Friday, October 29, 2010

Gamma Pi's Brother Gordon Everett Leads WSSU Homecoming 2011 with TV Interview

Last weekend was a "red-letter" weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C. Make that a "red and black" letter weekend, as Winston-Salem State University celebrated its Annual Homcoming. Prominent in the celebration was Gamma Pi's own Brother Gordon Everett, who is fresh into his term as the elected National Alumni President for WSSU. He is a 1978 Rams graduate. Brother Everett crossed those Burning Sands at WSSU in 1975 (Mu Epsilon).

Brother Everett was front and center on the local news filling the community in on Homecoming festivities during a live interview on Winston-Salem's Channel 12 WXII-TV. This was not a "man-on-the-street" or "face-in-the-crowd" interview. This was an in-studio interview "on the set," as they say in the industry. Morning Reporter Nichole Ducouer interviewed both Brother Everett and another alumni official on-air on last Friday, October22.  The station is an NBC affiliate and serves the Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point "Triad" area.

In the interview, Brother Everett described an exciting, action-packed weekend that included numerous galas, reunions, dinners and oh, yeah, the game, which WSSU won by beating UNC-Pembroke before a full house of more than 18,000 screaming fans. Gamma Pi's Brother Eddie High and his wife, Mary, were Brother Everett's special guests for Homecoming. The High's daughter, Mya, is a freshman at WSSU.  Brother High is also a Second District Corridor Representative for Omega Psi Phi.

"The weekend started Thursday morning with "Return to Serve" where over 50 alumni from various career experiences visit students and faculty in classrooms to hold discussions with students on their preparation for life after WSSU."

For Brother Everett, the National Alumni Association Scholarship Gala was a key event among many held during the weekend as  he leads the organization in pursuing an ambitious goal of raising $500,000 for a scholarship endowment.  The Millenium Center in  downtown Winston-Salem was the center of all the social activity.

Brother Everett, who is Gamma Pi's incoming Basileus for 2010-11, was elected National Alumni President for WSSU in April and his two-year term began in July. He previously served as Vice President of the alumni organization prior to his election to the top post. Click here to watch Brother Everett's interview on WXII Channel 12

Brother Everett (right) on the set live at WXII-TV 
Here's a Homecoming bonus courtesy of WSSU: even though you may not have been in attendance, you can enjoy last week's sizzling halftime show put on by the "Red Sea of Sound" marching band directed by Dr. Michael Magruder.

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