Nominations Sought for Black Alumni Chapter Awards

The Black Alumni Chapter of the East Carolina Alumni Association seeks nominations for three inaugural awards to be given at the Black Alumni Reunion during Homecoming 2015 at East Carolina University. Nominations are being accepted through Friday, August 21.

The awards, which honor both alumni and faculty/staff, will be presented at the BAC Awards Banquet and Gala on Saturday, October 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton Greenville. The awards are:

  • Dr. Andrew A. Best Trailblazer Award
  • Laura Marie Leary Elliott Courageous Leader Award
  • Ledonia Wright Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award

Nomination forms are available online for printing and can be submitted by mail or fax or dropped off in person at the Alumni Center at 901 E. 5th St. in Greenville. In order for the nomination to be considered, the form must be accompanied by at least one letter of recommendation. The nomination packet must also include a color headshot photo and a brief biographical sketch of the nominee. Resumes are also accepted.

To find out more, visit or contact Director of Alumni Programs Shawn Moore ’91, ’98 at or 252-328-5775.

Mudcats vs. Hillcats = Pirates win!

When the Mudcats take on the Hillcats, Pirates win! Join fellow alumni and friends for ECU Night when the Carolina Mudcats host the Lynchburg Hillcats of Virginia on Saturday, August 29. Support the local community baseball team and watch the game with fellow Pirate fans and their families. Participants will sit together in box seats in section 214 and enjoy an included buffet dinner at the Coca Cola Picnic Pavilion. PeeDee the Pirate will be in attendance!

The game will be held at Five County Stadium, located at 1501 NC Hwy 39 in Zebulon, NC. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The game begins at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets for alumni association members are $14 for ages 4-12 and $28 for 13 and up; non-members are $17 for ages 4-12 and $35 for 13 and up. Kids 3 and under who can sit on a lap are free. Registration includes the ticket to the game and the buffet dinner.

The buffet menu is southern fried chicken, BBQ pork, boiled potatoes, cole slaw, hushpuppies, cookies, sweet tea, and lemonade.

Don’t forget to wear purple and gold!

Advance registration is required. No tickets at the door. Register by Monday, August 17. Click here to register.

Searching for Pirates in Charleston!


Ahoy, Charleston Pirates! Join us for an ECU-themed scavenger hunt in Charleston on Saturday, August 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Round up your crew or join one when you arrive as teams of 8-10 people answer ECU trivia questions all over historic downtown Charleston. PeeDee the Pirate will be making a special appearance!

Participants can sign up individually or with friends and family members, and teams will be assigned accordingly. Each team will be able to use a customized game bag that contains a game book, props, digital camera, nametags, and pens. Don’t forget to wear purple and gold, as well as comfortable shoes!

This event is open to ages 8 and up. Cost for alumni association members is $45 for adults (13 & up) and $40 for youth (8-12); non-members are $55 for adults (13 & up) and $50 for youth (8-12). Cost includes scavenger hunt and buffet lunch.

This event is part of Bring the Whole Crew, our series of family and social events. For more information on this series, visit


Commencement Memories

LarryBryantStarrLewisThe memories of graduation from East Carolina University are still fresh for Larry ’64 and Starr ’65 Lewis, since they participated in commencement both 50 years ago and again this past May.

Larry and Starr participated in the Golden Alumni Reunion, held every spring by the East Carolina Alumni Association. During commencement, members of the 50th reunion class lead the processional of current graduates into Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

“It was a very special opportunity to reconnect with the people and places we were so familiar with,” Starr said. “We had a grand time. It was exhilarating to be there during commencement.”

“We’re so thankful that East Carolina gave us this chance to participate in the current life of the university,” Larry said.

Commencement was even more special for Larry and Starr this year because they got to watch their grandson graduate. Bryant Lewis earned a bachelor of science in criminal justice.

“Having them at the ceremony was a great experience, and I know not many people get that opportunity,” Bryant said. “My dad and my mom’s dad also went to ECU, so it was definitely a positive influence on my decision to attend.”

“I’m so glad that Bryant and all the other students got to share in the joy of ECU,” Starr said.

While Larry and Starr have been able to visit fairly often throughout the years, they loved touring campus and seeing all the progress that has been made.

“All the growth that’s been happening on campus is tremendous,” Larry says. “And I love what’s happening downtown as well. I can’t wait to see the university and the city continue to improve and work together.”

Networking Reception in New Bern

The East Carolina Alumni Association is coming to New Bern in August. Tap into the power of the ECU alumni network and meet fellow Pirates in your area!

The New Bern Networking Reception will be held Tuesday, August 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lawson’s Landing Café. The café is located inside the NC History Center at 529 S. Front St. in New Bern.

NewBernSpeakersFeatured alumni are:

  • Stacy Connor ’99, mental health CPSS program supervisor at Easter Seals UCP North Carolina and Virginia
  • John W. Taylor ’89, president of Coastal Real Estate & Management, Inc.

Cost is $17 for alumni association members and $28 for non-members, which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Register by Thursday, August 6.

Our networking events are open to all alumni and friends of East Carolina. Members of the alumni association are eligible to pay a reduced price. Those who wish to join the alumni association to take advantage of member pricing on these and future events may do so directly on the event registration form. Please note that advanced registration is required before the deadline. Early registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited depending on the venue.

Our networking events are a great way for alumni to build their professional and social networks. Each event is led by featured alumni who are leaders in their industries and communities. We hold networking events in various cities throughout the year, so be sure to check out all our events listed on our networking event page!


Alumna Named Superintendent

DelilahJacksonDelilah Jackson ’90, ’96, ’13 has been named superintendent of Washington County Schools. Her last day as assistant superintendent of human resources for Pitt County Schools was July 16.

“It’s exciting,” Jackson said. “It’s going to be different. I’ve been in human resources for nine years, but everything I’ve learned at Pitt County Schools and at ECU has helped prepare me for my journey.”

Jackson earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in education from ECU. She has spent 25 years with Pitt County Schools.

“My preparation has been great from the beginning,” she said. “Thanks to the education I received at ECU, I’ve built relationships and learned a lot about running a district. My professors were very honest about the real world; many of them had spent time as principals and superintendents. They helped shape my vision of how to run a district. The education and connections I received at ECU will be a great resource for me in my new position.”

Originally from Hyde County, Jackson was accepted to other schools but chose ECU because of its opportunities and proximity to family. As a teacher at W.H. Robinson Elementary School in Winterville, ECU was a convenient way to advance her career.

“I pride myself on being a Pirate,” Jackson says. “Going to ECU has afforded me many opportunities.”

She concluded, “I thank Pitt County Schools for being my first teacher. I will take the skills I’ve learned here to positively impact another district. My goal is to make a difference in the lives of children and provide opportunities for them to become productive citizens and build relationships with the community.”

Register Now for Buccaneer Buffet!

BuccaneerBuffetChefPeeDeeMember registration is now open for Buccaneer Buffet, the East Carolina Alumni Association’s family-friendly tailgate for alumni and friends, held every home football game!

Members of the alumni association get priority registration and discounted tickets, but Buccaneer Buffet is open to all friends and fans of East Carolina. Non-members may begin registering on August 3.

Enjoy a variety of food from local restaurants, beverages, live music and entertainment, door prizes, and more. Our tailgates often get visits from the ECU Cheerleaders and Pee Dee the Pirate! Located at the ECU Soccer Stadium, Buccaneer Buffet begins three hours prior to kick-off and runs for two hours.

For members, tickets are $12 for adults age 13 and up, and $6 for ages 8-12. For non-members, tickets are $30 for adults age 13 and up, and $15 for ages 8-12. Children 7 and under are free. The price includes a buffet meal with dessert, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and entertainment. The price does not include a ticket to the football game, which must be purchased separately.

Buccaneer Buffet tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Some tailgates do sell out quickly, so plan to register well in advance. Tickets are only sold at the door if space is available.

Tickets purchased prior to August 26 will be mailed. After that, tickets can be picked up at the Alumni Center or at Buccaneer Buffet.