Farewell to Dean Bill Barnes
He has led a school that boasts the only nationally accredited professional Bachelor of Architecture program and the longest-running construction management (CM) program in the state.
Highlights of Dr. Barnes’ tenure as dean include the construction of the multiple-award-winning Design II building, which provided studio space for second-year architecture students, and two rounds of renovations of the older Design I building (the most recent of which is scheduled for completion this fall). He oversaw the addition of a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Architecture is set to debut in January 2013. Also over the years, a number of certificate and concentration options have been added to the CM program.
Dean Barnes is also a leader in construction education well beyond the SPSU campus. He has been an active member of a national accreditation organization, the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), since 1992 and served as its president from 2003 to 2005.
SPSU Foundation trustee steps down after decades of service
When he stepped down on May 30, Scott – who is executive vice president and secretary for the transportation contractor C.W. Matthews and a former bank director – had earned the appreciation and admiration of university officials and his colleagues on the board.
“I feel very blessed and very privileged to have been a part of all the progress that has been made at SPSU over the past three decades,” he said during a standing ovation for him at the board's quarterly meeting.
SPSU alumni develop software app snapped up by Apple
The patent-pending application is the first software program on the market that can automatically remove blank spaces, video noise, distortion and other glitches from digital video files, home video cassettes and film, and downloaded movies, according to the SPSU alumni. The new software can also convert DVDs and downloaded video files to play on the iPhone, iPad, AppleTV, Xbox 360, PS3 and more. The two men plan to have a Windows version of SproutConverter ready this summer.
Apple only accepts the best applications that have been thoroughly tested and evaluated. To have made it through the company’s rigorous and lengthy approval process is quite a feat.
Miller and Tornroos met at SPSU in 2010 and decided to quit their full-time day jobs in 2012 to pursue their goal: creation of GearSprout LLC.
SPSU hosts thousands for Duke TIP ceremony
Held in two separate ceremonies in the SPSU gym, the program brought more than 2,000 people to campus, including almost 500 seventh graders from across the state who received medals in recognition of their strong academic achievement. Among those who spoke to the young students were SPSU Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services Ron Koger and Cobb County State Court Judge Toby Prodgers, a Duke alumnus.
Duke created the TIP program in 1980 to identify academically gifted and talented young people and provide innovative programs to support the development of their full educational potential. Since its founding, TIP has reached out to nearly two million youths.
In Georgia, TIP’s Seventh Grade Talent Search identified a total of 2,378 students (out of a total of 6,359) who scored high enough on their SATs or ACTs to qualify for recognition
Division of IT welcomes new staff
• Jenny Rief is secretary to SPSU CIO Sam Conn. Previously, she worked for the Cobb County School District where she taught and served as a paraprofessional. In her new position, she provides administrative support to the CIO and directors and staff of the Division of Information Technology. Rief is a graduate of Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., and holds a psychology degree with a minor in sociology. She can be reached at email@example.com or ext. 3440.
• Malcolm Ellis is a desktop support technician. Before coming to SPSU, he worked as a computer technician and consultant for Compguard Computer Consulting. He holds an interactive design and game development degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is certified in CompTIA A+. Ellis is currently pursuing CCNA and MCSE certifications. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 4357.
• Richard Jones is a network administrator. He joins SPSU from the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) where he served as a network engineer and security assistant and helped redesign the BMCC network after 9/11. He is Cisco certified and has over 12 years of networking experience. Jones can be reached at email@example.com or ext. 4357.
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