Welcome Heath Bowman, New Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations

HeathBowman01The East Carolina Alumni Association is proud to announce that Heath Bowman has begun serving as the university’s new associate vice chancellor of alumni relations and president of the association. Today is Bowman’s first day at ECU.

Bowman is a recognized alumni relations professional with 10 years of management and higher education leadership experience. Most recently, Bowman served as director of outreach at the Arkansas Alumni Association, which has more than 26,000 dues-paying alumni members and nearly 2,500 dues-paying student members.

“This is a tremendous honor and honestly very humbling,” said Bowman. “Pirate Nation has so much to be proud of. To be trusted to lead and grow alumni relations efforts at such a respected and innovative institution is the opportunity of a lifetime and a responsibility that I will take very seriously. I am excited to build on past successes and to blaze new paths for East Carolina and its alumni association.”

At Arkansas, Bowman led a high performing staff team charged with outreach and engagement through innovative programs and collaborations with campus and community partners targeted to students, young alumni, and alumni around the world.

Bowman earned his bachelor’s degree in hospitality management at Texas Tech University in 2007, and his master’s degree in higher education leadership at the University of Arkansas in 2011.

Bowman has been married to his high school sweetheart, Ashley, since 2008. Ashley is a speech-language pathologist specializing in treatment of geriatric patients recovering from post-op and post-stroke impairments.

“Heath brings a wealth of knowledge, management skills, connections across the profession, and vision to the position, as well as commitment to make ECU and eastern North Carolina his family’s home,” said Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Christopher Dyba.

“The excitement here is contagious!” Bowman commented. “The moment my wife, Ashley, and I set foot in Greenville, we knew that this was the place we were meant to be. It immediately felt like home. I feel lucky to be in a place where I can use my skillset and past experiences to benefit a place as special as ECU. Ashley and I are so excited to be Pirates! Arrrgh!”

“Old Pros” Win Golf Tournament

The winners of the 2015 ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic were the “Old Pros,” consisting of teammates Brian Edgerton, Stephen Latham ’13, Eric Miller, and David Watkins.

Two full flights of golfers battled rainy weather on September 25 at Ironwood Golf and Country Club. The tournament, hosted by the East Carolina Alumni Association and by sponsored by Hilton Greenville and PotashCorp Aurora, supports the Alumni Scholarship program. Proceeds are still being calculated.

The “Old Pros” play regularly at Ironwood and have participated in the golf tournament several times before, placing second in 2014. With this year’s win, they qualified to play in the Acura College Alumni Team Championship at legendary Pinehurst later this fall.

“It was a great feeling to win, especially with the bad weather. It’s also great knowing I get to go back to Pinehurst with a great group of friends,” Edgerton said. “This is my fifth time playing in the alumni golf tournament and it has been a great time each year.”

“To be honest, it was a tough day dealing with all of the rain. However, we took the forecast to our advantage and made the best of it,” said Latham. “Placing second last year was a stinger for quite some time. It felt great for us to get the win and be able to go to Pinehurst and represent East Carolina University.”

Edgerton, Latham, and their teammates wanted to participate in the tournament so they could support ECU and help current students.

“I feel like it is very important for alumni to support ECU in any kind of way possible. I’m all about giving back and supporting my alma mater,” said Latham, who earned his degree in public health studies in 2013. He is currently a senior account manager for American Red Cross Blood Services.

“It is very important for those of us that can help to be as involved as possible with helping others follow their academic dreams,” said Edgerton, a business sales executive with US Cellular. He recently returned to school to complete his degree in 2019. Edgerton also volunteers as a strength coach for ECU Coed Cheer, and as a volunteer coach with Barton College Golf.

Thanks to all the teams who participated in the ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic and to all our sponsors.

The full results are as follows.

1st Place Gross: Old Pros
2nd Place Gross: Texas Roadhouse
3rd Place Gross: Big Dog 2 AG

1st Place Net: Team Purple Haze
2nd Place Net: PotashCorp #3
3rd Place Net: VB TKEs ’88

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Click here for more photos of the golf tournament.

By Jackie Drake

Legacy Brunch One of Many Successful Events in September

September was a busy month for the East Carolina Alumni Association! We hosted several successful major events that brought students and alumni together to benefit ECU. Our Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch on September 27 celebrated tradition and loyalty to East Carolina by honoring families with two or more generations of Pirates. This took place not long after our ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic golf tournament on September 25 and Buccaneer Buffet tailgate on September 26.

“I absolutely loved the legacy brunch! It was so cool to get to talk to other people who are legacies like I am,” said Sydney Parker, a freshman hospitality management major from Swansboro, NC. “One family that we sat with also had four family members that have attended or are attending ECU, just like my family does. It was so nice to just talk to people who have been a part of creating the Pirate Nation for so many years.”

Sydney attended the event with her mother Tammy Parker ’91, father Jackson “Jay” Parker ’85, and grandfather Willard Whitfield ’65. Sydney’s mom heard about the event through the alumni association’s marketing, and Sydney received an e-mail to her student e-mail account. They both knew they wanted their family to attend the event.

“I love that I am a fourth generation ECU Pirate and the fact that there was something for me and my family to attend that was centered around promoting that was so nice,” Sydney said. “I would definitely recommend this event to other legacy Pirate families. It is such a cool opportunity and one that I truly enjoyed attending.”

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Click here for more photos from the Legacy Brunch.

By Jackie Drake

Networking Lunch in Raleigh on November 10

The East Carolina Alumni Association is coming to Raleigh this November! Join us and meet fellow Pirates from around the Triangle as you expand your professional and social networks!

The Raleigh Networking Lunch will be held on Tuesday, November 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 18 Seaboard. The restaurant is located on 18 Seaboard Ave., Suite 100 in Raleigh.

Featured alumni are:

  • Keith Frazier ’94, an Assistant Vice President for the American Kennel Club
  • Shannon Frazier ’94, a Human Resources business partner for SMB, Channel, ESG, Consumer Sales, and NA Marketing and Operations at Lenovo

Costs will be $16.00 for alumni association members and $21.00 for non-members, which include lunch and beverages. Everyone attending must register by Tuesday, November 3. Please let us know of any special dietary needs when you register.

Attire is purple and gold business casual. Don’t forget to bring multiple business cards for our business card exchange and the opportunity to win ECU door prizes!

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 and take advantage of member pricing on this and future events may do so directly on the event registration form available on our website. 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!