Students Archives

Nov 02, 2023
  • Kim Tilghman

ECU graduate Safranek rises to the occasion to open business

Before the trees began to shed their leaves in early fall, Ashely Safranek was preparing for a buying conference in Atlanta to order spring items for her newly opened boutique....

Nov 01, 2023
  • Rich Klindworth

Three ECU Latinas show what is possible

Everyone’s journey is different. But sometimes similar paths cross — sometimes at the perfect time. Natalia Figueroa-Bernal, Sandra Garcia Juarez and Adamari Calixto-Benitez are first-generation college students whose paths crossed...

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...

Oct 26, 2023
  • Benjamin Abel

Midwifery Grant

At the end of September, officials at Betsy Johnson Hospital in Harnett County announced they would end labor and delivery services due to “declining demand for maternity services, recruitment challenges...

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...

Oct 25, 2023
  • Crystal Baity

ECU receives 12th consecutive HEED award

East Carolina University’s focus on being a supportive and welcoming place for all learners has been recognized for the 12th consecutive year with the national Higher Education Excellence in Diversity...

Fine arts major Sydney Cook is delving into her creative process through her signature honors project exploring typography, artificial intelligence and more. (Photos by Rhett Butler)
Oct 25, 2023
  • Kristen Martin


The culminating academic experience for East Carolina University Honors College students is the signature honors project. Through this experience, students can pursue thesis-based or creative endeavor projects with a faculty...

During her signature honors project, Madison Rose, second from right, was interviewed by local TV station WCTI. (Contributed photos)
Oct 24, 2023
  • Kristen Martin

Madison Rose, Computer Science

For East Carolina University alumna Madison Rose, her signature honors project provided a pathway to her graduate studies. A current Master of Science in data science candidate, Rose first connected...

Public health major Tyler West worked closely with Dr. Joseph Lee on a project focusing on data collectors under 21 trying to buy tobacco products. (Photo by Rhett Butler)
Oct 24, 2023
  • Kristen Martin

Tyler West, Public Health

An email started East Carolina University public health major Tyler West’s journey to completing his signature honors project. Through emails from the health education and promotion department and the Honors...

Soumya Kamath studied the role that memory plays in listening comprehension when learning a new language. (Contributed photos)
Oct 24, 2023
  • Kristen Martin

Soumya Kamath, Biology

If not for the COVID-19 pandemic, Soumya Kamath’s college pathway could have looked a lot different. “Due to the pandemic, the majority of wet labs across East Carolina University’s campus...