Pirates Enjoy Hurricanes Game

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It was another memorable night for ECU alumni, friends and family as they descended on PNC Arena in Raleigh on February 21 to watch the Hurricanes play against the Tampa Bay Lightning as part of the East Carolina Alumni Association’s “Bring the Whole Crew” series.

Attendees were treated to a pregame buffet and had access to numerous seating locations at a discounted price. Ashley Lewis ’06, who is now a registered nurse for Vanceboro Farm Life elementary school, used the event to meet more alumni.

“I really wanted to connect with other ECU alumni and I also enjoy watching the Carolina Hurricanes play,” said Lewis. “[But] my favorite part of the night was the ECU alumni buffet. They had excellent food along with some great company in fellow Pirates!”

Although the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2, the night was a big success as 69 people attended the event, with 29 of them also participating in the pregame buffet. The event left attendants like Lewis eager for more.

“I will definitely attend other ECU Alumni events in the future,” said Lewis. “I recommend that other Pirates do [the same]!”

By Michael Avila

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Pirates Enjoy Cheering on the Hornets in Charlotte

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ECU alumni, friends and family gathered in Charlotte to watch the Charlotte Hornets take on the Washington Wizards as part of the East Carolina Alumni Association’s “Bring the Whole Crew” series.

Participants were treated to a delicious pregame meal, which was served by Queen City BBQ, and also had VIP access to the pregame shoot-around.

“I thoroughly enjoyed both the dinner and game; I couldn’t pick one thing,” said Glovette Shannon ’07. “I also liked that it was a ‘Bring the [Whole] Crew’ event. It was a great chance for my family to enjoy the Pirate experience.”

Dominique Womack ’05, who is an account executive for Enterprise Holdings, used the event to catch up with some old friends.

“I found out about the event through a few of my ECU Marching Pirate alumni friends that I try to meet up with monthly. I thought it would be awesome for us to go,” said Womack. “When they said ‘let’s go to Charlotte,’ I put on my fun hat and got on the road!”

The event was a huge success, with 73 attendees descending on Time Warner Cable Arena as they watched the Hornets defeat the Wizards 108-104 in a hard fought contest.

By the end of the evening, everyone left satisfied and excited for the next event.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and the opportunity to participate in the event,” said Shannon. “I now check the calendar regularly for similar events.”

Womack echoed a similar response.

“If I had a chance to do it all over again, I definitely would,” said Womack. “Food, drinks, Pirates and sports are my favorite pastimes!”

By Michael Avila and Jackie Drake

Pirates Race to a Good Time!

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Eighteen Pirates raced to a good time at Rush Hour Karting on January 15. The event was part of Bring the Whole Crew, a series of family and social events hosted by the East Carolina Alumni Association. Participants got a chance to enjoy indoor go-kart racing and to meet fellow Pirates in the Raleigh area along with their friends and families.

“The event was so much fun,” said Britni Holman, who graduated from ECU in 2011 with a degree in sports studies. “My favorite part of the event was being able to sit around the table with everyone and learn about their careers and swap our greatest college memories.”

Holman is a promotions specialist for the North Carolina Education Lottery. She heard about the event from ECUpdate, the association’s monthly e-newsletter for members.

She said, “I decided to attend since I have always wanted to go to Rush Hour Karting, and I love attending networking events where I get to meet fellow Pirates.”

Randy Mizelle ’85, ’88 heard about the event via the mailed postcard. He works in human resources, and his wife Amanda is also an ECU grad, earning degrees in 1990 and 1992.

“I enjoyed the event because I enjoy karting, and it was a chance to meet some ECU grads that perhaps I hadn’t met before,” Mizelle said.

The next Bring the Whole Crew event is at the Charlotte Hornets game on February 6.

By Jackie Drake

Bring the Whole Crew to the Charlotte Hornets!

Charlotte-Hornets_new_logo.pngJoin fellow Pirates and help us cheer on the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday, February 6! The East Carolina Alumni Association is hosting an ECU Night at the Hornets for all alumni in the Charlotte area and their families and friends as part of our Bring the Whole Crew series. Come have fun with the whole Pirate family! Don’t forget to wear purple and gold!

The game will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. Beforehand, we’ll have a pregame meal for participants at Queen City Q  from 3:00 to 4:45 p.m. The meal cost if $10 for alumni association members and $20 for non-members. Following the meal, there will be a fan experience from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the arena.

For game tickets, visit the Charlotte Hornets website and use the password PIRATES to purchase tickets ranging from $20 to $185 each in the area of your choice. 

Parking in the Seventh Street parking garage will be validated (free) for anyone who joins us for the pregame meal at Queen City Q.

Register through the alumni association over the phone or online. Advance registration only. No tickets will be sold at the door. Register by Tuesday, February 2.

For more information, contact Megan Howard ’07 at
howardme14@ecu.edu or 252-328-5557.

Bring the Whole Crew to the Carolina Hurricanes!

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Bring your whole crew and join us for ECU Night at the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, January 22, hosted by the East Carolina Alumni Association! All alumni are invited to bring their families and friends for a night to have fun with fellow Pirates.

The Hurricanes will take on the New York Rangers at PNC Arena at 1400 Edwards Mill Road in Raleigh starting at 7:00 p.m. Before the game, participants can enjoy a private buffet meal starting at 5:00 p.m.

Game tickets and meal tickets can be purchased together or separately. Game tickets range from $15 to $95. Pregame meal tickets, which include tip and tax, are $33 for adults, $13 for kids age 3-10, and free for kids 2 and under. The menu will be posted a week or two before the event. Members of the alumni association can also get a free parking pass, which costs $15 for non-members.

Come have fun with the whole Pirate family! Don’t forget to wear purple and gold!

Register online or by phone. Advance registration only. No tickets will be sold at the door. Register by Tuesday, January 12.

This event is part of Bring the Whole Crew, the alumni association’s series of family and social events for alumni of all ages and their guests.

Race with Fellow Pirates!

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Pirates, start your engines! Grab your family members and friends and join us at RushHour Karting in Garner, NC on Friday, January 15. This event is part of Bring the Whole Crew, our series of family and social events for Pirates and their guests. Come have fun with the whole Pirate family!

RushHour Karting is an all-indoor high-speed kart racing facility. Karts go up to 40mph on a 1/3 mile track with hairpin turns and high-speed straightaways. (This is not bumper-cars!)

The event will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Race on your own and enjoy provided snacks before championship races start at 8:00 p.m. The facility is located at 5335 Raynor Road.

The cost is $6 for alumni association members and $16 for non-members. This price is only available through the East Carolina Alumni Association. Participants must be eight years old or older. Hors d’oeuvres are included; drinks are on your own.

Advance registration only. No tickets will be sold at the door. Register through the alumni association by Wednesday, January 13.

All drivers must sign a release form before racing at RushHour Karting. Adult drivers must be at least 15 years of age. Junior racers must be at least eight years of age and at least 48″ tall to operate the junior go-karts. A parent or guardian must sign the release form for racers less than 18 years of age.

Drivers MUST wear closed toe shoes; no sandals or flip flops! Helmets are required and will be provided.

For safety reasons, pregnant women; people with neck or back problems, heart conditions or seizures/epilepsy; or people who should not be in stressful or physically demanding environments should consult a doctor before participating in go-kart racing.

For more information, click here or contact Assistant Director of Alumni Programs Megan Howard ’07 at howardme14@ecu.edu or 252-328-5557.

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Bring Your Crew to Mother Earth!

Mother-Earth-LogoJoin fellow ECU alumni and friends for a brewery tour, tasting, and lunch at Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston, NC on Saturday, November 14! This event is part of Bring the Whole Crew, the East Carolina Alumni Association’s series of family and social events for Pirates and their friends and family members.

Each guest will receive a guided tour of the brewery, tickets for a tasting, and lunch from Queen Street Deli. The event will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 311 N. Heritage St.

This is an exciting opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at a successful local business while meeting fellow Pirates in the Pitt and Lenoir County area.

Born in the summer of 2008, Mother Earth is the dream-child of Stephen Hill and Trent Mooring, both originally from Kinston. Their philosophy is to create world-class beers with a local process, using natural ingredients from the land around them.

Participants can taste Mother Earth’s classic beers, such as Weeping Willow Wit, Endless River Kolsch, Sisters of the Moon IPA, Dark Cloud Lager, and Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter, all on tap for this special event. In addition, seasonal offerings on tap include the Fig and Raisin Ale from the Windowpane Series, and a special cider.

This event is open to all alumni and their friends and families. Participants must be 21 or older. Tickets are $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Cost includes a meal from Queen Street Deli, two drink tickets, and a tour of the brewery. If you wish to go on the tour, you must wear closed toe shoes. Don’t forget to wear purple and gold! Please remember to bring a state issued ID.

Advance registration is required by November 4. No tickets will be sold at the door. Click here to register.

For more information, contact Assistant Director of Alumni Programs Megan Howard ’07 at howardme14@ecu.edu or 252-328-5557.