Belinda Tate

Belinda Tate

Belinda Tate, director of the Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University, has been appointed to the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission (AAHC) as an at-large member through 2016. Tate was officially sworn-in as a commissioner on September 30 by Representative Alma Adams at the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources in Raleigh, NC.

“I hope to work closely with Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz, African American Heritage Commission Director Michelle Lanier and AAHC Chairwoman Dr. Valerie Johnson to foster greater awareness across the state regarding North Carolina’s rich African American legacy and to champion greater economic opportunities for those working in the creative and cultural sectors,” Tate said.

In her role as director of the Diggs Gallery for 14 years, Tate has been the curator for over 50 exhibitions of African and African American art.  Additionally, she has expanded the gallery’s permanent collection by 20 percent and served as a guest speaker at various prestigious institutions. Belinda Tate, director of the Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University, has been appointed to the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission (AAHC) as an at-large member through 2016. Tate was officially sworn-in as a commissioner on September 30 by Representative Alma Adams at the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources in Raleigh, NC.

“I hope to work closely with Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz, African American Heritage Commission Director Michelle Lanier and AAHC Chairwoman Dr. Valerie Johnson to foster greater awareness across the state regarding North Carolina’s rich African American legacy and to champion greater economic opportunities for those working in the creative and cultural sectors,” Tate said.

In her role as director of the Diggs Gallery for 14 years, Tate has been the curator for over 50  exhibitions of African and African American art.  Additionally, she has expanded the gallery’s permanent collection by 20 percent and served as a guest speaker at various prestigious institutions.

Donald Pearsall

Donald Pearsall

Donald R. Pearsall has been appointed assistant vice chancellor for business services at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) effective July 8.

He will have responsibility for the Division of Business Services and all of the auxiliary service departments, which include auxiliary administration, conferences and institutes, the book store, mailroom and the WSSU ticket office.

Pearsall has extensive experience in higher education business services, human resources and procurement.  Prior to joining WSSU, he was director of human resources and risk management at Livingstone College.  He previously had served as assistant vice president for business and finance and executive director of auxiliary services at Saint Augustine’s College, where he was also responsible for transportation, the wellness center, faculty-housing and student residence.  Additionally, Pearsall has served as manager and consultant with an international accounting firm, led his own business practice, and served in the U.S. Army.

A graduate of North Carolina Central University with a B.A. degree in political science, Pearsall earned his MBA from Strayer University and is currently in a doctoral program through Capella University.  He is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management, the Institute of Management Consultants and the American Legion.

Winston-Salem State University recently honored 20 staff members for their contributions to the goals of the school’s strategic plan and 189 employees who represented 1,990 years of service to the State of North Carolina.

Dr. Claudia Warren, a professor of education and coordinator of the university’s Birth through Kindergarten Education program, was the longest serving employees recognized.  During her 40 years at the university, she also has been at the forefront of early child education efforts including Smart Start.

“In addition to honoring our employees for their service to the state and to the university, we also began the Chancellor’s Achievement Awards last year in an effort to recognize staff members who demonstrate exceptional performance and service,” said Chancellor Donald J. Reaves.  “This year, we had more than 50 nominees representing all areas of the campus.  Because we had so many nominees, we expanded the number of employees to be recognized.”

Seven employees received $1,500 as the winners of the Chancellor’s Achievement Awards for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Theresa Parks, administrative support in the Department of Nursing was honored for leading her area to operate more efficiently and effectively. Pamela Baucum, business and technology application analyst in the data center, was recognized for process improvements for the Student Accounts Office.  Andrea Thompson, a purchasing agent, played a crucial role in transitioning to a web processing system.  Nissa Vonghakdy, administrative assistant in the Department of Physiological Sciences, was recognized for her support in moving her area into department status.  Peter Blutreich, associate director in housing and residence life, was honored for his work to create a safer student environment.  Sandra Scales, a housekeeper, was recognized for commitment to quality and Michael Frye, a university librarian, was selected for creating a model information literacy course for the School of Arts and Sciences.

Staff members who received $500 in recognition of their accomplishments were:  Kevin Byers, assistant dean for administrative services in the School of Health Sciences; Kathy Amos, housekeeper; Nathan Thompson, assistant controller and interim director of business services; Tori Edmonson, business manager in the Public Safety Department; Shea Gilliam-Davis, program coordinator at the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Center; Tarina Whitfield, web developer in IT; and Terry Timmons, plant facilities supervisor.

Six employees received a $200 award for the work and they were:  Jean Scales, business systems analyst in financial systems; Trena Eaton, administrative assistant in the Division of Nursing; Stephen Kelly, building environment services technician; Thomas Flynn, librarian and archivist; Elizabeth Ackman, area coordinator for housing and residence life; and Sandie Pegues, student services manage for the Student Accounts Department.

Dr. Aizeez Aileru

Dr. Aizeez Aileru

Dr. Charles Ebert

Dr. Charles Ebert

Dr. Dennis Sherrod

Dr. Dennis Sherrod

Dr. Dwedor Ford

Dr. Dwedor Ford

Dr. Megan Edwards

Dr. Megan Edwards

Dr. Yolanda Edwards

Dr. Yolanda Edwards

Six professors at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) have been named to top 20 lists of professors in North Carolina by StateStats.org and Online Schools North Carolina based on recognition received for excellence.

Dr. Azeez Aileru, a professor who serves as director of the WSSU’s Biomedical Research Infrastructure Center, and Dr. Charles Ebert, assistant professor of chemistry, were both listed among the Top 20 Science and Technology Professors in the state.  Dr. Dennis Sherrod, a professor who holds the Forsyth Medical Center Endowed Chair of Recruitment and Retention in the Division of Nursing, was named to the Top 20 Medical and Nursing Professors list.  Three professors were included among the Top 20 Women Professors in North Carolina.  They are Dr. Dwedor M. Ford, coordinator of the Virtual Writing Lab; Dr. Megan Edwards, associate professor in occupational therapy; and Dr. Yolanda Edwards, Chair and Program Coordinator for the master’s program in Rehabilitation Counseling.

Aileru has spent more than 15 years in neuroscience and cardiovascular disease research with an emphasis on examining racially linked health disparities.  He was honored last year by the N. C. Biotechnology Center with an award for excellence in the area of biotechnology research and development, as well as his collaborative efforts among area universities.

In addition to his work as an educator, Ebert has also received a grant from the National Science Foundation for a research project to improve the understanding of peripheral nerve regeneration.  He is investigating whether keratin isolated from human hair may support the repairing of damaged nerves.

Sherrod, who joined WSSU in 2001, has more than 30 years of nursing and nurse educator experience, as well as over a decade of recruitment and retention expertise.  He also recently was selected by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina to receive one of the 19th Annual Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

One of three people selected for a scholarship to attend the International Writing Centers Association’s 2012 Summer Institute, Ford teaches writing at WSSU. She has a strong commitment to encouraging the use of computers for writing, giving the students the opportunity to build technology competencies.

Megan Edwards was awarded the 2012 Faculty of Distinction Award for her outstanding contributions to the WSSU occupational therapy program.  The award, which is selected by graduating students, recognizes individual faculty for a sustained performance of excellence as a teacher.

Yolanda Edwards received the Sylvia Walker Education Award from the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitations Concerns, the division of the National Rehabilitation Association that promotes ethical and state-of-the-art practices in rehabilitation.  She was recognized for her innovative curriculum developments that have increased student certification as rehabilitation counselors.

StateStats.org is a nonprofit organization that builds free, open source tools to increase accessibility to educational information and OnlineSchoolsNorthCarolina.com provides information on alternative post-secondary education options.

Congratulations to the Winston-Salem State University family, raised more than $4,200 during its Campaign for Arts.WSSU’s effort is part of a wider corporate effort to raise more than $2.5 million dollars.

Thanks to all who contributed to the WSSU Campaign for the Arts and know that your contribution is helping to keep the arts alive and well in our community.

For those who may still want to contribute, you will have until the end of May to do so. Please contact London Mickle in the Office of the Provost if you are interested. Again thank you.

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