Ted Hollingsworth ’79 named first Legacy Parent of the Year

Pictured at the Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch are, left to right, current ECU student Kayla Hollingsworth, ECU alumnus and award-winner Ted Hollingsworth '79, ECU alumna Debbie Hollingsworth '81 and  ECU alumnus Robert Hollingsworth '10. Kayla and Robert are Ted and Debbie's children. (Contributed photo)

Pictured at the Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch are, left to right, current ECU student Kayla Hollingsworth, ECU alumnus and award-winner Ted Hollingsworth ’79, ECU alumna Debbie Hollingsworth ’81 and ECU alumnus Robert Hollingsworth ’10. Kayla and Robert are Ted and Debbie’s children. (Contributed photo)

East Carolina University alumnus Ted Hollingsworth  ’79 was named the East Carolina Alumni Association’s first Legacy Parent of the Year.

The award was presented at the inaugural Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium’s club level Sept. 15 during ECU’s Family Weekend.

The Legacy Parent of the Year award honors an alumnus or alumna with a child currently attending ECU who has served as a role model to their student and all students through campus involvement and service to the University and community. Students submitted essays to nominate their parents, and Ted was nominated by his daughter Kayla Hollingsworth. The recipient was a surprise until announced at the event.

“Ted Hollingsworth exemplifies the ‘We Believe’ spirit and displays that through his love, support and commitment to ECU.  He is a worthy recipient of this award as he has passed this legacy and spirit on to his children,” said Alumni Association President and CEO Paul J. Clifford, who presented the award.

Hollingsworth attended the event unaware that he had been nominated, so the award came as a complete surprise. “I was filled with emotion and could not speak,” Hollingsworth said. “I just thought we were going to a social event.

“The fact that I was nominated by my daughter brought tears to my eyes. It is an extreme honor to be chosen as the first Legacy Parent of the Year,” he said.

“I know there are a lot of parents who bleed purple and gold just like I do. Passion for ECU runs deep in our family as in many other families, and that is what makes ECU such a special place.”

Hollingsworth, whose degree is in art, is the president and creative director of Line Design Graphics in Greensboro. He has designed T-shirts for student groups on campus. He helped design how the football field would be painted when ECU became part of Conference USA. He is an active member of the Pirate Club and was fundamental in starting the Ron Pugh Memorial Golf Tournament.

“My dad has always dedicated his life to ECU; he is one of the biggest Pirate fans I know,” Kayla said. “He has always done anything and everything he can for the school or anyone who simply attended ECU. I am extremely proud to be part of an ECU legacy.

“The legacy brunch was a very nice event,” Kayla continued. “It was awesome to have so many legacies in one room. It shows the true dedication Pirates have to ECU.”

The Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch honored families of current ECU students with two or more generations of Pirates (including parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, and/or cousins). The brunch was a sold-out event with more than 140 participants. It will be held again next year during Family Weekend when another Legacy Parent of the Year will be named.

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Pirate Legacy Brunch set for Sept. 15

foreverpirates-250wThe East Carolina Alumni Association will present the inaugural Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 15 iin the Club Level of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Families with more than one generation of Pirates including a current or incoming student are invited to attend. To register, visit PirateAlumni.com/LegacyBrunch.

For additional information, visit http://www.piratealumni.com/s/722/rdsite/index.aspx?sid=722&gid=1&pgid=1574

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Wounded warrior, an ECU graduate, receives new home

Wounded warrior and ECU graduate Nathan Rimpf is shown above, second from left, at the groundbreaking ceremony for his new home. (Photo by Steve Tuttle)

Wounded warrior and ECU graduate Nathan Rimpf is shown above, second from left, at the groundbreaking ceremony for his new home. (Photo by Steve Tuttle)

A little over a year after he lost his legs to a mine while fighting in Afghanistan, Army Ranger Nathan Rimpf received a new home donated through a partnership of the Operation Coming Home foundation and the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County. It is the sixth home donated by the partnership to wounded warriors in the last five years.

“Operation Coming Home and those involved are truly changing the lives of wounded veterans, including my own,” Rimpf said at the Aug. 8 groundbreaking ceremony for the home. Designed to accommodate his special needs, the detached, single-family home is located in the Renaissance Park development in south Raleigh.

Rimpf graduated from East Carolina University in 2010 and was a cadet in the Army ROTC chapter on campus. A color guard from the ECU ROTC unit, the Pirate Battalion, assisted with the ceremony, students who Rimpf said he remembered from his college days. Also attending from the university was Dr. Glen Gilbert, interim vice chancellor for advancement and dean of the College of Health and Human Performance – a college  which includes military programs.

Over the past year, Rimpf has received extensive rehabilitation therapy at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where he was fitted with prosthetic legs. Today, he is able to walk and run.

“July 8, 2012, was filled with pain and anxiety for our family,” said Cindy Rimpf, his mother. “I could never have imagined that one year later, our son would be named a recipient of a home” donated through Operation Coming Home.

Construction on the home is expected to be completed in November. At that time, Rimpf will return for a ceremony to receive the keys to the house.

“We’ve met so many wonderful supporters of the military this past year,” Cindy Rimpf said. “It is so encouraging to be in a county with patriot citizens who appreciate the sacrifices that others have given on their behalf.”

– Steve Tuttle, ECU News Services

 

 

 

 

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Nominate a Legacy Parent of the Year

The Alumni Association is now accepting nominations from current or incoming students for a Legacy Parent of the Year Award. ForeverPirate-FC

This new award will honor a parent who attended ECU (with a child attending ECU) and is a positive role model who serves the university and community.

The award will be presented at the inaugural Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch in September. Nominations will be accepted until Aug. 30.

For more details, visit http://www.piratealumni.com/s/722/rdsite/index.aspx?sid=722&gid=1&pgid=1577

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ECU alumnus appointed commissioner, N.C. Dept. of Public Safety

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East Carolina University alumnus James “J.R” Gorham, a 1981 graduate, was appointed commissioner of the Juvenile Justice division of the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

Gorham is a retired brigadier general with the N.C. National Guard who also spent 29 years in the banking industry, mostly with First Citizens Bank.

His appointment was announced by Department of Public Safety Secretary, ECU 1979 graduate Kieran Shanahan.

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