5 Questions for Maria Howell
Class of '83 (Actor, Singer & Producer)
What is a favorite memory of your days at WSSU?There are too many to narrow down, but definitely singing in the University Choir and meeting some of my lifelong friends.
What might the Ram family be surprised to learn about you?Most Rams think I majored in music/arts, but I have a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry. And, that I'm shy in a lot of ways. I just learned to "act in the midst of fear".
How did WSSU prepare you for success?By being resourceful . . . making do with very little. When I attended, we didn't have a lot, so we depended on each other. Teamwork is important.
What advice do you have for students interested in performing (acting, singing, etc)?First and foremost . . . get a degree! Believe in yourself like your life depends on it, study and learn your craft artistically and professionally, and "don't quit" . . . that is . . . if you really want it. And, be realistic and not get caught up in the hype. Stay grounded.
What projects are you working on now?I'm working on two projects currently . . . In "Revolution", I play the part of "Grace Beaumont" (it airs Mondays, starting September 17th at 10 p.m. on NBC). I'm also producing a beautiful and inspiring documentary with my good friend Mike Ray (director) called "The Helen Lindsey Story". She's also a Ram.
Keep up with Maria on her website or on Facebook.
Delegation from China at WSSU to Create Dual Degree Program with WSSU
A delegation from Hubei University of Chinese Medicine visited Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) to sign an agreement establishing a dual degree program that will allow nursing students at Hubei University to transfer to WSSU to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. The first group of nursing students from China is expected in fall 2014. WSSU initially signed an agreement to collaborate on professional nursing education in September 2010. See photos: Set 1; Set 2.
WSSU Celebrates 120 Years
As we prepare to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of Winston-Salem State University this year, we thought it would be interesting to ask our alumni to help us tell the school's story through their life experiences whether they were at "TC," "WSS" or "WSSU". We will include some of these stories in the 2012 issues of Archway and also share some excerpts here in Ram Bits. We're calling these stories "Life Reports" and here is an excerpt from one we received recently.
"I was a non-traditional student from 88' to 92'. During my time there, I had many professors who took the time to personally advise and encourage me in my journey. One particular time as my mother was on her deathbed and I was going through a divorce, Dr. May comforted me as she shared how she got through the death of her own mother. Even though that was in 1992, I remember her sincere concern like it was yesterday."
Joyce Tyler Irby (It was Davidson then)
92' Education Grad, Summa Cum Laude
What's your story?
What are your fondest memories of your days on campus? How has the university impacted your life? What advice would you give to today's students? Let us hear from you
and help us share the proud history of our school.
Vic Johnson Honored for Role in Civil Rights Movement
The City of Winston-Salem has honored Vic Johnson '61, vice chair of the university's Board of Trustees, by designating the intersection of Old Greensboro Road and Waterworks Road as "Victor Johnson, Jr. Way" in commemoration of his contributions to the community as an educator, a community servant and as a father. Vic was recognized for his years of service to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System as a teacher and administrator as well as his service on the system's Board of Education. The city's proclamation also noted Vic's role as a WSSU student in the civil rights movement of the 1960s when he and other students were involved in the integration of lunch counters in Winston-Salem.