Pirate Profile Archives

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...

Dionna Manning poses in front of flowers
Jul 31, 2023
  • Ken Buday

Faculty: Dionna Manning

Growing up in the small town of Roanoke Rapids, Dionna Manning knew everyone — and everyone knew her. It was family dinners every Thursday and Sunday night — and well...

Kelli Jones headshot
Jul 06, 2023
  • Ken Buday

Faculty: Kelli Jones

Walk into Kelli Jones’ office at East Carolina University’s College of Nursing, and you’ll see a bright green Philadelphia Eagles banner. “My dad was a huge sports fan, and he...

Bonnie Chen, a College of Nursing student, in her hometown in Taiwan during the summer break before her senior year.
Jun 30, 2023
  • Benjamin Abel

Student: Bonnie Chen

Bonnie Chen was too little, just weeks old, to remember leaving Taiwan for North Carolina. She has returned back to visit her family nearly every year since because family is...

Jun 26, 2023
  • Crystal Baity

Student: William Bauer

William Bauer left his campus tour of East Carolina University knowing it was the school for him. “Really, I think it was the campus that made me choose it. I’m...

Guyla Evans prepares students to fill the growing need for professionals to conduct tests and run medical labs as interim director of ECU’s clinical laboratory science program.
Jun 12, 2023
  • Ken Buday

Faculty: Guyla Evans

As a high school student, Guyla Evans had to decide on a career path. “I always knew I wanted to do something in health care,” Evans said. “Like a lot...

ECU graduate school student Sydney Frank posing for a photo
Jun 01, 2023
  • Benjamin Abel

Student: Sydney Frank

Sydney Frank always knew she wanted to be one to help others. During her undergraduate psychology education at Villanova, she figured that physical therapy would be the right fit. After...

May 04, 2023
  • Spaine Stephens

Student: Kayla Gorham

Kayla Gorham breaks into a smile as she perches on the edge of a chair in the second-floor rotunda of Ross Hall, looking out at the green expanse that stretches...