Feb 272017

For the 18th consecutive time, Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) students will compete at the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament.

After seven qualifying rounds held in February, WSSU’s team was chosen to be one of 48 teams competing at the tournament, which will run April 8-11 in Torrance, California. The tournament showcases the academic prowess of the brightest students from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The teams are competing for grants from Honda. The champion receives a $75,000 grant.

Stephanie Street, a senior biology major from Rural Hall, is the team captain. Other team members are: Brandi Clark, a junior biology major from Concord; Bria Griffin, a junior exercise science major from Raleigh; and Tyree Hooks, a junior accounting major from Goldsboro. The team is coached by Cynthia Grant, division program manager of University College and Lifelong Learning (UCaLL).

WSSU has qualified for the tournament for 18 consecutive years and 19 times overall. Students have brought home $67,000 in grants.

For more information, on the tournament, please visit hcasc.com.

Feb 232017

WSSU’s Athletics Department celebrated female athletes at She’s Got It Covered – A Classy Hat Affair on Feb. 18. More photos from the event are available on WSSU’s official Flickr page.

Hats off gentlemen and hats on ladies.

In celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Winston Salem State University’s Athletics Department held the Third Annual She’s Got It Covered – A Classy Hat Affair on Saturday, Feb. 18.

The event is a celebration designed to raise funds and increase awareness of women in sports. Attendees were encouraged to wear their most fabulous hat. 

During this event, a panel gave their testimony on how scholarships aided them. Panelists were: Alfreeda Goff, longtime athletics administrator; Porsche Jones, president and founder of BOND and a WSSU alumna; DeLores “Dee” Todd, women’s athletics pioneer and WSSU alumna; Vanity Oakes, a 2014 WSSU graduate; and WSSU Athletics Director Tonia Walker. 

Also at the event, Dr. Carolyn Anderson, a longtime supporter of WSSU and WSSU athletics, was presented with the Clara B. Gaines Meritorious Service Award. 

All proceeds from the event support WSSU’s women’s athletic teams: tennis, volleyball, basketball, softball, cross country and track.

The event, held at the Grand Pavilion Ballroom of the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Winston Salem, has been nominated for a NCAA Division II 2017 Award of Excellence. This is one of two Scholarship Month fundraisers held annually to support WSSU athletics. Earl “The Pearl” Monroe headlined Bond. Score. Win!, a fundraiser for male student athletes, on Feb. 4. 

Feb 232017

This pole banner along Fourth Street in Downtown Winston-Salem is one of 50 that are up around Winston-Salem in celebration of WSSU’s 125th anniversary.

Winston-Salem State University’s Integrated Marketing and Communications is raising awareness about the university’s 125th anniversary with a series of pole banners across Winston-Salem. The banners, which went up in early February at University Parkway, Fourth Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, feature WSSU students.

The banners, with the theme “A bold past. A brilliant future,” will be up several months throughout the yearlong 125th anniversary celebration. For more information on the 125th anniversary, please visit www.wssu.edu/125th.

Feb 222017

WSSU students inside the C-SPAN bus. You can see more on WSSU’s YouTube page.

As part of C-SPAN’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) tour, the TV channel’s bus made a stop at WSSU on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

During the tour, sponsored by Charter Communications, information was made available about student internship opportunities and programming. Also, as part of C-SPAN’s “Voices from the Road,” representatives from the news channel gathered video responses on Congress and the new administration in Washington, D.C., to share online.

The three-week HBCU tour included stops at is currently in eight states and Washington, D.C. More photos from the visit are available on WSSU’s Flickr page.

C-SPAN Marketing Representative Jenae Green talks with students outside the bus.

Jan 302017

The Red Sea of Sound performs during the 15th annual Honda Battle of the Bands.

Winston-Salem State University’s “Red Sea of Sound” marching band represented North Carolina at the 15th annual Honda Battle of the Bands on Saturday, Jan. 28, in Atlanta.

WSSU was one of eight universities invited to the event, which spotlights the premier marching bands from Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs). This was the band’s sixth appearance in the event.

About 55,000 people attended the showcase, which was held at the Georgia Dome for the last time. RSOS performed mid-way through the three-hour showcase.

The band is directed by Dr. Michael Magruder.

As part of its selection, WSSU’s music program received a $20,000 grant from Honda. More photos from the event are available on WSSU’s Flickr page.

Jan 302017
WSSU to host public conversation on transnational Black feminisms

The activism of black women in the Americas will be the focus of a public conversation in celebration of Black History Month, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Diggs Gallery on the campus of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). The conversation, titled “Transnational Black Feminisms: Black Women’s Activism in Brazil and the Americas,” is […]

Jan 192017
First phase of construction begins on new residence hall

The first phase of construction on a new freshman living/learning residence hall will begin on Friday, Jan. 20, as the contractor begins installing a fence around the construction site. Dillard Hall will be demolished as part of the first phase of construction on the five-story residence hall. As part of the construction: Parking lot L will be closed. […]

Jan 132017
Osbey named distinguished visiting professor

Brenda Marie Osbey, formerly distinguished visiting professor in Africana studies at Brown University, has joined Winston-Salem State University as distinguished visiting professor in the departments of English and World Languages and Cultures. “We are excited to have her join our faculty,” said Dr. Corey D.B. Walker, dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and […]

Jan 112017
Educator’s estate will provide scholarships for WSSU students

Throughout his career, Dr. Casey Jones ’55 made an impact on the lives of students. Now, his legacy will help four education majors complete their degrees. The estate of Dr. Jones has established, through the WSSU Foundation, a $20,000 non-endowed scholarship for four education majors. The Laurinda M. Jones Memorial Scholarship is named in memory […]

Jan 032017
Alma S. Keen: A lifelong legacy of service

At the age of 105, Alma Setzer Keen, had seen and done a lot before she passed on Dec. 15, 2016. She had been a highly respected educator, trailblazing community activist and administrator. Born in Winston-Salem in 1911, she was one of the oldest alumnae of Winston-Salem State University and a longtime supporter. When she […]