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.

Jonathan Figgers wins 105 Voices History Scholarship

Jonathan Figgers wins 105 Voices 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.

Figgers, a bass from Charlotte, was one of two students who represented WSSU in the 105 Voices of History’s performance event in September at the Andrew Mellon Stage in Washington, D.C.  He and Antony Howard began participating in rehearsals around the country in April and continued those efforts until the week prior to the concert.  Students who attended all of the rehearsals had their names placed in a drawing that was held on the night of the concert.  Figgers’ name was pulled by Wintley Phipps, emcee for the event, who was performing at WSSU the next day.

The choir is comprised of students from all 105 of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the September concert was a five-year celebration for the organization.  Founded in 2008 as a non-profit organization to create opportunities for young African-American students to develop their skill sets, the program provides training in a variety of areas in addition to the performances.

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.

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

Dr. Jafar Gharavi-Naeini

Dr. Jafar Gharavi-Naeini

“The project will impact about 300 students studying in fields of science such as biophysics, optics and renewable energy, but particular those students enrolled in the physics minor program,” said Dr. Jafar Gharavi-Naeini, associate professor of physics and principal investigator responsible for the grant. “By improving the infrastructure for physics education we will also be able to integrate interdisciplinary research into our efforts.  The improved labs for physics education and research will play a major role in preparing our undergraduate students to move on to graduate studies or join the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) workforce.  Also, the grant will help us strengthen the physics minor program, which will support the development of a physics major program within the next five years.

“This grant is significant because it comes at a time when many HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) are losing their physics programs,” Gharavi-Naeini added.”  We will certainly disseminate the results of our activities to the broader physics community through presentations at meetings of professional physics educators.”

The NSF is an independent federal agency that was created to promote science and engineering by supporting research and education.  The WSSU grant is being provided through their Targeted Infusion Projects program design to achieve innovation or improvement in the quality of undergraduate STEM education at HBCUs.

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 [...]

Several notable local business leaders and media personalities will participate when Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) hosts an Entrepreneur Summit on Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. in the Albert H. Anderson Conference center on the WSSU Campus.
Sponsored by WSSU’s University College and Lifelong Learning’s Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, the summit will focus on [...]

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Winston-Salem State University is one of 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), represented by the IERC Education Foundation, selected to develop custom study abroad programs that will enroll students beginning Summer 2014. Learn more here.

The latest U.S. News and World Report rankings indicate that Winston-Salem State University is holding its own among regional public institutions. Learn more here.

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