It has been several years in the making but a new student union is on its way to completion. The new Donald J. Reaves Student Activities Center will provide a state of the art environment for students. With the new center’s expanded facilities, design, and convenience, students will enjoy it and all its amenities.

Theo Howard

Theo Howard

Theo Howard, assistant vice chancellor for campus life and chair of the Student Activities Center planning committee, is one of the leading visionaries in the creation of the new center. Howard described the project as “a total Student Union” saying that in order for the center to be what was envisioned, the desires of WSSU students had to be acknowledged. Communication between the committee and students became a vital aspect of the building’s conception.

The planning for the building began several years ago.  “The idea for the building came from the students,” Howard said.

David C. Welling, project manager for WoolPert Construction, said “there was a process of evaluating concepts that Owen Cooks, associate vice chancellor of facilities, as well as the Student Activities Center planning committee went through to create the design.”  It was important to know what students thought was lacking. As a result, focus groups were formed. Surveys were done to determine what the new Student Activities Center could and should provide.

The building, now well under construction, was named in honor of Chancellor Donald Julian Reaves. The 96,000 square-foot building will expand student opportunities to present programs, events and forums.

Construction site of New Student Activities Center.

Construction site of New Student Activities Center.

May 2013 is the anticipated date for the building’s opening according to Cooks, who also said “Construction is on schedule”.

When thinking of the design Cooks and others thought of it as a way of attracting new students and retaining current students by having a certain appeal. “The exterior of the student union doesn’t look like the conventional student union,” Cooks said.

With the architectural design and the positioning of the building, it will likely be a prominent face along the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive corridor.

The Donald Julian Reaves Student Activities Center is being built to offer a strong visual appeal as well as to serve students.  The design was created to connect to the Cleon F. Thompson Center through a “monumental staircase”. The staircase will serve as an outside social area.

The interior will have two basketball courts and offices for student government. There will also be four food venues adjacent to a new and expanded dining area. The Center will also provide a 4,000 square-foot fitness center, which equates to the size of Whitaker Gym. The expanded fitness center will house equipment to aid female students with their workouts.

“The essential goal of the building is to “fill the voids of campus life,” Howard said.

Proposed new Student Success Center, North View

Proposed new Student Success Center, North View

“When a student succeeds, we all succeed.”  This is the thinking that inspired Winston-Salem State University to create the Student Success Center—a vibrant “one stop shop” where all students can access support services, mentoring, advising, and the latest technology under one roof.

The mission of the new Student Success Center is to surround each student with solid support.  The Center will be located in the heart of the WSSU campus in what is currently Hill Hall.

The Center will give students a place to gain in-depth experience in critical thinking, decision-making and problem solving. They will emerge with the skills to be leaders, competing successfully in the global economy. The Center will directly support the university’s commitment to develop graduates of distinction known for leadership and service in their professions and communities. Functions housed with the Center support WSSU’s new curriculum and will be mandated in many courses of study.

Research shows that consolidating student support services in a single location dramatically increases usage, and that increased usage dramatically improves grade point averages and graduation rates. Many of the current programs that are already available to students are limited in scope due to space, technology or accessibility issues, and students who seek support in one area may not be aware of other services available to them. Thus, many of the services are underutilized.

The interior design of the Center establishes a dynamic, open space where academic support services are within easy view in a welcoming environment. Enhanced communication, collaboration and mentoring among faculty, staff and students will help ensure increased awareness and use of the full range of support services.

The WSSU Student Success Center will be a magnet for those who want to optimize their performance in the classroom and in life. Successful students will come here to explore and pursue additional opportunities, serving as examples and mentors to their peers. All students will experience the energy and vibrant spirit within the center, where the name says it all: Student Success.

The Winston-Salem State University Athletic Department is proud to announce the intention to begin the Winston-Salem State University Athletic Varsity Club, an initiative that will tie the success of the past to the future endeavors of WSSU Athletics.

“Everyone who has been a part of the long storied history and tradition of WSSU athletics is wanted and needed to be a part of the future,” said WSSU Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations, Kevin Manns. “It is extremely important to make sure that each athlete who has donned the Red and White  of Winston-Salem State, knows that he or she is important to this department beyond that final whistle.”

As a part of the formation of the Winston-Salem State University Athletic Varsity Club, updated contact information on all former players and coaches is needed. To assist in collection of this information, a short and convenient form is located at www.WSSURams.com on the front page under multimedia.

The Winston-Salem State University Athletic Varsity Club seeks those who participated in any sport, as well as cheerleading over the 119 years of the University.

“We are excited about the formation of the Winston-Salem State University Athletic Varsity Club,” Manns says. “It is very important to ensure that the history and traditions that have been forged at WSSU over the past years will continue to flourish for many years to come.”

Yearly dues for admission to the WSSU Varsity Club will be just $25.00, and the first event for the Winston-Salem State University Athletic Varsity Club will be a cookout at the WSSU Football Spring Game on Saturday, April 14th, at 12:00 p.m. at Glen High School in Kernersville, N.C. Membership applications will be available at the WSSU Spring Football Game.

For more information on the Winston-Salem State University Athletic Varsity Club, contact the athletic department media relations office at 336-750-2152 or 336-750-2143.

A WSSU student was among more than 300 students from the UNC system that interrupted a meeting of the UNC Board of Governors, concerning tuition hikes. Learn more here.

University Advancement (Michelle Cook), University Engagement (Nigel Alston-not pictured), Career Services (LaMonica Singleton), Provost Brenda Allen and WSSU Foundation Board Chair, Jim Martin (second from right) and former Foundation Board Member, Steve Martin, visit the Caterpillar plant with Rusty Davis (Plant Manager) far left and Errol Wint (Project Manager), center.

University Advancement (Michelle Cook), University Engagement (Nigel Alston-not pictured), Career Services (LaMonica Singleton), Provost Brenda Allen and WSSU Foundation Board Chair, Jim Martin (second from right) and former Foundation Board Member, Steve Martin, visit the Caterpillar plant with Rusty Davis (Plant Manager) far left and Errol Wint (Project Manager), center.

The City of Winston-Salem may be open to selling the Joel Coliseum and Bowman Gray Stadium. Learn more here.

The work of 20 graduating art majors from Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will be exhibited in WSSU’s Diggs Gallery this spring from March 23 to May 5 with an opening reception scheduled for March 30 from 5 until 7 p.m.
The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public and the Diggs Gallery [...]

The former interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Winston-Salem State University, Dr. Juliette Bell, has been named President of the University of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Learn more here.

WSSU Choirs' Announce Spring Tour

The following is the schedule of the Winston-Salem State University Choirs’ 2012 Spring tour:
March 9, 2012 (Friday)
First African Baptist Church
803 Harris Street, Goldsboro, NC
Concert:  7:00PM
March 10, 2012 (Saturday)
Providence Baptist Church
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue
Baltimore, MD
Concert:  4:00PM
March 11, 2012 (Sunday)
Bethany Baptist Church
275 West Market Street
Newark, New Jersey
Concert:  4:00PM
March 13, 2012 (Tuesday)
Sargeant Memorial Presbyterian Church
5109 Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, [...]

READY, AIM . . . LOOK!, a new exhibition at Winston-Salem State University’s (WSSU) Diggs Gallery, will use art and technology to express time and motion, while providing education and inspiration based on the community’s cultural heritage at its opening reception on March 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., that is free and open to [...]

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