May 2005 - Volume 4, Issue 5
Savannah State University

Commencement ..

In the Spotlight ..

COST Fund ..

Publications ..

Student Award ..


Summer Programs ..

Dear Alumni ...

University News

Quotable Quotes!

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Wal-Mart Executive, Esther Silver-Parker, Delivers Commencement Address

Esther Silver-Parker, Vice President of Diversity Relations for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., was the Speaker at SSU's 166th Commencement Ceremony on May 7, 2005 in Tiger Arena.

Prior to her position with Wal-Mart, Esther Silver-Parker served as AT&T's Vice President of Corporate Affairs and President of AT&T Foundation. Before joining AT&T, she worked in public relations for New York Telephones, the National Urban League and as a journalist for Essence Magazine, the Review of Political Economy and New World Outlook.

Esther Silver-Parker earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from North Carolina Central University, and a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University. Also she is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University's Executive Management Program and holds an honorary doctorate from Benedict College.


Dean Familoni's

Center for Advancement of Science, Technology, and Math Education

Dean Dr. Familoni's initiative for a "Center for Advancement of Science, Technology, and Math Education" (CASTME) seeks to address the issues that have been identified as causative and responsible for lack of access and success of African-American students in science, technology and math disciplines. This initiative, funded through Title III, has the goal to build the infrastructure that permits and promotes a paradigm shift in the recruitment, retention, education and graduation of underrepresented minorities in science, math and technology.

Dr. Alex Kalu, Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology, will serve as the Activity Director of the CASTME Project.

Please Make the List Grow Longer!

List of Donors (as of June 8, 2005)

Adegboye O. Adeyemo
Julius Afolabi
Abida Awan
Ijaz Awan
Jannie L. Baker
Chellu S. Chetty
Babajide O. Familoni
Marilyn Lipsey Felder
Matthew R. Gilligan
K. Jayaraman
Ying Liu
Mohamad A. Mustafa
Olarongbe Olubajo
Carol J. Pride
Joseph Richardson
Kenneth Sajwan
Berenice Scott
Harpal Singh
Hua Zhao

Research Publications:

Dr. Chellu S. Chetty, Professor of Biology, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics:

1. Mohan C. Vemuri and Chellu S. Chetty. Impaired Astrogliogenesis in Neurosphere forming Stem cells by Alcohol. Neurochem. Int. (Accepted, 2005).

2. A. Shafeek, CS Chetty and GR Reddy. Alterations in acetylcholinesterase and electrical activity in the nervous system of cockroach exposed to the neem derivative, azadirachtin. Ecotoxicol. Environ. Safety 59(2): 205-208 (2004).

Dr. Chetty has also been selected by the NSF-2005 Faculty development program to participate in the two mini workshops "Designing Web-Based Learning Environments" at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (June 23-25, 2005) and "Teaching an On-line Course" at the California State University (July 18-21, 2005).

Our Marine Science Graduate Receives Award!

Sue Ebanks, who graduated recently with a MS in Marine Science, won the Best Student Oral Presentation Award at the Spring Meeting of the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society Conference. Her talk was entitled "An assessment of bopyrid isopod prevalence in four estuaries and its effect on tide-related activity patterns of the grass shrimp Palaemonetes pugio”.

Dr. Carla Curran, Assistant Professor of Marine Science in the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, was the Thesis Advisor of Sue Banks.

Congratulations Sue Banks & Carla Curran !

MAGEC-STEM Open House:

The MAJEC-STEM Open House for Cohort II students was held on April 23, 2005 at Jordan Auditorium. It was well attended by high school students and their parents/guardians who were briefed on the goals, objectives and operational details of the MAJEC-STEM Project by the PI (Dr. Joseph H. Silver), Program Director (Dr. Chellu S. Chetty), and Coordinators.

A six-week summer residential camp will be conducted from June 4 to July 16, 2005. Thirty seven students, who have gained admission to STEM disciplines in the 2005-Fall Semester, will attend this summer enrichment program. The participants will receive $1000 stipend and free lodging & boarding. They will also receive a lap-top computer and an annual $1500 stipend for the next 4 years.

For additional information, please contact: Dr. Chellu Chetty (912 353-3057) or Ms. Catherine Denny (912 351-6485)

Summer Undergraduate Research Training (SURT) Program:

Twenty five cohort I students received 2005 SURT internships at an awards ceremony held on March 23, 2005. President Dr. Carlton E. Brown and Dr. Joseph H. Silver, PI, MAGEC-STEM, presented the awards. Fourteen COST faculty and six GTREP faculty are serving as research mentors for these students. Each participating student receives $1,200 stipend and free housing during the summer. The students will present their research findings at national conferences in Fall 2005 in Atlanta, GA. and in Spring 2006 in Baltimore, MD


Other Summer Programs

A 5-day Workshop to introduce high school students (rising 11th graders) to the broad spectrum of engineering and to career opportunities in engineering and technology.

July 18-22, 2005 (8:30 AM to 12:30 PM)

Contact: Dr. K. Jayaraman or Mrs. Marilyn Felder (912 356-2218)

A 8-week program to expose promising high school students to SAT preparation and career exploration. These students will receive K-credit that can be used toward their graduation if they enroll at Savannah State University after high school graduation.

June 01 - July 27, 2005

Contact: Dr. George Williams (912 356-2244)

Dear Alumni! .... Please Help Us in Recruitment!

Do you know a relative or friend or someone in your neighborhood who may want to pursue college studies this year or next year?

Use the form below to tell us about him/her.

We will add the student to our mailing list and send him/her her an application package.

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University News

2005 Annual GABSU Leadership Workshop:

The Georgia Association of Black Universities (GABSU) Leadership Workshop will be held in conjunction with the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO) Summer Convention.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Venue: Savannah State University

Contact: or Tel: 912 353-3205

Quotable Quotes ......!

"A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence university education." - George Bernard Shaw

"They say that we are better educated than our parents' generation. What they mean is that we go to school longer. They are not the same thing." - Douglas Yates 

"There is nothing training cannot do. Nothing is above its reach. It can turn bad morals to good; it can destroy bad principles and recreate good ones; it can lift men to angelship." - Mark Twain

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
Fax: 912 356 2432