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Legislators’ Session, Forum Honor Centennial

Photos by Marc J. Kawanishi

March 8 and the days that followed offered numerous opportunities to celebrate ECU’s 100th year. Above left, ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard shakes hands with N.C. Senate leader Marc Basnight, while UNC System President Erskine Bowles (center) shares a moment with Joe Hackney, speaker of the N.C. House, during the Joint Session of the N.C. General Assembly, held on Founders Day to commemorate the centennial. Above right, ECU trustee Joel Butler listens as former N.C. Gov. Jim Hunt speaks during the Chancellor’s Forum on Service held in Hendrix Theatre. The forum focused on public service and volunteerism, and was moderated by former ECU English faculty member and N.C. Secretary of State Janice H. Faulkner.
Above, ECU faculty and staff celebrated with plenty of sunshine, entertainment, presentations, barbecue and sweet iced tea during the March 8 luncheon on the mall. Announcements during the event included Centennial Awards for Excellence and news of a $1 million gift for ECU leadership initiatives.

Current and former ECU Board of Trustees members join Chancellor Ballard, UNC Board of Governors members and others in breaking ground for the Trustees Fountain in Wright Circle following the historic Joint Session of the N.C. General Assembly. Construction on the fountain will repair underground utility lines and infrastructure. The new fountain is expected to include a more visible profile and water plume.


ECU students, faculty and staff celebrated ECU’s 100th birthday with a birthday party on the campus mall March 7. More than 2,000 purple and gold cupcakes were made for the celebration, which also offered ice cream, free Subway subs and live entertainment. Highlighting the event was a live band from Greensboro, “The Dickens,” pictured at left during their performance. The birthday party was sponsored by the ECU Ambassadors, the Student Government Association, the Centennial Office, the Student Union and the Alumni Association.
Included in the Centennial celebration was the unveiling of the new centennial Pepsi can by Chancellor Steve Ballard (right) and Student Government Association President and ECU trustee M. Cole Jones. Local Pepsi producer Minges Bottling Company produced 1.8 million ECU cans for eastern North Carolina distribution, in honor of the anniversary.
The ECU Board of Governors met on campus March 15 and 16 to commemorate the university’s 100th year. Left to right are UNC President Erskine Bowles, UNC Board of Governors Chairman Jim Phillips, board Vice Chairman Craig Souza, and board member Phil Dixon.
Bubbles floated above the campus mall as students, faculty and staff celebrated the centennial with a birthday party on March 7. Along with live music and free food, a large crowd at the celebration enjoyed such activities as ice sculptures, a balloon artists, noisemakers, goodie bags and a magician. An ECU memory board provided participants an opportunity to view photographs and memorabilia from ECU’s first century.
This page originally appeared in the March 23, 2007 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at