Erin Ward Archives

Aug 04, 2021
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When Pirate alumna Brenda McCarthy graduated from aviation school at Naval Air Station Pensacola in May, she received her wings and also made history. McCarthy, who graduated from East Carolina...

Aug 03, 2021
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Portland’s new poet laureate is an ECU alum

ECU graduate Maya Williams ’17 is the newest poet laureate for Portland, Maine. The honorary position is awarded to a Portland resident who “is both an accomplished poet and an...

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Aug 02, 2021
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Donor support in the last year helped East Carolina University continue its transformative education and regional impact. From multi-million dollar planned gifts to grassroots crowdfunding efforts, donations established scholarships in...

Jun 30, 2021
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Queen of beach reads: Alumna Kristy Woodson Harvey talks latest novel

East Carolina University alumna Kristy Woodson Harvey ’10 regularly finds herself on lists like Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads, Huffington Post’s Summer Reading and the News & Observer‘s Best...

Jun 22, 2021
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East Carolina University alumnus Howell Binkley earned a reputation on Broadway as the lighting master behind shows including “Jersey Boys,” “In the Heights” and the blockbuster “Hamilton.” But he was...

Jun 16, 2021
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Alumna’s business closed during COVID. She donated money to student scholarships anyway.

Painting and pottery are hands-on, in-person activities. When a Greenville paint-your-own pottery studio couldn’t allow people inside because of pandemic restrictions, its owner had to get creative quickly. In October...

Jun 08, 2021
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YouTube star MrBeast donates tech to ECU students

One of the most-subscribed YouTube creators in the country stopped by East Carolina University to donate more than $27,000 in laptops, iPads and headsets. MrBeast, the famously generous YouTuber whose...

May 14, 2021
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MaHogany Roper

Aspiring doctor MaHogany Roper has already spent several years immersing herself in the health care field before starting college, let alone medical school. At J.D. Clement Early College High School...

Apr 08, 2021
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Beatrice “Bea” Chauncey spent a lifetime around music — teaching others how to coax the right notes out of a flute, playing in numerous chamber ensembles, and attending the concerts...

Apr 07, 2021
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ECU’s first Black fraternity celebrates 50 years

On April 3, brothers of the East Carolina University Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity celebrated the 50th anniversary of becoming ECU’s first Black fraternity. Chapter members recently connected virtually (an in-person...