Symphony D. Oxendine joined UNC Pembroke’s Office of Student Life in late June as associate director.
She will be responsible for coordinating a variety of student activities and advising student organizations. The office is responsible for the Distinguished Speakers Series, Parents Weekend and Homecoming programs as well has advising student organizations such as the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Association of Campus Entertainment (ACE).
A native of Tulsa, Okla., Oxendine is Western Cherokee and Mississippi Choctaw. She has a wide variety of experience with student groups at several universities. She reports to Director of Student Life Robert Cooper.
“We feel very fortunate to have been able to hire Symphony,” Cooper said. “She has a variety of experiences in student affairs.
“I believe that Symphony will be a great resource for the students at UNCP and will be a great team member in the Office of Student Life,” he continued.
With a Master of Education degree in higher education from UNC Greensboro, Oxendine has worked in Greek life, campus police, academic services and multicultural and American Indian programs.
“I tried to get as much experience as I could at different universities and with as many different types of student groups as possible,” she said. “My mother is a university president, so I have always planned a career in higher education.
“I love programming for students, such as events and speakers,” she continued. “These events make the campus experience for students more enriching.”
Oxendine worked in different offices at UNCG, Wake Forest University, Guilford College and Oklahoma State University (OSU), her alma mater. She finds UNCP a familiar setting.
“Here, I feel very connected with the students because this community is very similar to the one I grew up in,” Oxendine said. “I see how the University has invested in the community here in many positive ways.
“My husband is from Fairmont, and I am still adjusting to this community,” she said. “I enjoy the family atmosphere on campus and in the community.”
As a graduate student, Oxendine worked in UNCG’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. At Guilford College, she served as coordinator of Native American Programs, and at Wake Forest, she interned in the Office of Greek Life.
Oxendine earned a Bachelor of Arts in applied sociology at Oklahoma State. At OSU, she worked as a dispatcher in the Police Department and as an administrative assistant in the Office for Academic Services.
As an undergraduate, Oxendine was founder of OSU’s Multicultural Greek Council and was a charter member of the Gamma Chapter of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, the first American Indian Greek organization.
She also presented at conferences, including one at the North Carolina College Personnel Association, titled “No Longer Sitting Indian Style: Meeting the Needs of American Indian Students.”
She is married to Derek Oxendine, a graduate student at UNC Greensboro.