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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

Prayer, diversity, lights on SGA's agenda

The Student Government Association swore in a new at-large senator, passed a resolution concerning an upcoming Financial Aid Forum and discussed the issue of prayer at formal events at its Nov. 7 meeting... Full Story »

Tradition, color dominate at Fall Powwow

About 200 people filled the UC Annex for the Native American Student Organization Fall Powwow on Nov. 1.
Dancers from the Lumbee, Waccamaw Siouan and other local tribes dressed in traditional Native American regalia performed the dances that have been passed down over hundreds of years... Full Story »

University Center celebrates 25 years

Students and staff of UNCP came out to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the James B. Chavis University Center. The celebration took place during Homecoming week at 3 p.m. on Oct. 25 in the University Center Lounge... Full Story »

Escaped Cuban writer gives success advice

The "How to Move Forward When You Feel like Quitting" seminar was held by motivational speaker Andres Lara on Oct. 11 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge ... Full Story »

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Parents enjoy special weekend at UNCP

On Oct. 12, students came together in Moore Hall Auditorium to watch and participate in Drag Academy 101... Full Story »

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Parents enjoy special weekend at UNCP

Parents' Weekend kicked off in the Givens Performing Arts Center (GPAC) on Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. with a performance of the award-winning musical, "Smokey Joe's Café." ... Full Story »

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RISE students have big goals in mind

A total of 32 students applied to the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program at UNCP; however, this year's cohort of RISE fellows was selected for its ability to contribute to the advancement of undergraduate research in the sciences... Full Story »

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Pembroke Day: Around the clock fun

The University and the Town of Pembroke came together under sunny skies to celebrate Pembroke Day on Sept. 26... Full Story »

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New policies created to protect students

The Counseling and Testing Center and campus police are implementing two new policies that they hope will increase the reporting of sexual crimes on campus... Full Story »

SGA okays budget, preps for elections

The Student Government Association approved its 2012-13 budget, continued planning its voter registration campaign, informed freshmen about upcoming senator elections and approved a new at-large senator at its Sept. 19 meeting... Full Story »

By Samantha Langley

Downtown fire destroys vacant building

On Sept. 14 around 2 a.m., a fire broke out in an office located beside Swag City on Third Street. Pembroke Fire Marshall William Lowry said that the fire was set by someone who is unknown... Full Story »

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Safe Zone aims to make campus more inclusive

Roughly 16 faculty and staff members attended the Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs' Safe Zone session on Sept. 13 in UC 251... Full Story »

Infographic by Rachel McAuley

'Little Shop of Horrors' replaces 'A Chorus Line'

At the beginning of the semester, the fall musical for UNCP was going to be "A Chorus Line"; however, after auditions on Aug. 23 director Hal Davis decided to change the play to "Little Shop of Horrors" because there were not enough male dancers to fill the roles that were required in "A Chorus Line." Also, Davis became too ambitious and wanted to do a bigger and better play... Full Story »

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New group focuses on positive role modeling

While most students were vacationing over the summer, UNCP senior Antonio Woodard was busy building a new organization called Minorities Advancing for Distinction and Empowerment... Full Story »

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Student insurance rate skyrockets

For students covered by the University-sponsored health care plan, as well as roughly one-third of all UNC system students, the 63 percent hike in the cost of the plan probably came as a shock... Full Story »

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Students, faculty try to raise literacy rate

For the past year, students, faculty and staff from UNCP have been trying to set up a Literacy Commons in the area, along with representatives from the Public Schools of Robeson County and Robeson Community College... Full Story »

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UNCP implements new attendance policy

Students hoping to skip the first day of class were met with a new attendance policy. This semester was the first time students were required to attend the first day of class, or risk being dropped from the course... Full Story »

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Neil Hawk's experience hard to replace

Neil Hawk, the chief financial officer and vice chancellor for business affairs, has announced his retirement after 20 years at UNCP... Full Story »

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Clark retires after 25 years with University

Jackie Clark, vice chancellor for enrollment management, is retiring June 30 and looks forward to spending time with her family, church and community... Full Story »

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Dr. Foster, library dean, prepares for future

Dean of Library Services Elinor Foster has been enamored with books and media in Mary Livermore Library for 17 years. According to her future plans, her love of all things literary will not fade after retirement... Full Story »

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Light rain doesn't dampen Family Day

Rain didn't stop the UNCP community from coming out to the UC Lawn on April 21 to celebrate Family Day... Full Story »

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Traveling preacher draws counter protest

Students reacted to the preaching of Matt Bourgautt of Consuming Fire Campus Ministries April 3-4 at the amphitheater, the University's free speech zone, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day... Full Story »

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iWorld showcases campus diversity

The Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs hosted their 15th annual "A Taste of iWorld" event on April 4, which drew an audience of 75 people and 25 participants... Full Story »

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Party opens year-long celebration

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members gathered in the English E. Jones Center on March 14 to kick off the 14 month celebration of UNCP's 125th anniversary... Full Story »

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Barnes carried torch as first black student

When Larry Barnes stepped onto the then-Pembroke State College campus in 1967, he paid no attention to his race or that of those around him... Full Story »

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Alumni come home, recall campus days

The 125th anniversary celebration March 14 attracted current students who rejoiced in the university's major milestone... Full Story »

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Registration much easier in digital era

Pre-registration began March 26 for summer 2012 and fall 2012 and students will log onto Braveweb to register for classes... Full Story »

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Kenney leads Braves athletics into future

Dan Kenney took over as the Director of Athletics 14 years ago and has constructed the athletic program into one of the premiere programs in the Peach Belt Conference in athletics as well as in academics... Full Story »

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SACC's third annual Faculty Appreciation Night a success

Faculty Appreciation Night, hosted by the UNCP Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SACC) on Feb. 18, was a chance for student athletes to recognize their favorite professor from every department... Full Story »

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Aubrey Swett earns leadership recognition

The North Carolina Campus Compact has named Aubrey Swett its 2012 Civic Engagement Professional of the Year... Full Story »

So far, so good with new eight-week course offers

For the spring 2012 semester, the University began offering eight-week courses for students, which gave them the opportunity to earn full credit within a short amount of time. The first set of courses lasted from Jan. 9 until March 10.... Full Story »

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Lack of racks and thefts plague bike owners

Six bicycles have been reported stolen since the beginning of the semester... Full Story »

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Braves spread awareness for Valentine's

Saint Valentine's Day, celebrated on Feb.14, is a celebration of the martyred Christians, who were named Valentinus, during the first and second centuries A.D... Full Story »

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Greek letters removed from dorms

Greek Life Director Witney Swesey received complaints saying that Greek letters on the dorms "were not a good representation of the school." A maintenance team began taking down the letters Feb. 29... Full Story »

BCM takes winter retreat at Myrtle Beach

Thirteen UNCP students packed their flip flops and sunscreen and headed down to Myrtle Beach, S.C., Feb. 3 for a relaxing weekend of worship and service. The theme was: Intimacy with God.

The BCM students at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington came down as well to help conduct Bible studies, participate in fun ice breakers and break the students up into intermingled small discussion groups to discuss their relationship with God...Full Story »

Friends of the Library seeks contest entries

Mary Livermore Library will be holding its 13th annual poetry and short prose contest.

Submissions to the contest are due by Feb. 29. All entries must be typed and less than 500 words. The author's name should not be printed anywhere on the poem or prose and should contain the entry form found on the library website...Full Story »

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Student wins regional music competition

Ed Gunther won the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Divisional Senior Brass competition in Clinton, Miss., on Jan. 15. Full Story »

Renovations provide GPAC with upgrade

The Givens Performing Arts Center was built in 1975, and except for an update to the lobby and bathrooms, everything remains as it was in 1975. This past summer marked the beginning of a renovation to GPAC. Full Story »

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University Theatre has full schedule

The University Theatre spring productions hit the ground running this semester.

Auditions for two plays were held within the first two weeks of school and rehearsals are already under way.Full Story »

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New programs improve Writing Center

Most students have either visited or heard of the University's Writing Center, directed by Professor Teagan Decker.

The Writing Center is located in the Dial Humanities building and run by students that help tutor other students in all aspects of writing: grammar, research formatting and overall structure.Full Story »

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Ewa Laurance shoots pool on Sept. 30, 2009 in the Hawk's Nest Game Room in the U.C. Laurance, dubbed the 'Striking Viking' made another stop at UNCP on Oct. 12.

'Striking Viking' tricks and dazzles audience

The "self-proclaimed Striking Viking" made a victorious appearance on Oct. 12 in the Hawk's Nest Recreation Center.

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Cast of "Civil War Voices" performs 150 years after the start of the Civil War.

Musical brings Civil War stories to the stage

"Civil War Voices" took audiences back in history with true words and songs that molded America.

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Lisa Bullard welcomes students into the Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs, located on the first floor.

Lisa Bullard the backbone of OMMA

The Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs, also known as OMMA, is nestled on the first floor of Old Main.

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•New program to have the 'write' stuff

Incoming students are about to face a whole new level of writing instruction at UNCP. The Writing Intensive Program (WIP) will introduce Writing Enriched (WE) and Writing for the Disciplines (WD) courses in each department on campus.

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•Dr. Canada hopes 2+2 will equal new benefits

Dr. Mark Canada began the 2011 school year with a new position and a new project. The new Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences created the 2+2 Program this semester with the goal of connecting students with faculty members who can help them throughout their college lives.

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•Peterkin finds success in leading PRSSA

Chris Peterkin once knew nothing about public relations. Now he will lead UNCP's student PR organization.The general member ship of the Public Relations Student Society of America elected Peterkin president in April 2011.

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The size of double and single rooms in Cypress Hall is about the same as Pine and Oak Halls, but every suite in Cypress features a lounge area. Lounge areas are only available in single-style rooms in Pine and Oak halls.

•Cypress Hall the 'crown jewel' of campus living

Cypress Hall, UNCP's newest residential hall, opened for the Fall 2011 semester and has seen a great turnout to its facility, despite the walk from main campus and most academic buildings.

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SGA president Brian McCormick, right, talks with a student.McCormick is UNCP's first graduate student to hold the SGA president title.

•SGA President McCormick seeks to attract, aid

The Student Government Association's first graduate student president has come a long way from his undergrad days at UNCP.

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Kim Pevia, regional coordinator for Southeastern Entrepreneurship Alliance, speaks during the first OMMA Diversity Cafe of the semester.

•OMMA hosts first Diversity Café of the year

OMMA held their first Diversity Café on Aug. 29 in the Multicultural Center titled "Crucial Conversations," a short seminar on how people in different aspects of their lives can deal with arguments with co-workers, family members and loved ones.

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Student Tiffani Locklear rents her textbooks using the new kiosks located near the entrance to the bookstore.

•Students have option to rent textbooks

Acquiring a textbook has been made easier for UNCP students this year with the new textbook rental program offered by the University Bookstore, allowing students to save up to 50 percent on textbooks.

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Dr. Steven Bourquin sits in his new office as the Acting Dean of the Esther G. Maynor Honors College. He will hold the position for the year while a national search is completed

•Dr. Bourquin serves as Acting Dean of Honors College

Dr. Steven Bourquin accepted the position on July 1 of Acting Dean of the Esther G. Maynor Honors College, where he will serve for one year while a national search is conducted for the position.

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Travis Bryant began his duties as associate vice chancellor for campus safety and emergency operations on June 1.

•Bryant returns to UNCP in new role

Travis Bryant has been named the associate vice chancellor for campus safety and emergency operations for UNCP, and he will oversee the campus police force as well as being in charge of emergency planning and operations.

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Students create campaigns for non-profit organizations

Students in the Public Relations Campaigns course have spent the semester creating campaigns to promote non-profit organizations and the causes they support.

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Student teaches improv to fellow students

"It's pure creation, it's pure artistic expression, it's collaboration, [and] there's no pressure of a script," said junior Topher McLean about what attracted him to improv.

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Students display research at PURC

At the fifth annual Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, 128 students from 12 academic departments displayed their academic research and creative projects through poster and oral sessions on April 13 in the UC Annex from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

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Supplemental instruction works for students

For the past two semesters a math professor on campus has been teaching one of his math classes with the initials SI beside it. SI stands for Supplemental Instruction, which is a type of tutoring session that is available in certain classes. 

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Outreach/Distance Education Librarian Michael Alewine helps a participant during the Consortium. The event attracted over 100 people.

Students roll-up their sleeves to save lives

The ninth Annual Digital Content Consortium attracted over a 100 people on April 2.

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Professors discuss truth, fear at showcase

Dr. Mark Canada and Dr. Mary Jean Braun gave a sneak peak of their new books at the Spring Faculty Showcase in the Mary Livermore Library March 30. 

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Senior tennis players, Christian Minnick and Maricel Quintero participate at the Athletic Training Olympics March 23.

Students compete in Athletic Training Olympics

At the Athletic Training Olympics, 36 students composed nine teams and competed in five competitions on March 23 in the English E. Jones Main Gym to help raise $65 in the Athletic Training department's third annual Relay for Life fundraiser.

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The UNCP Bookstore serves barbeque during its fourth annual barbeque sale for Relay for Life in front of the Business Services Building March 23.

BBQ sale beats expectations

The UNCP Bookstore raised $1,070 in its fourth annual Relay for Life barbeque sale, according to assistant manager Keats Ellis. 

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Members of The Pine Needle team watch as Chris Carter (right) attempts a put during the "Make Par for PR" tournament on March 19.

UNCP's PRSSA team tees off new record

The second annual "Make Par for PR" PRSSA Golf Tournament, held March 19 at the Pinecrest Country Club in Lumberton, raised $2,371.  

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Financial aid director Janelle Handcox helps students in the financial aid office.

Financial aid director plans changes

FWhen Jenelle Handcox departed from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga., she did not know what awaited her in North Carolina. 

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Speaker urges students to find their story

Residence Life and Housing sponsored keynote speaker Dr. Lawrence Mc- Neill Dowdy as he presented "Your Story Matters" on Feb. 22 in the UC Annex to celebrate Black History month.

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Director of Alumni Relations, Renee Steele, graduated
from UNCP in 1993.

Steele, former alumna, now director of alumni relations

Renee Steele brings her knowledge and experience as an alumuna of the university and former vice president of the alumni association to the job of Director of Alumni Relations at UNCP that she began in January.

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Sarah Carter settles into life as first lady

While it takes most new students and residents some time to adjust to the train that runs by campus, it didn't take Sarah Carter, wife of Chancellor Kyle Carter, long to adjust to the train despite its running in front of her house. 

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Theatre students perform small play

University Theatre presented A.J. Gurney's "Sylvia" on Feb. 16-19 on the main stage at Givens Performing Arts Center. 

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UNCP PRSSA hosts annual golf tournament

The UNCP Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America will hold its second annual "Make Par for PR" Golf Tournament Fundraiser on March 19 at the Pinecrest Country Club in Lumberton. 

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Dancers for the Broadway production of The Color Purple, The Musical about Love, perform during the "Homeland" scene in the play.

'The Color Purple' entices audience members

The Award winning Broadway play, The Color Purple, The Musical about Love, graced the GPAC stage on Jan. 27 to a sold out audience.

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Musicians at the River People Music and Culture Fest perform a Native song on Jan. 20 in GPAC.

Music fest celebrates Native music, art

On Jan. 20 several Native American artists joined at GPAC for a night of music, fun and celebration at the 2011 River People Music and Culture Fest. Headlining for the event was the national Native American artist Jana Mashonee Dark Water Rising and Pura Fe Trio.

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Library to circulate iPads

Have you always wanted an iPad but didn't have the money to afford one? Soon UNCP students will be able to check out an iPad at the campus library.

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Provost candidate interview scheduled

The fourth candidate for the position of Provost will be on campus Jan. 27 to Jan. 28.

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A nurse helps Jerdewarrene Farrar, a sophomore, as he gives blood on Jan. 19 as part of the Zeta Tau Alpha and American Red Cross blood drive.

Students roll-up their sleeves to save lives

Around 77 of UNCP's students, staff and faculty registered to donate blood on Jan. 19 to give to the American Red Cross. The goal of the drive was to collect 99 units, and they collected 69.

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"Havoc" by Mia Pearlman is on display in the A.D. Gallery in the latest exhibit, Pushing Paper: An Invitational Exhibition of Paper Art.

A.D. Gallery exhibit first of its kind

The A.D. Gallery is showcasing a new exhibit featuring paper as a medium. The exhibit, Pushing Paper: An Invitational Exhibition of Paper Art, will be displayed from Jan. 12 through Feb. 14.

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