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 charlotte.nc@alumni.ecu.edu 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 raleigh.nc@alumni.ecu.edu  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.

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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

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.

Andree Taylor ’96 on Cover of Charlotte Magazine

0815cover_450-af0760c7Accounting for both money and time was one of many lessons Andree Taylor ’96 learned at East Carolina University.

“It was a good place to make that transition in life,” Taylor says. “I learned about multitasking and figuring out the best ways to spend my time. I have so many good memories of my time at ECU.”

Learning how to account for his time has served Taylor well. As a vice president and senior financial analyst at Bank of America, Taylor was featured on the cover of the August edition of Charlotte magazine. Taylor was able to keep advancing his career despite the ups and downs of the banking industry. Click here to read more about Taylor’s career in the Charlotte magazine article.

Originally from Delaware, Taylor initially considered ECU because it was just far enough away from his parents to jump-start his independence. A friend who was doing the same thing recommended ECU to him.

“Once I got there, I thought ‘this is where I need to be.’ It just felt right,” he said.

Taylor came to ECU on a track scholarship, but switched to football. He played cornerback and special teams, and played in the 1994 Liberty Bowl. He greatly enjoyed debating in a business law class. He lived in Aycock Hall his first year, and fondly recalls going to Barefoot on the Mall.

“We were out and about a lot more; there was no cable or social media,” he commented.

While Taylor majored in accounting, most of his career has been spent more in accounting systems and corporate support than strictly accounting work. But he says his accounting classes gave him a great start.

“That foundation has been a great platform for me. It really helped me grow my career.”

Taylor’s experience at ECU prepared him not only for his career but life in general.

“Outside of what I learned in class, a big lesson was relationship-building. Learning how to interact with a diverse crowd helped me tremendously, and still does to this day. It was the people that really helped prepare me.”

Taylor continued, “I have lifelong friends from ECU, and that has made a big difference in my life. Knowing I had an ECU family in Charlotte made that transition easier when I first came here. Pirates have a great support network. I’m so glad I went to ECU.”

By Jackie Drake

Help us Welcome Students to ECU!

Alumni, do you remember the excitement of getting ready to come to ECU? Do you want to share your memories of ECU with incoming students from your area? Then join us for a Pirate Sendoff this summer! Help us welcome incoming students and send them on their voyage to campus in true Pirate style.

The East Carolina Alumni Association, in partnership with the Office of Parent and Family Programs, will host a series of 10 Pirate Sendoffs this summer across the Pirate Nation to welcome freshmen and transfer students coming to ECU. Incoming students and their families can meet fellow students, parents, and alumni from their area before coming to campus this fall. Alumni are encouraged to attend to share memories, give advice, and strengthen the bonds of the Pirate Nation!

Alumni can register at PirateAlumni.com/2015SendoffsForAlumni.

  • Greensboro: Thursday, July 16 (this is a change from the original date)
  • Charlotte: Sunday, July 19
  • Raleigh: Thursday, July 23
  • Hillsborough: Saturday, July 25
  • Hickory: Sunday, July 26
  • Fayetteville: Friday, July 31
  • Wilmington: Saturday, August 1
  • Washington, DC: Thursday, August 6
  • Norfolk, VA: Friday, August 7
  • Nags Head: Saturday, August 8

Pirate Sendoffs are free for incoming students; the cost for family members and alumni varies depending on the venue. Refreshments are included. Pirate Sendoffs are held rain or shine. Space is limited so be sure to register in advance!

Alumni, if you know a freshman or transfer student coming to ECU this fall, encourage them to attend a Pirate Sendoff near them! Students and family members can register at PirateAlumni.com/PirateSendoffs.

Hit the Water in Charlotte!

The East Carolina Alumni Association invites Charlotte-area Pirates to “Bring the Whole Crew” for a day of fun at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, July 18! This 700-acre outdoor facility on the Catawba River provides land and water activities for all ages and skill levels. Join fellow Pirates for some fun on the water!

The main activity will be a private whitewater rafting trip just for Bring the Whole Crew participants. Skip the public first-come, first-served line! This trip includes instructions and is open to all experience levels. After that, guests can enjoy any of the activities at the center on their own, such as kayaking, paddle boarding, zip lining, climbing, obstacle courses, mountain biking, and more! Equipment is either provided or available for a rental fee.

Click here for more information or to register. Advance registration is required. No registration at the door. 150718whitewater02

Successful Networking Events in Charlotte, Raleigh

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Our recent networking events were a success! More than 50 Pirates were able to network in Charlotte and Raleigh earlier this month. The Charlotte reception on November 11 had 36 people in attendance, and the Raleigh breakfast on November 12 had 25 in attendance.

“As a Charlotte resident, it is always good to come across other Pirates,” said Atul Bhula, who attended the Charlotte event. “Seeing that ECU is over four hours away, staying connected with friends through events like this, and meeting other fellow Pirates, is always great.”

Bhula enjoyed hearing from featured alumnae Michaelina Antahades ’08, ’10, group and event sales manager for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and Nicole Kloss ’02, director of corporate health and network development for Novant Health.

“I would highly recommend other alumni, or even any others that have some connection to the university, to attend events like this as it could open new doors,” Bhula said. “I plan to attend as many alumni events as I can, whether I am in Charlotte, Greenville, Raleigh, or any other cities. It’s always great to see purple and gold outside of Greenville, and I think that’s something that bonds our Pirate Nation together.”

The featured alumni in Raleigh were Jessica Calise ’03, marketing manager at PetPartners, and Tim Willis ’12, associate quality assurance engineer at Fidelity Investments and member of the East Carolina Alumni Association Board of Directors.

“I enjoyed the alumni breakfast because it’s nice to be around people who essentially come from the same place. We’re all advocates for the benefits and strengths that we’ve gained from attending ECU,” said Lindsay Saunders, who attended the Raleigh event.

“My favorite part of the event is the introductions when everyone gets up to just say who they are, what their background is, when they went to ECU, and where they are now,” Lindsay continued. “It’s neat to hear that in just a few moments without the static of walking around to each person making small talk. I also love hearing the speakers. I’m intrigued at the variety of people they have speak at these events.”

Many thanks to our networking event sponsor, Liberty Mutual, and our venues, Queen City Q and Irregardless Café.

Our next networking events are in Norfolk, VA on December 1 and in Washington, DC on December 2. The deadline to register for both these events is November 26. Advance registration is required. Come meet fellow Pirates in your area and expand your professional and social networks!