October 2005 - Volume 4, Issue 10
Savannah State University

Nobel Prize Winners

In the Spotlight ..

Peer Evaluation


Enrollment Jump


Dear Alumni ...

University News

Quotable Quotes!

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pixel 2005 Nobel Prize Winners:

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2005

"for his contribution to the quantum theory of optical coherence" "for their contributions to the development of laser-based precision spectroscopy, including the optical frequency comb technique"
Roy J. Glauber John L. Hall Theodore W. hansch
Harvard University,
Cambridge, MA,
University of Colorado,
JILA, NIST, Boulder, CO, USA
Max-Planck-Institut fur Quantenoptik
Garching, Germany

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2005

"for the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis"
Yves Chauvin Robert H. Grubbs Richard R. Schrock
Yves Chauvin Robert H. Grubbs Richard R. Schrock
Institut Français du Pétrole
Rueil-Malmaison, France
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Pasadena, CA, USA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Cambridge, MA, USA

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2005

"for their discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease"
Barry J. Marshall J. Robin Warren
Barry J. Marshall J. Robin Warren
Helicobacter pylori Research Laboratory, QEII Medical Centre; University of Western Australia
Nedlands, Australia
Perth, Australia

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2005

"who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression's closed rooms"
Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter
United Kingdom

The Nobel Peace Prize 2005

"for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way"
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei

(Source: http://nobelprize.org/)



Corlis P. Cummings,
Interim Chancellor, University System of Georgia,
to Deliver SSU's 167th Commencement Address
on Dec 10, 2005

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia appointed Corlis P. Cummings to serve as the University System's Interim Chancellor, and she took office on Oct 1, 2005. The University System of Georgia consists of 35 public colleges and universities, more than 250,600 students, 38,000-plus faculty and staff, and an annual budget of $5 billion - of which the state appropriates $1.8 billion.

Previous to this appointment, Cummings was the University System's Senior Vice Chancellor for Support Services. Support Services consists of the offices of Legal Affairs, Human Resources and the Office of Sponsored Funds and Special Projects.

Prior to her appointment as Senior Vice Chancellor, she held the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs. From 1995 until September 2000, Ms. Cummings was an attorney with the Board of Regents where she handled various transactions for the Regents System Office, University System and institutions.

From 1991-95, Cummings served as assistant city attorney for the City of Atlanta. Prior to that, she was an associate with the South Carolina law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Cummings earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Georgia. She attended Washington University School of Law and received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Siva Paramasivam, Assistant Professor (Environmental Science), Dept of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, has been invited to visit Department of Agriculture and University of Malaysia in Sarawak, Malaysia to give a Research Presentation on "Emission of Gases from Soils and their Impact" on January 04, 2006.


With 'Greater Expectations' from the College of Sciences & Technology, and to make it practicable by instituting processes with greater accountability and continuous improvement, the Dean, Dr. Babajide Familoni, has introduced the college-level Peer Evaluation of Teaching. Its overarching goal is continuous improvement of teaching and evaluation.

To facilitate implementing this with immediate effect, Dr. Familoni organized a Training Session for Peer Evaluators. Mr Ernie James of Reid Training & Consulting conducted this session on October 14, 2005, and it was attended by all full-professors and department chairs of the College.

COST Fund Needs YOUR Donation!

SSU jumps 10.4% to a total enrollment of 3091 students!

The latest University System of Georgia (USG) fall enrollment report shows a seventh consecutive year of growth in attendance at the state's public colleges and universities. The report, released by the Board of Regents, indicates that enrollment in the System grew by almost 3,000 students from fall 2004 to fall 2005 to a total enrollment of 253,552. The 1.2 percent increase of 2,893 students over fall 2004 follows a 1.5 percent increase from fall 2003 to fall 2004.

"While our enrollment growth is beginning to stabilize, we know Georgians will continue to pursue higher education opportunities in record numbers," said Interim Chancellor Corlis P. Cummings. "The strong budget support we recently received from the Governor and General Assembly will allow us to better serve our students and ensure their access to high-quality academic programs. The bottom line is post-secondary education is a necessity in today's competitive, global society, and we are pleased that Georgians are heeding that message."

Some University System institutions posted enrollment increases well above the System average. East Georgia College jumped 14.6 percent, to 1,511 students; Georgia Highlands College posted an 11.7 percent increase, to 3,817 students; Darton College's enrollment increased 11.0 percent to 4,578 students; Savannah State University jumped 10.4 percent to a total enrollment of 3,091 students; and Macon State College had a 7.3 percent increase, to 6,150 students.

African-American enrollment increased by 1.9 percent, or 1,133 students, from 59,777 students in fall 2004 to 59,890 students in fall 2005 -- representing 23.6 percent of total University System enrollment. The University System, through its African-American Male Initiative (AAMI), has focused efforts since 2002 on increasing the numbers of black males enrolled in college. Black male enrollment in the System continued a pattern of growth since the beginning of AAMI, with an increase of 3.1 percent, or 577 students. Black male enrollment now totals 19,291 students as of fall 2005, up from 18,714 students in fall 2004. However, females represent 67.8 percent of total African-American enrollment, underscoring the importance of continued efforts to prepare, recruit and enroll Black males in college. Hispanic enrollment in the System jumped by 10.3 percent, or 663 students, up from 6,425 students in fall 2004 to 7,088 students in fall 2005. Source:

(Source: Website of University System of Georgia: http://www.usg.edu/news/2005/111505.phtml )

MAGEC-STEM Student Enrichment Seminar

On invitation from MAGEC-STEM Program, Mr. Horace Magwood, Director of Science Instruction, Savannah Chatham County Public School System, presented a mentoring seminar on Wednesday, September 14, 2005.

Mr. Magwood graduated from SSU in 1994 with biology as major. Since 1996, he has been working with the local school system.

(Contact: Dr. Chellu S. Chetty, Program Director, MAGEC-STEM)

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University News

Academic Lecture Series 2005

Lecture-Recital "The Drum and Percussion in the African Diaspora" by Victor Williams, October 3, 2005

Lecture by Dr. Oral Moses, Professor of Voice & Music Literature, Kennesaw State Universiy, October 11, 2005

Lecture - "Samba and Capoeira: Doing Business Brazilian Style", by Prof Pedro Souto, Professor, CEFET University, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and Dr. Neila Holland-Noronha, VP for Continuing Education & International Studies, Voorhees College, October 17, 2005

Quotable Quotes ......!

"It is little short of miracle that modern methods of instruction have not already completely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry .... I believe that one could even deprive a healthy beast of prey of its voraciousness if one could force it with a whip to eat continuously whether it were hungry or not ..." - Albert Einstein

"No one who worships education has got the best out of education .... Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete.." - G.K. Chesterton 

"I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education." - Wilson Mizner

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Dr. Babajide Familoni
Dean, College of Sciences and Technology
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