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Honors College Parents and Families

The Honors College considers the parents, guardians, and families of our current students and alumni as an extended part of our family.  Thus, a growing number of volunteers, advocates, and donors have emerged from this important group of stakeholders.  The Honors College is proud to engage the families of our students and support a variety of initiatives.  The point of contact for parents and families within the Honors College administration is Associate Dean Kevin Baxter.

Honors College Parent & Family Listserv

The Honors College collects contact information on a voluntary basis for parents and guardians of our current Honors students and alumni.  This contact information is added to a special distribution list so that interested family members can stay connected to the opportunities and pertinent news items coming from the Honors College and East Carolina University.  Parents and guardians who wish to be added to this distribution list may contact Associate Dean Kevin Baxter.

The Ink Pot & Quill

The Honors College produces a bi-annual newsletter to share information and updates with our communities of stakeholders.  Past newsletters may be viewed at the following page: The Ink Pot & Quill

The Honors College Parents Association (HCPA)

Charter and Purpose

The organization creates a link between the Honors College and parents/families of prospective, current and former students. This type of inclusion is set forth to establish goodwill and connection to the Honors College and the University.  In addition, parents can serve as resources for assisting with recruitment and outreach, volunteers for Honors College events, and career advisors and facilitators for current Honors students.  Through the organization parents will be more informed of the opportunities and connections available to their students through the Honors College.


HCPA membership eligibility is automatic upon admission and matriculation of a student to the Honors College at ECU.  Any parent, grandparent, or guardian wishing to join the HCPA must formally opt in and request to be added to the membership list.  This can be done by simply sending an email to the HCPA at at which time you will be added to the distribution list for newsletters and announcements. More details about membership can be found in the HCPA Constitution.

Points of Contact

Ed Harvey, Chair
Lisa Goltermann, Vice-Chair
Candace Jones, Secretary
Tammy Worthington, Member At-Large
Lynn Whittington, Member At-Large

The HCPA also maintains an e-mail address independently of the Honors College administration.  If you wish to contact the officers by way of that e-mail account, please direct said inquiries to  This e-mail account is also in place so that parents of prospective parents can communicate directly with parents of current or former Honors College students to gain helpful perspectives and insight into the experience.  The HCPA also communicates directly with its membership on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

HCPA Constitution

The current HCPA Constitution, which outlines the charter, is available as a PDF for review.

Upcoming Events 

HCPA Fall Meeting
Saturday, September 26, 2015 (Saturday of ECU Family Weekend)
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Mamie Jenkins Building

The fall meeting is open to all HCPA members.  The board will provide HCPA updates and review plans for future events.  Honors College administrators will also be present to share updates and answer questions.  The agenda and details for the meeting will be distributed to HCPA members as soon as they are finalized.   Note: if the football game occurs at noon, the meeting will take place from 8:30-10:00am.

Cupcake Study Break
Sunday, December 13, 2015
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The Honors College Parents Association is sponsoring a cupcake study break during final exams for Honors students.  This has become a tradition and favorite event of the students as they take a short break from studying to connect with their friends while decorating and enjoying a cupcake.  HCPA members who are interested in chairing the planning committee for this event should contact Ed Harvey.

HCPA Spring Living-Learning Experience

This event will be open to HCPA members and will provide an opportunity to experience part of the Pirate Nation.  The details associated with this event are still being finalized and will be announced when available.

Recruitment and Outreach Opportunities

Honors College Open House
Saturday, October 24, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
East Carolina University 

Support the Honors College by speaking informally with high school students, parents, and family members visiting ECU for the Fall Open House. Honors parents can sign-up to support this event through the call for volunteers that will be distributed by e-mail. The Honors College has requested 12-15 parent volunteers to support this event.

Donations to the Honors College

The HCPA acknowledges that the fantastic programming that is provided for Honors College students comes through the hard work of the Honors College staff and the financial support provided by the generous donors to support the breadth of programs offered to our students. As the student population of the Honors College has grown to its full complement of more than 400 students, there is a strong need for additional endowment funds to support the Living-Learning Experiences, Academic Priorities, and Study Abroad.

We hope that you will join the Honors College Advancement Council and Honors College Parent Association members in making a gift to one of the Honors College funds detailed below.  Your gift will impact current and future classes of Honors College students.  It will be instrumental in supporting the delivery of unique Honors College programming that has broad reaching benefits to the entire university.

The Richard R and JoAnn Eakin Fund for Living-Learning Experiences

Dr. Richard Eakin, Chancellor Emeritus and Interim Dean of the Honors College, retired from the Honors College on June 30, 2013.  In honor of Dr. Eakin's many contributions and his leadership role in the development of the Honors College, a priority fund has been established: the Richard R. and Joann Eakin Fund for Living-Learning Experiences. All contributions to this fund will directly support Honors College students and the living-learning programming series.

Gifts may be made through the online giving website by selecting 'Honors College' as the fund and 'Richard R. and Joann Eakin Fund for Living-Learning Experiences' as the second fund using the drop-down menus.

The Marilyn Sheerer Fund for Academic Priorities

Provost Marilyn Sheerer served as the Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at ECU until stepping down on August 15, 2014 and was a huge initiator in founding the Honors College. In honor of Provost Marilyn Sheerer's many contributions and leadership role in the support of the Honors College, a priority fund has been established: the Marilyn Sheerer Fund for Academic Priorities. All contributions to this fund will directly support Honors College students and faculty by providing for research opportunities, technology, and other academic needs.

Gifts may be made through the online giving website by selecting the 'Marilyn Sheerer Fund for Academic Priorities' as the fund using the drop-down menu.

The Michael F. Bassman Fund for Study Abroad

Dr. Michael F. Bassman, named the first Distinguished Honors Professor Emeritus after previously serving as Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of the Honors Program, retired in June, 2014. In honor of Dr. Bassman's many contributions and his leadership role in the development of the Honors College, a priority fund has been established: the Michael F. Bassman Fund for Study Abroad.  All contributions to this fund will directly support Honors College students by helping defray expenses for students to have the opportunity and experience of studying abroad.

Gifts may be made through the online giving website by selecting 'Michael F. Bassman Fund for Study Abroad ' as the fund using the drop-down menu.

If you wish to make a gift using a different giving option, please contact Nate Evans, Honors College Major Gifts Officer, at (252) 737-5232 or

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