A friend of a friend-UNCP-Yifei Dai-November 12

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 November 12, 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.

The past ten days professionally have been personally taxing. This post is going to be short and too the point. Our university lost a student and it has been a tough dilemma to deal with.

On October 30 UNC Pembroke student Yifei “Nancy” Dai died in a car wreck on I-95 and NC 87 in Fayetteville, NC.  She was from China and her parents were 6000 miles away when they were notified. Nancy had only been at UNCP for three months and was part of a cohort that was at UNCP to study  English as a second language. I didn’t know her until after she died. I and many others at UNCP have learned a lot about her after she passed.

The past ten days were filled with all kinds of language, logistical, psychological, emotional, legal, and bureaucratic challenges. Today her family returns back to China but not after teaching us a lot about forgiveness and strength. How they dealt with the loss of a only child will stay with me the rest of my life.

The past ten days reminded me how precious every day is. The past ten days reinforced how blessed I am to be on a leadership team at UNCP that includes lots of people with many different strengths and talents. When you get all of those people working together on a common purpose or mission amazing energy comes out of the entire group. Nancy’s death reinforced to all of us the power of a team caring about others.

Today’s post is a tribute to all that assisted with trying to help us as a university serve the family of Yifei “Nancy” Dai. Over the past ten days each of us learned a lot not only about Nancy but what makes us special.

The Friend-YIFEI “Nancy” DAI


The Friend of the Friend -UNCP Leaders

A simple list of people to thank.

Travis Bryant

Jessica Hall

Qi “Larry” Liu

Mark Milewicz

Joshua Malcolm

Cora Bullard

Lisa Schaeffer

Cynthia Oxendine

Robin Cummings

Marla Locklear

Derrick Locklear

Heather Bennett

Mike Severy

Willis Glassgow

Mc Duffie Cummings

Kim Locklear

Teresa Bryant

Joanna Warner

MJ Raleigh

Chunmei  “May” Yao

Guo Wei

Nami Montgomery

Amanda Goforth

Scott Billingsley

Cammie Hunt

To each of you thanks for allowing me the privelage to be on the same team with you during a tough time.


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