SPSU professors present stadium horn research
The Ruhalas teamed up with researchers from Georgia Tech to study the effect of these loud horns on hearing and found that the sound levels at the player’s ears from single horns ranged from 90 to 105 decibels. The horn’s impact is greatest when blown simultaneously with many others, such as at the World Cup. This research documented that the levels within a stadium may well approach 120 decibels.
“For perspective, 100 decibels is the level of noise typically heard at a rock concert. An ambulance siren or pneumatic jack hammer produce about the same level of noise as the vuvuzelas in a stadium – 120 decibels – which is at the threshold of feeling [the sound] and produces a ticklish sensation in your ears,” said Dr. Richard Ruhala, who holds a doctorate in acoustics.
“The threshold of pain is 140 decibels. Sustained exposure to 120 decibels is 1,000 times the acoustic energy that causes hearing loss [with longterm exposure]. That’s why the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires people working near those noise levels to wear hearing protection.”
CSWE Department receives software donation
“Perforce will enable students to collaboratively develop software using centralized repositories for their code, art, sound and other assets,” Dr. Chastine said. “It also gives them experience using a professional software configuration management system.”The software will most directly benefit computer game design and development majors. SPSU received 400 licenses for the program, valued at $360 each for a total value of $144,000.
Rolling out the red carpet for donated robots
The robots were donated to the university by Suncoast Post Tension Ltd. of Texas with the help of SPSU Alumni Board member Glynn Mitchell.
During the program, Prof. Glenn Allen, recently retired director of the university’s mechatronics program, received professor emeritus status.
SPSUTeach welcomes new faculty, staff
Laura Speer has been appointed the university’s master teacher in mathematics. Speer holds a master's degree in mathematics education from the University of Toledo and a specialist degree in educational leadership from Lincoln Memorial University. She taught high school math for 12 years at Pope High School in Cobb County.
Michael O’Brien is the university’s new master teacher in physics. O’Brien holds a master's degree in science education from Georgia State University and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). He has taught high school physics for 10 years, including four years at Kennesaw Mountain High School and six years at Taipei American School and International School of Kuala Lumpur.
Marka Ormsby has been hired as a technology specialist. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Geology from Emory University and a Master of Science in Geophysical Sciences from Georgia Tech. After 20 years spent at Chevron in earth science and information technology, Ormsby joined her sister, Robin Daniel, in the tech department at The Walker School in Marietta.
Robin Daniel has also been hired as a technology specialist. She received a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech and has worked as a staff engineer at Ralston Purina, an aircraft performance engineer at Delta Airlines, and as director of technology for The Walker School. At Walker, Daniel spent 15 years working closely with teachers, students and administrators to develop a relevant and integrated technology program.
SPSU celebrates at Taste of Georgia
The event celebrated the years of friendship between the state of Georgia and the Russian country of Georgia. SPSU has a cooperative agreement with International Black Sea University located in the capital city of Tbilisi, Georgia.
Attendees enjoyed traditional Georgian food, desserts and beverages with guest of honor Ambassador Temuri Yakobashvili of Georgia.
The event was supported by Atlanta-Tbilisi Sister City Committee; the Georgia to Georgia Foundation; and Hall, Booth, Smith and Slover, P.C.
Proceeds from the event benefited children in the country of Georgia.
SPSU Swim Team making waves
The team competed in its first swim meet at the University of Georgia where it placed eighth overall. The swimmers improved greatly for their second swim meet at Georgia Southern University where they placed fourth overall, beating other universities like Mercer and Georgia State. Also at this meet, SPSU students Matthew Ferguson and SPSU Swim Club Co-President Linsmayer each placed third for his/her individual overall scores.
The SPSU swim team consists of about 20 people who attend practices and swim meets regularly. Kellie Blosser, assistant director of Recreational Sports, is the swim team adviser; however students Linsmayer, Cook and Catherine Reece coach the team and coordinate practices and meets.
The final swim meet for SPSU will take place at the University of Miami (Fla.) on Nov. 19.
SPSU baseball player named ‘Finest in the Field’
The Northwoods summer league is comprised of teams of top college players with NCAA eligibility from across the nation and North America. Each team is operated similarly to a professional minor league team, providing players an opportunity to play under the same conditions using wooden bats and minor league specification baseballs, staying overnight on road trips and playing nightly before fans.
The Finest in the Field Award recognizes the top fielders in each position. Tidwell compiled a field percentage of 0.991.
Last season, as an SPSU Hornet, Tidwell had a batting average of 0.364 and a field percentage of 0.962.
Rawlings rewards its honorees with a special Rawlings baseball glove mounted on an engraved trophy base.
2011 Fall Career Expo sees record turnout
Phyllis Weatherly, director of the Career and Counseling Center, said “Those who attended were prepared and well-dressed, and the companies were very impressed.” She also said that some companies have already scheduled multiple interviews and follow-ups with students.
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