Homecoming is set for February 16-21
“Building on a Legacy of Commitment” is the theme for UNC Pembroke’s Homecoming 2004. Homecoming is scheduled for the weekend of February 20-21.
The week is filled with events for students including a Homecoming Parade through downtown Pembroke at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, February 19. A pep rally in Jones Athletic Center will follow at 4:30 p.m. and wrestling action begins at 6:30 p.m. against Anderson College in the center.
Alumni, students and friends are expected to turn out in large numbers for several weekend events, including a performance by the Four Tops on Friday and comedian Bruce Bruce on Saturday. Both shows are at 8 p.m. in the Givens Performing Arts Center. For ticket information, call 521-6361.
The 2004 Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at halftime during the men’s basketball game against Kennesaw State University. The men’s game is at 4 p.m., preceded by the women’s game at 2 p.m. in the main gym of Jones Athletic Center.
For returning alumni, a complimentary kick-off Registration Social is Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of Lumbee Hall. It will end in time for the Four Tops concert at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, there will be guided golf cart and walking tours for alumni beginning from 9 a.m. to noon. A demonstration at Higher Ground Challenge Course and Climbing Wall is 8-10 a.m., Saturday, February 21.
A second Alumni Registration will be held from 9-10 a.m. in the University Center (U.C.).
At 10 a.m., there is an alumni soccer reunion at the Belk Track and Soccer Complex. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Career Center (Suite 210, U.C.) and the University Bookstore will be open for visitors.
The classes of 1954, 1979, 1994 and 1999 will celebrate their reunions at a noon luncheon in the U.C. Cafeteria. The luncheon is $10 per person. Reservations may be made by calling the Alumni Office at 521-6533.
A highlight of every UNCP Homecoming is the Awards Banquet, scheduled at 6 p.m. in the U C. Cafeteria. Award recipients are Drs. Waltz Maynor for Distinguished Service and his wife, Louise, as Outstanding Alumna.
A Robeson County native, Dr. Waltz Maynor earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in 1959 from UNCP, a Master of Arts degree in mathematics from Appalachian State University and his doctorate from Duke University in education administration and research. He is retired from the faculty of North Carolina Central University, where he also served in a number of administrative positions including chair of the Department of Education.
Dr. Maynor has been involved in community projects both in Durham, where he lives, and in Pembroke, including Lumbee Tribal issues, the Red Cross, the North Carolina Museum of History, the National Museum of the American Indian and the North Carolina Museum of Art among others. He also chaired a committee that was successful in building a public library in the Town of Pembroke. He was also a member of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Louise Cummings Maynor, also from Robeson County, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UNCP in 1965. She earned a Master of Arts degree in English from Appalachian State University and a doctorate in English education from Duke University. She currently serves as chair of the Department of English and Mass Communications at North Carolina Central University.
Dr. Maynor has won many awards for teaching, including the UNC Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is currently serving as chair of the North Carolina Advisory Council on Indian Education.
Also at the Awards Banquet, two new members will be added to the athletic Hall of Fame. Tecumseh Brayboy III and Major Alex Gaines will be enshrined alongside 59 former athletes and administrators.
A 1964 graduate of UNCP, Brayboy was a four-year baseball standout catcher for the Braves baseball team. His career fielding percentage was an impressive .985. He recorded a solid .384 batting average during his junior year.
Currently, Brayboy works with the Halifax County Schools and lives
in Warrenton, N.C.
The Alumni Dance starts at 10 p.m. in the U.C. Lounge and will feature an outstanding Charlotte band, U-Neek Flav'ur. One of the most exciting live bands in the region, they play R&B, Rock, Beach and Top 40 dance music. The cost of the dance is $15 per person. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.
For more Homecoming information, please visit: www.uncp.edu/alumni/homecoming/ .
Business Professor publishes two books, including one for the Chinese market
Two books by Dr. John A. Parnell, the William Henry Belk Distinguished Professor of Management, were published in late 2003.
The first is a textbook: “Strategic Management; Theory and Practice” (Atomic Dog Publishing; Cincinnati; 2004). The second is a co-edited collection of units on American business practices written for Chinese students, entitled “Business English” (Higher Education Press; Beijing; 2003).
“‘Strategic Management’ is a fairly straightforward text in my specialty area,” Dr. Parnell said. “It highlights the importance of effective strategic analysis and presents strategies for gaining control of business enterprises.”
The textbook will be used in upper level undergraduate and graduate management programs. It is useful for students in all business disciplines and draws from all areas of business to present a cohesive strategic management model.
Dr. Parnell’s second book won’t make any bestseller list, at least in the U.S.
“Business English” is an introduction for Chinese students to Western business culture and concepts,” Dr. Parnell said. “The students who read it will have taken advanced English as well as business courses.”
“There are significant cultural and language differences between Western and Chinese business concepts,” he said. “‘Business English’ provides Chinese students with the advanced concepts they will need to be able to communicate in the international business community.”
International business is dictated by Western ideas and practices that the Chinese are eager to learn as their nation emerges as an international economic powerhouse, Dr. Parnell said.
The project came about when Dr. Parnell participated in an exchange program sponsored by Texas A&M University-Commerce.
“We put together the idea of core business issues, concepts and business skills,” he said. “The Chinese are interested in anything they can get from an American perspective and reading American authors is important to them.”
Dr. Parnell expects a significant market for “Business English” in a nation that is eager to be growing part of the international business community. But he will not get rich tapping the Chinese academic publishing market.
“By Chinese standards, it is a nicely produced book that, in their currency, would cost about $4.50,” Dr. Parnell said. “There is no money in authorship. In their system, publishing is more about promotion and prestige.”
The book, which contains two units by Dr. Parnell and another by former UNCP professor Lewis Hershey, was a groundbreaking undertaking for a U.S. business professor.
“I was the first non-Russian appointed as "Guest Professor,” he said. “It was a new area for me, and there was no course in business English. They are now teaching from the book, colleagues tell me.”
A North Carolina native, Dr. Parnell joined the School of Business in 2002. An active scholar and researcher, he has published more than 100 papers on a wide variety of management issues.
Dr. Parnell received a Ph.D. in business administration from The University of Memphis, a Doctor of Education in administration and public policy from Campbell University and a Master of business administration and B.S. in business administration from East Carolina University.
UNCP to show the film ‘Tobacco Money Feeds My Family’
The documentary film “Tobacco Money Feeds My Family” will be shown at 7 p.m., Thursday, February 5 in Moore Hall Auditorium.
It is free. Following the showing, filmmaker Cynthia Hill of Pink Hill, N.C., will discuss tobacco farming and the film with W.C. Williford, retired Robeson County Agricultural Extension Agent.
The film explores the tobacco issue and tobacco farming through the eyes of three North Carolina farmers.
The free showing is sponsored by the Friends of the Sampson-Livermore Library and the Office of Academic Affairs. Support for the film was provided by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation among others.
For event questions, please call (910) 521-6655 or 521-6212. For information about the film, please call (919) 682-6795 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ReVisions seeking student essay nominations
The deadline to nominate student essays for ReVisions is Tuesday, February 2.
“ReVisions is a wonderful opportunity to recognize student work,” said Dr. Susan Canata, co-editor. “Next semester's issue will be our fourth, and, although each issue publishes essays in more and more academic disciplines, we'd like to see a broader range of student work.”
In order for this to happen, faculty support is needed, Dr. Canata said. Essays nominated can take many forms, excluding only summaries and creative writing. Essays nominated can come from all previous semesters, as long as the student is still enrolled at the University.
For questions or comments, please contact Dr. Susan Cannata (email@example.com) or Jesse Peters (firstname.lastname@example.org). Nomination forms are at the back of previous issues of ReVisions, or a form can be emailed. Please be sure that all information is filled out on the form.
Grant proposals awarded
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