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Message from the Chancellor

To All Alumni:
There are not words to express how sorry we are that some of the WSSU alumni who were fortunate to have tickets to the recent CP3 NBA All-Star Pickup game on campus were not able to get into the game.  I had set aside tickets to ensure that alumni who were not able to purchase them on campus would be able to attend this exciting event during our Homecoming celebration.  We have spent this week attempting to determine what happened and also making sure that we were able to provide refunds for those of you who are local and those who are from out-of-town.  
It became clear early in our investigation that the problem arose from a grossly overestimation of the capacity of C. E. Gaines Center by the university's athletics department.  So, the situation was created when the lead planning person for athletics used 3,000 as the number the gym would hold when, in fact, the bleachers will only accommodate 2,300 and the maximum capacity for the gym is 2,570.  At this point, all we can do is apologize for any inconvenience and, most importantly, for the disappointment of those who did not make it into the gym.  We had a truly wonderful 2011 Homecoming and we are all extremely distressed that the situation with the NBA All-Star Game was not as successful as all of the other events of the week.
Chancellor Donald J. Reaves


Keeping it Real

smiles2The Class of 1961 brought more than smiles when they came to celebrate their 50th reunion as part of WSSU's 2011 Homecoming activities. They also brought a check for scholarships that will help future students for years to come.  
College class reunions are often times only about people coming together to talk about the "good old days" and share stories from the past. This year, the Class of '61 came to homecoming for their 50th reunion with much more on their minds.  The theme for their celebration was "Reminiscing the Past, Embracing the Future" and that is exactly what they did.
Under the leadership of Mary Catherine Reese Buford and Samuel Foster, the Class of '61 made a $50,000 gift to Winston-Salem State to provide scholarships for students majoring in nursing or teacher education.  The class also committed to continue to make contributions to enhance their scholarship fund.
The Class of '61 did a great deal of reminiscing about the past while enjoying a reunion banquet and campus tours, participating in the Founder's Day Convocation processional and luncheon, and having reserved seats to watch their Rams win the Homecoming football game.  Yet, they remained true to their theme by not only embracing the future, but by making the future much brighter for the students who will benefit from their generosity.