September 2004 - Volume 3, Issue 9
Savannah State University

Message from Dean

In the Spot Light ..

Fall Institute - Part II

At ACS Meeting ..


Kudos to ...

Dear Alumni ...

A 2003 Coolest Invention!

University News

Quotable Quotes!
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Dr. Babajide Familoni

Thank goodness, it is finally fall and the temperatures and humidity in Savannah are finally starting to fall; that is good news. Unfortunately, the level of heated verbal and written discourse amongst the faculty and staff in COST has not fallen to the civility level. This is of great concern to me. I find that too many people are not able or willing to disagree without being disagreeable. There are a few principles that I will argue that each person apply when tempted to write that memo or email or make that call about the other person.

  • Will someone else (not me) presented with the same set of facts come to similar conclusions that I have?
  • Is it my business? Is there not some student work, a class preparation, or research work that I have left undone?
  • If positions were reversed, would I appreciate someone else making similar allegations about me?
The overarching element of the college’s goals is to provide quality instruction and to expand quality research and scholarship. The primary mission of the College of Science & Technology and Savannah State University is well defined – it is to educate our student population in an atmosphere of excellence. It is not enough to espouse these loft ideals. It is time we put our teaching where our collective mouths are. Excellence in instruction is currently our watch word. We therefore have to go back to the basics.
  • Professors have to go to the classrooms prepared
  • Be there on time and stay the whole period
  • We have to endeavor to give our student value for their money.
I hope to put some checks in place so that we can start monitoring some of these issues.

As shown elsewhere in this edition, Ms. Destiny Allen, Ms. Darkus Jenkins, and Ms. Shannon Watts worked with faculty members in chemistry (Dr. Adeyemo, Ms. Baker, Dr. Olubajo and Dr. Williams) in the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics and presented their research work at the 228th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Philadelphia. I heartily congratulate these students and their professors; they presented to the world our best kept secrets – tenacious educators working with talented students.

I have always argued that such extension of basic undergraduate education by involving students in the faculty’s research is indispensable to quality education. In addition to regularly scheduled programmatic coursework, the college should broaden independent study courses and expand opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in faculty research. Such courses would then become the college’s vehicle for introducing undergraduate students to research and graduate education. This is consistent with the mission of the college. To the extent that the shelf life of knowledge in the technical areas is getting shorter, innovative research is no longer inimical to great classroom instruction. In fact, the reality today is that institutions of higher learning must accompany excellence in scholarship with pursuit of excellence in the education of their students, thereby exposing them to the latest and the most interesting in their chosen fields.

Finally, the handwriting of diminished funding of our programs by the State is no longer on the wall. It is already on every one of our programs. Our funding, both as a college and as an institution has not kept pace with our goals and needs for a while. Parenthetically, we have to find ways to do more with what we have, that is already not enough! We therefore have to articulate a vision of subsidizing our resource base. This vision cannot be realized unless alumni and friends of COST catch this vision. Therefore, we have to do a better job of tracking our friends and alumni by building a more reliable database. COST must begin to take advantage of its comparative advantages and develop critical masses in our areas of strength. One key ingredient in this that is not necessarily resource intensive is interdisciplinary endeavors that leverage the presence and strength of faculty in other areas, within or outside SSU. Some of these issues will be recurring themes as the semester plays out.


Dr. Chellu Chetty wins Second White House Award!

Dr. Silver, Dr.Chetty & Dr. Brown

Dr. Chellu S. Chetty, Professor of Biology, Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, who, earlier this year in May 2004, was honored with the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, received yet another prestigious White House Award - the 2004 Millennium Award for Teaching Excellence in Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Technology. Dr. Chetty, who was selected by a review panel appointed by the White House Initiative on HBCUs, received this award in September, 2004. The honor included a $10000 monetary award and a certificate.

Dr. Carlton E. Brown, President in his nomination stated, “Dr. Chetty is a gifted and inspiring teacher. He is well known on our campus for his tireless dedication to his students, his persistent drive to provide students with financial support, teaching excellence, rich research and development experiences. He is one of the very best at identifying talent in developed and underdeveloped students, creating great expectations and enabling the achievement of these new expectations. While he has served tirelessly for many years, there is no indication that he will ever cease to improve continually. In my nearly twenty-years in academic administration, I have seen none better. Such a recognition as that proposed by this nomination would be more than well deserved”.

Dr. Chetty!
Please Keep it up!






Thernstroms Speak at Fall Faculty & Staff Institute - Part II

Dr. Abigail Thernstrom and Dr. Stephen Thernstrom, co-authors of the book "No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning" discussed the highlights of their research on racial disparities in learning in their lecture on September 9, 2004 during the second part of the Fall Faculty and Staff Institute.


Dr. Abigail Thernstrom is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a non-profit think-tank that tackles public policy issues and is located in New York. Dr. Stephan Thernstrom is the Winthrop Professor of History at Harvard University.

They are authors/coauthors of a number of books including:
"America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible", "Whose Votes Count? Affirmative Action and Minority Voting Rights", "Beyond the Color Line: New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity".

Students & Faculty at ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia!

Three Chemistry Major students (Ms. Destiny Allen, Ms. Darkus Jenkins, and Ms. Shannon Watts) and four faculty members (Dr Adegboye Adeyemo, Ms. Jannie Baker, Dr. Olarongbe Olubajo and Dr. George Williams) from the Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics attended the 228th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Philadelphia on August 20-24, 2004 and made poster presentations of their research findings. The students also met with representatives from graduate schools and attended workshops sponsored by the ACS Younger Chemists Division.

                Williams, Baker, Adeyemo, Olubajo         Destiny Allen

Darkus Jenkins        Shannon Watts

  • SSU's MAGEC-STEM Project was selected to participate in a Reverse Site Visit (RSV) with a panel of peers and NSF staff. The purpose of RSV is to provide NSF an opportunity to assess SSU Project's accomplishments, management and outcomes, and to provide technical assistance. Dr. Joseph H. Silver, Sr. (PI), Dr. Chellu S. Chetty (Program Director), and Dr. Jonathan Lambright (Co-Program Director) gave a presentation at NSF on August 26, 2004 and aslo discussed the project with peers and NSF staff. A feedback from NSF is expected shortly.
  • The MAGEC-STEM Program faculty and staff met with area high school counselors on September 9, 2004 to discuss the strategies for recruitment, open house, SAT Workshop for high school seniors, and Academic Development Workshop for teachers in Fall 2004.

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

Kudos To ..

Dr. Chellu S. Chetty, Professor of Biology and Director of MBRS Program attended and presented a paper at the 15th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Neuroscience at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland on August 4-7, 2004

Dr. Chetty has been invited by Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA to serve as an advisor and to serve in its Fusion Forum designed primarily to improve its reaching out to minority students for their graduate study and eventually to create a series of partnerships with undergraduate institutions such as SSU for graduate study and research and help directing to begin building a university-wide summer research program.

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Source: - 2003 Coolest Inventions

Inventor: Coleman

During the great blackout of August 2003, millions of Americans learned two important lessons: that it is possible to spend an entire evening at home without watching TV and that we should all have backup batteries for our cell phones. For those who need a better contingency plan, this portable fuel-cell generator provides a kilowatt of continuous power for eight hours on a single tank of environmentally correct hydrogen. The AirGen is a tad bulky (about the size of a mini-fridge), but you can roll it under a desk. Unlike a gas-powered generator, it emits only water vapor and heat, so it's safe for indoor use.

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University News

Savannah State University President Dr. Carlton E. Brown has named Mr. Larion Williams as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Mr. Williams succeeds Dr. Annette K. Brock, who retired in August 2004 after 33 years of service to the University, seven of which were as Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

Dr. Irvin R. Clark has been appointed as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. Dr. Clark has served the University over 11 years as Assistant Football Coach/Residence Director, Housing Manager, Director of Residential Services & Programs, Interim VP for Student Affairs, and Interim Athletics Director.

Quotable Quotes ......!

"Every honest researcher I know admits he's just a professional amateur. He's doing whatever he's doing for the first time. That makes him an amateur. He has sense enough to know that he's going to have a lot of trouble, so that makes him a professional." - Charles Franklin Kettering

"One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike and yet it is the most precious thing we have." - Albert Einstein

"I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding of a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." - Sir Isaac Newton

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Dr. Babajide Familoni
Dean, College of Sciences and Technology
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