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In Brief: WSSU to compete for Honda Campus All-Star Challenge national title

group photo of WSSU's HCASC Team
WSSU's Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Team will compete in California in April (from left): Timothy Nixon, Jaleah Knight, Joseph Baker (coach), Quinton Martin and Gerardo Gonzalez Moctezuma. 

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) students will vie for the championship title at the 30th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC).

The HCASC National Championship Tournament, America’s premier academic competition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), will be held April 13-17 on the American Honda campus in Torrance, California. WSSU has the opportunity to win the HCASC top prize – a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.

Team members are: Gerardo Gonzalez Moctezuma, a senior computer science major from Winston-Salem; Jaleah Knight, a sophomore elementary education major from Sumter, South Carolina;Quinton Martin, a senior computer science major from Fayetteville; and Timothy Nixon, a junior biology from Columbia, South Carolina. Joseph Baker Jr. and Keith Penn coach the team.

This is WSSU’s 20th appearance in the national championships. The team was selected as one of the “Great 48” based on its performance at the regional qualifier in Greensboro.

Miss WSSU makes EBONY magazine’s top 10

Christina Harris, the 79th Miss Winston-Salem State University, is headed to the pages of EBONY magazine after placing in the top 10 in an online competition.

Harris, a senior biology major from Greensboro, will be featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine along with nine other EBONY Campus Queen finalists, according to a news release. The EBONY HBCU Campus Queens franchise is one of the longest running editorial features for the magazine. During a four-month online competition, voters selected their favorite kings and queens from the 75 participating historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

After graduating in May, Harris plans to attend Duke University’s School of Medicine Master of Biomedical Sciences program. Harris will be the first Miss WSSU featured in EBONY since the magazine launched an online competition in 2016.

CITI chooses 2019-20 faculty fellows

The Center for Innovative and Transformative Information (CITI) has announced its 2019-20 faculty fellows.

The one-year fellowships support faculty who are interested in helping other faculty to improve their teaching and learning practices. This year’s fellows are:

  • Dr. Jack Monell, Department of History, Politics and Social Justice, will develop and facilitate workshops on high-impact practices on collaborative assignments.
  • Dr. Andrea Patterson-Masuka, Department of Communication and Media Studies, will develop workshops for faculty to include oral communications assignments and assessments in their courses. She also will lead workshops on teaching and learning for democratic engagement.
  • Dr. Nancy Smith, Department of Physical Therapy, will conduct a needs assessment and develop focused workshops on using instructional technology to solve pedagogical problems and support student learning.

These one-year fellowships support faculty who are interested in helping other faculty to improve their teaching and learning practices. CITI is an inclusive, supportive and collaborative common area for faculty, staff and administrators to pursue innovative and transformation in higher education teaching and learning.


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