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Active community service has always been an Aggie cornerstone and principle. The North Carolina A&T State University Young Alumni Council (YAC) is making sure to keep the tradition alive.

The YAC has conducted community service projects in some of the major cities in North Carolina including Greensboro, Raleigh, Durham and most recently Charlotte. The council worked with organizations such as Out of the Garden, the Durham Rescue Mission, and the Sugaw Creek Recreation Center. The services included planting flowers, cleaning sheds, and picking up trash.

However, the YAC has much loftier goals. Aggies are worldwide, and according to the council so should Aggie service.

“N.C. A&T has a history of community service and civic engagement. Many times we’re known for our academics and we’re known for our athletics, but the folks don’t know how much community service we give to the Greensboro community and beyond,” said YAC member Marcus Bass during an interview with FOX 46 in Charlotte. “It was appropriate to highlight the giving on a larger level; not just locally in Greensboro, but to really go across the state and we hope to make this something that continues for Aggies to give back in their local communities.”

Joining the YAC allows recent alumni of A&T, to continue to promote service through the university after graduation. It gives young alumni the opportunity to spread their aggie pride and it gives them a connection back to A&T.

Although the YAC has been established for quite some time, the group is anticipating great expansion in the near future.

The council is looking to establish committees and get more active in Greensboro as well as other cities and states.

Building more structure for that purpose is the goal.

Crystal Williams is the director of alumni programs in the Office of Alumni Relations and also oversees the YAC. Her vision is to grow the YAC and develop a continuous stream of new members excited about giving back to their community on behalf of their beloved university.

“What we want is to build a pipeline for students that are graduating. Alumni will be a part of a general body where information will be shared. Every young alum or graduate from the university will be considered a part of the Young Alumni Council. We are in the process of connecting and developing programming

and engagement opportunities for young alumni,” said Williams. “We also have the week of Aggie love that takes place in February. We do service projects during that week. The council plans to continue this project annually to encourage all alumni to do service projects in their local communities.”

To get involved or for more information, contact the YAC at


Ice Cream and Music Lovers alike will enjoy Winston-Salem’s biggest National Ice Cream Day event, “The Big Chill”, featuring dozens of homemade ice cream samplings from participating community organizations and talented musicians from our city. The fun filled, family friendly festival, presented by The Shalom Project, will run from 3p.m. until 6p.m. on July 17 at Grace Court Park on Fourth Street with all proceeds going to support the programs and initiatives of The Shalom Project.

The day’s events include fun for all ages. Live music will performed by Laurelyn Dossett, The Matt Kendrick Trio and Nishah DiMeo. A kids fun area will have games and activities hosted by the Summer Non Profit Interns of Wake Forest University’s Pro Humanitate Institute. Local foodie celebrity judges, Michael Hastings of the W-S Journal, Ciska Weber owner of Café Gelato and Janis Karathanas of Providence Restaurant and Catering, will judge their favorite flavors. Homemade ice cream will be sampled, presented by many community groups and religious organizations as well as the newly opened Providence Restaurant. And this year, we are happy to announce that Publix Super Markets has signed on as a corporate sponsor, not only making a generous first time donation but also bringing their delicious ice cream to share. Community leaders will be sitting on blocks of ice making calls to get donations in before they get too cold.

“We are excited for another successful event on a beautiful summer day to raise funds and awareness for the work of The Shalom Project and are grateful to our friends who are participating in the event. We are hoping for a large turnout from the community to share the fun with” says Lynn Brown, Exec. Director of The Shalom Project. !