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First-generation ECU Grads Focus of Oral History Project

As part of Founder’s Day celebrations, East Carolina University will focus on first-generation graduates of the school.

On March 26 at 7 p.m., ECU’s Centennial Task Force and J.Y. Joyner Library will sponsor a public program, “First in the Family: An Oral History of First-Generation Graduates of East Carolina University.” The program will showcase the results of an oral history project that documented the experiences of 20 ECU alumni who were the first in their families to earn a college degree. These alumni attended East Carolina from the 1930s through 2005 – from its years as East Carolina Teachers College to today’s East Carolina University, and their stories reveal much about the university’s impact on them personally and on the region.

The program will include a keynote address by Mac Legerton, executive director of the Center for Community Action in Lumberton, and a panel discussion by the interviewers who conducted the interviews.

Members of the audience, including those who recorded their interviews for the project, will be asked to relate some of their experiences as first-generation students. Questions for participants will include details about family support, adjustment to college life and personal educational experiences.

The program will take place in the Teaching Resources Center on the second floor of the Joyner Library. Free parking will be available in the lot located behind FedEx Kinkos on Tenth Street.

For more information, contact Maury York at Joyner Library at 328-0252 or e-mail

This page originally appeared in the March 20, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at