College of Arts & Sciences



Professor Xianhua Wu, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST), Nanjing, China, will give a talk on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., in Oxendine Science Building 1237B. 

In the talk, he will introduce the NUIST and the School of Economics & Management at NUIST, and present his research on climate change and disaster risk analysis: Economics of disasters, statistical methods in risk assessments, and environmental policies. 

Dr. Wu was a visiting scholar at UNC Pembroke in 2010 and he is now Dean of the School of Economics & Management at NUIST. 



Paparozzi and DorlandJuly 15, 2017: Mario Paparozzi (Professor & Chair, Sociology & Criminal Justice) was guest speaker at the “Send a Cop to College” event in Wilmington. The annual fundraiser was sponsored by the Wilmington Police Recreation Association, a non-profit, and benefits its scholarship program. The event was hosted by UNCP graduate Sgt. Warren Kennedy (Ret.), who received a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a criminal justice concentration. Pictured above are Dr. Paparozzi and Retired Senior Parole Officer Bryan Dorland.



Adapted from the original outdoor theater production, Strike at the Wind! once again told the story of Henry Berry Lowry, the Lumbee “Robin Hood” who fought injustices against American Indians in the wake of the Civil War.  The drama written by Randolph Umberger debuted in 1976. This revival was made possible through a collaboration between the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Tribal Chairman Harvey Godwin helped obtain the rights to the drama, which allowed for this interpretation of the Robeson County classic, and UNCP's Jonathan Drahos (English, Theatre, & Foreign Languages) directed the production. Over 2,000 people attended the two performances in the Givens Performing Arts Center, June 23-24.

In addition to numerous local community members, the acting cast included UNCP faculty and staff who performed multiple roles, including Jonathan Drahos (director), Stephanie Peters (costume design) and Eric Voecks (lighting design).

Thanks to this partnership between the Lumbee Tribe and UNCP, Strike at the Wind! can inspire another generation.



Motti Inbari Motti Inbari (Philosophy and Religion) participated in a panel discussion held at the Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA, May 4, 2017. The topic was “Six Days/Five Decades: 1967 and Its Significance for Israeli Security, Politics and Society” and addressed the impact of the Six-Day War on Israel fifty years later.  The event featuring leading Israeli scholars from a variety of disciplines, including Gilead Sher, former Chief of Staff and Policy Coordinator to Israeli Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.

Dr. Inbari “traced the evolution of the messianic Zionist beliefs that have driven the building of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.”  The symposium was recorded and is now available on the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies website.  A summary of the event is also available.



Altman Conducts Fayetteville Symphony

Tim Altman (Music) conducted the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra in its Memorial Day concert on May 28, 2017 in Festival Park (Fayetteville, NC).  UNCP music faculty members Michael Sparks (violin), Steve Skillman (horn), Joey Van Hassel (percussion), and Sarah Busman (flute) performed.  

The symphony presented a concert of some of John Williams’ film music (Star Wars, Cowboys, Raiders March) and patriotic tunes. The Fayetteville Youth Symphony joined the Fayetteville Symphony members for the first three works.  Then, the Fayetteville Symphony completed the rest of the 90 minute concert to over 4,000 in attendance at the outdoor venue. 



Bahr Receives Gardner AwardDr. Ben Bahr, the William C. Friday Chair and Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Biochemistry at UNC Pembroke, has been named the 2017 Oliver Max Gardner Award recipient by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. This is the highest honor given by the university. Bahr is the first UNCP faculty member to receive this award.  Click here for more information



UNCP Trumpet EnsembleThe UNCP Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of Tim Altman (Music), performed at the 2017 International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Conference on June 2, 2017 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  The ensemble performed the world premiere of Joe Sheehan’s “Subo.”  The work is based on a Ghanian folksong. Sheehan, a music faculty member at Duquesne University, spent months living in Ghana.

The UNCP students who performed were Terri Smith, Rachel McCoy, William Boyce, Dylan Quick, and William Hebert.  They also enjoyed concerts, masterclasses, exhibits, and more at the ITG conference.  



Altman in Germany

Tim Altman (Music) spent 2 ½ weeks teaching in Germany during May 2017.  He taught conducting at Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg (Ludwigsburg University of Education). Ludwigsburg is located near Stuttgart in Southwest Germany. 

“The German students at this university were strong musically and academically.  Most of them plan to be teachers. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them,” Altman commented.

The German university creates many opportunities for their students to take some courses with native English speakers. The students had no problem understanding and could communicate clearly in English. 

Dr. Altman was able to observe other classes at LUE. The faculty in the music department were all experienced musicians and teachers. Altman said, “I learned a lot from the music faculty at LUE. They welcomed me and even showed a video of our UNCP music department to the students. They were impressed with all the offerings (ensembles, lessons, classes) we have for UNCP students. One evening, many of the music department faculty took me to dinner where I got to know them even better.”

Altman has done a lot of international performing and enjoys travel. He has performed in the the Middle East (Jordan), Italy, UK, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and more.

Dr. Altman encourages UNCP students to get out and experience other parts of the world.  He said, “Your perspective of a country or region is always a little different after living there and getting to know the people. The German faculty and students I met were all warm and welcoming. They liked hearing about where I had visited and they were so proud of their home region/city. I hope to return to Germany soon.”

Dr. Altman, who is chair of the Music Department, is pictured at above before Germany’s tallest mountain (Zugspitze in the Bavarian Alps) . 



Bill Brandon Recruiting 

Bill Brandon (Chemistry and Physics) visited Scotland County High School on May 11, 2017 and with the organizing help of Jacob Glenn and the RISE students conducted back-to-back classes. They lead one hour sessions with two sections of Chemistry for honors students and one section with Advanced Placement Chemistry students. 

Activities that the high school students participated in were: discussions of NC Promise, which begins fall 2018, of applied physics as a healthy career choice producing problem solvers, and of UNCP's 3+2 program with NCSU for top students. The discussions were followed by demonstrations of vibrating string, Chladni plates (resonance), AM laser, Lenz tube, and the measurement of the speed of sound (within 1% with freeware).



Christian Ryckeley

Congratulations to UNCP graduate Christian Ryckeley who was accepted into the North Carolina School of Medicine. Christian, a Biology and Chemistry double major, recommends working early in your academic career with UNCP's Health Careers Access Program (HCAP) to develop a plan of study. 

For information on HCAP, click here.



Kevin Freeman in GermanKevin Freeman (Political Science and Public Administration) is spending four weeks at the Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg (Ludwigsburg University of Education) as a part of a teaching fellowship and exchange program with the German university. UNCP has a bilateral relationship with the school involving teacher and student exchange. 

Selected from a pool of candidates to teach a course, Dr. Freeman is teaching American Foreign Policy to approximately 45 German and international students.  Among the topics covered are the institutions that play a role in making foreign policy in the United States, how economic, political, and environmental policies are made, and how the United States interacts with the rest of the world.  Special focus is given on speculating which direction these policies will go given the transition to the Trump Administration.

In addition to the course, Dr. Freeman has provided a number of guest lectures to other classes and is also participating in international forums and workshops. The Political Science Department in Ludwigsburg was anxious to offer their students an American perspective on the topic, and the students have been both curious and inquisitive regarding how the system and the process works.

“This has been such a tremendous opportunity for me,” says Dr. Freeman. “The host institution, its faculty, and its students couldn’t have been more inviting.  I have thoroughly enjoyed giving my perspective to students who might not have an opportunity to see how American foreign policy works and is understood from a distinctly American point of view.”

Dr. Freeman has taken an opportunity to visit other areas around the country and elsewhere during his free time, including short visits to Munich, Brussels, and Italy, as well as touring many of the historical and cultural sites in the area around Ludwigsburg. He is pictured above on the Rhine River.

“I think that our students would thoroughly enjoy visiting Germany.  The Stuttgart area is inviting, and there are so many things to do here,” added Dr. Freeman.  “I would enjoy seeing UNCP students taking advantage of this special relationship we have with Ludwisgburg and perhaps coming here for a short term trip or even an entire semester.  They would get a lot out of the experience.”

Dr. Freeman has considerable study abroad experience, having regularly taken groups of students to Berlin and Tokyo.  He arrived in Germany on May 10 and returns on June 5, 2017.



Ethan Sanford at CornellShortly after graduation in May of 2016, Ethan Sanford joined the doctoral program in Biochemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology (BMCB) at one of the nation's foremost research universities -- Cornell University.  Ethan has been kind to share his first-year experiences at Cornell and offer advice to UNCP students who want to pursue graduate school.  You can get there from here.



Joe WestA conference paper presented by Joe West (Political Science & Public Administration) this April at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference sparked the interest of the publishing house Rowman and Littlefield and resulted in a book contract. Founded in 1949, Rowman and Littlefield specializes in scholarly books and journals for the academic market.

Dr. West’s book, Impact of Communication Technology on the Policy Process in the United States, is scheduled to go to print in May 2018.  It stems from a series of conference presentations precipitating from his 2016 research investigating the communication behaviors of legislators.  The work examines how legislators use communication technology, everything from face-to-face meetings to Facebook, including all of the common social media tools in use by legislators today, such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, etc..

The conference paper that attracted the publisher was titled: Death of a Trustee: An Examination of Traditional Legislator Roles in an Era of Increased Legislator-Constituent Linkages.  Dr. West serves as director of the Master of Public Administration



Hersey Receives the Dial Award

On April 28, 2017, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke celebrated its faculty with an appreciation dinner. During the event, awards were presented to outstanding faculty across the university.  The College of Arts and Sciences was well represented, and we congratulate the recipients for their accomplishments and for making UNCP a great place to study and work.

  • Dr. Cherry BeasleyDr. Cherry Beasley (Nursing, pictured at left) received the 2017 Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence, which is presented annually to one faculty member at each of the UNC System’s 17 universities;
  • Joanna Hersey (Music, pictured above), The Adolph L. Dial Faculty Award for Scholarship or Creative Work;
  • Hannah Baggott (English, Theatre, & Foreign Languages), The Diane O. Jones Excellence in Service-Learning Award;
  • Ben Bahr (Biology/Chemistry & Physics), The Graduate Faculty Mentor Award;
  • Motti Inbari (Philosophy & Religion), The James F. Hubbard Faculty Award;
  • Carla Rokes (Art), Outstanding Teaching Award;
  • Eun Hee Jeon (English, Theatre & Foreign Languages), Outstanding Teaching Award;
  • Jennifer Johnson (Nursing), Outstanding Teaching Award;
  • Scott Hicks (English, Theatre &Foreign Languages), Outstanding Teaching Award;
  • Terence Dollard (Mass Communication), Outstanding Teaching Award; and
  • Judith Paparozzi (Sociology & Criminal Justice), the Outstanding Part-Time Teaching Award.

The following faculty were acknowledged for their promotion to the rank of professor: Jamie Litty (Mass Communication), Jane Haladay (American Indian Studies), Scott Hicks (English, Theatre, & Foreign Languages), and Shilpa Pai Regan (Psychology). Faculty Emeritus status was granted to John Bowman (Sociology & Criminal Justice), Fran Fuller (Sociology & Criminal Justice) and Joseph Goldston (Mathematics and Computer Science). 



Dennis Edgell (Geology and Geography) recently presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Boston April 5-9, 2017. His poster was titled "Japanese Enka Music and the Five Themes of Cultural Geography."



2017 Outstanding Senior Award Finalists

Art major Courtney Hockett (pictured second from right) was named the 2017 UNCP Outstanding Senior of the Year. Each year the the Office of Alumni Engagement, the UNCP Alumni Association Board of Directors, and a selection committee announce five seniors as finalists for the UNCP Outstanding Senior Award. Letters of support are provided by faculty and staff, applications are screened, and interviews conducted by a seven-member review committee that selects the five finalists and the recipient.

The 2017 finalist are: Amanda Bowman (Bachelor of Science in Biology with Biomedical Concentration) from Rockingham, NC; Rachel Courtney Hockett (Bachelor of Arts in Art with Art Education Licensure (K-12) track) of Buies Creek, NC; Patrik Merkell (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Concentration Finance), Stockholm, Sweden; Katherine Rentschler (Bachelor of Science in Biology- Environmental Concentration) from Pinehurst, NC; and Lea E. Tardanico (Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Minor in Sociology) of Miami, FL.  

Courtney Hockett was announced as the award recipient during the Senior Social on Monday, April 17, 2017 at the Chancellor’s Residence. Since enrolling at UNCP, Courtney has spent numerous hours outside of class participating in academic and extracurricular activities. The Art major has published three times in the UNC system's journal of undergraduate research, Explorations: The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities for the State of North Carolina. She has both paid and volunteer work experience with organizations and institutions like the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, CIS Academy, North Carolina Museum of Art, Ingram Planetarium, among others. She actively peruses research grants both on and off campus and has been awarded a total of $13,489 from the Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Center, the most to an individual in the history of the program. Courtney has exhibited her research in over fifteen national, state, and local venues and continues to proudly represent UNC Pembroke. She currently works as an educator at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and plans to seek employment as a High School Art Teacher upon graduating in May.    



Dean Jeff FrederickDean Frederick recently contributed an opinion piece to The Robesonian. In it he states, "A 2012-2013 study indicated that UNC Pembroke created nearly $400 million in additional state income because of its role in developing market-ready talent. More to the point, every dollar invested in UNC Pembroke brought a ten-fold return. UNC Pembroke is an economic and intellectual engine that can drive so much positive change in our region." 

Read the complete article here.



Jingjing GaoJingjing Gao, a UNCP Master of Public Administration graduate (Fall 2016) was admitted into the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's public policy doctoral program beginning in the Fall 2017 semester. Jingjing was a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Joe West for the 18 months she was at UNCP. She recently gave panel presentation at the Midwest Political Science Conference in Chicago on the impact of social media health information on Chinese student health behaviors. Jingjing's doctoral degree will be fully funded by UNCC and includes an $18,000 annual stipend. 



 Model UN Award for Outstanding Position Paper

UNCP’s Model United Nations team brings home four awards after successful participation in the Southern Regional Model United Nations held in Charlotte, NC, March 30-April 1.

UNCP took 26 students to Charlotte, representing Ghana, Australia, France, and Bahrain during the proceedings.  The Ghana and Australia teams both won Outstanding Position Paper awards.  Current SGA Vice-President Omar Torres won an individual award for his representation of France, and Andrew Yarborough won an Outstanding Justice Award for his participation in a simulation of the International Court of Justice.

“We are happy to have left Charlotte once again with hardware,” said Faculty Advisor Dr. Kevin Freeman from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.  “While we didn’t win as many awards as we would have liked, the competition was fierce and our students performed admirably.  All in all, I am satisfied with our performance.”

Nearly 500 students from 50 universities around the southeast participated in the conference. UNCP also had four current and former students who served on the staff for this year’s conference.

UNCP has won over 50 individual and team awards at various conferences over the last two years.

Model United Nations emphasizes cooperative, hands-on, experiential learning that allows students to confront a range of topics with the perspective of their assigned country or organization. Through these experiences --during preparation, in committee sessions, and even in hallway caucuses --students develop an appreciation of differing viewpoints, experience the challenges of negotiation, see the rewards of cooperation, broaden their world view, and discover the human side of international relations and diplomacy.

The Model United Nations team next attends the Southern Regional Fall Conference in Atlanta, Georgia November 16-18.  The Braves will represent Norway, Iceland, Costa Rica, and Italy.



2017 Academic Awards Day Ceremony

The College of Arts & Sciences celebrated Academic Awards Day on April 5, 2017.  Family, friends, faculty and students joined to honor this year’s recipients despite the stormy weather.  Over 125 scholarships and awards are presented annually by the 16 departments within the college.  If you'd like to contribute to a scholarship, contact our Office of Advancement or donate online



Juel Presenting at Regional Conference

Biology major Robbie Juel presented a research poster at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists in March 2017. His topic was "Defining Plant Communities and the Vascular Flora of Sampson's Landing, Robeson County, North Carolina." He collaborated with his mentor Lisa Kelly (Biology) while conducting the research. The presentation was made possible through a generous travel award from the Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Center (PURC) program. 



Student Field Trip to Worship Sites

The Department of Philosophy and Religion at UNC Pembroke sponsored a unique event recently: on March 31, 2017, about thirty students and four faculty members went together on a field trip to visit places of worship in Fayetteville NC. Dr. David Nikkel, the chair of the department, explained that our department wanted to give our majors, minors, and students taking courses in Religion a direct experience of religious practice through visiting worship sites and services. “It’s good to read and hear about religions and to watch videos. But it takes things to another level to view in person a religious site, to directly experience a religious ceremony, and to ask questions of religious believers and leaders, and our students did ask a lot of questions,” said Dr. Nikkel.

Our first stop was at Masjid Omar Ibn Sayyid, a mosque that serves mostly African-American Muslims in the Fayetteville area. We came to attend the Jumu’ah, the congregational Friday prayer, and we had the opportunity to speak with Imam Bobby Ahmed, the spiritual leader, who spoke about the Islamic value of civility.

From there we continued the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, where we were welcomed by Father Alexander, who spoke about the history of the Greek Orthodox Church and explained about the meanings of the beautiful icons on the walls of the church.

After a short stop for dinner, we visited the Hindu Bhavan Temple. During a short conversation with two members of the congregation, we learned about the inclusive values of Hinduism. Later we attended a Puja, a ritual service, where faculty and students were offered the opportunity to give offerings to the Hindu Gods.

We ended up at Jewish Beth Israel Congregation to participate in Kabalat Shabbat. Friday evening services are welcoming the Sabbath, the Jewish day of rest, and we had the opportunity to join in prayer with the community. At the entrance to the synagogue, we all put Kippot on our heads, in respect of place, as you can see in the pictures.

Logan John, who majors in Philosophy and Religion, said that “my experiences with Jewish songs, Islamic Sallah, Hindu Puja, and Greek Orthodox iconography left me wanting to do more field work. I hope this is an experience the Philosophy and Religion Department is able to provide for years to come.” Kasi Mae Breen, another major of the department, observed that the field trip was enjoyable and educational. “It was a calming experience that will not be forgotten. Overall, I felt that the leaders from each worship site gave a message about offering inclusiveness to other faiths, which I feel is an important issue for our society today,” she said.

On behalf of the faculty of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, we wish to thank warmly the office of the Dean of Arts and Science, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, and the Friends of the Library who helped cover the costs of the trip.

For more information about the field trip, click here.



RISE Fellows Attend a ConferenceMarch 2017: The National Institutes of Health renewed UNCP’s Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) grant. Funding includes $2.3 million distributed over 5 years. The RISE program is designed to create a more diverse research workforce and prepares UNCP students to be future research scientists. The grant is administered by Robert Poage (Biology), who serves as the primary investigator, Sailaja Vallabha (Chemistry & Physics) and Rachel Smith (Chemistry & Physics). "RISE funding is instrumental in helping our great faculty to mentor UNCP students into the next generation of great scientists. We are grateful for the wonderful support of a program with unlimited potential," stated Jeff Frederick, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences.

Robert Poage explains the orgins of the grant, "This undergraduate research training grant has always been a collaboration between the departments of Biology and Chemistry & Physics.  Sailaja Vallabha, Paul Flowers and I submitted in the initial application in 2004 with little idea of our chances of getting funded.  This award begins the third cycle of funding for the program, and it is still a joint venture in science and education. The addition of Rachel Smith (Chemistry)  as a co-director will allow us to explore some new ways to prepare our graduates for research careers.  We are exceptionally proud of the student Fellows and their UNCP Faculty Research Mentors – they deserve mountains of praise for their tenacity, ingenuity and willingness to explore the unknown.”

The program is an asset to students since it supports those who would like to pursue graduate degrees in STEM fields by allowing them to conduct research with faculty mentors and by helping them develop the skills needed to gain admission into graduate programs. “For the past 10 years we have designed and developed training activities to help strengthen the graduate school applications of our fellows. Based on what we have learnt from the in-house and external evaluations, we tinkered and tweaked these activities. And now I truly believe that we have a product that will produce the desired outcome, the goal of the RISE program – that is to produce BRAVE graduate students,” Sailaja Vallabha remaked.  Rachel Smith noted, "As the newest member of the RISE staff, I’ve enjoyed mentoring our RISE fellows, helping them to develop key skills which will make them successful in school and in life.By taking the RISE fellows to national scientific conferences and supporting them in conducting extramural summer research, the RISE program exposes them to the broad variety of career opportunities that a graduate degree can allow them to pursue.

“I would be remiss if I did not express my thanks to so many offices and entities on campus who helped us along the way. UNCP not only believed in our commitment to training our undergraduate students but cheered us along the way, and I am extremely grateful for all the support,” Vallabha added.

Multiple RISE fellows from UNCP have successfully completed masters and Ph.D. degrees from institutions such as Duke, Rutgers, Northwestern, University of Massachusetts, and Yale University. 

For more on the RISE program at UNCP, follow this link



3D Heart Produced on Nursing's printer.In March, the Department of Nursing was able to purchase two MakerBot Replicator+ 3D printers.  These 3D printers will aid the department in providing high quality education while incorporating emerging technologies in the discipline.  Faculty will be using these 3D printers to create realistic and life-size models of the human anatomy, for example a heart, while being able to enlarge certain aspects for emphasis and clarity.  Students will have the opportunity to work with faculty to create objects and models that can be used for community education, presentations, and community engagement. Pictured above is a 3D model heart produced on one of the printers. 



Pine Needle Best of Show Award

Mary Sandell (Mass Communication), who serves as advisor to the Pine Needle, UNCP's student newspaper, has something new to brag about. The Pine Needle and UNCP students brought home a number of great awards in February from the North Carolina College Media Association.


-Best of Show, Newspaper, UNCP
-Best of Show, Online News, UNCP
-Second Place, Sports Writing, Brandon Tester
-Honorable Mention, Graphics, Jessica Horne
-Honorable Mention, Feature writing, Tomeka Sinclair and Brandon Tester
-Third Place, Illustration/Graphics, Elizabeth Gagne



Bees Swarm behind GPAC

On March 21st, Dr. Rita Hagevik (Biology), who runs the Kids in the Garden Program, was alerted by Mark Vesely (Facilities) that there was a large swarm of bees hanging on a small shrub behind the GPAC. She passed the information on to Dr. Kaitlin Campbell (Biology) who tends the campus bee hives. To capture the hive, Dr. Campbell placed an empty hive box below the shrub where the bees were hanging and tapping the branch to dislodge the bees into the box. After about 10 minutes all the bees had entered the box, being attracted to the smell of the queen who was at the center of the swarm and safely in the box. She then transported them to the apiary located at the campus garden near Pine Cottage and set them up into an empty hive, where they are settling into a new home quite nicely.

Honeybees will swarm when their current home starts to feel too cramped. To deal with population control, half of the hive will fly off with the old queen and a new queen will be made by the remaining half of the bees. When the bees fly away from the hive, they congregate as a hanging mass on a branch for a couple of days as they search for a new nest cavity. During this time, they send scout bees out to identify potential homes and report back. The distance and direction of the cavity is conveyed through the bees' symbolic language known as the waggle dance and more scouts are recruited to good locations. After a consensus is reached, they fly off together and move in to the best location. 



Dean Frederick welcomes participants to STEMville

UNCP College of Arts & Sciences in collaboration with the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center welcomed 104 sixth and seventh graders from Robeson County schools to campus on Friday, March 17, 2017. The students participated in a STEMville Science Symposium, a conference-style event complete with registration, check-in, a keynote speaker and five concurrent sessions.

Dr. Jamila Simpson, assistant dean at NC State University, presented the keynote address “Seeing the Scientist in You!”  She spoke about her passion for meteorology and inspired the students with the message that they too can become scientists.  With help from a young participant, she concluded her presentation by creating a mini tornado in Moore Hall Auditorium to the amazement of the audience.

Presenters in the breakout sessions included 16 UNCP faculty and students from the departments of Biology, Chemistry & Physics, Geology & Geography, and Nursing. Most of the scientists are participating in the Morehead Planetarium’s “Inspiring Meaningful Programs and Communication through Science” program – IMPACTS – funded by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. The program trains researchers and STEM professionals to communicate their research to the general public. The researchers reflect North Carolina’s diverse populations as well as the diversity of STEM careers. The Morehead Planetarium and Science Center also had its mobile science lab on campus teaching students about extracting DNA from strawberries. 



Porrua delivers keynote address in ColombiaMarch 8-10, 2017, Enrique Porrua (English, Theatre, & Foreign Languages) presented the keynote address at the conference “Jornadas sobre la enseñanza de español a hablantes de otras lenguas” in Medellin, Colombia.  His topic was "Globalization and The Teaching of Foreign Languages (SFL)."  He also participated in a conference session, where he presented "La cruz de San Andrés and the Maturity of Celian Postmodern Discourse," followed by an open discussion with Memo Ánjel, Professor of Social Communication and a prolific Colombian novelist, about the works of Spanish Novel prize in Literature Camilo José Cela.  Themes of the conference included the importance of Spanish as a second language in today’s world and the intersection of language, culture, and literature in the teaching of languages. 



Stephens address symposium attendeesThe UNC-Pembroke Social Work Department celebrated a monumental symposium anniversary on Friday, March 3, 2017. The 25th Annual Social Work Symposium commemorated the theme “The Silver Lining of Social Work”.  A video was created to share the history of the Annual Social Work Symposium and an oral account of the 25 years was given by Frederick Stephens, MSW, LCSW.  Dr. Frederick, Dean of Arts and Sciences, provided a warm welcome to approximately 100 attendees.                                                                                                                                    

Professional speakers covered Trauma and Eye Movement Desentization (Laura Lawyer, MSW, LCSW), Leveraging Indigeneity (Amy Hertel, JD, PhD), Ethics and Geriatric Care  (Yale Kodwo, MSW, PhD, Social Work Department Chair), and Elder’s Resilience and Strength (Tony Locklear, MBA). The symposium also featured a BSW student presentation, "The Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew," by Jordyn Roark and co-presenter BreAnna Branch, and a MSW student poster presentation, "Substance Use Disorder Among Native Americans," by Martha Quattelbaum. 

A memorial was displayed in recognition of students, faculty, and colleagues who committed their life work and goals to the social work profession. Their mark in life has not been forgotten.

Alice Kay Locklear, MSW, PhD, Symposium Chair, states “The event marked a successful outcome to a year-long planning process.  It is a honor to give back to our social work field supervisors and instructors. Connecting with community and regional partners is a privilege and keeps the door open for vitality and progression of our social work department....  Working together, we all succeed.”

Thanks to: Ms. Loreen Randall, Josaphine Chaumba, MSW, PhD, and Gloria Anderson, MSW, PhD, for assisting with planning the symposium.



Human Trafficking ConferenceA distinguished group of over 200 experts, panelists, researchers, law enforcement, NGO’s, prosecutors, faculty, and students gathered Feb. 28, 2017, at UNCP for the Second Annual Human Trafficking Conference. The conference featured discussion and collaboration on this critical global human rights and crime issue which likely involves in excess of 20 million people.  Click hear for more on human trafficking. 



Robert McDonnell (Sociology & Criminal Justice) spent 27 years as a federal criminal investigator with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service before joining UNCP in 2010. Spring 2017, he provided his students with a classroom experience they won’t soon forget.  Staging a mock crime scene on the second floor of Sampson Hall, McDonnell provided students a hands-on exercise to allow them to process a mock crime scene using procedures they had read about in their textbook. Click here for more on the event. 



Thompson with AwardBroadcasting major and Braves golf team captain Savannah Thompson, a junior, has been named the North Carolina recipient of the annual Dr. John R. Bittner Scholarship from the Radio-Television-Digital News Association of the Carolinas (RTDNAC).

Thompson was recognized in a ceremony February 11 at television station WBTV in Charlotte, where RTDNAC was hosting its annual career workshops for college juniors and seniors pursuing careers in broadcast news.  

The scholarship honors the memory of the late Dr. Bittner, a professor at Chapel Hill who was also the first executive director of RTDNAC.  Funding is provided by the organization's board of directors as well as Capital Broadcasting Company/WRAL and Hearst Television/WYFF.  

Annually the organization selects one recipient each from South and North Carolina.  This is the first year that UNCP takes the award home.

Mass Communication department chair Dr. Jamie Litty says Thompson is a natural leader and role model who has worked her way up to a co-producer position for the students' weekly TV newscast, Carolina News Today, while successfully balancing her dual student-athlete obligations and interests. Thompson has served as a mentor to area youth involved in junior golf camps and participated in the "Braves Buddy" literacy program.




38 STAR FLAGWhen UNCP was founded on March 7, 1887, as the Croatan Normal School, the flag of United States had 38 stars. At left, Nancy Fields, Director of the The Museum of the Southeast American Indian, examines such a flag in the museum’s collection. The 38th star was added in 1877 to represent Colorado, which became a state August 1, 1876. The 38-star flag remained the official flag of the country until 1890, when the number of stars increased to 43. Could this flag have witnessed the birth of UNCP?



Gloria Anderson Speaks at ConferenceGloria Anderson (Social Work) was a guest speaker at the “Crossing Over Jordan” Conference, November 18, 2016, in Philadelphia. The conference was a national conversation about advance care planning in faith-based communities. 





Jonathan Drahos

Jonathan Drahos (English, Theatre, & Foreign Languages) and Carolanne Marano, his wife, are creating a theatrical project called Shakespeare in the Pines. Their first production, Much Ado About Nothing, is planned for early June 2017 in Pinehurst. UNCP and area high school students will provide supporting cast roles and assist with lighting, sound, and costuming. For more information, click here



King's Daughter and Sons of Durham

The Department of Nursing hosted the Durham Chapter of the International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons on November 28, 2016.   Participants toured the Health Sciences Building, the Museum of the Southeast American Indian, and were treated to a bus tour of campus.  They also had lunch with nursing students, Cherry Beasley (Anne R. Belk Endowed Professor of Nursing),  Jennifer Twaddell (Interim Chair, Nursing), and Jeff Frederick (Dean, College of Arts & Sciences). The King’s Daughters and Sons sponsor an endowed scholarship supporting a UNCP Nursing major and an endowed scholarship in the School of Education.



Evening with Admiral SharpeAn Evening with Rear Admiral Clifford Sharpe

The College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of History, and the Department of Mass Communication hosted An Evening with Rear Admiral Clifford S. Sharpe November 15, 2016, at the UNCP Entrepreneurship Incubator.  Dr. Judy Curtis (Mass Communication) provided remarks on the changing nature of small-town newspapers, and Rear Admiral Sharpe spoke about the history of The Robesonian, a local newspaper owned by the Sharpe family for 75 years.  When the family business was sold, Sharpe fulfilled a personal ambition to serve his country, joining the US Navy. Commanding at every level from Lieutenant Commander to Admiral, Sharpe served with distinction all over the world, including multiple deployments in support of Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  The event was well attended by community members, faculty and students. For more images, click here



UNCP Model UN Team

The UNCP Model United Nations team, lead by Kevin Freeman (Political Science & Public Administration) celebrates recent victories. The team received a Distinguished Delegation award, which is given to the top 10 percent of teams competing at the National Model United Nations Conference in Washington, DC, November 11-13, 2016. It also received eight awards at the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference in Atlanta, GA, November 17-19, 2016 (pictured above). Included was an Outstanding Delegation Award (the highest award possible) for Denmark, an Honorable Delegation Award for Japan, an Outstanding Position Paper Award for Denmark, and an Outstanding Position Paper Award for Andrew Yarborough, who represented the United Kingdom in the Historical Security Council. Way to go team!



Book CoverOn November 17, 2016, the Friends of the Mary Livermore Library presented a panel discussion on American Indian Women of Proud Nations: Essays on History, Language and Education (Peter Lang, 2015). Edited by Cherry Beasley (Nursing), Mary Ann Jacobs (American Indian Studies), and Ulrike Wiethaus (Religion and American Ethnic Studies, Wake Forest University), the book is a collection of multidisciplinary essays on three interlocking themes: tribal history, language revitalization, and traditional educational systems. Authors Jane Haladay (American Indian Studies) and Olivia Oxendine (Administration & Counseling) participated and were joined by moderator Jesse Peters (English, Theatre & Foreign Languages). The work is part of series Critical Indigenous and American Indian Studies. 



GUY Book Cover

Roger Guy (Sociology & Criminal Justice) recently published his second book since joining the UNCP faculty: When Architecture Meets Activism - The Transformative Experience of Hank Williams Village in the Windy City (Lexington Books, Nov. 2016).  The book is a social history and community study that examines resistance to the construction of a community college in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood.  

For more information on the publication, click here



Inbari with his bookDr. Motti Inbari, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religion, recently published a book on modern Jewish radicalism. In Jewish Radical Ultra-Orthodoxy Confronts Modernity, Zionism and Women's Equality (Cambridge University Press, 2016) Professor Inbari undertakes a study of the culture and leadership of Jewish radical ultra-Orthodoxy in Hungary, Jerusalem and New York. He reviews the history, ideology and gender relations of prominent ultra-Orthodox leaders Amram Blau (1894–1974), founder of the anti-Zionist Jerusalemite Neturei Karta, and Yoel Teitelbaum (1887–1979), head of the Satmar Hasidic movement in New York. Focusing on the rabbis’ biographies, the author analyzes their enclave building methods, their attitude to women and modesty, and their eschatological perspectives. The research is based on newly discovered archival materials covering many unique and remarkable findings. He concludes with a discussion of contemporary trends in Jewish religious radicalization. Inbari highlights the resilience of the current generation's sense of community cohesion and their capacity to adapt and overcome challenges such as rehabilitation into potentially hostile secular societies.

Dr. Inbari is a leading expert on Jewish fundamentalism and has won such prestigious awards as the Adolf L. Dial Award for Scholarship in 2014. This is his third book.



human simulator

Junior nursing students Prateeksha Dhakal, left, and Monica Brooks, provide care and comfort for the Department of Nursing’s newest human simulator as part of their Adult Health I Class.

Thanks to a generous donation by the North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association, the nursing school acquired its newest human METIman simulator. Standing 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing well over 200 pounds, the full-body wireless instrumented manikin goes by the name Za Gracious – an anagram for Craig Souza, association president and member of the UNC Board of Governors. “Our association was very pleased to donate the digital human simulator to UNC Pembroke’s School of Nursing,” Souza said. “UNCP’s nursing program is among the finest in the state and its graduates are not only among the best qualified, but many tend to practice very close to their home communities. 

Dr. Jeff Frederick, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said the state-of-the-art simulator allows the university to continue its tradition of producing world-class nurses equipped for the challenges of the 21st century healthcare environment. “Passionate professors, cutting edge resources, generous partners, and enthusiastic students make for a great program,” Frederick said.  

For more on the simulator and donation, click here. For more on our Nursing Program, follow this link.  



Dr. Holmes Endows Scholarship

Len Holmes (Chemistry & Physics), picture right with Devang Upadhyay, established the Leonard and Hickory Holmes Medical Career Endowed Scholarship at UNCP. The endowment will fund four scholarships per academic year for American Indian students studying either chemistry, physics or nursing. The scholarship honors Holmes' son, Hickory, an Oregon farmer, and seeks to advance the medical profession. 

“For me, it makes common sense,” Holmes said. “I love UNC Pembroke. I love the community. I’m not from this state, but this state accepted me and took me in and gave me a chance to make a living so I feel indebted to North Carolina, in general, and UNCP, in particular. 

“I’ve been working at a Native American school for 26 years … it’s time to give something back.”  Click here for more on Professor Holmes' donation. 



3plus2UNC Pembroke and N.C. State University announced the 3+2 degree program during a ceremony in July 2016.  The program is designed for students to earn two degrees in five years. Students will earn a bachelor’s degree in applied physics from UNCP in three years followed by a bachelor’s degree in electrical or mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering at N.C. State. UNCP will begin accepting students into the program in August 2016.  Pictured above are Chancellor Robin Cummings and UNSU Chancellor Randy Woodson.   For more information, click here



Tim Altman, Sara Busman, Jeff Frederick

Sarah Busman, a part-time lecturer teaching flute in the Music Department, will participate as a finalist in the 38th annual National Flute Association Young Artist Competition in San Diego, California August 8-14. The finalists will perform an unaccompanied round, and a panel of judges will select six contestants to advance to the semifinal round and will then choose three finalists to appear in a recital. The National Flute Association will present the first-prize winner in a performance at its 2017 convention and honor the winner in The Flutist Quarterly, along with a cash prize of $5,000

Busman holds a master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory of John Hopkins University. She is married to Dr. Joshua Busman, a music history professor at UNCP.



Art Garden Laurinburg

Sixteen monumental sculptures designed and fabricated by UNCP students and faculty are currently featured in the newly created Art Garden.  Located on the corner of Main and Church streets in Laurinburg, NC, the new outdoor space was dedicated June 16, 2016.  The dedication marks the beginning of annual exhibitions of public art unlike any other in the area. The garden is intended to become a gathering spot for future public events, such as music and arts festivals and other community-based projects.  The exhibition space is an excellent example of the university working with local communities to enhance the quality of life. 

The Art Garden is a collaborative project between the city of Laurinburg, the Scotland County Arts Council and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Art Department. Primarily designed by UNCP students under the direction of associate professor Adam Walls, the garden offers a looping trail that wraps around and through a collection of sculptures. Many of the student works in this year’s exhibition were funded by donations by the City of Laurinburg.  The garden also currently features a large-scale mural by McNair Evans created as part of the Echode Project (  For more information on the UNCP Art Department visit its website



CarolineThe School of Graduate Studies and Research proudly announced the winners of the 2016 Graduate Research Symposium Poster Contest. Winners include: 

Jessica Mager (Elementary Education): A Study of Daily Five Reading and its Effectiveness Towards Increasing Student Motivation


Dena M. Ali (Public Administration): Improving Firefighter Effectiveness through Wellness

Caroline Newman (Science Education): The Effects of Student Generated Modeling on High School Physical Science Student’s Self-Efficacy and Motivation

A special congratulations to Caroline Newman, pictured above, who received Best Research Poster and Presentation at this year’s event!

The students named above will join representatives from other graduate schools across North Carolina at Graduate Education Day in Raleigh on May 24. 

 Jacqueline E. Barnoski (Nursing) received an honorable mention for At-Risk and Early-Stage CKD Identification Barriers Amongst Diabetics in the Primary Care Setting

The College of Arts and Sciences joins in congratulating the award recipients and in celebrating the accomplishments of our outstanding students.  Photos of the event are available here




The College of Arts & Sciences celebrated the achievements of our students at Academic Awards Day, March 30, 2016. Sixty scholarships and awards were presented to outstanding students in the College. Their excitement and enthusiasm were shared with faculty, staff, and donors alike. Pictured above are faculty and recipients from the Department of Biology:  Dr. Lisa Kelly, Dr. Connor Sandefur, Robbie Juel, Harold Arrington, Ashley Allen, Cameron Troutman, Ethan Sanford, and Dr. Velinda Woriax, department chair. For a complete list of recipients see the program and click here for more photos.



Model UN TeamThe UNCP Model United Nations team, pictured above, returned home after a highly successful performance at the 2016 Spring Southern Regional Model United Nations. At this conference the team represented Russia, the Dominican Republic, Bulgaria, and Ethiopia. The team received more total honors than any other school at the conference and was the only school to win multiple position paper awards. The team received a total of eleven awards, including six individual awards, three Outstanding Position Paper awards, and two team awards, including an Outstanding Delegation award for Russia, which is the highest team award given.

 “In the span of two short years our Model UN team has transformed from one that had never won anything in its first six years to one of the strongest delegations in the southeast. The team has won a total of 29 awards in the four conferences participated in during school year 2015-2016,” noted faculty advisor Kevin Freeman (Political Science & Public Administration) .

Outstanding Delegates: Garrison Davis, Andrew Yarborough/John Ware, Maureen Johnston/Na’ilah el Amin, Demetrius Edwards, Dajer Fernandez, Mia Baxley/Chapell Brock

Outstanding Position Paper Awards: Ethiopia, Dominical Republic, Bulgaria

Team Awards: Ethiopia (Honorable), Russia (Outstanding)



Model Arab League

The UNCP Model Arab League team participated in the Southern Regional Model Arab League (SERMAL) conference at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, March 11-13, 2016.  Sixteen students and Professor Kirill Bumin attended. The team represented Saudi Arabia and took the roles of the heads of state and government in a simulated crisis committee, which pitted Morocco against Algeria in a territorial dispute over Western Sahara territory.  Professor Bumin notes, “Dr. Freeman and I are very proud of the wonderful work our Model United Nations and Model Arab League students are doing.” The students faced strong competition and brought home eleven awards: ten individual Distinguished Delegate awards students earned for work on their respective committees and an Outstanding Delegation award for representing Saudi Arabia overall. “This is superb! It is wonderful to see UNCP represented so well by this group of students!” Added Dr. Meredith Storms, interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences.

 Participating students included: Kendall Bauer, Mia Baxley, Garrison Davis, Brian Edwards, Dajer Fernandez, Riley Gary, Tyler Grumelot, Devon Hester, Logan John, Maureen Johnston, Nicholos Palmer, Nicholas Rhodes, Carlos Rodriguez, Maddie Smith, Desmond Woods, and Andrew Yarborough. 



Best Social WorkThe UNCP Master of Social program is ranked #6 among the 50 Most Affordable Accredited MSW Programs in the East for 2016.  Best Social Work Programs (BSWP) ranked MSW programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in New England, Mid-Atlantic and southeastern states.  BSWP confirmed the schools’ accreditation status and compared their graduate tuition and fees to rank the programs. UNCP's program is considered the 6th most affordable in the eastern United States. Check out our Master of Social Work program



Untitled by Reneba JohnsonGraduate student Reneba Dayona Johnson (Art) participated in the national New Impressions Printmaking Competition, and her print Untitled (pictured at left) tied for a third place award in the etching category.  Sponsored by the printmaking paper company Arnheim 1618, the competition was for college students across the country and awarded prizes totaling $10,000. Her print, along with those of the other winners, will be exhibited at the Sawtooth School of the Visual Arts, Winston-Salem, NC, and at the Southern Graphics Conference in 2016. Other winners in this category were from Cal State Long Beach; the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the School of Visual Arts, New York; and the University of British Columbia.



Students_Percussive_Arts_Soceity Joseph Van Hassel (Music) and seven UNCP students performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in San Antonio, Texas, November 11-13, 2015. Their performance included the world premiere of David Macbride's Flam, which can be seen here. The students not only performed but also attended performances and sessions by professionals such as Christopher Lamb (principal percussionist with the New York Philharmonic) and Ndugu Chancler (drummer for Michael Jackson, Santana, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, etc.).

Students received a PURC grant to help fund the trip. Participants, pictured left to right above, included: Allison Sontag, Hunter Baxley, Brandon West, Melody Strupe, Angelis Hernandez, Darius Dawson, William Campos, David Macbride (composer), and Joseph Van Hassel.



UNCP graduate Ramon Zepeda (Sociology and Criminal Justice) was featured in a Fayetteville Observer article on December 26, 2015.  The first member of his immediate family to graduate from both high school and college, Zepeda is currently the program director for the Student Action with Farmworkers Program of the Southeast, a non-profit organization that helps college students and farmworkers build coalitions for social change through storytelling and the arts.  Born in a small village in Mexico, Zepeda lived in East Los Angeles before his family settled in Hoke County, while his father pursued work in agriculture.  Faced with pressure to work full time to help support his family, he chose the convenience of UNCP because of its supportive faculty and staff. “They are good people. I knew this would be difficult for me, and they were super-supportive,” he says. Today, he lectures on immigrant worker issues at colleges across the South, sharing his first-hand experiences, and addressing economic misconceptions and stereotypes about immigrant workers. Associate professor James Robinson (Sociology and Criminal Justice) notes, “His ability to engage with students is amazing. He speaks with an understanding that comes with experience.”  



Caleb Lockear, a recent gradute of the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, was selcted by his peers as the 2015 Police Officer of the Year for the Laurinburg North Carolina Police Department.  Locklear joined the force in 2013. Robert McDonnell (Sociology and Criminal Justice) notes, "It is a great honor, especially when selected by your fellow officers. He is another example of high quality outcome produced by our department. More importantly, he is a fine young man."  Congratulations, Officer Locklear.



Vietnam Delegation

Twenty-Five students traveled to Atlanta to participate in the Fall Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference and returned after having the most successful fall conference in the history of the UNCP program.  UNCP delegations representing the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam won Distinguished Delegation awards, and the Vietnam delegation won an Outstanding Position Paper award.  Students Tyler Grumelot and Micah Baldwin also won individual awards in their committee. 

The Model United Nations Program at UNCP is led by Kevin Freeman, Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. “What’s most exciting is the energy in our students. They go to conferences expecting to win, and the students police each other to make sure that everyone is pulling their weight. I’m incredibly proud of our team and how they represented UNCP," he stated. 




The UNCP University Chorale and Pembroke Singers performed their Annual Fall Concert at the UC Annex October 29, 2015. One of the highlights of the concert was a combined performance of "Hope for Resolution" performed by the UNCP University Chorale and Gray's Creek Women's Chorus for an audience of more than 200 guests. Under the direction of Ms. Amy Stovall, Gray's Creek High School choral program has become one of the strongest choral program in our region.  Ms. Stovall is a recent graduate of our Master's degree program in Music Education.

José Rivera, Undergraduate Music Education Coordinator, noted, "These types of artistic/educational collaborations between our institution and regional school Arts programs are powerful venues to build meaningful relationships, support existing Arts programs, and attract potential students to our university." 

 Next semester the University Chorale will collaborate with two other area high school choral programs for a combined performance of "Choral Music from Around the World."



Model UN Team

UNCP’s Model United Nations team traveled to Washington, D.C. October 30-November 1, 2015, to participate in its first National Model United Nations Conference.  The team brought home a Distinguished Delegation award recognizing its overall strength in diplomacy, negotiation, writing, problem-solving, and teamwork. One team member, Nicholos Palmer, also won an Outstanding Position Paper award for an extensive research paper discussing his committee's goals related to particular world problems.  The team members included: Diana Feria, Maureen Johnston, Jordin Dickerson (Head Delegate), Jeremy Jacobs, Nicholos Palmer, Logan John, Demetrius Edwards, Andrew Yarborough, Dajer Fernandez, Garrison Davis.

"This is an incredibly competitive conference, and to come home with two amazing awards truly speaks to the strength of this school’s Model UN program and students," noted Kevin Freeman (Political Science and Public Administration).  While in Washington, the team had a private tour of the Capitol Building and visited the Brazilian Embassy, where embassy staff briefed the students on Brazilian foreign policy. 



Ryan K. Anderson, associate professor in History, has published a new book Frank Merriwell and the Fiction of All-American Boyhood: The Progressive Era Creations of the Schoolboy Sports Story (University of Arkansas Press, September 2015, 320 pages).  Created by Gilbert Patten, writing under the name of Burt L. Standish, Frank Merriwell was a fictional schoolboy athlete featured in over 800 stories published in Tip Top Weekly. “He helped define an entire generation of boys who grew up with him, and he informed a generation how to raise a boy,” Anderson said.  “This book has appeal to readers interested in gender studies, sports, business, and book history,” Anderson continued. 




UNCP undergraduate art major Jai Woods will be recognized for her accomplishments at the 37th Annual Tri-State Sculptors Conference in Wilmington, NC. The conference will be held at UNC-Wilmington October 1-4, 2014. During the conference Ms. Woods will conduct a presentation of her work for Tri-State Members as she receives her 2015 Tri-State Sculptors Memorial Scholarship. This award is granted to one undergraduate and one graduate student whose work demonstrates a focus or concentration in sculpture.



Kids in the Garden: Developing STEM Skills for a Sustainable Future, a program created by professors Martin Farley (Geology and Geography), Rita Hagevik (Biology),  Deborah Hanmer (Biology), and Jeffrey Warren (Education) receives funding from The Burroughs Wellcome Fund, an independent private foundation headquarted in Research Triangle Park, N.C..  The Student Science Enrichment Program (SSEP) grant provides $180,000 distributed over a three-year period. 

The program is designed to engage rising middle and high school students from Bladen, Richmond, Robeson, and Cumberland Counties in STEM-related biotechnology research and careers by having them study the hidden “micro-world” of pollen (palynology) and how it relates to sustainable agriculture, botany, ecology, and environmental change. Approximately 20 secondary students as well as their schools and teachers will participate each year in the project over a three-year period. The 2015 Student Science Enrichment Program grants, awarded to 13 nonprofit organizations and totaling $2.16 million, support informal STEM programing to take place outside the traditional classroom setting.  




Calvina Ellerbe, associate professor in Sociology and Criminal Justice, recently published a review in a prominent referred journal.  Her review of the book Faith, Family, and Filipino American Community Life by Stephen M. Cherry appears in the September 2015 issue of Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews




The NC-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minoriy Participation (LSAMP) at UNC Pembroke is an NSF-funded grant with Dr. Velinda Locklear Woriax (Biology) as the principal investigator and Ms. Valarie Deese as the Recruiter/Campus Coordinator. The goal of the grant is to increase the number of capable, successful historically underrepresented students completing a baccalaureate program in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as well as the number of students that enter into STEM graduate programs.

Four incoming freshman participated in the UNC Pembroke LSAMP Summer Bridge enrichment component July 6 through August 7, 2015.  The program included hands-on laboratory projects, fieldtrips, instruction on academic support opportunities, and tips for student success. Students developed research projects individually to allow them to think critically about about how problems are approached using the scientific method. Students isolated bacterial species from a local river source and conducted various assays to identify the species to the genus level. Research findings will be presented at upcoming regional and national meetings.



Paul Flowers

Dr. Paul Flowers (Chemistry) has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant under the Chemical Measurement and Imaging Program. The three-year, $159,000 grant will provide equipment, supplies and stipends for six undergraduate research assistants. Dr. Flowers is developing new methods and devices for conducting chemical analysis of compounds seeking to save time, cost, and require much smaller sample sizes compared to existing techniques.

Professor Flowers also recently published a new textbook, Chemistry, that is designed for a traditional two-semester introductory course.  Dr. Flowers served as lead author of a team of contributors. The book was published by OpenStax College March 2015. OpenStax is a non-profit project of Rice University with the mission to provide high quality college texts in electronic format at no cost to students.



Rudy Locklear (Sociology and Criminal Justice) was nominated to serve as President of the Association of North Carolina Magistrates.  After receiving notice of the nomination, he was invited to attend the State of the Judiciary Address from Mark Martin, Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Chief Justice Mark Martin delivered the State of the Judiciary address before the N.C. General Assembly on Wednesday, March 4, at the Legislative Building in Raleigh. The address was in response to an invitation by a joint resolution of the General Assembly. Themed, “Justice for All,” it was the first State of the Judiciary address since 2001.  Rudy Locklear (pictured in his UNCP tie) credits his success to a quality education from UNCP!



All three of our UNCP voice students that participated in NC NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Classical Student Auditions placed in the top three in their categories.  Fabian Griffith placed 1st in Junior Men category, Terriq White placed 3rd in the Senior Men category, and Meredith Shanahan placed 3rd in the Junior Women category. This audition was held at the NC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and all of these students are invited to sing again at the Mid-Atlantic NATS Competition on March 27-28, 2015 at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.  Special thanks to Dr. Seung Ah Kim (Music) for great accompanying at this audition!


Geology MajorsIn March of 2015, Geology students attended the Geological Society of America Southeastern Section meeting and conference. They participated in career workshops, listened to research talks, perused research posters by professionals and students, and learned about Professional Geologist Licensing. As they drove back through the Smokey Mountains, they stopped at several places and studied rock outcrops. Stops included Cullasaja Falls, a well-studied location involving upstream knick point migration of rivers as the Appalachians are potentially being rejuvenated.



Sandra Torres' proposal, Stories of Struggle: Work Histories of the Lumbee, has been accepted to the IMPACT Conference, the largest annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service-learning, community-based research, advocacy and other forms of social action.  Sandra assisted Dr. Jason Hutchens (Mass Communication) and Dr. Michele Fazio (English, Theatre, and Foreign Languages) with archival research for the film (Voices of the Lumbee) and also worked to create the work history exhibit. Sandra be heading to Los Angeles in February to lead a workshop introducing both projects and will also screen the film trailer. 



The American Scholastic Press Association released the results of its 2014 yearbook competition, and we are pleased to announce that the 2014 Indianhead received a First Place award and a separate award for Best Sports Section.  The award citation states that our 2014 yearbook “shows excellence in the fields of writing, photography and page design and contains elements/sections of an effective yearbook that will be treasured for years to come.”  Congratulations to Robert Hamilton, Nicole Payne, Christina Dawkins, and all the other students who worked so hard on the 2014 Indianhead—and are continuing to work on producing what we hope will be another award-winning edition in 2015! Sara Oswald (English, Theatre, and Foreign Languages) serves as the yearbook advisor.



 Anna Wade, an undergraduate research student, received the Best Undergraduate Paper Award for the poster/demonstration entitled “Simple, Low Cost Wavefront Splitting Refractometer” at the North Carolina Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers conference in November 2014. Dr. Bill Brandon (Physics) served as the research supervisor for the project.



Dr. Jay Hansford C. Vest (American Indian Studies) recently published “Native American Oralcy: Interpretations of Indigenous Thought.”  Details and scholarly reviews are available at  Another book, “Bridging the Great Divide: Studies in Pikuni-Blackfeet and Salish-Kootenai Sacred Geography,” is scheduled to be published in February 2015.



Dr. Rita Hagevik (Biology) and her team of collaborators found a way that helps school children discover the natural world of their schoolyard utilizing new technologies. Their article was recently published in the March 2013 issue of Science and Children, a peer-reviewed journal of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Published under the title “Get Connected,” the article was recently awarded the REVERE Award (Recognizing Valuable Educational Resources across all ages, in all media, for all educational settings) by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Dr. Hagevik and her team were notified in the spring that the article “Get Connected” was a finalist for the award, and they were very excited when notified this fall that their article had been chosen for the award.



In October, Officer Yolanda T. Hunter, Senior Recruiter of the Raleigh Police Department, met with more than twenty criminal justice majors.



Several UNCP students received honors at the Musical Theatre competition sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in January.  These students, all voice majors working with Professor Tracy Thomas, competed against singers from the North Carolina School of the Arts, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Charlotte, East Carolina University, Elon College, Meredith College, Greensboro College, and other North Carolina institutions. 

The following students were recognized: 

  • Ieisha Jones, first place, freshman/sophomore women
  • James Ellison, second place, junior/senior men
  • Allyson Ivey, second place, junior/senior women
  • Amy Rowland, second place, junior/senior women

These four students-along with Kiersten Adams, Dorianna Curry, and Nygel Robinson-will advance to the regional competition, which will take place at UNCP in April.  UNCP advanced more competitors than any other participating college/voice studio in the state.

The regional competition will feature scores of students from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.  Some of these students will advance to a national competition in Boston, where $30,000 in case prizes will be awarded.



Maria Santisteban

Rebecca Bullard-DillardDr. Maria Santisteban (Biology) and Dr. Rebecca Bullard-Dillard (Chemistry and Physics) have secured a $618,993 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the S-STEM (Scholarship in STEM) program, designed to promote the study of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The grant will provide annual scholarships averaging $6000 to 27 students, arranged in three cohorts, in biology, biotechnology, environmental science, or chemistry over the next five years. Candidates should have and maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average and attend a number of programmatic activities.

The COMPASS (Creating Opportunities for Students in Science) program is designed to build a community of scholars, to prepare students for careers, and to coordinate the S-STEM program support activities with UNCP existing resources, such as those in the areas of financial aid and academic support programs.  



Kayla SeedigCongratulations to art major KAYLA SEEDIG, pictured left, recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Senior Award presented by the UNCP Alumni Association. Kayla has participated in fourteen exhibitions in 2013-14, including the Nashville Print Revival in Nashville, TN, and the UNCP-ESU Exhibition at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS. She was recently featured as Artist of the Month at Cape Fear Studios. Upon graduation, Seedig will be pursuing an MFA in Printmaking from the University of North Texas.



artAn art major, Vivienne Leaven, provided the winning design in the UNCP Outdoor Social Space Contest. Students were asked to submit designs for a social space to be built on campus that will encourage a 'robust community.'   Vivienne will work with the management staff to build the structure, which will include comfortable seating, hammock hooks, and a plaque with Vivienne's name.  When asked why here design will contribute to a robust community, Vivienne responded "Students want to stay and relax on campus outside of their dorm rooms; however, there really aren’t any outdoor structures to do so. This space unleashes some of the potential for the vacant areas on campus."



The Criminal Justice Club students toured the Polk Correctional Institution in Butner, NC.  Polk is a closed security prison with the only super-max unit in the state.  The administration gave a fantastic, thorough tour of the various units, and spoke with the students about the realities and benefits of working in corrections.  They ended the tour with a presentation and question/answer session.  It was an eye-opening educational experience for all!



The 2014 UNCP Model United Nations team produced its best results ever at the spring conference in Charlotte, winning two awards.  UNCP's delegation, led by Dr. Kevin Freeman, chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, consisted of sixteen students, divided into three teams representing Australia, Sweden, and Syria, respectively. Model United Nations challenges students' skills in writing, problem solving, public speaking, and diplomacy.  Students are expected to submit a position paper prior to the conference and defend those positions while developing consensus in diverse groups.  Approximately 330 students from throughout the southeast attended the conference. UNCP's Australian delegation won a Best Position Paper award while the Swedish delegation won an Honorable Mention Outstanding Delegation award--the school's first two awards in the seven years it has participated in the conference. Students attending the conference were Matthew Belk, Kristen Burleson, Garriso Davis, Jordin Dickerson, Nailah El Amin, Adam Franco, Robert Hamilton, Logan John, Andrew Kot, Lakima Legette, Manuel Mejia Diaz, Natonya Owens, Ashley Peterson, Leah Williams, and Andrew Yarbrough. UNCP will next attend the fall conference, held each November in Atlanta.

Model United Nations team  Model United Nations team



Art facultyArt facultyProfessors Adam Walls and Scott Zeigler provided a glimpse into college art courses by visiting several high schools including Terry Sanford, Massey Hill, and South View.  While molding clay on a wheel, students learned new techniques in making pottery. 



Madrid, SpainProfessors Cecilia Lara and Enrique Porrua accompanied a group of 17 students of different majors to Madrid, Spain over Spring Break. They visited numerous museums and historical places including the city of Segovia. The trip was very successful and students enjoyed it a lot.



Several UNCP Music students received awards at the NATS regional competition.  Allyson Ivey placed first in the Junior/Senior Musical Theater Women category, Ieisha Jones placed first in the Freshmen/Sophomore Musical Theater Women category, Nygel Robinson placed second in the Junior/Senior Musical Theater Men category, and Fabian Griffith planced first in the Sophomore Men Classical category.  Dorianna Curry, Kiersten Adams and Terriq White all received Honorable Mention due to their high scores.  The regional competition includes students from universities in Maryland, Washington, DC Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.  Allyson, Ieisha, Nygel and Fabian will move forward in the competition (to the National level).  These students were led by Ms. Tracy Thomas and Dr. Jaeyoon Kim.   



Donte WestDonte West, a Criminal Justice student, won 4th place (honorable mention) at the PURC Symposium in the Social Science Division category.  Donte's research poster displayed his work with the Teen Court program.  Donte's research mentor is Dr. Renee Lamphere (Sociology and Criminal Justice).



studentsTwenty UNCP students joined Professor McQueen (Sociology and Criminal Justice) in a trip to the U.S. District Courts in Greensboro, NC. The students participated in presentations given by U.S. Attorney Ripley Rand, a federal public defender, senior and line staff of the U.S. Probation office, staff of the U.S. Marshal office and Chief U.S. District Court Judge Osteen.  The students sat in on sentencing involving an internet pornography case.



Professor McDonnell's work on Diplomatic Security Service careers for our students: Chris Disney, a UNCP graduate who now works as a recruiter for the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), part of the U.S. State Department, has agreed to conduct an information session for students interested federal law enforcement careers with the DSS. The session will take place in Sampson 233 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 19.



Dr. John RoeLeading a multi-institutional team of researchers, Dr. John Roe just published results from a long-term study on the leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea). The leatherback is the world's largest sea turtle and one of the most endangered. The species occurs in two distinct populations in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, but populations in the Pacific appear to be more at risk, largely from fisheries and overharvesting. Leatherbacks from the Atlantic population occasionally nest on North Carolina’s beaches.

Reporting in the journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Dr. Roe and his collaborators used a satellite system to track leatherback sea turtles and to estimate threats to their survival in the Pacific Ocean. They focused on turtle losses posed by bycatch (incidental catches) from longline fisheries. They tracked 135 leatherbacks from 1992-2008 (combining data from several projects) for an average tracking duration of 209 days. The greatest threats in the western Pacific occurred within exclusive economic zones (under national jurisdiction) near primary nesting beaches of Indo-Pacific islands. In the eastern Pacific, however, the greatest threat was in waters outside national jurisdiction --- the South Pacific Gyre. According to the researchers, conservation management of leatherback sea turtles should focus on these high risk areas (“hotspots”) to avoid fisheries bycatch. 



Four Criminal Justice majors joined Dr. Renee Lamphere (Sociology and Criminal Justice) at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology November 20-23, 2013, in Atlanta.

Robert Atwell, Donte West, and Dr. Lamphere presented the academic poster "Robeson County Teen Court: A Program Overview," which discusses the students' experiences as interns with the North Carolina Academic Center for Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention, where they volunteer as part of Dr. Lamphere's experiential learning course. Natalie Klemann, Briana Bowden, and Dr. Lamphere presented as part of a panel on using video and audio tools in the classroom. They gave their presentation, "Topping the Classroom Charts: Teaching Criminological Theory Using Popular Music," to a packed audience.

CJ students

Robert Atwell, Dr. Renee Lamphere, and Donte West pose in front of their poster at the 69th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology in Atlanta.



Two graduate students in the English Education program joined Dr. Mark Canada (English, Theatre, and Foreign Languages) at Houghton Library on Harvard University's campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to conduct research on projects related to the American novelist Thomas Wolfe. Michael Houck examined archival materials related to Wolfe's work as a playwright, and Nami Montgomery studied the manuscript of an unpublished biography of Wolfe by his friend Marjorie Fairbanks. Both students took a Wolfe seminar with Dr. Canada over the summer and received grant support from the School of Graduate Studies and Research.



Newy ScruggsBroadcasting alumnus and current member of the UNCP Board of Trustees Newy Scruggs is a six-time recipient of an Emmy award in the state of Texas. Scruggs was recently named best sports anchor in the 2013 competition of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' "Lone Star" chapter, which represents 19 television markets. He is a 1994 graduate of what was then the Department of Communicative Arts at Pembroke State University. UNCP now has a Department of Mass Communication, where students can study broadcasting, as well as journalism and public relations.

Over the years, Scruggs has established the Newy Scruggs Endowed Sports Broadcasting Scholarship for students in the Department of Mass Communication and the Dr. Sylvester Wooten Scholarship for the local chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He is the sports director at KXAS-TV NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth and hosts a national program called Voices of the Game with Newy Scruggs on NBC Sports Radio.

Newy Scruggs, who studied broadcasting at UNCP, appears above with his Emmy award.



Dr. Brandon Sanderson (Art) and student Daniela Jimenez are set to share the results of their summer 2012 PURC USA research at the the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Their work is part of a larger print exchange project entitled "Switching Costs," organized by Chris Wallace, one of UNCP's visiting artists in 2013. A work by Jimenez appears below.

 Daniela Jimenez artwork



Sixteen UNCP students made a total of 12 presentations at the ninth State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS) on November 16, 2013, at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  They were among more than 460 presenters from 35 schools.

UNCP's student presenters came from five departments and were supervised by 14 mentors. The names of the presenters, projects, and mentors appear below.

Bioactivity of purified antibacterials secreted by entomopathogenic bacteria Xenorhabdus nematophila and Photorhabdus luminescence  
Matt Bowen, Biotechnology, University of North Carolina - Pembroke  
Mentors: Len Holmes, University of North Carolina - Pembroke  
Floyd Inman III, University of North Carolina - Pembroke 

The Importance of Pharmaceutical Stability in African Countries  
Victor Cole, Pre-Pharmacy, University of North Carolina - Pembroke  
Mentor: Meredith Storms, University of North Carolina - Pembroke 

Design and Manufacture of an At-Home Basic Electronics Kit 
Edward Derosier, Applied Physics, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Mentor: Bill Brandon, University of North Carolina - Pembroke 

Forest Fragmentation of Southeastern North Carolina  
Justin Duncan, Environmental Science and Geography, University of North Carolina - Pembroke , Pembroke  
Mentor: Jesse Rouse, University of North Carolina - Pembroke

Surveying Red Imported Fire Ant Social Forms in Nature Preserves of the NC Coastal Plain  
Nigel Hirth, Molecular Biology, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Co-Author(s): Mycah Sewell, University of North Carolina - Pembroke  
Mentors: Jeremy Sellers, University of North Carolina – Pembroke,  
Lisa Kelly, University of North Carolina - Pembroke 

Simplistic Sonar-based SLAM Platform for Low-Cost Unmanned Aerial Quadcopter Systems  
Christopher Hudson, Computer Science, University of North Carolina - Pembroke 
Mentosr: Saad Biaz, Auburn University; Chase Murray, Auburn University

A Better Suzuki Polymerization for Thiophene-Containing Monomers with Electron-Neutral Coupling Partners  
Robert Lamb, Chemistry, University of North Carolina - Pembroke

Mentor: Pamela Lundin, Appalachian State University 

The Effects of Gravity on the Cori Cycle  
Candace Langston, Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Co-Authors: Tiffany Scott, University of North Carolina - Pembroke;   
Molly Musselwhite, University of North Carolina - Pembroke  
Mentors: Siva Mandjiny, University of North Carolina - Pembroke; 
Tim Ritter, University of North Carolina – Pembroke

Annotating Genes In Drosophila Species Through The Genomics Education Partnership: a Summer Research Experience  
Thomas Neal, Biology w/ Biomedical Emphasis, University of North Carolina - Pembroke  
Mentor: Maria Santisteban, University of North Carolina - Pembroke 

Geometer's Sketchpad vs. GeoGebra  
Ziya Ogron, Secondary Mathematics Education, University of North Carolina - Pembroke
Mentor: Mary Kilinikowski, University of North Carolina - Pembroke 

Attraction of Galleria mellonella larvae to bacterial luminescence produced by the entomopathogenic bacterium Photorhabdus luminescence  
Walter Patterson, Biotechnology, University of North Carolina - Pembroke 
Mentors: Len Holmes, University of North Carolina – Pembroke;  
Floyd Inman III, University of North Carolina - Pembroke 

Working Past the Struggle: Documenting the Voices of the Lumbee 
Sandra Torres, Social Work , University of North Carolina - Pembroke  
Mentor: Michele Fazio, University of North Carolina - Pembroke 


Candace Langston, Trae Griffin, and Tiffany Scott pose with their poster at the SNCURCS conference in Charlotte.



Physics ResearchWith the supervision of Dr. Bill Brandon (Chemistry and Physics), several undergraduate students are involved with an ongoing research project related to magneto-optical polarimetic measurement techniques.  Applications include optical modulators, isolators, and circulators, along with field sensors, spectroscopy, and astrophysical probes.  In exploring various high precision measurement schemes to measure Faraday rotation in air, the undergraduate research group developed a balanced dual laser beam phase sensitive photodetection apparatus to measure laser modulation induced by an alternating current magnetic field.  With its very small Verdet constant, air simply serves as a convenient test case.  The ultimate goal is to measure vacuum birefringence (i.e. Faraday rotation in vacuum), an area of interest in the realm of quantum electrodynamics.  A similar, although significantly more sophisticated technique might qualify as a probe for one of the proposed candidate particles of dark matter - the axion.

With support from PURC, the undergraduate research students have presented at numerous conferences.  Austin Griffin received second place for best undergraduate research poster at the 2012 NCS-AAPT conference.  Rob Wardell won first place for best pedagogical paper at the 2013 NCS-AAPT conference.   



Students in science education, along with faculty in the Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry and Physics, presented their work at the Regional National Science Teachers (NSTA) conference in Charlotte November 7-9, 2013. UNCP presented six sessions:

  • "Wiggling Into Biochar," by Dr. Deborah Hanmer (Biology) and Indya Evans (undergraduate science education);
  • "Bringing Scientific Argumentation Into the Science Classroom," by Dr. Rita Hagevik (Biology) and Corinne Jordan, David Wimert, and Ursula Adams (graduate science education);
  • "Let’s Argue About It!," by Dr. Rita Hagevik (Biology) and Chris Spencer and Jennifer Spivey (graduate science education);
  • "Graphing a Pathway Through Mechanics: An Inquiry Into Uniform Motion," by Dr. Pete Wish (retired-Biology), Dr. Tim Ritter (Physics), and Dr. Brian Postek (Chemistry);
  • "Hands-on Activities for Teaching the Basic Physical Quantities of Mechanics," by Dr. Ritter, Dr. Wish, and Dr. Postek.
  • "Got HERPS, There’s an APP for That!," by Ms. Mary Ash (Biology) and others from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Nineteen UNCP undergraduate and graduate science education students attended the conference. The UNCP students remarked of the experience, “A big thank you to all faculty members who provided everyone the opportunity to attend this exciting conference and for all your support and contributions to the student presentations. We could not have done it without you.  We really encourage anyone who has a chance to attend this conference in the future to attend.”

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Pictured above, left to right, are Corinne Jordan, David Wimert, Ursula Adams, Chris Spencer, Jennifer Spivey (all graduate students in science education) and Dr. Rita Hagevik (Biology).



Five of UNCP's RISE Fellows will present their research at the ABRCMS (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students) this November in Nashville, TN. The students will present research they conducted over the summer to an audience of individuals and science leaders from around the country.

The following list provides the student’s name, the title of their research poster, and the location at which they conducted their research.  All of these students are also currently engaged in research at UNCP and in the Bahr Lab at the BioTechnology Research and Training Center at ComTech.

  • Armando Corona, “Analysis of the Interaction Between Cib1 and Integrin Aiib Through X-Ray Crystallography and Nanodiscs," research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Sarah Hafner, “ß1 Integrin Exhibits a Distinct Response to Seizure Activity Which is Blocked by the Cannabinergic System”, research conducted at the Bahr Lab at the BioTechnology Research and Training Center at ComTech
  • Jordan Smink, “Construction of an Improve Shuttle Vector for Transformation and Gene Expression in Histophilus somni," research conducted at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Robert Lamb, “A Better Suzuki Polymerization for Thiophene-Containing Monomers with Electron-Neutral Coupling Partners," research conducted at Appalachian State University
  • Marsalis Smith, “Optimizing Whole Animal Auditory Measurement,", research conducted at Stanford University



On Saturday April 27, 2013, Professor Joe Begnaud (Art) was awarded "Best of Show" at the ArtFields Portrait Contest in Lake City, SC. He was among 24 artists selected to compete. The event was divided into four rounds, in which contestants had only one hour to complete a full portrait of a local farmer who served as a model for the competition. After each round, a panel of jurors selected which artists would advance to the next round. Professor Begnaud passed each round of elimination and completed four portraits before being awarded top honors and a prize of $1000.



Students and Faculty

Dr. Rita Hagevik (Biology), Dr. Debby Hanmer (Biology), and Dr. Brooke Kelly (Sociology and Criminal Justice) have been working with several undergraduate research assistants (Spencer Thomas,  Scott Tyson, Valery Quinones, and Jeff Cooper) in partnership with the sustainable agriculture program, Agricultural Extension, and the Center for Community Action on a farmer interview project.  Interviews with local farmers began as a service learning project in Dr. Kelly’s social research methods course in the fall.  The UNCP local advantage grant has supported additional interviews and data analysis during the spring 2013 semester.  Through the study of the current practices and challenges that local farmers face, the project aims to inform community partners already working to support local foods in Robeson and nearby counties.  The students presented the preliminary findings from this project at the PURC Symposium.



food conferenceApproximately 60 students, faculty, farmers, and consumers attended UNCP's first local foods conference at the Regional Center on March 22, 2013, to share ideas and learn more about how to support local farmers and local foods.  Sessions covered topics ranging from backyard chickens to financing.  Lester Locklear’s New South Catering of Pembroke prepared local beef, sausage, sweet potatoes, and cabbage  Robeson County Farm Bureau sponsored the local lunch. Dr. Debby Hanmer (Biology), assisted by Dr. Rita Hagevik (Biology) and Dr. Brooke Kelly (Sociology and Criminal Justice), organized the conference, using a UNCP local advantage grant focused on supporting local foods.  (For additional coverage of the event, see



UNCP's Student Athlete Advisory Committee will honor more than 40 teachers, including several from the College of Arts and Sciences, for their teaching and commiment to students on Faculty Appreciation Night, February 7, 2013. A ceremony will take place during halftime of the men's home basketball game.

This year's honorees from the College of Arts and Sciences are Ryan Anderson (History), Larry Arnold (Music), Joyce Beard (Nursing),Debra Branch (Social Work), Gwenyth Campen (Mathematics and Computer Science), Anthony Curtis (Mass Communication), Katherine Denton (Foreign Languages), Camille DeVaney (Music), John DiSarno(Political Science),Cindy Edwards (Social Work), Warren Eller (Public Administration), Dena Evans (Nursing), Jeff Frederick (History), Kevin Freeman (Political Science), Nicholas Freeman (Psychology), Jeffery Geller (Philosophy and Religion), Amy Gross (Geology and Geography),Linda Hafer (Mathematics and Computer Science), Jo Ann Hart (Art),Scott Hicks (English and Theatre), Jason Hutchens (Mass Communication), Mary Ann Jacobs (American Indian Studies), John Labadie (Art), Siva Mandjiny (Chemistry and Physics), Stephen Marson(Sociology and Criminal Justice), Rohald Meneses (Sociology and Criminal Justice), Brandi Norman (Biology), Sara Oswald (English and Theatre),Linda Oxendine (American Indian Studies), Shilpa Pai (Psychology),Nathan Phillippi (Geology and Geography), Enrique Porrua (Foreign Languages), Ray Sutherland (Philosophy and Religion), Meredith Storms(Chemistry and Physics),and Mary Zets (Biology),.



Rose StremlauSustaining the Cherokee Family: Kinship and the Allotment of an Indigenous Nation, by Dr. Rose Stremlau (History), was awarded the Willie Lee Rose Book Prize from the Southern Association of Women Historians. This is for the best book on any topic in Southern history written by a woman and published during the previous calendar year. The award is named after Willie Lee Rose, a path-breaking female historian and professor at Johns Hopkins University who wrote about race and slavery in the South. The award was presented by Dr. Janann Sherman, professor and chair of the History Department at the University of Memphis.

Sustaining the Cherokee Family also was given an honorable mention by the committee deciding the Wheeler-Voegelin Prize, an award given each year by the American Society for Ethnohistory for the best book-length monograph published the previous year. The book also was a finalist (one of six) for the Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize, which is given each year by the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to the best book on a topic related to the region published during the previous year.



Paul FlowersDr. Paul Flowers (Chemistry & Physics) presided over a technical session on Electroanalytical Chemistry at the 2012 Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, held this year in Raleigh, NC. The session featured eight presentations, including one by Dr. Flowers titled "Sub-microliter Electrochemistry and Spectroelectrochemistry using Standard Electrodes and a Polymer Electrolyte Salt Bridge." The presentation abstract was coauthored by UNCP undergraduate David Blake, and the talk described traits of a novel device recently designed by Dr. Flowers that permits the chemical analysis of very small volume samples (as low as about 20 nL, roughly one-tenth the size of a typical grain of salt). Results of this research have been submitted for publication in the journal Analytical Chemistry.



DC group 

By Dr. Scott Billingsley (History)

Dr. Scott BillingsleyOn Thursday October 4, 2012 twenty-three students, faculty, and staff departed the Amtrak station in Fayetteville, North Carolina, bound for the nation’s capital.  Mike Severy (Student Leadership and Involvement), Amy Gross (Geology and Geography), and Dr. Scott Billingsley (History), guided the students on a four-day learning experience that included a tour of the United States Capitol building, visits to national museums and monuments, and, for some, the unique experience of traveling by rail and navigating their way around a large city.

Traveling via Amtrak dominated the first day and last day of the journey.  Students were taken by bus to the Amtrak station in Fayettevill,e where we boarded the train around 1:00 p.m. and enjoyed the leisurely ride to Union Station in Washington, D.C.  Along the way we saw a side of the nation that one normally does not see when traveling by car or airplane.  For many of us, one of the interesting things about the train ride was getting to see the centers of many small towns along the eastern seaboard.  Although seeing bustling downtown areas would have been commonplace for travelers a century ago, our students saw simply the remnants of the heyday of small-town life in America.  Even the trip from Union Station to the hotel via Washington’s subway system, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (“the Metro”), was a learning experience for students who had never ridden public transportation before.

Amy GrossOn Friday the group toured the U.S. Capitol and then split up to explore sites around the Capitol and National Mall.  Students visited sites such as the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the various Smithsonian Institution museums.  Later that afternoon students met near the Washington Monument to discuss the research projects they were supposed to complete before arriving in Washington.  Each student conducted a short research project on different protest rallies that had been held on the National Mall since the 1890s.  The students placed these protest rallies into the context of the leadership model that the students had been studying in their Living Learning Community Leadership program.  After our discussion we visited the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean Veterans Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.  On Saturday we completed a scavenger-hunt activity prepared by Amy Gross at the Museum of Natural History, which gave students an overview of the entire museum.



UNCP's Office of Academic Affairs sent a delegation to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., on November 16. Two students, Lydia Locklear and Francine Cummings, joined Dr. Alfred Bryant, associate dean of the School of Education, Carlene Cummings, university library specialist for special collections, and Dr. Mark Canada, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, on the trip.

The delegation met with two NMAI administrators--Associate Director David Penney and Community Services Specialist Jill Norwood--and discussed several opportunities for UNCP students and faculty:

Living Earth Festival: Students are welcome to propose projects to present at the fourth annual Living Earth Festival, set to take place in August 2013.

Internships and Fellowships: NMAI internships and fellowships provide students with opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills.

Scholarly Exchanges: The NMAI welcomes scholars who can share their expertise in various aspects of American Indian studies.

Colloquia and Symposia: NMAI-sponsored colloquia and symposia provide opportunities to exchange information.

After the meeting, the members of the delegation took a VIP tour of the museum and met informally with Jimmy Locklear, a Lumbee who serves as the museum's volunteer coordinator.


Dr. Alfred Bryant, Francine Cummings, Lydia Locklear, Carlene Cummings, and Dr. Mark Canada pose in front of Sacred Rain Arrow, by Chiricahua Apache sculptor Allan Houser. The group saw the sculpture and other exhibits during a VIP tour of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.