‘Greatest place on earth’

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An ECU cheerleader cranks up the crowd watching the Homecoming 2012 parade.

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Kendall Ives, left, and Tiffany Plackett smile before the parade begins. They were part of a float in the parade.

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Laura Marie Leary Elliot, honored this year as the first African-American woman enrolled at ECU, took part in the parade.

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Elliot waves during the parade.

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Four-year-old Ethan Eastman sits on dad Ian's shoulders before the parade starts.

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Evan Arthur juggles dry ice before the homecoming parade begins. Arthur was on the Pirate Tutoring Chemistry Club float.

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Stephen Gray drives Andrew Menzer and Ashley Wooten, who were king and queen candidates for homecoming court 2012.

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Miss North Carolina Arlie Honeycutt, an ECU student, joined in the parade.

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Travis Thayer and Chelsea Roach, homecoming king and queen from 2011, enjoyed the parade.

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Ella Max Smith, 16-months-old, gets candy from a parade participant. Her mom Jordan Smith steadies her.

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Makala Martin, left, and Johnnie Martin watch the band go by.

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A unicycle rider was among the sights at the parade.

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Adam Jesse, center, walks on stilts during the parade.

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An ECU no quarter flag flies from a float.

ECU celebrates Homecoming with awards, parade, football

ECU News Services

Sunny skies and mild temperatures brought scores of Pirate fans out to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Oct. 13 homecoming parade, one of many traditional events scheduled in honor of East Carolina University’s Homecoming 2012 celebration. The weekend’s theme touted ECU as “The Greatest Place on Earth.”

An alumni awards ceremony and dinner held Oct. 12 recognized distinguished alumni and friends of the University. Distinguished service awards were presented to Sabrina DeFonce Bengel, Kay Haskell Chalk and Robert S. Rippy. Outstanding alumni awards went to Dr. Sharon Allison-Ottey, Robert Paul Benzon and Robert George Rankin IV. Dr. Charles R. Coble and Edgar R. Loessin (posthumously) were recognized with honorary alumni awards.

Topping many Pirates’ list of favorites activities for Homecoming weekend was the football contest at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, where the ECU Pirates scored a win over Memphis.

(Photos by Cliff Hollis)


Recognized at the ECU Alumni Awards Ceremony and Dinner were, left to right, Honorary Alumni Award recipient Dr. Charles R. Coble; Distinguished Service Award recipients Robert S. Rippy ’75, ’96, Kay Haskell Chalk ’76, and Sabrina Bengel; and Outstanding Alumni Award recipients Robert Paul Benzon ’71, Robert George Rankin IV ’70, and Dr. Sharon Allison-Ottey ’95. (Photo courtesy of Doug Smith)