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ECU ‘Goes for the Gold’ in Homecoming 2008

By Christine Neff

East Carolina University will celebrate Homecoming 2008, Nov. 7 – 9.

Events planned by the ECU Alumni Association include an open house, awards ceremony, homecoming parade and tailgating before the ECU vs. Marshall University football game.

A luncheon at the Mendenhall Student Center will kick off the weekend on Friday, Nov. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Attendees will hear about plans to remodel the student center and other new projects taking place at ECU (Cost is $10 for alumni association members, $15 for non-members).

On Friday afternoon, visitors can take a bus tour of campus or attend ECU Classroom Experiences, meant to take alumni back to their college days.

Gerald Prokopowicz, ECU history professor, will lead a discussion on his book, “Did Lincoln Own Slaves?: And Other Frequently Asked Questions about Abraham Lincoln” at 1 p.m. in Joyner Library.

Pat Dunn, mayor of Greenville and a 1958 ECU graduate, will speak on her vision for the city and the revitalization of uptown Greenville at 2:15 p.m. in Joyner Library. Archivists will discuss how University Archives and Special Collections preserve ECU’s history at 2:15 p.m. in Joyner Library.

Lt. General Gary North, a 1976 graduate of ECU and Commander, 9th Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., will present a guest lecture at 2:15 p.m., in the Mendenhall Student Center.

At 6 p.m. on Friday, alumni are invited to a cocktail reception at the Hilton Greenville to honor this year’s recipients of the Outstanding Alumni, Honorary Alumni and Distinguished Service awards. A ceremony and dinner will follow (cost is $30 for members, $35 for non-members).

On Saturday, the Alumni Center on Fifth Street is hosting an open house with complimentary breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m. for all ECU alumni and friends. The Homecoming Parade will make its way down Fifth Street from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This year’s floats will embody the Homecoming Theme, “ECU Goes for the Gold.”

A Homecoming Alumni Tailgate will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, at Gate 1 outside Minges Coliseum (Cost is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Children 10 and under are free). The tailgate will include food and Pirate beverages, games for children, live entertainment, door prizes and a chance to see Pee Dee the Pirate and the ECU Cheerleaders before the ECU Pirates play Marshall’s Thundering Herd.

Individual colleges and campus groups have special events planned for Homecoming weekend. More information about those activities can be found online,

Registration for Homecoming events can be made now through Oct. 28. For more information, visit the web site listed above or call the ECU Alumni Association at 328-6072.

This page originally appeared in the Nov. 3, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at