One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for June 5, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
Teams are made up of lots of different people and each one has a role if the team wasn’t to be successful or be of championship caliber. Universities that want to be distinctive have to offer programs or provide student experiences that you will not find on every campus. One of my friends has demonstrated over the last 25 years that she performs her role exceptionally well on the campus of UNC Pembroke. Her name is Susan Edkins and she serves as Athletic Training Coordinator.
Susan came to UNC Pembroke in the early 1990’s to serve as our only Athletic Trainer. Much has changed and improved over the last twenty-five years and Susan deserves the lion share of the credit for that. She has held a number of leadership positions at UNC Pembroke but has made her most significant contributions to our university for her professionalism and expertise in having UNC Pembroke gain accreditation for our Athletic Training program.
In addition to her university work as Athletic Training Coordinator she has served as the university’s Senior Woman Administrator (SWA), she has been involved with Athletic Compliance, she has been a faculty senate senator and served on that body’s executive committee, and she been recognized multiple times as a MVP faculty member by student athletes.
In 2007 the Athletic Training Education Program at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke was notified that it has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program produced six graduates in May 2007 and has continued to graduate young men and women who after taking their national certification examinations move into the job market. The market for certified athletic trainers is diverse, including work in high school, collegiate and professional sports as well as in industry, military and medical settings, such as physician’s offices and sports medicine clinics. Susan has seen a number of UNC Pembroke graduate go on and have success.
Susan is not just a consummate professional in the workplace she is also a mom, wife, and special friend to a lot of people. She and her husband Brian Edkins who is a former soccer stalwart at UNC Pembroke and principal at South View High School.
Brian and Susan have three sons. Brian job as a principal is very demanding and Susan keeps the family organized.
(l-r) Susan, Hunter, Caleb, and Brian Edkins-2010
If you want to see someone multi-task well look at Susan Edkins. Her weekly calendar is all full with three boys still in school.
Their three boys Caleb, Hunter, and Landon are all active, intelligent, and sports minded children.
(l-r) Hunter, Caleb, and Landon
Susan will tell you that she has a lot of help in running the athletic training program and making it shine especially from her friend and Athletic Training Clinical Coordinator Beverly Justice.
The Friend-SUSAN EDKINS
The Friend-BEVERLY JUSTICE
Beverly Justice has a long relationship with UNC Pembroke. It all began when she enrolled at Pembroke in the 1980’s as a student. Beverly was from Columbus County, NC and quickly became a standout athlete at UNC Pembroke which at the time was known as Pembroke State. She graduated and went on to attend graduate school at Western Michigan University.
After Beverly graduated she came back to Pembroke in 1995 and began a career that included a number of roles. She has been a Lecturer, Assistant Coach, Head Volleyball Coach, and today she is the Athletic Training Clinical Coordinator.
At UNC Pembroke students apply for admission to the Athletic Training Education Program in the fall of their sophomore year. Admission is competitive with eight prerequisites, a GPA requirement and 50 hours of observation. The Athletic Training Education Program is a five semester, 120-hour program with a requirement of 900 clinical hours. It is the 900 clinical hours that involves Beverly’s leadership. She has to make sure the students are placed in an environment that will expose them to the job requirements they will need when the become licensed and certified as an Athletic Trainer.
Beverly like Susan is very involved in other leadership roles at the university and in the community. She is currently serving in a leadership role on the faculty at UNC Pembroke chairing the Governance Committee.
Beverly is also someone who has a love of nature, animals, and likes to stay active.
A team needs to have individuals on it who perform their role well. Sometimes the spotlight doesn’t always shine on them. At UNC Pembroke I am happy to say that two good friends and strong leaders Susan Edkins and Beverly Justice are leading our Athletic Training program.