Items from across the Triad and beyond


The Delta Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will conduct its 19th annual overnight sleep-out to raise awareness of homelessness in the Piedmont Triad on Friday, Nov. 20, beginning at 6 p.m. near the Clock Tower on campus.

Activities during the past week have included the collection of nonperishable food items, school supplies and clothing items for the homeless. The campaign will culminate with the all-night sleep-out that will have members of the fraternity and other students supporting the initiative by spending the night in cardboard boxes, sleeping bags and tents. A makeshift cardboard city will be set up near the Phi Beta Sigma monument on the university’s Greek plots area outside of the Thompson Student Services Center.

Clothing items donated will go to the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission, while the nonperishable food items will be given to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. The school supplies will support Project Hope of the Winston- Salem/Forsyth County School System and the monetary donations will go to the Samaritan Ministries Annual Penny Campaign.

In 2014 members collected $330 for Samaritan Ministries, approximately 17 boxes of clothing and shoes for the Winston- Salem Rescue Mission, 740 pounds of nonperishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank and $150 cash for Project Hope.

This year, the fraternity’s goal is to raise $1,000 in cash donations for Samaritan Ministries and Project Hope, 1000 lbs. of canned goods and other non-perishable items, and at least 20 boxes of clothing. The drive this year is putting special emphasis on collecting old blankets and toys.

Donations may be made from 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, through 6 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Clock Tower on the WSSU campus.”


After an extensive national search involving more than 100 candidates from around the country, Nasha McCray has been selected the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department’s deputy director. McCray, who will officially begin her new position on December 16, has served as the department’s planning and project development manager since 2009.

Nasha’s leadership and management in the areas of comprehensive planning, project and construction development, land acquisition, maintenance and risk mitigation has allowed the community and department to experience significant progress and success,” says Parks and Recreation Director Wade Walcutt. “This leadership position has allowed Nasha to combine her unique skills in strategic planning and establishing community relationships, which has helped the department and City to strengthen bonds with the community.”

McCray began her career as a planner for the City of West Palm Beach, FL before serving as a senior planner and then project planner for its community redevelopment agency. Following a move to North Carolina, McCray secured the position of senior planner in Jacksonville and is credited with developing its first neighborhood and area planning program, spearheading the downtown master plan, and managing the City’s growth management plan.

With the City of Greensboro, McCray has been instrumental in:

· Completing the Griffin Community Recreation Center · Improving neighborhood parks in Heath, Sussman, Steelman, Village at Northside, and Ole Asheboro · Providing leadership as a team member for development of the Battleground Parks District Master Plan · Serving on the leadership team during the planning phase of LeBauer Park · Administering the departments’ multiyear $95.8 Million Capital Improvement Program · Managing, planning, and executing a diverse capital bond project portfolio valued at more than $11,000,000 · Leading the recent implementation of the Skate Park development and garnered community input as a driving factor in the process.

“When I originally arrived in Greensboro and became part of the Parks and Recreation Department, the first thing that struck me was the genuine sense of family,” says McCray. “We’re here for a shared purpose, which is to build better lives and a better community. The benefits of what we provide for the community are endless. While it’s true we provide a lot of program and services people are accustomed to, such as community recreation centers and youth sports, we offer so much more. We truly offer something for everyone from the arts, to environmental education, to therapeutic recreation, and on and on. This is what makes me proud to be a part of this family.” !