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.

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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 PirateAlumni.com/2016golf or contact Director of Scholarships and Signature Programs Shawn Moore ’91, ’98 at 252-328-5775 or mooresh@ecu.edu.

Pirates Network in Raleigh

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Pirates from around the Triangle got a chance to expand their professional and social networks at a networking lunch for alumni and friends of East Carolina University on Tuesday, November 10.

The lunch, which was hosted by the East Carolina Alumni Association, also gave the participants a chance to listen to featured speakers Keith ’94 and Shannon Frazier ’94 as they enjoyed delicious food from 18 Seaboard, located on 18 Seaboard Avenue in Raleigh.

“I loved the speakers and meeting new people,” said Taylor Volk, a senior technical recruiter who attended the lunch to network with possible candidates and hires.

The crowd of 33 was one of the biggest that the association’s networking events have had recently. This gave attendees like Jim Branson ’89, a founder of his own marketing company, a chance to network with a wide array of people.

“I met a few (people) that can potentially do business with me,” said Branson. “I enjoy meeting new people, learning about them, and hearing and sharing stories of our college days.”

Click here for more photos from the event.

The next networking lunch will be held in Greenville on Tuesday, December 1 at the Holiday Inn Greenville.

Visit PirateAlumni.com/NetworkingEvents for more information.

By Michael Avila

Pirates Network in Norfolk

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Pirates in the Norfolk, VA area were able to make new professional and social connections at a networking reception for alumni and friends of East Carolina University on Tuesday, October 20.

About 17 Pirates attended the reception, which was held at Supper Southern Morsels on 21st Street in Norfolk and hosted by the East Carolina Alumni Association.

“Overall this was a good event. It was held in a really first class venue with great service, food, and beverages,” said Dave Englert ’75, a previous member of the alumni association board and retired CFO of Southern Tile Distributors. “The best part of the event was the combination of meeting new and interesting ECU folks and learning about their hopes and plans, as well as reconnecting with alumni who are already good friends and just having a chance to catch up with them. Also worthy of mention is the delicious food that was offered. This just added to the enjoyment making the evening a quality experience for all.”

While the crowd was a little smaller than Englert had hoped, he said there was a good mix of class years and professions. He particularly enjoyed meeting a recent grad who is in the beginning stage of his management career with a major bank.

“I think everyone who attended met some new and interesting people and you always hope that these connections will prove helpful,” Englert said. “Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and the event lasted longer than planned, which was a great sign. As events like this become more of a tradition and more people attend, the benefits will only increase.”

By Jackie Drake

Networking Lunch in Greenville on December 1

Spend your lunch time with the East Carolina Alumni Association! Join us and meet fellow Pirates from around Pitt County as you expand your professional and social networks.

Our networking lunch will be in Greenville on Tuesday, December 1 at the Holiday Inn from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Holiday Inn is located on 203 Greenville Boulevard.

Featured alumni are:

  • Henry Hilton ’76, owner of Inner Banks Media
  • Amanda Tilley ’03, owner of the Greenville Krispy Kreme and the Coastal Banking Company

The cost will be $16.00 for alumni association members and $26.00 for non-members, which include lunch and beverages. Everyone attending must register by Monday, November 23. Please let us know of any special dietary needs when you register.

Attire is purple and gold business casual. Don’t forget to bring multiple business cards for our business card exchange and the opportunity to win ECU door prizes!

Our networking events are open to all alumni and friends of East Carolina. Members of the alumni association are eligible to pay a reduced price. Those who wish to join the alumni association and take advantage of member pricing on this and future events may do so directly on the event registration form available on our website. Please note that advanced registration is required before the deadline. Early registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited depending on the venue.

Our networking events are a great way for alumni to build their professional and social networks. Each event is led by featured alumni who are leaders in their industries and communities. We hold networking events in various cities throughout the year, so be sure to check out all our events listed on our networking event page!

Networking Reception in Norfolk on October 20

The East Carolina Alumni Association is coming to Virginia! We’re hosting a networking event in Norfolk on Tuesday, October 20 for all ECU alumni. Join us and meet fellow Pirates in your area as you expand your professional and social networks.

The Norfolk Networking Reception will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Supper Southern Morsels, located at 319 W. 21st St. The cost is $20 for alumni association members and $30 for non-members, which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages. A cash bar will be available. Advance registration is required by October 14.

Attire is purple and gold business casual. Don’t forget to bring multiple business cards for a door prize drawing and to exchange with other attendees.

Our networking events are open to all alumni and friends of East Carolina. Members of the alumni association are eligible to pay a reduced price. Those who wish to join the alumni association to take advantage of member pricing on this and future events may do so directly on the event registration form available on our website.

Please note that advance registration is required by the stated deadline. Early registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited depending on the venue. Some events may reach capacity before the registration deadline. Our events are contingent upon adequate registration numbers. Events that do not reach minimum registration requirements are subject to cancellation, in which case refunds would be issued.

Our networking events are a great way for alumni to tap into the power of the ECU alumni network and meet fellow Pirates in their area! Each event is led by featured alumni who are leaders in their industries and communities. We hold networking events in various cities throughout the year, so be sure to check out all our events listed on our networking event page!

Networking Reception in New Bern

The East Carolina Alumni Association is coming to New Bern in August. Tap into the power of the ECU alumni network and meet fellow Pirates in your area!

The New Bern Networking Reception will be held Tuesday, August 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lawson’s Landing Café. The café is located inside the NC History Center at 529 S. Front St. in New Bern.

NewBernSpeakersFeatured alumni are:

  • Stacy Connor ’99, mental health CPSS program supervisor at Easter Seals UCP North Carolina and Virginia
  • John W. Taylor ’89, president of Coastal Real Estate & Management, Inc.

Cost is $17 for alumni association members and $28 for non-members, which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Register by Thursday, August 6.

Our networking events are open to all alumni and friends of East Carolina. Members of the alumni association are eligible to pay a reduced price. Those who wish to join the alumni association to take advantage of member pricing on these and future events may do so directly on the event registration form. Please note that advanced registration is required before the deadline. Early registration is strongly encouraged, as space is limited depending on the venue.

Our networking events are a great way for alumni to build their professional and social networks. Each event is led by featured alumni who are leaders in their industries and communities. We hold networking events in various cities throughout the year, so be sure to check out all our events listed on our networking event page!

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Successful Networking Event in Wilmington

WilmingtonNetworkingOur networking lunch in Wilmington on June 19 was a success! Twenty-five participants were able to get to know one another and share career advice at Dockside restaurant.

After some mixing and mingling and group introductions, featured alumni Scott Diggs ’89 and Melanie Welsh ’86 shared their experiences and how their East Carolina education prepared them for their career. Then participants were able to ask questions and a lively discussion followed.

Welsh is the president of Envision Mortgage Corporation. She says, “It’s exciting to feel the sense of spirit and pride that a person has as an alumnus of ECU whether they graduated 30 years ago or a year ago.” She says she volunteered to speak at the event because she is carrying on the legacy of service that was instilled in her at ECU.

“I believe this networking lunch was an outstanding event,” said Mark Wells ’14. “Networking events are beneficial to every person that attends. Not only do you meet other outstanding professionals in your community, you are gaining an abundance of knowledge from fellow Pirates. I would definitely recommend the networking events to any Pirate alumni, your network can never be too big. I cannot wait to attend the next event!”

Click here for more photos of the event.

Check out PirateAlumni.com/NetworkingEvents to see upcoming events!