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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

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:, or email us at 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.


#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.

Business Services Names Seven Treasured Pirates

Seven East Carolina University staff members in Business Services were honored recently as Treasured Pirates. Beth Breidigam, Steven Daughtry, Travian Edwards, Ervin Mills, Cody Peters, David Speight, and Nikki Teel are the honorees representing 1 Card, Central Stores & Receiving, Dowdy Student Stores, Health Sciences Bookstore, Mail Services, and University Printing & Graphics.

Three of the awardees were recognized for Outstanding Delivery of Service. Two received the Treasured Pirate Award for Enhancing Employee Morale, along with one each for Effective Leadership and Display of Creativity and Initiative.

Outstanding Delivery of Service

Travian Edwards, center, accepts the Treasured Pirate Award from Willie Lee, right, director of Auxiliary Services, and Scott Buck, left, associate vice chancellor for Business Services.

Travian Edwards received the Treasured Pirate Award for Outstanding Delivery of Service. He is in his fourth year as a mail courier for Mail Services, and was recognized for significantly reducing the number of student customer complaints and his ability to follow through until the job is completed.

“What I like most about my job is the everyday interaction with people,” Edwards said. “My main responsibility is providing assistance to parents and students with mail being shipped to and from campus, providing a smooth transition from one point to another.”

According to Thomas Hardy, Mail Services manager, Edwards is continually coming up with faster ways to get his work done and is always willing to be cross-trained for other duties.

“Travian is a classic example of how a positive attitude and strong team spirit can contribute to daily success in the accomplishment of a goal,” Hardy said.

Ervin Mills

Ervin Mills

Ervin Mills also received the Treasured Pirate Award for Outstanding Delivery of Service. As a support services associate with Central Stores & Receiving, Mills makes sure all customers have their products delivered on time. He has been with Central Stores for three years.

“Ervin demonstrates a great attitude and willingness to work,” said Elaine Garris, assistant director of Storeroom Operations/Fixed Assets. “He has had to double up on work for months on two separate occasions, and did so with a great attitude. Ervin is a great example for new guys coming in with his great attitude and willingness to work.”

David Speight

David Speight

David Speight works in the stockroom at Dowdy Student Store in the shipping and receiving area, and also serves as the store’s courier. “David does an outstanding job making store deliveries and pickups,” said Bryan Tuten, Dowdy Student Stores director. “He is efficient and always has a great attitude.”

Speight has worked at Dowdy for the past three years. He holds an associates degree in design drafting from Wilson Community College and also studied drafting at ECU.

Enhancing Employee Morale
Beth Breidigam

Beth Breidigam

Beth Breidigam is one of only two full-time employees at the Health Sciences Bookstore. “I spend most of my time operating the cash register, assisting customers and stocking the store,” Breidigam said. “I also repair Littmann stethoscopes, maintain online ordering forms for white coats and scrubs, and make sure our snack selection has plenty of variety.”

She was recognized for her positive attitude and vibrant personality. “Everyone loves to talk with Beth,” said Bryan Tuten, Dowdy Student Stores director. “She is also the costumed reindeer at Dowdy’s Holiday Sale; she is great with customers, especially children.”

A native of Pennsylvania, Breidigam graduated from ECU in 2012 with a BS degree in political science. She has worked at the bookstore for two-and-a-half years. “I absolutely love East Carolina University, so being able to go to work every day at one of my favorite places is a huge plus,” she said.

Nikki Teel

Nikki Teel

Nikki Teel is the lithographer at University Printing & Graphics, a job she has held for 19 years. She was recognized for the time she devotes to the Harris Building staff.

“Nikki is always involved when our employees get together,” said Karen Simmons, assistant director of marketing for Business Services. “She initiated our monthly birthday celebrations and continues to help plan them. She also plans the annual Christmas luncheon and is the building’s State Employees Combined Campaign representative.”

As lithographer, Teel is responsible for producing the plates for UP&G’s five different printing presses using the highly specialized direct-to-plate Agfa/Avalon system. This involves correcting files and adjusting graphics, including color separating, arranging printer spreads, and setting knockouts and traps prior to the final output.

“I also design, layout and revise printing material such as: newsletters, brochures, flyers, postcards, posters, certificates and stationery items,” Teel said. Customer service is a big part of her job as well. “I meet and talk with internal and external customers to determine and attentively respond to their printing needs,” she said.

Effective Leadership
Steven Daughtry

Steven Daughtry

Steven Daughtry is tradebook and distance education manager for Dowdy Student Stores, a position he has held for the past two years. He is responsible for maintaining the Online Textbook Ordering website, ensuring that all orders are fulfilled accurately. “During the beginning of fall semester, we have thousands of orders to process,” Daughtry said. He also works with the textbook department to approve textbook adoptions.

“Steven is a very good leader, hard worker, communicator, and team player,” said Bryan Tuten Dowdy Student Stores manager. “He leads his team of student and temporary workers very well. They all know their assignments and understand the urgencies and the need to provide outstanding customer service.”

The Greenville native is a 2013 graduate of Barton College, where he earned degrees in sports management and business administration. His parents, Tim and Jo Lynne Daughtry, both work at ECU.

Display of Creativity and Initiative
Cody Peters

Cody Peters

As technical manager for 1 Card, Cody Peters oversees building access installations, assists with database management, server maintenance, equipment testing, programming system parameters, and assists with the day to day operations for card production. “I really enjoy the variety as well as the unique and challenging aspects of the job,” Peters said.

Peters joined the 1 Card team a year ago. “The display of creativity and initiative has been exemplified by Cody in his work each day,” said Merlena Artis, 1 Card director.

According to Artis, Peters developed a SharePoint site to manage data from simple tasks such as distributing the on-call calendar to more complex tasks like managing the 1 Card event calendar to notify the staff of upcoming events and end-users prior to scheduled events. “Cody offers creative ideas to our team and is very proactive in making them a reality,” Artis said. “He is a great asset to the 1 Card team.”

Peters is a native of Currituck County and a 2014 graduate of ECU with a degree in information technology.