over NC State in the Peach Bowl
  • 1997 - all ECU athletics were included in Conference USA 
Click here to vote!

Last month's results:

What was your favorite campus hangout?

33% Wright Place
24% Croatan
18% Student Rec Center
16% Soda Shop
8% Joyner Library
East Carolina’s historic Mamie Jenkins Building is quickly being restored to house the new Honors College.
Alumni from Conference USA schools met in Atlanta for a networking event. See all recent pics in our photo gallery.
A Pirate's Life for Me!
Dr. Tracy Tuten ’88, ’90 shared her expertise in social media and branding on A Pirate’s Life for Me! Check the archives for all episodes.
Pirate Athletics

Three-ball helps ECU knock out Rice
Jontae Sherrod knocked down a deep 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds to play Saturday to lift East Carolina to a 71-68 victory over Rice.

Pirates Outlast Marshall, 48-44
The Lady Pirates basketball team won its seventh-straight home game Sunday. "Senior Night" sponsored by East Carolina Alumni Association.

ECU Tops 10th-ranked UVa, 4-3
Junior Mike Wright tossed his career-best seven innings to lead the Diamond Bucs to a 4-3 win over Virginia.
Around Campus
Ballard: ECU will survive tough times
At the "State of the University" address on February 2, ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard talked about division cuts and tuition hikes that may be necessary to meet state budget shortfalls.

Trustees: ECU must prepare for cuts
ECU Board of Trustees met on February 24 for a budget update and discussion. Talks focused on pending changes as state legislature prepares to release budget that shrinks government.

ECU's virtual early college top in state
ECU is recognized for its Early College Second Life Program and hailed as the top program of its kind in North Carolina for course content and unique delivery system.

Study: Casual video games demonstrate ability to reduce depression and anxiety
Patients suffering with clinical depression and anxiety may gain relief from symptoms through popular, casual video games, according to a new study conducted at ECU.
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East Carolina Alumni Association
Taylor-Slaughter Alumni Center 901 East Fifth Street East Carolina University Greenville, NC 27858-4353
252-328-6072 800-ECU-GRAD

"My wife and I both graduated from ECU and we are both lifetime members of the Alumni Association. We've always had a devotion to East Carolina, and because we gained so much from our education, we think lifetime membership is a great way to give back to the University. I would recommend lifetime membership to anyone who went to East Carolina. There are many wonderful benefits, and it's very special."

Jerry '65 and Joanie '65 Tolley

"I am a member of the alumni association because it provides an opportunity for me to connect to the university, renew relationships through alumni events, and help attract potential students to ECU. As an active member of the alumni association, I have the chance to serve as an advocate for the university through volunteerism. Being a member along with my son as a fellow Pirate demonstrates commitment and builds a legacy within our family."

Linda Thomas '81

"I am a member because ECU is my second home. Staying connected not only allows me to give back to the university but also inspire the next generation of pirates."

Tim Willis '12

"I am a member of the Alumni Association because I want everyone to know what East Carolina means to me and how much pride and love I have for ECU. Being a member means the world to me, and is the one way that I can give back and stay connected to the place that gave me the best years of my life."

Jeremy Woodard '01

"I am a member of the alumni association because I appreciate how well ECU prepared me for my business career. I enjoy contributing to the alumni association's efforts to provide scholarships for some of our best and brightest students. The Alumni Association does a great job of providing ways for alumni to reconnect with their alma mater and I hope when they do they enjoy it as much as I do. I believe in what ECU stands for and my membership helps me feel a part of the great things ECU is accomplishing!"

Wes Johnson '85