Patricia Locklear joined the University on March 7 as an administrative assistant II in the Office of the Chancellor.
Locklear will work in a support role with the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor and university legal affairs. She reports to Donna Gooden Payne, university counsel and interim special assistant to the chancellor for executive affairs.
“We are genuinely pleased to have Patricia join the Chancellor’s Office,” said Payne. “The combination of Patricia’s experience in the legal field and in project management, including meeting coordination, and her strong communication and organizational skills should be a perfect fit for this new position.”
A 1998 UNCP graduate, Locklear brings wide-range legal and management experiences to the job. She worked five years as a legal assistant for a Lumberton law firm and four years as a project director at the Center for Community Action in Lumberton.
“It feels good to be back on campus in this capacity,” Locklear said. “I am excited to be working with such an inspiring group of people who are truly devoted to higher education in our communities.”
“From an alumni perspective, I have enjoyed watching the University grow by leaps and bounds, and it’s refreshing to be a part of the work that is going on now,” she said.
Locklear is a Fairmont native and graduate of Fairmont High School. At UNCP, she majored in criminal justice.
She is a trained facilitator with NC REAL, a non-profit organization dedicated to training entrepreneurs to start small businesses in North Carolina. She trained displaced workers on business management skills.
For three years, Locklear was an instructor at Fairgrove Middle School for the Rural School and Community Trust program. The program is a national non-profit organization that seeks to help rural schools and communities.
Locklear also served as a facilitator for the Green Map project, which charted the cultural, historic, civic, environmental and recreational sites in Robeson County.
Locklear and her family live in the Fairmont area, and she is president of the Green Grove Elementary School Parent Teacher Association.
Retirement celebration for Peggy Opitz is March 18
A reception honoring Dr. Peggy Opitz is Friday, March 18 from 3 - 5 p.m. in the Nursing Building. Dr. Opitz is the director of nursing and was the first director for the program beginning in 1992.
The reception is hosted by nursing faculty, and contributions to the Peggy G. Opitz Endowed Nursing Lectureship will be received at the reception or may be mailed to: Department of Nursing; P.O. Box 1510; Pembroke, N.C. 28372.
For questions, please contact Vandalyn Barber (Nursing) at extension 6522 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. King presents two papers at conferences
Dr. Beverly R. King (Psychology & Counseling) has had three paper or poster presentations accepted for the spring semester
In February, she presented a paper titled “I’m a Better Teacher (and Person) Because of Technology” at the 12th Annual Georgia Conference on College and University Teaching.
In March, she is to present a paper on “The Once and Future Classroom” at the 2005 UNC Teaching and Learning with Technology conference.
And in April, she will be presenting a poster based on her latest research project, “Measuring Stigmatization of Non-custodial Mothers,” at the 2005 meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association in Nashville, Tenn.
Dr. Farley attended micro-fossil conference
Dr. Martin B. Farley, assistant professor of geology, is a member of the organizing committee of an international conference on "Geologic Applications of Microfossils." He attended the meeting and fieldtrip March 6-11 at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and chaired a technical session on "Calibrating the Geologic Timescale."
One of the sponsoring organizations is the North American Micropaleontology Section, and Dr. Farley has been re-elected to another term as its treasurer.
Dr. Vest moderates new Book Review Forum
On February 28, the Department of American Indian Studies (AIS) and the Native American Resource Center (NARC) hosted its second American Indian Quarterly Book Review Forum. The forums are intended to generate and sustain interest in American Indian Studies among faculty, staff and students.
During the forum, Dr. Ottis Murray, (Sociology), presented a review of "Ishi's Brain: In Search of America's Last Wild Indian" by Orin Starn; Dr. Michael Spivey, (Sociology), presented a review of "Black Indian Slave Narratives," edited by Patrick Minges; and Dr. Robert Reising, (English), presented a review of "The Tour to End All Tours: The Story of Major League Baseball's 1913-1914 World Tour" by James E. Effers.
Dr. Jay Vest, (AIS), book review editor for the American Indian Quarterly, chaired and moderated the forum that was attended by 25. The next forum will be held in the NARC on March 28, 3 – 4 p.m.
John, Margie Labadie were visiting artists
Art Department faculty were visiting artists at Troy University in Troy, Ala., over spring break. John Antoine and Margie Labadie spent four days as invited visiting artists as part of the “Five on Hand” artist series at Troy University.
The Labadie’s lectured, taught several classes, juried an exhibition and exhibited their work to students, faculty and the public at the Malone Center for the Fine Arts. The Labadies will have a two-person exhibition of their work at Troy University in the spring of 2006.
Dr. Bryant co-authors article for journal
Dr. Alfred Bryant Jr. (Education) and co-author Teresa Lafromboise recently published “The Racial Identity and Cultural Orientation of Lumbee American Indian High School Students” in the February 2005 edition of Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology.
Dr. Spivey organizes service-learning workshop
Dr. Michael Spivey (Sociology) co-organized and presented a service-learning
workshop at the 7th annual Service-Learning Conference at Elon University
on February 16. The workshop was co-organized with Rev. Mac Legerton,
director, Center For Community Action, Lumberton, N.C. UNCP student,
and sociology major, Kelly Parsons, presented an oral history project
from Dr. Spivey's class to the
UNCP well represented at Rumba on the Lumber
Sporting UNCP t-shirts, faculty staff and their family members participated in the Rumba on the Lumber road race in Lumberton, N.C. Over 600 walkers and runners were registered. Complete results are at: www.rmssports.com/results/05lumb.txt
Age group winners included:
A partial list of UNCP employees also competing included:
Mike DeCinti (Mass Communications) 22:23; Mark Canada (English) 22:58; Lars Andersson (Athletics) 23:06; John Haskins (Athletics) 24:10; Alfred Bryant (Education) 24:23; Terry Locklear (UCIS) 26:22; Jeff Frederick (History) 29:29; Eric Dent (Business) 26:22; Connor Haskins (son of John Haskins); Steve Martin (Facilities); Keats Ellis (Bookstore); Tim Van Hooser (Library); Lisa Baker (Sociology); Dawn Albrecht (UCIS); Morgan Haskins (daughter of John Haskins); Glen Burnette Jr. (University & Community Relations); Sally Vallabha (Biology); Elizabeth McLean (GPAC); Ellen Gooch (Counseling); Carla Locklear (Controller); William Albrecht (Political Science); Debbie Thompson (Education); Lynn Hardin (Education); Judi Losh (Education); and Beth Sigmon (wife of Dr. Dennis Sigmon, English).
Will Clark makes academic all-conference
THOMASVILLE, N.C. — St. Andrews Presbyterian College placed 15 student-athletes on the 2005 Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Academic All-Conference list.
Baseball player William Clark made the team for ST. Andrews. He is the son of Sallyann Clark (Mass Communications).
A total of 182 CVAC athletes have earned Academic All-Conference status. The 11 member institutions stress the role of “Academics and Athletics Working Together.” The success of this goal is reflected by each of these students. To make the list you must be a junior or senior student-athlete with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher at the member institution.
Birthdays, March 15 - 31
Stanphane Locklear – carpenter, Physical Plant
Randall Blue - electrician supervisor, Physical Plant
Heather Kennedy - Office assistant IV, Admissions
Martha Smith, grandmother of Carla Locklear (Accounts Payable) and Vivian Oxendine (Library), died in early March.
Edward L. Blackburn died on March 11. His wife Carolyn (Business Affairs) is a resident of St. Pauls and was a long-time employee, retiring in February 2000.