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Reflecting UNCP's diverse community and commitment to creating an inclusive experience, seven students will be honored each year as members of the 1887 Society. Selected each fall through a process that provides applicants the opportunity to share how their personal journey at UNCP demonstrates service, learning, engagement, leadership, integrity, school spirit, and courage, the 1887 Society show a commitment to the values of the University, and service to the local community. UNCP has been honoring student leaders and their legacy at homecoming since 1954. Students inducted into the 1887 Society will receive a medallion to represent their membership among other special benefits.
ABOUT 1887 SOCIETY
INFORMATION PACKET The 1887 Society at UNCP
Table of Contents The 1887
1887 Society Application 5 Timeline and Selection Process 7 Interview Process 8 Candidate Obligations 9 Homecoming Schedule of Events 9 Homecoming Showcase 10 Review of Event Program 10 Responsibilities 11 Questions 12
History of the 1887 Society
The 1887 Society will serve to recognize students who have made significant and meaningful contributions to the University community. Honorees will be selected based on the degree to which an applicant exhibits the values UNCP holds dear. The seven values—symbolized by the annual selection of seven honorees—are taken from the seven founders of the University.
Service – Reverend William Luther Moore (Waccamaw Siouan), cosigner of the petition to establish UNC Pembroke in 1887, was well known for his service to humanity. Moore was said to be “wide awake to the people’s needs” (“Life of Rev. W.L. Moore” 3). A commitment to service and collective responsibility for the campus and local communities is the legacy of Reverend Moore and the cornerstone of UNC Pembroke.
Learning – University founder Preston Locklear (Lumbee) understood the value and impact of education for a person. He was one of the first to initiate the movement that resulted in the founding of the University and served to support it on the Board of Trustees. The continual pursuit of knowledge and self-awareness is the foundation of a life-long learner.
Integrity – James E. Dial, Sr.’s (Lumbee) hallmark was his honesty and his character. Leadership is inherently a values-based endeavor, and clarification of and congruence with one’s own values is necessary for exemplary leadership. Leaders are forged daily by taking small but courageous actions in alignment with their values.
Courage – Isaac Brayboy (Lumbee) was a founder of the University. According to a family oral tradition, lumber used in the construction of historic Old Main was supplied by his grandson Tecumseh’s sawmill located north of Pembroke. The Brayboy family reminds us of our lifelong connection to UNC Pembroke, our founders, and each other. By stepping forward courageously today, we empower the leaders of tomorrow.
Change – James “Big Jim” Oxendine (Lumbee) was committed to creating systemic change in his own community. Not only was he pivotal in the founding of UNC Pembroke, Big Jim was the first American Indian elected county commissioner in Robeson County. The goal of any good leader is—necessarily—positive change.
Connectedness – Olin Oxendine (Lumbee) had kinship ties to two other University founders. Olin’s legacy acknowledges that leadership is a reciprocal and relational process. Building trust and working together toward a common purpose prepare us for a better tomorrow.
Responsibility – John J. Oxendine (Lumbee) was not one of the four Trustees appointed by the General Assembly of North Carolina. The original four were entrusted to elect three others, and trusted by his peers, J.J. Oxendine seemed an obvious choice. Empowered by other leaders, J.J.’s legacy is one of responsibility and accountability—to himself and to his community.
Reflecting the University's history of being an agent for social change, equity, and inclusion, seven candidates who exemplify the values and spirit of Brave Nation will be chosen, regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status to represent The 1887 Society.
Up to 14 finalists may be selected as a representative of the University values and the student body through their devotion to the campus and community. Candidates compete annually for this honor, of the fourteen, seven UNCP students will be recognized for their participation in campus life and their promotion of school spirit. These seven students will be inducted into The 1887 Society. The 1887 Society will be presented and announced at the annual UNCP Homecoming Football Game. They will be presented with 1887 Medallions and honored on the Society Wall on the first floor of the James B. Chavis Student Center.
The 1887 Society Application
Eligibility Requirements: All candidates must:
- Have completed at least 12 credit hours at UNC Pembroke,
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher,
- Follow Campus Engagement & Leadership on at least one social media platform,
- Be in good standing with UNCP (academically, financially, conduct, etc.) as determined by UNCP,
- Must submit a letter of support from a recognized student group or other University sanctioned involvement opportunity or department.
- There is no financial support for sponsorship, only verification that the student is an active leader in a recognized group/department.
- Must be able to attend and participate in all required Homecoming activities as outlined in the Homecoming Schedule of Events. Please review the schedule of events before applying.
The application and selection process are as follows:
- A maximum 500-word (1 page, single spaced) letter of intent
- Please explain why you are interested in being in the 1887 Society and why you would be a good candidate. Topics to consider are the seven values of UNCP and how they relate to your development.
- A professional headshot (to be used on the voting ballot)
- One letter of support from a recognized student group or department
- Leadership/activities Resume (to include leadership activities, campus club and organization memberships, experiential learning activities)
- Volunteer Resume (available on UNCP Serve).
The applications will be reviewed by a diverse panel of judges, who will score based on both form and content.
Link to Application: 1887 Society - Application
Applications are due on Thursday, October 5 at 2:00pm
The 1887 Society selection process is a distinguished and highly regarded competition. The applicants will be screened and ultimately selected based on their ability to articulate and demonstrate leadership skills, academic excellence, co- and extra-curricular involvement, service and commitment to the university and the community, school spirit, and exemplification of the values of UNC Pembroke.
For any questions regarding the 1887 Society, please contact the Assistant Director of Campus Engagement, at 910.521.6576.
1887 Society - Timeline and Selection Process
Thursday, August 31, 2023
Thursday, September 14, 2023
1887 Society Interest Meeting. Process for naming of 1887 Society and responsibilities will be explained
Wednesday, September 20, 2023-in person AND Webex
1887 Society Interest Meeting 2
Thursday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m.
Applications Close/Due (application review begins immediately)
Finalists will be notified, and interviews will be scheduled for the next stage. Judges will consist of staff, faculty, students, and/or alumni. Scores will be tallied and processed by the Office of Campus Engagement & Leadership
Thursday, October 19
All finalists will be notified of their status
Sunday, October 22
Seven winners will be introduced to BraveNation at the Annual PAC Countdown
Saturday, October 28
1887 Society Introduced at half time of football game
1887 Interview Process
A panel of judges will interview all the candidates and review all eligible application packets. The interviews will take place October 16-18 by sign-up only.
Candidates will be judged on the following:
- Application Information (40%)
- Application Letter of Intent (15%)
- Leadership/Membership resume and Volunteer Resume (25%)
- Interview (60%)
- Communication (10%)
- Involvement in co-curricular activities on campus (15%)
- Reasoning on why they should be selected to be in the 1887 Society (10%)
- Professionalism (10%)
- Overall answers/responses (15%)
The decision of the judging panel is final.
- Application Information (40%)
Candidate Obligations/Homecoming Schedule of Events
Students selected to be part of The 1887 Society will have a variety of obligations to fulfill, including the 1887 Society Schedule of Events. Each applicant must understand that these appearances are mandatory and by accepting a position is also agreeing to fulfill them. In the event that a candidate is unable to fulfill the obligations of the below appearances, percentage points will be taken away from the candidate’s final student vote total. Unexcused absences will not be tolerated and will result in point deduction. Any schedule conflicts must be submitted in writing within 48 hours of The 1887 Society Orientation Meeting. Exceptions will be made based on individual cases in direct correlation to your academic success as a student.
Communication is a vital part of the holistic process. The 1887 Society represents some of the most outstanding students at UNCP, so both the honor and responsibilities are high. Communication is required throughout the process, especially in regard to attendance and tardiness. Lack of communication, missed mandatory events without prior approval/communication, and other disregard for policy and rules will result in a point deduction as seen fit by the Campus Engagement and Leadership staff. Please respect the process and your fellow students throughout all events.
Attire for the Homecoming Game is professional attire for each person. Headshots will be taken on this day on you in your medal for The 1887 Society Wall at the Chavis Student Center. Dress to impress.
While you are not required to attend all the events listed, it is suggested and advised that you do make an appearance at some to network with peers and alumni.
List of Required Events
Sunday-Countdown, October 22, 2023; 10:00 pm - 12:00 am; James B. Chavis Student Lawn/Main Gym
Monday-Aux Cord Wards, October 24, 2023; 7 - 9 pm; Givens Performing Arts Center
Thursday-BraveNation Homecoming Parade, October 26, 2023; 4 pm
Saturday-Homecoming Game, October 28, 2023; 3 pm; Grace P. Johnson Stadium
Homecoming Showcase/Review of Event Program/Responsibilities/Questions
Post Induction Responsibilities
After the UNCP Homecoming Football Game, the seven students awarded The 1887 Society membership will be required to complete the following:
- Website Biography
- Professional headshot accompanied with a short biography on the UNCP 1887 Society website.
- A medallion will be provided as a distinction of excellence. Medallion to be worn at UNCP professional events and graduation, the annual Student Leadership Banquet and Commencement.
For questions about the 1887 Society, please contact:
Assistant Dean of Students
Campus Engagement & Leadership, UNCP
- Website Biography
1887 SOCIETY INDUCTEES/MEMBERS
Congratulations to the 2022 1887 Society!
Aspen Andersson, Eja Hagwood, Kamren Lewis, Nikicia Lindsay, Katie Aguilar-Manueles, Wilfredo Matul-Puac, and Tynazia Towns
Aspen Andersson (Chair) a junior from Clayton, NC majoring in Political Science Pre-Law
Eja Hagwood a junior from Sanford, NC majoring in Exercise Sports Science
Kamren Lewis a senior from Sanford, NC majoring in Social Work
Nikicia Lindsay a senior from Charlotte, NC majoring in Business Management
Katie Aguilar-Manueles a junior from New Orleans, LA double majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice
Wilfred Matul-Puac a senior from Mount Olive, NC double majoring in Health and Physical Education and Kinesiology
Tynazia Towns a senior from Southern Pines, NC majoring in Exercise Sports Science
Former Homecoming Royalty will be recognized as honorary inductees to the 1887 Society.
King: Glenn 'Drama' Sutton
Queen: Camille Alston
King: Major Hart
Queen: Brea Brown
2018 King: Paul Anderson
Queen: Chenoa Emanuel
2017 King: Deion Perry
Queen: Georgian Kailondo
King: Jordan Kendrick
Queen: Ana Guidel
King: Dustin Chavis
Queen: Karen Atkinson
King: JP Linney
Queen: Gina Claymore
King: Jamal Quick
Queen: Ronelle Hoff
King: Gaven Mayo
Queen: Stephanie Lawson
King: Drew Clawson
Queen: Amanda Hooker
King: Alex Hudson
Queen: Keta Williamson
King: Cedric Harrison
Queen: Bianca Eddleman
King: Trevor Kimball
Queen: Yuasmine Diaz
2007 – Fall
King: DaTwon Canty
Queen: Candy Pambu
2007 – Spring
King: Enrico Warren
Queen: Estella Fatima Johnson
King: Marvin Jacobs
Queen: Angela Harding
King: Chris Adams
Queen: Ivory Bouknight
King: Darell Brown
Queen: Andrea Miyagi
King: B.C. Thomas
Queen: Amy Locklear
King: Ronald Johnson
Queen: Quiana Robinson
King: Calstain Ganda
Queen: Mary Beth Brayboy
King: Eric Wright
Queen: Brittina Griffin
King: Robbie Chavis
Queen: Jada Locklear
King: Reginald Lowery
Queen: Tori Locklear
King: Ramon Jones
Queen: Jessica Locklear
Queen: India Simmons