Livingstone College 2014 CIAA Basketball Champs . . .


Livingstone College is the 2014 CIAA Basketball Champion

Southern Division Champs – 2nd year in a row

2014 CIAA Team Highest Grade Point Average Award

2014 CIAA Player of the Year Livingstone’s Mark Thomas

Celebrating after the victory!

Celebrating after the victory!

In The News




Livingstone College Concert Choir Event . . . Images

Here are a few pictures before, during and after the concert on Sunday, February 16th. More pictures to come including a group photo of all Livingstonians in attendance.


Rev. Ruff gives closing remarks


Rhon Hammond, Dr. Vickers & Mertice Williams prior to the concert


Tuning up before the concert


Jackie Astrop & Mel Bennett serve cake after the concert


Dr. Oglesby and his fan club







Jackie Astrop Recognized in High Point Safety Newsletter . . .

Featured Coordinator: Jackie Astrop

Featured Coordinator:
Jackie Astrop

Jackie is the Treasury Services Manager and has been a dedicated City employee for 40 years. She has been a safety coordinator for 6 years and also serves on the Safety Policies and Procedures Committee. Jackie says, “Being a Safety Coordinator has been a learning experience for me that has not only benefited my department, but has benefited me on safety issues in my own home. The information gathered is very useful and I get to network with a great group of employees.”

Her advice to other coordinator’s is to “continue to share information, so that we can all be more informed and proactive as coordinators. She adds, “I have enjoyed being a part of the Safety Coordinators for the City and also working on the Policy committee. I have found there is still a lot to learn about safety that we sometimes take for granted.”

In her spare time, Jackie enjoys traveling, reading and spend-ing time with her daughter Deve’ and three year old grandson Caleb.

White House Initiative Names HBCU ‘All-Stars’ . . .


The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) today announced its first class of HBCU All-Stars, recognizing 75 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement.   Currently enrolled at 62 HBCUs, the All-Stars were selected from 445 students who submitted completed applications that included a transcript, resume, essay, and recommendation.

Congratulations to Livingstone College student, LaTrice Clayburn from the District of Columbia.

W-S Alumni Chapter Fellowship . . .

Chapter members and friends of Livingstone enjoy the fellowship

Chapter members and friends of Livingstone enjoy the fellowship


The W-S Alumni Chapter enjoyed an evening of fellowship, fun and good food during the first chapter meet-and-greet. Twenty-seven (27) people came out on a cold, rainy evening and enjoyed time together.

Rev. Alvin Damon led the group in prayer followed by introductions  of guests and alums. Everyone was encouraged to meet and talk with a person they didn’t know or know well and find out the following information: the other person’s name, year of graduation and a memorable moment while at Livingstone.

It was fun, informative and engaging.

Some memorable moments included:

  • experiencing a first Greek line
  • listening to a graduation speaker outside in 90 degree weather (and he spoke for 90 minutes)
  • student led strike because of bad food (the president told them to pack their bags and go home)
  • student led strike because girls wanted to wear pants (the president told them to pack their bags and go home)
  • being initiated in the band and having to line the football field (a group of girls)
  • dancing all night at a christmas dance
  • mr. livingstone two years in a row
  • singing in the choir and visiting Niagara Falls
  • and many more

It really was fun and the food was good.

The youngest participant, Meka Harrell (’03), shared information about her business and a website launch scheduled for next week in scheduled. And, Veronica Black (’69) had us all laughing as she shared a song  that reminded us of our age (those of us who are a little more mature that is). It was funny and, true. More W-S Alumni Chapter Fellowship Pictures

Meka talks about her business and the pink truck

Meka talks about her business and the pink truck


W-S Alumni Chapter Meeting, 12/16 . . .

Chapter Members After Meeting

Chapter Members After Meeting

The W-S Alumni Chapter had a great meeting to end the year on Monday, December 16, 2014.

The winner is in the box

The winner is in the box: Michael White

One of the highlights of the meeting included the drawing for the $100 gas card. Chapter members sold more than 650 tickets at $1 each and tonight pulled a winner out of the bag – thanks to Dorothy Wynecoff for doing the honors.

And the winner is: Michael White from Clinton, Md. He has been contacted and is excited about winning. He purchased a ticket at homecoming on 11/2. He can use the gas card now, he said. He is a ’83 graduate of Livingstone and a member of Omega Psi Phi.

Congratulations, Michael, and thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket.


We had excellent committee reports and have some exciting events, activities planned;

On Friday, January 10, 2014 we will host a meet-and-greet for the chapter members, family and friends  at Lone Star Steakhouse starting at 6 pm. Please plan to join us, fellowship, eat a good meal and get to know each other better.

Thanks to the reclamation/engagement committee for taking the lead and planning the event.

On Sunday, February 16, 2014 we will host the Livingstone College Concert Choir for a Black History Month performance at 4 PM at Goler Metropolitan AME Zion Church.

Thanks to the special events committee for their work in planning the event. We are planning to pack the church and spread the word locally and throughout the area.

Here is the group around the table engaged and excited about the possibilities.

W-S Chapter Meeting

W-S Chapter Meeting


Ben Piggott makes a difference from tragedy

Livingstonian Makes a Difference

Livingstonian Makes a Difference

Man Turns Tragedy into program offering promise . . .

Wesley Young/Winston-Salem Journal | Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:38 pm

The violent death of his brother more than 20 years ago continues to reverberate through the life of Ben Piggott, but in a way that promises hope rather than despair.

Piggott, in anguish over the shooting death of his younger brother, Kermit Bruce Piggott, decided years ago that instead of wanting revenge he would try to do something to make his community a better place — and a less violent one. He began rounding up “peace toys” to give away to children at Christmas.

From a modest start, Piggott’s effort has grown to the point that for the second straight year it will be held in the Joel Coliseum Annex rather than at the Russell Community Center on Carver School Road where he works.

Piggott’s 21st annual Peace Toys for War Toys Exchange will be held Friday, Dec. 20. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and registration ends at 6:45 p.m.

The idea is for kids to exchange violent toys — guns or violent video games — for computers, bicycles, dolls and other peaceful toys.

Last year, Piggott said, about 700 children were involved. Piggott said he believes the number could reach 1,000 this year. Although he has only a small pile of toys now, by the time the event takes place a room at Russell Community Center will be packed with donated items.

Piggott said his brother and a friend were arguing in 1991 when the friend shot his brother. Ben Piggott, who was in his early 30s, had just gotten a job as recreation director at Sims Recreation Center.

Healing was hard, Piggott said.

“I was angry,” he said.

But a man he met told him that he should put everything in God’s hands and that if he did, “I would see things that I never had seen before.”

Piggott went through a program that helps survivors of violence deal with their losses. It helped spark an idea that turned into Peace Toys for War Toys. He thought about how his brother and his friend had never meant for the argument to come to such a tragic end.

The idea of swapping war toys for peaceful toys caught on, Piggott said.

“We must teach the children about control instead of going off on your emotions and acting on that,” Piggott said. “Instead of fighting, turn to love to solve the problem.”

Piggott’s event started out at Sims Neighborhood Center and moved to Russell Community Center when Piggott did. But it outgrew the recreation center last year and moved to the Annex.

People planning to attend the event are asked to bring some nonperishable food, which will be donated to AIDS Care Service. The Winston-Salem alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority is taking charge of that.

“What we are seeking to do is assist those who are most affected with HIV and AIDS, and we understand there is a great need for food,” Lisa Smith, with the sorority’s alumnae chapter, said. “We supported AIDS Care last year and hope to double that this year.”

Piggott said it is important for those who are receiving help to also give it.

“We want the people who are receiving to also be donators,” he said.

Piggott said it takes about 60 volunteers to put on the toy exchange. He takes new and lightly used toys.

“We want basketballs, footballs, dolls and educational videos,” Piggott said, outlining some of the more popular items.

Above all, he needs bikes and mininotebook computers to give away, Piggott said.

“When they get a computer they will be jumping up and shouting,” Piggott said.