ECU Celebrates 99 Years
By Nancy McGillicuddy
East Carolina University celebrates its 99th birthday this year with the theme “A Legacy of Leadership.”
|Flags announcing ECU’s 99th year adorn Reade Circle, next to the newly constructed West End Dining Hall. Each year as ECU Founders Day approaches, the City of Greenville installs the flags along downtown streets in the perimeter of the ECU campus. (Photo by Joy Holster)
The official Founders Day is March 8. On this day the university community honors Gov. Thomas Jordan Jarvis, who is known as the father of ECU. Because of his commitment to higher education, the General Assembly on March 8, 1907 chartered East Carolina Teachers Training School, which would eventually become East Carolina University. A memorial service will take place in honor of Gov. Jarvis at 10 a.m. at the Cherry Hill Cemetery in Greenville.
Founders Week runs March 27 to April 1 and includes events for both the university and Greenville community. A complete list of events is available by visiting http://www.ecu.edu/foundersday/.
- Monday, March 27: Community Leaders Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church; The Chancellor’s Community Advisory Council Issues Forum will hold a forum at 7 p.m. at the Eppes Recreation Center
- Tuesday, March 28: Victory Bell Service, 10 a.m., Victory Bell adjacent to Christenbury Memorial Gymnasium
- Wednesday, March 29: Ground-breaking for North Recreational Complex, 1 p.m., near the intersection of US 264 East/US 264 Alternate; Student Leadership: The Elite Pirate Program, 3 p.m., Hendrix Theatre; Birthday Party for Students, 4 p.m., the Mall
- Thursday, March 30: Chancellor’s Forum on Leadership, 10 a.m., Hendrix Theatre; Luncheon on the Mall, Noon (ticket required); A Dialogue among 99 Leaders, 2 p.m., MSC; “Thomas Harriott Voyages of Discovery” lecture, 7:30 p.m., Hendrix Theatre
- Friday, March 31: Founders Award Luncheon, Noon, Murphy Center – ticket required; Groundbreaking for East Carolina Heart Institute, 3 p.m., Lot G, Emergency Drive
- Saturday, April 1: Youth Arts Festival, Mall of ECU, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.