Algenon Cash

Algenon Cash

Algenon Cash, Managing Director of Wharton Gladden & Company, a private real estate investment banking firm,will teach a  Commercial Real Estate Development Course at Winston-Salem State University during the spring semester. Realtors can take the 4-hour Continuing Education Class to meet CE credits, and students and adults who take the class will be introduced to multi-family and commercial real estate development.

The goal of the class is to enable class participants to be better able to assist a potential investor, owner or developer in obtaining and analyzing necessary information that will be used to determine the financial feasibility of income-producing assets.

Class participants will be introduced to the real estate development process and will learn the role of a developer. Other topics include how developers put their development team in place, understanding the market surrounding the proposed development, analyzing and selecting the right site for development, zoning, financial feasibility, site planning and design, various financing sources, equity and understanding spreadsheets.

Upon completion of the course, class participants will have a better understanding of the kinds of information they will need to gather for owners, developers and potential investors who are looking at acquiring, developing, investing in or selling income-producing properties.

Cash said he is looking forward to the opportunity to share his passion for commercial real estate, especially with Winston-Salem State University as the venue for the class.

“I fundamentally believe education and self-empowerment is the key to creating a level playing field,” Cash said. “People make better decisions and pursue greater opportunities when they are informed. …

“Furthermore, minorities have not traditionally pursued a career in commercial real estate,”  he continued. “Less than 3 percent of area commercial real estate brokers are African-American. Teaching this class at a historically black college will create the opportunity for more minority students to be exposed to the commercial real estate industry and perhaps choose to build a career in our profession.”

The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on four dates: Feb. 8, March 16, April 12 and May 18. For more information: go to or call 336-750-3410.

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has received a $140,000 grant from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation to be used for general scholarships during the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year.

Michelle Cook

Michelle Cook

“We are grateful for the continued financial support and our longstanding partnership with the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation,” said Michelle Cook, WSSU vice chancellor for University Advancement.   “Their investment is critically important to the success of our students, 86 percent of whom qualify for need-based financial aid and 60 percent who have zero expected family contribution to their college expenses.”

The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation is based in Atlanta and devotes most of its resources to annual scholarship grants in the Southeast.  These scholarships are awarded at more than 200 institutions of higher education and provide financial assistance to thousands of women.

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Rev. Dr. Traci West

Rev. Dr. Traci West

The Rev. Dr. Traci C. West, professor of ethics and African American studies at Drew University Theological School in Madison, N.J., will speak at Winston-Salem State University’s (WSSU) as part of the James A. Gray Lecture Series for 2012-2013.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be Thursday, February 14, at 9:30 a.m. in the Dillard Auditorium in the Anderson Conference Center on the university campus.

An ordained elder in the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, West previously served in campus and parish ministry in the Hartford, Conn. area.  She is also a member of United Methodists of Color for a Fully Inclusive Church and participated in an interfaith clergy delegation to Baghdad.

West is the author of “Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women’s Lives Matter,” “Wounds of the Spirit: Black Women, Violence and Resistance Ethics” and is the editor of “Our Family Values: Same-Sex Marriage and Religion.”   West was a participant in the documentary “NO!” which focused on violence against Black women as well as “Breaking silences: A Supplemental Video to No!” by Aisha Simmons. She also has written several articles on violence against women, racism, clergy ethics, sexuality and other justice issues facing the church and society.

A graduate of Yale University, West earned her master’s degree in divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif. and her Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Kara Morrison in front of her poster presentation.

Kara Morrison in front of her poster presentation.

Kara Morrison, a 2010 graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a B.A. in psychology, was invited to present her research at the American Public Health Association conference in San Francisco in October.  She is currently a Health Equity Ambassador and a student in the post baccalaureate research education program at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Morrison was the lead presenter on four peer-reviewed scientific abstracts associated with the North Carolina Neurocognitive Risk Reduction Study directed by Dr. David L. Mount, an adjunct faculty member of the WSSU Department of Behavior Science and Social Work and an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Wake Forest.  There were three poster presentations and one presentation at a roundtable discussion.  The work focused on a variety of aspects dealing with patients with type 2 diabetes.

“Attending the conference helped me to further recognize the importance of networking and exploring new ideas on how to decrease the ever increasing gaps in health disparities,” Morrison said.

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