The University System of Georgia (USG) has recognized Sirocus Barnes for service excellence, awarding Barnes the Bronze Outstanding Individual Award. Barnes is a program director in the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC).
Barnes was among two individuals and two teams from Georgia Tech who were honored by USG for dedication to excellence and service to the campus community and beyond.
Barnes oversees CEISMC's Horizons at Georgia Tech program, which provides educational enrichment in math and reading for underserved children.
“Sirocus is committed to making a lasting impact and influence on the next generation of leaders,” said William Jimerson, human resources manager for the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts (formerly educational outreach coordinator for CEISMC). “He prepares innovative events and programming for the students and families his program serves.”
Outside his job responsibilities, Barnes also teaches GT 1000, works with the annual MLK Celebration, volunteers with his fraternity, and serves as president of Valdosta State University’s Atlanta alumni chapter.
Barnes finds inspiration in a quote from Shirley Chisholm — “Service is the rent you pay for the privilege of living on this earth” — as well as in Tech’s motto and his colleagues.
“I love working at a place where you have the best and brightest in their respective fields,” he said.
The ceremony for the annual USG Chancellor’s Service Excellence Awards took place Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Georgia State University Stadium. The annual awards program honors faculty and staff members from the USG’s 28 colleges and universities.
Photo caption: Sirocus Barnes gives instruction in an extracurricular science and technology class at Drew Charter School. (Photo by Georgia Tech)
Editor's Note: This story was excerpted from a Georgia Tech News Center article published on Dec. 11, 2017.