Approximately 4,700 guests, including more than 1,500 prospective students, visited campus during fall Open House. Presented by the ECU Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the event gave future Pirates an opportunity to gather information on admissions, financial aid, campus living and dining, as well as the academic and student life aspects of campus. Visitors enjoyed campus tours, a peek inside residence halls and lunch at one of several campus eateries. (Photo by Patrick Fay)
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In Memoriam  

By Joanne Kollar

ShaLexus Danzy is a HealthCorps coordinator at Latta High School, Ada, Okla. Jarrod Dennis is assistant superintendent for Person County Schools. He was director of technology and accountability for the school. Dr. David Lawson Harrington is an associate dentist in the office of Drs. Michels and Gauquie, Greenville. He was in the ECU School of Dental Medicine inaugural class. Jekoi Lassiter is a fourth-grade teacher at Rocky Mount Prep, Rocky Mount. Victoria Lauren Whitfield wed Credle Allen Harris on May 16 in Chapel Hill. The wedding party included Christian Caraway ’08, Kristopher Pupilli ’11 and Tara Whitfield ’11. He is a dentist with Kennedy Dental Group, Chapel Hill.

Maclain Copeland is assistant events manager at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, S.C. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kyle T. Hedgpeth graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Katie Kirk repeated as Carolina Women’s Amateur golf champ at Treyburn Country Club, Durham. Haley Alexis McKeel wed Russell Michael Ward ’13 on May 2 at Shiloh Church, Wilson. The wedding party included Jordan Eatmon ’13, Chelsea Ezelle, Sarah Glover, Kayla Grant and Chelsey Brianne McKeel ’13, sister of the bride. She is a financial associate at Trinity Concepts Corp. He is a police officer with the Wilson Police Department. Ashley Oakes joined Gastroenterology East P.A., Greenville, as a registered nurse. David Justin Oliver III wed Anna Elizabeth McNeill on May 16 at The First Baptist Church, Whiteville. He works for Liberty Healthcare, Raleigh. Mark Perew is an officer of Wells Fargo Bank in the technology infrastructure services group in Winston-Salem. Army Spc. Shemina L. Royal graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

Liz Elam is an office and library assistant with Margaret Donaldson Interiors, Charleston, S.C. Taylor Kathleen Ellington wed Jarrod Brooks Miron on July 12 at White Plains United Methodist Church, Cary. The wedding party included Emily Collins ’12, Samantha Elchook ’11 ’13, Charli Leto ’13 and Hannah Troutman ’14. She works at Informatica in Raleigh. Hailey Sumner and Jennifer Inman Stephenson ’98 ’00 partnered to open a Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store boutique, Pink of the Pines, in Southern Pines, a lifelong dream for both women. Stacy Elizabeth Sutton wed Ethan Aaron Cobb on April 4 at Marlboro OFWB Church, Farmville. She works at Greene County Intermediate School, Snow Hill.

Michael K. Brantley published his first book, Memory Cards: Portraits from a Rural Journey, which revisits his growing-up years in eastern North Carolina. He is a visiting assistant professor of English at N.C. Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount. Catherine Dahl, a Clarkson University doctor of physical therapy student, received the Samuel B. Feitelberg Physical Therapy Endowed Fellowship for 2014-2015. Crystal Dixon is principal at Pamlico Primary School, Bayboro. Kyle Robert Olson wed Hannah Elizabeth McCain on April 25 at The Pavilions at Angus Barn, Raleigh. He works at Fidelity Investments, Durham. Wes Shivar was promoted to vice president and agricultural banker for the Greenville region by PNC Bank. Kathryn Webb Stell wed Zachary Paul Schmidt on June 27 at Bay Leaf Baptist Church, Raleigh.

Trent Coyne Barker ’11 ’13 wed Lindsay Ruth-Kate “Katie” Moore at MacPherson Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville, on June 13. The wedding party included Eric Martin ’10, Thomas Sallenger ’09 and Cullen Stutts ’10. He is an associate quality specialist at Merck Pharmaceuticals. Carrie Elizabeth Daniel wed Jeremy Kyle Roberts at First Christian Church, Wilmington, on May 16. She works for Wells Fargo in Charlotte. Tremayne Smith is working on a master’s degree in political management at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He was director of bands at Rocky Mount High School, Rocky Mount, for three years. Chelsey Marie Williams wed David Allen Griffith ’12 on May 23 at the home of the bride’s grandparents in Wilson. She is a commercial agent and bond contractor with Towne Insurance of Greenville. He is an estimator and project manager with Superior Concrete of North Carolina and Sascorp, Winterville.

Adria Finch is project manager for the Office of Innovation, Syracuse, N.Y. She was an economic development specialist at the Downtown Committee of Syracuse. Dr. Kawan A. Swain joined Eastern Nephrology Associates, Greenville. Brittany Waters joined the staff of Gastroenterology East P.A., Greenville.

Steven Anderson was named one of the 67 Influential Educators Who Are Changing the Way We Learn by Noodle Education. He is a speaker and consultant who helps educators understand technology and social media. Amanda Kay Forsythe wed Benjamin Guy Bell on June 1 at Peace’s Chapel Baptist Church, Kittrell. She works at Maria Parham Medical Center, Henderson. Megan Leigh Garner ’09 ’14 wed Tyler Len Hardee on June 13 at the Washington Civic Center, Washington. The wedding party included Kelly Dixon ’03, sister of the bride, Sarah Edwards, Casey Goodall, Courtney Hardee ’10, Grayson Riddick ’08 and Beth Wantz ’15. She is a fifth-grade teacher and softball coach at Chicod School, Pitt County, and assistant director of the ECU Summer Science Camp. Christian Yungbluth was promoted to vice president of business development at Star Lang Holman Toastmaster, a division of the Middleby Corp., Buffalo, N.Y. He was director of sales for Star brands.

John Carrere is new student orientation coordinator and student development services counselor at Pitt Community College. He and wife, Amy, welcomed their second child, a son, in March. Rachel Gallaher received three Emmy awards for one weekend news clip and two evening news clips that she produced at WWBT, Richmond, Va., at the 57th Emmy Awards from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. She began her career at WNCT-TV Greenville.

Keli Harrell ’07 ’10 is an assistant softball coach at the University of Louisiana, Monroe. Shannon Holcomb ’07 ’11 ’15 joined Coastal Dentistry, Morehead City, as its first female dentist. She was a member of the first class of the ECU School of Dental Medicine.

Grant Caraway is manager for the Watercraft Center at the N.C. Maritime Museum, Beaufort. Jill Doub is senior director of public engagement at the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Keith Moore is vice president of analytical services at Metrics Contract Services, Greenville. Kristin Ann Mooring wed James Ross Simeon Jr. on Aug. 8 at La Grange Christian Church, La Grange. She is a speech pathologist at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington. Brandon Needham is a project manager with SouthCon Building Group LLC, Mount Pleasant, S.C. He was with Frank L. Blum Construction, Lagle Crane and Steel and Vannoy Construction. Jamie Rochelle is head boys basketball coach at Topsail High School, Hampstead.

Paul Briney ’05 ’08 ’12 is principal of Farmville Middle School, Pitt County. He was assistant principal of Lakeforest Elementary School, Greenville.

Lucy Grist is senior district executive for the Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council, which includes more than 1,000 scouts in 10 counties in central North Carolina. Kristen Hedderly Souza wed David Lee Barham on May 16 at The Umstead, Cary. The wedding party included Lauren Bowers Crabtree ’03 and Melissa Franchi Riggle ’11. She teaches special education in the Wake County Public School System.

Andrew Harris is CEO of Northeast Academy of Aerospace and Advanced Technologies, a charter school in Elizabeth City. Christopher Meadows ’03 ’06, N.C. Principal of the Year in 2014, was selected as principal of Pamlico High School, Bayboro. He was principal of Jones Senior High School, Trenton. Charles Purser is dean of the Edenton-Chowan campus of the College of the Albemarle. He was COA’s State Board of Community Colleges and R.J. Reynolds Teacher of the Year in 2012.

Mike Davis is a reporter with Bay Times and Record Observer, Centreville, Md. Caroline Godwin is principal of Burgaw Middle School, Pender County. She was an assistant principal and a curriculum specialist for grades 6-12 in Bladen County. Michael R. Mascarenas is a senior formulation scientist with Metrics Contract Services, Greenville. He was a principal process expert with Sandoz. Preston Mitchell ’02 ’04 is Reidsville city manager. He was Nashville town manager. Nick Perlozzo is assistant strength and conditioning coach at Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va. Kimberly Wade is a family nurse practitioner at Physicians East, Kinston. She was a staff nurse in the critical care unit at Lenoir Memorial Hospital. Aaron Walker is strength and conditioning coach at Gaffney High School, Gaffney, S.C.


Pernell Griffin is assistant principal at New Life Christian Academy, Rocky Mount.

Pitt County Teachers Honored

Kathryn Cargile ’93, eighth-grade science teacher at Hope Middle School, is Pitt County Schools’ Teacher of the Year. Finalists were Kristen Coleman ’08, C.M. Eppes Middle School; Matt Robinson ’09, Northwest Elementary; and Jill White ’93 ’99, Elmhurst Elementary. Other teachers honored by Pitt County were Tammy Baker ’96, Julia Lynch ’07 ’10, Claire Maxwell ’05 ’06, Amy McGregor ’90, Lisa Moore ’94, Richard L. Rozier ’07, Carrie Smith ’04, Torie Smith ’01 ’07, Tara Speicher ’97, Sarah C. Willhite ’10, Yolanda Brickhouse ’07 ’09, Tequilla Taylor ’99, Stephanie Hall ’94, MaLisa Davies Jessie ’96, Michael P. Wells ’02 ’07, Rebecca Harrell Woolard ’92, Melissa Zurawski ’10, Elyse Jacqueline Cannon ’11, David Madigan ’04 and Alice Hyatt ’89.


Mezzo-soprano Deborah Nansteel ’07 premiered the role of Lucinda in the Santa Fe Opera Festival’s world premiere production of Cold Mountain during the summer. The opera is based on Charles Frazier’s 1997 novel of the same name. Born in Japan and raised in Havelock, Nansteel has performed with the American Opera Initiative; the Seattle, Dayton and Merola opera companies; and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. She is in her second season at Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. The North Carolina Opera, a co-commissioner of the opera, plans to present Cold Mountain during its 2017-2018 season.

He taught ‘Daredevil’ how to see without eyes

Actor Charlie Cox gives the credit to Joe Strechay ’01 for the good reviews of his performance as Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer who is imbued with extraordinary senses, in the new Netflix series Daredevil.

Strechay, who works for the American Foundation for the Blind, was a consultant to the producer when Daredevil began filming. He spent several days teaching Cox the subtle movements needed to be convincing in the role. The show debuted in April and quickly gained an audience. Netflix has signed up for 12 new episodes for 2016.

Student and teacher were back together in June at the 2015 Helen Keller Achievement Awards in New York, where Cox was recognized for raising public awareness about the blind.

“He is a genuine guy, and he portrays a positive role model any way you look at it,” Strechay says about the British-born actor, who first attracted attention in the 2007 film Stardust.

Cox says the hardest acting lessons came when Strechay blindfolded him and led him on brisk walks down busy New York City sidewalks. “He was kind of freaked out, but he didn’t tell me that initially,” Strechay says. “I just wanted to show him how I travel.”

Strechay came to ECU from New Jersey with his twin brother, Daniel Strechay ’01. He says he lost most of his eyesight to a congenital condition during his freshman year. He and his brother pledged Sigma Pi and were active in Greek life. Joe majored in communication, and Daniel majored in political science.

After graduation, Joe enrolled at Florida State University for a master’s degree in methods to improve employment prospects for people with limited vision.

He joined AFB in 2008 and lives in Huntington, West Virginia. He remains connected to campus through CommCrew, an alumni support group for the ECU School of Communication. His brother is manager of sustainability communications for PepsiCo and lives in the New York area.

Joe Strechay believes job opportunities are increasing for people with limited vision.

“What I say is, we haven’t reached the pinnacle yet, but I can see progress being made.”


Nick and the Babes: Rob Wank, Graham Bailey, Nick Bailey and Dail Reed

You may not have heard the music that Nicholas Bailey ’03 plays at night with his band, Nick and the Babes, but you probably have heard the music he writes at his day job.

Bailey composes the theme music used on many cable TV shows. His music can be heard during Duck Dynasty, The District, Crime 360, My Deadly Appetite, Pit Bulls and Parolees and Lock Up. He contributed musical passages to the 2014 PBS show The Editor and the Dragon, narrated by Morgan Freeman.

These pieces run from 30 seconds to two minutes long and set a musical mood to match the script without distracting from the action on screen.

“If you notice the music, something is not right,” says Bailey, who lives in Raleigh. “I try to enhance the vibe of the show without overkilling it. I’m just trying to sonically frame what is happening on the show.”

He got started in the TV theme music business seven years ago when a piece he wrote was chosen for an episode of 19 Kids and Counting. He eventually wrote music used on 48 episodes of the show. “I never really watched the show, but it was great to see it on the royalty check,” Bailey says with a laugh.

Writing TV theme music pays the rent while Bailey pursues a bigger musical dream. He wants to get back out on tour with Nick and the Babes, the Americana rock band he formed in 2008 with twin brother Graham Bailey ’03. Also in NATB, as the band is known, are Robert Wank ’01 and Dail Reed ’96. The Baileys and Wank met in high school in New Bern.

NATB contributed a song to the 2011 Christmas album My Favorite Gifts, which also features the Avett Brothers. The band’s 2014 seven-song CD, Morning Light, is available on iTunes. The band has been off the road lately to rest and write new material while Nick churns out TV theme music.

He says NATB has acquired a different sound. “For a long time were doing strictly acoustic shows,” he says. “The venues that we were booking were more of a listening room atmosphere, and now we’ve gone fully electric and just playing as loud as possible. We’re definitely not restraining ourselves.”


Harold Varner III ’12 made his PGA Tour debut in October at the Open in California, where he stayed near the top of the leaderboard for most of the tournament. Varner moved up to the major tour after finishing in the 25th spot on the Tour’s 2015 money list.