North Carolina Newspapers

    ■Til T* ilMIII.
November 1978
Dr. Parker To
Retire FromWSSU
Dr. Lafayeiie Parker
Dr. Parker Resigns
News Argus Staff
Dr. Lafayette Parker, Vice
Chancellor for Academic Af
fairs, Winston-Salem State U-
niversity, has announced his
plans to retire after 32 years of
State Service. His retirement
will be effective June 30, 1979.
At the time of his retirement.
Dr. Parker will have been with
the University for eighteen
years. He has served fifteen
years as chief academic officer
at WSSU and has made num
erous contributions to the
University as well as to the
Winston-Salem Community.
Dr. Parker states, “I have
enjoyed these years of service.
My personal and family
situation make it necessary for
me to give more time to these
matters. I am very grateful for
Dr. Covington’s support as I
have served during his admin
istration. With Dr. Coving
ton’s dedication and loyalty to
the cause of Winston-Salem
State University and to higher
education, I feel confident that
the University will become all
that it is possible to become”.
WSSU Chancellor
Receives Game Ball
Immediately after Winston-
Salem State’s romp over Fay-
yetteville State, 55-21, the
football team voted to present
the game ball to Chancellor
Covington as a gesture of
support to him and as a way
of expressing their gratitude
to him for being an enthusias
tic Ram fan. Lead by Line
backer and Co-Captian, senior
Baxter Harrington, team
asked all the coaches to sign
as well.
”I was taken by surprise.
The players had already deci
ded to by the time the coaches
knew about it,” remarked
Hayes. “I thought it was a
fine idea, and I signed it right
When presenting the ball
Harrington said “ON behalf of
the entire Ram football team, I
91 proud to present you with
football used in the Hom-
coming game. This is a
gesture of our appreciation to
you and a gesture of our
support for you. “Dr.Coving
ton accepted the ball and
indicated that it would be
displayed in his office.
Later when asked about the
team’s gift, Harrington noted
that the universitj needs o pull
together in times of stress.
Referring to the recent contro
versy swirling around the
suspension of a faculty mem
ber, Harrington said, “The
Chancellor needs to know that
most of the students support
him. When things get tough,
it’s easy to be critical. We
seniors remember our fresh
man year when the team was
1-9. People turned on us.
They didn’t come out to the
games and didn’t really sup
port us.
“Now we are undefeated and
ranked #1 and everybody loves
us. We think that everybody
should pull together and sup
port the Chancellor. It’s a
team effort on the field and it
should be a team effort on the
rest of athe campus, too. The
Chancellor is ranked #1 with
Dr. Mahlon T. Purvear
Confab Held At WSSU
Ne¥TB Argos SUff
The second annual Career
Awareness Conference, co
sponsored by Winston-Salem
State University’s Career
Planning and Placemeiit office
and the National and Local
Urban League, was held on
WSSU’s campus recently.
The purpose of the conference
was to allow consultants from
various corporations and in
dustries to confer with high
school and college students
about opportunities that are
available in various profes
sional fields.
Dr. Mahlon T. Puryear, asso
ciate deputy director. National
Urban DLeague, Inc., New
York, was the keynote speaker'
in an assembly held in the
Kenneth R. Williams Auditor
Dr. Puryear told students to
“stay in school long enough to
absorb the knowledge to make
a career..” he also said that
“...America was built on
dreams and we must continue
to dream and to take advan
tage of our constitutional right
for life, liberty, and the pur
suit of happiness..”
Mr. Tom Elijah, executive di
rector, Winston-Salem Urban
League, ’inc. ai^Mrs.Doris P.
Jones, director of
WSSU’s Career Planning and
Placement office, both expres
sed gratitude for the consul
tants visits and the
conference’s success.
Co-caplains Baxter Harrington and Gary Raiford present
homecoming game ball to Dr. C ovington as Bill Hayes looks on

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