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
 

Tonia Walker

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 shined in the classroom, with more than 100 of them named to the Dean’s List for Fall 2016. The average GPA of student-athletes has increased from 2.80 to 2.93 from Fall 2014 to Fall 2016, and the graduation rate of student-athletes surpasses the university’s graduation rate by 10 percent. Additionally, since Walker assumed the director of athletics position, the department has seen a 34 percent increase in athletics giving and a 29 percent increase in ticket sales.

“Tonia Walker is undoubtedly the right choice for WSSU,” said Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson. “I believe she is one of the finest ADs in the country. Her commitment to our students is demonstrated in their success both on and off the field. She is a tremendous asset to the university and to college athletics.”

Named the 2015-16 CIAA Athletic Director of the Year and the 2016 Administrator of the Year for the National Association for Collegiate Athletics Administrators, Walker works to continuously advocate for and champion WSSU student-athletes and opportunities for women and minorities. She was one of eight participants around the country selected for the NCAA Fellows Leadership Development Program. She is currently a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association as well as the Black Women Sports Foundation.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to lead the department of athletics at Winston-Salem State University,” said Walker. “We have been able to accomplish some amazing things with the support of the administration, alumni, supporters, and a phenomenal staff. I look forward to our continued journey together.”

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.

Apr 202017
 

Stephanie Street

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 and take care of her grandparents. She says she promised her father that she’d go back to school. Twelve years later, she enrolled at WSSU.

“I struggled to transition at first,” she says. “But the professors here encouraged me and kept me on track.”
She became involved with WSSU’s ANTSHE chapter during her first semester in 2013.

“I am extremely honored to win this award because I take pride in being a non-traditional student,” Street said. “I believe in every non-traditional student’s goals and dreams. I know that non-traditional students struggle and need a voice on campus.”

The award was announced at the ANTSHE Conference at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, on March 25.

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 […]

Apr 112017
 
Weather station aids emergency preparedness at WSSU

New technology is providing real-time weather data and early warnings for severe weather at the Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) campus. A new high-tech WSSU-branded weather monitoring unit, through WeatherSTEM, was installed on the roof of the three-story Thompson Student Services Center on March 28. The station links to the web, and provides text alerts for changing […]

Apr 072017
 
Occupational therapy grads again score perfect 100 percent

Winston-Salem State University’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program has again placed among the top in the nation. The program had a perfect 100 percent passage rate on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination for its 26 graduates in 2016, according to reports. This is the third consecutive year […]