Housing and Residence Life

Atkins Hall Profile

Quick Facts

Established: 1977

Atkins Hall Photos

2013 Charity Partner: Ronald McDonald House

Theme Housing:

W.I.L.D. - Women Involved in Leadership Development,

B.A.L.A.N.C.E. - Being Accountable, Leading Active, Nutritiously
Conscious Lives Every Day

Facility Overview
Number of floors: 6
Number of rooms?  117
Capacity: 250
Elevator? Yes
Air Conditioning? Yes
Study Room(s)? Yes
Exercise Room? No
Kitchen Access? Yes
Laundry Facilities? Yes
Furniture: Built In

Campus Location:
North: Physical Plant
South: Coltrane Hall
East: Dillard Hall
West: Martin-Schexnider Hall

Atkins Hall, constructed in 1977, is named for the University’s founder and the first President of Slater Industrial Academy (now Winston-Salem State University).  Born to former slaves in Haywood, Atkins received his early education and taught school. A graduate of St. Augustine’s, Raleigh, and on the faculty of Livingstone College, Atkins became principal of Depot Street School in Winston in 1890, where he led in the development of Columbian Heights, a model community surrounding the Slater School. Simon Green Atkins (1863-1934) devoted his life to improving African-American education in North Carolina. He also worked tirelessly to elevate the economic status and to improve the housing and health of his community. Atkins was a man of high principles who emphasized how important it is for youth to develop strong personal character and a willingness to work hard to promote the overall good of society. Atkins Hall is for freshmen women. 

Room Configurations:

Atkins Hall has six floors of double and triple rooms with built in furniture and desks. Each student has a chest of drawers, under bed storage and an individual desk. 

Hall Staff:

Melissa Brown

Melissa Brown

Melissa Brown serves as the Hall Director of Atkins Hall. She has worked in residence life for three and a half years before coming to WSSU at UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education/Biology from SUNY New Paltz and a Masters of Arts degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She joined WSSU as the leader of Atkins Hall in 2012. At Winston-Salem State University Melissa founded and advises Women Involved In Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.), a thematic living community out of Atkins Hall. She initiated the “Atkins Hall Celebrates Creativity” Signature Program and advocates for the students of Atkins Hall.

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601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000

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