New Flag Set to Fly Over ECSU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - A new flag will fly over the campus of Elizabeth City State University and on July 19 at 10 a.m. the flag and its new Viking design will be presented during the ribbon cutting of the new main entrance located at the Gilchrist Education and Psychology Complex.

The new main entrance will feature a security station and is located at a stoplight, offering safer access to the campus. The new flag will fly over the entrance.  

According to special assistant to Chancellor Thomas Conway, Russ Haddad, there has not been an official university flag to anyone’s knowledge.

“From what we know, this is the first time there has ever been an ECSU flag,” said Haddad.

While the new main entrance is a project that has been in the works since the fall of 2015, the idea for the flag came as a part of an initiative to, “Redefine the overall ECSU experience.” The initiatives were developed by a team of staff and faculty members with the goal of increasing community engagement and awareness by involving the ECSU community and the public at large.

Working with faculty, students and staff, the team sought a new flag design. To find that design they looked to ECSU graphic design students. Students submitted a number of design proposals and the end result is inspired by those ideas.

The flag will be raised on a newly erected pole. During the ceremony there will be remarks from Dennis Leary, a member of the ECSU Experience team, and Chancellor Conway. The event happens at 10  a.m.

Other projects from the team include campus beautification, landscaping, and a community garden. The team also created the Viking Volunteer Corps in an effort to engage the campus community in university and surrounding community events.