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Thursday, October 5, 2006

UNCP alumni, students network over brunch

Being UNC Pembroke alumni is a lifetime membership into a group with many benefits.

That was the message September 20 at the first Student Alumni Association Fall Networking Brunch.

From left are: Dominique Mack, a senior, Prof. Cindy Herndon ’01, Bobbie Ghaffar ’93, Abdul Ghaffar ’91, Mo Mutima, SGA vice president and Marvin Jacobs, SGA president.

From left are: Dominique Mack, a senior, Prof. Cindy Herndon ’01, Bobbie Ghaffar ’93, Abdul Ghaffar ’91, Mo Mutima, SGA vice president and Marvin Jacobs, SGA president.

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“Sometimes it’s who you know and who knows you,” UNCP Career Center Director Dr. Denisha Sanders told a group of future alumni. “Networking is an important piece in your job search and career choice.”

Special guests at the event were alumni Bobbie ‘93 and Abdul ‘91 Ghaffar. Abdul advised students to work on their resumes on the first day of their college careers.

“Character references are easy to get if you have character,” Abdul Ghaffar said. “When you take time to do a little extra on campus, people notice.”

It worked for Ghaffar who worked for UNCP for 13 years until going to work for Native Angels Healthcare and Hospice, a growing company with 300 employees that was started by his wife. He met Bobbie at UNCP where they were both student-athletes.

Bobbie Ghaffar offered advice to students and future employees.

 “Utilize internship availabilities,” she said. “We hire a lot of student interns if they prove capable.”

Students networked with several other UNCP alumni, including Dr. Diane Jones ’71, UNCP’s vice chancellor for Student Affairs, Jackie Clark ’77, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, Floyd Locklear ’86, vice president of the Alumni Association and Cindy Herndon ‘01, nursing faculty and a board member of the association.

Jackie Clark ’77, center, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, talks with Rober Spencer, a freshman, and Saquan Norman, a junior.

Jackie Clark ’77, center, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, talks with Rober Spencer, a freshman, and Se‘Quan Norman, a junior.

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Chancellor Allen C. Meadors was also on hand to encourage the future alumni to be involved and stay involved with their University.

“The difference between good and great universities is great alumni,” Chancellor Meadors said. “Right now is the time you need to be networking with faculty for future references.”

Being active alumni means having membership in a network of friends, said alumni Director James Bass ’94, ‘03.

“The Alumni Association is a way for students with a passion for their university to grow in their role as alumni,” Bass said. “I encourage you to find out more about what the alumni do and how they function within the University’s community.”

Bass told the students that when the University does well, the value of their education goes up, and when the students do well in their careers, the value of the University goes up.

“When someone hears that UNCP is expanding, growing and offering more, they know that the value of their education is higher in the career world. When a potential employer sees the success of Native Angels, and knows that Bobbie and Abdul Ghaffar are graduates of UNCP, they know that other applicants with UNCP degrees are most likely great candidates for a job,” said Bass. “And if that potential employer is also a UNCP graduate, then the importance of networking has just increased.”

For more information about this program or other Alumni Association activities, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 910.521.6533 or email alumni@uncp.edu.

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