Aug 292016
 
Krishawn Noble

Krishawn Noble

“Krishawn was a promising young man with a bright future.” That is how WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson described 23-year-old Krishawn Noble, who passed away a few days before he was to begin his career as an educator. “He undoubtedly would have been an exceptional teacher and mentor for young people. We share in the heartbreak of his family and friends,” said Robinson.

WSSU community and the Noble family honor Kershawn's memory.

WSSU community and the Noble family honor Kershawn’s memory.

Chancellor Robinson’s remarks came during a vigil August 28, organized by students in the university’s education program, to honor the memory of Noble, who had just graduated from WSSU last spring with the class of 2016. He had been hired as a seventh-grade social studies teacher at East Forsyth Middle School, where he had been a stand-out student teacher during his spring semester.

Students and friends sign card of condolence.

Students and friends sign card of condolence.

Approximately 200 people attended the vigil at the university’s clock tower, which included members of Noble’s family, faculty, students, and friends. Jodi Thomas, a second-year graduate education student, said she and Noble had done their student teaching together at East Forsyth Middle. “Seeing him in that setting made it clear to me that he had found the place where he was suppose to be,” said Thomas. “He was a born teacher.”

While at WSSU, he had been exceptional student. He made the university’s Dean’s List on a regular basis. He had also been involved in the university’s Real Men Teach program, a program designed to increase the number of male teacher/leaders in the United States.

Vigil ends with balloon release.

Vigil ends with balloon release.

Aug 262016
 
Student gives out school supplies to area youth.

Student gives out school supplies to area youth.

More than 900 freshmen in the Winston-Salem State University class of 2020 participated in 15 community service projects across the city of Winston-Salem August 19 to aid organizations serving thousands of needy people across the city.

The community service projects activities were coordinated through Project GIVE (Getting Involved {through} Volunteer Experiences), the volunteer service program of WSSU that matches members of the campus community with non-profit organizations and their service programs. The activities were part of the university’s week-long fall orientation program known as Ramdition.

“I felt really good to know I was helping others who don’t have what we have,” said Natalie Thorne, a freshman from Fayetteville, N.C., who plans to major in nursing. Thorne helped with packaging food for the Stop Hunger Now program.

Students pack sandwiches and snacks.

Students pack sandwiches and snacks.

Paje Addison, a freshman from Greensboro, N.C., helped supervise the children who attended the Fun Day activity in the Donald Julian Reaves Center gymnasium.

“It was great seeing the smiles on the children’s faces,” Addison said. She hopes to major in physical therapy.

Students supervised Fun Day activities in Reaves Center gym.

Students supervised Fun Day activities in Reaves Center gym.

“My group helped clean up various parts of the campus,” said JaKobi Kirby, of High Point, N.C. “I liked the idea of cleaning up around campus. It helped me learn my way around and learn about different parts of the campus I was unfamiliar with. It was a journey I enjoyed.” Kirby plans to major in exercise science.

Students working to aid the Pet Food Pantry of the Forsyth Humane Society packed 186 bags of food, which equated to more than 900 pounds of food for needy animals in the community. More than 20 students spent their time at Simon’s Green Acre weeding vegetable and flower beds, as well as planting for the coming season.

 

The project was a huge undertaking for Ynez Berg-Jones, a junior marketing major from New York, who coordinated the community service day.

 

Ynez Berg-Jones served as student volunteer coordinator.

Ynez Berg-Jones served as student volunteer coordinator.

“Coordinating this project was such a great experience for me. I valued working closely with the administration as well as the student body to create action-oriented activities for the incoming freshmen. I feel really good about the outcome. We contributed to our Winston-Salem State University community and local businesses that support our community,” Berg-Jones said. “The most memorable experience was seeing the results and knowing that the project was a success. Giving back to others through service is always a great honor and I’m grateful that I could assist the community in this way.”

Students measuring food to feed thousands.

Students measuring food to feed thousands.

 

Through collaborative efforts across campus, the University Staff Senate collected enough school supplies to benefit more than 100 local elementary school students. Items were distributed to local youth from the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, W.R. Anderson Recreational Center, and several surrounding churches and youth organizations.

Aug 152016
 
Ynez Berg-Jones served as student volunteer coordinator.

Ynez Berg-Jones served as student volunteer coordinator.

Winston-Salem State University’s Class of 2020 will learn first-hand about their university’s commitment to community engagement and service when the more than 950 freshmen in the class participate in 15 community service projects across Winston-Salem from 3-6 p.m. on August 19.

The community service projects activities, coordinated through Project GIVE (Getting Involved {through} Volunteer Experiences), the volunteer service program of WSSU that matches members of the WSSU community with non-profit organizations and their service programs, are part of the university’s week-long fall orientation program known as Ramdition. Each student has been assigned to one of the 15 community service projects that have been scheduled. The projects range from meal packaging for several community service agencies to cleanup at local parks in the community.

“Students are a vital part of the Winston-Salem community. It is important for both the students and the community to feel supported by Winston Salem State University,” said Ynez Berg-Jones, a junior marketing major from New York and coordinator of the community service project. “Incoming freshman, many of whom are away from home for the first time in their lives, will benefit from community togetherness.”

Activity highlights include packaging pet food for the Forsyth Humane Society; packaging school supplies for needy children in the community and “blessing bags” for the homeless through “Love Out Loud”; hosting an activity area for youth to have fun on the practice field behind the child development center on campus; and packaging thousands of bags of food to aid the Stop Hunger Now agency.

“Community organizations will also feel supported knowing that the students care and want to see their community flourish,” said Berg-Jones. “It’s a win, win!”

 

 

 

Aug 122016
 
North Entry Bridge, Access Road and Parking Lots project is nearly complete.

North Entry Bridge, Access Road and Parking Lots project is nearly complete.

If you have visited Winston-Salem State University in recent weeks, you would have noticed that as you turn left off of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive on to Cromartie Street behind K.R. Williams Auditorium, you saw bulldozers, cranes, and construction vehicles. They were all a part of a three-tiered construction project, which called for the building of a bridge, access road, and a 160-space parking lot.

The North Entry Bridge, access road, and parking lot project is nearly complete and will open within the next few weeks for university traffic.

The main purpose of the project is to connect the Lowery Street buildings, which house WSSU’s Facilities, engineering offices, and purchasing and account payable to the main campus.

This project makes connection to main campus easier.

This project makes connection to main campus easier.

The 125-foot-long bridge will permit two-way vehicular traffic and provides a eight-foot-wide pedestrian sidewalk. The access road will connect Cromartie Street and Lowery Street.

“The road and bridge will be for university use only,” said university engineer Nasser Massry. “There will be parking lots on both sides of the new access road as well as a bus shelter.”

The $5.5 million project is expected to be complete by the beginning of the 2016 fall semester – weather and railroad approval permitting.

 

Aug 092016
 
Winston-Salem State University to welcome largest freshman class since 2008

Orientation for Class of 2020 runs Aug. 14-20 Winston-Salem State University is expecting 950 new first-year students this fall – the largest incoming class since 2008 and an increase over last year’s freshman class of 887. Those students will begin their college experience on Sunday, Aug. 14, with the kick off of the university’s week-long […]

Aug 082016
 
BB&T pledges $125,000 gift in honor of WSSU Foundation Board Member Cynthia Williams

Winston-Salem State University announced today BB&T has given $125,000 to the Winston-Salem State University Foundation for academic scholarships for students. The gift will be used to create the Cynthia A. Williams Endowed Scholarship for undergraduates who have declared a major in biology, chemistry, computer science, or mathematics. Cynthia Williams, a second-term board member for the […]

Aug 082016
 
Cecil Holland Named Interim Associate Dean for the Division of Nursing

Dr. Cecil Holland has been appointed Interim Associate Dean for the Division of Nursing. He came to Winston-Salem State University in 2004 and is currently an associate professor. During his time at WSSU, he has served in various leadership capacities, including Assistant Dean for Admissions, Student Affairs and Program Effectiveness and Interim Assistant Dean for […]

Jul 292016
 
Kudos Report: June-July 2016

The Winston-Salem State University Office of Integrated Marketing Communications distributes the Kudos Report monthly as a platform for the university to celebrate and promote the many achievements, successes, and contributions of our campus community. To submit information for the report, visit www.wssu.edu/administration/university-engagement/oimc/kudos.aspx Venus Boston, assistant legal counsel, is a Forty Under Forty honoree of North […]

Jul 282016
 
WSSU Receives $4.2 million for Nursing Scholarships

More economically disadvantaged students will have the opportunity to pursue a degree in nursing at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) thanks to a $4.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Heath Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). HRSA’s Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program provided the grants, which will fund scholarships for […]

Jul 182016
 
WSSU Refreshed Brand Rolls Out in August

    Winston-Salem State University has undertaken an effort to refresh our visual identity and create brand messaging guidance. This project is a key goal of the university’s Strategic Plan for 2016-2021. We are excited to share that we are nearly ready to roll out the fruits of this endeavor. Benefits of a Strong Brand […]

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