It is a pleasure to welcome you to this Special Homecoming Issue of our e-Bulletin "SciTech". As you are aware, "SciTech" is a monthly reporting on recent goings-on in College of Science & Technology (COST), and you will also be able to see all the issues of this e-Bulletin at the COST website at: http://www.savannahstate.edu/scitech/archive.htm
I am excited to be part of the festivities and I hope that you will make plans to join your former classmates and our current students and faculty for the celebrations. A Yoruba saying asserts that if one’s dancing troupe performs brilliantly at the marketplace, one is bound to swell up with pride. You are our ambassadors out there in the big world. We want to know where you are, what you are doing, and how you are doing. Make us proud; take a few minutes and drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to update your record.
Our vision includes a demand for excellence in instruction by tightening the standards, instituting effective assessment and feedback mechanisms, and starting new multi-disciplinary graduate programs in the college.
Another component of that vision is to revitalize and reenergize the alumni association of this college. To that end, I would like to see our alumni organized by graduating class, across graduating classes, and become reengaged with the Savannah State University and COST communities.
I doubt that it is a secret to anyone that funding for higher education is decreasing nationwide. If nationwide higher Ed funding has a cold, funding of the colleges and universities in the State of Georgia is on life support. One week, the need might be hiring a professor in a particular area, while it might be graduate student support or travel funds for undergraduate researchers the next week. In all cases, the results are the same – we cannot do these things because we do not have the resources. That is unacceptable.
This vision cannot be realized unless our alumni and friends catch that vision, begin to speak out on our behalf, and contribute to establish a flexible resource base for the college. You can no longer assume that we will survive without your help.
We hope that you will join us for homecoming week. You don’t want to miss our homecoming events and to mingle with former classmates, professors and staff. We invite you for renewing friendship, fun and fellowship. Come and experience again the energy and excitement of the SSU campus. Come and visit your alma mater and rekindle fond memories of COST and SSU.
We look forward to hearing from you. We wish you continued success in your professional endeavors.
Dr. Babajide Familoni
Dean, College of Sciences & Technology