August 2006 - Volume 5, Issue 8
Savannah State University

In the Spotlight ..

Executive Director..

Role Model Award ..

Scholarship Ceremony ..

COST Fund ..

NSF Study

Dear Alumni ...

University News

Quotable Quotes!

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Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr., Vice President for Academic Affairs, Retires!

Announcing the retirement of Dr. Joseph H. Silver Sr., Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Savannah State University President Carlton E. Brown said:

“I can say for certain that Dr. Silver is the finest Academic Affairs Officer that I’ve ever been in contact with at any institution,” said Brown. “He is a rare, special, gifted individual who operates with genuine integrity and strong values at every level. We have built the academic enterprise at Savannah State on the strength and consistency of his academic leadership. Thanks to his competent leadership, we have accomplished more than ever imagined in nine short years. This will be a major transition for Savannah State, but one that we are prepared to face.”

Silver came to Savannah State July 1, 1997, after 12 years at the University System of Georgia Board of Regents as assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Goldsboro, NC, native was an administrator and faculty member at Kennesaw State from 1977-1985.

Silver’s legacy includes implementation of new admission standards; the phase-out of learning support programs; establishment of the International Education Center and study abroad agreements with institutions in China, Ghana, India, Brazil and the Caribbean; architect of the strategic planning development process and more. Silver spearheaded Savannah State’s two-year self-study process in preparation for the 10-year review in 2001. SSU received an unprecedented three formal commendations and only five recommendations at the conclusion of the site visit by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) review team.

Silver will begin a four-month sabbatical from the university on Aug. 31, 2006 prior to his retirement on 5 January 2007.

We wish Dr. Silver and his family all the BEST !

Dr. Jane Gates, Dean, College of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts, becomes the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs.

We wish her all SUCCESS!

Dr. Chellu S. Chetty, Professor of Biology, Promoted as Executive Director, Office of Sponsored Research

Dr. Kenneth Sajwan, Professor of Environmental Science, Selected by Minority Access, Inc. to Receive 2006 National Role Model Award

Dr. Elissa T. Purnell, Assistant Professor of Biology, addresses 2006-07 Academic Scholarship Recipients at annual Scholarship Pinning Ceremony on August 27, 2006

COST Fund Needs YOUR Donation!

NSF Study:
"What Do People Do After Earning an S&E Bachelor's Degree?"

(SOURCE: National Science Foundation: NSF 06-324, July 2006)

A decade or more after earning their degree, about half of all S&E bachelor's degree recipients (51 percent) had earned no additional degrees (figure 1). The other half had earned a wide variety of additional degrees. About one in eight S&E bachelor's degree recipients (13 percent) had received an advanced degree in the same broad field of study as their first bachelor's degree, including 4 percent who had earned a doctorate in the same broad field.

The proportion of S&E bachelor's degree recipients who earned advanced degrees in the same field ranged from 9 percent in the social sciences to 21 percent in the physical sciences (table 1). A much larger proportion, 29 percent, went on to earn advanced degrees in non-S&E fields than continued on in any S&E field (20 percent).

Additional-degree award patterns differ by broad field of initial bachelor's degree. Engineering (42 percent) and mathematics and computer sciences (39 percent) produced the lowest percentages of individuals earning additional degrees. About half or more of those who received bachelor's degrees in other S&E fields went on to earn additional degrees, ranging from 60 percent for those in the physical sciences to 49 percent for those in the social sciences. The proportion of S&E bachelor's degree recipients who earned non-S&E degrees ranged from 38 percent in the life sciences to about 17 percent in both engineering and mathematics and computer sciences. Although some percentage of the recipients of bachelor's degrees in every broad S&E field went on to earn medical and law degrees, a larger proportion of those with social science degrees earned law degrees (9 percent) than did those with degrees in other S&E fields (1 to 2 percent). Medical degrees were earned by 19 percent of those with life sciences bachelor's degrees and by 9 percent of those with a bachelor's in the physical sciences, but by only 1 to 2 percent of those in other S&E fields.

(SOURCE: National Science Foundation: NSF 06-324, July 2006)

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University News

Dr. Johnnie Myers is appointed as the Interim Dean of College of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts.

SSU received a $3 million GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant award from the US Department of Education.

Quotable Quotes ......!

"Perhaps there is something innate that in the first place disposes a man to become a University teacher or specialist. He is, I suspect, more often than not by nature and instinctively afraid of the insecure uproar of things. Visit him in college and you will see that he does not so much live there as lurk." - H. G. Wells

"The worlds' great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its scholars great men." - Oliver Wendell Holmes 

"That arithmetic is the basest of all mental activities is proved by the fact that it is the only one that can be accomplished by a machine." - Arthur Schopenhauer

This monthly e-Bulletin, ‘SciTech’, will provide you with the latest information about the College of Sciences and Technology of Savannah State University. It will also include selected highlights from the world of Sciences and Technology.

Please send your comments/contributions to next e-Bulletin to jay or Berenice Scott before 15th of each month.

Dr. Babajide Familoni
Dean, College of Sciences and Technology
P.O. Box 20019, Savannah, GA 31404
Tel: 912 356 2349
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