UNCP Army ROTC wins prestigious MacArthur Award


For the second consecutive year, UNC Pembroke’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program has been recognized as one of the top ROTC programs in the nation.

UNCP’s program has been awarded the prestigious MacArthur Award. It was one of eight schools selected from among the 275 senior Army ROTC units nationwide, according to the U.S. Army Cadet Command.

“It is a tremendous honor as a battalion to receive this award for the second year in a row,” said Capt. Christopher Wieczorek, assistant professor of Military Science at UNCP.

Dr. Robert L. Canida II earns Erskine Bowles Staff Service Award

Robert Canida

Growing up in a family of servant leaders in Cincinnati, Ohio, Robert Canida soaked it all in.

The way his great grandmother Jennie – who he affectionately called ‘Big Mama’ – faithfully served as a minister’s wife. How his mother Patricia made ends meet while raising five children on her own. To the compassion his aunt provided her patients as a nurse.

Instinctively, Canida accepted the servant role as well, applying those life lessons as director of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Graduate students complete service learning project

Assessment Service Learning

Graduate counseling students enrolled in the Assessment Practices in Counseling course completed a service learning project on February 28. 

After learning how to administer, score, and interpret results of mental health assessments in class, the counselors-in-training provided screenings in the University Center for UNCP students during Mental Health Awareness Week. 

Robotics competition coming to UNC Pembroke March 17-18

Robotics competition

Thirty-seven high school robotics teams from across North Carolina will compete for bragging rights at the 2018 FIRST Power Up competition on March 17-18.

The event will be held inside the Jones Center on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. It is free and open to the public.

Robeson Early College High School’s team, ROBCOBOT, led by Coach Keenan Locklear, will be among the competitors.

UNCP to host Family STEAM Day on March 24

STEAM family day

The UNC Pembroke School of Education is partnering with the Public Schools of Robeson County to host a Family STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Day on Saturday, March 24.

It will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the UNCP campus. The event is free and open to the public. Activities will be tailored to students in grades K-8 and their families. There will be hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.  

‘Amazing Grace: The Musical’ coming to GPAC on March 13

Amazing Grace

The uplifting story of the world’s most beloved song is coming to the Givens Performing Arts Center stage on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke March 13 at 7:30 p.m.

“Amazing Grace: The Musical” centers on the turbulent life of slave trader turned abolitionist John Newton, author of the 18th century hymn, “Amazing Grace,” and tells the story of how the song first came to be. The show is sponsored by Rust Enterprises and McDonald’s.

Tickets are $41, $36 and $21 for adults and children are admitted for $16.

UNCP’s Circle K International organization recognized at district convention

Circle K Interational

The Circle K International organization at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke brought home four awards at 2018 Carolinas District’s annual District Convention February 23-25 in Greenville, S.C.

Alexis Hurd was named Outstanding Club Secretary. Kimsey Collins received the award for Outstanding Club Treasurer. UNCP was also awarded the Club Achievement Award for the Silver Division (36-60 members) and received third place for its T-shirt design.

UNCP provides professional development to counselors in local school districts


Faculty members in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke provided professional development to local school districts during National School Counseling Week February 5 -7.

National School Counseling Week focuses public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. The event highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.


Faculty traveled to Laurinburg to present a workshop to the counselors of Scotland County Schools on February 7 entitled, Gaining Support from School Administration for the School Counseling Program. Professional School Counseling assistant professors Dana Unger and Ricks provided research to the counselors on the benefits of a working alliance between the school counselor and principal.

The participants discussed models of collaboration and systemic change and practiced applying these approaches to case studie

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