Around 20 Pirates including alumni and students volunteered for ECU Night at UNC-TV on Saturday, February 27.
ECU Night was part of UNC-TV’s annual weeks-long “Festival” telethon, which helps North Carolina’s only statewide public television station continue to provide quality, educational programming for North Carolinians.
After receiving a brief training at the studio in Research Triangle Park, volunteers answered phones and received pledges from those calling in to support the station. Volunteers worked behind the scenes while special guests led live segments. Volunteers gained some great exposure for ECU while supporting a good cause.
Any organization can volunteer for any night of the telethon; ECU is the only university in the UNC system with its own night.
“I wanted to volunteer because I love volunteering and this was something different. I’m used to just volunteering in my own community,” said student Khiana Wyatt, a senior majoring in family and community services. “My favorite part was interacting with other volunteers during our free time. I would definitely recommend others to volunteer at alumni events.”
Alumnus LaQuan Lucas-Harris ’09 found out about the event via an e-mail from the alumni association. He earned his MBA at ECU and is now a regional credit analyst at First Citizens Bank in Raleigh.
“It was convenient to my house and I wanted to network with alumni locally,” Lucas-Harris said. “I enjoyed meeting new people who all had a love for ECU. We got to volunteer for a great cause and we were treated like royalty at the event. At the end I felt rewarded and stated I will definitely see about attending more alumni functions in the area.”
By Jackie Drake