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The C. E. "Big House"  Gaines Hall of Fame committee is seeking nominations for the Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Persons being nominated for induction into the Hall of Fame must have served the university either as a player, coach, or in a service capacity.  Nomination forms can be found on the WSSU Athletic website. The deadline for submission is
April 1, 2012. 

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5 Questions for Kevin Ritsche 
What was the experience like last year - the first season after a long hiatus and then winning the CIAA Championship?  Last season was emotional. My coaching staff and I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into that team. Never once was it an easy journey. After winning the CIAA, however, it felt like a whole new door to this program had been opened and the possibilities were endless.


What challenges do you have coming off such a successful season?

The challenges we faced last year remain the same. We lack facilities for baseball and have to continue to struggle to find an adequate, consistent practice facility. Budgets are tighter with current economic conditions making it more difficult to find funds for field leases and travel to play tough, regional opponents. The stakes have been raised this year and even though we've upgraded almost every position on the team from a personnel point of view, the pressure remains the same as our focus has shifted to bringing the program from a start-up to the national level. Most new programs don't play a single game their first year and don't contend in their conference for two years. We are trying to win a regional championship in that same length of time, so stress levels are high as we push the limits every day.     


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To what do you attribute the team's success in your first season?

It was difficult starting from scratch with such a short time frame, but we were supported heavily by our institution. I also attribute our success to my coaching staff and the ability to develop all the new players in such a short amount of time. Personally, I believe the success of the first season came from believing that we could accomplish such a feat in only nine months of existence. Maybe I was just "stupid" to believe it, but I told our players from day one that they had to have the "Expect to Win" mentality. I guess it paid off.    


What are your expectations for this season?

Most teams don't rebuild, they reload. We did the opposite. We brought in 17 new faces this year and upgraded our offense. Our expectations are obviously to defend our CIAA title, but also bring home an Atlantic Regional championship which is the reason our non-conference schedule is so difficult.    


What can supporters do to help the team this year?

Come out and watch us play at BB&T field this weekend against the #7 team in Division 2, Millersville University. We also play several games throughout the Piedmont Triad at Finch Field in Thomasville, Ed Price Field in High Point, and even a game in Kannapolis on Feb. 23 and Greensboro at Newbridge Bank Park on March 29.  Of course, were always looking for donations to offset team travel and equipment.

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WSSU Celebrates 120 Years


As we prepare to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of Winston-Salem State University this year, we thought it would be interesting to ask our alumni to help us tell the school's story through their life experiences whether they were at "TC," "WSS" or "WSSU". We will include some of these stories in the 2012 issues of Archway and also share some excerpts here in Ram Bits.  We're calling these stories "Life Reports" and here is an excerpt from one we received recently.



"I have fond memories of my stay at Winston-Salem State. Especially memorable to me are some of my professors, by their actions, they showed me that they believed that I had something pretty special. There were several, such as Mr. John Lewis, who in addition to being my professo
visor to the state student National Education Association, to which I belonged and the Rev., Dr. Joseph Patterson, who sponsored the drama club, where he entrusted me to design and make the r, was adentire wardrobe for a Shakespearean production. Both professors were wise, learned scholars and inspired me to internalize high expectations."

-- Dr. Betty Nyangoni, Class of '62 


What's your story?  
What are your fondest memories of your days on campus? How has the university impacted your life? What advice would you give to today's students? Let us hear from you and help 
us share the proud history of our school.