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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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.

Recent Successful Events

This spring has certainly been busy for the East Carolina Alumni Association! We’ve had several successful events over the past few weeks.

RecapHurricanesExactly 100 Pirates attended ECU Night at the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, March 14. As the first event in our new “Bring the Whole Crew” series of family and social events, this was a great success. After enjoying a delicious buffet dinner, participants sat together is a special designated section and cheered on the Hurricanes as they played the Florida Panthers.

“Everyone looked like they were having a great time,” said Dennis Fryer, manager of inside sales for the Hurricanes, who graduated from ECU in 2009 with a communication degree. “Pirates are very passionate and it’s always exciting to be around a big group like we had. I was there for work but everyone was having so much fun. I’ve only been with the Hurricanes for about two or three weeks, so I really just walked into this event, which was planned by Rich Davis, but I’m so glad I got to be a part of it. I love to see Pirates supporting other local teams, so I definitely hope to see more events like this.”

RecapUNCTVPirates were also busy supporting education across the state. Around 20 Pirates volunteered for ECU Night at UNC-TV on Saturday, March 21. After receiving a brief training at the studio in Research Triangle Park, volunteers answered phones and received pledges from those calling in to the annual telethon. We gained some great exposure for ECU while supporting a good cause.

“I’ve volunteered for ECU Night at UNC-TV for three or four times now and it is always a great time,” said Kevin Mickle, who earned a master’s in accounting from ECU in 2005. Mickle works as the chief operating officer for Capital Marketing Group, a national independent marketing organization. “My favorite part is not only helping a good cause, but also representing our school’s brand in a positive way for the millions of viewers across our state. I would definitely encourage other alumni to participate. The UNC-TV staff do an awesome job of making everyone feel right at home and we all have a wonderful time.”

RecapCharlestonOn Tuesday, March 24, more than 20 Pirates met in Charleston for an evening networking reception. The featured alumni were elementary school teacher Samantha Blake ’04, ’05, resort sales manager Robert S. Baker III ’03, and surgical prosthetic purchasing agent Michael Dudley ’10.

“I had a wonderful time at the networking event in Charleston. It was a pleasure connecting with fellow ECU pirates there,” said Nina Rose, who graduated from ECU in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in communication. She is now the Director of Marketing at Trident United Way in Charleston.

She continues: “When I walked into the room, I was comforted by friendly faces decked out in purple and gold, who were eager to learn my ECU story. This experience brought my passion for ECU from Greenville, NC to my new home in South Carolina. East Carolina University made me the person who I am today. Following this event, I am eager and excited about how I can continue to give back and serve ECU and future alumni.”

Rose says she would definitely recommend the ECU networking events to ECU grads in their area. “It is amazing to join forces with other ECU alumni in your area who share a passion for giving back. By connecting with ECU alumni, we are able to strengthen our community through Pirate philanthropy.”

We’ve got lots more events coming up! Be sure to check them all out at PirateAlumni.com/UpcomingEvents.

By Jackie Drake

Bring the Whole Crew to ECU Night at the Carolina Hurricanes!

The East Carolina Alumni Association is proud to announce a new series of family and social events called “Bring the Whole Crew!” Starting this spring, bring your whole crew to sporting events, amusement parks, outdoor activities, social mixers, and more!

Open to all alumni, students, and their friends and family members, these events will provide opportunities for Pirate fans of all ages to get together in addition to our networking events and football tailgates.

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The first event will be ECU Night at the Carolina Hurricanes on March 14. Join fellow Pirates to watch the Hurricanes take on the Florida Panthers at 7:00 p.m. at PNC Arena in Raleigh. Participants will enjoy a private buffet dinner at 5:30 before taking their seats in the designated section to watch the game together.

The cost is $65 for adults and $45 for children ages 3-12 (children 2 and under are free). The cost includes a ticket to the game and the buffet dinner. Members of the alumni association will also get a free parking pass (a $15 value). Seats are in section 305. This deal is only available through the alumni association. Click here to register or call 252-ECU-GRAD (252-328-4723).

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

If you would like to host a “Bring the Whole Crew” event at your venue, or if you have suggestions for future events, contact Assistant Director for Alumni Programs Megan Howard ’07 at 252-328-5557 or howardme14@ecu.edu.