June 2011
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Enjoy a Freshmen Sendoff Summer Outing
All incoming freshmen are encouraged to attend a Freshmen Sendoff in their area. A number of these outings will be held over the summer months and are perfect opportunities for members of the Class of 2015 to get to know one another before they set sail to campus in the fall. Alumni are welcome to attend.  [More]

Speed Networking Events in Your Area
Need a boost to your professional and social networks? Then attend a speed networking event in your area. Meet fellow Pirate professionals and make the business and social connections that are so important in today's economy. It's like speed dating without the romantic connection. [More]

ECU Now Offers a Lifelong Learning Program
East Carolina alumni and friends age 50+ are encouraged to participate in the University's newly launched Lifelong Learning Program. There are no admission requirements, no grades, and no exams; just fun, educational opportunities with others that love learning. It's not too late to register for the Bentonville Battleground excursion. [More]

Alumni Tailgate Tickets Go on Sale for Members July 11
Join the Alumni Association's family-friendly Alumni Tailgate before each home football game this fall. Participants will enjoy food from local restaurants and the University caterer, Pirate beverages, games for children, live music, and great door prizes. Alumni Tailgate tickets go on sale for Alumni Association members Monday, July 11. Call 800-ECU-GRAD to register.

Cheer for the Pirates at a Viewing Party
If you can't make it back to Greenville to watch the Gridiron Pirates play, then join other alumni and fans at a viewing party in your area! Viewing Parties are held at local restaurants and favorite watering holes and are open to anyone who wants to cheer the Pirates on to victory. If you'd like to host a Viewing Party in your area, please contact Director of Alumni Programs Tanya L. Kern '02 to get started.

Nominate Someone for an Alumni Award
Each fall the Alumni Association recognizes accomplished alumni and friends with Outstanding Alumni, Distinguished Service, and Honorary Alumni awards. We need your help to identify nominees for 2012! Do you know a Pirate or a loyal ECU supporter who deserves this prestigious recognition? Nominate them today. [More]

Where Can a Pirate Voyage take You?
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. Join fellow Pirates for this magical Pirate Voyage to one of the world's most storied and magnificent cities. Pirate Voyages are offered in partnership with Go Next and AHI Travel. [More]

Safety Around the Pool from Liberty Mutual
Did you know that year nearly 300 children younger than five drown in swimming pools every year? Your greatest assurance for water safety is adopting and practicing as many safety measures as possible for your pool and the area around it. Even one can make a difference—and save a life. [More]

Alumni Spotlight
E.T. "Tommy" Townsend '64 recently received a unique 90th birthday present when he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina's recognition for extraordinary public service given by the Governor. An Air Force veteran of World War II and Korea, Townsend is a retired teacher who was honored for his work in veterans' affairs and education. He is the longtime head of the New Hanover County Veterans Council and past president of the NC Veterans' Council. Townsend helped obtain a veterans' services officer for the county. He was also a founding board member and longtime treasurer of the Cape Fear Literacy Council.

Townsend attend East Carolina for one year and earned a master's degree in history. Prior to enrolling at the University, Townsend joined the National Guard in 1940 and transferred to the Army Air Corps in 1942. He retired from the Air Force in 1963. Townsend has two children, five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

Volunteer Spotlight
Since 2004, Garry Dudley '92 has been an important part of the Alumni Association. As an elected member of the Board of Directors, Dudley served as secretary and on the Awards and Scholarship committees. June 30 marks the end of Dudley's eight years of service."Serving ECU in any way I could kept me in touch with campus activities and visiting alumni that I had known for years. Knowing I had a voice for the 130,000 other alumni across the country was important to me," said Dudley. "It's a way to give back to a school that means so much to me and my family, and will, hopefully, encourage my own children to consider ECU as their college."

Dudley is an executive disease focus representative with Merck & Co. based in Chesterfiled, Virginia. He has held a management position with the company and also covered all of eastern North Carolina in his territory. Dudley and his wife Monica '94, '96 have two daughters and visit ECU as often as possible. They are life members of the Alumni Association, members of the Old Austin Society, and Pirate Club members.
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Alumni Events

June 2-13
Pirate Voyage: Mediterranean Inspiration

June 8
Speed Networking Breakfast
Virginia Beach, VA

June 9
Speed Networking Evening
Washington, DC

June 11
Lifelong Learning Program
Bentonville Battleground

June 22
Speed Networking Breakfast
Wilmington, NC

June 24
ECU Night at the Durham Bulls
Durham, NC

June 26
Freshmen Sendoff
Norfolk, VA

June 27
Freshmen Sendoff
Richmond, VA area

June 30
Freshmen Sendoff
Beaufort, NC

All Upcoming Events

Save the Dates

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

Pirate's Bounty Scholarship Auction
September 29, 2011

ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic golf tournament
September 30, 2011

October 28-29, 2011

This Month's Poll

Who is your favorite ECU celebrity?
  • Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers
  • Sandra Bullock
  • Beth Grant
  • Emily Procter
  • Vince McMahon
Click here to vote!

Last month's results:

What is your favorite East Carolina tradition?
  • Barefoot on the Mall - 26%
  • Halloween Festivities - 17%
  • Polar Bear Plunge - 2%
  • Watching ECU Athletics - 55%
ECU researches are deep into the excavation of what most believe is the pirate Blackbeard’s famed Queen Anne’s Revenge. Watch now.
The Class of 2011 celebrated their East Carolina graduation. See all commencement photos and other event photos in our photo gallery.
A Pirate's Life for Me!
WITN award-winning anchor and reporter Lynnette Taylor ’97 talks about life in front of the camera and shares what tickles her funny bone. Listen now.
Pirate Athletics

ECU Athletics receives sizeable gift from Metrics, Inc.
The East Carolina University Educational Foundation has received a gift of $250,000 from Metrics, Inc. founder and owner Phil Hodges '79, '84 and his wife Lisa '83 towards its "Step Up To The Highest Level Campaign" aimed towards the further enhancement of ECU athletics' facilities.

Pirate Baseball Headed to Charlottesville Regional
The East Carolina baseball team will make its 25th NCAA Regional appearance and 11th in the last 13 years after earning a No. 2 seed at the Charlottesville Regional in this year's NCAA Baseball Championships, which will be held at Davenport Field.

Around Campus
ECU Accepts NCAA penalties for self-reported violations
ECU has accepted athletic program penalties imposed by the NCAA for self-reported academic fraud violations in 2010, including a reprimand and one year of probation.

$10.5 million gift to help build pediatric wing, fund professorship
A $10.5 million gift given by James '65 and Connie '62 Maynard will help expand the University Health Systems Children's Hospital and fund a professorship in pediatrics at the Brody School of Medicine.

Sebelius discusses patient safety with ECU physicians
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius recently toured the East Carolina Heart Institute at Pitt County Memorial Hospital as part of her mission to learn about medical centers' work to reduce patient complications and readmissions.

East magazine's summer issue available online
Read about ECU's new home for Olympic Sports; Jim Hunt's Ms. Fix-It; Sociologist, Surfer Dude; Mind Games; and much more in the summer 2011 online edition of East magazine.

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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