Atkins Hall Profile
2013 Charity Partner: Ronald McDonald House
Theme Housing: W.I.L.D - Women Involved in Leadership Development, Live to Serve
Number of floors: 6
Number of rooms? 117
Air Conditioning? Yes
Study Room(s)? Yes
Exercise Room? No
Kitchen Access? Yes
Laundry Facilities? Yes
Furniture: Built In
North: Physical Plant
South: Coltrane Hall
East: Dillard Hall
West: New Resident 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.
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. During the summer of 2013-2014, Atkins will be getting a new elevator and all of the bathrooms will be refurbished.
Melissa Brown serves as the Hall Director of Atkins Hall. She has worked in residence life for three and a half years, most recently 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.