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Kudos for June: Faculty, staff and student awards, appointments and achievements

Faculty/Staff Recognition

Brian Anthony, general manager of WSNC-FM, was profiled by the Living Legends Foundation as part of a feature for June Black Music Month. WSNC is a public radio station and NPR affiliate with a jazz format owned by Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).

Megan Edwards Collins, an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, was recently interviewed by The Los Angeles Times about her research on the physical and psychological tolls of an infertility diagnosis.

Robert Muhammad, director of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, was recently interviewed for an article about first-time freshmen student loans for the website

Denise Nation, associate professor and chair of the Department of History, Politics and Social Justice, has received the North Carolina Criminal Justice Association’s Founders Award. The award, for outstanding contributions to criminal justice research as an academic endeavors in North Carolina, was presented at the NJCJA annual conference in February.

Nancy Smith, associate professor of physical therapy, received a doctoral dissertation award from North Carolina State University’s College of Education for outstanding scholarly research. The award was presented at the spring graduation ceremony on May 10. She was one of only three graduates selected for the award.

Christina Criminger, assistant professor of physical therapy, and LaVerne Garner, clinical assistant professor of physical therapy, will each learn the latest evidence-based findings in Parkinson’s research and care after being selected to the Parkinson’s Foundation Physical Therapy Faculty Program. Each will be eligible for continuing education credits and a $2,000 stipend upon completing the program. The program aims to prepare the next generation of PTs to better care for the growing population of people living with Parkinson’s disease. Criminger studied in Boston, and Garner is studying this month at Oregon Health and Science University.

Student Recognition

Daijah Chambers, a junior clinical laboratory science major from Richmond, Virginia, won third place for the WSSU research paper competition for a paper on c. difficile infection.

Jennifer P. Osborne, who graduated in May with degrees in clinical laboratory science and biology, is the recipient of the North Carolina Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (NCSCLS) student scholarship.

Imani Manning, junior clinical laboratory science, is the 2019 recipient of the Dr. Richard Early Award from the North Carolina chapter of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC). Manning was presented her award on April 30.

Three clinical laboratory science students won honors in the North Carolina American Medical Technologist state research contest. Jennifer P. Osborne won first place for her paper on heartworm in humans; Franklin Davis won second place for a paper on rabies; and Imani Manning won honorable mention for a paper on E. coli. All three are under consideration for having their paper considered at the national level.

Kathleen Helms, a graduate student in the occupational therapy program, has been selected into the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Future Scientist Program. The program pairs potential student scientist with doctoral/postdoctoral mentors. This is the third consecutive year a WSSU OT student has been accepted into the competitive program.

Oneicesa Washington ’07, a student in the Master of Science in Nursing Advanced Nursing Educator (MSN-ANE) program, has been awarded the Lara Fix Memorial Nursing Scholarship from Novant Health.

Sixteen WSSU students were inducted into the Alpha Theta Kappa Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society on April 25. The student were inducted: Dede Ayih, Janee Boykins, Brandon Craig, Tasha Dubois, Kaysa Hopkins, Madison Hutchens, Raven Johnson, Shalia Keane, Na’tasha Maldonado, Ronnie Marrow, Christina Mason, Marcus Ponder, Deja Reid, Kearra Richardson, Jahyra Robinson and Justin Wilburn. The faculty advisor is Donald Mac-Thompson.

Ten WSSU student leaders attended the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASCAP) 23rd annual Student Leadership Institute at Savannah State University. Student attendees were: Kambre Stephens and Taylor Walker, lead legacy leaders; Jerrett Goins, senior class president; Bria Roddy, secretary of commuter affairs; Jasmine Williams, Campus Activities Board president; Tremon Frink, Student Government Association public relations chair; Kendall Dodd, SGA vice president; Anijah Carter, SGA secretary; Nelexus Stalks, SGA treasurer; and Te’Drenna Coleman, NASAP photographer intern. Advisors Chelii Broussard and  Tiffany Seawright also attended.

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