Feb 212017

Faculty and students pose with the books just before they were shipped to Nigeria.

When she heard that an accidental fire had destroyed the library at her alma mater, the University of Jos in Nigeria, Dr. Alice Etim, assistant professor of management information systems at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), sprang into action to help.

Dr. Alice Etim

In November, Etim and Dr. James Etim, professor of education, teamed with colleagues and students from the WSSU Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) to collect and ship books to the university.

More than 800 books were collected from the private libraries and collections of WSSU faculty members from all business disciplines. Faculty from computer science, education, law and statistics also donated.

Students from AITP, led by President Tyler Wilson, gathered, indexed and boxed the books.

On Feb. 7, with support from Dr. Notis Pagiavlas, senior associate dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, Business, and Education, 15 large boxes were shipped to Nigeria.

The fire, which was blamed on an electrical fault, led to the loss of more than half of the books and equipment at the library.

Dr. Alice Etim says the project serves as a reminder that WSSU’s motto, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” extends across the globe.

“There are urgent needs and opportunities to serve our less fortunate colleagues and partners as far as our hearts can reach,” she says.

Feb 212017

The Winston-Salem State University Young Alumni Council (YAC) has announced the 2017 WSSU “40 Under 40” honorees.

“In 2013, we initiated the 40 Under 40 Awards to recognize young alumni at Winston-Salem State University who are emerging leaders,” said Sioban Day, YAC co-chair. “We have another impressive class of accomplished women and men. It is our pleasure to recognize them and provide a forum for them to meet and engage with one another.”

The honorees will be recognized at the WSSU 40 Under 40 Alumni Awards Gala at Winston-Salem’s Benton Convention Center on Saturday, April 8. This is part of a weekend of events to recognize the honorees that includes the Third Annual WSSU YAC 5K/10K, which will be held on the WSSU campus.

You can support the honorees by submitting donations to the WSSU Foundation online. All proceeds support WSSU students through scholarships and areas of greatest need.

All patrons who donate through WSSU’s website will be listed along with their respective honoree in event materials at the Gala.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Tamika Anderson ‘99
  • Alexis Benton ‘08
  • De’Vine Bowers ‘06
  • Kimberly Bryant ‘10
  • Alisha Byrd ‘99
  • Demond Cureton ‘04
  • Felisha Davis ‘04
  • Kiana Davis ‘04
  • Kristopher Ferguson ‘08
  • Dr. Timothy Freeman ‘01
  • Devyn Gillette ‘10
  • Johnathan Hamiel ‘03
  • Derrick Hargrove ‘01
  • Roderick Howard ‘12
  • Janell Lewis ‘04
  • Zack James, Jr. ‘03
  • Marques Johnson ‘04
  • Andrew Jones ‘08
  • Quintin Jones ‘09
  • Clifton Kenon, Jr. ‘09
  • Cheraton Love ‘05
  • Miah Manns ‘08
  • Tara McAdoo ‘04
  • Sherri McCormick-Smith ‘01
  • Jonathan Murray ‘04
  • Krystle Myers ‘04
  • Chevonna L. Nimmons ‘00
  • Tierra Parsons ‘05
  • Chad Perry ‘04
  • Jason Perry ‘05
  • Ladia Rutledge ‘07
  • Marcus Small ‘06
  • Jeremy Strayhorn ‘05
  • Aniya Sutton ‘06
  • Kristen Talley Riley ‘04
  • Shenequa Thomas-Corbett ‘05
  • Sharon Toguchi ‘02
  • NeSheila Washington ‘02
  • Juston White ‘03
  • Thesha Woodley ‘07

40 Under 40 is held semiannually. For event tickets and other information, please visit www.wssu.edu/40under40.

Feb 202017

Enjoy 18 holes of golf at Winston Lake Golf Course while supporting Winston-Salem State University students at the 17th annual WSSU Golf Classic on Friday, April 28.

All proceeds from the event benefit the WSSU Foundation General Scholarship Fund. This year’s fundraising goal is $60,000.

The tournament starts at 7:30 a.m.

The entry fee is $180 per person or $630 per four-person team and includes a cart, green fees, golf balls, souvenirs and lunch. Sponsorships also are available. The deadline for all entries is April 14.

For sponsorship information or to sign up, please visit www.wssu.edu/golfclassic or contact Regina Craven at 336-750-3147 or cravenr@wssu.edu. The event is one of many planned in celebration of WSSU’s 125th anniversary.

Feb 172017
Hester a '40 Under 40' honoree

Dr. Nicholas Hester, interim director of student support services at Winston-Salem State University, has been recognized as one of The Triad Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” honorees. Hester, 35, leads the BOSS program that supports students who are either first-generation college students, have disabilities or are from low-income families. Cool fact: He is also a […]

Feb 162017
Remembering Miss WSSC 1962-63

We were sad to read of the passing this week of Gail Anderson, a 1963 Winston-Salem State University graduate. Anderson was the 1962-63 Miss Winston-Salem State College and received an award at graduation for the highest GPA. The WSSU Archives located this photo of President K.R. Williams crowning Anderson, then Gail Caesar. The young man to the […]

Feb 152017
Duke's Center for Health Informatics director to speak

Dr. W. Ed Hammond, director of Duke University’s Center for Health Informatics, will speak  about the rapidly growing field of health informatics as part of a computer science seminar at Winston-Salem State University at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The seminar will be held in the Elva J. Jones Computer Science Building, room 2200. Dr. […]

Feb 142017
CollegeNET names WSSU a 'Social Mobility Innovator'

Technology provider CollegeNET has recognized Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) for its commitment to advancing the economic opportunity of its students, naming the university a “Social Mobility Innovator.” “It’s inspiring that Winston-Salem State is providing educational opportunity to promising students regardless of their economic background,” says Jim Wolfston, CEO of CollegeNET. “Winston-Salem State’s civic contribution is […]

Feb 142017
WSSU, Islamic Relief USA partner to help patients in need

Winston Salem State University’s School of Health Sciences (SOHS) has been awarded a $47,000 grant from Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) that will help improve and expand the free services that are provided at the school’s physical therapy and occupational therapy community clinics, held at the Community Care Center in Winston-Salem. “Our partnership with Islamic Relief […]