U.S. News & World Report: SPSU again ranks among top universities in South
SPSU ranked 85th among all regional universities in the South in the magazine’s annual “Best Regional Universities” list, released last week. The list also highlighted SPSU for the following:
• Average freshman retention rate of 76 percent
For more detailed information about the rankings, visit U.S. News & World Report.
SPSU among ‘Best Colleges & Universities in Georgia’
The ratings are based on a review of national and regional rankings as well as consultations with education and business leaders statewide. The publication also looked at various criteria including standardized test scores and career placement after graduation.
According to James Magazine, SPSU’s “academic excellence is grounded in an application-oriented teaching philosophy that makes for a real-work curriculum that is invaluable to students seeking a rewarding professional career.”
The magazine also ranked SPSU as one of the state’s five Best Buys in higher education, noting that “there’s not such a long division between Marietta ‘Tech’ and Atlanta’s. Add it up.”
James Magazine is a monthly publication of the news and public affairs analysis group InsiderAdvantage Georgia.
New facilities now certified green
The university used two green building ratings systems to document the energy- and water-saving features of the facilities: LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and EarthCraft.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the developer of LEED, has supported sustainable building and development practices through a series of rating systems. EarthCraft was created by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface to ensure sustainable, efficient design and function in residential dwellings in the Southeast.
With a LEED certification, organizations such as SPSU can take advantage of state and local government incentives and can also boost external interest in their current projects.
SPSU Post Office has new manager
Tankell will focus on the Post Office’s efficiency and service to the campus community, emphasizing customer service.
Tankell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 7353.
Recent faculty activities
• Dr. Mark Nunes, chair of the department of English, Technical Communication and Media Arts, had two publications this past summer. Explorations in Media Ecology, the quarterly journal of the Media Ecology Association, included Nunes’ article “This is Not a Blog Hoax: Narrative ‘Provocations’ in a Participatory Media Culture.” His essay titled “Seductive Errors: A Poetics of Noise” appeared in the book “Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design,” edited by xtine burrough and published by Routledge.
President Rossbacher appointed to State Network Executive Board
The ACE State Network Executive Board, which supports a national system of state networks for women in higher education, sponsors an annual leadership program for network coordinators and advises on publications.
Members of the board also mentor and nominate women who want to advance their administrative careers. Other duties include advising the Office of Women in Higher Education (OWHE) on a number of issues related to administrative careers for women and nominating women to serve as state coordinators of the ACE Network.
Congratulations to President Rossbacher on her three-year term on the board.
SPSU celebrates 7th annual Constitution Day
Dr. Thomas Nisley, an associate professor in the Social and International Studies Department, led this year’s program on Sept. 15 with a presentation entitled “The War Powers Revisited.”
Dr. Nisley talked about the presidency of Barack Obama and recent military involvement in Libya as he focused on what the U.S. Constitution says about war powers. Specifically, he examined the president’s ability to take the country to war and noted that Congress often has done little to challenge the president in such situations.
SAE fraternity programs at SPSU win national recognition
SAE received one of the national fraternity’s chapter achievement awards, an honor recognizing organizational skills and diversity of programming. SAE at SPSU was also named a runner-up for the University Relations Award and received honorable mentions for its housing and recruitment programs. In addition, SPSU student Kyle Steele, immediate past treasurer of SAE, was one of 10 men in the nation honored with SAE’s Outstanding Treasurer Award.
Chartered in 2009, the SPSU chapter is one of the youngest SAE chapters in the nation. Chapter President Matthew Gosa said the hard work and determination of its members have made SAE one of the largest fraternities at SPSU.
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