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SSU Students Bring Home Multiple Awards from SEMAU Conference

The 18th Annual Southeast Model African Union (SEMAU) Conference, hosted by Clayton State University, was held November 6-8 in Morrow, GA. Representing Savannah State University at the conference were two Model African Union (MAU) teams comprised of students from the Model African Union club and Model United Nations class.  They were:  Jared Kolleh (Head Delegate and Secretary General of SSU’s MAU Club), Nandi Conteh, Maurice Freeman, Erin Jones, Hope Kelley, Thalia Kennedy, Kiara Mays, James Ofori, and Joi Zieh.

Upon receiving country assignments, the students became delegations representing the countries of Somalia and Senegal.  Each of the “ambassadors” chose a committee that he/she wanted to participate in.  Students researched their selected country and then, at the SEMAU Conference, drafted, discussed, and voted on resolutions that addressed major problems in the selected country in particular, and the continent of Africa at large.“The performance of the students was outstanding,” said Faculty Advisor Dr. Otilia Iancu.  “They received a number of awards for their efforts at the Closing Ceremony.”

Students who received awards are:  Jared Kolleh, Outstanding Chair (Honorable Mention) of the Conference; Kiara Mays, Outstanding Delegate Leadership Award (Honorable Mention) in The Committee on Regional Economic Communities (RECs) – Somalia; Hope Kelley, Outstanding Delegate Leadership Award in The Committee on Regional Economic Communities (RECs) – Senegal; Thalia Kennedy, Outstanding Delegate Leadership Award (Honorable Mention) in The Economic Matters Committee – Senegal; Erin Jones, Outstanding Delegate Leadership Award in The Social Matters Committee – Senegal; and, Maurice Freeman, Outstanding Delegate Leadership Award (Honorable Mention) in The Peace and Security Committee – Senegal. In addition, ambassadors representing Senegal received the Outstanding Delegation Award. Students also had the opportunity to meet and hear messages from H. E. Oliver Wonekha, Ambassador of the Republic of Uganda to the United States, Dr. Thomas J. Hynes, Jr., President of Clayton State University, and JB Burke, Mayor of Morrow, GA.

Photo description (Delegation Photo):  (L to R):  James Ofori, Kiara Mays, Jared Kolleh, Hope Kelley, Erin Jones, Maurice Freeman, Joi Zieh, Dr. Otilia Iancu (Faculty Advisor), and Nandi Conteh. Not pictured: Thalia Kennedy.



A new scholarly publication by Dr. David Bell

Dr. David Bell, the coordinator of MPA program, authored a new article in PA Times online, American Society of Public Administration. The title of his article is Capacity Building: The Public Organization 21st Century Management and Leadership Challenge. The on-line version of the article can be found here. The full citation of the article is Capacity Building:  The Public Organization 21st Century Management and Leadership Challenge. (2014, June 13). PA Times online, American Society of Public Administration.  


Dr. Rukmana was invited as one of the keynote speakers at the 2013 Cities International Seminar in Surabaya, Indonesia

Dr. Deden Rukmana was invited as one of the keynote speakers at the 2013 Cities International Seminar on October 8-9 in Surabaya, Indonesia. The seminar was hosted by the Surabaya Institute of Technology, Indonesia and the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. The theme of the seminar is "Resilience cities: Beyond mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery". Dr. Rukmana presented his lecture titled "The role of urban planners in building urban resilience" through a teleconference.


Dr. Bongang was selected as a scholar of the Executive Leadership Institute of the USG for the 2013-2014 academic year

Dr. Cheryl Dozier, President of SSU and Dr. Reynold Verret, Provost for Academic Affairs, have selected Dr. Benn Bongang, Professor & Chair of the Department of Political Science & Public Affairs, has been selected, along with Mr. Phillip D. Adams, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, as a Scholar of the the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) of the University System of Georgia for the 2013-14 academic year. The Board of Regents and Chancellor Huckaby are pleased to offer the ELI to address the Regents' Strategic Imperative to increase accountability, efficiency, and innovation. This is an important leadership development initiative that will yield many benefits to both our leaders and to the University System. Past SSU participants in this program include: Dr. April Gentry (Director, Center for Academic Success), Mr. Joe Steffen (University Counsel), Dr. Johnathan Lambright (interim Dean, COST), Dr. Chellu Chetty (Associate Vice President for Research & Sponsored Programs) and Mr. Edward Jolley (Vice President for Business & Financial Affairs).


Dr. Kalantari made a public presentation on Syria in the SSU Library

Dr. Behrooz Kalantari made a presentation on 'Bringing Peace to Syria: Consequences of U.S. Military Intervention' on September 10, 2013 in the Art Gallery of the Library.This was sponsored by Asa Gordon Library and the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs.


Dr. Rukmana was elected to the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Governing Board

Dr. Deden Rukmana was elected to the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Governing Board as ACSP Regional Representative from the Southeast Region. Dr. Rukmana will represent 24 planning schools from Alabama, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. He will be installed to assume these functions at the ACSP administrators' conference, November 13-16 in Columbus, Ohio. 


Dr. Naniuzeyi was invited by the American Council on Education

Dr. Emmanuel Naniuzeyi was invited by the American Council on Education to participate in the Lightning Round Discussion with Senior Administrators of various academic institutions during breakfast on March 5, 2013 in Washington, DC. The topic of the discussion was how to engage senior administrators in Internationalization. The American Council on Education has been working with Savannah State University on the Internationalization project for over a year and has been impressed by the involvement of Savannah State’s senior administrators in Internationalization. Clearly, the interest and involvement of our senior administrators are exemplary and should be emulated by other academic institutions. Dr. Naniuzeyi seized this opportunity to share with administrators of other institutions the experience of Savannah State University with emphasis on the involvement of our senior administrators in the internationalization process. All travel expenses for Dr. Naniuzeyi were covered by the American Council on Education.


A new scholarly publication by Dr. Christie L. Richardson

Dr. Christie L. Richardson authored a new article in American International Journal of Social Science, Volume 2(1) January 2013. The title of her article is Security Coordination between the European Union and the United States.


SSU delegates won national awards in the 2013 National Model African Union

The SSU delegates were selected for two national awards at the 2013 National Model African Union in Washington, DC sponsored by Howard University February 21-24, 2013.

 

- Committee Leadership Award for the Committee on Democracy, Governance & Human Rights 

- Outstanding Delegation in Committee Award for the Technical Committee on Social Matters

 

Big kudos go also to the following delegates with their respective committees as this was a team effort!

 

Executive Council - Max Boykin and Courtney Davison

Peace and Security Committee - Audrey Davis

Technical Committee on Economic Matters - Xavius Davis

Technical Committee on Social Matters - Mariah Pollard

Committee on Democracy, Governance & Human Rights - Kelsey Gore and Imani Warren


A new scholarly publication by Dr. David Bell

Dr. David Bell, the coordinator of MPA program, coauthored a new article in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. The title of his article is How Nonprofit Leaders Evaluate Funding Sources: An Exploratory Study of Nonprofit Leaders. The on-line version of the article can be found here. The print version of this article will appear in March 2013.


Dr. Deden Rukmana was quoted in the Jakarta Globe

Dr. Deden Rukmana, the coordinator of Urban Studies and Planning program, was quoted in the Jakarta Globe, an Indonesian national newspaper, about Jakarta's flooding problems on January 22, 2013.

“The dredging and rehabilitation of rivers, canals and basins, the main component of the Jakarta Urgent Flood Mitigation Project, are only able to mitigate impacts of flooding,” said Deden Rukmana, an associate professor of urban studies and planning at Savannah State University in the United States, who has a blog on Jakarta’s urban planning. “It will be effective if complemented with other efforts,” he said.

Further story can be found at: http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/flood-prevention-project-planned-to-begin-in-march/566858


A new scholarly publication by Dr. Geoff Bowden

Dr. Geoffrey C. Bowden authored a new article in The Cresset, Volume LXXVI (2), pp. 47-49. The title of his article is The Election Issue that wasn't but should have been. The on-line version of the article can be found here.


A new scholarly publication by Dr. Christie L. Richardson

Dr. Christie L. Richardson authored a new article in International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Volume 2(22) November 2012. The title of her article is From Natural Law to Contemporary Political Conflict: A Legal Philosophical Perspective on Closing Guantanamo.


A panel of DPSPA faculty members presented papers at the International Security Studies Conference in Chapel Hill, NC

Four DPSPA faculty members presented papers at the International Security Studies Conference on October 4-6, 2012 in Chapel Hill, NC.

  1. Emily Bentley, Relationship of Homeland Security to Emergency Management  - Teaching an Integrated Approach
  2. Terri Clay, Collaboration Among International Organizations to Combat Terrorism
  3. Christie Richardson, Security Coordination between the European Union and the United States
  4. Benn Bongang, Vulnerable States and New Terrorism Challenges: the Case of Boko Haram in Nigeria

Dr. Deden Rukmana co-authored a book chapter

Dr. Deden Rukmana co-authored a chapter titled Street Vending in Indonesian Cities: Their Characteristics and Activities in Yogyakarta in a new book Transforming Asian Cities: Intellectual impasse, Asianizing space and emerging translocalities by Nihal Perera and Wing-Shing Tang (Eds.).

The book was published by Routledge and released on September 27, 2012 and can be found at this link.


A new scholarly publication by Dr. Behrooz Kalantari

Dr. Behrooz Kalantari authored a new article in the premier journal of human resource, Public Personnel Management, Volume 41(2) Summer 2012. The title of his article is The Influence of Social Values and Childhood Socialization on Occupational Gender Segregation and Wage Disparity.


A new publication by Dr. Geoffrey Bowden

Dr. Geoffrey Bowden authored a chapter titled The Evangelical-Anabaptist Spectrum: The Political Theologies of Francis Schaeffer, John Howard Yoder, and Jim Wallis in a new book The Activist Impulse: Essays on the Intersection of Evangelicalism and Anabaptism by David C. Cramer and Jared S. Burkholder (Eds.). The book was published by Pickwick Publications in April 2012.


Dr. Christie L. Richardson will present a paper in an international conference in Spain in June 2012

Dr. Christie L. Richardson received notification that her proposal was accepted into the 7th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Science in Barcelona, Spain in June 2012. The title of the proposal is Putting America Back to Work: Removing the Economic Roadblock for Job Development, Growth and Stability.


Dr. Benn L. Bongang was invited by WJCL and WTGS to react to the State of the Union

The local ABC and Fox TV affiliate stations (WJCL and WTGS) invited Dr. Bongang to react to the State of the Union from President Barack Obama on January 24, 2012.

The video of the Dr. Bongang's reaction to the State of the Union can be found at this link.


Dr. Benn L. Bongang was invited to give a guest lecture at the LVAIC Africana Consortium of Moravian College and Lehigh University

 

The LVAIC Africana Consortium of Moravian College and Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania has invited Dr. Benn L. Bongang to give a guest lecture. Dr. Bongang will present a paper titled "Of Bull-Horns and Rattlers: Media and State Conflicts in Cameroon in early 1990s" on September 22, 2011.

The more information about the event can be found at this link.


New Scholarly Publications by Dr. Benn L. Bongang and Dr. Deden Rukmana

Adonis & Abbey Publishers of London have just announced the publication of “Voices in the Dark: Mavericks, Censorship & Freedom of Expression in Cameroon” by Dr. Benn L. Bongang. This is a book chapter in Democracy and Culture: An African Perspective (2008) edited by Lioba Moshi & Abdulahi A. Osman of University of Georgia, Athens.

Two articles by Dr. Deden Rukmana have been accepted for publication: (1) Where the homeless children and youth come from: A study of the residential origins of the homeless in Miami-Dade County, Florida in Children and Youth Services Review; and (2) The Growth of Jakarta Metropolitan Area and the Sustainability of Urban Development in Indonesia in The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability.

Dr. Behrooz Kalantari was awarded an Outstanding Liaison Award from the Board of Regents


Kalantari

Dr. Behrooz Kalantari is the recipient of the only annual "Outstanding Liaison Award" in 2008 among thirty-five universities in the University of System Georgia. The award was given to Dr. Kalantari during the annual system-wide meeting of the Campus Liaisons that was conducted by the Board of Regents at Augusta State University in Augusta Georgia.

Dr. Kalantari was recognized for his contributions and efforts as the ADR Liaison at Savannah State University. He has held this position since December 2003. Behrooz Kalantari has also published several books and articles in Human Resource Management, Organizational Ethics, Strategic Management, and Comparative Politics since joining SSU in 1997.

As the ADR Liaison, Kalantari chairs the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee on Campus. The ADR Liaisons work with the the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (CNCR) at the Board of Regents to manage conflicts at the 35 universities within the University System of Georgia. CNCR was created in 1995 as part of an initiative to institutionalize conflict prevention and resolution at the system-wide universities and colleges.


Dr. Benn Bongang was quoted in the Des Moines Register

Dr. Benn Bongang was quoted in the Des Moines Register, a local newspaper in the Iowa’s capital city, about Barack Obama’s performance in the Iowa caucus on January 7, 2008. "I see it as a dramatic event," said Bernard Bongang, the head of the political science department at Savannah State University, the oldest historically black public college in Georgia."Even if he eventually doesn't get the nomination, he's made history because not only has a black man had that kind of victory in Iowa but also a victory propelled to a large extent by young people who are normally not that great about going out to vote."

Further story can be found at: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008801070318


Professor Emily Bentley was awarded a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Grant

Professor Emily Bentley, Director, Homeland Security and Emergency Management was recently awarded a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Scientific Leadership Award for Minority Serving Institutions. Her grant award “Research and Curriculum Development for Improved Policy and Planning for Underserved and Disadvantaged Populations” is for a three year term beginning January 1, 2008. The $299,999 award will support and promote the new Homeland Security and Emergency Management degree program, support important emergency preparedness research, and provide valuable internship and research experience for Savannah State students.

Dr. Deden Rukmana, Graduate Coordinator of the MSUS program, will also serve as a Faculty Investigator on this project. He will direct the data collection and analysis of the research regarding the geographical distribution of underserved and disadvantaged population in Chatham County, Georgia, in relation to resident individuals’ preparedness for disaster. The research will attempt to address the research question of what factors play a role in increasing the percentage of residents in vulnerable areas who are prepared and able to move out of harm’s way – whether the threat of hurricane or another hazard.