Starting in 2011, the Alumni Award Ceremony was moved to the fall, to coincide with UNCP Homecoming. It will continue to take place in the fall from now on.
We are proud to announce the Fall 2011 Alumni Award Recipients. The Alumni Awards Banquet was held Friday, October 7, 2011 in the University Center Annex.
Outstanding Alumnus Award
Curt Locklear, Jr.
Dr. Curt Locklear, Jr. is a Pembroke native who attended the local elementary and high schools. His parents are the late Curt Locklear, Sr. and Catherine Locklear, who are alumni of UNCP and longtime supporters of the university. In 1975, he graduated with honors from UNC Pembroke with a double major in math and chemistry. Dr. Locklear earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1979 from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary medicine. He began his professional career with Barid’s Veterinary in Lumberton and later opened Southeastern Veterinary Hospital in 1989.
He has received the People’s Choice Award for best veterinarian in Robeson County numerous times. Dr. Locklear’s loyalty to the University’s ideals of self-realization and lifelong learning is evidenced by his continuing education at veterinary conferences and seminars where he stays abreast of new research and innovative techniques. Dr. Locklear not only excels in diagnostics and surgery, but is known for his compassion and humanitarian efforts for animals.
He received the “Tom Inman Award in 2009 for public service in the area of public health. He has a commitment to serving the local region. He has mentored young people, some of whom are veterinarians today, who have come to his practice to “learn by doing”. His commitment to the local region extends to churches, schools, Southeastern Regional Medical Center and numerous community organizations and events. His generous sharing of time, money, involvement and encouragement have fostered growth in education, health, multi-denominational churches, charities, the arts, and specifically, UNC Pembroke.
As an alumnus, Dr. Locklear has supported the university with his contribution to the 1st and 10 football campaign and membership in the Chancellor’s Club. He is a member of the Robeson County, North Carolina, and American Veterinarian Associations, as well as the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association and Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society (Beta Tau Epsilon Chapter).
Dr. Locklear is a member of Berea Baptist Church, where he serves as a deacon and is active in music ministry. He is married to the former Karen Janice Paulk, an alumna of UNC Pembroke. They have three daughters; Ashley Elizabeth (1987-2008), and Sarah Leanne and Lydia Kirtrice, both students at UNCP.
Distinguished Service Award
James F. “Buddy” Bell
James Furman Bell, affectionately known as “Buddy”, is a native of Robeson County. Prior to attending UNC Pembroke (then Pembroke State College), he enlisted in the US Army from 1951-1953. In 1958, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Health & PE at UNCP.
After graduating from UNCP, Mr. Bell spent over 30 years as an educator at various schools in Robeson County. He was also employed with the NC Commission of Indian Affairs and LRDA.
Mr. Bell is committed to volunteering and serving on numerous boards to include, but not limited to, Town of Pembroke Parade Committee, Robeson County Partnership with children, Pembroke and Robeson County Recreation Department, Pembroke VFW (lifetime member), Pembroke Jaycees, Pembroke Lion’s Club., and Pembroke Kiwanis Club ( past President). A lifetime supporter of UNCP, he has been a Braves Club member since 1976 and he was also appointed to serve on UNC Pembroke’s Board of Trustee from 1988-1991. From 2006-2008, Mr. Bell assisted with the “First and Ten “ Football Campaign as a fundraiser. Mr. Bell is a member of Pembroke Gospel Chapel. He is married to the former Sarah Sampson. They have three sons; Judge James Gregory Bell, Dr. Joseph T. Bell, and Dr. Ronny A. Bell.
Young Alumnus of the Year
Jamie Rene Goins
Jamie Goins, a native of Robeson County, is a middle school counselor at Pembroke Middle School. She is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and she earned a Master’s of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Management and Master's of Arts in Service Agency Counseling from UNC Pembroke.
Jamie has a been a champion for youth by serving in church programs, writing grants for youth programs, developing and implementing a female youth character development program (DIVAs), volunteering in the community, and serving as an Ambassador for Americans for Indian Opportunity. She serves on the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Boy’s and Girl’s Club and Union Chapel Harvest Ministries boards. Jamie is one of the founding members of the first Native American Sorority in the nation-Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc.
Her employment opportunities also reflect a strong passion for youth development. She has worked as a Youth Development Specialist with PSRC Indian Education Association, Youth Services Coordinator with Lumber River Council of Government, Program Director with Hawkeye Indian Cultural Center. She is currently completing the requirements as a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina. Jamie encourages all youth to live out their dreams to their fullest potential. She currently resides in the Union Chapel Community and is a member of Union Chapel Holiness Methodist Church. Her parents are Jimmy and Diane Goins.
Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
English E. Jones was born October 22, 1921, to James and Elizabeth Jones. After high school, he served three years in the military during World War II, with three of his four years being spent in as an Air Force first sergeant in the European Tour of Operations. Following his time in the military, he attended Western Kentucky University and earned his bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Kentucky and he then received a master’s degree in science from North Carolina State University. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by Wake Forest University in 1965.
Mr. Jones joined the faculty at Pembroke State College in 1956 as a professor of agricultural science and biology. In 1962, Jones was the first member of the Lumbee Tribe to be president of then Pembroke State College. He convinced North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford of the wisdom of bold expansion and, in 1969, the school became Pembroke State University. In 1972, it became part of the University of North Carolina 16-campus system and Dr. Jones was named Chancellor. The record of growth statistics between 1962, when Dr. Jones became president, and 1978, when he announced his impending retirement, is as follows: enrollment, 758 to 2,334; number of faculty, 35 to 134; campus value, $1,448,293 to $16,666,000; number of buildings, 9 to 25; number of graduates each year, 98 to 410; number of staff positions, 22 to 159; financial aid, $30,000 to $977,000; percentage of faculty members holding doctorates, 22 percent to 61 percent.
Also during his time, he ushered in a new era marked by construction and enrollment growth. He built the Herbert C. Oxendine Science Building, the Mary H. Livermore Library, Education and Business buildings, the North and Belk residence halls and the Givens Performing Arts Center. He also rebuilt and expanded Old Main, the University’s oldest building.
The English E. Jones center was first dedicated in his honor in 1973 and the new addition was added to it in 2005. He led the charge for then-Pembroke State to join the prestigious Carolinas Conference in 1977-78. He was married to the former Margaret Sheppard of Rowland, and they had three children; Steve, Judy and Randy. He passed away on May 18, 1981.
Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
Matt Lynch, a native of West Milford, N.J., was a four-year letter winner on the wrestling squad at Pembroke State University from 1972-73 to 1975-76. He was a four-time NAIA All-District performer for the Braves, as well as an NAIA All-American in 1974-75. He ranks 21st all-time on the UNCP win charts with 100 career victories and he is one of 22 wrestlers to be part of the “100 Wins Club.”
Mr. Lynch earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Secondary Health and Physical Education from Pembroke State in 1976. Following his collegiate career, he worked at Lumberton Gilbert Carroll Middle School as a physical education instructor for fourth through seventh graders from 1976-88. During that time, he also served as an assistant coach with the football team and the head wrestling coach at Lumberton High School. After that, he was a physical education instructor at Margaret-Willis Elementary School in Fayetteville from 1988-95. At that time, he was also the head wrestling coach and a defensive assistant coach at Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville.
He continued to coach the wrestling team and work as a coach with the football team after becoming a health and physical education instructor at Terry Sanford in 1995. As the head wrestling coach at TSHS, Lynch coached 52 state qualifiers, as well as 18 state place winners and six state champions. Outside of his prep coaching career, Lynch also worked as the Director of the Parks and Recreation Wrestling camps for school-age wrestlers from 1994-97 and established local wrestling clubs in Lumberton and Fayetteville. He earned a USA Wrestling National Bronze Certification in 1987 and a Silver Certification in 1988. He also was a coach for the North Carolina Wrestling Association in 1987 and 1988 received a Federation Effective Coaching certification in 1991. Matt is currently the Safe Schools Coordinator and Head Wrestling Coach/Assistant Football Coach at Grays Creek High School.