SPSU teams with Kiwanis Club to bring technology home for high-school students
MHS staffers have selected students with a documented lack of technology at home to receive laptop computers to aid them in their studies. The laptops will be serviced and monitored by SPSU and MHS.
To be eligible for the program, MHS staffers determine if the student has spent at least two years at MHS, has maintained a GPA of 2.5 or better, is on track for graduation, has a documented technology need and has no significant disciplinary actions against him/her.
Once a student has been selected to participate, a laptop is loaned to them for the duration of their education at MHS. As long as they graduate in a timely fashion, the school will turn over ownership of the computer to the student at that point.
Currently, 25 students have received laptops through the initiative. The Kiwanis Club of Marietta is committed financially to the program for at least another year, with plans to include up to 100 students.
ASEE elects Dean Jeffrey Ray as interim VP
This appointment also places him on the executive and finance committees of the ASEE board. Dr. Ray is also chair of ASEE’s Engineering Technology Council, which promotes quality education and creative endeavors to engineering schools nationwide.
Dr. Ray joined the SPSU faculty in August 2007 and holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. He received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville.
ASEE exists to encourage excellence in instruction, research and public service among engineering educators and has representation in several accrediting and certification bodies including ABET and the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Student competition teams receive funding through Alumni Association
All funding for the Alumni Association and the SPSU Foundation is provided by private contributions from friends, supporters and university alumni, faculty and staff members.
The following teams and student chapters of national organizations received financial support this year:
• American Society of Civil Engineering
Two Fulbright scholars visiting SPSU next week
Dr. Shiro Matsushima, a professor in the Architecture and Civil Engineering department at Toyohashi University of Technology in Toyohashi, Aichi, Japan, a visiting scholar in the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, will be on campus Mon., Feb. 25, and Tues., Feb. 26.
During his visit – coordinated by Dr. Raj Sashti, director of international program development, and Elizabeth Martin, assistant professor of architecture – Dr. Matsushima will participate in several meetings and conferences with architecture students and faculty. He teaches planning and design, design technology and project management and will give a presentation on design at 5 p.m. on Feb. 25 in the Design II auditorium.
Faculty members interested in meeting Dr. Matsushima should contact Dr. Sashti at ext. 3266 or email@example.com.
Eric Huerta of Queretaro University in Mexico will be on campus to give presentations to engineering students as well as faculty seminars on Tues., Feb. 26. The Office of Academic Affairs and International Programs, the School of Engineering and the Department of Systems and Mechanical Engineering are sponsoring his visit.
Huerta is a visiting Fulbright professor at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. His research interests include quantitative methods for engineering education and research.
Dr. Sashti and Dr. Adeel Khalid, assistant professor of systems engineering, will coordinate Huerta’s visit. Faculty members interested in meeting him should contact Dr. Khalid at ext. 7241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPSU welcomes new staffers in UITS, IT department
University Information Technology Services (UITS) hired Coppola as its purchasing and logistics coordinator. Her primary role is to oversee the purchasing life cycle of all campus technology from initial purchase to surplus/retirement. Coppola also will work to ensure that all products purchased fall under UITS, procurement and University System of Georgia guidelines.
Coppola previously worked for five years as a genius administrator for Apple retail, overseeing inventory control and managing repairs. She can be reached at email@example.com or via the UITS Help Desk, ext. 4537.
Watkins is the new administrative assistant in the Information Technology (IT) department in the School of Computing and Software Engineering (CSE). She previously worked as a student assistant in the Computer Science and Software Engineering department.
Watkins is finishing up her degree in business administration from SPSU. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 4292.
Recent faculty publications
• Dr. Peter Sakaris, associate professor of biology, has an article to be published in the book “Current perspectives in contaminant hydrology and water resources sustainability.” His article is entitled “A review of the effects of hydrologic alteration on fisheries and biodiversity and the management and conservation of natural resources in regulated river systems.” The book will be published by InTech, the world’s largest open-access publisher of books in science, technology and medicine.
Honors program raffling off reserved parking spots
The winners of both prizes will be determined in a raffle at 1 p.m. on Feb. 28. Honors students will be selling the raffle tickets ($3 for one or $5 for two) until then. Winners will be contacted shortly afterward.
If you don’t encounter an Honors student selling tickets or if you have questions about the raffle, call the Honors program office at ext. 3931, or e-mail email@example.com.
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