WSSU celebrates 125th anniversary

WSSU celebrates 125th anniversary
October 05
09:43 2017

The campus of Winston-Salem State University was filled with fun and excitement last week as faculty, staff, students, and alumni celebrated the university’s 125th anniversary.

The festivities began on Thursday, Sept. 21, with the Career Internship Fair held inside the Donald Julius Reeves Student Activity Center. More than 75 employers and college graduate programs were on hand to connect with WSSU students.

The celebration continued Thursday Sept. 28 when students and staff came together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Simon Green Atkins with an original production, “I Dream A World: The Life and Dreams of Simon G. Atkins.” The production used music, song, dance, and spoken word to tell the story of Dr. Green and his journey to bring Slater Teachers Academy to life.

Those who couldn’t make it to the production held in the K.R. Williams Auditorium showed their love for WSSU by posting their memories on social media.

The celebration continued Friday, Sept. 29, when the athletics department hosted the second annual Winston-Salem Football Classic. As part of the Classic, WSSU gave 500 local middle-schoolers the opportunity to get a taste of the college life. Throughout the day while touring the campus, students participated in educational sessions with professors and student athletes. The students wrapped up the day learning about campus life and the many extracurricular activities the university has to offer.

While watching members of the fraternities and sororities perform at “The Pit,” just outside Whitaker Gymnasium and the C.E. Gaines Center, David Fields, a student at Kingswood School, said what he enjoyed most about his day on campus was spending time with college athletes.

“It was fun getting to meet football players and touring the campus. Being able to see what the college life is like was a great experience,” Fields said.

The Winston-Salem Classic ended on Saturday in Bowman Gray Stadium, where the Rams took on Lincoln University. Each of the students received two tickets to the game, one for themselves and one for a parent or guardian and the Rams didn’t disappoint. They defeated the Lions of Lincoln University 48-0.


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