Mar 232017
 

Four full-time students at Winston-Salem State University were selected to receive $2,500 scholarships from a donation from Toyota Financial Services (TFS) and the Tom Joyner Foundation. The organizations awarded $10,000 each to five historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in honor of the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The following scholarship recipients were selected by the WSSU Office of Financial Aid:

Dijoh Means

Dijon Means, Winston-Salem

He is a freshman majoring in sports management with post-graduation plans of attending law school while pursuing an acting career, and later becoming a sports attorney. His motto for success is inspired by Proverbs 6:10-11, “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber and want like an armed man.”

 

 

Sydney Neely

Sydney Neely, Charlotte

She is a senior pursuing a degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. After graduation, her hopes are to obtain a master’s in medical sciences and attend dental school, in preparation for a career in dentistry. Her motivation comes from her parents, mentor/former professor, and the Bible verses in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

 

 

April Whitfield

April Whitfield, Fort Washington, Maryland

She is a senior majoring in music education. Following in the footsteps of her parents, who obtained their degrees and careers in music, she plans to pursue a master’s in vocal pedagogy and become a music educator. April is inspired most by the motto, “We’ve come this far by faith.” It reminds her that without faith, success is nonexistent.

 

 

Adrienne Wilson

Adrienne C. Wilson, Charlotte

She is a freshman majoring in biology who aspires to work in the medical field as a dentist. She firmly believes she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to, and holds on to her paternal grandmother’s encouragement to always put forth her best effort.

 

 

 

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 www.wssu.edu/125th.

About The Tom Joyner Foundation

The Tom Joyner Foundation was founded in 1998 as the brainchild of nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner. The mission of the Foundation is to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with scholarships, endowments and capacity-building enhancements. The Foundation has provided necessary support to every HBCU in its 18-year history to help sustain and preserve the legacies of these valuable institutions. Through fundraising and donor development initiatives, $65 million has been raised to support more than 29,000 students attending HBCUs. Additionally, the Foundation has recommended internships, offered matching grant support, and career development to deserving students.

About Toyota Financial Services

Toyota Financial Services (TFS) is the finance and insurance brand for Toyota in the United States, offering retail auto financing and leasing through Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) and Toyota Lease Trust. TFS also offers extended service contracts through Toyota Motor Insurance Services (TMIS). The company services Lexus dealers and customers using the Lexus Financial Services brand. TFS currently employs approximately 3,100 associates nationwide, and has assets totaling nearly $116 billion. It is part of a worldwide network of comprehensive financial services offered by Toyota Financial Services Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation. We announce material financial information using the investor relations section of our website (www.toyotafinancial.com) and SEC filings. We use these channels, press releases, and social media to communicate about our company, our services and other issues. While not all information we post on social media is of a material nature, some information could be material. Therefore, we encourage those interested in our company to review our posts on Twitter at @toyotafinancial.

Mar 092017
 

From left: Mike Brenner, WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson, Wendy Brenner and WSSU Provost Brenda Allen.

The Winston-Salem State University Foundation has received a $250,000 gift from Mike and Wendy Brenner that will create a distinguished faculty position in the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education.

The donation, with a 100 percent match from the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund, will create a $500,000 endowment to help WSSU attract outstanding faculty. Endowed professorship funds support faculty salaries and research-related expenses. They allow the university to attract and retain the highest caliber faculty.

In addition, the Brenners have pledged $125,000 –  $25,000 annually for five years – to support student success. The first $25,000 gift was received in January.

“The Brenner family has a strong family culture of supporting the Winston-Salem community,” said WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson. “We could not be more pleased that Mike and Wendy are investing in Winston-Salem State University. Their gifts help us in our endeavor to provide our students with the high-quality education they so deserve.”

Wendy Brenner said the gift occurred after an on-campus meeting in January where Robinson and WSSU Provost Brenda Allen outlined the university’s 2016-21 strategic plan. The vision calls for a significant investment of resources to provide students the strong writing, problem-solving and other critical skills they need to compete successfully in the global marketplace.

“We feel really good about what we are doing,” said Wendy Brenner. “Winston-Salem State University is a great institution and a great community resource. Creating educational opportunities for people in Winston-Salem is something important to us. We challenge others to support WSSU.”

The Winston-Salem State University Foundation, a private, non-profit organization independent of the university, generates resources to support the strategic initiatives of the university. For more information, please visit wssufoundation.org.

Mar 022017
 

WSSU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Class of 2016.

Recent graduates of Winston-Salem State University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program have received a perfect 100 percent first-time passage rate on their licensure exams, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy recently announced.

And, if that wasn’t a big enough reason to celebrate, of the department’s 25 graduates in 2016, three received a perfect score on the exam.

“In my 30 years of teaching, I have never seen this out of a program,” said Dr. Lynn Millar, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at WSSU.

David McIlwain

David McIlwain, a member of WSSU’s DPT Class of 2016, is one of three graduates who scored a perfect 800 on the exam, which is required for to become a licensed physical therapist.

“I think this says a lot about how great the WSSU physical therapy program is,” McIlwain said. “I am truly thankful that they gave me a chance and enabled me to become a physical therapist.”  

McIlwain, who earned his bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University, said he applied to WSSU for three years in a row and had all but given up on his dream of becoming a physical therapist.

“I decided I should move forward regardless. I actually started a master’s program at another university. About a month in, I received a call that WSSU had an opening for me,” he explains.

In February, soon after receiving his license, he was hired as a physical therapist at Salem Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab in Winston-Salem.

I am excited I will be working in a profession I am passionate about and that I will gain a sense of fulfillment through helping others,” he said.

Based on data from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), the 100 percent passage rate on the national physical therapy exam (NPTE) places WSSU in the top 16 percent of programs nationwide, Millar said.

Just as importantly, providing students with the tools to pass on their first attempt helps them get right to work, she said.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a signature program of WSSU’s School of Health Sciences, which offers learning opportunities for professional and graduate education. For more information, please visit the SOHS website.

Mar 012017
 

 

John and Peggy Taylor with WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson (2015 file photo)

The Winston-Salem State University Foundation has received a $300,000 bequest from John Taylor, the retired CEO of Taylor Oil Company and a longtime supporter of the university.

Taylor passed away in August 2016. The gift will create an endowment at WSSU that will support student success.

“Although Mr. Taylor is not an alumnus of WSSU, he understood how our university contributes to the social, cultural, intellectual and economic growth of the region, the state, and beyond,” said WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson. “Throughout the past 15 years, he helped WSSU to move forward with our mission of preparing diverse students for success in the 21st century. We are so grateful for his support and friendship. With this gift, Mr. Taylor will create a lasting legacy here at WSSU.”

Taylor first became engaged with the university by serving on WSSU’s Board of Visitors. In 2004, he joined the WSSU Foundation Board of Directors where he served as an active member of the finance and audit committees. Taylor was also a member of the Board of Trustees Endowment Committee, which is charged with management oversight of all of the university’s endowed funds.

The bequest is just one of the many ways Taylor and his wife, Peggy, provided financial support to the university over the past 15 years. The Taylors created several endowments, including funds to support a Ram Athletic Leadership Academy, the John and Peggy Taylor Student Technology Endowment Fund, and a book fund for student-athletes. The Taylors also made the first individual gift – $300,000 – in support of the university’s Student Success Center. All told, the Taylors’ gifts total nearly $1 million.

“Mr. Taylor’s profoundly positive impact on the university is almost immeasurable,” said Michelle Cook, WSSU vice chancellor for advancement. “With his wife, he created endowments and made gifts that have allowed our students to access needed technologies, learn valuable leadership skills, and succeed academically. He championed the cause of education for the entire state of North Carolina. His investment in WSSU is helping to provide educational access. He was a wonderful friend to Winston-Salem State University.”

Taylor, who was 86 at the time of his death, grew up in Winston-Salem, graduating from R.J. Reynolds High School. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before serving in the U.S. Army for two years. After returning home, he joined the family business, Taylor Oil Company, and married Marguerite (Peggy) Bain. He is survived by his wife, three children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

For more information about making a planned gift to the university, visit http://wssulegacy.org or contact Andrea Jenkins at 336-750-3114 or jenkinsam@wssu.edu.

Feb 282017
 

Winston-Salem State University is competing for up to $50,000 in grants as part of Home Depot’s 2017 Home Depot Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program.

Home Depot will award $360,000 in grants to nine Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with the highest votes. The top three vote-getters in each category will receive grants of up to $50,000 for campus improvements. 

To vote for WSSU:

 Voting continues through April 16.

Feb 242017
 
Nursing graduates achieve near-perfect licensure rate

Winston-Salem State University’s (WSSU) Division of Nursing is celebrating continued success, as its baccalaureate graduates have achieved a near-perfect pass rate on their licensure exams.  WSSU’s 105 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 2016 graduates earned a 94 percent first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), according to results released recently by […]

Feb 232017
 
WSSU named military spouse friendly university   

For the third time in four months, Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has received recognition for its support of military personnel. Victory Media has designated WSSU a “2017 Military Spouse Friendly School,” ranking the university No. 7 in the country in the “public universities with more than 10,000 students” category. The award recognizes higher education institutions […]

Feb 222017
 
Rams calling: Annual alumni pledge drive under way

Student callers are reaching out to Winston-Salem State University alumni to share news about campus, update contact information and encourage annual support for WSSU. The campaign started on Jan. 29 and runs through March 2. The goal is to raise $250,691, an increase of 4 percent over last year. All proceeds benefit the WSSU Annual […]

Feb 212017
 
1967 team featured on WFMY-TV

In case you missed it, here’s a link to the segment that aired on Monday night on WFMY-TV highlighting WSSU’s 1967 NCAA Championship team. The segment includes an interview with Rams legend Earl “The Pearl” Monroe.

Feb 212017
 
Young Alumni Council announces 40 Under 40 honorees

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 […]