DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, HEALTH, AND HUMAN SERVICES

Department of Science, Technology, Health & Human Services

Our top priority is to equip our students to create innovative approaches to medicine, dentistry, allied health and life sciences.  This is also paired with proven tactics to excel in marketing in promotional strategies, as well as equipping them with education to master disaster situations in the fields of health, recreation, sports management and emergency management.

The goals of the Biology Major are:

  1. To equip the graduate with the appropriate knowledge, skills and background to pursue graduate studies in Biology or in professional schools for medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, allied health or other related areas;
  2. To improve the acquisition of critical thinking skills necessary for the understanding and practice of science;

A major in Biology consists of:

  • At least 45 semester hours of course work in Biology (four of which are elective hours)
  • 20 semester hours of course work in Chemistry
  • 8 semester hours of Physics
  • 6 semester hours of Computer Science
  • 9 hours of Mathematics.

A graduate is also required to complete the College’s General Education requirements and three (3) elective semester hours outside of the department.

The total number of hours needed to fulfill degree requirements for a major in Biology is 127 hours.

Computer Science

The general goals of the Computer Science major are:

  1. To prepare the graduate with the appropriate knowledge, skills and background to pursue graduate studies in Computer Science or related areas; and
  2. To prepare the graduate with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and background to pursue a meaningful career in business, industry, or government.

Computer Science requires:

  • Math 231 and Math 232 (A total of 6 semester hours, as part of 44 additional semester hours from General Education courses)
  • A minimum of 42 semester hours of course work in the major (Computer Science)
  • 21 semester hours in mathematics
  • 8 semester hours in physics
  • 6 semester hours of electives.

A minimum of 121 hours are needed to graduate.

Emergency Management

The goals of the Emergency Management major are to:

  1. Prepare graduates to meet the demands of the 21st century in the field of Emergency Management, by making sure students are prepared for numerous careers in emergency management, hazardous material management and other related fields, as well as, graduate work in these and other disciplines (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) through quality teaching by continuing to strengthen teaching and student learning in the major.
  2. Prepare students to fill staffing needs of local, regional, and national employment sectors.  In addition prepare graduates to pursue entry-level employment opportunities in various fields such as local, state, and federal government emergency management;  law enforcement, private sector emergency preparedness, and continuity planning.

A major in Emergency Management requires:

  • 50 hours of General Education courses
  • 15 hours of courses appropriate to the major
  • 36 hours of Emergency Management Major Core Courses
  • 9 hours in restrictive electives
  • 15 hours in free electives

To graduate with the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Emergency Management, 125 semester credit hours are required.

The goals of the Health and Recreation major are to:

  1. Facilitate opportunities for and provide an environment conducive to scholarly activity of the highest quality;
  2. Ensure that students receive the finest professional preparation and career development experiences in Health and Recreation;
  3. Prepare students for advanced studies in Health and Recreation; and
  4. Equip students with the skills to manage interactions between people and outdoor resources.

The major in Health and Recreation requires:

  • 50 hours of General Education courses
  • 15 hours of free electives which include one (1)  social science elective, fifteen (15) related course hours
  • A minimum of 42 semester hours of course work in Health and Recreation.

A minimum of 122 hours is needed to graduate.

Department of Science, Technology, Health, and Human Services

Dr. Zhabiz Golkar
Chairperson and Associate Professor

Office Location: Alan M Voorhees Science and Technology Center
Room #: 104
Office Phone: 803-780-1060
Email Address: zgolkar@voorhees.edu
Area of Specialty: Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology

Dr. Zhabiz Golkar earned a PhD in molecular biology and a Masters degree in clinical microbiology. She gained extensive experience by training at International Centers for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology -programme of the United Nations- in Italy, South Africa, Turkey and Brazil. She started post-doctoral fellowships in cancer biology at DOW Medical University. She joined Claflin University for her second post-doctorate as molecular biologist. At Claflin University, she worked on Biofuel Project utilizing microbial genetic tools, research funded by the Department of Defense. Her research efforts contributed to a patent that was awarded to Claflin University in 2014. Research conducted at Dr. Golkar’s lab focuses on genome-editing and CRISPR/Cas that provides new method for drug discovery and development in modern medicine, particularly because of the concomitant increase in immunocompromised patients due to transplantation, autoimmune disorders and various viral/bacterial infections. 

Dr. Golkar is Councilor member of South Carolina Academy of Science, She is member of American Association for Cancer Research, American Society Microbiology, Canadian Society Microbiology and Federation of European Microbiology Society. 

Dr. Golkar was recognized by SCICU for “Excellence in teaching” and was “Faculty of year” in 2017. 

She has passion for art and interior designing. 

Dr. Xiaohua Jin
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Office Location: Alan M Voorhees Science and Technology Center
Room #: 112
Office Phone: 803-780-1055
Email Address: xjin@voorhees.edu
Area of Specialty: Computer Science + Mathematics

I earned Ph. D. at Mathematics in 2005 and then Ph.D. at Electrical Engineering in 2011 both from University of South Carolina. I am currently an assistant professor in Computer Science and Mathematics at Voorhees College.

Roger E. Riley
Emergency Management Instructor

Office Location: Alan M Voorhees Science and Technology Center
Room #: 102
Office Phone: 803-541-2013
Email Address: rriley@voorhees.edu
Area of Specialty: Emergency Management

BS in Biology, University of South Carolina.  25 years in the emergency management field and current Emergency Management Director for Barnwell County.  I focus my classes on experience in the Emergency Management field with a hands on approach.  Also like to incorporate soft skills in my lesson plans.    Married to Beth Riley for 26 years and have two young adult children.  

Dr. Anastasiya Yakunina
Associate Professor of Mathematics

Office Location: Alan M Voorhees Science and Technology Center
Room #: 125
Office Phone: 803-780-1056
Email Address: ayakunina@voorhees.edu
Area of Specialty: Mathematics

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Associate Professor of Mathematics                                                                                    08/2017 – Present  

Voorhees College, Denmark, SC

Professor of Mathematics 09/2012 – 12/2016 

Slantsy Private College, Slantsy, Russia (Private college focused on economic education)

Professor of Mathematics 01/2012 – 08/2012

St. Petersburg State Mining University, Saint Petersburg, Russia

(Oldest Russian technical University and one of the oldest technical universities in Europe)

Professor of Mathematics 09/2010 – 12/2011

North-Western State Correspondence Technical University, Saint Petersburg, Russia

(Russian Technical University (now is the structural unit of the St. Petersburg State Mining University))

EDUCATION 

Doctoral (Ph.D.), Education, 02/16/2015

Moscow State Institute of Culture, Moscow, Russia.

28 published scientific articles on Education (5 of them – in leading reviewed research journals). 

– Equivalent to U.S. Ph.D. degree in the field from an accredited institution according to International Education Evaluation, Charlotte, 2017. 

Master of Science (MS), Mathematics,  06/26/2007, with honors (Summa Cum Laude)

State University of Cyril and Methodius, Luga, Russia.

– Equivalent to U.S. Master’s degree in the field from an accredited institution according to International Education Evaluation, Charlotte, 2017. 

Bachelor of Science (BS), Mathematics,  06/26/2005, with honors (Summa Cum Laude)

State University of Cyril and Methodius, Luga, Russia.

– Equivalent to U.S. Bachelor’s degree in the field from an accredited institution according to International Education Evaluation, Charlotte, 2017. 

Dr. Yavuz Cakir
Associate Professor of Biology

Office Location: Alan M Voorhees Science and Technology Center
Room #: 121
Office Phone: 803-780-1070
Email Address: ycakir@voorhees.edu
Area of Specialty: Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Veterinary Science

Dr. Yavuz Cakir completed his undergraduate degree at College of Veterinary Medicine at Ankara University in 1993.  He then moved to USA to pursue higher education in 1995. Dr. Cakir received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he investigated beta-adrenergic-arachidonic acid and potassium channel associated regulation of human breast cancer cell. He then worked at University of Alabama at Birmingham for 4 years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. He investigated the role of alcohol, environmental tobacco smoke and the free radicals or reactive oxygen species (ROS) on the mitochondria in cancer and the cardiovascular system. While he was doing his postdoctoral research, he participated in a new program called Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) and published two articles with another PFF fellow in Science’s Next wave in 2003: Learning to Teach, Part 1 and 2, Science’s Next Wave, 2003. Dr. Cakir then joined faculty at Lane College in Jackson, TN. After teaching there 3 years, he moved to Columbia, SC to teach at Benedict College.  Dr. Cakir is now teaching at Voorhees College since 2018. His current research focus is on the aging, mitochondrial DNA damage, cardiovascular diseases, atherosclerosis, free radicals and caloric restriction. Dr. Cakir was interested in how the interaction of mitochondria with ROS can modulate cell signaling pathways and molecular events, which control ROS production in the diseased cells. Dr. Cakir is also an International Baccalaureate biology program examiner; he reads and scores student exams and essay papers every year in England. He is currently teaching Biology, Zoology and Botany courses. Dr. Cakir’s philosophical belief about college level teaching is that the study of life sciences both at undergraduate and at graduate level must open the students’ minds and help them realize the world from an entirely new perspective. He always interacts with his students and form a learning and student-centered teaching environment where all multicultural, multiethnic, socioeconomically diverse groups of student study and learn together to improve their scientific and intellectual abilities. He always reminds his students that in the current era, the knowledge is the most important power, and to reach the knowledge, we must continue reading and studying together. HIs Inspirational is “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present” – Bill Keane

Dr. Cakir enjoys reading, travelling and playing soccer in his leisure time. He is married with 2 college attending sons and 2 daughters.   

Pavel Yakunin
Adjunct Professor of Mathematics

Office Location: Alan M Voorhees Science and Technology Center
Room #: 111
Office Phone: 803-780-1054
Email Address: pyakunin@voorhees.edu
Area of Specialty: Mathematics

EDUCATION 

Doctoral (Ph.D.), Economics,  11/12/2015

Saint Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON), St. Petersburg, Russia. – Equivalent to U.S. Ph.D. degree in the field from an accredited institution according to International Education Evaluation, Charlotte, 2017. Proof of evaluation available upon request.

• created new mathematical methods for evaluation of climate conditions, anthropogenic pressure and development of transportation in tourist destinations. 

• 15 published scientific articles on mathematical approach to Economics (5 of them – in leading reviewed research journals).

• developed 10 original formulas for evaluation of conditions of tourism development at tourist destinations

Master of Science (MS), Mathematics,  06/26/2009, with honors (Summa Cum Laude)

State University of Cyril and Methodius, Luga, Russia.

– Equivalent to U.S. Master’s degree in the field from an accredited institution according to International Education Evaluation, Charlotte, 2017. 

Bachelor of Science (BS), Mathematics,  06/26/2007, with honors (Summa Cum Laude)

State University of Cyril and Methodius,  Luga, Russia.

– Equivalent to U.S. Bachelor’s degree in the field from an accredited institution according to International Education Evaluation, Charlotte, 2017. 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Adjunct Professor of Mathematics                                                                           01/04/2019 – Present  

Voorhees College, Denmark, SC

• Taught courses: Discrete Mathematics, Fundamentals of Mathematics II, Calculus I

• Designed syllabi and managed supporting documentation

Volunteer – Regional Finance Director                                                                    10/18/2017 – Present

Bamberg, Allendale, Barnwell, Edgefield, & Hampton Counties Marine Corps 

Reserve Toys for Tots, Bamberg, SC, USA

Charitable organization that provides Christmas toys for underprivileged children

• Provided leadership to the Company’s  Finance and Accounting strategy, optimized the Company’s financial performance

• Provided financial analysis and guidance on all activities, plans and targets, took ultimate responsibility for the Company’s cash management policies

• Established a high level of credibility and managed strong working relationships with customers and donors

Associate Professor of Mathematics                                                               09/01/2013 – 06/30/2017 

Slantsy Private College, Slantsy, Russia

Private college focused on economic education

• Taught a variety of math courses and tutored students

• Served as an Academic Advisor for 24 students

• Improved the students’ achievement (increased 34%) using student – centered approach in    teaching

• Designed syllabi and managed supporting documentation

Jianye Zhang
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Science & Chemistry

Office Location: Alan M Voorhees Science and Technology Center
Room #: 119
Office Phone: 803-780-1064
Email Address: jzhang@voorhees.edu
Area of Specialty: Public Health

Education: Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, Georgia) Doctor of Public Health Claflin University (Orangeburg, South Carolina) Masters in Biotechnology South Carolina State University (Orangeburg, South Carolina) Bachelors in Biology; Minor in Chemistry College of Charleston (Charleston, South Carolina) Bachelors in Psychology Work Experience: 08/2019 – Present Voorhees College Denmark, S.C. Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator 08/2012 – 12/2017 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, G. A. Graduate Teaching Assistant (Chemistry) 08/2014 – 12/2014 University of South Carolina Columbia, S.C. The Partnership to Eliminate Health Disparities (Intern) 08/2010 – 08/2012 Claflin University Orangeburg, S.C. Research Associate/Teaching Assistant/Adjunct Professor (Chemistry) 10/2009- 08/2010 Claflin University Orangeburg, S.C. Research Associate (Biology) 01/2008 – 09/2009 ` Claflin University Orangeburg, S.C. Research Assistant/Graduate Teaching Assistant (Biology) Research Experience: Kendall M. Williams, Mansoor Abdul, and Naseema Hoosein. Expression of Two Voltage Gate Potassium Channels in Solid Tumors. University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Biotechnology Conference, November 2008. Kendall M. Williams, Mansoor Abdul and Naseema Hoosein. Expression of Two Voltage Gate Potassium Channels in Prostate Cancer. 5th Annual Conference on Prostate Cancer, Clark-Atlanta University, March 2009. Victoria Desormeaux, Kendall M. Williams, Mansoor Abdul and Naseema Hoosein. Expression and Activity of Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (Subtype A Receptor) in Human Colon Cancer. Howard Hughes Medical Institute, South Carolina conference, March 2009. Donna Sellers, Kendall M. Williams, Mansoor Abdul and Naseema Hoosein, Expression and Activity of Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid Receptor (Subtype A Receptor) in Human Breast Cancer. 2009 Annual SCAS Conference, April 2009. Leslie A. Johnsom, Kendall M. Williams, Kearira Berry, Jacob Sterling, Andrea Kajdacsy-Balla, Virgilia Macias, and Omar Bagasra. Racial Differences in Non- malignant Prostate Tissue: Evaluating Differential Expressions of hZip1. 6th Annual Conference on Prostate Cancer, Clark-Atlanta University, March 2010. Jessica Abercrombie, Leslie A. Johnson, Kendall M. Williams, and Omar Bagasra. The molecular relationship between Zinc and the Breast Epithelia: African Americans vs. Other Racial Populations. 2nd Annual Open House and Research Day, Claflin University, March 2010. Jessica Abercrombie, Clara Jones, Leslie A. Johnson, Kendall M. Williams, Andre Kajdacsky-Balla, and Omar Bagasra. Differential expression of Zinc Transporters and the Role of Zinc in Breast Epithelia of Racial Groups James E. Clyburn Lecture Series, Building a Healthy, Equitable Future for Communities through Research and Practice, University of South Carolina, April 2010. Bianca Thomas, Jazzmine Clemons, Leslie A. Johnson, Kendall M. Williams, Andre Kajdacsky-Balla, Omar Bagasra. Differential Expressions of Zinc Transporters in β-cells in African-Americans. James E. Clyburn Lecture Series, Building a Healthy, Equitable Future for Communities through Research and Practice, University of South Carolina, April 2010. Keaira Berry, Leslie A. Johnson, Kendall M. Williams, Andre Kajdacsky-Balla, Omar Bagasra. Differential expression of hZIP1 in nonmalignant prostate tissue: Racial Differences. James E. Clyburn Lecture Series, Building a Healthy, Equitable Future for Communities through Research and Practice, University of South Carolina, April 2010. Publications: Detection of anthrax toxin genetic sequences by the solid phase oligo‑probes. KC Addanki, M. Sheraz, K Knight, K Williams, DG Pace, *O Bagasra, Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology, (2011) 29(4): 372-8 Teaching Philosophy: Throughout the course of my educational experiences from grade school to current enrollment in graduate school, the style of teaching bright and invigorated minds has changed concepts and educational theories. Many teachers have held on the notion that students need merely guidance in the daily undertakings of acquisition of knowledge. This commonly held belief has not worked very well and is now considered the reason for which the classically enrolled student has seemingly underachieved grievously. There are many published educational articles that point out the American student is at a crossroad in the learning processes which has proven a disservice to the national learning curve. What is a learning curve? Is it the ability of a student to excel above the standard level of cognitive training or fall beneath the dismal satisfaction of making an acceptable grade in there teacher guided courses. Some people believe that trying to place a point scale on cognitive abilities is not an effective way of determining a person worth in society. When attempting to determine a person’s cognitive level or learning capabilities, one must take into account the individuals’ background and living environment. I have had the opportunity to invest into the education of America’s youth through employment as an earth science teacher. Prior to undertaking this endeavor, I had not taken steps or considered myself as an educator; neither, have I enrolled in any education courses in an attempt to prepare myself for this possibility. With this said, instead of my knowledge educating my students, it was I who received an education in the lives and background of inner city children. Having received my degree in the hard knocks of life in an inner city, it is still often difficult for me to determine what causes some of the students to excel while others found it alright and even acceptable to fail the class. If these students are able to rise above the negative trials and tribulations of their environment, they excel to the status of college student. It is often difficult to befriend a student and point them in the correct direction. Because the new generation of college students have so many varied opportunities in life, it is very important that they learn as quickly and as much as possible to be competitive in the current economic arena. As I have stated earlier, it is difficult to learn and understand the background of the students that are entering college now. When attempting to teach in a high school or college consisting of mostly minority students, it is often easier to identify with a lot of problems in which the individual is going through. Knowing that minority students feel they are disadvantaged economically, academically, and socially; we have to devise new and far reaching techniques for reaching those that want to succeed. I have found that having the students feel that there is a place in society for them can and often do assist them in reaching farther into there being to excel. Students need to know that they can learn in structured environment whether the learning style is collaborative or self reliant. Although there are numerous studies stating that the collaborative style is successful, students need to be exposed to environments that challenge there abilities through self directed study as well as interaction with peers. I employ many teaching aides that were designed to stimulate learning through visual, verbal, and collective interactions. Self directed study should not be totally placed on the outer fringes of the known learning styles for there are still those students that thrive in this learning environment and feel that they can increase there educational experiences through either. Faculty Biography: Dr. Kendall M. Williams is an assistant professor and program coordinator of Public Health at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina. He received his first Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the College of Charleston. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Dr. Williams entered South Carolina State University where he obtained yet another undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. He started his teaching career in the Maryland Public School system teaching and mentoring high school students. After a brief teaching period, he opted for a career in the technology arena as an information technology professional. He worked within this industry for approximately 10 years when the desire to return to college to obtain his master’s degree in Biotechnology from Claflin University was realized in 2009. He taught courses at the college level for 3 years as an Adjunct Professor within the Chemistry department at Claflin University for continuing education and undergraduate students enrolled in physical science. He worked with Dr. Omar Bagasra, the Director of the Biotechnology Center, at Claflin University on a project which culminated in a publication addressing the detection of anthrax toxin genetic sequences by the solid oligo-probes. Dr. Williams left this position to pursue a terminal degree in the Public Health field with a concentration in community health behavior and education surrounding health issues experienced by rural populations. In 2012, Dr. Williams was recognized by the Governor’s office as both the state and local recipient of South Carolina’s State Employee with Disability of the Year award.

Jeffery Hughes
Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country/Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Coach/Instructor of Health and Wellness

Office Location: Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center
Room #: 119
Office Phone: 803-780-1067
Email Address: jhughes@voorhees.edu
Area of Specialty: Health and Wellness

Graduate of Voorhees College and South Carolina State University

Xiqiang Zheng
Associate Professor and Academic Program Coordinator of Mathematics and Computer Science

Office Location: Alan M Voorhees Science and Technology Center
Room #: 118
Office Phone: 803-780-1066
Email Address: xzheng@voorhees.edu
Area of Specialty: Mathematics, Computer Science, Medical image processing or computations

Dr. Xiqiang Zheng is an associate professor and the area coordinator of Mathematics and Computer Science at Voorhees College. He obtained a PhD degree at University of Florida in 2007 and taught Calculus 1,2,3, Differential Equations, and Contemporary Math at Gainesville of Florida before he joined in the faculty of Voorhees College in January 2008. At Voorhees College, he taught Fundamental Math (Math 131, 132), pre-Calculus (I,II), Calculus (1,2,3), Advanced Calculus, Linear Algebra, Modern Algebra, Discrete Math, College Geometry, Math Statistics, Physics, Math Software, and Senior Seminars.

His teaching is well recognized. On the teaching evaluations, many students commented that “I enjoyed having Dr. Zheng as the professor because he provides efficient methods to complete each homework and assignment. His teaching helps me to do the work on my own. Overall Dr. Zheng is a great professor.”

His current research interest is on CT image computation and processing utilizing optimal sampling lattices. He has been performing research, and has published papers in journals such as Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision, International Journal of Digital Earth, Journal of Fractals, Journal of Mathematics and the Arts, and Journal of Computer Science Research. His research is currently supported by a Henry C. McBay faculty research fellowship from UNCF and a National Science Foundation.

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