Founder/editor of Iran’s Tehran Bureau to visit campus April 12
Niknejad is the founder and editor-in-chief of Tehran Bureau. Launched in late 2008, the independent news organization is a virtual bureau connecting journalists, Iran experts and readers all over the world. In 2009, Tehran Bureau partnered with PBS/Frontline and won an Emmy for its first editorial partnership, the documentary “A Death in Tehran.”
Niknejad was born in Iran and moved to the U.S. at the age of 17. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and writing, a law degree with an international and European focus, and two master’s degrees in journalism.
Memorial service planned for Prof. R. Glenn Allen
Family, friends and colleagues will gather on Thurs., April 12, at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Marietta to pay tribute to Prof. Allen. Visitation in the gym from 5-5:45 p.m. will be followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary and then another visitation until 7:45 p.m. The church is located at 4495 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA, 30066.
Prof. Allen was diagnosed with a brain tumor in June 2010. After undergoing surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and while participating in a research study at Duke University’s Brain Tumor Center, he continued to teach and perform his duties as the founding director of the Mechatronics Engineering Program until he retired in June 2011. He was one of the original faculty members of the Division of Engineering (now a school) and nurtured the Mechatronics Engineering Program, which celebrated its first graduates in spring 2011 and now has 217 enrolled students, making it one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organizations: the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center (www.cancer.duke.edu/btc), the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation (www.sbtf.org) or the SPSU Foundation (checks may be designated to fund the Engineering Innovation Scholarship Endowment founded by Prof. Allen). Mailing addresses for these organizations are listed on the SPSU website.
ITE team wins Georgia Traffic Bowl again
SPSU will represent the Georgia Section of ITE at the Southern District Traffic Bowl Competition in Lexington, Ky., April 15-18.
“We are proud of team members Joshua Conrad, David Peters and Nicholas Mullins from civil engineering and civil engineering technology,” said their advisor, Dr. Sung-Hee (Sonny) Kim, assistant professor of civil and construction engineering and director of the Center for Georgia Aggregates Research at SPSU.
Hornets baseball team hitting home runs
The Hornets rank No. 10 in Division 1 of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAA) in total doubles (93). In their conference, they are No. 5 for a .303 batting average and No. 5 in runs batted in (RBI) per game (5.48).
Currently ranked No. 6 in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) and No. 20 in Division 1, the Hornets have some stand-out athletes who contribute to the team with their strong pitching and batting abilities.
The pitching team consists of notable players including junior Casey Shiver, who leads the team in both earned run average (ERA) (2.65) and average strike-outs per game (67, 773 total). Shiver also ranks No. 2 in the division in wins (8) and No. 3 in the division in total innings pitched (78). Junior Kevin Bibler has an ERA of 2.96, and senior Josh Means has an ERA of 3.48.
At bat this year is senior Jon White who ranks No. 1 in the division in total doubles (20) and No. 5 in total RBI (53). He leads the team in both RBI and batting average (.385). Senior Devin Thaut has an individual game high of 13 total bases, three doubles and three home runs and leads the team in stolen bases (12).
The Hornets are under the leadership of Matt Griffin who is in his ninth season as head coach. He started the season with an impressive 328-144 record, having led the Hornets to three SSAC championships, six advancements to NAIA regional play and one World Series appearance.
Two CET alums receive appointments in industry, community
Teague, who leads Croy Engineering’s Transportation Division, will help guide Leadership Cobb, which develops skills and knowledge through programs and retreats and introduces its participants to viewpoints that illustrate economic, political, educational and social factors at work in Cobb County.
Halstead, who lives in Bellingham, Wash., is responsible for promoting the use of reinforced concrete construction in the building, bridges and paving markets. He also supports CRSI’s western region through engineering, marketing and promotional activities. Before joining CRSI, Halsted was the market manager for the Portland Cement Association and before that a technical services manager for the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Girl Scouts turn ‘Trash Into Treasure’ with help of ATT
The goal of the seminar was to produce fashion by turning “Trash Into Treasure” with reusable recycled paper, fabric and anything that can be repurposed into eco-friendly attire.
Prof. Keely Clay, an assistant professor in industrial engineering technology, conducted the seminar with a number of ATT students, including members of the student organization Fashion Designers Outspoken. Participating Girl Scouts created five designs currently on display in the W. Clair Harris Textile Center through April 23.
Save the date: May 1 is Annual Employee Picnic
SPSU’s own Fridays at Five Band will keep the crowd entertained, and those involved in the Secret Pals program will find out who they’ve been receiving notes and gifts from all year.
The picnic is hosted by the Social and Community Building Committee and sponsored by Chartwell’s and the SPSU Foundation. This is an annual event provided free of charge to all SPSU faculty and staff. On the menu will be hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, baked beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, potato chips, iced tea, water and – thanks to the SPSU Foundation – a dessert table.
Social and Community Building Committee members are Kellie Blosser, Trish Buchanan, Cressia Callahan, Alberta Cook, Quint Hill, Bill Ketchum, Ron Koger, Scott Larisch, Jennifer Louten, Diane Mercure, Vickie Moody, Jenny Rogers, Mary Phillips, Kenneth Shelton, Leigh-Ann Soublis (chair), Kelli Tracy, Amanda Traylor, Kit Trensch, Alda Wood and Donna Zeigler.
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