New CIO appointment announced
Dr. Conn has more than 22 years of professional and industry experience in the field of technology and information systems, including having served as director of the Institute for Distance and Distributed Learning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and as chair of the Computer Information System Department at Regis University in Denver. He also has extensive experience in the corporate world, having worked with a wide range of organizations and clients including mortgage/real estate services company, health care information systems, a Russian-American software development company and the parent company of NASCAR.
Dr. Conn holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a master’s degree in computer information systems and a doctorate in information systems. He is widely published on the topics of information systems, educational technology, e-learning networks, system development methodologies and epistemic belief research.
Engineering Week events
One event is SPSU’s annual E-Week Luncheon, which is by invitation only and is scheduled for Thurs., Feb. 23, at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom (Check-in begins at 11 a.m.). The luncheon gives students, faculty and staff members, advisory board members, SPSU Foundation board members and local engineering firms a chance to gather in celebration of this special week.
The program will feature W.L. Stanton Stafford, a LEED-Accredited Professional Engineer who is the director of energy and sustainability services at Newcomb-Boyd Consulting Engineering Company. His presentation is on “Sustainable Architecture, Engineering and Construction: Opportunities for the Next Generation.”
Other E-Week events and activities include:
For more information on E-Week events, contact Ann Lay in the School of Engineering Technology and Management at ext. 7234 or email@example.com.
Irish Fulbright Scholars visit SPSU
Dr. Coyle, head of the School of Electrical Engineering Systems at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), is on campus today and Thurs., Feb. 16. Dr. Coyle, who is currently affiliated with Purdue University’s Global Research Institute, specializes in energy policy and its relevance to and impact on engineering education.
He will make two presentations during his visit. Today, he will address “Climate Change and the Challenges Presented” in a general talk for anyone interested (5:30-6:30 p.m., Q-202). On Thurs., Feb. 16, he will give a technical talk, “A Review of Developments in Wind and Marine Renewable Energy Technologies,” aimed at SPSU faculty members and students as well as engineers. He will also provide a short overview of his research on energy policy at Purdue (12-1 p.m., Q-202).
The primary campus contact for Dr. Coyle’s visit is Dr. Diong (ext. 5574, firstname.lastname@example.org).
In addition to addressing new media arts students, Dr. Gillian will give a workshop on gesture recognition and machine learning on Thurs., March 1 (1:30-5 p.m., J-202) and a presentation entitled “Real-Time Gesture Recognition for Musician Computer Interaction” on Fri., March 2 (10-11:15 a.m., J-381).
The primary campus contact for Dr. Gillian’s visit is Dr. Halstead-Nussloch (ext. 5509, email@example.com).
SPSU to host two Science Olympiads this spring
This year, participants will compete in designing and operating robotic arms, model helicopters and gravity vehicles, identifying rocks and minerals, completing chemistry and thermodynamic experiments and much more.
The High School Regional Science Olympiad Tournament will be Sat., Feb. 25, and the Statewide Middle School Science Olympiad Tournament will be Sat., Mar. 24.
Last year’s Georgia Science Olympiad was a huge success thanks to the help of a variety of volunteers. Help is needed again, both before and on the days of the events. To volunteer, please contact Dr. Lance Crimm at ext. 7249 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cliff Yeager promoted to police captain
Yeager joined the department three years ago and received the Public Safety Medal of Valor from the Cobb Chamber of Commerce in October 2011 for acts of bravery during his time on campus.
New staff member in Career and Counseling Center
She is a graduate of Georgia State University’s professional counseling program and also has a biology degree from Livingstone College. Davis has worked with juveniles in the Clayton County Court System, for the non-profit organization Odyssey Family Counseling Center and as a high-school biology and physical science teacher.
Please give Davis a warm welcome to the campus. She can be reached at ext. 7391 or email@example.com.
SPSU students participate in Global Game Jam
The GGJ is an annual event that brings together thousands of game enthusiasts to participate in hundreds of local jams around the world. All of the sites are challenged to create games on the same theme that must be completed over the weekend of the event.
SPSU hosted the first statewide GGJ last year. This year, students enjoyed the educational and fun event at the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). The event had over 200 participants, a third of whom were SPSU students, and was the largest GGJ event in the United States and third largest in the world.
Local gaming companies such as Eyes Wide Game, Kaneva, Hi-Rez, Tripwire, Microsoft and Mowgli were on hand for the event.
Chili Cook-Off winners announced
1. “Worth the $5 Chili” by Bennie Sue Houck, Student Records;
2. “Olive Some More, Please Chili” by Diane Payne, Public Relations Office;
3. “Trevor Chili” by Jerry Burgess, Facilities;
Honorable Mention: “I Know the Secret Ingredient, do You? Chili” by Ann Lay, School of Engineering Technology and Management; and
Honorable Mention: “Tried the Rest? Come Taste the Best Chili” by alumnus George Soublis (husband of Leigh Ann Soublis, Auxiliary Services).
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all the other cooks and to the Social and Community Building Committee for a delicious lunch!
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