Pirates Volunteer at UNC-TV

Around 20 Pirates including alumni and students volunteered for ECU Night at UNC-TV on Saturday, February 27.

ECU Night was part of UNC-TV’s annual weeks-long “Festival” telethon, which helps North Carolina’s only statewide public television station continue to provide quality, educational programming for North Carolinians.

After receiving a brief training at the studio in Research Triangle Park, volunteers answered phones and received pledges from those calling in to support the station. Volunteers worked behind the scenes while special guests led live segments. Volunteers gained some great exposure for ECU while supporting a good cause.

Any organization can volunteer for any night of the telethon; ECU is the only university in the UNC system with its own night.

“I wanted to volunteer because I love volunteering and this was something different. I’m used to just volunteering in my own community,” said student Khiana Wyatt, a senior majoring in family and community services. “My favorite part was interacting with other volunteers during our free time. I would definitely recommend others to volunteer at alumni events.”

Alumnus LaQuan Lucas-Harris ’09 found out about the event via an e-mail from the alumni association. He earned his MBA at ECU and is now a regional credit analyst at First Citizens Bank in Raleigh.

“It was convenient to my house and I wanted to network with alumni locally,” Lucas-Harris said. “I enjoyed meeting new people who all had a love for ECU.  We got to volunteer for a great cause and we were treated like royalty at the event.  At the end I felt rewarded and stated I will definitely see about attending more alumni functions in the area.”

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By Jackie Drake

Pirates Enjoy Hurricanes Game


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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Pirates Race to a Good Time!


Eighteen Pirates raced to a good time at Rush Hour Karting on January 15. The event was part of Bring the Whole Crew, a series of family and social events hosted by the East Carolina Alumni Association. Participants got a chance to enjoy indoor go-kart racing and to meet fellow Pirates in the Raleigh area along with their friends and families.

“The event was so much fun,” said Britni Holman, who graduated from ECU in 2011 with a degree in sports studies. “My favorite part of the event was being able to sit around the table with everyone and learn about their careers and swap our greatest college memories.”

Holman is a promotions specialist for the North Carolina Education Lottery. She heard about the event from ECUpdate, the association’s monthly e-newsletter for members.

She said, “I decided to attend since I have always wanted to go to Rush Hour Karting, and I love attending networking events where I get to meet fellow Pirates.”

Randy Mizelle ’85, ’88 heard about the event via the mailed postcard. He works in human resources, and his wife Amanda is also an ECU grad, earning degrees in 1990 and 1992.

“I enjoyed the event because I enjoy karting, and it was a chance to meet some ECU grads that perhaps I hadn’t met before,” Mizelle said.

The next Bring the Whole Crew event is at the Charlotte Hornets game on February 6.

By Jackie Drake

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.

Race with Fellow Pirates!


Pirates, start your engines! Grab your family members and friends and join us at RushHour Karting in Garner, NC on Friday, January 15. This event is part of Bring the Whole Crew, our series of family and social events for Pirates and their guests. Come have fun with the whole Pirate family!

RushHour Karting is an all-indoor high-speed kart racing facility. Karts go up to 40mph on a 1/3 mile track with hairpin turns and high-speed straightaways. (This is not bumper-cars!)

The event will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Race on your own and enjoy provided snacks before championship races start at 8:00 p.m. The facility is located at 5335 Raynor Road.

The cost is $6 for alumni association members and $16 for non-members. This price is only available through the East Carolina Alumni Association. Participants must be eight years old or older. Hors d’oeuvres are included; drinks are on your own.

Advance registration only. No tickets will be sold at the door. Register through the alumni association by Wednesday, January 13.

All drivers must sign a release form before racing at RushHour Karting. Adult drivers must be at least 15 years of age. Junior racers must be at least eight years of age and at least 48″ tall to operate the junior go-karts. A parent or guardian must sign the release form for racers less than 18 years of age.

Drivers MUST wear closed toe shoes; no sandals or flip flops! Helmets are required and will be provided.

For safety reasons, pregnant women; people with neck or back problems, heart conditions or seizures/epilepsy; or people who should not be in stressful or physically demanding environments should consult a doctor before participating in go-kart racing.

For more information, click here or contact Assistant Director of Alumni Programs Megan Howard ’07 at howardme14@ecu.edu or 252-328-5557.


Pirates Network in Raleigh


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

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.