SALE OF T-SHIRTS ON CAMPUS RAISES OVER $5000

check presented to ALS Association from sales of t-shirts sold at ECU

Jerry Dawson, president of the ALS Association NC chapter, accepts the check from Sara Thorndike, ECU vice chancellor for Administration & Finance. The money was raised from sales of t-shirts like the ones held by Stephen McFadden, Perfect Promotions VP of Sales, and John Palmer, Dowdy merchandise manager. Also pictured are (from left, back row) Bob Walker, associate store director; Michael Cotter, ALS committee member; Bryan Tuten, Dowdy Stores director; and Cliff Godwin, ECU baseball coach.

ECU Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, presented a check Tuesday for $5250 to the ALS Association North Carolina Chapter. The check presentation was held at Clark-LeClair stadium and featured representatives from the ALS Association, Dowdy Student Stores, Perfect Promotions and ECU Pirate Baseball Coach Cliff Godwin.

The money was raised through sales of “Strike Out ALS” t-shirts at Dowdy Student Stores and their souvenir booth at Clark-LeClair Stadium during baseball season including the regional championship. A portion of the sale of each shirt was donated by both Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions and More of Apex.

Chapter President Jerry Dawson was on hand to accept the check on behalf of the ALS Association. “We are grateful to Dowdy Student Stores, Perfect Promotions & More, East Carolina University, and everyone who purchased t-shirts to fight ALS this spring,” said Dawson. “With their continued commitment to defeat ALS and to honor Coach LeClair, we are getting closer every day to creating a world without ALS.”

Dowdy Student Stores Director Bryan Tuten was pleased the Pirate Nation fan base was so supportive of the shirts. “I’m always thrilled at the support that Pirate fans show for these cause-related t-shirts,” said Tuten. “I know the proceeds from this ALS support shirt will go a long way to help local patients and their families, and knowing it stays locally makes it even more special.”

Bryan Tuten signs the check

Bryan Tuten, director of Dowdy Student Store, signs the $5,250 prior to the presentation.

The university-operated bookstores also sell fund-raising t-shirts for military services, veteran student services and pediatric cancer awareness, in addition to the store’s student scholarship contributions made annually.

Perfect Promotions Vice President of Sales Stephen McFadden is also proud to play a role in the effort. As a vendor of Dowdy Student Stores and a 2010 ECU alumnus, McFadden enjoys partnering with the store on projects like this that give back to the local community. McFadden has worked with Dowdy since 2008 helping produce over 100 officially licensed ECU items to date, but says his favorite pieces have always been the t-shirts for a cause.

“It’s refreshing to be able to work with a client on supporting local charities and organizations through financial support and raising awareness of their groups,”McFadden said. “This year will be our 5th year partnering with the Dowdy store on these t-shirts that have helped raise more than $75,000 in donations to 15 organizations. I’m excited to see what the future brings for this program, and what other programs we can inspire throughout the community.”

The next “cause shirt” will come out in late August and will benefit pediatric cancer awareness. According to Dowdy merchandise manager John Palmer, similar to past years it will feature the #GoGold tag and will be perfect for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month in September, and the Paint it Gold football game on September 29.

East Carolina’s bookstore is a self-operated, university-run store. They receive no state funding. Instead, the campus bookstore maintains its services through their sales. Profits are then directed back to the university community through scholarship contributions and other donations to campus projects.

 

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T-Shirt Sales Benefit Aces for Autism

Aces for Autism check presentation

ECU Dowdy Student Stores present a check for $2,250 to Aces for Autism at Minges Coliseum May 21. Pictured from left are: Kevin Carraway, Stephen McFadden, Bryan Tuten, Kyle Robinson, Margaret Turner, Brian Overton, John Palmer, and Bob Walker.

GREENVILLE – ECU Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, presented a check on May 21 for $2,250 to Aces for Autism, a not for profit treatment and educational center in Greenville. The center provides doctor prescribed therapies to help individuals with autism reach their full potential.

The money was raised through sales of Aces for Autism Pirate basketball t-shirts at Dowdy Student Store, the Health Sciences Bookstore, and Minges Coliseum during basketball season. The ECU Pirate basketball team has been very involved in raising awareness of Aces for Autism programs.

“We are so grateful for this contribution,” said Kyle Robinson, board president of Aces for Autism. “We provide financial assistance to help with treatment for about 30 families right now, and this money will help support that effort.”

Clients of the program range from 16 months to 14 years of age, Robinson said. 

Presenting the check were Dowdy Student Stores Director Bryan Tuten, Associate Store Director Bob Walker, Merchandise Manager John Palmer, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Business Services Kevin Carraway, and Perfect Promotions Vice President of Sales Stephen McFadden, who is an ECU alumnus. On hand to receive the check were Kyle Robinson, ECU basketball operations and Aces for Autism board president, Margaret Turner, Aces for Autism board treasurer, and Brian Overton, ECU director of player development. 

Dowdy Student Stores are the University owned and operated bookstores and sell shirts benefitting a variety of causes throughout the school year. Past recipients have included organizations supporting childhood cancer, breast cancer, ALS, and campus military programs. 

“I’m extremely grateful that our customers and Pirate Nation continue to step up and support these causes by buying these t-shirts that support such worthy local causes,” Tuten said.

Pirate Fan Support Benefits ROTC Scholarships

Pictured from left: Lieutenant Colonel April Wimmer, Air Force ROTC, and Lieutenant Colonel Melissa Coleman, Army ROTC, accept the $6,528 check on behalf of ECU military programs, from Bryan Tuten, director of Dowdy Student Stores, and Stephen McFadden, vice president of sales for Perfect Promotions.

Pictured from left: Lieutenant Colonel April Wimmer, Air Force ROTC, and Lieutenant Colonel Melissa Coleman, Army ROTC, accept the $6,528 check on behalf of ECU military programs from Bryan Tuten, director of Dowdy Student Stores, and Stephen McFadden, vice president of sales for Perfect Promotions.

ECU Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, presented a check on February 27 for $6,528 to representatives from campus military programs.

The money was raised through sales of “ECU Supports our Military” shirts at ECU Dowdy Student Stores and Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium during the fall semester. A portion of the sale of each shirt was donated by both Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions and More. The amount raised for this shirt was more than any other in the “cause” t-shirt lineup.

Presenting the check were Dowdy Student Stores Director Bryan Tuten, Apparel and Merchandise Manager John Palmer, Associate Store Director Bob Walker, and Perfect Promotions Vice President of Sales Stephen McFadden. Attending to receive the check on behalf of the Distinguished Military Society were Asst. Vice Chancellor for Military Programs Tim Wiseman; Interim Dean of the College of Health and Human Performance Susan McCammon; Lieutenant Colonel Melissa Coleman, Army ROTC; Captain Patrick Higgins, Army ROTC; and Lieutenant Colonel April Wimmer, Air Force ROTC. ROTC students were also in attendance.

Dowdy Student Stores Director Bryan Tuten was pleased with the amount raised this past fall. “The Pirate fans come out for this effort each year,” said Tuten. “We’re proud to be able to feature promotions of this kind to support our military students on campus.”

The University owned and operated bookstores sell shirts benefitting a variety of causes throughout the school year. Past recipients included organizations supporting childhood cancer, breast cancer, autism awareness, ALS, as well as the campus military programs. Perfect Promotions Vice President of Sales Stephen McFadden is an ECU alumnus and he, too is proud to play a role in these efforts.

A t-shirt benefitting the ALS Association is currently on sale at Dowdy Student Stores and Clark-LeClair Baseball Stadium.

Army ROTC students George Sherman, left, and Riley Canon display the front and back of the military t-shirt.

Army ROTC students George Sherman, left, and Riley Canon display the front and back of the military t-shirt.

Scott Buck retires with 31 years of service

Kevin Carraway, Willie Lee, Scott Buck, Rick Niswander

Associate Vice Chancellor for Business Services Scott Buck, second from right, was presented with a plaque commemorating his 31 years of service during a retirement reception in November. Pictured with Buck are (from left) Kevin Carraway, director of Materials Management and interim associate vice chancellor for Business Services; Willie Lee, director of Auxiliary Services, and Rick Niswander, vice chancellor of Administration and Finance.

Scott Buck retired on November 30, 2017, after 31 years at ECU. He was associate vice chancellor of Administration and Finance/Business Services.

At the time of his retirement, Buck was responsible for overseeing the departments of Materials Management, Student Stores, 1 Card, University Printing & Graphics, Vending, and Mail Services. He also served as property officer, a position which kept him busy purchasing property on behalf of the university.

“Scott Buck brought to his position the highest level of integrity and high moral principles,” said Nellie Taylor, former director of Materials Management. “He kept the welfare of the university foremost in his mind, taking every measure necessary to ensure that every unit under his management provided the highest possible customer service to the university community.”

His ability to understand the needs of the university stemmed from his lifelong ties to ECU and eastern North Carolina. Buck’s father was an administrator for many years at ECU, and Buck is an ECU graduate, having earned a BSBA degree in marketing in 1977. After graduation he moved to Chesapeake, Va., to work for Volvo Penta. Two years later he returned to Greenville to accept a purchasing position with Grady White Boats.

“I was so glad to come home in 1979 to work for Grady White,” Buck said. “Eastern North Carolina is home.”

In 1986 Buck was hired at ECU as assistant director of purchasing. He became director of Materials Management in 1990 and university property officer in 2000. In 2001 he was named associate vice chancellor of Administration and Finance/Business Services.

Buck credits the Business Services staff with making his transition to associate vice chancellor a smooth one. “I had always done projects for the previous associate vice chancellors, and I had a great team of employees that did a super job,” Buck said. “I have been very fortunate to be surrounded by dedicated and professional staff. They are the heart of ECU.”

During his time at ECU, Buck had a hand in many important projects. He spearheaded the delicate task of relocating the Forbes, May and Barnes cemetery to allow for the development of the new dental school. When housing needed to be found for hundreds of students displaced while campus dorms were being renovated, Buck oversaw the bidding and leasing of local apartment units.
One of his most recent projects was helping to establish a seven-block area in Greenville’s warehouse district as a millennial campus.

“With every decision he made and every action he took, Mr. Buck always had the best interests of the university in mind,” said Leslie Craigle, director of Business Services Marketing. “His guiding principle for overseeing the Business Services unit and property office was that all things relating to ECU had to be handled in a professional and courteous manner, and to do whatever it takes to get the job done efficiently and responsibly.”

Buck served on numerous ECU committees: Patent, Enterprise Risk Management, Property Review, University Space, as well as the Uptown Greenville Board and One Stop Task Force. He is past president of the National Association of Educational Buyers-Carolinas, the UNC Purchasing Association, and the Coastal Conservation Association. He is also a member of the Pirate Club and Black Jack Original Free Will Baptist Church.

In 2010, Buck was recognized for his service with the Centennial Award for Excellence, the highest honor an ECU faculty or staff member can receive. “We have come so far as a university,” Buck said. “While driving around campus and looking at all the changes that are happening, I am proud to have played a small part in the growth and expansion we are experiencing.”

Business Services honored Buck with a retirement reception in November. He was presented with a plaque commemorating his 31 years of service along with several gifts.

 

Ceremony held to distribute first class rings from official collection

three girls hold up their hands to show off the new class rings on their fingers

The smiles show how thrilled these three friends are with their new class rings.

Someone takes a photo of a friend with PeeDee at the ceremony

Photo opps with PeeDee were the order of the day.

Dowdy Student Stores staff spent more than a year working with jewelry manufacturer Jostens and a group of alumni, students, faculty and staff to design an official class ring collection for ECU. Those efforts came to fruition on Dec. 3 when a group of students received the first official rings in a special ceremony at the East Carolina Heart Institute.

ECU Alumni Association President Heath Bowman presented the rings to each student on the auditorium stage. After signing their names on an official record, everyone put their rings on at the same time.

“A lot of universities have made a ring tradition a core part of what they do and how they celebrate the tradition of their campus,” Bowman said. “So for us, this just feels like bringing something to ECU that needed to be here and that our Pirate alumni and our students deserve.”

After receiving their rings on stage, students were invited to put their rings on at the same time.

After receiving their rings on stage, students were invited to put their rings on at the same time.

Students have always been able to purchase a class ring, but there has never been a signature collection with a unified look or a ceremony before. The three official ring styles – signet, traditional and dinner – all have a crest on the top with the university shield, a sword and ECU’s motto, “Servire.”

Some alumni from 1970-2016 also ordered class rings this year.

For more information or to buy an official ECU ring, visit Dowdy Student Stores or go to www.jostens.com/ECU.

Students participating in the ceremony were invited onstage to receive their rings and sign their names in an official record.

Students participating in the ceremony were invited onstage to receive their rings and sign their names in an official record.

UP&G offers free ECU photo wall calendar

University Printing & Graphics is pleased to offer you a free ECU Photo Wall Calendar. You can download the 6-month calendar in 8-1/2″ x 11″ (letter) size, or 11″ x 17″ (tabloid) size from our website: www.ecu.edu/UPG, or email us at upgprinting@ecu.edu and we’ll be happy to send you one.

As a reminder, if you need stamps or parcel shipping, Mail Services has a convenient on-campus, customer service counter in Building 43 off of Founders Drive. Counter hours are Monday-Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm.

University Printing & Graphics has an excess of paper clips, and we’re glad to recycle these back to campus departments. Feel free to stop by University Printing & Graphics in the Harris Building for paper clips for your office during normal office hours.

SALE OF ECU T-SHIRTS BENEFITS LOCAL PEDIATRIC CANCER PROGRAMS

#GoGold t-shirts were sold this fall through ECU Dowdy Student Stores as a fund-raising effort for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Camp Rainbow and Riley’s Army both offer services for pediatric cancer patients in Eastern North Carolina and were the beneficiaries of the t-shirt sale.

Bryan Tuten, left, director of Dowdy Student Store, presents a check for $2,788 to Jacque Sauls, director of Rainbow Services/Child Life.

Bryan Tuten, left, director of Dowdy Student Store, presents a check for $2,788 to Jacque Sauls, director of Rainbow Services/Child Life. Perfect Promotions Vice President Stephen McFadden, far right, holds a the t-shirt. Also pictured are Pediatric/Hematology/Oncology staff members and Dowdy officials.

As part of the series of “Cool Tees for a Cause” t-shirts, four dollars from each shirt sold was split between the two organizations. Checks for $2788 were presented on Nov. 13 to the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the Brody School of Medicine for its Camp Rainbow program and to Riley’s Army, a local childhood cancer support agency.

Board members, physicians, staff and volunteers from each organization were present, along with Dowdy Store Director Bryan Tuten, Associate Director Bob Walker, Merchandise Manager John Palmer, Health Sciences Bookstore Manager Shannon Tillett, and Vice President of Sales for Perfect Promotions Stephen McFadden.

The mission of Riley’s Army is to provide support to children with cancer and their families in Eastern North Carolina. Camp Rainbow is a summer camping experience for children with cancer or hemophilia and their siblings, and is one of the Rainbow Services programs managed by the ECU Brody School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics Hematology and Oncology.

Riley's Army also received a $2788 donation from Dowdy Student Stores and Perfect Promotions. Upon learning that it costs about $1000 to send a child to Camp Rainbow, Stephen McFadden, far right, Perfect Promotions vice president, said he would increase his donation to bring the total of both checks to $3000 in order to guarantee an additional child's camp tuition.

Riley’s Army also received a $2788 donation from Dowdy Student Stores and Perfect Promotions. Upon learning that it costs about $1000 to send a child to Camp Rainbow, Stephen McFadden, far right, Perfect Promotions vice president, said he would increase his donation to bring the total of both checks to $3000 in order to guarantee an additional child’s camp tuition.

Through the support of its shoppers, Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions and More, are pleased to be able to make sizable contributions to these local charities from the sale of these t-shirts. Perfect Promotions Vice President Stephen McFadden is an ECU alumnus and enjoys working with Dowdy on projects such as this one.

With this presentation, the “cool tees” program has raised over $40,000 for a variety of local charitable organizations.

Dowdy t-shirt sales raise $5200 for ALS

ALS check presentation

Attending the check presentation shown in photo left to right were: Dowdy Student Stores Apparel & Merchandise Manager, John Palmer; ALS Association North Carolina Chapter Board Chair, Mark Anthony; Down East Walk to Defeat ALS Committee Member, Michael Cotter; ALS Association North Carolina Chapter President & CEO, Jerry Dawson; Dowdy Student Stores Associate Director, Bob Walker; Dowdy Student Stores Director, Bryan Tuten; Perfect Promotions Vice President of Sales Stephen McFadden; ECU Pirate Baseball Coach Cliff Godwin.

 

ECU Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, presented a check on Aug. 16 for $5250 to the ALS Association North Carolina Chapter.  The check presentation was held at Clark-LeClair stadium and featured representatives from the ALS Association, Dowdy Student Stores, Perfect Promotions and ECU Pirate Baseball Coach Cliff Godwin.

The money was raised through sales of “Strike Out ALS” t-shirts at ECU Dowdy Student Stores on campus and their souvenir booth at Clark-LeClair Stadium during baseball season. A portion of the sale of each shirt was donated by both Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions and More of Apex, NC.

Dowdy Student Stores Director Bryan Tuten was very pleased the Pirate Nation fan base was so supportive of the shirts. “Pirate fans have always been supportive of the cause-related t-shirts sold through our store on campus,” said Tuten. The University owned and operated bookstores also sells fund-raising t-shirts for Military Appreciation and Pediatric Cancer Awareness during the fall semester.

Perfect Promotions Vice President of Sales Stephen McFadden is also proud to play a role in the effort. As a vendor of Dowdy Student Stores and an ECU Alumnus, McFadden enjoys partnering with the store on projects like this that give back to the local community.

Over the past three years, the collaboration between Perfect Promotions and Dowdy Student Stores has generated over $35,000 for a variety of local charities. The next “Cool Tee for a Cause” will come out in late August and will benefit Pediatric Cancer Awareness. According to Dowdy merchandise manager John Palmer, it will be a gold t-shirt, perfect for the Paint it Gold football game.

East Carolina’s bookstore is a self-operated, university-run store. They receive no state funding. Instead, the campus bookstore maintains its services through their sales. Profits are then directed back to campus through scholarship contributions and a variety of other donations to campus projects.

John Palmer receives CREED Award

John Palmer, merchandise manager with Dowdy Student Stores, was recently recognized by the University with the CREED Award.

John Palmer, CREED Award

John Palmer with his CREED Award

ECU has a yearly CREED recognition ceremony to honor one faculty member, one staff member, and three students in each of its four pillars of excellence: Integrity, Diversity, Responsibility, and Citizenship. Palmer was one of these award recipients in the category of Citizenship.

Palmer was approached by the Student Health Center, asking for any clearance clothing to provide to victims of sexual assault. Not only did he take on this project for Dowdy Student Stores, but in doing so, he brought in several vendors including Russell and Hanes who donated clothing and undergarments as well. Palmer’s compassion and leadership on this project makes a big difference in the ability of the university to handle these sensitive incidents just a little bit better. Palmer took Customer Service to the next level, helping out those in a time of vulnerability and need.

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