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Parade highlights 2018 ECU homecoming

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The ECU marching pirates make their way down 5th Street during the 2017 Homecoming Parade. This year’s Homecoming theme is “Pirate TV.” The Marching Pirates and multiple high school bands, the ECU Cheerleaders, floats, the Homecoming Court, 2018 Alumni Award recipients and Pee Dee will be part of the parade.

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The Daily Reflector

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Rain shouldn’t dampen this year’s East Carolina University Homecoming Parade, according to the National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City.

While the weather service predicts a 50 percent chance of rain in Greenville today, it’s likely to come in the form of brief, scattered showers which should not affect the parade which begins at 9 a.m. at Hilltop Street and travels down Fifth Street, ending at Reade Street. The rain should be cleared from the area before the Pirates face the UFC Knights at 7 p.m.

This year’s Homecoming theme is “Pirate TV.” The Marching Pirates and multiple high school bands, the ECU Cheerleaders, floats, the Homecoming Court, 2018 Alumni Award recipients and Pee Dee will be part of the parade.

Pirate alumni can gather at the Taylor-Slaughter Alumni Center, 901 E. Fifth St., starting at 8 a.m. to watch the parade and enjoy Pirate-themed doughnuts from Krispy Kreme.

Other alumni events will be ongoing throughout the day such as the alumni Marching Pirates joining this year’s band in a pregame performance.

Friday night five alumni and and a former senior associate provost were honored at the East Carolina University Alumni Association’s annual awards ceremony.

The awards recognize alumni and friends of the university who have demonstrated outstanding merit and achievement, distinguished themselves as leaders for the university, and adopted ECU as their own, according to an association news release.

“Spanning the classes of 1967 to 2013, this year’s awardees include those who have served in the medical, military and corporate arenas,” said Heath Bowman, associate vice chancellor for alumni relations. “Through their service and achievement, they have shown the world what we already know — that Pirate alumni are second to none.

“From start to finish, our awards event is a showcase of our stars, and we are so grateful to get to spend time celebrating them each fall during ECU Homecoming weekend,” Bowman said.

■ Danny Scott, College of Business Class of 1984: Virgil Clark ’50 Distinguished Service Award. He is co-founder of All-N-Food LLC and served on ECU’s Board of Trustees.

■ Austin Bunch (posthumous): Honorary Alumni Award. He worked directly for four chancellors from 1999 until 2016.

■ Kodi Azari, Brody School of Medicine Class of 1997: Outstanding Alumni Award. He is surgical director of the hand transplant program at UCLA Health and was one of the lead surgeons in the first double-hand transplant and the first arm transplant.

■ Lt. Cmdr. Kathleen Ferguson, College of Health and Human Performance Class of 2007: Outstanding Alumni Award. She is a quality assurance specialist for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and volunteered to be on the front lines in Sierra Leone during the 2015 Ebola virus outbreak.

■ Charles Jenkins, College of Health and Human Performance, Classes of 1966 and 1967: Outstanding Alumni Award. Professor professor emeritus of educational leadership at UNC-Pembroke, where during his 47-year career he served as interim chancellor, provost, vice chancellor of academic affairs and director of admissions.

■ Tywana Lawson, College of Nursing Classes of 2003 and 2013: Young Alumni Award. She is director of nursing programs at Nash Community College, where she oversaw an increase in nursing student completion rates by 30 percentage points.

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