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!

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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







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.

Spotlight on Dr. Erby R. Oglesby . . .



Dr. Oglesby is a proud Blue Bear

Dr. Oglesby is a proud Blue Bear

Dr. Erby Rudolph Oglesby, a native of Granite Quarry, North Carolina, was Valedictorian of his high school graduating class in 1949 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Livingstone College in 1953, where he was an honor student.  In 1957, he earned his D.D.S. from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, and received a Fellowship from Fitzsimmons General Hospital in Denver, Colorado in 1964 to study Restorative Dentistry.  He also received a M.S. degree in Removable Prosthodontics from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Missouri in 1971.

Brother Oglesby has had an extensive career in dentistry and the military.  He served in the United States Army as a dentist for twenty years and retired as a Colonel.  He served overseas in France, Germany, and Vietnam.  He was the only African-American Commander of a Dental Company in the U.S. Army from 1974-1977 at Ft. Devens, Massachusetts.  He was an adjunct Clinical Professor at the dental school at Tuft University.  After his military career, he practiced Family Dentistry in Asheville, North Carolina for twenty-four years.

He has always been active in the communities in which he lived.  In Asheville, he served as Vice Chairperson of the Asheville City School Board, Chairman of the Board of Social Services in Buncombe County, served on the Board of Directors of the Asheville Symphony, Daniel Boone Boy Scout Council, the YMCA Board, and the First Union National Bank Western Regional Board.

In Kernersville, he is a volunteer with the Shepherd’s Center and serves on the Institutional Review Board of Winston-Salem State University.

Brother Oglesby served as the Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School teacher, member of the gospel choir and Chairman of the Trustee Board at the Hopkins Chapel AME Zion Church in Asheville, North Carolina.

He is an active member of the United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he serves on the Finance committee, Laymen’s League, Assistant Sunday School Teacher and Bible Study.

Brother Oglesby is a life member of the NAACP, the American Dental Association, and the North Carolina Dental Society.  He is a member of the International Optimist Club, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, the Livingstone College Science Associates (1992), a recipient of the 60 year member pen of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and he was inducted into the Livingstone College Leaders Hall of Fame (2010).

He is the recipient of many military and civic honors: The Legion of Merit, The Army Commendation Medal, The Bronze Star, The National Defense Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Vietnam Unit Citation, The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Man of the Year (1980), The Business Associate of the Year of the Greater Asheville Chapter (1985), and The Chamber of Echoes Man of the Year (1988).

He and his wife, Treva, celebrated 53 years of marriage in April, 2013.  They have five adult children and four precious grandchildren.

He enjoys reading, traveling, listening to smooth jazz, and spending time with his grandchildren.


Spotlight on Dorothy Wynecoff . . . Still Going Strong

Dorothy Wynecoff Class of '48

Dorothy Wynecoff
Class of ’48

College Organizations:  
Member of the Choral Union
Member of the College Octet
Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.- Alpha Xi Chapter
Member of the Student Council

Life Work:    
Clerk Typist at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospital – 13yrs
Teacher in Forsyth County Winston-Salem School System – 24yrs
Married to Donnell Wynecoff (59 yrs), deceased
Daughter – Dr. Debra R. Wynecoff-Ogden, Winston-Salem, NC
Grandson – Garry A. Ogden, Jr., CPA, Conyers, Ga.
Granddaughter – Sophia E. Ogden, Conyers, Ga.

Special Recognitions:  
Hat Queen in the book, “Crowns”
Miss Goler Metropolitan 2002
Miss Livingstone Alumni in 1951

Community Involvement/Interests:  
Member of Goler Metropolitan AME Zion Church
Member of Goler’s Cathedral Choir
Life member of the Woman’s Home & Overseas Missionary Society
Vice-President of the Stewardess Board
Member of the Goler Christian Education Board
Member of Goler Sunday School
Member of Phi Omega-Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Member of Phi Omega, Inc.
Member of the Sittercise Class at the Carl Russell Recreation Center
Favorite/Most Memorable Livingstone Moment (s): 
Senior Voice Recital on May 15, 1948, my birthday and on Mothers Day with my mother (Sadie Ellis) in attendance.
Crowning of “Miss Alumni” – 1951  (Winston-Salem Chapter)
Singing in the College Choir & Octet

Livingstone College Homecoming 2013 . . .

One of many food vendors

One of many food vendors

Well, we fell short by three points in a loss to Fayetteville State University, 34-31.

At the same time, it was a good day to see classmates, eat a hot dog, fried fish and fries and a lot of hugs and kisses.

We sold another 225 raffle tickets  (that is 325 tickets sold today and last saturday) at the Livingstone College W-S Alumni Chapter table today.

Our own Dr. Oglesby joined us as he celebrated his 60th year by proudly wearing his gold medallion around his neck.

Dr. Oglesby is a proud Blue Bear

Dr. Oglesby is a proud Blue Bear

Click here to view more pictures from homecoming.

Livingstone College Golden Grads . . . in 1998

Golden Grads: 50 Years After Graduation, Three Sisters Are Honored by Their College

Publication Date: June 22, 1998 Page: 1 Section: D Edition: CITY

The saying “A family that prays together stays together” has held true for a lifetime for sisters Mildred E. Knox, Dorothy E. Wynecoff and Olivia E. Morgan.

They’ve been praying together since as far back as they can remember, when their father, Golden C. Ellis, was an African Methodist Episcopal Zion preacher. One of the things they fondly remember their father preaching both in and out of the pulpit was the importance of education beyond high school.<

From early on the Ellis girls said they knew that they would be headed to college and pretty much knew that they would be going toLivingstone College in Salisbury.

“We always knew that we would go to Livingstone,” Wynecoff said. “Daddy said that kids from the church could go for nominal fee since the school was supported financially by the church.”

That was over half a century ago. Now, 50 years after their graduation, the three women returned to Livingstone to share the stage for another honor.
Last month they were inducted into the college’s Golden Anniversary Club, an alumni organization for graduates who are celebrating their 50th alumni year.

“It was so exciting to go back, to see old friends . . . just to be back to see the maples and the oaks,” Wynecoff said.

This time around, the sisters were decked out in shimmering gold caps and gowns for the honor instead of the school’s traditional black and blue colors.
The sisters are not triplets, but, seemingly by fate, they all graduated from college at the same time. Knox, age 73, started atLivingstone in 1943, Wynecoff and Morgan in 1944. They graduated in 1948.

“I graduated from Atkins High School in 1942 and worked for a year before beginning at Livingstone,” Knox explained. “Then I took another year off after my junior year to get married.”

Wynecoff, 72, also worked the first year after high school before going off to college. Morgan, 70, joined her sisters directly out of high school.
The sisters say they have always been close and gotten along well. That closeness carried over into their college years as well. “We were all roommates at one point, until the year that Mildred took off to get married, then it was just me and Olivia,” Wynecoff said. The three also renewed their sisterhood by joining the same sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha.

Even though their college days are long behind them, the three have continued their camaraderie. All the sisters eventually married and had their own families. With the exception of Morgan – who went to be with her husband, who was in the military, for three years during the 1950s – the three sisters have always lived in the same city.

They are also still praying together. All sisters are members of Goler Metropolitan AME Zion Church, where they have been worshiping since the late 1940s. Now they keep themselves busy working in various church groups. Knox is an assistant organist for the cathedral choir where Wynecoff sings in the soprano section. Morgan has been the superintendent of the Sunday School department. All three are church missionaries, and all remain actively involved with their sorority

The three are now grandmothers, with 13 grandchildren between them. But they still find time to share in each other’s lives. They occasionally have lunch or get together for birthdays or family reunions. Wynecoff and Morgan say they talk on the phone almost daily.

When not on the phone, the three usually get together at Morgan’s house. The sisters still sound like school girls as they reminisce about their school days, complimenting one another on the different honors each has received over the years. They still speak lovingly of their father’s days as a preacher as they thumb through a scrapbook of his 53 years in the ministry.

They still have their fond memories of growing up as close sisters. The only difference, Morgan said, is “Now we’re golden girls.”

Note: Dorothy E. Wynecoff and Olivia E. Morgan are  current members of the W-S Alumni Chapter and all three sisters plan to be at Homecoming next week celebrating 65-years after graduation.

Homecoming Activities . . .

14 Days to Homecoming 2013!!!

Here is the Homecoming Weekend Rundown

Thursday, October 31st
Rickey Smiley @ 8pm
Varick Auditorium ($25)

PAC Bowling Party
Woodleaf Lanes ($10)
Unlimited Bowling and Shoes

Friday, November 1
Alumni Convocation
Varick Auditorium

UNCF Luncheon
Aggrey Student ($30)

Stomp Fest 2013
Greek Step Show
Varick Auditorium ($20)

Alumni “Old Trent Party
Black Box Theater ($10)
450 N. Lee Street

LCNAA Welcome Reception
Events and Hospitality Center (on campus) $20 or FREE with LCNAA membership card!

Saturday, November 2
Brunch & photo
Aggregate Student Union ($15/brunch & $10/photo)

Yard Fest
Horseshoe area
Free & Open to the public!

Football Game (FSU)

Fashion Show
Free & Open to the public!

Alumni “All Black” Party
Black Box Theater ($25)
Midnight Mask Contest