July 2004 - Volume 3, Issue 7
Savannah State University

2004 Fall Institute

In the Spot Light ..

Fall Institute Workshops

Research Publications


Engineering Summer Camp

Dear Alumni ...

A 2003 Coolest Invention!

University News

Quotable Quotes!
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* A full week of activities planned around the Theme "Bridging the Gaps to Excellence: No Excuses!".

* Emphasis will continue to be placed on the activities that occur outside the classroom that impact the student's decision to remain at Savannah State University. It goes without saying that excellence is expected in the classroom.

* Each SSU employee to make "Connecting with Students" a priority by being visible at student and university sponsored events.

We start the 2004 Fall Faculty & Staff Institute in Torian Auditorium (Jordan Building) with continental breakfast at 7:45 AM.

All faculty and staff will be taking full advantage of the opportunities to 'bridge the gaps to excellence'; of course, 'No Excuses!'.


Who is Who at COST?

Dr. Babajide O. Familoni
Dean, College of Sciences & Technology

Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Chair: Dr. Harpal Singh
Program Coordinators:
Biology: Dr. Eugene Mesco
Chemistry: Dr. Olarongbe Olubajo
Environmental Science: Dr. Kenneth Sajwan
Marine Science {BS and MS}: Dr. Matthew Gilligan
Mathematics: Dr. Mulatu Lemma

Department of Engineering Technology
Chair: Dr. K. Jayaraman
Program Coordinators:
Chemical Engineering Technology: Prof Mehdi Semsar
Civil Engineering Technology: Dr. Mohamad Mustafa
Computer Science Technology: Prof Ijaz Awan
Electronics Engineering Technology: Dr. Asad Yousuf
Mechanical Engineering Technology: Prof Henry Taylor
Georgia Tech Regional Engineering Program: Dr. Pravin Raut

Chair: COL James E. Handley

Naval ROTC
Chair: CAPT Leonard B. Jones

Microsoft Word - Intermediate
Monday, August 2, 9:00 to 12:00, Whiting Hall, Room 104 (Nijah Edwards)

Microsoft Excel - Intermediate
Tuesday, August 3, 9:00 to 12:00, Whiting Hall, Room 104 (Nijah Edwards)

Navigating the Banner System
Wednesday, August 4, 9:00 to 11:00, Herty Hall, Room 111 (Gwendoline Moore)

Required Orientation (for New Faculty & New Staff only )
Wednesday, August 4, 2:00 to 4:00, Whiting Hall, Chan Auditorium (Carolyn Fletcher & Pauline Harris)

Student Services: Everybody's Business! Providing Excellent Customer Services
Wednesday, August 4, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Center for Leadership and Character Development (Randy Gunter)

Advising Tool Kit and PAWS Too (for New Faculty & New Staff only)
Thursday, August 5, 9:00 to 11:00, Herty Hall, Room 111 (Matthew Latson)

Curriculum Advisement Planning Program (CAPP) - Advisement at the Cutting Edge
Thursday, August 5, 9:00 to 11:00, Whiting Hall, Room 104 (Cynthia Stephens)

Developing the Teaching Portfolio
Thursday, August 5, 1:00 to 3:00, Whiting Hall, Room 123 (Rosalind Kent-Braxton)

Enhancing Library Research Skills (for New Faculty & New Staff)
Thursday, August 5, 3:30 to 5:00, Asa Gordon Library (Mary Jo Fayoyin, Tisha Dillon & Louise Wyche)

Faculty Portal Workshop
Monday, August 9, 1:00 to 4:00, Whiting Hall, Room 104 (Diana Chubb)

(Contact: Dr. Beverly Watkins, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs)

More Research Publications!
By Dr. Kenneth S. Sajwan, Dr. S. Paramasivam, & Dr. Carol Pride
(Dept of Natural Sciences & Mathematics)

Sajwan, K.S., S. Paramasivam, C.L. Young*, M.C. Potts*, and J. Delise*. 2004. Water quality characteristics of Savannah River and its tributaries. Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Restoration.
* Undergraduate Student

Paramasivam, S., K.S. Sajwan, and A.K. Alva. 2004. Urban and industrial waste as an amendment for agricultural soils. 2004. Water Air and Soil Pollution Journal.

Alva, A.K., J.A. Delgado, S. Paramasivam, A. Fares, D. Mattos, and K.S. Sajwan. 2004. Nitrogen and irrigation management practices to improve nitrogen uptake efficiency and minimize leaching issues. 2004. In A. Basara, and S. Goyal (eds.) Enhancing the Efficiency of Nitrogen Utilization in Crops. Howarth's Food Products Press, Binghamton, New York, USA.

Delgado, J.A., A.K. Akva, A. Fares, S. Paramasivam, D. Mattos, and K.S. Sajwan. 2004. Numerical Modeling to study the fate of nitrogen in cropping systems and best management case studies. 2004. In A. Basara, and S. Goyal (eds.) Enhancing the Efficiency of Nitrogen Utilization in Crops. Howarth's Food Products Press, Binghamton, New York, USA.

Varela, D.R., C.J. Pride, and M.A. Brzezinski. Biological fractionation of silicon isotopes in Southern Ocean surface waters. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Vol.18, 2004.

Dean, W., C. Pride, and R. Thunell. Geochemical cycles in sediments deposited on the slopes of the Guaymas and Carmen Basins of the Gulf of California over the last 180 years. Quaternary Science Reviews, Vol.23, p.1817-1833, 2004.

The six-week MAGEC-STEM summer enrichment program began with orientation sessions on June 6-7, 2004. Thirty five students and their parents attended the orientation meeting. In addition to free on-campus accommodation in Learning and Living Center and meal plan, each student received $1,000 summer stipend. All the students have also enrolled at Savannah State University for Fall Semester to continue their baccalaureate degree in STEM disciplines. These MAGEC-STEM program students will also receive $1,500 during academic year 2004-05 and a laptop in the Fall Semester. Twenty students chose Engineering for their major while the remaining 15 have chosen Biology as their major.

(Contact: Dr. Chellu S. Chetty/ Dr. Jonathan Lambright)


The 5-day Summer Camp ‘School-to-Careers: Careers in Engineering’ was conducted on July 12-16, 2004 under the auspices of the Summer Experiential Activities of the Savannah State University. The Camp benefited from grant funds received from ASCE (Dr. K. Jayaraman) and InfinitEnergy Project (Dr. Alex Kalu).

Thirteen students from 5 schools (Bethesda Day School, Groves High School, Jenkins High School, Johnson High School, and Windsor Forest High School) participated in the Camp which provided for talks, video sessions, discussions with practicing engineers and engineering students, lab visits, internet sessions with hands-on activities, etc.

(Contact: Dr. K. Jayaraman/ Mrs. Marilyn Felder)
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Source: Time.com - 2003 Coolest Inventions

Inventor: Gibbs Aquada

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University News

Savannah State University President Dr. Carlton E. Brown has named Robert “Tony” O’Neal, Associate Athletic Director at Bethune-Cookman College, as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at SSU effective August 3, 2004.

Quotable Quotes ......!

"We know very little, and yet it is astonishing that we know so much, and still more astonishing that so little knowledge can give us so much power." - Bertrand Russell

"It has been said that we have not had the three R's in America, we had the six R's: remedial readin', remedial 'ritin' and remedial 'rithmetic. " - Robert M. Hutchins

"Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master." - Leonardo da Vinci

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Dr. Babajide Familoni
Dean, College of Sciences and Technology
P.O. Box 20019, Savannah, GA 31404
Tel: 912 356 2349
Fax: 912 356 2432
Email: familoni@savannahstate.edu