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Grant Receipts Soaring at UNCP

January 1, 1998

Grants received by UNC Pembroke have increased more than 1000 percent in the past 10 years.

In the past four years, grant applications have increased 53 percent and receipts by more than 400 percent, from $1.1 million in 1994 to $4.7 million in 1998, said Gene Brayboy, director of the Office of Grants. The grants fund research, technology, facilities, data bases and community service.

"This kind of performance is exactly what Chancellor Oxendine had in mind six years ago when he began to push for more grant activity on the part of faculty and staff here," Mr. Brayboy said. "We owe a lot to the people in this room because grants are driven by our professional staff."

Looking to the future, Armand Opitz, assistant director of the Office of Grants, predicted that grants receipts may reach $10 million in two to three years.

"This increase will be driven by research, but a number of our new grants will be in the area of training and community service in partnership with agencies outside the university," Mr. Opitz said.

Approximately 40 percent of UNCP's grant submissions were for partnership with outside organizations to provide services like infant mortality reduction and juvenile crime prevention programs, Mr. Brayboy said.

Chancellor Joseph B. Oxendine revealed that the university submitted a $1.2 million grant application March 30, the largest application in university history.

"We did not used to submit grant applications of this size here," Dr. Oxendine said. "We have done extraordinarily well in our Grants Office thanks to the leadership of Gene Brayboy, and were not through yet."

The 16-member UNC system has risen to third in the nation in grant receipts, surpassing $500 million annually, said keynote speaker, Dr. Jasper Memory, a chemistry professor at North Carolina State University and retired UNC Vice President for Sponsored Research. The increase is due in large part to the performance of UNC smaller universities.

"The record here at UNC Pembroke over the past few years is remarkable," Dr. Memory said.

The faculty and staff members who were honored are:

  • Dr. John Bowman, chair of the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice;
  • Dr. Mary Boyles, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs;
  • Shelia Brayboy, director of Health Careers Opportunity Program;
  • Dr. Leonard Casciotti, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science;
  • Dr. Jose D'Arruda, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics;
  • Dr. Thomas Dooling, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics;
  • Dr. Leonard Holmes, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics;
  • Sylvia Johnson, director of Health Careers Access Program;
  • Dr. Bonnie Kelley, chair of the Department of Biology;
  • Dr. Zoe Locklear, associate professor in the Department of Education;
  • Dr. David Maxwell, professor in the Department of Biology;
  • Dr. Elizabeth Normandy, associate professor in the Department of Political Science;
  • Dr. Margaret Opitz, professor in the nursing program;
  • Reggie Oxendine, distance learning manager;
  • Lynda Parlett, program developer for the Regional Center for Economic, Community and Professional Development;
  • Dr. Leszek Piatkeiwicz, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science;
  • Dr. Debra Preston, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology;
  • Dr. Robert Reising, professor in the Department of English, Theatre and Languages;
  • Dr. John Reissner, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics; and
  • Joanne Zukowski, director of the Regional Center.