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Honors College Parents and Families

The Honors College considers the parents, guardians, and families of our current students and alumni as an extended part of our family.  Thus, a growing number of volunteers, advocates, and donors have emerged from this important group of stakeholders.  The Honors College is proud to engage the families of our students and support a variety of initiatives.  The point of contact for parents and families within the Honors College administration is Associate Dean Kevin Baxter.  Below, please find information pertaining to the points of contact, upcoming meetings and events, and additional information related to our Honors College Parents Association.

Honors College Parents Association

Points of Contact:  

Bob Lisson, Chair
Cheryl Nabell, Vice-Chair
Mark McPherson, Secretary

The Honors College Parents Association also maintains an e-mail address independently of the Honors College administration.  If you wish to contact the officers by way of that e-mail account, please direct said inquiries to  This e-mail account is also in place so that parents of prospective parents can communicate directly with parents of current or former Honors College students to gain helpful perspectives and insight into the experience.

The draft HCPA constitution is now available as a PDF for review.

General Meetings 

Next Meeting: TBA

These meetings are open to all and will include guest speakers, Association updates and planning for future events. 


HCPA Living-Learning Experience to the Queen Anne's Revenge Conservation Laboratory
Saturday, October 25, 2014
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

We are thrilled to have Dr. Tim Runyan (Honors College Faculty Fellow) joining us for our first HCPA living-learning event, a fascinating look at the conservation work being done on items recovered with from the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck.  Honors parents can register for this event using the online RSVP form.

Cupcake Study Break

The Honors College Parents Association is sponsoring a cupcake study break during final exams for Honors students.  Interested parents should contact Bob Lisson to be connected to this volunteer opportunity.

Recruitment and Outreach Opportunities:  

Honors College Open House
Saturday, October 25, 2014
East Carolina University 

Support the Honors College by talking informally with high school students (prospective Pirates!), parents and family members visiting ECU for Fall Open House.  Honors parents can volunteer to support this event using the volunteer RSVP form.

Please email Christina Harvey if you interested in supporting any of these opportunities.

Honors College Parent & Family Listserv

The Honors College collects contact information on a voluntary basis for parents and guardians of our current Honors students and alumni.  This contact information is added to a special distribution list so that interested family members can stay connected to the opportunities and pertinent news items coming from the Honors College and East Carolina University.

Parents and guardians who wish to be added to this distribution list may contact Kevin Baxter.

The Eakin Campaign

Dr. Richard Eakin, Chancellor Emeritus and Interim Dean of the Honors College, retired from the Honors College on June 30, 2013.  In honor of Dr. Eakin's many contributions and his leadership role in the development of the Honors College, a priority fund has been established: the Richard R. and Joann Eakin Fund for Living-Learning Experiences.  Gifts to this fund will allow us to name the Honors College Dean's Suite after him in recognition and appreciation of his dedication and commitment to ECU's Honors College.  All contributions to this fund will directly support Honors College students and the living-learning programming series.

Gifts may be made through the online giving website by selecting 'Honors College' as the fund and 'Richard R. and Joann Eakin Fund for Living-Learning Experiences' as the second fund using the drop-down menus.  If you wish to make a gift using a different giving option, please contact Kevin Baxter.

The Ink Pot & Quill

The Honors College produces a bi-annual newsletter to share information and updates with our communities of stakeholders.  Past newsletters may be viewed at the following page: The Ink Pot & Quill

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