Jun 052017
 

This WSSU news blog is going away.

Looking for the latest news and features from Winston-Salem State University? Check out WSSU News, our new news hub.

WSSU News, which was unveiled as part of a full web revamp on June 1, creates one go-to place for official news, announcements and features from WSSU.

 

May 242017
 

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors has made three appointments and reappointed one member to the Winston-Salem State University Board of Trustees.

New appointments are: Kathleen Kelly, of Greensboro, Drewry Hanes Nostitz, of Winston-Salem, and David Jerod Smith, of Campbell, California. Dr. William Harris ’58, of Charlotte, has been reappointed.

Kelly is a founding and managing partner of Compass Financial Partners, LLC, in Greensboro. She was a member of Leadership Greensboro’s Class of 2002 and was awarded the Triad Business Journal’s “Women in Business” award. Originally from Saratoga, New York, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wake Forest University.

Nostitz and her family are longtime supporters of the Winston-Salem community. She has served on the boards for many area schools, as well as arts and service organizations. Nostitz also is a trustee for the John Wesley and Anna Hodgin Hanes Foundation and the James G. Hanes Foundation, and a member of the WSSU Foundation Board of Directors. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Mills College in Oakland, California, and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from State University New York at New Paltz.

Smith was recently named senior director of mergers and acquisitions at eBay. Previously, he worked as a managing director at BNY Mellon. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Harris, the current chair of WSSU’s Board of Trustees, retired in 2001 from the College Board Middle States Regional Office in Philadelphia as regional executive director. Previously, he served as a teacher and principal in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from WSSU, a Master of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Previously, Harris was chair of the WSSU Board of Visitors.

Each will serve four-year terms beginning July 1. The appointments were approved during the Board of Governors meeting on Friday, May 19.

About WSSU’s Board of Trustees

The WSSU Board of Trustees serves as advisor to the Board of Governors on matters pertaining to WSSU and also serves as advisor to the chancellor concerning the management and development of the institution. It is comprised of 13 members with eight members elected by the UNC Board of Governors and four appointed by the governor. The Student Government Association president serves an ex officio member.

A bold past. A brilliant future.

For 125 years, Winston-Salem State University has fostered the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform the world. Rooted in liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be thought leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. WSSU is a historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a rich tradition of contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region and beyond. Guided by the motto, “Enter to Learn. Depart to Serve,” WSSU develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment. Join us in celebrating our 125th anniversary with events throughout 2017. Learn more at the 125th Anniversary website.

 

 

May 192017
 

Graduates show off their decorated mortarboards to commemorate the day. Check out WSSU’s Flickr page for more photos.

Many Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) graduates showed their creativity through their unique mortarboards and attire. But for some graduates, this was also a way to tell the stories of their journeys and where they are headed as they “Depart to Serve.”

As students marched into Bowman Gray Stadium during the Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 19, they shared their messages of gratitude, accomplishment and encouragement.

Dealva Glaspie, a biotechnology graduate, had a decorated mortarboard with the message, “I turned my can’ts into cans, and my dreams into plans.” Glaspie is the first in her family to earn a college degree. “I finally made it. I turned my dreams into plans,” Glaspie said.

James Bullock

Sherabiah Olglesby, a behavioral sciences and social work graduate, wore a stole with the imprint “black grads matter” to show her pride as a graduate of a historically Black college and university (HBCU).

“A lot of my friends went to predominately white institutions and believe that their degrees are better, but that’s not true,” Olglesby said.  “A lot of graduate schools want students from WSSU because they know that we have been properly prepared and are ready for the work force, and I think that is great.”

Olglesby plans to attend graduate school in the fall.

Taylor Gaulden, an interdisciplinary studies graduate, had a picture of her recently deceased grandmother on her mortarboard. “I promised my granny that I was going to do it, and I did.,” Gaulden said.

James Bullock, a sports management graduate and former member of the Rams football team, was at the front of the processional with a large crown atop his graduation cap. About 25 family members from Cleveland were there to cheer him on.

Berenice Rodriguez, a nursing graduate whose parents migrated from Mexico, displayed the message, “Lo Hicimos. Gracias mami y papi,” which means “We did it. Thank you, Mom and Dad.” Rodriguez is the first in her family to graduate from college. “I did what I’m doing for them.”

Berenice Rodriguez

Commencement Speaker

Attorney and CNN analyst Bakari Sellers delivered the commencement address. During his address, he spoke of his father, civil rights veteran Cleveland Sellers Jr., who was convicted and jailed in 1968 at the Orangeburg Massacre.

“We lit a torch of freedom whose light shines still for all the world to see, and it is that torch we pass to you today,” Sellers said. “So don’t be afraid to dare greatly and fail. Don’t be afraid to aim high and fall short. Don’t be afraid to be the miracles you already are.”

Sellers, a former South Carolina representative, said history is full of achievements that were not supposed to happen.

“Throughout history, Americans have always showed a true talent for exceeding expectations,” Sellers said. “Life isn’t fair but it’s not fixed either.”

Class of 2017

WSSU recognized more than 1,200 graduates during the ceremony.

The ceremony honored WSSU students who earned their degrees in summer and fall 2016 and spring 2017. Many outstanding students were among the class of 2017. More than 1,100 undergraduates and 129 graduates received degrees.

Graduates included:

  • Sisters Eomba F. and Edith Pungu, immigrants from the Congo who are earning their master’s in nursing degree to become family nurse practitioners. The sisters will cross the stage together for the second time as WSSU graduates.
  • Nursing Bridge to Ph.D. Scholars Nicole CalhounMorine Cebert and LaKita M.J. Knight, who will earn their master’s degree and continue their education this fall as doctorate in nursing students at Duke University.
  • Taylor Evans, a third-generation educator who has several job offers in special education.
  • Victoria Segwick, a chemistry major who will attend the Medical Sciences Ph.D. Program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
  • Anthony Wells, a marketing major who plans to join AllianceBerstein as a private wealth consultant in New York City. While at WSSU, he studied abroad in Brazil and the Dominican Republic and studied at the Harvard University Business School.

Also at the ceremony:

  • Dr. Donna Gwyn Wiggins, associate professor of music, was awarded the 2017 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Dr. Brenda Allen, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for her contributions during her eight-year tenure at WSSU. Allen was recently selected as the president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, her alma mater.

A bold past. A brilliant future.

For 125 years, Winston-Salem State University has fostered the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform the world. Rooted in liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be thought leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. WSSU is a historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a rich tradition of contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region and beyond. Guided by the motto, “Enter to Learn. Depart to Serve,” WSSU develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment. Join us in celebrating our 125th anniversary with events throughout 2017. Learn more at the 125th Anniversary website.

WSSU recognized more than 1,200 graduates during the ceremony at Bowman Gray Stadium.

May 182017
 

Chancellor Robinson

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has received the highest honor for campaign excellence from the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC).

Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson was presented with the SECC Chairman’s Award, which recognizes state departments, agencies and universities that increased donations and participation. In addition, Michelle Cook, vice chancellor for advancement and executive director of the WSSU Foundation, received the Growth in Giving award for the largest increase in dollars raised, and Derek Jeter, chairman of the SECC Committee, received the SECC Leadership Award. The awards were presented on April 17.

For WSSU’s 2016 campaign, which ran Oct. 21-Nov. 30, faculty and staff donated over $25,000. Almost 18 percent of employees participated.

May 182017
 
Undergraduate research pays off for WSSU class of 2017

Members of Winston-Salem State University’s newest graduating class have new opportunities to go along with their new degrees. Faculty-mentored research is helping Winston-Salem State University undergraduates get a head start as they continue their education or transition into the job market. Here are a few examples to illustrate the importance of pursuing undergraduate research. You’ll […]

May 152017
 
Accounting students support Center for Smart Financial Choices

Accounting students learned managerial accounting and business concepts while also supporting The Center for Smart Financial Choices, a non-profit whose mission is “to empower all individuals to achieve financial wellness through all stages of life.” The students raised $600 by competing to sell cookies they produced in Dr. Carol Cain’s Principles of Managerial Accounting  (ACC […]

May 122017
 
Students recognize library security guard

Students have recognized James Tate, property security guard at the C.G. O’Kelly Library, for his work and dedication to the Winston-Salem State University and students. Tate was surprised with the Ordinary Man Award during the Rams Choice Awards on April 19. The awards are through the WSSU Campus Activities Board. Read more in the O’Kelly Library […]

May 112017
 
WSSU receives $30,000 Retool Your School campus improvement grant

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has received a $30,000 campus beautification grant through Home Depot’s Retool Your School program. The grant will support improvements to the historic lawn between Blair and Carolina halls. WSSU qualified for the grant by receiving more than 100,000 online votes and social media posts  during a monthlong contest that closed on April […]

May 112017
 
Nursing sisters again share WSSU graduation stage

Eomba F. and Edith Pungu are sisters by birth and also sisters in nursing. The sisters, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, will cross the Winston-Salem State University commencement stage together for the second time in 10 years on Friday, May 19, earning their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. “I’m so excited. I feel […]

May 082017
 
WSSU pledges support for entrepreneurship in Winston-Salem

In an unprecedented and historic demonstration of solidarity, Winston-Salem State University joined leaders from five other Winston-Salem-based colleges and universities – each pledging to incentivize entrepreneurship among their students and alumni through a series of programs based on their areas of focus and unique visions. The announcement was made at Inmar during the inaugural meeting of […]