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.

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



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.


ECU alumna seeks out doomsday preppers

Brooklyn Bagwell (Photo courtesy of National Geographic)

Brooklyn Bagwell
(Photo courtesy of National Geographic Channel)

By Steve Tuttle
ECU News Services

East Carolina University 2011 graduate Brooklyn Bagwell is casting director for the hit television show “Doomsday Preppers” that airs on the National Geographic channel.

She began as a production assistant in 2011 at Sharp Entertainment in New York, which produces the show for the network. She became casting director in the show’s 2012 season. The third season begins airing this fall.

A native of Marion in western North Carolina, Bagwell’s degree is in apparel and merchandising design, but she said in an interview with Asheville’s Daily Planet that she had always wanted to work in television. She said she uses the phone and the Internet to finds the preppers featured on the show. She said she also goes to prepper conventions such as the Sensible Mountain Preparedness Seminar in Asheville.

Bagwell earned an ECU degree in merchandising through the College of Human Ecology.


ECU grad named ‘hottest dad’ on Today Show

ECU Brody School of Medicine graduate Andrew Ungaro was featured on the Today Show as winner of the iVillage hottest dad contest.

ECU Brody School of Medicine graduate Andrew Ungaro was featured on the Today Show as winner of the iVillage hottest dad contest.

ECU medical school graduate Andrew Ungaro was featured June 14 on the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb as winner of the iVillage Hottest Dad in America contest.  Ungaro is a Navy doctor who lives in Portsmouth, Va. with his wife, Marley, and children Langley, 14, and Grey, 10. He was selected from among 1,500 entries narrowed down to nine categories that received 150,000 votes online.

Ungaro is a 2006 graduate in biology and a 2010 graduate from the Brody School of Medicine.

He received a week-long vacation for two to Scrub Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands, along with a $100 American Express gift card and a $250 spa credit at the resort.

Watch a video of the Today Show announcement at

Read more about the contest at iVillage,