Answered By: Katy Webb Last Updated: Aug 12, 2014 Views: 60
The Music Library receives questions about ECU's musical history. One of the most frequent requests is for information about ECU's Alma Mater and its history.
The ECU Alma Mater is "Hail to Thy Name So Fair". It first appeared in the 1940-41 ECTC Student Handbook where it was attributed to a student by the name of Harold A. McDougle ('44). McDougle later became a part-time instructor in the Music Department at ECTC (1946-47) and a music teacher at Greenville High School (1947-48). The lyrics to the second line of the song have changed from "Your joys we'll share" in the 1940-41 handbook to "Your joys we'll all share" in the present version.