Title: Orangeburg Musicians’ Integrative Community (MUSIC) Project

Principal Investigator: Peter J. Hosing, Assistant Professor, Music History & Ethnomusicology


“The African-American community here is not what it used to be,” lamented an elder musician from Orangeburg. One of the eeriest experiences of living in a small town in the post-desegregation Deep South is hearing African-Americans express nostalgia for a time in American history when they were denied basic civil rights. Many feel that social cohesion within their own racial communities was much tighter in those troubled days.

The Orangeburg Musicians’ Integrative Community (MusIC) Project focuses on musical histories and living music cultures at Claflin University and in the surrounding community. The purpose of this project is to generate and renew meaningful cultural links between the Claflin Family and the Orangeburg Community. The Orangeburg MusIC Project is the first university-based research infrastructure in the state of South Carolina to open field research opportunities for cultural survey work and musical ethnography to undergraduate students.

Student: Akilah Morgan SEMSEC paper

Presentation: Music project at Northern Illinois US teaching world symposium at DeKallb, IL from 4-8-15 to 4-12-15

Title: The impact and development of a mobile application for entrepreneurs

Principal Investigator: Dr. Robin Davis, Assistant Professor of Management

Co-Investigator: Dr. Abdullah Khan, Assistant Professor of Economics


According to Markley and Macke (2002), entrepreneurs that work and live in local communities need entrepreneurial community elements which consist of climate, infrastructure and resource support (such as new business services, mentors, entrepreneurship training, financing etc…)   The field of entrepreneurship continues to struggle with the development of a modern theory of entrepreneurship (Gartner, 1988).  The theoretical work in the discovery theory focuses on the existence, discovery, and exploitation of opportunities and the influence of individuals and opportunities (Kirzner, 1973 and Shane, 2003).  In this research study we will use the discovery theory to study fifty entrepreneurs that are in the early stages or mid-stages of their business models.  The researchers will study fifty entrepreneurs; in order to anticipate opportunities that exist in the marketplace that entrepreneurs can target by using creative mobile application(s). Therefore, based upon the research findings the faculty and student researchers will develop a mobile application device that will aid an entrepreneur in growing a business, operating more efficiently and improving the company’s overall profits within the marketplace.

Students: Jaquez Gillard, Michael Devore


Dr. Robin Davis: National Association of African American Studies 23rd National Conference Baton Rouge, New Orleans February 9-14, 2015

Dr. Khan: Black enterprise entrepreneurship summit organized by Black Enterprise May 13-15, 2015

Title: The Study of Optimal Control Strategies to Attract Students

Principle Investigator: Dr. Wei Wan


In Orangeburg, South Carolina there are two prominent Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). The two HBCUs are Claflin University and South Carolina State University. There exists competition between the two colleges for attracting and retaining students. What is the best optimal competition strategy for each college? In this paper, we study and model the competition between two colleges, and discover the optimal competition strategy for each competitor. According to the properties of this competition, a non-cooperative Differential Game (DG) model is set up to study the effects of competition. The model involves two competitors whose objectives are to maximize the enrollment over a finite period of time. The constraints are the dynamics of the population of students. The controls of competitors are activities to attract students. Compared with classical optimal control models, DG model consists of objective functions, state and control variables, and dynamics. However, the difference is that there is only one decision maker in optimal control. This implies that it only has one objective function; there are a finite number of competitors in DG models, implying that DG model have a finite number of objective functions. The optimality condition of optimal control model is Pontryagin’s maximum principle. The solution of non-cooperative DG model is defined in terms of Nash Equilibrium. We derive and analyze optimality conditions for Nash Equilibrium of our model, and develop a numerical method to solve its optimality condition. Based on numerical results, practical guidelines for those two colleges have been given.

Student: Micheal Vishal Bowman

Presentation: N/A I will find out

Title: Investigation of Matching and Stabilization

Principle Investigator:  Dr. Yuanyuan Peng


How to sell tickets optimally for a sporting event is a challenging problem in sports management. Our goals are to maximize the income from selling tickets, and to attract more people to attend the sporting event. We can affect the tickets sale by increasing or decreasing its price. And we have several constraints, like the capacity of a gymnasium or stadium, the acceptable price of tickets to sellers and buyers, etc. Based on the properties of this problem, the optimal control model will be adopted to help design selling strategy for some sport event. The typical solution method for optimal control model is based on solving Pontryagin Maximum Principle. Because of nonlinearity, we analyze the Principle for our model, and develop a numerical algorithm to solve it. And at last, based on the numerical results, applicable strategy for selling tickets has been given.

Student:  Tiffany Bannister

Presentation: N/A I will find out.

Title: Identifying Motivations and Web Characteristics for the Use of Division II School’s Official Athletic Website

Principle Investigator: Dr. Young Ik Suh


The current study examines how and why college sport fans use Division II schools’ official athletic websites. Specifically, this investigation seeks to identify user motivations and Web characteristics that college sports fans like. The findings of current project will be presented at the 2015 Global Sport Business Association (GSBA) conference. Furthermore, another objective of the proposed research is to be published on the International Journal of Sport Communication, which is one of the most prestigious journals in sport management field.

Student: Shari Langley

Presentation: N/A I will find out

Title: Improving Student Success through Guided Library Research (Databases, Stacks, and Archives)

Principal Investigator: Dr. Belinda Wheeler


Often in foundational English courses like Composition I professors tell students “show us why you think x or y instead of telling us”; yet, when students enter a literature classroom professors often “tell” students to conduct library research without “showing” them how to do it. Professors often assume that students have the required skills needed to write well-rounded literary essays, when the reality is that most students only had a brief interaction with library research when they took their composition course. From the data that was collected throughout the semester – including the surveys students completed, the essays they wrote, the posters they created, and the student assistant’s report – it is clear that the guided library research that took place in English 225: Introduction to English Studies was a success. Through the use of the library stacks, databases, and archives, my students understood, many for the first time, what it means to conduct research correctly and how the knowledge they gain in the library can positively transform their literary essays

Student: Kimberly Nicole Br

Presentation: N/A I will find out