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Hall of Fame
WSSU Athletics Announces 2012 Clarence E. "Big House" Gaines Hall of Fame Class 

Cleveland Classic
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September 15

Whitney Phipps
Wintley Phipps
in Concert
September 23, 2012
at KR Williams Auditorium

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WSSU Cheerleaders
Joevanne Estrada
Q&A with Head Cheerleading Coach Joevanne Estrada

When was the first Rams' cheerleading squad formed and how many members actively participated? 
1946, Eight members (six women and two men).

What did male cheerleaders wear as part of the cheering squad during the late 40's & 50's?
Slacks, letter sweaters with "TC", dress shoes and even sometimes loafers.

What was the most noticeable change in HBCU female cheerleader attire?
Cheerleaders began to wear jackets rather than sweaters.
 Cheerleaders 2012

Where did cheers come from during this era?
Most of the "black" style cheers came from what was done in high school. Most HBCU's used these cheers as a template to get started.

What is the difference between "traditional" and "stomp & shake" style cheerleading?
Traditional cheerleading comprises of very clean and sharp motions which showcases a team's true ability, skill, & technique. The Stomp & Shake style consists of several ingredients; rhythmic words, use of beats made by stomping and clapping, mixed with a bit of dance, coupled with sharp and very precise motions.

What names have been associated to identify the Winston-Salem State University's cheerleaders over the years?
Rah-Rah's - Late 40's to late 70's; 80's to mid 2000's The WSSU Cheerleaders Cheer-Phi; Mid 2000's to current The WSSU Powerhouse of RED & WHITE!

What is the first cheer the WSSU Cheerleaders do at each and every game?

What year did the WSSU Cheerleaders officially compete in a competition?
In 2007 the WSSU Cheerleading competed for the first time placing 2nd. This was such an achievement and milestone for the program.

What are the most popular cheers done by WSSU Cheerleaders?

How has the WSSU Cheerleading style evolved over the years?
The WSSU Cheerleaders have mastered incorporating both the "traditional" and "stomp & shake" style in their dynamic show stopping routines. The programs stunt, tumble, and dance program has advanced like no other and continues to dominate all of the HBCU's conference programs. The WSSU cheerleader's routines are the most viewed through internet and social media sites, over 1 million on youtube. as well as imitated by recreation, middle/high schools, and other colleges throughout the nation.  

*Youtube (Search WSSU Cheerleaders over 16 videos)

Whitted, Fred. (2012). Black Heritage Review. Black College Sports Encyclopedia. Fayetteville, NC.: Resources 2000.

Reserve Your Room Today for Homecoming

The WSSU National Alumni Association still have rooms available in our block at the Marriott and Embassy Suites for Homecoming.
Please support your National Alumni Association by reserving rooms in these blocks. The cut off on our rate is September 17, 2012.
The Marriott Winston Salem is $115 and the Embassy Suites is $135.
Marriott 1-336-725-3500
Embassy Suites (336) 724-2300
Demetrius Jones
Demetrius Jones, a senior political science major at Winston-Salem State University, was selected to represent the North Carolina region at the 10th anniversary program for the Millennium Momentum Foundation Inc. held in Washington in July.

Jones was one of 15 young people nationally invited to the anniversary celebration. He joined members of the Obama administration, representatives from the U.S. Department of Education and executives from the foundation's board for a program that included a presentation of the findings and impact of the White House Young American Series.

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Hall of Fame Save the Date
 C.E. "Big House" Gaines WSSU Athletics
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Friday, August 31 at 7pm; Anderson Center McNeil Banquet Room
Tickets $75; Call 336-750-2141 for tickets