ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard, right,  looks on as Phillip R. Dixon, UNC Board of Governors member and former chair of the ECU Board of Trustees, presents the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching to Dr. John W. Howard III, left, associate professor in the School of Communication. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Awards, memorials highlight 2011 Founders Day

East Carolina University celebrated its 104th anniversary April 26, marking the date on which the North Carolina General Assembly formally approved the establishment of the East Carolina Teachers Training School. Traditional celebrations included services to acknowledge and honor accomplishments within the ECU community. Faculty and staff awards recognized excellence in teaching, research and service. Acknowledgment of the sacrifices made by those who served their country in the military came through rededication of the university's Victory Bell, along with dedication of a new Freedom Wall and Memorial Walk.

Highlights of the celebrations included:


Seven stones bearing the names of those who have served and sacrificed were put in place as part of the dedication of the university's new Freedom Wall and Memorial Walk.  Read more…

Three East Carolina University students who died serving their country were among the first memorialized during the Memorial Walk and Freedom Wall dedication.  Read more…

When Herb Carlton enrolled in ROTC in 1949 at East Carolina Teachers College, there wasn't much on campus for male students. So, like many of his peers, the former Marine turned to the campus Veterans' Club to meet people and socialize.  Read more…

Awards presented as part of Founders Day celebrations included the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching and Distinguished Professor for Teaching Awards, Centennial Awards for Excellence, and induction into the Servire Society. Read more…