February 2004 - Volume 3, Issue 2
Savannah State University

Top 10 Forecasts

In the Spot Light ..

National Engineers Week

Seminars/ Workshops

MAGEC-STEM Initiative

Kudos To ....

African American History

Dear Alumni ...

A 2003 Coolest Invention!

University News

Quotable Quotes!
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pixel The Savannah State University and the City of Savannah proudly present:

Black Heritage Festival
February 2004


  • Feb 22, Sunday, 5:00 PM:
    Grand Opening Reception and Dance Explosion
    Jenkins High School Auditorium, 1800 E. DeRenne Ave.

  • Feb 24, Tuesday, 7:00 PM:
    "Wordmuthas, Truthsayas and Crunkologists: Some Oldnew Stuff"
    Lecture by Ja A. Jahannes, Professor, Dept of Social & Behavioral Sciences, SSU
    Gordon Library, Savannah State University

  • Feb 25, Wednesday, 6:30 PM:
    Opening Reception for the New Beginnings Visual Arts Exhibit
    Cultural Affairs SPACE Gallery, 9 W. Henry St.
    7:00 PM:
    "Evolution of Hip-Hop"
    Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Author & Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Texas
    Con-Ed Resources Center, 714 MLK Jr. Blvd.

  • Feb 26, Thursday, 10:00 AM:
    W.W. Law Black Heritage Lecture
    Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Author & Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Texas
    Elmore Theater, Savannah State University
    8:00 PM:
    "Glorie" - A Two-Act Drama
    Savannah State University Players by the Sea
    Kennedy Fine Arts Auditorium, Savannah State University

  • Feb 27, Friday, 10:00 AM:
    School Day Extravaganza
    Performances by Magic Marc, Elementary and middle school students, St Helens Elementary Choirs, etc
    Tiger Arena, Savannah State University
    7:00 PM:
    Hip-Hop/ Spoken Word Night
    Presenters: Nafeesa Monroe (Actress, Poet and Spoken Word Artist), Spifire Poetry Group, Yejide & others
    Savannah Technical College Auditorium, 5717 White Bluff Rd.

  • Feb 28, Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00 PM:
    Parade, Expo. Dance, Storytelling, youth group performances, Magic Marc, Jazz Band, Book Walk Bebop, cooking demos, basket weaving, dance contests, health fair, etc.
    4:00 - 10:00 PM:
    Musical performances by: Spellman Jazz Ensemble, Jimmy Lloyd Brown of Brick, Fred Wesley of James Brown and the JBs, Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers, and the Manhattans.

  • Feb 29, Sunday, 5:00 PM:
    Gospel Concert by SSU Wesleyen Gospel Choir, E. Larry McDuffie and SSU Community Choir, and Luther Barnes and the Sunset Jubilaires
    St John Baptist Church, 522-28 Hartridge St.

For detailed schedule, please visit SSU website:



Dr. Kenneth Sajwan
Dept of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Dr. Kenneth S. Sajwan, Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, has been recently named the recipient of the 2004 National Science Teachers Association Distinguished Teaching Award. This national award is given to a teacher who has made extraordinary contribution to the field of science teaching. As a part of recognition, Dr. Sajwan will receive a citation and a cash prize. Dr. Sajwan has pledged to donate his cash prize money from this award to Savannah State University Scholarship Fund.


Seminars .... Workshops ...

SSU MARC Program (Contact: Dr. Harpal Singh)

February 12, 2004:
Speaker: Dr. Thomas T. Chen, Professor of Endocrinology, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica (Sponsored by The Endocrine Society)
"From Genes to the Environment"

February 5, 2004:
Contractor: Atlanta Kaplan
GRE Prep Course (10 weekly sessions on Thursdays 6:00 to 8:00 PM) sponsored by SSU MARC Program

February 5, 2004:
Speaker: Curtis D. Byrd, Director of Recruitment & Retention, The University of Georgia
"Summer Research and Graduate opportunities in UGA"

Computer & Information Science Seminar (Contact: Dr. K. Jayaraman)

February 27, 2004:
Speaker: Dr. Bhanu Prasad, Assistant Professor, Dept of Computer & Information Sciences, Florida A & M University (FAMU)
"MS Degree Program in Software Engineering Science - Graduate & Research Opportunities at FAMU"

MAGEC-STEM Initiative (PI: Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr.)
COST Students Attend Regional Conference of National Society of Black Engineers (NBSE):

The following eight students of the Department of Engineering & Technology of SSU attended the NBSE Region III Conference in Nashville, TN during November 21-23, 2003.

James Haris, Steve Hudson, Linda Latmore, Patrick Norris, Thomas Stafford, April Whitehead, Roscoe Williams, Greg Wilson

The students participated in the various conference activities including:

  • Professional Development Workshop
  • Women in Engineering Questions & Answers Panel
  • Black Men in the Engineering Field Seminar
  • Chapter Officer Development Seminar
  • Resume Writing Workshop
  • Career Fair

The students availed of the opportunities to meet with the representatives from Dell, HarrisTech, Honda, Lockheed Martin, Toyota and several other Fortune 500 companies.

Contact: Dr. Chellu S. Chetty/ Dr. Jonathan Lambright, MAGEC-STEM Project

Kudos to .....

Dr. Chellu S. Chetty, Dept of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Dr. Chellu Chetty, Professor of Biology, has been invited by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) - Minority Access for Research Careers (MARC) to serve on the National Advisory Committee for the second term from 2003 to 2006.

Dr. Chetty has also been invited by the Educational Committee of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) to serve as SOT Host/Faculty Mentor at the 2004 Undergraduate Education Program for Minority Students scheduled to be held during March 21-25, 2004 in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Brian Williams, a biology senior, sponsored by Dr. Chetty, received a travel award to attend this meeting.

The Society of College Science Teachers (SCST) has invited Dr. Chetty to deliver the Marjorie Gardner Lecture on "Neurotoxicity of lead: Nitric oxide mediated signal transduction pathway" on April 02, 2004 at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Convention in Atlanta during April 1-4, 2004. (Dr. Chetty received 2003 Distinguished Teaching Award from NSTA and 2003 Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award from SCST.)

African American History - Timeline (20th Century)

Booker T. Washington dines with President Theodore Roosevelt at the White House

W.E.B. Du Bois publishes ‘The Souls of Black Folk’, which declares that “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line”

Madame C.J. Walker develops and markets a method for straightening curly hair on her way to becoming the first black female millionaire

Atlanta Baptist College expands its curriculum and is renamed Morehouse College

In Springfield, IL, the hometown of Abraham Lincoln, the black community is attacked by several thousand white citizens and two elderly blacks are lynched

George Washington Carver of the Tuskegee Institute reveals his experiments concerning peanuts and sweet potatoes

John Hope is President of Atlanta University, the first graduate school for African Americans

Benjamin Oliver Davis becomes the first black colonel in the US Army

Jesse Owens wins 4 gold medals in the Olympic Games in Berlin

Singer Marion Anderson performs at the Lincoln Memorial before an audience of 75000 after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow her to sing at the Constitution Hall

Duke Ellington leads his greatest band including Jimmy Blanton, Ben Webster, Cootie Williams and Billy Strayhorn

Ebony magazine is founded by John H. Johnson of Chicago

US Supreme Court rules unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that racial segregation in public schools violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution

Rosa Parks, Secretary of the Montgomery ,AL Chapter of NAACP, refuses to surrender her seat, leading to the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955-56

Althea Gibson wins the Wimbleton double, as well as the French single and doubles, and italian singles

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is established by Rev Martin Luther King Jr.

Sugar Ray Robinson wins back the boxing middleweight title

Motown Records is founded in Detroit, MI by Berry Gordy Jr. Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, is produced on Broadway

Black college students launch a sit-in movement at a lunch counter in Greensboro, NC

Rev Martin Luther King Jr. writes his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”
Sidney Poitier wins the Academy Award as best actor for his performance in “Lilies of the Field”

Rev Martin Luther King Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway
President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act into law

The Voting Rights Act is passed following the Selma-Montgomery March

The Black Panther Party for Self Defense is founded in Oakland, CA by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale
Stokely Carmichael, Chairman of Southern Christian Leadership Conference uses the phrase “black power’ at a march in Mississippi

On his refusal to submit to induction into the armed forces, Muhammad Ali is convicted of violating the Selective Service Act.

Rev Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, TN on April 4.
Gold medal winners Tommie Smith and John Carlos give black-power salute, leading to their suspension by U.S. Olympic Committee

George Foreman defeated by Muhammad Ali in Kinshasa, Zaire

Arthur Ashe wins singles tennis title at Wimbleton
Elijah Muhammad, leader of Nation of Islam, dies.

Andrew Young is elected Mayor of Atlanta, GA

Michael Jackson presents the album Thriller

Colin Powell nominated as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Justice Clarence Thomas nominated to the Supreme Court

Rita Dove is chosen a poet laureate of the United States Toni Morrison receives Nobel Prize for Literature

Minister Louis Farrakhan of Nation of Islam organizes Million Man March in Washington, DC

Michael Johnson excels at Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA

Million Woman March in Philadelphia Michael Jordan leads Chicago Bulls to their fifth championship

Civil rights veteran, James Farmer, awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Clinton

National Capital Planning Commission approves location for a national monument to MLK Jr on the mall in Washington, DC between Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument

March on the State Capitol at Columbia, SC to protest the Confederate battle flag

Tiger Woods wins 52 tournaments, 39 of those on the PGA TOUR, including the 1997, 2001, and 2002 Masters Tournaments, 1999 and 2000 PGA Championships, 2000 and 2002 U.S. Open Championship, and 2000 British Open Championship. With his second Masters victory in 2001, Tiger became the first ever to hold all four professional major championships at the same time.

Venus and Serena Williams dominate the tennis scene with their victories. With the win in Wimbleton Singles in July 2003, Serena consolidated her place atop women's tennis with wins in five of the last six Grand Slam championships. In all these victories, she met big sister Venus, still one of the game's superstars, in the finals.

Source: Brittanica Guide to Black History, CNN, Tiger Woods, etc

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Source: Time.com - 2003 Coolest Inventions

Inventor: Affymetrix

Every cell in your body contains a copy of your entire genetic makeup—some 50,000 known genes and gene variants. But to make that information useful to scientists who are trying to identify genetic markers for cancer and develop drugs that target specific genes, a tool was needed to isolate each gene and make it easily identifiable. The new GeneChip from Affymetrix does just that. While previous chips each contained a portion of the human genome, the GeneChip is the first to fit the whole thing on one.

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University News

Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr., Vice President for Academic Affairs, SSU has been appointed by the University Chancellor Thomas D. Meredith, to the newly-formed University System of Georgia (USG) Graduate Task Force. This Task Force will develop strategies and recommendations that will enable state institutions to surpass the national average for graduating students in six years.

Quotable Quotes ......!

"Education .. has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading." - G.M. Trevelyan

"Some people never learn anything because they understand everything too soon." - Alexander Pope

"The known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land." - Thomas H. Huxley

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