| |It's a good time to be a Ram!
This has been a tremendous year in the life of Winston-Salem State University. Our Athletic teams have made us proud, winning conference championships in football and basketball, and gaining national attention during the Division II Football Championship Playoffs. The campus continues to expand with new buildings changing our landscape and student achievements being recognized on a regional and national level.
Our continued success has resulted in an increase in support, involvement and engagement from our alumni. In fact, we are on a record setting pace for alumni giving this year. More than 1,500 people pledged a gift during our recent Call Program, which ended last week. What is even more impressive is that we had 755 first-time donors, with 371 of them being young alumni who have graduated in the last ten years. These figures are impressive and provide us with the opportunity to continually improve our capacity for support.
It is difficult to adequately express our sincere gratitude to the donors who have pledged gifts. We know their generosity will immediately have a positive impact on our students and make a difference for years to come.
While the calls have ended, work remains to be done. We are currently following up on unpaid pledges. Once they are received the celebration can really begin. So, if you haven't paid your pledge, please send it now. If you haven't made a pledge, it is not too late. Just click here to support WSSU . And remember, it's always a good time to be a Ram!
Gregory C. Hairston, '83
Director of Alumni Relations
WSSU and the Faith-based Community
As Winston-Salem State moves toward its 120th anniversary, Chancellor Donald Reaves is having opportunities to talk about the history and the future of the university thanks to the hospitality of First Baptist Church Highland Avenue and United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church.
Both churches hold Winston-Salem State University Days each year.
The WSSU Choirs joined Reaves at First Baptist on April 1. The WSSU celebration at United Metropolitan is scheduled for April 15 and will also include a video of students explaining the importance of scholarships to their own futures.
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.
"My stay at Winston-Salem Teachers College was a lifetime book of fond memories. First of all, the experience of living away from home (rural life) was an eye opener in itself. Meeting and making new friends was rewarding in that I learned much about the life styles of other individuals. My fondest memory was the privilege of practicing student teaching. I knew then that I had chosen the career that I would love to live with for the rest of my life. I learned so much from that experience that I was ready to explore the world with the knowledge that I had gained. I am most proud of the accomplishments I experienced from having my own classroom for thirty-two years. My advice to current WSSU students and young alumni is to learn all you can and CAN that knowledge for future endeavors."
Eunice Bass Gist, Class of 1961
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.
Come out and enjoy 18 holes of competitive golf at
Winston Lake Golf Course , home to one of the
Piedmonts Triad's premier public courses.
And best of all, proceeds from the classic and silent auction
will support the general scholarship fund at WSSU.