ECU receives financial support from Pitt County ABC for alcohol education efforts


Left to right, Teresa Campbell, Pitt County ABC executive, presents a donation for ECU alcohol education efforts to ECU Dean of Students Lynn Roeder and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Virginia Hardy.

By Kelly Setzer
ECU News Services

East Carolina University will use a donation from the Pitt County Alcoholic Beverage Control toward efforts to educate students on the dangers of alcohol.

“What started with a $10,000 grant a few years ago has grown to $30,000 dollars in support for vital alcohol education programming on our campus,” said Lynn Roeder, dean of students at ECU. “Pitt County ABC’s support has transformed the university’s ability to provide consistent outreach, training and resources to combat the No. 1 health and safety issue on most college campuses. We are very thankful for their support.”

During the 2014-15 academic year, the financial gift will support two main initiatives: Alcohol EDU and the Pirate Dry Dock.

Alcohol EDU is an online education module required of all first-year ECU students. The training aims to reduce underage drinking by exposing students to the laws and consequences resulting from it, as well as to teach students about low-risk and high-risk drinking behaviors.

The Pirate Dry Dock is ECU’s new alcohol-free tailgating alternative for students, which began Aug. 30 for family weekend and continued Sept. 20 before the UNC game. More than 245 students participated in the first two tailgates, with another scheduled for Oct. 23.

ECU continues extensive campus-wide efforts to educate students about alcohol. “We are very appreciative of the longstanding relationship and financial support from the Pitt County ABC board,” said Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor for Student Affairs at ECU. “The partnership has allowed ECU and the Division of Student Affairs to successfully launch the Pirate Dry Dock tailgate series and educate thousands of first year student Pirates about the risks associated with underage drinking through the online module.”

Teresa Campbell, Pitt County ABC executive, presented the check to Roeder and Hardy on Oct. 14.

“Pitt County ABC believes deeply that proper education and training about alcohol consumption leads to decreased underage drinking and better decision making,” Campbell said. “We are proud to have increased our financial support for ECU’s efforts to keep students safe and informed. We hope to continue this partnership into the future.”

Platinum Street Ballers to perform at ECU Oct. 18


The Platinum Street Ballers, formerly ESPN’s And 1 Street Ball, will present their unique style of basketball at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 in Minges Coliseum at East Carolina University.

The event is free and open to the public. Giveaways, music and concessions will be provided. The performance is a kickoff event for the ECU Lady Pirate basketball team as it embarks on the inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference.

This season also launches a partnership between ECU’s Women’s Basketball and WZMB 91.3 FM, ECU’s student-run radio station. WZMB will broadcast all women’s games and will stream games online at

For additional information, contact YaLanda Davis at (252) 328-4751 or

2014 Fall Career Fair set for Oct. 16


East Carolina University will host the Fall Career Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at Minges Coliseum. More than 100 employers are expected at Minges to recruit ECU students for internships and job opportunities.

Students are encouraged to meet with a career counselor prior to the event for resume critique and success strategies. Attendees should also research companies registered to attend so they may demonstrate knowledge of companies in discussions with representatives.

On-campus students should bring an ECU OneCard for admittance. Alumni and distance education students should bring either an ECU OneCard, Banner ID, or e-mail address to the event. All attendees are required to be dressed in business professional attire for admittance.

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For questions contact the Career Center at, 252.328.6050  or

Educators Hall of Fame induction set for Oct. 18

Twenty-six educators and education advocates will be inducted into East Carolina University’s Educators Hall of Fame on Oct. 18.

The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Hendrix Theatre in Mendenhall Student Center.

This year’s inductees from Pitt County are Alan R. Bailey ’84 ’93 of Ayden; Nancy Glaser Bray ’89 of Grifton; Herbert R. Carlton ’52 ’54 of Greenville; Bruce Elliot Gray ’71 ’78 ’82 ’85 of Ayden; Jena Gurganus Kerns ’70 ’78 of Greenville; Debbie Metcalf of Greenville; Dr. Dorothy Hiott Muller of Greenville; Jane Reel ’70 ’78 of Greenville; DeAnne Smith ’86 ’89 of Greenville; Gail Dillahunt Smith of Greenville; Betty S. Speir ’63 of Greenville; and Sherryl Tipton ’78 of Greenville.

Other inductees are Suzanne Brooks ’78 of Keswick, VA; Anne Barker Faulkenberry ’73 ’76 of Trent Woods; Dr. Diane L. Frost of Asheboro; Barbara Glatthorn of Washington; Kathryn Carroll Gower ’80 of Dunn; James Henry Jones formerly of Garysburg; Dr. Jerry E. McGee ’65 of Wingate; Cynthia Parker Miller ’98 ’99 of Newport; Deborah Wiggins Seehorn of Raleigh; James Russell Smith Jr. ’84 ’86 of Morrisville; Patricia Ann Hedspeth Smith ’60 of Conway; Mary Ann Southern ’74 ’76 of New Bern; Becky Howard Taylor ’76 ’80 of Bath; Frank Pleasant Teague Jr. formerly of Kinston;

Each inductee was sponsored and a monetary gift of $1,000 or more was contributed to the Educators Hall of Fame Scholarship endowment on their behalf.

Inductees for whom additional gifts have been made receive a star on the Hall of Fame plaque in the college and recognition at the ceremony. Previously inducted honorees receiving additional stars this year are Gwen P. Jeffreys ’43 of Greensboro and Dr. Gene Daniel Lanier ’55 of Atlantic Beach.

The new members join more than 400 outstanding educators who have been inducted since the program was begun in 1999 by the ECU College of Education.

Annual interest from the endowment is used to fund merit-based scholarships for College of Education students.

The program has raised more than $512,000 for scholarships. The goal for the endowment is $1 million.



ECU alumna, former soccer star new face of American Athletic Conference


                                                       Hali Oughton

By Steve Tuttle
ECU News Services

Former East Carolina University soccer star Hali Oughton was interviewed by the media many times during her college career. Now she’s the one holding the microphone in her job as an on-air reporter for the American Athletic Conference.

Oughton, who graduated in May 2013 with a degree in communication, was back on campus Oct. 5 for the ECU-SMU football game to film segments for the American conference’s weekly web video show, “The Rise.” It was ECU’s first official game as a new member of the conference. Her report for that game can be seen here.

“Being in front of the camera is a fun aspect of the job because I get to tell the stories of our conference and really engage with the fans,” Oughton said.

Based at the American’s headquarters in Providence, Rhode Island, Oughton travels frequently to film episodes of her show on the campuses of the 11 conference members.

“It’s funny how things work out,” she said. “Being a student-athlete at East Carolina makes this opportunity with the American really special to me. I get to work with my alma mater on a day-to-day basis as well as schools I have previously competed against on the soccer field when we were in Conference USA.”

Oughton, a native of Redondo Beach, California, was a four-year starter on ECU’s soccer team and a team captain. She was named a first-team All-Conference USA player her senior year.

A key member of the soccer team’s defense throughout her college career, she was known for her stamina. She started 60 consecutive games and played every minute in 18 of the 20 matches her senior year.

She played in all 10 of the team’s shutouts her senior year and scored three goals, two of which were game winners.

“My degree from ECU has definitely helped me get to where I am today,” she said. “I built great relationships with many of my colleagues and professors. Interning at WNCT-TV under Brian Bailey gave me a great deal of experience in my last two years of college.”

A new episode of “The Rise” airs each Tuesday at the American website.

You can follow her on Twitter at @Halioughton.