We are proud to announce the 2012 Alumni Award Recipients. The Alumni Awards Banquet was held Friday, October 26, 2012 in the University Center Annex.
Outstanding Alumnus Award
Dr. David Brooks
Dr. David E. Brooks earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from UNC Pembroke in 1974. He earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University. Dr. Brooks has been in private practice since 1978 and is the owner of Pembroke Veterinary Hospital. He is a member of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Robeson County Veterinary Medical Association, Tuskegee Veterinary Medical Alumni Association, and North Carolina Association of Minority Veterinarians.
In 1991, Dr. Brooks served a two-year term as the president of the UNCP Alumni Association. He is currently a member of the Braves Club and Chancellor’s Club. He is also a charter member of the Robeson County Committee of 100 and a member of the Pembroke Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Brooks has established numerous scholarships including the Pete Brooks Endowed Scholarship at UNCP; the Dr. Ellis Hall Scholarship for Native Americans at Tuskegee School of Veterinary Medicine; and the Old Main Native American Indian Veterinary Scholarship and the Dr. Alfred Webb Scholarship at North Carolina State University. He is the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Veterinarian by the N.C. Veterinary Medical Association and Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Tuskegee Veterinary Medical Alumni Association.
Dr. Brooks is married to the former Wanda Jacobs. They have five children: Charmaine, Sherese, Skegee, Sierra and Byron.
Distinguished Service Award
Judge James E. Lockemy
Judge James E. Lockemy of Dillon, S.C., graduated from UNC Pembroke in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He earned a law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1974 and served four years in the U.S. Army.
Lockemy served 26 years in the South Carolina National Guard and retired as full colonel. In 1982, he was elected to the state House of Representatives. In 1989, he began an 18-year stint as a state Circuit Court Judge, and in 2008, he was elected to the Court of Appeals. He is a former president of the National Guard Association of South Carolina and the Circuit Court Judges Association. Lockemy is a member of the executive committees of the National Conference of State Trial Judges and the National Conference of Appellate Court Judges. In May 2012, he earned a master’s degree in history from The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.
Judge Lockemy has dedicated much of his time towards community activities. He founded a youth baseball team that he has coached for 28 years. He was named Dillon’s youth baseball Volunteer of the Year. He serves as a Boy Scout director and was recognized as Dillon County Citizen of the Year and Dillon County Veteran of the Year.
Young Alumnus of the Year
Mr. Kenneth L. Bowen
Kenneth L. Bowen, a native of Scotland County, is the principal of Eugene Ashley High School in Wilmington, N.C. In 2002, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a concentration in secondary social studies education from UNC Pembroke. He returned to UNCP to earn his master’s degree in school administration with a 4.0 GPA. Bowen is currently working to complete his doctorate in educational leadership at East Carolina University.
He is a successful and innovative educator. As an assistant principal in 2007, he helped his elementary school meet No Child Left Behind goals for the first time in school history. As principal of Marlboro County High School, the school received the best school report cardin school history and state awards for academic achievement, closing the achievement gap, character education, customer service and community relations. In 2010, Bowen created and implemented a PRIDE program in partnership with the Bennettsville (S.C.) Police Department to help reduce suspensions and build character. During his first year as principal of Ashley High School, Bowen improved high-stakes test scores and graduation rates.
He is active in his community, speaking at churches and civic organizations. Bowen is the proud father of a daughter, Alyxandria.
Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
Mr. Russell Clark
Russell Clark was an All-American in 1984 and 1985 and still holds the UNCP school record in the high jump. An Ansonville, N.C., native, he recorded his personal best mark of 2.185 meters (7-feet 2) in the high jump in 1986. He was a two-time NAIA All-District selection and four-time All-Carolinas Conference honoree and helped the Braves win four-consecutive Carolina Conference Championships from 1983-86. He also helped the Braves win the NAIA District 26 Championship along with two runner-up finishes, while also helping the squad to 12th and 14th place finishes at the NAIA National Championships.
Clark majored in journalism and was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He served as the Student Government Association entertainment chairperson from 1984-86. After graduating in 1986, Clark became head track & field and cross country coach at Johnson C. Smith University. He enlisted in the Army as a combat journalist and was a member of the all-Army track and field team. While stationed in Berlin in 1991, he won the high jump title at both the Indoor European Championships and the USAEUR Championships. He was also a two-time Armed Forces champion and a member of the 1991 World Military Champion Track and Field team. He has been a featured presenter at the Nike Speed Elite Coaches Summit, while also serving as president of Dads for Education.
Currently, he is a military employment and business development coach in Phoenix, Ariz., and has been a servant-leader for veterans with USA Cares and the National Association of Black Veterans. Clark and his wife, Teresa Smith, reside in Phoenix with their four children, Kourteney, Russell Jr., Tristan and Keynon.
Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
Mr. Chris Little
Chris Little is a two-time All-Peach Belt Conference selection and a member of the 1996 All-PBC Tournament Team. The men’s soccer team was 32-28-4 with Little in the midfield, and they qualified for the PBC tournament championship game for the first time in 1996.
Currently, Little is one of only three UNCP men’s soccer players to have more than 20 goals and 20 assists. He ranks second in career assists (23), third in single-season assists (11), fifth in career goals (29) and fifth in single-season goals (13 in 1999). A Swindon, England native, Little graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, and he earned a master’s degree in physical education in 2002. In 58 games for the Braves, he scored eight game-winning goals. He led UNCP to its first-ever national ranking in 1998 and was team captain for two years.
After serving as assistant coach for the Braves for two seasons, Little became head coach at Cumberland College. He led the Patriots to 32 wins and a top-20 ranking in the 2004 NAIA national poll. He has also served as the head coach for the North Carolina Olympic Development Program which won its first two national titles. He has served as the director of coaching for the Greensboro Youth Soccer Association and is currently is an assistant coach at Elon University. Little and his wife, Kara-Lyn, a former UNCP volleyball player, have two children, Lennon and Ewan, and currently reside in Greensboro.