Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Joseph B. Oxendine has written the foreward to “The American Indian Integration of Baseball” by Dr. Jeffrey Powers-Beck.
A former minor leaguer and a Lumbee Indian, Dr. Oxendine wrote that the newly published book “presents the most extensive compilation of Indian baseball players and related information ever assembled.”
Published this fall by the University of Nebraska Press, “The American Indian Integration of Baseball” focuses on the early years of baseball and is a good read for lovers of America’s favorite pastime as well as those who are interested in the struggles of Indians in America, Dr. Oxendine said.
The book is loaded with biographical and historical information. Myths and legends of Indian players’ struggles in baseball are well researched and carefully retold, Dr. Oxendine said.
The mysterious disappearance of Indians in professional baseball begs an answer.
“The reason for the decline of American Indian baseball excellence following 1925 are complex,” Oxendine said. “The author of this book suggests that the hostile treatment of the players may have been a factor.”
A professor in the departments of American Indian Studies and Physical Education, Dr. Oxendine is well qualified to comment on the subject of Indians in sports. He authored “American Indian Sports Heritage” (Bison Press, 1995), a history of Indians in all sports.
“I became convinced that providing visibility to Indian sports heroes, past and present, as role models might serve to promote pride and ambition among young people,” Oxendine said in his book.
Dr. Powers-Beck’s book serves a similar purpose by illuminating the careers of lesser-known Indian baseball players from the early 20th century, like Moses Yellow Horse, Louis Leroy and George Howard. Dr. Oxendine said the book speaks to critical issues facing American Indians, in baseball and in a larger context.
“Powers-Beck weaves Indian and baseball folklore into personal profiles on the Indian players,” he said. “This is a monumental work with significance for both baseball and American Indians.”
Racism in baseball is a continuing legacy, Dr. Oxendine said, and Dr. Powers-Beck addresses this issue in his final chapters.
Dr. Tom Ross updates ‘North Carolina Atlas’
Geographer Dr. Tom Ross contributed an updated chapter on agriculture to the online version of the “North Carolina Atlas.” It is his second revision since the atlas was published in print form in 2000.
“The online atlas is a marvelous tool for teachers or anyone doing research on our state,” Dr. Ross said. “We could not afford to keep it current if we only had a print version.”
Dr. Ross said an update was needed this fall because agriculture in North Carolina is changing rapidly.
“In this revision, we emphasize the impact of the federal tobacco buy-out and floods in Western North Carolina,” he said. “Hurricanes this fall caused a lot of crop damage and a lot of soil was lost to erosion in the mountains.”
The tobacco allotment buy-out was approved by Congress on October 12, and the update was included in www.ncatlasrevisited.org just days later. Dr. Ross said he talked with state and federal farm agents and District Seven Congressman Mike McIntryre, who proposed the legislation.
“Congressman McIntyre’s office was very helpful,” Dr. Ross said. “The buy-out means that anybody can grow tobacco, but they might not be able to sell it.”
The buy-out will have a major impact on the region served by UNCP.
“It will give small operators a chance to get out of tobacco, and it gives bigger farmers the opportunity to invest in new types of farming,” Dr. Ross said.
Dr. Ross and the late UNCP geographer Dr. Robert Reiman, contributed sections on agriculture, forestry and mining to the “North Carolina Atlas: Portrait for a New Century.” Edited by Dr. Al Stuart and Dr. Douglass Orr Jr., the print version is 461 pages with 300 color maps and charts and 50 photographs.
A UNCP faculty member since 1969, Dr. Ross was named 2004 Educator of the Year by the North Carolina Geography Society. He has published numerous books including “American Indian of North Carolina,” and “A Cultural Geography of North American Indians,” in addition to atlases for Robeson, Richmond and Moore counties.
Lawrence Locklear wins Tribal Council seat
Lawrence Locklear (University and Community Relations) won a seat on the Lumbee Tribal Council in the November 2 election.
Locklear ran in District 6, which is comprised of North Pembroke and Raft Swamp precincts. He will join the 21-member council in January.
For more information, see www.lawrencelocklear.com.
Jennifer Smith completes her first marathon
Jennifer Smith (Counseling and Testing) finished her first marathon, the SunTrust Marathon in Richmond, Va., on Saturday, November 13 in 4 hours 14 minutes and 41 seconds.
Kenneys run Myrtle Beach Halloween Half Marathon
Dan Kenney (Athletics) and his wife Mira competed in the Myrtle Beach Halloween Half Marathon on October 30. The race started and ended at Broadway at the Beach. Mira Kenney completed her first ever race at this distance (13.1 miles) in a time of 3:00:30. Dan won his age group in a time of 1:55.43.
Lorna Ricotta performs in Las Vegas
In October, Lorna Ricotta (Advancement) performed in Las Vegas at the Aladdin Hotel for the National Native American Law Enforcement Association conference.
Art Department well represented at association meeting
The University was represented by a large Art Department delegation at the recent North Carolina Art Education Association annual meeting. University participation in the conference helps keep art teachers from all around the state informed of the latest ideas in art and art education.
At the conference, Dr. Ann Horton-Lopez was elected for another term in the position as Division 4 representative to the association. Dr. Tulla Lightfoot was named publics relations assistant to the board.
The Art Department was well represented at “Renewing the Creative
Spirit,” the North
Dr. Ann Horton-Lopez gave a presentation called, “Methods of Teaching Art History and Appreciation.” She also led the Region 4 meeting.
Dr. John and Margie Labadie gave a presentation on digital cameras.
Dr. Tulla Lightfoot gave two presentations. The first one was titled: “Using PowerPoint in your Classroom.” Her second presentation was entitled “Discipline in the Art Classroom.”
Paul Van Zandt in NC State show
Professor Paul Van Zandt (Art) had two of his sculptures accepted in the invitational Whata Relief Wall Sculpture Exhibition in the Brooks Hall Gallery of the College of Design at NC State University. The exhibition runs through December 4. It comprises work from 11 professors who teach sculpture in the UNC system.
Dr. Richard Gay shares Mitchell Prize
Dr. Richard Gay’s (Art) exhibition catalogue, “Illuminating the Renaissance,” that he helped created while studying at the Getty Museum won a Mitchell Prize for the best English-language catalogue 2002-03. The $10,000 prize will go to its primary authors Thomas Kren of the Getty and Scott McKendrick of the British Library. Dr. Gay served as liaison to the book’s editors and designers and contributed catalogue entries to the book.
Labadies’, Steeds’ work in traveling exhibit
Congratulations to Margie Labadie, Dr. John Labadie and Professor Ralph Steeds (Art) on their traveling exhibit, entitled Memorial Portfolio in Carrollton, Ga. The exhibit runs through November 31 at the State University of West Georgia.
Vest presents to Radical Philosophy Association
On November 7, Dr. Jay Hansford C. Vest presented the paper “Manitu Practice and the Good: Philosophical Considerations of Atheism and Ethics in Montagnais-Naskapi Traditions” to the Radical Philosophy Association, 6th Biennial International Conference, entitled, Philosophy Against Empire.” The meeting was held at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Tarleton Blackwell in Myrtle Beach show
Professor Tarleton Blackwell’s (Art) work is in an exhibit entitled South Carolina Birds: A Fine Arts Exhibition at the Franklin G. Burroughs Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The exhibit runs through December 29.
Halloween fun at the Bookstore
Blake Tyner and Amelia Elk judging the costume contest
Disability Support Services: a motley crew
Judy Losh of the School of Education
Lori Bumgarner of Career Services
Melanie Clark of Student Activities
The Bookstore crew: the home team
Student Activities: Abdul and gang
Vonda Graham (Family Life) and Aubrey Swett (HCOP)
Students thank their housekeeper with a poster
Cathleen Oxendine (Housekeeping) received a big thanks from students in the Music Department in the form of a signed poster. Cathleen is on the left with Dr. Janita Byars, department chair, and Joshua Hunt, student representative.
Birthdays, November 15-31
Warren K. Sampson - General Utility Worker, Physical Plant
Douglas Hammonds - Labor Crew Leader, Physical Plant
Tanya L. Fore, daughter of Jane McGirt (Post Office), was married on October 16 at Prospect United Methodist Church. A UNCP graduate, Tanya married George McDonald Jr., and the couple reside in Lumberton. She is a first grade teacher at Peterson Elementary School in Red Springs.
Congratulations to Patricia Johnson (Housekeeping) on the birth of her granddaughter. She was born November 5, weighing eight pounds and nine ounces.
Mary Richardson, of Hollister, N.C., passed away on November 6. She was the grandmother of Kay Oxendine (Student Activities).
Marie C. Locklear, grandmother of Pamela Locklear (Controller's Office)
and mother of Brenda Locklear
Dena Council’s grandmother Ann Batchelor passed away November 14. Dena is in the Office of Business Affairs.
Free golf continues at Riverside
Thanks to the enthusiastic feedback received by the Office of Advancement regarding the discounted membership for faculty and staff at the Riverside Golf Course, the UNCP Foundation has renewed a group membership. The course is available to faculty and staff at no fee. This means you can walk and play at absolutely no charge. Carts are available if you prefer to ride for a fee.
The golf course is located at 824 Terry Sanford Dr., between Deep Branch Rd. and U.S. 74. Tee times are not required, but if you are interested in a tee time, please call 521-8433. Also contact them for questions about the membership or interested in league play. The course was renovated during the past three years, and more improvements are on the way.
A Braves One Card is required for identification.