State of the University: SPSU ‘in a good place’
“Overall, SPSU is in a good place,” she said. “We’ve made good progress in some areas, and we have a lot of work to do in other areas.”
Dr. Rossbacher said that enrollment is expected to rise 2 to 3 percent to approximately 5,600 students this fall, while state funding will remain static with no formula funding.
“We will emerge from the current economic situation as a result of good management, a collective effort to increase efficiencies, a willingness to change, a determination to manage our own future, and always a commitment to students and their success,” Dr. Rossbacher concluded. “We are guided by our strategic plan and its goals. We know we can never fully anticipate all the challenges that the future will bring, but we will continue to thrive by always being prepared for the unexpected.”
To read an expanded article on the president’s address, visit State of the University Address.
New program director for mechatronics
Dr. Ham holds master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and received his undergraduate degree in electronic engineering from Dongguk University, Korea. Before his arrival at SPSU, he was a faculty member in the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science and simultaneously served as a scholar with the Florida Space Institute.
This summer, Dr. Ham collaborated with NASA engineer Dr. Felix Soto Toro, to deliver a keynote address during the 15th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics in Orlando, Fla.
Their address was titled “Development of an Electronic Ground Support System for NASA’s Payload Transfer Operations: A Case Study of a Multidisciplinary Work in the Space Shuttle Program.” Dr. Ham also chaired a conference session on the “Cooperative Analysis and Design of Multidisciplinary Systems.”
SPSU soccer team ranks 7th in preseason poll
The Hornets – who posted a 12-5-3 record last year and earned points totaling 448 – got their 2011 season off to a great start Monday afternoon, storming through their first game against Talladega College 10-0. Next up is a home game against Union College on Sat., Aug. 27, at 6 p.m.
Peach State LSAMP grant renewed
The PSLSAMP grant aids universities in increasing the number of minority students who complete bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). There are five universities working together within the Peach State branch of the alliance: SPSU, Fort Valley State University, Savannah State University and Georgia Perimeter College with the University of Georgia functioning as the lead institution.
Dr. Phil Patterson, chair of the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, is SPSU’s liaison to the alliance.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, PSLSAMP will award on Sept. 1 $5 million to be divided between the five participating institutions. These funds will be used for scholarships that provide supplemental instruction, tutoring, peer and faculty mentoring, internships and a summer bridge program, in addition to financial support.
Recent faculty and staff member achievements
• Dr. Carol M. Barnum has been appointed an advisory board member of EyeGuide™, an eye tracking technology developed by Grinbath LLC’s research team at Texas Tech University. Barnum, SPSU’s usability testing professor and a leader in this field, will work on EyeGuide™ as an expert in user experience design. With her help, Grinbath will be able to achieve its goal of helping to make eye-tracking technology more affordable and accessible to researchers.
Make-A-Wish Foundation to recognize Kelli Tracy
This award honors a “wish child” or “wish parent” who represents what it means to have an indomitable spirit in their time of difficulty. The organization fulfilled the wish of Tracy’s son, Matthew, to visit Hawaii before he passed away from a brain tumor in 2009 at age 13.
Tracy demonstrates qualities of “persistence, bravery, humor, integrity, dedication and compassion as a wish parent who, by sharing her son’s story with the organization, shared the power of a wish,” said Beth Agee, a representative of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Tracy is scheduled to receive her award at the 7th Annual Celebration of Wishes Gala on Oct. 15 at the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead. This is just a few weeks after she, along with other mothers of children with cancer, will have their heads shaved to raise money. This event is part of Tracy’s effort to collect $5,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation by mid-September.
To find out more about this project and to make a donation in her name, go to Kelli/StBaldricksFoundation.
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