Dr. Emilie M. Townes

Dr. Emilie M. Townes

Dr. Emilie M. Townes, the first Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale Divinity School, will speak on Thursday, November 8, at 9:30 a.m. in Dillard Auditorium at the Anderson Conference Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University.

The second speaker in the 2012-2013 series, Townes is a professor, author, ordained minister and womanist ethicist.  In her writing and research, Townes focuses on Christian and womanist ethics as well as cultural and social theory. Her most recent book is “Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil.”  Among her many other publications are “Breaking the Fine Rain of Death: African American Health issues and a Womanist Ethic of Care,” “Womanist Justice, Womanist Hope” and “In a Blaze of Glory: Womanist Spirituality as Social Witness.”

Townes is a founding member of the Initiative on Religion and Politics at Yale that seeks to bring a progressive religious voice to the education of seminarians, spark lively debate on the interplay of religion and politics, and speak to the pressing social issues of the day.  Prior to her appointment at Yale, Townes served as the Carolyn Beaird Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York.  She is a former president of the American Academy of Religion and was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.

A native of Durham, N.C., Townes is an ordained American Baptist clergywoman. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Religion and Society and Personality from Northwestern University.  She holds honorary degrees from Washington and Jefferson College and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.  She is a fellow of Saybrook College.

Jacobus F. Boers

Jacobus F. Boers

Jacobus F. Boers, who had a successful international business career and now is a college lecturer, will speak on “Doing Business in India:  Profits while navigating the dangers of politics, institutions, religion and culture” on Thursday, November 8, at 2 p.m. in Room 136 of the R. J. Reynolds Building on the campus of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is being co-sponsored by the School of Business and Economics and International Programs at WSSU and is part of the International Education Week activities on campus November 5-9.  Boers will conduct a workshop for WSSU faculty on “Teaching India: A framework for understanding business culture in India” as a visiting scholar, which, is part of a National Endowment for the Humanities funded project on integrating India into the liberal arts curriculum.

Boers is a lecturer at the Institute of International Business in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University (GSU).   He brings his practical experience and expertise in doing business in emerging markets to the classroom, where he combines the lessons of research theory and practice.  In addition to his teaching, Boers is the lead faculty member responsible for the international internship component of GSU’s Masters in Business program.  He has directed study abroad programs for students in South Africa, India and the United Arab Emirates with a focus on the international elements of business that address multiple disciplines including marketing, finance, logistics, business administration and entrepreneurship.  Additionally Boers serves as the CIBER’s coordinator for instructional technologies at GSU.

Prior to joining GSU in 2007, Boers provided management consulting services on successfully selecting appropriate international markets for expansion, developing market entry and direct investment planning for a broad range of clients.  He has also served as chairman of the Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia and the Georgia Council for International Visitors, which supports the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of State.  He frequently speaks on topics ranging from international career opportunities for young professionals to the role of education in global competitiveness.

Boers has a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State, a Master of Theological Studies from Emory University and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and classical Greek from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

In addition to Boers’ presentation, other programs, projects and activities scheduled for International Education Week include a lecture and demonstration on “The Roots of Brazilian Samba” on Monday, November 5, at 3:30 p.m. in the Main Dining Room in the Anderson Conference Center on the WSSU campus.

Percussionist Oseiku DañEl Díaz and dancer Iara Calheira Kendrick

Percussionist Oseiku DañEl Díaz and dancer Iara Calheira Kendrick

Percussionist Oseiku DañEl Díaz and dancer Iara Calheira Kendrick, an educator and native of Brazil, will provide an overview of Brazilian history as well as various forms of music and dance.  Díaz will demonstrate a few styles of Samba with various instruments along with the history of each.  Iara will demonstrate some moves symbolic of various Orixas (Yoruba Gods and Goddesses) leading to the modern day Samba danced in Brazil and around the globe.

Díaz is a member artist of the Hispanic Arts Initiative and World Artists Mosaic.  Since moving back to Winston-Salem, he has performed with Otesha Creative Arts ensemble and the North Carolina Black Repertory Theatre, as well as led his own group, Oseiku’s Total Eclipse.  Kendrick began her dance experience while growing up in Brazil and participating in groups of folkloric dances for Sao Joao Festivals and for Carnaval.  She studied ballroom dance at Jacksonville State University in Alabama and later continued her studies of multi-cultural dances at studios across the United States and in other countries.

The following is a list of upcoming events for International Education Week:

International Education Week,

November 5-9, 2012

Schedule of Events

Monday, November 5

11:00am – 2:00pm: Study Abroad Expo, Thompson Center Lobby

11:00 am – 12:15 pm: Malcolm X and the African World Revolution: Presented by Prof. Kwame Zulu Shabazz, Introduction to African and African American Studies class. Coltrane, Room 308.

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Dare to Dream about Study Abroad: A Liberal Learning Seminar Perspective. Students from LLS 1339: Passport, Visa, Bon Voyage class by Dr. Andrea Patterson, Assistant Professor of Speech, will showcase projects: Thompson Center 207A.

3:30 pm – 5: 00 pm: The Roots of Brazilian Samba: A lecture and demonstration: Featuring musician Oseiku DañEl Díaz, and dancer Iara Calheira Kendrick in collaboration with the WSSU Brazil/FIPSE Exchange Program: Main Dining Room, Anderson Center.

Tuesday, November 6

9:00 am -10:30 am: Organization for Tropical Studies, Duke University. Information on Tropical Biology, Global Health, and African Ecology Programs in Costa Rica and South Africa, with representative Ms. Patrice Barley: Lobby of the Science Building.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Organization for Tropical Studies, Duke University. Information on Tropical Biology, Global Health, and African Ecology Programs in Costa Rica and South Africa, with representative Ms. Patrice Barley: Thompson Center Lobby.

11:00 am – 12:15 pm: The Political and Security Crisis in Mali. Presentation by Dr. Guy Martin, in POS 3339.01: Comparative Government/Africa class: Room 235, Anderson Center.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Languages, Literatures, and Cultures of the World: A presentation of artifacts, books, music, posters, food sampling, and attire from selected countries by the Department of World Languages and Cultures and the Department of English: 3rd Floor Lobby, Hall Patterson Building.

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm: Saawariya (My Love): A Bollywood movie from India produced by Sanjay Leela Bansali (2007): Presented by Dr. Terrance Lewis, Associate Professor of History in the course: History of the Indian Subcontinent. To be continued on Thursday, November 8 at 12:30 pm. Room 308, Coltrane Hall.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Faculty Seminar Experiences Abroad: Implications for Professional, Curriculum and Personal Development:  Presentations by participants in the CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars in Brazil, Botswana, Turkey, and Costa Rica. Brown Bag Lunch; dessert and drinks will be served: Thompson Center  207A.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: The First Grader. A heart-warming and inspiring true story of an 84 year-old man from Kenya and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford as a young man. The film is a triumphant testimony to the transforming force of education; Presented by Dr. Leonard Muaka, Assistant Professor of Kiswahili, in LLS seminar on “Language and Media:” Main Dining Room, Anderson Center.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Zumba: A fusion of Latin, Hip-Hop, Reggaeton and other international music-dance themes creating a dynamic, exciting effective fitness system; A Campus Fitness event led by certified Zumba instructor Amber Taylor: Thompson Center 207 A&B.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: International Movie Night. Brazilian film: O caminho das nuvens (The Middle of the World; Directed by Vicente Amorim, 2003. A family sets off–by bicycle–from their home in rural northeast Brazil to find work in Rio de Janeiro–2,000 miles away; Presented by Dr. Robert Anderson, Associate Professor of Portuguese: Main Dining Room, Anderson Center.

Wednesday, November 7

10:00 am. – 10:50 am: Building Bridges: The Untold African Story (35 min.). Film produced by Dr. Rose A. Sackeyfio, Assistant Professor of English.  This documentary focuses on the ties between Ghana and the African Diaspora. The film highlights modern Ghana as a place of homage for Diaspora peoples through interviews with African Americans who reside there as well as prominent Ghanaians from a cross section of society. In ENG 2306: Women’s Literature in a Global Context: Room 325 Hall Patterson.

12:30 pm. – 3:00 pm: International Student Panel and Study Abroad Student Panel. A celebration of international education experiences of WSSU students presented by the Students International Association in association with Links Inc. Snacks, tea punch and other beverages will be served: Thompson Center, Room 207A.

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Karate Demonstration by Dr. Bonaventure Balla-Omgba, Assistant Professor of French, Karate Black Belt. With a presentation on the significance of Karate and Tae Kwan Do in East Asian Cultures by Dr. Balla-Omgba and Professor Junhyoung Kim, Department of Human Performance and Sports Science: Main Dining Room, Anderson Center.


Thursday, November 8

12:30 am – 2 pm: Tastes and Sounds of the World, a food tasting and musical extravaganza from around the world. Information on study abroad opportunities will be available. School of Business and Economics: Lobby of R. J. Reynolds, outside RJR 136.

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm: Saawariya (My Love): A Bollywood movie from India produced by Sanjay Leela Bansali (2007): Presented by Dr. Terrance Lewis, Associate Professor of History in the course: History of the Indian Subcontinent; Continued from Tuesday, November 6: Room 308, Coltrane Hall.

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Doing Business in India: Profits while navigating the dangers of politics, institutions, religion and culture: Public lecture by Professor Jacobus F Boers, Institute of International Business, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University. Co-sponsored by the WSSU – National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) India program and the School of Business and Economics; Room 136, RJ Reynolds Building.

6:30 – 9:00 pm: International Extravaganza, a global cultural entertainment program presented by Students International Association: Dillard Auditorium, Anderson Center.

Friday, November 9

12:00 noon – 1:30 pm: International Dress and Food. The Student Health Center staff will wear African attire to work that day. Fried Plantains, Puff-Puff and Chin-Chin from West Africa, and Chili and Chips from Latin America will be served for tasting. Recipes of the snacks will be available. Student Health Center Conference Room, Main Level, A. H. Ray Building

2:00 pm – 4:45 pm: Issues in Global Health. Student Presentations in HCM 4304: Global Health Studies class taught by Dr. Faye Cobb: Room 233, FL Atkins Building.

Red Sea of Sound during Honda Battle of the Bands performance.

Red Sea of Sound during Honda Battle of the Bands performance.

The Winston-Salem State University Marching Band performed the national anthem prior to the TUMS Fast Relief 500 NASCAR race on Sunday Oct. 28. It was their second trip to Martinsville Speedway in two years.

The “Red Sea of Sound,” which features over 200 members, includes dancers, flags, amazing musicians and five, exciting, high-energy drum majors. The band took a lap around the track in prerace, entertaining fans with their world-renown show.

A proposed new corridor plan to connect Winston-Salem’s neighborhoods to each other will likely have a major impact on Winston-Salem State. Learn more here.

Panel participants for the Entrepreneur Summit gather for a brief moment to record history.

Panel participants for the Entrepreneur Summit gather for a brief moment to record history.

Several notable local business leaders and media personalities  participated in Winston-Salem State University’s inaugural Entrepreneur Summit on Oct. 4 .

More than small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and students from the WSSU School of Business and Economics attended the summit held at the Anderson Center. “The summit was truly an inspirational event! It was deemed successful as the all-star panel was able to relate to both the experienced entrepreneur , as well as our student population, especially our  students from the School of Business and Economics who acted as our hosts and hostesses,” said Dr. Kenneth Bulls, WSSU Continuing Education and Summer Sessions director.

“The diverse panel’s expertise was second to none as they shared their personal  and professional advice and how to garnish success in one’s entrepreneur ventures.  I truly would like to thank the University supporters and collaborators: Ms. Heather Davis-from Student Activities, Mr. Donald Wood- from the School of Business and Economics -Professional Development Program, and Ms. Pamala Turner-from the Anderson Center, Conference and Institutes.”

Sponsored by WSSU’s University College and Lifelong Learning’s Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, the summit focused on strategies for building a successful business. The speakers were all successful entrepreneurs, whether as owners of small businesses, leaders of not-for-profit organizations, or media personalities whose entrepreneurship happens daily in the way they market their unique skills to find new opportunities.

Nadia Moffett, 2010 Miss NC

Nadia Moffett, 2010 Miss NC

Tracy McCain, WFMY New 2 field anchor, served as Mistress of Ceremonies

Tracy McCain, WFMY News 2 Good Morning Show field anchor, served as Mistress of Ceremonies

Tracey McCain, WFMY 2 Good Morning Show field anchor, served as mistress of ceremonies.  Speakers included:  Skip Brown, First Community Bank Triad region president and founder of the former TriStone Community Bank; Algenon Cash, managing director at Wharton Gladden, a boutique real estate investment banking firm headquartered in Greensboro; Busta Brown, former WQMG radio personality;  Joy Cook,  director of strategic communications, Welfare Reform Liaison Project in Greensboro;  John Davenport, civil engineer consultant and former NCDOT engineer;  Andrew Dreyfuss, fund executive at Piedmont Angel Network (PAN),  an early stage committed capital fund based in the Triad;  Derwin Montgomery, Winston-Salem city councilman;  Nadia Moffett, Miss North Carolina USA 2010 and an active leader in the state; and Michael Suggs, executive director of Goler Community Development Corporation and former marketing and government relations executive with RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company

Algenon Cash

Algenon Cash, managing director at Wharton Gladden

“Our objective is to engage, empower and enrich participants so that they are better prepared to make their ventures successful,” said James Pao, WSSU Continuing Education and Summer Sessions program manager.

WSSU Student Wins 105 Voices of History Scholarship

Jonathan Figgers, a student at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) is the winner of a $10,000 scholarship from the 105 Voices of History HBCU National Concert Choir.
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Winston-Salem State University is one of three regional institutions to use federal grants totaling more than $10 million between them to strengthen their programs. Learn more.

The week of September 24-28 was designated as National Black Colleges and Universities Week. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have led a Senate resolution for HBCU week for the past three years. Many say the recognition is appreciated and will act as a catalyst to help HBCUs grow. Learn more here.

WSSU Receives National Science Foundation Grant to Enhance Physics Labs

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has won a $299,939 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and enhance its physics laboratories.
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WSSU Researcher Earns NSF Grant For Research

Dr. Charles Ebert, assistant professor of chemistry at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), has received a two-year grant for $199,518 from the National Science Foundation for a research project to expand the potential to improve the understanding of peripheral nerve regeneration and the treatment of peripheral nerve injuries.
“Peripheral nerve injuries, most often [...]