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Savannah State University Awarded $3.1 Million Grant for Upward Bound Program

  During Savannah State University’s Upward Bound Program Memorial Day College Tour, students visit Carowinds in May 2022. Savannah State University (SSU) has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for $3.1 million to continue the Upward Bound program for an additional five-year period beginning June 1, 2023. Savannah State University’s Upward Bound program has been active since 1966, and is one of eight federal TRIO outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education. The Upward Bound Program at Savannah State University is designed to provide fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides extensive resources for students that come from low-income families and/or ar
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Savannah State University Honors Staff Member of the Year Kimberly Pitts

Kimberly Pitts, Helpdesk Coordinator in the Information Technology Services department, has been voted Savannah State University's 2022-2023 Staff Member of the Year. Of Savannah State University’s approximately 250 staff members, Helpdesk Coordinator Kimberly Pitts has been named Staff Member of the Year. Pitts works in the university’s Information Technology (IT) Services department, and received the award during the annual Staff Appreciation Day event. The Staff Member of the Year receives a commemorative plaque, a one-year reserved parking permit, one complimentary meal in the campus dining hall, and a special stadium announcement at the homecoming football game. “Winning this award means so much to me because it is confirmation that I'm reaching the goal I've set to be a blessing to Savannah State University. It is motivation to continue to do the best job that I can,” said Pitts. “I pray that I can make a difference with the students, just like the faculty and staff d

Savannah State University Offering Educational Summer Camps

  Eligible middle and high school students are invited to apply for educational summer camps at Savannah State University being held throughout the months of June and July.      Savannah State University (SSU) is partnering with area school systems and other local community partners to offer summer camps for middle and high school students, providing exciting learning opportunities and academic enrichment. The summer camps will provide hands-on academic experiences in the areas of English and language arts, math, STEM, cybersecurity, social engineering, public relations, journalism, digital communications, leadership and career readiness. The summer camps are scheduled for the following dates: Journalism and Mass Communications Media Experience Tour: May 23 – June 3 GEAR UP Summer Bridge: June 6 - 4 and July 11 – 15 GenCyber Tiger Guardians Summer Camp: June 6 - 10 Trio Educational Talent Search: June 6 - July 29 Full STEAM Ahead with COE Summer Academy: June 20

Tiger Spotlight: Belva Franklin

Belva Franklin, c/o '22 Belva Franklin's collegiate journey gives new meaning to the phrase "never give up."   A non-traditional student originally from Brooklyn, New York, Belva says Savannah State University gave her the opportunity to reach her lifelong goal of attaining a college degree. She graduated with the Spring Class of 2022, earning her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing, but a car accident, a broken leg and a time of serious illness almost kept her from walking across that stage.   She began her collegiate journey while living in Vidalia, Georgia in the fall of 2012, and working full-time overnight as a Corrections Officer. She commuted 95 miles each way, four to five days a week, some weeks driving up to 950 miles. She would leave two hours prior to the start of her classes, between 6:30 and 7 a.m., not arriving home until 6 p.m. This rigid schedule took a toll on her family and social life, and she learned she could not do it all.  &

Learn to Kayak This Summer

Savannah State University students learn to kayak at Butterbean Beach  on the Isle of Hope , just 20 minutes South of downtown Savannah. Photo credit: Sarah Peacock With a 201-acre campus uniquely positioned on the Georgia coast, being a student or employee at Savannah State University (SSU) has its perks. One of those is the ability to learn to kayak, and even to take a kayak to class! If you don't have experience kayaking, don't worry - lessons are available.  Just in time for summer, we caught up with Joline Keevy, assistant director of the International Education Center, to learn more about this exciting mode of transportation.  Who can learn to kayak and how? Students, faculty and staff now have opportunities to go kayaking off the dock located on our campus.  Last fall and this spring, we saw the addition of many new kayaks, thanks to a  $25,000 HBC-You Mobility Challenge grant from the Ford Fund , obtained by Dr. Carol Pride, professor and chair of the Department of Mari

Savannah State University Honors Graduate with President’s Second Mile Award

President Kimberly Ballard-Washington presents Lindsay Anderson with the President's Second Mile Award during Savannah State University's Spring 2022 commencement ceremony.  Savannah State University (SSU) has named honor graduate Lindsay S. Anderson the recipient of the President’s Second Mile Award. Anderson received the honor during the commencement ceremony held on May 6.  Presented during each commencement ceremony to a deserving senior in recognition of stellar and meritorious achievement, the President's Second Mile Award is the highest honor awarded to a student and is based upon character, values, leadership, and service to the university and the larger community.  The President's Second Mile Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a graduating senior. Anderson, a third-generation SSU scholar and biology major from Savannah, is described by peers as someone with impeccable values and an inspiring dedication to the pursuit of knowledge.  One of the faculty me

Savannah State University to Offer New Data Analytics Degree Program

Savannah State University will offer a new Data Analytics degree program beginning in the Fall 2022. The University System of Georgia (USG) has approved Savannah State University (SSU) to offer a new, high-demand degree in Data Analytics beginning this fall. The Data Analytics degree program is a joint effort between three of SSU’s colleges: College of Business Administration, College of Sciences and Technology and College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and draws on critical competencies from each area of study. “The Data Analytics degree program aims to prepare our graduates with the hybridization of programming, information systems, applied statistics, management and business, data analysis and decision support in order to formulate managerial insights and make decisions to help meet the changing landscape of 21st century big data,” said Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Sametria McFall, Ph.D. The bachelor’s degree in Data Analytics will expose students