Largest Spring Career Fair at N.C. A&T for All Majors to be Held Feb. 21
Downing Named Executive Director of Career Services and Experiential Learning for N.C. A&T

Tonya Dixon

EAST GREENSBORO – (Feb. 20, 2019) – The Office of Career Services (OCS) at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will host the spring career fair from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, in Corbett Sports Center. The event marks the university’s largest spring career fair, to date, including over 220 employers and 640 representatives. A full list of participating employers is available   OCS fairs are designed to connect students of all classifications with employers to build relationships, explore career opportunities (full-time, internship, and co-op), and converse about industry trends.
A&T Register to Host N.C.’s Largest College Media Conference

Tiffany S. Jones

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2019) – Approximately 200 media students from across the state will converge on the campus of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University for the annual North Carolina College Media Association Conference on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

“We are thrilled by the turnout and excited to offer so many amazing sessions to students who are interested in newspapers, literary magazines and yearbooks,” said Emily Burch Harris, the faculty adviser to student-run newspaper, The A&T Register.

The opening panel will feature Elissa Yancey, director of the Poynter Institute’s Campus Media Project, and Damion Waymer Ph.D., chair of the Department of Liberal Studies at N.C. A&T. The pair will discuss, “The Black Narrative: How Beliefs Shape Coverage of News.” Alexis Wray, editor-in-chief of The A&T Register, will moderate.

A&T faculty from the Department of English, Valerie Nieman and Kevin Rippin will lead the literary magazine and creative writing sessions. Deirdra Nance and Tynesha Brown, also A&T faculty are also on tap to provide instruction.

“This is a wonderful way to showcase our university’s diverse talents,” Burch Harris said. “We will offer the first-ever sessions on fashion journalism and food reporting, in addition to more traditional sessions, such as a media law update.”

The keynote speaker for the luncheon is Democracy Free Press organizing manager, Alicia Bell. She works with Free Press members, allies and community members on the “News Voices: North Carolina” project. Their goal is to create a world where all people can survive and thrive.

More than 100 years old, The A&T Register is one of nine institutions chosen to participate in this year’s project. The paper transitioned last fall from a weekly, printed format to a fully digital entity, with a redesigned website supported by a family of social media.
Todd Simmons

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Dec. 18, 2018) -- Cynthia Downing has been appointed executive director of Career Services and Experiential Learning after serving as interim executive director for the past year.

Downing has more than 16 years of experience in career services, including roles as career counselor, assistant director and later associate director for Career Counseling Programs and associate director of Career Services/Employer Relations. In addition to her career services background, she also gained over seven years of experience in human resources and recruiting while working for Pepsi, Wachovia and a staffing firm.

Downing is a member of several professional organizations in which she has held leadership roles, including the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), Southern Association of Colleges and Employers, North Carolina Association of Colleges and Employers, National Career Development Association and the National Association of Professional Women. She has participated in corporate training programs with the
National Urban League Black Executive Exchange Program (Florida), Cargill (Minnesota), National Security Agency (Maryland), Milliken  (South Carolina), NC Aquarium (North Carolina), Fastenal (North Carolina), Adtran (Alabama), Amazon (Illinois) and Sonoco (South Carolina).

In 2011, she was recognized by the National Urban League’s Black Executive Exchange Program as the HBCU Campus Liaison of the Year. She was also awarded the 2017 Student Affairs Outstanding Employer Award and nominated for the University’s Teamwork and Performance awards.
Downing earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Howard University and a master’s in Adult Education from North Carolina A&T. She is a certified True Colors Facilitator, Business Etiquette Consultant, Global Career Development Facilitator, Master Career Development Professional and a graduate of the NACE’s Management Leadership Institute.
About North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the nation’s largest historically black university, ranked number one among public HBCUs by U.S. News & World Report. It is a land-grant, high-research activity classified university by the Carnegie Foundation and constituent member of the University of North Carolina system. A&T is known for its leadership in producing graduates in engineering, agriculture and other STEM fields. The university was founded in 1891 and is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.