News Articles Categorized Under "People"

  • Dr. Anthony Graham named WSSU’s new provost

    April 20, 2018

    After a national search, Dr. Anthony Graham, dean of the College of Education and professor of educator preparation at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has been named WSSU's new provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

  • Meet the next DJs at WSSU

    April 19, 2018

    From DJ Trellz to DJ Diesel and Luke Nasty, there’s a long line of successful DJs who got their start working events as students on campus at WSSU.
  • From Brown Hall to DJ champ: WSSU grad now a successful DJ

    April 19, 2018

    Montrell Davis, known as DJ Trellz,  is now one of a long line of successful DJs from WSSU. He started his journey as a freshman at WSSU.
  • WSSU library director elected ALA president

    April 19, 2018

    Wanda Brown ‘77, the director of library services at WSSU, has been elected the president-elect for the American Library Association.
  • Occupational therapy professor wins UNC System teaching excellence award

    April 11, 2018

    Cynthia S. Bell, associate professor and chair of the occupational therapy program at WSSU, has been named a recipient of the 2018 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

  • WSSU sisters take on nursing together

    April 04, 2018

    Tavoria and Taneshia Poole, the oldest of seven children from Jacksonville, are setting the bar for their younger siblings as they pursue nursing degrees at WSSU. 

  • Stitts named an ACE Fellow

    March 23, 2018

    Dr. Doria “Kathy” Stitts, associate provost and dean of University College and Lifelong Learning and interim dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education, has been named an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2018-19 year. 

  • Video: Dancing WSSU police officer steals the show

    March 13, 2018

    A video of Officer Selana Ligons taking a moment from her policing duties during a WSSU home basketball game to dance the Shoot, by BlocBoy JB has captured more than a few hearts. 

  • WSSU awards surprise scholarships to 14 high school seniors

    March 02, 2018

    WSSU alumni visited high schools across North Carolina, surprising seniors with the news that they have received one of the university’s most prestigious scholarships.

  • WSSU legal counsel named to ECU's 40 Under Forty list

    February 28, 2018

    Ivey Brown, WSSU’s chief legal counsel, has been named to the 2018 class of East Carolina University’s 40 Under Forty Leadership Awards.
  • Robinson: Alumni support critical to HBCU success

    February 20, 2018

    WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson participated in UNC-TV’s “Black Issues Forum Special Presentation: HBCU Legacy and Leadership” that aired on Feb. 19.

  • To Rams, with Love: Couples who met at WSSU

    February 12, 2018

    WSSU has more than a few love stories. For Valentine’s Day, WSSU News brings you seven love stories that began right here at WSSU.

  • Miss WSSU in running for Miss CIAA 2018

    February 09, 2018

    A vote for Miss Winston-Salem State University Jordan Reaves is a vote for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.
  • WSSU business student developing his financial acumen

    January 25, 2018

    Traron Edwards, a senior finance major, is on his way to his goal of running his own asset management company.
  • Chancellor Elwood Robinson named “Outstanding Alumnus” by Penn State

    January 16, 2018

    WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson has been named an Outstanding Alumnus by Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Psychology.
  • Constance Mallette named vice chancellor for Finance and Administration

    January 04, 2018

    Constance Mallette has been named vice chancellor for Finance and Administration at WSSU. 

  • WSSU student is helping others overcome poverty

    December 13, 2017

    From single mother to a determined CEO of a local non-profit, a Winston-Salem State University business student is on a mission to help other single mothers and their daughters break the cycle of poverty.

  • Miss WSSU competing for spot in Ebony magazine

    December 12, 2017

    Miss Winston-Salem State University is one of 75 HBCU campus queens competing for a spot in Ebony’s 2017-18 HBCU Campus Queens Contest.
  • WSSU student wins CSNAP Community Impact Award

    December 11, 2017

    Jeri Craddock was recognized for her leadership during the CSNAP Conference, which was hosted at WSSU Nov. 17-18. WSSU is the first HBCU to host the statewide student leadership event in its 25-year history.
  • WSSU fraternity raises more than $1,200 during annual homeless awareness week

    December 05, 2017

    WSSU Delta Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity helped those less fortunate in Forsyth County through its 21st annual Homeless Awareness Week.


  • WSSU wins 4 HBCU best practices awards

    November 20, 2017

    WSSU collected four best practices awards – the most of any university – at the HBCUgrow Conference on Nov. 9 in Raleigh.

  • WSSU fraternity raising awareness of homelessness with 21st annual sleep-out

    November 13, 2017

    WSSU Delta Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. is helping to shed light on the growing issue of homelessness in the community through the 21st annual Homeless Awareness Week, Nov. 13-17.

  • Veterans Day: She protects and serves

    November 09, 2017

    In celebration of Veterans Day, WSSU News introduces you to two female student veterans.
  • Video: WSSU alumni return to serve

    November 01, 2017

    About 100 WSSU alumni were back on campus on Thursday, Oct. 26, serving as guest professors in classrooms, and participating in panel discussions and luncheons with current students as part of Return to Serve.

  • Video: WSSU News to feature live coverage throughout Homecoming

    October 20, 2017

    WSSU News will go behind the scenes during Homecoming week with a series of live videos.

  • WSSU’s CFO announces his retirement

    October 20, 2017

    Dr. Randy W. Mills, vice chancellor for finance and administration/chief financial officer at Winston-Salem State University, has announced he will retire at the end of December.
  • AKA donates $10,000 for WSSU scholarship

    October 16, 2017

    The donation, through the sorority’s scholarship and Think HBCU programs, will benefit students majoring in education or mass communications.
  • WSSU sophomore named a White House All-Star

    October 03, 2017

    William Gibson is one of 62 students nationwide selected to the 2017-18 class of White House HBCU All-Stars.
  • WSSU welcomes 30 new faculty 

    September 15, 2017

    As Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) celebrates its 125th anniversary, the university also welcomes 30 new faculty members.

  • WSSU’s long list of firsts

    September 15, 2017

    WSSU has a long list of firsts. In 1925, it became the first Black college in the nation to award bachelor’s degrees in elementary education.
  • Meet the 2017-18 Mr. and Miss WSSU

    September 13, 2017

    It’s an exciting time to be a WSSU Ram. As WSSU celebrates its 125th anniversary, WSSU News caught up with Jerel Smith and Jordan Reaves, this year’s Mr. and Miss WSSU, to discuss the 125th, campus life, future endeavors and more.


  • Appointments announced within WSSU’s School of Health Sciences

    September 07, 2017

    Winston-Salem State University’s School of Health Sciences (SOHS) has announced the appointment of two veteran faculty members to lead departments.

  • WSSU scholar selected for service program

    September 06, 2017

    Dr. Andrea Patterson-Masuka, associate professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies, has been selected for the Whisenton Public Scholars Program, an initiative that investigates ways faculty from various disciplines can institute public scholarship and serve their local communities. 

  • WSSU biology co-chair recognized for STEM diversity efforts

    September 05, 2017

    Dr. Stephanie Dance-Barnes, co-chair of the Department of Biological Sciences and associate professor at WSSU, has received the 2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM award.

  • WSSU chancellor named one of Triad’s 'Most Admired CEOs’

    July 27, 2017

    WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson has been named one of the Triad’s 'Most Admired CEOs of 2017' by The Triad Business Journal.

  • New team leads WSSU events

    July 21, 2017

    As WSSU commemorates its 125th anniversary, a new team is in place to help guide the celebration.

  • SGA president becomes newest Board of Trustees member

    June 23, 2017

    WSSU's Board of Trustees officially welcomed its newest member, as Javonty Hunter, 2017-18 president-elect of Student Government Association, took the oath of office.
  • Averill Foundation donation to support WSSU virtual hospital

    June 15, 2017

    The School of Health Sciences at WSSU has received a $15,000 donation from the Averill Foundation to support simulation training.

  • Psychology professor recognized for work mentoring students

    June 14, 2017

    Dr. Amber DeBono, assistant professor of psychology at WSSU is the recipient of the inaugural Karla Holloway Mentoring Award, which honors educators who mentor women and girls of color during the early stages of development as scholars and researchers.
  • Ivey Brown named chief legal counsel 

    June 14, 2017

    Attorney Ivey Brown has been named chief legal counsel at WSSU. His appointment was effective June 9. 

  • Interim provost and dean named

    June 02, 2017

    With the forthcoming departure of Provost Brenda Allen and Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education Corey D. B. Walker, WSSU has announced the appointment of Dr. Carolynn Berry as interim provost and Dr. Kathy Stitts as interim dean of the College, effective July 1.
  • Photos: Staff show off talents at Chancellor's Achievement Awards

    May 30, 2017

    Staff take over K.R. Williams Auditorium at the Chancellor's Achievement and Service Awards.
  • WSSU employees awarded degrees

    May 22, 2017

    Among the Winston-Salem State University graduating class of 2017 are six WSSU employees
  • Video: These nursing scholars are headed to Duke

    May 17, 2017

    These three WSSU scholars are ready to become nurse scientist.
  • Students recognize library security guard

    May 12, 2017

    Students recognized James Tate, property security guard at the C.G. O’Kelly Library, for his work and dedication to the WSSU and students.


  • Nursing sisters again share WSSU graduation stage

    May 11, 2017

    Nursing sisters, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, will cross the WSSU commencement stage together for the second time in 10 years on Friday, May 19, earning their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.

  • WSSU staffer wins Governor’s Volunteer Award

    May 07, 2017

    Dana Walker, coordinator of community service at Winston-Salem State University, has received the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for his work matching members of the WSSU community with non-profit organizations.


  • WSSU administrator recognized by Winston-Salem leadership program

    May 06, 2017

    Rosalba Ledezma, associate vice chancellor of facilities management at WSSU, has been recognized through the City of Winston-Salem’s Outstanding Women Leaders Program.
  • Diggs Gallery director named Barton College graduation speaker

    May 05, 2017

    Barton College, a private liberal arts institute in Wilson, has announced that Endia Beal, assistant professor of art and director of the Diggs Gallery at WSSU, will be the featured speaker at the 115th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 13.

  • Director named for CETL

    April 21, 2017

    Dr. Eli Collins-Brown has been named the director of the Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning (CETL).
  • WSSU student wins national award

    March 29, 2017

    A WSSU student has received a national award for her work helping fellow non-traditional students.
  • SOHS dean named ‘Woman of the Year’

    March 27, 2017

    Dr. Peggy Valentine, the dean of WSSU’s School of Health Sciences, has received the top honor at The Winston-Salem Chronicle’s 32nd Annual Community Services Awards.

  • WSSU announces winners of $2,500 Tom Joyner/Toyota Foundation scholarships

    March 23, 2017

    Four full-time students at WSSU were selected to receive $2,500 scholarships from a donation from Toyota Financial Services (TFS) and the Tom Joyner Foundation.

  • WSSU receives $250,000 gift, 5-year commitment from Brenner family

    March 09, 2017

    The Winston-Salem State University Foundation has received a $250,000 gift from Mike and Wendy Brenner that will create a distinguished faculty position in the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education.

  • John Taylor bequest provides $300,000 to WSSU

    March 01, 2017

    The Winston-Salem State University Foundation has received a $300,000 bequest from John Taylor, the retired CEO of Taylor Oil Company and a longtime supporter of the university.

  • Educator's estate will provide scholarships for WSSU students

    January 11, 2017

    Throughout his career, Dr. Casey Jones ’55 made an impact on the lives of students.

  • Alma S. Keen: A lifelong legacy of service

    January 03, 2017

    At the age of 105, Alma Setzer Keen had seen and done a lot before she passed on Dec. 15, 2016. She had been a highly respected educator, trailblazing community activist and administrator.

  • WSSU student gives big through Angel Tree

    December 07, 2016

    Thanks to a student and staff at Winston-Salem State, a 7-year-old boy will have a bed to sleep on this Christmas.

  • Student making moves to become next NASCAR sensation

    November 02, 2016

    For Walter Thomas III, the youngest of four siblings from Indianapolis, Indiana, auto racing is in his blood. It’s a generational thing going back to his grandfather, and his father, who were both race car drivers.

  • Dr. James Pope: A professor on the move

    November 01, 2016

    “The primary thing that motivates me is my extreme dislike of racism, colonialism and imperialism,” a reflective James (my father is known as Pope) shares. “There is a mantra that I was taught and live by: Your thoughts become words. Words become action. Actions become habits. Habits become character. Character becomes destiny.”

  • Employee, graduate receive Winston <40 Leadership Award

    October 27, 2016

    Winston-Salem State University assistant legal counsel Venus Boston and Juan Santos ’14, a rehabilitation counseling practitioner and business entrepreneur, were recently honored with the Winston<40 Leadership Award.

  • Camille Kluttz-Leach named vice chancellor, chief of staff

    October 12, 2016

    Attorney Camille Kluttz-Leach has been named vice chancellor and chief of staff at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).

  • Emmy-nominated professor honored by consideration

    September 29, 2016

    It’s not everyday that anyone can say, “I have been nominated for an Emmy Award.” But, a Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) associate professor of music can say that. Even though the entry he was associated with did not win, just getting the nomination was a big deal.

  • The Pungus: A Family of nurses

    September 22, 2016

    Three women, originally from the Congo, are connected by blood and also by their desire to help people. Mother, sister and aunt are all pursuing their Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) degrees at Winston-Salem State University.

  • Brandon Murphy: Making noise in financial world

    September 09, 2016

    When Brandon Murphy ’10, arrived on Winston-Salem State University’s campus from Leland, N.C., in 2006 as a Chancellor’s Scholar, he knew that a career in finance was what he wanted to pursue.

  • Economic justice: Black Dollars app

    August 12, 2016

    African-Americans have enormous purchasing power, contributing $2 trillion to the economy. However, leading economists have indicated that 400 billionaires, a sliver of the 1 percent that own the lion's share of wealth in the United States, have a collective wealth that equals the collective wealth of the nation’s more than 14 million African-American households. While African-Americans make up 13 percent of the population, they possess just 2.7 percent of the total wealth.

  • Cecil Holland named interim associate dean for nursing

    August 08, 2016

    Dr. Cecil Holland has been appointed interim associate dean for the Division of Nursing. He came to Winston-Salem State University in 2004 and is an associate professor. During his time at WSSU, he has served in various leadership capacities, including assistant dean for admissions, student affairs and program effectiveness, and interim assistant dean for curriculum and instruction.

  • Student demonstrates meaning of university's motto

    May 16, 2016

    When KatyBeth Mailleue finishes the requirements to receive her master’s degree in occupational therapy (OT) in December, she will do so thanks to incredible hard work and the support and encouragement of her family, friends, colleagues, and classmates.

  • Long way from Rich Square

    April 04, 2016

    Quiana Harris, a proud native of Rich Square, North Carolina; a rural town in eastern North Carolina with a population of under 900 citizens, just knew she was headed to a four-year college or university in the Atlanta area once she graduated from a high school with a large low-income enrollment. In 2012, she graduated in the top five of her class. She had a 3.8 GPA and a 1620 SAT score.