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ECU Student Veteran Services Benefits from T-shirt Sales on Campus

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ECU’s Student Veteran Services textbook lending library for military veteran students will be able to add several new books, thanks to a $1,750 donation from Dowdy Student Stores and Perfect Promotions & More. The money was raised through sales of a t-shirt honoring the military that was sold this summer. Pictured from left are: Bob Walker, associate director of Dowdy Student Store; Bryan Tuten, Dowdy store director; Stephen McFadden, vice president of Sales at Perfect Promotions; Keith Tingley, senior associate director for Student Engagement; Nicole Jablonski, assistant director of Student Veteran Services; Mary Beth Corbin, executive director of the Office of Student Transitions; and Sara Thorndike, vice chancellor for Administration and Finance.

ECU Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, presented a check on Tuesday, Sept. 25, for $1750 to ECU Student Veteran Services.

The money was raised through sales of veteran support t-shirts at Dowdy Student Stores, Memorial Day through July 4. A portion of the sale of each shirt was donated by both Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions and More of Apex.

ECU Student Veteran Services is a division of the Office of Student Transitions and provides services for veterans entering ECU. According to Nicole Jablonski, Student Transitions assistant director, the funds will be used to expand the textbook lending library that the department has set up for military veteran students.

The university-operated bookstores also sell fund-raising t-shirts for cancer, ALS, and autism support, in addition to the store’s student scholarship contributions made annually.

Perfect Promotions Vice President of Sales Stephen McFadden is 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.

Dowdy currently has a Go Gold “cause shirt” benefitting pediatric cancer awareness. September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month as well as 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.

 

Business Services names seven Treasured Pirates

Seven East Carolina University staff members in Business Services were honored recently as Treasured Pirates. Tim Daughtry, Alicia Faircloth, Adam Mallard, Monica Smith, Allen Vervisch, Carlton Walls, and Tull Worthington are the honorees representing Dowdy Student Stores, Mail Services, Materials Management, and University Printing & Graphics.

Two of the awardees were recognized for outstanding delivery of service. Two received the Treasured Pirate Award for enhancing employee morale, two were recognized for cost effectiveness, and one for display of initiative.

Outstanding Delivery of Service

Tim Daughtry, second from left, is presented the Treasured Pirate Award for Outstanding Delivery of Service from Phil DePalma, left, associate director of purchasing, and Kevin Carraway, right, interim associate vice chancellor for Business Services and director of Materials Management.

Tim Daughtry, center, is presented the Treasured Pirate Award for Outstanding Delivery of Service from Phil DePalma, left, associate director of purchasing, and Kevin Carraway, right, interim associate vice chancellor for Business Services and director of Materials Management.

Tim Daughtry received the Treasured Pirate Award for Outstanding Delivery of Service. As senior purchasing specialist in Materials Management, he is responsible for processing purchase requests for such items as printing, electrical, athletic, recreational, heavy equipment, fuels, vehicles, and buses.

“Tim has an excellent customer service reputation at ECU,” said Phil DePalma, associate director of purchasing, who nominated him for the award. “Tim will go the extra mile to insure that the best interests of ECU are protected and that the contractors are treated fairly.”

Daughtry started at ECU in 2004 as Central Stores manager. In 2011 he moved to the Department of Materials Management as a purchasing specialist. “I am proud to be associated with ECU and the Pirate Nation,” Daughtry said. “I enjoy working with departments as a team to achieve results and success.”

A native of Faison, Daughtry is a 1979 graduate of Hobbton High School in Newton Grove and received a degree in entomology at North Carolina State University in 1981.

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Carlton Walls

Carlton Walls also received the Treasured Pirate Award for Outstanding Delivery of Service. He is a press operator with University Printing & Graphics, a job he has held since 2008. According to Walls’ supervisor, Doug Hill, Walls is an essential member of UP&G’s offset printing and bindery operation. “Carlton’s consistent close eye on quality control prevents excessive waste of printed material,” Hill said. “He has many skills that continue to grow with technology and training and will tackle any task when given the opportunity.”

Walls started at UP&G in the bindery in 2003. The Greenville native is a graduate of Rose High School.

Enhancing Employee Morale

Alicia Faircloth has spent the past five years as head cashier/mail clerk with Mail Services. Her responsibilities include managing the USPS postal contract customer service desk and handling the postal billing and accounting responsibilities for first-class outbound mail, nonprofit permit transactions, business reply and postage-due mail.

Alicia Faircloth, second from left, is surprised with the Treasured Pirate Award for Enhancing Employee Morale. Presenting the award were (from left) Kevin Carraway, Kevin Carraway, interim associate vice chancellor for Business Services; Mail Services Manager Thomas Hardy, and University Printing, Graphics & Mail Director Ann Weingartz.

Alicia Faircloth, second from left, is surprised with the Treasured Pirate Award for Enhancing Employee Morale. Presenting the award were (from left) Kevin Carraway, Kevin Carraway, interim associate vice chancellor for Business Services; Mail Services Manager Thomas Hardy, and University Printing, Graphics & Mail Director Ann Weingartz.

“Alicia is a competent employee who continues to rise to the occasion, no matter what the circumstances might be,” said Mail Services Manager Thomas Hardy. “Her skill-set, combined with her ‘team-first’ mentality and inherent friendliness truly enhances employee morale.”

Faircloth enjoys the customer service aspect of her job. “I love to help other people,” she said. “I like to think my smile can and will help someone else.”

The Farmville native is a 1996 graduate of Farmville Central High School and in 2009 earned an associates degree in office administration from Pitt Community College.

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Tull Worthington

Tull Worthington, accounting manager at University Printing & Graphics, also received the Treasured Pirate Award for Enhancing Employee Morale.

“Even though Tull is in the administrative section of University Printing, Graphics and Mail Services, he is always willing to help out in the production areas,” said Ann Weingartz, UP&G director. “Not only has Tull learned how to run the digital envelope press, he can be found helping out bulk mail, helping with long envelope runs, boxing business cards, and just about anything that will help us get our customer jobs out on time.”

Worthington, who does much of the photography for the department, says the award was unexpected and that many of his coworkers were also deserving. “University Printing & Graphics is a relatively small customer-oriented job shop where fast, high quality product is expected,” he said. “The only way we can meet these demands is by pitching in wherever needed and working as a team. We’ve got a good team.”

Worthington started at UP&G in 2006 and was named accounting manager in 2008. The Greenville native holds a BS degree in finance and the MBA from ECU.

Cost Effectiveness

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Monica Smith

Monica Smith was recognized with the Treasured Pirate Award for cost effectiveness for her efficiency in handling textbook and course material returns at Dowdy Student Store.

“She does a great job of processing these returns within the demanding deadlines,” said Bryan Tuten, Dowdy Student Store director. “Her diligence in handling these returns gets money back for Dowdy Student Stores and the university so it can be used toward the next buying cycle.”

Smith has worked in accounting since 2005. “I consider it a privilege to work at ECU Dowdy Student Store,” she said. “I enjoy working with the students and staff. It seems like we are all family.”

The Greenville native is a graduate of Greenville Christian Academy and Pitt Community College.

Allen Vervisch also received the Treasured Pirate Award for cost effectiveness. He is systems administrator at University Printing & Graphics, a position he has held since 2002.

Vervisch was recognized for his efforts in implementing UP&G’s new print management system. “Allen has made sure that as a department we are looking at every process that goes into producing jobs and making sure that we are effectively covering the costs associated with them,” said Ann Weingartz, UP&G director. “This not only includes offset printing processes but digital printing, bindery, design, mail and plate making. All of Allen’s hard work will definitely pay off in the years to come.”

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Allen Vervisch

As systems administrator, Vervisch maintains all computers in the Harris Building and Mail Services, handles all billing for CopiServ and Mail Services, and solves network problems as needed.

“I appreciate the opportunity Ann gives me to do what I do,” Vervisch said. “The printing industry is becoming more and more dependent on technology. I have to be able to keep up with that technology so I can handle any problems that arise.”

Vervisch grew up in San Jose, Calif., and holds an associates degree in networking from Pitt Community College.

Display of Initiative

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From left, Adam Mallard is presented with the Treasured Pirate Award for Display of Initiative from Bryan Tuten, Dowdy Student Stores director, and Kevin Carraway, interim associate vice chancellor for Business Services.

Adam Mallard, a support services associate in the Tech Deck at Dowdy Student Store, received the Treasured Pirate Award for Display of Initiative in recognition of his efforts with Dowdy’s first faculty and staff Apple discount sale last November. The event was so successful it will be held again this fall.

“Adam showed a lot of initiative in coordinating this event in both the main campus and health sciences stores,” said Bryan Tuten, Dowdy Student Stores director. “The event went very well, and Apple was pleased with how well it went and was operated.”

Mallard has been distributing computers and providing customer service to students, faculty and staff at the Tech Deck for the past two years. He is a certified Apple Product Professional.

A native of Ernul, he earned an associates degree from Craven Community College in 2014.

Student wins free textbooks for fall semester

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From left: Andrew Westmoreland accepts his textbooks for fall semester from Bob Walker, associate director of Dowdy Student Store. Westmoreland won the textbooks in a drawing sponsored by the store during summer orientation.

Andrew Westmoreland of King, NC, is starting his first semester at East Carolina University in a good way – with free textbooks. The books were the prize in a drawing sponsored this summer during freshman orientation by Dowdy Student Store, the university-run bookstore on campus.

All students who attended orientation were invited to come in the store and enter the drawing. One name was drawn from the entries collected from all freshman orientation sessions.

“My parents were pretty thrilled,” Westmoreland said. “And I am very appreciative.” Understandably so – the construction management major’s six required books for the fall semester totaled more than $400.

Westmoreland is a graduate of West Stokes High School in King where he was active on the golf team.

The free textbook promotion is sponsored each summer by Dowdy Student Stores, one of the highest contributors to academic merit, athletic and need-based scholarships at ECU. “One of the main goals of the Dowdy Student Stores is to provide the ECU students with their textbooks, educational supplies, computer hardware and software, and other types of merchandise that will enhance their learning experiences,” said Bryan Tuten, Dowdy Student Store director. “As a result, we are able to give back to ECU on an annual basis by being one of the leaders in scholarship contributions.”

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.

 

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.

Ceremony held to distribute first class rings from official collection

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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.

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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