Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award

  Benjamin Joel Aydelette is a psychology major and biology minor with a pre-medical concentration from Greensboro, North Carolina. Benjamin has maintained a 4.0 GPA, been recognized on the Chancellor’s List each semester, and graduates with Summa Cum Laude academic honors. Benjamin received a U.B.E. Psychology Book Scholarship, a W. Keats Sparrow Writing Award, first place in the Constitution Day Writing Contest, and received a URCA grant for research in Psychology. During his time at ECU, Benjamin has been a member of ECU Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) while serving as public relations officer, a member of Relay for Life fundraising committee, and a member of the Rural Health Volunteer Society (RHVS) having served as co-secretary then secretary. As an undergraduate, Benjamin was a member of Golden Key International Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma, and Phi Kappa Phi. Benjamin has also represented ECU at the NC HOSA State Leadership Conference, was awarded the Barbara James Service Award, first place in the Knowledge Test Medical Terminology, took first place in the Kaiser-Permanente Health Care Issues Exam for two years, and first place in the Knowledge Test Human Growth and Development. He volunteered for the Boys & Girls Club of Pitt County at Jarvis United Methodist Church, greeted and transported patients at Vidant Medical Center, and volunteered at Hobgood Clinic, the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina, and the Greenville Shelter Clinic. After graduation, Benjamin hopes to attend medical school at ECU or UNC-Chapel Hill.
  Megan Christine Campbell is a double major in biochemistry and chemistry from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Megan has been recognized on the Dean’s List and Chancellor’s List and graduates with Summa Cum Laude academic honors. She was awarded the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award and Dowdy Student Stores Book Scholarship. During her time at ECU, Megan was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, ECU Golden Key International Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi, Servire Society, and participated in the University Honors Program. Megan was also Resident Hall Association representative for Umstead Hall, undergraduate assistant for the Biology Department, and served as secretary for Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honor Society. She volunteered at the Intensive Care Unit at Vidant Medical Center, and the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic/HAZMAT, was a Project HEART Smart camp counselor, and a tutor for the Pirate Tutoring Center. After graduation, Megan will attend UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine.
  Courtney Blake Evans is a nursing major from Greenville, North Carolina. While still in high school, Courtney not only achieved a 4.0 GPA, but also earned an Associate in Arts degree from Pitt Community College. Upon graduation, she immediately entered her junior year of nursing school at ECU. Courtney has been recognized on the Dean’s List and Chancellor’s List and graduates with Summa Cum Laude academic honors. She was awarded the ECU Athletics Academic Excellence Award, was the ECU College of Nursing recipient of the Heather A. Purtee Memorial Scholarship, Martha W. Tarkington Scholarship, and Charlotte Martin Memorial Beta Nu Scholarship. She was also a North Carolina Nurse Scholar and chosen as the 2011 Pediatric Intensive Care nurse extern. During her time at ECU, Courtney was a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, East Carolina Association of Nursing Students, and an ECU Coed Cheerleader for football and basketball. She was also a part of several organizations at Pitt Community College, including secretary and founder of Sigma Alpha Pi Society of Leadership and Success, Student Government Association vice president, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. At ECU, Courtney was chosen as a 2011 member of the Leadership Institute for the College of Nursing and a student representative for the 2011 North Carolina Nursing Association’s Fall Convention. She volunteered at Vidant Medical Center, renovated buildings and homes for the needy on a mission trip to Charleston, South Carolina, and was a children’s program leader at Landmark Baptist Church. After graduation, Courtney will attend graduate school at ECU to pursue a degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
  Brooke Tierra Leigh is a chemistry major from Washington, North Carolina and a member of ECU’s Air Force ROTC. She has been recognized on the Dean’s List and Chancellor’s List, and graduates with Summa Cum Laude academic honors. Brooke has been awarded the Physical Fitness Award five times, Top Cadet out of 30 for the Warrior Spirit Award, recipient of a Dr. Keith Holmes Scholarship, and the Elite Pirate Leadership Award. She was also recipient of the Department of Chemistry’s Dr. Keith Holmes Scholarship and received Undergraduate Recognition in Physical Chemistry. Brooke has been in the ROTC program all four years at ECU. Through ROTC, she was a member of the Arnold Air Society, was an Honor Guard Commander, was a Distinguished Graduate and Top Gun at Maxwell One during Air Force ROTC Field Training, participated in a 5-week program with active duty officers, and worked on leadership skills in preparation to become a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. Brooke was also involved with ECU’s Campus Crusade for Christ, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Officer Christian Fellowship. She volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Homes for Veterans, Give to the Troops, and Highway Cleanup. Brooke has accepted a commission in the United States Air Force and will serve as a 2nd Lieutenant Cyberspace Officer.
  Justin Mark Salisbury is a mathematics major and economics minor from Willington, Connecticut. Justin has been recognized on the Dean’s List and Chancellor’s List and graduates with Summa Cum Laude academic honors. He has been awarded the ECU Alumni Association Scholarship, Eron-Vittitow Scholarship, Harriot Advancement Council Scholarship, Arts and Sciences Scholarship, East Carolina Creed Week Award, and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center Academic Excellence Award. During his time at ECU, Justin has been a member of the National Federation of the Blind of North Carolina and Connecticut, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, the NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics, ECU Ambassadors, ECU Honors College Ambassadors, Student Pirate Club, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He was also president of Voices for Victims, peer minister and director of Financial Affairs for the Episcopal Campus Ministry, vice president and president of the NC Association of Blind Students, treasurer for the National Alliance of Blind Students, and treasurer for the Alpha Chapter of Epsilon Chi Nu Fraternity, Inc. He volunteered for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Eastern Bull Native American Center hurricane repair, was a tutor at the Pirate Tutoring Center, and took an alternative spring break in New Orleans with Episcopal Campus Ministry. After graduation, Justin plans on attending graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in Economics.

"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