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University Communications and Marketing
Monday, November 6, 2006
UNCP hosts Sandhills Community college administrators
A contingent of 18 Sandhills Community College (SCC) administrators led by President John Dempsey attended the first “meet and greet” session on October 4 at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Located in Southern Pines, N.C., Sandhills is one of UNCP’s most productive satellite campuses with 144 students enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs offered by UNCP. UNCP offers support services to its Sandhills students, including admissions, library, bookstore, financial aid and registrar services among others.
Networking over lunch are from left: Dr. John Turner,
SCC’s senior vice president for Instruction and Student
Services, SCC President John Dempsey and Chancellor Allen C.
Following lunch, Sandhills administrators paired with their UNCP counterparts for job shadowing and campus tours. Dr. Dempsey described the visit as part of North Carolina’s seamless education highway.
“UNC President Erskine Bowles uses the word seamless in describing the relationship between community colleges and state universities, so it is incumbent upon us to make the president’s vision come to pass,” Dr. Dempsey said. “We are looking forward to our interactions with all of you.”
Chancellor Meadors said UNCP is seeking ways to work better with Sandhills.
“We will try to identify key programs to deliver to our students at Sandhills Community College,” Dr. Meadors said. “We have a very good and productive relationship with Sandhills, and this event allows us to put names with faces.”
Rebecca Roberts, UNCP’s program coordinator at Sandhills, said UNCP’s enrollment at SCC is strong.
“UNCP at Sandhills’ enrolment is solid for fall 2006,” Roberts said. “Programs for undergraduates include the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and business management, and for graduates, we offer complete Master of Arts in Education degree in elementary education and reading, the Master of School Administration (MSA), Business Administration (MBA) and Public Administration (MPA, online).”
For some Sandhills administrators, it was their first visit to UNCP’s campus, and for others like Marketing and Public Relations Director Karen Manning, it was informative.
“I have been to UNCP for the Broadway and More productions at the Givens Performing Arts Center,” Manning said. “This was the first time I had seen the campus in the day light. It is certainly a nice university campus.
Madie Ash, coordinator of SCC’s Advising Center (left)
meets with Dr. Sandra Richardson, director of UNCP’s Center
for Academic Excellence.
“I enjoyed meeting my counterpart Amber Rach (director of University Communications) at the University,” she said. “Both of us have demanding and important jobs in promoting our schools and it was enjoyable discussing our jobs and viewing her printed publications.”
For Dr. Susan Adams, vice president of Student Services and Academic Support at Sandhills, a trip to UNCP is a homecoming.
“In fact, in 1994-95, I was a North Carolina Writing Fellow at UNCP under Dr. Dennis Sigmund,” she said. “I had a wonderful experience. The campus looks beautiful.
“I have polled the folks in Student Services as well as the other administrators who were part of the meet and greet,” Dr. Adams continued. “All have indicated that it is a resounding success!
“Most folks felt that putting a face to a name and position will help us in directing SCC students from our campus to yours,” she said. “We spoke of a transfer student collaboration committee and data sharing.”
Dr. Collie Coleman, associate vice chancellor for Continuing and Distance Education and host for the meeting, said he was pleased with the turnout and the event.
“We are very pleased to have this group from Sandhills Community College onour campus,” Dr. Coleman said. “The turnout was outstanding, and participants reported very productive and meaningful meetings."
Dr. Charles Tita, director for Distance Learning and Continuing Education, said the “rapport -building event sets the stage for further moving forward UNCP’s commitment to an expansion of program offerings at and with SCC, including interdisciplinary studies programs that offer adult learners and community college associate degree graduates with yet another option for earning a bachelor degree in a more seamless manner.”
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