Alumni, Staff & Faculty Memories
Memories shared by alumni, faculty, staff and students.
Mattie Moye King Gaylord
of the second graduating class shared this memory in 1982:
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
Henry Oglesby, class of 1932 and the first male graduate shared this memory in 1982:
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.
Mrs. Stuart Murphy, Myrtle Bass Hodges, Ida Wooten Mewborn Tripp, Elizabeth Edwards, Jewell Cole Scott, Frances Spainhour Hardee, Jimmy Carr and Mary White shared memories of Amelia Earhart's visit to campus in 1937
Ida Wooten Mewborn Tripp
, class of 1938, recalled the following:
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.
Hazel Wilkerson Ticknor
, class of 1936, remembers being a marshal and dating:
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.
shared by Stan Kittrell.
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
Solar Eclipse of the Sun
- Elizabeth Stinson
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 John Bizzell retires
Richard Waldrop, '77
Susan Biggs, '74
Linda Callender, '71, remembers Joyner Library
Marching Pirates, shared by Randy Guptill, '75
Tom Powers, '70, remembers downtown Greenville
shared by Stan Kittrell
Love at ECU - Walter Wilson and Kristin Sauer Gibson, class of 1990
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 University Ambassadors
, shared by Marsha Fleenor, '96 Weekends downtown
Andrew Eldred, '00
Susan McKinney, '01
Erica Carter, '05 Marching Pirates
shared by Chesley Black, '00
Ashley Horne, '01
Kevin Jacobs, '04
September 11th shared by Victoria Kidd, '01 & Caroline Martz, '05
College deferred - Christina Henries' story, '03
Three generations of Pirates, shared by Ann Banks Stocks '84
Favorite professors - Laura Mitchell, '00
GMAC Bowl Game