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 August 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.
Most morning I get to work before 6:45 a.m. As I drive into campus I get to see a lot of early risers doing a morning run or walk. I often see Bryan Maynor who works at Lumbee Guaranty Bank finishing up some training run he is doing for an upcoming Ironman Triathlon. I also see Al Conner walking on campus. Al Conner is married to a special lady that has a long history at UNCP. Her name is Dr. Linda Oxendine.
The past two months I and others at UNCP have helped our new chancellor transition into his new role. We have spent lots time with the book Hail to UNCP which was written by Lawrence Locklear, David Eliades, and Linda Oxendine. Seeing Al and reading that book made me think about all the wonderful contributions Linda has made to UNC Pembroke and the Lumbee people.
Linda lives in Pembroke directly across the street from the university. Her American Indian tribal affiliation is Lumbee and she is a professor emeritus at UNC Pembroke. At UNCP she served as director and curator of The Museum of Southeast American Indians from 1982 to 1986 and chaired the department of American Indian Studies from 1989 to 2006. Linda earned her B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill, her M.Ed. from Penn State, and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She has received numerous awards for her work in education, including the Advancement of Education Service Award from the Lumbee Regional Development Association, the Education Service Award from the United Tribes of North Carolina, and the Outstanding Teaching Award from the UNC at Pembroke.
Linda like all leaders has done more than her fair share of service. Some of her professional involvements have included serving on the advisory board of the NC Museum of History, the Board of the Museum of the Carolinas, the board of directors for the Museum of the Cape Fear, the Board of Directors, for the Ojibwe Mekana (Duluth, MN), and the North Carolina Humanities Council (1989-1995). Linda has also served as a scholar with the Teachers Institute.
Linda ties to UNCP go back further than just being an esteemed faculty member. Her dad was Herbert G. Oxendine who the Science Building on Pembroke campus is named after.
The Friend-LINDA OXENDINE
The Friend of the Friend-HERBERT G OXENDINE
The Oxendine Family Legacy
When you get to the campus of UNC Pembroke as you approach from the east you see a gigantic marquee and a maginificant building on the corner of NC 711 and Prospect Road. The building is the Herbert G Oxendine Science Building.
This building was constructed in 1967, and named for Dr. Herbert G Oxendine in 1973. Herbert was the former dean of faculty and head of the Education Department at UNCP. He worked at many jobs at the University from 1953 to 1966, until he died way to young at the age of 53.
Picture of Herbert G Oxendine Science Building on campus of UNC Pembroke
Linda Oxendine grew up on the campus of UNCP. When you listen to Linda tell stories about our university she weaves in bits and pieces about her dad. She would tell you that he loved every part of Pembroke and was always optimistic about what its potential was. He was visionary in that he knew that the university had the capability of changing lives thru education.
Dr. Herbert Oxendine was the first Lumbee Indian to get a doctorate, and he encouraged others to continue their education. One of the people he encouraged was a young Joseph B. Oxendine, who would become chancellor of UNCP.
In 2004 the Oxendine building after 37 years got a facelift. The construction and renovations caused some temporary discomfort. Classrooms, labs and offices for three academic departments – Mathematics and Computer Science, Biology and Chemistry and Physics – were housed for a year in modular units on the north side of campus near the Dial Building got to returned just before the start of classes in August 2004.
When the building was dedicated Linda got to speak about her dad. I am sure her dad would have been proud to hear his daughter with a Ph.D talk about the school’s history. Herbert G Oxendine and Linda Oxendine are part of that history.