DONOR SPOTLIGHT - Shandette Harper
1. Are you an alumnus of NC A&T State University? If not, what is your relation
to the University?
I am a proud member of the class of 1996. I received my Bachelor of Science
degree in Accounting.
2. If you could describe NC A&T in one word, what word would it be?
One word to describe NC A&T is family. When I say family I mean blood related
and non-blood related. My father, my older brother Rodney and various cousins
graduated from A&T but my Aggie family extends beyond them. I consider every
person I met in Alex Haley Hall Dormitory, in The Cafe, in Merrick Hall or just
"on the yard" to be a member of my family. I truly do Bleed Blue and Gold!
3. Why do you support NC A&T athletics and its student-athletes?
I am a big believer in supporting my family and friends. While I was a student I had many friends on
the football and basketball teams. I knew the dedication they had to their respective teams so I felt I
needed to show them support in return. As an alum, I consider the current athletes to be my little
brothers and sisters.
4. What prompted you to join the Aggie Athletic Foundation?
Even though I love sports, I’ve never been known as an athlete. However, I have been labeled as a #1
fan. With that title, I felt I needed to support the athletic program emotionally and financially.
5. What is your favorite Aggie Athletics memory?
My favorite memory is from the 1999 football playoff game in Nashville, TN. The Aggies went 8-0 in
the MEAC that year but we received the #16 spot in the playoffs. It was the fourth quarter and we
were losing to Tennessee State. Coach Bill Hayes called a timeout. During the timeout the Blue & Gold
Marching Machine started to play a popular song during that time and the A&T fans started to dance
and sing. I guess the energy from the crowd spread down to the football players because a couple of
them started to dance and sing also. The Aggies moved the football down the field for the winning
score. That game earned NC A&T their first NCAA I-AA playoff victory.
6. What would you say to someone who is considering joining the Aggie Athletic Foundation?
There is more to being an Aggie then yelling Aggie Pride. We need to show the meaning of Aggie
Pride. As Aggies we do not like to lose in sporting events but to be able to compete with the best we
need to financially support our athletic programs.