Oct-Nov 2006 - Volume 5, Issues 10&11
Savannah State University

From Dean's Desk

In the Spotlight ..

Advisory Board ..

Students get Awards ..

More Awards ..

And More Awards ..

NSBE Chapter ..

Dear Alumni ...

University News

Quotable Quotes!

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Just a little over a year ago, I came to the faculty and staff of this college to articulate the need for a fund-90 account for the college. At that time, I found that the discretionary resource base available to us in the college for any and all activities was exactly zero dollars! This led to the establishment of the COST Fund.

Recently, I had the Division of Business and Finance give me an update on the COST Fund. As of October 31, 2006, a little over one year, the balance of the fund is $4,360. While that might be a puny sum to some, it is important to bear in mind that all of that is contributed solely by faculty and staff of COST. I want to take the opportunity to publicly thank all who are already contributing.

I continue to articulate my vision for this college; it is one of excellence in scholarship, instruction, and service. While that might sound like the same old bag to some, in the words of a son of the State, ‘Papa has got a brand new bag’. Norman R. Augustine asserted that ‘A hungry dog hunts best. A hungrier dog hunts even better.’ I want to mold COST into a body of scholars yearning to excel. I plan to accomplish that in part by creating opportunities. To that end, I am aggressively recruiting governmental and business partners (such as the Department of Defense, NASA, and General Dynamics corporation) to partner with us in helping our faculty become better researchers and educators.

I will also continue to raise the standards in everything that we do. As you may know, I convened the inaugural meeting of the college’s advisory board on October 19. This is a body of exceptional people from around this community and the nation. The members were enthusiastic about helping us broaden our sphere of influence and expand our resource base. It is my hope that they will play an important role in our bid for continuous improvement.

October 2006 Contribution Levels to the COST Fund

$401 -
Dr. Babajide familoni
Dr. Kuppuswamy Jayaraman
Dr. Harpal Singh

$301 - 400
Dr. Chellu Chetty
Dr. Matthew Gilligan
Dr. Olorongbe Olubajo

$201 - 300
Prof. Ijaz Awan
Dr. Kenneth Sajwan

- $200
Dr. Adegboye Adeyemo
Dr. Julius Afolabi
Prof. Abida Awan
Ms. Jannie Baker
Mrs. Marilyn Felder
Dr. Ying Liu
Dr. Mohamad Mustafa
Dr. Carol Pride
Dr. Joseph Richardson
Mrs. Berenice Scott
Dr. Hua Zhao

Compared to our population in the college, the numbers on this table seem miniscule. Another way of looking at that is that we have many more people who are yet to participate.

I am asking you, who is not yet contributing to demonstrate your faith and believe in the future of this college. Please commit to donate $10, $15, or $25, per month.

I plan to augment our collective faith in the college with a campaign targeting our alumni and friends. My goal is still to raise $100,000 for the college by December 31, 2010. The Yoruba’s say that a witchdoctor who is unable to persuade his own family to drink his potion had better give up on the rest of the village. If I cannot get you, our faculty and staff to support this goal, I might as well throw in the proverbial towel. I am persuaded that your generosity will be a testimony to your support for this college and a believe that we can be greater. I look forward to continued cooperation with you.

Jide Familoni, Ph.D.
College of Sciences & Technology



Dr. Carlton Brown, President of SSU, Steps Down!

University System of Georgia Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Beheruz N. Sethna announced today that he has accepted the resignation of Savannah State University (SSU) President Carlton E. Brown, effective Dec. 31, 2006. “Dr. Brown has provided visionary leadership for Savannah State University for almost a decade and has accomplished a significant number of goals to further the institution,” said Sethna. “Dr. Brown has been the driving force behind a number of student-centered initiatives ranging from quality living-and-learning facilities to the availability of financial resources for those who have outstanding academic credentials.”

Brown was appointed president of SSU in March 1997 after having served in senior administrative positions at Hampton University in Hampton, Va.

Sethna also noted that under Brown’s tenure, SSU experienced “an increase in student enrollment of 48 percent from fall 1998 to fall 2005,” a gain of 1,000 students. This compares with a gain in University System overall enrollment of almost 27 percent over the same time period. Brown will join the staff of University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr., beginning Jan. 1, 2007. “I am pleased that Dr. Brown will be joining me to assist in the implementation of a major initiative,” said Davis. “Our new system-level projects initiative will involve our institutional presidents, and Dr. Brown’s expertise will be invaluable as this program moves forward.”

“Serving as president of Savannah State University for the past nine years has been an unqualified joy,” Brown said. “With strategic input from faculty, staff, students and alumni, an academic and physical infrastructure is in place that will ensure the continuity and relevance of Savannah State’s mission in an increasingly global and technology-driven society.”

Hallmarks of Brown’s nine-year tenure as Savannah State’s president include the transformation of student housing and support facilities with the construction of the University Village, the Freshmen Living and Learning Center, Tiger Arena and the Drew-Griffith Annex. Construction is slated to begin by the end of 2006 on a new $14 million academic building that will house the University’s social and behavioral sciences programs.

The University’s College of Business and academic programs in business, social work, and engineering and technology earned accreditation or re-accreditation under Brown’s leadership. The University received a number of significant grants for faculty and staff efforts in improving student retention, strengthening graduate programs and efforts to increase the number of minorities pursuing graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Savannah State also is the second institution among the University System’s 35 campuses to provide a wireless network campus-wide. It has been recognized by WebCT, a provider of distance learning systems for higher education, as a “Digital Content Leader” for the institution’s commitment to online learning. Savannah State has 35 web-enhanced courses.

A search for Brown’s successor will be conducted by the University System of Georgia Chancellor’s Office. The University System Office will announce details of the search process as they are developed. (USG Website: http://www.usg.edu)

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

COST Advisory Board Members

Ms. Kimberley Barnhill
Vice President
Sea Island Bank
Savannah, GA

Ms. Carolyn Green
Vice President
HES Regulatory Affairs, Sunoco Inc.
Philadelphia, PA

Mr. Howard J. Morrison
Lebanon ventures
Savannah, GA

Mr. Henry Nash
President & CEO
General Scientific Corporation
Washington, DC

Dr. Ava E. Phoenix
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Jacksonville, FL

Mr. David Simons
The Simons Political Group
Savannah, GA

Mr. Barron Williams
GilWil Group
Lithonia, GA

Dr. George Williams
Professor of Chemistry (Retired)
Savannah, GA

SSU Scholars Scoop Awards
at PSLSAMP Forum & Research Conference in Atlanta

MAGEC-STEM & PSLSAMP scholars staged an outstanding performance in the PSLSAMP Annual Forum & Research Conference held at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, GA on October 19-21, 2006. The SSU scholars received 5 out of 6 total awards for the best oral and poster presentations in Technology, Engineering & Mathematics disciplines.

This conference was attended by 44 SSU students (25 MAGEC-STEM and 19 PSLSAMP) and 5 faculty members from COST. Twenty three students, who were guided in the SURT program by faculty from SSU, AASU and Georgia Tech), presented papers and/or posters.

The following are the students who received the 5 top honors:

Kimberly Jones - MAGEC-STEM Scholar - Mathematics - Guide: Dr. Mulatu Lemma (SSU) - Oral presentation

Onaje Lewis (MAGEC-STEM Scholar - Mathematics - Guide: Dr. Oh (SSU) - Oral Presentation

Alberto DelaCruz, Rowena Palko & Magnus Folaji - PSLSAMP Scholars - Engineering & Technology - Guide: Dr. Ying Liu - Poster Presentation

Andrew Stephenson - MAGEC-STEM Scholar - Engineering - Guide: Dr. Wayne Johnson (AASU) - Oral Presentation

Mykal Woody - MAGEC-STEM Scholar - Engineering - Guide: Dr. Cameron Coates (AASU) - Poster Presentation

(Contact: Dr. Chellu Chetty, Program Director, MAGEC-STEM & Dr. K. Jayaraman, SSU-PSLSAMP Coordinator)

Student wins Best undergraduate Poster Award at SEERS Conference

SSU Biology major Tracey Modeste won the Best Undergraduate Poster Award at the Southeastern Estuarine research Society (SEERS) Conference for her work entitled "The effect of the parasite Probopyrus Pandalicola on the survival of the grass shrimp Palaemonetes pugio." Dr. Carla Curran, Assistant Professor of Marine Science, guided her in the research project.

(Contact: Dr. Carla Curran, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics)

Marine Science Students win top honors in SEERS Meeting

SSU students Ebony Henderson and Trey Mace brought home top honors at the Fall 2006 Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (SEERS) meeting held here in Savannah during October 19-21, 2006. The awards were:

Best Undergraduate Platform Presentation: A Landscape Approach to Estimate the Fishery Value of a Salt Marsh Restoration Project at Carancahua Cove in Galveston Bay, TX. by Ebony Henderson, and

Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation: The Effects of Dock Shading on Spartina Alterniflora in Chatham County, GA. by Trey Maçe and Dr. Carla Curran

(Contact: Dr. Matthew Gilligan, Dr. Carla Curran and Dr Dionne Hoskins, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics)

NSBE Student Chapter works with Elementary School Students

The SSU Student Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has made an alliance with the Spencer Elementary School. SSU students worked with Spencer students to explain engineering principles through hands-on exercises and models.

(Contact: Dr. Jonathan Lambright, Department of Engineering Technology)

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

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University News
University System of Georgia Interim Chief Academic Officer and Executive Vice Chancellor Beheruz N. Sethna has announced that he has appointed Dr. Julius Scott, a distinguished and nationally recognized administrator and academician to serve as the interim president of Savannah State University.

Scott's appointment, effective Jan. 1, 2007, follows SSU President Carlton E. Brown's recent announcement that he is resigning as of Dec. 31, 2006. Scott will serve as interim president until a national search concludes with the appointment of a permanent president for SSU. Scott has served as interim president of University System of Georgia institutions on three other occasions – Albany State University in 1996 and 2005 and the Medical College of Georgia in 2001.

Prior to serving the University System of Georgia, Scott held the presidency of Wiley College, in Marshall, Texas, from 1996 to 2001. He also held two appointments as president of Paine College in Augusta, first from 1975 to 1982, and later for an unusual second term, from 1988 to 1994.

Hearty welcome to Dr. Julius Scott!

Quotable Quotes ......!

"It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry." - Albert Einstein

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."- Alvin Toffler 

"The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men." - Bill Beattie

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
Email: familoni@savannahstate.edu