UNC Pembroke Alumni Association has selected Kayla Seedig, an art major from St. Pauls, N.C., for its first Outstanding Senior Award.
Seedig and four other candidates were recommended for the honor. The announcement was made on April 23 during a Senior Week reception for all seniors at the Chancellor’s Residence. The seniors were 17 days before commencement and counting.
In remarks to the soon-to-be graduates, Alumni Association President Aaron Thomas offered one word to describe the UNCP experience – “opportunity.” He also asked the alumni to remain connected to the university.
“You have been prepared here in ways that you will only realize in the future,” Thomas said. “And when you join the 20,000 alumni who walked across the stage before you, don’t forget to give back, be involved and come back to homecoming.”
Seedig, who is a printmaker, will take her UNCP credentials to the University of North Texas, where she has been accepted into a Master of Fine Arts program.
“I feel prepared,” Seedig said afterward. “This university is small, but that creates opportunities to interact with faculty who push you to excel.”
Seedig’s resume is outstanding. Her work has been juried in shows on campus and in Wilmington and Fayetteville. One of her prints was selected for the cover of the 2014 edition of Aurochs, the student literary journal.
For three years, Seedig entered art into the Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity (PURC) Symposium. This year, her work won the top prize. She was also awarded several PURC scholarships and travel grants to attend the Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshop and Conference in South Dakota and the Nashville Print Revival II.
Seedig worked as a monitor in the Art Department Gallery and was a member of the Swampdog Press, a student club. She volunteered at the Communities in School Academy and for the Very Special Arts Festival, an annual event for Robeson special needs school children.
Dr. Richard Gay, chair of the Art Department, recommended Seedig for the award. “She tirelessly participates in learning experiences both in and out of class, and she has taken advantage of the opportunities at UNCP for personal and professional growth,” he wrote.
Also nominated were Constance Faulk, a mass communication major from Tabor City, N.C.; Lydia Locklear, an American Indian Studies major from Lumberton; Kristina Sanchez-Matthews, a biology and Spanish major from Fayetteville; and Michael Mullman, a business major and member of the golf team from Charlotte.
Kayla Seedig, left, with Sarah and Chancellor Carter and the award nominees from left: Lydia Locklear of Lumberton, Michael Mullman of Charlotte, Constance Faulk of Tabor City and Christina Sanchez-Matthews of Fayetteville.
The nominees were given a plaque and honor chords to be worn with their regalia at commencement.
Chancellor Kyle R. Carter reminded all the seniors in attendance that “however far you go, you will always be a Brave.
“As you transition from college life here, we hope you will not transition away from us,” Dr. Carter said. “This is a special event and I am pleased to have you as guests here.”