Summer schedule for SPSU
May 30 is the Memorial Day holiday, and the campus will be open regular hours Tuesday through Friday of that week.
Beginning Mon., June 6, employees will expand their work days to 10 hours. The standard work schedule will be Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a 30-minute break for lunch. Employees may not skip lunch in order to leave work 30 minutes early. The university will be closed on Fridays.
However, because the the university will observe Mon., July 5th as a holiday, the campus will be open Tuesday through Friday of that week, and employees will return to 8-hour workdays on those four days.
If you have any questions about the summer schedule, please check with your supervisor or the Office of Human Resources at ext. 7331.
SPSU student team headed to Steel Bridge nationals
Teams were judged on construction speed as well as the lightness, display, stiffness, economy and efficiency of their bridges. Bridges in ASCE competitions are generally 21-22 feet long and can weigh around 250 pounds.
“We did very well against some impressive schools,” said the SPSU team’s faculty advisor, Prof. Michael Orlandella.
The University of Florida was initially named the Southeastern U.S. champion, but was subsequently disqualified due to a technicality. Among the 18 schools SPSU faced down were Auburn and Vanderbilt universities, the University of Tennessee and the University of South Florida.
This year’s student team consists of Brandi Bartlett, Jason Harrington, Alex Kleinert, Justin Messer, Phi Nguyen, O'luwabiyi Oladapo, Heath Spector and Nick Thornton.
We wish them the best of luck representing SPSU at the National ASCE Competition.
ETC ribbon cutting
A major ice storm postponed the building’s original ribbon-cutting ceremony in January, and the late-spring weather was much more cooperative as the crowd gathered in the glass-walled ETC lobby to listen to keynote speaker Shan Cooper of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. She let students know in no uncertain terms that they will be welcomed to Lockheed’s workforce.
“We will need to hire an estimated 3,000 workers over the next year,” noted Lockheed Martin’s new vice president and general manager of the company’s Marietta plant. “So, if you see me running around campus, I’m recruiting!”
SPSU President Dr. Lisa A. Rossbacher shared ribbon-cutting duties with SPSU alumnus Jim J. Hills, ’77, president of Applied Technical Services. The ETC’s Engineering Materials Lab was named for Applied Technical Services in recognition of a recent major gift contributed to the university.
Prof. Glenn Allen delivers Teacher of the Year talk
Dr. Zvi Szafran, vice president for Academic Affairs, told those who attended the presentation that students who nominated Prof. Allen for the Teacher of the Year Award praised him for his ability to inspire passion in his students. “He is a very devout teacher and mentor,” declared one of these students.
Prof. Allen has been a member of the faculty since 1995 and holds two degrees from SPSU, a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering technology and a master of science in computer science. He was recognized with the Outstanding Faculty Award in 1996, 2004 and 2010.
His talk focused on project management and scheduling software that he has spent several years developing in collaboration with Dr. Gordon Davis, an adjunct professor in industrial and systems engineering at Georgia Tech.
SPSU alumnus and trustee donates $10,000 to Engineering Innovation Scholarship Fund
The scholarship was established in August 2010 with a seed gift of $5,000 from Higginbotham, an amount he matched in late April. The scholarship’s intent is to provide educational funding for deserving engineering and engineering technology students and to encourage them to pursue a college education with a focus on innovation.
To reach endowed status, the scholarship fund must reach $25,000 and already has $10,250 towards this goal.
Faculty and staff members may contribute to this scholarship through the SPSU Foundation at any time and/or by electing payroll deductions during the 2012 Faculty and Staff Campaign. For more information, contact Kit Trensch, director of development, at ext. 7307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPSU degree tops $1 million in value; 5th highest college ROI in Georgia
The ROI in the study was determined by comparing how much it cost to get a degree versus how much graduates earned over the course of their careers.
The “What’s Your College Worth?” annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities’ ROI was compiled for the first time last year when Bloomberg Businessweek teamed up with PayScale, which maintains a national employee-compensation database. In addition to tuition and fees and graduates’ salaries, the calculations also took into account six-year graduation rates and the amount of local, state, federal and institutional grant aid awarded to a school’s undergraduates.
The full Businessweek report is available online.
MET professor presents at conference
His paper focused on “Advanced Materials for Infrastructure Applications in Developing Countries for Sustainability, Cost & Ease of Construction.” The annual summit aims to create a global movement for change by inspiring individuals and organizations to become active in humanitarian volunteerism.
Computer forensics class is on the case
Working in teams of four, the students had to properly collect evidence for potential court proceedings and use proper procedures to identify, document and photograph any and all relevant items found at the scene.
New IT specialist for Scholarships and Financial Aid office
Roberts graduated from Liberty University in 2010 with a multidisciplinary studies degree in business and computer management information systems. He comes to SPSU from Kennesaw State University, where he did application support development for faculty and staff, among other tasks.
Hornets eliminated from SSAC Tournament, await word on bid to NAIA Championship
SPSU, seeded No. 3 in the SSAC East, lost to Faulkner University (the No. 2 seed in the SSAC West) 4-8 in the opening round of the conference tournament. The Hornets then rallied to win a game against Lee University – the top-ranked team in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics – 7-4 the following day. On Mon., May 2, SPSU lost to Shorter University (No. 4 in the SSAC East) 4-3. It was a heartbreaking loss for the Hornets, who had maintained a substantial lead right up until the ninth inning of the game, eliminating SPSU from the tournament. The team expects to hear whether a trip to the nationals is in the cards within the next several days.
Led by Coach Matt Griffin, the team has an overall record of 40-15 for the 2011 season and is ranked No. 18 in this week’s NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.
FYI – The SPSU Foundation will not be disbursing checks this week. Disbursements will resume on Fri., May 13. If you have questions or concerns about this, please call ext. 7351.
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