We’re coming to Wilmington!

Ahoy, Port City Pirates! The East Carolina Alumni Association has two events in Wilmington this month. First is a professional networking lunch on Friday, June 19. Then join us for a family-friendly social outing to Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park on Saturday, June 20! Don’t forget to register in advance for either event to secure your spot.

The Wilmington networking lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday at Dockside restaurant located at 1308 Airlie Rd. This event is open to all alumni and friends of East Carolina. The cost is $12.00 for alumni association members and $22.00 for non-members, which includes lunch and beverages. Attire is purple and gold business casual; don’t forget to bring lots of business cards to exchange and enter in the door prize drawing! Register by Friday, June 12. Featured alumni are:

  • Scott Diggs ’89, business, hotel, and parking consultant
  • Melanie Welsh ’86, president, Envision Mortgage Corporation

Bring your whole crew for ECU Day at Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. Owner and ECU alumnus Bobby Rippy ’75, ’96 will be giving a Pirates’ welcome, and PeeDee the Pirate will be making an appearance! Come have fun with the whole Pirate family. The cost is $26 for alumni association members and $36 for non-members. Registration includes one water park pass and two dry activities. Children two and under paying with an adult are free. Register by Thursday, June 11 to secure your spot and get our special rate.

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As always, if you have any questions, give us a call at 252-ECU-GRAD (252-328-4723) or e-mail us at ecualumni@ecu.edu. Visit PirateAlumni.com/UpcomingEvents for more information and to register online.

ECU Networking in the Triad

The East Carolina Alumni Association is coming to the Triad! We’re hosting two networking events in June in Greensboro and Winston-Salem for all ECU alumni. Join us and meet fellow Pirates in your area as you expand your professional and social networks. Don’t forget to register in advance so we know how many people to expect!

The Greensboro Networking Reception will be held Tuesday, June 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Libby Hill Seafood Oyster Bar & Patio, located at 3920 Cotswold Avenue. The cost is $15 for current and joining members of the alumni association and $25 for non-members, which includes a dinner buffet and cash bar. Register by June 11. Featured alumni are:

  • Lauren Cooklin ’09, marketing coordinator for Cunningham & Company
  • Debra Wallace ’85 PhD, RN, FAAN, professor / senior associate dean for research and innovation at the UNCG School of Nursing and director at the Center for the Health of Vulnerable Populations

The Winston-Salem Networking Lunch will be held Wednesday, June 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Spring House, located at 450 N. Spring Street. The cost is $15 for current and joining members of the alumni association and $25 for non-members, which includes lunch and beverages. Register by June 11. The featured alumnus is:

  • Ernest Logemann ’68 and his wife Martha. Ernest is a CPA and partner-shareholder at Gray, Callison and Co., PA, a member of the ECU Board of Visitors, and a past chair and emeritus member of the East Carolina Alumni Association Board of Directors. Martha is owner of Logemann and Co., PA and an executive committee member of the ECU Women’s Roundtable.

For both events, dress 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 these 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!

Upcoming Networking Events in Greenville and Raleigh

The East Carolina Alumni Association is hosting networking events in Greenville, NC and Raleigh, NC in April. Make some great connections with fellow ECU alumni and friends to build your professional and social networks! Hear from successful alumni and stay connected with your university. Featured alumni are leaders in their industries and communities. Take this opportunity to tap into the power of the Pirate alumni network!

The Greenville, NC networking lunch will be held Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at AJ McMurphy’s. The restaurant is located at 1914 Turnbury Drive. This event is open to all alumni and friends of East Carolina. Cost is $11.00 for Alumni Association members and $17.00 for non-members, which includes lunch and beverages. Please let us know of any special dietary needs when you register. Register by April 23.

Featured alumni will be:

  • Jeff Foster ’83, founder and attorney at Foster Fitzpatrick and member of the East Carolina Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Diane Taylor ’06, CEO and founder of Taylor Made Publishing

The Raleigh, NC networking lunch will be held Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 18 Seaboard. The restaurant is located at 18 Seaboard Avenue, Suite 100. This event is open to all alumni and friends of East Carolina. Cost is $11.00 for Alumni Association members and $17.00 for non-members, which includes lunch and beverages. Please let us know of any special dietary needs when you register. Register by April 28.

Featured alumni will be:

  • Heather Dickson Ransom ’06, owner of Consilium Connect
  • Jeff Tippett ’91, founder of Targeted Persuasion

For both events, dress is PURPLE and GOLD business casual. Be sure to bring 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 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.

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 Events in South Carolina

The East Carolina Alumni Association is coming to Charleston and Columbia, SC for networking events in March. Make some great connections with fellow ECU alumni and friends to build your professional and social networks!

The Charleston, SC networking reception will be held Tuesday, March 24, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Stars Rooftop and Grill Room. The restaurant is located at 495 King Street. The cost is $15 for alumni association members and $25 for non-members, which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Register by March 20.

Featured alumni will be:

  • Samantha Blake ’04, ’05, educator at EB Ellington Elementary School
  • Robert S. Baker III ’03, sales manager at Wild Dunes Resort
  • Michael Dudley ’10, surgical prosthetic purchasing agent at Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

The Columbia, SC networking reception will be held Thursday, March 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Terra restaurant at 100 State Street. The cost is $15 for alumni association members and $25 for non-members, which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Register by March 23.

Featured alumni will be:

  • Duane Grooms ’80, ’82, assistant athletics director for facilities services at the University of South Carolina
  • Dr. Marc R. Hines Jr. ’07, physician at Columbia Nephrology Associates

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 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 Events in New Bern and Wilmington

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

The New Bern, NC networking reception will be held Tuesday, January 27, 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. The cost is $17 for alumni association members and $28 for non-members, which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Register by January 23. Featured alumni will be:

  • Sabrina Bengel, emeritus member and past chair of the East Carolina Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Thomas L. Southern ’74, insurance and financial services at Mass Mutual Financial Group

The Wilmington, NC networking reception will be held Thursday, January 29, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Dockside restaurant at 1308 Airlie Rd. The cost is $17 for alumni association members and $28 for non-members. which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Register by January 27. Featured alumni will be:

  • Scott Diggs ’89, business, hotel, and parking consultant
  • Melanie Welsh ’86, president, Envision Mortgage Corporation

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!

Pirates Enjoy Networking Events in Norfolk and DC

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Pirates in the mid-Atlantic gave a strong showing at two recent networking events, with 29 in attendance in Norfolk, VA on December 1 and 27 in Washington, DC on December 2.

In Norfolk, featured alumni Kirk Little ’82, ’85, ’95 and Neal Crawford ’85 shared how their education at ECU prepared them for their career. In DC, featured alumni Karen Evans ’80 and Stephen Jones ’80 shared their expertise on current issues like healthcare and international security. Both events featured insightful discussion and chances for Pirates to connect with other Pirates.

“I loved it,” said Steve Spence ’11, who attended the Norfolk event. Spence earned dual degrees in small business management and entrepreneurship and also played football for the Pirates. “It was a great opportunity to grow my knowledge. I want to continue to grow on a personal and professional level by gaining wisdom and understanding from others. This event gave me the opportunity to do just that by listening to individuals who been in their industries a long time. I’m learning through their experiences. I absolutely recommend that other alumni come to future networking events. They are opportunities to grow yourself and the East Carolina community.”

“It was great getting to meet other Pirates,” said Sandra Spender ’82, who attended the DC event. “I’m very impressed with what other graduates are doing with their careers. There was a great span of class years, and we all learned from each other. I enjoyed meeting other Pirates who live closer to me, and I would recommend other alumni to do the same.”

Many thanks to our networking event sponsor, Liberty Mutual, and our venues, Norfolk Waterside Marriott and Bistro Bistro DC.

Our next networking events will be in New Bern on January 27 and in Wilmington on January 29. Advance registration is required. Come meet fellow Pirates in your area and expand your professional and social networks. Be sure to check out all our upcoming networking events on our website.

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!