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


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






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


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.