SPSU again boasts Engineering and Engineering Technology students of the year
Garrett Bailey, a senior majoring in mechatronics engineering, is the state’s Engineering Student of the Year, while Christopher Cutter, a senior in mechanical engineering technology (MET), is the Engineering Technology Student of the Year.
Bailey recently became the first recipient of SPSU’s Engineering Innovation Scholarship, and he has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his time at SPSU. A non-traditional student, he holds a degree in philosophy from Georgia State University and, among other pursuits, worked as a ferryman on Martha’s Vineyard for several years before coming to SPSU.
Cutter’s 3.46 GPA places him in the top 15 percent of seniors in the MET program, and he has made the Dean’s List and received a Georgia Engineering Foundation Scholarship for the past two years. He is secretary of the campus chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and is active on the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team.
“Chris [Cutter] is a bright and determined student, someone who always takes the initiative and is not a follower,” wrote one of his professors in nominating him for the GEA award. “He has a very special personality.”
Georgia Engineers Week will be celebrated Feb. 20-25. A list of special events and activities being planned at SPSU will be included in next week’s issue of the Hornet’s Nest.
CSE to open new Data Center Feb. 17
CSE Dean Han Reichgelt believes SPSU is unique in offering students this sophisticated learning tool. In addition to several other pieces of equipment that support the school’s teaching and research activities, the data center was built to house the high-density server that runs the $850,000 hospital information system software donated to the school in April 2011 by CPSI.
“Many of our students, but particularly those in the IT programs, will benefit from the opportunity to do hands-on work in a state-of-the-art data center,” said Dr. Reichgelt. Students in the health information technology programs have already been getting hands-on experience on a hospital information system, thanks to the CPSI donation, he said, but the data center provides a much more protected environment for that and other CSE servers, both in terms of security and climate control.
The new data center is also an energy-saving feature. Through extensive virtualization, the center has allowed CSE to consolidate many of its current servers into a single physical server. Moreover, the data center is enabling CSE to replace the computers used in many of its teaching labs with more energy-efficient “thin” clients.
Recent faculty publications
• Dr. Jeffrey Greene, assistant professor of professional writing, and Dr. Laura Palmer, assistant professor of information design and communication, have had an article, “It’s All in the Game: Technical Communication’s Role in Game Documentation,” published in Intercom, the magazine of the Society for Technical Communication.
SPSU’s international students have a new coordinator
Her job entails serving as a liaison between SPSU’s international students and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Sharpe authorizes, supports and counsels visa-holding students about their government documents – whether they are concerned about maintaining full credits on campus, entering and leaving the United States or obtaining Social Security cards and driver’s licenses.
Sharpe, a former high school teacher, came to SPSU from Darton College in Albany, Ga., where she was also the international students coordinator. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Albany State University and an undergraduate degree in international studies from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.
Sharpe can be reached at ext. 5293 or email@example.com.
iStrategy training session coming up
iStrategy Solutions is the leading provider of analytic reporting for higher education purposes and is a user-friendly financial management tool. The tool works with PeopleSoft but allows users to access financial information without directly interacting with that application. The iStrategy tool will eventually replace the current financial information system.
The first iStrategy training session was held in November with 17 people participating. Based on that experience, the program has been tailored to better meet the needs of the SPSU staff.
iStrategy training is free. There is a limit of 30 seats for the Feb. 16 session, which will be held in Q-303. To reserve a seat or obtain further information, contact Arthur Vaughn at firstname.lastname@example.org
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