honors outstanding performers
team members honored were (from right): David Lewis of St. Pauls,
Jeff Moody of Southern Pines, Dan Ryberg of Lumberton, Tom Harris
of Monroe, N.C., Ricky and Mickey Stoker of Fayetteville, Craig
Williams of Winston Salem, Randy Aldridge of Charlotte, Gary Griffith
of Charlotte, Wayne Broadhead of Monroe, Ga., Jamie Bagley of
Bridgeton, N.J., and Kevin Houston. Coach Ed Crain was also on
hand. Not present were Gary Henry of Charlotte, James Plummer
and Walt Jachimauski of Northville, Mich.
Twelve of the 15
members of UNC Pembroke's 1978 national championship cross country team
made it back to the university to be honored during the homecoming awards
banquet Feb. 22.
The 12 were given
special rings to commemorate their "very, very special" feat,
said Athletic Director Dan Kenney.
the ultimate in athletic competition - a national championship,"
Kenney said. "This is a remarkable group of individuals."
On the basketball
court, UNCP's teams split with Peach Belt rival Lander University. The
women won an overtime thriller 90-80, and the men lost 71-52. The games
were carried live on the university's local cable channel for the first
time in history.
Zoe Locklear, former dean of the School of Education, was named Outstanding
Alumnus and Alec Price, former dean of students, was named recipient
of the Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Locklear, a
1977 UNCP graduate and associate superintendent for the state Department
of Public Instruction, credited the university for giving her a solid
"As a child
looking across the railroad tracks at the university, I knew something
magical would happen if I could get over here," she said. "UNCP
gave me the ability to get a job, and UNCP gave me a life."
She was introduced
by a former student, Jason Benzler '96, who remembered Dr. Locklear,
as "a friend, mentor and colleague."
Dr. Diane Jones,
vice chancellor for Student Affairs who worked with Price for most of
his 32 years, called his job as chief judicial officer for the campus
"one of the most difficult jobs on campus." Price finished
his career as associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs.
A 1971 UNCP graduate,
Price thanked the many UNCP people who encouraged him over the years.
me not many former deans of students come back to be honored in this
way," Price said. "I would like to thank the people in the
UNCP community who have been friends and colleagues over the years.
This is a great place to work."
Athletic Director Ray Pennington and former volleyball all-American
Melanie Grooms-Huddleston '92 were added to the Athletic Hall of Fame
at the banquet.
Dr. Pennington was
baseball coach, golf coach, physical education instructor and athletic
director over a 40-year career at UNCP.
"One of the
things I am proudest of is that eight of my former baseball players
are already in the UNCP Hall of Fame," Dr. Pennington said. "I
have been very fortunate to have been surrounded by good players, coaches
family and friends Drew and Tina Bullard of Lumberton presented the
university with an endowed scholarship in his name.
Grooms, who was
an outstanding softball and volleyball player and coached volleyball
at UNCP, was called "an all-American athlete, coach, teacher and
mother," by Tommy Thompson, director of the Physical Education
Grooms said all
she needed was an opportunity to succeed, and UNCP gave her that chance.
"I needed somebody
to give me a chance to excel in something I really love to do,"
Vice President Jeanne Fedak '82, of Laurinburg was mistress of ceremonies
for the banquet. Chancellor Allen C. Meadors delivered closing remarks
for a busy week of homecoming events.
those who have returned to campus after being away for several years,"
Chancellor Meadors. "Let me say that if things look different now
on campus, just wait two more years."
is a university on the move with enrollment up 45 percent since Chancellor
Meadors' arrival in 1999 and with $57 million in construction on the
reflected a bustling campus. Several events including performances by
comedian D. L. Hugley and actor James Earl Jones were sold out at the
1700-seat Givens Performing Arts Center.
At halftime of the
men's basketball game Amy Locklear a junior psychology major from Laurinburg
was crowned Homecoming Queen and B.C. Thomas, a senior recreation major
from Fayetteville was crowned Homecoming King.
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