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Student Advisory Board

UNC Pembroke Student Affairs Student Advisory Board (SASAB)

The Student Affairs Student Advisory Board is a team of approximately 20 current, engaged student leaders reflecting the diversity of UNC Pembroke student body.  This Board is responsible for providing strategic input to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the Division of Student Affairs Administration.  They also share ideas, thoughts, and concerns and offer another voice to Student Affairs on current issues affecting students and its mission of providing transformational opportunities for students.  The Board meets at least monthly with Student Affairs administrators as well as other top University officials to discuss various issues related to both the University and the town of Pembroke.  The meetings are hosted by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.


SASAB Goals:


  1. To give constructive feedback about Student Affairs programs, services, and new initiatives.
  2. To assist Student Affairs in identifying strengths to build upon and areas in which to improve.
  3. To assist in the marketing efforts of Student Affairs through innovative techniques including social media.
  4. To facilitate and promote interaction amongst the student body.
  5. To assist Student Affairs in gaining information about developing interventions for under-engaged students.
  6. To assist Student Affairs in creating a sense of specialness about being a student at UNCP.



Members serve no more than a two-year term at the discretion of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

SASAB membership is open to all UNC Pembroke undergraduate and graduate students.   Membership is open regardless of race, national orientation, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, handicap, color, and marital status. Although students may self-nominate, most of the membership will be appointed by the SGA President and the Academic Deans.  Additional, memberships will include representation from the Student Representatives to the Board of Trustees, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Residential Housing Council, Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Native American Student Organization, and Graduate Student Organization.

Ex officio members of the Board may include the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Directors in Student Affairs, or UNCP alumni.

SASAB will meet six or seven times a year during the noon hour.   Lunch will be provided by Student Affairs. 

The qualifications are as follows:

  1. Students must have and maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA;
  2. Students must work effectively with a diverse group of individuals and maintain flexibility;
  3. Students must attend regularly scheduled meetings;
  4. Students must maintain a professional demeanor; and,
  5. Students must show remarkable leadership skills in their respective departments or organization.

Some incentives for serving on the Student Affairs Student Advisory Board are as follows:

  1. Visual representation on the Division of Student Affairs website [i.e.: pictures]
  2. Opportunity to attend seminars and workshops provided departments in the Division of Student Affairs;
  3. Serve as a professional representative of the University as a whole; and,
  4. Serve as a liaison between the Division of Student Affairs and the student body to disseminate information.


Emily Ashley

Name: Emily Ashley
Classification: Junior
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Chapel Hill, N.C.

Interest: Student Affairs, dancing, spending time with my friends, sorority sisters, and my cat.

Other UNCP Organizations: Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and Board of Trustees. 


Kristin CraddockName: Kristin Leigh-Ann Craddock

Classification: Junior
Major: Double Majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology
Hometown: Eden, NC

Interests: I love to spend time with my friends and family.  I am a sister of Zeta Tau Alpha here at UNCP, and I love my organization and my sisters with all of my heart.  I am Panhellenic President, and I absolutely love working with all of Panhellenic, as well as other Greek Life Organizations.  I am also currently the Criminal Justice Club secretary.


athletic logoName: Janae Curtain

Classification: Junior
Major: Mass Communications - Journalism
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.

Interest: Mentoring youth, writing, digital art, and fashion.

Other UNCP Organizations: Around the Campus Editor, The Pine Needle President, Omicron Nu Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

  James Ellison
Name: James Ellison

Major: Musical Theatre
Hometown: LaGrange, NC

Interests: Acting, Singing, Dancing, Theatre, Soccer, Firefighting, Snowboarding and Water Sports.

Other UNCP Organizations: Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America Inc.  Interfraternity Council President, University Players, Internship with Givens Perfoming Arts Center, Leadershape Institute Grad and Pembroke Singers.


athletic logoName: Mia Goodman

Classification: Senior
Major: Social Work
Hometown: Wilson County

Interests: Music, Community Service.
Other UNCP Organizations: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Association of Campus Entertainment President. 


Shymel JacksonName: Shymel T. Jackson

Classification: Junior
Major: Music Education
Hometown: Dunn, NC

Interests: Music, Traveling, basketball and achieving all the goals I have set for myself while still enjoying life.

Other UNCP Organizations: Association of Campus Entertainment (ACE), University Chorale, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Impact.


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Name: Sherry Jacobs

Classification: Senior
Major: Mass Communications: Public relations minor in Marketing
Hometown: Pembroke, NC

Interests: Helping others, scrapbooking, fishing, camping and marketing or event planning.

Other UNCP Organizations: President of Student Veterans of America, Student Advisor Board for the School of Business, Givens Performing Arts Center Marshal, Advertising Manager for The Pine Needle, and Givens Performing Arts Center box office Intern.


Biruk KassawName: Biruk Kassaw

Classification: Junior
Major: Double Major in Business Management & Finance: Minor in Political Science
Hometown: Washington, DC

Interests: I love playing soccer, of my favorite sports.  At the same time I love giving back to the community through my volunteer services, mentoring programs. I also enjoy creating a business plan.

Other UNCP Organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – (N.A.A.C.P.), Student Government Association, (SGA), Community & Civic Engagement, (C.C.E.), Literacy Commons, and Making A Difference Everywhere, (MADE).


Zackary Lunn

Name: Zackary Lunn

Classification: Sophomore
Major: Biology-Zoology Track
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Interests: Backpacking, running, guitar, beards

Other UNCP Organizations: Student Veterans of America, Honors College, Writing Center Tutor


Robert NunneryName: Robert Nunnery

Classification: Senior
Major: Social Studies Education
Hometown: Fayettevillle, N.C.

Interests: Politics, education, watching the news and UNCP Braves athletics.

Other UNCP Organizations: SGA - Senator, President and UNC ASG President, Speaker Pro Tempor, deligate.

Cameron Reynolds

Name: Cameron Reynolds

Classification: Senior
Major: Mass Communications Public Relations
Hometown:Pinehurst, NC

Interests: Getting Involved: Community Service, Sports, Working with Others and Listening to Music.

Other UNCP Organizations: Tri Sigma Sorority, RHAA Oak Hall Vice President.


Marcus Sherman

Name: Marcus Sherman

Classification: Junior
Major: Biology with Biomedical Emphasis
Hometown: Lakewood, WA

Interests: God, Wife and everything else (in that order).

Other UNCP Organizations: Tri Beta – Biology Honor Society, Lambda Sigma – Sophomore Honor Society, Alph Chi – Junior/Senior Honor Society, Esther Mayor’s Honors College, and Chancellor’s Ambassador.


Jack SlavinName: Jack Slavin

Major: Business Marketing & Management
Hometown: Durham, NC

Interests: I have a big interest in baseball as this is my love & passion but I also have a big interest in academics and how important academics are to succeed.  I enjoy listening to music, mostly country.
Other UNCP Organizations: Student Athlete Advisory Community (SAAC), the Literacy Commons and UNCP Baseball.



Justin SmithName: Justin Smith

Major: Second Degree , Pre-Nursing
Hometown: Cypress Creek, NC

My primary focus is to become an outstanding nurse! This is my first semester at UNCP and I am eager to incorporate myself into the campus community.  I look forward to working with and advocating for the LGBTQA individuals and groups here at UNCP while obtaining my degree.  My hobbies include mostly anything outdoors: Riding my four-wheeler, hunting, kayaking, hiking and helping my dad on our blueberry farm.

Other UNCP Organizations: I am an assistant to the Director of the Clinical Learning Center in the Department of Nursing.  I am also a member of UNCP’s chapter of Association of Nursing students and am actively involved in the Department’s Living and Learning Community (DNL3C).  I look forward to becoming a member of the UNCP’s chapter of Gay Students and Allies organization in the very near future.


Leann StricklandName: Leann Strickland

Classification: Senior
Major: American Indian Studies and Minor in History
Hometown: Pembroke, N.C.

Interests: Dancing and singing in Native American Pow Wows, Spending time with family and friends, Working to better Robeson County.

Other UNCP Organizations: Member of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc., Vice Prestident of Native America Student Organization (NASO), Advising Center Intern, Student Coordinator for New Student & Family Orientation, and Native American Student Movement. 


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Name: Cody Suggs

Classification: Junior
Major: Exercise Physiology
Hometown: Belmont, NC

Interests: Love playing and watching sports. Hanging with friends, and being around my family.

Other UNCP Organizations: Campus Recreation


Brittany WilkinsName: Brittany Wilkins

Classification: Senior
Major: Mass Communication/Public Relations
Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C.

Interests: Sorority Tri-Sigma, Wedding Planning and God.

Other UNCP Organizatons: Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, Student Ambassadors.