In Brief: Former poet laureate joins WSSU faculty

January 20, 2017

Brenda Marie OsbeyBrenda Marie Osbey, formerly a distinguished visiting professor of Africana studies at Brown University, has joined Winston-Salem State University as distinguished visiting professor in the English and World Languages and Cultures departments.

“We are excited to have her join our faculty,” said Dr. Corey D.B. Walker, dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education. “This is a signature faculty appointment in the College and signals our deep commitment to the humanities.”

Osbey has held faculty appointments at University of California Los Angeles, Louisiana State University, Loyola University, Dillard University and Tulane University.  She has received a number of prestigious honors, awards and fellowships, including being named poet laureate of the state of Louisiana.

Educator’s gift will help WSSU education majors

Dr. Casey Jones

Throughout his career, Dr. Casey Jones ’55 made an impact on the lives of students. Now, his legacy will help four education majors complete their degrees.

The estate of Dr. Jones has established, through the WSSU Foundation, a $20,000 non-endowed scholarship for four education majors. The Laurinda M. Jones Memorial Scholarship is named in memory of his daughter.

Jones, who passed away in 2015, earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from WSSU. Jones, a Korean War veteran and member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, had over 40 years of experience in secondary and higher education, serving as a professor at Howard University, Bowie State, Montgomery College, the University of
Maryland at Eastern Shore and University of Maryland, College Park.

Red Sea of Sound heading to Honda Battle of the Bands

WSSU’s Red Sea of Sound marching band is headed back to the Honda Battle of the Bands in Atlanta on Jan. 28.

WSSU is one of eight universities invited to the event, which spotlights the premier marching bands from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The event will be held at the Georgia Dome.

Last year’s event drew more than 63,000 spectators.

Here’s how to reserve your seats in the WSSU section:

WSSU’s section: WSS17

Group tickets of 10 or more:
David Naves:

Individual tickets: or 800-745-3000

For those not able to attend, the event will be live streamed on This will be WSSU’s sixth appearance in the event and first time since 2014.

First phase of upgrades completed at Dillard Auditorium 

For the first time, the Dillard Auditorium at WSSU Anderson Center can be used as an auditorium classroom.

New seating with tablet arm chairs and carpeting was installed at Dillard Auditorium in November. Additional updates at Dillard Auditorium are planned later this year. The building, which previously was Anderson Senior High School, was refurbished and dedicated in 1987.

This is one of several construction and renovation projects that were completed in time for the start of January classes at WSSU, including:

  • Seating improvements at Kennedy Dining Hall.
  • A new visitor lot and guard station at Cromartie Street near K.R. Williams Auditorium.
  • Rebranding of the coffee shop in the Atkinson Sciences Building. The shop is now The Daily Grind and features Starbucks products.

WSSU In Brief is compiled monthly from items posted in RamPages, WSSU’s official news blog.

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