May 2011
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Congratulations Class of 2011
It is with great pride that the Alumni Association welcomes its newest alumni—the Class of 2011! On Friday, May 6, ECU students will officially graduate from the University and join the ranks of alumni. Congratulations to these students on such a milestone!

Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership award recipients
Four graduates have been named Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership award recipients. The most prestigious award given during annual spring commencement exercises, the award recognizes academic achievement, service, and leadership. [More]

Faculty receive accolades
Three ECU faculty members have received teaching awards from the Alumni Association. These remarkable faculty were recognized during ECU's Awards Day celebration for their arduous work in the classroom and commitment to higher education. [More]

Upcoming Speed Networking events
There are a number of Speed Networking events coming up in May and June. Participants will have a chance to meet all attendees in a facilitated environment, so be sure to bring plenty of business cards. Speed Networking events are scheduled in Greenville; Greensboro; Durham; Virginia Beach; Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington. [More]

May's Pirate Career Cast
Don't miss this month's Pirate Career Cast on Wednesday, May 4 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. A career expert from ECU's Human Resources will present on "Leadership Skills." [More]

Golden Alumni Reunion - Class of 1961
It's not too late for members of the Class of 1961 to register for this weekend's Golden Alumni Reunion. Activities will be held Thursday, May 5 through Friday, May 6 and include campus tours, participation in graduation, a special dinner, and a reunion celebration. [More]

St. Petersburg: The Cultural Season
Like a jewel box fashioned by Fabergé, St. Petersburg is a masterpiece of design and ingenuity, a magical tapestry of vibrant colors framed by sparkling water. Make your next vacation a Pirate Voyage to St. Petersburg during the Cultural Season. [More]

Print of Wright Auditorium now available for purchase
A beautiful painting of ECU's Wright Auditorium and Trustees Fountain by North Carolina artist William Mangum is now available for purchase. Only 750 signed and numbered prints are being sold. [More]

Lifelong learning available for those 50+
East Carolina University is proud to announce its Lifelong Learning Program (LLP) with a kickoff event on Saturday, May 21 from 1-4 p.m. in the Murphy Center on ECU's campus. LLP is geared toward adult learners age 50 and older who want to continue their journey of learning. Summer programs offer adventure trips to a number of historical and cultural locations and more LLP classes will be offered in the fall. [More]

Ground rules for teen drivers from Liberty Mutual
Setting safety ground rules for teenagers is an effective method of engaging them in a conversation about responsible driving. You just might save yourself some stressful confrontations down the road. Be sure, however, not to break the rules yourself if you want to act as a role model. [More]
Alumni Spotlight
James "Aaron" Hardwick '04 has been named a Yale Distinguished Music Educator. The award is presented biennially by the Yale School of Music to participants of the Symposium on Music in Schools and honors fifty music educators from across the country who are selected for their outstanding accomplishments teaching music in public schools. Hardwick was one of more than 300 nominees representing 45 states and will receive the award in June.

Hardwick is the director of orchestras at Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He oversees the Falcon Concert Orchestra, the Falcon Chamber Orchestra, and the Cox High School Quartet. A trained violist, Hardwick studied under Karen Huey, a former violist in the North Carolina Symphony. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the Virginia Music Educators Association, the American String Teachers Association, and the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association.

Volunteer Spotlight
Rick Conaway '68 loves East Carolina. Since 1990, he has served the Alumni Association in many capacities, including president of the Tidewater Alumni Chapter, secretary of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and as an elected board member. He has also been active with the scholarship and awards committees. In the Tidewater area, Conaway has been deeply involved with the E. Marvin Slaughter & James A. Johnson Golf Tournament, which raises funds for ECU student scholarships.

"I have enjoyed giving back to the University that I love. I was the first in my family to go to college," said Conaway. He also fondly remembers meeting and driving ECU alumna Emily Procter '91 in a Homecoming parade.

A retired naval flight officer, Conaway clocked more than 2,000 hours in the F-4 Phantom, including more than 775 arrested landings on various aircraft carriers. Then for 17 years he worked in the Virginia Beach school system as a naval science officer in Naval Junior ROTC programs. 

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The Pirate Nation mourns the loss of Edgar Loessin ... [More]

The Pirate Nation mourns the loss of Alumni Association Emeritus Board Member Yvonne Pearce '82. A past article on her ... [More]

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Alumni Events

May 2
16th Annual E. Marvin Slaughter & James A. Johnson Golf Tournament

May 4
Pirate Career Cast: Leadership Skills

May 5-6
Golden Alumni Reunion Celebrating the Class of 1961

May 5
Senior Salute

May 5
Senior Celebration: Senior Candlelight Induction Ceremony

May 11
Greenville Speed Networking Breakfast

May 13
A Pirate's Life for Me! featuring Lynnette Taylor '97, WITN news anchor

May 18
Greensboro Speed Networking Breakfast

May 20
Coach Rock Roggeman Cancer Research Golf Classic

May 24
Durham Speed Networking Breakfast

May 27
A Pirate's Life for Me! featuring Brandon Jansen '00, licensing specialist with Brain State Technologies

May 31
Raleigh Speed Networking Evening

All Upcoming Events

Save the Dates

Tailgate tickets on sale for Alumni Association members
July 11, 2011

Pirate's Bounty Scholarship Auction
September 29, 2011

ECU Alumni Scholarship Golf Classic
September 30, 2011

October 28-29, 2011

This Month's Poll

What is your favorite East Carolina tradition?
  • Barefoot on the Mall
  • Halloween Festivities
  • Polar Bear Plunge
  • Watching ECU Athletics
Click here to vote!

Last month's results:

Would you rather tailgate before a football game or gather in The Jungle before a baseball game?
  • Football Tailgating - 88%
  • Gather in The Jungle - 12%
Twenty-two ECU undergraduate students received Alumni Scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic year. Watch their video and other Alumni Association videos.

The 4th Annual Pirate Alumni Road Race and Fun Run was a huge success! Check out all recent event photos in the photo gallery.

A Pirate's Life for Me!
Jenny Perrino '06 is making a difference on Capitol Hill for NC Senator Kay Hagan. Check out all past guests of A Pirate's Life for Me!

Pirate Athletics

Pirates Finish Sixth at C-USA Championships
Junior David Watkins finished in third place and East Carolina earned its third consecutive sixth-place finish at the Conference USA Men's Golf Championships in Texarkana, Arkansas.

Macy set to speak at Nike Basketball Clinic
East Carolina's Women's Basketball Head Coach Heather Macy will be a featured speaker at the Nike Basketball Championship Clinic this weekend in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Around Campus
Awards, memorials highlight 2011 Founders Day
On April 26, East Carolina celebrated Founders Day with services to acknowledge and honor accomplishments within the ECU community.

Renovated Mamie Jenkins building dedicated
The Mamie Jenkins building was dedicated on April 26 as the new home of the ECU Honors College. The building is named for Mamie Jenkins, who taught English at ECTC from 1909-1946.

Learning unplugged: ECU puppeteers educate on healthy eating, diabetes
Although young children are "plugged in" to technology as a learning source, they still respond to traditional forms of learning.

Protecting trademark: ECU challenges use of its brand
East Carolina University has filed suit in federal court to protect its trademarks and brands from unauthorized use by the owner of a Greenville publication and website called
U.B.E. Pirate Radio Aramark Liberty Mutual The Alumni Insurance Program Pirate Club The 5th Street Inn Bank of America
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