UNC Pembroke had much to celebrate during 2013. Here are a few examples:
Counseling programs earn national accreditation
In January, UNCP’s Clinical Mental Health and Professional School Counseling programs earned accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs. CACREP is the nationally recognized training standard for counselor education programs. It opens doors to graduates for employment and further training.
Master’s in nursing program approved by Board of Governors
The Master of Science in Nursing program was approved in February by the UNC Board of Governors. It will train nursing leaders and educators of the future. The program began in the fall semester with a cohort of 22.
School of Business awarded AACSB accreditation
The School of Business was notified in April it had achieved accreditation from the Association to Advance of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). It is the highest international standard for schools that award degrees in business, and will give UNCP graduates a lift as they enter the job market or continue their education.
‘Military Friendly’ designation a good fit for UNCP
In March, the university was named to its second “military friendly” list, this time by Military Advanced Education. UNCP has been named a military friendly school by GI Jobs’ magazine for five consecutive years. In November, U.S. News & World Report, the most viewed publisher of college guides, put UNCP in its first “Best Colleges for Veterans” publication at number 20 among Southern regional universities. UNCP was the only public regional university to make the U.S. News list.
Nunnery first from UNCP to lead UNC student government
Former Student Government President Robert Nunnery was elected president of the UNC Association of Student Governments in March. Nunnery has a seat on the UNC Board of Governors. Nunnery is the first ASG president from UNCP.
Governor, Board of Governors meet at Pembroke
In April, the UNC Board of Governors met in its regular session at the university for the first time in their collective history. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory came during the BOG meeting to deliver the first major speech on education of his new administration. The governor and the 32-member board warmly congratulated the university on its 125 years of service.
Braves’ athletes shine in the classroom too
This is a university that takes the title “student-athlete” seriously. In July, a record 159 student-athletes were named to the Peach Belt Conference President’s Honor Roll. To qualify, they needed a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Bryant first leader of Southeastern American Indian Studies program
Dr. Alfred Bryant, an associate dean of the School of Education, was picked in August to be the first director of the new Southeast American Studies program. Visionary in scope, the program would transform the university into a national leader in research and resources for the study of American Indians in the southeastern U.S.
Entrepreneurship Incubator is launched in downtown Pembroke
In September, Chancellor Carter’s most ambitious community outreach program was funded by two grants, totaling $1.2 million, from the federal Economic Development Administration and the Golden Leaf Foundation. In early December, the university officially launched the Entrepreneurship Incubator to be located in downtown Pembroke. When renovated, the storefront building will have space for 12 start-up businesses and small business consultants from the Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship and UNC’s Small Business Technology Development Center.
UNCP research scientist wins top UNC award
It was a busy and exciting year for Dr. Ben Bahr, the William Friday Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biology. He received notice that his Alzheimer’s disease drug was provisionally patented. In November, the UNC Board of Governors honored him with the James B. Holshouser Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service—another first for the university.
Braves football climbs to new heights in 2013
Braves football had an historic year, earning its first home game in the NCAA Division II playoffs. Season highlights included nationally televised wins against Valdosta and Winston-Salem, last year’s national champion and runner-up respectively. The Braves were nationally ranked for most of the season, climbing as high as number eight, before ending the season with a loss to North Alabama.