Students in Action

Page McCurry

January, 2024

Congratulations to MPA Student, Page McCurry .  Page was the recipient of the North Carolina City and County Management Association (NCCCMA) scholarship.  Dr. Gary Anderson, MPA Director and Page attended the awards ceremony in Winston-Salem, NC.


Priscilla Hunt

July 3, 2023

MPA Student, Priscilla Hunt, is participating in a paid summer internship with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) as part of the department’s Minority Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges Internship program.





UNC Pembroke shines at Model UN conferences

April 18, 2023/News


Dr. Josiah Marineau (far left), faculty advisor, is pictured with SRMUN team members Katie Aguilar Manueles, Aspen Andersson, Sharon Daminabo, Kristian Johnson , Ethan Deese, Jose Perez, Anesu Mavhiya, Magally Ortiz-Rojas, Renee Smith (not pictured) X-Zavier Evans (not pictured) and Tyree Hilliard (not pictured)

UNC Pembroke student delegates won three awards at the 2023 Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN) Conference in Charlotte. UNCP also brought home hardware from the Southeast Regional Model Arab League conference at Converse College.

UNCP, who represented the country of Oman, brought home the award for Outstanding Position Paper and Honorable Delegation. Aspen Andersson was named outstanding chair. Also representing the SRMUN were Sharon Daminabo, Ethan Deese, Jose Perez, Katie Aguilar Manueles, Kristian Johnson, Anesu Mavhiya, Magally Ortiz-Rojas, Renee Smith, X-Zavier Evans and Tyree Hilliard.

At the Model Arab League Conference, UNCP won an award for Distinguished Delegation for their performance on the Economic Affairs Council. UNCP’s delegation included Kubuza Adi, Zion Barnes, Jordan Colvin, Cleyda Hilariopatricio, Gillian Long, Jose Perez, Renee Smith, Larkin Summerour, Rahsaan Vereen and Jordan Walker.

During the events, participants were tasked with creating resolutions to international issues. Dr. Josiah Marineau, an associate professor of Political Science and faculty advisor for the Model UN program, said the skills the students learned at the conferences would continue to serve them on campus, in the community and in their careers. 

“Our students performed at a very high level this year,” Marineau said. “We had a great balance between veteran students who had participated in previous years and a cohort of first-year students. The veterans stepped up and mentored the first-year students. We also had strong leadership regarding our head delegates, Renee Smith and Aspen Andersson.

“The perseverance they demonstrated at the conference will serve them well as they progress through their education and careers,” Marineau said.


Congratulations to Yamilkal Hernandez Sanchez, Spring 2023 graduate, of the PSPA Department for getting accepted to work for the Peace Corps! Yamilkal will be working as a Spanish literacy promoter inside the Dominican Republic starting in August. We cannot wait to see where this adventure leads!


Congratulations to MPA student Charmaine Hardison.  Charmaine was accepted into the Teach for America Corps! It is a two year commitment to work toward educational equity in eastern NC. 


Congratulations to MPA student Madeline Yeung.  Madeline was hired as the Wake County's ICMA Fellow .  She will begin on May 8th, after graduation. 


Gretchen Adame

January, 2023

Congratulations to MPA graduate student, Gretchen Adame.  Gretchen was awarded a $3000 MPA Scholarship from the NC City & County Management Association (NCCCMA).

October, 2021

Congratulation to MPA Graduate Student, Hunter Jones.  Hunter was awarded a $2000 MPA Scholarship from the NC City & County Management Association.  

July 14, 2021

Congratulations to Alumna Randi Dagenhart named UNC System Presidential Scholar.  

Alumna Randi Dagenhart named UNC System Presidential Scholar | The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (

May 18, 2021

Congratulations to Jacob Alvarez.  Jacob was awarded the Undergraduate Research Fellowship-Summer by PURC. He will be conducting statistical research on factors that influence the degree of assimilation of different immigrant groups in the US. It is a well-deserved award, he is an exceptional student.


November 25, 2020

Congratulations to recent Political Science graduate, Mason Miller.  Mason was admitted to the College of Professional Studies Master of Professional Studies program in Political Management for the Spring 2021 to The George Washington University.  

November 2, 2020

Congratulations to MPA Graduate Student, Lauren Wargo.  Lauren was awarded a $2,000 MPA Scholarship from the NC City & County Management Association.

Pembroke Pre-Law Society members attend NC State Law School Fair

November 6, 2019


NC State Pre-Law

Members of Pembroke Pre-Law Society attended the N.C. State Law School Fair on Tuesday, November 5.

Members of Pembroke Pre-Law Society represented UNC Pembroke at the N.C. State Law School Fair on Tuesday, November 5.

Representatives from than 60 law schools participated in the fair. UNCP students networked with law school reps from across the country, including UCLA, Stetson, Richmond and Georgia State. They also got the opportunity to speak with representatives from North Carolina law schools including Campbell and Wake Forest.

Among the UNCP delegation were Kayla Bend, Adonis Johnson, Tasia Mears, Jessie Vargas, Cristina Melchor-Ortiz, Namya Stamps, Andrew Nemeth, Jonathan Swann, Michael Davis and Jocelyn Ash. They were accompanied by Carole Graham, assistant professor and pre-law advisor with the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.

MPA Student Michael Martin’s Work Forthcoming in the Encyclopedia of Knowledge, Administration, and Technologies.

Deputy Fire Chief of Cary, North Carolina and second year MPA student Michael Martin has in collaboration with Dr. Martin Mayer had their article “The Influence of Technology on the Strategic Planning Process” recently accepted for publication in the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Knowledge, Administration, and Technologies.  This major research publication features a comprehensive collection of expert insight into key topics such as organizational structure, strategic leadership, information technology management, business analytics, among others. It is comprised of content that highlights major breakthroughs, discoveries, and authoritative research results as they pertain to all aspects of organizational growth and development.

Martin Mayer, Ph.D.

Maynor Honors College student accepted to Duke pre-law program

May 1, 2019



Tasia Mears

Sophomore Tasia Mears is among 20 students selected from 500 applicants for the prestigious Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program at Duke University.

The Duke PLUS Program is an on-campus four-week program from June 2-28 for rising sophomores and juniors interested in attending law school. It is designed to prepare students to succeed in law school and help them understand the law school admission process.

“I’m expecting to learn how law school works, how to apply for it, how to get financial aid and also if this is really what I want to pursue as a career,” Mears said.

Researching the program after her adviser informed her of it, the Wilmington native said it was something she would love to be a part of.

“I thought it was a cool idea because it’s for students of color, low-income students and first-generation college students. I thought that was interesting and I wanted to connect with other students my age who are interested in law too.”

The Duke PLUS Program seeks out applicants who have proved to be strong students aspiring toward obtaining a legal education. 

“I really want to be a human rights and civil rights lawyer because it’s always been something I’m really passionate about my entire life and I think doing it from a legal standpoint is something that is really important to me personally.”

Mears is a Maynor Honors College student pursuing a degree in political science.

Model United Nations team shines at state conference

April 2, 2019

UNC Pembroke's Model United Nations team won eight award at the 2019 Spring Southern Regional Model United Nations conference in Charlotte

The UNCP Model United Nations team won eight awards at the 2019 Spring Southern Regional Model United Nations conference in Charlotte March 28-30. 

Eight awards was tied for the highest number of awards any school received at the conference, and matched the total that UNCP’s team won in 2018.

The Braves were awarded two outstanding position paper awards, two delegation awards, and four individual awards in their representation of The Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, and Uruguay. Of particular note was Uruguay, who received an Outstanding Delegation award—the highest team award available at the conference. UNCP continues its run of strong showings, solidifying its position as one of the strongest teams in the southeast.

Nearly 500 students from 50 schools, representing 67 countries, were present at the conference, and they hailed from all over the southeastern United States. UNCP sent 24 students to the conference.

“I couldn’t be happier with our performance,” said faculty advisor Dr. Kevin Freeman. “The research and writing and long hours of practice prepared us well for this very competitive conference, and the team showed its true skill by performing so well.”

Model United Nations is a simulation where universities represent the interests of their selected countries and utilize writing, research, public speaking, and diplomacy to argue the policy preferences of those countries while coming to consensus on a number of timely global issues and creating living documents to reflect that consensus.

UNCP will participate at the Fall Southern Regional Model United Nations in Atlanta November 21-23 where they will represent Cuba and Belgium. UNCP alum Jordin Dickerson will serve as the Secretary-General in Atlanta, and will be responsible for running the conference.


Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

March 15 at 11:04 AM · 

Tiffany Clark Receives Distinguished American Indian College Student Award 

Tiffany Clark, member of the Lumbee Tribe, was awarded the Distinguished American Indian College Student Award at the 44thAnnual NC Indian Unity Conference in Raleigh, NC on March 9, 2019. She was nominated by the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina as an outstanding college senior.

Tiffany is currently a senior, double majoring in political science and criminal justice with a concentration in pre-law at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. After graduating with her Bachelor’s, Tiffany plans on continuing her education. 

Tiffany is always engaged and stays involved as a student at UNC-Pembroke and as a member of the Lumbee Tribe. She’s also a member of the Alpha Pi Omega Sorority. She currently works at the Lumbee Tribe’s Boys and Girls Club as a Youth Coordinator. During her senior year of college, she has been interning with the Lumbee Tribal Government. She is working closely with administration on various projects, especially policy writing. 

“I really appreciate the love and support my parents have always given me. They continuously encourage me to pursue my professional goals, continue with my education to be an active member of my community. Also, it is an honor to work with the strong leading women in the administrative department of the Lumbee Tribe. They have given me the opportunity to grow under their leadership and have helped me develop my professional skills. I want to thank the Chairman for believing in my future and allowing his staff to take me under their wings to shape me into a better advocate for the people of this community,” Tiffany expressed. 

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina recognizes Tiffany’s passion for her community through her dedication, commitment and involvement.

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Fall 2017

UNCP’s Model United Nations team wins nine awards

Robesonian Article

Spring 2017

Academic Awards
College of Arts and Sciences Academic Awards Day, April 5, 2017.
Outstanding Science Senior Award
College of Arts and Sciences Academic Awards Day, April 5, 2017- Outstanding Political Science Senior Award.....Nicholas Debo pictured with Political Science Department Chair, Dr. Emily Neff-Sharum.
Walter L. Weisberg Memorial Scholarship
College of Arts and Sciences Academic Awards Day, April 5, 2017- Walter L. Weisberg Memorial Scholarship in Political Science.......Dajer Fernandez pictured with Poltical Science Department Chair, Dr. Emily Neff-Sharum.

Congrats to MPA Student Jingjing Gao

Jingjing took part in the 1+2+1 program which allowed her to receive two master’s degrees, one from UNCP and the other from Henan University in China. She earned a master’s degree in Social Medicine and Health Care Management from Henan.

Captain Dena Ali and Dr. Joseph Roise, PhD
Captain Dena Ali and Dr. Joseph Roise, PhD, discuss the latest in new fire shelter testing. (author photo)

Graduate Student Dena Ali has been published in FIREFIGHTER NATION. 

FireFighter Nation

Model UN Awards
Wall of Fame MUN Awards!!


Model UN TeamThe UNCP Model United Nations team, pictured above, returned home after a highly successful performance at the 2016 Spring Southern Regional Model United Nations. At this conference the team represented Russia, the Dominican Republic, Bulgaria, and Ethiopia. The team received more total honors than any other school at the conference and was the only school to win multiple position paper awards. The team received a total of eleven awards, including six individual awards, three Outstanding Position Paper awards, and two team awards, including an Outstanding Delegation award for Russia, which is the highest team award given.

 “In the span of two short years our Model UN team has transformed from one that had never won anything in its first six years to one of the strongest delegations in the southeast. The team has won a total of 29 awards in the four conferences participated in during school year 2015-2016,” noted faculty advisor Kevin Freeman (Political Science & Public Administration) .

Outstanding Delegates: Garrison Davis, Andrew Yarborough/John Ware, Maureen Johnston/Na’ilah el Amin, Demetrius Edwards, Dajer Fernandez, Mia Baxley/Chapell Brock

Outstanding Position Paper Awards: Ethiopia, Dominical Republic, Bulgaria

Team Awards: Ethiopia (Honorable), Russia (Outstanding)


The UNCP Model Arab League team participated in the Southern Regional Model Arab League (SERMAL) conference at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, March 11-13, 2016.  Sixteen students and Professor Kirill Bumin attended. The team represented Saudi Arabia and took the roles of the heads of state and government in a simulated crisis committee, which pitted Morocco against Algeria in a territorial dispute over Western Sahara territory.  Professor Bumin notes, “Dr. Freeman and I are very proud of the wonderful work our Model United Nations and Model Arab League students are doing.” The students faced strong competition and brought home eleven awards: ten individual Distinguished Delegate awards students earned for work on their respective committees and an Outstanding Delegation award for representing Saudi Arabia overall. “This is superb! It is wonderful to see UNCP represented so well by this group of students!” Added Dr. Meredith Storms, interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences.

 Participating students included: Kendall Bauer, Mia Baxley, Garrison Davis, Brian Edwards, Dajer Fernandez, Riley Gary, Tyler Grumelot, Devon Hester, Logan John, Maureen Johnston, Nicholos Palmer, Nicholas Rhodes, Carlos Rodriguez, Maddie Smith, Desmond Woods, and Andrew Yarborough.

Students In Thailand
Students In Thailand.