UNCP's Top Ten
Stories of 2000
Here are the top
stories at UNC Pembroke for 2000, as ranked by the Office University
1. $3.1 billion
bond referendum passes.
UNCP's share of
$56.6 million will be spent on a new science building, new residence
hall and renovating and upgrading numerous other buildings as well as
infrastructure. Voters approved the bonds overwhelmingly across the
region and state.
booms; leads UNC system.
With a record 579
freshmen arriving on campus in the fall, UNCP enrollment hit an all-time
high of 3,445. The implications are enormous as on-campus residency
set a new record and parking became scarce. University officials were
quick to point out that the new freshmen are as smart or smarter than
previous incoming classes. UNCP led UNC for enrollment gains.
3. Lorna McNeill
wins Miss North Carolina title.
Ms. McNeill, 24,
is the second UNCP student in history to win this honor (remember Francie
Adler in 1984?) She is the first Native American and native Robesonian
to win. Although she was required to take a year off from school, Ms.
McNeill will return next fall.
4. New Residence
hall opens for fall semester.
Housing 300 students,
Pine Hall is UNCP's first co-ed residence hall and first new dorm since
1972. It came just in time for the enrollment boom.
Speaker Series launches.
With TV journalist
Deborah Norville and political consultant James Carville, UNCP's new
Distinguished Speaker Series opened with a bang. The aim is to bring
high quality speakers for the campus community and wider audiences.
Next up are Julian Bond and Oliver North.
6. Women's soccer
to premier in 2001.
Women's soccer was
added as UNCP's 12th and newest sport. Swede Lars Andersson, a winner
in Division III at Cumberland College, has been hired to build the new
program. The decision was motivated by the explosion in women's soccer
and an expansion-minded administration.
7. U.S. News
ranks UNCP most affordable.
UNCP broke into
the national spotlight in the college ranking game when U.S. News and
World Report ranked us third most affordable Southern regional university
for graduates with the lowest debt. It was the second time recently
that U.S. News, the leader in college rankings, listed UNCP high on
a desirable list. UNCP ranks second among Southern universities for
diversity. It was welcome visibility for a small regional university
that may soon have to shed its self-proclaimed label as "the best kept
secret in higher education."
8. Dr. Roger
Brown named provost.
UNCP got a new second
in command in July with the addition of Dr. Brown, a veteran political
science professor and administrator from UNC Charlotte. The campus quickly
discovered his charm and solid approach to academic affairs.
9. School of
Education gets an 'A+' on its report card.
The State Board
of Education rated UNCP's School of Education "exemplary" in its latest
report card of the state's 47 colleges and universities that train public
school teachers. Only four universities got exemplary ratings, and UNCP
finished second only to UNC Greensboro. Focus, teamwork and quality
instruction were key in achieving the lofty ranking, university officials
10. Four graduate
education programs begin.
This year, four
new graduate programs cranked up in art, physical education, social
studies and science. The new offerings proved popular registering a
28 percent gain in graduate school enrollment this fall. UNCP now offers
14 graduate programs.
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