Pirate Profile Archives

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...

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...