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ECU celebrates Homecoming with awards, parade, football

Oct. 13, 2012

ECU News Services

Sunny skies and mild temperatures brought scores of Pirate fans out to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Oct. 13 homecoming parade, one of many traditional events scheduled in honor of East Carolina University’s Homecoming 2012 celebration. The weekend’s theme touted ECU as “The Greatest Place on Earth.”

An alumni awards ceremony and dinner held Oct. 12 recognized distinguished alumni and friends of the University. Distinguished service awards were presented to Sabrina DeFonce Bengel, Kay Haskell Chalk and Robert S. Rippy. Outstanding alumni awards went to Dr. Sharon Allison-Ottey, Robert Paul Benzon and Robert George Rankin IV. Dr. Charles R. Coble and Edgar R. Loessin (posthumously) were recognized with honorary alumni awards.

Topping many Pirates’ list of favorites activities for Homecoming weekend was the football contest scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, where the ECU Pirates were set to take on Memphis with a 4:30 p.m. kickoff. 

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(Photos by Cliff Hollis)

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Recognized at the ECU Alumni Awards Ceremony and Dinner were, left to right, Honorary Alumni Award recipient Dr. Charles R. Coble; Distinguished Service Award recipients Robert S. Rippy '75, '96, Kay Haskell Chalk '76, and Sabrina Bengel; and Outstanding Alumni Award recipients Robert Paul Benzon '71, Robert George Rankin IV '70, and Dr. Sharon Allison-Ottey '95. (Photo courtesy of Doug Smith)