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South Carolina State University

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Orangeburg, SC, United States

South Carolina State University is a historically black university located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States. It is the only state funded, historically black land-grant institution in South Carolina and is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. South Carolina State University was founded in 1896 as the state of South Carolina's sole public college for black youth. Although regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools , the university was placed on probation in June 2014 for failing to meet the accreditor's standards "concerning governing board conflicts of interest and board/administration structure, as well as financial stability and controls." Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 17, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

In this April 27, 2017 photo, Maurice Cooley, right, Associate Vice President of Intercultural Affairs at Marshall University, presents Demetrius Miller with his Kente cloth during Marshall's spring Donning of the Kente ceremony in Huntington, W. Va. Harvard will join a growing number of universities when it holds its first "Black Commencement" on May 23 to recognize the accomplishments of black students and faculty. Organizers said it isn't meant to replace the traditional graduation but to add something that was missing. (Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch via AP) BOSTON (AP) — Black students at Harvard University are organizing a graduation ceremony of their own this year to recognize the achievements of black students and faculty members some say have been overlooked. More than 700 students and guests are registered to attend Harvard's Black Commencement, which will take place two days before the school's traditional graduation events. It isn't meant to replace the existing ceremony, student organizers say, but rather to add something that was missing. "We really wanted an opportunity to give voice to the voiceless at Harvard," said Michael Huggins, president of the Harvard Black Graduate Student Alliance, a campus group that is planning the ceremony. "So many students identify with the African diaspora but don't necessarily feel welcome as part of the larger community, and they don't feel like their stories are being shared." Harvard joins a growing number of universities that have added graduation events for students of different ethnicities. Some have offered black commencement ceremonies for years, including Stanford University, Marshall University and the University of Washington. Some have added them more recently, and are also adding events for a variety of cultural groups. Black undergraduates at Harvard have held similar graduation events in the past, but student organizers say the new ceremony is the first that's open to students across the university. The May 23 event at Harvard will feature four student speakers discussing the hurdles they faced on the way to graduation. Every student will receive a stole made of traditional African kente cloth, meant to symbolize their shared heritage and to be worn with their cap and gown at the university's graduation. Students have raised $35,000 for the event, mostly from schools within the university. Organizers say some university deans and professors have agreed to attend. A Harvard spokesman declined to comment. "This event is truly open for everyone," said Huggins, who is graduating with a master's in public policy this month. "We really want this to be an open affair where people can learn about some experiences that often go unnoticed." Students at Harvard also started an annual Latino graduation ceremony in 2015, and the school hosts a separate event for LGBT students, known as a "lavender graduation." Many other colleges have been adding similar events in recent years. The University of Delaware held its first LGBT ceremony this year, joining dozens of others across the country. Along with its traditional commencement, Virginia Commonwealth University added new ceremonies for black students, Latinos and military veterans last year. "They're small affairs, but they're meaningful," said Michael Porter, a spokesman for Virginia Commonwealth University. "It's really a social event, and one more time to get together as you wind down the college career." Cultural graduation events are typically started by students, experts say, and often by those who feel marginalized on their campuses. They can be particularly important for black students, many of whom are the first in their families to graduate from college, said M. Evelyn Fields, president of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education. "When you're a little speck of pepper in a sea of salt, you can get lost," said Fields, who is also a professor of early childhood education at South Carolina State University. "They don't want to just be lost in the sea. They want the recognition that they believe they deserve, for the work that they've done." Black students at Harvard represent 5 percent of the overall student body, compared with whites, who make up 43 percent, according to federal education data. Campus tensions at the Ivy League school have been heightened over the past two years after a series of racially charged episodes. Harvard police called it a hate crime when framed portraits of several black law professors were defaced in 2015. No suspect was found. Months later, the law school agreed to abandon its official coat of arms after student activists protested the symbol's ties to an 18th-centry slave owner. Organizers of the Black Commencement say it's partly meant to highlight racial disparities on campus. But ultimately it's a celebration of achievement, said Jillian Simons, a law student and president-elect of the Harvard Black Graduate Student Alliance. "We want to acknowledge how far we've come," Simons said. "We want to say that there is a time to be jubilant and to acknowledge something that is positive instead of something that is causing heartache."


News Article | May 15, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Born in Naples, Italy to a now-retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer, Kára works as a scientist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Kára earned her degree in radiochemistry from South Carolina State University. She is the founder of a community outreach program called "Science Exploration for Kids" (SE4K), which creates interactive activities celebrating math and science to cultivate a passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among children. Outside of her work for the government and in her community, Kára is an avid cook. Kára is the seventh woman born outside the United States to hold the Miss USA title. Viewers around the world helped their favorite contestant advance throughout the competition via a global fan vote, which saw nearly a million votes cast during the two-hour telecast. The competition also trended worldwide on Twitter. The live telecast featured narratives filmed in the contestants' hometowns highlighting their professional successes and community accomplishments; as well as a roundtable discussion about the American Dream; and a special tribute to the contestants' mothers in honor of Mother's Day. The competition sourced its final questions for the interview portion of the show from theSkimm. A media company with an engaged community of more than five million active subscribers, theSkimm is changing the way female millennials consume news and information. More than 1,000 questions were submitted. Topics included challenges that women face in the workplace, global perception of the United States, suicide prevention, healthcare and the impact of social media in society. Top Three: Miss District of Columbia USA Kára McCullough; Miss Minnesota USA Meridith Gould; Miss New Jersey USA Chhavi Verg Top Ten: Miss Alaska USA Alyssa London; Miss California USA India Williams; Miss District of Columbia USA Kára McCullough; Miss Illinois USA Whitney Wandland; Miss Minnesota USA Meridith Gould; Miss Missouri USA Bayleigh Dayton; Miss New Jersey USA Chhavi Verg; Miss New York USA Hannah Lopa; Miss South Carolina USA Megan Gordon; Miss Tennessee USA Allee-Sutton Hethcoat. The Miss USA prize package includes a year-long salary as Miss USA; luxury accommodations in a New York City apartment for the duration of her reign, including living expenses; a one-year supply of CHI Haircare products; a swimsuit wardrobe by YANDY.com; personal health and beauty services; a modeling portfolio by leading fashion photographers; and professional representation by The Miss Universe Organization. About The Miss Universe Organization The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) uses its global grassroots reach to empower women to be self-confident and strive to be their personal best.  MUO believes that every woman should be "Confidently Beautiful." The MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA®, and MISS TEEN USA® competitions provide an international platform through dedicated partnerships with charities, sponsors, and brands around the world. During their reign, titleholders are given the tools to personally and professionally enrich others by providing humanitarian efforts to affect positive change, all while developing their personal career goals. For more information, please visit: www.missusa.com. Find MISS USA® on Facebook and YouTube, and follow on Twitter and Instagram. About IMG IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world's greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/district-of-columbias-kara-mccullough-crowned-miss-usa-300457312.html


Roy K.M.,University of Maryland University College | Dyson O.,South Carolina State University
American Journal of Community Psychology | Year: 2010

In this analysis, we explore how low-income African American fathers build understandings of successful manhood in the context of community-based responsible fatherhood programs. Drawing on life history interviews with 75 men in Illinois and Indiana, we explore men's attempts to fulfill normative expectations of fatherhood while living in communities with limited resources. We examine the efforts of community-based fatherhood programs to shape alternative African American masculinities through facilitation of personal turning points and "breaks with the past," use of social support and institutional interventions, and the reframing of provision as a priority of successful fatherhood. We refer to Connell's hegemonic masculinity framework (Connell in Masculinities, Polity Press, Cambridge, 1995) and discuss how both men and programs borrow from hegemonic and street masculinities to develop alternative approaches to paternal involvement for marginalized men. © Society for Community Research and Action 2010.


Chukwu U.C.,South Carolina State University | Mahajan S.M.,Tennessee Technological University
IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy | Year: 2014

Real-time application in power systems is a key to smart-grid realization. Maintaining accurate security information and monitoring the changing system state are necessary for real-time management of the modern-day power system. Smart-grid applications provide an excellent opportunity to better manage the voltage stability of the power system. Using intelligent electronic devices, it is possible to capture power system data, and give an instantaneous snapshot of the system status. The penetration of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) into the power system may introduce a high-level of volatility due precarious charging/discharging operations, hence emphasizing the need for a real-time management option. In this paper, a real-time monitoring diagnostic of the power system is presented. The system parameters for consideration are voltage profile, voltage stability, step voltage regulators (SVRs) operations, power, and energy loss. Economic studies are also considered. Results show that for a given V2G penetration level, three-phase and system-wide V2G integration results in an improved system performance, and economic operation of the power system than a one-phase V2G integration. Results also indicate that using V2G parking lots to inject reactive power to the grid at an optimal location can promise about 95% power/energy loss reduction (relative to power loss without V2G installed). The results are suitable for further applications of smart grids. © 2010-2012 IEEE.


Chukwu U.C.,South Carolina State University | Mahajan S.M.,Tennessee Technological University
IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy | Year: 2014

Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) units are gaining prominence and may dominate the auto-market in the near future. The V2G batteries require corporate parking lots for charging and discharging operations. The electric power capacity of an existing parking lot can be increased by the installation of photovoltaic (PV) rooftops. This paper describes mathematical models for estimating the electric power capacity of a V2G parking lot (VPL) system with PV canopy. The electric vehicle (EV) demand/supply model was formulated as a queuing theory problem, exhibiting stochastic characteristics. New formulae were developed to address the impacts of battery charger efficiency on the amount of power demand during battery charging, and also how the latter is effected by inverter efficiency during discharging. Mathematical models for grid gain factor were developed. The proposed models were tested using Tesla Roadster EV and Nissan leaf EV. Promising simulation results are gained leading to a conclusion that vehicle parking lots with PV facilities can potentially relieve and enhance the grid capacity. Results show that 60% gain factor is possible. The effect of weather uncertainties and energy market price were studied. The study could be useful in battery-charger control studies. © 2013 IEEE.


Miah A.M.,South Carolina State University
IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution | Year: 2011

Earlier, a simple dynamic equivalent for a power system external area containing a group of coherent generators was proposed in the literature. In the proposed method, all the coherent generators are first decomposed into smaller generators. This is a new concept. The smaller generators are then aggregated in two levels. In this study, a new alternative and much more justified approach is proposed for the first-level aggregation. However, for the second-level aggregation, the same earlier approach is used. The resulting dynamic equivalent has a power system structure. In online applications, this equivalent does not require any measurement data from the external area. Very recently, the performance of the dynamic equivalent has been extensively investigated on the New England 39-bus 10-generator system, the IEEE 162-bus 17-generator system and the IEEE 145-bus 50-generator system. The results of this investigation are presented here for a complete validation of the proposed method. © 2011 The Institution of Engineering and Technology.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: ALLIANCES-MINORITY PARTICIPAT. | Award Amount: 1.50M | Year: 2013

The Louis Stokes South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-SCAMP) is designed to increase the quality and quantity of underrepresented minority students (URMs) who complete baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and who successfully transition to pursue advanced graduate STEM degrees. LS-SCAMP is made up of South Carolina State University in collaboration with six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), five technical colleges and three research institutions in South Carolina. The projects goals are to intensify recruitment initiatives to increase STEM enrollment by 30%, to increase and sustain the STEM baccalaureate degree production by 12% above the Phase I attainment (500 baseline to 800 degree attainment over 5 years), increase the number of LS-SCAMP students who enter graduate school within two years of graduating by 50 percent, develop two summer bridge programs (one academic and one research) for the successful transition of thirty technical college students into STEM baccalaureate degree programs in year one and 150 students over five years and increase the number of students that participate in academic and summer research activities.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 399.94K | Year: 2013

The Targeted Infusion Project will form a partnership between physics programs at South Carolina State University (SCSU) and Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College (OCtech) that will strengthen both programs and serve as a model of best practices for developing collaborations. This partnership will be accomplished through shared resources and a variety of activities that include curriculum revision, infusing cyberlearning into the coursework and faculty training in current pedagogical methods. Efforts include an improved approach to recruitment and retention that focuses on the first year, both for freshmen entering college and for transfer students transitioning from OCtech to SCSU. Partner institutions will use a variety of means to strengthen the academic and social support for majors such as bringing first year students in contact with seniors through hands-on research experiences. Activities and products include institutionalization of five new courses, such as the LabVIEW course at OCtech and the Research Methods class at SCSU; development of renewable energy lab exercises; and online modules created for the physics courses that will lead to the use of flip instruction at both institutions. Finally, the introduction of iLabs will enable the development of the first physics hybrid course, mixing lab exercises that are online with others that are taught face-to-face.

The growing need for STEM graduates in this country is well documented as is the underrepresentation of minorities in STEM disciplines, particularly in the field of physics. This project will address these issues by strengthening the physics program at SCSU through a partnership with OCtech to improve recruitment and retention. Lessons learned from the adoption of products, practices and techniques such as on-line tutorials, iLabs and Invention Instruction, will serve as a model for teaching physics at other HBCUs. Attainment of the project goal, to form a successful physics partnership between two institutions, will serve as a model of best practices for STEM collaborations at other institutions.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: PAARE | Award Amount: 378.29K | Year: 2014

The underrepresentation of minorities in STEM fields is one of the major challenges facing the United States workforce. Recognizing this problem, the New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, published by the National Academies, noted that a promising way to address this problem is to encourage strategic partnerships between minority-serving institutions and research universities, national centers, and national laboratories. This award will continue support for one such partnership: a multi-faceted collaboration between South Carolina State University (SCSU), a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) with a 94% African-American student body, together with Clemson University (CU) and other individual investigators.

The mission of the partnership is to increase diversity in astronomy by (1) strengthening the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities into graduate programs in astronomy in general and into CU in particular, (2) providing a strong mentoring program that includes enhancing students? research skills, and (3) boosting faculty involvement in astronomy research at SCSU. By the end of this program, it is expected that a long-term partnership between SCSU, CU, and others will be formed, which will provide a sustainable pipeline for minority students in astronomy.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 615.85K | Year: 2013

This project is designed to provide scholarships to academically talented students with financial need majoring in computer science and engineering technology. The primary goal is to offer support and experiences so that students are qualified upon graduation to enter graduate school or employment in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) profession. To accomplish this goal, the project is recruiting 20 students who are eligible for the state-wide, merit-based Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship and who are also eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. The project is actively recruiting underrepresented STEM students, including women. In addition to scholarship support, the scholarship students are participating in pre-college bridge programs; academic advising and mentoring programs; individual/group tutoring and study sessions; and activities designed to enhance their opportunities for internships and/or undergraduate research.

The scholars are being recruited from high schools served by Upward Bound Science and Math programs and from other rural South Carolina school districts where there are large concentrations of families living below the poverty line. A two-week intensive precollege bridge program is helping to prepare scholars for the rigors of STEM studies. Scholars are also registering with the Career Center at the university so that they make take advantage of internship, career development, and employment opportunities. Faculty members are serving as academic advisors and mentors to the scholars and coordinating study sessions with the Honors College, which has an established tutoring program operated by professionals and students.

Intellectual Merit: The project is contributing to the body of research on the effectiveness of using scholarships to recruit students into STEM disciplines; their retention and persistence in STEM; and their entry into the STEM workforce or graduate school. Scholars are participating in academic enrichment activities as they join other scholarship recipients at the college in the development of an interdisciplinary learning community. The university is also offering opportunities for scholars to work with faculty and staff to participate in organized research projects.

Broader Impacts: The program is increasing enrollments of minority students, including female students, in the fields of computer science and engineering technology. Their entry into the STEM pipeline is helping to meet the shortage of computing and engineering professionals as well as broaden the participation of underrepresented minorities and women in the STEM workforce. Scholars and faculty members are interacting with teachers and students in secondary schools during recruiting activities, which is encouraging and motivating more high school students to study STEM.

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