TODAY NoRTh CaRolINa agRICulTuRal aNd TEChNICal STaTE uNIvERSITy
with Generous Gifts
Bridges to Engineering Research Conference
IFAJS Nabs Tavis Smiley, Cornel West for
"Barbara" Bell Jones ’47 is role model for
TODAY North Carolina agricultural and Technical State university
2) Inside aggieland 18) IFaJS Nabs Tavis Smiley, Cornel West for Kerner Symposium
6) Campus Briefs 23) victory Club to launch Endowment Campaign
10) Research 29) homecoming Reunion Raises Funds for Band
20) aggie Sports
24) People Behind FEATURE ARTICLES
12) Major gifts Bolster a&T
26) aggies on the Move Alumni show Aggie Pride
28) In Memoriam
14) Measuring up
32) Mixed Bag Headline to come
16) Role Call
"Barbara" Bell Jones ’47 is role model
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical
for aspiring Aggies
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Peace Corps Recognizes N.C. A&T during Peace Corps Week
Centenarian Receives Human Rights Medal
A t age 100, george harrison evans, m.D., has
been a witness to and a catalyst for many changes
December 1934 to begin a medical practice that
flourished until his retirement in 1981. Before long,
i n February, the Peace Corps celebrated its 47th anniversary
during Peace Corps week, which commemorates the
establishment of the agency by President Kennedy in 1961.
Peace Corps with a capable and diverse group of volunteer
candidates. They represent the best of America as they apply
their education and skills as volunteers around the globe.”
that occurred in the 20th century. On Feb. 1, evans he had become an agent for change and diversity in As part of the annual Peace Corps week celebrations, Peace henry mcKoy is a former presidentially-appointed
was presented the 2008 north Carolina Agricultural the city. Corps Africa regional Director and north Carolina A&T member of the African Development Foundation, which
and Technical State university human rights medal evans served on the l. richardson memorial State university graduate, henry mcKoy, recognized the is the principal agency of the u.S. government to support
for his role in upholding human rights. hospital Board of Trustees (1935-1957) and as chief many contributions the university has made to Africa. in 1995, henry was elected to the state
Born may 18, 1907, in milan, Tenn., evans of staff (1950-51). notably, he served on the medical Peace Corps. senate in north Carolina and served on the
experienced Jim Crow firsthand and realized at an early staff at l. richardson the entire 47 years of his medical During the ceremony, n.C. appropriations and budget committees. he is
age that education would provide access to the kind practice. A&T student Courtney Owens, a graduate of north Carolina A&T State
of freedom he and other Americans envisioned. evans One of evans’ first civic duties was in the late who is currently an agriculture university with a bachelor’s degree in
earned his undergraduate degree from roger williams 1940s when mayor Benjamin Cone appointed him to volunteer in Burkina Faso, political science and a master’s degree
university in nashville, Tenn., and completed post- serve on the greensboro housing Authority. evans shared her experiences. Owens in history education. he is also a u.S.
graduate study at Polyclinic hospital in new York City was instrumental in naming the morningside homes is participating in the Peace Army veteran (1969-1971).
before entering meharry medical College. he received development. in the early 1960s, during the struggle Corps’ masters international The Peace Corps is celebrating
hospital training at City hospital #2 in St. louis, mo., for desegregation, he was selected by mayor David program, which offers the unique a 47-year legacy of service at home and
and did further training in OB-gYn at Schenck to serve on the mayor’s Special Committee opportunity to combine Peace abroad. Currently there are over 8,000
Polyclinic hospital in new York. on human relations. his contributions as chairman Corps service with a master’s degree volunteers abroad, a 37-year high for
Dr. evans and his earned credit for furthering community harmony and program. volunteers in the field. Since 1961, more
wife marguerite moved to understanding. he later served on the governor’s with three alumni currently serving than 190,000 volunteers have helped promote
greensboro, n.C., in Commission on human relations. as Peace Corps Volunteers, A&T is among a better understanding between Americans and the
evans also served on the greensboro City Board the top five hBCu producers of volunteers. in total, people of the 139 countries where volunteers have served.
of education (1950-1960), Bennett College Board 21 alumni have served as Peace Corps Volunteers. Volunteers must be u.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age.
of Trustees, hayes-Taylor YmCA Board of Directors, Peace Corps Director ron Tschetter said, “historically Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.
greensboro Community health Service, greensboro Black Colleges and universities continue to provide the
American Cancer Society, and greensboro American
Among numerous tributes evans has received
are the meharry medical College President’s Award,
nAACP man of the Year, Old north State Doctor
of the Year, and The Battle of guilford
TrusTees NAme resiDeNce HAlls
Currently, evans is a member iN HONOr Of GreeNsbOrO/A&T fOur
of St. James Presbyterian Church,
greensboro men’s Club, Alpha Alexis Richmond, Lyndon Massenburg and Noell
Phi Alpha Fraternity and Beta Massenburg, grandchildren of the late David Richmond
epsilon Boule. Jr., are pictured in front of the residence facility in the
Aggie Quad that is named in honor of their grandfather.
On Feb. 1 – the 48th anniversary of the day N.C. A&T
students Ezell Blair Jr., Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil
George H. Evans, M.D., is the recipient and Richmond sat down at the segregated lunch counter
of the 2008 N.C. A&T Human Rights of Woolworth’s in downtown Greensboro, requested
Medal. Pictured with Evans is his wife service and refused to move – the A&T Board of Trustees
of 73 years, Marguerite.
announced the naming of each of the four residence
facilities in Aggie Quad in honor of the four alumni.
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INSIDE AGGIELAND A&T TO Offer meTeOrOlOGY DeGree
Guilford Education Leaders Team Up for “Cosby Kids” Program
north Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is making another
first with its new undergraduate degree program in atmospheric sciences
A major educational initiative named for educator/
entertainer Bill Cosby is the latest collaboration
between north Carolina A&T State university, guilford
The program is the second of its kind among historically black colleges
and universities in the United States and the first at an HBCU in the state.
Technical Community College and guilford County There are three other universities in the state of North Carolina that offer a similar
Schools. degree in meteorology: UNC-Asheville, UNC-Charlotte and N.C. State.
On Feb. 5, n.C. A&T Chancellor Stanley Battle, Beginning in the fall, the program will be available for enrollment through
gTCC President Don Cameron and gCS Superintendent the department of physics. A sampling of courses in the curriculum includes
Terry grier announced at a joint news conference plans atmospheric thermodynamics, weather systems, atmospheric physics and
for the new “Cosby Kids” at north Carolina A&T State synoptic meteorology.
university Program. The partnership is designed to Using the latest tools of modern technology, atmospheric scientists look
enhance the academic performance and related areas of for answer to important questions that protect the environment and saves lives.
African-American and hispanic students in the fourth, Atmospheric scientists and meteorologists have careers in atmospheric research,
sixth and eighth grades. teaching, weather forecasting and other kinds of applied meteorology.
The overall goal of the “Cosby Kids” program is N.C. A&T’s NOAA-Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology
to ensure that targeted children perform at grade level Cooperative Science Center (ISET-CSC) also will provide scholarships, tuition
or above in the areas of reading, math and science. support and stipends to qualified students in the range of $8,000-10,000 per year.
Funding will come from the partners in the form of actual Chancellor Stanley Battle (center) introduces the new “Cosby For more information about the program call the ISET Office at (336) 285-2336.
dollars and/or services offered for the children and their Kids” at N.C. A&T State University Program during a joint news
parents as well as from foundations, federal agencies and conference with (now former) GCS Superintendent Terry Grier
(left) and GTCC President Don Cameron.
fundraising efforts with Cosby.
A small project that will serve as the pilot for
“Cosby Kids” – The Stepping it up Program – was Kids” at n.C. A&T is based on previous educational
funded recently through a dropout prevention grant from research and a conceptual model that recognizes that
the north Carolina Department of Public instruction. children do not develop in isolation, but they flourish in
Stepping it up is a collaborative effort involving A&T, the context of their peers, families, teachers, schools and
the Black Child Development institute of greensboro the larger community.
and Kiser middle School designed to improve the “The program will use a multifaceted, holistic
academic performance and leadership skills of 30 eighth- approach that reaches out to students and their families
grade students at risk of dropping out of school. it will and teachers,” she explained. “Participating children will
include the following activities on A&T’s campus: a be paired with mentors from the community as well as
Summer Academy; a fall Saturday Academy; tutoring and from faculty, staff, students from A&T and gTCC.”
mentoring services, monitoring of academic performance An afterschool instructional curriculum will be
and attendance; and the creation of a step dance team to conducted at A&T with the curriculum designed to
perform in local and state venues. enhance basic skills – particularly in math, reading and
n.C. A&T, as one of America’s largest hBCus, plays writing – as specified in the state’s standard course of
an important role in reducing educational and health study. in addition, participating students will receive
disparities as well as the problems associated with these tutoring and workshops will be offered for parents to
disparities such as low educational achievement and poor obtain information about their children’s performance and
economic status. how parents can assist their children. Teachers also will
According to Dorothy C. Browne, special assistant to benefit from workshops specifically designed for them.
the chancellor for research and public health, director of For other details about The “Cosby Kids” at
the institute for Public health at n.C. A&T and author n.C. A&T Program, contact wendell Phillips at
of the proposal that will help fund the program, “Cosby (336) 334-7940.
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CAMPUS BRIEFS fAculTY & sTAff
n last fall, Elizabeth Barber, assistant Before assuming the positions at morgan, mission is to inform, develop and engage n anthony graham, assistant professor in network for entrepreneurship educators at all
professor in the leadership studies program, Browne was a tenured faculty member at The committed leaders by broadening their the department of curriculum and instruction, levels including professional practitioners,
Thomas Smith, assistant professor in the university of north Carolina at Chapel hill in understanding of issues facing the state of has co-authored a peer-reviewed article titled entrepreneurship researchers and government
department of curriculum and instruction, and the department of maternal and child health north Carolina. “reading Achievement, Suspensions, and policy makers.
doctoral students Jacqueline greenlee, Tonya where she is currently an adjunct professor. African American males in middle School,”
hargett and vanessa duren-Winfield presented Other positions include visiting faculty member n Eric a. Cheek, assistant vice chancellor which appears in the Middle Grades Research n Judy Rashid, dean of students, has been
their collaboratively-authored works at the at Duke university, interim executive director for academic affairs and director of summer Journal (Vol. 2, no. 2, Fall 2007). invited to serve as a founding member of
Seventh Annual international Conference on of the roxbury medical and Dental health sessions and outreach, was elected Southern the board of directors for the Association
Service-learning in Tampa, Fla. The group Center in Boston, assistant to the dean of the region vice president of the north American n Cathy Kea, professor of special education of Student Judicial Affairs Foundation, the
presented posters and two papers – “Building harvard School of Public health, and advocacy Association of Summer Sessions (nAASS) in the department of curriculum and premier international organization in higher
Capacity for Change Agent leadership,” and consultant for the family development study at at the 44th Annual Conference in maui, instruction, has been appointed to the Council education for student judicial affairs. rashid
“Children, AiDS and Photovoice” – based on Children’s hospital medical Center in Boston. hawai’i. The association’s purpose is to on educational Services for exceptional has served in several national leadership
their summer 2007 research in malawi, Central Browne has many state and national promote summer sessions in higher education, Children, which serves as an advisory capacities within the organization including
Africa. community/professional affiliations, develop quality summer programs and council to the north Carolina State Board of the first members Council representative for
consultancies, commendations and honors, as academic standards, and to exchange ideas and education. The Council’s primary purpose is to Senior Student Affairs Officers and subsequent
n dorothy C. Browne has been named director well as numerous publications in the areas of information among the membership. ensure that statewide children with disabilities conference chair for the SSAO national
of the institute for Public health. Browne is an maternal and child health, drug use, violence have their special needs met. conference program track.
experienced professor, scientist and researcher, and health disparities. She received her n Tracey d. Ford is director of the Center
having been awarded numerous grants undergraduate degree from Bennett College, for Academic excellence. Formerly The n Thaddeus McEwen, professor in the n Miriam l. Wagner, director of geAr
amounting to millions of dollars for research m.S.w. degree from the School of Social work Center for Student Success, the Center for department of business administration (School uP, Simon Whittaker, assistant professor in
and interventions in the areas of violence, at the university of Pittsburgh, and m.P.h. and Academic excellence provides advising of Business and economics) and director of the the curriculum and instruction department
early sexual behavior, drugs, and health D.P.h. degrees from harvard university School and academic support services for freshmen. interdisciplinary Center for entrepreneurship (School of education), and Tyra N. Whittaker,
disparities related to drugs (e.g. hiV/AiDS). of Public health. Ford comes to A&T from the university of and e-Business (iCeeB), has been associate professor in the human development
She also served as the director of the nih- georgia (Athens), where she most recently elected chair of the minority and women and services department (School of
funded Prevention Sciences research Center n goldie S. Byrd, chair of the biology served as assistant director of the African entrepreneurship Division/interest group education), presented “using Technology to
at morgan State university, interim associate department, was selected to participate in the American Cultural Center. Ford earned of the united States Association for Small interest At-risk Students in Science” at the
dean of research at morgan State School of 2007 leadership north Carolina Program. The her undergraduate degree in biology from Business and entrepreneurship (uSASBe). Sixth international Conference on education
Public health and Policy (now known as the program is aimed toward persons who have norfolk State university, her master’s degree mcewen previously served as vice president- that was held in hawai’i. wagner also served
School of Community health and Policy), and demonstrated community and professional in genetics from howard university, and elect and program chair for the division. An as a reviewer for the conference.
co-director of the morgan-hopkins Center for leadership experiences and is held during a her doctorate in higher education from the affiliate of the international Council on
health Disparities Solutions. series of sessions, Oct. 2007-may 2008. its university of georgia. Small Business, uSASBe is the premier
Barber Browne Byrd Cheek Ford Graham Kea McEwen Rashid Smith Wagner S. Whittaker T. Whittaker
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CAMPUS BRIEFS sTuDeNTs
n Spencer humphrey made his debut n Five n.C. A&T honor students competed in n Three teams of north Carolina A&T ochoa, Maurice McKoy (leader), Shavon flexoraphic printing (four-color process); leke
on BeT’s “College hill: intern.” The the Second Annual Black College Quiz Bowl in students defended their ideas on how to keep Moore and Tierra Jones. each received a $25 Fonge, “like mike,” screen printing (two
show took 10 young men and women Chicago. Walid adams, senior history major from the campus green at the Third lloyd Trotter American express gift Card, a plaque and a or more spot colors, non-textile); and Terry
and allowed them the opportunity to greensboro, n.C.; Rashawnda daniels, senior ecomagination Competition sponsored by ge giveaway bag. gordon, “Batter up,” screen printing (one
show forth their business savvy and elementary education major from Portsmouth, general electric (ge). The competition was Competition founder lloyd Trotter color, non-textile).
interpersonal skills, seeing if they Va.; lyonel dominick Pittman, senior history held on campus. received an honorary doctorate in 2006 from Four students won a Special Judges
had what it took to make it in their major from Fayetteville, n.C.; Jasmine C. Team eXCel was the first place winner. A&T. he is chairman of ge and vice president Award: Josette Casterlow, “Street life,”
respective industry. Ryant, sophomore chemical engineering major Team members included Edward Johnson and CeO of ge industrial. Brandon d. Ball screen printing (two or more spot colors,
humphrey, known on the from Orangeburg, S.C., and Christopher Ware, (leader), lawrence locke, Joey Marsh, osco ’06, an industrial and systems engineer for non-textile); leke Fonge, “TaToo,” screen
show only as “Spencer,” is a 20-year-old from sophomore physics major from Baker, la. gardin and William gee. each team member hitachi nuclear energy in wilmington, n.C., printing (two or more spot colors, non-textile);
Jacksonville, n.C. he began the show as a junior at Sandrea T. Williamson, assistant director of the received a $500 Book Award, a $100 American served as master of ceremony. Jason Troxler, “Bling Bling,” offset printing
n.C. A&T. humphrey started the show as a good university honors Program, served as team coach. express gift Card, a plaque and a general (duotones, flat); and Natasha Wilson, “The
guy who needed to learn how to interact with his Black College Quiz Bowl is produced by electric giveaway bag. n nine graphic communication systems and King,” flexographic printing (four-color
peers, and he gained the reputation of being one Central City Productions (CCP) and was Team QS’ was the second place winner technological studies printing and publishing process).
who stands up for what he believes and continued sponsored in part by State Farm and consisting of demetrius Samuel, Rikki vinson students were honored by the Printing industry Two students won an Award of
learning more about himself and his cast mates as mcDonalds. The half-hour game show aired in (leader), Ngozi opara, Brandee Reed and of the Carolinas at grandover resort in excellence: darius Cobb, “A&T Dog,”
the season progressed. syndication in February. Participants answered Jonathan Eli alford. each received a $250 greensboro, Jan. 19. flexographic printing (four-color process), and
As the show wrapped its series, humphrey’s questions on black history from The History Makers, Book Award, a $50 American express gift Four students won Best of Category alanna Wise, “Afrikan American Festival,”
team won the last challenge. he won the most a website that archives biographies of African Card, a plaque and a ge giveaway bag. honors: Jonathan allred, “Duotone flexographic printing (four-color process).
improved intern award and was praised for his Americans who have contributed to history in Team Twenty-eleven came in third place. – Classmates,” offset printing (duotones, flat);
overall growth and maturity. a significant way. members included Jordan ortiz, Kenneth grafton Boone, “A&T – we Drive Success,”
N.C. A&T senior Derrick Beasley Participants in
(sociology), former CNN the Lloyd Trotter
anchor Bernard Shaw and A&T MicroMagination
junior Jennifer Dean (mass Competition sponsored
communications) in Washington, by General Electric
D.C., last November. Beasley and include Brandee Reed,
Dean served as staff assistants finance major; Jennifer
for roundtable discussions on the McGhee, research
nation’s response to the Kerner and development
Commission Report. In 1968, a financial analyst for
panel created by U.S. President General Electric-Global;
Lyndon B. Johnson to assess alumnus Brandon
the causes of a rash of race riots Ball ’06, master of
concluded that “our nation is ceremony; Demetrius
headed toward two societies, Samuel, ISE major,
one black, one white – separate and Maurice McKoy,
and unequal.” Read more on the transportation major.
Kerner Commission on page 18.
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RESEARCH AG reseArcH lANDs THree New usDA GrANTs
Three researchers in the School of Agriculture
and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina
Agricultural and Technical State University are
By Laurie Gengenbach/SAES, Photos courtesy of SAES
in the food and nutritional sciences program,
has received $198,000 to develop new college
courses and a childhood nutritional education
other leafy greens safe from E.coli and other
anthony yeboah, chair of the department
recipients of grants from the United States program aimed at curbing overweight and of agribusiness, applied economics and
Department of Agriculture. obesity in preschoolers by encouraging them agriscience education, received $136,000 to
Two of the projects are related to fruits to eat diets rich in fruits and vegetables. improve global education and study abroad
and vegetables research, and they will be Nationwide, approximately 14 percent of opportunities for students, which A&T has
conducted in collaboration with N.C. A&T’s children ages 2-5 are overweight or obese. identified as crucial to preparing students for
new Center of Excellence for Post Harvest Ipek goktepe, assistant professor in the a global economy.
Technologies at the new North Carolina food and nutritional sciences program, has For additional information, contact
Research Campus in Kannapolis. received $255,000 to research a new packaging Laurie A. Gengenbach at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mohamed ahmedna, associate professor technology that could make fresh spinach and or (336) 334-7048.
College of Engineering
Dean Joseph Monroe
presents a gift to Mary
Juhas, program director
of diversity and outreach
for the National Science
courtesy of the Division of
Research and Economic
Development ) Ahmedna Foushe Franks Goktepe Kanipes Martin White Yeboah
A&T receiVes scieNce reseArcH PrOGrAm AwArD
eNGiNeeriNG HOsTs reseArcH cONfereNce By Shena Crittendon/DORED
n orth Carolina A&T State university is one of 14 colleges
and universities selected to receive an award from the merck/
AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
and “Analysis of lipooligosaccharide in the Foodborne Pathogen,
Campylobacter coli” (Drs. Kanipes and white).
The merck/AAAS undergraduate Science research Program
The College of Engineering hosted its first Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) constitute Areas covered during the conference
undergraduate Science research Program. is a competitive program available in all 50 states, the District of
Bridges to Engineering Research Conference- only 15 percent of colleges and universities included human capital for engineering
Totaling $60,000, the award will be paid over three years. Columbia and Puerto rico. up to 15 awards are made annually.
2020, March 12-14, on campus. in the country, they graduate 30 percent of in 2020; research landscape at HBCUs;
n.C. A&T’s biology and chemistry departments will establish an launched in 2000 as a national competition, the 10-year,
Sponsored by the National Science all African-Americans who earn bachelor’s enhancing talent pool – student/faculty;
interdepartmental summer research program for undergraduate biology $9 million initiative is funded by merck institute for Science
Foundation, Bridges brought together over 150 degrees in engineering and nearly 50 percent of enhancing major universities’ collaboration
and chemistry majors. education (miSe) and administered by AAAS. The program is
engineering deans and faculty from universities African-American students who continue on to with HBCUs; and enhancing K-12 education
Principal investigator, doretha B. Foushee, associate professor open to institutions in the united States and Puerto rico that
across the country, including but not limited to graduate school. in science, technology, engineering and math
and graduate coordinator in the department of biology, and co- offer an American Chemical Society approved program in chemistry
the University of Southern California, University North Carolina A&T is first in the nation in disciplines.
principal investigator, Margaret I. Kanipes, associate professor in the and confer 10 or fewer graduate degrees annually in biology and
of Virginia, UNC-Charlotte and Duke University. producing African-Americans with bachelor’s “This (conference was) a great opportunity
department of chemistry, solicited the participation of three assistant chemistry combined.
The conference focused on stating the research degrees in engineering, second in producing for us to showcase the outstanding research
professors – Catherine White and Patrick Martin from the department miSe was established in 1993 to improve science education in
challenges in engineering for the next two African-American master’s degrees in we’re doing at A&T and form meaningful
of biology, and marion Franks, department of chemistry – to develop the public schools. now expanded to include college and graduate-
decades and highlighting opportunities for engineering, second in the number of tenured partnerships with other institutions,” said
the winning proposal. level education, miSe works to build capacity in the biomedical
collaboration and partnerships among these track African-American faculty members, and Joseph Monroe, dean of engineering at North
The program will include three research teams, each composed of sciences through partnerships with education institutions.
diverse universities in areas of emerging fifth in the percentage of engineering degrees Carolina A&T State University.
a biology and chemistry faculty member and a biology and chemistry Founded in 1848, the American Association for the
engineering research. awarded to women. For additional information, visit the
student, that will work on research projects designed to enhance the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general
Forming partnerships between majority “HBCUs are often seen as not being able Bridges to Engineering website, www.eng.
biology student’s knowledge of the language of the chemist and the scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science, the largest
and minority institutions is an essential to produce the same caliber of research as ncat.edu/event/nsf2008/nsf2008.htm, or
chemistry student’s knowledge of the language of the biologist. paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the
outcome of the conference because while majority institutions,” said N. Radhakrishnan, contact Shena Crittendon at email@example.com
The three projects supported by this award are “examination world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. AAAS is
African-Americans represent 12 percent of the vice chancellor for research and economic or (336) 256-0860.
of the relationship between Karenia brevisand gram-negative open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve
United States’ population, they constitute fewer development at N.C. A&T. “Our goal is to show
Bacteria in Culture” (Drs. Foushee and Kanipes); “The Synthesis, society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs,
than 3 percent of scientists and engineers in others that not only do we produce quality
Characterization, and Apoptotic Activity of Chalcones on Du145 science education and more.
the country. And although Historically Black research, we excel in certain areas.”
and lnCaP Carcinoma Cell lines” (Drs. Franks and martin);
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bolster A&T By Joya Wesley
Adams-Ender Deese Garrett James King Stockton Zollar
A lthough graduates of
the N.C. A&T State
University’s School of Business
achieved success and chosen to
give back in a big way to their
alma mater, says Mark Kiel, vice
——–———— Q ——–————
“I still remember many
of the role of scholarships in their
own educational careers. He also has
clearly articulated the university’s
“This is magnanimous on their
part,” Kiel says of the major donors.
“This provides the same opportunity
to my formal education, and it
all happened at A&T,” she says. “I
sincerely believe that when we have
and Economics are among chancellor for development and pleasant moments needs. for A&T that somebody provided for achieved and accomplished much in
some of the most successful university relations. – my arrival at Holland Mack and Adams-Ender, from them.” life, we have a duty to help others
individuals in the nation, they “People who have attended Hall for freshman Arts and Sciences and Nursing, That’s true for King. and to serve others. This is my way of
aren’t the only Aggies able and North Carolina A&T have orientation, my first respectively, whose gifts honor “I’m convinced that I would not doing that.”
willing to contribute large sums received a good education and nursing experience at their parents as well as Enders’ late be where I am were it not for the King is glad to see so many of
for student scholarships. they have used it wisely,” says L. Richardson Hospital, husband, Dr. F. Heinz Ender, also opportunity to attend A&T,” he says. his fellow Aggies also stepping
However, B-school grads Kiel, whose A&T experience have a keen understanding of the “I think they opened up the doors forward to make major gifts.
participating in the
such as Willie Deese ’77, Donna includes faculty member and need, which extends beyond just for me and I think it was good for me “It suggests to me that there are
sit-ins at Woolworth’s
Scott James ’79, Dmitri Stockton department chair in the School A&T. when I was there and I should make a lot of us who can and will. I think
and arguing the Bible
’86 and Mitchell Martin ’75 of Business and Economics. “I give back to A&T because I it good for them now that I have we just need to be nudged,” he says,
have taken the lead recently “They’re more than willing to
with Jesse Jackson in
want the University to be able to gone. I think as African Americans telling a story about a fellow church
among Aggies making “major donate their time and their Sunday School." attract the best possible teaching we don’t spend enough time giving member who is a generous giver and
gifts,” totaling $25,000 or more. treasures to us.” talent that can speak English and back and leaving a legacy. I have the says he became one after the pastor
And then there are Tim It’s not without a small ClArA AdAms-EndEr understand our young men and ability and the desire to do that.” approached him and said, “We need.”
King ’76, Patricia Miller Zollar degree of pride that Kiel notes women, not be afraid of them, and King and his wife, who met at “There have been a lot of
’84 and honorary Aggie Bernie many of the latest Aggies to ——–———— Q ——–———— to correct them when they are wrong A&T, also have gifts to the university successful people who went to (A&T)
Milano. become major donors have and set the standards high both in their will: “It made both of us who who have the means to do what
But don’t overlook Janice been School of Business academically and character-wise,” we are,” he says of A&T. needs to be done,” King adds. “We
Bryant Howroyd and Royall and Economics alumni who for the students, but at the Mack says. Adams-Ender has a similar just need to get a lot better about
Mack Sr. ’69, alumni of the responded to a mini campaign same time he was about making “If it doesn’t happen we’re going fondness for her alma mater. asking.”
College of Arts and Sciences; spearheaded by Dean Quiester things better,” King says, noting to have two separate sets of African “I still remember many pleasant Kiel and his staff are asking,
Clara Adams-Ender ’61 and Craig. that Craig has succeeded in Americans,” he says, “and that moments – my arrival at Holland and they are grateful to all Aggies
Marilyn Thorne ’63 of the King, who is global vice doing so. “We need more separation is going to come along Hall for freshman orientation, who give back.
School of Nursing; Elijah Thorne president for procurement of people like him who have that the lines of income, education and my first nursing experience at L. “In general, A&T alumni are
’64, School of Technology; and Dow Chemical Co., says Craig attitude.” values. I want to do whatever I can Richardson Hospital, participating a generous bunch of people,” Kiel
James Garrett ’64, College of became the dean while he was a Craig has been successful in do to prevent that.” in the sit-ins at Woolworth’s and says. “They are willing to support
Engineering. student. impressing upon his graduates Making major gifts to create arguing the Bible with Jesse Jackson us because they know the value the
Aggies with diverse “I thought he had strong the importance of student scholarship funds closes the circle of in Sunday School. There were many university brings to its students.”
academic backgrounds have leadership skills and concern scholarships – reminding them Aggie Pride. moments like these that contributed
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At the same time In a model of university- while they take those courses and they
that the field of land professional cooperation, College want to continue to work,” Fersner
of Engineering Dean Joseph Monroe says. “They have families and they’re
surveying is exploding began the process of creating the new not looking to move.”
with new technology degree program at the request of the Surveyors with four-year degrees
By Joya Wesley and new opportunities, N.C. Society of Surveyors.
“The surveyors were responding
can get fully licensed in a much shorter
time period than those with two-year
the number of people to a definite shortage,” Fersner says. degrees or only high school diplomas.
qualified to take “The traditional land surveyors are Swelling the ranks of licensed
retiring at a much faster rate than professionals is the name of the game
advantage of those new surveyors are coming into the for A&T and for the NCSS, which has
opportunities has profession.” stayed closely involved with developing
been dwindling. In addition, students entering
the field without going to college were
and supporting the program.
“This program is blessed because
Just in time, North Carolina having difficulty passing the state they are 100 percent behind us
A&T State University’s College of licensure exam. To become licensed, and they have offered support and
Engineering has begun reversing that surveyors must pass two eight-hour scholarships to my students,” Fersner
downward trend with its new bachelor exams, much like the “professional says, adding that the program has
of science degree in geomatics engineer” certification process. enjoyed similar support from another
engineering, which puts students on “The pass rate was abysmal,” professional association, the American
a fast track to state licensure. Fersner says, noting that changes have Society for Photogrammetry and
Launched in the fall semester made the first exam more knowledge- Remote Sensing, the imaging and
of 2006, the program covers land based than practice-based. geospacial information society.
surveying and aerial photography. This meant the test required “The outreach from the wider
“This broad term of geomatics has knowledge of such subjects as community of surveyors has been
been used for years in Europe and is calculus, physics, dynamics, statics wonderful. That makes us want to grow
just taking hold in the United States,” and materials – things you learn in the program and make sure to give
says Peggy Fersner, PE, coordinator college. them what they want.”
of the program and a member of the “The people who are not going to The degree of support the
faculty since 1993. a two-year or four-year program, are program enjoys was evident in
Much more than the name has not passing,” she says. “Technology Fersner’s experience forming an
changed. has sort of driven what has occurred.” advisory board. The number of people
“Prior to 15 or 20 years ago, the The A&T program, which has interested in serving quickly grew to an
practice of surveying had not changed about 30 students enrolled, makes it unwieldy 20 or 21 people.
much,” Fersner says. “With technology easy for people in two-year community As she scrambled to find a room
and your global positioning units college programs to upgrade. big enough for the first meeting, some
and global information systems, the “With a few tweaks (to your colleagues said, “Don’t worry, they
amount of knowledge that you need community college coursework),” won’t all show up.” But she knew this
to stay current is just expanding. It’s Fersner says, “you can come to advisory board would be different.
out there. A&T and in 2½ years, get your A&T “We had every person but one
“Surveyors are charged with bachelor’s degree.” show up, and that one … emailed
anything that requires measurement; The program also has a distance me in advance of the meeting,”
measurements are all tied to learning component, with all of the Fersner says.
technology. New surveyors have to junior and senior geomatics courses “The support of the profession
interact with new technology. Because being offered online so students don’t that this program has received is
of technology, we’ve gone to a have to physically come to A&T. phenomenal. Absolutely phenomenal.”
surveyor now who can do just about “A lot of the people who take the
anything they want. It’s becoming two-year community college program
very broad.” are usually local. They normally work
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give back, bridge gaps and be a part of the The distinguished educator served in twins were among her recruits.
process for change.” many leadership roles including treasurer and “When graduating from the North
Smith-Freshwater adds, ”Since the secretary of the North Carolina Association Carolina School of Science and Math, with the
moment we met, I have always admired of Classroom Teachers, vice president and opportunity to attend top ranked universities
Mrs. Jones for her passion and inspiring president of the North Carolina Council for in the country, Mrs. Jones challenged me to
commitment to educating youth.” Social Studies as well as member of the board attend the top of her list, her alma mater A&T,”
The youngest of 10 children, Jones grew of directors. said Smith-Freshwater.
up on a farm in Jackson, N.C. Education was Her dedication to education didn’t go “The most important aspect of my A&T
always stressed in her household, where the unnoticed; she received numerous honors experience was being fashioned with a strong
family farmed and operated several businesses including the Smith Reynolds Scholarship foundation that has enabled me to succeed
including a cotton gin, saw mill, truck line and Award in Economic Education (1964), both in industry and academia.”
grocery store. Governor James B. Hunt School of Volunteer Jones also recruited family members.
“I loved growing up in a rural Program Award (1982) and the Northampton Over 30 of her relatives have attended A&T.
community where my family earned a good County Teacher of the Year (1983). “Since my childhood, I have been Aggie
AlumnA “BArBArA” Bell Jones ’47 is A role model for Aspiring Aggies.
living,” Jones said. bred by my mother, an A&T alumna, and
“My parents were the dominant influence my Aunt Barbara Bell Jones. From being a
in my life, instilling in me a strict moral contestant in the Little Mr. and Ms. Halifax-
code of ethics, a spiritual belief in the divine Northampton A&T Alumni Pageant and going
and a desire for knowledge, wisdom and to Aggie Nites, to attending homecomings
understanding.” and spending time on campus,” says freshman
Dabbling in the family businesses would Wayne Kimball Jr.
prove to be quite a learning experience for Jones’ nephew, Corey Caldwell graduated
Jones who would later apply the skills she from A&T in 2007 with a degree in chemistry
acquired to college and teaching. and is currently attending dental school at the
She made the decision to enroll at A&T University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
By Nettie Collins Rowland ’72 based on strong recommendations from two “When I think about my Aunt Barbara,
of her siblings. I think about two things, A&T and AKA,”
Molding the minds of young powerhouse of enthusiasm, potential regardless of their physical, mental “I visited my brother Louis and sister he said.
motivation and tenacity is how or emotional limitations,” she said. Alice who were attending A&T, was impressed Throughout the years, A&T has
people has been Betty "Barbara"
Rodney L. Boone portrays his high Other former students of Jones agree with what I saw, and decided to follow in their recognized Jones for her contributions to
Bell Jones’ quest throughout
school teacher. with Boone when it comes to their committed footsteps.” the university. She was selected as one of
her life, and it is evident in the “She is no ordinary teacher but an teacher. Jones became grounded in Aggieland the 100 Aggie Achievers for the Centennial
success of her students that she exceptional educator,” the former A&T SGA “Mrs. Jones was persistent and very her freshman year when Kappa Alpha Psi Celebration (1991), the recipient of the
has accomplished her mission. president (1993-94) said. “Just as Harriett involved in the lives of her students,” said Fraternity ranked her among the top 25 National Association for Equal Opportunities
Tubman helped to free many, Mrs. Betty Debbie Kay Wright, chief counsel for Kraft freshmen. in Higher Education Distinguished Alumni
"Barbara" Bell Jones has freed many children Foods in Northfield, Ill. “She took great care “I was near the top of the list, and the Citation (1994) and recipient of the
in poverty by showing them the pathway to to pay attention to her students’ needs. She recognition gave me the spirit to know that Association’s Julia S. Brooks Achievement
maximize their potential.” was clear in her content and helped students I could excel,” said the Alpha Kappa Alpha Award (1997).
Boone, a middle school principal, uses make connections to a larger world, culturally Sorority Inc. and Drama Club member. Jacqueline Bell Pyatt, a vice principal who
the life lessons he learned from Jones in his and politically.” After graduation, Jones taught social While working in education, Jones found reigned as Miss A&T, applauds her aunt for
profession today. Twin sisters Rev. Dr. Erica Smith-Ingram studies at Bladen County Training School time to serve her alma mater. She credits her her commitment to A&T.
“She taught me to be compassionate to and Alicia Smith-Freshwater recall their days in Elizabethtown, N.C., for two years; sister-in-law, the late Izora Bagley, a former “My aunt (Barbara Bell Jones) is a role
others, love who you are, communicate what in Jones’ class. however, due to a family crisis her career was Miss A&T, with encouraging her to become model for the women of our family, her com-
you mean, make decisions now to positively “I remember her giving a lecture on the interrupted. active with the National Alumni Association. munity and for many others who knows her.”
impact your future, never let your past or electoral process in civics class one day, and “My father was dead and my mother’s At that time, Bagley served as director of Husband Jasper, a retired principal and
present determine your future and be the best she said something to me that had a profound health was declining, so I resigned from my the Midwest Region and often invited her to former interim school superintendent, drives
you can be,” he said. effect on my future goals,” said Smith Ingram, position and returned home to help manage attend meetings and take on an active role. his wife to all her A&T activities and is one of
A retired school teacher, Jones graduated who after 10 years in a successful engineering the family business.” Jones emulated her mentor, becoming her greatest supporters.
from A&T in 1947 with a degree in social career decided to teach and is currently Jones’ desire to continue her profession associate director of the Mideast Region in “A&T is in my heart,” Jones said. “We’ve
Jasper and “Barbara” Bell Jones studies. When it comes to teaching, this pursuing a Ph.D. “She reminded me that I never wavered and nearly 10 years later she 1995 and director of the Mideast Region, got to keep moving and keep our university in
outstanding guru is adamant about her views. should aspire to be the best engineer, politician, returned to teaching. She remained in the 2000-2005. Additionally, she served as the forefront, so that everybody will know that
“I strongly believe that all children should doctor, lawyer or whatever profession I could classroom for 32 years before retiring in 1992 recruitment chair for the Association and still we have a great university.”
have every available opportunity to reach their possibly be, but that I should never forget to from Northampton County High School-West. enlists students for A&T. Boone and the Smith
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Tavis smiley, Cornel WesT among
Speakers for iFaJs Kerner symposium
Radio/Tv host Tavis Smiley and author/educator/historian Cornel West federal initiatives directed at improving educational
launched the “Kerner Plus 40: another look at and employment opportunities, public services, and
america’s Most Intractable Problem” symposium that housing in black urban neighborhoods, which were
was held Feb. 24-26 in aggieland. largely ignored by the Richard Nixon administration.
Co-sponsored by The Institute for advanced Smiley and West addressed the state of Black
Journalism Studies (IFaJS) at North Carolina america 40 years after the 1968 publication of the
agricultural and Technical State university and The Kerner Commission Report.
university of Pennsylvania, the symposium took an Smiley is the host of “Tavis Smiley” on PBS and
in-depth look at the Kerner Commission Report, a “The Tavis Smiley Show” on public radio. he is the
1968 document of a federal government commission first american to simultaneously host signature talk
appointed by President lyndon B. Johnson that shows on both public television and public radio. he
investigated urban riots in the united States. is the principle organizer of the State of the Black
The report was union address, an annual Black history Month event
released after seven that gathers influential thinkers and politicians from
months of investigation around the country.
by the National West is a professor of religion at Princeton
advisory Commission university and the author of numerous books
on Civil disorders including race matters and The African American
and took its name century. he is a former alphonse Fletcher Jr.
from the commission university Professor at harvard university, his alma
chairman, Illinois gov. mater, where he taught afro-american Studies and
otto Kerner. President Philosophy of Religion.
Johnson appointed the The IFaJS sent journalists back to some of the
commission on July 28, cities that were mentioned in the Kerner Report
1967, while rioting was to take a look at the current civil rights issues still
still underway in major affecting the minority communities. The result is a
cities. Johnson charged book of findings that was released at the conference.
the commission with The two-day workshops included local and
analyzing the specific national panelists including Pulitzer Prize winner
triggers for the riots, les Payne, Newsday; henry E. Frye Sr., retired N.C.
the deeper causes of the Supreme Court Chief Justice; Julius Chambers,
worsening racial climate attorney; Bennett College President Julianne
of the time, and potential Malveaux, and Rev. Nelson Johnson of Faith
remedies. Community Center in greensboro.
The commission Participants from the campus community
concluded that urban included professors Claude Barnes and James Steele,
violence reflected the department of political science and criminal justice;
profound frustration of Millicent Brown, of history; Robert davis, sociology
inner-city blacks and and social work; and Teresa J. Styles and gail
that racism was deeply Wiggins, journalism and mass communication. actor/
embedded in american director Tim Reid hosted a workshop on race relations
society. The report’s in hollywood.
most famous passage Former u.S. President William Clinton was the
warned that the united keynote speaker at The university of Pennsylvania
Left to right: Cornel States was “moving symposium.
West, Tavis Smiley and toward two societies, one black, one white – separate The 2008 hBCu Think Tank collaborated with the
DeWayne Wickham and unequal.” It further recommended sweeping IFaJS on this event.
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AGGIE SPORTS By Brian M. Holloway ’97
blAND eArNs firsT-TeAm HONOr
Cook, Taylor-James earn second-team honors
A lthough the north Carolina A&T women’s basketball team went from
second place to meAC regular-Season Champion, the postseason accolades
for the players did not change.
Amber Bland earned her second consecutive All-meAC first-team honor
when it was announced at the annual meAC Tournament Tip-Off Banquet. Also
for the second consecutive season, sophomore point guard Ta’wuana Cook and
junior forward Brittanie Taylor-James were named to the second team.
in addition, the Aggies placed a player on the meAC All-rookie team for
the second straight season as Jalessa Sams followed Cook’s 2006-07 spot for the
Bland will likely lead the Aggies in scoring for the second straight season. She
averages 15.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.8 steals per game. She ranks
in the top 15 in an astounding eight different statistical categories and leads the
meAC in 3-point field percentage (.402). nationally, her defense has helped the
Aggies to a no. 2 ranking in steals per game, and she ranks 31st nationally in steals.
Against howard on march 1, she exceeded the 1,000-point plateau with a
24-point performance, becoming the fastest Aggie to reach 1,000 career points
Left to right:
Bland, Cook and (57 games). She was named meAC Player of the week once.
Taylor-James “i learned this year what it means to sacrifice for the team in order to
accomplish team goals,” said Bland, who ranked 20th in the nation last season in
scoring at 19.6 points per game. “it would have been nice to have been recognized
as player of the year, but winning the tournament in my mind is more important.”
bibbs wiNs NiNTH cOAcH Of THe YeAr HONOr
w hen the story of north Carolina A&T women’s basketball coach Patricia Cage Bibbs’ coaching AGGies wiN “PAck THe HOuse cHAlleNGe”
career is completed, the one undeniable truth history can not ignore is her consistency of Jan. 26 game breaks attendance record for women’s basketball
excellence regardless of the women’s college basketball program she led.
Bibbs has rebuilt all three programs she has coached. She has won regular-season conference The 2007-2008 North Carolina A&T women’s basketball team is making record-
championships at all three programs she has coached. And on march 10, she remained consistent with yet breaking a habit this season.
another honor. The Aggies won the NCAA’s “Pack the House Challenge” for the Mid-Eastern
Bibbs was named meAC women’s Basketball Coach of the Year at the annual meAC Tip-Off Athletic Conference by drawing 3,813 fans to the Jan. 26 home game against
Banquet held at the north raleigh hilton. it was Bibbs’ ninth coach of the year honor in 23 years as a Winston-Salem State, a record for an A&T women’s basketball game.
head coach. She won seven SwAC Coach of the Year awards at grambling, and she won one meAC The Aggies beat WSSU 71-51.
Coach of the Year award at hampton. This year marked Bibbs’ first coach of the year honor in 10 years. In its inaugural year, “Pack the House Challenge” is an NCAA
“i would like to thank my daughter and my husband for bringing me back to the profession i love so marketing program designed to help grow the visibility of women’s college
much,’’ said Bibbs, who retired from coaching after the 2003-04 season at hampton, but returned in 2005- basketball. A&T was one of 198 women’s basketball programs to participate.
06 at the urging of her daughter Satin and her husband ezil. “if it had The Aggies athletics program will receive four NCAA Basketball camp chairs and four
not been for them i wouldn’t have gotten an opportunity to coach this Lady Aggies coach, Patricia NCAA Basketball coolers. NCAA also will make a $500 donation to a non-profit organization
Cage Bibbs, accepts the 2008
incredible group of ladies, and so i thank god i didn’t miss out on that.” of the coach’s choice on the school’s behalf. The Aggies finished 11-1 at home this season
MEAC Women’s Basketball
and are 27-8 at Corbett Sports Center under Coach Patricia Cage-Bibbs.
Coach of the Year award.
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AGGIE SPORTS continued
sOfTbAll TeAm wANTs TO imPrOVe uPON lAsT seAsON
n orth Carolina A&T’s softball team won 30 games last
season. The Aggies had the top batter and home run
hitter in the conference. They even had the best run scorer
leader in home runs in one season) and was tied with larson
for the rBi lead in the conference with 56.
meanwhile, Philpot won a school-record 18 games and
in the entire country. They made a remarkable run to the struck out 115 batters.
meAC championship game before falling short of winning Jones has brought in four more talented recruits in Victory club members give at the
the program’s first-ever conference title.
They did all of it with eight freshmen playing a vital
outfielder ryanne hill, infielder Antoinette Torres, junior
college transfer pitcher Zapora gaston and pitcher/infielder
following levels and, in return for
their gifts, receive the following perks:
Victory Club to Launch Endowment Campaign
role. So with all those wonderful, talented players returning, Jennifer luper. She also wanted to take some pressure off of By Joya Wesley
what is concerning n.C. A&T head coach mamie Jones? Philpot so she added to her rotation by brining in gaston and leadership Society - $1,000-$2,499
Jones has perhaps her strongest team in her 14-year
tenure with the Aggies. But with
luper. white, Bianca Alsobrook and Channing Statham will
continue to develop as pitchers and will be used more this
season in relief roles.
Right to purchase up to 6 season tickets
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w hen the best high school athletes
make their selections for college,
the members of the Victory Club booster
provide roughly five scholarships per
mcAlpin believes most Aggies
youthful success comes high expectations Two new assistants also were added. organization know how to make more of understand the key role athletics play in
the next season. Therefore, perhaps her earnest washington came in from Skinner Society - $2,500-$4,999 them choose A&T, but they need help the overall n.C. A&T experience.
biggest challenge other than winning grambling to free Jones to do more Right to purchase up to 8 season tickets from all Aggies. “generally, athletics are in most
games on the field this season, is keeping strategizing. She also brought back an Right to purchase up to 2 tailgate passes “To build a program, you’ve got to cases the front porch of the university’s
her young team focused on what needs to Aggie great in latronda Anderson – n.C. 4 hospitality tent passes attract good athletes. To attract good visibility,” he says. “That’s why it’s
happen in the now and not on what they A&T’s all-time strikeout leader – to work athletes, you must be able to give them important – from A&T’s history and
accomplished last season. with her numerous pitchers. aggie Pride Society - $5,000-$9,999 scholarships. You must give them a heritage in athletics, to its importance in
Right to purchase up to 10 season tickets good education,” says Phillip mcAlpin, the hBCu arena. we’ve always had stellar
“if i mention last year, i bring it up Jones’ final adjustment before the
Right to purchase up to 4 tailgate passes executive director. athletics and we’d like to bring this back
to discuss where we need to improve from season was at the catcher position. The
6 hospitality tent passes Toward that end, the Victory Club is up to where it was.”
2007,” said Jones. “But we need to get Aggies lost versatile player and catcher
past 2007. Being a young team we need Tabitha Veney to graduation. larson, launching a $1 million campaign to give Although the Victory Club is a
Blue & gold Society - $10,000 and up Aggie Athletics something it has long standalone non-profit entity, those who
to work on maturity, being consistent, who made just four errors at the first base
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working hard and perfecting our skills.” position last season, will move to catcher needed: an endowment for scholarships. give to the organization are listed as
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But it’s hard not to revel in what this season. That will leave the starting “The athletics department has no university donors and acknowledged each
20 hospitality tent passes
the Aggies achieved in 2007 with such first base job open for either Statham or endowment,” Phillip mcAlpin year in the Chancellor’s Report.
a young team. A year ago, the Aggies put up impressive Alsobrook. Third baseman Tangala Conover will back up says. “with the million-dollar “All the money that the Victory
For more information about becoming
offensive numbers not seen before in the programs history. larson at catcher. endowment fund, based on Club raises goes toward the university’s
a member of the Victory Club, contact
The Aggies led the conference in slugging percentage (.496), The Aggies have two seniors on the team in outfielders current rates of return and overall capital campaign,” mcAlpin says.
Phillip McAlpin at (336) 334-7600 or
runs scored (411), hits (536), rBis (334), home runs (56) Chaola Simmons and Sylvia Felder. Simmons enters her current costs of supporting “we target larger dollar donors – $1,000
firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit
and total bases (822). fourth season as the Aggies lead-off hitter. She has shown athletes at n.C. A&T State and above – as well as individuals and
nationally, the Aggies were third in the country in and played almost every game for Jones. Simmons has started university, that fund will corporations.”
runs; fifth in the country in batting average (.323); ninth 156 of the 157 games she has played as an Aggie. She has
in slugging percentage and 35th in home runs. Four of 99 career runs scored, she is a career .293 hitter and she has
the Aggies eight returning sophomores were All-meAC stolen 40 bases.
performers with shortstop Yahamma white and second Felder discovered some pop in her bat in 2007. She
baseman lillian Bullock making first team. recorded career best in every statistical category, including a
Jessie larson earned second team honors as a first career-best .282 batting average. She also hit her first career
baseman, and record-setting pitcher Sasha Philpot did the home run last season and had six doubles and five triples. But
same. white led the nation in runs per game (1.27) and was all of that happened last year.
first in the meAC in batting at .432. Bullock led the meAC “we can’t get distracted,” said Jones. “we have to set
in home runs with 17 (she also became the Aggies all-time goals and know what it is going take to obtain those goals.”
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PeoPle Behind the
studies. he later re-enlisted and was difference and had a direct impact on the GuiDeliNe TO esTAblisH AN
awarded a Purple heart for being injured lives of others,” ellis added. eNDOweD scHOlArsHiP AT NOrTH
in the Korean war. The family hopes to see more efforts cArOliNA A&T sTATe uNiVersiTY
Celessie was a first clarinet in made to financing the needs of the A&T
the band. She had played in her high marching machine and will continue an endowed scholarship strengthens the long-term
school band in Charlotte, which made their efforts of providing scholarships to financial underpinnings of North Carolina A&T State
the transition to the college band a lot deserving students. University. Endowed scholarships provide a base of
smoother. She was the first in her family “The band is an asset to this support for generations of students in perpetuity.
to attend college. university,” ellis continued. “we all get An endowment is a permanent fund – often
The two married in college, and great joy and excitement in their skills named in honor of an individual – that is created
AVerY-cOlliNs scHOlArsHiP suPPOrTs bAND members Celessie took a break from school to tend and performances. what we don’t see all for the purpose of leaving a legacy to current and
to her new family. She would later return the time is the practice …. They work future Aggie students. The principal, or corpus, of
Sisters Deloris Collins Chisley ’73 and Barbara Collins Ellis ’73 establish an endowed scholarship and earn a degree in home economics. hard and yet they still do not have the an endowment fund is never spent. Only annual
fund to honor their parents that will benefit students in the university’s marching band. Their marriage ended when walter money they need to be better.” earnings or a portion of annual earnings are awarded
returned to active duty; however, their Band Director Kenneth ruff said for scholarships. In this way an endowed scholarship
By Samantha V. Hargrove love and commitment to their children he is very thankful for the Avery-Collins provides annual income to be awarded to deserving
and to A&T lived on. That passion Scholarship endowment Fund. students forever.
m any have sat glued to the bleachers
in Aggie Stadium time and again
awaiting another stellar performance by the
The fund was established in 2000
in honor of the late walter henry
Collins ’50 and his former wife Celessie
to them to be a part of the Aggie marching
Chisley, along with her sisters ellis and
would later feed the same desire in their
daughters and countless Avery-Collins
relatives that would attend the university.
“every donation helps,” said Dr. ruff.
“hopefully by getting people to invest in
the band, students will be able to grow.
Typically, annual awards equal no more than
5 percent of the principal balance (depending
on investment performance). Thus, a $25,000
Blue and gold marching machine. From Avery Collins-Caldwell ’55, both members Adrienne Collins-ross ’76 (deceased), had in addition to homecoming Alumni giving really helps. scholarship would pay out $1,250 (5%) each year
the precision of the Cold Steel drum line or of the marching machine during their long planned to do something to pay tribute activities, Chisley also went to alumni “You all see the finished polished in the form of a scholarship. Annual earnings above
the familiar tunes played by the entire band, matriculation at n.C. A&T. to their parents as a way of supporting the meetings growing up. product, but a lot of work goes on behind the payout amount are reinvested in the principal
spectators are guaranteed a stunning show. According to daughter Deloris university, the band and its membership. “my parents were active alums. the scenes,” he added. “The A&T of the scholarship fund. This builds the principal of
it was for this reason that the Avery- Chisley ’73, both parents possessed an “(The fund) was put in place to both my father was the coordinator for his 50th marching Band members meet five days a the endowment fund over time, allowing for larger
Collins Scholarship endowment Fund was immense love and commitment to A&T acknowledge and recognize the significant class reunion,” she added. Chisley said it week and practice for 4-6 hours per night.” scholarship awards in future years.
formed. The scholarship gives deserving and to the band that once nurtured them. role that the n.C. A&T marching machine was during this weekend celebration that ellis and Chisley agree. Historical evidence proves tuition typically
played in the life of this university her father fell ill and days later died of “The Aggie marching machine is a increases! Reinvestment also serves as a hedge
and our family,” said Chisley, a complications. his death propelled their part of the DnA of A&T and should be against inflation.
board member and former president work. appropriately recognized and rewarded
of the national alumni association. Although it only takes $25,000 to for making our university the greatest aMouNTS REquIREd
ellis added, “They also were start an endowment fund, the sisters set a university on earth. i know that these endowed scholarship (minimum) - $25,000
volunteers in the band and did it goal of raising $50,000 over 5 years. The scholarships will lessen the financial fully endowed scholarship - $200,000
because of their love of music and money was raised mostly through the burden on our band students who give North Carolina or Washington, D.C. Student
the university and did it with great contributions of their own. unselfishly of their time and talent fully endowed scholarship - $400,000
pride. we thought it would be an “i think the message we want and bring such great distinction to our Out-of-state Student
appropriate tribute to our parents, to send is that everyone can give university,” ellis said.
as they celebrated their golden something. it may not be a scholarship Ann mcCabe Beamon, director The minimum amount to establish an endowed
(class) reunions, to acknowledge fund, but we have all been blessed of development for the College of Arts scholarship is $25,000 and may be donated over
The late Walter Celessie Avery Collins-Caldwell ’55 (2nd left) and Deloris Collins Chisley ’73 (2nd right) are their lifelong commitment to with too much not to give back to our and Sciences said the Avery-Collins a period of up to five years ($5,000 gifts annually
Henry Collins ’50 pictured with marching band director Kenneth Ruff (far left) and recipients of the Avery- the university by setting up the university,” said Chisley. Scholarship endowment Fund is an for five years). One year after the principal reaches
Collins Endowed Scholarship: Yolanda B. Johnson, D’Javon Alston and Terrell R. Morton. endowment fund.” The Avery-Collins family members example of the true spirit of Aggie Pride $25,000, the first scholarship award may be made.
The Aggie fever started with met the recipients of their scholarship and hopes it will encourages others. (One year is needed after the minimum is reached to
band members an opportunity to succeed at “A&T was always a part of our lives. the union of walter and Celessie when they during homecoming 2007 when the “with support and dedication from earn interest.)
north Carolina A&T State university. we went to every homecoming, i’ve only met on A&T’s campus. walter was a high recipients presented Celessie with flowers alums like Chisley and her family, we are A donor (or donors) may suggest a designation
Four band members recently were missed one since i was three,” said Chisley, stepping drum major (who is still rumored to show their appreciation. confident that our students will continue and associated criteria for an endowed scholarship.
awarded scholarships from the fund for who currently serves on the College of Arts by many alumni to have been the best drum “it was a wonderful experience to strive and become beacons for A&T For example, the John Doe Endowed Scholarship
the 2007-08 academic year: Terrell r. and Sciences Advisory Board. major in the band’s history). to meet the recipients of this year’s and throughout the world. Our band Fund may be designated for a student in the College
morton, Yolanda B. Johnson, Justin “For as long as i can remember, A&T walter was born in Birmingham, Ala., scholarships,” ellis said. “it just reinforced students are truly grateful for the monetary of Engineering who demonstrates financial need and
moore and D’Javon Alston. Carrying a has been a part of my life. it is as much a and entered the armed services right after for me that we can make the difference for support that was given on behalf of the who is from North Carolina (or a specific county or
grade point average of 3.0 or higher, the part of the Aggie experience as the football high school. he left the service in 1946 and these young people in reaching their full family. The College of Arts and Sciences region of North Carolina).
students were selected from a variety of game,” said Barbara Collins ellis ’73. “my found himself enrolling at A&T. while potential. appreciates the loyalty and commitment A scholarship donor(s) is required to sign a
academic majors and each student received parents always talked with great pride about at the university, he served in rOTC and “what better legacy can one have of all our supporters,” Beamon said. Deed of Gift (pledge statement) and document the
a minimum of $1,000. being in the band and how much it meant earned his undergraduate degree in social for life than knowing that you made a desired scholarship designation and criteria.
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ALUMNI NEWS AGGIES ON THE MOVE
As the owner of a multi-million dollar business, by Cedric “The Entertainer” and performers included
Janice Bryant howroyd is no stranger to hard work Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott, Wyclef Jean,
and perseverance. Her story of founding ACT-1 John Legend and Brian McKnight.
Personnel Services, a temporary employment agency, Howroyd, a native of Tarboro, N.C., is an avid
in 1978 with just herself and a phone as the firm’s only supporter of education and gives generously to college
assets and then by 2003 taking in revenues of $483 endowment funds, including her alma mater, A&T.
million was no simple feat. Her professional memberships include the National
It comes as no surprise that this N.C. A&T alumna Association of Women Business Owners, Urban
was recognized on Black Entertainment Television’s League of Los Angeles Board of Directors, and Greater
newest awards show, BET Honors, which recognizes L.A. African American Chamber of Commerce Board of
exceptional African Americans in the categories of Directors. She recently served as co-chair of N.C. A&T’s
media, entrepreneurship, entertainment, corporate $100 million capital campaign.
citizenship, public service and education. Howroyd has been featured in national magazines
The 2008 honorees include Tyra Banks, and on television shows as a dynamic CEO and savvy
Howroyd, Alicia Keys, Richard Parsons, business woman. She has received countless awards
Maxine Waters and Cornel West. The including AT&T Entrepreneur of the Year (1994) and
show, which aired Feb. 22, was hosted was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Adderley-Kelly Foster Fox Sharpe
n 1960s term. Fox has extensive experience advising municipalities, public he received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from valencia Winstead ’80 became the director of the design and
Beatrice adderley-Kelly ’60 has been appointed dean of the College sector clients, regulated industries and corporate clients on all north Carolina A&T State university, an m.S. from north Carolina construction division for the united States Department of Agriculture
of Pharmacy and nursing and Allied health Sciences at howard aspects of municipal and governmental transactions including State university and Ph.D. from the university of illinois. in July 2007. As director, winstead is responsible for providing
university. with more than 30 years of teaching and administrative/ annexation, telecommunications, public finance, land use, oversight and design of uSDA’s major construction, modernization,
leadership experience in higher education, Adderley-Kelly has devoted transportation and administrative law. The firm has 225 lawyers in n 1980s repair and alterations initiatives for the uSDA headquarters Complex
her entire academic career to promoting and advancing the academic six offices across the Carolinas, counseling clients in banking and anthony C. Nelson ’80 is the new dean of the School of Business at as well as the george washington Carver Center in Beltsville, md. in
achievement of minority undergraduate and graduate students. capital markets, business law, litigation, real estate and commercial Bowie State university. Prior to joining Bowie State university, he addition, she directs the departmental space management program,
Prior to serving as interim dean beginning in 2005, Adderley- development and regulatory law. was the dean of the College of Business at grambling State university. including assignments, relocations and leasing for the uSDA locations
Kelly was department chair, assistant dean for undergraduate and Fox received his Juris Doctorate from north Carolina Central he also has taught at grambling State, the university of missouri- within the washington Area national Capital region.
graduate programs, assistant dean for academic affairs, and chair of university, master of Public Administration from the university of St. louis and the university of South Florida. Prior to joining the Office of Operations, winstead served as
numerous committees and task forces. As an educator, she has expertise north Carolina at Chapel hill and his Bachelor of Arts from north nelson’s corporate experience includes systems development the Agricultural research Service’s Deputy Director for Design and
in teaching, curriculum design, test construction and outcomes Carolina A&T State university. and project management positions at national Steel inc., Champion Construction.
assessment. international Paper inc., and mellon Bank. Additionally, he has
in addition to her B.S. degree in nursing from north Carolina lonnie Sharpe Jr. ’75 is interim dean of the College of engineering, consulted with various corporations, city governments and local n 1990s
A&T State university, Adderley-Kelly has a master’s degree in nursing Technology and Computer Science at Tennessee State university. businesses to improve their business processes using computer geoff Foster ’90 is CeO and president of Core Technology molding
from the university of maryland, a Certificate of Advanced graduate Prior to this appointment, Sharpe served on the faculty as chair for solutions. group, llC, which recently became a supplier with Tyco electronics’
Studies in education and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the university’s Dr. Samuel P. massie Chair of excellence program, his academic credentials include a B.S. degree in business global automotive division. Foster is an adjunct professor in the n.C.
howard university. a professorship of engineering in the environmental disciplines in management from north Carolina A&T State university, an A&T State university School of Technology where he also serves as
which TSu focuses on fate and transport of hazardous chemicals and m.B.A. and Ph.D. in business administration from the university vice chairman of the Department of manufacturing Systems industrial
n 1970s innovative technologies for hazardous waste remediation of pollution. of Pittsburgh, and a master’s degree in biblical studies from Dallas Advisory Board.
anthony Fox ’77 has been elected to Parker Poe Adams & Prior to joining TSu, Sharpe was professor and dean of engineering at Theological Seminary. in addition to his bachelor’s degree, Foster has an m.S. degree
Bernstein llP’s Board of Directors where he will serve a three-year north Carolina A&T State university. from n.C. A&T. he also has an m.B.A. from wake Forest university.
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Ninth Annual Homecoming Class Reunion Raises Funds
for Marching Band
he has studied several years of French, By Jesse Barnes ’68
Spanish and german, which he says better
prepared him for working with diverse orth Carolina A&T alumni from reminisce, eat and party with classmates taken place at our alma mater.
cultures in north America and around the class years 1967 through 1970, and friends. A hospitality suite was open Don’t miss out on the fun and
world. other classes and guests participated in Friday and Saturday night for a mixer camaraderie next homecoming, the
their ninth Annual homecoming Class and a tailgate party was held before and 10th year for this reunion. Plans are
Sharron K. Jenkins ’91 presented “AiDS reunion during homecoming 2007. after the big game. A special memorial underway for another exciting weekend.
Online international: An internationally The homecoming weekend was tribute was held Saturday night in the Contact Jessie Barnes via email,
synchronized online, college-credit course Moore Powell Williamson such a huge success that $1,000 was suite for the fallen Aggies. email@example.com, to obtain more
on hiV/AiDS” during the Campus health raised for the Blue and gold marching many of these classmates returned details and to make arrangement to
and Safety Conference sponsored by n.C. the indies Arts Award (Independent Weekly). P. Kevin Williamson ’98 is director of machine (band). to A&T for the first time in more than be a part of the fall 2008 class reunion
A&T State university Student government moore is the author of more than 300 development for leadership gifts at the members of these classes and their 35 years to enjoy the festivities and to activities. homecoming Day is Oct. 11.
Association on Feb. 15. Dr. Jenkins is a literary works. his latest book, A Temple university of north Carolina wilmington. guests had the opportunity to relax, hear about the many changes that have
professor at Purdue university’s north Looming, will be released in June by word he began his career with Old north
Central campus in westville, ind. Tech Communications. State Council, Boy Scouts of America in
greensboro, n.C., in 1999 as a district
lenard d. Moore ’97 has been elected laTonya Sibert Powell ’98 works at nASA executive. in this role was a liaison between ATTeNDees
president of the haiku Society of America for as the lead information technology specialist the community, volunteers, parents and the
1967 Clinton Dutch Dilligard Myrdis Sprinkle James Lanier Alfred Harding
2008. moore is the first African American to on the integrated enterprise management council headquarters, including volunteer
Ann Carolyn “Breeze” Marietta S. Douglas Julian Stafford Gwendolyn Lawson Clifton James
hold this office in the organization’s 40-year Project (iemP) Competency Center’s recruitment, marketing, communications
Breakfield Veronica Finch Faye Thorne Brenda Letman-Hudson Nathan Pettus
history. Application Technical Support (ATS) and fundraising. Success in that role led to
Brenda Brown Earnest Fulton Chauncey Walker Royall Mack Sr. Ransom Stafford
The Jacksonville n.C., native has been team. She joined the ATS team in 2004 other opportunities with the Boy Scouts
John Crews Cornell Gordon Connie Williams Walter McClarty Kenneth White
teaching at mount Olive College since after working for Accenture as a business that eventually took him to wilmington,
Nathaniel Foster Lynne Grissett Joseph A. Williams Katie McKoy Lewis Williams
August 2005. Among many accolades, he has consultant. making the switch to development an almost
Margaret Furguson Mary Little Hale Joseph C. Williams Arthur McMillian Charles Worth
received the Sam ragan Fine Arts Award, Powell has a bachelor’s degree in natural transition. his primary responsibility
Otis L. Hairston Jr. Ronald Hayes Mary Williams Arlene Meadows
Tarheel of the week (raleigh News and transportation management and logistics at unCw is to raise funds for the university
Harvey Hayes Reginald Hill Ella Miller others
Observer), Dean’s Professional Development from n.C. A&T and a master’s degree in through discovery, stewardship and
Charles Lownes Harriet Jackson 1969 Eugene Parsons Margo Baker
Award (mount Olive College), 2000 Alumni management information systems from the solicitation of alumni and friends.
Ronald Meares Jean Jenkins Jackson Ernestine Burks Eugenia Moore Pleasant William Blakley ’72
Achievement Award (Shaw university) and university of Alabama in huntsville.
Mary Morehead Sam Jenkins Darius Burton Brenda Russell John Dillahunt ’66
Patrena Benton has been named executive director
of the North Carolina Health Careers Access Program
(NC-HCAP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill. After serving as interim executive director for nearly
a year, Benton assumed her new role on Oct. 1. She
will provide leadership for strategic planning, policy
yolanda d. Bennett - Dec. 28, 2007
Catherine oates Buie ’52 - Jan. 7
halima Cotwright ’99 - Dec. 28, 2007
Ronald J Mullen
William E. Young III
Mary Cook Douglass
Mary Geddie Eaves
Velma J. Simmons
Pompey E. Stafford
Zenobia M. Walker
Shirley Smith Young
Barbara Dixon ’66
Clarence Harrison ’71
Robert & Anna
development, fundraising, financial management and Jessie Barnes Virginia Pallor Joyce Fisher Terry Armstrong Lloyd Miller ’63
Charles l. gilmore Sr. - Dec. 24, 2007
programmatic planning for NC-HCAP. Virginia Blackwell Hawthorne Proctor Phyllis Banks Fulton Merl Code Billy Simmons ’72
Randa davenport Russell - Jan. 2008
Benton began her tenure with NC-HCAP in 1996, Willie Boulware Nathaniel Powell Ronald “Al” Gardner Anthony Cone Vivian Spencer ’71
Mary Smith - Dec. 30, 2007
serving as the recruiter and first AHEC liaison. After a stint coordinating Janet Burton Felton Ray Ronald Harris Oscar Crowder III Bobby Stafford ’61
Joseph F. Weston Jr. - Dec. 19, 2007
pre-college and college summer programs for the UNC School of Lawrence Clark Sarah Reid Mary Johnson Moses Douglass Jr. Jerry Thorne ’75
Medicine/Office of Special Programs, she returned to NC-HCAP in 2003 other Reginald Clemmons Gaither Rodgers Jr. Geraldine Jones Granger Mavis Exum-Edmundson
as associate director for development, evaluation and new initiatives and William h. “BC” Cook Jr., volunteer, Jimmy Cochran Leonard L. Smith Annette Lanier Keith Graves
as the organization’s chief operating officer. WNAA 90.1 FM - Dec. 5, 2007
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We Believe! Alumni Affirming Their Belief in A&T
May 2008 will mark another milestone relates to our esteemed alma mater. classes in reunion. The Alumni forward to welcoming you back home and,
in our alumni history when we Your presence during Alumni Weekend Banquet will culminate the events of more importantly, thanking you for your
celebrate yet another outstanding will confirm how “WE BELIEVE” in the weekend. commitment to our students through your
reunion for the classes ending in 3 our university and what it continues to This weekend is a time that you Aggie giving. Make this a weekend of great
and 8. We will host many alumni from offer to our students. just do not want to hear about; you memories.
around the country who will come Alumni Weekend will begin with want to be able to talk about it because Make history by being a part of it.
back home for the Alumni Weekend the Annual Meeting for ALL alumni. you experienced it for yourself. So, Proclaim A&T’s worth by exclaiming the
activities. As alumni, this is your meeting and clear your calendar for May 9-11, and great things you have done with your lives!
The North Carolina Agricultural your presence ensures the success of complete the 2008 Alumni Weekend Effect positive change by simply believing in
and Technical State University Alumni our programs and the efforts that we registration form to the right. You are Aggie Pride!
Association, Inc. (Association) has expend to cultivate the relationships sure to reconnect with old friends and Believing in Aggie Pride and hoping to
adopted “WE BELIEVE” as our theme that connect us as one. acquaintances, and you are guaranteed see you there!
for this fiscal year. Interestingly Many festivities are planned to to kindle new relationships that will last
enough, it is a theme that personifies engage all alumni as well as special an Aggie lifetime! Aggie love and pride,
a feeling expressed by all of us as it events that are planned for those The Association is looking Pamela L. Johnson ’91
NaTIoNal aluMNI aSSoCIaTIoN BoaRd oF dIRECToRS 2007-2008
Marvin L. Walton ’91 “Chuck” Burch Jr. ’82 Gerald Williams ’83 Charvetta Ford- Teresa M. Davis ’89 Deloris C. Chisley ’73 Randall E. Dunn ’91 T. Roberson Eugene H.
First Vice President Second Vice President Treasurer McGriff ’85 Immediate Past Interim Executive Parliamentarian Edwards ’73 Preston Jr. ’57
Recording Secretary President Director; Geographical Geographical Area Geographical Area
Area Director II, Seat 3 Director I, Seat 1 Director I, Seat 2
Malinda N. Carmon ’73 James E. Irvin Moore ’72 Ulysses J. Cozart ’77 Arthur Purcell ’67 James J. Gooch ’67 Velma Speight- Anthony “TJ” Linda R. Wilson ’75 Tony E. Graham ’78
Geographical Area Bridgett Jr. ’53 Geographical Area Geographical Area Board of Directors Board of Directors Buford ’53 Jackson ’81 BOD Seat 13 BOD Seat 14
Director II, Seat 4 Geographical Area Director IV, Seat 6 Director V, Seat 7 (BOD) Seat 8 (BOD) Seat 9 BOD Seat 11 BOD Seat 12 School of Nursing School of Technology
Director III, Seat 5 School of Agriculture College of Arts and School of Education College of
and Environmental Sciences Engineering
Not Pictured: Kristen R. Rutledge ’89, Assistant Treasurer, and Anthony C. Wright ’92, BOD Seat 10, School of Business and Economics
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AN eVeNiNG wiTH bill cOsbY
F rom the moment Chancellor Stanley
F. Battle arrived on the campus of
north Carolina A&T State university in
strengthen the A&T’s long-term
financial base while providing substantial
scholarship support for years to come.
in night clubs while attending Temple
university. he has had many hit comedy
albums, television shows and books
July 2007, one of his initiatives has been “An evening with Bill Cosby is a including “Fat Albert and the Cosby
for the university to be able to provide a showcase event that will help highlight Kids,” which ran for 12 years. his most
greater variety of academic scholarships to the university’s vision of making memorable achievement was the success of
qualifying students. On Friday, may 9, at scholarship funds available for the best “The Cosby Show,” 1984-1992.
7 p.m., Dr. Battle will host “An evening and brightest students,” says Battle. “Dr. it was Cosby’s interest in education
with Bill Cosby” to benefit and support Cosby has made it his business to support and youth that motivated him to earn
scholarship initiatives at n.C. A&T. all institutions but has been a champion both a master’s and doctorate in education
Cosby will perform in the guilford for historically Black Colleges and from the university of massachusetts. he
Ballroom at Sheraton Four Seasons hotel universities throughout this country. we recently lent his name to a collaborative
in greensboro. Tickets are now on sale for look forward to this event and are excited educational program between n.C. A&T,
this event that will feature live music in about the support we continue to receive guilford County Schools and guilford
addition to Cosby’s performance. The costs from our community.” Technical Community College that aims
for table sponsors (10 seats per table) are Cosby – a best-selling, award-winning to enhance the academic performance and
$1000, $2500, $5000 and up. (The non- comedian and author who uses humor to related areas of targeted students in
gift portion of each table cost is $500.) provide an insight into our roles as men, grades 4, 6 and 8.
There are a limited number of individual women and family members – began his For information on scholarship
tickets available at $125 per person. career performing donor opportunities at north Carolina
The purchase of each table puts the Agricultural and Technical State
university closer to Dr. Battle’s goal to university, call (336) 334-7600. To
provide a base of support for generations purchase tables or tickets for “An evening
of A&T Aggies to come through with Bill Cosby,” call (336) 433-5570.
the endowed scholarships program.
endowed scholarships will
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North Carolina a&T
coeds take a break
between classes to
have fun in the snow.
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