New Students, Parents Draws Wide Audience
Allen C. Meadors (left) with
Steve and Gwenne Causey
They traveled from
far and wide -Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey - and all corners of
High school seniors
and their parents flocked to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
on Tuesday, July 16 for Parent Orientation and Freshman Testing.
While their children
were tested in math, English and speech proficiency, 270 parents assembled
at the Givens Performing Arts Center for a morning-long question and
And they were not
"I was amazed,"
said Bruce VanDerEng, a parent from Fayetteville. "I've only talked
to two people so far, and they were so helpful
Questions and answers
covered a wide range of topics: safety, parking permits, campus health
insurance, student employment, the local community, choosing a major,
financial aid and student identification cards.
from each department were present to address specific questions in front
of the audience and to make sure no question went unanswered. Senior
administrators assured parents that their families had made a wise decision
by choosing UNCP, and expressed a commitment to ease the transition
to college for incoming freshmen.
Meadors (center) speaks with Jim Meisenheimer and Dr. Lisa Schaeffer.
"Our goal is
not to see how many we can get rid of in their first year, but to see
how many we can keep," Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic
Affairs Roger Brown said to the crowd.
Some parents were
concerned about the Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA),
which prohibits parents from obtaining their children's report cards
and other confidential information when the child is 18. UNCP staff
explained that a waiver could be signed by the student to allow access
to their records.
"We got a lot
of surprises today," said Tina Nejberger from Fuquay-Varina. Her
son, Lee, will be on the golf team and the Honor's College.
C. Meadors urged anyone in need of campus housing to apply immediately.
up fast, and we'd hate for someone not to come because they couldn't
find a place to live," he said.
Meadors (left) speaks with parents and students at Givens Performing
For most of the
parents in attendance, it was their first experience with having a child
go to college. They felt secure knowing the school was small enough
to offer individual attention and that professors would notice if a
certain student was not in class.
like it," said Sola and Jide Onikoyi, from Greensboro. Sola said
her daughter, Faidat, will attend UNCP in the fall to study accounting.
"It's a small school and she needs that being away from home,"
At an afternoon
reception hosted by Chancellor Meadors and his wife Barbara in their
garden, parents mingled with senior UNCP administrators and had another
chance to ask questions.
walked up saying 'welcome', and 'we're glad you came to Pembroke,'"
said Jim Misenheimer, whose son Ben will attend in the fall as a Teaching
Fellow people, they really rolled out the red carpet for him,"
he said about his son's earlier visit to the campus.
"And that information
session this morning, that was a class act."
orientation sessions will be held on July 30 and August 15 from 9 a.m.
until 3:30 p.m. Classes begin August 19.
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