North Carolina Newspapers

December 1994
Winston-Salem State university
Sankofa Returns to
Sankofa, the acclaimed film about
slavery's place within African-American
culture, will return to Winston-Salem
for a two-week run at the North Point
Theater, beginning December 9th.
The film played to a sold-out audience
last month at the Steven's Center.
The writer and director of the film,
Haile Gerima, a Howard University
professor, had lunch with Mass
Communications majors and held a
"chat" with members of the student
body when he was he town.
WSSU Students
Featured In Ebony
Winston-Salem State University
students Eric F. Gamer, a 22-year-old
senior Mass Communications major
from Cleveland, Ohio and Aku Opata, a
17-year-old freshman biology major
from Laurinburg, showcased some of
this year's hottest "Campus Fashions"
in a special section of the October issue
of Ebony. They modeled both
collegiate and office attire for comfort
and style.
Final Early Payment
Date Coming Soon
Students who register but do not pay
tuition and fees by Thursday, Jan. 5,
1995, will have their schedules deleted
from the system. Students who have their
schedules deleted will be required to
submit a new schedule request form in
order for courses to be entered into the
student information system.
Choir Adopts Highway page 5
Lady Rams New Coach page 6
Ram Football page 7
Radio Talk Show page 11
Did You Know That page 14
Chancellor Thompson Resigns
Release & Staff Report
Chancellor Cleon F.
Thompson Jr., announced on
December 1st, he would resign
as Winston-Salem State
University's chancellor on
June 30, 1995.
He has accepted a job as
special assistant to Larry K.
Monteith, the chancellor of
N.C. State University.
Since becoming the
university's chancellor 10
years ago, the university's
enrollment has increased, the
average SAT scores of
entering freshmen has
increased and the percentage
of faculty members with
doctorates has also increased.
Several new programs
and degrees have been added
and several buildings have
been built or renovated.
Examples of this is the
renovation to the O'Kelly
Libraray, Anderson Center
and the new 400 student
Wilson Hall.
According to school
officials, under Thompson's
leadership WSSU's
endowment comprised of
conu-ibutions from individuals
and companies, grew from
approximately $900,000 in
1985 to $8.5 million this year.
Faculty, staff and students
had mixed emotions upon
hearing about Thompson's
Chancellor Thompson
HBCU’s Form Consortium
with South African University
Staff Writer
The North Carolina
Historically Black Colleges
and Universities/South Africa
Consortium is designed to link
students and faculty at higher
education institutions in South
Africa with students and
faculty here in the United
In October, a press
conference was held here at
University announcing the
launching of this consortium.
Seven HBCUs in North
Carolina established this
consortium to link their
students and faculties with
universities in South Africa.
This initiative was
formalized at an meeting
between representatives of the
U.S. schools and Professor
June Sinclair, deputy Vice
Chancellor and Vice FYincipal
of the University of
Witswatersrand ( WITS ),
Winston-Salem State
University, Elizabeth City
Slate University, NC
A&TState University, St.
Augustine’s College, Shaw
University and the University
of Witswatersrand are the
schools participating in the
Dr. Cleon Thompson,
chancellor at Winston-Salem
State University and a
consortium member said,
“This consortium will allow us
to share educational
philosophies and to explore
strategies for students, faculty
and curriculum development.
Just as education is a force for
positive change in the US, so it
can be a force in South Africa.
We at WSSU, consider it a
moral obligation to help make
a difference in South Africa
and to improve ourselves in
the process. Information flow
will definitely have to come in
from South Africa in order to
get things going between them
and us.”
The consortium’s purpose
is to foster educational
exchanges and collaborative
between the NC institutions,
WITS and HBCUs in South
WITS has a multi-racial
student body and a long
standing tradition of extending
educational opportunities to
blacks. For example. Nelson
Mandela earned his law degree
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