ECU News Services
Feb. 10, 2017
By Rich KlindworthECU News Services
things in life are worth the wait, and for those involved with the Women’s
Roundtable at East Carolina University’s Incredible Women Series was such. The
event was delayed for four months because of Hurricane Matthew. Eleven alumnae were
inducted Feb. 9 during the event that raised funds for scholarships.
event is all about celebration,” said Sue Collier, chair of the Women’s
Roundtable. “It’s about celebrating the lives of the women who are being
recognized as incredible women of ECU – their lives, their contributions to not
only the university but to their communities and to their professions. And it’s
also about celebrating student success.”
women have different backgrounds, but all have risen to the top of their
respective fields and excelled in helping others.
know people who have been inducted before and they’ve been some of my mentors
and friends, so I’m very humbled to be able to be in that category,” said
inductee Annette Peery ’96, who is also the associate dean of the undergraduate
degree program in ECU’s College of Nursing. Peery is a nine-time member of the
Servire Society, which recognizes ECU faculty, staff and students who perform
100 hours or more of volunteer service in the community.
Thomas ’81 is another Incredible Woman honored during the event which is held
every three years. Her career grew because she was willing to take a chance on
different opportunities. After college, she started as a radiation protection
technician at Catawba Nuclear Station and moved up from there, retiring as the
director of human resources business partners at Duke Energy.
just try to do the best you can through your career and hope that in some way,
you can impact or have some kind of lasting impression on people as you go
along the way,” Thomas said. “Living needs to matter.”
The students who attended the event said they were inspired to meet
the Incredible Women and hear their stories.
“To me, it seems the sky is the limit. It’s a little cheesy to say,
but it just makes me want to do more and achieve more and it even makes the
goals I have seem possible,” said ECU sophomore Glenesha Berryman, who also
spoke to the audience about her experience as an Honors College EC Scholar.
“It’s really awesome to just be around women who are really invested in the
university but also invested in us as students.”
Women’s Roundtable is working to endow an Honors College Scholarship and an
Access Scholarship. The Incredible Women Series is a chance to raise money for
those scholarships to help the next generation of Incredible Women earn their
degrees at ECU.
highlight the importance and the need for the scholarships, one former and four
current students told the audience of nearly 300 how their scholarships have
impacted their lives.
think it’s great. All of us that are in the room today that are speaking are either
a product of the Honors College Scholarship or the Access Scholarship,” said
ECU senior Charlotte Pearsall, who is an Honors and Access Scholar. “We want to
say something in our speeches about how thankful we are, but we just can’t find
a spotlight on her in the darkened room at the Greenville Convention Center,
Pearsall told those in attendance that she never thought she’d be able to go to
college because she and her family couldn’t afford it. However, thanks to her
scholarships, she is graduating with her undergraduate degree in just three
years and will now go to graduate school.
never thought I would get this far – I never thought I’d have the opportunity
to get this far,” Pearsall said. “I just do what I can to keep up my GPA and
work as hard as I can and make an impact so that one day, I can be a donor and
help somebody else.”
to the Incredible Women paving the road for them, students like Pearsall and
Berryman have examples who show their dreams are indeed possible.
I want younger people to see and ECU students as well is to know that the sky
is the limit, and they can have a global impact,” Thomas said.
following alumnae were inducted this year into the “Incredible ECU Women”
group, joining the 117 previous inductees:
Roundtable at ECU was founded in 2003. Its mission is to promote the
commitments of ECU by funding student scholarships and building leadership and
service capacity among women.
detailed information on the newest Incredible Women, visit http://go.ecu.edu/4a341a3c.
To make a
charitable gift to The Women’s Roundtable, Access Scholars or Honors College,
or to ECU visit www.ecu.edu/give.
Roundtable Chair Gail Herring congratulates Incredible Women inductees and
talks about the importance of funding scholarships. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)