ARISSII N GThe Savannah State University Journal of ResearchSPRING 2017

ArisingVOL. 5, NUM. 1, SPRING 2017TABLE OF CONTENTSUp to the Mark04Savannah State’s Upward Bound program has touched the lives of countless students in the Savannah area.Soaring to New Heights06Professor Karla-Sue Marriott, Ph.D., was awarded a patent for her discovery ofchemical compounds that may one day be the key to treating Alzheimer’s disease.Arising is published by University Advancement, which includesalumni relations, marketing and communications, special events,and development.C h e r y l D av e np o r t D o z i e r , D S WPresidentACADEMIC DEANSM o s t a fa S a r h a n, P h . D.College of Business AdministrationJ u l i u s S cipi o, Ed. D.College of Liberal Arts and Social SciencesSounds of the Sea08Professor Amanda Kaltenberg, Ph.D., and her student researcher Dante Freemanare investigating new ways to monitor the physics of the deep sea.10Setting Their Sights on STEM12Because One Suicide Is Too ManySSU’s Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (PSLSAMP)program is opening doors for students in the field of STEM.14From the HeartLori Williams, a recipient of SSU’s Title IV-E grant stipend, is pursuing her dreamof earning a master’s degree in social work.2022Alumni Spotlight: Shaletha Holmes, Ph.D.Meet Suman Niranjan, Ph.D., an associate professor and director of SSU’sInterdisciplinary Transportation Studies program.SSU alumna Shaletha Holmes recently received a Ph.D. in biomedical sciencesfrom the University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center.Student Voices: Erica WoodsErica Woods, a senior biology major with a concentration in secondary education,shares her experience traveling to NASA.24Where Are They Now?26Grant Funding at SSULearn more about Savannah State’s grant funding.Catch up with students featured in previous issues of Arising magazine.·OFFICE OF SPONSOREDR E S E A R C H A D M I N I S T R AT I O NC HELLU S . C HETTY, P H . D.Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored ProgramsARISING STAFFFaculty Spotlight: Suman Niranjan, Ph.D.2School of Teacher EducationLights, Camera, Action!Qian Chen, Ph.D., and her student researchers take on two projects to stop cyberattacks in their tracks.23M a r y K r o pi e wnicki , Ed. D.N a nc y R iggsCyber Warriors18College of Sciences and TechnologyThe department of student services’ Project Zero program seeks to educate thecampus community about suicide prevention.SSU’s 1.1 million mass communications studio gives students hands-on experience in the field of broadcasting.16J o n a t h a n L a m b rig h t, P h . D.A rising·s av a n n a h s t a t e u n i v e r s i t yDirector, Office of Sponsored Research AdministrationP H I LL I P D. A D A M SVice President for University AdvancementLO R ETTA D. HEY W A R DAssistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications/Executive EditorAMY K. PINEManaging Editor/WriterHO N LO WArt Direction/Design/ PhotographyS AVA N N AH S TATE U N I VE R S I TY M I S S I O NSavannah State University, the oldest public historically blackuniversity in the State of Georgia, develops productive membersof a global society through high quality instruction, scholarship,research, service and community involvement. The Universityfosters engaged learning and personal growth in a student-centeredenvironment that celebrates the African American legacy whilenurturing a diverse student body. Savannah State University offersgraduate and undergraduate studies including nationally accredited programs in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions.An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer accredited bythe Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). A unit ofthe University System of Georgia.MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENTWelcome to the fifth edition of Arising, Savannah State University’smagazine about research and grant programs. This year’s issuecovers the spectrum, from pioneering research taking place on thewaterways behind our marine sciences building to a comprehensive effort led by our student services staff to educate the campus community about suicide prevention.The magazine’s cover story, “Cyber Warriors,” focuses on the researchefforts of Qian Chen, Ph.D., and her team of student interns. Dr. Chen, anassistant professor of computer science technology, and her student assistants have discovered an innovative method to stop cyber attacks beforethey happen. Dr. Chen and two students conducted research last summerat the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn. This semester, Dr. Chen and her researchers areworking on a second cyber security project, this one sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to protect power systems from cyber attacks.This issue of Arising also features numerous articles that highlight the outstanding research efforts of ourfaculty, among them Karla-Sue Marriott, Ph.D., an associate professor of chemistry and forensic science. Dr.Marriott’s groundbreaking research led to her discovery of benzofurans — synthesized chemical compoundsthat may one day be the key to treating neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. In January, shewas awarded a patent for her discovery and enjoyed well-deserved praise from our local community, including Congressman Buddy Carter, who recognized Dr. Marriott in the official Congressional Record on January30, 2017. You can read more about Dr. Marriott and her patent in the article “Soaring to New Heights.”Last year, Savannah State celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Upward Bound program. The federally funded initiative — part of SSU’s TRIO programs — gives low-income and/or first-generation collegestudents much-needed support as they prepare to enter college. The program, which targets Savannah-areahigh school students, is featured in “Up to the Mark.” The article highlights the achievements of currentstudent Torrey Mott, a first-year chemistry major who graduated as salutatorian of his high school class, andVan’Nessa David Lotson, an alumna who is a successful local attorney.An article dear to me in this year’s issue is “From the Heart,” which features master of social work graduate student Lori Williams. Lori is the recipient of a competitive stipend through SSU’s Title IV-E program, inwhich students receive funding to cover their tuition and, in return, pledge to work for the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services for two years upon graduation. The stipend enabled Lori to changecareers later in life and follow her true passion: helping others and giving back to the community.I hope you enjoy reading Arising and learning more about the intriguing research and grant programs taking place on our campus.www. s ava nn a h s t a t e . e d uFor more information about Savannah State University’s grantand sponsored research programs contact: Office of SponsoredResearch Administration, Chellu Chetty, Ph.D., associate vicepresident. 912-358-4277, [email protected] ely,Cheryl D. Dozier, DSWPresidentOn the cover: Qian Chen, Ph.D., an assistant professor of computerscience technology in the SSU College of Sciences and Technology,and her team of student researchers are developing methods tostop cyber attacks before they happen. From left to right: EarnestLamar, Jeremiah Harris, Chen, Chelsea Calhoun and SummerSykes. Read about their efforts to prevent cyber attacks in “CyberWarriors” on page 16.s av a n n a h s t a t e u n i v e r s i t y·A rising·3

Opposite page:Van’Nessa DavidLotson participatedin the Upward Boundprogram as a studentat Herschel V. JenkinsHigh School. Today, sheoperates the Savannahbased law firm LotsonLaw Group. This page:Upward Bound participant Torrey Mott(right), salutatorian ofSol C. Johnson HighSchool, and UpwardBound Director BobbyRoberts Jr. (left) keepin close contact nowthat Mott is a first-yearstudent at SSU.AT THE END OF 8TH GRADE, VAN’NESSA DAVID LOTSON’S MOTHER TOLD HER THAT SHE WAS GOING TOSPEND HER SUMMER ON THE CAMPUS OF SAVANNAH STATE UNIVERSITY. “I WAS SO USED TO STAYINGIN THE HOUSE ALL SUMMER. I NEVER DID ANYTHING FOR THE SUMMER, SO AT FIRST I SAID NO,” SAYSLOTSON, A FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT WHO GREW UP IN A SINGLE-PARENT HOUSEHOLD.Lotson’s mother persisted, and the Savannah native spent the summer of 2002 living on the SSU campus as part of the federally funded Upward Bound program.For six weeks that summer, Lotson lived ina dorm on campus, took classes, attendedworkshops and geared up for high school. Atthe end of the summer, she and her fellowUpward Bound students took a trip to visitseveral college campuses around the country, including Loyola University in Chicagoand Paine College in Augusta, Georgia.“That was the best summer I’ve ever had,”Lotson says.4·A rising·Lotson had always excelled in the classroom and racked up so many credits thatshe skipped a grade in high school. Thoughshe was academically prepared for the rigorsof college, she relied on the Upward Boundprogram to help with college test preparation and the college application process andto give her the emotional support needed tostart college at the age of 16.“I don’t know if I would’ve been ableto make it as far as I did without UpwardBound,” says Lotson, who graduated fromSavannah State in 2008 with a bachelor ofscience degree in criminal justice, attendeds av a n n a h s t a t e u n i v e r s i t ythe University of Georgia School of Law andnow operates her own law firm, the LotsonLaw Group in Savannah.Upward Bound was created by the U.S.government as part of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. The program, which hasbeen successfully operating on the SSUcampus since 1966, is part of TRIO, a groupof federal outreach and student servicesprograms designed to help students progressthrough the academic pipeline from middleschool to college and beyond. Today, the SSUSchool of Teacher Education oversees theTRIO programs, which also include StudentSupport Services and Educational TalentSearch.The Upward Bound Program at Savannah State is designed to give low-incomeand/or first-generation college studentsfundamental support as they prepare forcollege. The program, which currentlyserves students at Alfred E. Beach HighSchool, the School of Liberal Studies atSavannah High School, Herschel V. JenkinsHigh School, Sol C. Johnson High Schooland Robert W. Groves High School, is opento students entering 9th and 10th grade.Once enrolled, the students receive onehour of academic instruction and one hourof tutorial services four days a week for theduration of their high school career. Theyattend Saturday sessions on campus oncea month that emphasize academic instruction and hands-on enrichment activities,along with college test preparation andcollege placement.Upward Bound students also have theopportunity to attend residential summersessions on the campus of Savannah Stateand at participating institutions. At the endof each summer session, the students andthe Upward Bound team, led by Bobby Roberts Jr., travel to college campuses aroundthe country.“Some of (the students) have never traveled outside of Savannah,” says Roberts, whotakes the students to several college campuses each summer. “We provide them witha myriad of opportunities through thesecollege tours.”While the goal of Upward Bound is to getthe students to enroll in any college, eachyear several participants are accepted to andchoose to attend Savannah State. A selectnumber of students who matriculate at SSUare invited to participate in Upward Bound’sBridge program, a unique opportunity forincoming freshmen to live in dormitoriesover the summer, take a college class forcredit, and attend special workshops andseminars that help prepare them for theirfirst year on campus.Torrey Mott, a freshman chemistry majorwho graduated from Sol C. Johnson HighSchool in 2016, participated in UpwardBound for four years and was accepted intothe competitive Bridge program.“From the 9th grade up until graduationand the Bridge program, Upward Bound hasbeen very helpful to my academics,” Mottsays. “Because of Upward Bound, I was ableto graduate as salutatorian and keep up my3.9 GPA.”For Mott, who grew up in a low-income,single-parent household, participating inUpward Bound helped him develop ways tostay focused and finish homework assignments on time, something that had beendifficult because of his short attention span.Mott was accepted to 20 different colleges around the country but ultimatelychose Savannah State, where he was offeredthe prestigious Board of Visitors Scholarship.While Mott and Lotson are two of theprogram’s success stories, Roberts says thereare many more Upward Bound alumni whohave graduated from college and achievedtheir dreams. “Just to see them say, ‘I don’tknow if I can go to college’ to (seeing them)going and enrolling and graduating is sorewarding.” 1s av a n n a h s t a t e u n i v e r s i t y·A rising·5

Karla-Sue Marriott, Ph.D., has been a favorite ofstudents in the Savannah State University Collegeof Sciences and Technology since joining the faculty in 2006. The Jamaican-born associate professor of chemistry and forensic science packs undergraduates into classes such as Crime Scene and DrugAbuse & Drug Analysis, and has a cadre of students vieto conduct research with her every year.But in January 2017, Marriott became a veritablesuperhero to students across campus when news ofher U.S. patent began to spread. Marriott receivedthe patent for benzofurans — synthesized chemicalcompounds that could one day be the key to treatingAlzheimer’s disease and a range of other neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s disease and LouGehrig’s disease (ALS).“I’ve had a lot of positive response from non-sciencestudents as well as science students. They are passionate about it because they have been touched by familymembers with Alzheimer’s or dementia,” Marriott says.Marriott first began researching benzofurans in 2010through a 238,000 grant from the National Institutesof Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse. Workingwith collaborators from the Mercer University Schoolof Medicine-Savannah Campus, University of NorthCarolina-Chapel Hill and Clemson University, Marriottinitially sought to create a combination of molecules totarget dopamine D3 receptors. She hypothesized thatthe discovery could lead to the treatment of drug addiction. But when the results of Marriott’s research weresent off to the National Institute on Mental Health’sPsychoactive Drug Screening Program, the broad-scalescreen showed other pharmaceutical possibilities.Instead of binding with the brain’s D3 receptor, asMarriott had speculated, the synthesized moleculestargeted the sigma-1 and sigma-2 receptors — proteinsin the brain that serve as binding sites for neurotransmitters. Increasing scientific studies have implicatedsigma receptors as having great potential in neuroprotection, cellular differentiation and neuroplasticity.Marriott went back to the lab to further examinethe molecules and discovered they had the ability toregulate the metabolism of cholesterol via the sigma-1receptor. While there are many possible causal factors,some scientists believe high levels of cholesterol maybe linked to plaque buildup in parts of the brain, whichcan lead to Alzheimer’s disease. According to Marriott,regardless of the mechanism of action, studies haveconfirmed that compounds targeting the sigma-1 receptor have great potential for the treatment of neurological disorders.“It might have great potential in offering a protec-6·A rising·s av a n n a h s t a t e u n i v e r s i t ytive treatment before (the body) gets to the point of(producing) plaque in the brain, possibly preventingthe buildup,” Marriott explains.Marriott knew that what she had discovered wassignificant and began the process of applying for a U.S.patent in Spring 2013. The patent was accepted in September 2016 and approved a few months later.While Savannah State’s Office of SponsoredResearch Administration and the university’s legalcounsel work with Marriott to determine the next step,she continues to spend time in the lab deepening herresearch.Marriott, who utilizes student interns to helpher synthesize the compounds and perform similarreactions, is focused on the potential pharmaceuticalapplications of her groundbreaking compounds as wellas the overall impact to the scientific community.“If we have molecules like this that target specificareas, then we can focus and learn more about thebiological pathways that contribute to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cancer. It helps to forward the research,”Marriott explains. “On the bigger side, these moleculescould potentially serve as medicinal agents to help inthe treatment. That would be the greatest benefit andthe greatest potential.”Marriott hopes that her research and the ensuingpatent will inspire her own student researchers, alongwith other students at the university and her colleagues, to take their research to the next level.“I want other scientists to know that your researchshould have an impact on society. People should appreciate it, and they should remember it,” says Marriott,who is deeply appreciative of the help and support she’sreceived from the university.Marriott’s patent was the second secured by Savannah State University. In 2016, Christopher Hintz, Ph.D.,an associate professor of marine and environmentalsciences, and former marine sciences graduate studentAmber Wilkinson patented a device that harvestsmicroscopic algae cells in a simple, yet effective way.The device, which utilizes low-energy components,compressed air and plastic pipe, could have numerousapplications, from biofuels to pharmaceuticals.“Savannah State University has been a leader inhigher education for 127 years,” says Savannah StateUniversity President Cheryl D. Dozier, DSW. “I amimmensely proud of Dr. Marriott, Dr. Hintz and Ms.Wilkinson for engaging in high-level research andmaking contributions that will impact society andchange lives. I know that these are the first of manypatents that will be awarded within the SavannahState community.” 1s av a n n a h s t a t e u n i v e r s i t y·A rising·7

Every day, Dante Freeman heads out tothe dock behind the Savannah StateUniversity marine sciences buildingand steps aboard the R/V MargaretC. Robinson. But the 36-foot, twin-screwdiesel workboat will not take Freeman ona journey through the waterways behindthe Savannah State campus. Instead,Freeman will use the boat as a platformto extract data from an echosounder andother instruments that are moored in thetidal creek.Freeman, a sophomore marine sciencesmajor from Warner Robins, Ga., and hisfaculty mentor Amanda Kaltenberg, Ph.D.,an assistant professor of marine sciences,are deploying the echosounder into thecreek and analyzing the results to simulatedata collection that is taking place some480 miles away off the coast of NorthCarolina.8·A rising·s av a n n a h s t a t e u n i v e r s i t yThe research is part of Kaltenberg’sthree-year, 282,106 Research Initiation Award (RIA) grant, “Physical ForcesImpacting the Temporal Variability ofMesopelagic Prey at the Cape HatterasMarine Top-Predator Diversity Hotspot.”Funded by the National Science Foundation HBCU-UP program, Kaltenberg andher team of collaborators at Duke University and the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography are examining the influence of GulfStream physical interactions on biology offthe North Carolina cape.Through the study, Kaltenberg hopes togain more knowledge about predators andprey in the mesopelagic part of the ocean— a vast area in the middle of the sea thatcomprises 70 percent of the earth’s surfaceand is home to the largest habitat on theplanet.“The midwater fish are so hard to studybecause of their remoteness. Through thisresearch, we’ll find out more about how thephysics aggregates them, and then we canunderstand their link to the surface predators in the area,” Kaltenberg explains. “Theultimate goal is to learn how the physicsdrive ecosystem processes.”Kaltenberg says that Cape Hatterasis the ideal environment to conduct theresearch because of its unique physics: coldwater currents come from the north andwarm Gulf Stream waters come from thesouth, making it a hotspot of biodiversity.By focusing her research there, Kaltenberghopes to uncover the effect of the GulfStream on both the prey and the predatorsin the area.To collect data, Kaltenberg and hercollaborators deployed a 500-meter-longmooring off of Cape Hatteras. The mooring is equipped with several instruments,including a CTD (Conductivity, Temperature, Depth sensor) to measure temperature and salinity, a current velocity meter,and an echosounder similar to the one sheand Freeman are utilizing at SavannahState.Once the mooring is retrieved, Kaltenberg and her colleagues will analyze the dataand determine the response of the prey tothe Gulfstream. The results will help themarine scientists better understand therepercussions of environmental variabilityon the interactions among prey and predators that inhabit the sea.“We know climate is changing, and CapeHatteras is an important area being lookedat for off-shore drilling. It’s a hotspot formarine mammals, and a physically dynamicregion, so it’s an area of interest in manyways,” Kaltenberg says.For Freeman, who is helping Kaltenberglearn the techniques and processes that willbe used once the mooring comes back fromNorth Carolina, the opportunity to gainhands-on experience and engage in highlevel research is invaluable.“The experience from this project hashelped me learn about a research lab environment. I feel a lot more comfortable andconfident now that I know what it’s like,”Freeman says. “I have also learned a lotabout how to use different equipment anddata programs for research. This project hasopened many opportunities for me.”In February, Freeman presented researchrelated to the project at the 2017 ASLO(Association for the Sciences of Limnologyand Oceanography) Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.“This was a huge, amazing opportunity. Ifeel extremely lucky to have been able to go,”says Freeman, who presented his researchon diel vertical migration, which is the preycommunity’s habit to stay in deeper watersduring the day and rise to shallow watersduring the night to avoid predators.Freeman is the first of three studentinterns Kaltenberg plans to train during thecourse of this project. And while the habitatin the tidal creek behind the Savannah Statemarine sciences building is completelydifferent from the deep sea off the coast ofNorth Carolina, Kaltenberg believes that herstudent interns will benefit tremendouslyfrom the data training experience.“It gives students a chance to learnabout integrating data from differentoceanographic instruments,” Kaltenbergsays. “These approaches are novel. Beingable to quantify prey throughout the wholewater column in deep water while monitoring ocean physics has not been donethis way before.” 1s av a n n a h s t a t e u n i v e r s i t y·A rising·9

PSLSAMP conference and other national conferences.The PSLSAMP program is currently in its 11th year at SavannahState and was recently renewed for an additional five years. Led byMohamad Mustafa, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Engineering Technology, the program supports students from a variety ofSTEM majors, including biology, chemistry, environmental sciences,marine sciences, mathematics, civil engineering technology, computer science technology, electronics engineering technology andforensic science.In addition to working closely with faculty mentors and conducting research during the year and over the summer, PSLSAMP scholars attend workshops, present papers at conferences and receivehelp applying for graduate school.“It’s important to help the students conduct research that theywould never have had the opportunity (to conduct). We help themattend conferences and make presentations. It builds self-confidence (and enables them to) compete with (students in) other highresearch universities,” Mustafa says. “The goal is to get them intograduate programs.”Tiller is in the process of applying to graduate school in appliedmathematics. She credits the PSLSAMP program, and especiallyLemma, with helping her reach her goals.“Dr. Lemma has helped me so much. He’s the one who introduced me to pure mathematics. I talk to him every day. I’ll go to hisoffice and we’ll sit down for an hour. He knows my mom, he knowsmy brothers and sisters by name, and I know his family membersas well,” Tiller says. “The standard is always set so high. He doesn’taccept the bare minimum.”For Tiller’s classmate Sarah Dillard, a senior civil engineeringtechnology major from Atlanta, the PSLSAMP program has openeddoors in her field of interest, transportation studies. Dillard is oneSavannah State University senior Ayana Tiller loves numbers.Perfect numbers to be exact. In 2016, Tiller, a mathematicsmajor from Atlanta, had an opportunity to share her love ofperfect numbers with mathematical researchers around theworld when her article, “My Journey with Perfect Numbers,” waspublished in the European International Journal of Sciences andTechnology. Tiller wrote the article with her faculty mentor MulatuLemma, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Mathematics, afterconducting research with him as part of Savannah State’s PeachState Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (PSLSAMP)program.Funded by the National Science Foundation, PSLSAMP is a coalition of six Georgia universities, including SSU, University of Georgia,10·A rising·s av a n n a h s t a t e u n i v e r s i t yFort Valley State University, Kennesaw State University, GeorgiaInstitute of Technology and Georgia State University. The program,which enlists the help of federal, state and local agencies, seeks toincrease the number of underrepresented minority students whoearn bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields and the number of studentswho pursue graduate study in those fields. Each year, SavannahState receives 90,000 to support up to 27 scholarships for STEMstudents, with additional stipends available to support the salaries offaculty members who mentor the students during summer research.Tiller joined the PSLSAMP program during her junior year. As aPSLSAMP scholar, Tiller receives a stipend of 1,500 per academicyear, an additional 1,500 to complete an undergraduate summerresearch experience and a travel award to attend the regionalof five Savannah State students participating in the Dwight DavidEisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program, a prestigiousprogram that awards fellowships to students pursuing degrees intransportation-related disciplines.“If I had not been in PSLSAMP, I wouldn’t have had that moldingof leadership and initiative to seek out other opportunities (like theEisenhower Fellowship),” says Dillard, who also spends her time volunteering with Coastal Georgia Greenway Inc., a nonprofit organization that is seeking to develop a 450-mile trail system throughoutcoastal Georgia.With the support of the PSLSAMP program, Dillard has conducted interdisciplinary research on the SSU campus, traveled toconferences and attended numerous workshops. She currently is inthe process of applying to graduate school in the field of transportation studies.While Dillard and Tiller plan to work professionally within theirfields after graduate school, they both want to eventually give back totheir communities, starting nonprofit programs similar to PSLSAMP.Tiller hopes to one day create funding for children in grade schoolso they can have the early exposure to STEM that she missed out onduring her childhood. “There’s lack of funding and lack of knowledgein these areas of education, and we (need to) inspire students to be inSTEM at an early age,” she says.Dillard, who did have early exposure to STEM, recognizes theimportance of providing opportunities to young minds.“I want to develop a nonprofit organization for minorities toexpose younger students to the applications of STEM, not necessarily just engineering, but all disciplines,” Dillard says. “When Iwas younger, I was able to experience (STEM) and that exposurein middle school resonated with me and made me want to go intoSTEM and do something different and break those ceilings.” 1Opposite page: AyanaTiller (left), a seniormathematics major,and Sarah Dillard(right), a senior civilengineering technology major, are bothPSLSAMP scholars.This page: PSLSAMPDirector MohamadMustafa, Ph.D., hasencouraged Tiller andDillard to apply tonumerous graduateschools in order to further their education.s av a n n a h s t a t e u n i v e r s i t y·A rising·11

“A lot of times it’s not the bigthings, but the little things thatchange someone’s thought process. (The PSA) just might bethe thing they need to hear thatday.” – JAEDON RICHARDS“I want to help peopleand touch people’s lives.”– ELISHAH BOWLES“From the training (I received in class)and talking to my friend (who attemptedsuicide), it gives you the idea of what themindset is like before someone makes adecision like that.” – LAURYN WEBSTER“All too often people think thatending it is the way to go, butthat’s a permanent end to a temporary problem.” – EDWARD FOX“If we didn’t do what we’redoing, a lot of people wouldfall through the cracks.”– JACQUELINE AWE“Being involved was another wayfor me to speak out (and a way)for more people to hear (themessage).” – CORENTEZ FISHER12·A rising·s av a n n a h s t a t e u n i v e r s i t yIn 2014, the second leading cause ofdeath among U.S. residents aged 10-24was suicide, according to statisticsreleased last year by the Centersfor Disease Control and Prevention.Students and staff at Savannah StateUniversity hope to educate the campuscommunity about suicide and preventtragic outcomes through the “ProjectZero: Because 1 Suicide Is Too Many”grant program.The one-year grant, funded by anHBCU Center for Excellence awardthrough the U.S. Substance Abuse andMental Health

from the university of north texas (unt) health science Center. Student Voices: Erica Woods erica Woods, a senior biology major with a concentration in secondary education, shares her experience traveling to nasa. Where Are They Now? Catch up with students featured in previous issues of Arising magazine. Grant Funding at SSU