RIBN program succeeds with first class

North Carolina’s need for more nurses is clear: the state’s elderly population is expected to double by 2020, and one in five nurses is nearing retirement age. But with those factors stressing the health care system, the need is for more than just nurses – but for more nurses educated at higher levels. “Research relates improved patient outcomes with nurses […]

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EC Scholars announced

“EC Scholars are among the university’s most valued investments as they embody academic excellence and leadership, a way of life that is at the heart of East Carolina,” said Dr. Todd Fraley, director of the EC Scholars Award Program. The program is the most prestigious and competitive undergraduate merit scholarship at ECU, recognizing outstanding academic performance, commitment to community engagement […]

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Students have innovative ideas

From fighting hunger to advocating for youth from rural areas, East Carolina University students are working to improve the lives of others through a new initiative called That Big Idea Challenge. Erik Kneubuehl, associate vice chancellor for student involvement and leadership, brought the concept, modeled after the Clinton Global Initiative, to ECU last year. Student leaders Zach Evans and Mona […]

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Board of Governors names Cecil Staton as chancellor

Cecil P. Staton, interim president of Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, has been named the 11th chancellor of East Carolina University by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. Staton was elected April 27, 2016 during a special called meeting of the board. Staton, 58, will assume his new duties July 1, succeeding Steve Ballard, who has led […]

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PiratesAbroad offers global understanding

From visiting Buddhist holy places to examining Peruvian culture in the Andean highlands, students at East Carolina University have a world of places and programs to explore through study abroad. Hundreds will travel this summer, the most popular time for ECU students, said Whitney Morris, education abroad advisor in ECU’s International House. More than 35 faculty-led summer programs are offered […]

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First-generational success

Nicole Blevins ’00 was halfway to East Carolina University with her whole family and her luggage in tow when it hit her for the first time: She was going to college. “I said, ‘We have to pull over,’” Blevins recalls. “I needed to breathe. It was surreal.” What was a natural next step for many newly minted college students was […]

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Watch the 2015 Holiday Video

During this holiday season, the ECU family celebrates its mission and milestones of another year gone by. Join us as we mark triumphs from music competitions and long-awaited construction to a new class of dentists and a millennial campus designation. East Carolina welcomes 2016 with a strong foundation for success and our eyes set on a remarkable future. From our […]

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Breaking ground on a new student center

  On a beautiful fall day, the East Carolina University Board of Trustees broke ground Nov. 20 for a new student center on main campus. The 210,000 square foot facility will front 10th Street as a prominent gateway to campus. The center will include a 24- x 42-foot outdoor digital display screen, six dining options, lounges, meeting space and study […]

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Welcoming future Pirates

The East Carolina University fall Open House brought approximately 4,700 guests to campus Oct. 24, including more than 1,500 prospective students. Presented by the ECU Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the event gave future Pirates an opportunity to gather information on admissions, financial aid, campus living and dining, as well as the academic and student life aspects of campus. Visitors enjoyed […]

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New record for student enrollment

East Carolina University has set a new record for the number of students. The university says 28,289 students enrolled this semester, the largest in its 108-year history. That is 3.5% more undergrads than last year. “The continued increase in enrollment at ECU recognizes the quality of the educational and co-curricular experience that our faculty and staff provide to new and […]

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