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ServireThe Magazine of the East Carolina Alumni AssociationWinter 2007Charla Hodges ’08Queen...on the field...in the classroom...in the community


Alumni Award recipients honored duringHomecomingHomecoming truly was a great time to be a Pirate, and a wonderful time to sharethe spirit and passion for our great University with Greenville. Thousands of alumniand friends of East Carolina made their way home to celebrate this amazing place,share fond memories of time spent here, and make new memories with fellowPirates. Every aspect of Homecoming honored the heritage and tradition of EastCarolina, from her beginning as a teacher’s training school to her bright future asthe University FOR North Carolina.


Scholarships Workfor ECU StudentsCollege — a time of freedom, exploration, andself-discovery. The “growing years” for many 18to 20-somethings as they venture on their ownfor the first time, assume new responsibilities,flourish in the classroom, face excitingchallenges, and thrive in social settings. But forsome, college can also be stressful, with pressureto succeed, hesitation over leaving home, anxietyof acceptance, and the realization, for most, thata college education doesn’t come cheap. That’swhere scholarships can make all the difference.Charla Hodges, volunteering forHealthy Pirates, talks with seniorconstruction management majorSeth Speight of Wilson on GreatAmerican Smokeout Day.Over the last three years the East CarolinaAlumni Association’s Scholarship Programhas significantly grown, having awarded 38scholarships to date. This year the Associationwill award an unprecedented twenty $1,000scholarships to deserving undergraduate ECUstudents, making our scholarship recipient total58. Charla Hodges ’08 is a senior communityhealth major and ethnic studies minor fromAsheboro, NC. She was crowned ECU’sHomecoming Queen on Oct. 27, 2007, andis a 2006-2007 Elite Pirate, which honors topstudent leaders based on academics, leadership,and community service. She has been named tothe Dean’s List three times and the Chancellor’sList once. Hodges is vice president of HealthyPIRATES, served as a senate representative forSGA, president of her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta,and a leader in campus wellness education. Sheis a member of Eta Sigma Gamma, a healtheducation honor society, and was nominatedfor the Golden Key National Honor Societyand Phi Kappa Phi, an honor association forthose in the top ten percent of the seniorclass. Hodges has volunteered for Give to theTroops, the Eastern NC Food Bank, Boys andGirls Club, Greenville Community Shelter,and PICASO, the Pitt County AIDS ServiceOrganization. During the spring 2008 semesterHodges will intern at the National HispanicMedical Association in Washington, D.C. “Ithink the Alumni Association Scholarship“I think the Alumni Association Scholarshipis really important and necessary. It reachesout to the students to let us know that weare important, that the Alumni Associationis thinking about us even as undergraduates,that you want us to succeed and come backafter graduation and be active with ECU.”is really important and necessary. It reachesout to the students to let us know that weare important, that the Alumni Associationis thinking about us even as undergraduates,that you want us to succeed and come backafter graduation and be active with ECU.It establishes a bond, in a sense, by offeringscholarships to students and makes the AlumniAssociation more visible to current students.In my case [the scholarship] has really helpedme because my mom is a single parent andshe has both of her children in college at thesame time,” said Hodges about the impact ofher Alumni Association Scholarship. Aftergraduation Hodges plans to pursue a Masterof Public Health and work with minoritypopulations to ensure quality, affordable healthcare. Hodges would like to express her sincere“thanks” to the Alumni Association and thosewho contribute to our scholarship program forhelping her and many others obtain a collegeeducation.It is because of dedicated,proud Pirates that the AlumniAssociation’s Scholarshipprogram has become sosuccessful. Participation byalumni and friends in theAssociation’s ECU AlumniScholarship Golf Classic, alongwith generous tournamentsponsors like the HiltonGreenville, Ironwood Golf & ResidentialCommunity, and O’Charley’s, this year’s golfclassic and 19 th Hole Scholarship Receptionyielded more than $25,000 for studentscholarships, nearly doubling last year’s total.Scholarship dollars are not limited to our golftournament proceeds. Membership in the EastCarolina Alumni Association at the Centennialand Forever Pirate levels also provides necessaryscholarship dollars. Outright gifts to theAlumni Association’s Scholarship program byalumni and friends are always welcome, too.Any ECU undergraduate student (freshmenthrough seniors — who intend to entergraduate school at East Carolina) with a 2.7cumulative GPA is eligible to apply for anAlumni Association Scholarship. Completedapplications should detail the student’scommitment of service to the Universitycommunity, and be accompanied by an officialtranscript and letter of recommendation.Applications must be postmarked by January31, 2008 to be considered for the 2008-2009academic year. Scholarship recipients will behonored during the spring semester at theAlumni Association’s Scholarship Luncheon.Scholarship applications can be downloadedfrom the Alumni Association’s web site,PirateAlumni.com, or call the Alumni Centerat 800-ECU-GRAD to request an application.Student scholarships work for ECU students!Servire | 5


A tasty dish: alumni restaurateurs cook up great businessOpening your own business is a leap of faith for many. But belief in your product andthe support of your community is a recipe for success—or such is the case for four ofEast Carolina’s alumni restaurateurs.Michael Santos ’01 and Kevin Brighton ’02 areco-owners of Greenville’s well-known Chefs 505and the newly opened Chefs 105 in MoreheadCity, where Andy Hopper ’03 is also a partner.Opened initially in 1997, Santos and Brightonassumed ownership of Chefs 505 in 2002.“After culinary school I came to ECU for thehospitality management program. I also workedat Christinne’s during that time and got to knowmany restaurant owners, including the formerowner of Chefs 505. There was something aboutthe atmosphere here, the attention to detail, theKevin Brighton ’02 and Mike Santos ’01feeling of being upscale, yet comfortable that Ireally liked. Kevin and I got to be friends whilein school, and we worked together at Christinne’sfor a while too. He had actually worked at Chefs505 during his first few years of college andwas familiar with how the restaurant worked, sowhen the opportunity came for us to purchasethe restaurant we took it. It was important for usto maintain the integrity of Chefs 505 and thereputation it had established in Greenville — that’swhy we chose to keep the name,” said Santos. “Ofcourse we’ve added a few of our own touches.”In 2004 the partners introduced the Lounge @505, a chic addition which boasts 30 additionalbar seats and plush leather chairs and love seats foradditional patrons. Live music and weekly winetastings are two added attractions at Chefs 505.On occasion, Chefs 105 offers similar additions.“We just want people to eat, drink, and be merry,like the Dave Matthews Band song says…we wantour customers to come here for a great meal andstay for live music and enjoy just hanging out withfriends.6 | Winter 2007The education that Kevin and I received fromECU has greatly influenced our thought processwhen it comes to building and marketing ourrestaurant. Business classes helped us understandthat there are direct and indirect influences onthe success of our business. For example, futureadditions to the medical center has nothing to dowith the restaurant business, but it indirectly affectsus by bringing more people to Greenville who areaccustomed to fine dining and entertainment. Ourday-to-day operations are also influenced by trendsand economic goals, something that our businessclasses taught us to monitor and use toour advantage,” said Santos.“In our major, hospitality management,Kevin and I were able to take a variety ofcourses that are critical to the restaurantindustry. These classes helped usunderstand how to work with all typesof people and personalities — fromour customers to our employees. I dobelieve that you are only as good asyour employees, and ECU helped meunderstand that,” commented Santos onhis education from ECU.Chefs 505 offers a rotating nightly menu, whileChefs 105 carries staple entrees and seasonal items.Located at 505 Red Banks Road in the LynndaleShoppes in Greenville, Chefs 505 is open daily.Located at 105 South Seven Street in MoreheadCity, Chefs 105 is currently open daily, but haslimited hours during the winter season. Visitwww.chefs505.com for complete menus and winelists for both restaurants.University Chophouse, one of the newestrestaurants in Greenville, opened July 2007. Afterspending more than ten years running Staccato’s,University Chophouse owner Ray Myers ’82was ready for a change. Years of experience inbartending, catering, and restaurant managinghelped him conceptualize University Chophouse.Myers wanted to open an establishment thatwould become synonymous with Greenville, asmany cities around the country have that “one”restaurant that everyone associates with it; a placewith outstanding food, an exciting atmosphere,and where you feel like a local. He also hopesthat University Chophouse will become a familyfavorite for Greenville and surrounding arearesidents. “Supporting independent restaurantsis so important to me. We provide a service thatchain restaurants can’t — a unique experience andone-of-a-kind cuisine,” said Myers.Myers’ love for East Carolina, especially athletics,inspired the interior design of the restaurant andbar. Booths, seat covers, linens, and even the floorare purple and gold, and captivating black andwhite photos of people and places associatedwith ECU provide art throughout the building.“Attending ECU was a great experience for me.My older brother played on the football team andI wrestled for a time while I was a student. BecauseI was attending ECU, I was in Greenville at theright time and in the right places for opportunitiesto open up for me in the restaurant industry. Imade great friends through ECU, many of whichare current patrons, and ECU gave me a solid baseto become a business owner,” commented Myers.Located in the Lynncroft Shopping Center at3130 Evans Street, University Chophouse featuresan a-la-carte-style menu and full bar and is opendaily.Ray Myers ’82


The Adventures of Pee Dee the PirateThanks to two talented East Carolina alumni,Pee Dee the Pirate has been immortalizedin a colorful, whimsical children’s book, TheAdventures of Pee Dee the Pirate. The brainchildof ’67 graduate Ralph Finch, this book highlightsPee Dee’s first day as an East Carolina student.After sailing up the Tar River Pee Dee docks hismighty ship in Greenville. He catches a studenttransit bus to campus, meets fellow students, andattends his first class. Pee Dee attempts to studyat Joyner Library, but falls asleep and daydreamsof the Homecoming parade and scoring big inPirate athletics. At the end of the day Pee Deevisits with some future ECU Pirates and shares hisPirate Pride.Beautifully illustrated by one of UniversityPublications’ graphic designers, Mike Litwin ’01,the colorful pages are sure to enchant any childand get them excited about East Carolina. Funfaces and familiar ECU places are displayedthroughout the book.In keeping with the University’s motto of Servire(to serve), the author and illustrator will donateall proceeds from book sales to the University.The Adventures of Pee Dee the Pirate is availableat University Book Exchange and on campus at ECU’s Dowdy Student Stores. Visit www.adventuresofpeedee.com toorder online.Servire | 7


A Pirate Remembers...Thomas “Ed” Casey ’50It is winter in 1945. You are cramped in the back of a B-26 Martin Marauderon your thirty-third combat mission. It is freezing in the back of the planeas you steady your hands to grip the tail gun. World War II has been ragingsince 1941, and you are one of the thousands of brave American men andwomen serving our country in Europe. You are 20-years-old. This was thelife of Thomas “Ed” Casey ’50 during his first two years in the United StatesArmy Air Force, after he volunteered for the draft.Casey grew up in Rocky Mount, NC, and graduated high school in 1943.Pearl Harbor had been bombed in 1941, so he knew, inevitably, that hewould be drafted for WWII. He and a friend took jobs at the NorthCarolina Ship Building Company in Carolina Beach while they waited to bedrafted. While on the job, Casey was enamored with the P-47 Thunderboltthat often flew overhead. Rather than be drafted for something he didn’twant to do, he decided to volunteer for the draft to enter the pilot trainingprogram and received orders to report to Miami Beach in November1943. Unfortunately, Casey was not chosen for pilot training, so hejoined the crew-training group to work with airplanes. He went to Denverfor armament school and Fort Myers, FL, for gunnery school. Uponcompleting training in January 1945 he was sent to France to fight in theWar. In a typical day Casey’s flight crew woke around 3:00 a.m., preparedtheir B-26 for combat, and were out by dawn to fly their four-hourmission. (Sometimes they flew two missions in one day.) Casey was the tailgunner for every mission—a risky position at the back of the plane.WWII ended in May 1945, and Casey was sent home in November,after serving two years. After working for a time with his father, Caseyenrolled at ECTC in the fall of 1946, at the urging of his brother, Paul,who was also an ECTC student. A short time after school began, Caseyand his brother moved to a room in Wilson Hall, which they shared withanother young man. The room had a three-tiered bunk, similar to thosein barracks, which was fitting because so many young men had served inthe War. Casey noticed there were a number of veterans attending ECTCat the time; in fact, veterans made up most of the male population! So heand a few friends organized the Veterans Club.The Club’s main function was to raise moneyfor athletics. At the time, many businesses inGreenville supported Carolina or Duke, notECTC. Fortunately, many of the veterans wereable to secure gifts from local merchants, withthe promise to “not tell anyone.” Club membersalso put on minstrel shows and held parties inWright to raise money. The parties werea big hit with other students withacts like the Tommy DorseyBand and Glenn MillerBand. Casey served as presidentof the Veterans Club and theCommerce Club. He even ran for SGA President but was defeated by ChipConnolly. Casey was one of the only students on campus with a car, aStudebaker. He could always find a parking place and a group of guys andgirls to hang out with on Friday nights.In 1948, through the efforts of President John D. Messick and Dean ofStudents Leo Jenkins, an ROTC detachment of the U.S. Air Force wasestablished at ECTC. Many veterans took advantage of this opportunityto become officers, including Casey. He had already served two years andnow only needed to complete two years in ROTC to graduate as an officer.Upon graduation from ECTC in 1950, Casey was again in the Air Force;this time as an officer and on his way to pilot training school. He trainedon the F-94 Starfire, a jet-powered all-weather interceptor aircraft that wasintended to identify and shoot down assault aircraft. While he was training,the Korean War broke out and Casey was soon stationed at Johnson AirForce Base just outside of Tokyo, Japan. While there, he piloted tow-targetsto allow target practice for other pilots. In 1955 he fulfilled his four-yeartour of duty and came home to North Carolina.Casey settled in Grifton and became a partner in the Grifton GasCompany with his brother. He also resumed attending East Carolinafootball games and in 52 years has not missed one home game. In fact, hetook his wife, Gerri, on their first date to an East Carolina football gamein 1962. “ECTC gave me a great background to run my business, and ofcourse I have a tremendous love for East Carolina football and it has justbeen a great, great pleasure to me to see that program come from where wewere to where we are today.”Casey remained in the Air Force Reserves until 1980, when he retired as aColonel. For his service in WWII he received an Air Medal with five oakleaf clusters and a Meritorious Service Medal in 1980. He retired fromthe family business in 2000. He has three children, Richard, Wanda, andDebbie, and six grandchildren, Kristen, Shaughn, Adam, Emily, Joseph, andAmanda. Kristen was an ECU cheerleader and graduated in May 2007.Casey is a Life Member of the East Carolina AlumniAssociation and a Golden Pirate in the Pirate Club.“ECU has given me more than I’ve given East Carolina,”said Casey. “It’s part of me, and ECU athletics is a familything for all of us … Go Pirates!”This article is dedicated to the memory of Gerri Casey, beloved wife,mother, and grandmother.


A Pirate’s Life for Me!The Alumni Association’s half-hour radio program, A Pirate’s Life for Me!, continues to be a hit with alumniacross the Pirate Nation. Airing Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in eastern North Carolina on Pirate Radio1250 & 930 AM and live around the globe on www.PirateRadio1250.com, A Pirate’s Life for Me! bringsgreat success stories from East Carolina alumni and news of the Alumni Association and its multitude ofevents for alumni and friends of East Carolina University. Have you missed a show? Well, you’re in luck!The Alumni Association archives every A Pirate’s Life for Me! on our web site, PirateAlumni.com. Keepreading to see who we’ve interviewed recently:Jim Chesnutt ’63, 2007 Outstanding Alumni Award RecipientQ: Jim, what compels you to do so much for others?A: Well, you know, I think we have to give back. There are too manytakers in the world today and I think weneed to give back to our communities,both locally and in whatever industrywe choose to work. And giving back toEast Carolina is very easy to do, becausewithout East Carolina I would not bewhere I am today. I am very grateful toattend East Carolina at the time that Idid and that doors were opened for me asa result of being here. Now it’s my turnto help someone else.Candace McKenzie ’91, The Dating DahlingQ: Candace, you were in school at ECU during the 1990s. Share a littleabout your experience as a student.A: Well, I’m a small town girl and I felt … at first, that ECU was veryoverwhelming. I can’t remember how many students there were, butthere were a lot! The wonderful thingabout ECU … it’s a great community,especially if you have a passion forsomething. Like for me, I got involvedin the theatre group. You make yourfriends, you find a mentor … DonBeam from the Theatre Arts departmentwas my mentor, and they help youthrough the process [of adjusting tocollege life]. I love the fact that ECUwas strong creatively, but also too,even at that time, they had an amazingmedical program and an amazingbusiness program. I really feel like it wassuch a smart move going to ECU andthat I got a well-rounded education.Servire | 9


LOOKING FOR THE JOB OF YOUR DREAMS?BE COMPANY-FOCUSEDBy Bruce Maxwell, M.Ed., N.C.C.CareerCornerA serviceof the ECUCareer CenterIf you break the interaction between a job seekerand a company into its basic components, it is easyto recognize that getting a job is much like selling aproduct. The job seeker is the product that must besold and the company is the buyer of the product.There are two ways of approaching this sale. You canbe job-focused or company-focused.You can tell when job seekers are job-focused becauseall their efforts are focused on finding job openingsand presenting their qualifications in ways thatdemonstrate they are qualified for the job. To put itin a sales perspective, job-focused job seekers assumethat if they describe the product they are selling interms that are attractive to buyers who are looking forthis product, the buyers will buy.On the other hand, company-based job seekers arefocused on determining the needs, problems, andchallenges of potential buyers who might need thisproduct (even if they don’t know they need it andare not looking to buy at this time), and presentingstories describing ways in which this product canhelp provide solutions to company problems. Inthis case sellers do not focus on why this product isthe best product that the buyer could possibly buy.the company’s immediate problems. In order to bean effective job seeker, you have to differentiate inthe mind of the prospective employer the differencesbetween you and other job seekers. Once theyperceive this difference they will hire you.If you run into companies that interest you that saythey would love to hire you but there are no openings,the issue is not really an issue of openings. Whatthey are actually saying is that they do not see howyou can give them anything they either (a) don’talready have, or (b) can’t do without. When most jobseekers run into this situation, they lower their salaryexpectations, try to make the sale based on price, andusually, go away frustrated and unemployed.Company-based job seekers recognize that the realway to generate offers is to help companies identifyways they could be making more money, throughthings like increasing sales, reducing costs, or reducingthe time it takes to get products or services out.When companies begin to recognize that (a) they dohave problems that can be fixed, and (b) that you canprovide solutions to help solve those problems, theybecome willing to spend money to hire you becausethere is a clear return on their investment.The Career Center islocated at 701 East FifthStreet in Greenville andis open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. Monday-Friday.Visit the Career Centeronline at www.ecu.edu/e3careers for additionalservices.They recognize that there will always be other jobseekers with more or better qualifications. They focuson their own uniqueness and how the buyer willactually get more value for their money immediatelybecause this product will help provide solutions toYour role as the job seeker is to help the companyidentify the problems they have in your areas ofinterest and then to raise the importance and valueof solving that problem. You do that by askingopen-ended questions that probe into a company’sneeds, problems, and challenges. Talk about whatyou can and will do for that company rather thanfocusing on describing what qualifications youhave.Getting a decision-maker to make you an offerwill only occur if you add value to their operation.It doesn’t matter how many degrees you have. Itdoesn’t matter how many years of experience youhave. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are.If the interviewer doesn’t value the qualificationsyou’re offering then those qualifications are notimportant. What counts is what the decisionmakerbelieves is important. Sell what you can dofor the company, not what the company can do foryou. Sell the benefits and solutions you have anddo so through stories about previous situations youhave faced and resolved.If you sell yourself based on salary expectations,someone will always make them a better offer. If yousell yourself based on your years of experience inthis field, someone else will always offer them more10 | Winter 2007


experience. If you try to sell the product based on price someone else willalways offer them a better price. But if you differentiate yourself fromother job seekers and sell the product based on the value you will bringto them, you will get the job. Ask yourself, what have I done in classprojects, through research, at extra-curricular activities, through volunteeror work experiences? Then prepare stories of your experiences thatdemonstrate that value.Still having trouble determining whether you are job-focused orcompany-focused? Review the questions you have prepared to askpotential employers. If your questions ask about the qualifications forspecific positions, you are job-focused. If you are approaching your jobsearch as if it is a numbers game and you need to maintain a certainflow of letters and need to make so many calls a week to win a job, youare job-focused. Research has shown that no more than 24% of jobseekers get a job by being job-focused. Instead you need to be askingemployers open-ended, probing questions. “What issues are limitingyour ability to stay competitive?” “What are the top three problemsfacing this company?” “What products or services are being offered byyour competitors that are causing you to lose market share?” “What areashold the greatest opportunity for growth?” Business problems typicallyrevolve around profitability. You should create questions that focuson identifying and solving problems related to the profitability of thecompany.As you present stories that describe your problem-solving ability youwill want to provide clear, quantified solutions to problems. Thosesolutions must be presented in terms that have meaning to the companyand, as much as possible, use the company’s jargon and terms. Whenthe company tells you attrition is a problem for them, if they talk aboutthroughput or productivity, then you need to get the interviewer toquantify that in company terms. Often they will quantify their needs indollars, but they may also talk about percentages, standards (like ISO9000), satisfied customers, or retooling. These may or may not be termswith which you are familiar, but to be truly effective your solutionsmust be phrased in the company’s terms. It is very important that youdemonstrate an understanding of the company’s problems. Speakingtheir language communicates knowledge and understanding of thefield. You are trying to present your value in terms that make sense tothe employer. Instead of spending valuable time telling the interviewerabout your qualifications, spend the time asking questions about theirproblems. If you need help identifying your stories or what you wouldsay and how to get to decision-makers, come see us at the Career Center.We have handouts that cover most of these topics and provide servicesfor alumni, too.Pirate Career CallsPirate Career Calls take place monthly and featurevaluable information for alumni who seek professionalinsight on various career related topics.Scheduled the first Thursday of each month atNoon EST, Career Calls are free and allow alumnito participate from the comfort of their home oroffice via a toll-free conference call.January 3 - Stress Free InterviewingFebruary 7 - Developing a Power GreetingMarch 6 - Salary NegotiatingTo learn more about upcoming Pirate Career Calls,visit PirateAlumni.com/careercallsTo summarize, in a job-focused job search the candidate tells the humanresource office all about their qualifications. But with a company-basedfocus, the candidate goes to the decision-maker and has a conversationabout the company’s needs, problems, and challenges. What fun! Be acompany-focused job seeker. Ask questions like, “What are you tryingto accomplish?” “What is preventing you from accomplishing that?”Then show them how you can help meet their goals; how you can helpovercome their problems, and quantify your examples in company terms.As long as you are focusing on what the decision-maker and the companywant to accomplish, than you will be successful in obtaining the job ofyour dreams!Servire | 11


NEWS & NOTES FROM SCHOOLS & COLLEGESThomas Harriot College ofArts and Sciences Voyages ofDiscovery Lecture SeriesBy Lacey GrayDuring the second lecture in its inaugural2007-2008 year, the Thomas Harriot Collegeof Arts and Sciences Voyages of DiscoveryLecture Series brought a full house to WrightAuditorium and the East Carolina Universitycampus.More than 700 ECU students, 400 facultyand 300 community members attended thelecture “Why Our Origins Matter,” on Oct. 10,presented by Dr. Richard Leakey, professor ofanthropology at Stony Brook University.“This was a fantastic turnout,” said John Tucker,director of the lecture series.Leakey is well known for his work in early humanorigins and has contributed to unearthingmore than 200 fossils, including “Turkana Boy,”a 1.6 million-year-old Homo erectus skeleton.On Feb. 21, 2008, the college hopes to continueto draw a crowd with the Sallie SouthallCotton Lecture, dedicated to advancing women’sstudies. This is the third lecture in the Voyagesof Discovery Lecture Series.Dr. Lisa Norling, associate professor of historyat the University of Minnesota, will present“Captain Ahab Had a Wife” at 7 p.m. in WrightAuditorium.Titled for herprizewinningbook, Norlingexamines genderdynamics in theAmerican whalingindustry duringthe 18th andDr. Lisa Norling 19th centuries.Norling’s researchshows how the growth of the whaling industryand restructuring of life at sea and onshorereflected and reinforced evolving concepts aboutsexual difference, love, and marriage.“As U.S. history appropriately incorporatesinternational and comparative perspectives, weare beginning to recognize the significance ofthe sailors and ships that linked America andthe rest of the world,” said Norling.The Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series ismade possible through generous contributionsfrom the Dean’s Advancement Council of theThomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences,the East Carolina Alumni Association, and additionalfriends and supporters of the college.For more information, contact Tucker attuckerjo@ecu.edu or 252-328-1028. Additionalinformation is also available on the web atwww.ecu.edu/cs-cas/harriot/voyageslectures/.Speed part of the palette forart professorBy Doug Boyd, Photo by Cliff HollisCrawling around on gravel and asphalt, adjustingshock absorbers and clutch linkages, then puttingon an insulated firesuit and full-face helmet maynot seem like the ideal way to spend a hot SeptemberSaturday. But for Dr. Mark Malley, thebest way to describe it was almost a cliché.“It’s a gas.” That’s how the assistant professor ofart summed up driving his 28-year-old racecarwith a group of other men and women who are,for the most part, just out there for the fun andfriendship.Malley, an assistant professor of art at EastCarolina University, was racing his 1979 PRSRH01 Formula Ford in the Sportscar VintageRacing Association’s annual Fall Festival at VirginiaInternational Raceway Sept. 27-30.Since his youth, Malley has had high-speedaspirations and has come closer to achievingthem than many who shared the same dreams.He attended his first race in 1957 at Lime RockPark in Connecticut. The sight and sound ofsports cars lapping the course were all he neededto get racing in his blood.“That was big,” Malley said. “Had to have it. Alot of my paintings back then were of race carsand the people.”In the 1970s, after studying in England, Scotland,and Ireland and following racing there,Malley was teaching inBridgeport, Conn., when hedecided to give professionalracing a shot. “I said, ‘It’snow or never.’ I didn’t havechildren or that responsibility,”he said.On weekends and during the summer, he racedopen-wheel cars for a small team with somesuccess. He competed against the likes of DavyJones, Arie Luyendyk, and Michael Andretti,all of whom went on to race at venues such asLe Mans, Indianapolis (where Luyendyk wontwice) and in Formula 1.While his team performed well, it lacked thefunding to achieve regular success. Children anda career intervened, and Malley left racing.But racing rarely leaves a person. In 2000 – onApril Fools Day, to be exact – Malley boughta 1975 Chevron B29 Formula Atlantic car.His sons, Patrick and Timothee, were out ofschool, and racing was something they could dotogether, meeting at tracks because they lived upand down the East Coast.In 2003, Malley crashed the Chevron at SummitPoint Raceway in West Virginia, breaking hisback and bending the monocoque of the car.After recovering from his injury and rebuildingthe car, Malley sold it this year to a buyer inAustralia.Now he races the PRS Formula Ford he boughtabout five years ago. It’s powered by a 1,600-ccfour-cylinder Ford engine and weighs just 930pounds. The car won 27 races in 29 starts in1979. In the SVRA, he races in a class forsmall-engined, open-wheel cars.The Fall Festival at VIR, a 3.27-mile course justacross the state line from Milton, NC, is hisonly event so far this year. Malley has been busyguiding students working on a mural depictingthe history of Princeville, and that’s left littletime for racing.Before heading to VIR, Malley traveled toPennsylvania to pick up his engine from a shopthere. After reinstalling the engine, his car hadtransmission problems. Malley couldn’t use allhis gears on VIR’s long straightaways, hurtinghis lap times.While he never solved the gearbox troubles, he12 | Winter 2007Dr. Mark Malley racing his Formula Ford in aSportscar Vintage Racing Association event.


still managed to finish third in his class.Competitor and friend Mark Harmer, whoraces a Brabham BT-21 formula car, was parkednext to Malley in the paddock area at VIR.“You get hooked,” Harmer said of vintageracing. “Once you start, it’s like a drug. You getto come down here, spend a lot of money andmake a lot of friends.”Malley sees similarities between racing and art.Many people look at racecars, some with sharpangles, others with flowing curves, most all withsparkling paint and polished mechanics, andsee works of art. The euphoria and reward onefeels after taking crates of parts and assemblingthem into a working machine compares to thethrill of finishing a painting, Malley said. Thehand-eye coordination and mental visualizationrequired to put brush to canvas are similar tothe skills needed to project oneself through aseries of tight turns and down a fast straightaway,he said.In addition, he said, the necessary attention todetail, commitment and repetition are similar toteaching.“Teaching is a craft, like driving a racecar is acraft,” he said. “The car’s really a metaphor formy alter ego, if you will, or spirit.”Two ECU schools have beenre-designated as collegesBy Crystal BaityThe University of North Carolina Board ofGovernors on Oct. 12 approved a request tochange the name of the School of Allied HealthSciences and School of Nursing to the Collegeof Allied Health Sciences and College ofNursing.Several years ago, the ECU Division ofAcademic Affairs designated that the schoolswithin that division be recognized as colleges.At the time, no change in status was requestedfor the schools within the Division of HealthSciences. Recently, the faculty of the schoolsrecommended that their status be changed fromschool to college based on current guidelines fordesignation and assessments of similar collegesand schools in the UNC system and across theUnited States.Leo W. Jenkins SocietyTurn Today’s Passioninto Tomorrow’s Reality“The awarding of college designation statusprovides recognition of our tremendous growth,productivity and complexity and aligns us moreclosely with other colleges at ECU,” said Dr.Sylvia Brown, acting dean of the College ofNursing. “We are pleased to share this acknowledgementwith our colleagues in the College ofAllied Health Sciences as we continue to build astrong Division of Health Sciences.”The College of Nursing was established in1959, the oldest in the health sciences division,and has an enrollment of 1,047 students in baccalaureate,master’s and doctoral nursing programs.It is the largest producer of new nursinggraduates in the state and offers the only nursemidwifery plan of study and alternate entryMSN option for non-nursing bachelor degreeholders in the state. The college is known forinnovative online outreach efforts designed toincrease access to education in rural areas. Itserves as a center of excellence for leadershipin nursing, professional nursing education,research, service and faculty practice in easternNorth Carolina. The college offers programoptions for registered nurses and post-master’sstudents to advance their education.The Leo W. Jenkins Society is the recognition group for allplanned giving members at ECU. Please consider establishingyour perpetual legacy through a bequest provision, charitablegift annuity, IRA or insurance policy beneficiary designation,various trust establishment or gift of real estate that will createthe margin of excellence for tomorrow’s students at ECU.This is a great opportunity to lead like Dr. Jenkins.Tomorrow starts here.ContactGreg AbeyounisDirector of Planned GivingEast Carolina UniversityGreenville, NC 27858-4353252-328-9573 office252-328-4904 faxabeyounisg@ecu.eduServire | 13


NEWS & NOTES FROM SCHOOLS & COLLEGESECU College of Nursingestablishes giving program,emergency needs fundBy Crystal BaityA new fund established by the East CarolinaUniversity College of Nursing and ECU Medical& Health Sciences Foundation will helpnursing students with financial crises.Acting Dean Dr. Sylvia Brown recently startedthe Dean’s Gift by donating $10 in the name ofeach first semester nursing student to establishan emergency needs fund in the school. The goalis two-fold; grants will be available to assist studentsduring times of financial hardship, whilethe school develops a philanthropic environmentto introduce and encourage a lifetime of givingby students. With 130 new nursing students thisfall, the fund totals $1,300.“This is an innovative way to meet an immediateemergency need while looking ahead tocreate a sustainable trend of giving back amongour graduates,” Brown said. “We will developstudent loyalty to this fund through transparencyand frequent updates to the students regardingthe types of emergencies that are funded.When they graduate in two years, they will wantto contribute in order to offset emergency needsencountered by future students.”Erika W. Best, president of the East CarolinaAssociation of Nursing Students, said the fundis greatly needed because nursing students,besides typical costs for books and student fees,also pay for uniforms, stethoscopes and otherfees and transportation to and from clinicalsites. When a financial emergency arises, itquickly can become a crisis and interfere withlearning.“This fund is the nursing school’s way of reachingtheir hand out to a student in need andpulling them up,” said Best, 24, of Goldsboro.“Some students are fortunate to have additionalhelp from family to offset these expenses, butothers are self-sufficient and must take care ofthese on their own. Our course load makes itdifficult to hold a job outside of school. Forthose students who have no other option, thisis an increased burden. This fund will be greatlybeneficial to those students that are workinghard for their success and need a helping hand.”The inaugural dean’s gift was announced at theLamp of Learning pinning ceremony held Sept.20 for first semester nursing students.Mark Alexander, director of development forthe College of Nursing in the ECU Medical &Health Sciences Foundation, said the gift willencourage nursing alumni to give back to theirschool following graduation.“The emergency relief fund is a project thatdirectly effects and supports all of us. We willbe able to reap the benefits of this project nowand by doing so we should be encouraged togive back so that other students will have thesame benefits in the future,” Best said.University leaders anticipate that other collegeswill follow suit in establishing a similar annualdean’s gift, Alexander said.ECU’s Brody School ofMedicine continues to growBy Nancy Ball and Greg PrinceRecently, the American Academy of FamilyPhysicians ranked the Brody School of Medicineamong the top ten in the nation for sendinggraduates into family medicine residencies.An evening withEast Carolina University’s10 th ChancellorDr. Steve BallardJanuary 9, 20086:00 p.m.NC Museum of History5 East Edenton StreetRaleigh, NCJanuary 22, 20086:00 p.m.LOCATIONADDRESSCharlotte, NCThese Chancellor Tour events are complimentary.Call 800-ECU-GRAD or visitPirateAlumni.com to register.14 | Winter 2007


Our mission to provide primary care physiciansto the state continues to be realized. Researchfunding reached a record level of almost$20 million in the 2006-2007 fiscal year. A19-member search committee has been namedto select a new dean to guide the Brody Schoolof Medicine into its future. Dr. Phyllis Hornscurrently serves as interim dean and interim vicechancellor of the Division of Health Sciences.The newly enlarged Laupus Health SciencesLibrary serves medical students, as well aspracticing physicians and the growing community.The Library’s state of the art technologyoffers advanced learning opportunities betweenthe Brody School of Medicine, the College ofNursing, and the College of Allied Health Sciences.Interdisciplinary research, current medicalliterature, and video conferencing are all availableat Laupus.A joint effort between East Carolina University,Pitt County Memorial Hospital, and privatepracticing physicians, the Eastern CarolinaHeart Institute (ECHI) is under constructionand slated for completion in 2008. TheECHI at the Brody School of Medicine will bea 206,000 square foot facility that will supportoutpatient clinics, research, and education.Addressing the region’s complex problem withheart disease, the Institute will be devoted to theresearch, treatment, and prevention of cardiovasculardisease.Finally, plans for our new Family MedicineCenter are almost completed. The Center isbeing designed as the training site for medicalstudents, residents, and healthcare professionalswhile providing quality healthcare to the citizensof eastern North Carolina. It will also housethe Frances J. and Robert T. Monk, Sr. GeriatricCenter, which will be funded with a gift of $2.5million from the estate of Frances J. Monk.HHP Kicks-off CentennialCelebrationBy Kathy MuseThe College of Health and Human Performance(HHP) invites you to commemorate ourrich heritage by participating in the on-goingECU/HHP centennial celebration. Our centennialwill be marked during 2007 and 2008with several special HHP events, including apersonalized brick paver campaign, an art contest,a leadership forum, and HHP Centennialbooklet.Brick Paver CampaignWe begin our celebration by announcing a brickpaver project to raise funds for a $50,000 HHPCentennial Scholarship that will be used to assistdeserving HHP students who demonstrateacademic excellence and financial need. Mr. JimPost, owner and operator of Post’s Nursery inRolesville, NC, a specialist in landscape designand installation, has generously agreed to sponsorthe campaign and donate the pavers.We areoffering single, engraved, 6 in. by 9 in. pavers fora purchase price of $125. The engraved paverswill be placed in the Minges patio area and afuture patio area adjacent to the renovated BelkBuilding.Art ContestA juried art contest, generously co-sponsored byDon Edwards, University Book Exchange ownerand President, Greenville, NC, and orthodontist,Dr. Dennis Ross of Ross Orthodontics,Greenville, NC, will invite high school studentscontinued on page 16Servire | 15


NEWS & NOTES FROM SCHOOLS & COLLEGESand adults to submit artistic interpretations ofthe mission and work of the College of HHP.Winners in two categories (high school andadult), judged for artistic merit and accuracyin reflecting the HHP mission, will be eligiblefor monetary prizes.Winning entries will bedisplayed during a Leadership Forum.Leadership ForumThanks to the generous sponsorship of theECU BB&T Leadership Center, Don Edwards,University Book Exchange Owner and President,and Jimmy Creech, President of Industrial& Construction Enterprises, Inc., a HHPCentennial Leadership Forum will be held inGreenville on Feb. 22, 2008.The Forum willrecognize individuals who have significantlycontributed to the disciplines that comprise theCollege and will provide a unique opportunityfor students to interact with leaders.Centennial BookletHHP will also mark the ECU Centennial withthe production of a booklet that chroniclesour history, highlighting significant people andevents from our inception to our current statusas one of the leading Colleges of Health andHuman Performance in the country.The bookletwill underscore the pride we all have in theaccomplishments of the college and the contributionsit has made to our past and presentstudents and to the health and well-being andquality of life in our region, state, and beyond.Chancellor Jenkins withthe 1976 gridiron Pirates.By telling the story of East Carolina, it describesthe history of eastern North Carolina aswell. You’ll find articles about beloved footballcoach Clarence Stasavich, stories such as why adorm carries the name of Inglis Fletcher, andeven tales of Blackbeard the Pirate. There’s anoral history by Leo Jenkins, ECU’s chancellorand champion from 1960-1978.Joyner Library protects this information andmakes sure it is easily available, believing thatpreserving the past leads to a stronger future.It also contains narratives from earlygraduates, which were collected by MaryJo Bratton. Never before has history beenso close at hand. During the university’s2007 Centennial Celebrations, exhibitsand informational displays were a frequentsight, with much of the informationtaken from the library’s archives.English program that invites studentsto dig into a personal research topic.These novice researchers start witha real historical item selected fromJoyner Library’s Special Collectionor North Carolina Collection. Forsome, it’s an artifact such as a turnof-the-centurycalendar. For others,its an early map, a slave narrative, ornewspaper article from Colonial days.They investigate the item, searching forhistorical information that can explainits historical significance.For student Daniel J. Fussell III, an old photographinspired a project that would change hislife. Searching the library’s archives, he discovereda 1976 photo of his own father and unclestanding with a tractor at his family’s farm,Duplin Winery in Rose Hill, NC The photoshows an ordinary bucket fixed to the tractor’sgrill, which was used to hold the grapes asthey were harvested by hand. His father laterexplained that in those days, wine farming wasUniversity Archives opensa window on ECU past andpresentBy Marion Blackburn, Photo from UniversityArchivesThe visitor wore a taffeta dress with graceand style — a gown she made herself — andconfessed that when flying, her biggest fear wasaccidentally toppling the gelatin salad balancedin her lap. The year was 1937 and the visitorwas Amelia Earhart. Those who attended herECU presentation scrimped to come up withthe 40-cent admission fee, but weren’t disappointed.They say she was inspiring, charming,and gracious.Memories of her visit and other university milestonescan be easily found in Joyner Library’sUniversity Archives. This nexus of originaldocuments, photographs and records offers anunparalleled glimpse into ECU’s culture, past,and present.16 | Winter 2007Generous sections of the archives areavailable at the Joyner Library web site.Visitors can even hear Dr. Jenkins tell thestory of the university’s earliest days, thestruggles to desegregate, and the establishmentof the ECU School of Medicine in the 1970s.Yearbooks, university meetings, and officialdocuments from the chancellor’s office are all onfile. If you ever completed a thesis or dissertationat ECU, your work can be found here, too.Making sure these precious records are safe, organizedand available is a mission for this libraryservice that honors the past in the present.Uncorking history — todiscover our pastBy Marion Blackburn, Photo by Bill BuntingImagine searching for clues to an originalmystery, uncovering forgotten details about yourown family or hometown. Through a specialpartnership, Joyner Library is working with anDaniel J. Fussell III athis family’s winery.not industrialized, and he often had to improvise.He also used a washing machine motor tocrush the grapes. Fussell, who still works in thewinery every summer, understands how far winemaking has come since that photo was taken.With a deeper appreciation of his family story,he found a new passion: history. He abandonedplans to become a doctor and started down anew path as a history major, which, he says, maylead to a career in law, politics or even underwaterarchaeology.His exceptional work won him the 2006 W.Keats Sparrow Award, which each year recognizesan English 1200 student for excellence inresearch and writing. The award is sponsoredby Friends of Joyner Library and is named inhonor of Dr. W. Keats Sparrow, dean emeritusof the Thomas Harriot College of Arts andSciences.


Remember how Joyner Library supplied you with resources to enhance yourlearning? We couldn’t have done it without alumni support.Electronic Journals • Special Collections • Instruction • Teaching Resources • Technology • People“As an undergraduate student, and later asa law student, I frequently visited JoynerLibrary. I still do most of my legal research oncampus, and I particularly enjoy having accessto periodicals and newspapers from acrossthe State. Joyner is an incredible resource tocitizens throughout our region.”—Phil Dixon, ‘71Proud ECU Alumnus andlaw partner at Dixon, Conner, Allen & GarciaProviding Opportunities for Education ThroughInnovative Resources, Information and Reference.We are J.Y. Joyner Library.find it @J.Y. JOYNER LIBRARYJoyner Library relieson Your Support toprovide and power theresources and servicesit offers to students,faculty and community.Last year more than 625,000 individuals relied on Joyner Libraryresources and services for assistance in their studies. Fromelectronic resources to special collections and inviting facilities,alumni like yourself have made all of this possible so thattomorrow starts here for our students.Joyner Library provides ECU Alumni access to:• Our Web site where you can search the library catalog andobtain reference assistance by e-mail or instant messenger• An extensive variety of electronic journals and databases(more than 42,000) on a variety of subjects• More than 1.3 million volumes (just apply for a Courtesy Cardin order to borrow materials)• A comfortable and welcoming environment that offersseating, study space, innovative technology and even a café• Our rich special collections and university archivesContact us today to learn more about giving opportunities andhow you can become a supporter of Joyner Library.252.328.6514 | adamscy@ecu.edu | http://www.lib.ecu.eduServire | 17


Pirate TreasuresThe East Carolina Alumni Association partnerswith only the best companies to bring savings toour members, and Our State: Down Home in NorthCarolina is one of these outstanding companies.Romantic datesfor all occasionsRelative & in-lawguest staysBusiness travelStay in updated classic style of the 1920sLocated on Historic E. 5th StreetDirectly across from the main campus of ECU and performing arts venuesFor nearly 75 years, Our Statehas explored the history,culture, and beauty of NorthCarolina through engagingarticles and breathtakingphotographs. It is an idealsource for planning travelacross the state or learningmore about what makes theOld North State so special.Through your membership in the East Carolina AlumniAssociation you can enjoy one year (12 issues) of theaward-winning Our State for a specially discountedrate of only $19.95, which is a savings of over 66% offthe newsstand price.Our State also makes a great gift. As a member of theAlumni Association you may purchase a subscriptionfor yourself, and purchase more subscriptions as giftsfor others, all at the discounted rate. Whether you livein North Carolina or long to be here, Our State is theperfect addition to your monthly reading collection.Contact Our State at 800-948-1409 to place yourorder and be sure to mention offer DS ECU 07. (Thisoffer is for new subscriptions only.)2008 TRAVEL PROGRAMSpecial Prices on fabulous vacations you will remember for a lifetime!A fun-filled 7-day excursion in theEASTERN CARIBBEANdeparting Miami on April 6, 2008 on Carnival’s ValorStarting atw/Alumni Exclusive PRIVATE COCKTAIL PARTY! ................... ONLY $603A breath-taking 8-day cruise of theCANADA/NEW ENGLAND COASTdeparting NORFOLK on June 13, 2008 aboardRoyal Caribbean’s Grandeur of The SeasFREE Parking for Oceanview & Balcony Cabinspp, cruise onlyStarting atplus PRIVATE COCKTAIL PARTY! ............................................. ONLY $995ppDISNEY 7-NIGHT LAND & SEA VACATIONA 4-night Walt Disney World stayfollowed by a 3-night Cruise!Starting atPerfect Family Get-Away! ........................................................ ONLY $12893rd & 4th person rates based on ageA 9-day cruise on the Enchanting DanubeBUDAPEST to PASSAUdeparting August 17, 2008 aboard Uniworld’s River Empress Starting atHosted by English-Speaking Guides ...................................... ONLY $2224pp, cruise onlyA 7-day Alaskan adventureSAWYER GLACIERdeparting Seattle on September 6, 2008aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian StarStarting atw/Alumni Exclusive PRIVATE COCKTAIL PARTY! ................... ONLY $865pp, cruise onlyOnce in a Lifetime 11-day tour ofTHE GREAT CITIES OF ITALYROME • PISA • FLORENCEVERONA • VENICEdeparting Raleigh on October 2, 2008starting at ONLY $2264 pp, land onlyCall about AirSPACE LIMITED ON ALL DEPARTURESCall Now to take advantage of these greatEast Carolina Alumni Association Discounts!QUIXOTE TRAVELS(252) 757-0234 • 1-800-346-6158www.qtravels.com18 | Winter 2007


Embrace YourInner PirateThe East Carolina Alumni Association informs, involves, and serves membersof the ECU family throughout their lifelong relationship with the University.The Pirate Nation has proved that East Carolina spirit is more than just a feeling—it’s a way of life! The AlumniAssociation’s membership program has helped the Association continue to serve East Carolina University. We arededicated to informing, involving, and serving East Carolina’s 123,000 alumni.The Alumni Association provides a means for alumni to keep in touch with their alma mater. The membershipprogram, which supports alumni and student programs as well as student scholarships, is a way for dedicatedalumni to enhance their relationship with the University. Our program offers many benefits, including discountedpricing on alumni events such as Tailgate, Servire (our quarterly magazine) and East (the magazine for ECU), andmost importantly, the pride in knowing your membership furthers the mission of the Alumni Association!It’s a great time to be a member!$Membership TypesAnnual Memberships:PrideIndividual $35 Joint* $50Lifetime Memberships:Forever PirateIndividual: Full: $750 Installments: $200 semiannually for 2 yearsJoint*: Full: $1,000 Installments: $275 semiannually for 2 yearsSenior Forever Pirate (60 or older)Individual: $500 Joint*: $750Centennial Memberships:Centennial Pirate (paid in full) $5,000Centennial Pirate (installment) $2,500 initial payment with balance duewithin 6 months*couple living at the same addressGift of MembershipThis is a gift of membership given by:Name: _________________________________________________Phone: ______________________________________________Please fill out and fax to 252-328-4369 or mail to:Taylor-Slaughter Alumni Center • 901 East Fifth StreetEast Carolina University • Greenville, NC 27858-4353contact informationMember _________________________________________Birthdate ____________________ Class Year ___________________mm/dd/yyyyAddress _______________________________________________City/State/Zip __________________________________________Home Phone ____________________________________________E-mail ________________________________________________Joint Member ___________________________________________Birthdate ____________________ Class Year ___________________mm/dd/yyyyE-mail ________________________________________________payment optionsCheck enclosed payable to East Carolina Alumni AssociationCharge to: American Express MasterCard VisaNumber ________________________________________________Expiration date ________________Signature _______________________________________________Servire | 19


“I feel that it is important to support the direction of the Alumni Association aswe continue to bring quality programs and opportunities to alumni. This bringspositive recognition not only to the Alumni Association but to the University aswell. Having served on the Board of Directors for many years, I have seen andbeen a part of the changes that have evolved, and I am proud to say that we havebegun a journey of bringing quality service to our alums which will only improveas time, efforts, and support continues.”Join Yvonne ’82 and Howard Pearce as members of the EastCarolina Alumni Association. Membership in the Alumni Associationhelps to provide quality programs and services such as PirateCareer Calls, traditional activities such as Homecoming andreunions, alumni and faculty awards, and student scholarships. Asa member, you will join the ranks of members like the Pearce’s whodemonstrate their pride, dedication, and commitment to ECU.“We have been Pirate fans since relocating to Greenville in 1973 and becamemembers of the Pirate Club about 25 years ago. Although Howard is not analumnus, he is an avid Pirate supporter and fan, so when the membership programof the Alumni Association was formed the next logical stepwas not just for me to join, but for him to join as well.”~Yvonne ’82 and Howard PearceJoin today!Taylor-Slaughter Alumni Center901 East Fifth Street | East Carolina UniversityGreenville, NC 27858-4353First Class MailU.S. PostagePAIDGreenville, NCPermit #110

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