Welcome to UNC Pembroke! Along with the faculty and staff, I'm excited that you are here, and we look forward to getting to know you better. You'll find that learning really does get personal at UNC Pembroke; your teachers will know you by name, and before long, you yourself will be a familiar part of this university.
This is a special time to join the UNC Pembroke family. This year, we are celebrating our founding 125 years ago. When established in 1887, UNC Pembroke had a single purpose: to educate American Indians so they could have a better life. Since then, UNC Pembroke has expanded its scope and programming so that, today, it is a regional comprehensive institution, with a mission that includes all races and nationalities. In fact, with a student body that is 51 percent minority, UNC Pembroke is the most diverse institution in the UNC system and one of the most diverse in the whole country. This university will continue progressing into an even finer institution, and we expect you to be part of that development. From the day I arrived at UNC Pembroke, I put a focus on four key themes: to become more efficient and effective as an institution, to focus on student success, to become an institution of choice and to engage the region. Notice that you, the student—your engagement, your growth and your ultimate success—drive two of these main goals.
UNC Pembroke's heritage marks its character and shapes its future. The Lumbee tribe, centered in Pembroke, emphasizes the importance of being a whole person and living a balanced life. At UNC Pembroke, we follow the lead of the tribe and focus on nurturing your intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual growth so that you, too, will achieve a balanced life—in a word, wholeness. Our core purpose remains to improve the quality of life through education.
The Pembroke family—the faculty and staff who will help you along in your college career—is committed to making your time here a rich and rewarding experience. But we need you to do your part, too. I urge you to become engaged in the rich campus life that UNC Pembroke offers: excellent division II sports, theater and the arts, more than 80 clubs and organizations, an active student government association, service learning opportunities and, of course, several events celebrating our 125th year.
Again, welcome to UNC Pembroke! In the years to come, you will discover new and exciting ways to connect with your professors, your classmates and your alma mater. You will learn and grow and work to achieve your potential. And along the way, we will help you find and maintain the balance that will ensure we all have a great year.
I wish you all the best.
Kyle R. Carter
Updated: Monday, August 13, 2012
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