Sept. 15, 2017
Dr. Stephen Jodis, dean of the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing and professor of computing and information science, was honored on Aug. 26 by Armstrong State University (ASU), Savannah, Georgia, where he was a member of the faculty for 21 years before joining the Saint Vincent College faculty in 2011.
The event was presented by alumni of Armstrong’s Always Strong program to honor 120 of the University’s faculty and staff who have instructed, encouraged and inspired them throughout the University’s history and to pay tribute to Armstrong’s greatest treasure – its people.
The activities included a reception in the Armstrong Center Ballroom and an Alumni Center Open House.
Jodis was advised by Cheryl Ciucevich, director of alumni development, that he was nominated because he was “one of the most inspiring and supportive faculty/staff members of the Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) era, 1996-2014.” Jodis, along with the names of other honored faculty and staff, will be included on a wall of gratitude that will be installed in the Alumni Center on the ASU campus.
In his career at Armstrong, Jodis rose to the rank of full professor, having served as head of the department of computer science and interim dean of the School of Computing and the College of Science and Technology.
He was a member of the department of computer science when it first achieved accreditation by the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in 1991, as the second program in Georgia to achieve that recognition. ABET is the international accrediting body for academic programs in engineering, computing and engineering technology. He has served as a volunteer in ABET for more than 10 years as a program evaluator, team chair and commissioner. He is currently serving his second term as an ABET Commissioner in the Computing Accreditation Commission. He is also a member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).
A 1985 graduate of Auburn University where he earned a bachelor of computer engineering, Jodis also earned a master of science degree and a Ph.D. from the department of computer science and engineering there.
A native of southern Michigan, his family moved to Alabama while he was in high school. During the trip, he says he loved the mountains of Kentucky and Tennessee. When he came to the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania to visit Saint Vincent, he had the same reaction to the Chestnut Ridge and mountains to the east.
Jodis has been honored with membership in the Phi Kappa Phi National Honorary Society, Upsilon Pi Epsilon National Computer Science Honorary, and Epsilon Delta Pi National Computer Science Honorary. He received the AASU Distinguished Faculty Service to the University Award in 2010.
The author of numerous articles, presentations, manuals, technical reports, professional papers and encyclopedia entries, Jodis is also the author of a textbook, Computer Programming Concepts.
Jodis and his family – wife, Maria, and sons, Christopher and Matthew who have both studied at Saint Vincent – are residents of the city of Latrobe. They are members of Saint Vincent Basilica Parish.
Photo A: Dr. Stephen Jodis, seated 11th from left, dean of the Saint Vincent College Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing, was among the 56 former faculty and administrators of Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU), Savannah, Georgia, who attended and were honored by the Alumni of AASU for their instruction, encouragement and inspiration to students throughout the university’s history.
Photo B: Dr. Stephen Jodis, seated third from left, was proud to be recognized by the Armstrong Always Strong program in August.
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