Human Resources


What is Braves Kickoff?

The Braves Kickoff was born of the desire to offer focused time for faculty and staff to gather together as a collective body. The two-day event provides opportunity for alignment with mission, vision and values as well as valuable professional development. There will be opportunities for faculty and staff to obtain required, annual training.


Why is Braves Kickoff mandatory?

This faculty and staff event is mandatory because all employees are required to attend training sessions throughout the year, and this opportunity will provide minimal disruption during the course of our academic year. We believe it is important for all faculty and staff to gather together and have the opportunity to hear our strategic and tactical goals for the coming year from the Chancellor and senior leaders.


Where is the location, the time and agenda of Braves Kickoff?

The Braves Kickoff general session will be held Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. in the Givens Performing Arts Center (GPAC).  Break-out sessions begin at 1 p.m. in Health Sciences building and will run concurrently through 4:30 p.m.

On day 2, Thursday, August 11, break-out sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Health Sciences building and will run concurrently through 4:00 p.m.  If you are a manager, supervisor or leader, you will receive an email invitation to the leadership session held on Thursday, August 11 in Sampson.

The two-day event will conclude with a Back to School social at the Chancellor’s residence beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Please visit the Braves Kickoff website at for agenda details and descriptions of the sessions.


What is the dress code?

All employees are permitted to wear UNCP casual attire to promote our university and showcase our BraveNation pride.  Please feel free to visit the university bookstore and purchase your black & gold attire before August 10.


Should I RSVP for the Braves Kickoff event?

Although the event is mandatory, you should RSVP to ensure you select your lunch preference for Wednesday, August 10.


Will food be provided and/or available?

On the morning of August 10, light refreshments will be provided as well as lunch. You should indicate your lunch preference as requested in the Braves Kickoff “e-invite” you received via email.  

On August 11, lunch will be on your own. Please note the Sodexo services are closed on this day; however, the Pembroke’s local restaurants provide discounts on meals to UNCP employees who present university-issued identification. We encourage you to discover something new in Pembroke on this day!


What should I bring to the event?

If you would like to jot down notes of the valuable information you will receive, please feel free to bring a notepad and pen. And, don’t forget your mobile devices to share Braves Kickoff moments on social media using the hashtag #BravesKickoff16.


Is the university closed during Braves Kickoff?  How will I know if my department is closed?

UNCP is NOT CLOSED on August 10-11, 2016.  There are essential, critical departments that are always open; however, employees are required to attend the general session on Wednesday, August 10. Your respective Vice Chancellor and/or department head will inform you whether the office is closed or limited staff and services will be available during Braves Kickoff.  

Please contact your supervisor for information specific to your department. Closing notifications should be posted to alert students and customers that service hours may be limited on these days.