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Dean's Update - November 2011

RAILSERVE TO SPONSOR GRADUATION RECEPTION

As you know, CSE hosts a reception for its graduating students the Friday before each spring and fall semester.   Restrictions on how SPSU spends its state appropriations and tuition income mean that we have to find external sponsors to hosts these events.  I am pleased to announce that Railserve (http://www.railserve.biz/) has offered to sponsor the fall 2011 reception, for which I am very grateful.  Next month’s Dean’s Update will provide more details on the event, including the number of students who actually graduated.


SPSU SIGNS MOU WITH MOREHOUSE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

As part of our continuing efforts to help organizations meet their needs for health information technology professionals, SPSU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Morehouse School of Medicine.  The MOU commits both organizations to work together to “increase the adoption of electronic health record systems and other health information technology systems, through, among others, the development and delivery of education and training programs, with an emphasis on Georgia”.


GHAVI NAMED CO-DIRECTOR OF CSE CENTER FOR HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Dr Mahmoud Ghavi, who has been instrumental in a number of the CSE initiatives in the area of health information technology, has been appointed co-director of the CSE Center for Health Information Technology.  In this capacity, Dr Ghavi will help CSE strengthen its initiatives in the general area of HIT.  I am particularly pleased that Dr Ghavi has agreed to take on this position as the Cobb Chamber of Commerce has emphasized the importance of HIT in its economic development plans.


SPSU AWARDED WIA GRANT FOR HIT

SPSU’s Center for Continuing Education, working with the Consort Institute, recently received a grant under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA, http://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/wia/).  The grant covers the tuition costs of students enrolled in the Accelerated Training program in Health Information Technology that SPSU is offering jointly with the Consort Institute.  Congratulations are due to, among others, Dr Mahmoud Ghavi, Dr Russ Hunt and Dr Abi Salimi for their hard work on obtaining the grant.