Conversations with Board Chair – January 2017

Happy 2017!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and you are ready to join in our excitement of what this New Year will bring for our Alumni Association.  Don’t miss the article in this Alumni Times with information on opportunities to serve on our Board of Directors.  We encourage you to join us and make it a personal goal this year to do more for and with your alma mater.

During the months of January and February of each year, we pause to remember five phenomenal alumni who altered the course of American history.  On Jan. 27, the University will honor the life and legacy Dr. Ronald E. McNair.   A celebration and memorial will be held at 11 a.m. on campus to pay homage to Dr. McNair, a world-renowned physicist and NASA astronaut. 

On Feb. 1, we will celebrate the bravery of four freshmen who marched to the downtown Greensboro Woolworth in 1960 and demanded the right to sit at a segregated lunch counter.  As a result of their actions that day, Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, David Richmond, and Ezell Blair started the Sit-in Movement.   Their extraordinary courage created a spark, which lit a fire that spread quickly throughout the South, reshaping the moral conscience of this nation and the world.  The 57th Sit-in Anniversary Breakfast Celebration will be Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 6 a.m. on campus.  Please visit for more information about both events.

Please join me in congratulating our illustrious Chancellor, Dr. Harold L. Martin, Sr. on his recent honor as HBCU Digest’s #1 Most Influential President of the Nation’s HBCU’sIt is well deserved and his exemplary leadership continues to make us proud to be alumni of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University!

BuncumWith Aggie Pride,


Pam McCorkle Buncum ‘81
Chair – Board of Directors


    Is there a better solution to the way parking and suites at the Sheraton Hotel can be handled during homecoming? It cost more $ for us to use the meeting room due to having to purchase all drinks and food, etc from the hotel. That $ could be used to help with our student and other needs at the University.

    For over 10 years, the classes of 1963-64 have had a suite at the Sheraton which we all as a class paid for. The hotel will not put the names of the contributors on the list of attendees that can enter the hotel parking lot. This has caused us to loose our membership participation as well as the amount of funds we generally raise for the University. Some of us are over age 75 and walking is a problem. I am sure other Sheratons don’t treat their seniors in this manner. I was told that these arrangements were done with the sanction of the NC A & T administration.

    I will share a copy of this missive with my classmates and look forward to your response.

    Aggie Pride,
    Sylvia Stanback, President
    Classes 1963/64