Daily Archives: October 28, 2013

A&T faculty, grad student help create a ‘city oasis’

The leaders N.C. A&T's contribution to the urban farm in the Warnersville community of Greensboro

Dr. Guochen Yang, left, graduate student Michael King, and Odile Huchette, director of Reid Greenhouse at A&T, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in the Warnersville community of Greensboro (News & Record photo)

The Greensboro-High Point area was ranked second in a 2012 national report on food insecurity.  The county Health Department started looking for solutions and was joined by a church, a nonprofit, and a UNCG professor. When N.C. A&T joined the project, everything was in place to address at least one of Greensboro’s “food deserts.”

A&T had just created the first undergraduate program in the nation for urban and community horticulture, as well as a master’s degree program emphasizing sustainable agriculture. The administration was also encouraging more community involvement for faculty members and students.

“We want to produce quality students who can go and get started right away on practical projects,” [Dr. Guochen] Yang said. “We want them to be ready to solve real-world problems.”

The News & Record has excellent coverage of the project.


Journalists, communications pros to visit, discuss civil rights, news media and crisis communications

What: Media Coverage of Civil and Human Rights in 2013: Unfiltered and Unbiased? Two town-hall sessions sponsored by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.

When and where:  This Friday, Nov. 1, beginning at 11 a.m. in Crosby Hall.

Background: Many civil and human rights-related news events have occurred this year, including the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the trial in the killing of Trayvon Martin, the 50th anniversaries of the Birmingham Bombing and the March on Washington, North Carolina’s Moral Mondays, and the continuing financial difficulties of the International Civil Rights Museum.

First session: Media Accuracy in Civil and Human Rights, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., to be held in the Television Studio, third floor. Speakers will include:

  • Bob Butler, National Association of Black Journalists;
  • Kerry Charles, FOX 8 anchor and president of the Triad Association of Black Journalists;
  • Dr. Vanessa G. Cunningham-Engram, journalism faculty member, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications;
  • Dexter Mullins,  digital news producer for Al Jazeera America and A&T alumnus;
  • Dr. Kim Smith, journalism faculty member, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications; and
  • Cassandra Wynn, journalism professor at Johnson C. Smith University and A&T alumna;

Second session: Crisis Communications in Civil Rights, 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Room 215.  Speakers will include: 

  • Shawn Jackson, A&T graduate and current intern at Edelman, the global public relations firm based in Chicago, Ill.;
  • Denada Jackson, owner of Bella Roca PR & Events in Charlotte and A&T alumna;
  • Irish Gaymon-Spencer, owner of The Spencer Group Inc. in Greensboro and A&T alumna; and
  • Ricky Clemons, PR faculty member, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Sponsored by: The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

Reception: A reception honoring Sandra Hughes, longtime local television journalist, will be held from 1:15–2 p.m. in Room 217. Hughes, who also teaches at A&T, is a recipient of this year’s Piedmont Triad National Conference for Community and Justice award and citation.

Further information: Contact Bonnie Newman Davis, the Greensboro News & Record-Janice Bryant Howroyd Endowed Professor of Journalism, at Bbdavis1@ncat.edu or 336 334-7900.