A beaming WSSU Women's Volleyball take home their first CIAA Championship.

A beaming WSSU Women's Volleyball team take home their first CIAA Championship.

The Winston-Salem State University Rams (22-7) claimed their first Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Volleyball Championship when they took a four-set win over the Shaw Bears (21-11).  With the win, the Rams earned the first CIAA Volleyball Championship for Winston-Salem State in program history dating back to 1978.

The Rams were dominant for much of the match, but the team still its challenges against a Shaw team that had a lot of fight of their own. Winston-Salem State earned a 25-16 win in the opening set, but dropped a narrow 25-22 decision to the Bears in the second set. From there, the Rams took control earning a 25-15 third set win and claiming the championship with a 25-13 fourth set win.

Olivia Owens was named CIAA Tournament MVP this year.

The squad will continue to make program history on Thursday, Dec. 3 as the team makes its first NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament appearance taking on Wheeling Jesuit in Wheeling, W. Va. A big Ram send off was planned for the team.

Bevan Baker

Bevan Baker

“Enter to learn, Depart to serve,” that is exactly what Bevan K. Baker has done since his graduation from Winston-Salem State University. Learn more here .

Dr. Dorothy Bethea

Dr. Dorothy Bethea

Dr. Dorothy Bethea, chair of the Occupational Therapy department at Winston-Salem State University, is one of five North Carolina occupational therapists, who will receive the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Roster of Fellows Award.

The Fellowship will be awarded during its Annual Awards and Recognitions Ceremony in April 2016 in Chicago.

The award recognizes occupational therapists, who through their knowledge, expertise, leadership, advocacy and guidance, have made a significant contribution over time to the profession with a measured impact on local, national and international consumers of occupational therapy services and to members of the Association.

Since 2004, Bethea has served in various positions with the national accreditation agency, working collectively with the board to help create educational standards for OT academic programs, and performed onsite visits for OT assistant level, masters and doctorate level programs.

“For me, this recognition is of great significance because it culminates over thirty years of dedication to a profession that I love, and that has afforded me opportunities to impact the healthcare and education of others,” said Bethea.  “However, even more so, the personal growth is awe-inspiring and deeply valued.“

Chancellor Robinson celebrates with the 2015 CIAA Football Champion Rams.

Chancellor Robinson celebrates with the 2015 CIAA Football Champion Rams.

As the season opened, few would have predicted that a young Rams football team that began the season with an 0-3 start stood much of a chance to contend for the CIAA Championship title. They did more than contend. They took it!

It could not have been more dramatic. With just two seconds left in regulation play, Winston-Salem State’s Will Johnson kicked a 23-yard field goal, as the Rams completed a late come-from-behind 17-14 win over Bowie State University in the CIAA Championship Game at Durham County Stadium Nov. 14.

With the win the Rams completed the season at 6-5 overall and captured the school’s 11th CIAA Football Championship, and third in the past five years.

The Ram faithful rushed the field, while a stunned Bowie State team and fans could only look on. The Bulldogs (9-1) had been heavy favorites to beat the Rams (5-5), representing the Southern Division of the CIAA.

The Bulldogs led 14-0 with just over a minute left before halftime. The Rams scored with eight seconds left before the half to cut the lead to 14-7. After a scoreless third quarter, the Rams would strike again on a Rod Tinsley pass wide receiver Reggie Wilkins for the touchdown. Will Johnson’s extra point would tie the game.

The WSSU defense continued its dominate second half play, and forced a Bowie State punt. The Rams drove the field and with two seconds remaining, Johnson converted a 23-yard field goal, giving the WSSU Rams the improbable 2015 CIAA Football Championship.

For more game details go to http://wssurams.com/sports/m-footbl/2015-16/releases/201511152p5gi2

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