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2009 BLACK ALUMNI REUNION October 16-17, 2009

Greetings from Greenville!

It is our pleasure to welcome you back to campus for our annual Black Alumni Reunion. We hope you’ll be able to join us and the East Carolina Alumni Association during Homecoming 2009: 100 Years of Treasured Traditions. The weekend is full of fun activities, including the Homecoming Luncheon, Classroom Experiences, tours of campus, the Alumni Awards Ceremony and Dinner, the annual Step Show, Xtreme Bowling at AMF Lanes, Alumni Breakfast, parade watching, a reunion photo, Alumni Tailgate, Pirates football, and a terrific After Party with DJ Kandid.

Black Alumni Chapter Board Members Adeea Rogers ’05, President

Greenville, NC

NeKesha Green ’99, Vice President

Charlotte, NC

Tara Worrell ’01, Secretary

Greenville, NC

Marilyn Bland ’89, Treasurer

Charlotte, NC At Large Members: Shirley Dickerson ’97, ’05

Raleigh, NC

Rodney Minger ’94

We hope you’ll make plans to attend the Black Alumni Reunion today, and we look forward to seeing you in the fall.

Houston, TX

Derri Stormer ’07

Greenville, NC


Friday, October 16 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Hilton Greenville Lobby

Saturday, October 17 9:00-11:00 a.m. Alumni Center, 901 East Fifth Street

3:00-7:00 p.m. Floating Mix & Mingle, City Bistro Be sure to stop by and pick-up your reunion materials. This includes an up-to-date agenda, nametag, tickets you purchased, bus schedule, polo (if ordered) and more.

Reunion Confirmation

A confirmation letter will be mailed to you upon receipt of your registration. The reservation deadline is Friday, October 9. Tickets to events will not be mailed. Cancellations/Refunds

Cancellation and refunds must be submitted in writing (mail, fax, or e-mail) to our office by Friday, October 9. However, the cost of any football tickets and polos cannot be refunded. “No shows” will not be refunded. For individuals with disabilities and/or dietary restrictions requiring special assistance, please contact Betsy Rabon ’86 at 252-328-6072 or toll-free at 800-ECU-GRAD by Friday, October 9 so proper consideration may be given to your request. Alumni Association Contacts

For more information or questions about various activities, please call 252-328-6072 or 800-ECU-GRAD. Betsy Rabon, Alumni Center Coordinator Stephanie Bunn, Assistant Director for Alumni Programs Football Tickets

Tickets to the Rice vs. ECU football game are available as part of the reunion registration and will NOT be sold separately. Football tickets are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will be distributed during the reunion and cannot be mailed. Black Alumni Chapter Polo Shirts and the Textbook Gift Certificate Program

See the back of this brochure for information about purchasing Black Alumni Chapter polo shirts. Proceeds from the sale of these shirts benefit our Textbook Gift Certificate program. This program was created as an incentive for minority students to attend ECU and provides five $100 gift certificates good toward the purchase of textbooks at Dowdy Student Stores. The success of this program depends on the generosity of alumni like you, who value your East Carolina experience and want to make a difference in the lives of tomorrow’s alumni. Hotel Reservations

The Wingate Inn has a block of rooms for reunion participants for $99.00 per night by calling 252-355-4283. Ask for the “ECU Reunions” block. Alumni Membership

If you’re already a member of the Alumni Association, thank you for your support! If you’re not a member, please consider adding a tax-deductible membership to your registration to take advantage of special member pricing for Homecoming and Black Alumni Reunion activities. Help us meet our goal of 10,000 members in 2010!


Special Needs

10 Years After the Flood: A Reflective Conversation 10:00–11:30 a.m. Mendenhall Student Center, Hendrix Theatre

Former Chancellor and 2008 Honorary Alumni Award recipient Dr. Richard Eakin will lead a discussion about the challenging period of East Carolina’s history associated with the flood of 1999. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to take this opportunity to commemorate Hurricane Floyd, the character and integrity that led the University through the episode, and reflect on ECU’s perseverance during a time of disaster. Homecoming Luncheon 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Mendenhall Student Center, Great Rooms

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All alumni and friends are welcome to join the Alumni Association for our annual Homecoming Luncheon. University Leader in Residence Tommy Spaulding ’92 will address how East Carolina continues to excel as the leadership university, and plans to take this responsibility to the next level in the future. Explore ECU! Bus Tour of Campus 1:00–2:00 p.m. Bus will depart from the Joyner Library Clock Tower

ECU Ambassador tour guides will lead a lively bus tour, the perfect opportunity to see your old residence hall and favorite hangouts. Walking Tour of Campus 1:00–2:00 p.m. Tour will depart from the Joyner Library’s Sonic Gates (sound columns)

Bring your walking shoes to enjoy an ECU Ambassador-led walking tour of the University’s beautiful east campus. Walking Tour of Medical and Health Sciences Campus 2:15–4:15 p.m. Bus will depart from the Joyner Library Clock Tower (Please note, this is a walking tour. A bus will shuttle participants from east to west campus and back.)

Visit East Carolina’s Medical and Health Sciences Campus for a behind-the-scenes tour of the brand new East Carolina Heart Institute led by Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood Jr., the Allied Health Sciences Building (including the robotics lab and the nursing simulation labs), and Laupus Library.

BACK TO THE CLASSROOM Spiders and Taxonomy with ECU professor Dr. Jason Bond 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Free. Art Letterpress Workshop 2:15-4:00 p.m.

$10. Limited availability (15 people). Please call 800-ECU-GRAD to register for this event. Painted Pottery Workshop 2:15-4:00 p.m.

$10. Limited availability (16 people). Please call 800-ECU-GRAD to register for this event.

Classroom Experiences Get out your Blue Books and backpacks—it’s time to go back to the classroom! These experiences take alumni back to college days and provide unique learning opportunities. Major General William Holland ’75 Returns to Campus 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Free. Golden Corral Culinary Center Cooking Class 2:15-3:15 p.m.

$10. Limited availability (25 people). Please call 800-ECU-GRAD to register for this event. Politics Behind-the-Scenes with 1998 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient and Washington D.C. insider Michael McShane ’66 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Free. Floating Mix & Mingle 3:00-7:00 p.m. The City Bistro, City Hotel & Bistro

Want to know who has returned for the Black Alumni Reunion? Then spend some time at the City Hotel’s Bistro mingling with fellow Black Alumni or leave a note for someone to get in touch with you on our message board. Light refreshments will be available for purchase and tickets for reunion events and polo shirts may be picked up at the Bistro after 5:00 p.m. Alumni Awards Dinner and Ceremony presented by Tobacco Road Cellars 6:00 p.m. Hilton Greenville

Join us in recognizing alumni and friends of the University who have demonstrated outstanding merit and achievement, distinguished themselves as leaders for the University, and adopted East Carolina as their own. Step Show 8:00 p.m.; lobby opens at 6:30 p.m. Wright Auditorium

Comedian/actor/writer Finesse Mitchell hosts this year’s Homecoming Step Show! Tickets go on sale September 16 and are $20 in advance, $25 at the door (youth under 18 are $15). Call 800-ECU-ARTS to order. Xtreme Bowling 10:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. AMF Bowling Center, 700 Red Banks Road

Take your fun and games to an unexplored new level with Xtreme Bowling—an adventure of lights, music, and wild bowling challenges.

Alumni Breakfast 9:00 a.m. Taylor-Slaughter Alumni Center

Enjoy a complimentary breakfast with the Alumni Association, sponsored by ARAMARK. Stay for the Homecoming Parade and enjoy a front-row seat. Homecoming Parade 10:00 a.m. Fifth Street

Everyone loves a parade! Listen for the Marching Pirates and see floats decorated with this year’s theme “100 Years of Treasured Traditions.”

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Reunion Photo 11:30 a.m. Trustees Fountain in front of Wright Auditorium

“Say PIRATES!” Join us for a photo in front of the new Trustees Fountain to document this year’s Reunion. Visit to the Dowdy Student Stores 12:00 noon-12:30 p.m. Wright Building

There’s no doubt you need some new PURPLE and GOLD apparel, so we’ve scheduled time for you to stop by the Student Store and stock up! Homecoming Alumni Tailgate 1:00–3:00 p.m. Outside Gate 1 of Minges Coliseum

Leave your grill at home and join the Alumni Association for our family-friendly Alumni Tailgate. We’ll have plenty of food and Pirate beverages, games for children, live entertainment, door prizes, and a chance to see Pee Dee the Pirate and the ECU Cheerleaders. Pirate Football: Rice vs. ECU 3:30 p.m. Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium After Party 10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. City Hotel & Bistro Ballroom

Get down with music spun by DJ Kandid from artists like The Temptations, Beyoncé, Run DMC, Usher, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Kanye West and many more with plenty of appetizers and beverages to enjoy. Whether its smooth soul or today’s popular dance hits, the Black Alumni After Party will have something for everyone! Pre-registration is requested, however tickets will be available at the door for $35. To register for these great Reunion events, fill out the registration form to the right and mail it by October 9 to:

East Carolina Alumni Association Taylor-Slaughter Alumni Center 901 East Fifth Street Greenville, NC 27858 or fax it to 252-328-4369

Phone E-mail Yes! I want to add a tax-deductible Alumni Association membership to take advantage of member pricing today!

Annual Memberships: Pride Individual $35 Joint* $50 Lifetime Memberships: Forever Pirate Individual: Full: $750 Installments: $200 semiannually for 2 years Joint*: Full: $1,000 Installments: $275 semiannually for 2 years couple living at the same address


MEMBERS* Alumni Membership

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10 Years After the Flood Homecoming Luncheon


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Walking Tour

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Walking Tour Health Science

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Maj. Gen. Holland

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Awards Dinner

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Football Tickets**

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After Party

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Polo Shirt(s)

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Textbook Donation

*Member pricing is good for each Alumni Association member and their dependents 22 and under living at the same address. **See the “Reunion Information” section for football ticket stipulations.

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Polo shirts can be ordered as part of your registration on the reverse.



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Black Alumni Polo Shirts Show your ECU pride during Homecoming by purchasing a Black Alumni polo shirt! Black Alumni polos are $25 each and proceeds benefit our textbook gift certificate program. Order by Wednesday, September 30 to receive your polo during Homecoming weekend. Polo orders may also be made during our reunion.


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2009 ECU Black Alumni Reunion  
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Black Alumni Reunion invitation brochure.