Meet Us in Charlotte, Wake County, and DC!

Ahoy there, Pirates! Do you want to meet fellow East Carolina University alumni in your area this summer? The East Carolina Alumni Association has several events this month around the Pirate Nation!

The Charlotte Chapter is holding an interest meeting this Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Old Mecklenburg Brewery located at 4150 Yancey Road. No registration is required. If you’ve been looking for ways to get more involved and stay connected to ECU, this is a great way to start! If you can’t make it and still want to be involved, e-mail or follow the Charlotte Chapter on Facebook.

The Wake County Chapter is holding a casual meetup next Thursday, July 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Blackfinn Ameripub in Morrisville, NC. These meetups are held twice a month alternating between Morrisville and Raleigh. There’s no need to sign up ahead of time but e-mail  or follow the Wake County Chapter on Facebook for more information.

Finally, join us for a professional happy hour in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, July 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Flight Wine Bar located at 777 6th Street NW. Be sure to follow the DC Metro Chapter on Facebook!

All of the alumni association’s upcoming events can be found here.


Members, Buccaneer Buffet Registration Open Now!


Registration for Buccaneer Buffet 2016, served up by Dowdy Student Stores, is now open to current members of the East Carolina Alumni Association!

Join fellow alumni and fans at the alumni association’s official tailgate for each home football game at ECU. Enjoy catered food from local restaurants, included beverages, live entertainment, door prizes and more!

New this year, we’re offering members a VIP (Very Important Pirate) experience! Members will be allowed to enter a half-hour early. This means members will be the first to try our featured craft beer at each tailgate, another new offering this year, among our many other amenities. Buccaneer Buffet always begins three hours before kick-off (so members can enter three-and-a-half hours before kick-off). Members will also receive member appreciation gifts at certain events.

For members of the alumni association, tickets are $15 for ages 11 and up and $5 for ages 10-3. For non-members, tickets are $25 for ages 11 and up and $10 for ages 10-3. All children 2 and under are free. Prices include NC sales tax. Member pricing is good for alumni association members and their dependents 22 years of age and younger.

Not a member? Click here to join and get immediate access to Buccaneer Buffet and our many other member benefits. Non-members can register starting August 1. As always, Buccaneer Buffet is open to all friends and fans of East Carolina.

Buccaneer Buffet is held at Johnson Soccer Stadium, which is located behind Clark-LeClair Baseball Stadium, off of Charles Boulevard. This site is fully accessible, paved, tented, and has indoor restrooms. This site is served by the university’s ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) shuttles.

Tickets purchased prior to August 18 will be mailed to your address. Tickets purchased after this date will not be mailed and can be picked up at the door.

PLEASE NOTE: All attendees MUST bring photo ID with birth date! Members should bring their membership card to take advantage of member benefits. 

Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Some tailgates may sell out quickly, so make plans to purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets may be sold at the door if space is available.

If you have any questions, contact Assistant Director of Alumni Programs Megan Howard ’07 at or 252-328-5557.

Buccaneer Buffet 2016

Sept. 3 vs. Western Carolina
Crave, Aramark, Sweet Couple
Abita Purple Haze

Sept. 10 vs. NC State
GK Café, Aramark, Sandi’s Creative Cakes, Campus Cookies
Sweetwater 420

Oct. 1 vs. UCF
Moore’s Old Tyme Barbeque, Aramark, Campus Cookies
Carolina Brewery Sky Blue

Oct. 13 vs. Navy
Zoe’s Kitchen, Aramark, Sweet Traditions
Catawba Brewing White Zombie

Oct. 29 vs. UConn
Abrams, Aramark, GK Café
Troegs Perpetual IPA

Two Pirate Veterans Chosen For No Boundaries Trip

Two Pirate alumni military veterans have been chosen for a trip that will help those wounded in combat gain camaraderie and confidence.

George Kalinowski ’67 and Roger Smith ’04 will head to the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Colorado in August thanks to the East Carolina Alumni Association and our partners at the non-profit No Boundaries.

“I am excited about being selected for the trip and at 71 hope to keep up with the younger guys,” says Kalinowski, who served as a sergeant in the Army during the Vietnam War on the Cambodia border from July 1969 to July 1970. He was awarded a Purple Heart due to numerous shrapnel wounds from an RPG round, as well as several other awards. He currently lives in California.

Smith says, “I’m not good in public places, but I like to be outdoors. I figured it was time to do something and get out.” He served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is dealing with several issues including PTSD, traumatic brain injury, hearing loss, stress-related migraines and others. Smith was born to military parents in California and grew up in Japan. His father’s last station brought him to Jacksonville, NC, where he graduated high school and has since returned after his service.

“I didn’t know things like this existed,” Smith said. “I’ve never done anything with Wounded Warriors; they get a lot of press. I’m not trying to be in the spotlight. I like that this is a small group. I think it’s a great opportunity to do things outside and be around guys and girls with similar experiences. I hope I can learn something.”

Kalinowski and Smith will get two of the ten spots available on this trip, which is offered twice a year to combat wounded veterans from around the country. (This is the first year No Boundaries is partnering with the East Carolina Alumni Association). All adaptive sporting activities at the NSCD – which include kayaking, zip lining, rock climbing, and more –  are tailored specifically for veterans’ needs and are supervised by trained staff. There is no cost to participants, since the No Boundaries program is completely covered by donations. Flights, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities are included.

Be sure to follow The Chantey and alumni association social media for more updates on this exciting journey!

Legacy Picnic is August 18

The Pirate Alumni Legacy Picnic will be Thursday, August 18, hosted by the East Carolina Alumni Association. Families of current students with two or more generations of Pirates are invited to this event recognizing tradition and loyalty to East Carolina. This event is part of move-in week before classes begin on Monday, August 22.

From 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Club Level of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, attendees will enjoy picnic fare like hotdogs, hamburgers, potato salad, coleslaw, rolls, and desserts. Current students will take a legacy oath and be pinned by their legacy family members with a provided keepsake pin.

This is an inclusive event; legacies are not limited to parent-child, and may include aunts, uncles, grandparents, step-parents, guardians, etc. Others who did not attend ECU but are in the student’s immediate family may also attend the picnic.

Attire is casual; be sure to wear purple and gold! Registration is $20 for members of the alumni association and $25 for non-members. Click here to register.

To find out more, contact Assistant Director of Alumni Programs Megan Howard ’07 at 252-328-5557 or



Linking up on the Links

Making connections is par for the course at the ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic golf tournament. Register now for the 2016 event on Friday, September 9!

By Jackie Drake

For Brian Edgerton and his teammates, golfing is not just a way to relax, but a way to get actively involved with East Carolina University.

Edgerton and fellow Pirate Stephen Latham ’13 are two members of the “Old Pros,” the team that won the 2015 ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic golf tournament. Hosted by the East Carolina Alumni Association at Ironwood Golf and Country Club each fall, this event raises funds for the Alumni Scholarship program at ECU and gives alumni an opportunity to network and bond over their support for their alma mater.


L-R: Stephen Latham ’13, Eric Miller, and Brian Edgerton of the “Old Pros,” winners of the 2015 ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic golf tournament. Photo by Cliff Hollis.

“Last year was my fifth time playing in the alumni golf tournament and it has been a great time each year,” said Edgerton, who recently returned to school and is scheduled to complete his degree at ECU in 2019. “I love to play golf and have met some truly great people that have become close friends because of the game, so I play as much as I can.”

Latham got involved with the alumni golf tournament when he met Edgerton at Ironwood in 2014. The “Old Pros” team has included various members over the years, including two former Lady Pirate golfers, since Edgerton started it in 2011.

“I love to play golf and it’s a wonderful way to network with a variety of people,” Latham said. “It’s a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and just enjoy the fellowship and environment of the golf course!”

In addition to connecting alumni, the ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic also provides a direct link for alumni to help students. The 2015 event raised $25,000 for the Alumni Scholarship program. Since its establishment in 2005, the program has awarded 252 scholarships totaling nearly $350,000.

“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, who works in information services at Vidant Health. He also volunteers as a strength coach for ECU Coed Cheer, and as a volunteer coach with Barton College Golf.

“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.

As winners of the 2015 tournament, Edgerton, Latham, and their teammates Eric Miller and David Watkins were proud to represent ECU in the Acura College Alumni Team Championship at legendary Pinehurst last fall. They placed sixth among teams from across the nation, but they’re hoping to do better next time. The “Old Pros” are looking forward to playing again in the 2016 ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic on September 9.

This event is also open to any member of the community who wants to support ECU.

Edgerton said, “The golf course is a great equalizer as you can play with the president of a company and someone in an entry level position all in the same group and everyone is equal out there.”


2016 ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic
Presented by Hilton Greenville and PotashCorp Aurora
Affiliated with the Liberty Mutual Alumni Cup

  • September 9 at Ironwood Golf and Country Club
  • Register by September 1
  • Two flights: 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • $145 per player
  • $20 add-on package includes one mulligan & one tee buster

Fore more information or to register, visit or contact Director of Scholarships and Signature Programs Shawn Moore ’91, ’98 at 252-328-5775 or

Applications Due June 17 for New Trip for Combat Wounded Veterans

NoBoundariesAre you a combat wounded veteran and an ECU student or alumnus? You’re invited to apply for a special all expenses paid expedition in August, brought to you by the East Carolina Alumni Association Military Alumni Chapter and No Boundaries.

No Boundaries is a non-profit organization that allows combat wounded military veterans to experience adaptive sports activities the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) in Winter Park, CO.

The No Boundaries program promotes self-esteem, pride and a sense of accomplishment for combat wounded service men and women as they expand their independence and overcome challenges once thought insurmountable. Living together under one roof for six days, these heroes also benefit from group socialization, camaraderie, teamwork and new life-long friendships with fellow veterans who are in the same situation and experience the same challenges in life.

noboundaries-200w.pngThis trip, offered twice a year, is full of exciting summer or winter activities. All adaptive sporting activities at the NSCD are tailored specifically for veterans’ needs and are supervised by trained staff. Typical sport activities in the summer include adaptive white water kayaking on the Colorado river, zip lining, ropes courses, rock climbing, downhill mountain biking and fly fishing. Winter trips include adaptive skiing, snowmobiling, ski biking, and tubing. Participants are chosen by application. There is no cost to participants, since the No Boundaries program is completely covered by donations. Flights, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities are included.

Applications are due by the end of the day June 17, 2016.

Selected participants will be notified by June 25, 2016.

The trip will be August 9-14, 2016.

Click here to apply.



Registration Opens for Pirate Alumni Road Race and Fun Run


Pirates, get ready to run! Join fellow alumni and friends for the ninth annual Pirate Alumni Road Race and Fun Run, presented by the East Carolina Alumni Association! This event is sponsored by Potash Corp. and U.B.E. The third “Paint It Purple” Edition will have runners dusted in a rainbow of bright colors, including purple and gold, as they race to support the Alumni Scholarship program at ECU. Registration is now open and advance registration is encouraged! Click here to register.

The 5K road race will be on Saturday, April 16, beginning at its new time, 8:00 a.m. The race will start on Reade Circle adjacent to West End Dining Hall and follow Fifth Street next to campus. The one-mile fun run will start immediately after the 5K and follow a portion of the same route. No-color lanes will be available for those who do not wish to be dusted with color, which have been widened for this year’s event. The colored powder is food-grade cornstarch. Click here for frequently asked questions on how to prepare for and clean up after this race.

RoadRace5Each participant will receive a packet containing an event T-shirt and number bib with a timing chip at check-in, which will begin at 7:00 a.m. on race day. Check-in can also be completed the day before the race (April 15) from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at U.B.E.

The entry fee for the road race or fun run starts at $20 through February 29, $25 from March 1 to April 15, and $30 on race day. Registration on race day begins at 7:00 a.m. Registrations received prior to Monday, March 15 will be guaranteed a race T-shirt.

Early registration is STRONGLY encouraged as registration closes at exactly 700 participants, which may occur before race day.

Those who do not wish to run but still want to support the program may donate directly to the Alumni Scholarship fund anytime at

The race sends all of its proceeds to the Alumni Scholarship program, which annually awards scholarships to undergraduates for the following year. The alumni association has awarded 224 scholarships totaling over $300,000, with last year’s race raising over $6,000!

Click here for more photos of the 2015 race.

By Michael Avila