Bob Canida wins award from Pembroke Chamber
Chancellor Meadors welcomed a record crowd of more than 300 to the Pembroke Area Chamber of Commerce’s (PACC) Annual Banquet on Saturday, January 24.
“I don’t need to tell you that we are the fastest growing University in the state of North Carolina because you already know that,” Chancellor Meadors said. “I am positive that the Town of Pembroke will soon be the fastest growing community of its size in North Carolina.”
The Harry West Locklear Award was presented to Robert Canida II, chair of the PACC Board of Directors and director of UNCP’s Office of Minority Affairs.
New board members sworn included: Melanie Clark of UNCP’s Office of Student Activities and Lorna McNeill Ricotta, director of UNCP’s Office of Alumni Relations. University Attorney Donna Payne performed the swearing in ceremony.
Ashleigh Johnson accepted to ECU medical school
Ashleigh Tennille Johnson has been selected for Admission to the 2004 freshman class of The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Ashleigh is the daughter of Sylvia T. Johnson, Director of NC-Health Careers Access Program.
Johnson was a Magna Cum Laude 2003 UNCP graduate, who completed degree requirements for a double major in biology and chemistry with biomedical emphasis. She is currently a science teacher at South Robeson High School.
Tyner is Business Affairs ‘Outstanding Administrator’
Bess Tyner, Director of Facilities Planning and Construction, was chosen as the Business Affairs Division’s Outstanding Administrator of the Year, according to an announcement by Neil Hawk, vice chancellor for Business Affairs.
“I am pleased and honored to acknowledge Bess Tyner as the 2003-04 Business Affairs’ Outstanding Administrator,” Hawk said. “Bess and her staff have been working very hard to bring UNCP capital projects in on time and within budget. Bess’ leadership is very instrumental in building our Facilities Planning and Construction Department and making it productive and successful.”
It is the second annual Outstanding Administrator award for Business Affairs. Bookstore Manager Karen Swiney was the first recipient. The criteria for nomination are outstanding leadership, significant contributions to furthering the University’s mission and implementation of efficiencies or cost savings through effective management.
In her sixth year at the University, Tyner’s office is currently supervising $60 million in construction projects. A Fayetteville native, she is married to Blake Tyner, administrative assistant in the Music Department. They have one son, McKay.
Before coming to the University, Tyner worked 10 years for NC State University’s engineering department. She earned undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics and graduate degrees in public administration and mechanical engineering, all from NC State. She is currently working on her doctorate in public administration.
Officer of the Year
Betty Strickland received the Officer of the Year Award on January 20 from Captain and Assistant Police Chief Larry McNeill. A 10-year veteran of the force, she received a pin for her uniform.
Elkins promoted to Associate Director of Admissions at UNCP
Carrie A. Elkins has been selected as the new Associate Director in the Office of Admissions.
A 2001 UNCP graduate, Elkins served as an admissions counselor for three-and-a-half years. In her new position, Elkins will be responsible for planning college fairs, scheduling admission staff travel and assisting Admissions Director Lela Clark in supervising the office.
“Carrie has a very strong work ethic and has proven to be an effective recruiter,” Clark said. “During her time as an admissions counselor, student enrollment in her assigned recruitment territories increased significantly. This was due to her hard work and her natural ability to build relationships with students and counselors.”
“She sincerely cares about students and this comes across in everything she does,” Clark continued. “I am confident that Carrie will continue her record of success and will be extremely effective in her new role.”
In her role as an admissions counselor, Elkins was responsible for recruiting at Purnell Swett High School among others.
“The best part of my new position is that I will continue to meet students and their parents,” Elkins said. “That’s the best part of this job. It’s a great job, and I love getting the word out about UNCP.”
Admissions will have a new vehicle to help her get the word out about UNCP. The Office of Admissions will host four regional receptions in the Triangle, Triad, Charlotte and Jacksonville during the spring semester.
“I am really excited that Chancellor (Allen C.) Meadors and Ms. (Jackie) Clark (Vice Chancellor for the Office of Enrollment Management) supported this new opportunity to meet new high school students,” Elkins said. “We will bring faculty, current UNCP students, alumni and administrators to the students in these areas.”
Elkins is a native of Mt. Gilead in Montgomery County.
Bowman is new Associate Director of Financial Aid
David Bowman has been named Associate Director for the Office of Financial Aid.
Bowman comes to UNCP from North Carolina State University, where he served as Assistant Director of financial aid for nearly four years. He has more than 10 years experience in financial aid.
“We are excited to have David on board,” said Bruce Blackmon, director for the Office of Financial Aid. “His experience in higher education financial aid will be invaluable to us. The students will also enjoy working with him.”
A Mt. Airy native, Bowman said he welcomes the challenge of working in UNCP’s Office of Financial Aid.
“I really enjoy working in the field of financial aid, and I am excited to be in a growing office at a growing university,” Bowman said. “As an undergraduate receiving financial aid, my first job at Appalachian State was in their financial aid office. It just stuck.”
Bowman has been in financial aid ever since. After graduation, he worked nearly four years with Appalachian’s office before moving on to NC State.
“This is a beautiful campus and the smaller office will give me more opportunities to learn,” Bowman said.
At Appalachian State, Bowman received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Master of business administration degree. He also earned an Ed.S. degree in higher education administration.
Dr. Vest has papers accepted at Conferences
Dr. Jay Vest’s (American Indian Studies) paper, "Myth, Metaphor, Meaning in The Boy Who Could Not Understand: A Study of Seneca Idiom," will be presented at the Southern Humanities Council Conference at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, February 5-8.
Dr. Vest’s paper, "Native, Aboriginal, Indigenous: Who Counts as Native American in Virginia?" will be presented at the Mid-Atlantic Diversity Conference at Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Va., March 18-19.
Additionally, his paper, "Organicism and American Indian Mythology: Paradigms of Mythological Discourse Analysis," will be presented at the Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities at Monash University Centre, Prato, Tuscany, Italy, July 20-23.
In other activities, Dr. Vest served as a
judge for manuscripts submitted to the scholarly journal Limina: A
Journal of Historical and Cultural
Studies, based at the University of
Randall Blue is incentive winner
Electrician Randall Blue is the quarterly winner for the Physical Plant Incentive Award Program. Blue is the winner of $250.
Carla Rokes work in Wilmington show
Carla Rokes (Art) will show her work in an upcoming exhibition at the Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, N.C. Her work will be showcased in the "Artists of Southeastern North Carolina" exhibition. Most of the work in the show is contemporary. The exhibition dates are February 6 - May 2. For more information, please visit www.cameronartmuseum.com .
Birthdays February 1-14
Long-term care insurance is available to state employees.
Long-term care insurance premiums are based on the age of the insured and are lower the younger the applicant. Coverage can be denied if something happens to the health of the applicant.
Once accepted for coverage, the policy cannot be canceled due to a change in health status.
Employees and eligible family members can enroll any time online at: www.nccmmp.com. Other plans are available through insurance companies.
Persons interested in the Long Term Care Plan offered through MedAmerica, may contact Ms. Betty Lewis at 919-783-7106 to explain benefits in more detail, answer questions, provide premium quotes and assist in completing enrollment forms.