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.”

Click here for more photos from the event.



By Jackie Drake

ECU Night at UNC-TV is March 21


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!

Board Applications Due December 31

Are you looking for a way to give back to ECU? Are you looking for service opportunities and leadership experience? You can gain all this and more as part of the East Carolina Alumni Association Board of Directors!

We’re looking for a diverse and enthusiastic group of alumni to help strengthen their alma mater by serving on our board. All degrees and class years are welcome. New members will start on July 1, 2015 and terms will last three years. Board members are expected to maintain active membership in the association and attend four meetings per year. Board members serve on a volunteer basis.

Board members advise alumni association staff, serve on various committees, and help select scholarship and award recipients. Members also share their professional expertise and individual talents to advance ECU. Finally, board members serve as advocates for the university by encouraging alumni involvement. The ultimate role of the board is to guide staff and volunteers in carrying out the mission of the alumni association and university.

Current first-term board member Tim Willis ’12 was motivated to serve on the board by his passion for ECU and desire to stay involved. “ECU is a rapidly growing institution and I want to help bring new ideas and traditions to help benefit future Pirates to come,” he says.

Willis’ favorite part of serving on the board is working with a team of like-minded people to continue to make ECU great.

“I most definitely recommend anyone willing to become actively engaged with the alumni association to apply to serve on the board,” Willis says. “Please do reach out to myself and/or other board members to learn about the commitment and the important impact joining will have. The alumni board is a huge outlet to connect with other Pirates as well as give back to East Carolina.”

Online applications will be accepted through December 31. Click here to apply or learn more.