Pirate Profile Archives

Dec 06, 2023
  • Meaghan Skelly

Student: Sarah Mejía

A resilient first-generation college student is defying odds and inspiring her peers with her remarkable college journey despite battling a congenital heart defect. A political science major major at East...

Nov 30, 2023
  • Steven Grandy

Staff: Lisa Hagans

While every East Carolina University graduate student may work with different faculty members in their course of study, chances are that each of them has worked with Lisa Hagans. Hagans,...

Staff Profile, Meghan Lower
Nov 01, 2023
  • Ken Buday

Staff: Meghan Lower

Meghan Lower seemed destined to be a Pirate. After all, she grew up 15 minutes from the East Carolina University campus, her grandparents and mother graduated from ECU, making her...

Kai Davis, Photography by Rhett Butler
Nov 01, 2023
  • Meaghan Skelly

Pirate Profile: Kai Davis

In anticipation of graduating with his bachelor's degree in biology in May, senior Kai Davis is looking toward the next steps in his future. Davis has had a multitude of...

Grace Faller, Photography by Rhett Butler
Oct 25, 2023
  • Meaghan Skelly

Student: Grace Faller

As a second-generation Pirate, Grace Faller felt right at home when she arrived at East Carolina University. “I have very vivid memories of being in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and my dad...

Sep 29, 2023
  • Crystal Baity

Student: Ella Chapman

East Carolina University senior Ella Chapman loves to sing and perform, so majoring in music made sense when choosing a career. She grew up in a musical family: Her mother...

Sep 29, 2023
  • Ken Buday

Faculty: James Franklin

In dusty, west Texas, nothing should grow. Yet, it’s where musical passion grew in Dr. James Franklin, the director of choral activities and associate professor of music at East Carolina...

Dr. Yong Zhu portrait
Sep 07, 2023
  • Ken Buday

Faculty: Dr. Yong Zhu

When Yong Zhu attended college, he learned a valuable lesson about the path to success. “I just kept my head down, showed up, kept trying and never gave up on...

Jackquelyn Derritt portrait photo
Sep 06, 2023
  • Crystal Baity

Student: Jackquelyn Derritt

East Carolina University’s Jackquelyn Derritt is pursuing a master’s degree in English with the goal of teaching college students one day. She admired her teachers at White Oak High School...

Lexi Lozner poses for a photo
Aug 08, 2023
  • Crystal Baity

Student: Lexi Lozner

Future teacher Lexi Lozner, an East Carolina University junior majoring in special education, says people with disabilities often are overlooked. She wants to make sure that her students are seen...