FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS FA L L 2 0 0 9 VOLUME 11 NO. 3
Improving the quality of life in the community
time capsule fall 2009
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HOMECOMING OF YEARS PAST Teachers College cheerleaders brave the drizzle, left, and couples take to the floor, above, in their finest for a homecoming dance. Photos courtesy Digital Forsyth
archway fall 2009 in this issue 06 It Takes A Village
A wealth of programs demonstrate the university’s commitment to serving its neighboring community
08 Saving Our Schools
Rodney Ellis ’99 serves North Carolina as vice president of the state’s Association of Educators
10 Believing Is Succeeding
How Principal James Winbush ’78 turned around a troubled South Carolina high school
it takes a village | pg. 6
DEPARTMENTS 02 Chancellor Reflects 03 Student Spotlight 04 On the Yard 05 Time Out 12 Alumni News 13 Class Notes 14 Donor Spotlight
believing is succeeding | pg. 10 Archway is published by the Office of Marketing and Communications within Winston-Salem State University’s Division of University Advancement. Address: 310 Blair Hall, Winston-Salem, NC 27110 Phone: (336) 750-2150 Fax: (336) 750-3150 We welcome story ideas and class notes by e-mail to: email@example.com Chancellor: Donald Julian Reaves, Ph.D. Vice Chancellor for the Division of University Advancement: Michelle Cook Interim Chief Marketing Officer: Sigrid Hall-Pittsley Editorial Team: Jackie Foutz, Rudy Anderson, Lisa Watts, Chris Zona
saving our schools | pg. 8
activity center planned | pg. 4
on the cover Biology major Jamil Hopkins ’11 helps a local elementary student with his science homework at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. WSSU students volunteer nightly as tutors at the church through its Youth Education Enrichment Program. Church member Willie Richardson founded the program eight years ago to improve students’ academic performance and test scores, pre-K through high school. Photo by Garrett Garms.
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board of trustees 2009 -2010
Mr. F. Scott Bauer, Chair Dr. Karen McNeil-Miller, Vice Chair Mr. Martin B. Davis ‘85, Secretary Mr. Marshall Bass Mr. F. Scott Bauer, Vice Chair Mrs. Lisa J. Caldwell Dr. James C. Hash, Sr. Mr. Victor Johnson, Jr. ’61 Mr. Thomas W. Lambeth Mrs. Debra B. Miller ‘78 Mr. James R. Nanton Mr. Keith W. Vaughan Ms. Whitney N. McCoy ’10
winston-salem state university foundation, board of directors 2009-2010
Dr. Lenora R. Campbell Ms. Michelle M. Cook Mr. W. Randy Eaddy Mr. Kelvin Farmer ’86, Treasurer Mr. Gerald T. Finley Ms. Jacque Gattis Mr. Timothy A. Grant ‘80 Ms. Catherine Pettie Hart ‘74, Vice Chair Ms. Sue Henderson Mr. Harold Kennedy III Ms. Martha Logemann Dr. Charles Love ‘66 Mr. Arthur E. McClearin Ms. Beverly McLendon Mr. James E. Martin Dr. Steve Martin, Chair Ms. Patricia D. Norris ‘93 Ms. Cathy Pace Ms. Stephanie L. Porter ’81, Secretary Donald J. Reaves, Ph.D. Mr. Curtis Richardson ’76 Mr. Clifton H. Sparrow ’80 Ms. Stacey Stone-Bennett ’90 Mr. Charles “Chuck” Wallington EX OFFICIO DIRECTORS Mr. Nigel Alston Mr. Gerald Hunter Mr. Victor L. Bruinton ’82 Mr. Gordon Slade ’93
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by chancellor donald julian reaves Our faculty and
To that end, we enhanced our orientation
staff are focused
program under the direction of Dr. Michelle
on making a
Releford, dean of University College. All incoming
freshmen and transfer students with less than 30
the lives of the
credit hours participated in a weeklong program,
students who are
RAMDITION. Students met daily with their
on our campus
Legacy Leaders, upperclassmen who helped
for the 2009-2010
them learn their way around the campus and
school year. We
understand the resources available to them. We
know that when
also scheduled time for fun, including a student
we have a positive effect on our students’ lives,
talent show and a Mardi Gras-styled celebration.
we also impact the lives of people around them,
One of the most exciting parts of RAMDITION
was what we believe will become a freshman
The Ram commitment to service is one of the university’s richest legacies. When I look at our list of distinguished alumni, there is a sense of pride in our graduates who continue to make a
tradition at WSSU. These new students proceeded past the historic archway on their way to a “Rite of Passage Ceremony” that formalized their place as a member of the Ram Family.
difference in so many arenas. While it is often
While we are expending resources to support
easy to focus on our alumni who have been
a higher standard for our students, we have
star athletes, we have Rams who are state
not abandoned our heritage of providing an
lawmakers, mayors, county officials, artists,
education to all who want a college degree. We
writers and of course, teachers, nurses, doctors,
are working with Forsyth Technical Community
lawyers and business leaders.
College on a pilot dual-enrollment program to
In this issue of Archway, we feature two alumni who are making a difference in the field of education. Rodney Ellis and James Winbush have made names for themselves and have enhanced the reputation of Winston-Salem State.
help students who need additional preparation before taking on the rigors of a full load of college courses. We also received incremental state funding for our efforts with adult and other non-traditional students.
Developing graduates of distinction known for
So we continue to take the steps necessary to
leadership and service in their professions and
make a difference in the lives of all those who
communities is the vision of WSSU. As we
come to our campus for an education. These
work to finalize our strategic plan that will guide
efforts make it an extremely exciting time to be
us for the next five years, all of our goals will be
part of the heritage and the future of Winston-
designed to support that vision.
Salem State University.
I am excited about the class of 2013. We have EMERITUS DIRECTORS Ms. Florence P. Corpening Mr. Victor Johnson, Jr. ’61
high expectations for this group of 820 young men and women — they may be the best overall class we have enjoyed for some time, with a higher average grade point, higher SAT and ACT scores and higher potential to find success.
Donald J. Reaves, Ph.D.
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Finding her path Belinda Reid ’10 is a semester closer to realizing her dream of becoming a college graduate, professional nurse and teacher. An old Chinese proverb states: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Senior nursing major Belinda Reid took a few missteps before she found the path to her future. Reid dropped out of East Forsyth High School in Winston-Salem, NC, in 1995 after learning she was pregnant. She later enrolled at Independence High School, an alternative school. Reid didn’t like her experience at Independence, but she stayed long enough to finish her driver’s education course. “My son was born a week before I got my license,” she remembers. She tried to go back to Independence after Qushawn’s birth. He stayed in the day care center at the school, but she was still unhappy and ended up dropping out again. Things began to turn around for Reid when she found her way to the Adult High School Program at Forsyth Technical Community College. She graduated three years later in 1998. She planned to continue her education at Forsyth Tech, but was diverted when she took a third-shift job in a local warehousing company. Going nowhere, she followed the advice of her brother and moved to Atlanta with Qushawn and now a daughter, Charnessa.
That move turned out to be a mistake. “I was headed down the wrong path. I was doing the wrong things. I needed focus,” Reid says. “One day I was looking at my children and said to myself ‘I need to get it together.’ My children were my motivation to make a change in my life.” Reid gathered her children and her belongings and left Atlanta. She returned to Forsyth Tech and earned an associate’s degree in applied science. In 2004, Reid was hired as a certified medical assistant in the Community Family Practice and Wellness Center at Sunrise Towers, a program for underserved clients run by Winston-Salem State University’s School of Health Sciences. The experience seemed to kindle a fire in Reid to help others. And the encouragement she received from the School of Health Sciences staff inspired her to pursue an undergraduate degree in nursing. “Dr. John Johnson saw something in me and I appreciate the interest he showed in my development. I want to give back to my community because he encouraged me.” Through the aid of the Kate B. Reynolds Scholarship, the Lettie Pate Whitehead
Scholarship, the Disadvantaged Student Scholarship, and the Virginia Elizabeth & Allma-Vane Taylor Nursing Scholarship, Reid was able to pay for her education and support her family. It’s something she’ll never forget. “These scholarships have granted me the opportunity to pursue my lifelong goal of becoming a nurse. The WSSU community will never know how much they have meant to me throughout this process. The faculty and staff are well aware of my responsibilities as a parent first and then a student, and they have done all that they could to accommodate my lifestyle.” Reid is president of WSSU’s chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc, a national professional nurses’ organization with a focus on AfricanAmerican nursing issues. Reid’s plan after the May 2010 graduation is to become a registered nurse and later to return to serve at WSSU as a nursing educator. “When I graduate from this great institution, I will be well prepared to serve my community. It won’t be long until I am back on campus working to assist some other well-deserving students through the process.” — Rudy Anderson
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campus news and events
Student activities and recreation center in design phase
Microbiologist takes aim at soldiers’ smaller enemies
A Student Activities Center, combining
As the United States battles
student life and recreational
global terrorism, one peculiar
activities, is on the drawing board
enemy has come forward
for completion in fall 2012. The
which body armor can’t stop.
approximately 92,000 square feet,
$31.5 million building is needed
NIGH-a-sis), a parasitic disease,
to keep pace with the university’s
is caused by the parasite
growth, says Theo Howard, associate
Leishmania, which lives within
vice chancellor for student affairs.
the sand fly. If transferred to
“WSSU’s enrollment has ballooned from roughly 2,500 to 5,800 since
mammalian hosts such as dogs, cats, and humans, the disease becomes a potentially fatal foe.
2003...We found it necessary to begin plans for this new facility to
Johanna Porter-Kelley, assistant professor of microbiology, is
meet the various needs of our students,” says Howard. “Studies
researching the disease to help create treatment options for infected
have shown that student involvement, collegiate experiences, and
civilians and soldiers. “Soldiers in tropical areas are at risk,” says
satisfaction with student life have a direct impact on retention.”
Kelley. She received a grant from the Department of Defense to
The center’s design includes two indoor basketball courts, fitness areas, exercise and dance studios, jogging track, student government offices,
support her research into the biology of the parasite in order to develop chemotherapeutic treatments.
fitness staff offices, social lounge, multi-purpose space with seating for
While working to save lives, Dr. Kelley also is giving her assistant,
up to 600, arcade/game room, billiards/table tennis room, barber shop
Mark Brooks ’10, a biology and pre-medicine major (in photo, above),
and beauty salon, food court, and 150-person dining area.
valuable research experience.
The center will be located on the south side of the Thompson Student
“Helping Dr. Kelley allows me to use what I have learned in the
Services Center with a terraced plaza between the two buildings.
classroom to solve a major problem,” says Brooks.
Rams featured on cover of AT&T Real Yellow Pages WSSU’s football team is featured on the cover of the 2009 AT&T Real Yellow Pages directory serving Winston-Salem and surrounding areas. More than 490,000 copies of the Winston-Salem AT&T Real Yellow Pages directory were produced for distribution in the area during August and September. The directory is also available to current and new residents and businesses Members of the student group Black Men for Change, along with Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines (fourth from left) and Ed Hanes, associate vice chancellor (sixth from left) sport neckties from Kwame Jackson’s (formerly of “The Apprentice”) new line of ties. Hanes and Jackson were college classmates.
throughout the year.
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RAM SPORTS Hoop teams loaded and ready
The Rams and Lady Rams will play their
with a knack for scoring. Last season,
Woods return to lead the way. Last season,
2009-10 home games in the friendly confines
Fisher led the Rams’ attack, scoring 13.9
Bumpus led the Lady Rams with a 12.2
of the historic C.E. Gaines Center on
points per game. Also returning will be the
points-per-game average even as she was
campus after spending the past two seasons
team’s leader in blocked shots with junior
limited by injuries. Guard Rector also gives
playing the majority of their home games
center Paul Davis leading the defensive
some punch to the WSSU attack. Woods will
off campus at the Lawrence Joel Veterans
charge for the Rams. Last season, Davis
return as the team’s third leading scorer and
Memorial Coliseum and the LJVM Annex. The
led the Rams with 46 blocked shots.
leading rebounder for the second straight
Gaines Center seats more than 3,000 fans.
The Lady Rams benefit from a host of
Leading the charge this fall for the Rams
returnees led by a trio of juniors: Rene
is senior guard Brian Fisher, a 6’2” senior
Rector, MaLisa Bumpus, and Vontisha
season. She nearly averaged a double-double for the season as she averaged 9.9 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game.
Rams to return to Division II University trustees voted in September to remain a Division II institution for intercollegiate athletics. The school will continue to compete in the Division I MEAC through the 2009-2010 season. Chancellor Donald J. Reaves pointed to the increase in expenses for intercollegiate athletics over the last three years directly related to the transition to Division I — a move that requires its members to field at least 14 teams and the accompanying scholarships, coaches, and facilities to support them. “As the athletics deficits continued to mount, there appeared to be no rational way we could continue the process,” Reaves said. “I believe that this is the right decision for WSSU at this point in time given our resources. On October 2, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association voted to reinstate WSSU as a member beginning with the 2010-11 season. WSSU was a member of the CIAA for more than 60 years. For the fiscal year that ended June 30, the Rams’ athletic program generated a deficit of approximately $1.8 million. UNC President Erskine Bowles expressed support. “I know that Chancellor Reaves explored every viable option before reaching this difficult decision, but in the end WSSU – like every other UNC campus – must operate its athletic department on a fiscally responsible basis. And it cannot put the burden of doing so all on the backs of its students.”
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A wealth of programs, particularly those helping area youth, demonstrate WSSU’s commitment to serve its neighboring communities.
It Takes a
Rams reach out to community
150 WSSU student-athletes participate. In
also shadow a health care professional near
2008-09, CHAMPS/Life Skills members and
their hometown. The free program was
WSSU student-athletes, coaches and athletic
sponsored by a North Carolina Glaxo Smith
administrators volunteered more than 900
Kline Foundation grant.
hours, reaching thousands of local children. Arthur Hardin, WSSU’s community service
a real difference in tomorrow’s numbers
coordinator, says the college students’ impact
of health care professionals from under-
goes far beyond helping children read or write.
represented groups and in the overall delivery
“A lot of those children,” Hardin says, “don’t
of health care,” says Marina A. Skinner,
have black male role models in their lives.”
director of the YEHS program at the School of
Boosting interest in health careers Twelve North Carolina ninth graders from under-represented populations got a twoDespite full schedules, WSSU student-athletes
week window into healthcare careers this past
find time to help with youth reading programs
summer, thanks to a new School of Health
and other after-school activities. Through
Sciences summer program.
CHAMPS (Challenging Athletes’ Minds for Personal Success), an NCAA life skills program, the Rams mentor community youth.
“We believe programs like these will make
WSSU’s Youth Exploring Health Sciences (YEHS) Summer Camp is a summer enrichment program for rising ninth graders.
Involvement in the CHAMPS/Life Skills
Along with a two-week residency on campus
program is voluntary, yet each year more than
filled with hands-on experiences, the students
Summers are quiet on the WinstonSalem State University campus. That is, until you bump into one of the groups of youth, usually sporting matching string backpacks, making their way from one building to the next. The campus plays host to a growing number of programs that serve to open young people’s minds, from elementary students attending enrichment camps to high school students learning the value of staying in school and college students
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The university’s founder, Simon Green Atkins, would be proud: Through these and other outreach efforts, Winston-Salem State reinforces its role as a good neighbor and education innovator. “It’s really a historic tradition of civic engagement — historically black colleges and universities have been tied to community service since they were created,” says Arthur Hardin. As WSSU’s coordinator of community service since 2004, Hardin has helped thousands of students and employees arrange mentoring, tutoring, and other efforts to give back to local schools,
food banks, and other efforts — including bone marrow donations and affordable healthcare projects. One of Hardin’s favorite recent projects was building a house in neighboring Happy Hill in the fall of 2008 for Habitat for Humanity. The project was undertaken in partnership with Dell and GMAC and brought together students, faculty & staff. “Happy Hill was the first African-American community in Winston-Salem, and we built the house for a WSSU employee’s family,” he says.
Village gaining exposure to career possibilities.
Opening teens’ eyes to entrepreneurship
“Nearly two years ago, WSSU shared this
“Having a male in the classroom who can
vision with the community,” Pagiavlas says of
provide the personal, academic, and social
creating TEAM-UP, “and it is shaping up to be
support for children in kindergarten through
WSSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship provided
as good as we dreamed it.”
12th grade is critical in their development,
career ideas, financial literacy and exposure to entrepreneurship this past summer to 45 area high school students who live in foster care.
The program was funded with grants from Piedmont Triad Partnership and its Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development
The project, Teens Engaged in Aspiring
(WIRED) program, BB&T, DataMax
Mentorships – an Uplifting Partnership (TEAM-
Foundation, the S.G. Atkins CDC, and Social
UP), immersed the teens in an environment
Services via the LINKS program.
that encouraged them to finish high school and weeklong program blended educational and
Encouraging black men to teach
social activities and an opportunity to shadow
Convincing more African-American males to
pursue careers in education is the aim of the
pursue productive careers and life options. The
One highlight of the week was a game show designed by Notis Pagiavlas, an associate professor of marketing in WSSU’s School of Business and Economics and director of
university’s Real Men Teach program. In its second year, the program counts 26 proteges paired with male mentors — African-American faculty, staff, and community members.
the Center for Entrepreneurship. The show,
A report from the National Education Association
“Guess What I Do For a Living,” introduced
shows the number of male teachers is at a
students to professionals from various
40-year low. For African-American males in the
knowledge-based industry clusters.
profession, the numbers are even lower.
particularly for African-American male children,” says Dr. Cynthia JacksonHammond, dean of the School of Education and Human Performance.
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After graduation, Ellis worked in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System as an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Atkins Academic Academy, where he earned Teacher of the Year honors for 2000-2001. In 2002, the Winston Lake YMCA recognized Ellis with a Black Achievers Award for his commitment to education and community and Phi Beta Sigma named him Man of the Year. In 2003, the Forsyth County Association of Educators, the local affiliate of NCAE/NEA representing 3,000 educators in Forsyth County, elected Ellis as its president. In 2005 he was elected district director for NCAE Cluster 2, and the governor’s office appointed him to serve as a member of the North Carolina Teacher Academy Board of Trustees.
Rodney Ellis ’99 leads the charge to keep North Carolina’s public education strong, even in the face of a weak economy. By Rudy Anderson Even while earning his undergraduate degree in middle grades education, Rodney Ellis ’99 was a man on a mission. Ellis served as president of the campus chapter of Student
In April 2008, the North Carolina Association of Educators, representing 67,000 educators in the state, elected Ellis vice president. In this role, Ellis fills in for the president at various functions. He is also a registered lobbyist for NCAE and meets regularly with Governor Beverly Perdue, Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson, state senators and members of the state House of Representatives to communicate the interests of educators, students, and the education profession. In addition he serves on a number of state education committees and works closely with other stakeholders to advance public education.
North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE) and was elected by his peers to serve as a state delegate to the 1997 National Education Association convention. During
Ellis travels the country representing North Carolina educators at workshops, trainings, symposiums, conferences and conventions.
his tenure as president of the SNCAE, the WSSU chapter
He has traveled extensively across North
boasted the largest active membership in the state.
Carolina to meet with representatives from
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“The focus of our efforts is to make elected officials recognize that the only sound investment during economically challenging times is an investment in public education.” — Rodney Ellis ’99, vice president, North Carolina Association of Educators
me to NCAE as a student, recognizing my leadership potential and encouraging me to pursue leadership opportunities within the association”; Dr. Manuel Vargas, his advisor, instructor, friend and confidant who “offered me learning opportunities beyond the classroom, growing opportunities in the professional
the state’s 115 school districts. He conducts
“I am very disturbed by the harm that
world, and the benefit of all the wisdom
trainings on professionalism, membership
proposed budget cuts may have on the
he possesses”; and Dr. Francine Madrey
organizing and recruitment. He is often invited
students of North Carolina,” Ellis says.
to serve as a guest speaker for student and
“An increase in class size will double
for her continued support of the WSSU
educator events throughout the state.
the challenges of classroom teachers,
If re-elected as vice president, Ellis hopes to one day serve the NCAE as its president. “That’s a day I look forward to,” he says. Despite all of his awards and recognition, Ellis isn’t sitting on his laurels. He works at the forefront in the fight to help preserve public school education. “As we struggle through the most difficult economic crisis since the great depression, it is NCAE’s intent and the focus of our efforts to make elected officials recognize that the only sound investment during economically challenging times is an investment in public education, and the students of North Carolina,” Ellis says. He is concerned that budget cuts proposed by the General Assembly include class size increases that could result in the loss of more than 4,000 classroom-teaching positions in addition to more than 8,000 non-teaching positions. Legislators are considering salary cuts, mandatory furloughs, and reducing or eliminating programs, resources, supplies and other necessary education tools.
particularly in low-performing, high free- and reduced-lunch and predominately minority populated schools. “
chapter of SNCAE serving as advisor and never failing to invite him to her classroom to share his experience with future educators. He also acknowledged his instructors in English and History
Program cuts equate to fewer resources
for providing the content knowledge
for these students, he says, and position
necessary for certification in Language
cuts will send many of their parents and
Arts and Social Studies.
guardians to the unemployment line. “Personally, I’m fearful that these cuts will have a devastating effect in the AfricanAmerican community. That fear is what drives me to intensify my efforts to organize
“I can truly say I was prepared to ‘Depart to Serve’ the students of North Carolina, and nothing I have achieved would have been possible had it not been for them.”
our members, schools, and communities to
Throughout his career, Ellis has always
fight tooth and nail to protect our students
supported the education program at WSSU.
and public education.”
He serves on the board of directors for the
Where does his passion for education
Masters in Administration program. He
come from? Ellis credits his experience
remains actively involved with the student
at WSSU and the influence of faculty for
NCAE Chapter at WSSU and frequently
his success as an educator. His list of
returns as guest speaker for professors in
those he wants to thank is long, including
the Department of Education.
Dr. Dorothy Singleton for “her encouraging words and for helping me to pass the Praxis test on my first attempt”; Dr. Wilbur Sadler “for introducing
Rodney Ellis, far right, at the Forsyth County Association of Educators Day in 2005 with Reg Weaver, center, president of the National Education Association.
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How Principal James Winbush ’78 turned around a troubled South Carolina high school in a few short years. By Christy Heitger “SUCCESS HAPPENS BY CHOICE,
After serving the Army for 25 years, Winbush
The second phase of Winbush’s action plan
NOT BY CHANCE,” says James Winbush
taught leadership at Temple University for
involved working individually with each of his
’78, principal at Baptist Hill High School, a
four years before assuming his position at
teachers to develop mandatory goals, which
Center for Partnerships to Improve Education
include each teacher being punctual at the
(CPIE) partnership school in Hollywood, South Carolina, outside of Charleston. “We are all responsible for our successes in life,
When Winbush first joined the faculty five years ago, Baptist Hill — located in a rural
which we achieve through hard work
working-class community 22 miles south of
Charleston — was an unsatisfactory school
Established in 1947, Baptist Hill’s student population is 100 percent African-American, 91 percent of whom qualified for the free and reduced lunch rate, and 14.7 percent of
with low standards, poor discipline, and a low graduation rate. Half the students didn’t even attend class; instead, they hung out in the hallway.
whom are overage. The 454 ninth- through
“Both the students and the teachers had
twelfth-graders enrolled at Baptist Hill
been doing wrong for so long that they
haven’t always seen a direct correlation
couldn’t distinguish wrong from right,”
between concerted effort and ultimate
success. However, in the last several years their perceptions, their grades, and their
Intent on correcting the problem, Winbush
start of the school day, developing a course syllabus and lesson plans, maintaining regular contact with parents, becoming involved in school activities, and attending all required meetings. Winbush also helped encourage and reward teachers by offering them several categories of incentives. INCREASING EXPECTATIONS FOR THE SCHOOL Finally, Winbush committed to changing the culture and expectations of the school as a whole. This step involved the collaboration of faculty and students to create, sustain, and promote outstanding school programs, including:
general outlook on life have all started to
outlined a three-step action plan. The first
change, thanks to a new direction in school
order of business was getting a handle on
leadership. Winbush was hired as assistant
student discipline. Winbush observed that
principal in July 2003, appointed interim
about 35 students were extreme discipline
principal in September 2005, and named
problems. He made it clear that these
principal in July 2006.
students needed to shape up, and fast.
BECOMING A LEADER
At first Winbush’s words fell on deaf ears.
to know their students better, and students
But soon the students knew that their leader
love the mentoring aspect.
meant business. Ultimately, a handful of
Single-Gender Classrooms in the 9th Grade
students were expelled or transferred to the
Academy. This program is new this year,
district’s discipline school. The other students
and so far feedback from both teachers and
shaped up and started behaving. Over time
students has been positive. In the absence
principal supervision from Temple University,
students’ respect for authority has increased
of pressure to show off for the opposite sex,
and a doctorate in leadership and policy
— and that’s not all that has improved. In the
the students seem to feel more comfortable
from Temple University. He also has earned
past five years, the percentage of teachers
in class and less worried about how they
diplomas from the Army in Commander and
and students satisfied with learning and the
look, what they wear, and whom they’re
General Staff College and Armed Forces
school climate has jumped from 27.2 percent
dating. As a result, students are more
to 84 percent.
focused on their studies.
Winbush majored in physical education and biology at Winston-Salem State. He received a master’s degree in personnel administration from the University of Oklahoma, an education-specialist degree in
The Advisor/Advisee Program. A class of
students and a teacher meet once a month to discuss study skills, grades, and report cards. Teachers also use this time to encourage students to stay in school and graduate. The program is an opportunity for teachers to get
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Operation Success. Students receive early-
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morning tutorial support to help them with
Partnerships in Education, Spring
general testing strategies and, specifically,
2008, published annually by
to help them prepare for the SAT and High
the Center for Partnerships
School Assessment Program (HSAP).
to Improve Education at the
Renaissance 2008. Students get pumped up
as they compete for trophies and prizes. This program involves both a talent show for the high schoolers and a spelling bee for fifththrough eighth-graders from the community. ENJOYING SUCCESS Since Winbush joined the faculty five years ago, enrollment numbers, student performance, and graduation ratings have all improved. Enrollment was 422 in 2002–2003 and 456 in 2006–2007. In addition, the passage rate of the HSAP English Language Arts rose from 65.5 percent in 2003–2004 to 83 percent in 2006–2007, and math shot from 56.9 percent in 2003–2004 to 77.3 percent in 2006–2007. Certainly the students, staff members, and faculty at Baptist Hill have achieved a great deal of success in recent few years, but the accomplishment in which Winbush takes the most pride is the change in student attitude. “I’ve always believed that every child can succeed. The challenge was getting the children to believe in themselves,” says Winbush. “Now the students have seen what they can do. They know that they can achieve. And as a result, they are tasting success.”
College of Charleston.
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alumninews Greetings Alumni: Have you paid your National Alumni membership dues this year? If yes, a hearty thanks. You deserve the “Ole SU” congratulations. For generations, education has opened doors to untold opportunities and bright futures. Through quality instruction and a personal commitment to hard work, we have gone on to achieve success. Established by men and women of great vision, leadership, and clarity of purpose, Historically Black Colleges and Universities have provided generations of Americans with opportunity, a solid education, and hope. The goal of the Winston-Salem State University National Alumni Association is to provide the opportunity for alumni and supporters to unite as one body for the purpose of promoting the growth and development of the university and substantive actions of the association. As a membership organization, we must continue to focus on growing our financial membership base. Please renew or join your National Alumni Association today! What obstacles are you facing today? Is there something in your health, your finances, or your relationships? Is it something that’s been in your family line for a long time? I’m challenging you today to make a difference; don’t just sit back and accept it just because it’s been in your family line. No, today is the day for you to rise up and change the course for generations to come. Shake off a defeated mindset. Shake off discouraging comments. Shake off negative thoughts. You have the seed of Almighty God on the inside of you. There is victory in your DNA. Right past that obstacle is promotion. On the other side of that difficulty is a new level of God’s victory. You are a symbol of respected and esteemed individuals who “Departed to Serve.” We are “Linked Together in Unity and Serving Together with Purpose.” Continue to be the difference.
Victor L. Bruinton ’82 National Alumni Association President
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alumninews class notes ’60s
’69 Dr. Bettie Glenn retired from the
’87 Mr. Kelvin Walton was recently promoted to Director/Chief
University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Procurement Officer for Purchasing and Contracting for DeKalb
During her tenure at UNCW, Glenn was
County, GA. Walton is the first African-American to hold this
instrumental in using the online format for
position since the county was founded in 1822.
education for the School of Nursing. Both administratively and professionally, Glenn has dedicated 40 years of service, with 33 of those years in baccalaureate and higher degree programs across the US.
’90s ’91 Ms. Trice Hickman released her second book, Keeping
Upon retirement from teaching, Glenn served as associate dean
Secrets & Telling Lies, a sequel to her debut novel, Unexpected
for academic affairs at UNCW. She will continue to serve nursing
Interruptions. That first book was featured in the Black Expressions
education in the national arena as a member of the council and
December 2008 catalog as the featured Dynamic Debut. A film
executive committee for the national Advisory Council on Nurse
producer is reviewing the book for consideration of film rights. Trice
Education and Practice through 2011.
will be on campus for Homecoming for a book signing, Friday, Oct. 30, noon - 2 p.m.
’92 Mr. Blake Dye earned certification as a “Senior Professional in Human Resources” or SPHR. Awarded by the HR Certification
’76 Dr. Peggy Baker, Interim Chief Nursing
Institute, the designation signifies that Dye
and Patient Care Services Officer at
possesses the knowledge and experience
Durham Regional Hospital, was honored
in human resource management necessary
with the Outstanding Amy V. Cockcroft
to pass a rigorous exam demonstrating
Nurse Leadership Award by the Center for Nursing Leadership at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing. The award is given to graduates of the Cockcroft Nursing Leadership Development Program who exemplify outstanding leadership in keeping with the goals of the program since completing the fellowship, including leading through periods of change, building partnerships, competency in organizational communications, resolving and negotiating conflict, and developing
mastery in the field. The HR Certification Institute is the credentialing body for human resource professionals and is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management SHRM, the world’s largest organization dedicated exclusively to the HR profession. Dye earned a bachelor of science in urban affairs from Winston-Salem State University. He also holds a master of public administration with a focus in public management and higher
alternative models of leading, managing and following in a lateral
education administration from Appalachian State University.
system. Baker completed the program in 2006.
Baker holds a bachelor’s degree from WSSU and a master’s and doctoral degrees in education from North Carolina State University. She is enrolled in the master’s in nursing program at Duke University. A member of the American Nurses Association, North Carolina
’07 Navy Seaman Michael W. Roseborough completed U.S. basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL.
Nurses Association, National League for Nursing, National League for
‘08 Alece Oxendine pursuing her master of arts in film studies
Nursing Accrediting Commission, and Sigma Theta Tau, she serves
at Columbia University, New York City, and plans to finish in
on the board of the Triangle Chapter, American Red Cross.
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WSSU Faculty Who Give Back Under Carole Winston’s leadership, WSSU’s
“Winston-Salem State University is a good
Maya Angelou Institute for the Improvement
school, students can get an excellent
of Child and Family Education has taken a
education here. Our students really want to
broad view of literacy in children and families.
do something with their lives. Many of them
Recent initiatives have included teaching water
come from families where going to college
safety to second graders at Petrie Elementary,
isn’t part of the tradition, and I know that can
bringing city third-graders to Winston-Salem
be a struggle,” Winston says.
Symphony performances, and a proposal to
Winston also supports students with her
pair fourth-grade girls with their mothers for a
endowment of the Cunningham & Winston
holistic program involving exercise, nutrition,
Family scholarship fund in honor of her
gardening, a book club, and support group.
parents. “I’ve been very fortunate because
“My interest is in reaching children who are underserved,” Winston says. “Literacy is often at the core, because children who don’t read well will fall behind.” Carole Winston, Ph.D., LCSW Director, Maya Angelou Institute for the Improvement of Child and Family Education Associate Professor of Social Work; donor, Cunningham & Winston Family Endowed Scholarship
I’ve had people in my life who have been very supportive — my parents, teachers, colleagues. I’ve traveled and received a good education,” she says. “My parents were civil servants, and I learned from their example.
Winston’s job involves everything from grant
They gave to others all their lives. Part of
writing to working with WSSU students as they
what I’ve always understood is that what I
perform community service for public schools.
have, I have to give back.”
George Johnson knows that he’s not
Since his return, Johnson has served stints
teaching the flashiest subject matter:
as division and department chair and helped
accounting. But the WSSU professor prides
start the Beta Alpha Psi honors chapter,
himself on coming up with creative ways
working with students on activities such as
to explain the material, giving of his time to
volunteer income-tax preparation. Teaching,
help students, and educating young people
though, remains his true passion.
in a body of knowledge that is sure to lead to employment.
“We do a very good job with traditional
“Accounting is one of the fields where
to our students’ experience. A lot of our
students are almost guaranteed to find a job after they graduate,” Johnson says. “I take a lot of pleasure in hearing about our students’ successes in the job market.” Johnson joined the Winston-Salem State faculty in 1992. He left in 1996 when his
education here,” he says. “We add value students have limited possibilities for success until they come here.” Why does Johnson donate every year to the Winston-Salem State University annual fund? Mostly, he is grateful.
wife took a job at the University of Delaware.
“This university has taught me more than
When she died of cancer a few years later,
I’ve ever taught my students,” he says. “The
Johnson quickly accepted an invitation to
students here have given me a wealth of
return to WSSU.
experience and perspective.”
George Johnson, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Accounting, School of Business and Economics, 12-year Annual Fund donor
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Homecoming Highlights 2009 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2009
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2009
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2009
Recognized Student Organizations Committee
K.R. Williams Auditorium Office of Student Activities
S.G. Atkins Statue Convocations Committee
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Community Service Day
9:00 P.M. - 2:00 A.M. Homecoming Concert/Kick-Off Party Featuring The Dream, Dorrough, and The New Boyz Hosted by Kyle Santillian, B-Daht and Afrika (The 102 Jamz Morning Show) Gaines Center, doors open at 8:30 p.m. Student Government Association Student Advance: $15 / Student Door: $20 General: $25 / Ticket Package: $10
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2009
6:00 P.M. The Sins of My Father (Gospel Play)
K.R. Williams Auditorium Alpha Nu Omega/Office of Campus Affairs Student Advance: Free / Student Door: $3 General: $5 / Ticket package: Free
8:30 P.M. Lighting of the Sign
Hosted by Ray “Mr. Breezeway” Johnson Thompson Center Hill (in front of the rotunda) Office of Campus Life
MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2009 7:00 P.M. Homecoming Comedy Show
Hosted by Marcus Combs, featuring De Ray Davis, Roz G & Marcus Combs Music by DJ Cuttz K.R. Williams Auditorium Student Advance: $8 Student Door: $10 General: $15 Ticket package: $7 Campus Activities Board
7:00 P.M. Coronation
9:30 P.M. Royal Ball
McNeil Ballroom (Anderson Center) Office of Student Activities
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2009 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Return to Serve
Campus and Thompson Center National Alumni Association, Career Services, and Alumni Relations
3:00 P.M. Mr. & Miss Alumni Tea
Sundance Hotel & Spa, W-S (by invitation only) National Alumni Association
6:30 P.M. 50th Class Reunion Dinner
Embassy Suites, Gaines Room Alumni Relations
9:00 P.M. The Red and Black Affair
Featuring Jeremih and Gav Beats Millennium Center; downtown W-S Student Advance: $10; Student Door: $15; General: $20 / Ticket package: $8 SGA
8:45 A.M. Wreath Placing Ceremony
9:45 A.M. Founder’s Day Convocation K.R. Williams Auditorium Convocation Committee
11:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Alumni Check-in & Registration
Benton Convention Center National Alumni Association
9:15 P.M. Homecoming Gala
Benton Convention Center Tickets: $50 National Alumni Association
Thompson Center 207 National Alumni Association
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2009
12:30 P.M. Founder’s Day Luncheon
Downtown Winston-Salem; 4th and Poplar
Anderson Center (by invitation only) Chancellor’s Office
2:00 P.M. Mini Parade and Pep Rally
Hosted by B-Daht & DJ Von Dutch Clock Tower Ragin’ Rams, Office of Student Activities, and CLMC
3:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. SOHS Open House
Pick-up between F.L. Atkins & Atkinson Buildings on Cromartie Street School of Health Sciences
7:00 P.M. Alumni Hall of Distinction
Induction& Reception Benton Convention Center National Alumni Association
Be sure to come out for the Vendor Fair: food, beverages, and merchandise. Oct. 30, 11 a.m.8 p.m and Oct. 31, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
10:00 A.M. WSSU Parade
12:30 P.M. Alumni Check-in
Bowman Gray Stadium tailgate area National Alumni Association
2:00 P.M. WSSU vs. Hampton Football Game/ Tailgate Bowman Gray Stadium
5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. Mighty Rams Den Gathering Thompson Center Pitt (rain site: Whitaker Gym) University Advancement
7:30 P.M. Homecoming Step Show K.R. Williams NPHC Student Advance: $7 Door: $10 General: $15
9:30 P.M. Ram Victory Extravaganza
Benton Convention Center Alumni Assoc. Members (w/ valid card): $20 General: $25 National Alumni Association
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2009
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2009
7:30 P.M. Casino Night
Whitaker Gym Student Advance: $1 Student Door: $2 / Ticket package: Free Campus Actvities Board CLMC & Campus Recreations
8:30 P.M. Mr. & Miss Alumni Crowning
Visit us on the Web: www.ramhomcoming.com Watch fun videos of students and alumni sharing what they love about Homecoming, check the complete schedule of events, and more!
7:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. Flapjack Breakfast
Applebees (near Hanes Mall) Office of Campus Life
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alumninews in memoriam Ms. Cherevita Rachelle McCaskil
January 17, 2009
Mr. Anthony Tyrone Hardin
March 17, 2009
Mr. Larry B. Smith
March 17, 2009
Ms. Barbara H. Edwards ’71
March 18, 2009
Mrs. Claree Joyce Miller ’52
March 24, 2009
Mrs. Bernice Moore Parker ’44
April 3, 2009
Rev. Ozella Naylor Cato
April 4, 2009
Mr. Ronnie Wayne Hardin
April 5, 2009
Rev. Lee Money
April 9, 2009
Former Unsung Heroes Niathan Allen, left, and Theodore Blunt ’65 present a plaque of all “Big House” Gaines Unsung Hero award winners to Tonia Walker, interim director of athletics, during the sixth annual Big House Gaines Awards Gala in June.
Fond Farewell from Miss Alumni ’08 It has been an exciting year for me as Miss Alumni 2008 for my marvelous alma mater. Reaching this goal after 36 years of reciting our university’s motto, “Enter to learn. Depart to serve,” exemplified my continued support for one of the greatest historically black universities.
Mr. Willie Austin, Jr.
April 21, 2009
No one can ever take away the great pride and love that I have for Winston-Salem
Mrs. Donnie Booze Wall
April 21, 2009
State University. I will forever cherish the notes and letters of support, the kind
Mr. Garland S. Brice ’78
April 24, 2009
words of encouragement, and the good deeds given to me during my reign.
Mrs. Mamie Louise Matthews Jarrett April 28, 2009 Mr. Theodore ‘Ted’ Ivy McClennon
May 2, 2009
Mr. Clinton Leon Totten ’63
May 4, 2009
Mr. Steven A. Williams Mrs. Yolanda Umstead Tate ’74
May 22, 2009 June 3, 2009
WSSU will always need our support and involvement. The tremendous progress at this university is shown each day in its students, classrooms, campus construction, and scholarship funding. I have always felt that I can make a difference. We all can make a difference. We continue to need ambassadors to participate in activities, fund scholarships, donate time, give
Mr. Stephen Hugh Wolfe
June 11, 2009
Mrs. Adelaide Davis Earp ’50
June 16, 2009
Ms. Linda N. Bennett ’04
June 22, 2009
Our National Alumni Association motto is “Linked
Ms. Dorcas E. Carter
June 26, 2009
together in unity. Serving together with purpose.” We
Mr. Luther A. Johnson, Jr. ’93
June 26, 2009
cannot continue to succeed without alumni, friends,
Mrs. Brenda Poole Moses ’88
June 30, 2009
and family working together. Let’s serve WSSU with
financially, and encourage students to graduate from this great institution.
Mrs. Shirley Franklin Pickard
July 1, 2009
new ideas and more contributions. Even if you can
Mrs. Nina Bailey Steele ’41
July 13, 2009
only give a dollar, please give, and participate in the
Mrs. Augusta Moore Rogers ’48
July 21, 2009
university surveys, attend meetings, and athletic
Ms. Brenda A. Green ’73
July 28, 2009
Correction to Summer 2009 In Memoriam: Rev. Richard “Reb” Baxter ’78 died January 8, 2009.
games. We can only progress with the help from our friends. — Jacqueline Pittman Cureton ’73
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Shaun Trotter grew up in the small eastern North Carolina town of Trenton. He was a three-sport athlete in high school, but he knew he wanted to focus on academics once he got to college. As an exercise science major at Winston-Salem State, he has combined his love of athletics with his interest in helping people in a clinical setting. He plans to pursue a master’s and possibly a doctoral degree in physical therapy after he graduates from WSSU in May 2010.
“From the time I was a toddler, my mother instilled in me the importance of academics. But I knew she wouldn’t be able to afford my tuition as a single parent. I am so appreciative of my scholarship. Otherwise I’m not sure I’d even be in college.” SHAUN TROTTER ’10
Exercise Science major, School of Education and Human Performance Mr. Senior, Royal Court; Chancellor’s Scholar
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