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• ‘Letters Home’ takes audience on emotional rollercoaster ride

The war gripping play “Letters Home” was performed to 140 audience members of students, faculty and military veterans Nov. 16 in GPAC.

The play depicted the lives of multiple soldiers who served in Iraq during the beginning of “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” The play is inspired by a New York Times Opinion article entitled “The Things they wrote.” That article later on became an HBO documentary called “Last Letters Home.”

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• H1N1 vaccines available on campus for students, faculty

About 200 students have taken the H1N1 flu vaccine on campus for free.

There are two types of vaccines that can be administered. The types of vaccines currently being administered to students and faculty are the nasal spray or a H1N1 vaccine shot which are being given. The H1N1 vaccine is safe when using proper precautions, explained Cora Bullard, the director of Student Health Services.

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• New ROTC veteran military science instructor fits in with campus community

In early October, Master Sgt. Clinton Hill began instructing UNCP's Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets on the basics of military science and, according to Cadet Bernice Stratton, a junior in the ROTC program, "he fits right in."

According to Hill, experience leading soldiers as an Army Boot Camp and Professional Leadership Development Course instructor 22 years in the military helped him hone his teaching skills and prepared him for his new teaching position at UNCP.

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Brandon Williams pies Aylin Nunez
Photo by Glory Attaochu
Brandon Williams pies Aylin Nunez during the Dance Team fundraiser to help pay for uniforms. The fundraiser raised a total of $163.

• Dance Team raises money through messy pie throw

The UNCP Dance Team raised $163 during their fundraising event Oct. 28 on the University Center Lawn from 2:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

“I think it went well,” Dance Team captain Aylin Nunez said. “It was great team bonding time for all of us. We got along great and had a blast.”

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Letters Home,
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Letters Home, a drama that puts the current war front and center, will be appearing in GPAC Nov. 18. The play uses actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East.

• Play uses real soldier’s letters to show impact

“Letters Home,” a play that puts the current war in the Middle East front and center, will be appearing at Givens Performing Arts Center on Nov. 18 at 8p.m.

The play uses actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East to give the audience a glimpse of what they are facing.

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• Comedian Erin Jackson delivers laughs to crowd

Comedian Erin Jackson performed Oct. 28 in the UC Lounge at 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the Association for Campus Entertainment.

Jackson has appeared on television shows such as “Last Comic Standing,” “Live at Gotham” and “The Ellen Degeneres Show.”

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• Ousted CIA agent to speak at GPAC

When former covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson appears in GPAC on Nov. 5 as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, members of the UNCP campus community will have a unique opportunity that some would kill for – to ask direct questions concerning her history of being one of the most famous spies the country has ever known.

She will speak and entertain questions in GPAC at 7:30 p.m., following a dinner with Chancellor Charles Jenkins.

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• Photographer captures local photographs in book

Former senior photographer and director of photography for Southern Living Magazine Bruce Roberts presented his current book “Just Yesterday: North Carolina People and Places” Oct. 20 at the Mary Livermore Library.

The book contains 191 photographs that show how people in North Carolina live; it also shows historical events that took place in North Carolina.

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• Fall concert fills Moore Hall to capacity

An enthusiastic audience packed Moore Hall Auditorium Oct. 1 for the Annual Fall Concert.

Even the balcony was packed to maximum capacity. There were a few performers standing along the walls of the balcony section waiting for their turn to take the stage.

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• ‘Betcha by Golly, Wow’ The Stylistics leave audience yearning for more

When a legendary vocal group as famous as The Stylistics come to town, there’s no question on whether or not you go - you just go.

When the group appeared as part of the Nostalgia Concert Series on Oct. 2, nearly 800 people of all ages gathered in GPAC to take a stroll down memory lane.

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Ewa Laurance
Photo by Wade Allen
Ewa Laurance shoots pool on Sept. 30 in the Hawk’s Nest Game Room in the U.C. She signed autographs following her exhibition.

• Laurance challenges students in pool

Famed billiard player Ewa Laurance, known worldwide as “The Striking Viking,” appeared in front of more than 100 people in the Hawk’s Nest Game Room in the U.C. on Sept. 30, as an event planned during Homecoming week.

She performed an exhibition, offered challenge matches with students and gave everyone in attendance 8x10 autographed color pictures to take home as souvenirs.

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Robert Canida II
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Director of Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs, Robert Canida II, encourages people to appreciate student diversity.

• Harmony Walk bridges ethnic differences

Not as many people attended UNCP’s sixth annual Harmony Walk on Sept. 16 this year, but it was still a celebration.

The rainy weather held off until the end of the event, permitting the Harmony Walk to be a success.

Before the rain began, students and faculty celebrated diversity one step at a time in front of the University’s water amphitheatre. The ceremony followed with a unity walk from the amphitheatre to the UC Annex led by the UNCP marching band. A banner competition was judged during the walk and results were announced in the Annex. The National Council of Negro Women won the competition.

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Stylistics in concert
Photo courtesy of GPAC

The Stylistics will appear in GPAC on Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. The group is famous for their many smooth rhythm and blues hits such as “Betcha By Golly Wow,” “Break Up To Make Up,” “You Make Me Feel Brand New,” and “You Are Everything.”

• Homecoming week activities feature Stylistics in concert, no annual parade

Homecoming 2009 encourages students to “Seek The Hawk Within” with a week filled with school spirit centered events including a talent show, fashion show and dance all leading up to the football game against Webber International Warriors Oct. 3 at 2 p.m.

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Laurance to present billiard exhibition
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Ewa Laurance, also known as the Striking Viking, will appear in the Hawk’s Nest Game Room in the UC on Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. Laurance is a world-renowned billiards player who has authored three books concerning playing pool. Her presentation at UNCP will feature an exhibition, challenge matches, a question and answer period and an autograph signing.

• Laurance to present billiard exhibition

World-renowned billiard queen Ewa Laurance, also known as “The Striking Viking,” is coming to campus as part of the 2009 Homecoming activities.

Laurance, who has been ranked number one billiard player in the world numerous times, will appear in the Hawk's Nest Game Room in the U.C. on Sept. 30 at 10 a.m.

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largest freshman class
Photo by Glory Attaochu

Students attend Convocation in GPAC. The largest incoming freshman class ever, with more than 1,220 students, filled on-campus housing to capacity.

This year, UNCP welcomed its largest freshman class ever with more than 1,220 student. This has been a great thing for the University, but it has also caused some problems with finding a place to live for on campus students.

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New campus welcome sign
Photo by Grant Merritt
The new welcome sign cost an estimated $200,000 to bulid and install. The sign is located at the interseciton of Prospect Road and Third

The new welcome sign in front of the Oxendine Science Building gained much attention as returning students made their way to campus for the fall 2009 semester. The new sign was fully operational on July 3 and sent out its first message: Welcome to Lumbee Homecoming!

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Hot dogs and hambugers
Photo by Glory Attaochu
The grill station continues to serve hamburgers, hotdogs and French fries, but has been remodeled to include two new food warmers.

New and returning students were greeted back to the school year with a newly remodeled cafeteria. The cafeteria located in the University Center was remodeled during the summer at a cost of $149,000, a steal according to Manager John Campbell.

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Mosby-Jones inspires students
at convocation

The 2008-2009 school year started off on a high note with UNCP’s convocation, which took place Aug. 27. The annual event is used to welcome freshmen to UNCP’s campus by introducing them to some of the distinguished faculty and staff, and hear motivational words of wisdom from a guest speaker. ...

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