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 152017

Betty Ann Falkner, director of the Center for Smart Financial Choices was on hand to receive the check.

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 2317).

The center is located in WSSU’s Enterprise Center. Dr. Cain would like to thank all the students, faculty and staff who supported this project.

May 082017

WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson announced the program  during an event at Inmar on May 4.

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 Venture Café Winston-Salem on May 4.

WSSU has pledged to create an award to support projects from students and alumni that creatively addresses some of society’s pressing issues, such as health equity, sustainable communities and economic development. The $100,000 fund will support projects over the next three fiscal years and focus on communities around WSSU. Award recipients will be selected based on the strength of their team, the innovativeness of their proposal, and the potential to address broad social issues.

“As the largest public state university here in Winston-Salem, the majority of our students are from the area and many more will stay here when they graduate, contributing to the economy of the city,” said Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson. “This program is an opportunity for us to join with our higher-education partners and those in the business community to build a spirit of entrepreneurship here in Winston-Salem. Through this exciting program, we will leverage the creativity and talents of WSSU students and alumni to help them tackle some of society’s biggest challenges.”

Robinson was joined by leaders from the Forsyth Technical Community College, Piedmont International University, Salem College, University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Wake Forest University.

“This collaboration sends a very clear message that if you are a student or alumni of a Winston-Salem college or university and you have a great idea, you will be supported here – through your school, this grant program, the Innovation Quarter, Venture Café, the Winston-Salem Alliance – Winston-Salem has come together to support innovators,” said David Mounts, Chairman and CEO of Inmar, and co-chair of the Entrepreneurial Committee of the Winston-Salem Alliance.

More information on WSSU’s program will be announced this fall.

May 042017

More photos from the WSSU Golf Classic are available on WSSU’s official Flickr page.

The Winston-Salem State University Foundation welcomed 100 golfers for the 17th Annual WSSU Golf Classic, raising $45,571 for student scholarships.

The 18-hole tournament, held at Winston Lake Golf Course on April 28, featured lunch, prizes and awards.

“We are overwhelmed by the tournament and sponsors, players and everyone who continues to make the WSSU Golf Classic a success,” said Regina Craven, interim director of the Annual Fund. “The proceeds will go directly to WSSU’s General Scholarship Fund, helping students who may be contending with unforeseen personal and financial circumstances that may hinder their ability to complete their education at WSSU.”

Students from the WSSU Renaissance Minority Male Mentoring Program (3MP) assisted golfers at the event.

Sponsoring partners included:

  • Event sponsors: Bib’s Downtown and
  • Lead sponsor: Pepsi Bottling Ventures
  • Gold sponsors: Aramark; Cook Medical; FIS Group; Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton LLP; Reynolds American; and The Williams Capital Group, L.P.
  • Silver sponsors: Johnson Controls Inc.; R.H. Barringer; Samet/SRS Inc., A Joint Venture;

Summit School; Winston-Salem Journal

  • Flag sponsor: Salem Smiles Orthodontics
  • Hole-in-One sponsor: Windsor Jewelers

Men’s Winners:

Championship team: Reynolds American – 58

Second-place team: Windsor Jewelers Team 1 – 59

Third-place team: RH Barringer – 60

Women’s Winners:

Championship team: Windsor Jewelers Team 2 – 72

Second-place team: All Women’s Team – 77

Winner of the BMW 5 Series for a week:
 Terry Griffin

The WSSU Golf Classic is one of Winston-Salem’s premier golf events, and is one of the WSSU Foundation’s largest fundraisers.


WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson (right) was among those participating in the WSSU Golf Classic.

May 022017
WSSU Athletics Director Tonia Walker receives three-year contract extension

Winston-Salem State University announced today a three-year extension to the contract of Athletics Director Tonia Walker. Walker has served in the role since May 2014 and has led the Rams athletic department to success on the field and in the classroom. In her tenure, the Rams have taken home 14 CIAA championships. Student-athletes have also […]

Apr 202017
WSSU student wins national award

A Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) student has received a national award for her work helping fellow non-traditional students. Stephanie Street, a senior biology major at WSSU from Rural Hall, is the winner of the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) Student Recognition Award. At age 21, Street left college to work full time […]

Apr 182017
DJR Student Activities Center wins national design award

Winston-Salem State University’s Donald Julian Reaves (DJR) Student Activities Center has been awarded a national design award. The building, which opened in 2013, was awarded the ACUI’s Facility Design Award of Excellence during the Architecture and Design Showcase on Tuesday, March 21, at the 2017 ACUI Annual Conference in Philadelphia. Applicants and awards are divided […]

Apr 172017
OT students, faculty become Dementia Care Specialists

Winston-Salem State University’s occupational therapy (OT) program has received national recognition for launching a training certification to help healthcare professionals better care for those with dementia. The program launched Dementia Care Specialist Certification training this semester. Sixteen OT students and faculty completed the training and exam to receive the Dementia Care Specialist certification. The Crisis […]

Apr 122017
Research from WSSU professor decodes ‘cities of color’ trend

Research uncovered by a Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) faculty member is helping to shed light on a growing trend of urban segregation among newly created cities. Last fall, Dr. Russell Smith, associate professor of geography at WSSU, completed a survey of 45 new “cities of color,” municipalities that were created between 1990 and 2010 with […]