Braves Kickoff FAQ

Why do I need my BravesCard?

Your UNCP ID (BravesCard) will be used to swipe at check-in to verify attendance as a sign-in at mandatory annual trainings. No need to check your name off a list or sign a form, just swipe and go! Can't find your ID card? No problem, head over to the BravesCard Office and get your replacement now at no cost. Temporary employees or individuals without a BravesCard will need to verify attendance manually. 


What is Braves Kickoff?

The Braves Kickoff was born of the desire to offer focused time for faculty and staff to gather together as a collective body. The two-day event provides opportunity for alignment with mission, vision and values as well as valuable professional development. There will be opportunities for faculty and staff to obtain required, annual training.


Why is Braves Kickoff mandatory?

This faculty and staff event is mandatory because all employees are required to attend training sessions throughout the year, and this opportunity will provide minimal disruption during the course of our academic year. We believe it is important for all faculty and staff to gather together and have the opportunity to hear our strategic and tactical goals for the coming year from the Chancellor and senior leaders.


Where is the location, the time and agenda of Braves Kickoff?

The Braves Kickoff will be held August 8-9, 2018. More details are forthcoming on agenda and sessions!


What is the dress code?

All employees are permitted to wear UNCP casual attire to promote our university and showcase our BraveNation pride.  Please feel free to visit the university bookstore and purchase your black & gold attire before August 9.


Should I RSVP for the Braves Kickoff event?

Although the event is mandatory, we will ask you to confirm your attendance to have an accurate count for logistical planning.


Will food be provided and/or available?

On the morning of August 8, light refreshments will be provided as well as lunch. 

On August 9, lunch will be on your own. Please note the Sodexo services are closed on this day; however, the Pembroke’s local restaurants provide discounts on meals to UNCP employees who present university-issued identification. We encourage you to discover something new in Pembroke on this day!


What should I bring to the event?

If you would like to jot down notes of the valuable information you will receive, please feel free to bring a notepad and pen. And, don’t forget your mobile devices to share Braves Kickoff moments on social media using the hashtag #BravesKickoff18.


Is the university closed during Braves Kickoff?  How will I know if my department is closed?

UNCP is NOT CLOSED on August 8-9, 2018.  There are essential, critical departments that are always open; however, employees are required to attend the general session on August 8. Your respective Vice Chancellor and/or department head will inform you whether the office is closed or limited staff and services will be available during Braves Kickoff.  

Please contact your supervisor for information specific to your department. Closing notifications should be posted to alert students and customers that service hours may be limited on these days. 


Will there be transportation available?

A shuttle van will be available from 7:45 - 8:30 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Day One, August 8. The shuttle will loop through campus to deliver faculty and staff to and from the general session in GPAC should transportation be needed.