ECU alumna shares life-altering experience

An East Carolina University graduate who helped transform the life of a Goldsboro teen will share her experience at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in Hendrix Theatre on campus. She will also speak at 2 p.m. in Rivers 226 in the College of Human Ecology.

Becky Vinson was 25 years old, struggling to support a daughter and working her way through college when she adopted 14-year-old Jimmy Graham. Graham had been shuffled among family members for much of his life. At one point he was turned over to social services and placed in a group home.

Vinson brought Graham into her home, guiding his school performance from failing grades into academic excellence. He earned a basketball scholarship from the University of Miami, where he graduated with a double major in business management and marketing. He switched to football, and now plays in the NFL as an All-Pro tight end for the New Orleans Saints.

Vinson earned a bachelor’s degree (2003) and a master’s degree (2010) in nursing from ECU. She lives in Arizona, where she works as a nurse practitioner.

Her visit is co-sponsored by ECU Campus Recreation & Wellness, the Student Activities Board, Residence Hall Association and East Carolina Alumni Association. The event is free and open to the public.

For additional information, contact David Gaskins at (252) 328-6387 or visit the Sports Leadership Series website at


FAFSA Day to provide free assistance on federal student aid application

 College students and their parents may find assistance completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms during FAFSA Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 23 at Pitt Community College in Greenville.

Register for the event at (select the FAFSA Day link). Registration by Feb. 18 is recommended but not required.

The free event is open to all students who plan to attend college in the 2013-14 academic year. Participants should prepare by completing the following:

  • Bring 2012 federal 1040 tax forms for student and parent(s). If 2012 taxes are incomplete when the FAFSA is filled out and the numbers later change, participants may submit corrections using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
  • Each student and one parent should obtain a personal identification number from the U.S. Department of Education. The pin can be obtained at

FAFSA Day is co-sponsored by East Carolina University, Pitt Community College, the College Foundation of North Carolina, the State Employees’ Credit Union and the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

For additional information, visit or contact ECU Financial Services at 252-328-6610.