July 2011
East Carolina Alumni Association
Join Today Join Today

Alumni News
Alumni Tailgate
Leave the grill at home and join the Alumni Association's family-friendly tailgate two-and-a-half hours prior to kickoff. Enjoy catered buffets, Pirate beverages, live entertainment, games for children, door prizes and more! Tickets go on sale for Alumni Association members Monday, July 11. Watch your inbox for registration details.

Summer Membership Prize Packages
Alumni and friends who join the Alumni Association June 1 through July 31 will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of three great prize packages. Make your tax-deductible membership contribution today for your chance to win! [More]

Enjoy a Summer Outing
Help welcome the Class of 2015 at a Freshmen Sendoff summer outing near you! Alumni are welcome to attend and share stories of their time at ECU to instill Pirate pride. [More]

Summer Issue of EC Alumni Available Online
Be sure to check out the summer issue of EC Alumni magazine, now available online. Features include TLC's Patrick Brown '87, children's book illustrator Mike Litwin '01, and legendary college football coach Jerry Tolley '65, '66. You'll also see which East Carolina alumni are serving in North Carolina's State Legislature, read about the Women's Roundtable, get career advice, and learn a little University history. [More]

Awards Ceremony and Dinner Sponsorships
Get your business name in front of hundreds of ECU supporters by becoming a sponsor of the 2011 Alumni Awards Ceremony and Dinner on Friday, October 28. The signature event of the Alumni Association, eight individuals will be recognized with Outstanding Alumni, Honorary Alumni, and Distinguished Service awards at this special event. Sponsorship opportunities are available at many levels and must be confirmed by August 1. [More]

Alumni Award Nominations
Recognizing alumni achievement is important to the Alumni Association. Each year during Homecoming, University alumni and friends are recognized for their success, accomplishments, and dedication to ECU. Nominations for 2012 awards are currently being accepted and the Alumni Association needs your help to identify those worthy of the accolade. Please nominate someone today! [More]

Pirate Voyages
Make your next vacation a Pirate Voyage! Travel with fellow East Carolina alumni and friends to picturesque St. Petersburg October 16-24 for the Cultural Season. Walk the streets where Peter the Great's vision of a Russian capital that would rival the great cities of Europe came to life. Don't miss this opportunity to see the opulence that is St. Petersburg. [More]

Alumni Spotlight
Erica Plouffe Lazure '06 recently won the second annual Camber Press Fiction Chapbook Award for her entry Dry Dock. Set in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the main characters struggle financially, emotionally in their relationship, and in their care for aging relatives. The competition's final judge compared Lazure and her writing to what he would expect of Ernest Hemingway's long-lost daughter. Dry Dock is scheduled for release this month under the Camber Press Publisher label.

Lazure is an English instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, and previously worked for East Carolina's News Services. Her work has appeared in The North Carolina Literary Review, Meridian, The Greensboro Review, Booth Literary Journal, and elsewhere.

Volunteer Spotlight
The Alumni Association is excited to welcome five new members to its Board of Directors. These volunteers will serve as ambassadors of the Alumni Association in their region, assist the Alumni Association in spreading the word about the University and Association, and help guide the Alumni Association to ensure its prosperity for future generations. Welcome Neal Crawford '85, Ralph Finch '67, Dave Fussell '90, Robin Good '80, and Jason Tomasula '00, '03, '10. 

Top Tweets Tweet

The Pirate Nation mourns the loss of Tom Minges '76, philanthropist and chairman and CFO of Minges Bottling Group ... [More]

Coach Ruffin McNeill '80 is right on track following recent surgeries ... [More]

"Where was that when I was in school?" Check out the beach and ropes course at the North Recreational Complex ... [More]

The Pirate Nation mourns the loss of Michael Moseley '80 ... [More]

Alumni Events

July 8
Freshmen Sendoff - Fayetteville, NC

July 9
Freshmen Sendoff - Raleigh, NC

July 11
Freshmen Sendoff - Wilmington, NC

July 14
Freshmen Sendoff - Clemmons, NC

July 15
Freshmen Sendoff - Charlotte, NC

July 18
Chicago Alumni Lunch

July 23
Freshmen Sendoff - Cranford, NJ

July 24
Freshmen Sendoff - Cherry Hill, NJ

July 27
Freshmen Sendoff - Raleigh, NC

July 28
Pirate Night with the Greenville Drive

July 30
Freshmen Sendoff - Nags Head, NC

July 30
Pirate Night at Big Rock Stadium

All Upcoming Events

Save the Dates

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

What is your favorite ECU Club Sport?
  • Baseball
  • Frisbee
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Wrestling
Click here to vote!

Last month's results:

Who is your favorite ECU celebrity?
  • Sandra Bullock - 66%
  • Emily Procter - 22%
  • Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers - 6%
  • Vince McMahon - 4%
  • Beth Grant - 3%
Alumni Tailgate is fun for all ECU alumni and Pirate fans. Leave the grill at home and join this family-friendly activity. Watch all Alumni Association videos.
Networking events allow alumni to make important business and social connections in their geographic area. See photos from all recent alumni events.
A Pirate's Life for Me!
Scott Calise '01, '03 is plugged in at MTV Networks. Listen to his interview and see who else has been featured on A Pirate's Life for Me!
Pirate Athletics

ECU to play Appalachian State at TWC Arena
East Carolina will play Appalachian State at Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena on November 22 as a part of a two-year home-and-home series. This will be the first meeting of the in-state foes since the 2001-02 season.

ECU receives NFCA Coaching Staff-of-the-Year Award
Three ECU softball coaches have been selected as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Mideast Region Coaches-of-the-Year following a second-straight Conference USA Tournament title and NCAA Regional finals appearance.
Around Campus
Students find secrets in sand at Fort Macon
An ECU student archaeological dig at North Carolina's Fort Macon State Park near Atlantic Beach should help shed some light on what life was like for Civil War officers and their families.

ECU 101: Orientation to the Pirate Nation
New ECU students and their families have converged upon Greenville and the University for Orientation. Students and parents attend sessions for learning, reassurance, and building relationships.

New doctors boost children's kidney transplants
Thanks to a renewed transplant program at East Carolina University and Pitt County Memorial Hospital, many young people in eastern North Carolina will get a second chance at life with a new organ.

Blackbeard's anchor raised near Beaufort, now at QAR lab
After resting at the bottom of Beaufort Inlet for almost 300 years, one of the four large achors of Blackbeard's flagship Queen Anne's Revenge recently hit the warm Carolina sun.

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