Lend A Hand To Freshmen Orientation
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Students at The
University of North Carolina at Pembroke were surprised to discover
Outback Steakhouse serving free food in front of the Chavis
University Center on Aug. 18. The restaurant was one of several
businesses which pitched in to assist with Freshman Orientation.
based on doing grassroots things like this," said Anthony Bonner,
managing partner with Outback Steakhouse of Lumberton. "College
students are our future, so we want to be there for them and we want
to be a leader in the community. Maybe we can do it bigger and better
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More than 250 students
lined up for burgers and fries on the last day of Freshmen Orientation
at UNCP. The restaurant,
which opened its doors in Lumberton last year, was just one of several
businesses who contributed to Freshmen Orientation. Office Depot of
Lumberton was also on hand Sunday. They raffled off two office chairs,
a computer printer and a $50 gift card. They also gave out pens, highlighters,
notepads, and other gifts. Outback Steakhouse gave away frisbees, water
bottles and pins.
John Locklear, a
1988 graduate of UNCP and store manager of Office Depot in Lumberton,
said his company's involvement is all about maintaining relationships.
speaking to new
from UNCP, so I have some personal interest in the school. I want to
give something back, and at the same time, Office Depot is very into
community involvement. We give back as a company," Locklear said.
The Lumberton Visitors
Bureau set up a display during check in on Friday. They gave freshmen
local maps, discount coupons for local businesses and other gifts. Pizza
Hut of Pembroke donated pizza to students moving into their dorms on
Friday, and Coca Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated of Fayetteville provided
beverages at several events throughout the weekend.
On Saturday, about
65 freshmen took part in a shuttle tour of local businesses in Pembroke
the bus tour to several of Pembroke's and Lumberton's area businesses
was very well received," said Robert Canida, who guided the tour.
serving pizza to new students
the high points of the trip were the stops at Walmart and Biggs Park
tour provided these freshmen the opportunity to become acclimated with
area businsses and some of Pembroke's and Lumberton's history. It's
important for these students, as well as all UNCP students to be knowledgable
about the resources and services that are available to them. The main
thing to remember is that our local businesses relies on UNCP and UNCP
relies on the businesses."
The Lumberton Chamber
of Commerce and Pembroke Area Chamber of Commerce were both instrumental
in coordinating with local business for the Orientation events.
For more information,
contact James M. Bass, assistant director of Student Activities and
program director, at 910.521.6482 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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