North Carolina Council of Graduate Schools 2021 Annual Conference
October 28-29, 2021
The Graduate School of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke is honored and excited to host the 2021 N.C. Council of Graduate Schools Annual Meeting. This annual meeting provides an opportunity for graduate education professionals throughout the state to network with colleagues, to learn from nationally-recognized experts, and to share best practices to improve the quality of and access to graduate education in North Carolina.
- The registration fee is $90 per person. This fee includes the reception on Thursday, October 28 and the all-day conference on Friday, October 29.
- Please note that you will need to complete a separate registration form for each individual attending.
- Please register no later than October 14.
Conference program (tentative)
Our 2021 meeting will include:
- Informative presentations from your colleagues
- An address from CGS president Suzanne Ortega
- Cultural experiences you don’t want to miss
- a visit to the Museum of the Southeast American Indian
- a tour of our state-of-the-art Business building
- amazing foods including some local cuisine
- craft beer from a local Brewery (at reception, shuttle available)
- Opportunities to network
Please peruse our DRAFT NCCGS 2021 Conference Agenda for more information.
We invite you to stay at one of our local accommodations during your visit to UNC Pembroke. We will be offering a complimentary shuttle service from both hotels to campus for the welcome reception Thursday evening.
SpringHill Suites by Marriott-Lumberton
- Located conveniently off I-95, the hotel is just a short drive from our campus.
- SpringHill Suites-Lumberton is offering a special group rate of $89 per night (plus tax).
- Book your group rate for North Carolina Council of Graduate Schools Annual Meeting
Holiday Inn Express-Pembroke
- Located just 2 miles from campus.
- Holiday Inn Express-Pembroke is offering a special group rate of $95 per night (plus tax).
- To book, please contact the hotel at 910.521.1311.
Things to do after the conference
You may want to stay in Robeson County for the weekend and enjoy local activities, such as visiting:
Lumber River State Park provides a wonderful opportunity for hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking and canoeing. https://www.ncparks.gov/lumber-river-state-park/home
Downtown Riverwalk is a short trail along the banks of the Lumber River with beautiful fencing and a viewing platform. Along the walkway, an artfully enhanced “Whisper” bench is provided for rest and relaxation. Enjoy a stroll with nature in our Historical Downtown community. Open Sunrise to Sunset. 301 North Water Street, Lumberton, North Carolina 28358 https://www.lumberton-nc.com/riverwalk-2/
Border Belt Farmers Museum and Welcome Center – Early tobacco warehouse artifacts and farming equipment are on display in this converted Atlantic Coastline Railway Depot. Look at the early years of other Robeson County industries such as railway, timber, and turpentine with exhibits on tobacco, cotton and other products of Robeson County. 101 Thompson St. Fairmont NC 28340 https://www.lumberton-nc.com/border-belt-farmers-museum-and-welcome-center/
Museum of Southeast American Indian – Located on UNCP campus; Old Main Building, Pembroke, NC 910-521-6282 www.uncp.edu/nativemuseum
Locklear Vineyard Winery – family-owned Winery is situated in the beautiful Prospect Community. They currently have a mix of Carlos and Noble muscadines. The winery offers free wine tastings daily. 1872 Preston Road, Maxton, NC 910-316-0767 www.locklearwinery.com
Lu Mil Vineyard is a family friendly, multi-use facility and offers free wine tasting. The Vineyard Cabins have spectacular views of our expansive vineyard and beautiful lakes. 438 Suggs-Taylor Rd., Elizabethtown, NC 28337 https://lumilvineyard.com/index.html
Cypress Bend Vineyards – family-owned winery situated in Wagram, NC and is open for wine tasting. They host Jazzy Friday events. 21904 Riverton Rd, Wagram, NC 28396 https://www.cypressbendvineyards.com/
White Lake – One of the Carolina Bays, a natural, spring and rainwater-fed lake with clear water and sandy beaches located 46 miles from campus. http://www.whitelakenc.org/
Seminar Brewery – Craft brewery in Florence, SC, owned by our Dean of the School of Business. Try an eclectic variety of IPAs, pale ales, German beers, porters, and ciders. 551 W Lucas St, Florence, SC 29501 http://www.seminarbrewing.com
Local restaurants to consider
Your Pie – A locally owned restaurant that offers customized pizzas, paninis and cheesy bread. It is located adjacent to the Springhill suites by Marriott. Trivia nights begin at 7pm including live band performances. https://yourpie.com/
Adelio's Downtown – A locally owned Italian and American Gourmet cuisine restaurant. Open until 11pm. https://www.adeliosristorante.net/
Happenings on Elm – Offers good food and nice ambience, with a great selection of local art and pottery. Offering of wine tasting Tuesdays and Thursdays, Yoga, and music. https://happeningsonelm.com/
Pier 41 Seafood – A "Calabash" style family restaurant, offering choice of fried, broiled, and boiled seafood. https://www.pier41seafood.com
Ruan's Asian Bistro – Japanese and Chinese cuisine, including sushi rolls, sashimi, bento boxes, hibachi, and many other tasty dishes https://www.facebook.com/ruansasianbistro/
Thai Chili – Authentic Thai cuisine, with each dish prepared per your request, using only fresh ingredients. http://www.thethaiplace.com
Weekend getaway to the beach
If you would like to make a weekend out of your conference participation, please consider a few beach options, located less than 90 miles from campus.
Ocean Isle Beach – A small oceanside town located in Brunswick County, NC. The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association named Ocean Isle Beach the winner of its 2008 Best Restored Beach Award.
Islander Inn is an oceanfront hotel overlooking one of North Carolina’s most pristine beaches. Escape the crowds and bask in the sun under clear blue skies on your own private strip of Atlantic sand. Room rates start at $98/night. https://islanderinn.com/
Cherry Grove – Located at the northernmost end of North Myrtle Beach, Cherry Grove Beach offers a rich history of charming beach houses and cottages, kick-back shag music, and wide sandy beaches.
Grand Strand Resort 17 – When you choose a Grand Strand Resorts vacation rental, you'll be nestled in a classic sub-tropical beach paradise and surrounded by the finest modern amenities. All of Grand Strand's North Myrtle Beach resorts are carefully selected and maintained to ensure your vacation experience exceeds your expectations. https://www.northmyrtlebeach.com/
Southport – Located on the coast of Southeastern NC, where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean, Southport is known for its stunning scenery, history, and its maritime heritage.
The fabled maritime town is filled with historic inns and friendly bed and breakfasts that’ll put you right in the midst of all that Southport has to offer. Finding the perfect place to stay no matter who you’re traveling with is a cinch. https://www.ncbrunswick.com/islands-towns/southport/places-to-stay/