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.

Peggy Carter

Peggy Carter

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 and chief corporate communications officer for BB&T, treasurer; and Ray Owen, retired vice president with State Farm Insurance as secretary.

New board members elected to serve three-year terms are:  William G. “Bill” Benton, chairman and CEO of Salem Senior Housing; David W. Burke, retired CPA and founding partner of Butler and Burke, LLP; W. R. “Randy” Loftis, Jr., managing partner and senior litigator at Constangy Brooks & Smith, LLP; and Errol Wint, project manager with Caterpillar, Inc.

Board members re-elected were Tony Ebron, president of the Winston-Salem City Employee Credit Union, and Claudette Weston, president and CEO of Weston & Associates, Inc., for their second three-year term and J. Walter McDowell, retired CEO for Carolinas and Virginia banking at Wachovia, to serve an additional one-year term.

The Winston-Salem State University Foundation, Inc. was created in 1970 to generate financial resources for the university through private giving.  The Foundation’s board oversees how money is raised, how contributions are invested and how the Foundation distributes grants.  The board also advises and supports other activities of the Foundation designed to further the strategic initiatives of the university.

Chancellor Reaves greets participants during the Leadership Institute.

Chancellor Reaves greets participants during the Leadership Institute.

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 at other Predominately Black Institutions (PBI) of higher learning.

“The Institute is designed to groom young professional educators to assume leadership positions as department chairs, deans, directors and other key roles within nursing programs at HBCUs and PBIs throughout the United States,” said Dr. Sylvia Flack, director of the Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities at WSSU.  “In addition to the discussions presentations, the Institute focused on mentoring those who aspire to leadership positions and individuals who are new in leadership positions as well.  We support intergenerational mentoring because it enables both generations to learn from, enjoy and assist each other.  It also addresses the need to develop leaders who are prepared to address the serious problems facing students, faculty and HBCU/PBI nursing programs.”

This year’s Institute also discussed some of the broader issues that affect the success of HBCU and PBI nursing programs.  Dr. Carol Easley Allen, consultant and co-owner of Twin Solutions LLC who is also the immediate past chair of the Depart of Nursing at Oakwood University, outlined some of the issues institutions of higher learning face with students.

She pointed out some of the differences in students today include the decline in hours spent studying each week and their limited critical thinking skills.  There is also a need to develop different strategies to better teach younger students who require a different approach because of their dependence on digital technology and a need for another set of strategies to reach the many older students who are returning to the classroom.   Allen also said the issues of lack of resources and being encouraged to move toward scholarship more than teaching affected faculty members’ abilities to be effective teachers.

Dr. Virginia Adams, a consultant on global and diversity initiatives for the National League for Nursing, and the former dean of the School of Nursing at UNC Wilmington, addressed the issue of civility and the impact of incivility in the workplace.

“Incivility can be seen in interpersonal conflict, bullying, isolation of a colleague, not sharing information, and can even escalate into aggression,” Adams told the group.  “You can see bullying between colleagues, students and faculty, even patients bullying nurses.”

The environment created by incivility affects the person being bullied in physical ways such as loss of sleep, as well as in the loss of self-esteem and confidence.  For an organization, incivility affects productivity because of the time spent in meetings and in documenting incidents which can create higher costs, as can having to install security systems or pay attorney fees of a situation gets too out of hand.

“Leadership in any organization must commit to a culture of zero tolerance,” Adams added.  “Leaders also must determine if their leadership style supports a culture of incivility and ensure there is a process for dealing with issues and problems.”

Adams suggested that organization should adopt a civility policy and provide conflict resolution skills for team members.  “You must make people feel valued, show respect in resolving differences, and think before you speak,” she said.

In addition to the presentations, the Institute included a panel discussion on best practices in nursing education from the faculty perspective and a series of breakout sessions including several that focused on the use of simulation technology.

“We bring together some of the best minds in the nursing profession to create a focus on transformational leadership,” Flack concluded.  “We want to inspire our current and future leaders to understand their roles in engaging and supporting students, leading the way in raising consciousness about the significance of specific outcomes and create an environment where nursing students at HBCUs and PBIs can reach their full potential.  In the words of Dr. Danita R. Potter, interim dean of nursing at Grambling State University, ‘I really enjoyed the conference and seeing so many colleagues here for the same purpose!  Look forward to next year.’”

Sponsors for this year’s Leadership Institute included the Chancellor’s Office and Office of the Provost at WSSU along with Dr. Janice G. Brewington, Assessment Technology Institute, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program.

BIll Hayes speaks to aspiring young golfers.

BIll Hayes speaks to aspiring young golfers.

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 Roscoe Anderson and Martin Luther King Recreation Centers.

AD Hayes (left), John Torian and his son, and Victor Johnson share a moment at the closing program.

AD Hayes (left), John Torian and his son, and Victor Johnson share a moment at the closing program.

In an effort to teach the game of golf to youth ages 8-15, who may not have had opportunities to learn the game, Johnson sponsors the clinic annually.  The clinic, which was held on Tuesdays and Thursdays,  served approximately 80 students from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Reynolds Park Golf Course.  The clinic started on June 12th and ended on July 5th. The highlight of the clinic was the closing program held on July 5th, when Winston-Salem State University Director of Athletics William “Bill” Hayes served as speaker.

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.

WSSU Student Named to Governor’s Crime Commission

Devin J. Davis, a rising sophomore at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), has been appointed by Gov. Beverly Perdue to a three-year term on the Governor’s Crime Commission.
The Commission serves as the chief advisory body to the governor and the secretary of the Department of Public Safety on crime and justice issues.  Davis will serve on [...]

H. Douglas Covington, former WSSU Chancellor, Dies at Age 77

If you ever got to meet him or know him, you understood that he had a gentle way about him. H. Douglas Covington, former Chancellor at Winston-Salem State University, had a distinguished career in higher education, serving as chief administrative officer for several institutions across the country. He died Wednesday, June 27, at age 77. [...]

What fans see are cars flying around the track at high speeds. But, there is a lot more to motor sport racing than driving a fast car. This summer youth found out what it’s all about. Learn more here.

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