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.

Dr. Rose Sackeyfio

Dr. Rose Sackeyfio

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 with Dr. Mohammed Asaddudin, professor and head of the Department of English at Jamia Millia Islamia and will be offered in the spring of 2015.  The collaboration is part of WSSU’s goal of expanding opportunities to integrate global issues throughout the curriculum and also will expand collaborations developed through the National Endowment for the Humanities funded project at WSSU that integrates India into the liberal arts curriculum.

The course will explore diversity in the literature and culture of Africa, the African Diaspora, India and South Asia.  Using selected literary works and classics in world literature the course will explore the universal aspects of human experience and also highlight the historical and contemporary role of minority serving institutions in the United States and in India.

Jamia Millia Islamia University was founded in 1920 by Muslim leaders as part of the anti-colonial Islamic and pro-independence activism.  It has grown to become a comprehensive, progressive university that provides access to formal education particularly for first generation students.

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 [...]

WSSU Alumnus Remembered

The life of most people is often judged by the dash between life and death. The legacy left by WSSU alumnus and Sanford City Councilman Walter McNeil leaves no doubt about his commitment to helping others. Learn more here.

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