Gloria Moore-Carter graduated from Fayetteville State in 1977 with a degree in elementary education. She joins several of her classmates and fellow alumni who recently made legacy gifts to the university. Mrs. Carter decided to make a legacy gift by naming the school as beneficiary of her life insurance policy and designated her gift to go toward FSU Scholarships.
As a member of the Air Force ROTC’s sorority “Angel Flight”, Mrs. Carter began a history of “giving” that continues today. As a student, she assisted other students in their coursework. The first day that she arrived at FSU, a day early, Mrs. Carter said she was treated with care and concern. When her aunt and uncle brought her down to FSU from her home in New York, “Mrs. Powell and Mrs. Simmons, housemothers in Joyner Hall, warmly welcomed me and let me pick my room, Room 22.” At that time, three girls had to share a room in Joyner. The two housemothers, along with the rest of the faculty and staff, corrected students in a respectful way, making sure that students behaved in a “ladylike” or “gentlemanly” way. Two faculty members, Mrs. Carter and Dr. Foster were individuals at FSU that really “gave of themselves” to the students, keeping track of grades and making sure that if someone was slipping, they got help. Mrs. Carter still has the “freshman beanie” given to her in 1973.
Mrs. Carter’s advisor, Dr. Brooklyn McGeachey, provided many stories that she loved to hear. “He made sure we all spoke appropriately” Mrs. Carter stated. One awards day, Dr. McGeachey insisted that Mrs. Carter attend the awards ceremony, although she had other plans. To her surprise, Mrs. Carter had won a scholarship sponsored by the National Alumni Association. That further cemented Mrs. Carter’s desire to “give” and assist others.
Mrs. Carter began her career while still a student, teaching 2nd grade reading in Kenansville, NC part-time. After graduation, Mrs. Carter continued to teach at Pink Hill Elementary and James Sprunt Community College in Lenoir County. She went back to school and earned a master’s degree in special education, specializing in teaching the mentally challenged/retarded. For five years, she used these skills at the Caswell Center in Kinston, NC. In 1987, Mrs. Carter joined the staff of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE). The organization recruits and trains educators, advocates for them, and lobbies for their interests. Ms. Carter is currently a Uniserv Director with the NCAE.
Mrs. Carter has served FSU since her graduation. First joining the National Alumni Association (NAA) Chapter in Kinston, she served as its president from 1982-1988. Mrs. Carter has served in a variety of positions with the NAA: sergeant at arms, parliamentarian, 2nd vice president, 1st vice president and finally as president. It was in her capacity as president of the NAA, that she was approached about joining the FSU Board of Trustees.
She accepted the honor in 2003. Mrs. Carter serves as a current member of the FSU Board of Trustees. Mrs. Carter recommends that students recognize the importance of asking for help if they need it, “Most folks at FSU care about the students and want them to succeed. They want to be there for the students.” “Alumni can assist current students by being actively involved in the university,” she says. “Give back, FSU needs you.”
With this planned gift, Mrs. Carter became a member of the Bronco Legacy Circle. To become a member of the Bronco Legacy Circle, donors must indicate FSU as a beneficiary in their will or be a participant in a planned or deferred gift such as an annuity or charitable lead trust.
Raised on a farm in rural southeastern North Carolina, Mr. Mr. Gerald came to FSU in 1961. He began his college education at N.C. A& T State University, but left after one year to join the United States Navy. His sister was a senior at FSU while he was a freshman. While at FSU, Mr. Gerald was a member of the Veterans Club and the Drama Guild. He especially remembers participating in the play, Pygmalion, as his parents were in the audience. Mr. Gerald fondly recalls being disciplined by President Jones after a little “mischief”. At the time, he was the only student to have his own car. President Jones required him to work for the registrar, Miss Lenna Means. The punishment “kept me in school” Mr. Gerald says. “Miss Means worked hard with the other staff to ensure that students would stay and graduate, no matter the obstacles.” Mr. Gerald’s, sociology advisor Professor Uzzell was also a graduate of FSU and Mr. Gerald credits him with much of his success. “Dr. Uzzell would not let you ‘get by.’ With him you had to do the best you could,” states Mr. Gerald. This lesson has stayed with Mr. Gerald his entire life.
Soon after graduating, Mr. Gerald went to work for the Social Security Administration, beginning as a clerk. He was in a G-S4 position and moved to a G-S 14 position within nine years, due in large part to the work ethic promoted by Dr. Uzzell. Gerald’s work took him all over the country: Wilmington, Detroit, Philadelphia, Rocky Mount, Fayetteville, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Cincinnati, and Atlanta where he retired in 1987. In 1987, Mr. Gerald began working with his brother in his medical practice and then at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta for five years. He returned to Cerro Gordo, NC, where he currently resides and continues to work with his brother.
Mr. Gerald serves on several local and regional boards, to include: Cape Fear Regional Workforce Development Board, Columbus County Partnership for Children, and the Columbus County Hospital Foundation.
Mr. Gerald’s classmates, now Dr. Earnest McNeill, FSU Professor of Education and Rudolph Jones, son of President Jones, remain friends. He maintains contact with many other members of the Class of ’65 also. Mr. Gerald has only missed three homecomings since he graduated in 1965.
Mr. Gerald has words of advice and encouragement to current FSU students: “Do the best you can; give your education your best”, echoing the advice of Dr. Uzzell. He reminds all alumni to “give back” to ensure other students have an opportunity. Mr. Gerald made the decision to make a planned gift because he felt that the university had given him so much and he wanted to be able to give back.
Mr. Gerald’s generous planned gift, an insurance policy naming FSU as the beneficiary, is one more way that he contributes to the growth of FSU and its students. The Bronco Legacy Circle was designed to honor those who make planned gifts to the university. Planned gifts are deferred gifts that allow people to donate through ways other than outright cash. Planned gifts include appreciated stock, real estate, Charitable Lead and Charitable Remainder Trusts, annuities or a bequest they leave in their will.