A Raisin In The Sun . . .

 

A LCNAA WS Chapter Event

The LCNAA W-S Alumni Chapter has reserved a block of seats (40) for the Barn Dinner Theatre performance, A Raisin In The Sun for September 11th. Confirm your seat now!

If you plan to attend, please let Nigel know how many tickets you need and mail your check (made out to: W-S Alumni Chapter) to him at the address below. We hope to have a final count and all money collected August 21st. Final payment is due to the Barn Dinner Theatre by Monday, August 24th.

A Raisin in the Sun

An American Classic, A Raisin in the Sun takes place in the late ’50s in a south side Chicago apartment, chronicling the lives of the members of an African-American family. Matriarch Lena plans to buy a home in an all-white neighborhood when she receives a hefty insurance check. Her son Walter dreams of buying a liquor store and being his own man and her daughter Beneatha dress of attending medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face create the drama in the beloved play.

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 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 

249 Brooks Landing Drive, W-S, NC 27106

The Livingstone Legacy, Continue The Vision

Livingstone College Chapter Presidents

Livingstone College Chapter Presidents

The Livingstone Legacy, Continue The Vision

Rev. Michael McLean

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Psalm 133
A song of ascents. Of David.

1 How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity
It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.
It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.

To Dr. Jimmie R. Jenkins, Sr. President of Livingstone College, To Rev. William E. Simmons, President of this grand association, to Carmon Wilder, Director of alumni Affairs, Susan Watson, president of the charlotte chapter, To the officers, members and friends of the Livingstone College national alumni association who have gathered for our annual spring meeting being held in the Queen City of Charlotte, North Carolina, greetings.

Allow me to begin by saying that you are in God’s country. For you who don’t know, this is were God resides, he visits everywhere else.

I am delighted to welcome you on this auspicious occasion as we assemble together these few days to advance the cause of higher education at Livingstone College. Livingstone College has been a part of my life since the time I was able to comprehend because that’s all my father taught us. Some of you may have known him, the Rev. Edward C. McLean from Harnett County North Carolina. Class of 1959. My daddy loved him some Livingstone College. As a matter of fact, that was the only school we were expected to attend. Not only did I graduate from Livingstone but my wife Gloria did as well, class of 1994. When I became an adult, I expected my children to attend. I have two daughters and both are college graduates, however I was only successful in getting one to attend Livingstone.

As a former student, former board member of the LCNAA and active chapter member of this association, I count it a privilege to have had the opportunity to matriculate beneath the maples and the oaks.

Livingstone is a wonderful college with a rich legacy that helped to shape and create generations of leaders which made a tremendous impact in our global society.

This impact was possible because of the vision given by the supreme creator to leaders such as its founder, Joseph Charles Price and others, who caught the vision and developed it’s purpose. I am reminded by scripture that says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

I am grateful for their vision because it has provided continued opportunities for countless youth to receive and continue to receive a college education that will help them compete in this global society.

During this time which is mine to share I would like to talk about the Livingston Legacy and the importance of continuing the vision.

Vision is essential to any person or institution that promotes a mission, and desires a purpose. In the development of a vision it is subject to change as the world changes.

Because it is a vision, it is dynamic, not static. Over time, the vision must be renewed, adapted and adjusted to the culture context in which it exist.

One of the struggles why I could not get my younger daughter to attend Livingstone is because she could not see Livingstone’s vision. She saw Livingstone being out of touch with her generation. During my daddy’s generation it was known as a Christian school that pride itself on producing teachers and preachers. In my daughter’s generation it is known as being old school. Buildings are old, no co-ed dorms, too many rules and the list goes on. The mistake I made was talking about what it used to be rather than lifting up the school’s vision. Livingstone possesses a vision, and at the vision’s core is the essence of what makes her great.

In this culture of entitlement this generation sometimes loses the essence of the vision because they get caught up in the external influences rather than the internal influences.

In other words the vision has to compete with the virtual. It’s about what’s up rather than what it’s all about. For this present generation vision has no depth in it’s core. From the old school perspective it’s all about the core. For us the core represents value, purpose, and meaning. Change should only take place at the margins of the vision, not at it’s core.

I contend that’s why Livingstone is a great institution, because it is solid at the core. This weekend our goal as an Alumni Association is to continue the development of the vision.

In order to continue the development of the vision we must do several things.

First of all we must encourage unity: If we are to build a greater LCNAA we must encourage unity. I stopped by to remind us where there is unity there is strength. I contend that a shared vision changes our relationship with one another. When we join together in unity it is no longer your vision but our vision. The Livingstone legacy that Joseph Charles Price left was a vision that encourages us and allows us to come together and wok together.

It creates a common identity in two ways. First, it signals to all where the vision is taking us. It says that if you want to go where we are going then climb on board so that we can go together. Secondly, it fosters the retention of alumni that love the legacy of our institution. A common vision says that we are working together toward the same core goals. LCNAA, we need each other if anything significant is going to happen for Livingstone College.

Not only must we encourage unity but we must create energy. If we are to continue the vision we must create energy. Not much happens without an inspiring, compelling vision.

Notice I did not say negative, contrary or repugnant energy, but inspiring and compelling energy.

The reason why young alum won’t attend our meeting is because we serve up the wrong kind of energy. These young folk don’t want to come hear us fuss and fight all day long.

It’s time to create some positive energy so that the Livingstone Legacy will live on. A vision that is saturated with inspiration has the potential to turn a negative mentality to a positive mentality, thus resulting in a vision that will resonate with those who love this great institution called Livingstone.

And finally, if we are going to continue the vision of this great legacy we must not only encourage unity and create energy, but we must promote excellence.

As I reflect upon the life of the late Dr. Price, he was a man who believed in excellence. I am convinced that he desires that his school continue the spirit of excellence. Whatever we do this weekend as an association should be done in excellence. Not sloppily or haphazardly, nor with a negative mentality. As we deliberate these few days let us develop a shared organizational vision that promotes a standard of excellence.

Then and only then will we be able to continue the Livingstone legacy and promote the cause of higher education for our people.

In closing, I encourage us to continue the vision by creating unity, energy and excellency so that Livingstone college will continue to be the institution of higher learning for generations to come.

Check out the LCNAA Spring meeting story on Steller.

And here is day two in pictures.

Dr. Herman Felton makes the case for giving in this short YouTube interview at the spring meeting.

A Black & Blue Affair A Success . . .

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Livingstone College Alumni at the Black & Blue Affair Jazz Brunch

February 7, 2015

What a great time we had on Saturday, February 7th at our first “A Black & Blue Affair” Jazz Brunch! More than 150 people attended, enjoying the food, fellowship and jazz provided by sax player Marcus Anderson. We had great community support, excellent involvement by chapter members and the food was great.

Thanks to Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr. (SVP & Vice President of Institutional Advancement) for attending the event and providing remarks. Also, thanks to Delores Johnson (LCNAA Candidate for President) from the Greensboro Chapter and Warren Arrington (LCNAA Candidate for Treasurer) from the Raleigh/Wake Chapter for attending.

Check out the Jazz Brunch story on Stellar too.

A Black & Blue Affair-61 Waffles, eggs, bacon, shrimp and grits, chicken

orange juice, tea and water

A few weeks ago, the chapter provided food for the men and women’s basketball team when they played WSSU here in W-S. It was a win-win, as we also had a Pizza Hut fundraiser the same day. Each team member had an individual, large, two-topping pizza along with complimentary cinnamon sticks provided by Pizza Hut. Coaches and staff were also provide their food selection.

The chapter recently made a donation to the school to provide funds for purchase of travel bags and book packs for the women’s basketball team. They should have them in time for the CIAA Tournament. And, they are deserving at 22-0 and ranked #5 nationally.

The CIAA basketball tournament is approaching fast and we have the opportunity to support one of our own, a Food Lion Miss CIAA 2015 candidate, LaQuazaya Davis-Brown. Vote for her here and spread the word.

We are on to the next project . . .

A Black & Blue Affair, Jazz Brunch featuring Marcus Anderson

Marcus performing at the DWSP Downtown Jazz Series.

Marcus performing at the DWSP Downtown Jazz Series.

Happy New Year,

The LCNAA W-S Alumni Chapter has a Jazz Brunch planned for Saturday, February 7 from 11 am – 1 pm (A Black & Blue Affair) with Marcus Anderson providing the music.

Marcus has toured with Prince, released several albums and his current single, You Made My Day, is #29 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts. Marcus has also established a foundation to help students through the arts.

Facebook Event Page has been created to help get the word out, as our goal is 200 tickets sold. Please spread the word and purchase your ticket now.

Marcus will play about an hour and the menu is as follows: turkey bacon, eggs, hash browns, shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, biscuits, juice, coffee, hot tea, and water.

So, start spreading the word now! Share this through your social media sites, email, and through this Eventbrite announcement.

The single, You Made My Day, #29 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart. Go Marcus!

The single, You Made My Day, #29 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart. Go Marcus!

Upcoming Events

  • Livingstone College Basketball Schedules: Men and Women (The women are undefeated)
  • 1/31 Livingstone v. WSSU in W-S (Pizza Night fundraiser – more details to come)
  • 2/7 Jazz Brunch featuring Marcus Anderson (Galilee Missionary Baptist Church)
  • CIAA Basketball Tournament 2/23-28 in Charlotte
  • W-S Alumni Chapter meeting scheduled for Monday 1/19, will be rescheduled to 1/26 as 1/19 is MLK Holiday. The meeting will be held at our new location, Hanes Hosiery Community Center, 501 Reynolds Blvd.

We appreciate your support. Please spread the word. Purchase a ticket. Sell a ticket. Join us at chapter meetings. Give back!

Giving Tuesday . . . Support Livingstone College!

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You have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Well, let me introduce you to a new initiative on Tuesday, 12/3: Giving Tuesday. 

Organizations, schools, and colleges are encouraging supporters to make a donation on #givingtuesday.

I am sharing this information and encouraging all Livingstone College alumni to consider making a donation to support Livingstone College on Tuesday, December 2nd.

Please share this with anyone you know who is an alum or supporter of Livingstone College, including on social media (use one of the share buttons below) using the hashtag, #givingtuesday.

You can make a gift here.

Greensboro Chapter fellowship and fish fry . . .

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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 …

 

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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

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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)

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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)

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Launches “I Love My HBCU” Month . . .

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Thurgood Marshall College Fund Launches “I Love My HBCU” Month

Below are a few reasons why several people have stated they love HBCUs:

I LOVE my HBCU because in 1892, Dr. Simon Green Atkins made history by establishing the FIRST INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING that offered degrees in Elementary Education for African Americans in the entire WORLD!!! None other than Slater Normal Academy, now known as WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY!

– Veronica Bitting

I love my HBCU Livingstone College. Mr. Grady Nelson prepared me in math and Dr. Eleanora Smith gave me a love of literature. With the background I got at LC I was able to get a scholarship to Appalachian State University and after finishing my masters in math in 1969 I became their first full-time African American Instructor.

– Dr. Carolyn Anderson

I love my tobacco spittin Winston-Salem State University Rams because it is where I discovered myself! I “entered to learn” how to be a nurse but “departed to serve” in many other capacities! My initial love came in the Summer before the 8th grade during Virginia Newell’s Math and Science Academy where Mr. Johnny Sigers helped me be the leader of my Math class the following year. This is also where, the DIVA, by the name of Sarah Alston, helped me excel in my English class and became the 1st person to leave me speechless when she told my mother, “She is the epitome of a strong black woman.” I was speechless because Mrs. Alston was stern, she didn’t say much to me and since Google hadn’t been invented and I had to wait until I got home to look up the word ‘epitome’, I didn’t know if it was a good or bad thing Lol.The Health Science building is where the continued lesson of, “if you want something you’re going to have to WORK for it,” was taught. The Thompson Center, in the Registrar and Financial Aid Offices, was where I learned that: relationship building, planning ahead, following up, and the saying of, “it’s not what you know but rather WHO you know,” were all instrumental to making sure my schedule was not purged and my money was where it needed to be.

Then there’s Dr. Soncerey Montgomery who allowed me to openly express myself in her Freshman Composition Classes and encouraged me to continue writing. And who, in her Speech class (Yes, I registered for EVERY ONE of her classes), helped me find out that even though I’m an introvert, I can be a skilled extrovert when needed.

I can give you more reasons because it IS so hard to be “R A M S WHEW”

– Micha James
My HBCU (Virginia State University) gave me a sense of who I was, community, relationships, culture, survivor, growth, scholarship, and a future!!
– Donald Anthony Wheeler
I am not an HBCU grad, but there are three important ones for me: Winston-Salem State which allows me to to work with the next generation of leaders for our community; Wilberforce University, the alma mater of my niece and West Virginia State College (now University), my mother’s alma mater. For without WVSC, there would not have been Ohio University for me.
– Arthur Hardin
I love my HBCU Livingstone College. Growing up in a very small community in NC, I thought I was in a big city when I got to Salisbury. My sister was already there. My Mom had attended Livingstone so I felt a sense of heritage.I met some wonderful people whom I am still friends with. I felt like I was in a home away from home! Curfews, friendly people and teachers that treated you like you were one of their children.

Ms. Pemberton, she was tough!! She was determined that if your major was Business, you would have to know it before you made it out!

I loved all four years there and have so many wonderful memories. My education there has allowed me opportunities that I give it full credit for!

There could never be an experience greater than proudly saying I’m an Alumni of an HBCU! My Livingstone College!!

– Jackie Southerland Astrop
I could actually write a book about why I LOVE MY HBCU, LIVINGSTONE COLLEGE. First and foremost I love my LC because when I arrived my sister Pam had already been in attendance for one year. I was VERY HOMESICK, but we had each other . I grew up at my HBCU and by the GRACE AND MERCY OF GOD HE HAS ALWAYS PREVAILED IN MY LIFE!!!! I met life long friends at LC. I think of them often, especially as I am planning OUR 60th BIRTHDAY PARTY to be held during HOMECOMING weekend, 2014. OUR THEME IS, “SAY IT LOUD!!!! WE’RE 60 & WE’RE PROUD!!!!” I already have 33 committed classmates and 10 spouses/guests. I know the numbers will grow because that is how strong our bond is from our days at LC!!! I love my HBCU because I had wonderful professors; Ms. Carolyn Anderson, Mr. William Pollard, and Ms. Mattie Lakin. I always loved Math, but my heart and dream was to become a Social Worker. Mr. Pollard was the reason I continued my education and secured a Masters of Social Work after graduating from LC in 1976. I pledged DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY under strong wonderful BIG SISTERS. Some of those Sorors include Sarah Littlejohn Alston, Evelyn Jones McNeil, Lucinda Stroble Benjamin, Lisa Oglesby, Brenda Walls, Sharon “Keeta” Henderson, and Dellosa “Nani” Holder. I do not know where she found the time, BUT she made time for US; Ms. Anderson was also my SORORITY ADVISER. Some of my dearest friends were pledging AKA. We were friends then and we have remained friends all of these years. It will 40 years since we came off line on 4-4-74. We were the last lines to pledge for one year. I love my HBCU because that is where I met and started dating a fellow, Ronald McCleave. He majored in Business, played football and pledged Kappa Alpha Psi while I was pledging. Two years after LC graduation and 1 month after graduate school graduation we married. Two years later we bought our first house. Two years after that we had our one and only child, our daughter, Rachel Marie McCleave Poole. Like I said I could write a book about why I LOVE MY HBCU LIVINGSTONE COLLEGE………………………………………… ‘O LIVINGSTONE!!! MY LIVINGSTONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I THANK GOD FOR LIVINGSTONE COLLEGE!!!!!!!!
– Marie  Suzanne Turner McCleave