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WSSU awarded $2.26 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy
May 31, 2023Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has been awarded a $2.26 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop quantum information science and engineering (QISE) curricula to help grow a diverse workforce for the emerging field of technology in the Carolinas.
Winston-Salem State University congratulates faculty who have earned tenure and promotions
May 15, 2023Winston-Salem State University congratulates our talented faculty members who have been awarded endowed professorships, tenure, and been promoted to full professors.
WSSU celebrates faculty excellence in research and teaching at annual banquet
May 12, 2023
On May 1, 2023 Winston-Salem State University celebrated its Faculty Awards and Research and Sponsored Program Banquet. WSSU honored faculty and staff members for excellence in teaching, research, and procuring grant funding.
WSSU to celebrate the Class of 2023 at Commencement on Friday, May 12
May 11, 2023
Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2023 at a Commencement Ceremony at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial (LJVM) Coliseum on Friday, May 12.
Class of Spring 2023 Where Are They Headed? Part Two
May 04, 2023
Another Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) Commencement is upon us, as graduates depart to serve. Here's a glimpse of where a few students from the Class of Spring 2023 are headed.
Winston-Salem State University, UNCSA, and the North Carolina Collaboratory partner to launch virtual reality training for nursing students
May 03, 2023Winston-Salem State University School of Health Sciences will be the first HBCU (Historically Black College and University) in North Carolina to incorporate virtual reality (VR) into the clinical training curriculum for nursing students.
Dr. Elva Jones earns the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching 2023
May 03, 2023
Dr. Elva J. Jones is professor and founding and current chair of the Department of Computer Science at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), a position she has held since 1991.
WSSU wins $40,000 from Home Depot® to retool our school
April 19, 2023
For the second year in a row, Winston-Salem State University has been selected for a Home Depot® Retool Your School Award. WSSU was in the top 10 HBCUs to win the award.
Winston-Salem State University is having a spectacular April 2023
April 19, 2023
We are only halfway through April 2023 and Winston-Salem State University students, faculty, and staff are unleashing their genius on our campus, at the North Carolina House of Representatives, and at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Here’s a quick overview.
Chancellor Robinson will receive the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award from the Old Hickory Council on April 27
March 21, 2023
The Hickory Council, Boy Scouts of America will hold its annual Distinguished Citizen Award event on Thursday, April 27, 2023, to recognize Dr. Elwood Robinson, chancellor of Winston-Salem State University, who has shown to personify the spirit of Scouting.
WSSU professor receives Professional Writing and Research Award from the North Carolina Counseling Association
March 21, 2023
Dr. Keisha G. Rogers, Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling at Winston-Salem State University received the Professional Writing and Research Award at the North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA) Annual Conference, held on February 10-11, 2023, in Durham, NC.
WSSU Center for Applied Data Science hosted a 2-day workshop for area high school students
March 14, 2023
The Center for Applied Data Science (CADS) at Winston-Salem State University hosted the 2023 Day Data Science Workshop for High School Students in early March. The workshop was funded by a grant from University of North Carolina System and received support from Hanes Brands, Inc.
Winston-Salem State University announces the Martin Luther King Jr. Building the Dream award winners
February 06, 2023For the past 21 years Winston-Salem State University and Wake Forest University have collaborated on an event to celebrate the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. One of the traditions of this collaboration is naming winners of the “Building the Dream” award.
McClinton Named Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
February 02, 2023Ms. Lisa McClinton has been named the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, effective April 1. “I am extremely excited to welcome Lisa to lead at her alma mater, “stated Chancellor Elwood Robinson.
WSSU congratulates faculty who received promotions and tenure
January 18, 2023
Winston-Salem State University congratulates the faculty members listed below who received promotions and/or tenure in 2021-2022.
WSSU Foundation appoints new officers, members to its board of directors
January 17, 2023The board’s mission is to foster and promote the growth, progress, and general well-being of the university and to support the financial needs of WSSU students.
A Message from Chancellor Robinson
January 09, 2023After a 39-year career in higher education, Chancellor Elwood Robinson announced today he will retire from Winston-Salem State University on June 30, 2023.
WSSU Provost Graham names Dr. Montrale Boykin as the Interim Dean of the Graduate College
December 05, 2022
After an internal search process, I am pleased to announce the interim appointment of Dr. Montrale Boykin as the interim Dean of the Graduate College effective December 1, 2022. Dr. Boykin’s appointment is for one year. We will conduct a national search for a permanent dean during the 2023 calendar year. Dr. Boykin previously served as the co-chairperson of the Department of Health Care Management in the School of Health Sciences at Winston-Salem State University since 2012.
WSSU ranks high on national lists in 2022-23
November 30, 2022
Winston-Salem State University ranks high on a diverse group of national lists, especially in the areas of value, affordability, and student success.
Here is a list of some of WSSU’s notable rankings for 2022-2023.
WSSU retools its campus with a grant from Home Depot
November 01, 2022
The campus of Winston-Salem State University has become even more beautiful, thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Home Depot Retool Your School initiative. Home Depot is dedicated to giving back to the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to honor what HBCUs bring to their communities “a strong foundation, renewed purposed and distinctive character.”
WSSU earns high ranking for its online Master of Healthcare Administration program
October 26, 2022
Winston-Salem State University has earned a high ranking for its online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program. EduMed.org named the WSSU online MHA program no. 5 in the nation based on quality, accessibility, affordability and commitment to student success.
A Winston-Salem State University alum is making his mark in Hollywood on and off-screen
October 26, 2022
Winston-Salem State University alum actor Chris Greene portrays an assistant chaplain in the Netflix hit true crime drama “DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.” In the limited series, viewers are walked through the upbringing of one of the most notorious serial killers in history, the warnings neighbors made concerning his behavior, how he lured his victims, his capture, and ultimately, his trial.
WSSU employee honored with the Governor's Award for Excellence
October 25, 2022
Winston-Salem State University employee Tiffany Turner Lynch was awarded the prestigious Governor’s Award for Excellence in the category of Efficiency and Innovation.
WSSU awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health
October 12, 2022
Winston-Salem State University has been awarded a $525,658 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) led by Dr. Fenghai Guo Professor of Chemistry to develop and utilize highly selective metal-catalyzed carbon bond formation reactions that will lead to an efficient synthesis of novel selenium, sulfur, and oxygen-containing heterocycles with rich biological activities.
Winston-Salem State receives a grant from the Thurgood Marshall Foundation
October 12, 2022
Winston-Salem State University has been awarded a $30,000.00 grant from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund led by Dr. Karen T. Williams, Director of the A. H. Ray Student Health Center, to conduct rapid COVID testing of students who present with symptoms of COVID and testing of students who are exposed to COVID.
Yolanda McLean named Associate Director of Financial Aid
October 12, 2022As the new Associate Director of Financial Aid at WSSU, McLean will lead the office's outreach efforts and serve as the point of contact for students in special populations like the band or athletic teams.
Homecoming 2022 Cancellations
September 28, 2022With great disappointment, we announce that due to the anticipated severe weather for this coming weekend and out of an abundance of caution for our students, staff, alumni, and fans, all university-sanctioned homecoming activities will be canceled after noon on Friday, September 30.
WSSU Homecoming 2022 safety message from Chief Henry
September 23, 2022Chancellor Robinson, Campus Police and Public Safety, and partners across campus are taking a proactive approach to ensure that Homecoming 2022 is a safe experience for everyone.
WSSU Homecoming 2022 celebrates the university’s 130th anniversary
September 21, 2022
Here’s what you need to know.
WSSU Awarded Funding for NSF HBCU-UP Research Initiation Award: Environmental Factors Modulation of Structure-Function of Biological Systems
September 19, 2022
Winston- Salem State University has been awarded a $299,835 grant from NSF led by Dr. Sarah Adjei-Fremah, for Environmental Factors Modulation of Structure-Function of Biological Systems.
WSSU Awarded Funding For Alzheimer’s Disease Programs Initiative
September 16, 2022
Winston-Salem State University has been awarded a $139,594.83 grant from DHHS Administration for Community Living (ACL) led by Dr. Allison Calhoun, Clinical Assistant Professor Occupational Therapy to build a stronger and more resilient dementia-capable aging network in Forsyth County.
WSSU Awarded Funding for The Ellucian Foundation’s Progress, Accomplishment, Thriving, Hope (PATH) Scholarship
September 16, 2022
Winston-Salem State University has been awarded a $10,000.00 grant from the Ellucian Foundation led by Raisha Cobb, Associate Provost & Chief Information Officer Office of Information Technology to provide scholarships to students in financial distress so they can reach their educational goals.
WS-TEACH Receives $4.7M Grant to Strengthen Local Teacher Recruitment Efforts
September 16, 2022
WSSU RaMS-C reading and math summer program helps local elementary school students thrive
August 09, 2022The low- to no-cost programs, which have been available at WSSU for the past six years, serve to address the “summer slide” that many elementary children face. The high-quality instruction is designed by WSSU faculty and certified classroom teachers.
Simmons joins WSSU as the new Director of the Office of Community Standards and Civility
August 02, 2022Throughout his career, he has worked to prepare students for life after high school, expose groups to higher education and shape programs that help retain minority students on college campuses.
Letter from Chancellor Robinson - Worthey Joins WSSU as CHRO
July 13, 2022After an extensive search process, we are pleased to announce that we have selected Tracy Worthey to join us as our Chief Human Resources Officer.
Dr. Leslee Battle named the new Dean of the School of Health Sciences
June 28, 2022Battle is no stranger to the university. She graduated from WSSU with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1993.
Dr. Manju Bhat is the new dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education (CASBE)
June 28, 2022Bhat says he is excited to use his new role to collaborate with faculty and staff across the CASBE to promote student success and facilitate faculty and staff development.
Odom named Director of Housing and Residence Life
June 01, 2022Dr. Shawn Odom has been appointed Director of Housing and Residence Life at Winston-Salem State University.
WSSU astrobotany students work with NASA and the Kennedy Space Center
May 18, 2022Winston-Salem State University’s Astrobotany Lab provides undergraduates with opportunities to work with NASA and shadow scientists and researchers at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.
Dr. Cynthia Williams Brown to be honored with a Women of Vision Health Equity Advocate award
May 18, 2022Dr. Cynthia Williams Brown is at the center of the fight against health inequities. On June 2 she will take center stage to be recognized for her work as the YWCA presents her with a Women of Vision award.
WSSU Class of 2022: Where are they headed?
May 11, 2022As Winston-Salem State University prepares for another commencement, here’s a glimpse of where a few of the 2022 graduates are headed post-graduation.
WSSU’s Rajah Caruth to Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway May 27
May 11, 2022Sophomore Rajah Caruth will be the first professional driver in a NASCAR series to represent an HBCU. Caruth will be racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27 as part of the Coca-Cola 600 weekend in Concord, N.C.
WSSU awarded a $1.8 million grant to empower the next generation of Black STEM teachers
May 09, 2022STEM careers generate more than two trillion dollars in revenue, support 67 percent of jobs in the United States, and Winston-Salem State University is leading the charge to prepare the next generation of STEM leaders.
Gov. Roy Cooper appoints WSSU police chief Amir Henry to state commission
April 14, 2022Last week Governor Roy Cooper announced appointments to North Carolina Boards and Commissions. Winston-Salem State University's Chief of Police Amir Henry was appointed to the NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.
WSSU Center for the Study of Economic Mobility selected for prestigious Fair Housing Breaking Barriers Award
April 11, 2022What began as a “startling” revelation to Winston-Salem State University economics professor Craig Richardson five years ago has developed into a community-changing program that has been selected for one of Winston-Salem’s most prestigious community awards.
WSSU occupational therapy program offers one-of-a-kind mental health concentration
April 11, 2022
Occupational therapy involves the use of assessment and intervention to develop, recover, or maintain the meaningful activities, or occupations of individuals. All-to-often though, a key tool is missing for occupational therapists: mental health training.
PNC Entrepreneurial Fellows program prepares the next generation of business owners
April 01, 2022The PNC Entrepreneurial Fellows program, administered by the Winston-Salem State University Center of Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation (CFESI), is designed to help students learn critical aspects of new venture creation.
Introducing Brilliance Lab
March 17, 2022Winston-Salem State University is engaging in an exciting new venture that will provide the opportunity for every student to graduate with both a degree and a business plan.
DeBono earns UNC Board of Governor’s Teaching Award
March 16, 2022Amber DeBono, Ph.D, an associate professor of psychology at Winston-Salem State University, has been honored by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors as a recipient of the 2022 Awards for Excellence in Teaching.
WSSU hosts its first faculty Fulbright Scholar Rita Ismailova
March 10, 2022
When Rita Ismailova was selected to be a Fulbright Scholar, she had the choice to pick most any college or university in the world to attend for almost a year of research.
WSSU Awarded $175,000 grant from Lumina Foundation to help improve adult college graduation rates in North Carolina
February 14, 2022
WSSU to host NC Governor’s School
February 07, 2022The western campus of the North Carolina Governor’s school will have a new home beginning this summer, moving from High Point University, where it was located for the last three years, to Winston-Salem State University.
WSSU announces MLK Building the Dream award winners
February 06, 2022
Awardees are recognized during the annual MLK celebration event that is co-sponsored by WSSU and Wake Forest University. The awards are presented to a professor or administrator and a student from each institution who exemplify Dr. King’s spirit of justice and equality for the betterment of the community as well as the institutions.
Winston-Salem State University to build new digital space with $1 million grant from Adobe
February 02, 2022When Wanda White first saw the Adobe Digital Space at Clemson University a year or so ago, she knew Winston-Salem State University should have one.
Wall named chief of staff
October 03, 2021Letitia C. Wall has been named chief of staff and operations officer for Winston-Salem State University’s Office of the Chancellor.
Isom named chief audit risk and compliance officer
October 03, 2021
Rod Isom has been elevated to chief audit risk and compliance officer at Winston-Salem State University, effective immediately.
Gingles named chief marketing officer
October 03, 2021
Haley Gingles has been appointed chief marketing officer (CMO) at Winston-Salem State University.
Woodley Named Director of Alumni Engagement
September 21, 2021
Thesha Woodley has been appointed director of alumni engagement for Winston-Salem State University, where she will lead the creation of programs and services to effectively manage and sustain relationships with the over 30,000 alumni.
Football & Homecoming Protocol Update
September 20, 2021Winston-Salem State University is excited to welcome supporters back to campus for sports and other community events. To keep all our patrons safe, we will implement additional Covid-19 safety protocols. These protocols will be effective immediately for all WSSU events.
WSSU Study Shows Minorities, Disabled Face Even Greater Health Care Barriers During COVID-19 Pandemic
June 30, 2021
It is no secret that underserved segments of the population … minorities and the disabled … face serious barriers when it comes to health care in this country.
A team of Winston-Salem State University faculty members – Dr. Tammara Thomas, Dr. Keisha Rogers, and Dr. Felicia Simpson – recently concluded research that showed those barriers were even more pervasive during the COVID-19 pandemic.
WSSU aquatics director creates new water ballet class
May 26, 2021
Sometimes to move forward, you need to look back, or at least that’s according to the old adage.
It certainly rings true for Laura Garner, aquatics director at Winston-Salem State University.
CADS Research Showcase Highlights 6 Groundbreaking Student/Faculty Research Projects
April 30, 2021
Students and faculty affiliated with Winston-Salem State University’s Center for Applied Data Science (CADS) presented their research on COVID-19, spatial justice, and other key topics during a virtual departmental showcase on April 6, 2021.
Zubov earns UNC Board of Governor’s Teaching Award
April 26, 2021Winston-Salem State University Professor Lynne Roche Zubov is the winner of the 2021 Board of Governors Teaching Award.
Persisting After the Verdict
April 21, 2021With the guilty verdicts handed to ex-police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd may come a variety of emotions within in our campus community.
WSSU rehabilitation counseling, on the road for recovery with new community support mobile unit
March 31, 2021WSSU Department of Rehabilitation Counseling will be hitting the road with a new Behavioral and Health Community Support Unit (BeHCU).
SBA grant to establish women’s business center at WSSU
March 29, 2021
The S.G. Atkins Community Development Corporation has been awarded a grant by the Small Business Administration to establish the 6th Women’s Business Center in North Carolina and the second at a North Carolina historically black university.
Letter from Chancellor Robinson: We Stand Against Hate
March 22, 2021The unfortunate increase in violent incidents against our Asian, Asian American, and Asian Pacific Islander citizens has been alarming. The level of cruelty demonstrated is heartbreaking and should give each of us pause to reflect upon who we are as a community.
WSSU begins work on Strategic Plan
March 17, 2021Winston-Salem State University’s Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) kicked off their planning process on Feb. 26.
STARTALK Chinese Language Program is back with new virtual format
March 08, 2021
WSSU Department of World Languages and Culture will now offer the STARTALK intensive Chinese summer program in a digital format. Beginning July 12, the three-week program that explores the Mandarin language and Chinese culture will be available to high school and college students from anywhere in the world.
First HBCU-based physical therapy residency program receives accreditation
March 08, 2021
WSSU-Novant Health Physical Therapy Neurologic Clinical Residency Program receives full accreditation from the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. WSSU is the first HBCU in the nation to offer a fully accredited PT residency program.
WSSU’s Red Sea of Sound to be featured on ABC
February 25, 2021
WSSU Red Sea of Sound Marching Band to be featured on ABC Network's “National Battle of the Bands: A Salute to HBCU Marching Bands” on Feb. 28.
WSSU kicks off February with national appearances
January 29, 2021WSSU kicks off its spring semester with the return of Future Focus Now and two appearances on national television.
WSSU Chancellor receives coronavirus vaccine, encourages community to do the same
January 27, 2021WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on camera during Novant Health visit.
Letter from Chancellor Robinson – MLK Day 2021
January 15, 2021On Monday, January 18, Winston-Salem State University, along with others across the nation, will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – as we have done for over thirty years.
WSSU, UNCSA and Wake Forest to celebrate MLK Day with joint read-in day
January 14, 2021WSSU, UNCSA and Wake Forest University to celebrate MLK Day with joint virtual read-in day on Saturday, Jan. 23.
2020: A year of perseverance at WSSU
December 16, 2020
As the first year of this new decade comes to an end, here’s a look back at some of the year’s most memorable WSSU news stories.
WSSU raises $3.3 million for student financial aid
December 11, 2020WSSU’s Million Dollar Match campaign exceeded its $2 million goal by more than 60 percent - providing almost $3.4 million for student scholarships.
WSSU justice studies students created Ronnie Long Project, campaigned for exoneration of wrongly-convicted N.C. man
December 07, 2020WSSU justice studies faculty and students help exonerate Ronnie Long, a North Carolina man who served 44 years in prison after being wrongly convicted.
Ranking: WSSU has #1 no GRE master’s in healthcare administration online program
November 19, 2020WSSU has the no. 1 most affordable no GRE master’s in healthcare administration online program
WSSU to celebrate International Education Week virtually
November 12, 2020WSSU’s Office of International Programs to celebrate International Education Week virtually, Nov. 16 - 20, to bring awareness to the art, culture, and perspectives of its international students and partners.
2021 Open Enrollment begins Oct. 15
October 07, 2020The open enrollment period to update your State Health Plan and NCFlex benefits is Oct. 15 – 31.
White named deputy chief of WSSU Police and Public Safety department
September 23, 2020
Kelly White, a native of Hertford, North Carolina, has joined Winston-Salem State University’s Police and Public Safety department as deputy chief.
WSSU to celebrate Founder’s Day with virtual celebration
September 23, 2020Winston-Salem State University will honor its 128th year and founder Dr. Simon Green Atkins with a virtual celebration on Sept. 28.
WSSU awarded $1.5M grant to establish new Center for Applied Data Science
September 03, 2020WSSU has been awarded a $1.5 million grant funded through the UNC ROI to establish an applied data science center.
Eight questions with… Dr. Ereka Williams, associate dean of education
September 02, 2020
Dr. Ereka Williams had several goals when she stepped into her new leadership role as the associate dean of education. WSSU News caught up with her to discuss her mission, goals and personal experiences. Here are eight questions with... Dr. Ereka Williams.
WSSU commends first Adobe Creative Campus faculty fellows
August 26, 2020
Eight WSSU faculty members and CITI fellows become Adobe Creative Campus Faculty Fellows after completing the Adobe Creative Campus Faculty Development Institute.
WSSU announces faculty promotion and tenure awards
August 18, 2020WSSU rewards 16 faculty members for their outstanding performance with tenure and/or promotion in academic rank for the 2020-21 academic year.
Mebane named associate vice chancellor of human resources
August 06, 2020
August Mebane joins WSSU as the associate vice chancellor of human resources. Her appointment began on July 13.
Former teacher named associate dean of education at WSSU
July 31, 2020
Dr. Ereka Williams joins WSSU as the associate dean of education, quality assurance, and community engagement as of July 1.
WSSU receives grant funding for behavioral health support
July 30, 2020WSSU is one of nine UNC System institutions awarded funding as part of the Behavioral Health Initiatives Grant.
School of Health Sciences program helps community stay balanced during pandemic
July 21, 2020Winston-Salem State University's School of Health Sciences offers its fall prevention program virtually.
WSSU’s research portfolio tops $51 million
June 24, 2020
Winston-Salem State University has had a stellar year of grant funding. Over 12 months, more than $27 million has been awarded, bringing the university’s total portfolio to just over $51 million, in support of new and ongoing research projects.
WSSU cancels Homecoming 2020
June 18, 2020
Based on guidance from public health officials, feedback from our alumni, and our overriding concern for the health and well-being of the Ram Family, WSSU has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Homecoming event.
School of Health Sciences secures over $5 million in grants to support students
June 17, 2020
WSSU’s School of Health Sciences has secured just over $5 million in grants to directly support students in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Occupational Therapy departments.
WSSU nursing renews major accreditation
June 17, 2020WSSU's nursing program's accreditation has been renewed for an additional 10 years by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
WSSU receives $1 million in funding to fight COVID-19
June 11, 2020WSSU will receive $1 million from the UNC Board of Governors and the N.C. Policy Collaboratory at UNC-Chapel Hill to fight COVID-19.
WSSU names new chief of police
May 27, 2020WSSU has named Amir Henry to be the next Director of Police and Public Safety, succeeding Chief Patricia Norris, who retired in December 2019. His appointment will be effective on July 1, 2020.
WSSU sees 15% increase in Summer I enrollment
May 18, 2020Despite a global pandemic, summer session enrollment at WSSU has reached its highest level in at least five years. More than 1,500 students are registered for Summer I this year — a 15% increase from last year.
WSSU: An economic engine in the Triad
May 08, 2020In a report recently released by Professor of Accounting, Economics, and Finance, Dr. Zagros Madjd-Sadjadi, and his students, WSSU proves to be a vital pipeline of economic opportunity.