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

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

ECU Night at UNC-TV is March 21

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Calling all Pirates! The East Carolina Alumni Association invites you to volunteer with fellow ECU alumni and friends at ECU Night at UNC-TV on Saturday, March 21.

As a volunteer, you will answer phones and take donor pledges that will help North Carolina’s public television station continue to provide quality, educational programming for North Carolinians. ECU Night is our night of UNC-TV’s annual “Festival” Telethon to show the state how Pirates give back!

All volunteers will receive a short orientation prior to answering phones and accepting pledges. Dress comfortable and casual in your Pirate purple and gold! Do let us know you’re coming by registering for the event.

Volunteers work off-camera while UNC-TV staff and guest stars host the evening’s segments. Occasionally, the camera will show a general shot of the phone room, but will not focus on any one person. Help us fill the room with Pirates! Those who do not wish to be on TV at all can be seated at a phone station out of the camera frame.

Please plan to arrive at the studio at 6:00 p.m. and stay until 11:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided for this event.

Limited transportation will be provided for volunteers traveling from the Greenville/Pitt County area. Reservations for the shuttle are required in addition to registering for the event.

For those with transportation reservations made, please meet at the Belk Building parking lot (off of Charles Blvd., across from Clark-LeClair Stadium) by 4:00 p.m. We should return to Greenville after midnight.

Please contact Shawn Moore at 252-328-5775 for transportation reservations and any further questions.

If you’re not able to come and volunteer, be sure to call in and make a donation to UNC-TV. A fellow Pirate will be the one to take your pledge!