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 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!

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.

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.

We’re coming to Norfolk, VA and Washington, DC!

The East Carolina Alumni Association is coming to Norfolk, VA and Washington, DC for networking events in December. Tap into the power of the ECU alumni network and meet fellow Pirates in your area!

The Norfolk, VA networking reception will be held Monday, December 1, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. Registration is $15 for alumni association members and $25 for non-members, which includes food and beverages. Register by Wednesday, November 26. Featured alumni will be:

  • Neal Crawford ’85, president of Monarch Bank and Financial Holdings Inc. and chair of the Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Kirk Little ’82, ’88, ’95, vice president and COO of Apogee Solutions, Inc.

The Washington, DC networking reception will be held Tuesday, December 2, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bistro Bistro. Registration is $15 for alumni association members and $25 for non-members, which includes food and beverages. Register by Wednesday, November 26. Featured alumni will be:

  • Karen Evans ’80, attorney and partner with The Cochran Law Firm
  • Stephen Jones ’80, defense operations and planning

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!