Five students from the Hubei University of Chinese Medicine are attending Winston-Salem State University this year as participants in a dual degree program in nursing.

Dr. Peggy Valentine

Dr. Peggy Valentine

“This is the first cohort of students who have come from Hubei University as part of a partnership that began seven years ago,” said Dr. Peggy Valentine, dean of the School of Health Sciences. “These students will complete their final two years of nursing at WSSU and will receive dual degrees from Hubei and our institution.”

The dual degree program was established in 2012 when Wang Hua, president of Hubei University, and several of the school’s key administrators visited WSSU. Representatives of both universities had worked to create a program that allows nursing students who complete two years at Hubei to transfer to WSSU to pursue their B.S.N. degree.

In addition to delegations from Hubei visiting WSSU, WSSU faculty members traveled to China to finalize the curriculum for the program. Also, students from both institutions have been participating in videoconferencing as part of a global understanding class.

“These students from China have been working diligently to improve their command of the English language in order to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Dr. Lenora Campbell, associate dean for nursing. “Having this interaction between students from both universities will increase the cultural competence of our students and their students. Understanding the impact culture can have on health outcomes has become increasingly important in health care fields.”

The Hubei University of Chinese Medicine is located in Wuhan City, Hubei Province in the central area of the People’s Republic of China. Established in 1958, the university has over 17,200 students and offers over 18 specialties in the medical field, including traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and advanced traditional Chinese medical surgery.

To keep up with demand, a new residence hall is on the drawing board for WSSU. Learn more here.

Leaving one environment for another is always challenging. For more than 750 new freshmen at WSSU, the same is true. New freshmen are going through the “Ramdition” orientation process and learning what life as a Ram is all about. Learn more here.

Endia Beal

Endia Beal

Endia Beal, a North Carolina based artist and educator, has been named interim director of the Diggs Gallery of Winston-Salem State University effective August 15.

“Endia Beal is an exciting and talented artist and arts professional,” said Corey D. B. Walker, Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education.   “Her appointment as interim director represents a strategic opportunity to broaden and deepen our commitment to the arts and the centrality of the Diggs Gallery to the academic mission of the university.”

Beal is internationally known for her photographic narratives and video testimonies that examine the personal, yet contemporary, stories of marginalized communities and individuals.  Her work has been exhibited in several institutions including the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit, the Aperture Foundation of New York and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute also in New York.  She is stepping into the leadership role at Diggs Gallery following the resignation of Belinda Tate who will become the executive director of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

“It is an honor to become a member of this historic institution with one of the largest collections of African and African American art,” Beal said of her appointment.  “The newly renovated exhibition space serves as a symbol of our heritage and a meeting place for thought and discussion.  I look forward to highlighting the tradition of our institution and becoming a hub for artists and appreciators.  I also look forward to implementing interactive programs that connect the experiences of our students to the masterpieces that are displayed on our walls.”

Beal earned a dual B.A. degree in art history and studio art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  During her undergraduate studies, she attended the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy where she focused on high Renaissance art history and the romance languages of the Italian culture.

Following graduation, Beal was one of four women selected nationally to participate in ArtTable, a program to promote women in the visual arts where she assisted in the curation of the Andy Warhol Exhibit at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery of George Washington University.  Beal used this experience as a platform to advocate for minority opportunities within the arts and was instrumental in creating marketing campaigns that redefined the way minority communities interact with art.  Her work experiences also include the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology, and The New York Times Magazine.

In 2013, Beal graduated from Yale School of Art with a MFA degree in photography.  While at Yale, she created a body of work that explores the relationship of minority women within the corporate space, fully developing her efforts during the artist-in-residence program at the Center for Photography at Woodstock.  Beal aligns herself with artist such as Carrie Mae Weems and Lorna Simpson, two women who use stories as the vehicle to question conformity and gender norms.  Beal is featured in several online editorials including NBC, BET, the Huffington Post, Slate and the National Geographic.  She also appeared in Essence and Marie Claire Magazine.

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Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will welcome its first-year students on Saturday, Aug. 9, beginning at 8 a.m., when nearly 750 students are expected to arrive on campus for “Move-In Day.”

Members of WSSU’s campus fraternities, sororities, student social and civic organizations will assist students as they move in while a parent’s retreat featuring free refreshments and massages is scheduled 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cleon F. Thompson Student Services Center.

In March, April and May, WSSU hosted a series of new student orientation sessions across the state and on campus that drew several hundred new students.  Those orientations allowed incoming freshmen, other students and parents to complete business processes prior to their arrival to campus.
 WSSU will also operate a One-Stop Service Center, which will serve as a central location for students and their families to complete any enrollment, registration, tuition payments, housing and health services business.

RAMDITION, a week-long student orientation of classroom sessions, campus life workshops, and social activities designed to ease the transition into the collegiate experience, is planned for the new students starting at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August, 10th.

RAMDITION activities will culminate with a “Through the Archway” rite of passage ceremony starting 10 a.m. on Aug. 16 with the Ram Walk from the clocktower on campus.  Filled with pageantry similar to commencement, students will march through WSSU’s historic arches to a special ceremony in K.R. Williams Auditorium.  The activity will officially welcome the new students into the Winston-Salem State University Ram Family.

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Professors in the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education of Winston-Salem State University have received $1,181,744 in grants to support projects that can positively impact student education and success through undergraduate research efforts.
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James Wilhemi, who had been named interim head basketball coach after Bobby Collins took the head coaching position at Maryland-Eastern Shore, is now head basketball coach at WSSU.  Learn more here.

WSSU Facing Stiff Competition in Attracting Freshmen

The marketplace for students is an ever-shrinking enterprise especially for the nation’s HBCUs. Winston-Salem State is no different. But, the university is doing all it can to make the WSSU option more appealing. Learn more here.

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