2016-2017 B.F. Smith Fellows
Rex Bingham a native of Kilmichael, Mississippi, is the son of Jeff and Debbie Stafford. Bingham completed his undergraduate degree in kinesiology at Mississippi State University. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Delta State. For his work as a B.F. Smith Scholar, he worked with Delta State’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
During his time with QEP, Rex created an online and social media presence for the program, led workshops to enhance student learning, specifically led DSU’s first Interfaith Dialogue, and led promotion and marketing for campus events. Those events included Women’s History Month celebrations, Sexual Assault Awareness’ Take Back the Night, Intersexuality panel, and luncheons focused on cultural diversity. He is also involved with Delta State’s Baptist Student Union, the Financial Management Club and Phi Kappa Phi honor Society. In his free time, Bingham enjoys golfing and fishing.
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Katlyn Dickerson a native of Senatobia, Mississippi, is the daughter of Stefan and Mary Helen Dickerson. She completed her undergraduate degree in family and consumer sciences with a concentration in child development at Delta State in June of 2016. She is currently pursuing a master’s in clinical and mental health counseling. For her work as a B.F. Smith Scholar, she was placed with the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber).
During her tenure with the Chamber, Katlyn led community efforts for surveying the needs of residents by creating a survey program, led Chamber events highlighting community engagement, and mapped Cleveland’s ‘free wi-fi’ locations. Upon graduation, Katlyn will pursue a career that allows her to help others through counseling or some type of community development initiatives.
Cleveland's Wi-Fi Hotspots Student Maps Free Wi-Fi in Cleveland Cleveland Chamber of Commerce
Aaliyah Jones is a Greenwood, Mississippi native and is the daughter of Cassandra Jones and the late Tracy King. Jones completed her undergraduate degree in social justice and criminology in May of 2016. She is now pursuing her master’s in mental health counseling.
For her work with B.F. Smith, Jones assisted Dr. Garry Jennings in the social sciences office at Delta State. After graduation, she plans to help youth stay out of trouble by getting them involved in sports and community activities. Her long-term goal is to open a community center that allows youth to have a safe place to prosper and learn how to give back to their community.
Department of Social Sciences & History