Class Notes

Couple at the Fountain 1970
Alumni Spotlights

John Cooper

His nose for news

John Cooper ’89 (above) has brought a lot of news into the living rooms of TV viewers across the country over the past 20 years, from the attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11 to Steve Jobs’ death. During that time he has worked for the NBC News Channel in Charlotte, an arm of the national NBC News network, including a brief stint at the Washington, D.C., bureau.

As the deputy manager of the live desk, he works with reporters in the field to oversee and produce their national and international news stories. The stories, or video packages, are distributed daily to local NBC affiliates nationwide.

Last November, Cooper came back to ECU as the keynote speaker at the fourth annual High School Media Day hosted by the School of Communication. “I remember sitting where you are now thinking about my future,” Cooper told about 150 students from 12 eastern North Carolina high schools attending the one-day workshop. “ECU gave me direction and I discovered how TV news impacted my life. Journalism is not the oldest profession, but it’s the best. Every day is an education.”

Cooper lives in his native Charlotte, where he is from originally, with his wife, Chris, and 4-year-old daughter, Prentiss.
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Kymia Nawabi

Bravo's next great artist

An exhibition of works by Kymia Nawabi ’03 (above), entitled “Not for Long, My Forlorn,” occupied much of the second floor of the Brooklyn Museum of Art for a six-week showing that ended Feb. 5. The exhibition included 12 paintings, two sculptures and a poem that represented her winning entry in the Bravo TV network’s Work of Art program.

Crowned by a panel of art experts in December as America’s “Next Great Artist,” she received a $100,000 prize and the opportunity to exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. Much of her work is inspired by the Egyptian deity Thoth, who holds the universe in balance and who greets the deceased in the afterlife and is represented as a man with the head of an ibis.

A first generation Iranian-American, Nawabi was born in San Diego, Calif., and grew up in Durham. She has been living in New York City since earning her master of fine arts from the University of Florida in 2006.

Steve Loper Jersey

Coach's jersey comes home

A jersey thought to have been worn by legendary East Carolina baseball coach Jim Mallory during the Pirates’ 1961 NAIA national championship season was donated to the school by Steve Loper ’01 of Cary
(above right). Accepting is current coach Billy Godwin (left). Loper, who collects ECU memorabilia, said he found the jersey offered for sale on eBay by a person in Australia. Mallory, who compiled a record of 161-60 during nine years in the dugout, also served as dean of men during a 33-year career at East Carolina.

Future Islands

Future Islands tours Europe

Baltimore-based band Future Islands (left) is touring Europe and Japan to showcase its third album, On the Water, which was recorded at a waterfront house in Elizabeth City. Formed at ECU when they were art students here, Future Islands is composed of singer Sam Herring, guitarist William Cashion ’06 and keyboardist Gerritt Welmers. Their first band at ECU, Art Lord & the Self Portraits, which featured Kymia Nawabi ’03, performed widely across the state until it broke up in 2005. Future Island’s music has been described as “post-wave,” “post-punk” and “new-wave” but the band calls it “synpop.”

Since adopting Baltimore as home a couple years ago, the band has become a favorite of the city’s club scene. In reviewing the new album, which was released by the independent label Thrill Jockey, the Baltimore Sun said “the trio has cultivated a lush, nuanced sound, and Herring’s Jekyll-and-Hyde singing is its centerpiece.” The paper’s music critic commented on the group’s “growing catalog of danceable break-up songs” and Future Islands “sticks to what the members naturally gravitate to—propulsive backbeats, a sturdy low end, floating-in-mid-air synthesizers and Herring’s vocal bloodletting.”

Lonnie Walker, a roots-rock band fronted by Brian Corum, ’08, often is the opening act when Future Islands performs in North Carolina. Lonnie Walker recently won the Last Band Standing contest at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh.

Pure Gold Dancers

The first Pure Gold squad

Attendance and school spirit weren’t as high as many hoped at basketball games in the then-new Minges Coliseum in 1970, so the SGA was receptive to ideas for boosting fan interest. A freshman walked into the SGA offices one day asking if the school had a dance team, and the idea was hatched for a group that is still thriving on campus 41 years later. Using a small SGA grant to buy uniforms, the group, initially known as the Pirateers and in recent decades as the Pure Gold Dancers, performed for the first time at Homecoming 1970. Greenville attorney Phil Dixon ’71, a former chair of the ECU Board of Trustees and current member of the UNC Board of Governors, was SGA vice president in 1970. Among his duties was seeing that the grant to the Pirateers would be used properly. Other alumni who remember that beginning include Julia Brooks Wilson of Greenville and Joey Horton, who was the freshman who walked into Dixon’s SGA office asking about a dance team. In the photo above, Wilson is at back left. Others on that original squad were Jan Bainbridge, Marcia Gill, Cynthia Erdahl, Shelley Beeler, Pam Lowry, Terry Roach, Betty Boyd, Beverly Nickens and Debbie Stone. If you recognize others in the picture, please let us know.

Three 1962 Alumnae

East Carolina staff member Diane Coltraine was at work in her office on the second floor of Ragsdale Hall recently when Linda Jones Miner ’66 of Annapolis, Md. (right), stuck her head in the door to ask, “Is it OK if I come in and look around, because this was my dorm room.” Of course, Coltraine replied. With Miner were two friends, Ann Peedin Parrish ’65 ’66 ’82 ’91 of Benson (center) and Ann Vick Johnson ’66 ’85 of Jacksonville (left), who lived in other rooms in Ragsdale during their student days.

Close friends during college, the three lost touch over the years until Miner e-mailed them and suggested a reunion. A fourth friend, Judith Taylor Bell Darden ’66 of Greenville also came to the reunion. “We loved campus,” Miner, who grew up in Swansboro, said about returning after so many years. “The trees are huge today. We were so happy the old buildings had not been torn down and that they’ve been preserved. We talked to the students while we were walking around campus and they were so friendly to us.”

Walking with them as they left the building, Coltraine, who is editor of university catalogs, said she heard one say: “This is where my future husband kissed me for the first time.”

Adrienne Willis Jungmann

Wilmington honors her art

The Wilmington Star News selected an original watercolor by artist Adrienne Willis Jungmann ’94 to feature on the 25th annual edition of the newspaper’s collection of coffee mugs featuring Port City landscapes. Her view of the Wilmington waterfront was chosen over the work of 90 other artists. Jungmann’s earlier work was honored in 2008 by the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association’s Annual Art contests and the “Building Healthy Coastal Communities” contest in 2009. Her works were exclusively featured on the homebuilders’ association Parade of Homes magazine covers in 2008 and 2009. The waterfront scene featured on this year’s mug was captured in her memory on an afternoon in 2007 as she stood on the grounds of the Battleship North Carolina. Looking the Cape Fear River at the Wilmington riverfront, she was struck by the beautiful, placid scene—boats were docked, colorful trees filled in the gaps between buildings and the steeple of First Presbyterian Church pierced the blue sky. Jungmann operates through Southern Flair Fine Art Gallery, where a variety of her watercolors and renderings can be viewed.

Barbara McPhail Art

Interviewed on NPR
New York printmaker Barbara McPhail ’76 was featured on a recent edition of the Out of Bounds radio show hosted by Tish Pearlman on NPR. She discussed her body of work composed of paintings, drawings, prints, hand-built ceramics, collage and handmade paper. Her artwork focuses on social justice, environmental and political issues as envisioned through experimental and traditional techniques and imagery. She has exhibited at the Coo Gallery and Columbia University in New York City, and at the Garrett Gallery in Cambridge, Mass. She recently had a solo exhibit, Hydrofracking, that appeared at Keuka College. She can read her blog here.

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SCOTT BARRINGER is the Pioneer League Athletic Trainer of the Year. He is athletic trainer for the Missoula Osprey, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks in Missoula, Mont. AMANDA HOWARD BUIE wed BRYAN KEITH THIGPEN ’10 on Sept. 24 at Englewood United Methodist Church, Rocky Mount. She works for Pitt County Schools, and he is attending graduate school at ECU. BRADLEY CRAFT teaches freshman introduction to algebra at Northern Vance High School, Henderson, where he graduated in 2007. HEATHER POPE is a fourth-grade language arts and social studies teacher at Selma Elementary, Selma. JAMES “JJ” ARTHUR REGAN JR. wed Marcy Beth Hebert, who is attending ECU, on Sept. 3 at Core Sound Water Fowl Museum, Harkers Island. KELSEA LEANNE SANDERS wed John William Walters at Mount Olive First Pentecostal Holiness Church, Mount Olive. She teaches sixth grade at Grifton School, Grifton. LACEY WINSLOW provides science support for K–2 students at Selma Elementary, Selma.

BRITTANY NEILAND BELL wed Lawrence Anderson Moye IV on Sept. 17 at St. Egbert Catholic Church, Morehead City. She is a nurse at Rex Hospital, Raleigh. KRISTEN D’ANNE HEFFELFINGER wed Christopher Paul Wilson at Boiling Springs Baptist Church, Boiling Springs. She works for Coastal Carolina Cardiology, Greenville. Dr. ALICIA MARIE MYERS wed Dr. James Quinto Lagasca on Oct. 8 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Greenville. She is an internal medicine resident at George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C., with plans to continue a fellowship in infectious diseases. AMY LAND teaches fifth grade at Selma Elementary, Selma. ELIZABETH PIKE is the assistant manager of Catalog Connection, a women’s boutique in Greenville. JESSICA LYN PORTERFIELD wed PHILLIP DEAN PRICE ’01 ’10 on June 11 at White Lake. She is working on a master’s in public health at ECU, and he works for Beaufort County Community College in Washington. ALEXANDRA STEPHENS is a registered nurse at Gastroenterology East P.A. and Endoscopy Center in Greenville. J. DEREK SWART teaches upper school English and history at the Oakwood School in Greenville.

ANGELA GRACE MCDONALD and EDWARD CROFT MASSEY ’11 wed on Sept. 17 at Jarvis Memorial University Methodist Church, Greenville. She is a registered nurse on the Progressive Care Unit at Lenoir Memorial Hospital. He is an account services specialist with Ripken Baseball. Annah Westbrook Schwartz ’09 was a bridesmaid. TRACY MYERS WILKERSON wed SEAN EDWARD GOUGH ’10 on Sept. 24 at Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church, Greenville.

BRITTANY ANN CRAIG wed Joshua Timothy Gore on Oct. 2 at the Duplin Winery, Rose Hill. She teaches in Wayne County Schools. MELISSA and BRAD ’06 EAKES own the Pour Haus Pub in Farmville. Dr. CHARLENE LOCKLEAR joined Southeastern Medical Clinic North Lumberton where she will work with her sister, Dr. Andrea Simmons ’05. NIKKI WALKER, media coordinator at Edgewood Elementary School, Whiteville, is that school’s 2011-12 Teacher of the Year.

SARA AMANDA ALLEN wed JAMES WEST POTTER ’04 on June 25 at Bethany Free Will Baptist Church, Winterville. She teaches fourth grade at Wintergreen Intermediate School, Greenville, and he manages The Trophy Case and is self-employed in sports entertainment. JENNA BUIE ’07 ’11 teaches fifth grade at Selma Elementary School, Selma. JESSICA L. HAUSER ’07 ’08 is the administrator of The Laurels of GreenTree Ridge, Asheville, a 100-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility. ROY HOPKINS opened Pro Fitness 24 Training Studio and Wellness Club in Greenville. CHADWICK STOKES joined AXA Advisors, Greenville, as a financial adviser. TIMOTHY ANDREW WATKINS wed Lynn Cornelia Hartough on June 11 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Wilmington. He is a project engineer for ColonialWebb Contractors, Richmond, Va. Navy Seaman LAURA A. VEALE completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

LAUREN CALDWELL BUCK is the manager of Catalog Connection, a women’s boutique in Greenville. Dr. MATTHEW COLLINS joined Eastern Urological Associates P.A. after specialized training in laparoscopic and robotic surgical techniques for the kidney and prostate. CHRISTINA IRENE COVINGTON wed Joseph Chad Martin on Sept. 23 at Bald Head Island Chapel, Bald Head Island. She is pursuing her master’s in elementary education through Gardner Webb University and teaches kindergarten at Mineral Springs Elementary School, Ellerbe. REBECCA DANIELLE EASTMAN wed John Linwood Gurganus IV on Sept. 10 at Bethel United Methodist Church, Bethel. She is in graduate school. Dr. NICHOLAS JERNIGAN, a physician with Wilmington Health in Leland, passed board examinations in internal medicine and pediatrics and met training, licensure and procedural requirements to become a board-certified physician. EMILY ROSE SEATON wed Wesley Bryant Sheffield on Oct. 15 at Christ Episcopal Church, Charlotte. She works for a private wealth management team of Wells Fargo Advisors in Charlotte. Dr. ERIK ROGER SWANSON works at Charleston Ear, Nose and Throat Associates, Charleston, S.C.

LAUREN DAVIS ASBY is banking officer and branch manager in Southern Bank’s Greenville Medical Center Office. She completed her first year of the N.C. School of Banking in Chapel Hill. SEAN P. DOOLEY was promoted to senior analyst in Matrix Capital Markets Group’s energy and multi-site retail group in Richmond, Va. LIONEL KATO, principal of Farmville Middle School, is the 2011 Media Administrator of the Year awarded by the N.C. School Library Media Association. SHAUNDA MOORE is banking officer and branch manager in Southern Bank’s Winterville office. AMANDA ELIZABETH NICHOLS wed Jeremy Mark Stewart on Sept. 17 at Trinity Free Will Baptist Church, Greenville. She works for the Salvation Army in Greenville. GLENN REED ’05 ’07, principal of Blue Creek Elementary School in Jacksonville, is the 2012 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year for Onslow County Schools. ALLISON SWART is worksite wellness coordinator for the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce.

LISA BARBER, regional director of business development for the Greenville Convention Center, earned the designation of Certified Meeting Professional. RICHARD HIBBITTS is a programmer and web developer for S&S Cherokee, a full-service communications company, in Cary. MICHAEL D. HOLT is vice president and business development officer for Southern Bank’s South Charles Boulevard office, Greenville. ERIC NICKENS JR. ’04 ’08 received two awards from the N.C. Public Health Association: Public Health Staff Recognition Award and the 2011 All-Star Award. He is director of health education and public/media affairs at Alamance County Health Department, Burlington. BRANDON SHOAF is the Hertford town manager, where he was the town planner for nearly four years. LEANNE E. SMITH ’04 ’06 received her MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College, Baltimore, Md. For her thesis, she began documenting the 40-year history of the Green Grass Cloggers, started at ECU in 1971. She teaches in ECU’s Department of English. BERNADETTE WILSON is a special education teacher at Selma Elementary, Selma. She previously taught special education for six years in Lenoir County.

FRANK ADAMS earned an exemption into his first European Tour golf tournament in the King Hassan II Trophy tournament to be held in spring 2012 in Morocco. He was on the ECU golf team. CHANTÉ LASSITER, principal of Perquimans High School, was named principal of the year for Perquimans County Schools. HEATHER PAIT, certified physician assistant, provides care three days a week at the Southeastern Medical Clinic Bladenboro. MARY MCCRORY SEBASTIAN wed Joseph Campbell Jenkins on Oct. 22 on the Presentation Deck of The Shoals Club, Bald Head Island. She is a clinical trials coordinator, RN, at Duke Clinical Research Institute. KRISTA MARIE SOLI wed Paul Charles Foster on Sept. 10 at Richardson Adventure Farm, Spring Grove, Ill. She is the primary massage therapist at Oasis Center for Health, a holistic health care clinic in Hinsdale, Ill., and an instructor at the National University of Health Sciences. CHRISTINA MCALPIN TAYLOR was selected as a 2011 Leader in the Law by the N.C. Lawyer’s Weekly. She practices with Smith Debnam in Raleigh in its creditors’ rights practice group where she represents a wide range of businesses. TANYA TURNER, principal of Chowan Middle School, was named principal of the year for Edenton-Chowan Schools.

BERNITA W. DEMERY completed a three-year term on the N.C. Association of Certified Public Accountants board of directors where she was minority action committee liaison and a member of the audit committee. LAURA O. DOUNA is an associate dentist at Earp & Gamboa Dentistry by Design in Greenville and Farmville. Dr. NITIN GUPTA, a specialist in retina care, joined the practice of his father, Smithfield ophthalmologist Dr. Madan Lal. FREDERICK A. MORENO wed Jennie Leigh Doss on May 21 at Southview United Methodist Church, Roanoke, Va. He is an assistant DA in Durham. Michael J. Sandlin ’02 was a groomsman, and Cynthia Moreno Wallace ’01 ’09 was a bridesmaid. CHRISTOPHER NUNNALLY joined the fine arts department and is the strings director across all divisions at the Oakwood School in Greenville.

Dr. KENGIE BASS is principal of Moore Square Magnet Middle School, Raleigh. He is one of the youngest school administrators with a doctorate in the Wake County Public Schools. He was an assistant principal at Knightdale High School where he also did his internship. MARK LOCKLEAR and wife, Katie, had their first child, Cannon Martin. SARA J. SINGLETON is program coordinator for economic development at the University of Georgia, managing UGA’s Economic Development Leadership Council and directing outreach activities to businesses, governments, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout Georgia.

STEPHANIE WHITLOCK DICKEN illustrated the book Where Shall We Go? about a mother and daughter who imagine themselves traveling the world only to discover that their favorite place is home.

AMY KILGORE is public relations specialist at Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, Wilmington, and on the board of directors of the YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear. KAREN SHARPE is Teacher of the Year for Bertie Early College High School in Windsor, where she teaches science.

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DANIEL E. BAIN (right) was named president of Jefferson Davis Community College in Brewton, Ala. He was president of Independence Community College in Independence, Kan.

BOBBY C. DARDEN is executive director of the three-county Coastal Environmental Partnership for solid waste in New Bern. He was county manager in Perquimans County since 2004 and assistant county manager there for two years previously. Dr. DORIS H. HUNT wed Gene Lyndon McLaughlin on Oct. 17 on a gondola at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. She is the exceptional children’s director with the Robeson County Public Schools. JASON MILLER ’96 ’07 is principal at Lenoir County Early College High School, Kinston. He was assistant principal at Greene County Middle School. KELLY CAMERON TAYLOR received a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Gardner-Webb University, where she is chair of middle grades education. DONNIE WARREN was promoted to divisional vice president with Healthcare Services Group responsible for business development and operations in North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.

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RONALD L. VILLINES JR. is an assistant principal at Graham High School in Graham. He was an assistant principal at East Mooresville Intermediate School in the Mooresville Graded School District near Charlotte. AMY SLUDER WOODARD of Apex (right), a nurse and the lead kidney transplant coordinator at UNC Hospitals, was named to board of directors of the Southeastern Kidney Council, which works to improve the lives of people with or at risk for kidney disease in the Carolinas and Georgia.

STEPHEN JAMES HAMMOND wed Rachael Semcheski on Nov. 13 at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He is a construction manager in Chesapeake, Va. BRYAN HARPOLE is general manager of Ubiquity Studios, a division of Ubiquity Broadcasting Corp., a digital lifestyle and multimedia company, in Los Angeles, Calif. LOUISE CREECH PRICE ’94 ’00 received her National Board certification in 2010. She is media coordinator at Fike High School, Wilson County. CAROL JONES SHIELDS ’94 ’00 was named to a three-year term on the State Advisory Council for the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. She serves on the Halifax County CES Advisory Council and is a Roanoke Valley Extension Master Gardener. GRACE “MISSY” DAUGHTRY SMITH is the 2011 N.C. Association of Zoning Officials Member of the Year. In 2009 she was NCAZO Zoning Official of the Year, making her the only member to win both awards in the organization’s 30-year history. She is a planning supervisor for Durham City-County.


MILTON EUGENE “GENE” HODGES ’93 ’99 is assistant county manager for Craven County. He was assistant county manager in Person County. LANCE L. METZLER is the Rockingham County manager. He was the Montgomery County manager. HUNTER ANDERSON MOORE wed Jennifer Leigh Culler on Aug. 20 in Jones Chapel, Meredith College. He works for GENBAND in RTP. ELIZABETH ASHBY QUARLES wed Matthew McNaughton on Sept. 22 at Starry Night Cafe, Ferrisburgh, Vt. She works for G. Housen Distributors.

SCOTT JONES received the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service award in Region 1 of the N.C. High School Athletic Association. At Camden County High School, he is head coach of football and women’s basketball and teaches social studies. Adams ’59 ’62 led the N.C. High School Athletics Association for many years. DONNA PHILLIPS ’91 ’94, senior economic developer and manager for the N.C. Department of Commerce’s recruitment efforts for the Eastern region, was named to the ECU Board of Visitors.

ABBOTT DEES opened a new Chick-fil-A franchise in Winterville. He transferred from the Greenville Mall unit. MARCUS D. GOODSON, executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers, Fla., was elected to a two-year term as president of the Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. GEORGANN ATHANAELOS SAPP ’90 ’91 was named Elementary Art Educator of the Year by the N.C. Art Education Association. She teaches elementary art at Jackson Park Elementary School in Kannapolis.

DAVID SINGLETON is advertising director at the Daily Reflector, Greenville. He was advertising director for The Key West Citizen, Key West, Fla. RANDY WHITAKER is Teacher of the Year for Bertie High School in Windsor where he is a physical education teacher and coach.


Dr. SUSAN AYCOCK, family medicine specialist, provides care two days a week at the Southeastern Medical Clinic Bladenboro.

KAREN GARDNER, media coordinator at Ayden-Grifton High School, is the 2011 Media Coordinator of the Year awarded by the N.C. School Library Media Association. SUZANNE HACHMEISTER ’85 ’86, academically and intellectually gifted lead teacher for Pitt County Schools, received the 2011 Ann Harrison Service Award, given to gifted educators whose innovative approach has positively influenced gifted education in eastern North Carolina. She is the daughter of Frances Cahoon ’58 and Everett Bradley ’59 of Sanford and is married to Chip Hachmeister ’85 ’88.

GERRY ROGERS was named to the TriCounty Sports Hall of Fame, Pottstown, Pa. He played football and boxed in high school and played football at the University of Maryland, Villanova and ECU, where he was an all-conference selection.

DEWANA JO SCEARCE HOLT, first-grade teacher at Eastover-Central Elementary School in Fayetteville, is the 2011-2012 Cumberland County Teacher of the Year. She teaches first grade at Eastover Central Elementary School, Eastover. WENDY PERRY won first place at Midstate Mill’s “Best Southern Biscuit” contest.

SAMUEL J. BERNSTEIN is director of merchandising, marketing and global sourcing at Boy Scouts of America National Supply Group. Previously, he was at Family Dollar Stores for more than thirty years, most recently as vice president–general merchandise manager.

CAROLYN WILLIAMS received a Showcase Award from the Virginia Community College Association, recognizing her contributions to the community college experience and her dedication to students. She is a counselor at Tidewater Community College’s Counseling Center.

HOMER DOYLE SPRING JR. received the Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He is a math teacher and athletic director at Dixon High School in the Onslow County School System. He is the former wrestling coach for Dixon High School where his wrestling teams won four state titles. He currently referees middle and high school wrestling.

KATHRYN SAULS ’75 ’76 ’81 joined the fine arts department and teaches middle school and upper school chorus at the Oakwood School in Greenville. STEVE TERRY, Coker College vice president for student enrollment services, received the Joseph O. Nixon Award for chief student affairs officers from the South Carolina College Personnel Association. GAYLE MCCRACKEN TUTTLE won two blue ribbons at the State Fair in Raleigh for her preserves. It’s the second year in a row she has won at least one blue ribbon at the fair.

JOHN NARRON was selected a 2011 Leader in the Law by the N.C. Lawyer’s Weekly. He is a partner and head of the litigation practice with the Raleigh-based law firm of Smith Debnam. He is also recognized as a Board Certified Family Law Specialist by the N.C. State Bar. JANET WOOLARD PREVATTE received the Special Person Award in Region 6 of the N.C. High School Athletic Association. She is special populations coordinator at Butler High School in Matthews and coach of the Butler Dream Team.

CHARLES CHAMBLISS retired as assistant superintendent of Halifax County Schools where he worked for 40 years. His three children, Christopher Mark Chambliss ’95, Christal Chambliss Pittard ’00 and Caren Chambliss Godfrey ’03, are all ECU graduates as are his three siblings.

HARTWELL H. FULLER was posthumously inducted into the Twin County Hall of Fame, which celebrates the people of Nash and Edgecombe counties. He taught at Rocky Mount Senior High and Wilson Technical Institute before joining the newly formed Edgecombe Technical Institute in 1968. For 35 years, he served Edgecombe Community College, with the last 10 as president from 1994 to 2004.

JERRY MCGEE, the president of Wingate University near Charlotte who enjoyed a stellar weekend career as a college football referee, is among eight individuals who will be inducted into the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame in May. McGee pledged $333,000 to East Carolina to establish the Jerry E. McGee Distinguished Professorship in the College of Health and Human Performance. Also in this year’s class of inductees is Henry Trevathan ’55 ’56 ’81, a former assistant ECU football coach.


RICHARD CONDER of Rockingham, former ECU football player and 1982 alumni of the year, was inducted into the N.C. County Commissioner Association inaugural Hall of Fame. He is married to Barbara
Speight Conder ’57.