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5 Questions for Elijah Jay Haddock
Raleigh-Wake WSSU Alumni Chapter President


Elijah HaddockTell us a little about yourself. 
I am a 1986 graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in information systems management and I am a 2007 graduate of the N.C. Certified Public Managers Program. I have over 20 years of experience in the information technology field and have received awards for outstanding service. I am currently employed with the N.C. Department of Commerce-Division of Employment Security serving as a network engineering supervisor for the Information Technology Department. I currently work and reside in Raleigh. 

When and why did you become involved with your chapter? 
I started receiving a variety of correspondence in the mail about joining the Raleigh-Wake WSSU Alumni Chapter. One day I ran into a good friend and fellow alum, Linwood Skinner (WSSU Hall of Fame Member), and he encouraged me to join the chapter in 2002. I immediately began to work on the Ways and Means Committee and soon became a committee chair. I served as vice president for four years and now I am serving my fourth year as president. While attending WSSU, I was actively involved in several campus organizations and always intended to "depart to serve" after graduation. 

When did you become president and what is the major focus of your chapter? 
I became the president of the Raleigh-Wake Chapter in 2008 and was re-elected in 2010 for a second term. My key goals and focus for the chapter are to promote awareness of our esteemed university in the Raleigh-Wake County area, financially support initiatives of the university, and continuously support student recruitment efforts. 

What are some initiatives of the chapter that 
address this focus? 
Raleigh-Wake Chapter's most important initiatives include, but not limited to: funding our annual scholarship award for a Raleigh-Wake County students entering the university, supporting the initiatives of the National Alumni Association, and supporting the community by sponsoring bus trips for WSSU Fall/Spring Open House and participating in college prep workshops. We also keep fellow alums "in the know" about current activities that the Raleigh-Wake Chapter, including WSSU related news, with the publication of the Weekly Wire e-newsletter. 

What is the one thing you want to share about the chapter to prospective members? 
The Raleigh-Wake Chapter is a very diverse chapter with representation of graduates from as early as the 1960's to the 2000's. We are actively seeking Raleigh-Wake area alums to join our association, support our service projects, and participate in our initiatives supporting our beloved WSSU. For more information about how you can join/support your Raleigh-Wake WSSU Alumni Chapter, please send an email or visit our website .   
Alums Rise to the Occasion
Phonathon Goal Status We are entering uncharted territory-and it is really good news. Alumni are responding to the case for support made by our students which means we are in the process of surpassing our all-time high alumni donor total. Our students have collectively and individually made us proud of their achievements in the classroom and fields of play.  We need alumni to continually support the students joining our Ram Family by giving of your time and your resources.  Helping our students achieve also helps the university be successful while increasing positive awareness of WSSU and the value of your own diploma.

We now have the opportunity to show again what Ram Spirit truly means by establishing a new record for financial support. There are hundreds of alumni with outstanding Call Program pledges and we encourage you to make good on these promises as soon as possible.Remember, alumni giving serves as a resource for much needed scholarships and also as an encouraging factor for other potential donors.

Thank you to our current donors and thanks in advance to those who will be providing their gifts in the near future.