Dr. Shirley Hymon-Parker

Dr. Shirley Hymon-Parker

Rooms To Go, the nation’s No. 1 independent furniture retailer, has partnered with North Carolina A&T State University to establish a Student Collaborative Research Area benefitting students. The company donated more than $12,000 worth of sofas, chairs and tables to the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, or CAES, at N.C. A&T as part of its program to promote greater research, study and job preparedness among HBCU students.

Representatives from Rooms To Go and the CAES recently held a dedication of the area. The furniture is located in student lounge areas in the C.H. Moore Agricultural Research Station and Sockwell Hall. Rooms To Go has also established Reading for Excellence Centers – comfortable learning and study environments outside the classroom – in university dormitories and student gathering spots at HBCUs in cities where the retailer has stores.

“Rooms To Go has had and will continue to have a strong commitment to the training and education of young people at our premier academic institutions as they prepare for global careers,” said Steve Buckley, president and COO of Rooms To Go. “Our Reading for Excellence Centers are just one of the many initiatives we are proud to support in hope of fostering student growth.”

The national company’s outreach coincides with the CAES’s efforts to boost research preparedness among students and build the oral and communication skills necessary for their success in the marketplace.

“We appreciate Rooms To Go and their support,” said Dr. Shirley Hymon-Parker, the CAES interim dean. “The furniture is attractive, functional and comfortable, and most of all, represents a goal that is totally compatible with our mission in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences – pursuing excellence in student learning and achievement to help strengthen our intellectual core.”

The gift to the college was guided to the CAES by alumnus Dr. Frankie T. Jones Sr. of Phoenix One Enterprise, who is affiliated with Rooms To Go. In addition to the furniture donation, Jones facilitated through Rooms To Go the first of an annual $2,500 student scholarship in leadership to CAES student Gabrielle Jackson.