Parent and Family Newsletter

Inside April 2017 Edition

Spring Family Weekend

Grandparents Day
Parents Advisory Council Meeting
Host a Pirate Sendoff
Pirate Safety | Severe Weather
Students’ Treasure Chest
Family Fellows
Grad Cap Contest
Parent Association Scholars
Fall Family Weekend

Upcoming Events

Spring Family Weekend

The Office of Parent and Family Programs is pleased to invite you to the ECU Spring Family Weekend beginning Friday, April 21! Plan to include the whole family and join us for a weekend  of food, fellowship and FUN!

For event details go to or call the ECU Office of Parent and Family Programs  at 252-328-6847.

Scheduled events include:
Grandparents Day
Movie Night at Dowdy Ficklen Stadium
Pirate Alumni Road Race
PeeDee’s Birthday Party
Parents Council Meeting
Tailgate and Live Music
Spring Purple and Gold Game
& much more!

Grandparents Day 2017

Students and families can tie the generations together by inviting grandparents to spend the day on campus. Grandparents will have an opportunity to enjoy information sessions in the morning, a campus tour, lunch in West End Dining Hall with their student, and an afternoon session with the Joyner Library Archives.

Grandparents Day is a part of Spring Family Weekend. Registration is $15 per grandparent and includes lunch. Please click here to register.

Parents Advisory Council Spring Meeting

All parents and families are invited to attend the Parents Advisory Council meeting on April 22, 2017 at 10:30am in the Murphy Center’s Harvey Hall. The agenda includes campus information and the 2017 Family of the Year presentation. Please RSVP online if you plan to attend. Join us for live music and tailgate outside of the stadium, following the meeting!

 Host a Pirate Sendoff!

We’re looking for families, alumni, and friends of ECU to host Pirate Sendoffs across the Pirate Nation this summer for incoming freshmen and transfer students. Pirate Sendoffs allow incoming students and their families to meet other ECU students and alumni before coming to campus for the 2017-2018 academic year.

You can host by opening your home or business, sponsoring an event at a restaurant, or partnering with other families, alumni, and friends of ECU to host as a team. The number of people at each sendoff event varies, and will be determined by the venue and other factors. Parent and Family Programs staff will help you determine your hosting capabilities and assist throughout the process.

We would like families, alumni and friends of ECU to host in order to share Pirate spirit at all of our sendoff events. By hosting a Pirate Sendoff, you can help students set sail on their voyage to campus in true Pirate style!

For more information or to discuss the possibility of hosting a Pirate Sendoff, please contact Assistant Director of Parent and Family Programs, Emily-Lynn Adkins at 252-328-6827 or

 Pirate Safety Tip

  Severe Weather Safety

Severe weather can happen any time of year, any time of day. Climatology records show that the majority of severe weather in Eastern North Carolina occurs between March and August. Our area is also more likely to see severe weather occur between the hours of 2 pm and 10pm. ECU has experienced everything from thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, damaging high winds, and flash flooding.

Those who have spent a summer in the Greenville area understand the thunderstorms can pop-up in the afternoon or evening hours without much notice, often passing within an hour. Although they are short-lived, they are still dangerous, especially with excessive cloud-to-ground-lighting. Occasionally we experience a sever thunderstorm, with damaging winds (in excess of 58 mph), hail (>1 inch), and possible tornadoes. It is important that ECU faculty, staff, and students need to become familiar with the Greenville climate and check weather forecasts frequently throughout the severe weather season. The forecast and conditions can change often.

Difference Between a Watch and a Warning

Knowing the difference between these two terms can save lives. The National Weather Service (NWS) and the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) are responsibile for issuing many of the watches and warning we receive regarding hazardous weather conditions. Below are the definitions of a generic watch and warning (for more information, visit


  • The potential exists/conditions are conducive
  • Issued hours in advance
  • keep a weather eye on the horizon


  • The hazard is imminent or occurring
  • Issued minutes in advance
  • Take action now!

How the University Notifies Faculty, Staff, and Students

Once the University has decided to close, cancel or delay classes, the notification is sent through ECU Alert. This information can be found on the University home page, emergency hotline, campus email, and SMS text messages (users will only receive text is subscribed).

When the NWS issues a tornado warning for Greenville, ECU must be mentioned or within the warning polygon, ECU Police immediately send our an ECU Alert notification, to include all systems. When the NWS issues a sever thunderstorm warning for Greenville, ECU must be mentioned or within the warning polygon, ECU Police will send an ECU Alert notification if there are athletic or large outdoor events taking place. When the warnings expire, ECU Police will send an all clear message through the same ECU Alert systems so folks can return to normal operations.

Visit to learn more. Download the LiveSafe App to have all emergency information at the palm of your hand.


 Senior Class Gift for Spring 2017

Parents, please encourage you Senior to give back! The Students’ Treasure Chest (STC) is establishing a new Senior Class Campaign starting with the graduating class of 2017! For a small donation students will receive a Class of 2017 t-shirt and recognition at the Senior Class Celebration.

To receive a shirt, students must donate $20.17, or they can increase the donation to $30.17 for additional support to our opportunity and emergency funds for ECU students.

In appreciation of their support, students will receive:

  • STC Senior Class T-shirt
  • Listed on STC donor honor roll of donors
  • Recognition at Senior Class Celebration
Why STC needs your donations?
Students’ Treasure Chest’s mission is to foster a spirit of service and philanthropy within the student body. All donations to Students’ Treasure Chest are put towards funding students with emergent financial needs and also education opportunities. This donation is an opportunity to give to fellow students who need assistance in furthering their education and getting to graduation.
We realize that there are a lot of expenses during senior year, especially around graduation. By donating the the Students’ Treasure Chest Senior Campaign students are able to support fellow students in their academic achievements as well as in a time of need.
Have questions?

 Family Fellows Program

Embrace this moment FOREVER and join the Family Fellows Program.

Pirate families can leave a lasting legacy through an unrestricted gift to the Parents Fund names or endowed. This program is a unique way to honor and celebrate your graduate through giving. This symbol of recognition allows you to stay connected with your Pirate family and provide resources and tools for future generations of students.

Benefits of Family Fellows:

  • Families, including the graduating senior, will be honored as members of the Family Fellows program.
  • Engraved Cupola Brick
  • ECU Diploma Frame as Family Fellows special gift
  • Recognized as a member of the Chancellor’s Society by ECU Foundation
  • Invitation to annual Family Fellows reception
  • Reserved limited seating and parking at University commencement
  • Special presentation at Senior Celebration (sponsored by the Alumni Association)
  • Opportunities to network with other philanthropic East Carolina families
  • Family Fellows gifts will count towards annual Senior Parent Campaign totals

Contact Zack Hawkins, Director of Student Affairs Development and Parent & Family Programs. Zack can be reached by phone at 252-737-4970 or via email:

 Grad Cap Contest

The Grad Cap Contest, sponsored by the East Carolina Alumni Association has begun! Seniors can share their decorated cap, for a chance to win a diploma frame. Tag East Carolina Alumni Association and use hashtag #ECUGradCap #ECU17

Congratulations Parent Association Scholars

The Parent Association annually awards scholarships to students. Congratulations to these Pirates and their families!

Carrie Embrey, Sophomore

Luke Holloman, Sophomore

Kelsey Yoquelet, Junior

Madigan Raper, Sophomore

Makenzie Evans, Sophomore