Greensboro Chapter fellowship and fish fry . . .

Sarah is happy

Sarah is happy

On Saturday, June 21st, the LCNAA  Greensboro Alumni chapter held a fish fry – $10 for hot fried fish, baked beans, cole slaw, bread, cake and a drink. It was about more than fish though, as the fellowship was also good on a hot Saturday afternoon as evidenced by the pictures here: LCNAA Greensboro Alumni Chapter Fish Fry.

The food was great, the conversation engaging and it was great to Blue Bears, their friends and family.


Livingstone lauded for being green …



Livingstone lauded for being green

By Laurie D. Willis Livingstone College News Service Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:01 a.m.
UPDATED: Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:35 a.m.

Drive down Monroe Street in Salisbury’s West end and you can’t help noticing Livingstone College’s front lawn. The green grass is neatly manicured, and the Blue Bear mascot is perched high atop a brick base.

But the grass isn’t the only thing green at Livingstone. In fact, the college was lauded recently for being the fourth “greenest” HBCU in the nation by The Building Green Initiative at Clark Atlanta University.

In a survey sponsored by the Building Green Initiative, Livingstone followed Spelman College, Howard University and Morehouse College as being the most energy efficient private HBCU in the country. Rankings were determined based on responses from 43 participating HBCUs to questions ranging from recycling, to renewable energy generation, to food to student involvement.

“I think our ranking says a lot about the way we’re conducting ourselves on campus,” said Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr. “I’m proud we placed so high, especially when you look at the size of the institutions that ranked above us and consider their financial health. By ranking so high, we prove it doesn’t necessarily take a lot of money to be more energy efficient but instead, it takes a willingness to examine and implement ways to reduce waste and help save the earth.

“The fact that we’re revitalizing our farm, I’m sure, also factored considerably into our favorable ranking,” Jenkins said.

Livingstone College is well underway with plans to revitalize its 40-acre farm. In a historic endeavor that includes the SEED Foundation, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the city of Salisbury, the N.C. Agriculture Commission and other businesses and organizations, Livingstone College is bringing back its farm. Plans are for the farm to complement the college’s new Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Program and, with its organic vegetables and fruits, tie in with the health and wellness component of the holistic college Jenkins implemented at Livingstone when he assumed the top administrative post in February 2006.

Russell Smyre, director of policy and compliance, said the college is revitalizing its farm with the understanding that urban agriculture is environmentally friendly and also a good way to rebuild the city’s infrastructure while providing much-needed jobs. And, he added, future plans include aquaponics to complement the farm.

Besides the farm, Smyre said the college has undertaken several efforts that are helping to make it greener.

For example, the college is participating in Duke Energy’s SmartBuilding Advantage Program and is working to correct some lighting deficiencies that were revealed in several campus buildings after an inspection and assessment was conducted in July and August of 2012. Once Livingstone fully implements all of the recommendations made by Duke Energy officials, the college will experience an estimated 24 percent reduction in energy usage.

Additionally, exterior lighting is being converted to LED lighting campus-wide, in a project that’s half way finished and should be completed before the end of 2014.

“We’re always looking for ways to be better public stewards, and going greener is certainly one way to accomplish that,” Smyre said. “I’m grateful to work for an institution that is not only cognizant of the need to help sustain the earth but that is actually implementing projects toward that end. And given Dr. Jenkins is such a visionary, I’m sure as time goes on we’ll devise even more ways to save and become greener.”

Join us at the Barn Dinner Theatre on July 26



The LCNAA W-S Alumni Chapter has reserved a block of seats (42) for the Barn Dinner Theatre performance, Showtime in Harlem for Saturday, July 26, 2014. We have 11 spaces remaining and invite you to join us. Confirm your seat now!

If you plan to attend, please let me know how many tickets you need and mail your check (made out to: Livingstone College W-S Alumni Chapter) to me at the address below. We hope to have a final count and all money collected by the end of June.

Showtime in Harlem is a celebration of the sights and sounds of the musical era during the Harlem Renaissance. This timeless music has never lost its relevance. This show brings back the Kings & Queens of Harlem including: Ella, Cab, Lena, and Duke, along with the amazing dance styles of the era. The 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s, when music and dance were at their best…

Here is a link to the Barn Dinner Theatre with additional information, and their menu.

  • The group rate (20 or more people) is $41.00 per adult seat, and includes the meal, show, tax and gratuity.
  • It is important to note that fewer than 20 and 8 or more increases the per seat price to $56 per person.
  • A group of 8 or more and less than 20 requires them to add $10 for a gratuity.

Nigel D. Alston I President
Winston-Salem LCNAA

249 Brooks Landing Drive, W-S, NC 27106

Kudos to The top 10 HBCUs for Alumni Giving! (Livingstone)


By Delece Smith-Barrow

The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matters to you in your college or grad school search.

Financial contributions to colleges in the U.S. rose 9 percent in 2013, and alumni can take credit for much of that increase. Of the $33.8 billion donated to higher education institutions in 2013, 26.6 percent came from alumni, according to a report from the Council for Aid to Education.

At many historically black colleges and universities, which were created to educate African-American students and are designated by the U.S. Department of Education, the average percentage of alumni giving hovers below 10 percent. But some black institutions have alumni who donate at a much higher rate, according to data submitted to U.S. News by 45 ranked institutions.

At Claflin University, for example, 43 percent of alumni donated. It had the highest two-year average of alumni giving among historically black institutions during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years.

Other schools that also had high average alumni giving rates include Tuskegee University, which had 23 percent, and Fort Valley State University, with 17.2 percent. The average rate among all 10 schools with the highest average percentages was 23.1 percent.

Albany State University had one of the lowest average percentages of alumni donations: 2.6 percent.

Below is a list of the 10 colleges and universities with the highest two-year average percentage of alumni donors. Only schools that reported alumni giving data for both 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 were included. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.

1. Claflin University (SC)

2. Spelman College (GA)

3. Morehouse College (GA)

4. Tuskegee University (AL)

5. Livingstone College (NC)

6. Central State University (OH)

7. Fort Valley State University (GA)

8. University of Arkansas–Pine Bluff

9. Johnson C. Smith University (NC)

10. Tougaloo College (MS)