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

Dr. A. Bakarr Kanu

Dr. A. Bakarr Kanu

A. Bakarr Kanu, assistant professor of chemistry, has had a research article titled “Identity Efficiency for High-Performance Ambient Pressure Ion Mobility Spectrometry” published in the peer-reviewed journal Analytical Chemistry. Link to article: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.analchem.5b03765.

Dr. Morris Clarke

Dr. Morris Clarke

Morris J. Clarke, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry at Winston-Salem State University, has been named leader of the Executive Council of the Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad.

Dr. Fran Oates

Dr. Fran Oates

Fran Oates, adjunct professor, is the 2016 Alice Naylor Outstanding Dissertation Award recipient from the Appalachian State University’s Educational Leadership doctoral program. Among 15 candidates, Dr. Oates’ dissertation was noted as outstanding by the committee and was voted unanimously by the faculty for this prestigious award.

Dr. Pamela Pitman Brown

Dr. Pamela Pitman Brown

Pamela Pitman Brown, assistant professor of gerontology and gerontology program coordinator, was recently honored at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education’s Annual Conference with the Rising Star Junior Faculty Award. After receiving her award she presented her talk, “Cultivating Leadership and Leadership Opportunities through Service Roles in Academia or Academic Organizations.” At the same conference Dr. Brown accepted the gavel as President of Sigma Phi Omega National Academic & Professional Honor Society in Gerontology. She served last year as president-elect and will serve as president for two years.

Dr. Christina Placilla

Dr. Christina Placilla

Christina Placilla, associate professor of music and director of the WSSU Chamber Orchestra, was selected as the Intercollegiate Music Association String Ensemble Clinician at the 2016 IMA Conference held on the campus of North Carolina Central University in Durham.

Cindy Strine

Cindy Strine

Cindy Strine, director of campus recreation, has been appointed to serve on the NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards Committee for 2016-2017. WSSU received the award in 2015.

UNC President Margaret Spellings engages WSSU students at Kennedy Dining Hall.

UNC President Margaret Spellings engages WSSU students at Kennedy Dining Hall.

Margaret Spellings, the new president of the University of North Carolina system, visited Winston-Salem State University on April 26 to learn more about the university and its strategic vision.

Spellings’ visit was part of her 100-day listening tour, which includes visits to all 16 UNC universities, the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the NC Research Campus in Annapolis, and UNC Health Care. The statewide tour offers a chance for Spellings to learn about the University and her new home state. Her visit to WSSU included a tour of campus, as well as listening sessions with students, faculty, staff, campus leadership, members of the WSSU Board of Trustees, and community leaders.

During her visit, Spellings also had an opportunity to hear about WSSU’s new strategic plan and how the university works to prepare graduates for successful careers in tomorrow’s jobs. Her tour of campus included stops at the Center for Design Innovation, Bowman Gray Stadium, the university’s simulated hospital, and the Community Development Center, as well as an opportunity to hear about student research projects and view student work in the university’s Diggs Gallery. The university’s acclaimed marching band, The Red Sea of Sound, offered her a glimpse into one of WSSU’s trademark experiences.

“We were delighted to welcome President Spellings to campus and to have the opportunity to share the university’s strategic vision for the future with her,” said WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson. “I’m confident that she left campus with an understanding of what makes WSSU unique and valuable to not only the state, but to the region and beyond.”

Dr. Yolanda Edwards

Dr. Yolanda Edwards

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) was recently recognized by Affordable Colleges Online, a leading education and industry resource for online education information, for having one of the best online counseling programs in the nation. WSSU’s program ranked third in the nation.

For universities to qualify for this ranking they must be public and not for profit. Qualifying schools were then evaluated based on the:

  • Count of online master’s degrees available
  • Graduate tuition and fees
  • Academic and career counseling services
  • Job placement for graduates
  • AC Online Peer-Based Value (PBV)*

The PBV score compares the cost of each program to the cost of similar programs with the same qualitative score.

WSSU’s Rehabilitation Counseling program provides students with the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and to become eligible to take the national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination. Rehabilitation counselors assist individuals who are disabled with obtaining competitive employment and/or achieving independent living goals. The program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education.

“Congratulations Dr. Yolanda Edwards and the entire Rehabilitation Counseling Department on this awesome accomplishment,” said Peggy Valentine, dean of the WSSU School of Health Sciences. “Being nationally ranked as one of the most notable combinations of academic quality, accommodation, guidance, and affordability is to be celebrated.”

Margaret Spellings, the new president of the University of North Carolina system, will visit Winston-Salem State University on April 26.

Spellings’ visit is part of her 100-day listening tour, which includes all 16 public universities, the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, and UNC Health Care.

Her visit to WSSU includes a tour of campus, as well as listening sessions with students, faculty, staff, campus leadership, the WSSU Board of Trustees and community leaders.

As president of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, Spellings has said she sees her tenure as a chance to speak on behalf of public education in the broadest sense. The statewide tour offers a chance for Spellings to learn about the University and her new home state.

Prior to her appointment as system president, Spellings served as the U.S. Secretary of Education and White House domestic policy advisor. Since then, Spellings has worked with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and served on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Education Advisory Board. In 2013, she was named president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, where she launched the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a one-of-a-kind leadership program borne out of the first-ever partnership of multiple presidential centers.

“Black Genius” to be Discussed by Noted Scholars at WSSU’s Hanes Lecture and Symposium

The 2016 John W. and Anna Hodgin Hanes Lecture and Symposium at Winston-Salem State University will feature noted scholars discussing “Black Genius” on April 14, 10 a.m. in the Cleon F. Thompson Student Services Center, room 207.
The lecture and symposium are free and open to the public.
“The Hanes Lecture and Symposium are extraordinary opportunities to [...]

Melissa Harris-Perry to be WSSU’s 2016 Commencement Speaker

Award-winning author and noted scholar Melissa Harris-Perry will be the speaker at Winston-Salem State University’s 2016 commencement ceremony, scheduled for 9:45 a.m. on Friday, May 13.
Harris-Perry, the author of Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, is the Maya Angelou Chair at Wake Forest University. There she is the executive [...]

WSSU’s Morris Clarke named a leader of the NCBiotech Piedmont Triad Advisory Committee

Morris J. Clarke, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry at Winston-Salem State University, has been named leader of the Executive Council of the Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in the Piedmont Triad.
Clarke succeeds Bill Dean, of billdean Strategies and newly named chief executive officer at The Collider in Asheville. The Executive Council consists of committee members with [...]

WSSU Freshman Applications Increase by Double Digits

Freshman applications for admission at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) have increased by double digits, as has the number of freshmen who say they intend to enroll at WSSU this fall.
WSSU officials report the university has received 4,532 completed applications for undergraduate admission, a 21 percent increase over last year; meanwhile, the number of incoming freshmen [...]

Freshman applications for admission at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) have increased by double digits, as has the number of freshmen who say they intend to enroll at WSSU this fall.

WSSU officials report the university has received 4,532 completed applications for undergraduate admission, a 21 percent increase over last year; meanwhile, the number of incoming freshmen who have indicated they [...]

Director of EPA’s National Center for Environmental Assessment to Lecture on Health Risks of Exposure to Soft Plastic Containers at WSSU on April 7

Dr. Kenneth Olden, director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Center for Environmental Assessment will lecture and answer questions about the public health risks of exposure to chemicals found in soft plastic containers used for packaging water and foods at 11 a.m., April 7, in room 100 of the Donald J. Reaves Center on [...]

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