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ON BECOMING A UNIVERSITY
On September 28, 1892, Slater
Industrial and Normal School was
founded by Dr. S. G. Atkins, and
during its seventy-seven years of
existence the institution has under
gone a steady process of growth.
In 1920, still under the able lead
ership of Dr. Atkins, the institution
became a standard normal school.
Despite this change the institution
carried on its high school program
for three years. In 1925, the North
Carolina General Assembly gave
the school enlarged powers and
extended its work from two years
to four years beyond high school.
The College had the responsibility
of maintaining training programs
in three areas — a two-year nor
mal school for elementary school
teachers, a program for principals
and supervisors, and a four-year
home economics school for the
training of home economics teach
ers. A four-year program leading
to the B.S. degree in nursing was
authorized by the 1954 General As
sembly.
The charter of the Teachers Col
lege was changed in 1957 by the
General Assembly. This change au
thorized the College to expand its
offerings to include the training of
secondary school teachers and any
other programs approved by the
North Carolina Board of Higher
Education.
In 1963 the name of the institu
tion was changed for the fourth
time. By an act of the General As
sembly, the institution’s name was
changed to Winston-Salem State
College.
Four degrees were offered by
Winston-Salem State College:
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Sci
ence, Bachelor of Science in Edu
cation and Bachelor of Science in
Nursing. Major programs were
offered in biology, business educa
tion, elementary education, Eng
lish, health and physical educa
tion, history, music education and
nursing. Teaching programs were
offered in all of these except nurs
ing, and non-teaching programs
were offered in biology, English,
history and nursing.
After six years as a State Col
lege, the institution was granted
regional University status by an
act of the North Carolina General
Assembly. On July 1, 1969, the in
stitution saw another change of
name to Winston-Salem State Uni
versity. Along with the change of
name came additions to the cur
riculum. Four new major pro
grams were added including Poli
tical Science, Secretarial Science,
Business Administration and So
ciology. Programs in graduate
study are to be added in from two
to three years.
The Liberal Arts Program at the
University offers the fundamentals
of a liberal education. The degree
in nursing qualifies the student for
the practice of nursing in first level
positions and provides the founda
tions for continuing professional de
velopment. —Albert L. Newton
Mr. Roland Watts, Assistant Pro
fessor of Art at Winston-Salem
State University, had a one-man
showing of wood block prints at
the Art Gallery in the Thruway
Mall. The prints were in color and
black and white.
Watts has recently returned from
a year of study at UNC-G where
he earned his MFA degree. He
has exhibited on the UNC-G cam
pus at both the Witherspoon Gal
lery and Elliot Hall. At the present
time Watts has a piece hanging in
the Gallery of Contemporary Art
at Old Salem.
When asked about his wood block
prints Watts said: “For me the art
of wood block printing is invariably
a search for an expression of new
artistic ideas in a manner ideally
suited for an aesthetic and intellec
tual statement.
“In this exhibit, I have stressed
techniques and their genesis not
only as mere steps in a strictly
technical development, but also as
a means of understanding their
functions in the service of the ar
tistic temperament.
“From this, I may conclude that
the art of wood block printing is
no mere by-product of the painter-
sculptor, but an art which serves
as an agent for expanding the
artist’s sensibilities and percep
tions into new dimensions. It is an
art creating its own challenge and
engendering its own horizons.”
Watts holds membership in the
Exhibiting Member of Associated
Artists and is an Exhibiting Mem
ber of the Piedmont Craftsman,
Inc.
The exhibit which opened Sun
day, October 5, ran for two weeks.
TO THE FRESHMEN
We welcome you to our student
body, and hope your stay here will
be a good one. We know you will
grow to love WSSU as much as we
do, but there are some things that
should be considered in order to
stay here.
The one that is most important
and deals with all of us is that of
using your time wisely. We know
that everyone needs social activi
ties, and free time, but there is a
limit. To spend most of your time
in the canteen and on the block,
isn’t using your time wisely.
Another, and one that includes
most of us, is that of our campus
sweetheart. Of course, there's
nothing wrong with having one,
but our studies shouldn’t be ne
glected because to get an educa
tion and, that’s what our purpose
is suppose to be.
The best thing to do is to sched
ule your day, and try to stick with
it. Be sure to include a few hours
of study every day, because there
is no such thing as no homework.
There is always something to
study, to read, or to be checking
on. Go to the Enrichment Center,
and use the library, because these
were built to help you in your
studies. Use them wisely.
I think if you stick to this pat
tern you will see that it’s the best
one, and you will get more out of
your college life.
Kenneth Neal
VOL. VIII, NO. 1 WIXSTON-SALEM STATE COLLEGE, WIXSTON-SALEM, X. C. OCTOBER, 1969
JUNIORS ON THE MOVE
Members of the 1969-70 Junior
Class at WSSU returned from their
summer vacation with many
unique ideas and such enthusiasm
for the upcoming year. The initial
class meeting was held on Tues
day, September 23, 1969. The jun
iors, recognizing the need for cap
able and firm leadership, elected
the following slate of officers for
this year:
President Altemus Tabrum
Vice President . Alex Johnson
Secretary .. Willette Brannon
Asst. Secretary May C. Hope
Treasurer Charles Williams
Reporter Yvonne Hunt
In addition to these officers, four
others were elected to represent
the Junior Class on the Student
Government Association. They are
Melissa Hand, Robert Fuller, Bar
ry Prysock, and Irma Thompson.
This group constitutes an integral
segment of the class as well as the
entire WSSU family. The entire
Junior Class is anticipating a grand
and prosperous school year, and
with the “juniors on the move,” it
is sure to be a fruitful and mem
orable one.
Yvonne Hunt
MR. SIMMS
PROFILE OF A
PROFESSOR
The staff, faculty, and student
body of Winston-Salem State Uni
versity take great pride in wel
coming Mr. Nathan F. Simms, Jr.
to our campus this year. Mr.
Simms will be an instructor in
the mathematics department. Mr.
Simms received his B.S. and M.A.
in mathematics from North Caro
lina Central University. After
further studies, he received his
Ph.D. from Michigan State and
Lehigh Universities.
A native of Winston-Salem,
North Carolina, Mr. Simms is
married and the father of three
sons. His main interests are stu
dents, mathematics, and music.
When asked his opinion of this
university he said, “It has excel
lent potential, but the students
here need to acquire more spirit
of participation and academic ex
cellence.”
—LaWanda Peace
Miss Black
Student Union
This year the members of the
WSSU Black Student Union have
selected two very promising sisters
to compete for the title of Miss
Black Student Union of 1969-70.
They are Miss LaWanda V. Peace
and Miss Sylvia C. Barton.
Sister Peace is the oldest daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Preston
Peace of Rocky Mount, North;
Carolina. She is an alumnus of,
Nash Central High School, where |
she was graduated with honors, j
She is in the sophomore class at i
WSSU and has a double major in |
English and math. Besides being
a member of the Black Student
Union, LaWanda is a member of
the English Club, Mathematics
Club, and Executive Secretary pf
the campus newspaper. Her main
interests are reading and sewing.
Asked how she felt about being
selected as a candidate Miss Peace
replied, “I consider it the greatest
honor I’ve ever received. However,
I think whoever wins the title of
Miss Black Student Union should
do her utmost to promote Black
ness at this institution. There
needs to be an awareness of the
students here to abandon their
counter-revolutionary, burgeoisie,
nochalant attitudes, which so many
of us have, of the happy Negro,
and start thinking like Black men
and women in the fight for the
cause of the Black people of the
world.”
Sister Sylvia Celestine Barton
is a transfer student from Vorhees
College in Denmark, South Caro
lina. She is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. S. R. Barton of Sumter,
South Carolina, and the oldest of
four children. At Vorhees College
Sylvia was an active member of
BACC (Black Awareness Co-Ordi-
nating Committee).
She is a sophomore student of
'it/TU
Power To The People
Black Unity
the WSSU School of Nursing as well
as an active member of the Black
Student Union. Miss Barton feels
that Winston-Salem State Univer
sity has great potential in becom
ing a totally Black University, but
the students need to take a more
participating role in making this
come true.
—William L. Richardson
    

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