lifts Homecoming spirits at UNCP
King of Homecoming 2004 - Andrea Myagi and Harlton Brown
Sunny skies and
warm weather ignited Homecoming spirits at The University of North Carolina
and revelers sprouted across the James B. Chavis University Center lawn
Saturday, February 21, as the University celebrated Homecoming with
parades, banquets, athletic events and sold-out performances at the
Givens Performing Arts Center.
The Four Tops spun
their Motown magic on Friday night and Bruce Bruce headlined a night
of comedy on Saturday.
The Braves lost
both basketball contests to highly ranked Kennesaw State University,
but spirits soared nevertheless, fueled by UNCP's award-winning cheer
squad and a raucous pep band.
WNCP-TV, the University's
broadcasting arm, televised Homecoming games live, along with the crowning
of the Homecoming King and Queen. Senior Harlton Brown of Lumberton
was crowned King and junior Andrea Myagi of Raeford was crowned Queen.
Large crowds thronged
to many events, including Thursday's Homecoming Parade, which had a
record 29 entries.
is the most special time of the year for the University," Chancellor
Allen C. Meadors said at the Awards Banquet Saturday evening. "It
is the time when we celebrate our alumni."
- From left: Tecumseh Brayboy Athletic Hall of Fame, Dr. Waltz
Maynor, Distinguished Service Award, Dr. Louise Maynor Outstanding
Alumni Award, and Maj. Alex Gaines, Hall of Fame
"I feel very
close to the honorees this year because I know them well," Chancellor
Meadors said. "The first day I arrived on this campus, I was welcomed
by Drs. Waltz and Louise Maynor.
The Maynors, both
UNCP graduates and from the Pembroke community, have long family histories
with the University. Dr. Watz Maynor, a retired mathematics professor,
received the Distinguished Service Award, and Dr. Louise Maynor, chair
of the English Department at North Carolina Central University, received
the Outstanding Alumni Award.
"It's a long
way from St. Annah to this podium," Dr. Louise Maynor said in her
acceptance speech. "You can see St. Annah from the University,
but believe me, it's a long way."
Dr. Maynor is one
of 12 children who grew up on a 22-acre farm in the St. Annah Community,
just a stone's throw from the University. Her family was barely able
to come up with $37 dollars for tuition. The University community took
care of the rest.
of this University is far reaching," she said. "And, the greatest
legacy is right here within our sights."
is: 'where learning gets personal,'" she said. "Well, learning
got very personal for me in 1969."
Dr. Maynor was introduced
by her daughter, Malinda Maynor, and Vernon Thompson introduced Dr.Waltz
Maynor as a "philanthropist, a philosopher, a catalyst."
is a microcosm of what this University has meant to the Lumbee community,"
Dr. Maynor said. "Pappy never learned to read or write, but he
sent four of his sons to UNCP."
A 1959 graduate,
Dr. Maynor has served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and
was involved in many community projects in Pembroke, where he raised
money to build a public library. He is retired from the faculty of North
Carolina Central University.
Dr. Louise Maynor
also leads an active civic life, serving on church, education and community
boards. She is currently the chair of the North Carolina Advisory Council
in Indian Education.
Inducted into the
UNCP Athletic Hall of Fame at the Awards Banquet were U.S. Army Major
Alex Gaines and the Rev. Tecumseh Brayboy. Soccer Coach Mike Schaeffer
introduced Maj. Gaines, who is UNCP's all-time leading goal scorer.
"I had a good
core of teammates, especially my twin brother who was a great defensive
player," Gaines said. "I am where I am today because of UNCP
and good people like Coach Schaeffer."
A catcher with a
career batting average of .295, Brayboy is the third baseball player
in his family to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Tim and Ray Brayboy
were in attendance.
"I have never
known anybody who could outwork Tecumseh Brayboy," Ray Brayboy
said. "He is a champion, a wonderful role model and a trusted mentor."
"I am the third
brother to enter the Hall of Fame," Tecumseh Brayboy said. "That's
a third of a baseball team."
"I thank God
for this place that I left 40 years ago," the Baptist minister
said. "It is a great place."
He thanked three
of his coaches - Ned Sampson, Delton Ray Locklear and Howard Dean -
who were also in the audience.
Master of Ceremonies
for the banquet was Jeffrey Alejandro, vice president of the Alumni
of 1954 Reunion - From left: Delton Ray Locklear, Mabel M. Cummings,
Adeline L. Maynor, Les Locklear, James C. Dial, Eyrtle R. Ransom, Sue
L. Locklear, Grace L. Locklear and Adrene C. Locklear.
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