October 5, 1909, East Carolina Teachers Training School was opened for admittance of students. There was no tuition charge, provided the student promised to teach after graduating. An administration building, two dormitories, a dining hall, power and electric plant and an infirmary were built on a high sandy hill where cotton was formerly cultivated. All are still standing and in use except Austin, and no other buildings were in the vicinity of campus. The path leading to the school was impassable with deep mud during rainy weather and too sandy in fair weather. Boards were placed upon which to walk from Five Points to campus. In inclement weather, our cook drove me back and forth in a horse-drawn buggy.
See also Class of 1912 Graduate Reminisces Fondly
The only place we had to go when not in class was to the library in the Whichard Building. Needless to say, we did not always go to the library to study, check out a book, or to do research. Over in the corners and in the stacks were the only places we could go to hold a girl's hand or to speak privately to her. Miss Gray was librarian and Miss Margaret Sammon was assistant librarian. There were several student assistants. They helped check out books and do a little "policing" in the stacks. You always met "her" at the library.
Only the male faculty had cars on campus. The students really didn't need cars as the campus consisted only of the main buildings along 5th Street, Wright, the science building and the dining hall. There were about 900 girls and 100 boys enrolled at the school. She remembers that Dr. Frank, the history teacher always had the boys sit near the door so they could get away quickly.
Mrs. Ticknor was elected marshal for the Sidney Lanier Society. She attended the Amelia Earhart lecture and also served during ceremonies when Leon R. Meadows was elected president of the college. She also related a couple of dating strategies she employed to get around the three dates per quarter rule. First, she dated a distant cousin, who had the same last name. Afterward, she dated her roommate's brother, so the house mother assumed that brothers were visiting.
Snow story shared by Carolyn Howell
Freshman experiences shared by Jeannette Nichols, 1953
AFROTC memories shared by Col. Lewis Partridge, Tom Blizzard and Steve Davenport. Col. Partridge was flight instructor at ECC in 1954.
Gene Lanier, Class of 1955, shares memories as student.
Early fraternities, memory shared by William H. Wallace, Inter Fraternity Council president of 1959.
Fondest memory, shared by Adolphus Spain, '59
Three generations of Pirates, shared by Ann Banks Stocks, '84
Marching Pirates, shared by Bob Daniels, '59
Nan Harrison Jones, class of 1961 - letter to the editor
Tom Jackson, class of 1961
Carolyn Hammond Howell, class of 1962
Assassination of John F. Kennedy shared by Miriam Lambert
Snow story shared by Linda Rhyne
John Coon, class of 1966
Poem "Legacy of East Carolina" written by James Daniels, class of 1967
Dr. Jo Ann Bell shares memories of the beginnings of the Health Science Library
East Carolina's growth during the 1960's remembered in the newspaper article Decade of Furthering the East's Progress.
Debate Team - Nathan Weavil, class of 1971
1972-1978 - Freshman experiences related by Debby Godwin, LuAnn Bryan and Julia Brooks
Love at ECU - Eldean Pierce, '79
Fondest Memories Richard Waldrop, '77 Susan Biggs, '74
Marching Pirates, shared by Randy Guptill, '75
Tom Powers, '70, remembers downtown Greenville
Brody School of Medicine dedicated 1982
Favorite professors Vickie Biagni, '83 Paula Flanagan, '86
1984 snow story shared by Linda Dohme
Memories shared by Joanna Jones, class of 1989
Leo Jenkins remembers School of Medicine fight in 1985
1988 snow story shared by Chris Walters
Love at ECU - Carolyn Justice-Hinson
Three generations of Pirates, shared by Ann Banks Stocks '84
Fondest Memories ~ Stephen Crawford, '86
Greenville in the 80's
Love at ECU - Walter Wilson and Kristin Sauer Gibson, class of 1990
Freshman experiences Nicole Inman, 1992 Kerry Garner, 1995 Peyton Savage, 1995 Sheri Lewis, 1996 Nina Dry, 1997 LaToya Rowlett, 1999
Working in Joyner Library shared by Meredith Goins, 1996
Marching Pirates, shared by Jonathun Kuhn '96
Freshman experiences Ashley Horne, '01 Kevin Jacobs, '04
September 11th shared by Victoria Kidd, '01 & Caroline Martz, '05
College deferred - Christina Henries' story, '03
Favorite professors - Laura Mitchell, '00
GMAC Bowl Game