Gary Locklear is Employee of the Quarter
Gary Locklear (Registrar) was named Employee of the Quarter at a surprise reception in his honor on April 28. Locklear is a data coordinator in the Registrar’s Office.
“I’m totally shocked,” he said. “Thanks everyone.”
He was awarded a framed certificate, a parking space for the next quarter and gift certificates to Ruby Tuesday, Outback, Lamplighter Village, Captain Larry’s, Fuller’s BBQ, Gore’s Seafood, General McArthur’s and Captain D’s Seafood.
Registrar Sara Brackin offered these thoughts: “Gary is the ideal employee, students ask for him by name, and he is doing as much to help our students with their educational pursuits as anyone I know. He is committed to education and to being the very best he can be.”
Southern Scribe reviews Tyner’s book
“Robeson County, North
Blake Tyner started this book as an independent study project for his history major at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He dug into his rich collection of family photos, then expanded to visiting other families in the county as well as historical museums with material for his research. So many community photos are lost as families die out without seeing the value of these captured moments of history. Tyner's project was a major step in preserving pictorial history as well as the oral history collected in his visits.
Robeson County, located in eastern North Carolina, is the largest county in the state. Created in 1787, the county was already inhabited by the Lumbee tribe, the largest Native American tribe east of the Mississippi River. The white settlers, many of Scottish heritage, and the African American community make up the other two races in the county.
The book is broken down in to eight chapters: home life and family; work life; religious life; education; government; military; Robeson County citizens; and social and community events.
Many see these books as exciting as watching the neighbor's vacation movies; however, the photographs can create a voyeuristic journey into the architecture, fashion, day life, and values of a community. Robeson County leaves me wanting -- to learn more about "The Lowery War," the Lumbee tribe, and the “State of Robeson.”
Blake Tyner is a student in the University Honors College and administrative assistant in the Art Department.
Dr. Labadie’s digital work accepted in Madrid show
Dr. John Antoine Labadie's (Art) digital art work has been accepted for exhibition in “contemporary.art NONSTOP.MADRID.2004.” This international juried competition is open to digital artists worldwide.
Luca Curci, competition director said, “This is an international art event. Its object is to use new technologies to globalize the language of art, to connect the conceptual points of contact of artists working in every part of the world, all united in the thick plot of the world net. Painting, sculpture, photography, digital art, videoart - all manifest one common desire: to communicate with art, a language that breaks linguistic limits and every political and geographical barrier, that unites all religions, all peoples.”
The exhibition will be from September 30 to October 3 at the PABELLÓN DE LA PIPA - Recinto Ferial de Casa de Campo in Madrid.
School of Education delivers Earth Day event for Lumberton elementary school children
Teacher Education faculty
and students partnered with the Teacher Cadets at Lumberton High School
and faculty at Tanglewood Elementary in Lumberton
to present “Bear Garden,” an environmental education program
on April 20. The program offered the Tanglewood students in grades K-4
to visit stations to explore environmental topics including “How
Seeds Travel,” “Why do Birds Have Different Beaks?” and “Oh
Deer.” They also staged a musical parade to celebrate Earth Day.
Hunt, Thomas led business students to win
A team of undergraduate business students, under the guidance of business Professors Cammie Hunt and Stewart Thomas, advanced this spring into the semifinals of the Five Ventures Business Plan Competition at UNC Charlotte.
UNC Charlotte’s Five Ventures Business Plan Competition is open to university faculty, staff, students and affiliates. To compete, an executive summary business plan is required.
The teams that qualified for the semifinals represented: Northwestern University (Chicago), UNC-Charlotte (with three teams), UNC Pembroke, East Carolina University, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem State University, and UNC-Chapel Hill (with two teams).
Hunt makes it five straight in SIFE competition
By Sheri Sides
This spring, the business professor, led her SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) club into the national championships for the fifth straight year.
In regional competition on April 5, UNCP’s SIFE team defeated many big-name rivals, like the University of South Carolina, to advance to the finals in Kansas City, Mo., on May 23-25. Twenty-five university teams from North and South Carolina battled in Charlotte for a chance to become regional champions.
Dr. Eric Dent, Dean of the School of Business, praised the accomplishment.
“What makes this story even more remarkable is that UNCP has had a SIFE team for five years under the direction of Cammie Hunt, and we have advanced to the nationals all five years,” Dr. Dent said. “I don't have to tell you how improbable this feat is.”
SIFE is a non-profit organization that brings students and faculty advisors together to teach the principles of free enterprise to businesses and individuals, from elementary school children to senior citizens, Hunt said.
“UNCP’s SIFE members have developed leadership skills by
creating and carrying out plans to improve the standard of living in
their community,” Hunt said. “I was proud to be a part of
such a motivated and professional group of students.”
Dr. Hossfeld on panel; presents paper
Dr. Leslie Hossfeld was an invited panel participant at a session on funding opportunities with the American Sociological Association at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in Atlanta in April. She also presented a paper, entitled “Blurring the Boundaries Between Teaching Research and Service in North Carolina: Sociation Today.”
Dr. Murray presents AIDS paper at conference
Dr. Ottis Murray (Sociology)
attended the Southern Sociological Society conference April 14-16 in
Atlanta, and presented a paper, entitled “A
Faith-Based Community Response to Sexually Transmitted Diseases in a
Rural Community in Southeastern North Carolina: A Preliminary Report
on Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs about HIV/AIDS.”
In consultation with Brenda Hunt, CEO of the Borderbelt Aids Resource Team, Inc., Dr. Murray wrote and submitted a grant to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services for an HIV/STD prevention project. The grant was awarded $55,000 per year for three years.
Dr. Vest named book review editor for AIQ
Dr. Jay Vest (American Indian Studies) was named book review editor for the American Indian Quarterly (AIQ).
AIQ is an internationally recognized scholarly journal devoted to all aspects of American Indian Studies. It is published quarterly by the University of Nebraska Press and edited by Dr. Devon Mihesuah, a professor of applied indigenous studies at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz.
A paper by Dr. Vest, “God and the Native Metaphysic of Nature: Algonquians, Epicurus and Environmental Egalitarianism,” was accepted for presentation to the Radical Philosophy Association national meeting, Philosophy Against Empire, to be held at Howard University in Washington, D.C., November 4 - 7.
Another paper by Dr. Vest, “Native, Aboriginal, Indigenous: Who Counts as Indian in Post Apartheid Virginia,” was presented in conference proceedings at the Mid-Atlantic Conference on the Scholarship of Diversity, held at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va.
The paper examines the circumstances and effects of apartheid segregation upon Native Americans in colonial and historic Virginia. In documenting the history of Indian slavery and civil depravation, the article argues that Indian racial and ethnic identification are not simply a matter of tribal recognition, but must include individuals of proven native ancestry. Furthermore, the state and federal government bear an affirmative responsibility in recovery of both tribal and individual racial/ethnic American Indian identity in post apartheid Virginia.
Additionally, Dr. Vest published a referred journal article, “From Nansemond to Monacan: The Legacy of the Pochick-Nansemond among the Bear Mountain Monacan,” in the American Indian Quarterly (Vol. 27, No. 3). This article explores the origins of the Monacan Indians in the central Blue Ridge area of Virginia and illustrates that at least one line of the contemporary Monacans derived from the Pochick-Nansemond tribe from southside Virginia. Following early seventeenth wars upon the Nansemond, the tribe split into two bands, one remaining in the aboriginal homelands near Portsmouth, Virginia and another migrating westward to join the Nottoway. Afterwards in 1714, by order of the Virginia Colonial Council, the Pochick-Nansemond was ordered to incorporate into the Saponi at the Fort Christanna Reservation near Lawrenceville, Va. In documenting the Bass/Bias lineage to the central Blue Ridge area and Bear Mountain, the article is the first documentation to affirm that the contemporary Monacan Nation is derived from the Fort Christanna Reservation and the heirs of the 1713 treaty with the Saponi.
It was Dr. Vest’s 40th published article or book chapter.
Chiara Oxendine wins AISES science fair
Chiara Oxendine, daughter of Terry Oxendine (Physical Plant) and Cynthia Oxendine (University Center), recently competed in several science fairs. An 8th grader at Prospect School, Oxendine won first place for 8th grade and best all-around for 6 - 8 grades in the school science fair for her entry, “The Smoker II: Tar Wars.”
Oxendine won first place in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) science fair held at the Indian Education Resource Center. She went on to compete in the National AISES Science Fair in Albuquerque, N.M., where she took first place honors for eighth grade in the medicine and health category and was awarded the Air Force Special Award. Oxendine also placed first in the AISES math competition.
Dr. Phillips presents papers; awarded summer research grant
Dr. Lee Phillips (Geology) traveled to Grand Forks, N.D., where he was invited to give two talks at the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the University of North Dakota. On April 23, Dr. Phillips presented: “The effects of sea level change and submarine groundwater flow and discharge on the precipitation of early diagenetic carbonate cements in coastal deposits: an example from the Manitoba Escarpment area” and “Sequence stratigraphic controls on synsedimentary cementation and preservation of dinosaur tracks: an example from the Early Cretaceous Dakota Formation, Southeastern Nebraska.”
Additionally, Dr. Phillips was awarded a Summer Research Fellowship with the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute within the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University. He will collaborate with Tim White on a project funded by the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund, titled “Paleosols, parasequences and pollen: Differentiating the roles of relative sea-level variation and climate in foreland basin strata.”
Dr. Collier presents poster at association meeting
Dr. William Collier (Psychology)
gave a poster presentation of his research at the Eastern Psychological
Association Conference in Washington, D.C.,
on April 16. The title for the entry is: “An auditory illusion
of tempo change.”
Dr. Spivey attends sociology conference
Dr. Michael Spivey (Sociology) attended the Southern Sociological Society’s annual meetings in Atlanta in April. He acted as presider/discussant for a session entitled, The Sociology of Music.
Birthdays May 1-14
Mazell Brooks of Pembroke, the grandmother of Loretta Jones (Physical Plant, Housekeeping), died on April 26 at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton.
Congratulations to Shane Wesson (Physical Plant), and wife Carolyn, on the birth of their daughter, Casey Dale, on April 16. She weighed seven pounds, 12 1/2 ounces and was 20-inches long.
Eleanor Fields (Physical Plant) has a new granddaughter, Ella Sinclair, born on April 14. She weighted eight pounds, 13 ounces and was 19-inches long. The parents are William and Windy Fields.
Kay (Regional Center) and Rudolph Freeman had a daughter, Haley Jordan, on April 27. She weighed 10 pounds, five ounces and was 22-inches long.
State Employee Recognition Week is May 3; May 5 is State Employee Recognition Day
Supervisors are encouraged to recognize their employees during the State Employee Recognition Week. In recognition of State Employee Recognition Week the following events are scheduled:
Teachers and state employees retirement system news
The teachers and state employees retirement system has new “800” numbers. The number for active employees is 1-877 627-3287. Retirees may call 1-877-733-4191.
On May 19, representatives from the retirement system are scheduled to be on campus for a morning and afternoon pre-retirement conference.
The conferences for teachers and other state employees will begin at 9 a.m. The conferences for local governmental employees will begin at 1:30 p.m. Each session will last approximately two-and-one-half hours. These conferences will provide complete information as to: procedures in the retirement process, eligibility for retirement, calculation of benefits, selection of optional payment arrangements, designation of beneficiaries, completion of forms, eligibility requirements for Social Security benefits and other benefits available to employees.