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University of North Carolina
at Pembroke
UNC Pembroke, UNCP
Established 1887
Type Public
Chancellor Dr. Charles R. Jenkins
Faculty 249 full-time
Students 6,303 (Fall 2008)
Undergraduates 5,577
Postgraduates 726
Location Pembroke, North Carolina, United States
Campus Rural
153 acres (0.6 km2)
Athletics NCAA Division II
Peach Belt Conference
16 varsity sports
Colors Black and Gold
         
Nickname Braves
Mascot Red-Tailed Hawk
Website www.uncp.edu

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (also known as UNC Pembroke or UNCP) is a public, co-educational, historically American Indian liberal arts university in the town of Pembroke in Robeson County, North Carolina.

UNC Pembroke is a master's level degree-granting university and one of 17 schools that comprise the University of North Carolina system.

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History

The Old Main is one of the original, and most recognizable, buildings on campus.

Croatan Normal School was created by the General Assembly on March 7, 1887 in response to a local petition, sponsored by NC Representative Hamilton McMillian of Robeson County. [1][2] Fifteen students and one teacher composed the initial complement. With the goal of educating Native American teachers, enrollment was limited to the Native American Indians of Robeson County.

In 1909, the school moved to its present location, about a mile east of the original site. The name was changed in 1911 to the Indian Normal School of Robeson County, and again in 1913 to the Cherokee Indian Normal School of Robeson County. In 1926 the school became a two-year post-secondary normal school; until then it had provided only primary and secondary instruction. [3]

In 1939 it became a four-year institution, a change followed in 1941 by a new name: Pembroke State College for Indians. The next year, the school began to offer bachelor's degrees in disciplines other than teaching. In 1945 the college was opened to members of all federally recognized tribes. A change of name to Pembroke State College in 1949 presaged the admission of white students, which was approved in 1953 up to forty percent of total enrollment; the Brown v. Board of Education decision of the following year eliminated all race restrictions. [4]

In 1969 the college became Pembroke State University, a regional university that was incorporated into the University of North Carolina system in 1972. The first master's degree program was implemented in 1978. On July 1, 1996, Pembroke State University became the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

In recent years, the university's profile and attention has increased recently as the result of an aggressive statewide advertising campaign, in which billboards, radio, and television advertisements have touted UNCP as a place "where learning gets personal," due to small class sizes, among other factors. [5]

Campus

The water feature at UNCP. Belk Hall and North Hall, which are both women's residence halls, are in the background.

The University's campus is situated just north of Pembroke, located directly behind N.C. Highway 711. U.S. Highway 74 is located just minutes from campus, as is Interstate 95. The center of campus is considered to be the Chavis University Center (often referred to as the University Center, or the UC). Students can bowl, play pool and related games, or just hang out in the lounge. [6] The dining hall, as well as Bert's Cafe, which houses the newly opened Wild Wings cafe and wingery, as well as SubConnection, are located in the UC. [7]

The UC lawn, an open grass area in front of the UC, is where students play amateur sports, read on benches, or use the area for free speech. Faculty Row, a thoroughfare for university traffic, essentially divides the campus into east and west sections. The eastern side of campus includes the Livermore Library, Oxendine Science Building, Old Main, and Wellons Hall, among other buildings. The campus on the west side has the Business Administration Building, Education Center, and most of the residence hall communities. Lumbee Hall, the Dial Humanities building, the Sampson building, Auxiliary building, and the Jones Athletic Center make up most of the north end of campus. [8]

New to campus is Oak Hall, a residence hall, as well as the UC Annex, opened in September 2007. Many additions and renovations have taken place on campus beginning in 2000, when an education bond was passed. Construction is set to continue on campus past 2007. [9]

The Givens Performing Arts Center hosts numerous Broadway shows, orchestras, shows geared towards children, and also hosts the "Distinguished Speaker Series," in cooperation with the Association of Campus Entertainment, which has brought in notable people such as Nancy Grace, Pat Buchanan, Nikki Giovanni, and Mo Rocca, among many others. [10]

Organization

The title of Principal or Superintendent was used prior to 1940. After 1940, when UNC Pembroke became a collegiate-level institution, the title of President was used. Upon becoming a member institution of the University of North Carolina system, the title was changed to Chancellor.

Presidents
  • Dr. O.H. Browne (1940-1942)
  • Dr. Ralph D. Wellons (1942-1956)
  • Dr. Walter J. Gale (1956-1962)
  • Dr. English E. Jones (1962-1972)
Chancellors
  • Dr. English E. Jones (1972-1979)
  • Dr. Paul R. Givens (1979-1989)
  • Dr. Joseph P. Oxendine (1989-1999)
  • Dr. Allen C. Meadors (1999-2009[11])
  • Dr. Charles R. Jenkins (2009-Present)

Academics

Mary Livermore Library
The School of Business is housed in the Business Administration Building (commonly referred to as the BA Building).
Lowry Bell Tower from the Water Feature

UNC Pembroke offers 41 bachelor's and 17 master's degrees, and is organized into the College of Arts and Sciences along with the Schools of Business, Education, and Graduate Studies.

College of Arts and Sciences

  • American Indian Studies
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry and Physics
  • English and Theatre
  • Foreign Languages
  • Geology and Geography
  • History
  • Mass Communications
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Political Science
  • Psychology and Counseling
  • Public Administration
  • Social Work
  • Sociology and Criminal Justice

School of Business

  • Accounting and Information Technology
  • Economics, Finance and Decision Sciences
  • Management, Marketing and International Business

School of Education

  • Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC)
  • Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • Military Science (Army ROTC)
  • Professional Educational Programs
  • Professional Leadership
  • Professional Studies, Middle Grades and M.A.T.

School of Graduate Studies

  • Art Education
  • Business Administration
  • Elementary Education
  • English Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Music Education
  • Physical Education
  • Public Administration
  • Reading Education
  • School Administration
  • School Counseling
  • Science Education
  • Service Agency Counseling
  • Social Studies Education
  • Social Work
  • Teaching

Students and faculty

UNCP offers small class sizes; the student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1, and classes average 30 students. [12] In addition, classes are taught exclusively by professors. There are no classes on campus taught by graduate assistants. This is where the University's motto "Where learning gets personal" comes from. [13] In 2008, the school had an enrollment of 6,303 students; of these, 5,577 students were undergraduate, and 726 were graduate students. The school also has 249 full-time faculty. [14]

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Student Leaders

  • Rigoberto "Arjay" Quizon, Student Government Association President[15]
  • Kimberly Brassard, Student Government Association Vice President[15]

Ratings

In the U.S. News and World Report "America's Best Colleges and Universities 2008," UNCP finished 1st among North Carolina public universities for the percentage of classes under 20 students. UNCP also finished 1st among North Carolina's public universities for the percentage of international students enrolled in the university. For ethnic diversity, UNCP finished first in the South and in North Carolina for universities and tied for sixth among national universities. UNCP also finished fourth in terms of affordability. [16] UNCP was also named on The Princeton Review "2008 Best Colleges: Region by Region" in the Southeastern region for the third consecutive year. [17]

Sports, Clubs, and Traditions

Athletics

English E. Jones Athletic Center

UNC Pembroke's athletic teams are known as the Braves. Due to the school's heritage as an institution founded for the benefit of Native Americans, it has largely been immune to the ongoing controversies related to Native American-themed nicknames and mascots.

The school is a member of the NCAA's Division II and competes in the Peach Belt Conference, with the exceptions of football and wrestling, in which it competes as an independent. The school fields 16 varsity sports teams.

  • Men's Sports
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cross Country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Soccer
    • Track and Field
    • Wrestling
  • Women's Sports
    • Basketball
    • Cross Country
    • Golf
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Track and Field
    • Volleyball


Clubs and Organizations

UNCP, as well as the Office of Student Life, offer a variety of extracurricular activities for students. From academic-based and service organizations, to minority organizations and Greek life, UNCP offers organizations geared towards the student's specific needs. [18]


Traditions

School Colors

Since the 1940’s, UNCP’s official colors have been black and gold, though the color gold has been associated with the school since the 1920’s.[19]

Braves and the Red-tailed Hawk

The UNC Pembroke athletics nickname is Braves while the mascot is the red-tailed hawk. UNCP’s athletic teams have had the nickname, Braves—a term, which echoes our Native American past—since the 1940’s.

The red-tailed hawk was added as a companion to the brave in 1991. The red-tailed hawk is indigenous to Robeson County. [20]

Fight Song

The music to the UNCP fight song was written by Michael Raiber, Professor of Music Education, The University of Oklahoma, in 2004.

Alma Mater: "Hail to UNCP"

The music and lyrics to "Hail to UNCP" were written by faculty members Reba and Ira Pate Lowry in 1941.[21]

Noted Faculty

  • Dr. Shelby Stephenson Author, poet, renowned music artist. Recipient of The North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor bestowed upon by the state of North Carolina. [23]

Noted Alumni

  • Aaron Thompson, NCAA Division II assistant Cross Country and Track & Field coach at St. Andrews Presbyterian College. 2008 Men's Cross Country Conference Carolinas Champions.
  • Kelvin Sampson, NBA assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks, former Washington State, Oklahoma University and Indiana University head coach.

To see a complete list of alumni visit this site.

Images

References

  1. ^ "UNC Pembroke > Campus Map". University of North Carolina at Pembroke. August 22, 2007. http://www.uncp.edu/map/statue_hamilton_mcmillian.htm.  
  2. ^ "UNC Pembroke > About UNCP". University of North Carolina at Pembroke. August 22, 2007. http://www.uncp.edu/uncp/about/history.htm.  
  3. ^ "UNC Pembroke > About UNCP". University of North Carolina at Pembroke. August 22, 2007. http://www.uncp.edu/uncp/about/history.htm.  
  4. ^ "UNC Pembroke > About UNCP". University of North Carolina at Pembroke. August 22, 2007. http://www.uncp.edu/uncp/about/history.htm.  
  5. ^ "University of North Carolina at Pembroke". University of North Carolina at Pembroke. August 21, 2007. http://www.uncp.edu/admissions/faq/faq_list.asp?iSectionID=1&iGroupID=101&iQuestionID=150.  
  6. ^ "James B. Chavis University Center at UNC Pembroke". University of North Carolina at Pembroke. August 20, 2007. http://www.uncp.edu/uc/.  
  7. ^ "University Dining > Locations". University of North Carolina at Pembroke. August 20, 2007. http://www.uncp.edu/uc/.  
  8. ^ "UNC Pembroke > Campus Map". University of North Carolina at Pembroke. August 20, 2007. http://www.uncp.edu/map/.  
  9. ^ Hickey, Amanda (May 3, 2007), "Construction to continue past ‘07", The Pine Needle, http://www.uncp.edu/pineneedle/news/2006_2007/042607_NW_construction.html  
  10. ^ "Givens Performing Arts Center > Distinguished Speaker Series". University of North Carolina at Pembroke. August 22, 2007. http://www.uncp.edu/gpac/speakers/06-07.htm.  
  11. ^ "Meadors accepts Arkansas job". The Robesonian. June 16, 2009. http://robesonian.com/pages/full_story?page_label=home_top_stories_news&id=2733570-Meadors+accepts+Arkansas+job&article-Meadors%20accepts%20Arkansas%20job%20=&widget=push&instance=home_news_lead&open=&.  
  12. ^ "UNC Pembroke > About UNCP". University of North Carolina at Pembroke. September 29, 2008. http://www.uncp.edu/uncp/about/quick_facts.htm.  
  13. ^ "University of North Carolina at Pembroke". University of North Carolina at Pembroke. August 21, 2007. http://www.uncp.edu/admissions/faq/faq_list.asp?iSectionID=1&iGroupID=101&iQuestionID=172.  
  14. ^ "UNC Pembroke > About UNCP". University of North Carolina at Pembroke. September 29, 2008. http://www.uncp.edu/uncp/about/quick_facts.htm.  
  15. ^ a b www.uncp.edu
  16. ^ "University Newswire at UNC Pembroke". University of North Carolina at Pembroke. August 22, 2007. http://www.uncp.edu/news/2007/us_news_rankings.htm.  
  17. ^ "Regional Guide to Colleges on the Princeton Review". The Princeton Review. August 22, 2007. http://www.princetonreview.com/college/research/regional/.  
  18. ^ "Office of Student Life > Student Organizations". University of North Carolina at Pembroke. August 23, 2007. http://www.uncp.edu/life/orgs/.  
  19. ^ "UNC Pembroke > About UNCP". University of North Carolina at Pembroke. August 23, 2007. http://www.uncp.edu/uncp/about/traditions.htm.  
  20. ^ "UNC Pembroke > About UNCP". University of North Carolina at Pembroke. August 23, 2007. http://www.uncp.edu/uncp/about/traditions.htm.  
  21. ^ "UNC Pembroke > About UNCP". University of North Carolina at Pembroke. September 29, 2008. http://www.uncp.edu/uncp/about/traditions.htm.  
  22. ^ "About Eric B. Dent, Ph.D.". University of North Carolina at Pembroke. August 23, 2007. http://www.uncp.edu/home/dente/.  
  23. ^ www.shelbystephenson.com

External links

Coordinates: 34°41′15″N 79°12′07″W / 34.68760°N 79.20200°W / 34.68760; -79.20200


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