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T-shirt sales raise more than $5K for ALS

East Carolina University Dowdy Student Stores and its vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, presented a check on July 31 for $5,250 to the ALS Association North Carolina Chapter. The presentation was held at Clark-LeClair Stadium with representatives from the ALS Association, Dowdy Student Stores, Perfect Promotions and ECU baseball coach Cliff Godwin.

The money was raised through sales of “Strike Out ALS” T-shirts at the student store and its souvenir booth at the baseball stadium. A portion of each sale was donated to the ALS state chapter.

“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 chapter president Jerry 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.”

Representatives from ECU, Dowdy Student Stores, the ALS Association and Perfect Promotions and More gather for a check presentation on July 31.

Representatives from ECU, Dowdy Student Stores, the ALS Association and Perfect Promotions & More gather for a check presentation on July 31. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Dowdy Student Stores director Bryan Tuten commended the Pirate Nation fan base.

“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.”

The university-operated bookstores sell fund-raising T-shirts for military services, veteran student services and pediatric cancer awareness in addition to the store’s annual contributions to student scholarships.

Perfect Promotions vice president of sales Stephen McFadden is proud to play a role in the effort. McFadden has worked with Dowdy to produce more than 100 officially licensed ECU items. He 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. This year will be our fifth year partnering with the Dowdy Store on these T-shirts that have helped raise more than $75,000 in donations to 15 organizations,” said McFadden, an ECU alumnus. “I’m excited to see what the future brings for this program and what other programs we can inspire throughout the community.”

The next T-shirt for a cause will come out in late August and will benefit pediatric cancer awareness. 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 Sept. 29, said John Palmer, Dowdy’s merchandise manager.

ECU’s bookstore is a self-operated, university-run store. The campus bookstore doesn’t receive state funding, and maintains services through sales. Profits are directed back to the university community through scholarship contributions and donations to campus projects.


-by Leslie Craigle, ECU Dowdy Student Stores

Task Force Dagger Foundation, ECU partner to provide rehabilitation diving for veterans

-News release by Department of Defense

Task Force Dagger Foundation working in partnership with East Carolina University is developing a program that seeks to provide rehabilitation opportunities for Special Operations veterans through the underwater archaeological study of WWII maritime heritage in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. These grant funds will provide Task Force Dagger Foundation (TFD) with more opportunities to expand existing dive rehabilitative therapy programs which serve to provide retired Special Operations veterans with a new MISSION PURPOSE FOCUS.

TFD has teamed up with ECU’s program in maritime studies and the Florida Public Archaeology Network to develop and undertake a maritime heritage education program for wounded Special Forces veterans that will be hands-on and introduce veterans to the history of WWII and its underwater maritime heritage. The program will be held in the Mariana Islands on Saipan from late July to early August. It will cover classroom topics such as underwater archeology, artifacts, ship and aircraft construction, conservation, and heritage laws. After the classroom training, veterans will hit the water and practice their underwater archaeology skills by diving and recording WWII underwater heritage from the Battle of Saipan.

ECU graduate student Aleck Tan runs a metal detector over an object while Dr. Nathan Richards supervises. (Contributed photo)

ECU graduate student Aleck Tan runs a metal detector over an object while Dr. Nathan Richards supervises during a recent trip to Saipan, where ECU has partnered with Task Force Dagger Foundation to provide retired Special Operations veterans with dive rehabilitative therapy programs. (Contributed photo)

“This program reaches an audience that has an intimate knowledge and background on the subject of war, conflict, and materiel remains,” said Dr. Jennifer McKinnon, associate professor at ECU. “There is an assumed awareness and appreciation that only needs fostering to understand how this heritage is meaningful and needs to be protected.”

Keith David, managing director, said, “What is important about this event is that it demonstrates to these veterans that no matter how badly they are wounded or injured, they can have a productive and fulfilling life. It is all about having a MISSION – PURPOSE – FOCUS for their life.”

This project stands to be the first of its kind that engages wounded veterans in the recording, understanding and appreciation of WWII maritime heritage in the Pacific. The plan is to hold the educational program yearly with returning and new recruits to feed into a program of archaeologically-trained diving veterans.

Without your donations, we cannot achieve our mission supporting the U.S. Special Operations Command’s service members and their families.

The Task Force Dagger Foundation’s three core programs: (1) Immediate Needs, (2) SOF Health Initiatives and (3) Rehabilitative Therapy Events provide resources and healing for Special Operations Forces (SOF) members and families. Our SOF Health Initiatives provides program recipients care and treatment that is designed to treat the problem and not the symptom through functional medicine and other treatment modalities that are holistic in nature. Task Force Dagger Foundation supports Army Green Berets, Rangers, Civil Affairs, Military Information Support Operations, Army Special Mission Units, Navy SEALs, Air Force Special Tactics/Operations and Marine Special Operations and their families. These are some of the units that comprise the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Since 2009, we have supported USSOCOM with more than $3.5 million of support to 3,100 SOF service members and their families. The Task Force Dagger Foundation’s overhead rate is 10.91 percent.


-Contact: Task Force Dagger Foundation Office, 214-420-9290, or

Catherine Carter receives 2018 Applewhite Poetry Prize

Catherine Carter is the winner of the 2018 James Applewhite Poetry Prize in a record-breaking year of entries.

Carter’s prize-winning poem, “Womb-Room,” will be published in the 2019 print issue of the North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR). In addition, Carter will receive a prize of $250 for her first-place entry. She is an associate professor of English at Western Carolina University, where she teaches creative writing and English education classes.

The winner was selected by the final judge, Amber Flora Thomas, an award-winning author and an associate professor of English at East Carolina University.

“I was very moved by ‘Womb-room,’ which takes us inside the human body as a speaker considers her inability to bear a child,” said Thomas. “The speaker finds a plethora of cavernous beauty within herself, which is what we expect from a poet who understands the fertile richness of the imagination. I care deeply about poems which recognize our connection with our environment and nature.”

Carter’s third LSU Press collection of poetry, “Larvae of the Nearest Stars,” is due out in 2019. Her honors include publication in Best American Poetry 2009, winning Jacar Press’s poetry chapbook contest with “Mark of the Witch” (2014), and winning third place in the 2017 Applewhite Poetry Prize competition (“Billy Collins Pours Me a Beer,” NCLR 2018 print issue).

Margaret Bauer, NCLR editor, said that Carter is a poet who is a well-respected teacher and regularly responds to requests to review poetry collections for NCLR.

The NCLR established the James Applewhite Poetry Prize in 2011. This year, 81 poets submitted 270 poems. These are record numbers of both poems and poets for the competition. Thomas selected the winning poem from finalists picked for prize and publication consideration by NCLR poetry editor Jeffrey Franklin.

Thomas selected “Daybreak” by Sally Thomas for second place and “Dreams Speak: My Father’s Words” by Glenis Redmond for third place.

Second-place recipient Sally Thomas is from Lincolnton and is the author of two poetry chapbooks published by Finishing Line Press. She has published poetry and fiction in a variety of venues and received honors in both genres.

Redmond is a Cave Canem Fellow and the poet-in-residence at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts in Greenville, South Carolina and the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Her poetry has also appeared in such publications as Obsidian II: Black Literature in Review, Appalachian Journal, Appalachian Heritage, Kakalak and African Voices.

Among the other finalists, Thomas named four poems for Honorable Mention, including “Girl Praxis” and “Self-Portrait as Wildfire” by Nilla Larsen who has a third poem, “Post-Date Sunday,” that was a finalist as well. The other two honorable mentions are “Smoke and Oreos” by Gwen Holt and “Black Girl Magic in Summers Past” by Crystal Simone Smith.

The other finalists in the 2018 competition are “How Rhodon the Tutor Prepared Cleopatra’s Son” and “In my yard are henbit” by J.S. Absher; “Branch Drop” by Richard Betz, “Bombingham,” “Fire and Brimstone” and “Forgiveness” by L. Teresa Church; “Divorce” by Kevin Dublin; “Day at a Historic Park” by Craig Friend; “Trespassing After the Hysterectomy, the Funeral” by Kimberly J. Simms; “Renovations” by Wayne Johns, “Prelude to Lust” by Jeanne Julian; “Eleanor: Suite” by Valerie Nieman; “The Ledge” by Jon Obermeyer; “Jump” by Frances J. Pearce; and “Echeveria” by Melinda Thomsen. Bauer notes that half of these poets are new to the competition.

NCLR has been published by East Carolina University since 1992 and receives additional funding from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, including the Applewhite Prize honorarium. It has won numerous awards and citations. The University of North Carolina Press has been publishing NCLR since 2017. Find submission and subscription information on NCLR’s website at


-Contact: Margaret Bauer, NCLR editor,, 252-328-1537

Two more community colleges join co-admission program

Two more eastern North Carolina community colleges – Edgecombe Community College and Sampson Community College – have signed co-admission agreements with East Carolina University, bringing the total number to 16.

The agreements are designed to improve transfer student access and success through a collaborative degree completion program.

From left, Dr. Harry A Starnes, vice president of instruction at Edgecombe Community College; Mark S. Lorence, ECC's acting president; ECU Chancellor Cecil Station; and Michael Jordan, ECC's vice president of student services.

From left, Dr. Harry Starnes, vice president of instruction at Edgecombe Community College; Mark S. Lorence, ECC’s acting president; ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton; and Michael Jordan, ECC’s vice president of student services. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

Students will apply to a participating community college and ECU simultaneously and commit to maintaining full-time status. Upon completing an associate degree, they will seamlessly transition into degree-completion programs at ECU.

“Students at Edgecombe Community College are increasingly looking to continue their education at four-year institutions after completing their first two years with us,” said Dr. Harry Starnes, vice president of instruction at ECC. “We are excited about East Carolina’s co-admissions program, which will further support community college students focused on transferring.

Starnes, Jordan and Staton

Starnes, Jordan and Staton

“With this program, we are pleased that our participating students will be given extra support and direction from East Carolina while they are still completing their two-year degree at Edgecombe. This extra support and direction will make the transition for our students to East Carolina more successful.”

In addition to saving money by completing the first two years of a four-year degree at a community college, benefits to students include access to ECU libraries and programming through the ECU Office of Student Activities and other organizations, ECU One Card eligibility, joint financial aid counseling and micro-scholarship opportunities, joint academic advising, and a waiver of the ECU transfer application fee.

Participating community colleges include Beaufort County Community College, Carteret Community College, College of the Albemarle, Craven Community College, Edgecombe Community College, Halifax Community College, Johnston Community College, Lenoir Community College, Martin Community College, Nash Community College, Pamlico Community College, Pitt Community College, Roanoke-Chowan Community College, Sampson Community College, Wayne Community College and Wilson Community College.

“This is precisely the sort of collaboration we need to better serve the people of North Carolina and the east in particular,” said Dr. Cecil Staton, ECU chancellor. “We cannot be successful and continue to produce capable and engaged citizens who will go out across the communities of this state and make a difference if we don’t have a vital partnership with our community college system. We value what you do, we value your students, and we value our partnership.”


-Contact: Jules Norwood,, 252-328-2836

Study shows climate change may hinder fish conservation efforts

For more than 20 years, conservationists in the Caribbean have been working to protect the endangered Nassau grouper. Thanks to those efforts, populations of this critical reef fish have stabilized in some areas.

However, in a new paper authored by researchers from East Carolina University and the University of Texas at Austin, marine scientists show that climate change may severely hinder these conservation efforts by the end of this century.

By 2100, breeding habitats are projected to decline by 82 percent from 2000 levels if nothing is done to mitigate climate change, according to the report published in the July issue of the journal Diversity and Distributions. These spawning habitats are critical to the survival of the species. Additionally, suitable habitats for non-spawning fish are expected to decline by 46 percent.

ECU assistant professor Rebecca Asch and researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have found that climate change may affect the breeding habitats of the endangered Nassau grouper.

ECU assistant professor Rebecca Asch and researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have found that climate change may affect the breeding habitats of the endangered Nassau grouper. (Photo by Rhett Butler)

“To truly understand how climate will impact fishes, we need to know how it will impact the most vulnerable life history stage – spawning. If this link in the life cycle is jeopardized, the species as a whole will be in jeopardy,” said Rebecca G. Asch, an assistant professor of fisheries biology at ECU.

The Nassau grouper is one of the most recognizable reef fish in the Caribbean and, as a top predator, the fish contributes significantly to the ecosystem and can act as a warning system for overall reef health.

Nassau groupers depend on the success of their spawning aggregations, where hundreds to thousands of fish gather in one area for a few days to mate. These mass spawning events make them easy targets for fishers and they were overfished to the point the species became endangered.

Beginning in the 1990s, several countries, including the United States, have put outright bans on fishing Nassau grouper. Other countries, like Cuba and the Dominican Republic, restrict fishing during their winter spawning season. Other areas have restricted fishing in specific breeding grounds.

The paper points out that because Nassau groupers have a narrow temperature range they can tolerate while spawning, this may create a bottleneck that will impact population recovery.

“The concern is that the effects of climate change may override some of the successes of conservation efforts at local and regional scales,” said Brad Erisman, assistant professor of fisheries biology at UT Austin. “That is, if Nassau grouper no longer migrate to spawn in a particular region because the water is too warm, then protecting spawning sites in that region will be ineffective. Likewise, if the months when spawning occurs in certain regions shifts in response to climate change, then seasonal protection measures in those regions will need to shift accordingly to ensure that spawning is still protected.”

Large breeding events, called spawning aggregations, are important for the health of the ecosystem. Large predators, like sharks, feed on the gathered grouper. Whale sharks and manta rays feed on the eggs that are released.

There is some good news, the scientists said. If strong steps are taken to mitigate climate change, breeding habitat is projected to decline by only 30 percent.

The scientists plan to expand their research to look at how climate change may affect spawning in 12 species of grouper and snapper in the Caribbean and the Pacific. The model developed could aid researchers in studying climate change impacts on other fish species that depend on large spawning events.

Funding for the research was provided by the Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program and the National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program Early Career Fellowship.

Asch received a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship in February in the field of ocean sciences. Her work focuuses on how warming oceans lead some marine species to change their reproductive habits, causing them to reproduce at different times of the year than in the past and affecting the way they interact with their food sources. Asch’s work has been reported in national outlets such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, NPR, FOX, Newsweek and The Huffington Post.

The full study can be read online.


-by University Communications at ECU/University of Texas at Austin

Chancellor appoints task force to examine Greek life on ECU campus

A 16-member task force has been appointed by East Carolina University Chancellor Cecil Staton to examine major aspects of Greek life at the university, to identify and consider nationally recognized best practices, and to offer recommendations to strengthen the Greek life community on campus.

Composed of alumni, faculty, community leaders and students, the task force will examine national issues facing Greek life on college campuses and the culture of Greek life at ECU.

“Greek organizations on college campuses nationwide are dealing with issues such as hazing-related deaths, incidents of sexual assault and alcohol and drug related infractions. ECU is neither exempt nor immune from this,” said Staton.

“As ECU’s chancellor, I recognize the importance of having a healthy, vibrant thriving Greek life community. Greek life is an important aspect of campus life for many Pirates and because of that, I think it is appropriate for us to further examine Greek life on our campus – where we are and where we’d like to be,” he said.

The task force will also examine current practices surrounding internal governance and accountability of Greek organizations campus councils; review recruitment and education of new Greek organization members; assess current policies and practices for social, educational and other activities engaged in by Greek organizations; and review university governance and oversight of Greek organizations.

Members of the task force are as follows:


  • Bob Plybon of Greensboro, CEO of Plybon & Associates, ECU alumnus, member of ECU Board of Trustees
  • Kandie Smith of Greenville, member of the Greenville City Council and & immediate past president and social action chair of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority


  • Rhys Collins of Cary, ECU student and president of the Interfraternity Council
  • Katy Houser of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ECU student and president of the Panhellenic Association
  • Jeff Foster of Greenville, Pitt County Superior Court judge and member of ECU Board of Visitors
  • Kelly Joyner of Greenville, ECU alumna and local advisor to Alpha Delta Pi sorority
  • Carolina Juanico-Cela of Winston-Salem, ECU student and president of the Multicultural Greek Council
  • Jordan Koonts of Raleigh, ECU student, president of ECU Student Government Association
  • Vonta Leach of Fayetteville, ECU alumnus, former ECU and NFL football player, member of Omega Psi Phi
  • Fielding Miller of Raleigh, CEO of CAPTRUST, ECU alumnus, member of ECU Board of Trustees
  • KJ Staton of Greenville, ECU student and president of the National Panhellenic Council
  • Jon Barnwell, chief of ECU Police
  • John Mountz, director of Greek life at ECU
  • Doug Schneider, ECU professor in the College of Business and faculty advisor to Alpha Delta Pi sorority
  • Catherine Staton, Greek life advocate
  • Megan Ayers, assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees.

In order to accomplish its charge, the task force will collect information, review documents, listen to presentation by subject matter experts, engage in open forums, and lead individual targeted discussions.

The chancellor will instruct the task force to provide a final report, including any recommendations and a time line for implementation, by Dec. 14.


-by ECU News Services

North Carolina Literary Review announces two new writing awards, accepting submissions

The North Carolina Literary Review is accepting submissions for two new writing awards that recognize forgotten or neglected writers from North Carolina.

The NCLR has established the Paul Green Prize and the John Ehle Prize. The winner of each award will receive a $250 honorarium.

“One of my missions as editor of NCLR has been to inspire renewed interest in neglected or forgotten writers from North Carolina,” said Dr. Margaret D. Bauer, editor of the NCLR. “I’ve encouraged scholarship on John Ehle and Paul Green, for example, and I am always excited to receive a submission on some other writer I’ve never heard of.”

The Paul Green Prize, sponsored by the Paul Green Foundation, is meant to inspire scholarship on the works of North Carolina’s preeminent playwright, author of “The Lost Colony.” The prize will honor the best Green-inspired content approved for publication in the NCLR. Submissions are being accepted through Aug. 1.

John Ehle

John Ehle (Courtesy of Press 53)

The John Ehle Prize is co-sponsored by Press 53 of Winston-Salem, which has published new editions of several of Ehle’s books over the past several years.

NCLR’s Ehle Prize complements a goal of Press 53 editor Kevin Watson, who said, “After working closely with John Ehle these past 12 years, and knowing his contributions to not only literature but to education and the arts, it is my mission at Press 53 to ensure his books remain in print, so he is never forgotten.”

Ehle scholar and novelist Terry Roberts, and Ehle’s widow Rosemary Harris, have committed to helping Press 53 support the prize in subsequent years. The award will honor the author of the best paper on or interview with an often overlooked or forgotten writer accepted for publication in the NCLR. Submissions are being accepted through Aug. 31.

“Thinking of whom we might name a prize for to encourage submissions about a neglected writer from North Carolina’s past, John Ehle immediately came to mind,” Bauer said. “A writer so highly respected by readers and writers, educators and artists here in North Carolina, but whose work has not been given a lot of scholarly attention and thus is not so well know in academic circles as it should be – we at NCLR are doing what we can to rectify that, for him and writers like him.”

The two new prizes add to NCLR’s current list of prizes in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.

Bauer added that “introducing new writers is another important mission for us,” and she is seeking a sponsor to establish a third award to honor the best essay about or interview with a new writer published in the NCLR’s annual print issue.

For a complete list of guidelines for the new writing competitions, contact Bauer at, call 252-328-1537, or visit


-Contact: Dr. Margaret D. Bauer, editor, North Carolina Literary Review,, 252-328-1537

North Carolina Literary Review explores North Carolina ‘On the Map and in the News’

The 2018 issue of the award-winning North Carolina Literary Review opens with an essay by the acclaimed author of the 20-book Judge Deborah Knott mystery series. Margaret Maron describes traveling to many of the places that put North Carolina “on the map” as she researched the settings of the next court case she would send her character to adjudicatein “From Manteo to Murphy: A Writer’s Personal Journey.”

Cover of the 2018 North Carolina Literary Review, “On the Map and in the News” (Designed by NCLR Art Director Dana Ezzell Lovelace)

Cover of the 2018 North Carolina Literary Review, “On the Map and in the News” (Designed by NCLR Art Director Dana Ezzell Lovelace)

The collage on NCLR’s cover, designed by Dana Ezzell Lovelace, the review’s art director, reflects what draws people to North Carolina, including beach and mountain vacation spots.

Readers will meet Vivian Howard, chef, television personality and writer, who is putting tiny Deep Run, N.C., on the map with her PBS television show, “A Chef’s Life;” restaurant, Chef & the Farmer, in Kinston; and memoir, “Deep Run Roots.”

North Carolina sometimes draws attention for less savory reasons, but as NCLR editor Margaret Bauer notes in her introduction to the special feature section of the issue, “North Carolina writers do not shy away from difficult subjects.”

One example Bauer gives is Priscilla Melchior’s poem inspired by a Ku Klux Klan parade, which received second place in the 2017 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition.

In an interview conducted by Appalachian State University English professor Zackary Vernon, Allan Gurganus, a writer whose books put Rocky Mount on people’s radar, advocates writers directing their talents toward political activism.

“We can communicate our alarm and our concern,” Gurganus said.

Bland Simpson does just that in his essay focusing on his concern about one of North Carolina’s most vital resources — water: keeping it safe to drink and worrying about it eroding the state’s shores, especially as the population continues to rise.

Other sections of the 2018 issueinclude former North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell’s analysis of Angela Davis-Gardner’s novels; Robert Wallace’s 2017 Doris Betts Fiction Prize story; John Thomas York’s Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize-winning essay, selected by Our State editor Elizabeth Hudson; Susan O’Dell Underwood, finalist in the Albright competition; and finalists from the 2017 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition, including the winning poem and an honorable mention poem, both by Christina Clark.

“It was another successful year of creative submissions,” said Bauer.

NCLR is sold in independent bookstores across the state and by subscription. To subscribe, visit A two-year subscription will include the 2019 issue, which will feature African American literature of North Carolina.


-Contact: North Carolina Literary Review,, 252-328-1537

T-shirt sales benefit Aces for Autism

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 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.

ECU Dowdy Student Stores and vendor Perfect Promotions & More of Apex present a check to Aces for Autism. (Contributed photo)

ECU Dowdy Student Stores and vendor Perfect Promotions & More of Apex present a check to Aces for Autism. (Contributed photo)

“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 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.


-Contact: Karen Simmons, 252-737-1311 or

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