September 2011
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2011 Alumni Awards
The East Carolina Alumni Association would like to congratulate our 2011 Alumni Award recipients:

• Outstanding Alumni Award
  Ralph A. Finch Jr. '67
  Marsha Moore Lewis '76, '85
  Emilie Tilley '60
  Steven H. Wright '78

• Distinguished Service Award
  Senator Robert B. Morgan '47
  William K. “Kel” Normann '85

• Honorary Alumni Award
  Beatrice “Bea” A. Chauncey
  V. Parker Overton

These individuals will be recognized at the Alumni Awards Ceremony and Dinner, the Alumni Association’s signature event, on Friday, October 28 at the Hilton Greenville. The evening begins with cocktails at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Please join us to celebrate these Alumni Award recipients. [More]

Pirate Career Casts
Want some great advice to advance in your career? From the comfort of your office or laptop, you can participate in a Pirate Career Cast to gain valuable insight on today’s job market and how to put your best foot forward. Career Casts are live webcasts held the first Wednesday of each month and are free for all ECU alumni and friends. [More]

Pirate Alumni Receptions
East Carolina and the Alumni Association are coming to a town near you! Join fellow alumni and friends for fun and casual Pirate Alumni Receptions at ten location across North Carolina. Mingle with Pirates, catch up on what’s going on at ECU, and enjoy an evening of sharing your Pirate pride! Look for location details soon.

Marching Pirates Reunion
Drum roll, please! Calling all former Marching Pirates for a reunion September 23-24. Gather with fellow current and former members for a weekend full of fun and Marching Pirates traditions, including a halftime performance during the UAB vs. ECU game! [More]

Pirate's Bounty Scholarship Auction
Your bid could win you a bounty! The Pirate’s Bounty Scholarship Auction is at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 29 at the Hilton Greenville. From luxury vacations to unique Pirate items, this auction features live and silent items for the home, for him and for her, for the Pirate fan, and so much more! All proceeds benefit ECU scholarships. [More]

ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic
Swing for student scholarships at the annual ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic on Friday, September 30 at Ironwood Golf & Country Club. This four person, super ball tournament offers two flight times, breakfast, lunch, and the 19th Hole Reception, plenty of prizes, and trophies for winning teams. This year’s top team will play in the Acura College Alumni Team Championship at Pinehurst October 27-30. [More]

Homecoming Weekend
Come home to East Carolina and Greenville for Homecoming 2011: PeeDee Goes to Hollywood! Meet with good friends and former classmates to reminisce about your college days while enjoying plenty of great events and activities. Be sure to check out the entire Homecoming schedule. [More]

Time for Tailgate!
The Alumni Association’s family-friendly Alumni Tailgate is the perfect time to get together before ECU home football games. Leave your grill at home and enjoy catered buffets, live entertainment, games for kids, and Pirate beverages—just $10.00 for Alumni Association members! Children 12 and under are free of charge and tickets for non-members are $25.00 each. Join the Alumni Association to take advantage of member pricing and register for Alumni Tailgate today! And don’t forget about Away Game Tailgates! [More]

Where can a Pirate Voyage take you?
Why not make your next adventure a Pirate Voyage? The Alumni Association has partnered with AHI Travel and Go Next to bring Pirates the best in travel around the world. Visit the land where tulips abound and windmills are treasured symbols of prosperity. On our Holland and Belgium Waterways and Canals tour, you will experience the best these countries have to offer. Travel dates are April 20-28, 2012.  [More]

Hire a Pirate!
Support Pirates by Hiring Pirates! Register your organization for one of ECU's upcoming Career Fairs and meet students from all majors. Your organization can also advertise internships and jobs free of charge by posting them to PirateJobs, ECU's exclusive job database for students and alumni. [More]

It's Bigger Than a Game
Liberty Mutual’s Coach of the Year Award celebrates college football coaches who best demonstrate the qualities of responsibility, integrity, and excellence both on and off the field. It’s not just about winning–but how you win. Four winning coaches each receive $20,000 for the school’s alumni association and $50,000 for the charity of his choice. So support your school and vote for your coach today! Show your school spirit! Visit to vote for Coach McNeill '80!

Volunteer Spotlight
As a Pirate Contact in the Chicago, Illinois, area, Mike Kowalczyk '09, '10 is busy keeping Pirates connected with each other, the Alumni Association, and University. "For me, the best part about volunteering with the East Carolina Alumni Association and University is that it allows me to give back to the people who gave so much to me. The ECU students, faculty, staff, and alumni all played major roles in helping me become the person I am today. In return, I give as much time and energy to ECU that I can, knowing that I might make a difference in another Pirate's life," remarked Kowalcyzk.

When Kowalczyk is not volunteering his time for ECU, he works with Campus Housing Guest Services and Marketing for the University of Illinois at Chicago. He loves to travel and hopes to one day take trips around the world. Kowalczyk will start this adventure with a two-week trip to Chile soon.

Alumni Spotlight
Richmond, Virginia attorney Steven D. Benjamin '76 was recently sworn in as president-elect of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at its 53rd Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Benjamin has previously served the Association as first- and second vice-president, treasurer, and secretary, and several terms on the Board of Directors. He is an attorney in private practice with the Richmond firm of Benjamin & DesPortes. In addition to his private practice, Benjamin serves as Special Counsel to the Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee and to the Virginia State Crime Commission. He is a member of the Virginia Board of Forensic Science and the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission. A past president of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, Benjamin is a 2003 recipient of the Virginia State Bar’s Lewis F. Powell Pro Bono Award and is a frequent national lecturer on criminal justice. He received his undergraduate degree in history from East Carolina in 1976.

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Alumni Events

September 2
A Pirate's Life for Me!
ECU Game Day Experiences

September 2
Marching Pirates "Call to Port" Performance in Charlotte

September 2
Pirate's Night Out

September 3
Away Game Tailgate: ECU vs. South Carolina in Charlotte

September 7
Pirate Career Cast: Car Insurance 101

September 9
A Pirate's Life for Me!
Eric Fasure '08

September 10
Alumni Tailgate: Va. Tech vs. ECU

September 16
A Pirate's Life for Me!
Dr. Susan Engelkemeyer '84

September 23-24
Marching Pirates Reunion

September 23
A Pirate's Life for Me!
Marc Yellock '00

September 24
Alumni Tailgate: UAB vs. ECU

September 27-30
Sigma Nu Reunion

September 29
Pirate's Bounty Scholarship Auction

September 30
ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic

September 30
A Pirate's Life for Me!
Marsha Moore Lewis '76, '85

All Upcoming Events

Save the Dates

Alumni Awards Ceremony and Dinner
October 28, 2011

Homecoming Weekend
October 28-29, 2011

This Month's Poll

What is your favorite part of Homecoming?
  • Alumni Awards Ceremony & Dinner
  • Alumni Breakfast at the Alumni Center
  • Parade
  • Football Game
  • Reunions
  • Step Show
Click here to vote!

Last month's results:

What was your favorite ECU football season?
  • 59% - 1991: led to Peach Bowl victory over NC State in January 1992
  • 17% - 1999: ECU wins over Miami in Raleigh after Hurricane Floyd devastated campus
  • 8% - 2009: Conference USA championship over Houston at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
  • 7% - 2008: first Conference USA championship over Tulsa
  • 6% - 1978: Pirates appear in what is considered their first bowl game of the "modern era" and win over Louisiana Tech
  • 3% - 2010: first season with Head coach Ruffin McNeill '80
East Carolina's new Family Medicine facility is now open and treating patients. Dr. Kenneth Steinweg talks about the benefits of the new building. Watch now.
Walk the Plank welcomed new students to ECU at an exciting event the weekend before classes started. See all recent event photos.
A Pirate's Life for Me!
Dr. Jo Allen '83 is Meredith College's new president. Listen to her story of success in higher education and check our archives for past shows.

Pirate Athletics

Celebrate College Colors Day
Show your support for East Carolina University by wearing purple and gold on College Colors Day Friday, September 2! Show some friendly competition in your office among fans by showing your Pirate pride.

Pirates open 2011 against South Carolina
East Carolina, which has made five consecutive bowl game appearances, will open a new season under the direction of second-year Head Coach Ruffin McNeill '80 at 7:00 p.m. Saturday when the Pirates battle No. 12 South Carolina in a non-conference matchup at Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium.

Around Campus
Sen. Hagan: ECU cleanup shows spirit of recovery
North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan visited East Carolina's campus to see the damage left by Hurricane Irene. She praised the University for it's preparedness and efforts to quickly get things back to normal.

ECU breaks ground for Ahoskie dental center
Officials from East Carolina University and Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center broke ground for a new health care complex that will include an ECU dental center.

Salman Rushdie to deliver premier lecture in ECU series
Sir Salman Rushdie will speak at East Carolina University on October 5 as part of the University's Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.

ECU experts examine threats to coast
Just in time for hurricane season, ECU experts have penned a new book on North Carolina's coast that examines the issues that threaten the state's beloved barrier islands.

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"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