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June 9, 2016 |

Sylvia Pate will always remember the first time she went to Walmart with Illya Chavis Lindsey.

“I didn’t think we would ever get out of that place,” Pate said with a laugh. “Illya stopped and talked to everybody.”

“She had a gazillion friends,” Pate said.

May 26, 2016 |


Many of you have raised questions and concerns about North Carolina Senate Bill 873, the “Access to Affordable Higher Education Act.” The bill has many interrelated parts, including a guaranteed tuition program across the UNC system and targeted reductions in tuition specifically at five institutions, including UNC Pembroke. 

May 30, 2016 |

A chance to continue his dream of becoming a collegiate athlete led Owen Thomas to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke 10 years ago. 

Thomas was a leader on the football field, president of his fraternity, served as a SGA member and was heavily involved with campus life. 

Thomas, a two-time UNCP graduate, is committed to bringing that same passion to his latest role as president of UNC Pembroke’s Alumni Association board of directors. The Cary, NC native was elected

May 30, 2016 |

The Division of Engaged Outreach and the Office for Regional Initiatives at UNC Pembroke recognized students, graduates and business leaders during the 19th annual Business Visions Awards Banquet. 

A dinner was held at the Office for Regional Initiatives on April 28. The keynote speaker was Dr. Patricia Mitchell, assistant secretary for Rural Economic Development for the N.C. Department of Commerce. 

May 30, 2016 |

Dr. Tommy Thompson is a seasoned public speaker. 

For more than three decades, Thompson gave hundreds of lectures and coached countless student athletes at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. 

However, when he was offered a microphone in front a room full of university retirees and their families, Thompson graciously declined.

“The man is not wired to talk about himself or hint in the slightest that his career was significant,” long-time colleague Dan Kenney told


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