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Fall 2013 Edition



Photo by Jonathan Bym    

Campus recreation makes changes

Campus recreation is going through a transition period that will change the whole outlook of the program.

Some changes such as the building of a campus recreation office inside the English Jones Center, the building of a university-owned intramural field . . . Full Story


Photo by Emily Thacker

Campus, community celebrate Pembroke Day

The event was sponsored by the University and the Town of Pembroke.

The festival was held in the Quad between Old Main and the Livermore Library. . . Full Story


Photo by Emily Thacker

SGA president has goals for campus

Recently elected SGA President, junior Emily Ashley has had big plans in progress for the 2013-2014 academic school year.

A goal of making a student section called “BraveNation” at sporting events has already been accomplished this semester. . . Full Story



Shutdown affects UNCP Students

The shutdown of the federal government caused some UNCP students to withdraw from classes on Oct. 1.

According to Campus Administrative Coordinator at the UNCP Ft. Bragg Military Installation Tiffany Dalmida, only two students have dropped classes that began after Oct. 1. . . Full Story


Photo by Sara Owen

Braves down Falcon in overtime win

The UNCP Braves men’s soccer team is rolling this season as they entered their Peach Belt Conference matchup against Montevallo 4-1overall and 1-0 in the conference as they looked to improve that record on Sept. 21 on the road. . . Full Story


Photo by Emily Thacker    

Mighty J's sold to new owners

Mighty J’s has officially been sold, and the last day they will be open is Sept. 28.

The owners, Jason Kennedy and James Freeman, opened the sports bar on Oct. 27, 2010, after graduating from UNCP. . . Full Story


Photo by Jonathan Bym    

CBS Sports director meets with students

CBS Sports director Mark Grant spoke with students at the TV studio inside of Old Main on Sept. 5 about his career and life lessons. . . Full Story


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Football stuns fifth ranked WSSU

The football home opener for UNCP against fifth-ranked Winston-Salem State on Sept. 5 was the culmination of months of buildup and excitement. Between the pregame festivities, the national broadcast on CBS Sports Network and a record setting crowd, the game followed suit with a very competitive game ending with the Braves earning a 25-21 win. . . Full Story


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Downtown project moves forward

On Aug. 23, Chancellor Kyle R. Carter received confirmation from the Economic Development Administration that the $932,000 grant for the Downtown Development Project had been approved. . . Full Story


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Braves ready to kick off big season

With 24 seniors and most of the starting skill positions returning, hopes are high for this year’s installment of UNCP football. . . Full Story



Summer 2013 Edition

GPAC performers
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Givens Performing Arts Center posts 2013-14
GPAC 2013-2014 season Professional Artist Series features Broadway acts Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Memphis the Musical, popular musical acts Three Dog Night, S.O.S Band, and jazz musician, Peter Nero. The Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra will perform classical music and the Russian National Ballet Theatre will present Giselle. The season also includes Green Day's American Idiot and The River People Music and Culture Fest . . . Full Story»

Emily Ashley and Michael Holmes being sworn-in as members of the Board of Trustees
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Rear Admiral Michael Holmes joins Trustees
Robeson County native Rear Admiral Michael L. Holmes (USN ret.) joined the university Board of Trustees July 26. Holmes, who lives in Orange Park, Fla., is an appointee of the UNC Board of Governors. A Robeson County native, Holmes is a 1972 UNCP graduate . . . Full Story»

Financial Aid TV
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Financial Aid TV is on the air
The Office of Financial Aid launched Financial Aid TV this summer. The new feature offers 60-90 second videos about topics related to financial aid. The numerous subjects covered include applying, eligibility, financial literacy, general information about financial aid, aid for graduate students, grants, loans, scholarships, tax credits, FAFSA, aid for veterans and . . . Full Story»

Lumbee Homecoming 2013
Photo by Sherry Jacobs    
UNCP senior Alexis Locklear is Miss Lumbee
Alexis Vivian Locklear was inducted as the 2013-2014 Miss Lumbee on July 6 at the annual American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISE) Powwow held on UNCP's Historic Quad July 6 . . . Full Story»

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CAPS highlights 2012-2013, sets 2013-2014 goals
More than 6,000 UNCP students participated in more than 165 Counseling and Psychological Services outreach programs during the 2012-2013 year. CAPS saw a 4 percent increase over the previous year in the number of students who sought support. The CAPS goals for 2013-2014 . . . Full Story»

Mia Winterbottom returns ball
Pine Needle archive photos by Nick Faulkner    
Winterbottom named to Capital One Academic All-District team
For the first time in the Women's Tennis program history, one of its players was recognized for being named to the Capital One Academic All-District team. Senior Mia Winterbottom received the honors for her hard work on and off the tennis court . . . Full Story»

Meghan Moore drives
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Lady Braves golfers recognized
Two members of the Lady Braves golf team – Meghan Moore and Lizzie Bundy – were recognized on both the conference and national level following a successful 2013 season . . . Full Story»

Emily Ashley
Emily Ashley, left, with Miss UNCP Kelsey Cummings    
UNCP photo    
New SGA president wants to make UNCP the greatest school in North Carolina
UNC Pembroke’s newly elected Student Government Association President Emily Ashley will start work in July at the Board of Trustees' retreat. Student engagement – for all students – is at the heart of her plans for the coming academic year. Ashley also would raise school spirit. . . . Full Story»

Henry Berry Band performs
Photo by Sharon Hall    
School's Out Summer Jam held in Pembroke
The second annual "School's Out Summer Jam" sponsored by the town of Pembroke, on June 15 at the Pembroke Recreation Complex, featured a dunking booth, entertainment and socializing. Local performers included the Henry Berry Band, Dark Water Rising, Dillon Deal, Faith Cummings, Vincea Locklear, and Jana. . . . Full Story»

Photo by Sherry Jacobs    
UNCP students shaped for leadership
Student Government Association President Emily Ashley and 37 other students learned about ethical dilemmas, giving and receiving feedback, how to actively listen, and how to build relationships at a LeaderShape Institute at Fort Caswell on Oak Island. For six days, the students engaged in reflection, planning, one-on-one interactions, small group feedback, and large group learning. . . . Full Story»

Allyson Burrill
Air Force ROTC cadet Allyson Burrill dies after illness
UNCP student Allyson Burrill, 21, died June 2 after a short illness. The Hinesville, Ga., native was a cadet in the Air Force ROTC and had a lifelong dream of flying for the Air Force. She had been awarded Cadet of the Year and her leadership skills attracted the attention of the Air Force who selected her for pilot training after she graduated. . . . Full Story»

Photo by Danielle Hairston    
Summer office and dining hours on campus
During the summer, some offices and dining services will be on a reduced schedule, including university offices in general, the Library, Advising Center, Center for Academic Excellence, the dining hall in the University Center, Disability Support Services, Financial Aid, Registrar's Office, Starbucks, Student Academic Support and Retention Offices, Student Services offices, TRIO, and the Writing Center. . . . Full Story»

UNCP football
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Football season opener to air on national TV
The Braves will open the football season on a national stage in the Sept. 5 matchup versus national runner-up Winston-Salem State. CBS Sports Network will air the game from Grace P. Johnson Stadium, the first time in school history any sports team has been on national TV. The rare Thursday night matchup will be the only non-conference game to be shown on CBS Sports Network this season. . . . Full Story»

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Review: Lay's hot contest chip flavors
Our resident food enthusiast James O'Neal hunts down and immerses himself in Chicken & Waffles, Cheesy Garlic Bread, and Sriracha flavored chips in a contest, and comes away with a deep thirst for a cooling beverage. . . . Full Story»

Ninth annual Lumbee Spring Powwow
Photo by Sherry Jacobs    
Lumbee Tribe celebrates the Spring Moon
More than 10,000 people, including many from the university community, turned out to celebrate the spring moon at the ninth annual Lumbee Spring Powwow on May 3-5 at the Southeastern Farmers Market in Lumberton. There were 487 entries including 13 drum groups. A committee of 12 Lumbee Tribe members directed the event. . . . Full Story»

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UNCP sends off a record graduating class
In two commencement ceremonies, The University graduated a record number of students and closed the book on its 125th anniversary celebration. Baccalaureate degrees were conferred on 605 and master’s degree on 184 . . . Full Story»

The Pine Needle website
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The Pine Needle wins first place with special merit from American Scholastic Press Association
The Pine Needle received a 2012-13 First Place with Special Merit award from the American Scholastic Press Association for its outstanding content and design. The honor ranks the paper among the best in the United States for the fifth year in a row. . . . Full Story»

Diversity Summit
Photo by Ashley Cole    
First Diversity Summit embraces differences
The Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership and the 125th Anniversary Committee brought together students and faculty from four North Carolina universities on April 27 for UNCP’s first Diversity and Leadership Summit. The summit theme was "Portraits of Our Past, Framing Our Future."

Spring 2013 Edition

The UC
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UNC Board of Governors meet on campus
The University of North Carolina Board of Governors held its monthly meeting at UNC Pembroke April 11-12, the first time UNCP had hosted the 32-member board and the first time the system governing body had met outside of Chapel Hill in a year and a half. The campus visit commemorated UNCP's 125th anniversary . . . Full Story»

Gov. Pat McCrory
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Gov. Pat McCrory at UNCP relieves fears
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory at a UNC Board of Governors meeting April 11, said state legislators are not planning to close UNC campuses in an effort to save money. Addressing the university system board's monthly meeting, the governor said about UNCP, "There's no doubt that this great university is part of the solution." . . . Full Story»

John Jones
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John Jones named vice chancellor for student affairs
John R. Jones III of DeKalb, Illinois, has been named vice chancellor for student affairs. A North Carolina native, Jones holds a B.S. in applied mathematics from Appalachian State University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in higher education administration from the University of Iowa. He also served 15 years in the Army National Guard, rising to the rank of major . . . Full Story»

Dick Christy
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Dick Christy is new director of athletics
Richard “Dick” Christy comes from NC State University to be UNC Pembroke’s ninth director of athletics. He had been in athletic administration for 13 years and was associate athletics director for external relations for the last eight years. He will begin his duties on May 24. . . . Full Story»

Dylan Fisher plays his original composition
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Undergraduate research at UNCP on display
Students displayed their research in science, art, music and more at the 7th Annual Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity (PURC) Symposium . . . Full Story»

Robrt Nunnery
Photo by Kelly Mayo    
Nunnery wins ASG race
Robert Nunnery and his running mate, Winston-Salem State University student Olivia Sedwick, won the presidency and vice presidency, respectively, of the UNC Association of Student Governments (ASG) at the group’s monthly meeting at Winston-Salem State University on March 23. With the win, Nunnery becomes the first UNCP student to lead ASG. He also will serve on the North Carolina Board of Governors for one year.

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Student Government Association presidential election March 27-28
For the first time in years, students will have to decide between two tickets when voting for SGA president and vice president, and the candidates running on each ticket want students to know that they will represent their interests the best . . . Full Story»

Photo by Kelly Mayo    
Nunnery running for ASG president
In addition to receiving an announcement from the president, the Student Government Association (SGA) passed its first bill of 2013, discussed a possible new student housing . . . Full Story»

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Employers talk shop with students at Expo
The Career Center provided an easy way for students to meet with future employers on Feb. 13 at the Career Expo.
About 23 employers and graduate school representatives spoke about . . . Full Story»

Photo by Nikki Scott    
Kelsey Cummings wins Miss UNCP 2013
Miss UNCP 2012 Jocelyn Hunt crowned graduate student Kelsey Cummings the 61st Miss UNCP Scholarship pageant . . . Full Story»

Photo by Ashley Cole    
Professor killed in car crash
Dr. Rohald Meneses, 38, a UNCP assistant professor in sociology, was killed in a single-car accident . . . Full Story»

Photo by Kelly Mayo    
Simply To Go closing in March
Students and faculty who dine at Simply to Go in the Oxendine Science Building will only be able to enjoy . . . Full Story»

Photo by Samantha Langley    
Campus, towns go black during storm
UNCP and the towns of Lumberton, Pembroke and Maxton received a one-two punch of a rainstorm and power outage on Jan. 17.
The power went out at about 6:30 p.m., as the rain grew heavier and
. . . Full Story»

Photo by Ashley Cole    
Anger, irritation abound on UNC Strategic Plan
More than 100 faculty, staff members and students attended a forum on the UNC Strategic Plan in the UC Annex on Jan. 15.
Many came to voice their opinions on the plan’s contents and what they viewed as the too-rapid
. . . Full Story»

Photo by Nikki Scott    
Rail work causes confusion
Prospect Road and University Drive were closed on Jan. 14 and 15 due to preparation for . . . Full Story»

Fall 2012 Edition

Photo by Ashley Cole    
Mold a growing concern for Old Main
Mold that was discovered on cabinets and books in Old Main has been found to be non-toxic.
White mold was first discovered before the start of the semester on camera bags in a storage room on the first floor of Old Main
. . . Full Story»

Photo by Ashley Cole    
Pedestrian safety focus of checkpoint
Roughly 800 people, both in cars and on foot, passed through police checkpoints on North Odum Street/Prospect Road on the morning of Oct. 24 . . . Full Story»

Photo by Nikki Scott    
Event prepares seniors to walk
Grad Finale was hosted by the UNCP Bookstore and Jostens on Oct. 17-18 for seniors graduating in December . . . Full Story»

Students make politics priority before election
With just days remaining before the 2012 Presidential election on Nov. 6, two campus organizations made a priority of getting UNCP students and the surrounding community motivated and involved in this year's election . . . Full Story»

Photo by Hillary Akers    
Mascot name change in the works
Tommy Hawk was introduced as the official mascot of the Braves in 1999, but after 13 years UNCP has decided to part ways with Tommy. According to a press release "the university feels it is time for a new name. The old name is inappropriate because of our sensitivity to the local American Indian community and the school's heritage." . . . Full Story»

Infographic by Hillary Akers    
Tuition and fee hike proposed
The Tuition and Fees Committee officially proposed a $199 tuition increase at UNCP for the 2013-14 school year at its meeting on Sept. 26 . . . Full Story»

Photo by Hillary Akers    
A&S, Honors deans relocate to Hickory
The old nursing building now renamed Hickory Hall will become the new space for the Esther G. Maynor Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences deans offices . . . Full Story»

Photo by Hillary Akers    
New deans settle in at University
After an exodus of administration last school year caused by retirements, position changes and dean searches, UNCP appointed six new permanent and interim deans for the 2012-13 year . . . Full Story»

Photo by Hillary Akers    
Student services make big move
Dr. Melissa Schaub, interim assistant vice chancellor for Student Academic Support and Retention (SASR), welcomed about two dozen students and faculty members to the grand opening of the renovated D.F. Lowry building on Sept. 6, where a host of student services has been relocated for better efficiency and convenience . . . Full Story»

Photo by Hillary Akers    
UNCP opens 'work of art' health building
After members of the UNCP and Robeson County communities cut the ribbon to officially open the Health Sciences Building on Aug. 14, several nursing professors took guests on a tour of the University's new $29 million investment . . . Full Story»

Summer 2012 Edition

Adam Walls atom peptide sculpture
Photo by Kean Spivey    
New art installation depicts atom, peptide bonds
Standing in the courtyard beside GPAC and the University Center are two brand new sculptures for students to feast their eyes on during the 2012-2013 semesters . . . Full Story»

The Regional Center
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The Regional Center changes its name
The university's Regional Center for Economic, Community and Professional Development has changed its name to simply The Regional Center . . . Full Story»

Top Gear broadcast
Photo by Hillary Akers    
Broadcast students simulate TopGear
Students studying videography with Terence Dollard of the Mass Communication faculty filmed a professional race driver at Laurinburg-Maxton Airport in scenes reminiscent of TopGear, the award winning BBC show that pushes cars to their limits . . . Full Story»

UNCP campus
Photo by Alexis Prine    
DoIT upgrading BraveWeb services for students
Applying for graduation is a pain. So is requesting a transcript. Running a degree audit is even worse. That's why the Department of Information Technology is updating services and applications students use on BraveWeb to increase efficiency . . . Full Story»

Jeff Billington
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Volleyball coach Jeff Billington step downs
After seven seasons as the skipper of the UNCP volleyball team, the head coach steps down to discover other professional career opportunities. . . . Full Story»

Pardon Ndhlovu
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Pardon Ndhlovu secures first place at Penn Relays
At the 117th installment of the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, junior long distance runner Pardon Ndhlovu conquered the men's 10,000 meter run as he crossed the finish line in first place. . . . Full Story»

Maria Plana
Photo by Hillary Akers    
Student reaches out to Latino community through news writing
From the time she was a child, Maria Plana knew she wanted to be a journalist. When others wanted to be firefighters and teachers, Plana took a different path. Today, she is a Mass Communication major in the journalism track at UNCP where her eagerness to reach out to the Latino community is a driving force in her writing . . . Full Story»

Pembroke Farmers Market
Photo by Hillary Akers    
Pembroke farmers market in scrumptious year two
It's been a warm spring so the corn, tomatoes, okra, plums, vegetables, plants, flowers, honey and other produce are coming early to the fresh food stands at the Pembroke farmers market at the corner of Old Main Drive and University Road, just off Pembroke's main 3rd Street . . . Full Story»

Shane Nolan
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Shane Nolan tallies a prestigious accomplishment
Senior wrestler Shane Nolan received the final achievement of his amateur career as he was named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic Team, one of the 166 collegiate wrestlers to be named. It was his third consecutive season for the honor. . . . Full Story»

Courtyard apartment video camera
Photo by Ashley Cole    
Sexual assault reported at Courtyard Apartments
A female UNCP student reported to Campus Police a sexual assault in the early morning hours of June 5 at Building 2 in Courtyard Apartments. . . . Full Story»

Chancellor Carter and graduating student
Photo by Hillary Akers    
Spring commencement celebrated by 670
In two commencement ceremonies on May 4-5, speakers invoked history, both recent and long past, to challenge and counsel 670 graduates and celebrate the University's 125-year history. A total of 144 students received their master's degree hoods from the School of Graduate Studies in the Givens Performing Arts Center on May 4. A total of 526 undergraduates accepted their diplomas on the historic Quad between Old Main and Livermore Library on May 5. . . . Photo Album and Full Story»

Ultimate frisbee
Photo via Eric Dent    
Ultimate Frisbee soars at UNCP
A group of students founded the UNCP Ultimate Frisbee Team and participated in their first intercollegiate tournament at Sandhills Community College. Later the team was able to organize and host its own tournament at UNCP. . . . Full Story»

Meghan Moore
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Meghan Moore earns national runner-up at the D-II Championships
At the 2012 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships competition at Lousiville, Black and Gold junior Meghan Moore finished just two strokes behind the eventual national champion. . . . Full Story»

Carolina Civic Center
Photo by Hillary Akers    
There's an old timey movie theatre in Lumberton
The Carolina Civic Center, a 1920s Lumberton theatre rich in history and recently renovated, hosts a Friday Night Classic Film series, variety shows and art exhibitions. . . . Full Story»

Janae Curtain
Photo by Hillary Akers    
Culinary student wins gold
Does the taste of granola awaken your taste buds? What if it's mixed into a buttery cookie bar that's rich and gooey in the center, but so light and crispy, it melts in your mouth when you bite into it? Then you need to know pastry baker Janae Curtain and her dream of editing a food magazine . . . Full Story»

UNCP women's basketball team
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Lady Braves hoops welcome two new additions
After losing senior leaders Dominique Washington and DeDe Cotten to graduation, the Lady Braves basketball team responded by signing a pair of guards, Yasmine Butler and Chandrica Fuller, from the state of North Carolina to National Letters of intent . . . Full Story»

Go-To Faculty Poster
Photo by Hillary Akers    
New program hopes to get students, faculty closer
From social awkwardness to daunting exams, college life can be filled with stress and difficulty. A new program on campus hopes to make that difficulty easier to deal with. The College of Arts and Sciences launched the Go-To Faculty program to create a more open relationship between students and faculty members at UNCP. . . . Full Story»

Spring 2012 Edition

Photo by Noah Clark    
Students present research at PURC
At the sixth annual Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, 107 students and 48 faculty mentors representing 18 academic departments displayed research and creative projects through posters and oral presentations on April 20 in the UC Annex from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m . . . Full Story»

National museum director to inspire grads
At the sixth annual Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, 107 students and 48 faculty mentors representing 18 academic departments displayed research and creative projects through posters and oral presentations on April 20 in the UC Annex from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m . . . Full Story»

Photo by Hillary Akers    
Relay for Life emotional for many
Relay for Life events on campus have raised almost $30,000 for cancer research so far. The main 24-hour event went from 12 p.m. April 13 through 12 p.m. April 14 . . . Full Story»

Photo by Nick Phillips    
Pi Kappa Alpha slapped with 5-year suspension
The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity has been officially suspended by UNCP and will not be eligible to return to campus as a recognized group until at least 2017 . . . Full Story»

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Iglesias fills GPAC with laughs
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias and his Stand Up Revolution tour stopped at GPAC on March 22 for a night filled with laughs and jokes into the night . . . Full Story»

Fraternity may face five-year penalty
A UNCP fraternity could soon be kicked off campus after recently coming under investigation . . . Full Story»

Photo illustration by Nick Phillips    
Mike Williams wins National Title
UNCP junior wrestler Mike Williams reached the pinnacle in collegiate sports on March 10, winning the NCAA National Championship in his 165-pound weight class in Pueblo, Colo. . . . Full Story»

Photo by Nick Phillips    
Pedestrian crossing now installed at train tracks
A new pedestrian crossing has been installed to allow those walking or riding in wheel chairs to safely get across the train tracks that separate parking lots 1 and 2 from the rest of the UNCP campus. . . . Full Story»

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Campus' Master Plan presented in forum
The University is ready to change, as the campus' Master Plan was presented during a pair of informative forums held on Feb. 20 in the UC Annex . . . Full Story»

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Chancellor unveils development plan
Chancellor Kyle R. Carter unveiled the Downtown Development Project during the Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 17 . . . Full Story»

Photo by Mindy Hubbard    
Dr. Diane Jones retiring after 34 years
When Diane Oxendine graduated from Pembroke State College in 1968, she had no idea that her next 34 years would involve serving UNCP is such a high capacity. . . . Full Story»

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Jocelyn Hunt crowned Inside as 60th Miss UNCP
Jocelyn Hunt was crowned Miss UNCP on Feb. 2 in front of approximately 1,300 people.

Hunt is the 60th woman to wear the crown of Miss UNCP and will be going on to compete for the title of Miss North Carolina in June.
. . . Full Story»

Photo by Nick Phillips    
Student safety crossings at heart of arguments
UNCP sophomore Tiffany Kennedy is like any other student. Sometimes she just wants McDonald's. However, Kennedy's journey is much harder than the average student's. . . . Full Story»

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Ross presents tuition plan to ASG
About 44 student representatives from 15 UNC schools discussed ways to deal with rising tuition and fees and shrinking budgets in a University of North Carolina Association of Student Governments . . . Full Story»

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UNCP is offering 8-week courses this spring
The University is offering 59 eight-week courses, including 29 on main campus and 16 online and 14 at satellite campuses, to give students flexibility in managing their progress. . . . Full Story»