May 182017

Chancellor Robinson

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has received the highest honor for campaign excellence from the State Employees Combined Campaign (SECC).

Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson was presented with the SECC Chairman’s Award, which recognizes state departments, agencies and universities that increased donations and participation. In addition, Michelle Cook, vice chancellor for advancement and executive director of the WSSU Foundation, received the Growth in Giving award for the largest increase in dollars raised, and Derek Jeter, chairman of the SECC Committee, received the SECC Leadership Award. The awards were presented on April 17.

For WSSU’s 2016 campaign, which ran Oct. 21-Nov. 30, faculty and staff donated over $25,000. Almost 18 percent of employees participated.

May 072017

Dana Walker

Dana Walker, coordinator of community service at Winston-Salem State University, has received the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for his work matching members of the WSSU community with non-profit organizations.

Walker coordinates WSSU’s Project GIVE [Getting Involved (through) Volunteer Efforts], which is hosted through the Office of Career Development Services. Last year (2015-16) through the program, 779 students volunteered 29,013 hours to local agencies. This included service learning projects at 22 schools, 15 churches and 14 medical facilities. He also coordinated an annual volunteer service fair that helped students, faculty and staff learn about ways they can serve their community.

“His work has led to recognition of Project GIVE as a valuable resource in the greater community and to raise the overall profile of the University,” wrote Arthur Hardin, WSSU academic success counselor, in nominating Walker. Hardin was the previous coordinator for Project GIVE.

The award was presented on April 19 at Salem College. The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award, first created in 1979, honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service.

May 062017

Rosalba Ledezma

Rosalba Ledezma, associate vice chancellor of facilities management at Winston-Salem State University, has been recognized through the City of Winston-Salem’s Outstanding Women Leaders Program.

Ledezma, who joined WSSU in 2012, was recognized at an event on April 20 at the Embassy Suites in downtown Winston-Salem.

She and other honorees also were recognized by the mayor and city council at its April 17 meeting. Since 2003, the annual Outstanding Women Leaders ceremony has recognized more than 50 women from all walks of life.

May 052017

Endia Beal

Barton College, a private liberal arts institute in Wilson, has announced that Endia Beal, assistant professor of art and director of the Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University, will be the featured speaker at the 115th annual commencement exercises, scheduled for Saturday, May 13.

“We are delighted to welcome Endia Beal as this year’s commencement speaker,” said Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College. “Her extensive, significant work has influenced new attitudes and approaches in the art world and beyond. The authenticity of her engagement with audiences, through her creative photography and videography, will help graduates consider their place in the world and make meaning of their experience.

The Diggs Gallery offers one of the largest exhibition spaces dedicated to the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora in North Carolina.


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

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