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