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December 2013


On December 14, SPSU held its 108th commencement ceremony.  In total just under 350 students graduated, with 93 receiving their degrees from CSE.  This is good news, especially in light of our strategic plan (/schoolcse/strategicplan/index.htm), whose first goal is to “increase the number of CSE graduates who are well prepared for work and life to better serve the community”.  Moreover, the percentage of all graduating students who are receiving their degrees from CSE now more closely tracks the percentage of all SPSU students who are enrolled in CSE.  In other words, CSE is doing as well as the other schools at SPSU in turning their students into graduates.  While the percentage of students who receive a degree is still very low, it is at least a step in the right direction.

The graduating class was addressed by Scott M. Frank, president and CEO of AT&T Intellectual Property (AT&T-IP).  His commencement address was very well received.  Mr Frank encouraged the graduates to pursue their own individual dreams and shared some of the principles that had made it possible for him personally to pursue his dreams.

As has become customary, CSE hosted a reception for its graduating students and their family and friends the night before, sponsored this time by the SPSU foundation.   We also used the occasion to ask our graduates to take the Pledge of the Computing Professional (  Dr Becky Rutherfoord, interim chair of the Department of Information Technology, led the graduates in the recitation of the Pledge.


As you know, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has mandated that KSU and SPSU will merge.  When I reported on this news first, I promised that I would post regular updates, and you may recall that I announced a few days ago the formation of the transition team.  

The transition team received met twice, namely on December 5 and on December 18.   Dr Lisa Rossbacher, the President of SPSU, who is a member of the transition team, has posted brief reports on the meetings on her web site.

While the first meeting was primarily a kick-off meeting in which the team received its charge from the Chancellor, the second meeting was more of a working meeting.  As you can see in Dr Rossbacher’s report, in its second meeting, the implementation team formulated a series of principles to guide the consolidation process, as well as a draft list of working committees to work out the details of the consolidation.  The draft proposes a separate working committee for computing and software engineering.


As I understand it, as far as foundations are concerned, the KSU and SPSU foundations will continue as separate entities.  This means that the efforts to match the Klaus Family Foundation challenge grant will continue unabated.  We are making significant progress towards matching the $100,000 challenge grant but we are not there yet.  If you are in a position to make a donation, please do so by going to /giving/. When you make a gift, please mention “CSE endowment”.


This is the last newsletter for 2013.  Clearly, 2013 has been a turbulent year for SPSU.  However, it has also been a year in which CSE continues to make progress towards the achievement of its strategic goals, and I want to express my appreciation to the CSE faculty, staff and students on their continuing efforts to make CSE “one of the best academic units in the world dedicated to all aspects of computing and its applications” (CSE vision, /schoolcse/strategicplan/csevision.htm).

I also wanted to wish all of you the very best for the season, and all the best for the New Year.


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Han Reichgelt
Dean, School of Computing and Software Engineering