The NC-MSEN (North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network) Summer Scholars Program camp at Winston-Salem State has been recognized as one of the best summer camps in the community.  The program placed third in its category in the 2012 Winston-Salem Journal Readers Choice Awards.  The YMCA, which has day camp programs at all of its locations and an overnight program at Camp Hanes took first and second place in the voting.

The Summer Scholars Program is one component of the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program and is designed to provide mathematics and science enrichment opportunities for students who are rising sixth to twelfth graders.  Joseph Baker is the program coordinator.

Dr. Kathy Stitts

Dr. Kathy Stitts

From move-in on Saturday, August 11, until the newest freshman class at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) walks through the campus’ famous archway on Saturday, August 18, all activities will be focused on helping these students begin their adjustment to college life.

“RAMDITION, a week-long event all freshmen are required to attend, is a collaboration with various areas of the university to provide programs and workshops led by faculty, staff and other university partners to help students become acclimated to campus life and learn about the traditions, processes and resources associated with WSSU,” said Dr. Kathy Stitts, associate provost and dean of WSSU’s University College and Lifelong Learning.  “RAMDITION is a term coined by the late Dr. Michelle Releford when she was Dean of University College and she developed our freshman orientation program into a broader effort that focused on academics and social activities that can prepare students to be more successful during their first year of college.

“Our goal is to instill university pride in these students while we help them move from being high school graduates to a part of the WSSU Class of 2016,” Stitts said.  “Our theme this year is ‘Discovering Your Path – The Journey Begins.’  We want these young people to explore and to discover what they want to do, where they want to go, and how they want to get there.    RAMDITION is designed to be the beginning of that discovery process.”

During the week, students do everything from getting advised on what courses to take and scheduling those courses to attending workshops on various topics ranging from budgeting to career services available on campus.  They also have activities organized around small groups led by upperclassmen called Legacy Leaders.

“This year, we also are hosting a “Sister Accord” session for our female freshmen that will feature

Sonia Jackson Myles, a motivational speaker and author, and a “Brother-to Brother” session with Mataryun “Mo” Wright, a WSSU alum who is an entrepreneur and motivational speaker,” Stitts added. “We’ve also added a Parent Reception on August 11 and a Parent Forum on August 12 to provide some helpful information for them before they leave the students in our care.”

The final program for RAMDITION will be the “Through the Archway” ceremony, which has become a Rite of Passage for freshmen at the university.  The class salutes the heritage of the university by passing through the Archway that marked the entrance to the campus in its early years as they become the newest addition to the WSSU campus family.  They will then complete their orientation at a closing program that will feature Dr. Tricia Rose, professor of Africana Studies at Brown University, as the guest speaker.

Congratulations are in order for Arrica Dubose-Mosely, recently named a principal in the Durham County Public Schools. Learn more here.

Dr. Joti Sekhon

Dr. Joti Sekhon

The recent mass murders of members of the Sikh religion in Wisconsin have left many asking the question, why? Dr. Joti Sekhon, WSSU’s director of International Programs, has some thoughts on the subject. See what here.

There is no quick fix. WSSU and other UNC system institutions need money to make the vital repairs to their infrastructure. But they are making due with what has been appropriated by the state. Learn more here.

WSSU Foundation Elects Officers, Directors

The Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) Foundation has elected Peggy Carter, retired vice president of the Forsyth Medical Center Foundation, to serve as chair of its Board of Directors for 2012-2013.
Other officers elected include Cheryl Locke, vice president and chief human resources officer for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, vice chair; Cynthia Williams, executive vice president [...]

WSSU Helps to Produce Nursing Leaders

More than 90 nursing administrators, professors and practitioners from around the country came together as participants, presenters and speakers June 14 at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) for “Leadership Institute V:  Legacy of Leadership: Preparing for Tomorrow” to discuss strategies to help increase the success of nursing students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and [...]

Vic Johnson Junior Golf Camp Big Draw for Area Youth

For the youth of Winston-Salem, there are quite a few things that can be expected in the summer. Along with the high temperatures, no school and sunshine, another constant has been the annual Vic Johnson Junior Golf Clinic. This year, the clinic was held at the Reynolds Park Golf Course with regular participants from the [...]

Randolph Community College will soon offer a nursing degree through an agreement with Winston-Salem State University. Learn more here.

Joyner Joins Coaching Staff at J.C. Smith

After two successful seasons as head women’s basketball coach at Winston-Salem State University, Stephen Joyner, Jr. is leaving the Rams program to join the coaching staff at Johnson C. Smith University. Learn more here.

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