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Scholarship gospel sing is September 11
The first annual Mitch Tyler Endowed Scholarship Fund Gospel Sing will be at GPAC Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, with a pre-show at 6 p.m. and the main show at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. All proceeds will go to support the Mitch Tyler Endowed Scholarship Fund at the University.
A native of the Red Springs area, Tyler was superintendent of Hoke County Schools when he passed away on March 2, 2002. He also worked for the UNCP School of Education and was a former assistant state superintendent for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Following his death, family members established an endowment scholarship for students seeking teacher certification who are in financial need.
Featured groups are The Hoskins Family, The Oxendines, The Locklear's, Total Surrender and Anointed.
For tickets or other information, please contact Darlene Tyler Cummings (Registar) at extension 6299.
Regional summit for non-profits is Sept. 11
The University has invited all non-profit organizations in the region for a summit meeting on Sept. 11.
Non-profit organizations from 11 counties in Southeastern North Carolina are invited to the first Community Concerns Summit to be held Saturday, September 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UC.
The region includes Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Cumberland, Hoke, New Hanover, Pender, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson and Scotland counties.
Chancellor Meadors has high hopes for the forum.
“This forum is designed to provide a positive, results-oriented approach to issues facing our communities, our citizens and the organizations working tirelessly to address them,” Chancellor Meadors said. “This is an opportunity to participate along side non-profit managers and staff, people who can provide insight into the needs of their communities and the existing resources with potential for resolutions of those needs.”
“The forum will serve to identify both the strengths that non-profit organizations offer and the weaknesses that challenge their communities,” Dr. Meadors said. “It will establish heretofore unexplored opportunities for nonprofits to collaborate toward improving their communities and in doing so, elaborate the prospective impact such unprecedented action will have upon policy in North Carolina.”
A survey of non-profits and how they address community needs is being undertaken as part of the registration process for attending the summit. Opportunities to identify and access resources, share information and cooperatively seek funding are a key part of the activities during the one-day program. A wide variety of non-profits are expected to attend.
Community Concerns Summit sponsors include the UNCP Center for Sponsored Research and Programs, the Regional Center for Economic, Community and Professional Development, the Department of Mass Communications and WNCP-TV, UNCP’s broadcasting program and the Duke University Certificate Program for Nonprofit Management.
Joining the summit will be North Carolina Representatives Rick Glazier of Fayetteville and Ronnie Sutton of Pembroke.
“Nonprofits all have a great deal in common and they do a lot of good work in our communities,” summit coordinator Margie Labadie said. “This is an opportunity for them to get together. I believe every one will profit.”
Registration forms are due by August 11 and are available by calling the Center of Sponsored Research and Programs at (910) 522-5781 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Russell is September 15 at GPAC
TV Guide called Mark Russell ‘the funniest man on television.” But, he disagrees: “The funniest guys are always on C-SPAN.” Now in his 23rd season on PBS, he continues to work "live," with fresh and topical, stand-up comedy while accompanying himself on the piano. The Mark Russell Comedy Specials have consistently been among the top-rated shows on that network. Today, his syndicated column is enjoyed all over America, as are his CDs, tapes and videos. He has also been a weekly commentator on CNN's “Inside Politics Weekend.” Mark Russell's answer to the frequently asked question, ‘Do you have writers?’ is “Oh, yes... I have 535 writers. One hundred in the Senate ... and 435 in the House of Representatives.”
Harmony Walk is September 21
By Robert Canida
We are excited to announce the upcoming “Harmony Walk: Celebrating Diversity One Step at a Time,” scheduled for September 21, at 3 p.m. Our focus of this walk is to collectively share our unique voices on campus, but most importantly, committing ourselves to bettering our world through community service.
The purpose of this program is to show collaboration, unity and commitment with our students and the greater community. We are talking about building and strengthening relationships. We are talking about building communities of diversity and respect.
Chancellor Meadors will bring greetings and welcome a distinguished guest speaker, Secretary Gywnn Swinson, North Carolina Secretary of Administration. Community members will also be present as part of the platform.
The Marching Band, led by Mr. Tracy Wiggins, will help us put a beat in our step as we walk across campus. The Voices of Serenity will conclude the program on the UC Lawn, where boards will be erected for students to pledge a commitment to participate in service projects in our community. Dove pins will be presented to students who pledge their commitment, and free pizza and soft drinks will be provided.
The true meaning of this day lies within each of us, in that we should want to make a positive difference. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “we must become the change that we want to see.”
We would like to extend an invitation to all faculty and staff to please come out and support our program that we feel very strongly about. Please encourage your students to attend as well. If you have any questions about the event, please contact the Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs at ext. 5790.
Jack Lowery has September 16 speaking engagement
B.F. “Jack” Lowery, one of the University’s most distinguished alumni, will return to campus for a speaking engagement at 4 p.m., Thursday, September 16 at Moore Hall auditorium.
A 1958 UNCP graduate, Lowery is a successful corporate, criminal defense and personal injury attorney with Lowery & Lowery Attorneys at Law in Lebanon, Tenn.
His topic will be business success, and Lowery is uniquely able to speak on the subject of business success.
He is an original investor in Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores, Inc., one of America’s most successful restaurant chains headquartered in Lebanon. Lowry was Cracker Barrel’s general counsel for 26 years and continues to serve on the Executive Committee of its Board of Directors.
Lowery is also a founding partner in LoJac, Inc., a highly successful highway construction, safety equipment manufacturer and asphalt and concrete production company. The company specializes in interstate highway, airport and bridge rehabilitation.
The School of Business is host for the event.
“It is a privilege to have one of the University’s most distinguished alumni, Jack Lowery, come to campus and share his experience with our campus community,” said Dean Eric Dent of the School of Business. “I have heard him tell of his business experiences and the wisdom he has acquired, and his willingness to share with us is something from which our students will benefit greatly.”
After graduating, Lowery attended the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham. Ala. He was admitted to the Tennessee Bar Association in 1962.
Lowery also served as a mayor, city judge and city attorney for Lebanon, Tenn. He also served one term in the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing Wilson and Trousdale counties.
The son of the late Zeb Lowry, a long-time member and chair of UNCP’s Board of Trustees, Jack Lowery is the brother of the late Dennis Lowry, who founded a successful chemical sales company in Charlotte, N.C.
There are two additional brothers, Bill and Zeb Jr. Son, Jack Lowery Jr., is a partner in the Lowery & Lowery law firm.
Jim Brickman to jazz up GPAC September 23
Thursday, September 23, at 8 p.m. jazz great Jim Brickman will play GPAC. Tickets are $15 for faculty or staff as part of a reduced ticket pricing program.
Featuring guest vocalists Anne Cochran and Tracy Silverman, Brickman has won the hearts of millions of fans around the world, easily crossing over from adult contemporary to smooth jazz and country. His string of hits include “Angel Eyes,” “Valentine,” recorded by Martina McBride and “The Gift,” recorded by Collin Raye. Brickman can be heard around the county on “Your Weekend With Jim Brickman,” his syndicated weekly radio show.
Lopez Tabor Duo play September 29
To highlight National Hispanic Heritage month, Venezuelan musicians, CamiloAcosta and Michelle Tabor, present music of South America for violin and piano. The performance is Wednesday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. and admissions is free.
Ronnie Milsap to play during Parents Weekend
Legendary bluegrass and country music performer Ronnie Milsap will perform Saturday, October 1, 8 p.m. at GPAC.
Tickets are $25 for the general public and $15 faculty or staff.
Enjoy Parents Weekend with
this legendary country music performer who holds seven Grammy Awards,
eight CMA Awards and four ACM Awards. Milsap
has 40 number one hits, including "Pure Love," "Any Day
Now," "Lost in the Fifties" and "It Was Almost Like