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DONOR SPOTLIGHT - Demetrish Ruffus


1.  Are you an alumnus of NC A&T State University?  If not, what is your relation

      to the University?

      Yes, Chemical Engineering 2000


2.  If you could describe NC A&T in one word, what word would it be?

      Distinctive, let’s just be honest there is no other university like

      NC A&T; I’m proud to be an Aggie Alumni and proud of what my

      great alma mater has accomplished over the years with producing

      distinguished professionals year after year.


3.  Why do you support NC A&T athletics and its student-athletes?

      During my time at A&T, I was a student athlete and played on the

      Lady Aggie Softball Team. My experiences were priceless and I will

      forever be grateful for the experiences and opportunities that my great alma

      mater provided me. As a student-athlete alumnus, it is my responsibility to give back and pay it forward

      for the next generation of Aggie athletes. I have seen a number of improvements in the athletic department

      over the years and I want to continue supporting the department’s efforts to support and serve our current

      and future student athletes.


4.  What prompted you to join the Aggie Athletic Foundation?

      After discussions with the President (Aggie Softball Alumni) and Associate AD for  Development/Executive

      Director of the Aggie Athletic Foundation, I got a better understanding of what the foundation’s mission and

       goals are and felt more confident that there is a strong staff in place that is supporting all Aggie athletic

       programs. Although I support all Aggie athletic programs, I will admit that I am more focused on Lady

      Aggie Softball as a softball alumnus, but I can say with confidence that I am more comfortable that a strong

       relationship is being developed between the Lady Aggie Softball Alumni Association (LASAA) and AAF and

      I’m proud of that.


5.  What is your favorite Aggie Athletics memory?

      There are several but I will definitely say back in 2005 when the new softball field was built on campus.

      That may not seem big to many but I remember playing at a local park softball field for "home" games and

       the field had gravel in the infield versus red clay/dirt. It made me proud to see that the Lady Aggie Softball

      team has their very own, top quality softball field on campus.


6.  What would you say to someone who is considering joining the Aggie Athletic Foundation?

      Just do it, we knew how much it meant for us to have alumni come back and support us when we were

      attending A&T so let’s do the same now that we are alumni. Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but

      from what we give!

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