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Tickets are $150 for two or $1,000 for a table sponsorship (includes eight guests).  Proceeds support the Kyle and Sarah Carter Endowment for Theatre and Dance and the Kyle and Sarah Carter Study Abroad Scholarship.

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Turbeville-Perritt Scholarship will Open Students to the World

Scholarships help students, Rudolph (Rudy) Turbeville believes, but a scholarship to foster international experience changes lives. Turbeville, who is a 1964 UNC Pembroke graduate, has established the Turbeville-Perritt Endowed Scholarship to help students study internationally. From Chadbourn, N.C., Turbeville is a man for all seasons and a self-described citizen of the world. He would share both his forested estate near Mt. Gilead, N.C., and his view of the world with UNCP students. 

           “I like to take a larger view, and being a citizen of the world carries a certain responsibility,” Turbeville said. “That view is prevalent among the French in particular.” As the Turbeville name indicates, he is of French ancestry, but his first taste of the world came far from France. He joined the Army out of high school at age 17. “Being stationed in Korea is what did it for me,” Turbeville said. “It was not long after the war and much of their country was in ruins. My unit built a school. I had empathy for the Koreans. “Wherever a student goes, studying internationally will broaden their outlook of the world,” he said. “This affects the quality of our nation’s citizenship and our government. 

          “I hope they also learn compassion and understanding,” Turbeville said. “We need more of this. We are basically an ethnocentric nation that believes everyone should be like us.” 

          Coming out of the Army in 1961, Turbeville discovered Pembroke State College with the help of an Army buddy named Paul Brooks, who is currently chairman of the Lumbee Tribe. PSC had opened its doors to non-Indian students not long before Turbeville arrived on campus. His worldly outlook resonated with this unique rural community. “I had a pleasant experience during my student days,” he said. “I made a point to meet people. I tried to integrate into the community, and there was a level of trust extended to me that was not common.” 

          With his family relocated in Florida, Turbeville lived on campus and made the most of weekends when other students went home. He worked and attended the Berea Baptist Church across the street. Turbeville’s passion for hunting and fishing won him friends like Clifton Oxendine, a history professor and dean of students. “There isn’t much of the Lumber River that I don’t know,” Turbeville said. “Clifton Oxendine introduced me to it. He would entertain me with stories. I took every course he taught.” 

          Going to summer school, Turbeville graduated a year ahead of schedule and got a job teaching at Pembroke High School. After earning a master’s degree at Appalachian State University, he began a long career as a family court counselor. In his retirement, Turbeville bought 113 wooded acres west of Mt. Gilead and added another 111 acres later. The land fed his love of the outdoors. “I got into forestry, and I did a little logging myself,” he said. “I enjoyed it.” 

          The Turbeville-Parritt Endowment, which honors his grandmother Josephine Perritt, who spent her last years in the Turbeville household. “I want to honor that side of the family,” he said. “They are of French ancestry also. You know, the French were America’s first allies. They pulled General Washington’s irons out of the fire at Yorktown. I like that connection.” 

          Turbeville is pleased with the mission of his endowment, and he believes that studying abroad is a starting point to students’ international experiences. “I am hopeful and idealistic about the endowment at Pembroke,” Turbeville said. “I feel at home whenever I’m in Pembroke. I am the richer for it.” 

To learn more about the Turbeville-Perritt Endowed Scholarship or to learn more about giving at UNCP, please contact the Office of Advancement at (910) 521-6252 or email

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Jim Kirkland Establishes an Endowment at UNCP

           Hard work, community and education are important to Jim and the late Evelyn Kirkland, and they wish to pay it forward by investing in the future of the things they value. They chose UNC Pembroke to establish the James Bryant Kirkland Jr. and Evelyn Johnson Kirkland Middle Grades Language Arts Endowed Scholarship. The perpetual endowment will benefit high-achieving education majors with demonstrated financial need. 

            “We were delighted they recognized the value of UNC Pembroke and provided monetary support that will serve students for years to come. Anyone who knows Mr. Jim knows he lives life full of energy, humility, commitment and humor.  We are so fortunate they are part of our family,” said Alison DeCinti, Director of Development. 

            Evelyn, who was a career teacher, passed away in 2013, and as Jim says: “We talked about this for a long time.” The Kirklands chose to invest in education because it was so important in their lives. 

            Jim met Evelyn Johnson while they were students at East Carolina College (now University), and their 50-plus year marriage began shortly after graduation. Evelyn earned an undergraduate and graduate degrees in education at East Carolina. Jim, whose father was dean of the School of Education at NC State University, earned a business degree. 

             “Evelyn was a believer when it came to education,” Jim said. “I believe in academic scholarships and helping students with college expenses.” 

           Evelyn knew the importance of scholarships. She was one of the first recipients of the North Carolina Prospective Teachers Scholarship, the predecessor of the Teaching Fellows Program. The couple established a scholarship with the School of Education at ECU and then looked closer to home. 

            “We watched Pembroke grow. For many years, almost since it opened, we were season ticket holders at GPAC, and I had a good relationship with two chancellors over the years,” he said. “It’s a great institution that’s helped a lot of kids make something of themselves.” 

            For Evelyn, who taught in Greenville, Fayetteville and Lumberton, education was more than an occupation. She served on the Dean’s Professional Advisory Board of ECU’s College of Education. She was elected to ECU’s College of Education Educator's Hall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding educators. 

            “For Evelyn, education was a calling, like the ministry; she had a calling from the get-go, from the 6th grade, to be a classroom teacher,” Jim said. “Even though she could have gone into administration with her master’s degree in school leadership, she never lost sight of the importance of the classroom teacher because they’re on the front lines.” 

            With a family in the making (James Bryant III and Laura), the Kirklands came to Lumberton in 1967, and Jim managed the JC Penney auto center. When he opened K’Land Tire and Automotive in Downtown Lumberton in 1974, Evelyn returned to the classroom. In retirement, the couple traveled widely in the U.S. and Canada, and they continued to work in their church, First Presbyterian of Lumberton. Evelyn served as the moderator of Presbyterian Women, elder and the church’s wedding coordinator and Jim continues to run audio systems in the sanctuary. Jim is a lifelong member of the Lions Club. He is an elder emeritus of the church. He is also a member of ECU’s College of Education Hall of Fame.

             The idea of “paying it forward” delights Jim. “When I meet scholarship recipients that’s what I tell them, he said. “I encourage other people to give. “You're not going to take anything with you; I’ve never seen a trailer hitch hooked to a hearse,” he laughs. “So why not give it to where it will do a lot of work. What you do now will live on for generations to come.” 

To contribute to the James Bryant Kirkland Jr. and Evelyn Johnson Kirkland Middle Grades Language Arts Endowed Scholarship or for more information about giving at UNCP, please contact the Office of Advancement at (910) 521-6252 or email

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