World renowned Winston-Salem State University Choir

World renowned Winston-Salem State University Choir

The choir from Winston-Salem State University will be among the Distinguished Concert Singers International for the performance of “The Cry of Jeremiah” at its New York City premier at the Lincoln Center on Saturday, May 10, at 7 p.m.

Composed by Dr. Rosephanye Dunn Powell who is one of American’s premier women composers of choral music, “The Cry of Jeremiah” is in four movements and follows the prophet’s feelings of abandonment and redemption by God.  Powell combines the ancient text with music that draws from both the African American heritage and classical music traditions.

The program is part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) spring series.  DCINY strives to make music accessible and affordable to all patrons while presenting music from many genres including classical, jazz, and world music. Their concerts take place at such world renowned venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Tickets are $40 and available on line at or by phone at CenterCharge, 212-721-6500.

The Search Committee for a new chancellor at Winston-Salem State University has been named and will hold its first meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 21, at the Greensboro Airport Marriott.

Tom Ross, president of the UNC system, will present the charge to the committee.  The meeting also will include presentations by three search firms, development of a tentative timeline and a discussion on subcommittees.

The 20-member committee will be chaired by Debra Miller, chair of the WSSU Board of Trustees.  Committee members will include: Victor Johnson, Jr., WSSU trustee and member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board; Vivian Burke, WSSU trustee and Winston-Salem’s mayor pro tempore; Sue Henderson, WSSU trustee and senior vice president at Wells Fargo; Karen McNeil-Miller, WSSU trustee and president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust; Keith Vaughan, chairman, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice; Charles Wright, WSSU trustee and senior vice president at PNC Bank; Bryant Bell, WSSU trustee and president of the WSSU Student Government Association; Peggy Valentine, dean of the WSSU School of Health Sciences; Gordon Everett, president of the WSSU National Alumni Association and director of customer relationship management at the National Archives and Records Administration; Ludovic Kovalik, vice chair of the WSSU Faculty Senate; LaTonya Amos, president of the WSSU Staff Senate; Allen Joines, president of The Winston-Salem Alliance and mayor; Peggy Carter, chair of the WSSU Foundation Board and retired vice president of the Forsyth Medical Center Foundation; Scott Wierman, president of The Winston-Salem Foundation, Dennis Felder, WSSU professor; Cleveland Ellison, retired educator; the Rev. Dr. Walter Mack, pastor at Union Baptist Church; Coretta Bigelow, WSSU Board of Visitors and senior vice president at Newbridge Bank; and L’Tanya Bailey, WSSU Board of Visitors and an orthodontist.

Carlos Fields gets try out with Seattle Seahawks.

Carlos Fields gets try out with Seattle Seahawks.

We all knew Carlos Fields had an outstanding career as a defensive standout for the Rams football team. Fields will soon get his chance to showcase his talents for the Seattle Seahawks. Read more here.

Dr. Pamela Simmons

Dr. Pamela Simmons

Dr. Pamela S. Simmons, director of the Writing Center and the Writing in the Major Program at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), has been selected as a Fellow for the NC Ready for Success Alignment Project.

NC Ready for Success is a collaboration between the University of North Carolina, the North Carolina Community College System, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and N.C. Independent Colleges and Universities.  By involving educators from across each of the state’s educational sectors, the project’s goal is to find innovative ways to improve outcomes for students.

Ready for Success Fellows are required to meet with a colleague in another educational sector to share teaching and learning experiences that will lead to recommendations for polices that enhance the alignment of instructional expectations across high school and postsecondary institutions.

Simmons joined WSSU in 2006 in the Department of English and Foreign Languages, where she was an assistant professor of English and coordinated the developmental English course until her appointment as associate professor and director of the writing support programs in 2010. She earned her undergraduate degree in speech and theater from Albany State University, her M.A. in English at Northwestern State University and a Ph.D. from Walden University with a specialization in English composition and rhetoric. Simmons is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, the North Carolina Teachers of English Association, Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Making the adjustment from high school to college is always problematic for most freshmen. But, WSSU is among 10 HBCUs where freshmen return for their second year. Read more here.

WSSU Professor Earns Learning Grant to Develop Global Understanding Course

Dr. Rose Sackeyfio, associate professor of English at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), has received a $6,000 grant to develop a joint course in partnership with Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi as part of a University of North Carolina system initiative to foster global understanding.
The course, “World Literature and Culture” will be developed in collaboration [...]

Business Leader, Child Advocate Steve Pemberton to be WSSU Commencement Speaker on May 16

Steve Pemberton, the chief diversity officer and divisional vice president for Walgreens, will be the speaker for Winston-Salem State University’s (WSSU) 2014 commencement on Friday, May 16, at 9:45 a.m. in Bowman Gray Stadium.
Recognized as a leader on matters of diversity and inclusion, Pemberton was a ward of the state for much of his childhood.  [...]

WSSU Mobile Clinic Having a Big Impact in the Community

It seems as though it’s everywhere. Well that’s because it is. The WSSU mobile health clinic keeps a very busy schedule providing healthcare services for those in need in communities throughout Winston-Salem and beyond. The Rams Know HOW mobile clinic is likely to become even more visible thanks to even more support from Novant Health. [...]

Tia Lucas, Robert Hodges and Teaire Lloyd from Winston-Salem State University were among the honorees recognized for their volunteer service at Crisis Control Ministry. Read more here.

Olivia Franklin, a biology major at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), won first place in the Undergraduate Biological Sciences Poster Presentation category at the recent 2014 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Franklin’s presentation was entitled “Bioinformatic Analysis of Preseilin-2.”  She was one of five WSSU students who participated in the conference [...]

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