UNCP honors its
By Scott Bigelow
Don Woods with Jackie Clark, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management
Don Woods has seen
two sides of life as a college freshman.
His first experience
as a freshman lasted only one semester, and his second, at age 35, found
the Hoke County resident at a March 18 reception honoring outstanding
freshmen at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
UNCP honored more
than 200 freshmen with grade point averages (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
18, you take things for granted," Woods said. "Once you've
seen what life is about, you appreciate what education is about."
The transition from
high school to college can be difficult, said Jonathan Maisonpierre,
UNCP's Director of Advisement and Retention.
from home for the first time can be a problem for freshmen," Dr.
Maisonpierre said. "Often freshmen find the academic pressure different
from their high school experience."
The Class of 2007
is faring well with approximately a quarter of the class achieving a
3.0 GPA (out of 4.0) or higher, he said.
"We have an
outstanding freshman class this year, so we thought a small tribute
would be a good idea," Dr. Maisonpierre said. "This class
has more students earning higher grades than we've had in several years."
The idea to honor
freshmen scholars originated with Jackie Clark, Vice Chancellor for
has a long history of success with all types of students," Clark
said. "Good students often do extremely well, and high achieving
students often do even better in a setting like UNCP."
provides tremendous support for students having academic difficulty,"
she said. "However, we have many freshmen who begin their college
career and do very, very well, and this reception was our way of acknowledging
the high value placed on academic excellence."
beyond the call of duty, doing more than others expect, this is what
excellence is all about," Clark said. "We wanted to honor
these students for doing just that."
UNCP has a safety
net in place for its freshmen and all students, Maisonpierre said. Beginning
with orientation, the safety net includes an early alert program, workshops
and peer tutoring and advising.
from left: Freshmen Michelle Comp, Jackie Clark, Vice Chancellor
for Enrollment Management, and Aubrey Ardiente.
The freshman scholars
received a brass key chain with the inscription, "Celebrating Excellence,"
at the reception in the James B. Chavis University Center.
Comp from Kill Devil Hills, N.C., said she appreciated the recognition.
"When the chancellor
of your University says you're doing good, it feels good," Comp
said. "It's nice to be recognized by the University."
C. Meadors sent invitations to the freshman, congratulating them on
an outstanding first semester. Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic
Affairs Dr. Roger Brown offered additional congratulations.
of you, and you should be proud of yourselves," Dr. Brown said.
"You have disciplined yourselves, and the good habits you have
formed are the very same habits that will follow you through a successful
The freshmen also
offered some ideas on surviving the freshman year.
"You have to
be the one in charge of your life," said Aubrey Ardiente of Richlands,
N.C. "I think the biggest change is not having your parents nagging
you.You have to tell yourself to get up and go to class."
from left: Jennifer Henley, Nicole Lord, Shameicha Wads and EbonyHill
Jennifer Henly of
Fayetteville, N.C., said "time management and good study habits"
"You can slide
in high school, but there is no place to hide here," Henly said.
Nicole Lord of Fayetteville
said the freedom of college life is exhilarating.
"I like being
able to pick classes, so you do not have to get up every morning at
7:30," Lord said.
As for success in
academics, Lord said there is a learning curve.
to get into the swing of things," she said. "Once you understand
the system, it's easier."
None of the freshmen
said the academic side of college life is easy.
"Some of the
teachers are pretty challenging," said Salyna Dvorovy of Hollywood,
However, the rewards
can be great, Dvorovy said.
"I like to
travel, and, this summer, I am going to Spain with a group from the
department of English, theatre and languages," the environmental
sciences major said. "I am going to learn Spanish."
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