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UNC Pembroke staff recognized for years of service

February 9, 2018

For 30 years, Gwendolyn Locklear’s warm smile has greeted students and co-workers at the Mary Livermore Library at UNC Pembroke. 

Locklear has been a fixture on campus, providing professional service as an executive assistant to seven library directors from Dr. Robert Hersch to Dr. Dennis Swanson.  

“It has been a wonderful 30 years,” Locklear said. “I have loved it here. “I don’t deal directly with the students, but from time to time when I talk with them I let them know how proud I am of them and to always do your best. 

“The students are the reason we are here,” she said. 

Those same words were echoed by Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings during a ceremony where Locklear and 88 of her co-workers were recognized for their years of service.  

“We are all working together and we are all working toward one common purpose – and as we’ve said since Day 1 – it’s all about the students,” he said. 

“Every one of you in this room, you play a role – no matter what you do – in the success of our students and what they will do in the future.” 

The annual Service Awards Luncheon was held February 1. The employees clocked in a combined 1,142 years of service to the university and the state.  

Recipients were presented a framed plaque signed by Cummings. No matter their role on campus, Cummings encouraged the employees to never lose sight of the impact they make each day. 

Crystal Moore values her role as a nurse practitioner in the Student Health Services Department. She has worked at the university for five years. 

“I help students stay healthy so they can get back in the classroom and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish when they came here,” she said. “I love staying engaged with the students.   

“UNCP is so unique because we not only have the traditional students, but we have commuters, nontraditional students and military students. I really enjoy hearing their stories and learning about their backgrounds.” 

Angela Revels, assistant vice chancellor for Human Resources, said the luncheon is a small gesture to recognize employees for their service to the university and to the state. 

Support staff are sometimes taken for granted because there isn’t a direct impact in the classroom, but it is paramount that we have a great housekeeping and grounds team to showcase the campus, a great advising and admissions team,” Revels said. 

“Many of the administrative support services are so vital to the success of our students and the university, as a whole.” 

Chancellor Cummings highlighted two former students – Troy Love and Ross Masters – as examples of students’ lives that have been changed with help of UNCP’s dedicated staff. Love was diagnosed in 2014 with Stage-5 kidney failure. He balanced his courses and dialysis treatments, while completing degree in social work in December. 

Masters completed his requisite science courses at UNCP and has been accepted into medical school at East Carolina University. 

“We are creating a culture here and it is about exceeding expectations. It’s about expecting and demanding excellence. It’s about choosing to be extraordinary.” Cummings said. 

UNC Pembroke recognizes all employees every five years and celebrates length-of-service milestones of employee service to total state service.  

 

Employees recognized for five years of service: 

Todd Allen, Center for Student Success, Lumberton 

Mike Clawson, Military & Veteran Services, Ocean Isle Beach 

Robin Johnson, Center for Student Success, Lumberton 

Alisa MosesEngaged Outreach Healthy Start, Lumberton 

JeremWoodell, Facilities Operations, Pembroke 

Meggan Hollis, Department of Music, Lumberton 

Crystal Moore, Student Health Services, Maxton 

Ashley Pryer, Admissions, Lumberton 

Michael Litty, Communications & Marketing, Laurinburg 

Chalmers Wilkins, Facilities Operations, Lumberton 

Brittany Bennett, Athletics/HPER, Laurinburg 

Timothy Chavis, Facilities Operations, Red Springs 

Robert Gaddy, Information Technology, Lumberton 

Christopher McGeachy, Facilities Operations, Red Springs 

Tracy Bullard, Facilities Operations, Rowland 

Sandra Chavis, Facilities Operations, Lumberton 

Regina Clark, Facilities Operations, Rowland 

John Cox, Health Physical Education & Recreation, Hope Mills 

Patricia Locklear, Facilities Operations, Maxton 

Mark Milewicz, Esther G. Maynor Honors College, Fayetteville 

Daisy Long, Department of Psychology, Rockingham 

Jamie Misenheimer, Information Technology, Laurinburg 

Ian Stroud, Center for Student Success, Maxton 

Jessica Locklear, Student Health Services, Maxton 

Melissa McLean, Facilities Operations, Lumberton 

Engle Revels, Admissions, Lumberton 

 

Employees recognized for 10 years of service: 

Charles Chavis, Environmental Health and Safety, Longs, S.C. 

Beth Wilkerson, Office of Regional InitiativesOrrum 

Dennis Locklear, Facilities Operations, Lumberton 

Paul Peterson-Campbell, Human Resources, Lumberton 

Alicia Jiles, Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, Lumberton 

Adam Hardin, Advancement, Lumberton 

Telisha Oxendine, Department of Biology, Lumberton 

Charles Sampson, Facilities Operations, Pembroke 

Debbie Locklear, Facilities Operations, Maxton 

Jennifer McNeill, Center for Academic Excellence, Lumberton 

Kenneth Spayd, Finance and Administration, Hope Mills 

Johnny Cummings, Facilities Operations, Pembroke 

Mable Haywood, Office for Regional Initiatives, Red Springs 

Edward Locklear, Facilities Operations, Maxton 

Tammy Locklear, Information Technology, Pembroke 

Myra Moody, Office of Institutional Research, Fayetteville 

Barry O’Brien, School of Business, Florence, S.C. 

Daryl Chavis, Facilities Operations, Lumberton 

Marsha Frink, Office of the Registrar, Chadbourn 

Michelle Locklear, School of Education, Pembroke 

Theresa Dimery, Facilities Operations, Lumberton 

Jacqueline Strickland, Payroll, Rowland 

Phillip Locklear, Police and Public SafetyMaxton 

Judy Oxendine, Facilities Operations, Pembroke 

Sondra Oxendine, Mary Livermore Library, Pembroke 

Tate Corney, Information Technology, St. Pauls 

Steven Locklear, Facilities Operations, Pembroke 

Derek Oxendine, Center for Student Success, Pembroke 

 

Employees recognized for 15 years of service 

Belinda Smiling, Student Health Services, Maxton 

Annie Coleman, Mary Livermore Library, Laurinburg 

Ricky Ransom, Office of Regional Initiatives, Pembroke 

Ginger Sampson, Office of Regional Initiatives, Maxton 

Beatrice Williams, Purchasing, Shannon 

Reginald Bullock, Center for Student Success, Laurinburg 

David Hatch, Facilities Operations, Southport 

Loretta Jones, Facilities Operations, Maxton 

Aubrey Swett, University Center, Pembroke 

Freddie Bell, Auxiliary and Business Services, Pembroke 

Lisa Hunt, Sponsored Research and Programs, Lumberton 

James Strickland, Facilities Operations, Pembroke 

Sylvia Chavis, School of Business, Pembroke 

Chuckie Lowery, Department of Mass Communications, Rockingham 

Betty Johnson, Advancement, Pembroke 

Tabitha LocklearInformation Technology, Maxton 

 

Employees recognized for 20 years of service 

Cynthia Redfearn, Housing & Residence Life, Lumberton 

Elaine Vesely, Information Technology, Pembroke 

Judith Lee, Student Health Services, Aberdeen 

Melissa Vance, Facilities Operations, Lumberton 

SallyAnn Clark, Department of Mass Communications, Laurinburg 

Flora Freeman, Housing & Residence Life, Pembroke 

Stephen Prevatte, Information Technology, Lumberton 

Cora Bullard, Student Health Services, Maxton 

Darlene Chavis, Facilities Operations, Pembroke 

 

Employees recognized for 25 years of service 

Paul Jolicoeur, Communications and Marketing, Lumberton 

 

Employees recognized for 30 years of service 

Penny Locklear, Mary Livermore Library, Pembroke 

Dedra Sanderson, Givens Performing Arts Center, Pembroke 

Carolyn Godwin, Center for Student Success, Rowland 

Gwendolyn Locklear, Mary Livermore Library, Pembroke 

Elizabeth Normandy, Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, Fayetteville 

Michael McKinnon, Facilities Operations, Hope Mills 

Susie Harris, Mary Livermore Library, Pembroke