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This Week at Savannah State University – April 7-13, 2013

Contact: Loretta Heyward, Communications Director, 912-358-3049


• Monday, April 8 (Inaugural Week – Fine Arts Day)

Exhibition and lecture by Walter O. Evans, Ph.D., from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Social Sciences Building Gallery on campus. Considered the foremost collector of African-American art in the world, Evans will share pieces from his vast collection and helm the Savannah debut of “The Legend of John Brown” and “Hiroshima” by renowned artist Jacob Lawrence. Music at the event will be provided by the SSU Jazz Ensemble.

• Tuesday, April 9 (Inaugural Week – Research Day)

Third annual Research Conference and Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) Symposium at 8:30 a.m. in Tiger Arena on campus. This year’s conference carries the theme “Learning from the Past to Guide our Future” and will feature research conducted this academic year by undergraduate and graduate students and their faculty mentors. The conference will also include keynote lectures from Roger Chalkley, Ph.D., senior associate dean at Vanderbilt University, and Jamboor Vishwanatha, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. For a full schedule and online registration, visit

• Wednesday, April 10 (Inaugural Week – Lecture & Symposium Day: “Exploring the African-American Experience in Coastal Georgia and South Carolina – A Rich Legacy)
Community Panel Discussion and Demonstration on the Preservation of Gullah/Geechee Culture from 6-8 p.m. at the Savannah History Museum Auditorium, 303 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The panel will feature Felicia Bell, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at SSU; Michael Allen, National Park Service Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor coordinator; and Emory Campbell, former executive director of the Penn Center and Gullah community leader. There will also be a performance by the McIntosh County Shouters, an award-winning group that practices the Gullah Geechee ring shout tradition.

• Thursday, April 11 (Inaugural Week – International Day)
Forum on global citizenship from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in Student Union ballrooms A and B on campus. The forum will feature Ambassador Amina Salim Ali, representative of the African Union to the United States, David Kilber, secretary of Foreign Affairs and cultural attaché of the French Consulate in Atlanta, and other scholars discussing the importance of global citizenship in the 21st century and how to get involved in global affairs.

Dedication ceremony of the new Richard R. Wright Sr. Residence Hall and unveiling of Wright’s specially commissioned bust at 5 p.m. on Felix Alexis Circle on campus. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved this month the renaming of Tiger Pointe residence hall to honor Wright, the university’s founding president.

“Tastes of the World and Music Without Borders” from 6-9 p.m. in the King-Frazier Student Center ballroom on campus. Members of the public will have the opportunity to sample dishes from around the world while enjoying performances from a salsa troupe and the Soweto Street Beat Dancers of South Africa.

• Friday, April 12 (Inaugural Week – Investiture and President’s Gala)
Investiture Ceremony from 10-11:30 a.m. at Tiger Arena on campus. Cheryl Davenport Dozier, DSW, will be officially installed as 13th SSU president by University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby.

President’s Inaugural Gala at 7:30 p.m. at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront, 100 General McIntosh Blvd. The black-tie event will feature toasts and tributes honoring Dozier, with proceeds supporting need-based scholarships for undergraduate students at SSU.
To note: A full schedule of Inaugural Week events is available online at

• Saturday, April 13
2013 Regional South Eastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering (SECME) mousetrap car and water rocket competitions for elementary, middle and high school students from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Tiger Arena and the Student Union on campus. Approximately 40 students from Bulloch, Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties will compete for awards and the opportunity to earn travel to the national competition finals. The event is presented by the SSU College of Sciences and Technology and the STEM 360 Activity. For more information contact Patrick Dean, activity director, at 912-358-3295 or

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