The Black Alumni Society (BAS) had no problem getting its members interested in the Wolfpack’s season-opener in football this year.
BAS is taking a charter bus to Atlanta on Friday for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against the University of Tennessee. Soon after the trip was publicized, the 50 tickets were quickly purchased, and more were ordered by the organization.
“Those went right away,” says BAS President Stephanie Cogdell, ’93.
Though there is no official tailgating event, the BAS is encouraging its members to meet up with each other in the FanZone and take part in Wolfpack Club festivities. The Atlanta Network of BAS alumni are hosting an event following the game.
“NC State is planning so many great activities,” says Monique Harrell-Cartwright, ’93, co-chair of the Atlanta Network of BAS.
Cogdell is heading to Atlanta earlier in the week to spend time with friends and fellow NC State alumni before the game Friday night.
“I’m excited because it’s against Tennessee,” says Cogdell, a Raleigh resident who attends every home football game. “This will be my first time going to Atlanta for a game.”
Members of the Atlanta Network of BAS will be at the hotel to welcome the charter bus passengers and provide them with information on what to do in Atlanta. The Atlanta Network is organizing a social for after the game.
“We really wanted to do something,” says Harrell-Cartwright. “[The event is for] anyone who wants to hang out after the game….We’re hoping for a good turnout.”
The Atlanta Network of BAS’ party is at Wet Willie’s on Piedmont Road in the Buckhead area of Atlanta.
Harrell-Cartwright sees the Friday night event as a way to get more people hooked into the NC State network in Atlanta and beyond.
“We want to reconnect with NC State alumni,” Harrell-Cartwright says. “We’re trying to build a strong network here and get people interested in being involved.”
BAS Networks are active in Raleigh, Charlotte, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. For more information about BAS and its events, visit http://www.ncsublackalumni.org/. For information on and directions to Wet Willie’s, visit http://www.wetwillies.com/Locations/Atlanta.html.
Our stories from Atlanta this week were reported and written by Betsy Rhame-Minor, an Apex, N.C., native who grew up an NC State fan because her grandfather was an alumnus. She attended NC State for graduate school, earning a MA in English in 2006. Betsy is a writer and editor in Atlanta. When she’s back in Raleigh she enjoys seeing the Wolfpack women’s basketball team play in Reynolds Coliseum.