Dennis selected as distinguished professor at Salem College

Kimya Dennis has been selected as the next distinguished professor at Salem College.

This is a five-year award that recognizes exceptional merit in teaching, scholarship, leadership and campus service, the college said in a news release.

The selection is based on nominations and supporting documents, a recommendation from a nominating committee, and approval by the college’s board of trustees.

Dennis will begin her position as the Salem Distinguished Professor in the fall.

An associate professor of sociology and criminal studies, Dennis joined the Salem College faculty in 2010 as an assistant professor.

She developed and directs the criminal studies major and teaches courses in the sociology, criminal studies, and race and ethnicity studies programs.

Dennis is a scholar who has presented her research at more than two dozen academic conferences and given talks related to her research at more than 40 community forums.

She has published scholarly papers, encyclopedia articles, guest columns and blogs, and she is currently working on a book entitled “Being Black, a Woman, and Childfree: The Intersection of Race and Gender.”

Graham begins duties

as provost at WSSU

Anthony Graham, the new provost for Winston-Salem State University, is hitting the ground running.

Graham, who started Monday, spent much of his first week at WSSU meeting with faculty, staff and students, and touring the campus, WSSU said in a statement.

“I’m happy to be here,” Graham told students during a stop in an anatomy and physiology class last week. “I want to listen, to observe and get to know each and every one of you.”

During his tour of the Atkinson Science Building, he also met with students who are taking a biology lab, toured classrooms and offices of the Department of Chemistry, and viewed construction on the new sciences building next door.

Graham said he’s arriving at just the right time.

“With the new academic year just a few weeks away, there’s an excitement about what lies ahead,” Graham said.

WSSU license plates feature

new Ram logo

The Winston-Salem State University’s license plates are getting a Ram remake.

After 20 years, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has unveiled a new look for WSSU’s plates that features the fierce new Ram logo, WSSU said in a statement.

The plate was approved in June and can now be ordered through the DMV’s website.

The specialty plates cost $25 and are available in two background formats. For each WSSU license plate issued, $15 goes to the university.

“Winston-Salem State University alumni, faculty, staff and friends are eligible to purchase these specialty license plates,” said Isaac Moore, director of alumni engagement at WSSU.

“The purchase of every plate allows you to not only showcase Ram pride wherever you drive, but also helps to provide financial support to WSSU that aids in its mission to educate students.”

WFU hosts 56 students

for summer institute

A group of 56 students representing 11 countries and seven U.S. states are participating in an intensive four-week exchange program at Wake Forest University.

Participants ages 16 to 18 explore how to face the challenges of the 21st century together, WFU said in a news release.

The program, created by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, began in 2006 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin — the American statesman and diplomat, whose career, interests and studies took him across the Atlantic Ocean, bringing about better understanding between Americans and Europeans.

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John Hinton

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