SC State and area colleges to host national sponsored programs administrators for HBCUs

Thursday, June 07, 2007

ORANGEBURG – South Carolina State University, Claflin University and Voorhees College will host an upcoming national conference of sponsored programs administrators at historically black colleges.

The 13th annual conference of the National Sponsored Programs Administrators Alliance (NSPAA) of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will be held June 13-16 2007, at the Holiday Inn Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

The conference brings together professionals in research, research administration and sponsored programs management at HBCUs across the nation, as well as funders, trainers and government representatives at all levels.

“This four-day training conference promises to provide a wide array of timely offerings in areas of great significance to sponsored program administrators, research faculty, grants managers and others at HBCUs, as we strive to improve our competitive edge in the expanding global marketplace,” said NSPAA of HBCUs President Paula R.D. Shaw of Norfolk State University.

Conference attendees will learn about available funding and ideas for program development; engage in networking with government agencies, private sponsors and faculty and staff of other institutions; enhance knowledge of pre-award and post-award functions, including compliance; and gain insight on positioning institutions to win and realize maximum benefits from extramural funding.

Among the confirmed presenters are Dr. Thomas Windham, formerly of the National Science Foundation; Dalton Stubbs of Sixth District Congressman James E. Clyburn’s office; and representatives from the Oakridge and Savannah River research laboratories.

As a highlight of this year’s NSPAA of HBCUs conference, SC State President Andrew Hugine Jr. and Claflin University President Henry N. Tisdale will bring keynote addresses to the varied audience of sponsored programs administrators, researchers and governmental agencies as two of the three host college presidents.

There will also be featured entertainment provided by students from both SC State and Claflin with vocalist Kristen Allen from SC State, and the musical sounds of “Free Verse,” an instrumental group from Claflin.

According to Elbert Malone, NSPAA of HBCUs board member and interim assistant vice president of sponsored programs at SC State, “Charleston is the ideal place for professional training, networking opportunities and unique cultural and historical discovery.”

The conference registration cost is $600 per person on-site. For additional information on the conference, contact Tedro R. Rouse, conference marketing and registration chairman at (803) 516-4970 or via e-mail at trouse@scsu.edu, or NSPAA of HBCUs President-Elect Veronica Goodman, at (803) 535-5544 or via e-mail at vgoodman@claflin.edu.